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Artist Dash Snow, Remembered

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Film, <i>Fraude</i>: Everything Is Under Control

Fraude: Everything Is Under Control

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News, The Informer Fiestas Patrias are here! Ahoo-aaahh!!!

Fiestas Patrias are here! Ahoo-aaahh!!!

It may be a typical Monday for many in Southern California but for millions there and across the U.S. families are preparing to celebrate fiestas patrias, the season of Independence Day celebrations for Latin American countries that begins tonight with the "Grito," or The Yell, of Mexican Independence. The ritual...…
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News, The Informer Rirkrit Tiravanija and his 'Palm Pavilion'

Rirkrit Tiravanija and his 'Palm Pavilion'

The palm trees are laid out everywhere, in rows and clumps, in corners, and all over the structure that from a distance -- with its metal surfaces and elevated floor -- evokes the broken tropical landscapes of war and dislocation. Buenos Aires-born New York-based Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija landed in...…
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News, The Informer Aids Conference Take 3: Lost in Translation

Aids Conference Take 3: Lost in Translation

* Photo above, a demonstration during the XVII International AIDS Conference, via AIDS2008.com. There were too many reasons to come away depressed by the knowledge gathered and shared at the International AIDS Conference this week, so few reasons to be hopeful that a cure could be reached or that millions...…
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News, The Informer AIDS Conference Take 2: Introduction to Hijra

AIDS Conference Take 2: Introduction to Hijra

* Image above, hijras in Chennai, India, by Maciej Dakowicz. I took my first full tour of the Global Village at the AIDS Conference here in Mexico City on Tuesday and truly found myself in a "global" community: Activists and organizers and artists from all corners of the world were...…
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News, The Informer AIDS Conference Take 1: Rejecting Bill Clinton

AIDS Conference Take 1: Rejecting Bill Clinton

The AIDS Conference opened with a bang on Monday: An activist take-over of a symposium hosted by a pharmaceutical company (which decided to stop distributing HIV drugs to kids) and a speech by Bill Clinton where I suppose he said some quotable things. On Sunday night the gala opening happened...…
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News, The Informer A stormy 'consultation' on energy reform

A stormy 'consultation' on energy reform

More than 800,000 Mexicans in the metropolitan region went to special polling places on Sunday to register their opinion on the energy reform package being pushed by President Felipe Calderon's conservative PAN party. Depending on your source, it was either a rousing civic success or a shameless fiasco. I'm leaning...…
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News, The Informer Vice magazine lands in Mexico City

Vice magazine lands in Mexico City

How "cool" is Mexico City? Well, the new issue of Vice magazine is all about Mexico, and especially the capital. You can lament this, ignore this, or just get over it and go see the bands. A week ago the editors and media agents behind the urban bad-kid cocky hipster...…
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News, The Informer Photos from Pride Parade in Mexico City

Photos from Pride Parade in Mexico City

Off in Chiapas, I missed the massive annual Pride Parade in downtown Mexico City, but Cesar Arellano has photos. Check them out here and here and here. It was the 30th anniversary of the first gay march in Mexico City, which happened in 1978, at a time when gay activists...…
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News, The Informer Ode to Tlaloc

Ode to Tlaloc

It won't stop raining. It's rained pretty much all day today. In the morning, during the lunch hour, during rush hour, all night. It's just past midnight and it's raining right now. In fact it's been raining all week. As of Tuesday night various boroughs of the city are on...…
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News, The Informer The case of the 38 missing oil workers

The case of the 38 missing oil workers

It is well known that covering the narco war in Mexico as a journalist is a difficult and in some cases deadly profession. (Look no further than the threats that trailed Jesus Blancornelas throughout his life.) This sobering reality hung over a panel here on Saturday organized by the New...…
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News, The Informer Always check your change

Always check your change

Leaving a convenience store just now a cashier tried swindling me out of 10 pesos in change. I left the place a little confused then marched right back in to collect what was owed to me. If I hadn't it would have been the second time in three nights that...…
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News, The Informer Confronting food shortages in Mexico

Confronting food shortages in Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced an ambitious plan last week to confront rising food costs in Mexico and to prevent the type of shortages and inflation surges that threaten the stability of developing countries in other parts of the world. In Mexico, already hit hard by the rising cost of...…
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News, The Informer The streets are screaming at you

The streets are screaming at you

"From the margins of the culture, through graffiti, stencils and stickers, every day the streets are screaming about things," opens the gallery statement for a show of Mexican graffiti at the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico in the Centro Historico. The show features more than two dozen street artists...…
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News, The Informer Narco war update: El Chapo's son goes down

Narco war update: El Chapo's son goes down

Fresh off a staggering surge of killings of high-profile anti-narco agents and investigators in Mexico, the latest big-time victim in the country's wild drug war is sure to bring even more retaliation bloodshed: the son of El Chapo, Mexico's most notorious narco kingpin, was gunned down on Thursday in Culiacan,...…
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News, The Informer Sex crimes investigator assassinated in Juarez

Sex crimes investigator assassinated in Juarez

Berenice Garcia Corral was commander of the sex crimes unit of Chihuahua state's State Investigation Agency before masked men shot her in her driveway in Ciuadad Juarez on Monday night. La Jornada reports that she was shot at least 10 times with AK-47 rifles. On Tuesday in the municipality of...…
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News, The Informer Searching for real resistance on May Day

Searching for real resistance on May Day

May Day, Dia Internacional del los Trabajadores, is a national holiday here. On Thursday most stores and shops were closed and people didn't work, giving Mexico's huge network of unions, or "sindicatos," an opportunity to march through the city center and hold a rally at the Zocalo -- while another...…
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News, The Informer Braving 'New Worlds' at the Jumex Collection

Braving 'New Worlds' at the Jumex Collection

The Jumex Collection art museum is located at a industrial plant in the rough-edged northern outskirts of metropolitan Mexico City, in the municipality of Ecatepec, in the state of Mexico. Initial access from a busy boulevard is gained through a guarded gate and then down a long asphalt drive. Then,...…
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News, The Informer Fashion Week, Take 2: Marvin & Quetzal line dazzles

Fashion Week, Take 2: Marvin & Quetzal line dazzles

Sleek and elegant, but still tinged with that trademark vibe of rascally weirdness, the fall/winter line by Marvin & Quetzal helped finish Fashion Week Mexico with a dazzling bang. The young duo, among the most promising working in Mexico today, used a bright palette of colors yet managed to keep...…
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