July 11, 2004 |
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.
April 23, 2004 |
It might be comforting to believe the old adage about sticks and stones, but truth is: Names hurt. Stripping such words of their power is the aim of college-age performers Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal. As the title for their socially conscious stage show, they've strung together three slurs hurled at their respective communities: "N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk."
April 21, 2004 |
A dispute over who will operate the long-troubled Los Angeles Theatre Center heated up Tuesday when Chief Assistant City Atty. Pete Echeverria said a temporary arrangement for developer Tom Gilmore to manage the building was invalid because it had not been approved by the City Council. Gilmore has already begun operating the center.
November 14, 2003 |
It was the morning after the opening-night party, and the organizers of the second International Latino Theatre Festival of Los Angeles were clearly feeling the effects. Not just of dancing, talking and noshing hors d'oeuvres until 2 a.m., mind you. Jorge Folgueira, William Flores and Flavia Saravalli still were emotionally hung over from the opening of "Our Lady of the Clouds" (Nuestra Senora de las Nubes), a raucous but meditative two-character piece from Ecuador.
August 8, 2003 |
Downtown developer Tom Gilmore's proposal to add for-profit entertainment and dining to the mix of attractions at Los Angeles Theatre Center leads in the race to determine the next operator of the city-owned complex on Spring Street. A panel appointed by the city's Cultural Affairs Department recommended the adoption of Gilmore's proposal over five others. Gilmore has renovated old office buildings near LATC into modern housing and is restoring the 1920s-era Palace Theater and the former St.
June 21, 2003 |
Competing visions of the future of downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center, outlined in responses to a request for proposals by the city's Cultural Affairs Department, range from a $5-million theater company to a venue for a contest with a $1-million prize. Prompted by Cultural Affairs budget cuts, the city intends to shift management of LATC from Cultural Affairs to a private operator. The new manager would take over on Jan. 2.
May 28, 2003 |
Wanted: someone to operate Los Angeles Theatre Center. The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department has managed the city-owned downtown complex since the building's original operating company collapsed in 1991. But last week the department issued a request for proposals from any other interested parties who might like to take over. Applications are due June 17. The target date for the new operator to begin managing the building is Jan. 2.
March 19, 2003 |
For the first time in more than a decade, Bill Bushnell walks from Spring Street into the lobby of Los Angeles Theatre Center -- the throbbing heart of L.A.'s theater scene in the late '80s, when Bushnell was in charge of the Skid Row-adjacent building in downtown L.A. "Nothing much has changed," he says, as he looks around the cavernous space -- but then he notices that the doors that lead into the building's theaters are painted a different color.
October 5, 2002 |
It should be easy to live proudly, without regret--and when the time comes, to die that way too. But for Moises, who's about to make that big exit, the situation has become complicated. His closest friends and family are gathered for one last party when secrets come bubbling up, scattering people to separate parts of the house. Aware of things crumbling around him, Moises slips into another fog bank of AIDS-related dementia, where a new clarity emerges.