Chamber Quartet La Catrina at Tamayo
Some years back, Chamber Music in Historic Sites presented a multifaceted event at Tamayo Restaurant. It featured a concert in the majestic 1920s hacienda-style structure, along with a driving/walking tour of the Boyle Heights neighborhood, followed by a delicioso dinner. The venture was so successful that the group is doing it again, which means that if you missed the first one, you’ve got another chance to hear great music in what’s arguably the city’s most unusual restaurant/art gallery. Tamayo is named for the famed Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), who bestowed not only his blessing but many of his paintings on owner David Lizarrega when the latter met the artist in Mexico to ask if he could use his name for the new establishment. Thus, the restaurant’s walls are adorned with some 16 fascinating Tamayos, the largest and most valuable collection outside a museum. This weekend, the vibrant young Mexican quartet La Catrina performs a program of works centered around Tamayo’s love of Paris, music and pre-Columbian and folk art, featuring compositions by Revueltas, Debussy, Jimenez and Moncayo. Before the concert, you can drive around with a printed map and see the many murals in the area; after the performance, a chicken mole dinner will be served, featuring the mole recipe of Tamayo’s wife, Olga, who insisted it be on the menu if her husband’s name was on the restaurant. If mole isn’t your thing, there’s also carne asada. Just don’t tell Olga. 5300 E. Olympic Blvd., E.L.A.; Sat., April 26, 3 p.m.; preconcert Art Talk at 2:30 p.m.; $43, dinner separate purchase. (213) 477-2929 or www.dacamera.org.
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