The 3rd edition of the International Beer Festival will take place May 17, 18 and 19, 2013 at the Orchid Garden located in the corner of Ventura Puente street and Camelinas avenue in Morelia, Michoacan.
This event mission is to raise awareness of the wide variety of craft beer and support the producers.
There will exhibitions, tasting and selling various kinds of beer. Thirty music bands will live up the event.
There will be exhibitors brewers from Michoacan, State of Mexico, Jalisco, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Baja California, and major importers of German beers, Belgian beers and Uruguayan beers. The Beer Company, producers and exhibitors from Michoacan such as: Xakúa, Casanova and Morelia´s Moon, Xiquilpan from Jiquilpan, Zamora from Zamora, Region Purepecha from Zacapu and Artbeer from Uruapan.
I liked Doña Paca Restaurant since the first time I went there and tested Churipo (a purepecha dish). Mansion Iturbe´s restaurant has been my favorite in Patzcuaro for about 7 years. It has a delicious selection of authentic dishes from Michoacan.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Doña Margarita (the owner) to try a new menu: shrimp patties for starters (tortitas de camaron) with 3 salsas: green sauce, morita chilli sauce and peron chilli sauce, Patzcuaro style fish with chayotes au gratin (pescado estilo Patzcuaro) charanda fritters as dessert (torrejas a la charanda) and american coffee.
Of course, the menu was delicious and we had lots of tequila and a great conversation.
Mansion Iturbe is a seventeenth century building located at Portal Morelos 59-A in downtown Patzcuaro, Michoacan. This building is also a traditional hotel in Patzcuaro. It has 14 individually decorated rooms, some of them with private balcony overlooking the Plaza Vasco de Quiroga or Iturbe Street.
There is another restaurant in this building called El Viejo Gaucho (South Amercan Peña style) featuring live music and a great atmosphere. Cafeteria El Portal serves aromatic cappuccino, snacks and drinks.
More info and reservations: phones (434) 342 0368; Fax (434) 342 3627, US & Canada fax 1 866 678 6102.
The 4th edition of the Piano Festival will take place April 13th through May 18th in Patzcuaro. The main venue will be the great Emperador Calzontzin teather located at Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra in downtown Patzcuaro and some performances will be held at Antiguo Colegio Jesuita auditorium located in the corner of Enseñanza and Alcantarilla streets in downtown Patzcuaro and CREFAL auditorium located in 525 Lázaro Cárdenas avenue, Revolución neighborhood in Patzcuaro.
There will be a piano exhibition at Emperador Calzontzin teather´s lobby during the entire festival (april 13-may 18).
The festival features four different Concerts: Gala, Educational, Popular Music and People from Patzcuaro performing (Patzcuarenses al Piano):
Place: Teatro Emperador Calzontzin
Hour: 8 pm
Price: $50.00 pesos
April 13: Claudio Herrera
April 20: Edison Quintana
April 27: Carlos Salmerón/Laura Villafranca
May 4: Daniel Rodríguez
May 11: Alexis Aranda
May 18: Hannia Berenice Alvarez Acuña
The XXIII International Guitar Festival will be held at Morelia, April 8th through 12th, 2013. Among other activities, this year´s festival will hold the national guitar contest at Conservatorio de las Rosas.
There will be master classes by Victor Pellegrini from Argentina and Judicael Perroy from France. The “Guitarras de Paracho del Club de Lauderos” exhibition at sala Gilberto Ramirez in Casa de la Cultura de Morelia.
FIG (Festival Internacional de Guitarra) will have artist from Italy, France, Argentina, Russia, Czech Republic and Mexico. The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Morelia, the Michoacan Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the Michoacan University will perform at Conservatorio de las Rosas and Teatro Ocampo.
The 5th edition of the International Fantastic & Morbid Horror Film Festival will take place November 15th through 18th in Patzcuaro. The Festival has received 357 productions from Mexico, Spain, USA, Estonia, Italy, Peru, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Costa Rica, France, Portugal, Australia, Austria, Finland, Japan, Argentina , South Africa, Holland and England.
Among other activities there will be a tribute to the Irish writer Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Also classic and contemporary films about vampires, such as El Vampiro, featuring El Santo (wrestling icon in Mexico); Mexican films as Cronos by Guillermo del Toro; Alucarda, daughter of darkness by Juan Lopez Moctezuma and Vampires of Coyoacan by Arturo Martinez and two premiere vampire films Uruguay and Chile.
