Bravo Gustavo!

My sombrero is off to UCLA for “¡Asking A Mexican!” to be their keynote commencement speaker this year. Congratulations to our esteemed friend,  Gustavo Arrellano!

“Gustavo Arellano is a keen observer of life in America — in particular the culture and diversity of Southern California,” Judith L. Smith, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education at the UCLA College, said in a statement. The columnist was recommended by a committee of faculty, students and administrators.

Article, L.A. Times. April 9, 2010

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Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697

9 thoughts on “Bravo Gustavo!

  1. I hope he has something eloquent prepared, not just humorous. I could imagine him saying things only Raza would get/laugh at and they will probably make up 15-20 percent of the audience at the most. So, there might be alot of awkward silences. I remember George Lopez hosting an awards show and the audience seemed too p.c. to laugh at a lot of his jokes; I don’t know,maybe they thought his barbs were low blows.

  2. [Chavo, funny!] And why isn’t “Rambling On My Mind: 12th Annual Latino Book and Family Festival. Day 1 Recon” listed as a related post here? Those damn computer gremlins are at it again!

  3. Viva Gustavo! (Or as a family member would say, “Orale Tavo!):
    I’m delighted by this selection for many reasons. First, Mr. Arrellano has been a literate, thoughtful, humorous, and insightful reflection of hispanic, and Mexican-American culture in Southern California media for many years. Second, he is a product of the University of California system. No disrespect to the Cal State system, but this man went through the meat grinder of the elite educational system of California and still has a sense of humor and a realistic concept of the importance of family, culture, and his own self-worth. He does not take himself too seriously, and yet he has valuable things to say about other people (without gutting them). I plan to be present at this graduation ceremony, my third (my own, my brother David’s, and this one). I think I’ll learn something, as will everyone who listens.

    Good selection, Bruins!

  4. This guy is very entertaining. I used to listen to him on the Tom Leykis Show and it was always a pleasure.

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