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La ruta de la plata entre San Miguel de Allende y Guanajuato

The Crackpot crones

Lecture
“A School of Buon Fresco in San Miguel de Allende”
By Peter Boarding
Tue, Mar 22, 2pm
Sala Quetzal
free/gratis

You are invited to attend a discussion by local artist Peter Boardman to promote the creation of a school of buon fresco in San Miguel de Allende. After a brief talk and slide show, Peter will present a live demonstration of his fresco techniques. Come and experience the ancient technique of painting into wet plaster. Discover the challenges and joys that inspired Diego Rivera, J.C. Orozco, and Michelangelo. Peter Boardman, studied fine art and technical painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is an accomplished artist in fresco and mosaic work as well as painting restoration.

Open Flameco Class
Wed, Mar 23, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
50 pesos
We want to invite the Community of San Miguel Allende to attend and open class of Flamenco on March 23, at 5pm, at Teatro Santa Ana. We are going to show some of the work of the basic level students and a little of Spanish culture.

Lecture
The silver route between San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato
By Arturo Morales
Wed, Mar 23, 2:30pm
100 pesos
In 1555, when miners discovered the main vein of Guanajuato in the current Mineral de la Luz, at the mine of San Bernardino that was the beginning of the amazing and wonderful life of Guanajuato and San Miguel. The Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in the “Ruta de la Plata” saga continues to date to share the UNESCO designation for the area’s Guanajuato Mine and San Miguel de Allende in conjunction with the Shrine Atotonilco as sites of Cultural Heritage. In 2010, the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro was added a cultural World Heritage itinerary.

Tours
With Joseph Toone
Mon through Fri, Mar 22 and 25, 9am
The Oratorio Church
200 pesos
To understand and enjoy all the local traditions of Holy Week in SMA, the Bibliotheca is offering Holy Week walking tours for you and your fellow Easter bunnies. The tours focus on the art venerated in local churches: how it came to be and why it is important today. TripAdvisor’s number 1 history tour guide and columnist lead the tour on faith and culture, Joseph Toone, is the author of CatholicSMA.com.

Theater
Las Rucas Locas (The Crackpot Crones)
Directed by Velina Brown, with Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers
Tue, Mar 29, 5pm and Wed, Mar 30, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
150 pesos, all profits support La Biblioteca, bibliotecasma.com (Tue)
And Ser Mujer, sermujersma.com (Wed)
After successful performances in Oaxaca and Mexico City, The Crackpot Crones/Las Rucas Locas bring their show to San Miguel de Allende, where they will offer two shows at Teatro Santa Ana. These funny feminist pioneers perform an hour-plus show of original written scenes and improvisations under the direction of Velina Brown.

Lilith Theater was founded in 1974 in San Francisco. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, they performed in the US and Europe, creating original productions about their own lives and the stories of everyday remarkable women. In 2008, after a hiatus of several decades, Terry Baum, founder, slightly world-renowned lesbian playwright¾and Carolyn Myers, core company member, retired warrior princess of comedy, brought Lilith Theater back to life, touring as The Crackpot Crones.

Here are some of the hilarious storylines you’ll be able to enjoy:
Eve goes into therapy after 5000 years of feeling guilty for taking a bite of the apple.
A proper Victorian lady transforms into a were-lesbian under the light of the full moon. Two octogenarian activists plan an escape from their nursing home.
Profits of the March 29 show will benefit the Biblioteca’s excellent community programs, while the March 30 show will benefit the remarkable local organization Ser Mujer. You can purchase your tickets at Teatro Santa Ana starting now or right before the show. Come have a few laughs in support of the extraordinary community of San Miguel de Allende!

Film
Damanhur and the Temples of Humankind
Mon, Mar 28, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
80 pesos
The Federation of Damanhur is an UN award-winning sustainable eco-community renowned for artistic, spiritual, and social research. The Temples of Humankind built into the navel of Damanhur are an extraordinary subterranean artwork, often profiled as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

Nestled in the alpine foothills of Piedmonte, Italy, Damanhur’s 800+ citizens are a self-contained republic, with its own constitution, culture, art, music, currency, schools, and uses of science and technology. Damanhur is the largest and oldest alternative intentional community in Europe, a collective dream transformed into reality.

The atmosphere in Damanhur is similar in magnetic force and mystical energy to Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramids, Delphi, and dare we say, San Miguel de Allende. Everything seems animated. The effect is an unmistakable lifting of the human spirit.

What sets Damanhur apart is that it is a living sacred site. The community describes itself as “the result of the practical application of a spiritual philosophy in harmony with the environment and our planet.” To walk in Damanhur is to walk through past, present, and future. Ancient mysteries and the forgotten wisdom of great civilizations coalesce with a fresh, tech-infused vision of an evolving potential future.

The exquisite Temples of Humankind, a complex of eight halls adorned with remarkable paintings, mosaics, sculptures, and art glass, were created to celebrate universal spirituality. The ingenuity and creativity of Damanhurians who excavated mountain rock entirely by hand, realized an “impossible” dream that awes and inspires thousands of visitors every year. The temples are a stunning fusion of sacred and secular art resonating values important to humanity. Some of Damanhur’s magic will be offered Monday night to the San Miguel community by Shama Viola, long-time resident and Damanhur’s roving ambassador. The film will be followed by Q and A.

Documentary
A History of México
Tue, Mar 22, 6pm
Wed, Mar 23, 1:30pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos
Through Murray Kamelhar’s History of Mexico documentary with the voices of four actors, and 334 slides, the personalities and events from the Olmecs to the present time come alive. Mexico’s story is one of victories and defeats under overwhelming odds. Through tragedy and determination, the heroic Mexican people survive in triumph.

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