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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

  • Young People’s Mic (Open Mic & Jam Session)

    • Third Thursday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21 Free!
  • Young People’s Mic (All Ages)

    • Third Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. no cover
  • Cine+Mas SF/San Francisco Latino Film Festival (Film)

    • Through Sept. 30 $13-$165
  • Monthly Salsa Party and Dance Class (Social Events)

    • Last Monday of every month, 8-11 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27 Door cover: $5 (Cash Only.)
  • Monthly Salsa Party and Dance Class (World, Latin, Reggae, & Reggaetón)

    • Last Monday of every month, 8 p.m. $5

See all upcoming events at La Peña Cultural Center »

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