Mesa Arts Center will continue its free spark! After Dark event series on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8-11 p.m., with “Cuando Salgo la Luna: When the Moon Rises,” influenced by the Spanish art form flamenco and European night markets. The evening will offer live music and dance, food and drinks, community art and more outdoors on the campus’s north patio. Guest curator for the event is Angelina Ramirez, artistic director of the Valley’s Flamenco por la Vida flamenco ensemble.
“We are so excited to be able to offer these free event options in downtown Mesa. Each event in the spark! After Dark series is developed by a local artist or group of artists and with the event on Nov. 19, we hope everyone will take advantage of the opportunity to explore the sights, tastes and sounds of Spain.” Said Rob Schultz, assistant director, Mesa Arts Center.
Features of the night will include classical Spanish guitar performances with Andres Pantoja, a European night market atmosphere, paper string lamp creations, paella by Otro Cafe and tapas by Life of the Party Catering, Spanish cocktails, vendors selling hand crafted and flamenco-influenced items, and a Euro-style dance party with DJ FABI. Flamenco music and dance performances will be provided by Flamenco Por La Vida’s own singer Olivia Rojas, and visiting artists guitarist Misael Barraza (Tucson), dancers Mele and Jason Martinez (Tucson) along with guitarist Alejandro Pais (Austin, Texas) and local dancer Julia Chacon.
Mesa Arts Center is located at One East Main St. in downtown Mesa. Event parking and admission are free.