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December 11, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Salsa singer-actor-politician Rubén Blades has sold his home in the historic Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles for $2,415,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The English country-style house, built in 1924, has an elegant center hall, a stained-glass window in the dining room, an eat-in kitchen and dark hardwood floors. French doors in the den/family room lead to a vine-covered porch and patio dining area with a barbecue and fire pit. The master bedroom suite has three closets, and the living room has a fireplace.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 11, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Salsa singer-actor-politician Rubén Blades has sold his home in the historic Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles for $2,415,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The English country-style house, built in 1924, has an elegant center hall, a stained-glass window in the dining room, an eat-in kitchen and dark hardwood floors. French doors in the den/family room lead to a vine-covered porch and patio dining area with a barbecue and fire pit. The master bedroom suite has three closets, and the living room has a fireplace.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1988 | From Associated Press
March is salsa star Ruben Blades' month: His new album is being released and his latest movie, "The Milagro Beanfield War," opens. Blades, who writes most of his songs, also has a master's degree in law from Harvard University. How does he find time to do so much? "The answer is that I am very well organized," he said. "I select chunks of time based on my interest, I block that time, and when it arrives I do only what that time has been devoted for.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2007 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
A nosy reporter can't avoid being drawn to the bulletin board hanging in the sparsely decorated office of Ruben Blades, the salsa star-turned-tourism czar for his native Panama. It's a humbling "wall of shame," with critical cartoons and newspaper clips blasting Blades for his performance in public office after being appointed to the Cabinet-level post in 2004. Blades waves off an aide who considers diverting the reporter's attention.
NEWS
October 8, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ruben Blades, a popular salsa star and actor, confirmed his intention to run for Panama's presidency in next May's elections. "I am going to be nominated, most likely in November. I am going to accept the nomination," Blades, 45, said. "I think if we run, we win, but we have to run well." Blades founded and leads the Papa Egoro movement, named after a Panamanian Indian term for Mother Earth, which is holding its party congress in Panama City next month.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1989 | VICTOR VALLE
In many ways, Sunday's vintage Ruben Blades concert at the Ventura Theatre could be seen as a good omen for West Coast Latin jazz and salsa. Not because Blades or salsa is new to this edge of the continent. Blades' mission of broadening salsa's boundaries by fusing it with new jazz and world-beat inflections and a rich tradition of Latino narrative balladry has grown synergistically with his movie career. Moreover, the New York salsa veterans still tour here, and the handful local bands, many with deep jazz roots, are surviving with modest success.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2002 | Agustin Gurza; Steve Appleford; Randy Lewis; Marc Weingarten
**** RUBEN BLADES "Mundo" Columbia Every decade or so, this ever-inventive artist makes a milestone album. In the '70s, it was "Siembra," his collaboration with Willie Colon that stands as salsa's "Sgt. Pepper's." In the '80s, it was his gripping first solo album, "Buscando America," his break from the confines of Afro-Cuban dance music. Since then, we've been waiting for an album like "Mundo" (World), the masterpiece Blades seemed meant to make his whole career (it's due in stores Tuesday).
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1999 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ruben Blades--singer, actor, politician, lawyer, poet--stands on the top deck of a high-speed catamaran in his jeans, black sneakers, black suit jacket, black hat and sunglasses, talking. About Celtic music's influence in Spain. About genetics. About Peter Gabriel. About universal music. About nearly everything.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1995 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ruben Blades may have lost his bid for the presidency of Panama last spring, but he's not in mourning. In fact, he has already resumed the hectic pace--in both the music and acting worlds--that made him an international star in the 1970s and '80s. Blades, 47, became a superstar in salsa music in 1976 as a part of Willie Colon's orchestra, writing and singing songs that revolutionized salsa through challenging arrangements and social commentary.
MAGAZINE
April 24, 1994 | TRACY WILKINSON, Tracy Wilkinson is The Times' San Salvador Bureau chief
Ruben Blades--salsa star, Hollywood actor and Panamanian presidential candidate--is walking along the cracked red-brick streets of San Felipe, the ramshackle barrio in Panama City's old quarter where he grew up. "Hey, Ruben!" residents call out from their stoops and cluttered balconies. "Va pa'lante?" they ask, an inquiry about the state of Blades' campaign. Is it going well? "We're behind, but don't give up," he tells them.
