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Bernal, León & Co. Present: Kilson Street

Posted in Arts & Culture, Pop Music, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on February 7, 2013

Longtime Santa Ana singer-songwriter Richard Bernal and Santa Ana audio engineer and published author Conrad León present Kilson Street, a TV show with a focus on local musical talent.

Kilson Street debuts with a showcase of Santa Ana band Electro City, with video that is coming soon to the Kilson Street YouTube channel.

The show is, “A bi weekly showcase for local up and coming musicians in the Orange County area. Uncut and personal. If you would like to see yourself or someone you know on this, then let us know. Please subscribe and spread the word,” according to the Kilson Street Facebook page. Kilson Street is also on Twitter (@KilsonStreet).

Kilson Street is written by Richard Bernal and Modesto Briseño and co-produced by Modesto Briseño, Conrad León, Miguel Briseño and Rick Aguilar.

About Richard Bernal

Longtime Santa Ana singer, songwriter, guitarist and Downtown Original Richard Bernal has been involved with a number of local musical projects including “The Lost and Found Sound,” “Devil and His Friend,” and most recently “The Gray Wolf.”

About Conrad León

Santa Ana audio engineer Conrad León is a graduate of the Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood, CA. He is the author of “How to EQ and Compress,” a guide for audio producers, which is available online at Barnes & Noble. For samples of Conrad’s work visit Souncloud.com/leonconrado.

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This Week at the SAC Black Box Theatre: Necessary Targets

Posted in Arts & Culture, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on October 29, 2012

The Santa Ana College Theatre Arts Department presents Necessary Targets written by Eve Ensler, and directed by Chris Cannon. This play breaks in SAC’s newest performance venue, the Black Box Theatre, which is located behind Phillips Hall Theatre, next to the Don Express shop.

Show dates are Thursday, Nov. 1 at 2:30 pm, Friday Nov. 2 at 8:00 pm and Saturday Nov. 3 at 8:00 pm.

Synopsis:

Necessary Targets is the story of two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and a human rights worker, who go to Bosnia to help women confront their memories of war. Necessary Targets is about women and war – about the violence of dark memories and the enduring resilience of the human spirit.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students, staff and seniors and can be purchased online here: www.sac.edu/fpa

 

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“American Soldiers” Now Playing at Phillips Hall Theatre

Posted in Arts & Culture, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on October 16, 2012

The stage play “American Soldiers” written by Matt Morillo and directed by Chris Cannon is now playing at Phillips Hall Theatre at Santa Ana College.

Remaining shows are October 18, 19 and 20 at 8:00 pm and October 21 at 2:30 pm.

Synopsis

Angela, an Army veteran and war hero, returns home emotionally scarred. After a Middle East tour of duty she views her “modern” Catholic family as nothing more than cogs in the machine of conformity. Now Angela’s father, a Vietnam War veteran, has one last chance to save his daughter, family, and self-respect as he and Angela fight for control, understanding, and meaning in their own war torn world.

Tickets are $14.00 for General admission, $12.00 for students, seniors, and staff, and $10.00 for children.

Buy online:
www.sac.edu/theatre

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Café Tacuba in Santa Ana: SOLD OUT

Posted in Pop Music, Rolando, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on August 10, 2012

The Observatory OC reports that this Monday’s Café Tacuba concert is sold out.

There was speculation as to whether or not the asking price was too high, but never mind that. Café Tacuba, or any other Mexican rock group in Santa Ana is a hit.

The Observatory is now Santa Ana’s official house of rock en español.

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Café Tacuba Comes to Santa Ana

Posted in Pop Music, Rolando, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on July 21, 2012

Rock en español finally returns to Santa Ana, where shows of this type are incredibly and inexcusably few and far between. We’re lucky to get one a year.

Mexican rock group Café Tacuba will perform at Santa Ana’s Observatory Theater (Formerly Galaxy Concert Theater) on August 13. Doors open at 7pm. This is an all ages event.

Café Tacuba’s Santa Ana concert is the fourth of a four city California tour. They kick off their tour in Oakland on August 9, followed by stops in Los Angeles on August 10, San Diego on August 11, and Santa Ana on August 13.

Will the Observatory now give the Yost a run for its money? Absolutely. This is the route that the Observatory has to take.

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In Retrospect: The Orange County Latino Film Festival, Part II

Posted in Arts & Culture, Downtown, In Retrospect, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on July 10, 2012

In September of 2005, the second Orange County Latino Film Festival was held at the Metropolitan Fiesta Twin Theater in downtown Santa Ana.

In its second year the festival had more momentum, but saw that momentum pulled abruptly by its main sponsor, Vanguard Cinema, afterwards. There would not be a third festival.

