• On October 1st, 2016,  Palos Verdes Art Center transformed into a night at The Tropicana during HAVANA NOIR: THE PARTY


  • Highlights included live performances by salsa quartet Changüí Majadero and Afro-Cuban ensemble BombaChante 
  • Special guest appearance by the Kati Hernandez Cuban Dancers
  • Reveal of Havana Noir / Havana Light exhibition by Cuban artist Kadir Lopez
  • Live auction
  • Four-courses of Cuban fare by TGIS
  • Rum by Brugal
  • Cigars by The V-Cut Cigar Lounge



From 6 to 9pm, guests were greeted by the island sounds of Changüí Majadero, Los Angeles’ leading exemplar of the music called “the granddaddy of salsa,” as they enjoyed a feast day repast, tropical drinks and viewed the unveiling of HAVANA NOIR, an installation by noted Cuban artist Kadir Lopez and accompanying exhibitions L.A. NOIR by photographer Mark V. Lord and THIS IS NOT A SIGN, neon works by Michael Flechtner.







Havana Noir: The Party



At 9pm, the Atrium stage was commanded by Afro-Cuban Salsa masters BombaChante and Kati Hernandez’s Cuban Dancers, who led guests on the dance floor between sets celebrating the legendary performing arts of Havana’s Tropicana Club. The night continued late, with Cuban DJ and drinks at the cigar lounge.










All proceeds benefited Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education exhibition, education and outreach programs, making the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.


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Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, a nonprofit community visual arts school and gallery, inspires individuals to create, appreciate and celebrate art. Since it was founded in 1931, PVAC’s exhibition, education and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.