Stage version of Luis Rodriguez's Always Running at the Ivar Theater

Cornerstone Theater Company, in association with CA Youth Theatre, presents ALWAYS RUNNING

Nov. 4th through 13th 2005, (only six performances)
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 4 pm
At The Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, California
This one-act stage adaptation is written by Jos� Cruz Gonz�lez and directed by Mark Valdez.

Luis J. Rodriguez's international bestseller, ALWAYS RUNNING - LA Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A., comes vividly to life using text directly from the book. It is based on Rodriguez�s explosive memoir depicting the realities of Chicano gang life in East L.A. Cornerstone Ensemble member Jonathan Del Arco portrays Rodriguez�s journey from young gang member to poet and social activist. The show was originally created as part of Cornerstone�s Educational Program whose mission is to promote reading, inspire writing, and introduce theater to young people. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. November 4 - 13, 2005 (only 6 performances) Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm.

The Ivar Theatre 1605 Ivar Avenue Hollywood, CA 90028 (between Hollywood and Sunset, one block West of Vine)

$10 general admission. To buy tickets call (323)461-7310.

Luis J. Rodriguez Releases New Poetry Collection;

Reading Coincides with Poets Against War's Global Mobilization, November 5

SYLMAR, CA - Luis J. Rodriguez, acclaimed writer and cofounder of Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, will read from his latest poetry collection My Nature is Hunger: New & Selected Poems (Curbstone Press/Rattle Edition) with renowned Chicano artist Mark Vallen who will be on hand to talk about the original oil painting Vallen created for the book cover, and to sell posters and prints of the painting.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 5 PM at Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd., #22, Sylmar, CA 91342. Phone: 818-362-7060. For address, hours, directions, and more go to

Also, later at 7 PM Luis J. Rodriguez is inviting poets from around the LA area to read their works for peace, justice and a cooperative way of life as part of the global mobilization of poetry and conscious-raising, sponsored by Poets Against War (

Poets Against War, founded by award-winning poet and translator Sam Hamill, has amassed the largest collection of poetry against war in the world. They have been working hard to bring attention to stopping the US wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, and for the peaceful resolutions of the complex issues of our day for the benefit of all humanity.

It's time that we imagined another way to deal with the hard issues confronting us instead of violence and war, Rodriguez said. "I hope this event will galvanize the LA poetry community to activate their lives and their verses toward peace and true justice in our time."

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