Archive Live 2018 Presents THE LATIN QUARTER: MACLOVIA RUIZ AND THE MISSING BEAT
In an effort to preserve and recount that missing Latin beat of San Francisco, the Poet Laureate Emeritus Alejandro Murguía in collaboration with the Museum of Performance + Design are producing a staged reading of The Latin Quarter: Maclovia Ruiz and the Missing Beat with dance accompaniment by Claudia Deveze as part of its Archive Live series.The Latin Quarter: Maclovia Ruiz and the Missing Beat. A staged reading of a new work by Alejandro Murguía, San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus, based on the Latino history of North Beach and the life of the dancer Maclovia Ruiz, who from humble origins reaches the top of her profession.
Thursday June 28th, 8pm, with questions and discussion to follow. Cabaret 2773 24th Street in the heart of the Mission District's Latino Cultural Corridor. Free. Suggested donation $5 + Seating is limited. Call for reservations 415-741-3531
North Beach is in some ways the beginning of modern San Francisco, but its roots based in the Mexican and Latino community have mostly been ignored. During the 1940's-50s, North Beach was the center of a series of Latino nightclubs and cabarets that gave it the name of The Latin Quarter, at that time the bohemian heart of the City. The brightest star of the Latin Quarter was the Mexican born, North Beach-raised, interpretive dancer Maclovia Ruiz, who starting out on the local vaudeville stage would go on to achieve international acclaim. Eventually, the North Beach neighborhood would change in the mid-1950s with the advent of a New Group of bohemians who called themselves Beats.
The work is inspired by the personal papers of Maclovia Ruiz and her Legacy Oral History Project archived at the Museum of Performance + Design. On exhibit during the performance will be original costumes of Ruiz as well as photographs of her from that era. Archive Live is funded by grants from the Zellerbach Family Fund and Grants for the Arts.
For more information visit www.mpdsf.org or call 415-741-3531.For more than 70 years, the Museum of Performance + Design has served as an archive and a platform for the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Created by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with San Francisco Ballet, the archive stands out as one of the largest collections of performance and theatrical design materials in the nation. Its 3.5 million item collection includes rare historic videotapes, audio recordings, photographs, press clippings, playbills, original set and costume designs, oral histories, archives and personal papers, costumes, artifacts, and books. The mission of the Museum of Performance + Design is to keep the unfolding history of the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area alive. We collect, preserve, and make available materials on performance and theatrical design to support learning, appreciation, and creativity within a worldwide community of artists, researchers, and the general public. MP+D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For further information on collections and programs visit www.mpdsf.org or call 415.741.3531.