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December 13, 1994 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sense of pride in folkloric tradition pervaded the Fiesta Navidad on Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Yet, this was no assembly of humble street entertainers. On the contrary, coordinator Natividad Cano presided over a highly stylized cross-section of regional musics and dances. Cano's own Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, based in Los Angeles since 1969, held sway among the multifaceted participants.
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May 6, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Virginia Diediker celebrating Mexican heritage is a year-round passion sparked 30 years ago during college. But on Cinco de Mayo, Diediker, who directs a group of Mexican folk dancers, would rather watch from the sidelines. "We just fill in the rest of the months," said Diediker, explaining that she and others in her world-touring company prefer to see community groups, which practice all year for the event, spend the day in the spotlight.
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April 28, 1989 | LAURIE OCHOA
Ballet folklorico dance troupes may regard Cinco de Mayo the way department store clerks view the Christmas rush: It never seems to end. As Virginia Diediker, director of the San Fernando-based Ballet Folklorico Ollin, puts it, "Cinco de Mayo lasts from April to June for us." Last week, members of the 17-year-old dance group were finishing a 10-day tour in Mexico where they performed at La Feria de San Marcos, a huge national fair that many equate with Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
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December 13, 1994 | SUSAN BLISS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sense of pride in folkloric tradition pervaded the Fiesta Navidad on Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Yet, this was no assembly of humble street entertainers. On the contrary, coordinator Natividad Cano presided over a highly stylized cross-section of regional musics and dances. Cano's own Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, based in Los Angeles since 1969, held sway among the multifaceted participants.
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May 6, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Virginia Diediker celebrating Mexican heritage is a year-round passion sparked 30 years ago during college. But on Cinco de Mayo, Diediker, who directs a group of Mexican folk dancers, would rather watch from the sidelines. "We just fill in the rest of the months," said Diediker, explaining that she and others in her world-touring company prefer to see community groups, which practice all year for the event, spend the day in the spotlight.
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March 25, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
As part of Women's History Month, the San Fernando City Council has presented 12 local women with honorary certificates for community service. "We want to let you all know that your service to the community of San Fernando has not gone unnoticed," Mayor Dan Acuna said during the ceremony Monday. "This is our way of saying that the city appreciates what you have done."
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July 30, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Several Los Angeles-area bands will perform free outdoor park concerts throughout August. Sponsored by the city of San Fernando, the fourth annual Summer Concert Series at San Fernando Recreation Park starts Sunday with a performance by Johnny Alonzo and the Playboys, an oldies group, followed by the Aug. 9 appearance of Maria Fatal, a rock en Espanol band. "We encourage people just to come and relax," said Virginia Diediker, a coordinator at the Recreation and Community Services Department.
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June 1, 1995 | TIM MAY
The city of San Fernando's Recreation and Community Services Department is seeking ideas from artists interested in creating a mural to adorn a wall in Las Palmas Park. The deadline for submissions is June 16. Officials already have received 25 letters of interest and submissions from local and out-of-state artists. People interested in participating should submit samples of art on projector slides, include a resume and a one-page letter expressing their special interest in the project.
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December 13, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his eighth annual "Fiesta Navidad" show Tuesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Nati Cano had more to celebrate than in other Christmas seasons. This year marked the 40th anniversary of his accomplished Mariachi Los Camperos. And at 69, the violinist has a new baby daughter, his second child in a family started late in life. The joy of these milestones was reflected in his buoyant stage presence.
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January 28, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Rattled by several major earthquakes and worn by the comings and goings of thousands of students, the San Fernando Middle School auditorium has suffered but held its ground, a steadfast reminder of this city's historic past. Now city officials are making plans to restore and upgrade the 82-year-old classic revival-style theater with a goal of transforming it into a performing arts center and venue for local talent.
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April 28, 1989 | LAURIE OCHOA
Ballet folklorico dance troupes may regard Cinco de Mayo the way department store clerks view the Christmas rush: It never seems to end. As Virginia Diediker, director of the San Fernando-based Ballet Folklorico Ollin, puts it, "Cinco de Mayo lasts from April to June for us." Last week, members of the 17-year-old dance group were finishing a 10-day tour in Mexico where they performed at La Feria de San Marcos, a huge national fair that many equate with Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
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October 4, 1993 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Opening its 40th season of offering a variety of performing-arts attractions to a loyal but only slowly expanding public, the Orange County Philharmonic Society turned to genuine populist fare Saturday. By sponsoring the Segerstrom Hall debut of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, the society brought in an appropriately festive way to celebrate the presenting organization's survival. Also classy.
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December 11, 2000 | PAMELA DIAMOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With its mix of mariachi music and Mexican folk dance, Nati Cano's annual holiday show, "Fiesta Navidad," is fast becoming as traditional as "The Nutcracker." And like its balletic counterpart, the evening begins with a party: Family and friends gather in a lamp-lit courtyard to celebrate La Posada, which retells the story of Mary and Joseph's search for lodgings as they make their pilgrimage to Bethlehem. La Posada traditionally takes place between Dec. 16 and 24.
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