Best All-Ages Venue, East L.A. Edition - 2012
Self Help Graphics
Part contemporary art gallery, part historic punk venue, part Chicano community center, Self Help Graphics has been integral to the East L.A. Latino cultural movement since 1970. (Although it's zero parts graphic arts store, in case you're wondering.) No longer located in the building plastered with colorful ceramic shards along Cesar Chavez Avenue, its new location is across the street from the Pico/Aliso Metro Gold Line station in Boyle Heights, and it's accented by pretty mosaic murals. In front of all-ages crowds, the venue hosts music festivals with names like Ska Wars and Skacore Invasion, as well as international ska-punk bands like Wisecräcker (from Germany) and Sekta Core (from Mexico City). 1300 E. First St., Boyle Heights. (323) 881-6444, selfhelpgraphics.com.