Saturday, July 22, 2006


Spanish missions in California

Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles

I was married in the 'Old Plaza Church' in 1957.

Olvera Street

Chicano Music Articles:

Carlos Santana:

The Milagro Foundation: (Tell a friend)

West Texas Boys Ranch: (Tell a friend)

CASA (Be The Difference)
The Secret Power of Ignorance

Los Lobos: How Did the Wolf Survive?

Los Lobos: Just Another Band from East L.A

Lobos On MySpace-Fan Site

Felix Tijerina: Little Schools of 400

Little Ray also known as Ray Jimenez, was an East Los Angeles, Chicano rock musician, prominent in the 1960s who sang up tempo Rhythm and Blues. Little Ray was born in Delano, California. His first record was “There’s Something On Your Mind.”

Little Ray: East L.A. Superstar of the 60s:

Felix Tijerina (Long but good story)
In the good old days, Texans went to "Mexican restaurants" and ate "Mexican food." Then in 1972, The Cuisines of Mexico, an influential cookbook by food authority Diana Kennedy, drew the line between authentic interior Mexican food and the "mixed plates" we ate at "so-called Mexican restaurants" in the United States. Kennedy and her friends in the food community began referring to Americanized Mexican food as Tex-Mex, a term previously used to describe anything that was half Texan and half Mexican. Texas Mexican restaurant owners considered it an insult.

But by a strange twist of fate, the insult launched a success. For the rest of the world, "Tex-Mex" had an exciting ring. It evoked images of cantinas, cowboys and the Wild West. Dozens of Tex-Mex restaurants sprang up in Paris, and the trend spread across Europe and on to Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Abu Dhabi. Tortilla chips, margaritas and chili con carne are now well known around the world. In this series of articles, we reconsider Tex-Mex in light of its international reputation as America's most popular regional cuisine.

In the first article in this series ("Pralines and Pushcarts," by Robb Walsh, July 27), we met the pioneers of Tex-Mex: the pecan candy and tamale vendors who sold their wares in the streets of Houston and other Texas cities from the 1880s until the turn of the century.

The cloud of steam and the deep pool of thick brown sauce make it impossible to tell where the enchilada starts and the refried beans end. There is a tamale under there, too, somewhere.

Head Start: (First read the full story about Felix Tijerina. Antoinette works for Head Start. Edna helps with abuse children.)
Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that focuses on assisting three- and four-year-old children from low-income families. Created in 1965, Head Start is the longest-running national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. As of late 2005, more than 22 million pre-school aged children have participated in Head Start.
In the United States, over one half million children are in foster care because they cannot safely live with their families. CASA volunteers work to ensure that these children do not suffer further abuse due to the overburdened court system or at home. Learn more about CASA. (Edna is a CASA volunteer).

Tejano Music:
Tejano (Spanish for "Texan") or Tex-Mex music is the various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-descended Tejanos of Central and South Texas. In recent years artists such as La Mafia, Selena Quintanilla, Emilio Navaira, and Selena's brother A.B. Quintanilla's band, Los Kumbia Kings have transformed Tejano music from primarily a local, ethnic form of music to a genre with wide appeal in North America, Latin America, Europe, and beyond.

Usually, Tex-Mex refers to more the traditional styles such as its most popular sub-genre by far, norteño music. Tejano is usually more modern and is heavily influenced by rock, cumbia, and blues.
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Friday, July 21, 2006

The Lovell Sisters Band


In concert at the City Auditorium Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm Proceeds benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of Tom Green County, San Angelo, Texas

Children's Advocacy Center of San Angelo, Texas


Los Lonely Boys' Bass Player Busted “Again”

Los Lonely Boys' Bass Player Busted Again

The national tour to launch Los Lonely Boys' second album got off to a troubled start Saturday. Bassist Joey ''JoJo'' Sacarais Garza was arrested in a room at the Omni Hotel in Austin when police checked reports of a disturbance about 10 a.m.

Austin police said Garza, 26, was charged with assault causing bodily injury and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. Garza was found with a woman in his room, police spokeswoman Laura Albrecht said. The woman had been assaulted, Albrecht said.

He was released from Travis County Jail about 5 p.m. (This is Bull Shit. Lock him up and throw the key away!!!)

''Misunderstanding or not, they really need to get their act together,'' ''Think about how many people went out of their way to support them. ... Think about how many kids look up to them and were disappointed.''