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'Tis the Season to Step Out and Live

The Holiday Season is upon us in The Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: December 7, 2014


'Tis the Season to Step Out and Live


The Holidays season is here, 2014 is coming to an end, and it's the Season for giving!

..first of all, I think it's appropriate to GIVE A DAMN !

Doesn't cost a dime, it is inspiring to others, and it helps weaker minded people see past the commercialism that Christmas has become.

I give a damn that there are American men & women OF ALL COLORS wearing a U.S. Military uniform and serving our flag in hostile zones in foreign lands, while some people of questionable mentality & moral fiber find it appropriate to pervert a basic freedom these brave men and women protect with their very lives by rioting, burning down their neighborhoods, and looting.

WTF??? Your message is lost on the ignorant, and is misconstrued by the responsible. A few are screwing up the works for the lot of us!

I've been around for the riots in Los Angeles in 1965, 1970, 1992, and the embarrassing display of public stupidity after the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Kings won national championships in the past few years, and now this current wave of public shit & disturbance masked as "Right of free speech and right to assemble & protest."
...seems only a few are doing it right.

The result from the previous riots was the huge loss of public funds to "rebuild," that could have been used for improving what was already in place, a few symbolic crumbs given by politicians to a selected few, and it added an increased and undeserved sense of mistrust towards all Latinos & Blacks.

...besides the loss of business, and people's peace disturbed during Holiday season, what will these current demonstrations bring?

There is NO RIGHT to riot, pillage, steal, and destroy!

There is NO RIGHT to teach young American people that it's acceptable to put other people in danger while they rob, steal, disrupt the public peace, pervert religion, and basically lower themselves to the ignorant behavior we so loathe in the countries we send our young guys & gals to fight in, in the name of "freedom."

Let's ALL start giving a damn!

Along with making increased efforts to communicate more regularly with our elected officials...let's also talk more WITH EACH OTHER and our children on a more responsible & intelligent manner, other than "Burn this mutha down!" and manipulating the truth to meet low level agendas to steal & pillage.

We almost resemble the de facto "dark side" of American politics in action...sans the trillions in tax money wasted, of course !

Ok...I'm done! Let's get on with the music & entertainment!

... I can see El Editor & his staff shaking their heads & raising eyebrows, so that will be my last political rant of 2014.

Judging by recent past successful music shows, comedy shows, and theater presentations...along with some amusing TV news Christmas shopping chingasos on Black Friday...it seems that our economy is almost back on track, regardless what some of the closet racists and the Republicans say about our President...people have a little money to spend.

Starting December 4th and running till December 28th, Casa 0101 Theater, East L.A.'s renown Theater-Playhouse for original Latino oriented stage dramas & plays, presents Josefina Lopez's latest stage play "Pin??ta Dreams." Directed by Corky Dominguez, "Pi??ata Dreams" is a fantastical world about a boy with a wild imagination where pi??atas y alebrijes come to life. A night out at the theater makes a wonderful Holiday gift.

For info on this and other fine theater productions at Casa 0101 in the heart of East Los Angeles, check out here. www.CASA0101.org I've been to some of CASA 0101's fine productions, and I left with happy heart and tears in my eyes! The Art of the Thespian is not dead in Los Angeles by any means!

Rudy Moreno continues his successful run at Wednesday night comedy shows at the Pasadena Ice House. For more info and FREE tickets, log onto www.RudyMoreno.com or look Rudy up on Facebook. Tell him you heard it from Frankie Firme, and you'd like a couple free tickets to his popular show

On Saturday, December 6th, Louie Parra & Thee Mad Latins Band will provide live entertainment for Thee MAJESTICS Car Club's Car Show and Toy Drive at Frisco's Restaurant in the City of Industry starting at 12:oopm to 4:00 pm. Admission is an unwrapped toy valued at $10.00 or more.

I have been honored to be host and DJ at an upcoming Car & Bike show event in Corona that will raise money & toys for needy children in the Inland Empire on Sunday, December 7th, starting at 10:00 AM, at the Round Table Pizza Restaurant parking lot on Main Street. Sponsored by the Southern Chapter of the VIEJITOS CAR CLUB and promoter Deborah Perez, admission is $10.00 or an unwrapped toy of equal or more value. All Car Clubs, Bike Clubs, solo riders, and the general public are invited to help us out! Live entertainment will be provided by the BB WOLF Band and The BLUE HAZE Blues Band. There will be food, refreshments,raffles, prizes, trophies, and vendors. For more info, check out the LatinoLA Calendario page or call (951) 534-2602.

Friday, December 12th, East L.A. Revue Radio, LatinoLA, Councilman Robert Gonzales of the City of San Fernando, the M.E.N.D. (Meet Each Need with DIGNITY) organization, and EL 7 MARES Seafood Restaurant bring you a FREE pre-Christmas Rock 'n Soul Music Show. Live on stage:
~The GROOVELINE Band from Santa Barbara, featuring Pepe Marquez & Becky Cordova. (Free Pepe Marquez CD to first 100 guests)
~ MARIACHI SONIDO INTERNACIONAL
~ Chicano Music Legend HANK CASTRO
~ Monibee Henley of ORIGINAL SACRIFICE Band
~ The KOOL KATZ direct from Northern California
~ DJ's Frankie Firme, Sugarbear, and Timebomb Castanon
~ surprise music guests
Admission & parking are FREE ! A canned food donation is humbly requested to assist the M.E.N.D. organization help feed the needy his holiday season. EL 7 MARES RESTAURANT, 1119 E. First Street, in the City of San Fernando. Doors open at 6:30. Take a break from the crowds & Christmas shopping, and let's party together on a Friday night !

December 19th, The TEMPTATIONS Revue Show returns to San Pedro's famed Ports O' Call Village at the Marina Seafood Restaurant & Banquet Hall. I am honored to once again serve as Host/MC/House DJ, as this fabulous "Soulful Christmas by the Sea" Show that will also feature live on stage the RICK'S JAMNESIA Band, and The STARLIGHTS. A Flat screen television will be raffled off, there will be food and an open bar, as well as a large dance floor, and a breathtaking view of the San Pedro harbor at night. Ticket are only $25.00, come out and enjoy a soulful evening of fine dining, dancing, and live entertainment by the sea. For tickets call 310--883-8933 or 520-403-5240.

A new site on Facebook dedicated to preserving the history & traditions of Latinos, as well as encouraging education, and involvement/enjoyment of the Arts of our people is Califaztlan, now connected with Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas. Check them out today.

As always, the finest music on the World Wide Web is found at www.eastLArevue.com and true Tejano sounds at www.ChicanoExpress.com.

Check out the Calendario page here for events in your area, and post them here as well, for FREE!

...staying connected is what keeps you fro becoming disconnected in today's World!

Merry Christmas, Happy News Years, Happy Holidays from LatinoLA.com.

..."It's always a Brown thing, baby!"

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the "Al Capone of the microphone & Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul" heard daily on World Wide Internet Radio Station www.eastLArevue.com and found on Facebook. He is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine
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