saturday march 13 | sala

Your monthly medicina for pandemic isolation is back on Saturday March 13th–delivered safely from LA to your Sala via Zoom! We’ll be celebrating Womxns Herstory Month as well as reflecting back on the last year as we roll up on the anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic in the USA.

Here’s the lineup:

8:30-10pm CULTURA
Dolores Huerta!!!! – Opening Remarks
Gloria Alvarez and Antonieta Carpio – Wordsmiths
Monica Palacios – Comedy
Sheila Govindarajan – Live Music

10pm-12am DANCE PARTY
DJs Glenn Red and Reyes

Be sure to visit SALA’s March Event Page for the Zoom link. See you there!

saturday dec 12 | sala

SALA Cultura & Dance Party returns online this Saturday, December 12th at 9pm PST with another stellar lineup to help you stay safe and stay up during lockdown. With the event falling on Lady of Guadalupe day our featured guests will visit themes associated with the celebration of her significance:

theme discussion by

poetry & prose by

visual art by

live music by

deejay sets by

It’s a FREE event. Find the Zoom link on our Facebook Event Page, rearrange the furniture and turn up the volume!

saturday oct 10 | sala

As we all learn to adjust, pivot or bust through the rubble of the arts and culture industry left by the coronavirus, I jumped at the invitation to be part of this new series virtual gatherings, which also entails reuniting with my old deejay partner, Reyes Rodriguez. We’re teaming up on the decks once again, though from our own rigs at home, to revive SALA.

SALA, a Spanish term signifying ‘home’ or a communal space, hopes to tap back into the energy of cultural gatherings, of communing with friends, family and neighbors in person, as we currently struggle for connection from afar during this pandemic. As throughout time, we look to stories, poetry, art, and music to bind us to one another.

Back in 2008, Reyes came up with the event series SALA Lounge, where he invited guest deejays, including me, to spin records with him in the beautiful back courtyard of his art gallery, Trópico de Nopal in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood. The events were marked by the easy, home-like atmosphere at Trópico, and the good vibes of the music and guests in attendance.

Here, in 2020, the format for SALA’s new incarnation will be based on a Zoom birthday event that both Reyes and I deejayed for a few months ago. Beyond the dance party for which we were tasked with sparking, it included a schedule of short readings by both new and established poets, storytellers, and performance artists. The event was so well received that the birthday girl, a mutual friend of ours, has spearheaded a reprisal. So, SALA is back. Here’s Saturday night’s lineup:

• 9:00pm – Muralist Jamuna Priti; Writers Aida Salazar, Peter Harris, Briza Covarrubias & performances by The Digital Sandbox Playuz and Martha Gonzalez (Quetzal)
• 10:00pm – Resident DJs Glenn Red and Reyes Rodriguez • 11:30pm – After party

Please visit our Facebook event page to get the Zoom link. We’d love to see you there!