sold out - The Latin Quarter: Maclovia Ruiz and the Missing Beat by Alejandro Murguía, May 2, 2019 - call 415-741-3531 to be added to waiting list

In an effort to preserve and recount that missing Latin beat of San Francisco, Poet Laureate Emeritus Alejandro Murguía in collaboration with the Museum of Performance + Design is presenting The Latin Quarter: Maclovia Ruiz and the Missing Beat starring Caleb Cabrera and Claudia Deveze.

WHATThe Latin Quarter: Maclovia Ruiz and the Missing Beat. A new one-act play written by San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus Alejandro Murguía based on the Latino history of North Beach and the life of dancer Maclovia Ruiz. The play takes the audience on a tour through the Latino community and nightclub scene of San Francisco's North Beach district during the 1940s-1950s as it was lived by Mexican-born, North Beach-raised dancer, Maclovia Ruiz. The play was originally created as part of the Museum of Performance + Design's Archive Live series and was inspired by the personal papers of Maclovia Ruiz and her Legacy Oral History Project archived at MP+D.

WHEN: Thursday May 2, 2019, 8pm, with questions and discussion to follow.

WHERE: Brava Cabaret 2773 24th Street in the heart of the Mission District's Latino Cultural Corridor.

ADMISSION: Free. Seating is limited. Call for reservations 415-741-3531 or click HERE

WHY: North Beach is in some ways the beginning of modern San Francisco, but its roots based in the Mexican and Latino community have mostly been ignored. During the 1940's-50s, North Beach was the center of a series of Latino nightclubs and cabarets that gave it the name of The Latin Quarter, at that time the bohemian heart of the City. The brightest star of the Latin Quarter was the Mexican born, North Beach-raised, interpretive dancer Maclovia Ruiz, who started out on the local vaudeville stage and would go on to achieve international acclaim. Eventually, the North Beach neighborhood would change in the mid-1950s with the advent of a new group of bohemians who called themselves Beats. 

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Click HERE to view MP+D’s Award Announcement.

Click HERE to view the press release from California Humanities.

Poster designed by Robin MacLean

Poster designed by Robin MacLean