MAGAZINE / REVISTA
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
september / septiembre 2017

· Living Walls
        by Honey Sharp
On surfaces from cement to brick, stucco, or even metal doors and with materials from aerosol cans to acrylic paint applied by brush or roller, the art continues to flourish.
· Tuesday Market in San Miguel
        by Isobel Cunningham
MX of young men shaking hands with the aged guitar player. MX of hard work and of corruption... Tawdry MX of a tinsel covered baby Jesus. Elegant MX of the cowboy.
· Americans Aging in Mexico
        by Joseph Toone
All this is in accord with the advice from combative 1930s actress Bette Davis, who once stated, "Aging isn't for sissies."
· An Emperor Visits San Miguel
        by Linda King
“Mexicans!” he called out in Spanish before the bullets hit, “I die for a just cause: that of the independence and freedom of Mexico!..."
· Periochisme
        por Oscar Plazola
...es imposible controlar todo lo que se publica en internet, que vivimos en una sociedad donde se practica la libertad de expresión, pero ¿dónde queda la ética y la conciencia?...
· Who Picks up the Check?
        by Joseph Toone
Once upon a time, however, the Church did pay. Or rather, they taxed you and then used your money to pay...
· Marquez and Octavio
        by Duke Miller
The eternal dictators always attack the students first; the ones who are too young to totally understand the danger...
· Local Gal Lives Her Dream
        by Joseph Toone
Here my cleaning lady was quitting to live her dream, the dream of owning her own restaurant.
· The "New" Website for SMA - video
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august / agosto 2017

· Five Minutes in the Life of Duke Miller, Part 1
        by Duke Miller
...the tribes and clans crowd together and jump up and down, trying to pierce the sky...
· Poverty Amidst Wealth in San Miguel de Allende
        by Ted Davis
...this field was dotted with rusted corrugated metal huts, some with old blue tarps for makeshift roofs.
· I Scream, You Scream: Comonfort as a Tourist Destination
        by Joseph Toone
...I recognized that their plan was laced with difficulties. Principal among these is that Comonfort is not a tourist town...
· Seinfeld's "Greatest Jew Joke" and Happy Anniversary
        by Dr David, Editor/Publisher Lokkal
Opening a restaurant can be like inviting cancer into your body.
· A Short History of a Long Time: SMA
        by Joseph Toone
Periodically, the Spanish would meet to determine if the Chichimecas were animals or soul-bearing humans.
· Frida Kahlo's Numerology
        by Austin Starr
She had many lovers, from Josephine Baker to Leon Trotsky, with lots of stops in between.
· The Rise and Fall and Rise of Eugene O'Neill
        by Fred Dannen
When the curtain fell... the stunned audience was silent for nearly a minute, and then rushed the stage for a half-hour ovation.
· 10 Questions about La Troupe
        by Editorial Board
It's the first truly bilingual theater company in SMA, and... one of the few such companies of its kind in the world.
· "No Hay Diferencia" - Interview with Paco Rivera
        by Woody Price
...the music industry is very stupid here in México. This business of music is the only part of music I don't like.
· A Mexican-American Dynamic: Two Sides of the Peso
        by Lydia-jane Failing
I saw the best and the worst: kind-hearted, fun-loving, generous and do-anything-for-you, versus, devious, thieving, dangerous and gringo-baiting.
· Pila Seca Prolongación
        by Ram Chanty, Dr David
In this hot, dry land trees are valued, some yet-pagan influence breaking through catholic edifice...
· Photographing the Faces of SMA: Who needs Tyra Banks?
        by Joseph Toone
... photographing interesting local faces for a future exposition... To date he has had 100 models. He is shooting for 200 hundred.
· The Sorrows of Young Eugene
        by Fred Dannen
The result was the greatest O’Neill drama, in the opinion of many, the finest play ever written by an American.
· Anciana
        by Mike Lucas
Death resizes infinity so reality is endurable.
· Rehearsing for St. Mike's Day
        by Joseph Toone
The Chichimeca dead were previously included back at the Parroquia, which was built upon the Chichimeca graveyard
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july / julio 2017

