Culture and Cocktails brings Latin flair to Balboa Park

What happens when you mix art and cocktails with a dash of Latino flavor? You get the lastest, and perhaps greatest, of the Culture and Cocktails events at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Ladies, it’s time to don your best Mexican embroidered dress and red lip, put flowers and ribbons in your hair (and even color in a unibrow), and gentlemen flash that festive shirt and fedora to get in the Latin spirit. In coordination with the exhibitions, Modern Masters from Latin America and the interactive Frida and Me, the museum is hosting its popular art and cocktail event from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25.

While sadly, Salma Hayek will not be there reprising her role as Frida, guests will get to “ooh” and “ahh” over a bevy of Latin American art including famous artists Fernando Botero, Wifredo Lam, Joaquín Torres García and Alfredo Castañeda. And don’t forget the art of Frida’s controversial husband, Diego Rivera, leader of the Mexican mural movement, which Frida described as one of “the two great accidents in my life. Diego was by far the worst.”

Party goers can sip on the featured Pico Duarte cocktail crafted with the impeccably smooth 1888 Rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, maple syrup, and a lemon twist or a tasty variety of beer samples offered by Southnorte Beer Co.

But what is a Latin party without music? The museum has the energy on lockdown with performances by Alma Latina Dance Company displaying styles of dance from around Latin America, while DJ Marc Tosino will be spinning Latin music throughout the event.

Local company Viva Pops will be providing frozen goodies for those breaking a sweat on the dance floor, and Frida’s Cocina food truck will be there for hungrier guests with a variety of tacos and Baja-Mediterranean cuisine for purchase.

Go ahead and leave a little skin bare for face and body painting by Jennifer Segura and then head straight to the animated photo booth to capture the night with take home prints and Instagram and Snapchat worthy moments.

Finally, don’t forget to stop by the art-making station to decorate your own fabulous and colorful mini-pinata to take home for future fun.

With all of this excitement and revelry, who wouldn’t want to be there?

To get more involved with Latin American art, visit Latin American Arts Council.

Culture and Cocktails: Modern Masters from Latin America

When: 6-10 p.m. Jan. 25

Where: 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park

Cost: $5-25 (presale, which closes at 2 p.m. Jan. 25), $10-35 (at the door)

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