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January 26, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may have looked like Dr. Rafael Mendez merely pulled Petra Martinez's kidney out, held it up to the light and then stuck it back inside her last week in a Los Angeles hospital operating room. But Mendez actually handed the kidney to his identical twin, Dr. Robert Mendez. And he placed it in Martinez's identical twin, Anna Cortez.
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October 16, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Opera regularly comes up with new opera for children. Saturday afternoon, it came up with another and much else for its world premiere of Lee Holdridge's "Concierto Para Mendez" in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Based on the life of the Mexican trumpeter Rafael Mendez -- who was first chair in the MGM Orchestra in the early '40s and went on to have a popular solo career in the '50s -- this work nicely dovetails into National Hispanic Heritage Month and L.A.
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August 26, 2006 | Chris Pasles
Los Angeles Opera will premiere a multimedia work commissioned to honor famed trumpeter Rafael Mendez, "Concierto para Mendez," on Oct. 14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 50-minute piece, with music by Lee Holdridge and libretto by Richard Sparks, will be presented free twice, at 1 and 2:30 p.m., as part of National Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month. The work follows Mendez from his birth in rural Mexico in 1906 through his immigration to the U.S.
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August 26, 2006 | Chris Pasles
Los Angeles Opera will premiere a multimedia work commissioned to honor famed trumpeter Rafael Mendez, "Concierto para Mendez," on Oct. 14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The 50-minute piece, with music by Lee Holdridge and libretto by Richard Sparks, will be presented free twice, at 1 and 2:30 p.m., as part of National Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month. The work follows Mendez from his birth in rural Mexico in 1906 through his immigration to the U.S.
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October 16, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Opera regularly comes up with new opera for children. Saturday afternoon, it came up with another and much else for its world premiere of Lee Holdridge's "Concierto Para Mendez" in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Based on the life of the Mexican trumpeter Rafael Mendez -- who was first chair in the MGM Orchestra in the early '40s and went on to have a popular solo career in the '50s -- this work nicely dovetails into National Hispanic Heritage Month and L.A.
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May 10, 1991 | LEONARD FEATHER
I ncredible is literally the word for Arturo Sandoval, who opened Wednesday night at the Vine St. Bar & Grill. Imagine a trumpeter who can produce cascades of sound that conjure up images of Maynard Ferguson, Cat Anderson, Rafael Mendez, Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis. Add to this a fluegelhorn virtuoso who can bring legato lyricism to "Body and Soul." These are just two of the cards this amazing defector from Cuba has up his capacious sleeve.
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March 4, 1991
Two anti-war demonstrators were arrested Sunday after San Diego police attempted to disperse them following a confrontation with Persian Gulf War supporters, authorities said. The peace group had marched from a rally held at Balboa Park to Broadway Circle near Horton Plaza, police said. A verbal confrontation followed between the anti-war group and pro-war supporters, who also had assembled there about 2:30 p.m.
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November 10, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY
Doctors successfully removed a kidney from an Orange County woman Wednesday and transplanted it into her husband, a gravely ill diabetic, marking yet another milestone in the lives of a Mission Viejo couple whose story has drawn national attention. With network television cameras taping their every move, doctors operated on Victoria Ingram-Curlee, 45, for two hours, then spent another hour preparing four arteries in her left kidney for insertion into her husband, Randall Curlee, 46. Dr.
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December 29, 1998 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the "Mariachi Spectacular" wound to a close Sunday at the Cerritos Center, composer and bandleader Jose Hernandez told the audience: "We want to prove that mariachi music is much more than four fat Mexicans playing at a cantina. We want to be respected as Mexican musicians." Hernandez shouldn't lose any sleep over it.
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August 23, 1995 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Courted for months by a cross-town hospital, Dr. Leonard Makowka, who transplanted the first pig's liver into a human, finally said yes and announced Tuesday that he is leaving Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to establish a transplant program at St. Vincent Medical Center near Downtown Los Angeles. In the end, Makowka said he was induced to leave not so much by the money and other incentives offered by St.
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January 26, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may have looked like Dr. Rafael Mendez merely pulled Petra Martinez's kidney out, held it up to the light and then stuck it back inside her last week in a Los Angeles hospital operating room. But Mendez actually handed the kidney to his identical twin, Dr. Robert Mendez. And he placed it in Martinez's identical twin, Anna Cortez.
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December 21, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the most part, Karen and Saba Torabi of Woodland Hills share a typical mother-daughter relationship. One passes along words of wisdom as the other shares her dreams for the future. One remembers her youth as the other blossoms into womanhood. One nurtures while the other is nurtured. But their roles reversed Friday when daughter Saba donated one of her kidneys to her mother, giving the elder woman--in the words of her husband--"a second life."
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February 28, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Bandleader Alvino Rey, a guitar virtuoso whose big-band-era orchestra is best known for its No. 1 hit "Deep in the Heart of Texas" and a string of novelty tunes, has died. He was 95. Rey, who also was influential in the development of early electric guitars and the pedal steel guitar, died Tuesday of complications of pneumonia and congestive heart failure at a rehabilitation center in Draper, Utah, said his son, Jon. His father had lived in nearby Sandy since 1979.
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