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Bajito y Suavecito: A Look Back at the People Who Put Lowriding Culture on the Map

According to Denise Sandoval, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge, a Chicano man named Ron Aguirre put the first hydraulic system in a ‘56 convertible. The hydraulic parts were surplus parts from World War II fighter planes, and thanks to Aguirre’s work, they allowed the car to be lowered and raised with the flip of a switch. As Sandoval writes, “The surplus was soon a valuable asset to the low riders since they could ride as low as they wanted on the boulevard and if they saw the police, with a flip of a switch they were ‘street legal.’” -- Remezcla

BWW Interview: Revered Actor/Singer Davis Gaines Takes on the Splendiferous Miguel de Cervantes Once More

Actor/singer Davis Gaines is perhaps the most revered singing star on Los Angeles stages. He is the longest running Phantom in Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Phantom of the Opera and is about to return to Man of La Mancha. The new production from McCoy Rigby Entertainment plays the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge Friday, May 5, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 and then moves to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in early June. In our chat Gaines discusses Man of La Mancha and his favorite roles from Broadway to LA. -- Broadway World Los Angeles

CSUN's MARIAELENA ZAVALA: Marching For Science And For The Future

I was raised in La Verne, the former orange capital of California into a traditional Mexican-American household with deep indigenous roots. My father was an immigrant; my mother was born in the United States. They both went to segregated schools in the 1930s. Until I was two, my parents were farm workers and traveled around southern California picking citrus. After that, my father labored in a factory. Most of my extended family lived within a two-block radius from my house, including my great-grandmother, who was a curandera (healer). Her yard was a traditional medicine garden and it was there that my scientific curiosity took root. Like most young scientists, I had an insatiable need to figure out how things work. Once, I decimated my father’s rose garden, dissecting the flowers from petal to stamen! Today, I’m a professor of plant biology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). -- WOW

Playwrights’ Center announces 2017-18 Jerome and Many Voices Fellows

Exavier is a playwright and educator hailing from Brooklyn. She creates performances, public programs, and games that invite audiences to participate in a theater that rejects passive reception. Her work has been presented at California State University: Northridge, West Chicago City Museum, and in New York: Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, Independent Curators International, and more. Her writing appears in The Atlas Review, Cunjuh Magazine, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Diane is a three-time recipient of the Roland Wood Fellowship for Theater Studies from Amherst College. M.F.A.: Writing for Performance, Brown University. -- Asian American Press