TRAVEL
June 25, 2006 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
PANAMA has always been a convenient shortcut for travelers on their way somewhere else. The Spaniards used it to haul treasures from Peru. Prospectors used it to race by rail to California for the Gold Rush. And the whole world still uses its canal, the fastest way to move cargo and cruise ships between oceans. Poor Panama. Always a detour, never a destination. But I didn't come here earlier this month to cross the canal or even to look at its locks.
WORLD
August 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Salsa king Ruben Blades was named Panama's tourism minister. Blades, who failed in a presidential bid a decade ago, is a friend of President-elect Martin Torrijos and was a driving force in his political campaign. "I'm not thinking about what I am going to do in five years or if I am going to return to doing shows," said the singer and actor. "I'm just thinking that Panama is going to have much stronger tourism than now."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2003 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Translating an approach that has become familiar at the "regular" Grammys, the nominations announced Tuesday for the fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards are a careful mix of safe picks and bold moves, with room enough in the top categories for the accessible, always earnest rock of Juanes, the melodrama of Luis Miguel and the dark, socially questioning rap of Molotov. The nominations were announced in Miami, where the ceremony will be staged on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2003 | Agustin Gurza
Ruben Blades, the acclaimed salsa and world music star, is poised to launch a musical project this week available exclusively on his personal Web site. Starting Wednesday, fans will be able to download a set of 11 new songs by Blades and several other performers, mostly unknown pop-rock artists whom he discovered in travels from Panama to Utah. The songs will be available free but on an honor system.
NEWS
September 19, 2002
Ruben Blades, "Mundo," Columbia. Every decade or so, this ever-inventive artist makes a milestone album. This is a sweeping, occasionally breathtaking work that ties together the diverse musical strains he's explored for decades while moving far beyond anything he's done before. All the elements that have made Blades so appealing and inspiring are here: the imaginative storytelling, the rousing social vision, the true-grit rhythms and memorable melodies. Blades demonstrates that all music comes from a common source, like the humans who make it. Also: Peter Case, "Beeline," Vanguard The Chieftains, "Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions," RCA Victor Enrique Iglesias, "Quizas," Interscope Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers," Alligator Ivy, "Guestroom," Minty Fresh Nine Days, "So Happily Unsatisfied," Epic OK Go, "OK Go," Capitol Scapegoat Wax, "SWAX," Hollywood The Vandals, "Internet Dating Super-Studs," Kung Fu Records Various Artists, "Cuisine Non-Stop: Introduction to the French Nouvelle Generation," Luaka Bop
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2002 | Agustin Gurza; Steve Appleford; Randy Lewis; Marc Weingarten
**** RUBEN BLADES "Mundo" Columbia Every decade or so, this ever-inventive artist makes a milestone album. In the '70s, it was "Siembra," his collaboration with Willie Colon that stands as salsa's "Sgt. Pepper's." In the '80s, it was his gripping first solo album, "Buscando America," his break from the confines of Afro-Cuban dance music. Since then, we've been waiting for an album like "Mundo" (World), the masterpiece Blades seemed meant to make his whole career (it's due in stores Tuesday).
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1993 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI, Enrique Lopetegui writes about pop music for Calendar
Ruben Blades' concert Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl with Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri is part of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's farewell--at least for now--to pop music. He hopes to record a long-awaited reunion album with Willie Colon. Then Blades--one of the most innovative and influential Latino musicians ever--will return to his native Panama, where he tops the opinion polls for next year's presidential election.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1988 | VICTOR VALLE, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"The Return of Ruben Blades." Sony. $29.95. The 85-minute video claims to be a documentary about the return of Ruben Blades, salsa's biggest crossover sensation, to his recording and movie career after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985. What we really get is more a home movie of rambling Blades interviews filmed in his native Panama interrupted by New York performances--the quality of which vary.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2001 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What would Latin music be without the mercurial presence of Ruben Blades? The thought alone is enough to make you feel empty and nostalgic. For Blades is one of the most visionary and rewarding figures in Latin American pop culture. The singer's joyous performance Friday at the Universal Amphitheatre was a useful reminder of what an inspiring experience a Blades concert can be.
NEWS
April 7, 2001 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Finding someone who remembers the Orquesta Tipica Novel in this day and age is a pretty difficult task, so it was particularly noble of the Conga Room to fly the seminal New York band for a Friday engagement. But it's the kind of innovative booking for which the Conga is becoming known among devoted salsa fans. Formed in the late '60s by pianist Willie Ellis, the Novel is the kind of Afro-Cuban ensemble known as a charanga--its sound defined by the combination of supple percussion, acrobatic flutes and elegant violins.
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