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Welcome to oaxacacalendar.com where you will find up-to-date information about the wonderful events happening in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contact Us    

MEZCAL
Educational Excursions

Visit Oaxaca's quaint distilleries and learn about mezcal and pulque with skilled professional
Alvin Starkman.
Amigos Del Sol

Learn Spanish and Oaxacan culture in an intimate family like setting.

We offer individual attention in classes of 3 or fewer.
Oaxaca Culinary Tours

Custom gastronomic food & drink tours for
groups of 4-16

Market Visits Cooking Classes Mole, Mezcal & Más

Quaint eateries to high end restaurants
ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER

Dependable, professional, courteous driver can take your group of up to 8
on tours of the Oaxaca valley

044-951-507-2383
Discount
Horseback Tours

Ride fit, trained horses on guided adventures in Valle de Tlacolula. Small groups personally guided by English speaking owners. In TripAdvisor & Lonely Planet

cel: 951-199-7026
Day of the Dead
Photo Workshop Tour


Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2014

Oaxaca Cultural Navigator

More Workshops, Too!
Dr. Angel Gomez
is an English speaking dental specialist trained in the U.S. He has a modern clinic and onsite lab. Consider dental work during your next visit to Oaxaca.
Seasons of My Heart
Culinary Tours


Chef Susana Trilling invites you to join her and her staff for culinary tours in various parts of Oaxaca and Mexico

044.951.508.0469
Traditions Mexico

Cultural Journeys

Day Trips

Expedition Tours

Specialized
Private Tours

Small groups

52(951)-516-4202
Oaxaca Spanish Magic
A Spanish language school where you will discover the magic and joy of learning Spanish in a personalized setting.
Property For Sale
Located in Reyes Elta

7000 sq. meters, operational well, shed, magnificent mountain views

valentinacvx@
hotmail.com

Cell:
044-951-243-3511

Office:
044-951-515-5672
Place your Ad on the Oaxaca Calendar!

For more information
Contact us here

Recurring Events


AA Meeting (English)
Daily - Monday and Thursday - 7 pm Free


Also Saturday at 1 pm - All 12 step groups welcome.

518 Colon

Baseball: Guerreros de Oaxaca
7pm weekdays; 5pm weekends when in town $50 pesos for men in Centro, $25 pesos for women
Vasconcelos Stadium

Oaxaca's own AAA baseball team always includes a couple of players who had brief moments in the major league. Go for the baseball and/or go for the entertaining crowd. This is real Oaxaca! The season is April to August.

Niños Heroes and Vasconcelos
Click here for the schedule of games

Book Salon
3rd Thursday of the month at 11 am Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

Different topic each month. November: Hollywood in the 40s (a little before and a little after)

Pino Suárez 519
Click here for more information and reading lists

Bridge Group
Weekly - Tuesday - 2 to 5pm Donation
Oaxaca Lending Library

No partner necessary. Bridge lessons before starting at 1:15.

Pino Suarez 519

Danzón with the Marimba Band
Weekly - Wednesday - 6:30pm Free
Zócalo

A tradition imported from Cuba, the danzón is a stately dance with syncopation. The citizens of Oaxaca gather weekly to dance and watch the dancers.


Düdxa Tubi Tianguis
Sundays starting at 11 am Free
MUFI - the Stamp Museum

Market for locally made goods

Reforma 504

Ethnobotanical Garden Tours in English
Weekly - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - 11 am $100 pesos
Entrance Reforma and Constitutión.

The only way to see this wonderful garden is on a tour. The tour is two hours long so come with water and sunscreen. There are also tours in Spanish which last one hour and cost 50 pesos daily at 10, 12 and 5pm. And a tour in French on Tuesdays at 5 pm. Arrive ten minutes before the tours to purchase tickets.


Garden Club
Monthly - 1st Wednesday Free


The Oaxaca Garden Club is dedicated to: learning, sharing and education about gardening, agriculture and nature, primarily in Oaxaca. It is achieved by regular meetings, field trips, outreach to the community and by parties. To receive the monthly notices of activities, send an email to oaxaca.garden.club@gmail.com.


