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Luis Valdez revisits the 'Valley' of his youth

Playwright and director Luis Valdez (center) has made
Playwright and director Luis Valdez (center) has made "Valley of the Heart" a family production: (L-R) son/associate director Kinan; brother/cast member Daniel; wife/costume designer Lupe; and son/cast member Lakin.
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A saga of two families in WWII-era California

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When playwright and director Luis Valdez was a child, his family lived and worked on a Central California farm owned by Japanese-Americans. That experience inspired "Valley of the Heart," about a relationship that is hindered by cultural differences and then torn apart by the internment of Japanese-Americans. Valdez talks with John Horn about his play at the Mark Taper Forum.

Fox spreads its message on a new platform

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L.A. Times reporter Stephen Battaglio says the new streaming service, Fox Nation, is part of a movement by the major players in the TV news business that target the growing number of viewers gravitating to streaming video and bypassing traditional pay-TV subscriptions. 


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In the late '70s, Ana da Silva and Gina Birch formed the pioneering post-punk band, The Raincoats. They, along with members Palmolive and Vicky Aspinall, set a precedent for feminist music and influenced a generation of DIY musicians, notably Kurt Cobain. Da Silva now has a forthcoming album, “Island,” made on modular synthesizers with the Japanese experimental musician known as Phew. This interview is excerpted from "I’m In the Band,” a podcast about women in punk music created by musician and writer Allison Wolfe and The Frame’s Jonathan Shifflett.