Wrestling for Father’s Day
Zapopan’s huge Plaza de las Americas (facing the Basilica) will host a wrestling extravaganza on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.
A range of activities to celebrate dads will begin on both days at noon, with the wrestling scheduled from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday and 6-9 p.m. on Sunday. There’s no charge to watch the grapplers in action.
Circus arts festival starts Monday
The fourth Festival Periplo, celebrating the circus arts, runs from Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26 at two downtown Guadalajara venues: the Laboratorio de Artes Variedades (LARVA) at Juarez and Ocampo and the Foro Periplo at Prisciliano Sanchez 790.
The week-long event will include the 5th National Juggling Competition on Thursday, June 23, 8:30 p.m. at the Foro Periplo (100 pesos entry), as well as seminars, master classes and performances by artists from Mexico and abroad.
Among the highlights will be a presentation by Leticia Vetrano, a respected Argentine-born clown, acrobat and actress who resides in Belgium. Her show takes place at the Foro Periplo, Friday, June 24, 8:30 p.m. Tickets 100 pesos (in advance) or 130 pesos at the door.
The festival closes at LARVA on Sunday, June 26 with a gala show featuring artists from Mexico, Canada and Argentina. Tickets 200 pesos(in advance) or 230 pesos at the door.
For more information and schedules see Foro Periplo on Facebook, or call (33) 1593-2574.
New manual to aid cyclists, drivers
Significantly behind schedule, the Jalisco state government finally released its “Manual de Ciclismo Urbano” (Urban Cyclists Manual) this week, with a print run of 14,000 copies.
The manual contains eight chapters on a variety of themes that are not only relevant to cyclists, but also to pedestrians and motorists interested in furthering their education about urban mobility issues.
The manual gives advice to cyclists on negotiating traffic safely, teaching children good habits, maintaining bicycles, emergency situations, and more.
Various civic organizations collaborated in the production of the manual, which is also available in pdf form at info.jalisco.gob.mx.
20% discount on ballet gala
A Father’s Day offer from the Auditorio Telmex sees tickets on eights shows reduced by 20 percent between June 16 and 19. These include the July 30 ballet gala featuring Guadalajara’s Isaac Hernandez of the English National Ballet, together with many international stars. Offer only available at the Telmex box office. See www.auditorio-telmex.com/.com for more details.
Tapatio nominated for film award
“SPARK,” a film produced by Tapatio Diego Nájera, has been nominated for a BAFTA U.S. Student Film Award. The winner will be named at a ceremony held June 16 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Preforming Arts in Beverly Hills, California.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Nájera studied communication at the Tec de Monterrey in Guadalajara and was on the organizing committee of the Guadalajara International film Festival for six years.
“SPARK” tells the story of Oscar, a young Venezuelan student who sparks a social media movement using an innovative cell phone application to circumvent the censorship in his country. This film was produced with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Film Production Grant, Open Garden and FireChat.
The film was developed by Nájera and co-producer Tim Hautekiet, together with director Juan Martinez Vera, both graduates of the University of Southern California.
The U.S. section of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) selected “SPARK” from 250 entries from 54 U.S. film schools.