Click here for the Facebook page

Hiking
Weekly - Tuesday & Friday 9 am - November thru March Minimal cost for transportation
Oaxaca Lending Library

“Hoofing It In Oaxaca” is a program of weekly hikes for adventurous gringos who hanker to explore this part of Mexico on foot. Individual outings fall into three categories: rambles through the open countryside in the Valles Centrales; visits to archeological sites in the area; and more vigorous hikes in the mountains surrounding Oaxaca City.The Oaxaca Lending Library is the rendezvous point for all of the weekly hikes. All information and a full schedule of hikes is on the Hoofing In Oaxaca website. REservations required.

Pino Suárez 519
Click here for more information

Holy Trinity Anglican Episcopal Church
Weekly - Sunday - 11 am -
Crespo 211 (between Morelos and Matamoros)

Liturgy followed by coffee hour. Information 951-514-3799


Introduction of Oaxaca
Mondays at 11 am (starts Nov. 10) Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

Presented by a full-time resident and member of library. They will answer questions and give their perspective on what's it's like to live in Oaxaca.

Pino Suárez 519

New Book Talk
1st Thursday of the Month at 11 am Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

Come see what’s new and exciting in the collection and share what you have been reading lately.

Pino Suárez 519

Oaxaca is More Beautiful on a Bicycle
Weekly - Wednesday and Friday - 9 to 10:30 pm; Sunday at 9 am Free
Meet in front of Santo Domingo Church

The Sunday morning ride is to Tule. Free bicycles available at Mudo Ciebo, Qunitana Roo 2011 (between Humbolt and Gómez Farias) You must bring a passport or Oaxacan credentials. They have tandems, too!

M.Alcalá

Open Rehearsal: Chamber Orchestra of the Escuela de Bellas Artes
Daily - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 8 to 10 am Free
Escuela de Bellas Artes UABJO

In the Sala Juárez on the second floor

Morelos next to the Plaza de la Danza

Religious Society of Quaker Friends Meeting
Weekly - Saturday - 10 am Free

This is the winter schedule. All are welcome. For more information and location contact Lorena Cassady at lcassady@gmail.com. Para informacion en espanol: Cara Smiley: csmiley@integratedorganic.com


Spanish English Intercambios
Weekly - Saturday - 10 to noon Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

An opportunity to practice your Spanish and help a Oaxacan learn English. Just arrive at 10 and you will be paired with someone. All levels of Spanish accommodated - including beginners!

Pino Suárez 519

Sunday Tradition - Music and Food
Weekly - Sunday - 1 pm Free
San Pablo Cultural and Educational Center



Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo

Textile Museum - Guided Visit in Spanish and English
Weekly - Wednesday - 5 pm $10 pesos
Textile Museum



Hidalgo and Fiallo

The Oaxacan State Band Concert
Weekly - Sunday - 12:30 Free
Zócalo

A wonderful tradition, sometimes other orchestras perform.


Tour to Teotitlan del Valle
Weekly - Thursday and Saturday - 9 to 5 pm $655 pesos
Instituto Cultural Oaxaca

Travel, Learn, Fight Poverty Fundación En Vía is a non-profit microfinance organization providing tours to communities around Oaxaca where participants visit women in need of small loans to improve their lives. 100% of the tour fees are given to the entrepreneurs as an interest-free micro loan.

Av. Juárez 909

Viernes Culturales (Cultural Friday)
Weekly - Friday - 6 pm Free
Zócalo

Various musical groups entertain


Walking Tour of Churches
Weekly - Tuesday & Saturday - 10am $100 pesos
meet in front of the Cathedral in the zócalo

A tour fror the devout, the lapsed and the never-were. Formore information or tours at other times write ridgecliff@hotmail.com


Zumba
Weekly - Sunday - 9 to 11am $15 pesos
LLano Park (Parque Juárez) - southeast corner

Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout sysem.


