The border’s rural past and urban present are the themes of several interesting events scheduled to take place in Tijuana Saturday night:
Presentation of the book “Nationalism and Revolution: The events of 1911 in Baja California,” by Marco Antonio Samaniego Lopez. The book explores the emergence of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) along this part of the border. TijuanaEventos, an online entertainment guide, notes that the free event is scheduled for 6 p.m at the CECUT cultural center.
Here’s a map to the CECUT from the San Diego Reader.
But don’t be surprised if you end up finding a hypnotist instead…The book event is listed on the CECUT site, but lacks additional information. I’m wondering if if CECUT may be shuffling some programming due to the death this week of Taurus Do Brasil, a Brazilian hypnotist whose popular show seems have been seen by much of Tijuana over the years.
On Saturday night, the same time of the scheduled book presentation, the hypnotist show will go on from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m – – – with the son of Taurus Do Brasil. It’s unclear to me whether tickets are still available.
Also on Saturday, the Festival of Urban Expression is scheduled from 1 p.m. to midnight, with an eclectic mix of performance artists, break dancers, theatre, music and cars. The street festival will take place in Colonia Libertad, the neighborhood adjacent to (just east of) the San Ysidro port of entry on Pino Suarez Ave. Free.
Screenshot of Festival flyer. Event held by Tijuana’s Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura
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This is information for a Tijuana event tonight (Friday) ..a reader sent it to me a few weeks ago. So here are details that I quote from the accompanying message:
“We are a new company called White Wolf Production dedicated specially to entertain the people from Tijuana.We are writting to inform you about an event that we’re throwing on February 13th 0f 2009 at El Foro located in Downtown of Tijuana in Ave. Revolucion between 8th and 7th street. The doors open at 8 o’clock with the band called Roxanna, followed by the famous pop songwritter Chris Syler (from Miami), followed by the LA group “Adiosmercedez”, and for last but not least the singer and actress Ximena Sariñana. Also there’s going to be an afterparty in Box underground at the same place. The concert is for (people of) all ages.
The prices of the tickets are in pesos on the left side (an approximation in dlls on the right side):
$200 General 14.54 dlls.
$250 Ground 18.18 dlls.
$300 enumerated 21.82 dlls.
$400 VIP 29.10 dlls…The tickets are now available in El Foro”
YouTube video explains where tequila comes from, courtesy of zerodreamer. His website is Rocky Point Tequila, about the Sonora-based Tequila Factory.
Tijuana’s got a couple of interesting things going on this weekend along the popular tourist strip of Avenida Revolucion. Within walking distance of the border, this is in a part of the city that’s historically managed to avoid drug-related violence.
Mexican mummies: This may seem like a cruel joke considering the number of dumped bodies being found around Tijuana lately, but it’s for real. These are on loan from a mummy museum in the state of Guanajuato that I visited about ten years ago. You can learn more about the history of the adult and baby mummies here.
In Tijuana, the exhibit is being held at the old Jai Alai building on Avenica Revolucion and it’s from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to GuiadeTijuana.com. Entrance fee is under $5 per person. It lasts through Nov. 12.
A tequila a day…: With bad news on both sides of the border (plunging stock markets aren’t fun, either), a shot of tequila might be in order. The Tijuana Tequila Festival will take place between 7th and 8th streets on Avenda Revolucion with more than 100 different tequilas to taste. It lasts from around 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets cost $6. The eight-day festival started Oct. 12 and ends this Sunday night.
Five Star Tours provides transportation to the event from San Diego. Learn more here.
Note: The U.S. Embassy has emitted one of their periodic travel alerts for tourists to be careful when traveling along the Mexican border region due to stepped-up violence from feuding drug groups. My own personal advice is avoid cavorting with drug traffickers and stay out of the way of speeding car caravans.
* Travelers are recommended to double-check event listings because venues can change or be cancelled.
It may seem odd to go to Tijuana to eat Chinese food, but the truth of the matter is that there are quite a few Chinese food places here, and even more in Mexicali. And when you spend a lot of your time in Mexico, as I did the past seven years, sometimes you do get a hankering for some Kung Pao chicken instead of carnitas.
The Chinese community here usually keeps to itself, but Frontera newspaper reports that a Chinese-Tijuana festival will take place August 9 and 10, appropriately timed with the Olympics starting in China. The festival will take place on the tourist strip of Avenida Revolucion between Third and Fifth Streets. Expect to see plenty of Chinese food, artwork and the traditional Chinese lion dance. Entry costs about $2 per person.
I’ve always been interested about the Chinese community in Baja California and it’s one of the stories that I wished I had written before leaving The San Diego Union-Tribune. Here’s an interesting overview by Randy Sunwin Uang, a University of Texas-Austin graduate student, that I found on the Internet. It explores some the history of the Chinese community in Baja, such as how between 3,000 and 10,000 Chinese came to work in the agricultural fields of Mexicali during the first part of the 1900s.
For more information on the weekend event, go here.