Semblanza Latinoamericana

Latin dance

“Semblanza Latinoamericana” is a celebration of Latin American culture through music and dance. A collection of distinguished musicians and several dance companies entertain audiences this Saturday October 17th  at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM in a production produced by Tierra Blanca Arts Center.

It will be a spectacular program of music and dance  which celebrates the cultures, traditions and folklore of  Latin American countries: Argentina , Bolivia , Brazil , Colombia , Ecuador , El Salvador , Guatemala , Mexico , Peru , Uruguay , all of which have made cultural contributions to the most ethnically diverse city on earth, Los Angeles

This event is taking place in Los Angeles at the  Theatre Center,  514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

ADMISSION: $20. Students and seniors  $15.

RESERVATIONS: (213) 489-0994 ext. 107.

Phoenix: Bomberos Cafe & Wine Bar

Bomberos Café & Wine Bar 8801 N. Central Ave

The Valley of the Sun lacks for authentic restaurants and bars owned by South Americans with South American themes, drinks and cuisines.

Whenever one pops up, it quickly becomes a magnet for transplanted South and Central Americans.

(There’s Inza Coffee in Scottsdale, a coffee house owned by a Colombian with specialty empanadas and international coffees. These kinds of places become hot spots for Americans from the planet’s southern hemisphere.

Now there is Bomberos.
Bomberos Café & Wine Bar opened on far north Central Avenue near Sunnyslope in late November. It features a Latin-themed menu with South American wines, Latin American beers, specialty coffees and teas, and a light but eclectic food menu.

Owned by Oscar and Kristi Mastrantuono, bomberos is Spanish for “firemen” and is located in what used to be a Sunnyslope fire station on Central Avenue just north of Northern. The renovations include an outside patio and dining.

Oscar is from Uruguay and comes from a long line of entrepreneurs in that country. Opening a wine café in Phoenix that specializes in his Latin heritage has long been a dream of the Mastrantuonos, and when this unique location opened in their own neighborhood, they knew that this was the time to fulfill that dream.

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*This article appears in the March 2008 issue of Latino Perspectives Magazine