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City Living - November 16, 2013

Spaniard Julian Lopez “El Juli,” one of the world’s best known bullfighters, will make an appearance at the final corrida of the fall season at Guadalajara’s Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progeso on Sunday, November 17, 4 p.m.

Twice this year El Juli has been forced to cancel scheduled appearances in Guadalajara; the first in January after he was involved in a car crash and again in April after being gored in the right thigh in Sevilla, Spain a week before he was due to fly to Mexico.

El Juli caped his first bull at the age of nine and made his bullfighting debut in Texcoco, Mexico at 14. By 17 he had become the highest-paid bullfighter in history.

Joining El Juli for Sunday’s bullfight will be Morante de la Puebla and novillero Ricardo Frausto.

The Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso is at Pirineos 1930, just off the Calzada Independencia, across from the Estadio Jalisco. It is easily reached from any Macrobus station in downtown Guadalajara. Tickets range from 110 to 1,490 pesos.

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New store

Mexican home furnishings chain Idea Interior opens its first metro area store on Friday, November 15 in La Ciudadela mall at the corner of Patria and Moctezuma, Colonia Jardines del Sol in Zapopan.

This 100-percent Mexican company will offer a wide range of moderately pried and functional furnishings in some 10,000 square meters of floor space. The new store should help traffic to La Ciudadela, which still boasts many empty sales spaces after more than three years in operation. For more information go to

Other outlets in La Ciudadela include Cinepolis, Walmart, Best Buy, Home Store, Home Tips, iHop, Johnny  Rockets, Chilis and Mariscos Los Arcos.  


Alan Jordan, an award-winning Canadian actor now living in San Miguel de Allende, presents a short season of “House,” the one-man comedy by accomplished Canadian playwright Daniel Macivor, at the Estudio Diana over the next three Fridays.

The English-language “House” concerns Victor, a loser on the edge. Macivor’s dark and funny work takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of the offices, circus tents, supermarkets, Ramada Inns, sewers, dreams and houses that compose the hallucinatory landscape of his life.

Jordan studied at the famed Neighborhood PlayHouse School of Theater in New York and has many stage credits to his name. He has appeared in more than 100 film and television productions, including Hill Street Blues, Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knight Rider, Fall Guy, Friday 13th and The Young and the Restless.

The Estudio Diana is the intimate smaller annex of the Teatro Diana (Av. 16 Septiembre 710). Show times for “House” are Friday, November 15, 8:30 p.m.; Friday, November 22, 8:30 p.m. and Friday, November 29, 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets cost 120 pesos and may be purchased at the box office  prior to the performance.  The play will be in Englishwith digitalized Spanish subtitles.

Non-stop entertainment

The Ex Convento del Carmen and Plaza Fundadores host three-day fiestas on consecutive weekends as part of the first State Arts Festival (FESTA), a showcase for art, music, dance, theater and literature from many of Jalisco’s municipalities, which runs from November 14 to 24.

A slew of musical groups will perform Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17 at the Ex Convento del Carmen (Av. Juarez 638), from 5-10 p.m. on each day. The fiesta will be repeated, with different participants, from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24. One hof the highlights will be a recital by the Coro Infantil de Zapopan on Sunday at 5 p.m.  

Events are scheduled in the Plaza Fundadores (behind the Teatro Degollado) from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24,  with a series of performances from municipal dance and music groups from 4-11 p.m. on each day.  Among the highlights will be shows by Puerto Vallarta folk ballet troupe Xiutla on Friday at 9 p.m. and Mariachi Hacienda Atequiza (near Chapala) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday’s performances will be devoted to rock and pop music.

Traffic victims

More than 500 victims of traffic accidents in Jalisco in 2013 will be remembered on Sunday, November 17, 11 a.m. in Guadalajara’s Plaza de la Liberacion, where a “tree of life” will be erected.  

The commemoration of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on the third Sunday of November each year and was adopted by the United Nations in 2005.  This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes, as well as pay tribute to emergency crews, police and medical professionals who deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.

The Jalisco government will take advantage of the day to highlight the launch of a program designed to reduce the number of accidents caused by drink driving.


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