The venues in Patzcuaro will be Biblioteca Gertrudis Bocanegra, Casa de los 11 patios, Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Teatro Emperador Caltzontzin and Benigno Serrato street.
Morbid 2012 will have a short film contest, a wide variety of special guests, long and short film, concerts, exhibits, lectures and workshops.
The second book published by Morbid e IMCINE will be presented as special activity. This book is dedicated to Federico Curiel a mexican composer, singer, actor, director and writer from Jalisco, who made great contributions to the Mexican fantasy and horror cinema. The book also has contributions from Rosana Curiel, Álvaro Curiel, Armando Gil Vega, Roberto Coria, Antonio Camarillo, Pepe Navar, Gonzalo Rocha, Paul Guise Koestinger and an extensive selection of photographs.
Some of the special guests are the Director Jose Luis Gutierrez Arias, David Michan, Cesar Garcia, Rodrigo Gudino, Mil Mascaras, Bernabé Palma, René Cardona III, Armando Vega Gil, Jose Luis Trueba, Eduardo Ruiz Saviñon, the Curiel family, Ezzio Avendano, Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Argentina), Ricardo Islas (Uruguay), Richard Stanley (South Africa), Russell Cherrington (England), Richard Elfman (USA), Tim Luna (Germany), P.J. Mathews (Ireland), Jeffrey Uhlmann (USA), Carles Torrens (Spain).
The prizes to be granted at the Festival are:
The golden skull (calavera dorada): Audience Award for long films
The skull of blood (calavera de sangre): Directors award for long films.
The golden small skull (calaverita dorada): Audience Award for short films
The silver small skull (calaverita plateada): Morbid Award for short films
The silver small skull (calaverita plateada): Audience Award on YouTube
Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration to honor and remember the deceased. It was considered by UNESCO the highest representation of Mexico´s living heritage and one of the most powerful, ancient and cultural expression of the indigenous people. In 2003, UNESCO declared the Day of the Dead celebration as a Masterpiece of oral and intangible human heritage.
Celebrations were November 1 and 2, but nowadays in Michoacan the different cities and towns have several days of activities, from decorations of the graves in the cemetery, to building fantastic ofrendas (memorials) to their dearly departed loved ones or visiting the various art crafts tianguis.
Features: Bed & Breakfast with 17 rooms, 2 cabins, 2 bungalows, restaurant, home for the owner/manager, bar, billiards room, children area, equipped laundry room, 2 patios, 4 fountains, 4 cisterns, reception room, parking are for 7 cars, 2 separate bath room; 2 storage place for linens; 2 stationary gas tanks, outdoor kitchen, internet and sky services in all areas.
This Bed & Breakfast has 17 rooms with private bathroom, 2 cabins (sleeps 6) with fireplace; 2 bungalows with kitchenettes, dining, minibar and fireplace; restaurant area (seats 25 people); home for the owner/manager, bar, billiards and board games area, children area with furnitures & toys; equipped laundry room; 2 patios, 4 fountains, 4 cisterns (two of 5000 liters, one of 7000 liters and one of 3000 liters); reception room with bathroom and storage; parking are for 7 cars, 2 separate bath room; 2 storage place for linens; 2 stationary gas tanks (150kg and 300kg); outdoor kitchen with BBQ, grill, sink and fireplace for tortillas.
This property has 3 independant rooms with direct access to the street. There is a reception area with bathroom and storage at the emtrance at right, then the hallway leads to the first patio where you can access some rooms and the laundry room equiped with 4 washer machines and 2 driers.
There are two fountains and benches in the reception area.
The first patio leads to the Restaurant and the owner/manager´s home. The restaurant has tables, chairs, table cloths, dishes, glass wear and silver ware to serve 25 people. There are beautiful decorations and oil paintings in the walls and there is a restroom just for the restaurant.
The owner/manager´s home is located in the second floor facing the main street. It has living room, dining and kitchen, balcony, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
The 2 bungalows are located in the hallway between the first and second patio. There is a men´s restroom in the hallway too. There are two fountains and the outdoor kitchen in the second patio. The access to the cabins, bar, billiards and board games area, children area, women´s restroom and several rooms is trough the second patio.
The two story cabins are made out of wood. There is living room with fireplace, dining, kitchenet, bathroom and one bedroom downstairs; two bedrooms and balcony upstairs.
