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City Living - November 7, 2015

American School Art Fest Saturday 

Don’t forget the 27th annual American School Art Fest takes place Saturday, November 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the American School, Colomos 2100, Colonia Providencia.

City Living - October 31, 2015

Tata schedules charity runs

Tata Consultancy Services, widely known for its IT services, consulting and business solutions for global businesses, is organizing the first local TCS RUN - 2015, to be held on Saturday, November 21.

City Living - October 24, 2015

Zoo allows kids a break 

Children can enter the Guadalajara Zoo for just one peso this weekend. The special offer is only for Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. The regular price is 42 pesos. Adults pay 70 pesos as usual.

City Living - October 17, 2015

Get up early to see marathon Sunday

Exactly 4,000 runners (the maximum) have signed up to participate in the 31st Guadalajara International Marathon on Sunday, October 18. 

The 42-kilometer race begins at 7 a.m. at the Glorieta Niños Heroes, at the corner of Niños Heroes and Chapultepec.

The marathon follows a route along Chapultepec, Mexico, Francisco Javier Gamboa, Mariano Otero, Patria, Fidel Velazquez, Monte la Luna, Juan de Dios Robledo, Irineo Paz, Calzada Olimpica, Gonzalez Gallo, 16 de Septiembre and Agustin Yañez to the finish line at the Glorieta Niños Heroes.

You can find a map of the route and other details of the race at maratonguadalajara.org.

The winners of the men’s and women races take home 58,000 pesos, second places 38,000 and third places 28,000.  The wheelchair race winners pocket 18,000 pesos. There are also monetary prizes for the top three placed Mexican runners. 

Canada guest at Puppet Festival

The eighth Festin Muñecos International Puppet Festival runs Monday, October 19 through Sunday, October 24 in Guadalajara.  Canada is this year’s guest of honor.  As well as shows, there are two book launches, puppet workshopa for children conducted by Hélène Ducharme from Canada, two interactive exhibitions, plus round-table sessions with some of the artists. 

The festival opens with “Los Siete Cabritillos” performed by Los Claveles Teatro of Spain on Monday, October 19, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Teatro Experimental de Jalisco (also Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m. at the Teatro Vivian Blumental). Among other highlights are two presentations by La Pir Espece from Quebec at the Teatro Vivian Blumenthal on Tuesday, October 20, 6 and 8 p.m.  Another Quebec group, Les Pas Sortable, will be taking their show to plazas, malls and pedestrian precincts in different parts of the city. Among the Mexican groups performing are Guadalajara’s El Tlakuache with “Los Sueños de Pako” at the Teatro del IMSS on Monday, Ocotber 20, 5 p.m.; Aquelarre Teatro at the Teatro Experimental on Tuesday, October 20  and 21, 6 p.m.; and Mano y Contramano from Xalapa, Veracruz at te Teatro Vivian Blumenthal on Saturday, October 24, 6 and 8 p.m.

For more information visit elfestin.org.

Fiestas de October

A young boy is captivated by a magnifying glass as his friends have fun with a manual typewriter (remember them). The children were enjoying themselves in the mock-up of famed detective Sherlock Holmes’ study, part of the Elemental, mi querido Watson” (Elementary my dear Watson) display at the Fiestas de October fairground.  Sponsored by the city’s Trompo Magico children’s museum and the Jalisco Family Development Agency (DIF), the stand aims to stimulate children’s interest in “creativity and literature,” says DIF  President Lorena Jassibe Arriaga.  The fairground is open daily at the Benito Juarez Auditorium (Periferico and Alcalde) through November 1. The state fair offers a range of attractions and activities, similar to a state fair in the United States, but with a distinct Mexican flavor.

Halloween fun at Amsoc

The American Society of Jalisco (Amsoc) hosts its annual Halloween bash on Thursday, October 29.  This year’s event will be held in conjunction with Oktoberfest and features fine German food and imported beer on tap. On the menu is authentic Bratwurst and sauerkraut, potato salad, tossed salad, and apple pie for dessert. 

Tickets are available at the Amsoc front desk at 120 pesos each. The fun continues after lunch with a Halloween costume contest and raffle. Both offer fabulous prizes.

Amsoc is at Avenida San Francisco 3332. Call 3121-2395 for more information.

City Living - October 1, 2015

Annual state fair begins with parade

Guadalajara’s month-long state fair, the Fiestas de Octubre, grinds into life on Saturday, October 3 at its traditional site, the Benito Juarez Auditorium complex on the northern Periferico (intersection with Av. Alcalde).

City Living - September 26, 2015

Tequila time in Tlaquepaque

Organizers are expecting around 15,000 visitors to pass through the doors of the Centro Cultural El Refugio in Tlaquepaque this weekend as 40 tequila makers set up shop to showcase their products Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27.

The fifth Expo Tequila Tlaquepaque offers tastings, gourmet food, art and photo exhibits, entertainment, Guinness records and more from noon to 11 p.m. daily.   Admission is 30 pesos per person.

Flair bartending displays take place from 3 p.m. on each afternoon of the expo. This is the practice of bartenders entertaining clients or audiences with the manipulation of bar tools (e.g. cocktail shakers) and liquor bottles in tricky, dazzling ways.

Professional bartenders will also be competing in the final of tequila cocktail competition on Saturday, from 4-6 p.m.

In the afternoons, area restaurants will be creating gourmet dishes using tequila as a key ingredient. 

Also on display will be the biggest tequila bottle ever made, as well as the largest collection of tequila bottles (1,201) – both holders of Guinness world records. 

The Centro Cultural El Refugio is at Donato Guerra 160, three blocks from Tlaquepaque Centro.

New model cars on view at Expo Gdl

Anyone looking around for a new car might do no worse than head over to Expo Auto at Expo Guadalajara on September 26 and 27, when most of the auto distributors that operate in metro area Guadalajara will gather under one roof. Organizers say manufacturers will be offering a range of discounts to entice buyers to part with their cash.

Car enthusiasts will also get the chance to drool over new models, as well as peek at the sports cars on show.

For more details go to www.amdajal.com. 

Rugby catches on; 3 teams now in city

Rugby is the sporting flavor of the moment with the 2015 World Cup taking place in England set to enthrall fans of American  football’s “older sibling” over the next six weeks.

Closer to home, rugby is undergoing an unexpected boom in Mexico. New clubs are springing up around the country, with Guadalajara one of the focal points of the game.  

Three metro-area men’s teams – the Rhinos, Lobos and Bisontes – will compete in a seven-team, 12-game regional phase of the top division Liga FMRU 2015-2016, which gets underway this weekend. First up is a local battle between the Rhinos – Guadalajara’s oldest team formed in 2002 – and the Bisontes at the Estadio Tlaquepaque de Rugby on Saturday, September 26, 1 p.m.   Upcoming homes games for the Rhinos are on October 10, November 7, November 28, December 12 and January 16.  Visitors are more than welcome at this purpose-built stadium, and admission is free to all games. The Rhinos also run female and youth teams.  All three Guadalajara teams have Facebook pages and websites with information about their schedules. 

City Marathon only 3 weeks away

The Guadalajara Marathon will be on Sunday, October 18. Sign-up locations include the Parque Metropolitano, Parque Gonzaez Gallo and Comude (sports council) offices at Nevado de Toluca 100, Colonia Independencia. Cost is 100 pesos.  See maratonguadalajara.org for more details.Ci

City Living - September 19, 2015

Tlaquepaque fiestas redux

If you regret missing out on Tuesday evening’s Independence shenanigans there’s a second chance to experience their patriotic flavor at Tlaquepaque’s delayed festivities this weekend.