Category Archives: Festival

Vaudeville, Folklorico, and Mexican Cinema

I have three stories published on KCET this week! The first is about the Hola Mexico Film Festival. 2020 marks its 12th year and founder Samuel Douek had to make numerous changes to move the festival to an online format. … Continue reading

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TROPICÁLIA 2019

How do you explain the Latin American experience in Los Angeles? That’s a complex question, but we are sure it would look, sound, and feel a little something like this year’s Tropicália festival. Over two days, the Fairplex in Pomona … Continue reading

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The Future of SoCal Indie Music Looks Bright — and Latino — at Viva! Pomona

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and there’s nothing about Viva! Pomona that needs to be fixed. Founder Rene Contreras celebrated the sixth birthday of his little festival that could in Pomona this past weekend with yet another stellar … Continue reading

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The Samba Music of ’70s Brazil Did More Than Make People Dance — It Resisted a Dictatorship

My latest piece in LA Weekly: Brazilian-American musician Beto Gonzalez was too young to understand the country around him when his family returned to Brazil in the 1970s. It was only as he grew older, after coming back to the … Continue reading

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Schools Not Prisons: Buyepongo and Ceci Bastida Rally Against Mass Incarceration

Singer-songwriter Ceci Bastida has long championed political and social causes such as immigrant rights, the Zapatista movement and various issues concerning her native country of Mexico. Her most recent foray into activism, however, is undoubtedly her most personal. This Saturday … Continue reading

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