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GOP Explains Dan Patrick’s No-Show to Univision Debate

Funny stuff on why Patrick didn’t show to Univision debate:

“Sometimes candidates that aren’t fluent in Spanish maybe are concerned about the way that it’s translated, the way that it comes out,” [Bexar Co. GOP Chair Robert] Stovall said. “So it’s probably a good thing he didn’t show up in this case.”

Because there’s only one way to say that immigrants come to the US with “Tuberculosis, Malaria, Polio and Leprosy” or with “third-world diseases,” right, Dan?

Republican Latino outreach – You’re doing it wrong!

On the other hand…”The people need get out and vote because if they don’t vote, we will return to the past.”

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Lalo Alcaraz Takes Houston

laloCartoonist, author, and 21st Century Renaissance Man, Lalo Alcaraz, spent a day and a morning in Houston giving several presentations, appearing on a radio show, and on several interviews. After being unlucky at catching him all day Tuesday, luck was on my side when I found out he had one more presentation on Wednesday morning at HCC-Central.

Alcaraz regaled the audience of mostly college students with stories about his development as a cartoonist, his style, and his recent achievements. Alcaraz’s strips appear on numerous print- and web-editions of newspapers around the country.

Seven years ago, as I mentioned yesterday, the local fish-wrap basically banned him (although it still appears online). As Dr. Alan Ainsworth of HCC stated, it was because he was edgy and political. And as Alcaraz stated, his intent is not to bring one to his way of thinking, but just to the point where they are actually thinking.

Alcaraz spoke briefly about a recent published history book in which he is paired up with academician Ilan Stavans.  A Most Imperfect Union, A Contrarian History of the United States adds some truth-telling to historic tales of the U.S.’s development and founding. The book was on the New York Times’ best seller list for a couple of weeks.

A new project, which if one follows Alcaraz on Facebook, one would have gotten an almost daily update on its development, is the creation of a new Fox animated series, Bordertown. Alcaraz serves as a writer and consulting producer on the series which was developed by the creators of Family Guy and is about the daily lives of an Anglo border patrol agent and his successful Mexican immigrant neighbor. With the Family Guy guys involved, and five Latino writers (which is probably some world’s record to have on a series), I’m sure funny will be achieved. The series takes off in March, 2015, so, get ready.

By the way, Lalo had me when he stated that Hank Azaria will play the border patrol agent, Bud Buckwald.

The rest of his presentation took us through many of his hard-hitting and thought-provoking dailies and color-Sundays. Alcaraz admits that some of his best works begin to appear on his digital canvas while watching the evening news. While the internet has certainly helped spread his works, he was still amazed when one of his works was slightly changed and turned into a protest flier during the demonstrations in Egypt.

Now, I don’t want to give away everything he talked about since he’ll be in San Antonio next. But the next group of folks and fans to see him should expect an interesting conversation with a lot of comic relief.

Alcaraz has a couple of talks and a meet and greet at Palo Alto College, and on Saturday will serve on a panel at the Voto Latino Power Summit, along with State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Wilmer Valderrama, and MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar. You can’t get more star-studded than that!

UPDATE:  Big kudos should go to Dr. Lydia French of the HCC Mexican American Studies Program, Dr. Alan Ainsworth, Tony Diaz and the Librotraficante Crew, and everyone else involved in supporting Lalo’s tour-stop in Houston.

It was great seeing Lalo and talking to him for a bit. It had only been seven years since I saw him last, but it looks like we haven’t aged much–or at all. (No one asked you!)

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Tejano Music Awards Announces Top 5 Nominees

From the inbox:

San Antonio, TX (09-09-2014) Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA), producers of the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards Show, has named the top contenders for awards in 12 categories at this year’s ceremonies, set for Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Nominees include fan favorites Bobby Pulido, Elida Reyna y Avante, Shelly Lares, Ruben Ramos, Intocable, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Jesse Turner of Grupo Siggno ,Stefani Montiel, Patsy Torres, Solido, Johnny Hernandez and Albert Zamora. Leading the way with the most Nominations are Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Elida Reyna, Shelly Lares, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Ricky Valenz, Albert Zamora with recognition in various categories.

Special Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Jimmy Edward, from the original Latin Breed and Bobby Butler aka “El Charro Negro”, from Tortilla Factory considered musical trendsetters of the 20th Century.

Live performances are planned at the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards, including: Elida Reyna, Shelly Lares, Solido, Los Desperadoz, Stefani Montiel, Stephanie Lynn, Emilio Navaira, Lucky Joe, Sunny Sauceda, Eddie Gonzalez, Tortilla Factory, Patsy Torres,  David Marez, Jaime y Los Chamacos,  Albert Zamora and a special performance from Dwayne Verheyden from the Netherlands and many more surprise performances.

