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.
May 3, 1997 |
Jose L. Hernandez, leader of the acclaimed Mariachi Sol de Mexico, may have said it a thousand times before, but when he took the stage Thursday night at a packed Galaxy Concert Theatre, he said it one more time for good measure. "Many people think that mariachis are four panzones [fat guys] in a cantina singing tired old songs," he said before launching into the group's second encore number.
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.