She will always be etched into the fabric of our culture, even after twenty years since her murder.
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the queen of Tejano music, was considerably the most influential Latina within the music and fashion worlds. She paved the way for Latina artists in an especially male dominated musical genre and redefined fashion in her many sequenced bustiers. Her life was tragically cut short on March 31st, 1995, from a fatal gun shot.
As the anniversary of Selena’s death approaches, many have devoted events that honor her memory. Here are some events in California that pay tribute to her and her music.
Located at LA Plaza de Cultura, this public event will hold art workshops, performances from Betty’s Mustache and La Reina de Aztlán, and paletas that you can eat while watching Selena, which begins at 8:00pm. Event is free.
When: Friday, March 27th at 6:00pm
Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Being held at The Frida Cinema, this movie screening of Selena will raise proceeds to support the local high school Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) and the Zoraida Reyes Scholarship fund that assists local transgender individuals. There will be appetizers, music, and costume contests, so bring your best bustiers! General entrance is $15; For Frida Cinema Members, entrance is $12.
When: Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00pm
Where: The Frida Cinema
305 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
The second annual fan gathering will be held at Plaza de la Raza. There will be many performances and giveaways, as well as a special guest appearance from Selena Mural Artist Levi Fonz Ponce. Event is free.
When: Saturday, March 28 at 2:00pm
Where: Plaza de la Raza
3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Held at Club 21, there will be music commemorating Selena and all her contributions to tejano music. No cover charge before 11pm.
When: Friday, March 27th at 9:00pm
Where: Club 21
2111 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612
If you have other events that you want to highlight, comment below!Flyer image produced by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.