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June 19, 1994 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI, Enrique Lopetegui writes about pop music for The Times
When promoter Rodri Rodriguez first approached the Hollywood Bowl in early 1990 to stage an unprecedented all-day mariachi festival, she was met with skepticism. What was a Cuban woman doing with mariachis? And how could she single-handedly achieve what Mexicans themselves hadn't? All she wanted to do was stage a huge showcase of mariachi orchestras, back them with heavy publicity and charge an accessible price to a public that can see them for free in Mexican restaurants throughout the city.
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June 19, 1996 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The image of mariachi music, which will be saluted this weekend in a pair of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, is one of lighthearted celebration and fun. It's music, much like zydeco or samba, that can lift you out of the darkest mood as surely as a baby's smile. But you can bet that at some point in the marathon shows Saturday and Sunday that emcee Rodri Rodriguez will cut through the merriment to express some sobering thoughts about troubled social conditions around the world.
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May 31, 1987
Re Jack Smith's column on May 3 about the sexiest people on earth, your source, Associated Press, neglected to include an entire race internationally renowned as leaders in the seduction department: the Latin lover. As a Cuban-born American, I agree that it's time to buy American, but remember Latins living in America represent $72 billion of that buying power annually, and rapidly increasing. How's that for seduction? Rodri Rodriguez Los Angeles
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June 19, 1994 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI, Enrique Lopetegui writes about pop music for The Times
When promoter Rodri Rodriguez first approached the Hollywood Bowl in early 1990 to stage an unprecedented all-day mariachi festival, she was met with skepticism. What was a Cuban woman doing with mariachis? And how could she single-handedly achieve what Mexicans themselves hadn't? All she wanted to do was stage a huge showcase of mariachi orchestras, back them with heavy publicity and charge an accessible price to a public that can see them for free in Mexican restaurants throughout the city.
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June 19, 1996 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The image of mariachi music, which will be saluted this weekend in a pair of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, is one of lighthearted celebration and fun. It's music, much like zydeco or samba, that can lift you out of the darkest mood as surely as a baby's smile. But you can bet that at some point in the marathon shows Saturday and Sunday that emcee Rodri Rodriguez will cut through the merriment to express some sobering thoughts about troubled social conditions around the world.
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June 20, 1993 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is a regular contributor to The Times.
When the trumpets and guitars kick off the fourth annual Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Rodri Rodriguez will be backstage, breathing a deep sigh of relief. The 37-year-old producer, a petite, dark-haired woman with a quick smile and an engaging manner, has been successfully bringing mariachis to the Bowl since the day, four years ago, when she was told to expect no more than 3,000 or 4,000 people for the first festival.
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September 1, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Mariachi Fest Postponed: Citing slow ticket sales and the economic downturn, impresario Rodri J. Rodriguez has indefinitely postponed the Mariachi U.S.A. Concert scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Hollywood Bowl. The event, which would have been the fourth annual such presentation at the Bowl, was to feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic and various mariachi bands. Rodriguez promises refunds and advises ticket-holders to contact their original ticket source.
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January 26, 1997 | MARY LOU LOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Glimpses of the real Pamela Mullin were revealed at the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Board of Counsellors' gala dinner honoring her as a community leader and a philanthropist. And they were poignant and funny. She grew up in Scotland. Her father died when she was 7. Her mother taught school. Pam, the youngest of three, wore hand-me-downs. But, she dreamed, she said. "One day I'd have a beautiful bedroom of my own and a car."
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June 12, 2000 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eleven years after its inception, the annual Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl presents a serious challenge to its producers. How do you keep a marathon show of this kind fresh, especially when the musical genre is characterized by a relative sameness of instrumentation and repertoire? Producer and emcee Rodri Rodriguez overcame the challenge well in Saturday's edition of the festival.
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December 17, 1998 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Separate realities sometimes coexist in Los Angeles--and the recently established weekly Mariachi USA Fiesta at the Country Club in Reseda is a prime example. The show itself is as colorful, dynamic and enchanting as the best of mariachi can be. But the venue is so cavernous that the entire production takes on a somewhat surreal feeling. The venue is not, as some expect, the type of country club that has a golf course and tennis courts.
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June 20, 1993 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is a regular contributor to The Times.
When the trumpets and guitars kick off the fourth annual Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Rodri Rodriguez will be backstage, breathing a deep sigh of relief. The 37-year-old producer, a petite, dark-haired woman with a quick smile and an engaging manner, has been successfully bringing mariachis to the Bowl since the day, four years ago, when she was told to expect no more than 3,000 or 4,000 people for the first festival.
MAGAZINE
May 31, 1987
Re Jack Smith's column on May 3 about the sexiest people on earth, your source, Associated Press, neglected to include an entire race internationally renowned as leaders in the seduction department: the Latin lover. As a Cuban-born American, I agree that it's time to buy American, but remember Latins living in America represent $72 billion of that buying power annually, and rapidly increasing. How's that for seduction? Rodri Rodriguez Los Angeles
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July 26, 1990 | ELENA KELLNER
* The sixth annual Imagen Awards--sponsored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews to foster positive images of Latinos in the media--went to the movie "Romero", a two-part episode of "21 Jump Street", and the KCET documentary "Valor." Special recognition was accorded to NBC's "The Old Man and the Sea," to the KCBS-TV documentary "Teens with a Mission," and an episode of "L.A. Law."
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November 17, 1991 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
Next time the mood for mariachi music strikes, just pick up the phone and call Mariachi For Hire, a Santa Monica-based service that represents more than 20 professional mariachi groups. Proprietor Rodri J. Rodriguez, president of Rodri Entertainment Group--which also produces the annual Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl--will arrange for the musicians of your choice (and price range) to perform at your next family or group function.
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