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Apr. 5, 2011 - Benefit Concert and LA Premier of Stories and Songs

Benefit Concert and LA Premier of Stories and Songs



benefit concert and la premier of stories and songs Los Angeles, CA, April 5, 2011 – About…Productions announces the Los Angeles premiere of Stories & Songs, an intimate evening with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez. The event is a benefit concert for the upcoming theaterwork Evangeline, The Queen of Make-Believe, and its related educational programs for at-greatest-risk youth. The event is one night only on June 4th, 2011 at Los Angeles Theatre Center (514 South Spring Street LA, CA 90013), 8:00 pm doors. Tickets are $25 to $1,000. VIP tickets are $125- $1,000, and include premium orchestra seats and a 6:30 p.m. hosted reception with David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez. More information on purchasing general tickets and VIP packages is available at

Hidalgo and Pérez have been playing various markets with their Stories & Songs show around the country, but this will be the first time they bring the performance home to Los Angeles. The show is a look back on 40 years of music making. The two started writing songs together when they were in high school, even before they formed Los Lobos. As the main songwriters in one of the world's most enduring and diverse musical groups, they've accumulated an outstanding collection of tunes. Their songs have been covered by various recording artists including Waylon Jennings, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and Robert Plant. Los Angeles Times opines "…the storytelling is detailed and the musicianship is precision-sharp…" This concert offers unique insight into the music and the men who created it.

This fundraising event will also give the audience a chance to preview Pérez's collaboration with About…Productions on the original theaterwork Evangeline, The Queen of Make-Believe. The theaterwork will be developed and written by Pérez, About… Productions' Artistic Director Theresa Chavez and Associate Director Rose Portillo. The production will incorporate the songs of Hidalgo and Pérez, whose early hit "Evangeline" gives the piece its title.

This benefit concert is part of a series of events leading up to Evangeline's 2012 debut, including the free KPCC sponsored event titled, Civil Rights and Go-Go Boots: A Groovy Evening of Theater, Live Music, and Chicano History at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena on April 13, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. In June About…Productions will host a free Concert Reading of Evangeline, The Queen of Make-Believe at Plaza de la Raza.

For the past 22 years, About…Productions has been creating original and critically acclaimed theaterworks both locally and nationally. About...Productions' 2010- 11 support includes the California Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Pasadena Cultural Affairs Department. About… Productions is dedicated to generating new work through collaboration in order to create artistic and community dialogue. It's innovative Young Theaterworks literacy program serves at-greatest-risk youth, and celebrates the lives of seniors.

Stories & Songs is presented in association with the Latino Theater Company and The Los Angeles Theatre Center. LATC is a facility of the City of Los Angeles and is operated by the Latino Theater Company. In 2008, the first full season was produced with multi-disciplinary programming that reflects the population of Los Angeles