In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.
Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.
“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.
Murals are a city's urban canvas, expressing the history, concerns and aspirations of a community. Though they are susceptible to weather, vandalism and decay, murals are also freely visible and open for all to enjoy. For generations, Los Angeles has been renowned as one of the world’s great mural capitals. Latino artists and their culture are an integral part of the city’s mural heritage. You can travel between multicultural neighborhoods and view murals as if they’re on display in the wings of a vast, concrete museum. Here are ten exemplary pieces to discover throughout L.A.
In Los Angeles, creativity knows no bounds, whether it's movies, music, art, architecture…or cookies. Yes, L.A. chefs have drawn on classic flavor combinations, fun riffs on other foodstuffs, and unbridled imagination to develop an array of cookies that warrant crosstown drives. Learn about 14 of the best cookies in Los Angeles.
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For most of the country, Labor Day Weekend means the unofficial start of the fall. Here in Los Angeles, the endless summer continues with a variety of events throughout the city, from must-see concerts to spectacular walking dinosaurs and the world’s largest lobster festival. Read on for highlights of an exciting month of events in L.A.