Katynka Martinez and I are back with the latest episode of our podcast Olmos Famous. In this episode we take a look at season 22, episode 16 of The Simpsons featuring Cheech and Chong. What happens when Cheech Marin tries to educate Homer on Chicano art? Does Springfield’s Latino population live in East-Springfield? What inspired the psychedelic sequence in the episode? Listen and find out!
Two weeks ago I was a guest on KPFA’s Ritmo de las Americas. Alongside Professor Katynka Martinez (AKA The Sunnyside Gardener) we had our playlists broadcast by DJ Rosi Reyes. It was a great night of music, cheap beer, and delicious chile rellenos cooked by Rosi. Episode 8 of my podcast is our segment on the show, give it a listen below.
Sometimes it ain’t easy being a 4th generation Chicano. As down as I try to be my deceitful tongue outs me as a pocho every single time. When I went to the Natalia LaFourcade concert this past Monday they announced that she would sign copies of her album at her merchandise table after the concert. While most of the adults I went with hung out with Bang Data after the show I got in line with all the teenagers to have my CD autographed.When it came time for me to meet Natalia she took my pronunciation of “Rio” to be “Real” and signed my CD accordingly.
Usually my awkward moments of pochismo happen with friends or with Spanish speakers that I meet over mundane circumstances but this was my first moment of pocho embarrassment with a celebrity. Listen as the events unfold in the latest episode of my podcast which features Margarita Azucar, Rosi Reyes, DJ Aztec Parrot, and special guest star Natalia LaFourcade.
I wrote earlier about my excitement and anticipation in meeting poet and performance artist Rakel Delgado. Rakel hails from Spain but considers herself a Chicana and presents her own unique brand of Chicana poetry, identity, and aesthetics. Needless to say this challenging identity piqued my curiosity very quickly and when I found out she was coming to San Francisco to perform I jumped at the opportunity to meet her.
I had many great adventures with Rakel and gave her the official pocho tour of the Mission District. On her first day in the city my homegirl Robynn Takayama arranged for me to interview Rakel for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s official podcast. To read more about Rakel’s performance at the Mission Cultural Center CLICK HERE. Listen to the podcast episode below; not only does it include my interview with Rakel but a hilarious performance by Guillermo Gomez-Peña as well.