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Gypsy guitar concert

Armchair Travel Bhutan, the last Shangri-La

Page Turners

By Elizabeth M. Marshall

Lives in Ruins, Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson

Readers who are fascinated by history, ancient ruins, and the mystique and meaning of ancient artifacts will enjoy Lives in Ruins. It is a nontechnical, easily understood look at different archaeological sites around the world. Included are chapters from a field school dig of black slave quarters on St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, Roman ruins in Jordan, finding Pig Dragons in northeast China near Mongolia, Machu Picchu, and Caral, Peru, the oldest city in the Americas (the site of six buff-colored pyramids), as well as underwater searches for ships sunk off of Newport during the American Revolution.

This book has something for everyone interested in archaeology and may actually interest others who were previously ambivalent. The author explains that many digs occur between the intersections of yesterday and are nowhere as well flanked by scholarship and entertainment. Archaeological finds are everywhere—on an island of volcanic rubble, in trash heaps left by ancient peoples deep in vined jungles, on mountain tops of the Alps where the frozen, iced remains of Otzi the Iceman were found, and between the collision of East and West.

Some archaeologists’ stories are like “scenes from exotic novels, full of shamans and warriors ancient queens, goddesses, oracles, and bones with prophecies carved into them.” Archaeology is all about context and where relics are found. “Looted objects lose the power to speak.”

This reader was amazed to read that the US military has in its ranks a cadre of specialized archaeologists who help the military plan No Fly zones and No Strike lists in times of war. These lists are distributed to all military personnel involved and include important archaeological sites, museums, and libraries. When Saddam Hussein purposely parked an airplane next to the Ziggurat of Ur during the first Gulf War, the US honored the No Fly zone.

The reverse sides (can) be pieced together to form a map of the most iconic site for each country. Cultural training is now part of the deployment strategy for US troops. One retired Army colonel said, “If I’d had that kind of information, (it) would have made all the difference in the Balkans.”

Before you start your own archaeological adventure, put on your Indiana Jones hat and remember to apply insect repellent and sun screen. Enjoy!

Lives in Ruins is available at La Biblioteca, Call Number 930.1 JOH.
Gypsy Guitar
Javier Estrada
Wed, Mar 30, 7pm
Sala Quetzal
100 pesos
In this guitar concert, Javier Estrada will describe with musical notes and poetry the life of the Roma people. Do not miss this unique experience.

Concert
Harp and Flamenco Guitar
Sergio Basurto
Mon, Mar 28, and Thu, Mar 31, 7:30pm
Sala Quetzal
150 pesos
The harp and guitar concert by Sergio Basurto is an unforgettable experience. You’ll hear a tour of music from Venezuela, Cuba, Paraguay, Spain, and Mexico. The harp is magic, and Basurto shows the way he learned this vast array of music. The second half of the concert is flamenco and poetry.

Lecture
Armchair Travel: Bhutan, the Last Shangri-La
By John Leupold
Thu, Mar 31, 4pm
Sala Quetzal
Free
The little known Kingdom of Bhutan is sometimes referred to as the last Shangri La. Located between India and Tibet in the Himalayas and occupying an area the size of Switzerland, the country was isolated from the outside world until 1960. Bhutan’s leap into the modern world was guided by its king, whose son continued the policies of his father and introduced the concept of Gross National Happiness, for which the country is today perhaps best known, and which governs all decisions made in the kingdom.  Bhutan is now a constitutional monarchy ruled by an elected parliament and prime minister, though the king is revered throughout the country for his good deeds on behalf of the Bhutanese people. While Bhutan is both small and poor, it is extraordinarily blessed with beauty and gracious people and feels both ancient and modern at the same time. Its unique history, culture, geography, and politics will be the subject of this program. Part-time San Miguel resident John Leupold, owner of Champaca Journeys, has made 24 visits to Bhutan since 2007. He describes Bhutan as the most remarkable place he has ever visited and enjoys sharing his insights into Bhutan.

Lecture
Has The Bear Market Quietly Begun?
By Donald Novell
Teatro Santa Ana
Mon, Mar 28, 3pm
Sala Quetzal
150 pesos
All proceeds go to The Biblioteca
An article appeared in Atención on Dec.10, 2015, when the DJIA reached 17,697. Since then the DJIA has lost 1180 points. Don will give his updated view of the current bear market. He believes that we are in a prolonged negative market environment. To be discussed:

When will the bull return? How to achieve absolute returns in difficult markets. He will present his outlook for AAPL, GOOG, AMZN the DJIA and other important stocks.

Concert
Marina y Mariano in Concert
Thu, Mar 31, 7:30pm
150 pesos
Formed in 1998, the duet of Marina y Mariano performsMexican, Latin American folk music, and world music. The songwriters also draw on the poetry of their home state of Michoacán, putting the music the writing of local authors. They have played throughout Mexico in forums such as the September Festivals in the Presidential Palace, theInternational Book Festival in the Palacio de Minería, and the National Auditorium, all in México City, as well as the Festival of Fire in Santiago, Cuba, and tours through Ecuador and Spain. Currently they are promoting their fifth CD, which features songs from 20th century women composers of Latin America.

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 (Tue)
And Ser Mujer (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.
Eve goes into therapy after 5,000 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 from 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.

Lecture
The Power of Intention
By Thomas Kasche
Mon, Mar 28, 4pm-6pm
Sala Quetzal
You can do, or be, or have anything you focus your mind on, but you have to understand the process of how thoughts become things and how the game is played to create the best possible outcome for what you want.

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