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Cultures clash on the border ... paging Culture Clash

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Cultures clash on the border ... paging Culture Clash!

(Starts at 8:30)

Twenty years ago, the theater satire trio known as Culture Clash wrote and performed “Bordertown,” an examination of issues that were then roiling the region between California and Mexico. Now, the group revisits the topic in “Bordertown Now.” But this time the focus is along the Arizona border, where people both from Mexico and Latin America have migrated because of stricter enforcement by law enforcement authorities in California and Texas. They battle conditions in the brutal Sonoran desert, as they try to also steer clear of drug traffickers. It’s an example of the challenging material being programmed by new leadership at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Guest: Richard Montoya, member of Culture Clash

A payoff for parity

(Starts at 1:00)

The ReFrame coalition and IMDbPro announce the first recipients of their seal of approval that recognizes standout, gender-balanced film and TV projects.

Guest: Cathy Schulman, president and CEO, Welle Entertainment; co-founder, ReFrame

Taking steps to build up ballet in L.A.

(Starts at 19:38)

Los Angeles hasn’t been known as a city that supports dance. The famed Joffrey Ballet failed at establishing a home here a while back. But Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project has led a resurgence of interest here. And now another company — American Contemporary Ballet — is adding to the buzz. The company performs at its studio on the 32nd floor of a downtown high-rise. John Horn recently attended a rehearsal there.


artistic director/choreographer Lincoln Jones

executive director/dancer Theresa Farrell