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La Peña Cultural Center, with its trademark colorful mural out front, is a microcosm of Berkeley’s cultural, social, and political utopia. Founded in 1975 in response to the military coup that overthrew Chilean President Salvador Allende, La Peña continues to live up to its revolutionary roots, hosting a variety of hip-hop, world, and jazz music; spoken word; dance classes; art exhibits; films; and lectures, focusing on social justice and human rights about four nights a week. Its 175-capacity theater features a sizable stage, wooden dance floor, and a riser with tables and chairs, suitable for getting sweaty to some Latin American rhythms or sitting back and enjoying the show. If all that consciousness has you feeling a bit woozy, try the carnitas at Los Cilantros, located in La Peña's adjacent cafe space.

Hours: Hours vary. Los Cilantros hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10 am-2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday 5:30-9 p.m. And open during evening events.

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Upcoming Events

  • Bomba, Afro-Puerto Rican Dance (Dance-Participatory)

    • Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
  • Mexican Tardeada (Open Mic & Jam Session)

    • Fourth Sunday of every month, 3-6 p.m. Free
  • Salsa Dura (World, Latin, Reggae, & Reggaetón)

    • Last Monday of every month, 9 p.m. Free
  • Salsa Party with Orquestra La Peña-directed by Josh Jones (Dance-Participatory)

    • Last Monday of every month, 9-11 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31 Free ($3-$5 suggested donation)
  • Blues Dance with Sundown Blues (Dance-Participatory)

    • Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $6-$16
    • 1 going/interested

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