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Powerful Drama Examines Whether a Great Conductor Was Also A Nazi


By Fredric Dannen On two occasions in the 1990s, I was a guest on the Charlie Rose show, both times discussing the most controversial article I had ever written as a journalist. John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian-born American citizen living in Cleveland, had been extradited to Israel to stand trial for being “Ivan the Terrible,” the [...]

Broadway-Style Musical Aims to Help Buy Out the San Miguel Playhouse


By Victor Guzman In the summer of 2014, some theater enthusiasts signed a lease for a salon de fiestas, or party hall, on Avenida Independencia, installed upholstered chairs, theatrical lighting, and a stage. Thus was created the San Miguel Playhouse. The theater opened its doors for its first production, Moonlight and Magnolias, in October 2014. [...]

The Vagina Monologues Puts on Three Fundraising Performances at Shelter Theater


By Carole Schor In celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, The Vagina Monologues will be presented at the Shelter Theater February 22–24 at the Shelter Theater. The Vagina Monologues is the award-winning play based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. Through humor and grace, the play celebrates women’s sexuality and examines [...]

Bikers in Camelot—An Advance Music Review


By Doug Robinson Musicals are tough. In terms of performance, they require many of the same skill sets as any other theatrical production—the direction, staging, and acting are the key elements that can make or break your evening. Bikers in Camelot, a new musical by Wendy and Ken Bichel that opens at the San Miguel [...]

An Act of God Director Alan Jordan’s Late-Night Ramblings


By Alan Jordan I have been asked to write an article to publicize Caja Negra’s reprise productions of An Act of God (February 7–17) and Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi Hunter (February 28–March 3). Both plays were recently successfully presented at the Shelter Theater. I rely on our audience in San Miguel de Allende to determine [...]

Concurso San Miguel XI Tickets Go On Sale Today


By Shari Alexander Don’t miss your chance to see the opera event of the year, Concurso San Miguel! Presented annually by Opera San Miguel and always sold out, the Concurso has become the most prestigious and generous contest for rising young opera stars in the nation. With its combination of grants for advanced studies and [...]

Pro Musica to Put On Rip-Roaring Comic Operas at Bellas Artes


By Michael Pearl On Wednesday, February 20, Pro Musica stages the first Baroque operas to be heard in San Miguel for nearly a decade. The two comic works are Bach’s delightful and amusing Coffee Cantata and Pergolesi’s equally funny La Serva Padrona. A 10-piece ensemble of Baroque-style instruments accompanies the stagework, featuring some of the [...]

Winners of Met Opera’s First-Ever México Auditions Achieve Even Greater Heights in US


By Nicole Mills On January 27, winners of the first-ever Met Opera National Council Auditions held in México (held here in town November took away prizes in the next round of competition on January 26, held in New Orleans. Sopranos Yunuet Laguna and Denis Velez, tenor Efrain Corralejo, baritone Juan Carlos Heredia, and countertenor Gamaliel [...]

Poetry Café Reading Feature Leona DeFehr, Anado McLaughlin, and Laura Juliet Wood

Anado McLauchlin

By Maia Williams On February 21, Poetry Café Bellas Artes will feature three poets who have led fascinating lives in multiple countries around the world. Born in a small farming community in northern Canada, Leona DeFehr enjoyed a diverse international career. She and her husband, Art, have run a furniture-manufacturing company; developed and directed refugee [...]

Sobreviviendo a la bomba atómica que terminó la segunda guerra mundial—y viviendo para atestiguar por el desarme nuclear

Yasuaki Yamashita

Por Signe Hammer “Cuando la bomba atómica cayó sobre Nagasaki, el 9 de agosto de 1945, yo tenía seis años,” diceYasuaki Yamashita—quien no solo vivió en Nagasaki sino sobrevivió para dar testimonio en la lucha por el desarme nuclear. El martes 19 de febrero a las 6pm en el auditorio de Bellas Artes, contará su [...]

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