September 29, 2010 |
This Halloween season, for the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood introduced a character based on the Latin American myth of La Llorona in its annual Halloween Horror Nights in an effort to connect with Southern California's sizable Latino population. The legend of La Llorona has gone through many variations over the years. It is a folktale about a woman who drowned her children after she was abandoned by their father. Tormented by what she has done, the woman's spirit wanders the earth, crying out for her dead children.
October 26, 1995 |
Our Mexican American parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents never waited for Halloween to scare the living daylights out of us kids who would easily fall victim to horrifying tales of death, abduction and, yes, domestic violence. These fanciful tales have been honed down throughout the centuries, concocted by Spanish invaders to provoke fear and guilt in wild savages who would have only to turn to Christianity for salvation. Yes, my radical Chicano father used the same tactics as the oppressive Spaniards to get us children to buckle down out of sheer fear and guilt.
July 31, 2012 |
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced plans for haunted attractions based on "The Walking Dead" TV show, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" flim and "Silent Hill" video game as well as shock rocker Alice Cooper and the La Llorona folk legend, while continuing to drop hints about more scare zones and shows for Halloween Horror Nights 2012. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood The Walking Dead maze will take visitors into a post-apocalyptic wasteland overrun by hordes of zombies.
September 24, 2012 |
After a growth spurt over the past few years, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood has hit its stride as the leader in blood, guts and gore in Southern California. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood Following a reboot in 2006, Horror Nights has settled on a mix of terrifying haunted mazes tied to major horror movies, introducing a few new attractions every year while refreshing older offerings. The formula has proved wildly successful, with the movie theme park teeming with hordes of horror fans on weekends in late September and October.
January 20, 2005 |
Some people can seduce everyone in their path with the disarming power of their vulnerability, the painful contours of their shyness, the utter awkwardness of their every move. Lhasa De Sela is one such woman. The 32-year-old Mexican American diva looked fragile and a bit disjointed Tuesday at the Conga Room, as she sang in English, Spanish and French. She accentuated the poetry in delicious new ways.
May 14, 1995
Students and former students at Plaza de la Raza's School of Performing Arts will perform two plays at the Margo Albert Theater. "Woman Hollering Creek," written by Sandra Cisneros, and "La Llorona," a traditional folk tale, were both adapted by Nancy De Los Santos with the participation of the young actors. The first play is taken from Cisneros' short story in which a woman finds her voice while escaping an abusive husband.