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Places to Visit
 
Here are some places in Southern California that students of Spanish often find interesting.

The Museum of Latin American Art
This newly remodeled museum is a center for contemporary Latin American art and culture. The museum director, Gregorio Luke, presents excellent lectures on art, music, film and history. Don't miss the musical events, which often include food from the country of focus, and Murals Under the Stars, an outdoor, multimedia presentation featuring great muralists from Latin America. Murals Under the Stars takes place during three or four Saturdays in July and August.
 
El Centro Cultural de México
This small center hosts a wonderful musical group, El Son del Centro, who plays and performs son jarocho music from the Mexican state of Veracruz.
 
Librería Martínez
This bookstore has a unique history, starting as a barbershop and becoming the premier latino cultural center in Orange County. The owner, Reuben Martínez, is a MacArthur Foundation grant recipient and is dedicated to getting the word out about the benefits of reading. His bookstore often hosts renowned writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Isabel Allende, Gary Soto. If you are lucky, Mr. Martínez will be there when you visit and he will often spend time with students talking about his passion.
 
El Fortin Restaurant
Great Oaxacan food in Fullerton
 
Calacas Store
This store on Main Street in Santa Ana carries clothing, arts and crafts, and furniture, all with a Mexican motif. This is an ideal place to pick up a gift or get something unique for yourself.
 
El Carbonero
Salvadorean restaurant serving pupusas and other typical Salvadorean dishes. 803 South Main, Santa Ana, Tel: 714.542.6653
 
Inkas
Great Peruvian food in Irvine. Don't miss the ceviche and the chicha morada. 16277 Laguna Canyon Road #A, Irvine Tel: 949.753.1276
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