December 22, 2001 |
In a move that could accelerate the decline of a 500-year-old tradition in Mexico, lawmakers in this capital city have voted to ban those younger than 18 from attending bullfights here. The ban could take effect at the Plaza Mexico bullring as early as next month unless Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador forces the Metropolitan Assembly to reconsider. The ban was one of 70 articles in a bill on animal protection that was passed 55 to 0 by the assembly late Thursday.
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November 5, 2001 |
In a corner of his Garden Grove garage, Lino Espino is pecking at his gray electric typewriter, the Brother SX 14 he bought for $15 at the swap meet on Golden West Street. He's typing his latest corrido, a story told in waltz-time song and used by Mexicans for centuries to chronicle current events with pathos and satire. Today, Espino is crafting a song about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
June 21, 2001 |
In this new millennium, the market for mariachi music poses a paradox. On the one hand, the lively and tradition-rich genre will draw thousands of fans this weekend to the Hollywood Bowl for the Mariachi USA Festival, the annual showcase of Mexico's exquisite cultural export. But across town at a large Latin music retailer on Whittier Boulevard in East L.A., the current best-selling mariachi CD has nothing to do with tradition. In fact, the recording barely has anything to do with Mexico.
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May 6, 2001 |
For Virginia Diediker celebrating Mexican heritage is a year-round passion sparked 30 years ago during college. But on Cinco de Mayo, Diediker, who directs a group of Mexican folk dancers, would rather watch from the sidelines. "We just fill in the rest of the months," said Diediker, explaining that she and others in her world-touring company prefer to see community groups, which practice all year for the event, spend the day in the spotlight.
April 11, 2001 |
When the Mexican comedian Cantinflas shunned the film companies of his homeland and signed with Columbia Pictures in 1946, he changed the course of Latin American cinema and lifted himself to international fame. He starred with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds, won two Golden Globe Awards, including one for his role in the 1956 best picture, "Around the World in 80 Days," all based on a simple character whose roundabout phrases and meaningless speeches confounded the wealthy and powerful.
April 8, 2001 |
I thought about Jack climbing the beanstalk up to the sky as I watched the Totonac Indians begin their traditional performance. Four men in bright red costumes, wearing flowered hats and heavy black boots, slowly climbed a 70-foot blue-painted pole, using spikes on both sides as hand-and footholds. Their faces were solemn, befitting the keepers of an ancient tradition. One by one, they moved up the slender mast, almost disappearing into the cloudless afternoon sky.