By Silke Tudor
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was started in the 1970s by a group of SFSU students who refused to let their lifeblood flow along the periphery. They wanted the art, music, poetry, and dance of Latin Americans, of Chicanos, to move beyond the confines of the neighborhood and take center stage. Thirty-five years later, with few resources and a mostly volunteer staff, MCCLA has grown into the largest center of its kind in the country. Tonight, poet, co-founder, and professional storyteller Nina Serrano will weave tales from the threads of the center's rich history as part of Luna Negra, a celebration of women's art that is held once a year on the full moon.With the center's commitment to cultivating rising talent, two young musicians -- poet/neo-classical composer Anais Azul and harpist Amelia Romano -- will join the company of two very well-established performers: Bay Area Tango Foundation co-founder Nora Olivera and Flamenco Room Artistic Director Kerensa DeMars. Serrano will also present the latest edition of Corazón del Barrio, MCCLA's arts and culture magazine, which highlights those recognized by the center for excellence.
This year's Luna Negra includes writer Alejandro Murguia and folkloric dancer Zenon Barron. Get your glossies at 7:30 p.m. at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F. Admission is $8; call 643-2785 or visit missionculturalcenter.org.