Photography by Dianna Santillano-Romo

KXPO is Xolotl Grease radio, we broadcast tonight to you from dark and sanctified folded crevices of East Los Angeles, from some other reality where maybe someone got their shit together and decided to listen, to entertain all demons, to make deep their practice… in other words, this is what it might have been like had things been different in 1492, 1999, 1841. As always, if we’re doing our work right, by the end of the night, smoke just might be obscuring your vision…

* Tonight we are proud to present a special program in honor of Bill London and his famous muffler shop, El Pedorrero, 4101 E. Whittier Blvd., master folk art installation that sadly closed this summer. The artistic legacy of Mental Bill London and El Pedorrero is represented by a host of contemporary Chicano artists and Eastside cultural venues that still exist today. Tonight we’re relating the legacy of this existential timeless muffler shop to Antonio Villaraigosa, Oscar Zeta Acosta and Ericka Llanera, among the most influential artists of contemporary Los Angeles. Now that Pacific Standard Time has put Los Angeles on the world cultural map, according to the New York Times, L.A. is “an art capital in the same league as New York, Berlin and London.” Antonio Villaraigosa is viewed by many as a foremost rising cultural icon, sharing a love of suspenders with the famous Bill London.

Jose López Feliú was born in Los Angeles, California in 1933. He worked a series of meaningless jobs throughout his early years, all the while nurturing a life-long respect and interest of esoterica and books. His library, housed floor to ceiling in his tenement was lost upon his eviction in 1961 during the last phases of destruction of the Bunker Hill neighborhood.

In 1965, he started working at the Los Angeles Public Library where he remained until his transfer to the El Sereno branch.

In 1996, while at work in the library, López-Feliú and his long-time collaborator Eufencio Rojas met when Rojas was blown through the front window during a freak tornado.

Since then, López-Feliú and Rojas have worked closely together in discovering and documenting the various portals, vortices, disturbances and strange phenomena in Los Angeles. In 2001, he founded Rojas Press which publishes and distributes to the interested public the archives of their collaborations.

Ericka Llanera was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1944. In 1963, she left Los
Angeles and moved to an outpost in the Sonoran desert run by followers
of Carlos Castaneda’s Elemental Tensegrity cult.  

In 1969, after returning to Los Angeles, Ericka Llanera resurrected East
LA Dirigible Transit Lines by launching a home-made geodesic balloon
from an old anchoring point in the community of City Terrace. Renaming
it East LA Balloon Tours, she began to offer a limited route to and from
California State University Los Angeles from another anchor point in
the community of El Sereno.

Llanera was also founder and editor of Filth Saints/Manifestos/Ballons. The magazine covered a diverse range of topics within the field of entheogenic physics, urban design and prophecy. It was also designed as an echo of the revolutionary events of 1968… a kind of delayed echo and elaboration of some of the policies put forth by the student revolutionaries those years ago.The magazine folded in 1989 after a joint FBI/LA County Sheriffs raid on her house in El Sereno caused a fire which destroyed her papers.

Maria Jolina Villalobos appears in records 2 years later. Her lasting contribution is her Codex, now named Codex Jolinaus. The codex, written between 1996 and 1998, appears to be a consolidation of decades of research by Villalobos into the esoteric knowledge base of hidden
societies in Los Angeles.

Those close to Villalobos note that she saw herself as an animal. Shortly after finishing the codex, Villalobos was arrested and upon release, abandoned the Jolina identity and project.

Dr. J. Eufencio Rojas was born in Tucson Arizona in the mid seventies. After being exiled from the state of Arizona, he began a trek across Mexico, exiting the US through Las Cruzes by foot. Little is known about the doctor’s whereabouts at this time, though he was rumored to have studied under Carlos Castaneda in an aluminum geodesic mushroom in the Sonoran Desert. The next corroborated sighting of the doctor was in Los Angeles, being swept up in a freak twister that ripped through El Sereno in 1996. From there, he went on to gain fame and notoriety for his work with Renato Frias on the High Low Radiance Corridor Project. He continues to work and live in L.A.

