Thursday, January 30, 2014


Two major art fairs will be taking place simultaneously the first week of February. 

                                      ZONA MACO

Mexico City's biggest international art fair will take place from February 5 to 9 at the
Banamex Center, Sala D. Click HERE for map.

For more information visit their website:

                               MATERIAL ART FAIR

The fair will be held in the convention center of the Hilton Mexico City Reforma, a five-star hotel in the historic center of Mexico City. Click HERE for map. 

Material Art Fair, a new international contemporary art fair in Mexico City with a focus on emerging practices, is pleased to announce its premiere edition which will take place from February 6th - 9th, 2014, parallel to the eleventh edition of Zona Maco, one of Latin America’s most important contemporary art fairs.

Material will feature 40 invited galleries, project spaces, bookstores, and non-profits, (complete list follows) all of which have been selected on the basis of the quality of their proposals as well as their general commitment to adventurous programming and support for emerging artists. There will also be a conference series, parallel activities throughout the city, and a VIP program concentrated on Mexico City’s exciting and rapidly growing project space and apartment gallery scene

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Monday, January 20, 2014


A gringo moves into an apartment in Mexico only to discover that his landlord's dog barks…a lot. After one particularly frustrating and sleepless night, followed by a day of endless yapping, the tenant finally works up the courage to complain to the landlord.
"Isn't there something you can do about that dog barking all the time?" he asks, trying to restrain his fury.
"But señor, why do you listen?"the landlord asks.

Why, indeed? It's a question I've often discussed with ex-pat friends, many of whom have dealt with the issue of unwanted noise in Mexico. Appreciation of noise is definitely one of those cultural divides. Over the years, I've been able to develop a slightly more Buddha-like attitude to disturbances beyond my control, but being from New York City, where complaining is an art form, there's always a part of me that screams out for justice.

The problem got bad in my neighborhood a few months back when someone across the street got a new dog and left it on the roof unattended, and then left for work all day. It went on for months. You could hear the pain in the poor dog's throat. One day I counted more than 10 hours of non-stop barking. We were able to identify the building where the dog lived, but hesitated to contact the owners directly, not knowing how they might respond.

But guess what? There was relief available from our very own municipal government! You can contact the Procuraduría Ambiental y del Ordenamiento Territorial del DF and make a complaint about any environmental issue. You can make a denuncia on the internet through their website:


            Or even better, go directly to the office at Medellin 202. 4to. Piso, Colonia Roma Norte
                                                         (Click HERE for map link)

Eventually we got an email, in elaborate beaurocrat-ese, saying that someone had visited the dog's owners and seen 'Nina' and her 4 pups. There was no elaboration about how the matter was handled, but we haven't heard a peep since. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


                                             SAN LUIS POTOSÍ 110, COLONIA ROMA