Top Latino Performers Tapped for NCLR’s ‘09 ALMA Awards

August 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Salma Hayek and Oscar De La Hoya will be among the special honorees at next month’s National Council of La Raza’s ALMA Awards ceremony, which honors “fair, accurate and balanced” portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry, organizers announced Tuesday.

Hayek will receive the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence, while Oscar De La Hoya will be honored for Special Achievement in Sports Television. The Sept. 17 show, which will air on ABC on Sept. 18, will also feature a tribute to the late actor Ricardo Montalban by the legendary Oscar, Emmy and Tony award winning actress, singer and dancer, Rita Moreno.

“If you like the ALMA Awards, you will love this year’s show because we’re bringing you more of what you love most, unique musical pairings and the best Latino entertainment,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.  “The ALMA Awards is one of the few opportunities in primetime to spotlight the Latino presence in entertainment, and we want to celebrate the impact Latinos had last year not only in film and television, but also in music and sports television.”

George Lopez and show executive producer Eva Longoria Parker will host the ceremony, which will be held at Royce Hall Auditorium at UCLA.

“I am proud that we will be able to pay tribute to a record number of Latino performers and just thrilled to have one of the funniest men on the planet, George Lopez, as my co-host this year,” Longoria Parker said. “If you know me and you know George, anything can happen, so tune in.”

In all, 72 actors and actresses from the world of comedy and drama, representing TV and Film, have been nominated. Nominees also include nine top individuals and musical groups, as well as a who’s who of the Sports World that includes baseball, football, soccer, and basketball players, as well as surfers, swimmers, skateboarders, boxers, wrestlers, tennis,  golfers, racecar drivers, and a windsurfer.

Not to be left out, ALMA will also honor those working behind the scenes, including:  writers, producers, cinematographers, makeup and hair stylists and directors.

Salvadorian Day-Laborers to Free Greek Goddess in Malibu

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STAY TUNED:  Coming next week, EGP’s exclusive interview with writer-actors Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash.

The nation’s preeminent Chicano/Latino performance troupe — known for such great works as “Chavez Ravine” and “Water and Power” — is kicking off its 25th Anniversary at the Getty Villa in Malibu with their adaptation of “Peace,” an irreverent circa 421 B.C. comedy by playwright Aristophanes.

The story involves the daring rescue of Peace, a Goddess, who is kidnapped and imprisoned on Mount Olympus by the God of War. The Culture Clash adaptation—that includes Salvadorian immigrants and women Mariachi performers—parallels ancient mythology with modern themes with the Latino-twist the trio is known for.

Thoughtfully researched, this hilarious performance includes “scathing satire, abundant profanity and ribald humor” not suitable for children.

Next week, EGP talks to Culture Clash about their 25 years in the business, future plans, and influencing new generations of performers.

Performances start on September 10. Tickets are on sale now for $42; $36 for students and seniors. A limited number of special preview tickets are available at a discounted price of $20. For tickets, call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu

Community Calendar

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Today, August 27
1-2pm—Author Maricela Estrada will be having her book launch, celebrating the release of her memoir, Bipolar Girl: My Psychotic Self at the Montebello Library located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd.

4-5pm—Introduction to Web Design at Echo Park Branch Library Learn about HTML codes to create a simple web page. Computer keyboard experience is mandatory. Sign-up required. The library is located at 1410 W. Temple St. Please arrive early. For more information call (213) 250-7808.

6:30pm—Montebello Free Concert in the Park featuring Angel Lebron y Su Sabor Latino. Enjoy the last concert of the season with live music. Bring a picnic meal or purchase food from a variety of vendors at Montebello City Park Bandshell located at 1300 W. Whittier Blvd. For more information call (323) 887-4540.

Friday, August 28
4pm—Teen Programs Twilight Book Club at East Los Angeles Library. Read the final three books of the Twilight series and enjoy Twilight themed games, prizes, arts and crafts. We will start with “New Moon” in September, move on to “Eclipse” in October, and finish up with “Breaking Dawn” in November. The library is located at 4837 E. Third St. For more information call (323) 264-0155.

6:45pm—Film Fridays at Audubon Center at Debs Park featuring “The Education of Little Park” an English, with Spanish subtitles film. The event starts with an optional bird walk. The center is located at 4700 North Griffin Ave. for more information call (323) 221-2255.

