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San Miguel Playhouse to Stage The Fantasticks, the World’s Longest-Running Musical


By Fredric Dannen When Barnard College theater students Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt created The Fantasticks in 1959, they had no idea that it was going to set a record as the world’s longest-running musical. But after the play opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City in May 1960, it continued running [...]

Literary Sala Presents Courtroom Suspense Novelist and Seasoned Screenwriter

By Carole Schor The August 8 Literary Sala is excited to present “the John Grisham of México,” courtroom suspense novelist Ronald Ruiz, along with screenwriter Frank Gaydos, in what will be an entertaining and spellbinding evening. Both Ruiz and Gaydos embody the dream of many of us who come to México to reinvent ourselves and [...]

Annual Writers’ Conference Announces 2020 Keynote Speakers

Delia Owens

By Susan Page The Writers’ Conference is excited to reveal the keynote speakers for our February 2020 event. Registration for the fifteenth annual Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival is now open. This year’s festival takes place February 12–16, 2020. For our “coming of age” fifteenth anniversary conference, we will present two authors whose debut novels [...]

“Vistas de San Miguel”


“Vistas de San Miguel” is a graphic reportage of scenes and events in San Miguel de Allende by Susan Dorf, a local San Miguel artist who has an eye for noticing and capturing the unusual moments and details in everyday scenes. You can view the series and purchase prints on her website, as well as [...]

Dear Editor:

As longtime residents of San Miguel de Allende, we are accustomed to seeing things go wrong in our fair city. First, it was the extreme focus on wealthier tourists and fancy hotels to accommodate them. And now, we have a BIG “security” problem and lots of killings that one local politician recently told us to [...]

Speaker to Investigate the Implications of AMLO’s “Fourth Transformation”


By Cliff DuRand México is in the midst of great changes. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, AMLO for short, has pledged to end the corruption that has been endemic in the country and raise the poor. These are just a couple of the more difficult aspects of what he calls The Fourth Transformation. With an [...]

Despite Freedom of Internet and New Media, Today’s News More More Managed Than Ever


By Cliff DuRand Forty years ago, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman analyzed management of the news in an iconoclastic book, Manufacturing Consent. In those days, it was harder to see how the commercial mass media was manipulating opinion. They were all on the same page, so to speak, and so reinforced a shared view of [...]

The First French Post-Symbolist

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By Tim Hazell Paul Valéry published fewer than 100 poems, which were received by his countrymen with no particular acclaim or critical reviews. Despite the lukewarm reception to his verse, this poet, essayist and philosopher has left an enduring reputation and is sometimes considered to be the first French post-symbolist. Born October 30, 1871, in [...]

The Migrant Crisis: Walk With Us


By Dennis Lanson The migrant crisis through the eyes of Pastor Ignacio Martinez, the founder of ABBA safehouse in Celaya, “It’s not about us – it’s about the dignity of our brother ‘travellers”. It started when Ignacio and his family took food to migrants jumping freight trains Some were sick, there was nowhere to wash [...]

Steinway Series Returns Cuban Pianist to Bellas Artes

Fidel Leal

By Fredric Dannen When Cuban pianist Fidel Leal made his San Miguel debut one year ago in a concert featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No 7, he was a relative unknown here, though celebrated in his native country. Since then, he’s been invited back once and is returning yet again with two performances you won’t want [...]

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