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

'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.

Encuentro presents a sweeping view of Latino theater

The month-long festival has attracted more than 150 writers, actors and directors for performances that represent a wide range of creativity.

Networks chase Latino viewers with 'Cristela' and 'Jane the Virgin'

Alex Nogales, CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, says the networks are making progress with Latino representation, but still have a ways to go.

'Water & Power' opens Highland Park Independent Film Festival

The debut film from Richard Montoya had a long road from stage play to feature film. After a short theatrical run, it's now on the festival circuit.

Chris Strachwitz's musical taste is simple: 'No Mouse Music'

The producer's commitment to artists such as Clifton Chenier and Flaco Jimenez is chronicled in the documentary, "This Ain't No Mouse Music."

Ai Weiwei shaped his Alcatraz exhibition from a distance

The dissident Chinese artist is prevented from leaving his country, but that didn't stop him from creating a show at the former notorious prison.

Lois Smith has a memorable role in 'Marjorie Prime' at the Taper

After six decades of acting on stage, in films and television, the actress has the title role in the world premiere of Jordan Harrison's play.

Play the LA River: A year-long festival of creativity and discovery

A group of artists, designers, scientists and urban planners conceived the event to encourage citizens to explore the waterway, which is targeted for revitalization.

'The Tempest' gets Dust Bowl treatment by Teller and Tom Waits

The quieter half of Penn & Teller co-directs a novel Shakespeare staging with Aaron Posner at South Coast Repertory, featuring music by Waits and Kathleen Brennan.

Election 2014: California's primary held secondary interest for most voters

The paltry turnout resulted in runoffs that will include Jim McDonnell vs. Paul Tanaka for L.A. County Sheriff; Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver for L.A. County Supervisor; and Elan Carr against Ted Lieu for Congress.

Election 2014: Brown, Kashkari to face off in November (updated)

Gov. Jerry Brown has easily advanced to the general election, setting up a historic bid for his fourth term as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris also win.

Election 2014: Incumbents show strength amid tight US House returns

Early primary election returns Tuesday showed tight races for U.S. House seats from San Diego to Sacramento, though incumbents were showing strength.

Election 2014: LA County sheriff, supervisor races headed to runoff

Jim McDonnell and Paul Tanaka will square off in the contest for sheriff; Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver head for a showdown for a supervisor seat.

Alanis Morissette chimes in for Marianne Williamson

The pop singer writes and records a campaign song for the self-help spiritual author who's running for Henry Waxman's Congressional seat.