It is with great pleasure that I can announce a new appearance on The Moustachioed Podcastio with Daniel Segura as we spent an intense time discussing Luis Valdez’s 1981 Zoot Suit, a musical that takes off from real historical events in wartime Los Angeles (the Sleepy Lagoon Murder and the Zoot Suit riots) and becomes something truly extraordinary and complex. You can get a sense of how complex by listening to Daniel and me wrestle with it for nearly 100 minutes. It stars, among others, the awe-inspiring Edward James Olmos as “El Pachuco,” who’s either protagonist Henry Reyna’s projected alter ego, an allegorical representation of Chicano consciousness, or perhaps an Aztec deity. Aren’t movies great?
You can access the episode via Daniel’s links page or just load up “Moustachioed Podcastio” in your podcast app of choice.
Our custom episode art is by Lucy Fidelis, a long-time contributor here at Erotic Mad Science, showing El Pachuco projecting in front of a 21-st century Los Angeles. You can find out more about Lucy by visiting her website.