Mexico's Communities Celebrate Culture...Sometimes Even Your Own
Just like in cities all over the world, when you live in Mexico you have a lot of choices of things to do on a Saturday night.
After bantering about at bit about whether to spend 100 ($5) pesos or go all out for the 250 pesos tickets ($20), my housemate, the Intrepid Elise, and I rounded up a few of the girls and attended my first concert at the Angela Peralta Theater in the historic district of Mazatlán, El Centro.
The operatic theater, first constructed in 1874 as the Teatro Rubio, was reconstructed in 1992 and named in honor of the famous Mexican soprano.
It is considered the cultural crown jewel of Mazatlán and its center of cultural development. In this case, we were examining the cultural spike represented by Jim Morrison.
The theater itself was worth the trip. The theater has three levels preserved in original form. In keeping with the times of The Doors, the three-story lobby was bathed in black light and smelled of incense.
Hector Ortiz nailed Morrison’s voice, which was accompanied by a full orchestra and a slideshow depicting the era. I spent a moment wishing I could have attended the theater’s program committee meeting as they brainstormed the event production elements ("Should he stagger around like a heroin addict?)
Many of Mexico cities have vibrant art centers
In a quick study of top retirement destinations in Mexico, seven out of ten appeared to have vibrant cultural centers.
Lake Chapala has its globally recognized Auditorio for classical music and dance, Ensenada its Centro Estatal de las Artes and San Miguel Del Allende its Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez, part of a larger Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Merida makes claim to being the cultural center of the Yucatan with its Olimpo while Guadalajara was named “2005 American Capital of Culture” and hosts Degollado Theater, built in 1856 in Neo classical style.
The Angela Peralta Theater here in Mazatlán is known for fine and varied productions. Some are Mexican interpretations of American classics, like “Cats.”
Upon reflection, The Doors tribute was a worthy inclusion. Consider the following from Mr. Morrison, a singer and a poet.
“Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders round as raven claws.”
“No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.”
“There are things known and there are the things unknown, and between are the doors.”
“It may have been in pieces, but I gave you the best of me.”
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