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Empty nest syndrome

Empty nest syndrome

The babies are gone. Over the weekend I heard the pair of hummingbird hatchlings...

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Third edition of a cappella festival on the horizon

-1 Days Ago
Third edition of a cappella festival on the horizon

The third Festival Internacional de Música Vocal Jalisco Canta, featuring talented a cappella groups, duets and solo performers from both Mexico and abroad, has scheduled 13 recitals in Guadalajara, as well as shows in Chapala, Tepatitlan, Lagos de Moreno, Acatlan de Juarez, Mazamitla and Tap...

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Entertainment Guide - August 29, 2015

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Entertainment Guide - August 29, 2015

Thursday dance

Free dance presentations by accomplished groups are held each Thursday. 

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Murder afoot in My My Productions’ double bill

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Murder afoot in My My Productions’ double bill

Next month, My, My, How Nice! Productions presents “Murder in Two Parts,” featuring two plays, two women and two dark comedies about power, passion and possibly more than one murder. 

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A whirlwind of color & movement

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A whirlwind of color & movement

Ajijic artist Efren Gonzalez recently completed a new painting to commemorate Mexico’s upcoming patriotic holidays and the traditional precision teams of talented young girls who compete riding sidesaddle at break-neck speeds.

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Ribera Arts Review - August 29, 2015

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Ribera Arts Review - August 29, 2015

Opening again

The Castillo de la Floresta park, one of lakeside’s favorite open-air art exhibit spaces, has been renovated and will be re-inaugurated on Saturday, August 29, 11:30 a.m. 

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Ribera Arts Review – August 22, 2015

7 Days Ago
Ribera Arts Review – August 22, 2015

Violin and Piano Trio

“Del Romanticismo Ruso al Romanticismo Mexicano” is the latest in a series of sensational classical concerts scheduled at the Centro Cultural Ajijic’s nearly completed Teatro del Pueblo.

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At the Movies: The Gallows

-1 Days Ago

A horrible accident during a school play 20 years prior inspires current students to honor the anniversary by resurrecting the same play, but soon they realize it is a deadly mistake.

Director: Travis Cluff. Cast: Cassidy Gifford, Pfeifer Brown and Ryan Shoos. Rated: R. Time: 1:21.

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At the Movies: Hot Pursuit

-1 Days Ago

A bumbling police officer is assigned to protect the widow of a drug dealer from corrupt cops and criminals who want her dead.

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Columns

John Pint goes hotel hopping on the beach in Manzanillo

7 Days Ago
John Pint goes hotel hopping on the beach in Manzanillo

I have a certain prejudice against Mexican beaches in August. It goes back to two horrible nights of unsuccessfully trying to sleep in a little tent on the seashore. The inside of the tent had literally been transformed into a sauna by the high heat and humidity, while outside, hordes of bloodthirst...

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The wonders of El Carrizal: Birds, berries, beautiful mushrooms along a lush, pretty, jungle-like trail

14 Days Ago
The wonders of El Carrizal:  Birds, berries, beautiful mushrooms  along a lush, pretty, jungle-like trail

Arroyo el Carrizal offers a shady footpath through dense forest growth located 54 kilometers west of Guadalajara near the town of Ahualulco de Mercado. This is the perfect place to go if you’re in the mood for a short, easy walk in which you’ll find yourself distracted by something delig...

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The zigzagging making of a Huichol shaman and the equally perplexing preparation for a religious ceremony

-1 Days Ago

Something pushed against my pillow of denim jacket and pants rolled around my boots.  I slept near Lea Rosser’s VW station-wagon.  It was parked beside a drying river bed.  Stealthily, I reached for the intruding hand just as it clasped a near-empty tequila bottle rolled in my p...

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An early adventure into the rugged, sometimes unfriendly, but stunning territory of the Wixaritari Indian tribe

7 Days Ago

Recently in these pages a brief discussion appeared (Reporter June 27, July 4, August 1) regarding Mexico’s Huichol Indians.  Inevitably, this meant references to ill-fated American journalist Philip True.  As many long-stretch foreign visitors and residents may recall, True wrote fo...

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Tech industry spawns confusion with its interchangeable language

28 Days Ago

As I write this I have just finished a telephone support call made all the more difficult by a failure to communicate.  I really want to blame this problem on an Englishman by the name of Peter Mark Roget, but in truth he did not create the problem in 1805; he just documented it and quantified ...

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fixr.com: Most searched-for prices reflect pressing concerns of different nations

1 Months Ago

A site found on the World Wide Web is fixr.com on which anyone may search for building and remodeling prices.  The next time you need to know how much it might cost to wallpaper a room in Boston, this web site is a good place to start.  The programmers who created this web site obviously h...

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VIEWPOINT: Pedestrians in Guadalajara: always at risk, ignored & powerless

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VIEWPOINT: Pedestrians  in Guadalajara: always  at risk, ignored & powerless

Pedestrians in Guadalajara are a hunted species.  Negotiating the streets of the metropolitan area on foot is not only dangerous but often life-threatening.  

