Gregg Barrios

Gregg Barrios is a playwright, poet and journalist. He serving in the USAF during the Vietnam era. He joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War while attending the University of Texas in Austin.

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Juan Gabriel, who died August 28, performs in Chile in 2014.

Vaya con Dios, Juan Gabriel

Mexico's most versatile singer and composer leaves behind a global legacy.

Gregg Barrio remembers Juan Gabriel, whose "hardscrabble life is the stuff of telenovelas," and who died August 28 while on tour in California. Read More

June 2016 culture essay

David Bowie in Aztlán

Forty years ago, Chicano students in Crystal City created a Bowie-inspired rock opera.

Forty years ago, Chicano students in Crystal City created a Bowie-inspired rock opera. Teacher Gregg Barrios wonders if his kids influenced the rock genius. Read More

Candy Barr publicity photo, 1958

Risqué Business

The complicated life of Texas' most famous stripper.

How times have changed. These days, the term burlesque conjures the safest kind of sexiness, a retro-flirty striptease that’s tame enough for hipster bars, dates and even a family-friendly Hollywood blockbuster staring Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl who makes … Read More



cloudy moon rises over white silver sands El Chuco hills smooth concrete loom like dunes awaiting some pachuco’s arrival to mark in ancient script name, neighborhood, street magic marker popul-voh a faded clue left to say a 100 years from … Read More



Confessions of a Counterculture Past

Growing up in the south Texas town of Victoria in the 1950s, my future seemed bleaker than that of the teenagers in The Last Picture Show or the nameless young Mexican narrator in John Rechy’s City of Night. But the … Read More


The Hummingbird’s Great-Great Nephew

If there is such a thing as reincarnation, Luis Alberto Urrea predicts, he will be back as Emiliano Zapata. In this lifetime, Urrea was born in Tijuana—”Jewel of the Border, The Great Walled City of the Barbarian Chichimeca Empire”—in 1955. … Read More