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

'Made in LA' artist, Martine Syms on how entertainment industry constructs identities

The LA artist is featured in Hammer Museum's "Made in LA" for her fictitious television pilot that explores how the entertainment world affects how we behave and think.

Playwright Ayad Akhtar's 'Disgraced' and "the nuances of Muslim identity in post-9/11 America"

Ayad Akhtar's play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013. Three years later, it's the most produced drama in the U.S., taking on more resonance as time goes by.

Everything you need to know about those free tickets on Ticketmaster (UPDATED)

This past weekend, Ticketmaster doled out millions of coupons for free or discounted coupons as part of a settlement over fees that date back to 1999.

Chilean musician Alex Anwandter turns to film to advocate for LGBT rights

Alex Anwandter uses electro-pop to comment on LGBT issues, and he's now taken up those themes in his debut feature film, which is getting raves on the festival circuit.

Can ticket buyers ever win the battle with the bots?

Music fans and Broadway audiences are at the mercy of companies that use computer programs, and even cheap overseas labor, to corner the market on tickets.

'American Tunes': Allen Toussaint's final album is poignant and bittersweet

Musician and producer Joe Henry finished recording the New Orleans legend's last recording just a month before Toussaint died late last year.

Artist Rafa Esparza moves a load of earth for 'Made in LA' exhibition

The installation artist moved 1,400 handmade adobe bricks from the banks of the L.A. River in Northeast Los Angeles to the Hammer Museum for his contribution to the biennial show.

'The Cursed Child' captures the magic of Harry Potter on stage

J.K. Rowling wrote a new story that's been adapted for the London stage. As preview performances begin, Potter-mania is in full swing.

Jason Jones on 'The Detour': 'When you get TV-MA rating ... everything's on the table'

The former "Daily Show" correspondent takes his comedic sensibility to a new TBS series that puts an edgy twist on the traditional family sitcom.

Theater artist Diane Rodriguez on the role of activism on- and off-stage

The associate artistic director at the Center Theater Group was recently appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Arts.

'Dark Horse' is the role of a lifetime for Māori actor Cliff Curtis

The New Zealand actor is getting praise for his new film "The Dark Horse" and currently stars in the hit show "Fear The Walking Dead," but he hasn't forgotten his indigenous roots.

Inside one man's quest to track down his lost record collection

Erik Spitznagel regretted selling his collection, so he set out to find the exact albums he once owned. The story is told in his new book, "Old Records Never Die."

CinemaCon 2016: Global box office news, plus Sean Parker's Screening Room

The first day of the Las Vegas convention for movie theater owners featured some mixed news for Hollywood, as well as talk about a new, controversial method of distribution

Getty introduces 43 exhibitions in Latino art initiative

The third installment of the regional visual arts showcase will focus on Latino art at venues throughout Southern California.

Venice-based VR production house WEVR hopes to be the 'Netflix' of virtual reality

Wevr co-founder Anthony Batt talks about why he thinks storytelling is virtual reality’s next frontier and how he hopes his company will become a leader in this new entertainment territory.