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Journalist and Activist Rebecca Solnit Urges Rewriting Our Assumptions on Key Social Issues

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By Georgeann Johnson Author, journalist, and activist Rebecca Solnit will be featured in a video presented by OccupySMA on Monday, August 19, in the Quinta Loreto Hotel TV Room. The video is a recording of Solnit speaking as a guest of the Architecture League. Solnit’s speech is entitled “Land, Climate, and Culture.” This well-known author [...]

Panel Asks if Localism Can Help Solve Some of the World’s Most Pressing Crises

By Peter Weisberg Showing solutions may be the best way to solve the ecological, economic, and social crises that the world is facing. Tomorrow (in French: Demain), which is being shown Wednesday, August 21 at the Biblioteca, is a 2015 French documentary film that has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism. After a [...]

Occupy SMA Video Screening Allows You to Meet This Year’s Goldman Prize Winners


By Jim Carey Calls to protect the planet are growing louder, but around the world, those defending their land and our environment are being silenced. More than three such people were murdered on average every week in 2018, with attacks driven by destructive industries like mining, logging, and agribusiness. Here in México, 14 environmental leaders [...]



By Betsy Bowman A dark comedy and taut environmental thriller inv olving an Icelandic ecofeminist and a panel on the concept of neoliberalism are at the center of The Center for Global Justice’s upcoming offerings. Woman at War starring Halldora Geirharosdottir Halla, a charismatic choir director and environmental activist, decides to take on a corporation [...]

Drawing Class Tackles the “Illusion of Life”

Hope teaching

By Susan Santiago Galeria San Francisco, located in the Fábrica Aurora, is pleased to announce the offering of a new drawing class intended for both experienced artists and amateurs. Hope Palmer has been an instructor for many years, both at the high school and at the university level. Many of her students flourished and went [...]

Patronato Pro Niños Tours Highlight a Town of “Outstanding Universal Value”

By Cheryl Young Many of our guests ask us what it means that San Miguel de Allende has been granted the status of a UNESCO Heritage site. To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of “outstanding universal value” and meet at least one out of 10 selection criteria. See for [...]

A Royal Concubine’s Tragedy

Drunken Chicken

By Tim Hazell China and Japan are inextricably linked together. Japan evolved rapidly after legendary Emperor Jimmu founded the first dynasty in 660 BC, marking the consolidation of Japanese society and style. China’s older culture and aesthetics reflect deep refinement and awareness of beauty. This vast and ancient land with its cloistered emperors and teeming [...]

The Award-Winning Bell Art Quartet Unites Performers and Audiences


By Tim Hazell Many of you have attended and enjoyed our Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra’s energetic performances of classical music on Sundays at Centro Cultural El Nigromante, aka Bellas Artes. Worthy of note is that the chamber orchestra has also served as the vehicle to bring like-minded musicians together who have formed their own [...]

Dover Quartet, “The Young String Quartet of the Moment,” Returns To San Miguel


By Fredric Dannen Camden Shaw, the cellist for the Dover Quartet, had just arrived at an airport in Arkansas, en route from London, when he called my home phone to talk with me about the quartet’s upcoming appearance at the Festival de Música de Cámara here in San Miguel de Allende. He had perhaps a [...]

Lady Zen’s Five Upcoming Concerts Pay Tribute to the Queen of Soul


By Fredric Dannen Aretha Franklin, one of the greatest vocalists the United States has ever produced, probably knew she was destined for stardom when she was a child gospel singer at a Baptist church in Detroit, where her father was a minister. But there was a slight bump on the freeway to fame: in 1959, [...]

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