Dave’s not here … but Cheech is

“The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry?”

“Are you for real?” you ask.

“Does Howdy Doody got wooden balls, man?” I reply.

It’s no joke, ese — the vato loco half of Cheech & Chong has been collecting Chicano art for years, and soon some of it will be on display at a former public library in Riverside, Calif.

According to The New York Times, Cheech has already donated 11 works and plans to donate 500 more once storage is built for them. His holdings have been on display at more than 50 museums in the United States and in Europe.

Says Cheech: “We are going to make Riverside and the Riverside Art Museum the center of Chicano art in the world. And we’re going to bring the world to Riverside.”

Orrrrrrale, homes. No word yet on whether Sgt. Stedenko will be tasked with guarding the collection.

• Y tambien: Right next door in Orange County, Gustavo Arellano writes about “the agony and stupidity that is the coronavirus in Southern California.” And he passes along a new portmanteau of which I had not heard: “pandejo,” a combination of “pandemic” and “pendejo.”


4 Responses to “Dave’s not here … but Cheech is”

  1. Carl Duellman Says:


  2. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Cheech is a good guy! I can’t think of any reason to go to the LA area except for visiting Norman’s Rare Guitars. If I did go, a Riverside visit might happen. I might be more inclined to head to El Cajon and tour the Taylor factory. Wouldn’t it be nice to have choices like that again?

    • Herb from Michigan Says:

      I can hear Tom Waits growl “Christ a trip to the town dump in Trenton NJ looks good to me right now. Or even a visit to a liquor store/laundromat in Milwaukee “

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ol’ Tom has done a few road trips, and a few road-trip tunes, too. “Goin’ Out West,” “Jack & Neal,” etc. One of my favorite Waits lines: “If you get far enough away you’ll be on your way back home.”

      I’d like to get the hell out of here for a while, I can tell you that. I haven’t been outside the Albuquerque city limits in … forever.

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