With 95 percent of theater in Los Angeles created and attended by Caucasians — now a statistical minority of the city’s population — the Ford Theatre is among a number of arts institutions feeling the pinch, so to speak. The latest in a decades-long sequence of efforts to reach across the ethnic divide, this performance/comedy/spoken-word series promoting Latino/Asian/Pacific Islander artists consists mostly of Saturday afternoon readings, with complimentary wine provided by Bodega de Cordova wine bar, live music and talk-back sessions. The one variation from the Saturday-afternoon schedule is Sunday, June 10, when Prince Gomolvilas and Brandon Patton present their “storytelling, song-singing, bingo-playing” comic performance, Jukebox Stories. Later in the month are works by Luis J. Rodriguez (Notes of a Bald Critic,poems and vignettes concerning recovery from drinking and drug abuse), Melinda Corazon Foley (Second Chances, about “regaining what was lost”)and Michael John Garcés’ play Customs, about a journalist returning to a violent country. July features works by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Walter Wong and August Federico Amador. August closes the series with comedy troupes, Chicano Secret Service and Opening People’s Minds, and playwrights Oliver Mayer and Philip W. Chung. [Inside] the Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Sat., 1 p.m.; Sun., June 10, 1 p.m.; thru Aug. 25. (323) 461-3673. For complete schedule, visit www.fordtheatres.org/en/events/theatre.asp.
—Steven Leigh Morris