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City Living - March 13, 2015

St. Pat’s at AMSOC

The American Society (Amsoc) celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a luncheon on Thursday, March 19 that includes filet mignon, salad, cabbage and baked potato.

The occasion will also serve as Amsoc’s 70th birthday, so birthday cake will be served.

The cost of the meal is 150 pesos.  Tickets must be paid for by Tuesday, March 17. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Amsoc is at Av. San Francisco 3332, Colonia Chapalita. Call (33) 3121-2395 for more information.

Zoo Artwork


Visitors to the Guadalajara Zoo were astounded by the quality of the chalk artwork created during last weekend’s fourth annual artistic festival “Animals de Colores.”

Food Truck Rally

The Modelo Food Truck Rally will be visiting Guadalajara and bringing gastronomic delights from Mexico and many other parts of the world. Quality and variety will be the order of the day and foodies can also enjoy the live music on offer.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at the Jardin Trasloma, across Avenida Mariano Otero from Guadalajara Expo. Open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both days. Free entry. Provecho!

Book choice

Tapatios are being asked to choose from three literary masterpieces to be read aloud in a marathon reading on World Book Day, April 23.

The books are “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka and “Le muerte tiene permiso” by Mexican author Edmundo Valades.

All three authors are remembered this year with special anniversary dates.  

“Alice in Wonderland” was published in 1865 (250 years ago),  “Metamorphosis” was published 100 years ago and Valades was born 100 years ago.

Voting can be done online at www.fil.com.mx until Sunday, March 15. The winner will be announced on March 16.

Belly Dancing

The Tribal Fest Belly Dance (Danza de Vientre) Festival is scheduled at the Auditorio Charles Chaplin on Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m.

Acclaimed international belly dancers performing are Ashley Lopez from the United States (photo above), Josefine Wandel from Germany and Silvia Salamanca from Spain.  The group Midnight Tribu from Guanajuato will also be performing.

A bazaar will be set up at the theater.  The festival also includes a workshop and seminar on Saturday and Sunday.

The Charles Chaplin is at Av. Lopez Mateos Nte. 833 (corner of Jose Maria Vigil), Colonia Providencia.  Tickets are available from Squash Juarez (Av. Juarez 881) or at the door. See more at www.tribalfestguadalajara.com, or call (044) 33-103-7410.


Famed rejondeador Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza continues his winter tour through Mexico with a return to the metro area on Thursday, March 19, to top the bill at a nocturnal bullfight at the Plaza de Toros El Centenario in the center of Tlaquepaque.

The Spaniard is considered the world’s greatest exponent of rejon, fighting bulls on horseback, which is actually older than the traditional variety. It involves a spectacular show of horsemanship, as well as a breathtaking dance of man, horse and bull.  High-bred and valuable horses are trained for and specialize in various parts of the bullfighting act, with the horseman using up to five different horses against one bull. 

Hermoso de Mendoza is joined by rejoneadora Monica Serrano and Tapatio novillero Carlos Casanueva.  

Also on the bill are the popular Forcados Mazatlecos, a team of eight daredevils, who take on bulls face to face, without capes, to provide thrills such as the pega de cara or “face catch” – catching the bull by the horns and the tail.

The event starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are from 350 to 1,150 pesos.

Expo Antad

Next week Expo Guadalajara hosts one of its biggest trade shows of the year, as representatives of the commerce sector converge on Expo Antad, from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20.   

Organized by Asociacion Nacional de Tiendas de Autoservicio y Departamentales (ANTAD), the show features 2,400 exhibitors and 42,000 visitors from 45 countries.  It is the biggest event in Latin America for retailers and suppliers to get together, not just to do business, but also exchange views to define the future of the commerce sector.

Expect the most well-known Mexican supermarkets, department stores, specialist stores and convenience stories to be present at the expo.   

Around 660 new products will be presented at this year’s expo, which also includes a full program of conferences and workshops, largely for ANTAD members. 

Anyone interested in attending should go to www.expoantad.net.

Musical car

Car manufacturer Nissan, the new sponsor of soccer’s UEFA Champions League, is showcasing an unusual musical installation constructed entirely out of car parts.

Named the “Nissan Champions League Orchestra,” the musical device was developed by a team of industrial designers and sound engineers. It plays the famous Champions League theme song, originally written by George Frideric Handel. 

The machine is set to tour the country and will be in Guadalajara locations on the following dates:  Plaza Andares March 12-15, Plaza Galerias March 20-22, ITESO University March 23-25.