Cypress Park native and Antigua Coffee House capo Yancey Quiñones has a dream. His café at the corner of Figueroa and Loreto is already a beacon of community art, letters and generally celebratory gatherings. But the café faces one of those crazy L.A. underground tunnel passages – one designed to help pedestrians cross busy streets, which through years of neglect became an awfully dangerous and unpleasant pathway. A year ago, Quiñones decided to do something about that. Expanding his business mantra of “Community, Progress and Sustainability” out the front door and down underground – literally – he has led the charge to reclaim the tunnel as not only a helpful functionality but also a public art center. The block will be closed off for today's all-evening party, with the showcase (and sale) of art, spoken word, music, crafts and food, as “One Year Underground: Reclaiming the East Side” celebrates the Cypress Village Underground Art Tunnel's first birthday. It's for the community but, in the spirit of the center, absolutely everyone is invited to be surprised and inspired by what people can accomplish when they put their hearts into it – with plenty of fresh-roasted coffee on hand. Antigua Coffee House. 3400 N. Figueroa St., Cypress Park; Sat., May 10, 5:30 p.m.; free. (323) 539-2233,

Sat., May 10, 5:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 05/10/14)

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