La Zona, San Antonio’s cool new place to play, is hidden away in a historic stretch of downtown

Originally published in San Antonio Express-News

It takes a little bit of effort to get into the hot new event and performance venue downtown.

La Zona, which is run by Centro San Antonio, is tucked behind some of the fences that line the construction zone in the 300 block of Commerce Street. The shaded courtyard debuted shortly after “Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head,” an enormous steel sculpture by the Gao Brothers, was installed there in March.

“We want you to go and explore places that maybe you pass by or have piqued your curiosity but that you haven’t stopped, you haven’t lingered or really engaged,” Burt said. “We really try to encourage people to take a chance, get on out, and once you get there, we’re going to make it the time of your life.”

Burt said all of the construction is helping to create a dynamic area — dubbed La Zona Cultural — that will include such relatively new additions as Texas Public Radio’s headquarters, the nearby extension of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park and the expansion of the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. Eventually, it will

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