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Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles – August 17 and 18, 2013

Latino Comics Expo Los Angeles

Is this you?

I  love comics

I would like to meet some cool comic book writers.

I want to write a comic book. 

If you are like me and think comics are a great way to share the human experience, then you have to check this out. This weekend the Latino Comics Expo will take place at the Museum of Latin American Art located at the corner of 6th Street and Alamitos in Long Beach, CA (628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 ). The Expo will host over 50 artists and vendors there to meet and check out their stuff.

I will be there on Saturday. For 9 bucks, I will be talking to the comic book artists, asking questions, taking notes and attending the 4 panels of the day. 9 bucks? Well, if you are a student, you can get in for 6 bucks. OK, if you really want to do it on the cheap, and you want to check it out on Sunday, the museum and festival is free. As always, please use your savings to buy something from the artists to keep the scene alive.

Back to the panels on Saturday. At noon, the panel will be “DIY Comics- The ins and outs of creating & publishing your own comics” with Javier Hernandez, Alex Olivas, Eric Esquivel, Gabriel Gamboa and Crystal Gonzalez.

Then, at 1, the panel will be “Spandexed Latinos: Geometric Storytelling in Superhero Comics” with Professor Frederick Aldama presenting a more in-depth view of the comic form.

At 2, you will get to watch some wild animated short films, “The Jim Lujan Cartoon Show.”

If that wasn’t enough, at 3 is “Bring on The Lucha Heroes: 60 Years of Mexican Masked Wrestlers in Comics” with Keith Rainville, Rafael Navarro, J. Gonzo, Dan Madigan and luchador Lestat.

I can’t make it on Sunday, but if I could, I would check out the Latina Power Roundtable at 1 and three other amazing panels. Sunday (only) also has very cool crafts for the kids where they can make their own comics and superhero masks.

Don’t miss this one. I hope to see you there!

For more information. please visit the Latino Comics Expo website.


LA Taco’s 2012 List of Things To Do for Día de los Muertos in the Los Angeles Area

LA Taco 2012 Dia de los Muertos Guide

The Best 2012 Dia de los Muertos Guide, Los Angeles


Sheezz Louise! They did it again. Erick Huerta writing for L.A. Taco has come up with another fantastic list of the Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead things to do in the Los Angeles area. If you want to celebrate the holiday, there is bound to be something on the list that suits your taste.

Many of the notable eastside musical acts will be playing the area at the events including Ozomalti, Upground, Las Cafeteras, Queztal, Quinto Sol, La Santa Cecilia, Very Be Careful, and El Vez as the MC for the event in Grand Park

So without furthu ado, click the link below to open up the possibilites….



Dia de los Muertos 2011 in Los Angeles (Day of the Dead)

Dia de Los Muertos 2011

Dia de Los Muertos 2011

Have you made plans for Dia de los Muertos? This is a fun, yet reverent Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years. On this day, a National holiday in Mexico, people remember loved ones that have passed. Like Halloween, it is celebrated with costumes and candy. You will see many people who have painted their faces like a fanciful skulls. At many of the events, they will sell skulls made of sugar that you may decorate and eat.

Need some suggestions on where to go? Then, check out LA Taco’s incredibly comprehensive list of events in the LA area at As this is LA, there are some interesting offshoots from the traditional celebrations.

Among the highlights of the 30+ events listed on LA Taco’s guide are:

It seems to get better each year.

Dengue Fever, Kinky, 40 other major acts, and YOU performing at the free Make Music Pasadena Festival

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, from 11am till 10pm,  Pasadena, Califonia will be transformed into a rosy musical free-for-all!

Make Music Pasadena will have stages in Old Pasadena, One Colorado, the Playhouse District, the Armory Center for the Arts, and Memorial Park to celebrate World Music Day. The festival will be featuring internationally acclaimed bands like Dengue Fever, Kinky, Nortec Collective presents Bostich + Fussible, and the Raveonettes. It will also share the love with amateur musicians that are encouraged to perform in the streets.

The mission of Make Music Pasadena is to “encourage the community to Make Music where ever and how ever they can”. The ExperienceLA website announcing the event adds:

Along sidewalks and on street corners, in alleys and building lobbies, parks and courtyards, strains of Beethoven’s 5th blends with a Zeppelin guitar riff and a Coltrane saxophone solo as Pasadena becomes home to MAKE MUSIC PASADENA – A Fete de la Musique event.
On Saturday, June 21, 2008, the longest day of the year, Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District will become a musician’s playground.

 A musicians playground…hmmm…I think it is time to dust off that guitar and practice knock, knock, knocking on Pasadena’s door. If not the guitar, bring the camera – the city is sure to be a great big photo op.

This is another great festival situated close to a Metro Rail station (Memorial Park stop). They will even have the Pasadena ARTS Buses shuttling people for free along the festival route.

See the full schedule of the day’s events HERE.

For more information, visit



See Jackson Browne at 2008 Lummis Festival – for free!

The third annual Lummis Day Festival will feature, music, puppet shows, dance, poetry, crafts and great food on June 1, 2008 from 10:30 am  till 7:30 pm. The festival will take place in Sycamore Grove Park, located at 4900 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

The festival gets its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, the one of the first librarians of the City of Los Angeles, the first City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, founder of the Southwest Museum, and famous walker (he walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles in 1884).

