THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: MARK GUERRERO’S CHICANO MUSIC CHRONICLES VISITS WITH GILBERT ROCHA, RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT ON SAN ANTONIO’S RENOVATED PILAM PARK, CELEBRATING DIA DE LOS TRES MAGOS WITH LA ROSCA AND PAT MORA READS “LEGAL ALIEN.”
We start off the new year with Mark Guerrero’s Chicano Music Chronicles as he visits with musician Gilbert Rocha. You may not have heard of Gilbert but you should know that he was the bandleader that first “discovered” the talent of Richie Valens! Ritchie played in Rocha’s band before he hit it big and it was Rocha who encouraged Ritche and his music from the start although Ritchie was then only sixteen years old! Check out Mark’s fascinating interview.
Also this week, Ricardo Romo reports on the renovation of San Antonio’s Pilam Park and The efforts to give life to the surrounding community led by Dr. Carlos Orozco.
While Christmas may be over, the celebration of the Christmas holiday continues in many Latino households with the celebration of the Day of the Three Kings on January 6th. And we have a tasty video recipe for you to try out, have you ever made La Rosca? This is the traditional Mexican pastry made for the celebration of the Day of the Three Kings, Dia de los Tres Magos. Try it out!
And last but not least, New Mexico poet Pat Mora, who founded El Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros, reads her poem, “Legal Alien,” about the complexity of being bilingual and bi-cultural.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia.