Chicano satirists don’t need fancy signs
On Friday, I met up with the Puro Pedo Magazine staff for dinner in Alhambra. We had Hawaiian food and a brown buffalo (i.e., white elephant) gift exchange. Later, we drove south to Montebello for the Pocho Night of Power hosted by the same guys who do the Pocho Hour of Power show every Friday afternoon on KPFK.
It was a fitting event for the Puro Pedo staff considering the work of some of the Pocho Hour of Power guys, like Lalo Alcaraz and Esteban Zul, inspired our take a satire. We passed around copies of new and old versions of the magazine while checking out the bands and vendors.
More photos after the jump.
Esbeydy and I had to take pictures with Lalo Alcaraz, the man behind La Cucaracha. I felt like a total nerd when I asked for a picture and said I’d post it on my blog. I bought a 2008 La Cucaracha wall calendar.
After Quinto Sol played, the Puro Pedo staff (pictured: Jake, Tezozomoc and Chonsy) read parts of some of our articles including the Chicana/o Haiku, signs your neighborhood is becoming gentrified, and signs your curandera/o is a fake. We didn’t get too many laughs, but did pass out a lot of magazines.
Pachuco 3000 dj’ed in between bands, which was definitely one of the treats of the night. Make sure to catch him on New Year’s Eve on KCRW where he’ll be part of Raul Campos’ Latin New Year’s Eve set.
The highlight came with Pedro Deportado’s (an anti-immigrant character played by Alcaraz) rendition of “Illegals Are Bad” sung to the tune of “Feliz Navidad.”
We went home soon after. It was almost 2 a.m. and cold.