Monday, April 6, 2009

Attack of the Great College Lectures!

I've been to too many college lectures to remember—thousand-strong rallies for Ralph Nader, another where three people showed up to hear testimonials of sex-abuse survivors. I understand the hassle for the non-student: parking fees, byzantine campus layouts, the temptation that is a coed in ass shorts. Nevertheless, I'll be highlighting two essential lectures in today's program: one at Loyola Marymount University featuring Chicana chingona Monica Palacios (can you believe she'll be the first LGBT perform at L.A.'s premier Catholic college EVER? And yet they don't have a problem with boy-buggering priests—go figure...). We'll dish on her craft, gay-hatin' Catholics, and whatever else this genius wishes to quip about.

Following her is frequent guest Dr. William Nericcio, head of the English department at San Diego State University and author of the scabrous Tex(t)-Mex blog and book. Nericcio is as shameless a self-promoter as me, and we'll be at Cal State Fullerton next Monday, but I'm having him on to discuss the semiotics behind NBC's latest attempt at depicting life in Southern California: Southland. Yep: more felonious blacks and Mexicans, with the occasional methed-up gabacho! And, as always, your wonderful calls!

The details: Monica Palacios at LMU, Huesman Lounge, Upper Campus, 1 Lmu Dr., # 100,
Los Angeles, (310) 338-2700. Monday, April 13, 7 p.m. Free; William Nericcio vs. Gustavo Arellano at Cal State Fullerton, Room MH238, 800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 278-4210. Monday, April 13, 4 p.m. Free. Anyone who can prove to me they attended both lectures will win a guest slot on my show to rant about whatever they want!

Soundtrack for today's show: "Welcome to the Jungle," by Guns 'n' Roses; "California Sun," remake of the Rivieras classic by the Ramones.

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High-falutin', relevant quote of the week: "I had a student who took my performance class and she always advocated for LGBT issues. She approached me and said now is the time to do this. The Gay Straight Alliance was also very involved in the No on Prop. 8 campaign. And it just seemed like the perfect time to do a show like this. It's revolutionary!"

--Monica Palacios, in an interview for


  1. I love you Gustavo. Kick Nericcio's ass!

  2. The first comment! Gracias for the love!

  3. surely you jest! this tejano luchador will make gusanito arellano feel the powerful wrath of my SoTejas superpowers! you heard it here first, Nericcio in three!

  4. Today is the DAY!!!! órale!