Children’s musical sensation on the road
Jul15

Children’s musical sensation on the road

The pop phenomenon called Kidz Bop, an act that performs the biggest hits with lyrics cleaned up and adapted for kids, is now touring the US. The “Best Time Ever Tour” is scheduled to stop at more than 50 American cities that might include your hometown. Launched in 2001, Kidz Bop consists of compilation albums with pop hits performed by talented youths. The CDs have been hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and radio stations...

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Film ‘Gook’ delves into L.A. riots
Jul14

Film ‘Gook’ delves into L.A. riots

Twenty-five years ago Los Angeles was hit by a major social disturbance with race at its core. This summer the City of Angels itself serves a the launching pad for the nationwide release of a movie about the 1992 L.A. Civil Unrest. “Gook,” an award winner at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, dares to delve into race relations, a hot and sensitive topic since the political rise of Donald Trump. But the film does it through...

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An urgent message from Colombia’s mountains
Jul01

An urgent message from Colombia’s mountains

The environmental warning of the ancestral Kogi people from Colombia’s isolated sierras keeps reverberating around the world.  It will reach the mountainous community of Topanga in Southern California this weekend. The Kogi’s documentary film “Aluna” will be shown as part of the First Friday Screenings series of the Topanga Film Festival on July 7. The film delivers an urgent message about saving the world from...

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Unity through photos at US-Mexico wall
Jun29

Unity through photos at US-Mexico wall

While borders divide nations and peoples, Sandra García and Jessica Pons want to give the US-Mexico border a new purpose: promote unity. Their means: photography. The Los Angeles-based artist duo is behind “La Frontera Unites,” an upcoming, one-day-only exhibit with works from photographers on both sides of the border. The photos will literally be hung on the metal fence that exists between the Mexican city of Tijuana and American...

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Platino Award for Olmos
Jun28

Platino Award for Olmos

Multiple award-winning actor Edward James Olmos will add another international honor this summer to his long list of accomplishments. The Golden Globe and Emmy winner and Oscar-nominated star will receive the Platino Lifetime Achievement Award. The Platino Awards promote greater visibility and distribution for Iberoamerican cinema in the world. Born in Los Angeles, California and of Mexican descent, Olmos has more than 100 film and...

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