Professor Viesca on KPCC ÂCivil Rights & Go-Go BootsÂ panel
Campus community welcome to the April 13 Crawford Family Forum
Featuring Cal State L.A.Âs Liberal Studies Professor Victor Hugo Viesca as a guest panelist, KPCC (89.3 AM) and AboutÂ Productions will present ÂCivil Rights and Go-Go Boots: A Groovy Evening of Theater, Live Music, and Chicano History,Â as part of its Crawford Family Forum ongoing community series, on Wednesday, April 13, starting at 7 p.m.
To be recorded for KPCCÂs video archives, the Wednesday program will introduce AboutÂ ProductionsÂ upcoming original theater piece, Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, to premiere in 2012. Set in the late 1960s, Evangeline has been described as a multi-media drama about Âa young woman from East Los Angeles who is a devout daughter by day and a Hollywood go-go dancer by night.Â
Following each theatrical excerpt of Evangeline, the audience in attendance that evening will be engaged in a discussion with the panelists to explore how the themes resonate with the racial, political and cultural issues still with us today. One of three panelists, CSULAÂs Professor Viesca will join Alma Martinez of Pomona College and Josh Kun of USC to discuss the legacy of Chicano music of the 1960s and 1970s on the present day East Los Angeles music scene.
Viesca has also been serving as an adviser for this play, and in the past, has provided interns for the AboutÂ Productions company through the community engagement component of his class, ÂMulticultural Arts, L.A.Â (Liberal Studies 234), offered on the CSULA campus.
Victor Hugo Viesca
A Los Angeles native, ViescaÂs research on contemporary Chicano music and culture has appeared in the American Quarterly, the British journal Cultural Values, and in a collection of classic and contemporary writings on popular culture titled Popular Culture: A Reader (Sage, 2005). He is currently revising his dissertation, ÂEastside State of Mind: Race, Space and Chicana/o Youth Culture in Post-Industrial Los Angeles,Â into a book.
The Evangeline project is a collaboration between About...ProductionsÂ Artistic Director Theresa Chavez, Associate Director Rose Portillo, and Louie Perez of the famous East Los Angeles rock band, Los Lobos. The multi-talented Quetzal Flores of the band, Quetzal, has re-imagined the music of Los Lobos for the production of Evangeline.
The campus community is welcome to attend this free event at the Crawford Family Forum, located at 474 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. However, seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. An RSVP is required and can be made by calling (626) 583-5232 or registering online at http://www.scpr.org/events/forum.
Samples of work by CSULA Professor Victor Hugo Viesca:
ÂThe Battle of Los Angeles: The Cultural Politics of Chicana/o Music in the Greater EastsideÂ (American Quarterly): http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/american_quarterly/v056/56.3viesca.html
ÂStraight out the barrio: Ozomatli and the importance of place in the formation of Chicano/a popular culture in Los AngelesÂ (Journal for Cultural World): http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/433837058-24547336/content~db=jour~content=a909631880
ÂÂBeneath the SurfaceÂ: Los Angeles Underground Hip Hop and the Myth of the Back-Latino DivideÂ (Experience Music ProjectÂs 2008 Pop Conference): http://www.empsfm.org/education/index.asp?categoryID=26&ccID=127&xPopConfBioID=1040&year=2008
Learn more at the following links:
- KPCCÂs The Crawford Family Forum:
- Community Engagement courses at CSULA:
- Department of Liberal Studies at CSULA:
- College of Arts and Letters at CSULA: