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Maestros decry miserly salaries on Teachers  Day

Maestros decry miserly salaries on Teachers Day

Around 200 teachers and sympathizers took to the s...

Candidate strips in racy campaign video

Candidate strips in racy campaign video

It looks more like the trailer for Fifty Shades of...

Rock ‘n roll may be here to stay but not on vinyls, CDs

Rock ‘n roll may be here to stay but not on vinyls, CDs

The Union Jack is ever present this month in Guada...

Safety measures help avoid rainy season troubles

Safety measures help avoid rainy season troubles

With the 2015 hurricane season officially kicking ...

Third time lucky for Mexican jockey on verge of history?

Third time lucky for Mexican jockey on verge of history?

For the second year in a row, Mexican jockey Victo...

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The heavens open – is this really March?

The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists sa...

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The Akram Khan Dance Company

-1 DAYS AGO
The Akram Khan Dance Company

The penultimate presentations in the May Cultural Festival will surely enthuse local modern dance fans when the 14-year-old Akram Khan Company, one of the foremost innovative dance outfits in the United Kingdom, present the show “Kaash.” 

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Entertainment Guide - May 22, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

City of London Sinfonia

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Baritone Fernando Loher: one for the future

20 DAYS AGO
Baritone Fernando Loher: one for the future

Last Sunday’s concert by baritone Fernando Loher at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo was an impressive performance. One of several fund-raisers for his upcoming studies in Berlin, his selection of Bel Canto and Latin American songs provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the full ran...

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Ajijic Cultural Center sets up gratitude mural

1 MONTHS AGO
Ajijic Cultural Center sets up gratitude mural

A series of new projects are underway in the constantly growing and changing Casa de Cultura on the north side of the Ajijic plaza. 

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Ribera Arts Review - May 22, 2015

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Ribera Arts Review - May 22, 2015

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage Readers Theater presents “Match,” written by Stephen Belber and directed by Georgette Richmond, on Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. All performances start at 4 p.m. at Rio Bravo 10-A in Ajijic.

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At the Movies – Tomorrowland, MAd Max Fury Road, Mordecai

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At the Movies – Tomorrowland, MAd Max Fury Road, Mordecai

Tomorrowland

When a scientifically minded teenager discovers a technologically advanced trinket that provides an astounding glimpse of the future, she enlists the help of a reclusive inventor to make “Tomorrowland” a reality today. Director: Brad Bird. Cast: George Clooney, Hugh La...

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Columns

The Bosque del Diente: A round trip through Rock Heaven

-1 DAYS AGO
The Bosque del Diente: A round trip through Rock Heaven

Recently, social scientist Dr. Susan Street spoke at Guadalajara’s City Museum on the many problems besetting the Bosque de Nixticuil, the patchy remainder of a great forest that once stretched from the Huentitan Canyon to Tesistan – home to 15 species of mammals, 81 species of birds and...

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Exploring the wonders of Tapalpa’s Mazati Wilderness; Even flaming narco blockades couldn’t keep us away

6 DAYS AGO
Exploring the wonders of Tapalpa’s Mazati Wilderness; Even flaming narco blockades couldn’t keep us away

During a recent outing organized by Guadalajara’s Museo de la Ciudad, a friend of mine, Leopoldo De Leon, enthralled museum director Monica del Areanal and myself as he described the marvels of a vast forest over 3,000 hectares in size, located in the green hills between Tapalpa and Chiquilist...

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Corruption: Not ‘a cultural phenomenon’ as the chief executive once called it; instead it is death hidden in mass graves

-1 DAYS AGO

For much of his life, President Enrique Peña Nieto dismissed Mexico’s destructive blight, corruption, as “a  cultural phenomenon.”   An unfortunate one, but so commonplace that Mexican business people – those citizens that evidently count – are bla...

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South of North – A young ‘Indian’ girl goes looking for a job among white Mexicans, finds Wixarika deities still the best help

6 DAYS AGO

A young Huichol girl, gripping a costal with a machete sticking out, sat at the far end of the cattle truck.  Forward, against the cab sat four mestizo workers.  All the Mestizos – driver and workers – called her “La India” and tried to talk to her.  Alma Rosa ...

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Internet muddles along on ‘best effort’ approach

6 DAYS AGO

In an earlier column I drew a comparison between the industry standards required for internet communications versus the construction codes enforced by building inspectors.  Both the Information Technology industry and the building industry have their “bibles” defining minimum standa...

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‘Packet switching’ allows data to travel the world

27 DAYS AGO

Many professional disciplines have their own “bible” enumerating the industry minimums required to maintain safety standards.  Ask any fireman about the fire code and be prepared to witness a solemn mood descend as they explain that the code is “written in blood.”  ...

