Are the Mexicans in New York different from the ones in California? Who else could answer such a mind-boggling question but OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano, creator of the now infamous column ¡Ask A Mexican!? The nationally syndicated column, which started as a one-time spoof, tackles Mexican-American culture (from sex to immigration to food) via Arellano’s witty, irreverent answers to all your Latin-related queries. And it seems there are many people eager for Chicano knowledge as the column has been going strong for four years running and is now a book with the same name. Arellano also has a new memoir, Orange County: A Personal History, which he’ll read from tonight. People really do love those pinche Mexicanos.

Tue., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2008