LIVE! On the air and streaming over the internet at radiovalencia.fm/listen or if you’re in San Francisco at 87.7FM. Give me a listen with Ms. Katynka Martinez as we spin our favorite cover songs from 12:00pm-2:00pm.
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.
Video footage of my moment of pocho infamy is below.
These past few days have been intense and busy. I’ve been promoting My Mission, planning my yearly Day of the Dead exhibit, and balancing other creative projects. Chief among them is my full blown committal to purikura as an art form. Today I spent the early afternoon with Ms. Margarita (AKA Margarita Azucar) for another round of purikura art making. We met up following her radio show on radiovalencia.fm. On our way to Pikapika in Japantown we stopped off at her apartment and I saw something that made me smile so much.
Seeing these two cans propping up a window in Margarita Azucar’s apartment instantly brought me back to my childhood and warmed my heart. Growing up in an old San Francisco Victorian apartment my parents used all sorts of object to prop open our windows. We used books, old toys, Lincoln Logs, and other random things to keep our windows open on a hot day. I’m hella nostalgic right now.
Our purikura session went great! Ms. Margarita rocked an awesome pink wig and busted out with some great poses for the photos, she was truly like a Chicana superhero. I’ll be scanning the photos and posting them in the new couple of days. Stay tuned!