My Brother, the Acclaimed Artist from the East L.A. Barrio

A Very Personal Chronicle of Painter Salomón Huerta’s Journey to the Whitney Biennial and Beyond

My brother, Salomón Huerta, is an internationally recognized visual artist. When I think about his rise in the art world, I can’t help but reflect on how far he came, from experiencing abject poverty and violence in a Mexican neighborhood and an American barrio to inclusion in the prestigious Whitney Biennial at age 33.

Here’s his story, as only a brother could tell it.

During the early 1960s, to escape the violence of a small Mexican rancho, Zajo Grande, in the beautiful state of Michoacán, our abuelo Martin Huerta Hernandez relocated most …

Morrissey’s Ranchera-esque Sound

The Manchester Singer’s Intense Emotions Win Over a New Generation of Fans in East L.A.

My lifelong devotion to punk rock started with my first backyard gig in Boyle Heights at age 12, which eventually led to me playing guitar in the band Bad Influence …

East LA Community Corporation President Maria Cabildo

For Her, the Song Never Gets Old

Maria Cabildo is president and co-founder of the East LA Community Corporation. Before participating in a panel on the high cost of living in Los Angeles, she talked about where …

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Why Self Help Graphics Brought Pop-Up Portraits to L.A.’s Eastside

Three years ago, when the nonprofit visual arts center Self Help Graphics and Arts was moving from East Los Angeles back to its historical home neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Boyle …

In Defense Of the Liquor Store

It’s Just a Tiendita, and in East L.A. It’s a Way Of Life

On the second-to-last shelf from the floor, in front of the cashier at Pueblo Liquor in East Los Angeles, lay a dozen greenish bananas. They were sandwiched between a shelf …

East Los Angeles: Health-Food Mecca

If You Don't Believe It, Come Shopping With the Glutster

East Los Angeles has no Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. But it does have El Super and Top Valu. They are just as fulfilling. For the renegade vegetarian or the …