News From the Brown Side of Town, 12.11.08

...just a llittle bit more 411

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: December 11, 2008

News From the Brown Side of Town, 12.11.08

?ŪOrale, mi Gente! Hoping your holiday plans go at least "OK", if not well.

You are not alone en la lucha por vida, so don't sweat it on the serious side.

You can't buy or gift wrap love, genuine friendship, the laughter of happy children, the joy of familia, or the respect and prayers for our brave men & women serving in uniform overseas‘«™so give and share these if you can't afford that new Hummer, I-Pod, cell phone, or diamond necklace somebody would love to get‘«™it's all good in the neighborhood, know what I mean?

‘«™ and they even last longer.

A good dinner featuring tamales, pozole, ham, egg nog with lots of love and laughs shouldn't have to be a major sacrifice if a good group congregates‘«™sabes?

...and the best tamales y masa are at LA FAVORITA in East L.A. on Brannick St , where my familia has been scoring since 1959!

On another trip, don't feel so bad that East L.A. homie, now de Puerto Rico, Oscar De La Hoya got his ass whipped in front of millions, including his old lady‘«™he made many more millions of dollars just showing up while promoting the whole mitote as well‘«™.and will make many millions more when he promotes Manny Paquiado's multi-million dollar title fight after he pulls Mayweather out of retirement in the near future.

Don't feel sorry for somebody from the 'hood who's smart enough to make a possible billion dollars in his lifetime by simply getting his ass whipped. Hell, I'd volunteer to get mine whipped in public for just $1 million!

‘«™besides, Oscar ALWAYS kicks down to the community, so it ain't all bad‘«™and he is not dumb!

Also, crack a grin, and be thankful that Arnold or none of our past governors have been outright busted and heading for the pinta like the guys from Chicago have been doing. Imagine all the rich people that wouldn't be rich people if it wasn't for politicians like this‘«™the Country's economy might not even be as bad!

Things could worse‘«™at least some people can afford to buy stuff!

Now, let's get on with some more mellow and less stressful points of interest in the world of interested and interesting Brown people.

New music from the BACKTRAXX Band, the SUENOS Band, TIERRA, and L.A. CARPOOL, is coming up on www.ChicanoExpress.com, along with a very special musical tribute to the "Soul Man of Santa Barbara" - Mr. Pepe Marquez. Frankie Firme returns to join the Godfather of Tejano Soul - Crazy Chuy Hernandez for some of the hottest music on the net.

A great Christmas Program is now online featuring the new Christmas CD by Bertha Oropeza and the CHICO Band hosted by Steven Chavez on www.eastLArevue.com, along with other great shows by DJ's Frankie Firme, Chico Manqueros, Crazy Chuy Hernandez, Howard "El Chino" Ng, El Betoman, La SK8ER, Ray & Josie Ramos, Luis Diaz, SAPO, and a special tribute show to Dimas Garza & Christmas show by DJ's Carlos y Pancho.

December 18th, Rudy & Arlene Moreno's annual KOMICS FOR KIDS Toy Drive and Comedy Showcase happens at the Commerce Casino featuring nationally acclaimed comedians Gilbert Esquivel, Tommy Davidson, Jay Lamont, Jeff Garcia, Michael Colyar, Christopher "Kid" Reid, and of course, hosted by one of East L.A.'s best & funniest, Mr. Rudy Moreno himself. Guest music performers will be the WISEGUYS, straight out of Montebello/East L.A. Admission is an unwrapped toy valued at $15.00 or $20.00 at the door. For more info, call: (323) 721-2100.

New Year's Eve in the San Fernando Valley will be jumpin' and a pumpin' as the pride of the SFV, BECKY CORDOVA & THE COMPANY Band will be bringing their brand of soul oldies, rock & roll, salsa, cumbias, Latin soul and top 40 dance music, along with the popular club mixes of DJ Flacomania to help ring in 2009 in class at the Fairways Country Club in Pacoima. Paid admission includes a 3 course gourmet dinner with all the trimmings, champagne, party favors, raffles, prizes, fun, and some of the best dance music in Southern California. Tickets are $70.00 and available at (818) 389-9214 or go to: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com.

The WHITTIER RADISSON Club 201 will be rockin' and a rollin' this New Years as well with 3 different rooms of music for any and all tastes, including the top DJ's in L.A. along with discount drink & room specials, where ladies get in FREE before 9:30 and 2009 will be brought in with a righteous bang. DOWN WITH 3 makes a pre-Christmas appearance this week as well. For more info: www.jegrp.com.

TIA CHUCHA's Centro de Cultura in Pacoima will be having special Holiday programs all month, including a screening of the acclaimed film "The Garden", for which a $5.00 donation is asked. Get in on some culture, the bookstore is always open, and some of the best artwork in Aztlan is available at TIA CHUCHA's. For info: www.tiachucha.com.

Texas's Rudy "T" Gonzalez of RUDY & THE RENO BOPS fame will be releasing some new holiday music as well as some more Chicano classic rock & roll that will debut exclusively on the East L.A. Revue , Chicano Express, and Lost Memories internet radio stations . For more info: www.rudyteegonzalez.com.

Montebello's THE WISEGUYS will be giving a free public concert at the Universal Citiwalk in Hollywood this Friday evening. For more info: www.myspace.com/mtbwiseguys.

This Sunday, December 14th, at 9:00 pm, the documentary film "Chicano Rock" airs on PBS. Check your local listings or go to: www.mictlan.com ..

If you are a true Latin Jazz fan in the spirit of Tito Puente or Cal Tjader, enjoy luxury surroundings and service at a "regular guy's" price, and like rubbing shoulders with some of L.A.'s best looking Latin Jazz enthusiasts, then New Year's Eve at the Los Angeles downtown Millenium Biltmore Hotel is just what you need as the legendary Bob DeSena and his band take the stage for full blown party in the heart of the City of Angels, deep in the Land of 1000 Dances. For more info: www.bobdesena.com.

PUH~LEEEEZE!!!!!!....try not to drink and drive this Holiday Season. Keep our streets safe, your families happy, and our jails reserved just for criminals !

Our hearts go out to our brave men & women serving overseas in Iraq & Afghanistan, and may they have a peaceful, however temporarily, holiday with a great dinner and lots of love & prayers from the Gente from the good old U.S. of A !

Happy Holidays from LatinoLA.com!!

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul heard daily on Internet radio
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