Gay Pride Mazatlán 2017

DSC_0280Our 9th annual gay pride parade started at 5:30 pm Saturday afternoon, June 3rd, from in front of Valentino’s heading south down Avenida del Mar to the Glorieta Sanchez Taboada (cliff divers). It was better attended than ever. What a joy to see so many participants and the large number of spectators cheering them on and supporting authenticity! Witnessing our beautiful malecón lined with lesbian and gay lovers was rather nice, too. A society that embraces difference and has a place for everyone just as they are is a society where justice can reign and violence becomes unnecessary. Such is the hope for Mazatlán on a day of such sadness in London.

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LGBTQ Pride Mazatlán 2017

I absolutely loved the messages printed on front of each float, reminding us why celebrations such as this are so healthy not only for the LGBTQ community but society as a whole. Who can criticize the parade’s lead slogan, “With respect and love, less discrimination”? Key messages included:

  • Honesty: Know who you are and express what you feel.
  • Liberty: Sexual liberty without stigmas or discrimination.
  • Respect: We live together in diversity.

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Riders on the float included performers at the various gay nightclubs in town as well as the winners of charity and other beauty contests. My girl Thalia Fedorova was there with her entourage of drag queens. A man in a thong wore a full Aztec feathered headdress and a glittery big-horned-sheep-type mask. I loved the angel hottie.

CULTURA supports the celebration and thus the parade included floats from Carnavál 2017. There were no live bands but lots of upbeat dance music, and one group of young dancers in a comparsa. Candy, condoms and pens were thrown, and gay pride flags were circulated. Confetti was shot through the air and floated along the avenue.

People of all ages attended and participated. Some wore t-shirts supporting the cause—there were various types. Most waved flags and pet dogs and pigs got in on the act; there was even a costumed roller blader. Eye candy for every sexual orientation was on full display. Frank (Juan Francisco Diaz) from The Voice Mexico was there, as was a vendor selling flags.

A young migrant who just arrived Saturday via La Bestia from Honduras made the mistake of telling me he was Christian and didn’t approve of this sort of thing. After quoting him a few of Jesus’ words, and explaining to him that, as a migrant/undocumented worker, if he wanted acceptance, respect and inclusion, how could he deny it to others, he changed his tune long enough for us to give him a few hundred pesos to help him on his journey.

I’ve been blessed to have been able to attend quite a few Pride parades in my day, but Mazatlán is definitely the prettiest location of any of them. Thank goodness this parade grows in size and joy every year, and that participants hold strong to constructive messages that benefit our whole community. Lead on, friends!

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CHANGE in Campbell Concert Tomorrow

If you have tickets for tomorrow, 19 February 2017’s Temporada Campbell concert (Schubert), please know that you will listen to different musicians. Sadly, one of the performers for the Schubert concert suffered a heart attack. The group that will instead perform is the wonderful Ventura Quartet. Please don’t miss out! The quartet is an award-winning group specializing in boleros, ballads, huapangos, rumba, ranchera, etc. Many thanks to the Maestro Gordon Campbell who called us to ask us to let you know! And thank you to all of you who helped us sort out CULTURA’s confusing messages!

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You’ll recall that Ventura Quartet has played here before and gave a stellar performance!

Behind the Chamber 2017: Four-Note Opera

 

The eighth and final concert in this year’s 2017 Temporada Campbell will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at noon  in the Angela Peralta Theater.

I interviewed Maestro Gordon Campbell and Guianeya Román in a sneak peek of the concert. To hear their “Behind the Chamber” interview about the performance click on the video below. Please note the video was created before a date change in the program; the date shown in the video is incorrect.

You can purchase your tickets for specific concerts (300 pesos each) or a series pass (2000 pesos) at the Angela Peralta Theater box office—open 9am-3pm and 5-7pm—or online at CULTURA Mazatlán.

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Support the Camerata
Tax-deductible donations to recover costs of the Camerata and the community chorus are received by the Patronato Philomusica AC, Banco Bajio account number 14166839. Your donation is tax-deductible in Mexico and worldwide. Please help support the high caliber of arts in our community by pledging generously!

To watch other Behind-the-Chamber interviews click here.

Behind the Chamber 2017: Pint Size Percussion

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The seventh concert in this year’s 2017 Temporada Campbell will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at noon  in the Angela Peralta Theater, and it is going to be an amazing treat! Eight children, aged eleven to fourteen, will demonstrate that, according to Maestro Gordon Campbell, “they are just as skilled as professionals.” These kids’ talent will blow your socks off!

The wide-ranging, high-energy program will include mambo, rhumba, rock-n-roll, Broadway show tunes, samba, and classical, directed by Fernando Correa. I interview Maestro Gordon Campbell and Guianeya Román in a “Behind the Chamber” sneak peek about the performance, below:

The full concert series takes place through March 12, 2017. You can purchase your tickets for specific concerts (300 pesos each) or a series pass (2000 pesos) at the Angela Peralta Theater box office—open 9am-3pm and 5-7pm—or online at CULTURA Mazatlán.

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Support the Camerata
Tax-deductible donations to recover costs of the Camerata and the community chorus are received by the Patronato Philomusica AC, Banco Bajio account number 14166839. Your donation is tax-deductible in Mexico and worldwide. Please help support the high caliber of arts in our community by pledging generously!

To watch other Behind-the-Chamber interviews click here.

Behind the Chamber 2017: Schubert

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UPDATE: Sadly, one of the members of this group suffered a heart attack last weekend. INSTEAD of Casa Haas, the event will be held at noon in the Angela Peralta Theater. It will be the Ventura Quartet, that plays boleros, ballads, huapangos, rumba… I believe you should take your Temporada Campbell tickets to the TAP to exchange them for a seat assignment.

The sixth concert in this year’s 2017 Temporada Campbell will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at noon and 6 pm in Casa Haas. Schubert’s Octet and six of the composer’s other pieces will be played by Xavier Tortosa and Helena Muntaner Payers on violin, Ester García Salas on viola, Octavio Hidalgo on cello, Mikhail Magaev on double bass, Luis Zamora on clarinet, Austin Isaac Way on bassoon, and Alfredo Fenollosa Behauent on french horn.

I interviewed Maestro Gordon Campbell in a sneak peek of the concert. To hear his “Behind the Chamber” interview about the performance click on the video below.

The full concert series takes place through March 12, 2017. You can purchase your tickets for specific concerts (300 pesos each) or a series pass (2000 pesos) at the Angela Peralta Theater box office—open 9am-3pm and 5-7pm—or online at CULTURA Mazatlán.

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Support the Camerata
Tax-deductible donations to recover costs of the Camerata and the community chorus are received by the Patronato Philomusica AC, Banco Bajio account number 14166839. Your donation is tax-deductible in Mexico and worldwide. Please help support the high caliber of arts in our community by pledging generously!

To watch other Behind-the-Chamber interviews click here.