Upcoming Events


Wednesday October 22  11:00am $150 pesos
Tour: Oaxaca Photography Bienal

Bravo Photography Center
M. Bravo & García Vigil
Daniel Brena, director of the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo will lead a group tour of the Oaxaca Photography Bienal. He will also speak on the history of photography in Oaxaca. Sign up in advance at the Oaxaca Lending Library. Members get discount price of $100 pesos

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Wednesday October 22  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Jesús Rito & Gregory Quiñones

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

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Margie's Pick

Wednesday October 22  7:00pm Free
Movie: Cine y Video Indígena

La Jicara
Porfirio Díaz 1105
See poster for specifics

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Wednesday October 22  8:00pm Free
Movie: Frank

Cinema Central
Hidalgo 302

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Wednesday October 22  10:00pm Free
Music: Omar Alí

Nueva Babel
Porfirio Díaz 224

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Margie's Pick

Thursday October 23  7:00pm Free
Movie: Cine y Video Indígena

La Jicara
Porfirio Díaz 1105
See poster for specifics

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Thursday October 23  7:00pm Free
Art Opening: Pablo E. Sánchez

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

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Thursday October 23  7:00pm Free
Book Presentation Ita andehui, leyenda Mixteca

Instituro Investigaciones en Humanidades de la UBAJO
Independencia 901 (near 5 de Mayo)
Use this opportunity to visit the beautiful garden behind the building.

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Thursday October 23  10:00pm Free
Music: Kaoz Party - the Bounamico's Band

Café Central
Hidalgo 302

Friday October 24  5:00pm Free
Theater: A Que No Te Ríes del Bullying

Teatro Álvaro Carrillo
Calzada Madero at Av. Technológico

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Friday October 24  7:00pm Free
Art Auction: Arte Por La Vida

Fundación Bustamante Vasconcelos
Plaza Labastida 117

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Friday October 24  7:00pm Free
Music: Per Bokerlum, violin

Casa de la Cultura Oaxaqueña
González Ortega No. 403

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Saturday October 25  6:00pm Free
Storytelling for Adults by Víctor Arjona & José Lemus

Grañén Porrúa Bookstore
M. Alcalá 104

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Saturday October 25  7:30pm Free
Music: Pasatono Orquesta

Grañén Porrúa Bookstore
M. Alcalá 104

Sunday October 26 
Mexican Daylight Savings Time Ends




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Sunday October 26  12:00pm Free
Art Opening: Teresa Cito

Santo Domingo Cultural Center
to the left of the Santo Domingo Church on M. Alcalá

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Monday October 27  10:00 $10,000 pesos
Workshop: Basic Glassmaking

Xaquixe Studio
Magdalena Apasco Etla

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Monday October 27  10:00am Free
5 Day Seminar: La gráfica como principio transdisciplinar en el arte contemporáneo

CaSa - San Agustin Art Center
Vista Hermosa, San Agustin Etla
see poster for info about enrolling - day ends at 2 pm

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Monday October 27  4:00pm Free
5 Day Seminar: Artes Impreses

CaSa - San Agustin Art Center
Vista Hermosa, San Agustin Etla
see poster for info about enrolling - day ends at 8 pm

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Monday October 27  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Maria Baranda, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Natalia Toledo & Clare Sullivan

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507
US Poets in Mexico Oaxaca Poetry Conference
Click here for more information

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Monday October 27  7:30pm $600 US dollars
5 Day Poetry Conference

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos

Click here for more information

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Tuesday October 28  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Ron Silliman, Cathy Wagner, Guadalupe Angela & Leah Silvieus

Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO)
M. Alcalá 202
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

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Tuesday October 28  7:00pm $30 pesos
Movie: Pelo Malo

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo

Click here for more information

Wednesday October 29  5:00pm Free
Altar of Rememberance: A Talk, Altar Decorating and Remembering Departed OLL Members

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Come to the library this evening to hear a talk about the significance of the “Day of the Dead” altar. Then lend a hand in the decorating of our altar of remembrance for the many departed friends and supporters who gave generously of their time and talent to make the Oaxaca Lending Library one of the oldest continuously operating organizations of its kind in all of Mexico. Photos and mementos are welcome and will be displayed on the altar. Refreshments will be served.

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Wednesday October 29  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Andrei Codrescu, Anselm Berrigan, Laurie Price & 1 Mexico Scholarship award

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

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Wednesday October 29  6:30pm $250-450 pesos
Music: Orchestra of Acordians

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Another show at 8:30 pm - This is a benefit concert.