Sadly, the car is king in Mexico.

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VIEWPOINT: Expat or immigrant? Good or bad? Exploring nuances

14 Days Ago

Is there a strong argument for the Reporter to stop using the word expatriate and replace it with immigrant or migrant?

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Empty nest syndrome

-1 Days Ago
Empty nest syndrome

The babies are gone. Over the weekend I heard the pair of hummingbird hatchlings chirping in the walnut-sized nest their mother suspended in the immense avocado tree in my patio.

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In praise of water hyacinth

7 Days Ago
In praise of water hyacinth

Have you noticed? Clusters of lirio (water hyacinth) are floating from east to west out in the middle of Lake Chapala and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Yes, I absolutely am delighted at the appearance of the water plant that has several times spread to epic proportions covering portions ...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico - Endless Summer

-1 Days Ago

I’ve never been one to claim autumn as my favorite season. I’ve always picked summer – holding on to the fuzzy feelings brought on by the last days of school, county fairs, unstructured days, and evenings filled with neighborhood games of “home free all” played across b...

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico – Where’s My Piñata

7 Days Ago

My grandson wakes up on his birthday as if every year is a milestone that opens new doors. “I can chew gum now because I’m four.”

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Expat Living

Interview: US Consulate chief takes her leave

20 Days Ago
Interview: US Consulate chief takes her leave

Susan Abeyta, the U.S. consul general in Guadalajara, packed her bags and left town with her husband Victor this week after a three-year stint in the city. Reflecting on her stay in an interview with the Reporter last week, she made an immediate point of praising the dedication of her staff, both U....

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US Consulate set to close on August 7 & 10

28 Days Ago

Due to a consular systems upgrade, consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all nine consulates throughout Mexico (including the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara) will be closed to the public on Friday, August 7, and Monday, August 10.

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City Living - August 29, 2015

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City Living - August 29, 2015

Another farmer’s market

The upmarket Plaza Gourmeteria on Avenida Lopez Mateos Sur, by the entrance to El Palomar subdivision, has followed the lead of the Andares mall and is hosting a weekly farmer’s market

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City Living - August 22, 2015

7 Days Ago
City Living - August 22, 2015

Handcrafted elegance

Saturday, August 22 is the final day of the 47th annual Enarte expo showcasing Mexican handcrafts, gift and decorative items. More than 120 leading manufacturers of high-quality Mexican design are featured. The show is on at the Centro Cultural El Refugio on the corner of Aveni...

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Bike safety program heads to lake’s south shore

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Bike safety program heads to lake’s south shore

The Axixic Masonic Lodge 31 “Tape A Bike, Save a Life” team visited the Villa Infantil de Guadalupe y San Jose near San Luis Soyatlan on Saturday, August 22.

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Benefit for Tarahumara kids planned at La Bodega

-1 Days Ago

An event to collect school supplies for more than 100 economically challenged students at the Tarahumara Indigenous School in the Copper Canyon area of northern Mexico is slated for Sunday, September 6, 1-5 p.m. at La Bodega Restaurant in Ajijic. 

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Laguna Chapalac - August 29, 2015

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Laguna Chapalac - August 29, 2015

 Fundraiser 

Local resident Jose Guadalupe de Orta Vazquez needs around 200,000 pesos for an urgent kidney transplant.  

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Laguna Chapalac – August 22, 2015

7 Days Ago
Laguna Chapalac – August 22, 2015

Bomberos Day 

The united civil protection and firefighters of Chapala have invited the local community to join in their celebration of the feast day of the firefighters (bomberos) on Saturday, August 22. 

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

6 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

9 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

Deadline looms for Mexico’s immigration amnesty program

20 Days Ago
Deadline looms for Mexico’s immigration amnesty program

Like many countries around the globe, Mexico has a hidden population of illegal immigrants. But in contrast with the way the United States has perpetually postponed implementing a system to cope with millions of undocumented foreigners, the Mexican government has launched a temporary amnesty program...

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

1 Months Ago
A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

It’s a glorious feeling as you swim into the beautiful secluded beach of the Marieta Islands (Islas Marietas). As you pass under a rocky arch in the island there is a moment when the tide turns in your favor and washes you gently towards the sandy shoreline. It is as if the island has deemed y...

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Direct flights to Costa Rica in Sept.

3 Months Ago

Discount airline Volaris will connect Guadalajara with San Jose, Costa Rica, with two direct weekly flights, beginning September 10. The flights will leave Guadalajara on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:20 a.m., returning the same days at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are already on sale on the airline’s...

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US winemaker conquers Baja & the gender barrier

14 Days Ago
US winemaker conquers Baja & the gender barrier

I met Valley Girl wines’ Sitara Perez at the “100 vinos mexicanos” festival in Queretaro earlier this year. During a check of the participants before the show I came across the winery’s website and discovered she was an American who had recently moved to Mexico to make wine.&...

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Membrillo (quince) taste treats

28 Days Ago

The skin of the immature quince is green and covered with soft, gray fuzz that disappears as it ripens and turns yellow. The firm, strongly perfumed flesh is known for its tart flavor, astringency produced by tannins and high pectin content. 