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The heavens open – is this really March?

2 MONTHS AGO
The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists say.  Tlaloc, the Aztec rain God, obviously thought it was time for that stat to change.

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Memorial Day’s vivid memories

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“Memorial Day is early this year,” a friend said the other day. That simple statement launched a dynamic conversation and evoked a flood of memories. 

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WWII memories documented

6 DAYS AGO
WWII memories documented

In the midst of celebrating Mexico’s five holidays in the first ten days of May, we failed to mention a noteworthy international date – the 70th anniversary of World War II’s Victory in Europe (VE) Day. 

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – May 22, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

If you put a thousand monkeys in front of a thousand typewriters, at some point they’ll write the entire works of Shakespeare. Or so goes the theory.

If you put a lone woman in front of a keyboard to write about all the interesting things she’s discovering in Mexico, a pithy little colu...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – May 15, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

A Visitor and a Resident

It’s been a busy week. One that took me to Tlaquepaque, el Centro, a Tequila brewery, two malls, three markets and numerous cathedrals and parks; that found me venturing out to Tonala not once but twice, sitting in the second row of  my first Mexican wrestling ma...

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Expat Living

City Living - May 22, 2015

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City Living - May 22, 2015

Pride March

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City Living - May 8, 2015

13 DAYS AGO
City Living - May 8, 2015

March for peace 

Families will be out in force imploring for peace on Saturday, May 9. A planned march in Guadalajara will call for calm and tranquility after the blockades and shootouts of May 1. 

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

3 MONTHS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

6 MONTHS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

Altruism Festival

Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter in the northshore inland town of San Juan, will again be  one of the 24 Vallarta-area community service organizations to benefit from the annual International Altruism Festival, set for May 17 at the Hotel Marriott, in cooperation with ...

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La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

Bare Bones Theatre 

Since 2011 La Manzanilla’s Bare Bones Readers’ Theatre, headed-up by Arleen Pace, has been entertaining us with their annual productions. During their inaugural shows the group had us laughing and blushing during lively performances of The Vagina Monologues.   From int...

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Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

1 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

The International Language

Barra’s families come from fishing and agriculture ancestry, so locals are drawn to certain musical styles. Of course, the town’s population includes tourists and expats, who along with locals, like to kick back and groove to banda, norteña and grupera sounds. 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

2 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

Cat Tails

A cool cocktail, awesome hors d’oeuvres, live music and a spectacular sunset awaits at the PuRR Project Sunset Cocktail at Daiquiri Dick’s on on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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Mexican Lifestyles

Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

1 MONTHS AGO
Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

The success of the 2015 Mexican National Chili Cookoff, held February 27-March 1 at the Tobolandia Water Park, is reflected in a generous pay-out of proceeds split in equal shares among eight lakeside area charitable causes. 

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Mexico’s leading wines showcased at annual Queretero festival

1 MONTHS AGO
Mexico’s leading wines showcased at annual Queretero festival

Are you a wine drinker but not really up to the mark on the variety of Mexican wines offered here?

During the two days of “100 Vinos Mexicanos” held in Queretaro at the beginning of March, I had the chance to taste about 100 wines out of the 500-plus presented at the festival. 

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

1 MONTHS AGO
The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

7 MONTHS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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The dangers of expired meds

20 DAYS AGO
The dangers of expired meds

Elias Iñiguez Mejia, the president of the Health Committee in the Jalisco Congress, is pushing for a statewide campaign to disseminate the risks posed by out-of-date medicines, as well as their correct disposal.

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IMSS seeks new ways to ease patient congestion

2 MONTHS AGO

The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) in Jalisco is struggling to cope with the increase in the number of new subscribers to the national health care system.

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News

Learning is a blast at city’s mammoth children’s expo

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Learning is a blast at city’s mammoth children’s expo

The theme of this year’s huge children’s educational fair, Papirolas, is ‘Artematicas’ – a combination of the Spanish words for art and mathematics. Here pre-schoolers get instruction in some neat dance steps, as well as counting out loud. The fair runs daily through ...

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Bike share program expands

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Bike share program expands

The MiBici bike share program rolled out in downtown Zapopan this week with little fanfare.

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Chapala candidates line up for first-ever formal debate

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Chapala candidates line up for first-ever formal debate

Five of the seven registered candidates in the race for the Chapala mayor’s seat have confirmed their participation in the municipality’s first-ever officially 

sanctioned campaign debate. The event, organized under the auspices of the District 17 Electoral Council, will take place...