· Running to the Edge of the World
        by Duke Miller
Succumbing to peer pressure is common among adolescents... Feelings of cowardice are common enough among men.
· Uxmal, Inspiration for the Artist
        by Glen Rogers
I respond to the mystery, to the unknown, and to the purely visual beauty of these ancient designs.
· Fiestas and Fireworks, San Miguel de Allende's Unusual Personality
        by Joseph Toone
...culture is not found in great works of art, but in the gestures we make in daily living.
· Perspective of a Face Slap: American Attacked?
        by Joseph Toone
I can’t help but wonder what she said to her neighbors that would elicit such anger and implicit condoning of the slap.
· Down The Rabbit Hole in Oaxaca: the MASKS Series
        by Laura Honse
A storm broke loose that night and once again we all fell down the rabbit hole as a dashing French-Mexican grabbed a knife...
· Consuming the Future
        video, 20 minutes
Groundwater, Agro-export and Inequity in the State of Guanajuato
· Fractals, Legos, Chaos and Hope: a Bodacious Surprise
        by Bishop William O. Gregg
Their process was characterized by confidence, wonder, willingness, exploration, humor, collaboration, trust, and creativity.
· "Chant of Two Gardens": the union of two artists
        exhibition, Saturday, July 22
We had to solve how to integrate both languages, so that 2D and 3D became one piece...
· "Canto de dos jardines": la unión de dos artistas
        exhibición, sábado, 22 de julio
Sólo faltaba resolver la manera de integrar ambos lenguajes, para que bidimensión y tridimensión se hicieran una sola pieza...
· SMA Through the Eyes of Old Time Travelers
        by Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
"The river was swollen and difficult to pass. The current dragged me down and I grew faint."
· SMA a Través de los Ojos de los Viajeros de Antaño.
        por Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
"El río iba muy crecido y queriendo pasar, me llevaba la corriente y se me desvanecía la cabeza..."
· To Gate or Not to Gate? Who Owns Your Street?
        by Joseph Toone
The gate-keeper even forced a 93 year old grandmother, because of her skin tone, to walk 15 minutes, instead of allowing her to continue in her taxi.
june / junio 2017

· When the Cows Come Home
        by Carlos Chancellor
...if I am unaware, then many things will come across as a threat.
· Standing Naked Before Us: the MASKS series
        by Laura Honse
Sinuhe was the son I always wanted and a youthful lover who brought magic and energy back into my life.
· The Destruction of the Jesuits in Mexico
        by Joseph Toone
...they also educated the enslaved indigenous... forming in them thoughts independent of their masters.
· San Miguel de Allende: From $10 Million
        by Oscar Plazola
You can make a neighborhood disappear, and make a golf course appear, all with the magic of the wallet...
· San Miguel de Allende desde $10 millones
        por Oscar Plazola
...si se puede desaparecer un barrio y aparecer un campo de golf, ¿lo qué se podrá hacer con la magia de la cartera?
· Church and State: USA and Mexico
        by Joseph Toone
Understanding of what goes on around you removes fear and its cousin, anger, which opens the door to a fuller enjoyment...
· Only One Leg to Stand On, exhibit
        by Edward Swift
"I'm nothing but a tired, old, worn-out widow with only one leg to stand on, but I'm still going along."
· Theta Healing
        por Oscar Plazola
Mi única terapia de theta fue en el metro... quedé atrapado entre las tetas de dos señoras...
· The Sea Monsters of San Miguel
        by Joseph Toone
in this landlocked area of Mexico... how did the indigenous picture a sea monster?
· The Making of a Great Tenor: What's so High About High C?
        by Michael Sylvester
...it is not enough to be an accomplished vocal athlete. That singer must find the elusive whisper of truth...
· Wearing Monet's Water Lilies
        by Laura Honse
One sees the muddy depths of the water lily pond, the colorful water lily leaves and flowers, the water-reflected sky and sun.
· US Air Force Training in San Miguel: flying the friendly skies
        by Joseph Toone
...the US military-industrial complex sends students to San Miguel each year to immerse them in local history and culture.
· Taxi to the Doctor
        by Duke Miller
The romance has given way to a much harsher reality and we are the lesser for it.
· Theta Healing
        by Oscar Plazola
The car swayed and suddenly I was trapped between the tetas [teats] of two bulky ladies...
· Respect Makes the World Go Around
        by Joseph Toone
I hope she can read... the unspoken apology on my face and that she will not let a verbal torrent loose on the woman.
may / mayo 2017

