The San Leandro Main Library is celebrating the world with music, dancing, costumes, and the most amazing FREE programs starting this month. Mark your calendar to make sure you don’t miss any of this cultural goodness!

Friday the 13th and beyond: Ballet Folklorico do Mexiano

Dancer from Ballet Folklorico Costa de OroYou are invited to the opening of “Trajes Regionales de Mexico” on Friday, February 13th, beginning at 7:00pm, in the atrium of the San Leandro Public Library. Artistic Director and Choreographer for Ballet Folklorico de Mexiano, Carlos Moreno, will open the exhibit with a demonstration of dances and a discussion of the display, which bring together iconic costumes from the regions of Mexico.

In conjunction with this event and running through May 16, 2015: The San Leandro Public Library and the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno present “Trajes Regionales de Mexico” (Regional Costumes of Mexico), a breathtaking exhibit showcasing a collection of costumes from the Oakland-based Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.  The costumes will be on display at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue during regular library hours. The exhibit explores the central role of regional dress – from the glamorous to the very subtle – in Mexican folk-dance, music and costuming.

The exhibit and opening event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 21st: Year of the Sheep Celebration

2015: Year of the SheepThe Year of the Sheep begins with an afternoon of lion dancing, folk dancing, and music by special guest performers from the Korean Cultural Center, China Dance School, and Vovinam Lion Dancers.

This event is free, and runs from 2:00 – 4:00pm on Saturday, Feb. 21. Crafts-making demos for the kids will be provided by the Asian Community Cultural Association. Happy new year!

Wednesday, February 25th: Hambone Body Music & A Celebration of Black History Month

Unique DeriqueBeloved performer Unique Derique provides family fun with an exploration of the African-American art of Hambone body music: physical comedy, circus arts, and body drumming. All ages encouraged to join in. Did we mention Free?

This Family Fun Night will be at the Main Library. Get there early (doors open at 6:30) to make sure you have a space; the show starts at 7:00pm. Refreshments after the show.