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Wednesday October 29  8:00pm Free
Movie: Boyhood

Cinema Central
Hidalgo 302

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Wednesday October 29  10:00pm Free
Music: Omar Alí

Nueva Babel
Porfirio Díaz 224

Thursday October 30  5:00pm $70 pesos for OLL members, $100 pesos for all others
Lecture: Day of the Dead as Celebrated in Teotitlan

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
The Library is proud to have Rebecca Severeide present a talk and film detailing how the people of the weaving village of Teotitlan celebrate Day of the Dead. Refreshments will be served.

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Thursday October 30  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Larry Fagin, Rocio Gonzales & Feliciano Sanchez Chan

Hub Oaxaca
Quintana Roo 211
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

Margie's Pick

Thursday October 30  6:00pm Free
Lecture: Day of the Dead in Oaxaca by Dr. Shawn Haley

Instituto Cultural Oaxaca
Av. Juárez & Niños Heroes
In English - Hawley is author of "The Day of the Dead: When Two Worlds Meet in Oaxaca."

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Margie's Pick

Thursday October 30  7:00pm Free
Art Opening: Restless Monuments - the Cemetery of Suchilquitongo by lens and brush

Governor's Palace Museum
south side of the zócalo
Photography by Lynda Wilde and paintings by Barry Head

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Thursday October 30  8:00pm Fre
Art Auction

La Mano Mágica
M. Alcalá 203

Friday October 31  5:00pm $100 pesos, $70 for library members
Movie: Under the Volcano

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of the Dead, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul to Mexico who has just quit his job. His best friend is a bottle of booze.
Click here for more information

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Friday October 31  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: All Participants & Faculty read one poem each

Hub Oaxaca
Quintana Roo 211
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

Friday October 31  7:30pm $300 pesos
Bus Tour to Cemeteries - Xoxo & Atzompa

leaves from the Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Must sign up and pay in advance - Board tour buses/vans for a visit to the cemeteries in Xoxocotlan and Atzompa. Observe the vigils going on there on this “All Hallows Eve.” While almost every town and village in Mexico marks the “Day of the Dead,” few do it with the exuberance found in Xoxocotlan. We will visit XOXO first, then proceed to the hillside panteon in Atzompa where a similar but more restrained observance takes place.

Saturday November 01  2:00pm Free
Cemetery Walking tour to Panteon General

leaves from the Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Must sign up and pay in advance - Gather at the Library at 2:00 PM and walk (approximately 12 blocks) to Oaxaca’s principal cemetery to see the graves decorated for the “Day of the Dead.” The tour will include notes about the history of the panteon and those who are buried there.

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Margie's Pick

Saturday November 01  5:00pm Free
Art Opening: Una Línea de Polval

La Curtiduria
5 de Mayo 307, Jalatlaco

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Margie's Pick

Saturday November 01  7:00pm Free
Art Opening: Una Línea de Polval

Taller Espacio Alternativo
Porfirio Díaz 413

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Margie's Pick

Saturday November 01  8:00pm Free
4th Comparsa de Catrinas

Front of the Santo Domingo Church
M. Alcalá & Constitución
There are cash prizes for the best costumes so bring your cameras!

Margie's Pick

Saturday November 01  8:00pm Free
Comparsa "La Cuadra"

streets of Jalatlaco

One of many costume parades celebrating Dia de Muertos - but one of the best. Listen for the band.

Saturday November 01  12:00pm
Music: Bizet’s Carmen

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.
Click here for more information

Sunday November 02  7:00pm Free unless transportation is provided
Visit to Cemetery in San Felipe del Agua

leaves from the Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Sign up in advance - Visit this charming old and local cemetery in a nearby suburb of Oaxaca Centro guided by Larry Ginzkey and friends.

Monday November 03  1:00pm $$250 pesos plus cost of lunch
Bus Tour to San Antonino Cemetery with Lunch

leaves from the Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Sign up in advance - We will visit the charming pueblo of San Antonino where many of the flowers that are sold during Muertos season are grown. The village is also known for its tepetes made from flowers…a great photo opportunity. This tour will include a visit to Jacobo and Maria Angeles’ Feria de Muertos and comida at their lovely restaurant Azucena Zapoteco in San Martin Tilcajete.