As part of the Getty Foundation Daylight Savings Time art exhibits, four-term President Bionic Villaraigosa (the first bionic Chicano president of the United States, 2018 – 2034) and his presidential party along with a crowd of hundreds sporting festive balloons descended today to unveil a 4 ton bronze bust of the the president’s famous smile at the corner of Eastern & City Terrace. In his remarks, President B. Villaraigosa spoke through his trademark shoulder apparatus, saying, “My success in life can not only be attributed to dribs and drabs of Democratic health reforms but to crucial innovations in smile reconstruction, Schwarzenegger injections and genetic surgery. Even if global warming threatens the destruction of America and all it stands for, SMILE AND ALL THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU (as William Shakespeare said), and the smiles of our children and our children’s children will live on forever in this statue, so what if their future had to be sacrificed for income redistribution to the rich? So what if Enron stole all California’s money in the 90s and in the decades after that we gave the state capital to Wall Street? Even if our children’s children are to grow up stunted and impoverished they will be happy on the inside. I grew up in City Terrace, and the least that I owe them is a smile in their hearts. This eternal smile says, we are the 99%.” With that Brown Prince #1 flashed his Cheshire cat grin, that Republican critics were quick to allege is not natural and has been digitally enhanced. This allegation has been routinely denied by White House spokesperson, Jean Quan.

One of the best known authors to come out of the Chicano Movement—“Chicano by ancestry and Brown Buffalo by choice”—Dr. Gonzo was given a race-change operation by Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, wherein Thompson depicted Zeta Acosta as a 300 pound Samoan, a description which is said to have pissed Zeta Acosta off. In the movie version with Johnny Depp as Hunter Thompson, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro plays Zeta Acosta, but nobody watched that movie because the book was better.

In May 1974, Zeta Acosta’s son Marco said that he was possibly the last person the hear from him alive, saying that he was in Mazatlan, about to board a boat loaded to the gunnels with drugs, and he was never seen again. However, in recent years, Liki Renteria, urban organic farmer and ace detective, has followed promising local leads into Zeta Acosta’s disappearance. These leads include possible former 1970s-era safe houses where allegedly Zeta Acosta may be hiding out with refugees from Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie or Sly & the Family Stone’s Woodstock band. Verification is sought for tips that place Zeta Acosta’s whereabouts in naked anarchist networks underground in Northeast L.A. Likewise, unnamed informants report that “reliable” or “strong” sources have located Zeta Acosta variously in a second floor back apartment at 2923 N. Broadway next to Pollos Chapalita (Capitol Provision Co.), Lincoln Heights, or back apartments on Breed or Chicago Streets off First in Boyle Heights. We have conducted secret raids disguised as Jehovah’s Witnesses, knocking on doors and rounding up astonishing files of evidence we are prepared to release at a later date.
Meanwhile, combing through four linear feet (8 boxes) of the Oscar Zeta Acosta papers at UC Santa Barbara, we located Zeta Acosta’s personal collection of fortunes from fortune cookies gathered at every Chinese restaurant he visited in 1974—and in that spirit—we offer them here, testament to the future:

YOU WILL SOON RECEIVE AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

SOMEONE IS SUCCUMBING TO YOUR MANY CHARMS

TRAVEL TO DISTANT LANDS IS IN YOUR FUTURE

BLUE AND YELLOW ARE YOUR BEST COLORS

ITS ALWAYS DARKER BEFORE THE DAWN

YOU WILL SURFACE IN TOPEKA, KS

I DON’T WANT TO WORK IN A MEAT FACTORY DO YOU?

YOUR FORTUNES ARE CHANGING

TOMORROW WILL BE YOUR LUCKY DAY

IT IS SUCH A PERFECT DAY

YOU MAY HARNESS THE WINDS OF THE WORLD TO YOUR BALLOON

NOW IS BOTH THE PRESENT AND A GIFT

YOU ARE AN EXCELLENT WRITER; YOU SHOULD WRITE A LETTER

IT’S COMPLICATED, JUST TRY TO UNDERSTAND

ENJOY MORE LEG ROOM FLY DELTA AIRLINES

YOU MUST SOON FIND WHAT YOU WERE SEEKING

CONSIDER THE WATERMELON, THE GUAVA

TO UNDERSTAND SOMEONE ELSE, TRY TO WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES

A QUIET AFTERNOON IN DINOSAUR, CO

THE BURNING PALM TREES OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

YOUR GOLDFISH IS CALLING YOU

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