Freyr Thor, one of the main organizers, said that the festival attracted more people in its first two years than the Los Angeles and San Diego International Latino Film Festivals did in their first two.

The outdoor opening night gala was held above the Fiesta Twin theater, outside of what now is the “Downtown Inc” main office. It, like 2004’s festival opening gala had a large Latino film industry reception, the likes of it not equaled again in Santa Ana thus far.

Although the OCLFF was a short-lived endeavor, it set a very high bar for new film festivals in Santa Ana like the OC Film Fiesta, which is heading into its third year, and the Santa Ana Indie Film Fest, which is seemingly Downtown Inc’s answer, though shoddy at best, to the OC Film Fiesta.

The OCLFF set that bar through the attracting of more celebrities and movie industry professionals and through more sponsorship. It was more commercially-oriented from the start and maybe overly ambitious, and that was its demise.

But for two years, the stars of Latino Hollywood and beyond descended on Santa Ana. Until the next meteor shower.

OCLFF Audience Award 2005

EL rey de los coleaderos, Directed by Héctor Hernández

2005 Feature-Length Films

Club eutanasia (Mexico 2004. Written & Directed by Agustín Oso Tapia)
Como voy a olvidarte (Ecuador, 2004. Directed by Bernardo Cañizares)
El mago (Mexico, 2004. Directed by Jaime Apariclor)
Manos libres (Mexico, 2005. Written & Directed by José Buil)
Mojados (USA/Mexico, 2004. Directed by Tommy Davis)
Puños rosas (Mexico, 2004. Directed by Beto Gómez. Written by Beto Gómez & Alfonso Suárez)
Parejas (Mexico, 2005. Written & Directed by Enrique Arroyo Schroder)
El rey de los coleaderos (OCLFF Audience Award Winner) Héctor Hernández & Elena Prado
Sin ton ni Sonia
Sobreviviente
La sombra del Sahuaro
El sueño del caimán (Mexico, 2003. Directed by Beto Gómez)
La tregua
Ver, oir, y callar
Cero y van cuatro

2005 Short Films:

Espíritu deportivo
La Noa de China
Pata de gallo
Super hero

Guest celebrities

Eduardo Santamarina
Susana González
Andrés Montiel
José Yenque
Louie Olivos Jr.

Industry

Moctezuma Esparza, Producer – “Selena”, “God’s & Generals”, “Walkout”
Héctor Hernández, Director – “El rey de los coleaderos, Los pajarracos”
Beto Gómez, Director – “El sueño del caimán,” “Puños rosas,” “Saving Private Pérez”

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In Retrospect: The Orange County Latino Film Festival, Part I

Posted in Artists Village, Arts & Culture, Downtown, In Retrospect, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on July 9, 2012

In October of 2004 Manuel “Manny” Saldívar, a protégé of movie producer Moctezuma Esparza,
in association with Vanguard Cinema, brought a Latino film festival to downtown Santa Ana’s Metropolitan Fiesta Twin theater. The OCLFF set a standard that has yet to be topped by other attempts at film festivals in Santa Ana, but it went away after two years due to a main sponsor, Vanguard Cinema, pulling support.

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Back then there was no “Downtown Inc,” much less a supportive city council. This was during a time when the mayor’s office found it “unethical” to have a Latino film festival in Santa Ana. We’ve seen that now the city sponsors another film festival and puts their seal of approval on it (same mayor, different council).

The inaugural festival was visited by Mexican film industry heavyweights Gerardo Tort (director), Fernando Sariñana (director and father of singer Ximena Sariñana), Carolina Rivera (screenwriter) and Maya Zapata (actress), as well as local industry professionals Michael Peña (Crash, Walkout, etc), Moctezuma Esparza (producer), and others.

An opening night outdoor gala was held at the Artist’s Village downtown promenade, in between Pangea (now Lola Gaspar) and the Gypsy Den. Pangea provided catering.

2004 Feature-length Films:

Amar te duele
Alex Lora, Esclavo del rocanrol
Asesino en serio
Azul y blanco
C feliz
Chalino Sánchez – Una vida de peligros
Como el gato para el ratón
Cuento de hadas para dormir cocodrilos
De la calle
El misterio de la trinidad
El nominado
Hoy y mañana
Las caras de la luna
Carros clásicos de Cuba
Zurdo

2004 Short Film Program:

Una bala
Dia de suerte
La partida
Que me va hacer
El excusado
Ligerita
La milpa
La cumbre
Contratiempo

Guest celebrities

Maya Zapata
Michael Peña
Patricia Rae

Industry

Moctezuma Esparza, Producer – “Selena”, “God’s & Generals”, “Walkout”
Carolina Rivera, Screenwriter – “Amar te duele, “Todo el poder,” “Cilantro y Perejil,” “Niñas Mal”
Fernando Sariñana, Director – “Amar te duele,” “Todo el poder”
Gerardo Tort, Director – “De la calle”
Luis Kelly, Director – “Alex Lora: Escalvo del rocanrol”
Nacho Argiro, Director – “El nominado”

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In part two, we’ll look at the 2005 Orange County Latino Film Festival and the people that took part in it.

