Austin Local News: Bronze Community Band Project to Explore the History and Influences on Music by Mexican American Musicians

By Liz Lopez

The Austin Public Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities feature The Bronze Community Band Project that presents “Tribute To La Musica Chicana, The History and Influences on Music by Mexican American Musicians,” the second of a series with a music performance art piece that chronicles the influence and history on the Mexican American culture from indigenous to the 1920s -1960. The Bronze Community Band is a group of seasoned musicians that will perform a myriad of music performed over the years, including Indigenous, Tex-Mex, Chicano rhythm and blues, cumbias, boleros, oldies and much more that reflects the creativity by Mexican American musicians. Robert Rivera Ojeda, Musical Director, will introduce each song with historical information.

The Bronze Community Band Project musicians are: Robert Rivera Ojeda – bass, keyboard, vocals;  Jean Jacques (JJ) Barrera – Bajo-sexto, guitar, bass, vocals & UT College of Fine Arts Conjunto (Ensemble) class co-director, and plays with Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto, the Tailgators and others; Ramiro Pedraza – alto & tenor sax; Frank Rodriguez, drums, and Edward Coronado – sax, trumpet, and keyboard. Long term member of the Bronze Band, Ernesto Calderon (Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Project Coordinator), will not be performing after all for personal reasons.

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By: Renee C.
Rating: 3 (Out of 5 Reels)

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), Destiny (Constance Wu), Mercedes (Kiki Palmer), and Annabelle (Lili Reinhart), who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients (IMDB).

This film is well made and acted. Their costumes are fantastic and the women are beautiful which is to be expected in their line of work. Lopez obviously took this role seriously because her strip club routines are stunning. Read more »


By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Loosely based on the New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler, The Hustlers at Scores, Hustlers the film follows an all too familiar formula when it comes to a true crime story. To its benefit, though, the story is an interesting one, and one that keeps its audience invested through the outstanding performances by lead actors Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez. So even though the film has a certain amount of predictability, there are a few surprises and enough heart and passion by the leads to keep this otherwise formulaic feature from completely sinking into oblivion.

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Review – On DVD & Streaming September 9th: YESTERDAY

By Laurie Coker

Rating: B+

Yesterday were the Beatles and today, only a glimmer remains – or no memory of them all. Director Danny Boyle takes his viewers on an enchanted journey in this twist on the music of the Fab Four. Written by Richard Curtis, Yesterday offers a modern mix of Beatles music in a sentimental and sweet tale about one man’s disenchantment with his life and the unexpected path he takes to discover what is important. Boyle manages an uncustomary soft touch, when “Love is all you need.”

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Screening Pass Giveaway: HUSTLERS

Source: STX Entertainment

TVR is giving away passes (good for two people) to an advance screening of this movie in Austin, TX, scheduled for Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p..m.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older to enter. See this movie early and free of charge before it opens in theaters!

HUSTLERS follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. The film was inspired by the article published by New York Magazine entitled “The Hustlers at Scores” written by Jessica Pressler.

Go to to claim your passes. Be sure to print the passes and bring them with you to the screening. Do not hesitate as there may be a limited amount of passes available. Arrive early to the theater as seating is not guaranteed and done on a first come, first serve basis. Please spread the word!

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