Tag Archives: The Arts

Recap of The Blues

By Brooke Gazer

This year’s “Blues on the Beach” concerts set new attendance records with 610 attendees in January and 630 the following month. In January, the energy level set by Enrico Crivellaro and Brian Templeton was a hard act to follow. However, with Jack DeKeyzer, Cheryl Lescom, Jerome Godboo and Chuckee Zehr all sharing the same stage, the bar was raised yet another notch. I can’t wait until 2017 to see how they plan to top this. Continue reading Recap of The Blues


Close to Darkness

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 6.06.54 PM.pngBy Kary Vannice

“Close to Darkness” reads the T-shirt of Oaxacan artist, turned fashion designer, Soid Pastrana as he stands in front of a display of his latest work. He’s sporting an easy smile and a pair of oversized sunglasses. Yet, behind those dark shades lives a world of colorful imagination that spills out of his mind onto nearly any surface he can get his hands on; an imagination that was fueled by his childhood on Isthmus of Tehuantepec, growing up in one of the poorer neighborhoods of Juchitán. Soid spent his early years not only surrounded by the vibrant colors of every Mexican town, but also the colorful language of his people, Zapotec. Continue reading Close to Darkness

The Valentine’s Day Oscars: Best Movie Weddings!

By Deborah Van Hoewyk

I know, I know, the Academy Awards won’t be announced until February 28, and they are mired in less-than-loving controversy over the lack of diversity in nominees. But if we gave out awards on Valentine’s Day for the best wedding scenes, we’d have a very diverse field of well over a hundred contenders and much more interesting categories. Continue reading The Valentine’s Day Oscars: Best Movie Weddings!

Your Handy Guide to Holiday Shopping in Huatulco

By Deborah Van Hoewyk

So here you are in Huatulco, and it’s hot and sunny, and it’s hard to pick out the poinsettias from the bugambilias and flamboyants. Only a few Christmas carols are making it through the mariachi Muzak at the supermarket. But . . . you’re shortly due back in the land of holiday celebrations. Is it possible to shop for gifts that rise above souvenir status? Oh, most definitely! Continue reading Your Handy Guide to Holiday Shopping in Huatulco

Amigos de la Musica Opera Concert

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 5.25.49 PMBy Erin Vig

Amigos de la Musica Huatulco commences its 2015 winter season with OPERA on November 12 at 8:00 PM at Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa. Although, not necessarily ‘classic’ opera the evening boasts the prodigious talents of acclaimed performers; soprano Katia Reyes, and baritone Jehú Sánchez, singing various pieces from West Side Story and Porgy and Bess. Pianist Isaac Bañuelos Capistrán, will accompany these performances. The evening, already filled with impressive talent, will be concluded by a performance of the comedy opera, The Telephone, by Gian Carlo Menotti.

Tickets can be purchased for 200 pesos each or 100 pesos for students and teachers (valid ID required) at these local businesses: Café Juanita (Marina Chahue), Foto Conejos (Guamuchil, off the zocalo [or square], Giordana’s and Yamaha (on Gardenia), WE Restaurant (in Marina Park Plaza), and Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa (Av. Benito Juarez, Tangolunda).

A New Season in Mexico City and Environs

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 6.29.01 AMBy Carole Reedy

September, for me, has always felt like the first month of the year. In our formative years, it’s the month when school begins, which signals many things new: classes, clothes, shoes, school books, and Sfriends. September’s also the month for new activities and variations played on tried-and-true themes. And we begin to plan for the holidays ahead. Continue reading A New Season in Mexico City and Environs

Music, Art, and Fairs: May and June Events in Mexico City

By Carole Reedy

The Easter and Spring Break holidays have come to an end, the days are longer, and the sun hotter, so the time has come to say adios to the beach for a few months and explore the interior of the country. A variety of exciting cultural events are scheduled in the next few months. Regardless of your interests, day or night you’ll find something new and different in the city.

Here’s a sampling of some outstanding events. Look for more in the magazine Tiempo Libre, published every Thursday and available at kiosks throughout the city. Continue reading Music, Art, and Fairs: May and June Events in Mexico City

The Metropolitan Opera in Mexico

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 4.39.47 PMBy Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

We love Huatulco and all the local cultural events – film nights, ballet in the park, concerts, and art shows.   But we do miss the opportunity to see world class opera here. So, several times each year we travel from Huatulco to Mexico City or Oaxaca City to join about one million other people around the world watching the live high-definition performance of the Metropolitan Opera streaming from Lincoln Center in New York City. Continue reading The Metropolitan Opera in Mexico