Since 1974, East L.A.'s Los Lobos have been exploring the artistic and commercial possibilities of American biculturalism, moving back and forth between their Chicano roots and their love of American rock & roll. Although the band first gained fame as part of the early-Eighties roots-rock revival, they didn't so much strip music down as mix it up, playing norteño, blues, country, Tex-Mex, ballads, folk, and rock. - See more at: http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/los-lobos-and-los-lon...
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The Edo period (1615–1868) in Japan was governed by warriors who earned the hereditary title of samurai. These figures were expected to cultivate "the dual way of letters and war," yet the period was defined not by war, but by commercial growth. Given the circumstances, it was a challenge to sustain military character, however, the period also afforded an opportunity to participate in cultural activities. Luke Roberts, professor of Japanese history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, introduces the lives of a number of average samurai from the Edo period, focusing on military skills and cultural activities in their lives.