¡Hola, todos! Thanks for checking out this new Los Angeles blog. El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula aka L.A. is a diverse love it and hate it pueblo. Love the weather. Hate the traffic. Love the theatres, museums, concerts, film screenings and TV tapings. Hate the traffic. Love the myriad cultures that fill the streets and feed the soul from East LA to Beverly Hills and from the Valley to Hollywood. Hate the traffic. You’ll get it all here every week. And no traffic.

Perla Batalla and Dan Guerrero

Perla Batalla, Dan Guerrero

Artes y CulturaA recent evening found me at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a concert in their Bing Theatre, part of LACMA’s “Art & Music” series. The Eclipse String Quartet made beautiful music in the first act and mi amiga, singer/songwriter Perla Batalla, was her usual wondrous self in Act II. Perla was joined by her amazing musicians: John Beasley (ate up the piano!), Pete’ Korpela (percussion) and her collaborator David Batteau on guitar. All this in conjunction with the LACMA exhibit “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the U.S.” LACMA commissioned Perla to write a song that would celebrate the exhibit and in doing research of the artists in the show, she tells me she and Batteau became obsessed with Frida Kahlo. Who isn’t? They ended up writing ten songs about Frida and her husband/tormentor Diego Rivera and now hope to create a musical about the explosive couple. If you missed the concert, see the exhibit there through May 6.

Esto y el otro Count down to the Oscars and a renewed faith in the process with the Best Actor nomination for Demian Bicher for “A Better Life.” Read somewhere that the director kept referring to Bechir’s monologue to his son near the end of this wonderful film as “the Oscar scene.” How true. Recall when I saw it early on, I muttered to a friend, “This is an Oscar performance. Fat chance! Small film, Latino themed. No way.” But there is Bicher along with the Big Boys of Hollywood. Milagros do happen. Who knows who will take the Oscar home, but Bicher has already won big time. And a really nice guy, too……The CBS-TV series “Rob” is growing its viewing audience with Rob Schneider, Cheech Marin, Lupe Ontiveros, Diana Maria Riva, Claudia Bassols and new to English language audiences, Eugenio Derbez in lead roles. Love our Cheech, Lupe y todos, but Eugenio is the big new surprise. Mexico City born and a big name in Spanish language entertainment, he’s the son of Mexican film and TV star Sylvia Derbez. A great talent and they give him plenty to do on the show. A new fan in me.
¡Hasta pronto!