State and federal police agents have been called in to increase vigilance in the Chapala area following a series of shooting incidents this week that caused three confirmed fatalit...
Despite many rumors to the contrary, Mexico’s Seguro Popular health care program will continue in its present form, at least for the time being.
Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this re...
The new schedule of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) – eagerly awa...
What’s going on
Galeria Amiga presents Many Hands – No Hands from F...
“Have you ever seen how they make raicilla, John?” asked my friend J...
Sometimes playing the blame game just doesn’t cut it.
Such is the case wi...
This column was first published June 21, 1997.
Spending time in Mexico means le...
I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I&rsqu...
Talented local musicians of different genres showcased each Monday. February 18: Pianists Tristan Pfaff and Justyna Chmielowiec join the Cuarteto Janus in a recital sponsored by the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero. Works by Hector Villa-Lobos, Alfredo Carrasco, Grieg, Saint...
Australia will be the invited country at this year’s 22nd Festival Cultural de Mayo, set for May 7-31 in metro area Guadalajara.
Tony-Award winning entertainer Levi Kreis gives four presentations of “O’ Canada,” focused on tunes made famous by Canadian musical stars, at The Spotlight Club, Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, at 4 and 7 p.m.
February the 13th falls on a Wednesday next week (thankfully not a Friday), so that seems an appropriate day to attend a concert entitled “The End of the World,” part of the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero.
The next production of the Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) is “The Same Deep Water As Me” by Nick Payne, February 15 to 24.
“Have you ever seen how they make raicilla, John?” asked my friend JP Mercado. Well, I had been told that raicilla was a kind of moonshine made in the mountains somewhere near Mascota, but beyond that I knew nothing, so when JP offered to take me to a taberna (rustic distillery) where th...
On January 30, geography researchers at the University of Guadalajara (UdG) presented a 535-page book on the geoheritage of La Primavera Sierra, describing in detail its “volcanic diversity.”
This column was first published June 21, 1997.
Spending time in Mexico means learning Spanish — if you want that time to have much significance.
This column was first published in the April 9, 1988 edition of this newspaper.
Just behind the high ochre ridge that slices the northern horizon at the west end of Lake Chapala lie two small villages, the remnants of a once vast hacienda.
A reader of the Guadalajara Reporter wrote to me asking if I could help him out by explaining what a link in an email is. The answer is simple; it is that thing in an email I said you should never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever click on!
The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a far-reaching law and probably the best attempt so far to address the societal changes resulting from the explosion of data-gathering abilities made technically possible by the internet and mobile devices.
Sometimes playing the blame game just doesn’t cut it.
Such is the case with the gas pipeline explosion that killed more than 90 people in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo on January 17.
The new government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received a stark warning on the 25th anniversary of the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in southern Mexico.
I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.
The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...
While Carnaval festivities at lakeside lack the caché of big time celebrations in places like Rio de Janiero, New Orleans and Venice, you can be sure that we are in for plenty of high-spirited revelry that will crank up Friday, February 22 and run unabated until Shrove Tuesday, March 5.
The byword for theatrical events at Lakeside is this: If you build it they will come. No end to audience availability, no matter what the offering happens to be.
There seems to be an overwhelming need and accommodation at Lakeside for live entertainment – a Mexican Hat Dance of endless expat entertainment possibilities, to say nothing about the various native cultural events that draw gringo attention and excitement. All this, plus the casinos, turn La...
The Guadalajara chapter of Democrats Abroad will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, February 16. Ed Tasca, a popular humor columnist and published novelist and playwright, will speak “On the Coattails of Lincoln.”
At St. John Cristosomo Roman Catholic Church, the English-speaking group will celebrate Christmas with Mass on Tuesday, December 25, 11 a.m., with Father Miguel Sención and seasonal songs with organ, violin, clarinet and flute accompaniment by a four-member, musical family.
‘Empty Bowls’ at American School
The American School’s fourth “Tazones Vacíos” (Empty Bowls) event on Thursday, March 6 seeks to raise funds for the Organización de Nutrición Infantil (ONI), a Guadalajara-based NGO whose mission is to prevent malnu...
El Clasico: Chivas vs. America
Bars will be packed the evening of Saturday, February 18 as local soccer favorites Chivas take on their huge Mexico City rivals America in the game referred to as El Clasico. After six games of the season, Chivas are in fourth place in the 18-team table. Kick of...
