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Steamroller Printing in Mazatlán

It was a very lucky day for Mazatlán when Glen Rogers decided to make her home here.  That was about ten years ago.  She has been an energetic, driving force in this community who has helped make Mazatlán the art destination it is today.  She created the First Friday Art Walk and has a wonderful gallery, Luna Arte Contemporaneo.  She is a talented painter, monoprint artist, teacher and sculptor and she is always having interesting ideas that bring together artists...

Tips for Travel to Mexico City

We’ve visited Mexico City numerous times – but this time we’re here for two weeks and have put together a list of tips for Mexico City, we hope you find them helpful. 1.  Comfortable shoes. Avoid blisters like the plague.  If you’re like us you’ll walk 120+ blocks a day and one little blister can wreck the whole plan. 2.  A smart phone helps. We are always forgetting our map or changing our plans and need to consult a map...

Our Summer Vacation

I know it’s fall in most of the world, but in Mazatlán it is still summer.  That means hot and humid.  Paul and I decided it would be a good idea to have a bit of a break in the cool of Mexico City, and rented an apartment for two weeks of visiting family and exploring.  Our apartment is in Colonia Condesa, a neighborhood we have visited numerous times when our son and his family lived here. But it’s very...

The Theater Space Progresses!

I imagine you’ve been wondering what has been going on with the theater space at El Recreo. A lot, that’s what! There have been regular updates on our Facebook page but my last update here was back in May. At the top of the page you’ll see our new signage. Isn’t it gorgeous? Before I get started maybe you want to look back to March. The picture below is the theater space. The picture below is after a lot of...

An update on Mazatlán’s El Recreo

A lot has been happening over at El Recreo.  I bet you’d like an update – and maybe would like to know what you can do to help. At the top of the page is a picture of the exterior and I’ve pasted on the new logo.  Isn’t it nice?  We are getting bids on signage, hopefully it will be up soon. The picture below is of the Molika @ El Recreo coffee shop space – they are still waiting...

El Recreo Cultural Center in Mazatlán – update

A lot has been accomplished since the first of March when the new entity El Recreo took over the former Recrea space on Calle Constitución in Centro. If you’d like to read my previous posts on the project here they are: the first and the second. I thought I’d bring you up to date on our progress. Casa del Caracol has been using the space for the last few weeks. Owner Laura Medina has created a comfortable, colorful, environment –...

A Space for Community in Mazatlán

There is a wonderful thing taking place in Mazatlán – the birth of a different kind of community space downtown.  The vision is a gathering spot for locals – Mexican, Canadian, American, full time or part time – everyone. Spanish speaking or English speaking (or those, like me, who are a hybrid!)  The new venture – El Recreo – is being developed in the old Recrea space on Calle Constitución between Venus and Niños Heroes. This space became available at...

Mazatlán in the News

A few days ago the US State Department issued another travel warning for Mexico.  I feel a bit better about this most recent warning, as they said travel to Mazatlán was fine if you exercise caution late at night and early morning. Most of us don’t stay out until the wee hours too often and feel very comfortable walking and driving all over the city. Those of us who live here know that it is a lovely place.  And if...

Just Regular Life in Mazatlán

Life here has finally settled down a bit since the holidays.  I always love the crush of parties and visiting and the festive feeling but I am often ready for life to calm down a few days before it does! Now life is normal for winter – I am just the right amount of busy. I wrote a new column for January’s M! Magazine – on food treats from around México. Last Saturday was the first weekly Organic Market at...

Let’s Make a Community Center in Mazatlán

If you read my previous post, you read about my dream for a community center in Mazatlán.  But it isn’t just my dream, it is one shared by many of us. I hope you’ll read the piece Ken Albanese wrote below. I had a dream the other night. It wasn’t like world peace or anything, but it was a good one nonetheless. I dreamed there was a space here in Mazatlan where expat individuals and groups were creating all kinds...

Mazatlán Film & Theater performances were a success!

We are very lucky here in Mazatlán to be able to enjoy interesting international films in English every Tuesday night thanks to Mazatlán Film & Theater, but with the addition of play reading performances we are truly charmed. Last night was the second (and last) performance of Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley.  Both performances were sold out, and the response was enthusiastically positive. The venue is the 50 seat Cinematografo in the School for the Arts in the...

Flamenco in Mazatlán

Friday night we headed out with friends for dinner and a flamenco performance at La Bohemia Restaurant in the Plazuela Machado. I’d read about Citlali Iglesias and her Flamenco dance company, and since the La Bohemia had just reopened, it was a perfect time to try out their food and enjoy the perfomance. La Bohemia’s food was very good. The men had arrachera (a grilled flank steak served with green onions and mashed potatoes,) and the women had eggplant ravioli...

México from A to Z

    La Llorona – is the story of the crying woman who killed her children to be with the man she loves – and was subsequently rejected by him. She is doomed to search for her children for all eternity, and is constantly weeping.  (the verb llorar is to cry)  In the video below, the late Lhasa de Sela performs the song.                                  ...

Mazatlán art tease

Paul and I started a tradition not long after we got married. Instead of buying each other gifts for our birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas, we shop together for artworks for the house. We have bought some wonderful things over the years.  I think it’s a great tradition – instead of a closet full of unworn items  we can enjoy our gifts every day of the year. I’ve been thinking about anniversaries since it is the anniversary today of two of...