News from the Brown Side of Town

Chismes & happenings for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: December 5, 2010

News from the Brown Side of Town

Orale, Mi Gente, hope you had enough turkey, ham, tamales, love and thanks to help jump start your Holiday spirit despite the goofy and expensive year we've had!...sheesh~! Glad it's almost over!

And a big THANK YOU to our brave men & women serving in Afghanistan this holiday season. We at LatinoLA HAVE NOT EVER forgotten you !!

Like the oil crisis and gas shortage of the mid 1970's, more and more of us are becoming aware that this latest recession, complete with job layoffs & losses, home foreclosures, billions given to big businesses in the guise of "bailouts" (despite 1 out 3 Chicanos in Aztlan who could have used a bailout more productively), increased prices of EVERYTHING causing increased crime & hard times...this was a deliberate big business made situation, and the World ain't gonna end just yet...at least not until some political payback is gotten by some of us who have suffered!

...I promised EL Editor that I would refrain from political "butt slapping"...but I just can't help dancing a little corrido and letting out a mild grito in celebration that 2 rich white hynas who thought that they could continue to spend their ill gotten and undeserved millions to invest in buying a piece of our government, so they could make MORE undeserved millions, DIDN'T get their way! HA! Orale!! Ahooooya!...get a job if you're bored, baby!

Also, two greedy,rich sharks from L.A. (one a former Chicano now turned Hispanic) didn't get a free ticket to Sacramento and more millions as well....

Ahhh...the power of the vote and the PEOPLE!!...Gracias a todos!

Lot's of people with money are scratching their heads, asking each other "??Hey, baby? ??Que paso?" in private offices ...and I feel more than comfortable saying to them that all the millions they raised and selfishly spent on their campaigns, staff, luxuries, and partying could have probably balanced a budget and saved a few valuable teacher, police, or public safety employee salaries for at least a couple of years...pendejos y pendejas!...may you suffer a stroke and impotence, or at least some public humiliation like este home~boy Robert Rizzo of the great City of Bell.

Orale, enough of the gloom doom stuff...the Holidays are here for us good folks, so let's get on with the living in the Land of 1000 Dances, watcha:

For all of those of you who missed joining us, Ruben Molina's JIVE TURKEY BALL at the VFW Hall in the City of Industry last Saturday was a sold out, fun, real dance-yer-assoff party! PACHUCO JOSE y los DIAMONTES, VICKY TAFOYA & the BEAT, and WINO BOOGIE put out the sound on the ground, and the Gente were partying & dancing till midnight! Plenty of food, drink, and room on the dance floor made it one of the better times I've had in a long time! A good sized contingent from the San Fernando Valley, all Zoot Suited & Pachuco'd out, with some FINE ladies in their company, made a serious appearance, and my Lady & were in the middle of everything! THANKS, Ruben ! For more info: text

...rumors have it that this party is coming to the San Fernando Valley in 2011...keep your eyes & ears here on LatinoLA for the 411...

..and speaking of the San Fernando Valley, the best New Year's Party anywhere in L.A. will be happening at the San Fernando American Legion Hall on this New Year's Eve, featuring live on stage THE IMPULSE BAND, with special guest star Mr. PEPE MARQUEZ " the Soul Man de Santa Barbara", and featuring the hot and heavy dance sounds of yesterday and "not too long ago" off the turntables of DJ & Master of Ceremonies, FRANKIE FIRME. Dinner, music, dancing, FREE PARKING, drinking and merrymaking in a secure and friendly atmosphere till 2011, plus hot fresh menudo at 1:30am for all. Tickets are only $25.00 and going fast !

Brought to you by the San Fernando American Legion & Legion Auxillery, The San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League, East L.A. Revue Radio, and Latino LA . Come out and welcome 2011 in with style !

Tickets on sale at: 818-581-5572 & 818-361-4621 .

