Hola my gente! I have great news for you this week–the launch of Sergio Hernandez´s new cartoon strip Arnie & Porfi. These are two loving but mismatched cousins (one, muy listo y el otro medio tapado) that Sergio created for the celebrated literary and arts magazine Con Safos. Well, this week Arnie and Porfi return! Watch for these rollicking characters every week on Latinopia!
Y hablando de bloggers, la Sara Ines returns with another Thinking Latina blog. Check her muy pesao thoughts on latinos and la technologia. Wow!, someone is thinking! Dan Guerrero is busy for the next few weeks traveling on tour with his one-man show Gaytino, so for the next few weeks we will have some guest bloggers in his place. This week, its our friend and colega Michael Sedano of La Bloga who makes some pretty cool observations of the Chicano literary canon.(entre nos: your Tia didn’t quite get “literary canon” que we shoot books at people? Pues in a way…)
We have two exciting videos this week, one in History and one in Music. In History we complete the two-part story of the founding of Chicano Park under the Coronado Bridge in San Diego. Your Tia knew nothing about this historic fight but my movimiento Tio Braulio me dio todo el low down. Fijense. It seems the city of San Diego had promised the land under the Coronado Bridge to the Mexican American community of Logan Heights so community activists could convert the land into a public park for the chavalitos. But when the city went back on its word, the citizens of Logan Heights tore down the fencing around the land and occupied the land for 12 days! Hijole, like a hen protecting her pollitos, the padres and madres of Logan Heights defended the right of their children to have a park! Pos, imaginate! The city council eventually had to give in and then the folks of Logan Heights se aventaron and began painting murals in the park! Pues check out the video y te dira todo!
In Music, Agustin Lira and Patricia Wells Soloranzano of Fresno-based El Teatro de la Tierra return with another Teatro member, Merlinda Espinosa, who beautiful voice renders a poignant song about the struggle for freedom throughout the Americas.
And in Literature we have another in our series of book reviews of the classics of the Latino Lliterary canon. This time Dr. Thelma Reyna dazzles us with a review of the late Estela Portillo Tramley’s first book, Rain of Scorpions and Other Writings. Oh, and later this week we’ll be posting on monthly events calendar.
Bueno, como dice me Tio Braulio, “Nothin’ to it, but to do it!” So get on with watching this week’s videos and reading this week’s blogs.
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