ritchie valens

fathersdaychurchsignFather and Son Chile-Eating Contest: Quién es más macho? The East Pocho Optimists Club once again sets up shop at Fernando Valenzuela Field for their annual chile-eating contest, which pits father-son teams against each other to see who can ascend the Picante Podium of Pain. The winning team wins even more chiles! Sunday, noon.

Bronche: Angry Bull cocktails (Red Bull, tequila, orange juice) are just $3 and dads get all the Mexican Meatloaf Sliders they want for free on Father’s Day at TGI Viernes in the Rancho Pocho Mall. Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM. Mention my name, Chale Knickerbocker, for a blank stare. [Mas…]

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fathersdaychurchsignFather and Son Chile-Eating Contest: Quién es más macho? The East Pocho Optimists Club once again sets up shop at Fernando Valenzuela Field for their annual chile-eating contest, which pits father-son teams against each other to see who can ascend the Picante Podium of Pain. The winning team wins even more chiles! Sunday, noon.

Bronche: Angry Bull cocktails (Red Bull, tequila, orange juice) are just $3 and dads get all the Mexican Meatloaf Sliders they want for free on Father’s Day at TGI Viernes in the Rancho Pocho Mall. Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM. Mention my name, Chale Knickerbocker, for a blank stare. [Mas…]

🎶 We had a Prez, Oh Bama was his name…🎶

Chicano superstars Tierra channel the spirit of dead Pacoima pocho Ritchie Valens’ hit Oh, Donna in Oh, Bama, a love song for President Obama. We miss him, too.

fathersdaychurchsignFather and Son Chile-Eating Contest: Quién es más macho? The East Pocho Optimists Club once again sets up shop at Fernando Valenzuela Field for their annual chile-eating contest, which pits father-son teams against each other to see who can ascend the Picante Podium of Pain. The winning team wins even more chiles! Sunday, noon.

Bronche: Angry Bull cocktails (Red Bull, tequila, orange juice) are just $3 and dads get all the Mexican Meatloaf Sliders they want for free on Father’s Day at TGI Viernes in the Rancho Pocho Mall. Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM. Mention my name, Chale Knickerbocker, for a blank stare. [Mas…]

newspaperToday marks the sad anniversary of “the day the music died,” the February 3, 1959 airplane crash that took the lives of rock stars Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

Valens, from the L.A. suburb of Pacoima, was born Richard Steven Valenzuela and some consider him the father of Chicano rock. Pocho Valens didn’t espeak Espanish, so he sang the lyrics to La Bamba from a phonetic cheat sheet.

Click for music videos of Chantilly Lace from the Bopper, Peggy Sue by Holly and the actual Valens La Bamba recording sessions, plus a Don McLean performance of The Day the Music Died. [Mas…]

RIP Bobby Chacon, Pacoima’s World Champion (toon)

by SERG HERNANDEZ September 12, 2016 Cartoons
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Former Super Featherweight and Featherweight World Boxing Champion Bobby Chacon died September 7. The Pacoima-born sensation was only 64 and suffered from boxing-induced dementia.

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New stamp honors Profe Jaime Escalante (‘Stand and Deliver’)

by Andalé Mono July 14, 2016 Cartoons
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The United States Postal Service picked the 87th conference of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to premiere its stamp honoring Jaime Escalante, the East Los high school math teacher who was the hero of the film Stand and Deliver. Edward J. Olmos played Escalante in the film (video […]

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Around Our Town: Puro Party Picks for Father’s Day Weekend 2016

by CHALE KNICKERBOCKER, SOCIETY EDITOR June 17, 2016 Cultura
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Father and Son Chile-Eating Contest: Quién es más macho? The East Pocho Optimists Club once again sets up shop at Fernando Valenzuela Field for their annual chile-eating contest, which pits father-son teams against each other to see who can ascend the Picante Podium of Pain. The winning team wins even more chiles! Sunday, noon. Bronche: […]

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My SUNY Senior Thesis: Ritchie Valens and the Creation of Chicano Rock

by DANNA CARINA May 16, 2016 Cultura
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[Editor’s Note: When we shared our Happy Birthday Ritchie Valens story on Facebook last Friday, FB user Danna Carina commented, “Ritchie was the subject of my senior thesis and I graduated with my Bachelors yesterday ON HIS BIRTHDAY. Good omen I suppose!” We wanted to see what she wrote, and to share it with you. […]

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Ritchie Valens: ‘Come on, let’s go!’ (music video 1958)

by QUESO QUESEM September 4, 2015 Cultura
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Ritchie Valens wrote and recorded this in 1958. You, go, Ritchie! [This is a fan mashup video.]

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Around Our Town: Cool places to go and do stuff on Father’s Day

by CHALE KNICKERBOCKER, SOCIETY EDITOR June 19, 2015 Cultura
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Father and Son Chile-Eating Contest: Quién es más macho? The East Pocho Optimists Club once again sets up shop at Fernando Valenzuela Field for their annual chile-eating contest, which pits father-son teams against each other to see who can ascend the Picante Podium of Pain. The winning team wins even more chiles! Sunday, noon. Bronche: […]

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Goo goo goo joob: A walrus (who IS a marinero) baila ‘La Bamba’ (video)

by Soy Capitan February 3, 2015 Cultura
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“Goo goo goo joob,” you say? “I am the Walrus?” Then you gotta dance to La Bamba, Marinero!

