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.
August 16, 2001 |
With an eagle feather in hand, Olivia Chumacero fans her homemade incense of dried cedar leaves, bark and resin, sending the spiraling smoke above a circle of close friends. She inhales deeply, ready to perform a much-revered ritual of her Mexican Tarahumara Indian heritage called a limpia, or a spiritual cleansing.
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.
June 3, 2001 |
It was Eden and Atlantis rolled into one. A Shangri-La where old age and death supposedly were unknown. A paradise that, inscribed in ancient tribal memory, has passed from legend into tradition into myth. Nearly every world culture has its epic of origin, a story that explains where its people came from and defines who they are. The Israelites had their Exodus, the Romans their "Aeneid," the Germans their Nibelungenlied.
May 13, 2001 |
Virginia M. Fields and Victor Zamudio-Taylor are standing in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art amid packing material, wooden crates and half-filled glass cases. Around them, scores of artworks and artifacts are being assembled, hung and displayed for exhibition. When it's all done, a piece of burnished black Pueblo pottery from 1997 will grace one gallery, while examples of 1,000-year-old pots will fill vitrines in another.