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Señor Blues–Visual Jazz at Bordello Galeria

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By Kristen Fry

“Señor Blues” is a wonderful jazz composition by Horace Silver, a tune he described as “a minor blues with a Latin beat added to it.” It’s also the name of John Hillmer’s Pop-Up Art show this weekend in the lovely Bordello Galeria courtyard on Organos in Centro. Hillmer claims it wouldn’t be unreasonable to call his life and art “a minor blues with a Latin beat added to it.”

Like quite a few norte americanos in San Miguel de Allende, Hillmer is a cross-border “duder” treading lightly on both sides. He’s done lots of illustration and design work for many blues and jazz events north of the border—musical forms he calls the true contributions of American culture.

Now let’s swing back into the beloved Mexico, culturally blessed with a vivid and funky blend of music, food, dance, and dialogue—a stirring up of both ancient and contemporary winds fomenting energy that Hillmer calls Mextacy.

This combo plate of gritty and smooth, north and south, yin and yang, graphic and painterly, is alive in Hillmer’s visual expressions. In the courtyard, you’ll find original paintings, prints, and graphic works. There will be jazz in the air and tequila on the table. Stop by.


Paintings and Prints

“Señor Blues”

By John Hillmer

Sat and Sun, Oct 7 and 8, Noon–5pm

Bordello Galeria, Organos 19




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