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City Living - August 31, 2013

Guinness record

As has now become a tradition at the International Mariachi Festival, an attempt will be made next week to create a new Guinness world record for the largest number of mariachi musicians playing together at once.

The record attempt takes place at Guadalajara’s Camera de Comercio (Chamber of Commerce) at Avenida Vallarta 4095, on Thursday, September 5, noon.

Organizers hope some 600 Mexican and international musicians will show up to play for a minimum of five minutes. There’s an added bonus for the those who attend: a raffle among participants offers some stunning prizes, including an SUV for 12 persons, charro costumes and musical instruments.

The current record is held by the city of Pasadena, California, where 566 mariachis played together earlier this year.


Famed rock band Stereophonics are booked to play at the Auditorio Benito Juarez during the Fiestas de Octubre. The gig on October 12 should prove hugely popular, since the Welsh foursome have a reputation as being one of the best live bands in the business. The concert is on October 12 and entry to the seated outer auditorium – on a first come first seated basis – is free with the inexpensive Fiestas entry ticket. Access to the inner area closer to the stage costs 200 pesos. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Look out in upcoming editions of this newspaper for more updates about Fiestas de Octubre activities.

Cultural binge

Zapopan’s Instituto de Cultura is inviting everyone to jump aboard the Encuentro Artistico Zapopan, a “three-in-one” festival that runs from September 3 through 22, with all its events offered at no cost.

The festival is split into three parts: music from September 2 to 7, theater from September 9 to 14 and dance from September 17 to 22.

The music section kicks off on Monday, September 2 with an opening cocktail and concert by Shiela Rios – a well-known pop singer who has frequently collaborated with Mexican rock legends Mana – at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Andador 20 de Noviembre 166, in the Zapopan Centro Historico.

Concerts or recitals will be held on consecutive nights through September 7. All start at 8:30 p.m. and the schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 3: Sherele (Jewish music), Zapopan Presidencia Municipal, Av. Hidalgo 151, Centro Historico

Wednesday, Sept. 4: Alfredo Sanchez (folk and blues guitarist, keyboard player and composer), MAZ

Thursday, Sept. 5: Chester Blues band and guests, Zapopan Presidencia Municipal

Friday, Sept. 6: Hollving Argaez (music from India), MAZ

Saturday, Sept. 7: Jose Luis Altamirano (piano music), MAZ

Spanish-language plays are scheduled each evening from Monday, Sept. 9 to Saturday, Sept. 14, at either MAZ or the  Instituto de Cultura Zapopan (Vicente Guerreo 233), all starting at 8:30 p.m.

The final dance section of the festival begins on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with a performance by Compañia Cobalt at the Presidencia Municipal at 8:30 p.m.  Shows featuring other talented groups will also be held on Sept. 18, 19, 20 at the  Instituto de Cultura, on Sept. 18, 20, 22 at MAZ and on Sept. 21 at the Presidencia Municipal, all starting at 8:30 p.m. For more information about this free festival go to

Zacatecas State Fair

The Feria de Zacatecas is on from September 5-23 with nightly concerts by Mexico’s top artists and bands, bullfights, and all the trappings of a top-notch state fair. To find out more about this nearby neighbor’s yearly blowout (in Spanish), visit:

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