February 24th through May 30th, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute


"25 years 25 artists" is an exhibition celebrating the Mexican Cultural Institute's first 25 years. This visual arts exhibition presents works from several generations and artistic movements. From the contemporaries of the third stage of Mexican muralism, to the members of the "Ruptura" in the sixties, this exhibit explores art that proposed new forms of expression and changed the way art was seen in Mexico. Featuring work from artists of diverse aesthetics, "25 years 25 artists" presents a collection of pieces produced by both Mexicans and others who were born elsewhere but produced their work in Mexico.

The exhibition will include the works of Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Feliciano Béjar, Arnaldo Coen, José Luis Cuevas, José Chávez Morado, Gunther Gerzso, Ariadne Kimberly, Joy Laville, Gabriel Macotela, Jesús Martínez, Guillermo Meza, Luis Nishizawa, Pablo O'Higgins, Arturo Rivera, Vicente Rojo, Raymundo Sesma, Francisco Toledo and Roger Von Gunten. These pieces are part of the Kimberly Collection.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 24th through May 30th, 2015
Opening February 24th, 6:45 pm
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 12 - 4 pm
Free Admission

April 28th,6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute to enjoy a festival of videos produced by young Mexican and American directors!

In The [Monarch] Butterfly Effect a cross-cultural group of film students from American University and Tec de Monterrey travel to the remote mountains of México to tell the epic story of the monarch butterfly's annual 3,000 mile journey from Canada and the US all the way to the pine and oyamel fir tree forests of the Mexican state of Michoacán.

In a series of compelling documentary shorts, the international film team brings attention to the threats facing these iconic orange and black butterflies, exploring the ecological, cultural and economic importance of the species, and celebrates the power of ordinary people, showing the commitment of school children and everyday citizens, both within the United States and México, in coming together to preserve the monarch butterfly for future generations.

Jointly produced by thirty-two film students from American University, Washington, D.C. and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, México. 30 min.

A Q&A with Professors Sarah Menke-Fish, American University and Daniel Cabrera, Tec de Monterrey, Executive Producers will follow the screening.

Also showing after The [Monarch] Butteryfly Effect is A Walk With Diana Kennedy. Diana Kennedy is an internationally acclaimed chef and expert in Mexican cuisines as well as an advocate for sustainable living. Nestled in the forests of Michoacan, Kennedy's passion for the environment is exemplified in her eco-friendly residence and by her determination to share her sustainable lifestyle. 5 min.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
April 28

Thursday, April 29th, 3:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Architecture Week is a series of public events that celebrate architecture in the nation's capital. With this 16th celebration, Architecture Week will shine a spotlight on Washington's foreign embassies and institutions, including our own Mexican Cultural Institute. Join us at 3pm on Wednesday, April 29th for a tour of our 16th Street Mansion!

The tour and lecture will be led by esteemed architectural historian Pamela Scott, who specializes in the history of Washington's planning and built environment. She has taught the History of Washington Architecture at several universities and curated exhibits for the Library of Congress, National Building Museum, Capitol Historical Society, Historical Society of Washington, and Department of Interior Museum on topics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries relating to Washington's history. Click here to read more about Pamela Scott.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
3-4:30pm, Wednesday, April 29th

Saturday, May 2nd, 2014, 10am - 4pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss Cultural Tourism DC's 8th Annual Around the World Embassy Tour, the capstone event of Passport DC. Embassies from around the globe open their doors and welcome visitors to experience the art and culture.

This year, The Mexican Embassy's Cultural Institute will display the 25 Years 25 Artists exhibition, offer traditional Mexican games and life children's music as well as other live music and dance performances.

Join us for a free concert by Mariachi Los Amigos, who will introduce you to traditional Mexican mariachi music. Later, enjoy the wonderful dance of the Ballet Folclórico Maru Montero and Los Quetzales, masters of traditional Mexican dance. So come on down for a family-friendly afternoon of Passport DC with music, games, and art at Mexico's home in the United States!

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Saturday, May 2nd, 10am - 4pm
Free Admission

May 4th,6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute in welcoming the astounding vocals of Julia Vari and instrumentals of pianist Fred Hughes and bassist Amy Shook.

Julia Vari is a jazz singer, pianist and arranger. Her thoughtful and unique musical interpretations have her garnered high praise and afforded her the opportunity to perform at festivals and venues throughout North America, Latin America and Europe, including el Lunario del Auditorio Nacional and the Festival de Jazz de San Miguel de Allende, among many others. Having just released her third album, Julia Vari has become one of the major talents of the Mexican music scene.

