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March 9, 1993 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
Despite often being described as a rock artist "with native roots," Sergio Arau is really a Mexican folk performer with rock overtones--and that's what is most attractive about him. In his Los Angeles debut on Sunday at the Roxy with his new group La Venganza de Moctezuma, Arau concentrated as much on theatrical flair--including wearing a wrestling mask to lighten things up--as on the music itself. But it's the music that makes him and his four-piece band worth attention.
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May 14, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Arriving with a surprising amount of notoriety due to controversy from a billboard promotion, "A Day Without a Mexican" is a satire that is more bemusing than wicked. A film content to let some mild comedy carry its straightforward message rather than trying to say something more profound, it uses the well-trodden mockumentary form and a clever premise to drive home its point that Latinos are culturally, socially and economically underappreciated in California.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1995 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
Rock en espan~ol has scored another touchdown. This time, it was generating a sold-out crowd Friday night at the Greek Theatre to see today's premier Mexican band Caifanes and veteran Sergio Arau. It turned out to be one of the year's finest rock en espan~ol shows, even though Caifanes' drummer Alfonso Andre--who is suffering from hepatitis--only played the last three songs (he was effectively replaced by jazz drummer Fernando Toussaint).
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1995 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
Rock en espan~ol has scored another touchdown. This time, it was generating a sold-out crowd Friday night at the Greek Theatre to see today's premier Mexican band Caifanes and veteran Sergio Arau. It turned out to be one of the year's finest rock en espan~ol shows, even though Caifanes' drummer Alfonso Andre--who is suffering from hepatitis--only played the last three songs (he was effectively replaced by jazz drummer Fernando Toussaint).
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Arriving with a surprising amount of notoriety due to controversy from a billboard promotion, "A Day Without a Mexican" is a satire that is more bemusing than wicked. A film content to let some mild comedy carry its straightforward message rather than trying to say something more profound, it uses the well-trodden mockumentary form and a clever premise to drive home its point that Latinos are culturally, socially and economically underappreciated in California.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1997
The first Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival continues through Sunday at the Alfred Hitchcock Theatre complex on the Universal Studios lot. Today's highlights include: * "Pretty Vacant": A short feature by Jim Mendiola about a perennial junior college student, nascent filmmaker, incurable romantic and drummer for the all-girl band Aztlan-a-Go-Go. (2:30 p.m.; screening room 2) * "Lena's Dream": L.A.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
A billboard meant to pique interest in a mockumentary-style movie about the role of Mexicans in California did just that -- and then some. Installed early Friday in a Sav-on Drugs parking lot in Hollywood, the block-lettered ad read: "On May 14th there will be no Mexicans in California." A Web address directed passersby to a mock news page for the coming movie, "A Day Without a Mexican," which was co-written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Sergio Arau.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2003 | Lewis Beale, Special to The Times
Sergio Arau was walking in Mexico City one day years ago when he saw a masked man sitting in a car. Arau was taken aback, but not because he thought the fellow wearing the silver ski mask was a robber about to hit a bank. It was, in fact, the most famous masked wrestler of them all, El Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata (Santo, the Silver Masked Man).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2001
It's too bad that a comedy film being developed in Los Angeles won't be ready to screen when President Vicente Fox of Mexico meets with President Bush in Washington this week. The movie is about what would happen in California if the state's Mexican population stopped showing up for work. The fields are suddenly empty--no one to harvest the crops. No cooks, waiters and maids to service the kitchens, restaurants and hotels from Eureka to Imperial Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 1993 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
Despite often being described as a rock artist "with native roots," Sergio Arau is really a Mexican folk performer with rock overtones--and that's what is most attractive about him. In his Los Angeles debut on Sunday at the Roxy with his new group La Venganza de Moctezuma, Arau concentrated as much on theatrical flair--including wearing a wrestling mask to lighten things up--as on the music itself. But it's the music that makes him and his four-piece band worth attention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2004 | Steve Lopez
"On May 14th," said the billboard above a Sav-on Drugs in Hollywood, "there will be no Mexicans in California." It sounded like maybe Pete Wilson was plotting a return to politics. But in fact, the ad was a promo for an upcoming movie that's pro-immigrant. As you might have read last week, someone missed the point and lodged a complaint, so the billboard above the Sav-on came down. But since then, more ads are popping up around town, including one in Spanish.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1991 | MAX BENAVIDEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There is a painting from Jose Maria Obregon titled "The Inspiration of Christopher Columbus." In it the explorer sits before the Atlantic, his gaze innocent and his profile sleek, ready to meet his destiny. This is the romanticized Columbus, and it is the mythology behind this image that performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena sets out to deflate, ridicule and subvert in "1991," the second part of a performance trilogy called "1992," at Highways in Santa Monica.
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