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Abel Salas

Left to right: Natalia Melendez

L.A.'s Only All-Gay Mariachi Band

Carlos Samaniego didn’t really know he was queer until college. But he remembers yearning to be a mariachi crooner as early as grade school. Luckily for him, LAUSD supports a mariachi band program as part of the music department at El Sereno Middle School. “I started on the guitarrón,” recalls......
Ana Guerrero

Ana Guerrero: Mayor Eric Garcetti's Chief of Staff

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. At 6:25 a.m., during the March 17 earthquake in the Sepulveda Pass, Ana Guerrero was spinning at a low-key gym in Lincoln Heights. As chief of staff to Los Angeles Mayor Eric......
LA Xicano catalogue; Credit: University of Washington Press

'L.A. Xicano' Exhibits Wrap a Banner Season for Chicano Art

The outdoor balcony on the north end of UCLA's Haines Hall was a fitting place for the informal pizza party last week concluding a series of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions loosely gathered under the "L.A. Xicano" heading. The campus building houses the Chicano Studies Research Center as well as the......
Dr. Shifra Goldman led efforts to restore the David Alfaro Siqueiros Mural at Olvera Street.; Credit: Photo courtesy of the Family

Shifra Goldman Celebrated as the Godmother of Chicano Art

In many ways, art historian, scholar and political activist Shifra Goldman was the madrina -- the godmother -- of Chicano art. A memorial service in her honor held October 15 at the Professional Musicians Local 47 was marked by an outpouring of love and sympathetic eulogies from artists and intellectuals,......
Esai Morales (l.) as Lee Valenzuela and Raymond Cruz as cousin "Memo" in Los Americans.

Los Americans With Esai Morales, Now Screening on L.A. City Buses' Transit TV

With his new web series Los Americans, writer-director Dennis Leoni has been resurrected. The creator of the short-lived Resurrection Blvd. series for Showtime has gone from a show about a working-class Latino family with championship boxing aspirations to a show about an upper-middle class Latino household led by a newly......
Credit: Gil Ortiz

Gilbert 'Magú,' Luján, Chicano Art Icon: An Appreciation

Gilbert "Magú" Luján used to laugh when described as a Chicano art icon, but he is more than deserving of the title. His irreverent, playful work across a broad spectrum of media that included cardboard, metal, ceramic tile and organic material, among others, fused a distinct visual vocabulary with his......