Hotter Than Habaneros
Disclaimer: The 15th annual Los Angeles Salsa Congress is not about the kind of salsa you eat (Merengue fans: stay home and cry into your pies). Salsa dancing has its roots in '20s Afro-Caribbean culture, and this week will feature troupes from everywhere from Dubai to New York City, all performing across 40,000 square feet of dance floor. There's also a series of motivational workshops and Zumba workouts, because you've really got to be in shape to kick that much ass dancing. Tonight's all-ages kickoff party, held at Stevens Steak & Seafood House in Commerce, is open to everyone, not just those with tickets for the weekend's marquee performances. Admission is just $10, and festivities include performances by L.A. Weekly's Best Salsa Band, Orquesta Son Mayor, plus multinational salsa big band Orquesta Tabaco y Ron, lots of DJs and a nice shuttle to and from the Bonaventure, where the rest of the weekend congress takes place. Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., dwntwn.; Wed., May 22-Sun. May 26, 8 p.m.; $30-$400. (310) 445-9705, mysalsacongress.com.
May 22-26, 2013
404 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Los Angeles, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.