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  • Culture Clash adds more bite in 'Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival'

     Culture Clash adds more bite in 'Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival'
    The clickety-clack of an old-timey film projector fills the Kirk Douglas Theatre as grainy, black-and-white footage depicting Los Angeles, 1959, scrolls across the back wall of the stage. Police sweep through Chavez Ravine, home to villages of Mexican Americans; a woman is forcibly carried out of her home, held over the shoulders of officers like a construction log. In another clip: A lone shack is bulldozed, collapsing like a child's rickety art project.
  • L.A. theater openings, May 11-18: 'Letters From Zora' and more

    L.A. theater openings, May 11-18: 'Letters From Zora' and more
    Vanessa Bell Calloway delivers "Letters from Zola" at Pasadena Playhouse. And South Coast Rep revisits its inaugural production, Moliere's "Tartuffe," to close out its 50th anniversary season. Letters From Zora Vanessa Bell Calloway portrays African...

    Richard Montoya's 'Water & Power' falters from stage to film

     Richard Montoya's 'Water & Power' falters from stage to film
    No matter how much writer-director Richard Montoya tries to open up the screen adaptation of his stage play "Water & Power," which premiered at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum in 2006, it's hard to forget that you're watching a piece with theatrical roots....

    'Water & Power' stakes out its turf

     'Water & Power' stakes out its turf
    The stated goal for the gritty, neo-noir drama "Water & Power" isn't simply to take a deep narrative dive into what one character in the new movie terms the "contrails of corruption" in modern Los Angeles. According to its writer-director Richard...

    AMC Turns on Edward James Olmos' 'Water & Power'

    Richard Montoya's "Water & Power," backed by Edward James Olmos, has set a May 2 launch through the AMC chain. Olmos came on board last year after seeing the film at the L.A. Latino Festival and approached AMC. The film will open in Los Angeles and...