Cafe Vida

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Staged reading of a play by Lisa Loomer. Cafe Vida follows the men and women who work at Homeboy Industries. Chabela and Luz are rival homegirls ready to leave the life and begin anew at Cafe Vida - the only place in the city that gives young women and their troubled pasts a genuine second chance to start a new life free of violence. It's here that these former enemies choose "la vida" over "la muerte" as they learn to compost, tend a garden, julienne an onion, and rock your lunch order with a smile and a heaping side of transformation. Cafe Vida is inspired by interviews conducted at Homegirl Cafe and Homeboy Industries, organizations that offer vocational training, rehabilitation, and employment to former gang members.
Presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse and Sierra Madre Public Library.