The bar is fully equiped, it has tables, chairs, benches, dishes, glass wear and a hockey table. Billiards room has a pool table and several board games and decarations. The children area has a futboll table, small chairs and tables and a lot of toys and decorations for children.
All rooms have private bathroom, cable TV, furnitures for 2 to 6 people. There is Internet access in all areas.
All furnitures, linens, lamps, oil paintings, wall decorations and equipment described are included in the price.
This property is located 250 meters from San Pedrito pier and 250 from the main pier in Patzcuaro. The boats to visit the islands of Janitzio, La Pacanda, Yunuen & Tecuena depart on those piers. This is a very touristic area, with several restaurants and art crafts shops. All the public transportation routes merge at the main pier. There are taxi stations and public transportation to all towns around Lake Patzcuaro. It is located in the same area where the old train station will open its doors soon as the Ruta Don Vasco Information Center (Centro de Información y Documentación de la Ruta Don Vasco) a cultural tourist project.
This is a one level fixer upper house in a 1550 sq. ft. lot. There is a breathtaking Lake Patzcuaro and town view from the roof.
This home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, dining area, and hallway. There is a one car garage or storage place with independent entrance. It has water tank and stationary tank. This property is located in a corner with 12 meters front on each street.
This house is in front of the square and church in the San Lazaro neighborhood.
The 10th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival will take place November 3rd through 11th. This Festival started in 2003 to promote the Mexican cinema´s new proposals. It´s main scenario is the colonial city of Morelia, but it also has activities and shows in Patzcuaro and Mexico City.
During the festival, movies from the five official competitive sections will be screened in addition to a selection of films from the International Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival. There will be premieres of national and international films, conferences, Homages to outstanding members of the film industry, workshops and special events. The whole schedule will be announced at the end of October.
The Festival has four official sections in competition: Mexican Short Film, Mexican Documentary, Mexican Feature Film and Michoacán Section. There are 45 Mexican Short Film, 25 Mexican Documentaries, 9 Mexican Feature Film and 12 Michoacán Section films for this year.
There has been important guest in the past editions: Serge Bromberg, Alfonso Cuarón, Doris Dörrie, Bruno Dumont, Stephen Frears, Gael García Bernal, Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Salma Hayek, Todd Haynes, Werner Herzog, Mike Hodges, Tommy Lee Jones, Diego Luna, Cristian Mungiu, Manoel de Oliveira, Arthur Penn, Marisa Paredes, Nicolas Philibert, Carlos Reygadas, Raúl Ruiz, Volker Schlöndorff, Barbet Schroeder, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, Béla Tarr, Bertrand Tavernier, Guillermo del Toro, Fernando Trueba, Luis Valdez, y Gus Van Sant.
Also, the Festival honors every year an important figure of Mexican cinema from the state of Michoacán. In previous years, the festival has paid homage to Miguel Contreras Fernando Méndez and the Alva brothers, actresses Stella Inda and Lilia Prado, cinematographer Ezequiel Carrasco and actors Julio Alemán y Damián Alcázar.
There are tickets for sale to attend movies (35 pesos per person or 120 per 4 tickets). Conferences, round tables and exhibitions are usually free of charge and don’t require a ticket. However, seating is limited, so arrive early because seats are assigned on a “first come, first served” basis. For the opening and closing events an invitation is required
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If you are going to lease or rent a mexican property, the best way to protect your interest is a well writen agreement prepared by a mexican attorney.
You should know that only the owner or his legal representative (holding power of attorney) have the right to rent or lease the property. Therefore, you should make sure:
1) The deed should be described in the rental/lease contract and a copy provided to you.
2) You should see the owner´s ID (and get a copy). Owner´s Name in the Id and deed must match. In Mexico, the best way to identify ourselves is with the “credencial de elector” (IFE) id or passport.
3) The owner´s representative should have power of attorney issued by a mexican notario. Apply number 2) for the representative´s id.
4) If the rent will be paid in a foreign currency, make sure to establish the exchange rate or at least the exchange guide to apply (a bank or other financial institution).
5) The owner should provide a local address and an email (if possible) to get notifications from you.
6) Make sure to agree in advance about:
a) Who is going to pay the maintenance fee (if the property is inside a community or condominium).
b) Any penalty and how it should be applied.
c) Any other payment or responsibility you should be aware of.
