History of the World Part I: The French Revolution (Mel Brooks video)

by EL CHAPEAU July 14, 2015 Cultura

Academy award-winning filmmaker Mel Brooks recreated the poverty and despair that led to the French Revolution in his 1981 documentary History of the World Part I.

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Feliz Día de la Bastilla a nuestros amigos franceses en ‘Casablanca’

by CALLE D. CINEMA July 14, 2015 Cultura
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The Nazis are all, “Hey let’s sing our Nazi song!” but the freedom-loving Frenchies hanging out at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca are all, like, “Non. Non! NON!”

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The French Revolution . . . In A Nutshell (video)

by CHE POUPON July 14, 2015 Cartoons
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You say you want a Revolution? You know you’ll maybe lose your head. In this episode of History in a Pinche Nutshell, the French king, the Nobility, the Clergy and the Peasants move into This Modern World as the Dangerous Ideas of the Enlightenment turn the old order in La France upside down. Also, gillotines.

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La Cucaracha: Nothing like a hot, dry, sandy beach day! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 13, 2015 Cartoons
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This is how Los Angeles welcomed Donald Trump Friday (video)

by Comic Saenz July 13, 2015 El Now
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Dennis J. Romero of LAWeekly.com was on the scene at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood Friday afternoon as Donald Trump came to speak to a private GOP gathering: Donald Trump’s mouth might be the most uncivilized thing to have graced the blue-blood hills of Brentwood, but those reacting to the GOP presidential […]

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Notes from Technotopia, SF:
 On the Cruelty of Indifference


by Guillermo Gómez-Peña July 13, 2015 Cultura
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 On the Cruelty of Indifference


Dear Ex-local artist, writer, activist, bohemian, street eccentric, and/or protector of difference… Imagine a city, your city and your former “hip” neighborhood, being handed over by greedy politicians and re/developers to the crème de la crème of the tech industry. This includes the 7 most powerful tech companies in the world. I don’t need to […]

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David Tomas Martinez: ‘The Only Mexican’ (2-minute poetry video)

by Lucida Grandé July 13, 2015 El Now
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San Diego homie David Tomas Martinez read his poem The Only Mexican at the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series on April 25.

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UPDATED! @LaloAlcaraz: Talk, photos, toons from Comic-Con 2015

by Lalo Alcaraz July 12, 2015 Audio
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Just like I promised the Washington Post, here are some photos from Comic-Con in San Diego: Let’s start with the first of several selfies.  Here I am with Ramon Ramirez of Smarty Cartoons: This dude? Photo speaks for itself. Maybe:

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The molcajete: Mexico’s stone-age cooking tech still rules (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN July 10, 2015 Cultura
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The continued popularity of the molcajete (mortar) and companion tejolote (pestle) is a living example of the principle “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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No justice, no peas? Eight excellent ways to rock the guac

by Estefania Zavala July 10, 2015 Cultura
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Go for it! Actually try that loco New York Times pea guacamole recipe that has been dividing the nation. Worst case scenario, it’s guácala but you can call your mama and brag to her that you ate an entire vegetable. Maybe she’ll make you some real guacamole as a reward! Got a fierce sweet tooth? […]

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Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom (video)

by Andalé Mono July 10, 2015 Cultura
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Greg Krehel aka Echinopsis Freak loves Echinopsis Cacti, which are native to South America He hopes you like his cactus video, too: A montage of a dozen types of Echinopsis cactus flowers blooming. And wilting. And just generally showing off their mind-blowing colors. My favorite cactus flowerings from the 2014 blooming season.

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La Cucaracha: How did Donald Trump get so rich? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 9, 2015 Cartoons
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Luminous UFO/OVNI buzzes Colima Volcano on July 4 (video)

by ZORRO MULDER July 9, 2015 El Now
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Rockets’ red glare? Bombs bursting in air? Nope, just your typical cigar-shaped glowing Objeto Volador No Identificado flying over an erupting Volcan de Colima on July 4.

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San Antonio artist Isabel Ann Castro dreams of Frida Kahlo

by HABLO PICASSO July 9, 2015 Cartoons
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Isabel Ann Castro — aka the Queen of Tacos, Texas — raises desmadre and makes art in San Antonio, Texas.  Last weekend she was holding hands with Frida Kahlo.  

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Is Compton’s El Compa Negro the ‘Eminem of Mexican music’? (video)

by Soy Capitan July 9, 2015 Cultura
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Compton native Rhyan Lowery grew up with Mexican friends and Mexican music, and now he sings cumbia as El Compa Negro. Maybe it helps that he can ride a horse. [Video by LAWeekly.]

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Southern black churches are burning; meanwhile, in Greece (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA July 9, 2015 Cartoons
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Luchador boasts: ‘Putin and I will beat Obama and Peña Nieto’ (video)

by Bronco del Camino July 8, 2015 Cultura
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Luchador El Hijo del Fantasma says he and wrestling partner Vladimir Putin would beat President Obama and Mexican Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto in a tag team match.

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Bill Cosby blasts Donald Trump’s Mexican comments

by BAE LEWD July 8, 2015 El Now
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(PNS reporting from PHILADELPHIA) Bill Cosby disagrees with Donald Trump’s calling Mexican immigrants rapists. “I know immigrants, and I know rapists. And believe me, Mr. Trump, immigrants are not rapists,” read a statement released here this morning by Cosby attorney Alberto Gordo. “Hey hey hey!” the lawyer added. Cosby photograph by El Rey Del Art. […]

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