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May 4, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jose Luis Valenzuela graduated from school in his hometown of Los Mochis, near Mazatlan, Mexico, he was only 15. Yet he wanted to go to college in Mexico City along with his older brother. He shudders now as he describes how he obtained his parents' consent--he climbed to the roof of their two-story home and threatened to kill himself. It worked.
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May 4, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jose Luis Valenzuela graduated from school in his hometown of Los Mochis, near Mazatlan, Mexico, he was only 15. Yet he wanted to go to college in Mexico City along with his older brother. He shudders now as he describes how he obtained his parents' consent--he climbed to the roof of their two-story home and threatened to kill himself. It worked.
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June 22, 1993 | Michael Wilmington
F ollowing are The Times' recommendations for today's schedule of the American Film Institute International Film Festival, with commentary by the film reviewing staff. All screenings at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset. Information: (213) 466-1767. Recommended: "ABOUT LOVE, TOKYO"(Japan; Mitsuo Yanagimachi; 1:30 & 6:45 p.m.).
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June 22, 1993 | Michael Wilmington
F ollowing are The Times' recommendations for today's schedule of the American Film Institute International Film Festival, with commentary by the film reviewing staff. All screenings at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset. Information: (213) 466-1767. Recommended: "ABOUT LOVE, TOKYO"(Japan; Mitsuo Yanagimachi; 1:30 & 6:45 p.m.).
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September 15, 1991 | MAX BENAVIDEZ, Max Benavidez is a writer and critic
In describing himself and his fellow countrymen, Mexican poet Octavio Paz once observed that they are all the sons and daughters of bitches. The Spaniard raped the Indian, he said, and the Mexican was conceived. This involuntary and brutal beginning has haunted all Mexicans for 500 years. Wherever they live, whatever their social class, they are metaphorical bastards in search of an identity.
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April 18, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Los Angeles Theatre Center's Latino Theatre Lab will commission seven new plays from six Latino playwrights with $220,000 in new grant money, the LATC said Monday. Some of the funding--$200,000 from the Ford Foundation and $20,000 from NBC--will be used to expand the actors' ensemble at the Lab. Director Jose Luis Valenzuela said the new plays will chronicle the Latino experience and reflect Latino concerns. The Lab, a multicultural nonprofit professional theater company and theatrical training laboratory organized in 1979, has produced five plays at LATC under Valenzuela's direction.
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December 23, 1988 | SYLVIE DRAKE
"A Burning Beach," Eduardo Machado's drama about Cuban society on the brink of revolution in 1895, will launch the Los Angeles Theatre Center's 10th Festival of Premieres; the play will run from Feb. 2 to March 19. Artistic producing director Bill Bushnell will stage with associate director Jose Luis Valenzuela. "Beach" joins the two other previously announced festival plays: the world premiere of Thomas Babe's "Demon Wine," described as a contemporary ghost story (Feb.
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February 5, 1995
Don Shirley's profile of Luis Alfaro and Diane Rodriguez, the new co-directors of the Latino Theatre Initiative at the Mark Taper Forum, prompted me to offer some insight about the first year of the initiative under the direction of Jose Luis Valenzuela, and in LTI's formative stages, aided by Josephine Ramirez (Theater Notes, Jan. 22). During the last year this initiative, which is designed to develop audiences, helped produce an unprecedented three mainstage Latino productions, two sold-out Latino-themed special events, assisted in the phenomenal ticket sales for "Bandido" (45% of single-ticket buyers were Latino)
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May 5, 2005 | Don Shirley
The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Wednesday to discard the results of a 2003 process that sought a management company for downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center. Yet developer Tom Gilmore, whose proposal finished first in the preliminary results of that process, was optimistic after the vote. He had feared that the council would also move toward turning over LATC to a partnership between Latino Theater Company and the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture.
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July 11, 2004 | Don Shirley
Another turning point in the history of Los Angeles Theatre Center is approaching. A plan to turn management of the five-theater municipal building over to developer Tom Gilmore collapsed in April, amid disputes between Gilmore and the Latino Theater Company -- one of the two companies that would have done most of the programming. The City Council then directed the municipal Cultural Affairs Department to resume managing the building -- but provided no extra money.
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September 15, 1991 | MAX BENAVIDEZ, Max Benavidez is a writer and critic
In describing himself and his fellow countrymen, Mexican poet Octavio Paz once observed that they are all the sons and daughters of bitches. The Spaniard raped the Indian, he said, and the Mexican was conceived. This involuntary and brutal beginning has haunted all Mexicans for 500 years. Wherever they live, whatever their social class, they are metaphorical bastards in search of an identity.
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March 20, 1987 | CHALON SMITH
South Coast Repertory's second annual Hispanic Playwrights Project--the dramaturge program that produces new plays by Latino writers--has received 75 scripts from across the country, program director Jose Cruz Gonzalez said. Although more plays (109) were received last year, Gonzalez said the quality of this year's submissions is higher. "We had a good group before, and this group is even better," he said.
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August 23, 1992 | Jan Breslauer and Don Shirley \f7
Luis Valdez's film "Frida and Diego" isn't the only project put on hold because of recent protests over his decision to cast a non-Latina as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Valdez has also nixed plans for his company, El Teatro Campesino, to produce his musical "Bandido" in October at the Cowell Theatre in San Francisco.
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