Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Finding Common Ground

January 21

Studios on the Park invites the community to join in this special celebration of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Presented in affiliation with the Common Ground 2019 exhibition at Studios on the Park, the evening's events will include a documentary screening at Park Cinemas, a panel discussion at Studios on the Park and a tribute dinner at La Cosecha. Join us for any or all of these exciting activities as we commemorate the legacy of Dr. King.


The tribute begins at Park Cinemas at 4 pm with the screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” which envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the minute examination of race in America, using the writer’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.


At 6 pm, the community is invited to Studios on the Park to attend a conversation with panelists whose lives were impacted by Dr. King’s legacy and the Civil Rights Movement. Join moderator Henry A J Ramos, artist and activist Robbie Conal, City Councilwoman Maria Garcia, and Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Cross Cultural Centers at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Bryan Hubain.


Then at 7 pm chef Santos MacDonal of La Cosecha and Il Cortile is serving The Meal That Never Was designed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On the night of his assassination, Dr. King was scheduled to dine at the house of  Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles in Memphis. The dinner, with southern favorites to be prepared by women in Kyles’ congregation, is the inspiration for Chef Santos’ three-course tribute menu. Come to The Meal That Never Was and have a meal in Dr. King’s memory.

Black eyed pea soup
2014 Treanna White

Fried chicken with sweet potatoes, collard greens and a side of macaroni and cheese
2016 Villa Creek Garnacha

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Tablas Creek 2016 Petit Manseng


The film is $10 at Park Cinemas. Children and teens are free, however parents and guardians must be present as there is a PG-13 rating.

The panel at Studios on the Park is free and no reservations are required but seating is limited. Donations are encouraged.

Dinner will be $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity and a wine pairing will be available for $15 and special cocktails will be crafted around this event. For reservations, email lacosechapaso@gmail.com or call the restaurant at 805-237-0019.

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