7pm—Belvedere Park presents “Movies at Lakeside” featuring the animated film  “Cars.” The park is located at 203 Mednik Ave. Movie starts at sundown. For more information call (323) 260-2361.

8pm—Noches de Trova at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. Three hours of music and poetry performed by three local troubadours Tomás Cadena, Esteban León and Jorge Negrete with repertoire and guitar on hand. The Center is located at 2225 Colorado Blvd. Cover $5. For more information call (323) 997-5827.

Saturday, August 29
10am-1pm—Applying for Citizenship Community Forum hosted by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation. The US Dept. of Homeland Security – US Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) will have representatives available to answer questions about applying for citizenship or how to renew a permanent resident card. The forum will take place at MAOF: 972 S. Goodrich Blvd. in Commerce. For more information, call (323) 890-1555.

10am—Chicana/o Moratorium Procession. Procession will meet at former Silver Dollar Bar on 4945 E. Whittier Blvd. and will head west on Whittier to Ruben F. Salazar Memorial County Park located at 3864 Whittier Boulevard. Bring flowers and candles. Formal panel discussion will be held in the Ruben Salazar Senior Center from Noon to 5 p.m. Sponsored by East Los Ángeles Chicana/o Round Table, Brown Berets National Organization, Xicana/o Studies Alumni de Aztlan. For more information call Alfredo (310) 866-9274 or Xihuan (323) 564-7894 or e-mail DAVIDSANCHEZPHD@webtv.net

10am—The Big! World! Fun! Family Series Presents “Hawaiian Breezes” a Hula Halau Ka Lehua Uluwehi I Ka Lani demonstrating the graceful and expressive elements of hula at the Ford Amphitheatre located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. Pre-show activities begin at 9:00am. Space is limited. Tickets are free for children and $5 per adult at  (323) 461-3673 or www.FordTheatres.org

4-5:30pm—Free Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty Center. Indie family musician, Justin Roberts, and his bandmates “The Not Ready for Naptime Players” dish out whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Dr. Parking $15 per car. For more information call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.

7-10pm—“2009 Summer Art Walks” in Old Town Monrovia. Local artists will display their works along historic Myrtle Avenue — 400-600 blocks between Olive and Lime Avenues — to show and sell drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography and hand-made glass and ceramic artworks, also featuring live music and host gallery receptions. For more information call (626) 802-7873 or visit www.monroviafinearts.org

7:30pm—“Movie Nights in August” at Lummis Home featuring “Harris Newmark’s Los Angeles” (30 min.) and “With Heart And Hand: The Restoration of the Gamble House” (60 min). Admission $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For more information call (323) 460-5632.

Tuesday, September 1
7-8:30pm—Aquarium of the Pacific 2009 Highlighted Events with guest speaker Dr. Alex Hearn presenting “Shark Tagging in the Galapagos Islands: Migration and Hotspots.” Admission $8 general public, $4 members, and free for students with valid ID and advance reservation. The aquarium is located at 100 Aquarium Way. In Long Beach.RSVP: (562) 590-3100. For more information visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Monday, August 31
7:30pm—Spanish Book Club Discussion at Atlantic Library. Selected book: “El Caballero de la Armadura Oxidada” by Robert Fisher. The library is located at 2269 S. Atlantic Blvd. For more information call (323) 780-1176.

Wednesday, September 2
4pm—Book Club Adult Program at Eagle Rock Branch Library. This month the book club is are reading “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer. New members welcome. The library is located at 5027 Casper Ave. For more information call (323) 258-8078.

4-5:30pm—Aquarium of the Pacific Public Education Programs featuring “Aqua Tots: Sounds of the Sea.” Kids will discover what animals make what sounds by listening to different creatures and imitating the noises that they make. Admission $30 per adult/child pair, $10 per additional person (member discount available). The aquarium is located at 100 Aquarium Way. For more information call (562) 951-1630 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org, click on “education”.

Announcements
Commerce City Council Reschedules September Meetings: The Tuesday, Sept. 1 meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 8 and the Tuesday, Sept. 15 meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 29. Both meetings will be held at their regular starting time of 6:30 pm at the Commerce City Council Chamber, 5655 Jillson Street, Commerce, CA.

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