CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1988 |
Dance teachers at the El Centro Wilshire Family Center had been excitedly anticipating taking their students, including about 25 gang members, to see their first ballet Sunday at the Music Center. But that was before the Joffrey Ballet company's representative called Wednesday to tell officials at El Centro that the 100 complimentary tickets given to the youngsters and their families would not be honored.
August 17, 1989 |
Something is afoot in MacArthur Park this lazy August afternoon--and it's got nothing to do with drugs or gangs. "One . . . two," a doe-eyed young woman commands from the band-shell stage, as a retinue of aspiring ballerinas in tutus jete to boom-box Tchaikovsky. Three boys skid their bikes to a standstill, leaning forward on the handlebars to watch. Nearby, rows of wooden benches fill with sundry onlookers.
June 19, 1988 |
The Latino kid with the knife tattoo kicks his Puma sneaker high in the gymnasium sky. One (boom!) after another (bam!), the shirtless, sweaty teen-age dancers follow in the footsteps of their fellow homeboy (gang member). All 20 punch knees, slap hands, stretch hamstrings and slam heels on the foul line of a B-ball court that's thick with body odor and Salvadoran catcalls.