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¡Ask a Mexican! Turns 10new

Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! column began humbly in OC Weekly ten years ago this week.
LA Observed  |  11-13-2014  11:40 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Gustavo Arellano Explores the History of Popular Mexican Dishes in New Book

In a new book out today, "Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America," the OC Weekly editor and ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist takes on America's most beloved Mexican dishes. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-10-2012  11:40 am  |  Industry News

Gustavo Arellano Named Editor of OC Weekly

Gustavo Arellano will take over for Ted Kissell, who announced his resignation earlier today. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  11-28-2011  7:15 pm  |  Industry News

Best of the West 2011 Honors Seven Altsnew

The recent Best of the West journalism contest honored several alt-weeklies, including the Houston Press, Phoenix New Times, SF Weekly and Denver's Westword, which each picked up first-place honors.
The Best of the West  |  06-22-2011  4:06 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

After Dropping Dan Savage, Arkansas Paper Tries A Mexicannew

Gustavo Arellano's '¡Ask A Mexican!' will begin appearing in The Free Weekly (Fayetteville, Ark.) this week.
The Free Weekly  |  10-01-2010  12:42 pm  |  Industry News

Gustavo Arellano Named Managing Editor of OC Weeklynew

OC Weekly has named Gustavo Arellano -- author of the syndicated column ¡Ask A Mexican! -- as managing editor.
LA Observed  |  08-27-2010  8:07 am  |  Industry News

Eugene Weekly Receives Package of Manure Intended for Gustavo Arellanonew

An anonymous reader sent a bag of horse manure addressed to "Ask a Mexican" with a note: EAT SHIT AND DIE PARASITE. (FULL STORY)
OC Weekly  |  08-09-2010  12:02 pm  |  Industry News  |  Comments (1)

Awards Host Gustavo Arellano Dishes on Canadian Burritosnew

OC Weekly and '¡Ask A Mexican!' columnist Gustavo Arellano finished his hosting duties at the AltWeekly Awards Luncheon and made a run to a Canadian burrito joint.
OC Weekly  |  07-21-2010  6:25 pm  |  Industry News

Four Alt-Weeklies Among SoCal Journalism Awards Winners

The Los Angeles Press Club held its annual SoCal Journalism Awards last night and four AAN papers went home with honors. (FULL STORY)
Los Angeles Press Club  |  06-28-2010  5:48 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Gustavo Arellano Will Keynote UCLA Commencement Ceremonynew

The OC Weekly staffer and "¡Ask a Mexican!" columnist, who received a master's degree from UCLA in 2003, will be the keynote speaker for the university's June commencement ceremony. "Gustavo Arellano is a keen observer of life in America — in particular the culture and diversity of Southern California," says Judith L. Smith, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. "He explores today's issues of diversity and ethnicity with incisive commentary and a sharp wit that punches holes in traditional thinking about race and stereotypes." On the OC Weekly blog, Arellano pulls out some of the "flattering reactions" to the decision, like this one from one Tweeter: "That's the weakest thing ever."
UCLA  |  04-08-2010  10:32 am  |  Industry News

The Mexican Asks a New Mexicannew

Albuquerque's The Alibi turned the tables on Gustavo Arellano, the columnist behind the racy ¡Ask a Mexican! column. The paper challenged Arellano to ask a New Mexican, and the result, he says, was "brilliant." Joseph Baca, a wine writer and native of the state, answered questions on Santo Niño de Atocha, curanderas, chile and Hispanos. "That Baca guy has a future outside of vacas!," Arellano says.
The Alibi  |  03-18-2010  10:06 am  |  Industry News

Arellano: NPR's 'Ask an Arab' is an 'Ask a Mexican' Rip-offnew

"Those geniuses at NPR, the network that thinks Garrison Keillor and Mo Rocca are the height of hilarity, have shamelessly ripped off ¡Ask a Mexican! to start a new feature, Ask an Arab," Gustavo Arellano writes. "Oh, and before anyone begins leaving comments about me being so petty and me ripping off 'Ask a Black Dude,' I preface this post with a classic quote from Krusty the Clown: 'If this is anyone but Steve Allen, you've stolen my bit!'"
OC Weekly  |  02-19-2010  3:24 pm  |  Industry News

Restaurant Steals 'Ask a Mexican' Logo for Adnew

Gustavo Arellano reports that an unnamed Mexican restaurant in Dana Point has grabbed the logo for his column and is running it in ads that appear in the Dana Point Times -- a local competitor to OC Weekly. While he points out that it is not the first time someone has swiped the Mark Dancey-designed logo, Arellano says he was surprised to find the thievery so close to home. Did the restaurant and the paper "really think they'd get away with using my column's logo and making money off of it without me eventually finding out and throwing barbs back at them?," he asks. "Especially considering it's a Mexican restaurant?"
OC Weekly  |  12-10-2009  12:38 pm  |  Industry News

White Supremacists Threaten OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellanonew

On a recent episode the show "88 Degrees" on internet radio station Radio White, white supremacist Martin Cox and co-host Jeremy Moody attacked Arellano for his coverage of an incident this summer involving skinheads in Huntington Beach. During the show, Cox called Arellano everything from a "Mexican homosexual beaner" to a "faggot communist" to a "fricking reporter for a newspaper that comes out once a week and it's free," before talking about attacking Arellano. "I know who he is, where he works. I know everything about this dude," Cox said. "We have his home address. We have everything we need to know about that dude."
OC Weekly  |  11-30-2009  10:19 am  |  Industry News

Radio Host Upset that Houston Press Took 'Ask a Mexican' Online Onlynew

Tony Diaz, who hosts KPFT's Nuestra Palabra program in Houston, says that the Houston Press' decision to publish Gustavo Arellano's syndicated column only on the web is like putting it "in the back of the bus." Diaz also says the Press doesn't understand how popular the column is among Hispanics, insinuating the alt-weekly is out-of-touch with that community -- an insinuation that editor Margaret Downing is having none of. "While I certainly understand the disappointment of some of our readers, to say that not carrying the column in print shows a lack of commitment to the Hispanic community is nothing but hyperbole," she says in a statement explaining the move.
Houston Press  |  07-21-2009  9:05 am  |  Industry News