Throughout the month of September all Mexicans celebrate our Independence. The main streets and avenues of every city in Mexico are filled with ornaments with the colors of our flag (green, white and red). Many of these ornaments have colored bulbs that light up at dusk. The main squares in small towns like Patzcuaro are all filled with color.
It was the night of September 15, 1810, in the town of Dolores Hidalgo in Guanajuato when the priest Miguel Hidalgo gave the “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Independence” to harangue the people to revolt. This event marks the beginning of the fight for Mexico´s independence.
Nowadays there are “verbenas” (popular festivals) in the main squares of cities and towns in Mexico on the night of September 15th. The ceremony of the Cry of Independence is held in the Government Palace at 11:00 pm. The largest and busiest celebration takes place in the main square of Mexico City and our President is in charge of giving the cry. Governors and mayors held the ceremony on the states and towns in all our country. Mexican Consuls abroad are responsible for preserving this tradition.
There are music, dancing and vendors selling flags, horns, whistles and all kinds of souvenirs with the colors of the Mexican flag at the popular verbena. There are stallholders selling typical Mexican dishes such as quesadillas, “gorditas”, enchiladas, mole, tostadas, pozole, corundas, buñuelos (fritters topped with syrup) and many more. Also Mexican drinks such as atole, “aguas de sabores” (made out of fruits) and sometimes tequila.
The “Cry of Independence” ceremony consists in ringing the bell, waving the Mexican flag and shout:
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria!
¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez!
¡Viva Aldama y Matamoros!
¡Viva la independencia nacional!
¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!
The crowd will answer with one voice, after each sentence: VIVAN! (hurray) and finally also Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico! Then the fireworks and the party continue until the early morning.
The 24th edition of the Festival de Música de Morelia Miguel Bernal Jimenez will take place in the colonial city of Morelia, November 16th through 25th, 2012. The Festival´s performances will be held at the Cathedral and other churches, the Government´s Palace, Las Rosas Conservatory, Palacio Clavijero and other buildings and squares in downtown Morelia.
The 2011 edition had outstanding results; it gathered 50,000 attendees, more than 50 activities and 8 millions of TV viewers and radio listeners. There will be artists from 8 countries in the 2012 edition.
The opening concert will be held in the Morelos Theatre on Friday November 16th at 8:30 pm. There will be a classical-romantic program with two formidable works: the beloved Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, and the pre-Mahler Fantastique Symphonie by Berlioz, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra & the violinist Ilya Gringolts, under the direction of Antoni Ros-Marbá.
Among the participating artists are Kim Kashkashian, Maria Piccinini, Sivan Magen, Escuer Alejandro, Rodrigo Sigal, ONIX assembly, Hollving Argáez, Francisco Bringas, Anna Adoue, the Quartets: Leipzig, Sigma Project, Versus 8 and many more.
Tania Libertad will give a concert-show at Plaza Valladolid. She will perform songs from Benedetti, Juan Gabriel, Cantoral, Serrat, Guastavino, Nascimento, Alberti and Parra, among others.
Sergio Vela (festival’s artistic director) will give a series of talks (free and open to the general public) with introductory information about music at Las Rosas Conservatory on August 30th, September 13th & 27th and October 11th.
There will be a series of master classes taught by Antonio Florio, members of the Leipzig String Quartet, Raul Carnota and members of Sigma Project. These master classes will be free and open to the general public on November 22nd and 23rd at 5.00 pm at Palacio Clavijero.
Ignacio Vazquez will give a series of educational concerts called “Una Familia Singular” (a singular family). It is an educational tour through the sounds and the physical characteristics of the flute family. These concerts will be performed at Palacio Clavijero November 20th to 23rd at 11.00 am.
The Festival has interesting side events this year, among others: the Patamban Floral Rugs Exhibition at Calzada Fray Antonio de San Miguel (November 17th); an international gastronomic exhibition, called “”La música hasta la cocina” (Music up to the kitchen). Attendants will taste dishes from the countries invited to the Festival. This event will take place at Palacio Clavijero on November 22nd at 2.00 pm & November 25th at 1:00 pm.
Enjoy the Exhibition Transcripciones Musicalográficas at Palacio Clavijero November 15th to 30th. Exhibit will merge visual arts and music giving the public the opportunity to watch the work that inspired the music performed at the Festival.