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

5 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

10 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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Chikungunya virus spreading throughout Mexico

2 Months Ago

The chikungunya virus has extended to ten Mexican states, and while only two cases have been reported in Jalisco, neighboring Colima has 34 confirmed cases.

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The dangers of expired meds

3 Months 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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News

Saturday R&R: Marching for a cause

-1 Days Ago
Saturday R&R: Marching for a cause

For most people Saturday is a day for chilling out. But not perhaps when you have something on your mind that seriously bugs you. 

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New report quantifies city’s air pollution fatalities

-1 Days Ago

Although some medical experts may quibble at the exactness of the statistics, 655 people die on average each year as a direct result of the air contamination in metro-area Guadalajara, according to a new report by the Mexican Institute of Petroleum.

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Kids get freebies on first day at school

-1 Days Ago
Kids get freebies on first day at school

The 2015-2016 academic year kicked off August 24, with Chapala authorities distributing free backpacks stuffed with classroom supplies to 11,033 students attending the community’s pre-school, primary and secondary level public schools. Mayor Joaquin Huerta popped in to the Sor Juan Iné...

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Mayor-elect solicits support in Chapala immigrant enclaves

7 Days Ago
Mayor-elect solicits support in Chapala immigrant enclaves

Chapala Mayor-elect Javier Degollado is back in town after a ten-day trip to California where he met with native sons and daughters and their descendants who have put down roots north the border. The main purpose of the series of encounters held in the Los Angeles-San Francisco corridor was to trump...

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Jalisco firms offer record number of jobs to people with disabilities

-1 Days Ago
Jalisco firms offer record number of jobs to people with disabilities

Hundreds of applicants thronged the plaza facing Guadalajara’s Cabañas Institute this week in search of work at the third Feria Nacional del Empleo para Personas con Discapacidad y Adultos Mayores (National Jobs Fair for the Disabled and Senior Citizens).

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Weed stash goes up in smoke

7 Days Ago
Weed stash goes up in smoke

In a meticulously planned  operation on August 18, 140 tons of various kinds of narcotics were incinerated at exactly the same time in nine Mexican states.

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Bullfighting ban: the shape of things to come?

-1 Days Ago

Coahuila Governor Ruben Moriera has signed into law reforms that outlaw bullfighting in the northern Mexican state.  

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Feds seize landmark Jalisco hotel after US targets local cartel

7 Days Ago
Feds seize landmark Jalisco hotel after US targets local cartel

Mexican federal police have seized one of Jalisco’s most feted hotels after it was singled out  by the U.S. Treasury for its connections to a criminal cartel.

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Tourists flooding into Puerto Vallarta

14 Days Ago

Tourism is on the rise everywhere in Mexico and nowhere more so than in Puerto Vallarta.  

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Vallarta night club cited for discrimination

14 Days Ago

Puerto Vallarta may be renowned as one of the most gay friendly cities in Mexico, but discrimination still rears its head from time to time.

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El Chapo can be extradited ... if he’s caught

20 Days Ago
El Chapo can  be extradited  ... if he’s caught

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office has obtained a court order that would allow drug capo Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to be extradited to the United States if he is recaptured. 

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GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

1 Months Ago
GDL-New York non-stop with low-cost Volaris

Discount Mexican airline Volaris launched direct flights between Guadalajara and New York (JFK) on July 15.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, August 27, 2015

-1 Days Ago

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 42,323.04, a decrease of 1,150.7 points from Thursday, August 13, 2015.

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Inflation steady as peso nears 17 to the dollar

7 Days Ago
Inflation steady as peso nears 17 to the dollar

The governor of Mexico’s central bank (Banxico), Agustin Carstens, has taken to the pages of one of this country’s leading newspapers to moderate fears that a weakening peso will have a negative effect on the domestic economy.

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Obituaries - August 29, 2015

-1 Days Ago
Obituaries - August 29, 2015

Jorge Agnesi Daesslé

Jorge Agnesi Daesslé, a prominent Guadalajara businessman and steadfast supporter of Cruz Roja Chapala, died Wednesday, August 19 at age 95.

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Obituaries – August 22, 2015

7 Days Ago
Obituaries – August 22, 2015

Pia Kraus Aitken

Pia Kraus Aitken, also long known by her professional and pen name Barbara Harwood, died at San Javier Hospital in Guadalajara on August 14.

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Canelo-Cotto showdown set to eclipse ‘Money’ Mayweather’s finale

7 Days Ago
Canelo-Cotto showdown set to eclipse ‘Money’ Mayweather’s finale

Another round in the fierce Mexico-Puerto Rico boxing rivalry will play out at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on November 21 when Guadalajara’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on WBC middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto

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Local Formula 1 race ace shows his charitable side

7 Days Ago
Local Formula 1 race ace  shows his charitable side

Guadalajara’s Formula One racing driver Sergio”Checo” Perez took time off from the track last week to open a new therapy center for physically disadvantaged children on the outskirts of Guadalajara.

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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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