March 30: Francisco Herrara at the First United Methodist Church

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Around five centuries ago, the Raramuri people fled to Copper Canyon to avoid being taken over by Spanish settlers. Although well known for producing some of the fastest and longest distance runners in the world, the Raramuri are losing ability to preserve their rich culture due to outside elements—like western domestic commerce. Local singer-songwriter Francisco Herrera performs this weekend to benefit the people of Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Herrera is asking for donations at the event, and Raramuri ceramics, baskets, and jewelry will be available for purchase. Be inspired by his unique Chicano-soul style on Friday, March 30, at the First United Methodist Church. 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael. 7pm. Free. 415.924.3227.

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