The Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip Experience Voz Alta Performance Space and Art Gallery, 917 E St., Downtown, 619-230-1869. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m.
LA Weekly contributor. Former Daily Aztec editorial cartoonist. Lemon Grove native.
They all apply to Los Angeles-based cartoonist-activist-satirist Lalo Alcaraz, whose daily cartoon strip, “La Cucaracha,” was recently launched by Universal Press Syndicate, home of other political comic strips such as “The Boondocks” and “Doonesbury.” Alcaraz caused a mini-firestorm of controversy in 2000, when he joked about the Latin Grammys that “no one wants to see a bunch of dark-skinned, short, sweaty Latin types onstage unless it's in a Tijuana strip bar.” The joke was meant to skewer the homogenization of the event since Mexican artists felt they were being ignored in favor of Americanized Latin pop stars. But it didn't go over too well with the so-called Latin establishment.
Alcaraz survived, even flourished. This week he brings his sharpened edge to a screening of Paco's Suitcase Bomb, his film short that's showing along with his appearance at Voz Alta downtown.