May 14, 2000
While flipping channels one afternoon, my former quarterback brother, Duffy, paused at an old Lawrence Welk flamenco clip. Captivated, he sought out lessons and was hooked. He said, "I smell like I did after football practice." Leaving his girlfriend and dog behind in Tennessee to move in with our parents in San Diego, he eventually found Roberto Amaral, a handsome, snowy-haired flamenco master who conducts class in a studio he built in the Valley.
December 4, 1993 |
If a depiction in flamenco of the birth of Jesus seems an unlikely mix, the diversity of Dance Espana's "Navidad Flamenca"--coming to Fullerton tonight and to Costa Mesa Dec. 12--doesn't stop there: The show combines Middle Eastern costumes, a Greek chorus, New Mexican folk lyrics, medieval ecclesiastical drama, ancient Hebrew rituals, Spanish songs and English narration by angels. And then there's the flamenco itself.
July 15, 1985 |
Amid the glitter of sequins, the constant light bursts of television cameras and flashbulbs, and the electrified Latino syncopations pulsing out from the all-star orchestra, some notable Latino entertainers Friday night received the 15th annual brace of Golden Eagle Awards, given by Nosotros, the Latino entertainment consortium.
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May 21, 2008 |
Lola Montes, one of the country's most renowned Spanish dancers and a frequent Southland performer over a career of more than 70 years, has died. She was 90. Montes died at her home in Laguna Woods on Friday of complications from pneumonia, Oscar Nieto, a lead dancer with her company, said. In 1955, Montes started her own company, the Los Angeles-based Lola Montes and Her Spanish Dancers. The troupe signed with Columbia Artists Management Inc. and toured the country for 22 years on the community concerts circuit.
September 30, 1993 |
For Paco de Lucia, 1980 will always be a year of great pain, and of a great breakthrough. A flamenco guitarist since the age of 7, De Lucia has always been accustomed to soloing, since improvisation is an inherent aspect of flamenco, the compelling music from the Spanish state of Andalusia.
May 10, 1992 |
"Flamenco is a dance form you can do into your old age," performer-choreographer Roberto Amaral maintains. "It's not like ballet, which has a high level of technical involvement. Flamenco is more than technique: It's heart, soul and emotion. It's a way of life." It's also very popular. January's Sunday afternoon flamenco series at the Fountain Theatre "was an enormous success," said Deborah Lawlor, the theater's artistic producing director. "We had to turn away 300 people."
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March 15, 1996 |
Whoa! Did I hear somebody take my name in vain again? Pat Buchanan, in front of Dios y todos, said, "Jose, we ain't gonna let you in again!" Buchanan has consistently, and with disrespect, used the name Jose as a catchword for all Mexicanos. Well! Senor Booshanan, as my father-in-law calls you, I want to clarify a few things. Numero uno, as we say en espanol: Aqui estamos y no nos vamos (we're here and we ain't leaving).
May 21, 1992 |
Longtime Music Center supporter David H. Murdock has issued a $200,000 challenge to patrons of the premiere fund-raiser L.A. Alive!, "The L.A. Dinner Party," June 6. At a kickoff in the Brentwood home of U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rockwell Schnabel and wife Marna, Music Center president Esther Wachtell revealed Murdock will match the profits of the party he and his new bride Maria Ferrer will host at their Bel-Air home.
April 18, 1992 |
Like millions of other Jews, American modern-dance pioneer Sophie Maslow was horrified by film footage of the Holocaust that emerged after World War II. The tragedy awakened a desire to learn more about her heritage, however, which led her to the stories of Sholom Aleichem. Aleichem (1859-1916), a Russian Jew who came to the United States in 1914, wrote with humor about daily life in his homeland and the plight of poverty-stricken fellow immigrants.
January 12, 1992 |
L ate in the afternoon on bullfight days, the sun slants menacingly against the irregular geometry of Andalusian villages. The air is charged with excitement, and in the distance, a flamenco guitar can be heard, softly at first . Soon, the music is louder and raspier and cruel . . . . Can't make it to southern Spain for flamenco? On weekends, there's "Flamenco at the Fountain"--that's the Fountain Theatre, a small Equity theater in Hollywood.