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On Screen & Stage @ La Biblioteca

Don’t miss these excellent films and live performances at San Miguel’s favorite cultural spot!

La Biblioteca, Theater entrance Reloj 50ª or library entrance Insurgentes 25.


One-woman performance

Miss Gloria is an unusual, profoundly complicated, woman, whose only ambition is to become a great beauty. Gloria introduces the audience to the excesses and daily problems that confront a woman in her quest for the physical ideal.

Theater: Miss Gloria. Sat, Jan 7, 8pm. Teatro Santa Ana, Donations 80 pesos

The Venezuelan a one-woman theater/dance work, Miss Gloria, performed by Eliana Santander and directed by René Guerra runs for one night only at the Santa Ana Theater.


Trial of the Century. On trial, your right to think.

The right to speak freely about ideas is entrenched in the Constitution of the United States. Nevertheless, from time to time free speech has been challenged.

Theater: Inherit The Wind. Fri-Sat, Jan 13-14, Jan 18-21, 8pm, Sun, Jan 15 & 22, 5pm. Teatro Santa Ana. Donations 150 pesos

In 1925, the State of Tennessee passed a law forbidding the teaching of evolution in State schools. Evolution was a new concept to many and seemed to challenge the Biblical explanation of creation. A young teacher, John Scopes, was charged with violating the law; he read to his class a description of Charles Darwin’s story. There was great excitement in the town and in the country. The best-known lawyers of the time came to prosecute and defend Mr. Scopes. Clarence Darrow came to defend; William Jennings Bryan, to prosecute.

San Francisco 415 is producing Inherit the Wind. Tim Roman directs a cast of more than 20, which includes Chris Davis as Henry Drummond (Clarence Darrow), John Wharton as Mathew Harrison Brady (William Jennings Bryan), David Galitzky as Bert Cates (John Scopes), and David Scholz(Bix) as Hornbeck (H.L. Mencken), Frank Simons as Reverend Brown, Lydia Carey as Rachel Brown, as well as a fine cast of townfolk, all passionate about the case.

Uplifting and inspiring

A festival of films, documentaries and short films that explore science, spirituality and health. See full article in the centerpages.

Film: Satsang Film Festival, Sat, Jan 14-Sat, Jan 21 (excluding Sun, Jan 15), 5pm-7pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50. Donations 70 pesos/420 pesos for all 7 films.,



Leave them Laughing

Carla Zilbersmith has an adorable, endearing teenaged son, wonderful friends and fans. Leave Them Laughing is a 90-minute “pre-mortem” of Carla’s life, a life lived fully, but far too fast. Sandy Handsher, one of the producers of the film, joins the REELDOCS team Caren and Jennifer for conduct a Q&A following the screening.

Film: Reel Docs, Leave them Laughing . Fri, Jan 13, 3pm. Teatro Santa Ana, Documentary, Q/A, & Margarita Reception. Donations 80 pesos

See full article in the centerpages.


Films & play support Anti-Violence

The San Miguel Walk Against Domestic Violence committee, in cooperation with the Guanajuato Film Festival screen four award-winning short films from the Avon-sponsored, “Alza La Voz” section of the Guanajuato Film Festival of 2011. To add to the focus on awareness of domestic violence awareness CASA’s theater group performs their original play on the subject.

Film: 9th Annual San Miguel Walk Against Violence, Award-Winning Short Films & Original Play, Benefit CASA Anti-Violence. Thu, Jan 12, 5pm, Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50ª. Donations 60 pesos

See full article in the centerpages.


The End of Suburbia

Since the end of World War II, the American middle-class has found its home in the suburbs. But now the bursting of the real estate bubble is turning suburbs into the slums of tomorrow. To this is added the high cost of energy, raising questions about the sustainability of the suburban way of life. The documentary film The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the End of the American Dream, looks at the prospects for suburbia as the planet approaches a critical era with global demand for fossil fuels outstripping supply. World oil peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.

Film: The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the End of the American Dream, Presented by Center for Global Justice. Tue, Jan 10, 3pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donations 60 pesos


The flare of Flamenco guitar!

Don’t miss Sergio Basurto performing “Concierto en la Llanura” (Venezuela), “Cascada” (Paraguay), “La Paloma” (Cuba), “Cielito Lindo” (Mexico), among others on harp. And on the Spanish guitar: “Milonga” (Uruguay), “Galopa” Argentina), “Siboney” (Cuba), and ending with a demonstration of his mastery of the flamenco: “Soleares, alegrias, tangos and buleria”.

Concert: Traditional Folklore Harp & Flamenco Guitar w/Sergio Basurto. Mon, Jan 9 & Thu, Jan 12, 7:30pm. Sala Quetzal. Donations 150 pesos


A rich fusion of cultures

By Josue Tacoronte

The dance company Mexico Flamenco will perform at the Santa Ana Theater at the Biblioteca, joining the force and vitality of Spanish dance and romance with a homage to Mexican artists such as Agustin Lara, Jose Alfredo Jiménez and Consuelo Velázquez, among others.

Music & Dance: Mexico Flamenco. Fri, Jan 13, 5pm. Teatro Santa Ana, Donations 150 pesos

They will be accompanied in a variety of musical styles by the Cuban guitarist Josue Tacoronte, the percussionist Dagoberto Quintana and the singer Paulina Alvarez.

The choreography is the work of the young dancer Cecilia Ochoa, who, together with her corps de ballet, will delight the audience with an hour of a fusion of many cultures—the strum of the flamenco guitar, the rhythmic slapping of the Peruvian cajón, the sentiment of Mexican song, and the image and heel-tapping of the dancers, all of which combine to form a single style.

This is the first performance of the season.



Classical guitar at La Biblioteca

Guitarist Ramiro Martínez Piña gives a classic music concert with his 10-string guitar on Friday, January 13. He has participated in several International and National Festivals, in Italy and the Czech Republic, among others. He recently returned from a series of concerts in Europe and South America. Now he presents his exclusive classical program at La Biblioteca.

Concert w/Guitarist Ramiro Martínez Piña. Fri, Jan 13, 7:30pm. Sala Quetzal, Donations accepted

Since 1992 Martínez is the chair of Guitar of the Faculty Arts of Autonomous University of Querétaro. Martínez studied at the Guanajuato University’s School of Music and has taken classes in Mexico, Cuba, and Italy.

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