November 9, 2018

         

    When your first opportunity to eat currywurst is inside a massive, drafty suburban shopping mall in Guadalajara, Mexico, you may found yourself meditating upon the un-predictable ways the strands of our complex human universe are interw...

September 9, 2018

     

A typically pointed work by Oaxaca artist Yescka 

      “Oh that’s pretty. What a nice combination of colors.”

      That is Yescka, a prominent Oaxaca City graffiti artist, dismissing with a mirthless chuckle street art he considers divorced fro...

September 9, 2018

                        Work by artists Peque vrs and Pwoz Mac,  calle Morelos and Roja Gonzalez

      In case you hadn’t heard, art imitates life, which is no less true for being a tired old cliche....

September 7, 2018

         Sitting in the sun-lit office of Chapultepec-adjacent tattoo shop Chamuca at three in the afternoon, owner and artist Rodrigo Ruiz related an anecdote which may serve to give nuance to the perception still held by a minority, that of tattoo artists as untrustw...

September 7, 2018

         As artists, the sources of our inspiration are rarely chosen deliberately; they choose us, seizing our imagination and wringing from us works which offer a version of themselves filtered through our own particular psyches. Annamarie Pabst’s path from the porci...

January 30, 2018

                       A succinct visual summation of Ajijic, Mexico's retirement paradise on its largest lake. 

     Ukuleles.  More and more, it seems like they’re here to stay.  By “here”, I mean the United State...

December 16, 2017

                              Mayor Alfaro (center) holding forth during COME's inauguration in October 

     Upon completion of an examination of Guadalajara’s newly minted “COME, Gastronomic Corridor” on...

December 9, 2017

        

     Nothing fogs up the windscreen of the critical faculties like having within arm’s reach an eight-foot-tall tree (fake, but made of real wood) jutting up from the center of your table, decorated all over with small plastic...

December 2, 2017

       Guadalajara’s Expo Ganadero, an annual livestock fair and competition running from October 5 to November 2, is for the first-time attendee a bewildering overload of several of the cardinal senses.  

First and foremost is smell: the Aegean stab...

November 2, 2017

         

         There’s a typewriter repair shop on Calle Libertad one block north of Plaza Nueve Esquinas. Peering into its gloomy interior, the eye slowly adjusts, revealing a massive heap of mechanical typewriters stacked at odd angles about 8-...

October 30, 2017

       The recent passing of Hugh Hefner, the silk clad Playboy magazine founder perpetually draped with blonde, big busted women - and a smirking lightning rod for the seething jealousy of men aspiring to the louche decadence made possible by fuck-you money -  puts th...

September 11, 2017

         Two weeks ago, I covered the Traditional Mariachi Festival and was impressed by its participants’ adherence to an older - and less popular - tradition of mariachi.   And because I’m a journalist dedicated to giving all perspectives their day in court, I faithf...

August 26, 2017

         For the last few decades, Guadalajara’s heart has been slowly hemorrhaging its inhabitants in all cardinal and inter-cardinal directions - a one-way circulatory system which neglects to pump oxygenated blood back into its most important organ.  Construction fo...

August 11, 2017

                     

         On a cool evening on the roof terrace of a snazzy Zapopan mall complex ringed by the soaring husks of new construction, a month and change of jazz-related events in Guadalajara both educati...

         Álvaro Larez is a 36-year-old classical violinist from the small Venezuelan island of Isla Margarita.  He left his country for Guadalajara two years ago amidst his homeland’s increasingly unstable political and economic situation....

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