Grammy Award winning U.S. jazz vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter opened Guadalajara’s May Cultural Festival last week with two well-attended shows at the Degollado Theater.
With more than 300 separate events, many of them free of charge, the annual festival traditionally showcases a country or region. This year’s ‘guest’ is the State of California and Guadalajara culture aficionados are being thrilled by some of the best talent the ‘Golden State’ has to offer.
Street circus/theater presentations are now also part of the festival. Among artists and groups appearing – many of them from the Canadian province of Quebec – are Throw2Catch, Caberlion Cirque, Les Buffalo Girls, Le Cirque des Curiosité, Satellite Theatre, Makadam Kanibal and Cirque et Productions.
Some of those performances will take place over the weekend:
Friday, May 16. Parque Revolution, 6 p.m.; Estación Juárez/Tren Ligero, 4 p.m.; Plaza Fundadores, 6:30 p.m.; Jardín del Carmen, 7 p.m.; Teatro Degollado Explande, 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday, May 17. Plaza Juárez/Tianguis Cultural, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; Trompo Magico, noon, 1 p.m.; Plaza Andares, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Plaza Universidad, 6 p.m.; Plaza Fundadores, 8 p.m.
Sunday. May 18. Parque Revolución, 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; Plaza de la Liberación, 7 & 8 p.m.
More May Festival Performances include:
Monday, May 26: Piano recital by Antonio Manzo. Templo de San Agustín, 8:45 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, May 27: Recital by guitarists Alejandro Lazo from Mexico and John Paul Gladwell from the United States. Teatro Degollado, 8:30 p.m. 100 pesos.
Wednesday, May 28: Piano recital by Antonio Manzo. Templo de San Agustín, 8:45 p.m. Free.
Friday, May 30, & Saturday, May 31: Diavolo Dance Theater from California. Teatro Degollado, 8:30 p.m. 200-350 pesos.
Sunday, June 1: Diavolo Dance Theater from California. Teatro Degollado, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 200-350 pesos.