April 9, 2008 |
Houston, you've got the Latin Grammys. The ninth annual edition of the international music awards show moves to Texas for the first time after alternating between East and West coasts since its debut in Los Angeles in 2000. The ceremony showcasing music from across the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world will be broadcast live on Nov. 13 from Houston's Toyota Center, home of the NBA's Houston Rockets with a capacity of 19,000. Nominations will be announced Sept. 10. But why Houston?
July 9, 2006
AGUSTIN, really now. Are you sure you were in Panama ["Panama, Primed," by Agustin Gurza, June 25]? Someone has given you a snow job! The Hotel Panama has poor service, the roads are a disaster, the "freeway" to Colon (the second-largest city in the republic) was never completed. Portobelo is a national disgrace, rotting and deteriorating like Colon, the most crime-ridden city on the Caribbean side. If this country doesn't do something about its basic infrastructure -- and soon -- it's going to implode.
February 2, 2006
The "Hot Ticket" regarding Wayne Shorter's upcoming concert could certainly have been written entirely on this marvelous artist, but the writer decided to go off-subject and tossed in a dig at John Coltrane ["An Explorer of Sound," Jan. 26]. Besides being mean-spirited, that statement's flat-out ignorance should disqualify this writer from any sort of coverage on the subject of jazz. In a similar vein, August Brown takes a cheap shot at Joan Baez in his article that should have stuck to its subject, Chava Alberstein ["A Still-Fresh Vocal Observer, Jan. 26]
July 10, 2005
When I saw the teaser on the front of the paper about Barcelona and Latin music ["Barcelona's New Beat," June 26], I had a hunch Agustin Gurza was behind it. Great article about Barcelona and the music scene. I also am enamored with Barcelona. I have been there at least three times. It is a beautiful, charming and exhilarating city with a nonstop cultural life. Jaime Soto Orange
July 3, 2005
I read your article about Barcelona ["Barcelona's New Beat," by Agustin Gurza, June 26] while my bride for the last 55 years was in intensive care. She had undergone removal of a subdural hematoma resulting from her being mugged May 8 during our visit there. I am writing to you because she did not take the advice of the cruise director: Don't carry a purse, which is bait for muggers. The mugger grabbed her purse swinging her to the ground, resulting in her injuries and subsequent surgery six weeks later.
April 23, 2005
In reading Agustin Gurza's review of the talented Brazilian singer Maria Rita's concert at Wadsworth Theatre ["Beyond the Dreamy Voice, an Image in Need of Help," April 18], I had to look again at the headline to make sure I was reading a music review and not a fashion review. What do clothes and muscle tone have to do with what Rita sounds like? Why is he attacking personality traits and superficial appearance rather than focusing on her musicianship? This is the problem with the music industry in America today.