...and Frankie Firme is bringing out the rare & hard to find soul Oldies on the finest Internet Radio station in the World : www.eastLArevue.com with the 2nd Time Around Show...along with some of the best other DJ's in Aztlan like Chico Manqueros, El Chino, Betoman, La Dona Pancha, La Traviesa, El Sapo, La SK8er , Ray & Josie Ramos...and don't forget our compadres in Texas, The Godfather of Tejano Soul, Crazy Chuy Hernandez y la Dallas Home~Girl at www.chicanoexpress.com.

..living life without music?...SHAME !!...no wonder some people ain't smiling!

Hey, even though this year has been tough for a lot of us, our kids, or anybody else's kid for that matter, shouldn't suffer and do without because some pinche greedy grown ups have put the spoil on for many a parent...so let's all step up and get involved with some of the Toy drives for needy kids.

There's NOTHING more beautiful than the smile & laughter of a happy child!

Of course, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots is a great program, delivering hundreds of thousands of toys to needy kids. Many other organizations are also getting in on the action, as there are more kids in a hurt than many want to say...

...one of those I'll be involved with on December 5th will be with the CANYON CITY CLASSICS CAR CLUB's 3rd Annual Christmas Toy Drive and Car Show at the Citrus crossing shopping center in Azusa on Sunday, December 5th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Along with me spinning the tunes from yesterday and not too long ago, live Blues music will be provided by the PORK CHOP TOM Blues Band. There will be a food & bake sale, raffles, and trophies will be awarded for the top 20 finest rides. All car, truck, and bike clubs invited. Admission is one unwrapped toy valued at $10.00 or more. So put a smile on a kid, bring a toy, your family, friends,and join in on the fun in L.A.'s canyon city this Sunday at the Citrus crossing shopping center, 862 E. Alosta Ave, Azusa. For more info: Slugger@ 626-826-3225 or Chops @ 909-268-5316.

For info on lowrider & custom Car Shows in your area of Aztlan, check out: www.layitlow.com

Lot's of other stuff happening around L.A. as well. The Annual Granada Hills Christmas parade is happening Sunday, December 5th, on Chatsworth Street, beginning at 1:30 pm.

The Caddies Club @ Almansor Court in Alhambra will be featuring a Casino Night on New Year's Eve, with Casino gambling, a live dance showcase, and 3 DJ's spinning Retro, Disco, House, and current club hits for your dancing pleasure till 2011. Advance table reservations available, for more info: vivaladisco.com or e-mail rick@vivaladisco.com.

The SATISFACTION Band will be rocking the house in Norwalk at the Guesthouse on Firestone Blvd on New Year's Eve. For more info on another jumping party and more: www.satisfactionband.com.

On Friday night, FULL HOUSE hits the stage at the Sante Fe Springs swap meet, where for only a $1.50 admission (FREE parking), you can score on great shopping deals, great food, ice cold drinks, and great live music. SANGRIA hits the stage on Sunday. For more info: www.sfsswapmeet.com.

The great SOTO Band, featuring the tantalizing Stefane Alvarado & Bernice Niccole at lead vocals, hits the stage this Friday at Zendejas Restaurant in San Dimas. The SOTO brothers have also been teaming up with another set of rockin' Chicano brothers, namely Eric & Billy Mondragon of Down With 3 & TIERRA fame, with a show called B-2-B or "Brothers to Brothers" , with some great dance music in the R & B, Soul, and Old School flavor. Heard it's a really good show to throw some chancla to. For more info: www.sotoband.com

And speaking of DW3, they hit the stage for a solo show at the world famous WHITTIER RADISSON HOTEL's CLUB 201 on Friday, December 10th , and then SMOOTH TOUCH flavors the place on Friday December 17th. The Whittier Radisson Hotel continues to be one of the hottest spots in Aztlan with the best in live bands, DJ's, and luxury room accommodations without the luxury price tag. For more info: www.jegrp.com

Orale, that's it for now , and I invite you all to check out our Calendario page, for all the hip, heavy, and hard happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances.

Happy Holidays to you all, may GOD bless & protect our troops serving overseas, and may I get a chance to see you all in 2011 !

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances

~ Frankie Firme

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is heard daily on World Wide Internet radio station www.eastLArevue.com
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