Local theater honors diversity in ‘Red Velvet’

By Mayra S. Ventura The Junction Theater presents the West Coast premiere of “Red Velvet” at the Atwater Playhouse in Los Angeles playing now  until April 30. The play is a biography of Ira Aldridge,  the first African-American actor to play a role in Shakespeare’s “Othello.” The play also illustrates the impact he had on the history of theater and how things haven’t changed over the course of centuries. “Red…

April 20, 2016

Sci-Fi writers honored at awards

By Mayra S. Ventura The 32nd annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Award celebrated the winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest on, April 10 at Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The awards ceremony celebrated and honored 12 writers and 11 illustrators from all over the globe and the contribution that Hubbard made to the sci-fi industry. “This contest is to inspire (and honor) future writers and illustrators,” Galaxy Press…

April 13, 2016

Elan discovers artistry in costume designing

By Mayra S. Ventura East Los Angeles College student of costume design Kristina Moore designed two dresses for the West Coast premiere of “RED VELVET” a play presented by The Junction Theatre at the Atwater Playhouse in Los Angeles. Moore is a costume design major with a minor in art history. This is Moore’s first costume designer job outside of ELAC. This project has helped her apply her skills. It…

March 23, 2016

Pasadena Unified School District facing federal lawsuit

By Mayra S. Ventura A federal lawsuit against Pasadena Unified School District and its superintendent Brian McDonald has been filed on Feb. 11 for violating the American with Disabilities Act, along with state disability rights laws by discriminating against students with mental disabilities. Six current and former Focus Point Academy students along with Candis Bowles, the manager attorney at Disability Rights California and Bazelon Center, Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) of Los…

March 9, 2016

Volleyball falls out of playoff contention

by Mayra S. Ventura   The East Los Angeles College Women’s volleyball team defeated Los Angeles Harbor College in three sets, 25-12, 25-13, 25-8, on Nov. 6. After a rocky start, sophomore outside hitter Breanna Trujillo (Montebello High School) led the Huskies to victory. “Honestly a lot of the times we have a rocky start at the beginning, I think that’s just how we are, it’s a form of getting…

November 18, 2015