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POCHO favorites Mariachi Las Coronellasthe all-mujeres mariachi band from South Texas — continue their musical odyssey as they channel David Bowie’s 1973 Space Oddity, AKA “Ground Control to Major Tomas.”

The band was featured last weekend on Texas Public Radio with an hour long concert broadcast that includes Space Oddity, Theme from the Godfather, La LLorona, some Johnny Cash music, and lots more from bandleader Vanessa Del Fierro and the gang.

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A mountain of mashed potatoes, strange lights in the sky, and a mysterious five-note musical phrase mean life on Earth will never be the same after Close Encounters of the Latino Kind. [Video by Marlon Klug.]

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tijuanaMexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.”

In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate, and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast.

Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShana (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shana rhymed with Tijuana in 2012. [Mas…]

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Sing along with the music that celebrates the ordinary working people who keep this country — and the world — in business: Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine, This Land Is Your Land, and a stunning Leonard Cohen version of Solidarity Forever. [Mas…]

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They say the Washington, D.C. weather — typically mondo muggy in the summer — was unusually mild on August 28, 1963. But the air burned with the fire of freedom on the march, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, led by Martin Luther King. [Mas…]

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Celebrity chef and lifestyle guru Marisol takes time off from the Pinche Rata Race for A Day of Self-Care — and you can too! [Video by Más Mejor.]

R.I.P. Jerry Lewis, Enchilada King (video)

by Comic Saenz August 22, 2017 Cultura
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Carmen Miranda (Enchilada Gal) can sing and dance, and Dean Martin (Enchilada Man) can dance and sing, but Jerry Lewis (Enchilada King) steals the show. R.I.P.

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‘Donald Duck in Nutzi Land’ aka ‘Der Fuehrer’s Face’ (1943 video)

by Comic Saenz August 16, 2017 Cartoons
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Der Fuehrer’s Face (originally titled Donald Duck in Nutzi Land) is a 1943 American animated anti-Nazi propaganda short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in 1943 by RKO Radio Pictures. The cartoon, which features Donald Duck in a nightmare setting working at a factory in Nazi Germany, was made in an effort to […]

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Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee: ‘Expose and destroy racism and bigotry’

by Comic Saenz August 15, 2017 Cartoons
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Stan Lee‘s Marvel Comics characters aren’t shy about fighting racists and bigots. And neither is Stan. From “Stan’s Soapbox”, Bullpen Bulletins, December 1970:

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And then they came for the white women of Virginia (toon)

by Comic Saenz August 14, 2017 Cartoons
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RIP HEATHER HEYER, NAZI FIGHTER.

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POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz @ ComicCon’s Chicano Comics Panel (video)

by Comic Saenz August 4, 2017 Cartoons
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They let POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz speak at San Diego Comic Con 2017’s Chicano Comics panel — a home town audience. What happened next? Believe it or nalgas! [Video by QoVoC.]

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The Zoot Suits you are looking for are in Ciudad Juarez (photos)

by EDDIE ALMOST July 17, 2017 Cultura
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Just across the Rio Grande from El Paso is Ciudad Juarez, where suits are still zoot and chucos are still suave. Photographer Francesco Giusti shared his Ciudad Juarez photos with Roads and Kingdoms and we’re sharing some with you.

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Happy July 4! ‘I Like To Be in America’ from West Side Story 1961)

by Officer Krupke July 4, 2017 Cultura
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“Industry boom in America. Twelve in a room in America. Lots of new housing with more space. Lots of doors slamming in our face,” they sing in West Side Story (1961.) Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose? We’ve got all the lyrics, too:

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Castro defends ‘Blue Rubber Band Man’ as July 4 parade marshall

by Comic Saenz July 4, 2017 El Now
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(PNS reporting from VISALIA, CA) Outgoing Visalia Chamber of Commerce president Adrianna Castro stands behind the selection of her brother, area broccoli farmer and businessman Eddie Reyes, as Grand Marshall for today’s annual July 4th parade. “Eddie is not only an outstanding, civic-mind citizen,” she told PNS early this morning, “but his blue broccoli rubber bands […]

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Los Lobos: ‘One Time, One Night in America’ (July 4 video, lyrics)

by Comic Saenz June 30, 2017 Cultura
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Sometimes homies Los Lobos sound like they are John Cougar Mellencamp’s or Tom Petty’s brothers from another mother. This is one of those times. These all-American stars sing all-American stories, like One Time, One Night in America. Respect. Mira los lyrics:

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No ‘taco trucks on every corner’? We’ve got a Taco Truck Playhouse!

by Comic Saenz June 28, 2017 Cultura
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We could have elected Hillary and ended up with the dread TACO TRUCKS ON EVERY CORNER, but no. Resist and teach your children well with this adorable carboard Taco Truck Playhouse, just $69 right here. Now we’re sad. We made this Taco Trucks Anthem and what did it get us? Nada!

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Moby is tired, feels it’s all been goin’ wrong (Steve Cutts music video)

by Comic Saenz June 21, 2017 Cartoons
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Moby and the Void Pacific Choir think everything has been going wrong In This Cold Place. Are they pointing out one Orange Cheeto guy as the guilty party? The so-called “alt reich” hates that shit! [The video by Steve Cutts features amazing homages to classic superheroes, animated TV series, old video games, and even modern […]

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Brown Betty Boop and Bimbo the Dog: ‘Bamboo Isle’ (1932 video)

by Comic Saenz June 8, 2017 Cartoons
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“Island music” from the Royal Samoans, a dark-skinned Betty Boop, Bimbo the dog, hot jazz, LOL Yiddish jokes, ooga-ooga natives, this cartoon has it all!

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Goldie Han Solo, 4, eulogized at tearful funeral: ‘She always smiled’

by Comic Saenz May 25, 2017 El Now
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(PNS reporting from PALOS VERDES, CA) Beloved aquatic family member Goldie Han Solo was remembered for her cheerful demeanor and active lifestyle at a tearful funeral ceremony in the Solo family’s back yard here Tuesday. Goldie, believed to be four years old (photo), apparently died of asphyxiation and/or dehydration after she leaped from her fishbowl […]

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Cutty Flam’s latest prom punk rola “Runaway” is EZ 2 dance 2 (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 15, 2017 Audio
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POCHO amigos Cutty Flam, the alt.rock.band from your black-and-white-retro future, asked us a pregunta on the Twitter: Do you want a new Prom Punk Rola to dance with your Angel Baby? Why, yes we do! Here is the latest from these local faves: Runaway. Now send the Angel Baby, por fa.

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Speedy-bi Speedy-bo, die schnellste Maus von Mexiko! (lyrics, videos)

by Comic Saenz May 12, 2017 Cartoons
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With Germany’s Angela Merkel the new leader of the “Free World,” we thought it was time to brush up on our German, so we asked Mexico’s Fastest Mouse, Speedy Gonzales, for help. Take it away, Speedy el Maus! Übergrosser gelber Sombrero, weisser Poncho, weisse Hose und ein rotes Halstuch. Das ist Speedy Gonzales, Die schnellste […]

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We like these entries in the #MyOREOCreation Twitter contest! (toons)

by Comic Saenz May 9, 2017 Cartoons
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POCHO amiga Bernadette Rivero — top cookie at Cortez Brothers, a creative broadcast production company — shared two concepts for the #MyOreoCreation contest on the Twitter. We asked her what was up with that. Here’s what she emailed back:

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¡Ask a Mexican! How should Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo? (video)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2017 Cultura

POCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano dons traditional garb to esplain How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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L.A. OGs WAR (the ORIGINAL band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2017 Audio
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This 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back. L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, […]

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