A reader sent me this flyer for an arts and crafts holiday sale in Tijuana this weekend that is billed as an opportunity to purchase “gifts and novelties – but not by your grandmother,” It’s being held in my old neighborhood of La Cacho, and I’m intrigued to learn that Tijuana seems to be a base for a brigade of serious knitters and sewing guerrillas with sassy names like “Stitch and Bitch” and “The Magic Mushroom.”
I’ve always been fascinated by sub-cultures within Tijuana – Mixtec Indians, street vendors and bicyclists, to name a few – because they represent the dynamics that make this city tick in ways that often elude the outside world’s attention. Whether they are pushing for change, leaving an artistic mark or just trying to scrape by, their stories help explain what it is to be Mexican while at the same time reflecting our globalization in small but significant ways.
To view a larger version of the flyer, click here or click on the images. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m and the flyer has more specific information. For a general idea of where this is taking place you can search “Guanajuato Avenida Tijuana” on Google maps.
Screenshot from the blog of Elylu
Tijuana’s Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra continues through Nov. 15th at the CECUT cultural center. This festival draws artists from around the world – Mexico, Hungary, Spain, to name a few places – to perform a range of pieces and styles.
This Friday night, Jason Vieaux (United States) performs at 8 p.m.
This Saturday night, Cesar Olguin y Cuatro para Tango (Argentina and Mexico) performs at 8 p.m.
This Sunday evening, Rafael Elizondo (Mexico) performs at 6 p.m.
Tickets are less than $15 per person.
See the schedule here.
Tijuana tourism officials have got their work cut out for them. Close to thirty bodies were dumped this week in the city’s streets (as of Thursday night), presumably the work of major drug cartel groups. While the body counts may be sobering, life goes on for the city’s law-abiding residents. Here are some places where you may find them:
Entijuanarte art festival: More than 155 artists, most of them from Mexico, will participate in the fourth annual Entijuanarte art festival. The event will take place at the city’s border-adjacent cultural center (CECUT – for directions go here). In addition to showcasing sculptures and paintings, the event will include conferences, performances, videos, theatre, contemporary dance and music. The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. both days, and it’s free.
Visit El Cubo: While you are at the CECUT, check out the cultural center’s newest addition, El Cubo.
If you can stomach it: Tijuana’s Fiesta Brava Gastronomica continues this Saturday ( as well as Oct. 11, and Oct. 18-19). The event, which starts at 4 p.m., includes bullfights and top dishes from local restaurants. It’s located in a space near the La Diferencia and Villa Saverios restaurants in the Zona Rio. For a general idea of where it is, go here and then start asking around. General admission is about $30 per person.
*Across the border does its best to verify this information but suggests visitors do their own additional research because venues change, errors can be made, and events cancelled.*
Screenshot from Entijuanarte web page.
I wrote about the Tijuana Cultural Center, CECUT, in a recent post. Known affectionately as La Bola, it’s a cultural and arts center not far from the San Ysidro port of entry that gained architectural notoriety for the giant ball that esconces its IMAX theater.
Now it’s time for an update: This weekend, the center opens a $9 million section that adds 16,145 square feet to the center’s exhibition space, according to an article in The San Diego Union Tribune. The new section is dubbed El Cubo for its contrasting 90 degree angles, and the first two exhibits feature Buddhist sculptures and a show called “Civic Project.”
El Cubo (not to be confused with the Casa del Tunel) opens to the public this Sunday, Sept. 28, (10 a.m. to 7 p.m), according to the CECUT website. The CECUT’s regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check my previous CECUT post for directions.
Screenshot from CECUT page