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City Living - June 20, 2014

Folk dance

The Universidad de  Guadalajara (UdG) Ballet Folklorico is gearing up for another summer season of exciting performances at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. The 10-show folk dance season starts on Sunday, July 6.

This year’s repertoire takes in dances from the states of Veracruz, Michoacan, Guerrero and, of course, Jalisco, with its breathtaking “La Negra,” “La Culebra” and “Jarabe Tapatio” finales.

Founded more than 50 years ago, the UdG Ballet Folklorico is renowned throughout the world and comprises 30 dancers and 25 singers and musicians.   Competition for places is fierce. Many of the dancers begins their careers in the university’s children’s troupe at the tender age of seven or eight. 

Performances are scheduled on all Sundays in July, as well as on August 17 ad 24, September 21 and 28 and October 5 and 12.  Shows start promptly  at 10 a.m. at the Degollado Theater. Tickets cost from 80 to 350 pesos.  They are available at the theater box office, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., or through Ticketmaster at (33) 3818-3800 and www.ticketmaster.com.mx.


Green Expo

A huge range of ecological and sustainable products and services will be on show at Expo En Verde Ser on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 at Expo Guadalajara.  As well as more than 100 mostly local exhibitors, visitors may attend conferences and free workshops, while enjoying entertainment, food and drink. Cost of entry is 50 pesos for adults, 25 pesos for children. Expo Guadalajara is at Mariano Otero and Las Rosas.  From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.


Paseos suspended

Guadalajara city hall has suspended the weekly Saturday “Paseos Chapultepec” because of the rainy season, which began in earnest in Guadalajara this past week.  The Saturday night blasts attract hundreds of (mainly young) revelers to a section of Avenida Chapultepec that is closed to traffic between 6 p.m. and midnight.  The event will restart at the beginning of September.


Pentacost Sunday

Wearing the red vestments of Pentecost Sunday, the Rev. D. James Priddy (in photo at right) leads a special liturgy in the garden of Saint Mark’s Anglican Church. At the end, he released a balloon, representing Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. The congregation then released their balloons to follow the first into the sky.


Toy collection

If your kids or grandkids are fed up with their electronic toys and gadgets (they won’t be but you might), then head down to the Museo de las Artes Populares de Jalisco (Folk Art Museum) in downtown Guadalajara to catch an exhibit of traditional Mexican toys curated by the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares  from Mexico City.  It may be hard to believe but many of the wooden toys you will see on display were treasured by Mexican children as little as 30 years ago.  The museum ia at San Felipe 211; telephone (33) 3030-9779. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. on Sundays). Free admission.


Film series

Several English-language art house films are screening at the Universidad de Guadalajara’s  excellent Cineforo during the remainder of June. Here’s the schedule. Screenings are at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. The theater is located in the lower floor of the UdG administrative building at Av. Juarez, corner of Enrique Díaz de Leon. Call (33) 3826-7297.

Saturday, June 21: “Kill Your Darlings” (John Krokidas, 2013). With Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”), Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, this film revolves around a murder in 1944 that draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Sunday, June 22 and Monday, June 23: “The Kings of Summer” (Jordan Vogt Roberts, 2013). Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Wednesday, June 25: “Twixt” (Francis Ford Coppola, 2011). With Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, this film focuses on writer with a declining career who arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.

Thursday, June 26: “Everyday” (Michael Winterbottom, 2012). This British film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife. It is shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.

Sunday, June 29 and Monday, June 30: “Short Term 12” (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2012).  A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.