The legendary community organizer influenced a generation of Latino civil-rights activists. But in OC, he was run out of town
Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece son jarocho inspired ensemble from East Los Angeles, are beaming after the release of their latest music video "Luna Lovers." Our sister blog over at the LA Weekly had the honors of exclusively premiering the social media exploding effort last Thursday. The song is the s ... More >>
After Thanksgiving, my holiday diet mainly consists of tamales and pozole until a few days after the New Year. With that uptick being the case for a lot of us Mexis, Wienerschnitzel is wise to roll out its 'for a limited time only' Chili Cheese Tamales starting this month. Loving the signature brown ... More >>
According to both the LA Times and our sister paper LA Weekly, the DEA raided three pot shops and ordered several dozen other marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles to close yesterday. The three raids took place downtown, and in Silverlake and Boyle Heights, but landlords and club operators of 6 ... More >>
[Editor's Note: This new Weekly music feature highlights outtakes and personal stories from bands who just finished working their asses off to put out new music.]Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece Latino folk-fusion band birthed out of the Eastside Café in El Sereno, keep the rhythms of son jarocho a ... More >>
The first time I ever saw buches--perhaps more properly known as pescuezos de pollo--was at the late, lamented Breed Street vendor fair in Boyle Heights, where the scent of frying chicken competed for olfactory primacy against enchiladas, pambazos, churros, and pit-roasted meat. I wasn't paying atte ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And will Mexicans support Marco Rubio?
Eddie Solis wasn't kidding when he told us that he enjoys taking public transportation in the city. The LA native (proudly from Boyle Heights, yo!) Says traffic, instead of being "harsh" and "time-consuming," is "fun." And he put his money where his mouth is in The New Los Angeles, reissued wit ... More >>
The LA band live and breathe their city
On site in Santiago filming a new music video for 'La Vitrola' While Southern California has been slugging through an often humid summer full of music events and festivals, singer-songwriter Pilar Díaz has been chillin' in Chile as inverted seasons make the country a winter wonderland. Hard at ... More >>
Last year was a tumultuous ride for the heralded LA-based institution known as Homeboy Industries. Despite its reputable work over two decades in transforming the lives of gang members through employment and other programs, its money coffers have dried up. The organization, founded by Boyle Heig ... More >>
Note: actual Skyscraper sandwich much taller than this...Another food contest for the local gluttons: the Tommy Pastrami chain wants YOU to be the fastest person to eat TWO of their Skyscraper Pastrami sandwiches to win $500. A full fortune that is! Details after the jump!
[Mental Notes] The best alt-Latin acts in OC
Earlier this week, I introduced readers to my "Latin Alternative Music Guide: LA Edición" and the musicians who compiled it - a task too much for one person and one blog post! (Other "must listens" that came to mind after publication were Cava, Monte Carlo 76, and BEATMO to name a few) Now I turn t ... More >>
www.pilardiaz.comOur lovely, monstrous, sprawling metropolis to the North otherwise known as Los Angeles has seen new talent fuse with established artists to create a revival of sorts in the broad Latin Alternative music scene. Supportive venues like La Cita in downtown Los Angeles, and Eastside ... More >>
Flickr user vpickeringWhere food trend predictions come from...We're coming up to the end of the year, which means it's time for would-be tastemakers to make all sorts of bold and useless predictions about what the new trends are. That people pay to hear this nonsense is hysterical (though the fa ... More >>
Police believe East LA high-school dropout Jose Saenz has killed a good friend and the mother of his daughter
Headline: Two arrested following attempted carjacking fvproud wrote: Latinos en masse are a parasite on a community. Racist statement? Yes. Untrue? No. Name a latino community that is nice? Still waiting. Still waiting. Santa Ana, Bell Gardens, Bell, Parts of Anaheim, Stanton, Midway City, South ... More >>
Andrew YoussefLast Night: Vampire Weekend at the Art Theatre in Long Beach (11/02/09)Better Than: the last time I saw them at the Glass House in September of 2008.After a secret show in Chinatown and a last minute show in Boyle Heights, Vampire Weekend "officially" kicked off their mini tour of C ... More >>
My email and Facebook in-box have been invaded with the news that longtime Latino activist/racialist Larry "Nativo" Lopez was arrested on felony counts of voter fraud this Wednesday. We'll see whether the charges (that he voted in Boyle Heights but lives in OC), but my only comment at this point is ... More >>
Joe Dunn fights for Mexicans, gets an ass
The Crimson Rivers, plus "crazy/beautiful"
Union 13 let it burn