On Saturday, T√≠a Chucha’s Cafe Cultural held a five-year anniversary party and fundraiser. Saturday’s benefit was also the last public event in Sylmar space. T√≠a Chucha’s will be closing its doors at the end of the month. According to co-founder, Luis J. Rodriguez, the vibrant space “where books, ideas, dialogues, music, art, writing, dance, indigenous traditions & thought are alive and thriving for everyone” will become a laundromat (link). Fortunately, T√≠a Chucha’s will not be permanently closing and will re-open at a temporary location 10 minutes away in the Northeast Valley at 10258 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.
Several LA bloggers and writers have touched on the subject of T√≠a Chucha’s closing and move. New Boyle Heights blogger Pachuco 3000 reported on Rueben Martinez’s, owner of Librer√≠a Martinez in Santa Ana, speech
He began by saying that if only 0.5% of 1% of the Latino population supported Tia Chucha’s, it would not be closing. He pointed out how WE as Raza are responsible to never give up our dreams/spaces. As he scolded us, I went into my head and remembered other spaces we have lost: The Peace and Justice Center, Midnight Special Books, Arroyo Books, The Centro Regeneracion/Popular Resource Center, Cafe Luna Sol, The Aztlan Cultural Arts Foundation, The South Central Farm, and so many others I may not have even heard about. (link).
Co-founder and writer Luis J. Rodriguez noted that the event, although successful in meeting its fundraising goals, was rather melancholy.
Remember–we are not closing down. We are not dying. We are only going through a transitional period. We will create an even better, bigger, and more phenomenal space in the Northeast Valley–perhaps two or three years from now. (link)
I really hope Rodriguez is right. We really can’t afford to lose another space where we gained knowledge and cultural affirmation.
[Note: Daniel Hernandez, weighed in a few weeks ago in the LA Weekly]