Paul Bennett and Fred Koesling will give the presentation “Humans and the Rest of Life on our Planet” at the next meeting of the Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday, February 17.
Dr. David Truly presents “The Rise and Fall of a Foreign Retirement Community in Mexico” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, February 17, 10:30 a.m., on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).
Investment managers Yann Kostic and Tom Zachystal present “Why All the Volatility and What This Means for Investors” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, February 10, 10:30 a.m., on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).
Ten months after work began, a 15-kilometer stretch of highway between Mascota and Puerto Vallarta has been repaired and is operational.
Rhythm and Ribs
The popular Rhythm and Ribs annual fundraiser for the Manos de Amor children’s shelter celebrates its 15th year on Monday, February 18, starting 6 p.m.
January ended on an extraordinary high note for some of La Manzanilla’s residents. On Sunday, January 27 aquatic enthusiasts participated in the Nadando por Ellos swimathon to raise funds to improve the quality of life and dignity for five of the pueblo’s poverty stric...
What’s going on
Galeria Amiga presents Many Hands – No Hands from February 11 to March 8. This show embraces the concept of artists – in this case multiple artists – becoming one with their work. Contact Jeanne McGee at 360-647-8137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunshine & coffee
Alison Grootveld grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended university in Portland, Oregon where she completed her bachelor’s degree with a focus in interior design.
The 7th Annual Charity Chili Cook-off is set for Saturday, February 23, 1-5 p.m. at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho. Jim Sullivan will again chair this year’s “all you can eat” feast, featuring chili recipes from 18 popular PV area bars, restaurants and sponsors &ndash...
Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.
In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our August editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.
Those keen to travel through Mexico’s glorious Copper Canyon in luxurious grandeur are now getting the opportunity thanks to the May 17 launch of the Chepe Express, a premium tourism concept that compliments the popular – but more modest – train ride, Ferromex’s Ferrocarril C...
If you read last week’s account of several days spent in Oaxaca City exposed to what a San Francisco-trained chef – Julio Aguilera of Oaxaca-cathedral-adjacent El Destilado – likes to sink his teeth into on the city’s wide spectrum of gustatory options, plus an account of his...
Can a “review” of a restaurant that is a “reviewer’s” favorite hangout and right across the street from home make any pretense of being objective? Obviously not, but neither, in said reviewer’s totally unbiased opinion, should such circumstances exclude Saint Malo...
There are eaters and there are diners. And both are served well in Ajijic.
‘Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together’ by Andrew Selee. New York: Public Affairs, 2018.
Reviewed by Dr. Michael Hogan
A recent photograph published in this newspaper of some 20 young students holding up this pamphlet, Aves del Lago de Chapala, at the reopening of the Alexander Humboldt bird watching trail in San Antonio Tlayacapan made us look into where the young ladies found their birding literature.
Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.
If you’re new to Mexico and find yourself stricken by a tummy bug, you are not alone.
The current spate of homicides – 10 were reported on February 12 alone – prompted Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro to urge citizens to remain calm while his administration implements new security strategies. At the same time, he reminded constituents of his limited time in office.
Police were called to the Chapala Malecón early Monday, February 11 to break up an altercation between a U.S. resident who is a staunch opponent of Donald Trump and several other expats who customarily gather there for coffee and conversation.
A rodada (critical mass) comprised entirely of female cyclists from various civic organizations took to city streets on the evening of February 6 to draw attention to growing number of femicides in Jalisco.
Mexico may appear to be a bountiful country with countless food stands, markets and grocery stores, but that doesn’t negate the fact that one out five people experienced moderate to severe food insecurity in 2016, according to a report by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Devel...
New Year’s Party
New York City might boast the largest block party at Times Square each New Year’s Eve, but here in La Manzanilla we raucously rang in 2019 in fine fashion.
As expected, Mexico has joined the ranks of Russia, China and Turkey in defending Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, as tens of thousands of his countrymen marched in support of the nation’s “interim” president, Juan Guiadó, this past week.
It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...
Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.
Linda S. Kaffel
Linda S. Kaffel died peacefully in her home in Ajijic with her daughter and good friends by her side on February 4 at the age of 73.
The Charros victory Monday night qualifies the local ball club for the annual Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series), which takes place in Panama February 4-10.