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Meet Me in the Zócalo
August 5 • 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm• Free
When the “raining” SLUG queen speaks, you gotta listen. Honestly, the SLUG queen probably ranks higher than Eugene’s mayor. SLUG Queen Santa Frida Elisa Refugio Babosita announced a decree that the Park Blocks (8th Avenue and Oak Street) will transform into a showcase of culture and talents of Latinx community members called Meet Me in the Zócalo! Inspired by the city centers of Mexico, called zócalos, the evening will feature music, dancing, art vendors, games and food. This decree is meant to follow the SLUG queen’s mission to make the Eugene area more inclusive, and says art is the best way to come together. A community mural, led by local muralist Esteban Camacho Steffensen, will be developed during the event and later installed at Buena Vista School. Performers include Alma de Mexíco, Taller de Son Jarocho, Llorona and Descarga 54 (with salsa lessons). Samuel Becerra will also present “Sounds of the Past,” a demonstration of pre-Columbian indigenous instruments. The event runs 1 to 9 pm Sunday, Aug. 5, at the downtown Park Blocks. FREE. — Henry Houston