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City Living - January 26, 2013

Metropolitano Park

Zapopan city hall has backtracked on its decision to cancel all 24 private concessions within the Parque Metropolitano, the largest park in the metro area.

City officials had closed all businesses operating in the park after a youngster walking with his parents was struck by a stray “bullet” from the “Gotcha” paintball concession.

City Living - January 19, 2013

Prisoners paint

Perhaps the most unusual annual art exhibition to grace the outdoor patio of the Ex Convento del Carmen has once again been hung — the prisoners’ collective entitled “Mas Alla del Horizonte” [Beyond the Horizon].

City Living - November 10, 2012

St.Mark’s Anglican

Sacred music during the Advent and Christmas seasons will be the beneficiary of a bake sale Sunday, November 11, 11:45 a.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Guadalajara.

City Living - January 12, 2013

City dines on huge cake

Some 22,000 hungry citizens gathered in the Plaza Guadalajara on Sunday to feast upon a 1,200-meter-long cake laid on by the municipal government to celebrate El Dia de los Reyes.

City Living - November 3, 2012

American School Art Fest

An institution at the American School of Guadalajara since 1978, the annual Art Fest offers professional artists a space to showcase and sell their work.

City Living - January 5, 2013

Massive Rosca

All are invited to the Plaza Guadalajara for free hot chocolate and a slice of a huge Rosca de Reyes cake on Three King’s Day, Sunday, January 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Consumer survey - October 27, 2012

Buen Fin

If you’re thinking of making any big purchases in the coming weeks it may be best to wait until the “Buen Fin,” Mexico’s equivalent to Black Friday in the United States, from November 16 to 19. More than 1,500 stores in Jalisco took part in last year’s inaugural Buen Fin and many department stores and other businesses will be offering great deals and discounts again this year.

City Living - December 29, 2012

Dine on lion

For those sick of eating turkey or ham after Thanksgiving and Christmas, one Guadalajara business offers a more exotic range of meats perfect for spicing up dinner on New Year’s Day.

City Living - October 20, 2012

Primavera tour

The Reporter’s John Pint will lead a tour of the Primavera Forest to visit the Atarjea Tapada (Sheltered Spring) on Sunday, October 28. Learn the history of the Primavera Caldera and its Giant Pumic Blocks, walk through a beautiful Slot Canyon and taste the “world’s most delicious water” on this short walk of about one kilometer each way.

City Living - December 22, 2012

Multilingual concert

The well-known, nine-member a cappella group Cantabile offers a Christmas concert on Friday, December 21, 8:30 p.m. at San Bernardo church on Plan de San Luis near Federalismo. Carols in English, Spanish, German, French and Latin will be sung. The cost is 30 pesos to benefit the charitable group Juntos Por El Dolor.

City Living - September 15, 2012

A quieter grito

For a “Grito” experience without the crowds of downtown Guadalajara or Zapopan on Saturday, September 15, head to either one of two popular spots on the western side of the city. The Glorieta Chapalita hosts a relaxed Grito party with all the right (culinary) trappings, as does the  park at Bach and Millet in Colonia La Estancia.  The Grito is “shouted” at 11 p.m. If you want more formality but an equally good time, head to a party at one of the five-star hotels. Bars and restaurants will also be doing a roaring trade.

City Living - December 15, 2012

Baroque concert

An evening of Baroque and Renaissance music is set for 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 19 at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Guadalajara.

City Living - September 8, 2012


Sex & Entertainment 2012, a trade show dedicated to the sex industry, continues this weekend at the Calle 2 complex on the northern Periferico (city beltway). Expect to find amatory articles and activities for all tastes, including the Beer Girls from Los Angeles, who douse themselves in suds for the enjoyment of spectators.  Porn industry stars will showcase their assets, as will a multitude of vendors of sex aids and toys.  Both male and female strippers will be on hand, organizers say.

City Living - December 8, 2012

Amsoc Xmas lunch

The American Society (Amsoc) holds its Posada Luncheon on Saturday, December 15. Children cared for by the Salvation Army will be present to sing a selection of Christmas carols in Spanish at 12.30 p.m. Their cute singing will not fail to put you in a festive mood. Following their performance, a lunch of chicken with creamy nut sauce, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert will be served. Tickets are 200 pesos (180 for members) and 90 for children in advance, or 220 for adults and 100 for children on the door. The American Society is at San Francisco 3332 in Colonia Chapalita.

City Living - September 1, 2012


Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town. But this water-themed event is not your average circus. Founded in Las Vegas, the Aquarius Circus features 25 traditional artists such as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and dancers performing their stunts in over 100,000 liters of water.

City Living - December 1, 2012

‘Wedding singer’

The American School Foundation of Guadalajara presents the English-language musical “The Wedding Singer” on Thursday, December 6; Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at the school’s auditorium.  Performance times are 7 p.m. on each evening.

City Living - August 25, 2012

Spiritual confab

A five-day peace and spiritual cultural exchange will soon be in full swing, as the Diálogo Multicultural Universal begins Wednesday, August 29 in downtown Guadalajara. The event will bring 140 speakers to the city to give talks on a host of topics on faith and globalization, religious inheritance, spirituality and religion, ecology, human rights and women and faith. There will also be workshops, ceremonies and art, music, dance and cinema expositions.

City Living - November 24, 2012

Book fair

Literary types mustn’t forget that the 26th International Book Fair (FIL) opens Saturday, November 24 at Expo Guadalajara (Mariano Otero and Av. las Rosas).

City Living - August 11, 2012

Zoo is veritable nursery

So far this year 150 animals have been born at the Guadalajara Zoo, from recent newborns such as hippos Tammy and Tachita to mountain goats and Tembo, a giraffe of just five months. Muluk, a puma cub born in the spring of 2011 had to be separated from her mother, who wasn’t born in captivity — but captured in a Jalisco pueblo — to ensure his mother didn’t kill him. Long-time zoo employee Jose Luis Rodriguez Avila, who is director of the mammals there, said the zoo has had success in breeding 90 of the 98 species of mammals in its collection, including the big cats that inhabit Mexico and Jalisco: pumas, jaguar, ocelote, linx, jaguarundi, tigrillo. Over the years, only a few animals have not had offspring that survived: elephants, chimpanzies, anteaters and tapirs. Due to space limitations and the lack of programs to reintroduce animals to the wild, birth control is used to reduce overpopulation of the zoo, he said.

City Living - November 17, 2012

Recycled art

Jordian Diaz, a resourceful downtown Guadalajara street artist/vendor, shows that he not only recycles but creates impressive pieces in a matter of minutes. His regular spot is on the sidewalk on Avenida Juarez, three blocks from 16 de septiembre, near Sirloin Stockade – if he hasn’t been moved on by now under new rules banning street vendors recently implemented by Guadalajara Mayor Ramiro Hernandez.

City Living - August 4, 2012

Potters make their mark

Tonala was the host recently  of the Seventh Annual National Ceramic Competition, where the talents of Mexico’s best clay artists are exalted each year.

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