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A Tribute to Louie Olivos Jr.

Posted in Arts & Culture, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on June 25, 2012

A tribute to Santa Ana dramatist and actor Louie Olivos Jr. was held at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana on Sunday afternoon, June 24.

Four short films, El de los guantes (The Gloved One), Afterglow, El coronel (The Colonel) and El abuelo (The Grandfather), were shown.

In El de los guantes, Olivos plays the part of a masked wrestler, who in the end turns out to be three personalities.

Afterglow, a noir type of short, reveals Olivos’s natural ability to play diverse roles. In this case he plays the part of a crime boss name Vinnie.

El colonel reveals, arguably, Olivos’s best acting of the four short films. Olivos plays the part of a repressive colonel in the Salvadorian army during that country’s war in the early 1980s.

El abuelo is a heart-warming tale of the plight of impoverished migrant workers told through the eyes of an autistic Anglo boy. It is slightly reminiscent of T.C. Boyle’s book, “Tortilla Curtain,” in that the viewer is taken to an improvised hillside community placed in contrast to a well to do community from where the autistic boy comes from.

After the screening Olivos gave an update on his acting troupe, Los Actores de Santa Ana, that performs regularly at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Olivos casts for new actors every two years, he explained. This year marks the first year that he offers acting workshops through Actores de Santa Ana and the City of Santa Ana.

January 3rd is Louie Olivos Jr. Day in Santa Ana.

For Louie’s filmography, click here.

Louie Olivos in the background, Rubén Álvarez, founder of OC Stay Connected, the OC Latino 100, and the Santa Ana Village Observer in the foreground.

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Circus Vargas in Town June 7 – 11

Posted in Arts & Culture, Follies, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on June 6, 2012

Circus Vargas returns to the MainPlace Mall this Thursday through Monday.

The circus schedule is as follows:

Thursday 7:30 pm

Friday 4:30 & 7:30 pm

Saturday 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 pm

Sunday 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 pm

Monday 6:30 pm

Coupons ($30 and $20 family of 3 or more discounts) are available at Papa John’s Pizza or online at circusvargas.com

Online discount codes: 20B ($20 discount for family of 3 or more in General seating) or 30A ($30 discount for family of 3 or more in Arena seating)

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A Timeline of Santa Ana’s Historic Theaters

Posted in Arts & Culture, Follies, In Retrospect, Santa Ana Showbiz! by Omar Ian Ávalos on December 6, 2011

Santa Ana’s theater history is a bit puzzling because some of these historic Santa Ana theaters were renamed or relocated or rebuilt on the sites of former ones. So here is a timeline meant to give a clearer history of the downtown theaters.

According to Cinema Treasures, the city and county’s first theater was called the Temple Theater and it was built in 1909. This is debatable because there was an opera house in Downtown Santa Ana, where Polish-born actress Helena Modjeska performed at, and she died in 1909.

So the first playhouse and stage was the Santa Ana opera house built prior to 1909.

A timeline of Santa Ana’s historical theaters is as follows:

  • The Santa Ana Opera House, on Fourth street intersecting Spurgeon or Cypress built in the late 19th century
  • The Temple Theater on 220 N. Bush opened in 1909
  • The Empire Theater on 308 N. Main. Its first listing appears in the Register on May 6, 1910 but it’s renamed the Bell Theater on June 28 of the same year.
  • The Auditorium Theatre on 307 N. Spurgeon opened in 1912 (Later named Clune’s Theater then The Yost, after an Ed or E.D. Yost)
  • The Princess Theatre on 308 N. Main opened in 1914
  • The West End Theater on 324 W. Fourth opened in 1915
  • The Lyric Theatre on 218 E. Fourth opened prior to 1923, and was renamed New Princess in 1923.
  • The New Princess Theatre on 218 E. Fourth opened in 1923
  • The West Coast Theatre on 308 N. Main opened in 1924
  • The Broadway Theatre on 416 N. Broadway opened in 1926
  • Walker’s Theatre on 220 N. Bush (behind the old city hall, demolished in the 60s) opened in 1936
  • Santa Ana High School Auditorium (now Medley Auditorium) on 520 W. Walnut street, opened in 1936. This is the largest stage in Santa Ana with a capacity near 16,000. The Los Angeles Philharmonic performed here in 1985. It was recently named after Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers. Medley was a former Santa Ana High School Saint.
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