2Pac once rapped, “'Cause would it be LA without Mexicans?” The answer? Uh, no -- but he also could have included Brazilians, Cubans, and many more -ans. Latinos make up approximately HALF of the city’s population, which means you get two bucket lists, Los Angeles. This one, and also the one below, which lays out 31 Latino things all Angelenos must experience before eating their final taco on the way to the pearly gates.
Residing on the unofficial theater and arts row of Boyle Heights, Casa 0101 Theater is home to independent theater, filmmaking, and arts, with a large focus on Latino culture and issues. In other words, it’s where the Latino Shakespeare will be discovered when he/she arrives.
Mariachi musicians have gathered here since the 1930s to show off their mariachi-ing in the hopes of getting hired for backyard gigs or -- even better -- actual stages. Today, the mariachi musicians are still there, but the Plaza now also hosts events and shopping on the regular.