Self-Help Graphics serves as one of the most important Latino art organizations in LA so it only makes sense that for their fourth anniversary, the locale will throw a legit reventon. Thursday, May 9 marks the day that Self-Help will celebrate not only itself but other important figures in the Latin art scene, giving shout-outs to artists like Linda Vallejo, Leon Limon and Michael Amescua along with California Community Foundation President and CEO Antonia Hernández along with band Los Lobos. You can show up to the fiesta and enjoy music from Las Cafeteras at this 21+ event that boasts supporters like Bank of America and Lexus. Take out that traje and fancy vestido, it’s gonna be a night to remember. Tickets on sale here.The Spirit House 123 South Lincoln Avenue Monterey Park, CA 91754 (323) 881-6444
It’s a Thursday evening and you don’t have much to do until your noche gets started. Why not make some art to pass the time? Head to the Museum of Latin American Art for a free art workshop where you can craft your own print to show off to all your friends. Take advantage of a free tour before the art-making then get to making your own abstract print by taking inspiration from “Mixtape,” the current show about drawing that includes its own accompanying soundtrack. The workshop will take place on Thursday, May 9 from 4 – 5:30 just make sure to make your reservation by calling (562) 437-1689. Let your inner artist run free.MOLAA 628 Alamitos Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-1689 Downtown Los Angeles Art WalkIt’s that time again! That fantastic Thursday when all of Downtown brings out the art – and free drinks – for a night of puro party this Thursday, May 9. This month, the Art Walk Lounge will feature giveaways by LADOT of sweet, new artsy TAP cards (one even looks graffiti-esque) while Warehouse Shoe Sale will hold a raffle and give away coupons. Then you’ve got the rest of the night to amble along the streets and stumble across a number of talented artists (whether from excitement or cerveza, we won’t judge). Make sure to swing by Coba Gallery as well, the happening place where previously profiled Deadmundo and Sketch often curate shows. Take some bucks in case you fall in love with an art piece – oh and for tipping the alcohol servers, too. Art Walk Lounge 634 S. Spring St.