A Red Carpet Gala will precede the awards show where fans and media can greet the artists upon their arrival for Tejano music’s biggest night of the year, confirmed to walk the carpet Abel Talamantez, Angel Gonzlaez, Lisa Mar  Cacy Savala y Fuerzzo, Ricky Valenz, Sesi, Oscar G, Juan P Moreno, Tropa F, Tejano Roze, Marlissa Vela and many more.

For tickets to the 2014 Tejano Music Awards Show visits ticketmaster.com.  Prices range from $28 to $100 for VIP seating. For the latest updates and announcements on the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards check the official TMA website at: TejanoMusicAwards.com.

Top 5 Nominees for this year’s 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards are…….

 

SONG OF THE YEAR
Accurrucate – Johnny Hernandez
Ella Sabe – David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
Muevelo Asi – Elida Reyna
Perdoname – Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz
Que Te Vas De Mi – Ricky Valenz
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Bobby Pulido
Gary Hobbs
Jimmy Gonzalez
Ricky Valenz
Ruben Ramos
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Cacy Savala
Elida Reyna
Patsy Torres
Shelly Lares
Stefani Montiel
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Albert Zamora
David Lee Garza
Elida Reyna
Jimmy Gonzalez
Shelly Lares
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – TEJANO
De Mi Corazon – Shelly Lares
El Tiempo Ha Llegado – Ricky Valenz
EYA Nation – Elida Reyna
Forever Mazz – Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz
Just Friends – David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – CONJUNTO
Ayer y Hoy – Albert Zamora
La Pura Verdad – Los Garcia Brothers
Mis Polkas Favoritas – Boni Mauricio
Puro Conjunto Carnal – Los Dos Gilbertos
Reedifica Su Musica – La Tropa F
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – NORTEÑO
En Peligro de Extencion – Intocable
Inolvidable – Solido
Libre Por Naturaleza – Duelo
Vamos Al 100 – Servando Ramos y Los Nuevos  Leones
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Elida Reyna/Jesse Turner – Siempre Te Recordare
Jimmy Gonzalez/Elida Reyna – Canciones de Amor
Jimmy Gonzalez/Marcos Orozco – Cantinero
Shelly Lares/Ram Herrera – Baby Don’t Go
Stefani Montiel/Gabriel Zavala – Copa Tras Copa
BEST NEW ARTIST – MALE
Angel Gonzalez
Dwayne Verheyden
Frankie Caballero, Jr.
Lucky Joe
Rey Reyna
BEST NEW ARTIST – FEMALE (THERE WAS A TIE)
Crystal Torres
Laura McGill – La Distancia
Lisa Mar
Savannah
Silvia Navarro
Veronique Medrano
BEST NEW ARTIST – GROUP
Dwayne & The TexMexplosion
Grupo Imagen
Grupo Vidal
Marcos G. Orosco y Extremo
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Lalo Alcaraz Is In Houston Today

Well, I finally got a complete line-up of just where Cartoonista and creator of LA Cucaracha, Lalo Alcaraz, will be today and tomorrow morning.

You all might remember that back in 2007 Alcaraz was banned from the Chron because a few readers couldn’t take his sharp wit and biting political commentary through art. The Chron even called him “inappropriate for a family newspaper,” which I thought was a load of crap. It’s just one of the reasons I no longer order the print version.

 

 

Anyway, here’s his intinerary:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9:30am-10:30 am
Houston Community College Eastside Campus
Mexican American/Latino Studies program.

UNIVISION INTERVIEW 11am

12:30-1:50 PM
Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, TX
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, Texas 77073
ACAD 222
Campus Map:
http://www.lonestar.edu/maps-nharris.htm

3pm – 4pm: University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies

6 pm – 7pm Live Interview on: Nuestra Palabra Radio Show
90.1 FM KPFT
419 S. Lovett, Houston, Texas 77006
www.kpft.org
www.nuestrapalabra.org

Meet and Greet for Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
East End Studio Gallery
708c Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023
Light appetizers served.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

900am-10:30 am
Houston Community College Central Campus
Mexican American/Latino Studies program.

Leticia Van de Putte Launches Two Ads

Here is Twice, an ad on K-12 Education Cuts which were supported by Dan Patrick.

And here’s Respeto–in Spanish. Even if you don’t understand it, it still lights a fire under you.

Quick translation:  When I speak of the respect we deserve, I speak for my grandmothers who were born in Musquiz and Guadajara; for the service of my family–my mom as a teacher, my father a veteran. I speak as a mother, as a grandmother, as a pharmacist. I speak as a Senator who keeps fighting to protect the future of our children. And I speak as a Democratic candidate because our community never gives up.

 

OCT 2 – 4: 35th Annual Festival Chicano – Houston

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It’s that time of year, again! Three days of hanging out with la razita de Houston, la palomia, la gente. Get a little cultura in your life and join about 15,000 of your closest friends each night.

