Los Angeles is turning into Mexico!
It's a racist old joke told by the likes of Adam Carolla and Jay Leno, to name a few. The problem is, it's just not true.
Sure, one out of every two of us in the county is Latino, but that's a far cry from a town turning into Mexico. Here's why:
In 2000, members of the Zapatista Air Force launched an attack on Mexican soldiers stationed in Chiapas. Before this, no one knew the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, notoriously ill-equipped and mainly made up of indigenous people who lived in self-governed rural communities, even had an air ... More >>
Brandon ShowersEditor's note: This week Erica E. Phillips tells the remarkable story of Los Angeles group Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece who play a traditional type of Veracruz music called Son Jarocho. But they're controversial because they put their own spin on it -- merging a punk ethos, imp ... More >>
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Innovative Portland-based publishing model Publication Studio is putting out a new novel by its founder, Matthew Stadler. A murder mystery set in the mountain city of Guanajuato, Mexico, the plot of Chloe Jarren's La Cucaracha unfolds at sumptuous dinn ... More >>
J. KoslowPopshop Creations
With Southern California's sunny climate and proximity to Mexico, the paleta has been alive and well for decades. Now that the NYT has conveniently proclaimed that ice cream sandwiches are out and frozen-treats-on-a-stick are back in, we thought we'd look around L ... More >>
Xocolatl Cacao, Tea and Coffeehouse in El Sereno, which had a soft opening about a month ago, will have its grand opening this Saturday morning, December 12th, at 10 a.m. The coffeehouse is a project of the Semillas Community Schools, an 8 year-old charter school right across the street from the sho ... More >>
M.I.A., as shot by Shawn Mortensen
The other night as M.I.A. was winding down her Coachella performance of "Paper Planes," she dedicated the song to longtime L.A. photographer Shawn Mortensen, who died last week at the age of 42. We've received a few notes of remembrance from friends and colleagues ... More >>
Off in Chiapas, I missed the massive annual Pride Parade in downtown Mexico City, but Cesar Arellano has photos. Check them out here and here and here.
It was the 30th anniversary of the first gay march in Mexico City, which happened in 1978, at a time when gay activists were spied upon and eve ... More >>