Tag Archives: The Arts

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a wonderful activity for an autumn afternoon or evening. Unlike a hunt for its namesake, the wildebeest, which would lead you on a hot and sweaty chase through the open plains and woodland of the African Serengeti and perhaps leave you with a nasty gore from a tangle with the wildebeest’s sharp horn, this hunt will take you only to a cinema and leave you with tears of laughter and a soft spot in your heart. Continue reading Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Museo Pantaleón Panduro

Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 8.54.31 AMBy Julie Etra

If one goes to TripAdvisor, or is planning a trip to Tlaquepaque that includes museums, you will find considerable confusion between two ceramic museums. The Regional Ceramics Museum (Museo Regional de Cerámica) is neither a collection of regional ceramics nor a museum, at least as of my last visit in 2016. At that time there was an exhibit of leather ‘canvases’ or ‘paintings’, interesting but not ceramic, and a food festival in the courtyard. This museum has a small gift shop and is located in the historic district. Continue reading Museo Pantaleón Panduro

Oaxaca’s “Vintage” Chango Mezcalero (Clay Monkey) Mezcal Bottles

Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 8.53.39 AMBy Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

For a half century if not longer, the central valleys of the state of Oaxaca have been known in the US, Canada and further abroad for production of the high-alcohol-content, agave-based spirit, mezcal. The region’s pre-Hispanic ruins, colonial architecture, cuisine and craft villages have been noted in travelogues and guide books for some time. More recently even beach lovers visiting Huatulco and Puerto Escondido have elected to take in a bit of culture by spending a couple of days in the state capital. The iconic Mexican drink has now taken center stage, and hence the arrival of mezcal tourism. It has gripped Oaxaca; and along with it has come a revival of the chango mezcalero. Continue reading Oaxaca’s “Vintage” Chango Mezcalero (Clay Monkey) Mezcal Bottles

Mexico City’s Best Kept Secret: The “Other” Diego Rivera Murals

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 8.44.58 AMBy Carole Reedy

They really aren’t a secret, per se, as they appear in just about any guide book’s top-ten list. But even though they’re located in mero Centro Histórico in the building of the Secretaría de Educatión (República de Argentina 28) just a block from the Templo Mayor, this series of Rivera murals is often missed by visitors and native citizens alike. Even by foreigners who have lived in the megalopolis more than 40 years! Continue reading Mexico City’s Best Kept Secret: The “Other” Diego Rivera Murals

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