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Seguro Popular patients to receive free treatment at Jocotepec’s fully-equipped community hospital

6 DAYS AGO
Seguro Popular patients to receive free treatment  at Jocotepec’s fully-equipped community hospital

After nearly two years in the works, Jocotepec’s newly finished community hospital went into operation on Saturday, May 16. 

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Jalisco town to avoid at all costs

-1 DAYS AGO

The usually sedate town of Villa Purificacion in southern Jalisco is becoming a major battleground of the federal government’s operation to dismantle the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). 

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Governor meets with families of missing persons

-1 DAYS AGO

After waiting for almost three months, relatives of people reported missing in the state have finally met with Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval to air their grievances.

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Mexico in line to be first country to try out dengue vaccine

-1 DAYS AGO

A dengue vaccination could be ready before the end of the year and Mexico could be the first country to approve its use, according to federal Health Secretary Mercedes Juan.

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Green Party loses TV spots, fines now total US$34 million

-1 DAYS AGO

Despite repeated infringements of electoral laws, the polemic Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) won’t – for now at least – be stripped of its right to remain a political party but will banned from airing TV spots for the last three days of its campaign. 

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Cops stay cool in Vallarta

-1 DAYS AGO

State and municipal police in Puerto Vallarta have been asked to maintain a low profile in the wake of the May 1 disturbances in the port. Although the federal government is maintaining its operation in Jalisco aimed at dismantling the criminal gangs, local cops will be acting “with discretion...

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Entrepreneur dies after fall

13 DAYS AGO

Well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg died of a head injury after falling in the gym of a private villa within the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita. Details surrounding the death are still not clear, but it is believed Goldberg died after tripping while checking his smartphone on the...

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Expats unable to vote

-1 DAYS AGO

Many British expats were unable to vote in the May 7 general election as ballot papers failed to arrive in time for their postal vote to be counted.   Meanwhile, the re-election of the Conservative government has meant that expats who have been outside of the country for more than 15 years may ...

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Mexican garden in UK

-1 DAYS AGO

A surrealist Mexican garden inspired by the master work of English painter Edward James has won gold at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show in London, England.   The garden, titled “The Surrealist Pillars of Mexico,” featured iconic Mexican plants and a host of multi-colored dalias....

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, May 21, 201

-1 DAYS AGO

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,283.47, an increase of 245.33 points from Thursday, May 14, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was up at 2.99 percent from Thursday, May 14, 2015.

–Bank Interest paid on 28-day 10,000 to 50,000 peso Prom...

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Creative Digital City kicks on with submission of designs for first tower

-1 DAYS AGO
Creative Digital City kicks on with submission of designs for first tower

Over the next week, more than 20 architectural firms will submit designs for the first building of the Ciudad Creativa Digital complex,  the ambitious project to lure multimedia tech firms to downtown Guadalajara.

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Obituary – Deborah Greenfield

13 DAYS AGO
Obituary – Deborah Greenfield

Ajijic resident Deborah Greenfield passed away in her home ON April 16 at the age of 94.  

Born in New York City on September 15, 1920, Greenfield attended New York University where she met her future husband James Greenfield, a manufacturing engineer. They married in 1941. 

After h...

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Obituaries–Jerry Unger

20 DAYS AGO
Obituaries–Jerry Unger

Jerry Unger of Riberas del Pilar died February 6 in a New Jersey VA hospital, following a short bout with lung cancer. He was 75.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1939, Unger graduated from St. Mel’s Academy in 1957, and went on to graduate from Wright Junior College in 1962. He was drafted into ...

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Chivas & Atlas in playoff stalemate, Leones Negros drop down a tier

6 DAYS AGO

Mixed fortunes frowned upon Guadalajara’s three Liga Mx soccer teams as the regular “Clausura” season came to a close last weekend, and the playoffs got underway midweek.

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Puzzling anthem choice at title fight

6 DAYS AGO

Why was the Mexican national anthem played before the recent Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather world title fight? It’s a question many boxing pundits don’t seem to have an answer to, given the fighters were from the Philippines and the United States. The ringside announcer implied it was b...

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Tonala hosts 'Dance of Tastoanes'

Clad in traditional costumes, Tonala residents carry out the “Dance of the Tastoanes,” an annual ritual which dates back hundreds of years commemorating an indigenous insurgence during the Spanish invasion of western Mexico.

A prize-giving ceremony for the best masks and a homage to long-standing participants Celestino Ortega Hernandez and Ponciano Ortega Vazquez takes place Thursday, August 9, at 8 p.m. at the Jorge Wilmot Museo Nacional de Ceramica on Constitucion #104, between Hidalgo and Morelos in central Tonala.

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