Events and Programs

Pre-Festival

Saturday, March 31 Free opening reception of Contemporary Handmade Sterling Silver Jewelry from the Taxco area of Mexico at Eye’s Gallery.  FREE!

April-May 4, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM The exhibition Latin America on our Shelves is on display at the American Philosophical SocietyFREE!

Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 PM Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (2009), offers a public talk and book-signing at the Penn Museum.

Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mayan arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults at Casa Monarca.

Friday, April 20 Photography exhibition Echele Ganas: De Pueblo en Pueblo by Laurence Salzmann opens at Casa Monarca.

Sunday, April 22, 6:30 PM Screening of 7 Soles (7 Suns) with Luis Avila, President of the Somos America Coalition, at Houston Community Center, 2029 South Eighth Street.  FREE!

Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PMMayan arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults at Casa Monarca.

April

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  Mexican film screening at Drexel University, organized by the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate. FREE!

Friday, April 27, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Opening reception of Laurence Salzmann’s show, Echele Ganas: A Life Left Behind at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Exhibition will continue through June 16.  FREE!

Friday, April 27 An exhibit of work from Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop) opens at the Moonstone Arts Center.  Exhibition will continue through June 17. FREE! 

Saturday, April 28, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, will kick off their Music and Mosaics concert series with Del Pasado al Presente (Past to Present), featuring Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac, Tonantzin Coatlicue, and Grupa Cuestion Nortena.

Sunday, April 29, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM San Mateo Carnavalero (Carnaval de Puebla) by San Mateo Carnevaleros will journey from Casa Monarca to Jefferson Square Park. FREE!

Sunday, April 29, 12:00 PM Folk Art Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Monday, April 30, 8:00 PM Screening of Laurence Salzmann’s Film, Echele Ganas: A Life Left Behind at the International House.

Monday, April 30, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Messages in Motion film screening and recording session at Casa Monarca.  FREE!

May

Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mayan arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults at Casa Monarca.

Tuesday, May 1, 9:30 AM Performance of Mexico: Our History of Freedom and Mexican folkloric dance presented by Casa Monarca at Nebinger Elementary School (601 Carpenter St.).  FREE!

Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Workshop with photographer/cinematographer Laurence Salzmann at Scribe Video Center.

Friday, May 4, 5:00 PM – 8:45 PM Art After 5, featuring Crisol, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Concert co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia.

Friday, May 4, 3:00 PM – Sunday, May 6, 5:00 PM 20th Annual Maya Weekend at the Penn Museum.

Saturday, May 5 MAYA 2012: Lords of Time exhibition at the Penn Museum opens to the public.

Saturday, May 5 Cinco de Mayo celebration at Copabanana.

Saturday, May 5 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Opening reception and film screening for Laurence Salzmann’s Echele Ganas: De Peblo en Pueblo at Casa Monarca.  Selected photographs will be on display from April 16 – May 20.  FREE!

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 PM Opening reception for the exhibit from Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop) and film screening for El Sole Sale Para Todos, Directed by Leticia Roa Nixon, Carlos Pascual Sánchez and Laura Deutch, at the Moonstone Arts Center.  FREE!

Sunday, May 6, 12:00 PM Folk Art Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Tuesday, May 8, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mayan arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults at Casa Monarca.

Thursday, May 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Mexican film screening at Drexel University, sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate.  FREE!

Thursday, May 10, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Young Friends’ MAYA 2012 Celebration: Lords of Tequila at the Penn Museum. 

Saturday, May 12, 1:30 PM Bilingual Mexico and Central America Gallery Tours at the Penn Museum. CANCELLED! Please plan on attending this event Sunday, May 20.

Sunday, May 13, 12:00 PM Folk Art Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Sunday, May 13, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Mexican-themed Family Jam hands-on activity at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mayan arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults at Casa Monarca.

Saturday, May 19, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Chaquira beading class by Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac director Brujo de la Mancha, at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Sunday, May 20 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Chaquira beading class by Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac director Brujo de la Mancha, at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Sunday, May 20, 12:00 PM Folk Art Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Sunday, May 20, 1:30 PM Bilingual Mexico and Central America Gallery Tours at the Penn Museum.

Tuesday, May 22, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mayan arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults at Casa Monarca.

Wednesday, May 23 Book signing for Laurence Salzmann’s Echele Ganas: A Life Left Behind at the Moonstone Arts Center.  Time TBD.  FREE!

Thursday, May 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Mexican film screening at Drexel University, sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate.  FREE!

Sunday, May 27, 12:00 PM Folk Art Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Tuesday, May 29, 3:30 PM Bilingual Bike Safety Course offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia at Casa Monarca. FREE!

Tuesday, May 29, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mayan arts and crafts workshops for both children and adults at Casa Monarca.

June

Saturday, June 2, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Students from Constitution High School Spanish Club will sell water ice outside of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in order to raise funds for their future trip to Mexico.

Sunday, June 3, 12:00 PM Folk Art Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Sunday, June 3, 1:00 PM Mayan hands-on art workshop for families with artists Cesar Viveros and Ana Guissel Palma and an eggshell workshop with Marta Sanchez at  Fleisher Art MemorialFREE!

Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 PM Book signing for Laurence Salzmann’s Echele Ganas: A Life Left Behind at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.  Time TBD.  FREE!

Thursday, June 7, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Mexican film screening at Drexel University, sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican ConsulateFREE!

Sunday, June 10, 12:00 PM Folk Art Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

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