THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: LUIS TORRES ON THE PASSING OF GLORIA MOLINA, RICARDO ROMO ON JOE PEÑA, MARCIA ARQUETA MICHELSON ON WHERE I BELONG MARK GUERRERO’S EAST L.A. STORIES WITH MIKE AVERSA
This week we honor the memory of pioneering political activist Gloria Molina. Gloria was the first Latina to be elected to the California State Assembly, the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and was an advocate for many Latino issues. Luis Torres who is finishing a biography of the political leader gives us an assessment of her many accomplishments and the legacy she leaves.
Also this week Ricardo Romo’s Tejano Report returns. This week he looks at the work of San Antonio artist Joe Peña. The artist has achieved a career high point with his works exhibited at the statewide Soy de Tejas exhibit and at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art in Riverside, California. Check out his art work and in particular his attention to light and shadow in his paintings.
Guatemalan born author Marcia Arqueta Michelson reads from her young adult novel, “Where I Belong,” which addresses issues of belonging for immigrants living in the United States. She read from her work at her recent induction into the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters in Corpus Christi, Texas.
And musicologist and musician/performer Mark Guerrero returns with his East Los Angeles Music Stories podcast. This week he interviews Mike Aversa, a musician of the sixties and seventies who was part of several major bands.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia.