Announcing 'Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!' at the Fullerton Public Library: Love and Rockets, Taco Trucks, and More!
The schedule for the next six months after the jump!
Unless otherwise noted, all the events start at 6:30 p.m. and happen at the main branch of the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6333. Admission is free, all ages allowed, and it doesn't costing Fullerton taxpayers a dime, 4Fers!
The series starts next Thursday with a partial reading of The Mexican OC, the acclaimed 2006 play created by Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble that dramatizes some of the key moments in Orange County Mexican history. Afterward, Cal State Fullerton drama professor Melissa Hidalgo will sit down with some of the cast members to discuss the play. This is the only one of the series that won't be held at the Fullerton Library's main branch, instead being held at the Hunt branch (201 S. Basque Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-3122).
March 24 brings another legendary artist: Emigdio Vasquez, OC's most prominent Chicano muralist and the man behind the fading stunner above. We'll focus on his career, but also touch on the controversy Chicano murals in general have faced in Orange County.
April 28 gets simultaneously more cerebral and puerile as William Nericcio, professor of English at San Diego State University and author of the brilliant Tex(t)-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America and the blog of the same name, stops by. Topic at hand? His specialty: deconstructing Mexican stereotypes and showing off part of his amazing collection of such stereotypes.
|Thankfully, Meg Whitman will not be here, but I couldn't resist this picture...|
May 11 is something everyone can agree with: taco trucks! This semester, I'm going to oversee Cal State Fullerton students doing oral histories of Latino restaurants in Orange County. For this lecture . . . well, I still don't know yet. Maybe they'll present their findings; maybe I can convince Roy Choi of Kogi fame to sit down for a second. Regardless--taco trucks!
And June 23 closes this batch of lectures with a screening of one of my favorite films: Born In East LA, which remains the best commentary on our nation's love-hate relationship with Mexican immigrants EVER. Maybe by then, I can convince Cheech Marín to sit down for a talk afterward. . . .
If any of you have any ideas of people or issues I should feature for the July-through-December slots, let me know! Hope to see you there!