Author’s burdensome story inspires Elans

By Cristina Galvan Inspiring others to turn their lives around, renowned Chicano author Luis Rodriguez shared his story of emergence from abuse and jail in his new book “It Calls You Back.” The book, which was released in October, is a sequel to the famed novel “Always Running,” which focuses on Rodriguez’s experiences with gang life. “It Calls You Back” starts with Rodriguez getting out of jail in 1973.  Police…

October 26, 2011
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Le’s painting reflects war

By Yesenia Martinez Artist Trang T. Lê’s painting “111, 978” confronts the Iraq War in a way that allows the audience to experience the sense of pleasure before that of pain. Walking into HOY Space located at the Vincent Price Art Museum, where the Los Angeles-based artist’s painting is displayed, is like walking into a large body of water. The work wraps the walls with the confusing sense of infinity that…

October 26, 2011
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‘Big Year’ gives inside look to ‘birding’

By Erik Luna Watching birds may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but when Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin do it, it certainly is funny. Black, Wilson and Martin star in the new comedy “The Big Year,” a story of three men attempting to have a big year, which is a “birding” term for watching as many species of birds possible within one calendar year….

October 20, 2011
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MEChA rocks, raises funds

By Isaac Tovar MEChA welcomed independent music and revolutionary minds for their “Day of the Indigenous” concert on Saturday night at the auditorium foyer. The event raised $700 to establish a scholarship fund for AB 540 students. The audience was entertained by culture driven music, ranging from blues-like-reggae songs telling the stories of a struggling culture in English and Nahuatl, to hard edged hip-hop with revolutionary undertones, to more fast paced…

October 20, 2011
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‘Flesh’ journeys through seduction

By Yesenia Martinez “Man of the Flesh” will pull audiences at East Los Angeles College out of their seats with its dancing skeletons, satirical spoof of the Don Juan myth and its sexual escapades. Juan Tenorio, played by Peter Mendoza, has a control over women that the moment one dismisses him, there is an almost magnetic desire to pull him back.  Like Tenorio himself, the play leaves audiences satisfied and…

October 20, 2011
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CaminArte connects Boyle Heights community

By Augustine Ugalde The radiant sights and sounds of the bustling CaminArte celebration are sweet music to Nico Avina’s ears as his vision for Boyle Heights gets closer to reality. Avina, along with a collective of like-minded artists, brought the event to the Mariachi Plaza this summer as an outlet for budding Boyle Heights artists to display and sell their artwork locally. “People talk about the rebirth of Boyle Heights, but…

October 20, 2011
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Food truck caters to Elans’ appetite

By Lindsey Maeda It is about time ELAC had a food truck that was truly accommodating to its customers. The food tastes even better knowing that the people serving it put in additional tender love and care. Serving up a variety of satisfying dishes, the About Time food truck provides accommodating service with a smile to East Los Angeles College students.  Around noon, the truck brings-in ELAC’s hungry lunch crowd, but…

October 20, 2011
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‘Teresita’ serves big flavors

By: Erik Luna Just up the street from Obregon Park in East Los Angeles, a quiet little restaurant brings traditional Mexican spices to their menu with an authentic taste. Teresitas Restaurant has been opening its doors since 1983 and making people smile with their flavorful menu and welcoming environment. The first thing a customer will hear when entering the establishment is usually a friendly greeting. Once a waitress gets a…

October 13, 2011
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Adams finds own sound with ‘Fire’

By: Maria Gonzalez Ryan Adams, not to be confused with Canadian singer Bryan Adams, released a more mature sound with his album “Ashes and Fire.” After being compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Leonard Cohen, Adams seems to finally have found a sound of his own. It is full of bliss, with subtle sounds that make inviting songs. Adams is an alternative country-rock singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He…

October 13, 2011
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