In DREAMER, an ordinary Latino dude comes home from work and discovers he has been replaced by a whiter version of himself. And Ms. Latino Dude? Don’t ask! [Written by and starring Eddie Mujica; directed and edited by Chris Sturgeon.]

pinholeThose new neighbors, you know, those people down the hall or across the street — where do they come from? What’s that crazy moon language? What are they up to? If you see something, say something.

Here are the Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Tell If Your New Neighbors Are Terrorists:

8. Since sunset on Sunday, they’ve been burning more and more candles every night and singing in a Middle Eastern language.

7. They instruct their children — even pre-K kids — in violent martial arts, regularly staging practice backyard executions where children swinging war sticks decapitate colorful paper effigies strung up for torture.

6. Suspiciously clean-cut young men in shirts and ties living in the house regularly head out on bikes for neighborhood surveillance, knock on doors to see who is home, and take copious notes after every encounter. [Mas…]

Rula the parrot, from Tracy, in San Joaquin County, is a dirty-mouthed bird according to Spanish-speaking — and Spanish-HEARING — neighbors. Or not. The animal authorities have been advised of the situation, but none of their on-staff critter wranglers are bilingual.


(PNS reporting from SANTA MONICA) Neighbors in the south wing of the Casa Sanchez Apartments on South Centinela are concerned that the nice couple in apartment 2B has stopped having the nightly loud sex that intrigued, amused and stimulated everyone else in the building.

“Everyone hopes they’re OK,” 2C tenant Scott Alvarado (photo, right) told PNS Sunday. “They seemed like such sweet kids and very much in love. Relationships are hard.” [Mas…]

Pocha by adoption, Santa Monica native Suzanne Vega grew up in Spanish Harlem with her Boricua father. Luka, a huge hit for the singer-songwriter in 1987, is still profoundly disturbing. Can we ever really know what goes on behind the closed doors up on the second floor?