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Eve of Destruction 

Wednesday, Dec 12 2012
Ah, the Mayan apocalypse, with its vague predictions of worldwide cataclysm and alien intervention. It seems like there is always a subset of people eager to predict the end of society as we know it, and those who sell shelters and other survivalist supplies depend on them. The hype surrounding this arbitrary date on the calendar has been a curious phenomenon to watch though, particularly in the Mission where there are still strong ties to Mayan culture. Mission youth organization Loco Bloco tackles the hysteria head on in their performance Night Wakes Dawn/La Noche Despierta El Amanecer. Expanding on a trio of vibrant music and dance pieces from this year's Carnaval celebrations, Night Wakes Dawn incorporates a script by Alma and Martin Herrera-Pazmiño that looks to the ancient prophecies for inspiration rather than destruction. The play blends innumerable music styles into the action including bachata, reggaeton, R&B, samba, house, and more as time moves from nightfall to dawn on the evening of the supposed apocalypse itself. The young performers of Loco Bloco joyfully blend the ancestral and the contemporary, crossing cultural boundaries without fear. If you've ever seen the energy the Loco Bloco contingent brings to S.F.'s parades, you know these kids rock the house.
Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 23, 2 p.m., 2012

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