Fred Hughes has performed, conducted and presented workshops nationally and internationally for over three decades. His compositions and arrangements can be found not only on his recordings such the Fred Hughes Band's New Day Dawning but also on the PBS Great Performances Television Special. In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, Hughes is also conductor of the Chesapeake Bay Community Band and has performed with the Baltimore and Chicago Symphony Orchestras among many others.

Amy Shook has become one of the most in-demand upright bassists in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She is also an accomplished composer whose first album with her quartet, The Shook/Russo Quartet featuring Greg Gisbert was released on Summit Records in July 2006. She has played at many venues throughout the mid-atlantic including the Kennedy Center and the White House.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 4th, 6:45 pm

April 16th - May 10th at the Gala Theater


Mariela and José were once the golden couple of an elite social circle of artists in Mexico City. Together they built a family and an artist colony to host friends Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo. But now their daughter has left, and their friends are too famous to call. Set in the desert of Northern Mexico in the 1950s, José and Mariela live an isolated existence haunted by the ghost of their young son and the withering of their creativity and artistic inspiration. Mariela en el desierto is a gripping mystery that reveals what happens to a family when one's creativity is shut away.

"Mariela en el desierto" says playwright Karen Zacarías,"was inspired by my Mexican grandmother Herlinda, who supressed her artistic talent and ambition while she raised her family and supported her husband's career. It is a universal story about many of our mothers and grandmothers and how daughters learn from watching them. I originally wrote the play in English to give an American audience access to a Latino family that isn't often seen on American stages. It is a pleasure to have this piece live now in Spanish...and come to life in one of my favorite theaters. GALA is a national theatrical treasure...and also only blocks from where I live. To have this play ...about the place where I was born--- bloom and reflect the community where I now live is wonderful to me."

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GALA Theater
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
April 16 - May 10

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


The 2015 season kicks off on April 23rd when Mexican Table returns to celebrate the 25th Silver Anniversary of the MCI by preparing a menu in homage to Mexico's Silver Route. In the colonial era, this route connected Mexico City to Zacatecas, the premier mining area, passing through Queretaro, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí. The menu will take its inspiration from that era and route, so you will be able to sample both the flavors and the history. On Saturday June 13 the Institute will host the first Mexican Table for Kids (ages 8 - 12 only, limit 30 participants), so stay tuned for the announcement. Then, on December 3rd Mexican Table will focus on the culinary riches from the north of México -- Monterrey, Nuevo León. Pati will co-host this event with a featured chef from that area to close the year in grand northern style.

Tables fill as reservations are made. If you wish to sit with friends but have purchased tickets individually, please contact Pilar Orozco at porozco@instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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April 17-25 at Mazza Gallerie


Filmfest DC is back for its 29th year with an exciting new program of over 70 features, documentaries, and shorts representing the best in new cinema from around the globe. Two Mexican films are showing at this year's festival that are not to be missed!

Happy Times

"Not every love lasts forever...fortunately" is the telling tagline for Happy Times, a smart, offbeat comedy about how hard it is to end a romantic relationship. Although it's common to encounter films about looking for and embracing love, it's rare to find a comedy about the dissolution of a relationship. What makes Happy Times stand out, and lends it considerable charm, is that it also acknowledges how contradictory human beings and their relationships can be.

April 22 & 25
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One for the Road

Pedro's prized possession is a draft of the song "Yo" written on a napkin, with a special dedication to him by its author José Alfredo Jiménez, the legendary Ranchera singer. Pedro's dying wish is to have the napkin delivered to the José Alfredo Jiménez Museum. His three octogenarian friends, Emiliano, Benito and Agustin, defy their families and band together for a road trip, determined to honor Pedro's final reques..

April 17 & 24
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Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
April 17-25
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May 2, 6:00 pm at the The Organization of American States


Enjoy the New Orchestra of Washington as they perform some of Mexico's most glorious music in a breathtaking setting. This unique and festive event promises to be an unforgettable night of Mexican music.

For the past three years, the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) has developed a reputation for innovation; with creative programming and an accessible format that is bringing new audiences to experience live orchestral music in DC.

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Organization of the American States
200 17th NW, DC
May 2, 6:00 pm
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May 9th 7:30 pm at the Spectrum Theater


Celebrate the conclusion of the National Chamber Ensemble's 8th season with extraordinary Mexican classical music. Hosted by former ambassador to Mexico, the honorable James R. Jones, this event will feature the work of one of Mexico's great living composers, Eduardo Angulo, and his acclaimed compositions, Die Vogel (The Birds) for guitar and string quartet. Also on the program are the internationally renowned guitarist Orlando Roman and the legendary music of Manuel M. Ponce.

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Spectrum Theater
1611 N. Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209
May 9 7:30 pm