This year’s festival will feature a performance by the legendary artist Jackson Browne. Browne lived many years of his life in the area. A singer-songwriter known for his classic albums — For Everyman, Late for the Sky, and The Pretender — he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He also co-wrote the Eagles’ hit song “Take it Easy” with Glenn Frey. Jackson Browne is scheduled to perform at 6 pm.

Other acts scheduled of note to appear are Carlos GuitarlosMariachi Divas, Chapin Sisters, Cava, and  Culture ClashCLICK HERE for the full schedule.

Although there is plenty of free parking, take the Metro Gold Line and save some money on gas. The Southwestern Museum stop is a short walk to the festival.

For more information,


Tierra, War, Malo, Little Willie G, Thee Midniters, Mariachis, and fireworks to celebrate the East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening

This should be a great free event.

The East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening will be on Saturday, May 10th, 2008 from 9am till 10pm.  The concert starts at 5pm.

The East Los Angeles Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St. in East Los Angeles.

For more information, see Supervisor Gloria Molina’s website or this article from the LA TIMES.


Gigantic weekend Menudo Love Fest around MacArthur Park


On March 15 & 16, 2008 from noon till 10pm, there will be a large Menudo Cook-off Street Fair. The festival will offer free admission, free gifts, and free live music. There will be a charge for the carnival rides, games, and to eat your fill of menudo.

The fair will take place near the corner of Wilshire and Alvarado

For more information:



Mujeres de Maiz will present a month-long series of events on the eastside

Graphic from 

The Mujeres de Maiz, a nationwide collective of women artists, will celebrate their 11th anniversary with events at various eastside locations. The events include an art showing, poetry, live music, film, a lecture, and other events in recognition of International Women’s Day.

The events take place from March 8 till the 30, 2008. Click here for the full schedule.

Click here to read the related post from the blog Pachucoville.

 For more information, visit



Dance lessons at the Music Center for only a dollar

Image from Active Arts website

Active Arts will be hosting “A Taste of Dance” at the Music Center Plaza on March 29, 2008, from 11am till 4pm.  The 20-minute lessons are only one dollar.

Here is the schedule for the day:

11:00 – 11:20   80’s Warm-Up
11:30 – 1:30     20-minute dance lessons:
     Kahiko (hula)
     Korean Fan Dance 
     Music Video Choreography 
     Scandanavian Dance
1:30 – 3:30    20-minute dance lessons: 
     Popping and Locking 
     Viennese Waltz
3:30 – 4:15    Caribbean

No prior ability to boogie down is required. Wear comfordable clothes and be ready to take off your shoes for certain dances (we are not telling which– we are sworn to secrecy).

Tickets go on sale at 10:30 on site. As you might expect, the classes are limited and the place should be packed, so get there early.

 The Music Center Plaza is located at 135 North Grand Ave in Downtown L.A.

For more information:



The 2012 Thai New Year’s Day Songkran Festival – One of the Best Festivals in Los Angeles

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Updated February 24, 2012

The 2012 L.A. Thai Songkran Festival returns in April!

The 9th annual Thai New Year’s Day Songkran Festival on Hollywood Blvd  in located in the City of Los Angeles will take place on:

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The festivities, known at the “Biggest Cultural Event Outside Thailand” will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m with most of the cool stuff happening after noon. This treasure of Los Angeles takes place in East Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. between Western and Normandie. The official website (which is more helpful if you speak Thai) is at

In researching this article, I came across their new Facebook page. I think by April 15, we should try to get them to 1,000 likes!

Whaddaya say? Like away!

We will try to post more as we get more details.

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Below is the original post from 2008

What makes this festival one of the Top 10 festivals in Southern California?

The money in your wallet can go towards that one-of-a-kind gift.

This is the largest Thai festival in the United States. It is a celebration of the Thai culture for people of Thai decent living in the US that we can all take part in. On a Sunday in April, Hollywood Boulevard will transform into a Bangkok street.

There will be an abundance of traditional Thai dishes including pad thai, satay, and mango with sticky rice. This year also marks the beginning of the International Curry Festival.

The first instance of the Annual International Curry Festival will celebrate curry in all its forms. Curry transcends culture. Although originally from India, other cultures including Thailand and Japan have created national dishes flavored with curry.

More from Thai CDC:

Not only will the Thai curry be the super star that day, all kinds of curry related products, regardless of their national origins, shape, color, spice level, texture will be worshipped. All the international curry products will also have a chance to compete for the CURRY KING title. In this event people can try different kind of curry dishes, desserts, and snacks that are made with curry. In addition to that, the participants can learn how to make easy and flavorsome curry dishes and desserts demonstrated by star chef Jet Tila and others. People will also find unique and special curry ingredients from around the world that they have never seen and tasted before.

Over 200 booths, two main stages and a boxing ring will give you many ways to sample Thai culture.
Highlights: Thai water blessing (from 8am till 9am), Vendors selling Thai handicrafts, Muay Thai Boxing, a community parade, the Thai Traditional Attire Fashion Show, craft areas for the kids, Thai classical and folk dances, live music, the Singha Beer Garden, Miss Thai Town New Year USA beauty contest, Jonas and Kristy, intricate fruit carving demonstrations, free health screenings, and the 5k Run/Walk.


Use public transportation to the festival and skip the headache of searching for a parking space.

Say “sa-wat-di pi mai” (happy new year) to everyone you meet. You can also try “krai kai kai kai” which means “who sells chicken eggs?”. Click here for some more basic Thai phrases.

For more information (mostly in Thai):