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Volume 11, No. 5: April 10, 2006

Stay away from the Buffet:

OK, I’m going to vent now. It’s all I have the strength to do, having just spent a couple of hours glutting myself on too many helpings of too many varieties of starchy and fatty food. Four kinds of meat, two kinds of rice, 2 kinds of pasta, four kinds of salad, and four kinds of desert. Yes, that’s right, folks, I – who should have known better, but let my greed take advantage of me – just got back from an all-you-can-eat buffet. (more…)

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Volume 11, No. 4: March 15, 2006

Artwork to die for:

Last year, we went to, and reported on, a work in progress by well-known Oaxaca artist Alejandro Santiago. Famous for – and sustained by sales of – his paintings, maestro Alejandro was creating thousands of ceramic figures to commemorate all the Mexicans who have died in the U.S. or in the attempt to get there. He has since received a large corporate grant to build a giant kiln which has greatly speeded up the work. (more…)

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Volume 11, No. 3: February 26, 2006

Lila Downs produces an Extravaganza for the Guadalupe Musalén Fund:

For those of you who may not know, Guadalupe Musalén was one of the organizers of the Casa de Mujer (women's house) in Oaxaca . She is celebrated in one of our earliest stories, "A Tale of Three Guadalupes". Bilingual, brilliant, beautiful and dedicated, she produced the first benefit concert for the Casa during my second year here. Held in the Macedonio Alcalá opera house, it featured an evening of music by two gifted concert performers: Cicely Winter, a pianist, organist, teacher and organizer of the ongoing effort to restore and replace 16 th and 17 th century organs in Oaxaca state; and Cynthia Stokes , who was at the time principal flautist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. They built the program over many weeks of e-mail correspondence and phone calls, topped with only a few days of practice together, and the result was brilliant; and the Casa's profit was a significant share of its operating budget for the year. (more…)

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Volume 11, No. 2: February 14, 2006

“Progress” in El Llano:

The Passeo Parque Benito Juarez, known more familiarly as El Llano, named for the lions that guard it’s corner entrances, has been undergoing “reconstruction”. A lot of trees have been torn up, but most of them were in the strip of land between the street and the peripheral sidewalk, where their shallow roots heaved up one of inner-city Oaxaca’s favorite jogging paths. Also torn up in a major way have been the paving stones which made up the paths that criss-cross the park, and formed the plazas around the fountains. As promised, this edition features photos of the destruction / reconstruction in progress. More photos as the project continues. (more…)

By Stan Gotlieb, ago