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Journey to personal discovery

Journey to personal discovery

By Anita Mabante Leach Got your summer travel plans in place? My family always seems to leave things up in the air. Maybe spontaneity is what makes taking time off more relaxing. The places we’ve chosen to showcase in our annual travel issue represent the five types of relaxation many people seek: sports recreation, spa […]

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FIGHTING AN INACCURATE ‘WAR’

FIGHTING AN INACCURATE ‘WAR’

For PBS, The War was hell. Last month, the Public Broadcasting Service management found itself in a skirmish with Latino advocacy groups over a WWII documentary series by filmmaker Ken Burns that totally left out Hispanic soldiers. However, now The War – the 14 ½ hour series set to air on PBS beginning Sept. 23 […]

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A toast to latino foods $2 billion in sales

A toast to latino foods $2 billion in sales

Hispanic foods continue to be a major driver in the economy, as attendees to the Expo Comida Latina Texas in Houston learned last month. A.C. Nielsen statistics show that sales of Hispanic foods have accumulated $3.2 billion in sales the last four years, up 3.5 percent from a year earlier. Tortillas and Mexican salsas and […]

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TOYOTA, CPLC CLEAN UP

Latino neighborhoods across the Valley will be getting beautification boosts from a new program sponsored by auto dealers, and you and your family can help. Barrios Bellos, a program created by the Valley Toyota Dealers Association, is designed to revitalize Hispanic areas in the Valley. The first barrio to get spruced up is Nuestro Barrio, between […]

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PARADE OF LUMINARIES

The Valley of the Sun was a red carpet for a parade of visiting Latino glitterati recently. Antonio Villaraigosa, the charismatic L.A. mayor, was in town at almost the same time as Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor trying to get to the White House before him. Villaraigosa was the attraction at a non-partisan political […]

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Najera Nites: Losing and winning

Najera Nites: Losing and winning

By Marcos Najera I have to get something off my chest and then I’ll talk about what I am supposed to talk about this month. Well, OK, let me quickly talk about what I am supposed to talk about and then we’ll come back to that.  Javier Gomez and Sixto Melendez. They won. More on that […]

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Wrestling book reveals why we’re loco for ‘lucha’

Wrestling book reveals why we’re loco for ‘lucha’

We’re suckers for masked heroes, just ask anyone. That includes the now-cancelled animated cartoon Mucha Lucha to the Telecaster sounds of Los Straitjackets to Jack Black’s corny-but-lovable character in Nacho Libre. Now, we find out there are legions in our corner – of the wrestling ring, that is. As a youngster Dan Madigan recalls a […]

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Surfing to survive

To some, a film named Las Chulas starring young women surfers in El Salvador may conjure up scenes of a flotilla of bikinied, bronze beach bunnies. No way, says Brendan Kiernan, the producer/writer of the documentary in progress. He and his partner Frank Pickell of Rattlecan production studio in Boulder, Colo., describe the storyline as […]

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Blog features Latino authors

Mainstream media often overlooks Chicano literature and art, so buena suerte (good luck) trying to keep up with the latest book releases or art happenings. But now we have La Bloga (http://labloga.blogspot.com/), which started in late 2004 as a blog about Chicano literature and arts but delves into just about anything of interest to the community. […]

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Festive and friendly happenings for kids

Festive and friendly happenings for kids

In an attempt to provide balance to the Vibe section, we are pointing out some kinder, gentler events that little ones will enjoy in May. The first is Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, showing at the Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, from May 3-6. We’re thinking Muppet Rosita, who has a Puerto Rican […]

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