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Today is the day the music (and Ritchie Valens) died

by Comic Saenz February 3, 2015 Cultura
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Today marks the sad anniversary of “the day the music died,” the February 3, 1959 airplane crash that took the lives of rock stars Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. Valens, from the L.A. suburb of Pacoima, was born Richard Steven Valenzuela and some consider him the father of Chicano rock. Pocho Valens […]

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Around Our Town: Where to go, what to do on Father’s Day

by CHALE KNICKERBOCKER, SOCIETY EDITOR June 13, 2014 Cultura
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Father and Son Chile-Eating Contest: Quién es más macho? The East Pocho Optimists Club once again sets up shop at Fernando Valenzuela Field for their annual chile-eating contest, which pits father-son teams against each other to see who can ascend the Picante Podium of Pain. The winning team wins even more chile! Sunday, noon. Bronche: […]

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RIP Jesus ‘Chucho’ Perales, Chicano rock pioneer (video)

by Soy Capitan June 9, 2014 Cultura
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Jesus “Chucho” Perales, a founding member and guitarist with Mando & the Chili Peppers, a band considered to be among the very first of the Chicano rock ‘n’ rollers in the mid-1950s, died Sunday. He was 78. My San Antonio writes: The Chili Peppers were the first Mexican-American group to appear on American Bandstand. The […]

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Pocho Ocho upworthy Latino quotes Chipotle should have used

by Especial Correspondents May 19, 2014 Cultura
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As POCHO amigo Gustavo Arellano noted Friday, Chipotle Mexican Grill pulled a boner when it decided to put short stories from ten famous authors on its cups and bags but couldn’t find one Latino with words worthy enough to wrap its burritos. There’s now a Facebook book group organizing around this issue and the Pochodores have been brainstorming inspirational […]

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Happy Birthday Ritchie Valens, Pocho Pride of Pacoima (music videos)

by Soy Capitan May 13, 2014 Cultura
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Happy birthday, dead Ritchie Valens, born this day in 1941. Valens, from the L.A. suburb of Pacoima, was born Richard Steven Valenzuela and some consider him the father of Chicano rock. Pocho Valens didn’t espeak Espanish, so he sang the lyrics to his biggest hit record from a phonetic cheat sheet. And then he died. For […]

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Ritchie Valens birthday tribute: Cutty Flam does ‘Donna’ (video)

by Andalé Mono May 13, 2014 Cultura
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Ritchie Valens, 1950s Pacoima pocho teenage idol, would have been 73 years old today, except for that day the music died. Cutty Flam, the alt.rock.band from your black-and-white-retro future, made this video tribute, performing Ritchie’s hit Donna. It’s one of a series of Valens tribute videos, as EddieG explains:

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Missing: Little Julian Herrera, East Los Chicano Rock ‘Bigfoot’ (audio)

by MOON GUAC January 7, 2014 Audio
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From Latino USA: Little Julian Herrera was a heartthrob singer in East L.A.’s rock and R&B music scene. But one day, he disappeared, taking with him the secrets behind his identity and his fate. A fascinating story from Alex Schmidt.

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Unsung Heroes of Hispanic Heritage Month: Flight Officer Mel Krupke

by Comic Saenz October 3, 2013 Cultura
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They were ordinary people living ordinary lives, until one singular sensation of circumstances conspired with fate to make them UNSUNG HEROES OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Commercial pilot Flight Officer Mel Krupke’s wings iced up on Feb. 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa, sending his light plane, carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, […]

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Breaking: Japanese actor Bad Badtz-Maru cast as Chicano

by Comic Saenz September 16, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from TOKYO) Japanese character actor Bad Badtz-Maru will star as a gang-banging, tagging Chicano in a new animated feature called Angry Bird O.G., PNS confirmed on Sunday. This could be a comeback role for 20-year-old Badtz-Maru (バッドばつ丸). The spiky-haired method actor has found little work since playing the mascot at the 2006 FIBA […]

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Looks legit! UFO spotted over Mulholland Drive (video)

by ROD ESTERLING June 17, 2013 Doomsday Countdown
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The view is from Mulholland Drive, the fabled road that follows the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, looking north into the San Fernando Valley toward Pacoima, hometown of Ritchie Valens. But wait, what’s that, up in the air…

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Los Lobos do it Disney style: ‘Heigh Ho Heigh Ho’ (music video)

by MOON GUAC May 13, 2013 Cultura
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Los Lobos, Los Angeles’ best band ever, dipped some pixie dust for this Disney music video from 2009. The group is portrayed by the seven dwarves who add new Spanglish lyrics to Heigh ho heigh ho, it’s off to work we go. Snow White, as white as ever, is the center of attention, dancing to […]

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