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Jesse Gamboa: Aspiring Actor, Dedicated Father

Whenever I visit Homeboy Industries or Homegirl Cafe, employees ask me about Jesse Gamboa’s progress in Cornerstone’s production of Café Vida. I can tell that he’s a well-respected member of the Homeboy community and his co-workers are stoked about his involvement in the play. He has a radiant personality and it’s no surprise that he…

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Being Present

When we at Cornerstone engage members of a community, we typically ask folks to join us in a Story Circle. The Story Circle is a place where community members share their experiences. They answer a series of questions that begins with their names, where they live, and maybe even includes what they had for breakfast….

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Café Vida Behind-the-Scenes

Video: Father Greg Boyle talks about Café Vida, our collaboration with Homeboy Industries & Homegirl Café! April 26 – May 20, 2012 @ Los Angeles Theatre Center. Buy tickets here.  BUY TICKETS to Café Vida.

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Sue vs. Luz

“Sometimes I catch myself feeling emotions I would never feel back in my neighborhood. Stuff where you realize you are in the real world.” Sue Montoya plays Luz in Café Vida, a character whose shyness belies her strength. But unlike the character she plays, Sue thinks of herself as someone whose self-assurance is unmitigated. She…

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Meet Lynette aka Chabela in Café Vida

I recently had the opportunity to interview Café Vida cast member Lynette Alfaro about Homeboy Industries and her involvement in the upcoming production. Lynette’s humble personality and gratefulness stood out as she told me about her long-time aspiration to be an artist and the path that eventually led her to the stage. She is clearly…

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Café Vida Kicks Off!

Café Vida is a wonderful play and important cultural project for Los Angeles. I am very excited to be a small part of this project since it truly is an example of “socially-engaged art” that links to the community—specifically the men and women who work at Homeboy Industries. Evidence of this is the fact that…

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Hunger in Heartland

Growing up on a family farm in the San Joaquin Valley, I have intimately learned of what food production looks like: hard work, long hours, and sometimes little profits, but more importantly delicious summers. I have also known the paradoxes of our agricultural neighborhood witnessing both bounty on the land and need in our communities….

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On the Road to Justice

To control food is to control people. To destroy topsoil is to destroy the most elemental thing upon which we all depend. And to convince people that this system is the only way and that there is no other option is one of the most pressing myths before us that needs to be shattered. –…

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A Tribute to César Rodriguez

We were deeply saddened this past December by the passing of César Rodriguez, a member of the Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras troupe. We would like to share a tribute from Teatro Jornalero Sin Froteras: When we met César, who was born in Jalisco, Mexico, on February 12, 1972, he was a day laborer at the…

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