· ¡Buen Provecho! - Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
        by Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
It's an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the traditional sanmiguelense cuisine, a surrealistic and magical culture.
· Semana Santa - pictorial
        by Urban Sketchers of SMA
...we gathered at high noon on Easter Sunday, for the Burning of Judas in the Jardin...
· Getting Things Done Quickly in Mexico
        by Joseph Toone
"Well, there are a lot of things in San Miguel that aren't very popular out here in the countryside."
· ¡Buen Provecho! - Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad
        by Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
...ofrece una maravillosa perspectiva de la mente mexicana, de su corazón y de su estómago.
· My Daily Exercise
        by Duke Miller
A tribesman had taken a potshot at... a distance and the bullet had fragmented on the frame of my SUV and then glanced off my skull.
· Backstage at the Good Friday Procession, an Insider's View
        by Joseph Toone
...Mexicans do believe that if carrying a saint or Virgin is heavy for you, then it is a reflection of your need to let go of your indiscretions.
· The Mummies of Guanajuato / El Museo de las Momias
        by Eileen Aldis
video - graphic content
· Heat, Dreams and Rain: a new season
        by Dr Dave, Editor, Publisher Lokkal
Here summer begins with full vengeance in May.
· Party at Alcocer's Festival of the Cross
        by Joseph Toone
Next to the lake is the largest tree I’ve seen in the area, on par with the one in La Huerta...
· Opportunity Tinkles on the Door: the MASKS series
        by Laura Honse
I threaten to... cuss him out anytime I hear him playing... in front of the greasy hamburger joint at night.
· Skipping Forward, Easing Back: a walk along Lake Allende
        by Lou Christine
...we possess the abilities to contour life's path and have the wherewithal to balance things out...
· Little Chapels of Indigenous Ways
        by Joseph Toone
Religions do no disappear overnight, they die slowly and gradually.
april / abril 2017

· Mercado San Juan De Dios: pictorial
        by Douglas Cullen, Andrés Carnalla, Mexican Food Journal
Every market has food stalls which are worth a visit for great homestyle meals at very reasonable prices.
· Living History on the Road, El Camino Real
        by Joseph Toone
With the arrival of the railroad, El Camino Real receded back into the earth through disuse and erosion.
· Absence of Family While Residing in a Foreign Land
        by Lou Christine
...when we see our Mexican hosts involve themselves in family life a tinge of jealousy might rise...
· San Miguel in the Fabulous Fifties: a Sentimental Business Journey
        by Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
In 1950 the Hotel Posada San Francisco... won the prize in the National Hotel Contest for its ambiance, architecture and good service.
· The Last Trio: Holy Week San Miguel
        by Joseph Toone
Then church members, friends and family of the prisoners would bring the image of Jesus behind bars and the food to the prison.
· Letter to Aunt Evie (and to you dear reader)
        by Dr David, Editor/Publisher
...after tinkering in the hangar for years, we are rolling down the runway and I can feel the air under my wings.
· Infamous, Unhappy Man, You are the Cause of my Anguish
        by Duke Miller
"Life is a wonderful thing, the man thought, as long as the pain is not too great."
· Stirling Dickinson's San Miguel?
        by Joseph Toone
Frankly, aside from the street that bears his name, I didn’t see Stirling’s legacy in today’s San Miguel.
· Viaje Nostálgico a San Miguel: Los Establecimientos Comerciales de los Años Cincuenta
        por Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
En 1950 el Hotel Posada de San Francisco... ganó el premio del Concurso Nacional de Hoteles
· From Dance to Dance Therapy: Embodying the Healing Power of Art
        by Txell Prat
...if I danced nicely or not... was simply not relevant. Most important for me was the inner landscapes I could access.
· The Evolution of Laura Honse: Textiles, Painting, Jewelry
        by Laura Honse
I had hardly drawn or painted since being thrown out of the painting department in my art school...
· Now That the Holidays are Gone: Recapping Semana Santa
        by Joseph Toone
All this storytelling was an attempt to make the characters more relatable to the indigenous.
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march / marzo 2017

· The Music That Enchanted America: Why Bossa Nova Still Matters
        by Fredric Dannen
Bossa nova was created in Brazil... just as the country was emerging from a protracted history of civil wars and bloody dictatorships...
· Women and Architectural Objects
        Artist statement/video by Linda Soberman
...women had been hidden or edited from history and not acknowledged for their significant contributions.
· Is There History Without Faith?
        by Joseph Toone
...understanding history and culture removes fear and anger, replacing them with compassion and joy.
· Homage to San Miguel's Deborah Turbeville: pictorial
        by BC May
"They move forward clutching their past about them, as if the ground of the present may fall away."
· La Mujer y los Objetos Arquitectónicos
        Declaración de un artista, Linda Soberman
...las mujeres han estado apartadas y editadas de la historia y poco reconocidas por sus significantes contribuciones.
· San Miguel's Southern Sister City
        by Joseph Toone
Both cities were left devastated by the war and fell into decades of decay brought on by abject poverty.
· Queretaro's Gran Charreada: "living history"
        by Kathleen Bennet
"If one steps into the forest and knows where the path leads....there is no adventure!"
· CHARABATIBIZZARRI - Ceramics Evoking Textiles
        by Barbara Erickson
..to take the gift of clay – the mud of the earth, and mix it with life-giving water and then add the spirits of the four elements...
· San Miguel's Weddings: Imported or Domestic?
        by Joseph Toone
I often have seen wedding party members stocking up on tacos in the Jardin... it may be a bit until the wedding reception meal.
february / febrero 2017

