Oscar Garza Senior Producer, The Frame

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Oscar Garza is Senior Producer of KPCC's daily arts and entertainment program, The Frame.

Oscar was formerly a News Editor at KPCC and senior editor at Los Angeles Public Media, which was founded to develop younger and more diverse audiences for public radio. He was previously senior editor/content at the Los Angeles Daily News, and editor-in-chief of "Tu Ciudad," an English-language magazine about Latino life and culture in Southern California.

Garza held several senior editor positions at the "Los Angeles Times," including Deputy Editor of the Sunday Magazine, Editor of the Daily Calendar section, and Arts Editor. Prior to that he was Arts Editor and a columnist at the "San Antonio Light" in his Texas hometown, and a producer at PBS stations in San Antonio and Sacramento.

Garza’s R&B fable, “Land of 1000 Dances,” was published in 2005 in the journal "Popular Music," by Cambridge University Press. He was also a co-writer of “By the Hand of the Father,” a theater production that toured throughout the U.S.

Garza is an occasional host for the Zócalo lecture series in Los Angeles, where he has conducted public interviews with Luis Valdez, Cheech Marin, Culture Clash, writer Larry Wilmore of “The Daily Show,” music producer Hal Willner, film director Carl Franklin, and musician Ceci Bastida.


Stories by Oscar Garza

'The Gospel at Colonus,' where Greek tragedy and gospel music meet in harmony

The minds behind the musical's run at LA's Ebony Repertory Theater explain the musical's continued relevance and the success of the unlikely pairing at its core

Jazz musician Kamasi Washington on making 'The Epic'

The saxophonist and composer's new album, "The Epic," is a three-disc recording that's a showcase for L.A.'s current jazz scene.

Dolphin's of Hollywood: Story of a landmark record store hits the stage

Dolphin's was one of L.A.'s first African-American-owned record stores, founded by the innovator John Dolphin. A hit stage musical tells the story.

LACMA director Michael Govan on the museum's past, present and future

The L.A. County Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The top item on the to-do list: raise $475 million dollars to remake the campus.

CinemaCon: 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Mad Max' fly high; 'Terminator,' 'Entourage' tank

The convention essentially offers speed-dating for studios and movie theater owners. Here are the movies they liked, the movies they didn't, and why the Latino audience is key.

#MakeItFair: Music video rips the dominance of men in film

The women behind a project called Make It Fair have released a music video that ironically decries the fact that a mere 93 percent of recent movies were directed by men.

LISTEN: Mexican musicians pay tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths with 'Mexrrissey' tour

The tribute by Mexican musicians will tour the British singer's homeland and then land in New York and Los Angeles.

Peabody Awards honor 9 TV shows, from 'Last Week Tonight' to 'Fargo'

The Peabodys are considered the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasters. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans was on this year's jury and he told The Frame about the selection process.

Star Wars Celebration: Watch the new 'The Force Awakens' trailer

The new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer is out, featuring members from the original cast and a smashed Darth Vader mask. Watch it here, along with more livestreaming from Star Wars Celebration.

‘Blurred Lines’ verdict: Legal expert breaks down what it means

The jury ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye's children, who sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for violating the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got to Give it Up."

Robert Christgau on a lifetime of listening

The so-called "Dean of Rock Critics" talks about the first time he knew he wanted to write about music, and why pop music is still important.

Sundance opens with new Nina Simone documentary

The Frame’s John Horn is in Park City covering the Sundance Film Festival. He reports that after the Simone screening, some audience members chanted, "Black Lives Matter!"

'Stop Kiss': Playhouse director makes risky debut with lesbian love story

Seema Sueko, director of the Pasadena Playhouse's run of 'Stop Kiss,' talks about how the audience response to her directorial debut exceeded all of her expectations.

'Klinghoffer' show goes on, despite protests

The Metropolitan Opera's Monday night debut of "The Death of Klinghoffer" went on as planned, though there were protests both outside and inside the hall.

Dael Orlandersmith: A daughter's travails and the salvation of art

The playwright and performer's latest work, "Forever," details a troubling relationship with her mother and how creativity gave her a family.