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History of low-rider cars coming to Grossmont College on April 14

Posted on: Apr 13, 2015 1:00:00 AM
In: Grossmont
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Grossmont College on Tuesday, April 14, will host two events celebrating San Diego’s low-rider culture with a car show and a screening of a critically acclaimed documentary detailing the evolution of low-riding in the region.

“This is not only a car show,” said T. Ford, a Grossmont College counselor and professor in the Cross Cultural Studies Department, who is organizing the events. “This is a great educational opportunity to learn about a culture that was born in San Diego and had a huge impact on the region.”

The celebration gears up with a 9:45 a.m. screening of “Everything Comes from the Streets,” a documentary directed by University of San Diego Ethnic Studies Professor Alberto Lopez Pulido, Ph.D., that traces the roots of low-riding in San Diego and the border region with interviews, archival footage and rare home movies and photographs. The film will be shown at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate.

“With Everything Comes from the Streets, we wanted to celebrate the Chicano ingenuity behind this creative tradition,” Dr. Pulido wrote on the movie’s website. “We illustrate the organization and evolution of low-rider car clubs over several generations, and show their value in forging a collective vision for the community, fostered by the Chicano Rights Movement and the establishment of historic Chicano Park. We also wanted to give voice to the many women who were pioneers in the low-riding movement and to recognize influential car customizers (modificadores) and low-rider car clubs in Tijuana, Mexico. Finally, Everything Comes from the Streets offers a direct challenge to the myths surrounding low-riding as a harsh expression of gang banging and violence. Instead, we present low-rider car clubs as an extension of families and communities.”

The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Dr. Pulido, and will include a discussion about the art of making the documentary produced by Rigo Reyes and Kelly Whalen.

That will be followed around noon with live music by the Manny Cepeda Trio, and a low-rider car show and presentation in the Main Quad at Grossmont College. Commentary during the car show will be provided by Jennifer Bennett, an art instructor who will talk about custom cars as a contemporary art form; Manny Cepeda, a music instructor who will discuss popular music associated with the low riding culture; Carlos Contreras, Ph.D., a history instructor who will discuss Mexican history, culture and art, and Danny Martinez, chair of Cross-Cultural Studies, who will speak about the sociological effects of the phenomenon.

“It’s going to be a fantastic day,” Ford said.

This event is free and open to the public. Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.

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