Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from meeting “Ask a Mexican” columnist Gustavo Arellano to watching hummingbirds take flight at the Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[September 9–September 15]
Gustavo Arellano, the editor of the alternative newsweekly OC Weekly, in Orange County, California, has written weighty commentaries against skinheads and powerful stories about priests in the Catholic Church who have been accused of pedophilia, but his claim to fame is his nationally syndicated “Ask a Mexican” column, a platform for debunking Latino stereotypes using low-brow satire. “Playing the idiot has been going very good for me,” Arellano said. He wears yet a third hat, as evidenced by his new book, Taco U.S.A.: How Mexican Food Conquered America, in which he combines his Ask a Mexican humor with the culinary insight he developed as a food critic. Arellano will speak about the