By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
What would help the OC scene be a legit music scene [Spencer Kornhaber’s “Scene and Be Scenes,” Sept. 17]? Several things (and maybe more). First, intelligence: It is very hard to find who’s playing where and when. OC has no YSTS or Oh My Rockness or any other blog (is there one?) that gives people a heads-up. That makes it impossible to plan ahead (with the exception of Detroit Bar). The impact? Lots of great shows—lots—have poor attendance. Second, venues need to have better postings of their shows—and follow some rational plan for tickets and set times. Maybe some will be flexible to adapt to the current chaos, but if you have a job and a schedule? Forget about it. And that goes for some shows I’ve been to at which the featured act finally goes on at some ungodly hour. That turns off bands from wanting to play many OC venues. Third, there is an existing infrastructure of blogs and such in LA. OC venues should reach out more and merge with those. Finally, LB isn’t OC, but some of your other venues are on the fringe, too. My favorite venue? It may be Fingerprints, which has many of the best shows in LA/OC. Period.
Doug Kresse, Yorba Linda, via ocweekly.com
This is a must-read for anyone interested in the patchwork of diverse scenes and their origins that are collectively the Orange County music scene. Well said, Spencer!
Luke, OC, via ocweekly.com
GIMME A PINCHE BREAK
As usual, the mexic-ano is wrong [Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! Sept. 17]. On breaks, people have to be allowed to speak the language of their choosing. The TV is a different matter. There is no law or statute that could be interpreted to require an employer to accommodate his Spanish-speaking employees. It is absurd and stupid to even suggest that Spanish-speakers can enforce their language preference in the break room.
Chapin, via ocweekly.com
To Only-English-Speaking Employee: Gosh, to me, your letter suggested one glaringly obvious solution—to wit, learn a little Spanish! Down here, every hotel employee speaks some English—did it ever occur to you that your co-workers are simply smarter than you and have mastered that whole vooly-voo thing in high school better than you did? Also, isn’t it the most blatant sort of Know Nothing arrogance to live in a place such as Florida or Texas or Arizona or California and not know any Spanish? Mexican, I agree with your private-versus-public response from a legal perspective, but from a personal perspective, puh-leez, the dude needs to learn a little Spanish.
A.C. Doyle, Queretaro, via ocweekly.com
I speak fairly fluent Spanish but would never use it in a work environment. It is the Chicano’s responsibility (look it up if it’s a strange word) to learn the lingua franca of this country. Spanish is only good for certain low-skilled work environments.
Pinche Villa, via ocweekly.com
Unfortunately, Chain Reaction doesn’t really host ska shows anymore—very, very rarely [Lilledeshan Bose’s “Planting the Seeds for a Ska Revival,” Sept. 17]. I guess with the change of bookers, the current one doesn’t care for the genre, and it’s sad because a lot of us were bred in the ska scene at Chain Reaction. That’s where it all started for me almost 10 years ago.
J, via ocweekly.com
DAVE IS OUR INSPIRATION, TOO
We moved to a small, rural town to raise our family and escape all things negative about Southern California. Your article, though, reminded me of what I miss most and encourages me to continue my relentless pursuit of the arts, even in small-town America [Dave Barton’s “Ecologically Sound,” Sept. 17]. The arts are alive and everywhere, and, yes, there is no such thing as too much. Many thanks.
Midge, Grants Pass, Oregon, via ocweekly.com
YOUR HELPFUL HINT FOR THE DAY
Very easy fix [Hey, You! “Parking-Space Cadet,” Sept. 17]. Remove valve cap from tire, insert small pebble inside, and replace valve stem. Jackass gets a flat tire. Don’t argue with an idiot; teach him a lesson.
Chester, Pacoima, via ocweekly.com
In Spencer Kornhaber’s Sept. 17 article “Los Angeles, That Other Scene,” the number of band members in Voxhaul Broadcast was incorrect. There are four. The Weekly regrets the error.
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