Wednesday November 05  4:00pm $130 pesos, $100 pesos for library members
Workshop: Cartooning and the Graphic Novel by Steve Lafler

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
This is a hands on workshop, with attendees bringing paper, pencil, eraser and drawing pen. Steve will have a supply of these items on hands too, as needed. Areas covered include: • Character design, visual and personality traits. • Plot/theme/story arc. • Writing dialog. • Drawing techniques and tools. • Page layout: Graphic narrative technique. Examples will be given in each area, with exercises after each. The workshop runs 90 minutes, the second half being a free draw with attendees creating a comic page under Steve's advice. Goes to 5:30 pm. Sign up in advance at the library.

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Wednesday November 05  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Ángel Morales & Victor Amando Cruz Chávez

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

Thursday November 06  4:00pm $1,500 pesos
Month-long Workshop: Intermediate Photography

Bravo Photography Center
M. Bravo & García Vigil
Every Thursday and Friday thru Dec. 5 from 4 to 7 pm

Thursday November 06  5:00pm Free
Music: Organ Concert

Santo Domingo Church
M. Alcalá & Constitución
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

Friday November 07  5:00pm $100 pesos, $70 for library members
Movie: The Wild Bunch

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. Click here to learn more. Director: Sam Peckinpah Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

Friday November 07  5:00pm Free
Music: Organ Concert

San Jerónimo Church
Tlacochahuya
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

Saturday November 08  12:00pm Free
Music: Organ Concert

Sto Domingo Church
Yanhuitlan
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

Sunday November 09  4:00pm $60 pesos at the purple door
Music: Blues, Soul and Rock 'n Roll

Casa Colonial
Miguel Negrete 105

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Wednesday November 12  9:00am
Instrumenta Oaxaca



Through to the 23rd
Click here for more information

Wednesday November 12  5:00pm $130 pesos, $100 pesos for library members
Lecture: Trains, Trams, Villa and the Mexican Revolution by Alan Goodin

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
See and hear about the trains, trams and tracks of Oaxaca as well as how the notorious bandit and unarguably the most successful Mexican General Pancho Villa changed U.S. and Mexican history forever. Based on “true stories”, factual myths, numerous legends and some of Villa´s own propaganda.

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Wednesday November 12  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Charly A. Secas & Ramiro Pablo Velasco

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

Wednesday November 12  8:00pm Free
Music: Pushing the Limits - Belgian Brass

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

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Thursday November 13  8:00pm Free
Music: Rythm & Texture - Brodsky Quartet

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

Friday November 14  5:00pm $100 pesos, $70 for library members
Movie: Old Gringo

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Old Gringo is a 1989 film directed by Luis Puenzo and co-written with Aída Bortnik, based on the novel Gringo Viejo by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes.
Click here for more information

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Friday November 14  8:00pm Free
Music: Resonances nocturnal

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Instrumenta 2014 - chamber music with guitar and flute with the Brodsky Quartet
Click here for more information

Saturday November 15  5:30pm Free
Music: Brodsky Quartet plus organ

Church of Tlacalula

Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

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Saturday November 15  12:00pm Free
Music: Espacio Experomental

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

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Sunday November 16  6:00pm Free
Music: Shostakovich #1 - Brodsky Quartet

Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO)
Macedonio Alcalá 202
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

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Sunday November 16  12:00pm Free
Music: Celebracion Iberoamerica (trumpet, trombone & piano)

CaSa - San Agustin Art Center
Vista Hermosa, San Agustin Etla
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

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Monday November 17  6:00pm Free
Music: Students of Instrumenta

Andador Touristica - M. Alcalá

Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

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Monday November 17  8:00pm Free
Music: Discovering Bolling - Jazz

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

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Monday November 17  8:00pm Free
Music: Shostakovich #2

Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO)
M. Alcalá 202
Instrumenta 2014
Click here for more information

Wednesday November 19  4:00pm $1,500 pesos
Month-long Workshop: Basic Photography

Bravo Photography Center
M. Bravo & García Vigil
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 10 December from 4 to 7 pm

