‘Zoot Suit,’ a Pioneering Chicano Play, Comes Full Circle

‘Zoot Suit,’ a Pioneering Chicano Play, Comes Full Circle

By ElTeatroCampesino.com – Photo Jay Thompson/Center Theater Group On Tuesday, Jan. 31, a revival of “Zoot Suit” begins its run at the Taper, kicking off the theater’s 50th-anniversary season. A fantastical reimagining of the so-called Sleepy Lagoon murder case,...
What were the Zoot Suit Riots?

What were the Zoot Suit Riots?

By Evan Andrews – History.com – Photo Library of Congress The Zoot Suit Riots were a series of violent clashes during which mobs of U.S. servicemen, off-duty police officers and civilians brawled with young Latinos and other minorities in Los Angeles. The...
Vincent Valdez’s Virtuosity

Vincent Valdez’s Virtuosity

By David S. Rubin – GlassTire.com – Image Kill the Pachuco Bastard!/collection of Cheech Marin Set in an East Los Angeles barroom, “Kill the Pachuco Bastard!” tells the story of the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots, which were spawned by a Los Angeles Times news story...
Los Angeles 1943 War on the Zoot Suit

Los Angeles 1943 War on the Zoot Suit

By Nathan Masters – KCET.org – Photo Los Angeles Examiner Collection/USC Libraries A police officer questions one of the zoot suiters arrested in the riots. Read...