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Cultural Continuum: Holiday Marketplace with performance by La Santa Cecilia

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11:00am to 8:00pm
Mercado La Paloma
3655 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007-4375
Phone: (213) 748-1963


We are thrilled to announce an exciting series of Holiday events happening all December long as part of their “Cultural Continuum” series. The series opens on Sunday, December 9 with The Mercado’s “Holiday Marketplace.” Talented local artisans and vendors will be on hand from 11am to 8pm to sell their amazing rare and one-of-a-kind pieces. An eclectic musical lineup is set to entertain the crowd with dazzling performances from the city’s top musicians, including:

Taiko Project :: 11:00am :: 
The TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of premiere taiko drummers dedicated to promoting and advancing the American art of taiko. Through public performances, education, and outreach activities, TAIKOPROJECT is committed to preserving taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese American culture and heritage.



Yuval Ron Ensemble :: 2:00pm ::
Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. 



Garifuna Wanaragua :: 4:30pm :: 
Belize is a country where you can see many cultures coexisting in one space. Among those cultures, the Garifuna is one that is not shy of expressing its African and Native American roots, culture, and rituals.

One of their most popular rituals is the Wanaragua, a three-fold system of masked dancers called Jankunu, which is derived from John Canoe. In this ritual, which is only performed during Christmas holidays, the Garifuna dance to the beat of the drums while dressed with a “white man” mask, a headdress, “white man” clothing, and shells on the knees.

This ritual is a unique blend of Native American and African art traditions in which social and cultural identities are expressed. It is a representation of the “white man” and an expression of the Garifuna liberation from them. The name John Canoe, refers to the fact that the “white man” came from the sea.



La Santa Cecilia :: 6:00pm :: 
Los Angeles’ own critically-acclaimed, Latin Grammy-nominated genre-bending band, La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid. In an era and city in which Latin culture has given birth to many musical fusions, The Los Angeles based six-member band creatively combines up-tempo South American rhythms like Cumbia and Bossa Nova with the nostalgic Bolero and passionate Tango, blending in Afro-Cuban percussion, Rock with Jazzy tunes to bring about a mix that defies any particular label or musical genre. The band's sound is accentuated by singer Marisoul's haunting voice, which delivers its message of love, loss and heartbreak in a strong, sensual and powerful performance that leaves crowds mesmerized and women justified in La Santa's colorful and fiesta-like live shows. 


This is going to be a very special Holiday! If you are a vendor that would like to sell merchandise please email damon@mercadolapaloma.com

Cultural Continuum: Holiday Marketplace
December 9, 2012
Mercado La Paloma 
3655 S. Grand Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA. 90007
11:00am - 8:00pm


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  • Lowell B.
    Lowell B. 5

    Delicious. $5 for $10 deal is awesome. I only ordered the lengua wet burrito, but the hostess egged me on to get an horchata so I'd get my money's worth,... MORE >

  • Jeff K.
    Jeff K. 3

    Located inside Mercado La Paloma near the back, Vista Hermosa has all your standard Mexican foods. Tacos, Tortas, Tamales, Flautas, etc. I come here for... MORE >

  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa L. 4

    I was at Mercado for a private event and this was my first time trying the taqueria. Because taco spots are so ubiquitous in my neighborhood, I usually pass... MORE >