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Soul Divas Concert

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By Tere Urtusástegui This month’s concert for the 25th International San Miguel Jazz and Blues Festival will honor the female singing stars known as The Soul Divas: Aretha Franklyn, Etta James, and Nina Simone. Mark your calendars for May 25 and come to the Bellas Artes Auditorium for this major treat. Soul music, a popular [...]

Lecture Discusses Ethiopia’s Intermingling of Old and New

By John Leupold Situated in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is an intriguing mix of ancient and modern and the only African country never to be colonized. Some of Africa’s highest mountains are in Ethiopia, as are one of the lowest places, 400 feet below sea level. There are also arid deserts, lush forest, surging [...]

Lecture Explains Bhutan’s Thoughtful Entry into the Modern World

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By John Leupold The little-known Kingdom of Bhutan, located between India and Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains, is sometimes referred to as the last Shangri-la. One of the world’s few countries never to be conquered or colonized, Bhutan existed in self-imposed isolation without electricity, running water, automobiles, schools, hospitals, or currency until 1960, when China [...]

What’s in Our Water?

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Caminos de Agua Lecture to Include Q&A Session on San Miguel’s Water Quality By Melissa Landman Water quality, specifically excessive arsenic and fluoride contamination, is an increasingly concerning problem in San Miguel and the surrounding watershed region. Differing opinions and takes on the water situation in the region abound, and so Caminos de Agua is [...]

Documentary Accuses the World’s Philanthropic Rich and Powerful of Hypocrisy

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By Steven Gloss It’s a matter of some irony, John Steinbeck once observed of the robber barons of the Gilded Age, that they spent the first two-thirds of their lives looting the public only to spend the last third giving the money they stole away. Anand Giridharadas’s documentary, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of [...]

Occupy San Miguel Shows Free Documentary on Anita Hill

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By Jim Carey On May 13, Occupy San Miguel will take you back to a Senate hearing 28 years ago, when the entire country was glued to their TVs and radios as a poised African-American woman sat before a senate judiciary committee of 14 white men. With a clear, unwavering voice, Anita Hill recounted the [...]

Top Danzón Orchestra Comes to San Miguel in Free Public Performance

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By Leonardo Rosen I cannot tell you how thankful I am for the wonderful treatment I am getting from the present city government. As some of you may know, it was not always thus. I give special thanks to Lic Verónica Agundis, Síndico Municipal (Deputy Mayor), and Lic Paulina Cadena, Director of Culture and Traditions. [...]

Mexican Art Tradition and French Cuisine served up at La Bastide Restaurant

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By PJF “Sugar” Hudson Bruce Stuart will open a new exhibit of his work on Saturday, May 11, from 5–8 pm at La Bastide restaurant. Known primarily for his early work in realism as an artist painting scenes on the island of Bermuda, Stuart is increasingly experimenting in the colors and textures of San Miguel [...]

Occupy San Miguel Screens Bill Moyers Interview of Poet Laureate Wendell Berry

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By Jim Carey May is a good month to relax and enjoy a repeat of a classic: five years ago, Occupy SMA presented a Bill Moyers conversation with Wendell Berry that it’s rescreening in the Quinta Loreto Hotel TV Room on May 6. Then America’s Poet Laureate, Berry, a quiet and humble man, has become [...]

Artist Projects Hope and Promise in His San Miguel Scenes

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By Dean Cummer When he was first learning to paint, Mac Thigpen was told to leave the landscapes to retirees. “If you can paint the human figure well, you can paint anything,” his art teachers said. For many years, Mac invested emotionally in painting the human figure. But now Thigpen is retired, and he paints [...]

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