For nearly 30 years, Lalo Alcaraz has been giving the world thoughtful Chicano satire that’s both funny and ferociously real, and this year he was recognized for it as a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The former L.A. Weekly editorial cartoonist (1992-2010) is best known for his daily strip La Cucaracha, which explores and skewers issues of race, class, politics and more. Of course, in the age of Trump, these conversations are more needed than ever, especially when it comes to the Latin community.
Alcaraz will be engaging with fans and followers live from LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Zoom and Facebook Live tonight for a lively chat and celebration, as part of Plaza’s newly-launched virtual platform presenting conversations, demonstrations and performances. Yes, it’s Cinco de Mayo, but as the artist/journalist/television/film writer is sure to discuss, the holiday marking the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, isn’t as big of a deal in Mexico as it is here. You can’t go out for cervezas or margaritas this year for Cinco, but spending it with Alcaraz -who’ll be talking about his career and issues such as immigration, government and more- seems like an even better way to honor our culture. 7-8 p.m. PST. Register for Zoom link here.