Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly and syndicated writer of the “Ask a Mexican!” column, will talk about his book on the history of Mexican food in America, “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” in Pomona from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. He’ll be at the Western University of Health Sciences Health Education Building, 309 E. Second St. Admission is free.
Wednesday’s column is about the “Midcentury Modern: retro, classic, cool” exhibit in the Fair’s Millard Sheets Art Center. The Fair ends Sunday, by the way!
Sunday’s column begins with a followup on the Pomona man who was among the first casualties of the Vietnam War, then continues with some Ontario items, a recap of the food phobia discussion we had recently and a weird crime item from Claremont.
Sunday’s column is about a Navy pilot from Pomona who died 50 years ago Tuesday during a retaliatory air strike for the Gulf of Tonkin skirmish. Researching it was a learning experience: I’d heard of the Gulf of Tonkin incident and resolution but didn’t know much about them. Anyway, it seemed worthwhile to remember Dick Sather a half-century after his death, and I hope you’ll agree.
Wednesday’s column pays tribute to George Cuttress, a downtown Pomona fixture for nearly 20 years. He’s retiring and closing his art gallery, a linchpin of the neighborhood — but he’s not done yet.
In a surprise, a Walmart Neighborhood Market is headed for Pomona without any public meetings. Officials decided that since the grocery was replacing a 99 Cents Only store, permits could be granted with only staff review. (They took a more democratic approach in La Verne, sending the matter to the Planning Commission anyway.)
That news leads off Sunday’s column, which also has news from Chino and Ontario, and two Culture Corner items.
Six days after a segment on the Claremont Village, the KTTV morning show “Good Day L.A.” visited downtown Pomona to praise its arts scene. I write about that in Sunday’s column. Also: news items from La Verne, the Ontario library, Metrolink, Donut Man and more.
I saw a familiar face a few feet away from me at the Jack White concert at the Pomona Fox last Thursday: Howard Mordoh, the guy I once dubbed the Dancing Man. He’s an inveterate concertgoer around L.A. and usually dances. I wrote about him a couple of times in 2012, here and here. First time I saw him was at a Fox show by LCD Soundsystem and here he was again, even though he lives in Woodland Hills.
Once Jack White came on, I gave Mordoh some room and he was shaking it, spinning with one hand over his head and all the rest. Others around us were amused or impressed, or both. Alas, shooting video was impossible due to the dim lighting. Mordoh, 61 when I wrote about him, is now 63 and shows no signs of slowing down.
Friday’s column has news about a 20th anniversary (where does the time go?) screening of “Pulp Fiction” at the fairgrounds as well as about more outdoor screenings in Pomona this summer. I also offer some brief items from Chino and put in a plug for this blog; somehow I forgot to do that last week, so I’ve got two weeks of items to promote.
Candidly, I was going to devote one paragraph, maybe two, to “Pulp Fiction,” but then I overheard the editors saying this morning among themselves (based on my summary of the column, which was still in the works) that they were going to try to put the column on Page One due to the “Pulp Fiction” angle. So I extended the item so that none of us looked foolish.
“Pulp Fiction” fans will get the pun in the headline, right? If not, this clip will explain.