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Wednesday November 19  6:00pm Free
Book Reading: Enrique Arnaud & Alejandro Guzmán

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

Saturday November 22  12:00pm
Music: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy—featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera—stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.
Click here for more information

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Wednesday November 26  6:00pm Free
Poetry Reading: Efraín Belasco Sosa & Oscar Sandoval

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

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Margie's Pick

Friday November 28 
Food Festival: El Saber del Sabor

various restaurants

goes to December 2nd

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Margie's Pick

Friday November 28  $300 pesos
Inaugural Dinner of El Saber del Sabor

Plaza de la Danza
next to the Soledad Church on Morales
See poster for where to get tickets

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Monday December 01  6:00pm Free
Book Reading: Didier López & Guilermo Santos

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

Saturday December 13  11:00am
Music: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.
Click here for more information

Saturday January 17  12:00pm
Music: Lehár’s The Merry Widow—New Production

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.
Click here for more information

Saturday January 31  12:00pm
Music: Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley, and Christine Rice sing the three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.
Click here for more information

Saturday February 14  11:30am
Music: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle—New Production

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
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Saturday March 14  12:00pm
Music: Rossini’s La Donna del Lago—Met Premiere

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition:Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.
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Saturday April 25  11:30am
Music: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo's Pagliacci—New Production

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition:Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
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Festivals & Holidays


I do my best to be accurate but festival dates are subject to change from year to year.


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Procession: The Virgin of the Rosary
Church of San Tomás
Xochimilco, Oaxaca

After mass a procession of estandartes (large red velvet banners covered with silver ornaments) and then fireworks including a castillo (tower)



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Festival: Witches’ Tuesday
Zocaló
Xoxocotlán

Every Tuesday during Lent the people of Xoxocotlán celebrate the miracle of witches bringing food and light during the building of their church. In the central plaza, lit only by oil lamps, enjoy eating tamales and drinking atole. Live entertainment.

Free
Ceremony: Paseos de los Veirnes de Cuaresma
Llano Park
Oaxaca

Students accompanied by a band or Tuna give flowers to their favorites. She with the most flowers is declared queen. A longtime Oaxacan tradition of unknown origin.

Free
Ceremony: Paseos de los Veirnes de Cuaresma
Llano Park
Oaxaca

Students accompanied by a band or Tuna give flowers to their favorites. She with the most flowers is declared queen. A longtime Oaxacan tradition of unknown origin.




Free
Ceremony: Paseos de los Veirnes de Cuaresma
Llano Park
Oaxaca

Students accompanied by a band or Tuna give flowers to their favorites. She with the most flowers is declared queen. A longtime Oaxacan tradition of unknown origin.

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Procession of Offerings - Palm Sunday
begins at the cemetery and goes to the church
San Antonino Castillo Velasco (near Ocotlan)

An opulent procession of offerings and a reenactment of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem – Also many processions including on leaving from the Santo Domingo Church at 9 am and another leaving from the Templo de San Francisco at 10 am. In front of all churches in the city and village look for woven crosses and other ornaments made of palm being sold.


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Procession of Silence
Alcalá and Garcia Vigil
Oaxaca

Moving procession of crosses and full sized devotional figures




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Guelaguetza
Guelaguetza Stadium
Oaxaca

Another performance at 5 pm. Presentation of the traditional dances of the villages of Oaxaca danced by delegations from each village. There is an alternate Guelaguetza and other events during this period.

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Guelaguetza
Guelaguetza Stadium
Oaxaca

Another performance at 5 pm. Presentation of the traditional dances of the villages of Oaxaca danced by delegations from each village. There is an alternate Guelaguetza and other events during this period.

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Ceremony: The Blessing of the Animals
Merced Church
Independencia & Miguel Doblado

Animals and their human keepers are there to celebrate the feast day of San Ramón de Nonato, patron saint of women in labor, persons falsely accused and keeper of animals. Expect to see many pets in costumes.

Free
Witches’ Tuesday
Zócalo
Xoxocotlán

Every Tuesday during Lent the people of Xoxocotlán celebrate the miracle of witches bringing food and light during the building of their church. In the central plaza, lit only by oil lamps, enjoy eating tamales and drinking atole. Live entertainment.