October 20, 2008 |
Jorge Mester and the Pasadena Symphony went all Mexican, all the time, with a vengeance at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday night. Mester has made partial excursions south of the border in previous seasons, but apparently this was his first total immersion in Mexico with the orchestra.
May 13, 2001
* Terence Chang, Lucy Liu, Andrew K. Wong and Sony Pictures Entertainment will be honored at the East West Players 35th anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. Tickets are $125. Call (213) 625-7000. * "Ole Las Artes," the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts gala awards dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotelon Thursday, will honor Tony Plana and Jose L. Hernandez. Tickets are $275 per person. Call (323) 225-4044.
September 6, 1997 |
When maestro Jose L. Hernandez brought his acclaimed Mariachi Sol de Mexico to the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana earlier this year, he remarked that the new musicians hardly resemble the mariachis of 200 years ago. Nydia Rojas--one of a handful of women who make mariachi music their own--perfectly illustrates that point.
September 29, 1994 |
I once worked for a lady with a knack for turning problems into potential miracles just by using her wits. When lousy situations would befall us, she would switch into optimism overdrive, rhapsodizing about "wonn-derful opportunities" and launching a take-no-prisoners schmooze until the adversaries were practically eating out of her hand. More often than not, her strategic sunniness would catch on and warring parties would find themselves working together toward a common goal.