Boyle Heights' Corazon del Pueblo bills itself as an arts, education and action collective, which is another way of saying it's a bilingual clubhouse for the neighborhood, and the city beyond. Contemporary local art adorns the walls. A variety of classes meet regularly. The semiweekly “Flowers of Fire” open-mic Wednesdays spill over onto the sidewalk and into Thursday morning. Like its '80s neighbor in space if not in time, the great Cafe Cultural, Corazon also gives a leg up to other useful neighborhood phenomena, such as the brilliantly named Ovarian Psycos (, an all-female bike brigade. In a too-suspicious city, Corazon del Pueblo radiates hospitality. 2003 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights. (323) 780-9089,

—David Kipen

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