CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1991 |
The Madonna impersonator, the torch-tossing juggler and the puppeteer with a lip-syncing Jimi Hendrix marionette are among dozens of street performers who got the hook from the Santa Monica City Council this week.
July 19, 1991 |
Dance Kaleidoscope, the annual showcase of Southern California talent, hasn't always been as culturally varied as some would like. But things are opening up now. "There may have been a perception that (Kaleidoscope) was primarily modern dance," says director Don Hewitt of the festival, a pet project he revived three years ago after a three-year dormancy. "But now I think we have successfully broken the barrier between all kinds of dance and communities.
July 12, 1991 |
Shakespeare Festival/LA has been awarded a $20,000 grant, the largest of 13 awarded in an arts funding program administered by Los Angeles County. The festival was recently denied a grant by the Los Angeles Arts Endowment, which is administered by the city of Los Angeles. City fund officials cited a lack of documentation of the "cultural diversity" of the company and its efforts to serve "the under-served community."
July 5, 1991 |
A civic task force studying ways to make the arts more accessible to diverse communities in Los Angeles has proposed a revolutionary restructuring of how government and private foundations allocate money to artists and arts institutions. The panel making the recommendations is the Multicultural Arts Working Group, part of the larger 2000 Partnership organization that is studying ways the city will evolve as it nears the turn of the century.
August 29, 1990 |
Los Angeles Festival and Dept. of Transportation officials are planning park-and-ride facilities, shuttles and buses to handle the more than 100,000 people predicted to flock to San Pedro's Point Fermin/Angel's Gate Park this weekend over three days of opening activities for the $5-million, 230-event gala. To handle the crowds, the Dept.
August 22, 1990 |
During September's Los Angeles Festival, local PBS station KCET Channel 28 will present a different kind of late-night TV. During the days and early evenings of the 17-day event, Los Angeles residents may attend performances in and around the city by the festival's broad range of artists hailing from 14 countries.
August 22, 1990 |
In an 11th-hour decision, the Los Angeles Festival has added Salvadoran poet Alfonso Quijada Urias to its program. The move came in response to protests from a local Latino artists group and members of the Salvadoran community over the appearance of Salvadoran poet David Escobar Galindo, who is believed to have ties to the Salvadoran government. Galindo is slated to appear as part of "La Terra Nova 1990: Pacific Poetry Festival."
August 17, 1990 |
Something eerie and peculiar happened after Willie Herron painted Mexican Revolutionary leader Miguel Hidalgo on the facade of an East Los Angeles pharmacy 14 years ago. Evoking the mystical realism of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Herron described how "odd" that he unwittingly positioned the face of the "Father of Mexican Independence" directly over a weak area on the aging farmacia wall.
August 16, 1990 |
Local Cambodians said they were pleased that the State Department has finally granted visitor visas to a Phnom Penh dance company to perform in the upcoming Los Angeles Festival, but some community leaders said protests from some factions could not be ruled out. Under review since June, the visas allow 32 members of the Cambodian Classical Dance Troupe based at the University of Fine Arts in the Cambodian capital to visit the U.S.
August 11, 1990 |
Los Angeles Festival may cut some of its 230 scheduled programs by the end of next week if its $4.7-million budget for the Sept. 1-16 arts extravaganza is not met, executive director Judith Luther said Tuesday. "It's possible," Luther said when asked of the cuts. She added, however, "I think it's very likely that the money could come in. We've got a lot of things pending that could come in very quickly. If (all the funding requests) we've got out came in, we'd be home free."