Arte

Chaka: Vandalism and the art of graffiti

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

It’s impossible to say exactly when graffiti art goes from vandalism to collectible. When it comes to something as subjective as art, coming from a place like the streets of Los Angeles, it usually takes a nod from the likes of Ashton Kutcher or Christina Aguilera. […]

Cultura popular

Zoot Suit Riot

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

I would much rather see a bunch of guys hanging around in suits, even if they are ill-fitting suits, than pants that could house several animals, and prints in which a clown would feel silly. […]

Columnistas

Loteria

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

Loteria is Spanish for lottery and the first games of this type came over from Spain in the 1700s. At first, they were hobbies of the wealthy but eventually they found their way in local fairs and parties. […]

Columnistas

The Spanglish of the cholo

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

This isn’t the typical Spanglish where one might say carro instead of coche, or always answer with “que” when “mande usted” would be more appropriate. No, this is more like saying “watcha,” or “trucha”. […]

California

Olvera Street, Los Angeles

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

Amid all the hustle and bustle, the offices and cars and museums and everything else going on at such a fast pace all around Los Angeles, everyone should make at least one pilgrimage to see where it all started. […]

Columnistas

Mexican loteria

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

Mexicans typically don’t need a game to drink but I guess for those of you who aren’t Mexican (and just supposed to be) you can add this to your themed party along with a piñata and a sombreros next to the margarita machine. […]

Arte

East Los Angeles, a video by Steve Saldivar

01/09/2014 Steve Saldivar

Este breve vídeo de Steve Saldívar, estudiante de multimedia en la prestigiosa Universidad de California en Berkeley, sobre su nativo Este de Los Angeles, entonces, me representa, define el lugar donde he estado viviendo en los últimos seis años. Por eso lo describo así, a continuación. […]

Columnistas

Fútbol, not Football

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

I may have gone to school in Orange County but I knew the basics of soccer far before I understood football or basketball. To my credit I did score the winning goal of the only game my junior high school team won. […]

Columnistas

Why do Mexicans Have so Many Kids?

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

To those of you who are waiting to start a family I would suggest this: don’t even look at a Mexican woman the wrong way, especially if she still has her catholic school uniform, because you could end up a daddy before you know it. […]

No Picture
Cultura popular

The Lakers as a Metaphor for Love and Identity

07/04/2011 Gabriel Lerner

Watching the Lakers games together could have been like finding a new denominator of our love. Or maybe the total opposite: it’s late, we are tired, the kid’s sleeping and we find ourselves together in the living room: Hey honey! Let’s watch the Lakers! […]