· The Dream Project, NY Theatre Director Working in SMA
        by Katie McHugh
"The dream we live in Mexico is also a nightmare..."
· Indigenous Mexican, Jazz, World Music, Mixing It Up in SMA (listen)
        by Daina Jasmine
We all have access to music and musical ideas from throughout the world and throughout history
· Of Crosses and Witches in San Miguel
        by Joseph Toone
...find yet another cross used for the dark arts. The area around hosts evening fires to cast spells.
· Susan Page
        by Dr David, Editor/Publisher Lokkal
audio interview
· William Spratling, Father of Mexico’s Silver Jewelry Industry
        by Lou Christine
He became a vivacious and virtual front man with almost empty pockets.
· Advice for Visitors (And We Are All Visitors)
        by Dr David, Editor/Publisher Lokkal
getting upset because a dog barks in the middle of the night does not help you fall back asleep...
· The Establishment of the Artistic Colony of Expats in SMA
        by Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
Many brilliant minds had wandered through our cobblestoned streets and they have impregnated our walls with their creative energy.
· El Establecimiento de la Colonia Artística de Expatriados en SMA
        por Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
Muchas mentes brillantes han pasado por estas calles empedradas y han impregnado los muros de la ciudad con su energía creativa.
· Life and Death of a Newspaper and SMA 1970
        by Arnie Reisman
I met many folks who were blacklisted back in the US, victims of the Red Scare, exiled from academia, arts and entertainment circles.
· Artist and Art Instructor Carmen Jimenez
        by Nancy Mazur
...clay is a living material; the water in it can absorb emotions from me through my hands.
· "The Book of Love"
        Urban Sketchers SMA
It was quite a challenge to sketch such a non-stop production, the storyline moved quickly and the cues were brief...
· Street-Walking in SMA is Not Easy
        by Joseph Toone
The musician felt his music would be carried by the angels to his ill wife and make her well again.
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january / enero 2017

· Doors of Perception
        by Gaia Schilke
pictorial, cut & paste paper collage
· Las Calles De San Miguel: Identidad y Memoria
        por Eva Luz Villalón Turrubiates
“En las calles y en los muros, el pueblo hace y escribe la historia de su ciudad.”
· Happy New Year: a brief memoir
        by Dr David, Editor/Publisher Lokkal
The strangest thing was not understanding what had happened, why I had fallen...
· A Serendipitous Odyssey in El Campo
        by Kathleen Bennett
This journey... transported me into a place of traditions and rituals from 100s of years in the past.
· Sombreros and Fiestas of San Miguel: pictorial, part 1
        by Dr. Cynthia Miller
The intricacy of the design and the perfection of the execution are astonishing.
· The Good Eye: the elegance of space
        by Linda Laino
...trusting the process and paying attention to the unexpected gifts given.
SEEK Photography Workshop: January 22-27
· Collecting Miracles in Art: retablos
        by Joseph Toone
What do Nelson Rockefeller, Madonna, Frida, Diego and countless others have artistically in common?
· Urban Sketchers of SMA: Fabrica Art Walk
        pictorial
...with front-row seats to the exciting performances by lively musical trios.
· The Anti-Trump Gringos
        by Duke Miller
They’ve heard gringo tyrants before and they know what they sound like.
· Keith Miller's Sketchbooks at New Britain Museum of American Art
        by Janell Meador
Travel Journals tend to be a private thing, something like talking to myself...
· The Weight of Light: Corporeality and revelation in the work of Raé Miller
        by Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda
The spirit is released from the body, with light as its guide.
· El Peso de la Luz: Corporalidad y revelación en la obra de Raé Miller
        por Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda
“La luz misma es convertirse en la revelación”
· The Most Popular Pilgrimage Site in the Western Hemisphere
        by Joseph Toone
The dress makes the woman.
· A visit to SMA, Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo
        by David Hutchinson
video
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