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Perla Batalla Discoteca Batalla - Prerecorded Live at Royce Hall, UCLA Online

UCLA Royce Hall

Throughout the 1960s and 70s Discoteca Batalla was a well-known landmark in the Latino community in Venice, California. This mom-and-pop discoteca (Spanish for “record store”) was a haven for desperately homesick immigrants from all over Mexico and Latin America. It was a spot to gather, exchange news from home, buy the latest Spanish language pop exitos, or maybe just enjoy some sweet coffee and pan dulce with the proprietors, Barbara and Jorge Batalla. Jorge was a singer and radio DJ. He knew the lyrics to every traditional Spanish language song ever written. His wife Barbara hand wrote letters home for working men and women separated for years at a time from their families.

Perla Batalla is their daughter—a singer best known for her solo career, plus her decade-long work with Leonard Cohen, as well as with such artists as Lou Reed, Sonny Rollins, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Jackson Browne and Laurie Anderson. While the record store closed its doors over 40 years ago, the experiences and stories are part of L.A.’s heritage.

Supported by CAP UCLA, Discoteca Batalla is an homage to this important place and moment in time. It is a celebration of the people whose lives and identities shape the fabric of L.A. and inspire resilience.

Past Presenters (partial list)

Napa Valley Opera House 

Cerritos Center for the Arts 

Cafe Central, Madrid, spain

Jamboree, Barcelona

Hostalets de Balanyà, Barcelona, Spain

Arena Theater, Pt. Arena CA 

Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

Festival Barnasants, Barcelona, Spain

The Dance Palace, Pt Reyes CA 

The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley CA 

Rio Grande Theater, Las Cruces 

The Armstrong Theater, Torrance CA 

Caixaforum, Madrid, Spain (With Javier Colis) 

Theatre Raymond Kabazz/Lycee Francais, L.A., CA

Aspen Writer’s Conference, Aspen, CO

Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM

College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph MN 

San Diego Book Festival, San Diego, CA

Grand Performances at Cal Plaza (with Buika) 

The Grammy Museum Theater (A tribute to Cy Coleman with Fiona Apple and Jill Sobule) 

California World Music Festival, Chico 

The Libbey Bowl, Ojai (With Mason Jennings & Jack Johnson) 

Nat’l Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque 

The Border Book Festival, Mesilla, NM 

Largo at the Coronet 

Imagen Awards, Los Angeles, featured artist 

Notre Dame University/Leighton Concert Hall 

California State University, Chico 

Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse Yukon 

Festival Place, Edmonton, Canada 

Vic Juba Theatre, Lloydminster, Canada 

The Empress Theatre, Ft. Mac Cleod, Canada 

Centennial Hall, Tucson AZ 

Sundays at CBS 

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 

Magpie, SLC 

Caltech Poly, Pasadena CA 

Mondavi Center, Davis CA 

Detroit Institute of the Arts 

Thunder River Theatre, Carbondale CO 

UCLA’s Royce Hall, L.A., CA

The Temple Bar, Santa Monica 

Auditorio Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain (With Jackson Browne, Luz Casal and John Cale) 


Leavitt Pavilion, McArthur Park 

Luz de Gas, Barcelona, Spain 

L.A. County Museum of Art 

The Algonquin Theater, Ontario Canada 

Kenly Amphitheatre, Layton UT 

Scripps College, Claremont CA 

The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Australia 

The Hothouse, Chicago, Illinois 

The Knitting Factory, NYC 

Joe’s Pub, NYC 

Satalla, NYC 

The Brighton Dome, Brighton England 

The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 

UCLA, Royce Hall, Los Angeles 

Riverside Municipal Auditorium - (With Los Lobos) 

Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield Wisconsin 

The Napa Valley Opera House 

Univ of Hawaii, Manoa 

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY (With Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright and The McGarrigles) 

Philadelphia Museum of Art 

The Getty Center, LA 

World Festival of Sacred Music -The Americas 

Royal Albert Hall, London (with Leonard Cohen) 

Carnegie Hall, NYC (with Leonard Cohen)