DC Reviews ~ Johnny Hernandez – Paz Mundial

johnnyhernandez5My favorite Onda Chicana legend is back with a new production recorded right here at Houston’s Jaz Trax Studio. Johnny Hernandez recently released the digital version of his newest CD, Paz Mundial, issued by his label, Stronghold Records. It’s available on CDBaby for your convenience. Hernandez released the title-track during Independence Weekend; a call for world peace, but also dedicated to those who serve in the military.

The Tejano music legend, recently nominated for three 2014 Tejano Music Awards for his last CD, Aventurero, worked with local producer/guitarist Vick “Nash” Espinoza on his latest work. Hernandez, known for his smooth, blues-infused vocals, is still on top of his game as a vocalist and performer and gave us another one to add to the collection.

With eight rancheras, two ballads, and the R&B-styled title track, the CD will leave folks more than satisfied. Add some horns, some great guitar, and some amazing harmonies and Hernandez has given us another winner.

The current single, Le Escribo Al Amor, is the kind of ranchera that established Johnny as a soloist and has already gotten his fans excited. Una Noche Mas and Cuando Me Vaya, with their horn-foundations and harmonies remind one of that big band sound from the 70s. Te Voy A Amar and Tonto are memorable rancheras with infusions of that R&B/old school sound. Quisiera is an acordeon-heavy Tejano tune with some amazing lyrics. Me Gusta and Ana round-out the rancheras and they are equally great.

All this said, the tune that really got me going was Cuando Yo Me Este Muriendo–one of those baladas rancheras that makes you break out the gritos and maybe shed some tears. Espinoza’s guitar and the horn section provide something close to a mariachi sound as the singer calls on his friends to not shed a tear when he dies, but to find a mariachi and celebrate. It’s definitely my kind of song. The CD closes with Cada Vez, a love ballad with beautiful piano accompaniment and a sax solo that all will enjoy.

As I’ve written before, Johnny is one of my Facebook friends and I got to actually met him a couple of years ago at a local gig. What he gives you in person, he gives you in his music–his heart and soul. So, Paz Mundial is a must-get for the collection.

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Event Update: OCT 26 ~ Latina American Women in Music

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Latina-American Women In Music (“L.A.W.I.M.”) is sponsored by organizations, companies and concerned individuals that desire to see a change. Many community leaders, organizations and entertainment icons have committed their support for “L.A.W.I.M.” and offer their extraordinary talent and resources to this cause. Their enthusiasm and influential participation in the community has inspired many to achieve higher goals and we are honored that they have committed and pledged their time to participate! In joining us in these charitable causes your affiliation and presence includes you as a part of making a difference and change in our world. A donation will be presented to the Houston Area Women’s Center to assist them in helping the abused and battered and we will continue to reach out to our communities where the help is much needed and be of support of future events for various causes. “L.A.W.I.M.” has committed to continue the fight for human rights! Your sponsorship and participation will have a real effect on lives in our communities. Please join us so will have a lasting impact in our world! We are thanking you in advance for your support and contribution. For further information, please feel free to contact us! (702)234-9606 or (832)546-9414

Save the Date~ Aug. 1 – All About Ann in Houston

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HOUSTON, TX – On Friday August 1, Annie’s List and Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, in partnership with a number of local elected officials and organizations, will bring “All About Ann”, HBO’s documentary about former Texas Governor Ann Richards, to Houston for FREE!

Beginning at 8:00PM with live music, food and drinks, join us at Discovery Green’s Anheuser Busch Stage and enjoy this wonderful documentary about Texas’ only female Governor as we all work hard this fall to have Wendy Davis as the second woman in the Governor’s House!

Drinks will be donated by 8th Wonder Brewery and Mayor Annise Parker will introduce the film.

State Senators John Whitmire, Rodney Ellis and Sylvia Garcia, State Representatives Senfronia Thompson and Armando Walle, Mayor Annise Parker, Ambassador Arthur Schechter, Hon. Debra Danburg as well as Annie’s List Board Members Licia Green-Ellis, Eileen Olson, Kathy Overly and Amber Mostyn are just some of the proud hosts of this event.

RSVP at www.pptexasvotes.org/AllAboutAnn. If you are interesting in joining the host committee to help cover costs of the event or are interested in a table at the event, please contact Shelby Hansen at Shelby@LillieSchechter.com or 281-224-4525.

“All About Ann”: Fiesty, fiery, fearless, a force of nature . . . and funny as hell. These are just some of the words used to describe Ann Richards, one of the most charismatic American political figures of the last 30 years. This portrait chronicles the life of the liberal Richards who rose to power in a conservative state, effecting sweeping state reforms while becoming a beloved national icon.

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