Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10am - 4pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


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

This year, The Mexican Embassy's Cultural Institute will display an exhibition and offer Mexican folk dance by Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, live mariachi music by Mariachi Los Amigos, a chance to explore the historic mansion and its murals, and more.

The dance presentation will begin at 12:00pm and the music will begin at 1:30pm. Join us for an afternoon of music, dance, culture, art and more at Mexico's home in the United States!

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Saturday, May 7, 10am - 4pm
Free Admission

Wednesday May 11, 2016, 6:30 pm at the Embassy of Colombia


Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a screening of En el ombligo del cielo as part of the Iberoamerican Cultural Attaché's Association's (AACIA) Film Festival.

The film centers on a young executive, Andrea, trapped over the weekend on the rooftop of the building where she works with a janitor, Gualberto. True castaways in Mexico City's sea of concrete and glass, the characters reflect on their lives and their values.

A Q&A with writer, director, and producer Carlos Gómez Oliver will follow the screening.

Watch the trailer and Get tickets

Click here to see a schedule of the entire film festival

Embassy of Colombia
1724 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, 20036
May 11, 6:30 pm
Free Admission

Friday May 13, 2016, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss a night of film, music, and lecture as PostClassical Ensemble launches their musically remastered DVD of the classic Mexican Film Redes!

The 60 minute film Redes (1935) is an iconic product of the Mexican Revolution. Shot by master photographer Paul Strand, with a galvanizing score by Silvestre Revueltas and direction by Fred Zinnemann, it is a peak achievement in the history of music and the moving image. Until recently, Redes was not available in an acceptable format. A new Naxos DVD, produced by PostClassical Ensemble, mates a pristine print (created by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation) with a freshly-recorded soundtrack. The result is revelatory.

The evening's program will begin with another Revueltas score - Ocho x radio - performed live by PCE and Angel Gil-Ordóñez and will continue with an exploration of the impact of the new print and soundtrack with reference to three key sequences from the film. Finally, Roberto Kolb (Mexico's leading Revueltas authority), Lorenzo Candelaria, and Paul Strand scholar Terri Weissman will explore Revueltas and Redes in the context of the Mexican Revolution, Revueltas in America, and cinematography as art.

More info

RSVP here

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC 20009
Friday May 13, 6:45 pm
Free Admission

Thursday May 19, 2016, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


In collaboration with the Catholic University of America's Latin American Music Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present An Homage to Carlos Jiménez Mabarak featuring works by Blas Galindo, Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Jiménez Mabarak and César Franck to celebrate the composer 100 years after his birth.

Carlos Jiménez Mabarak was a Mexican composer of Lebanese descent, one of the most prolific Mexican composers of the 20th century. His music belongs to the transition from the Mexican Nationalism to the Avant Garde and uses all musical genres. The homage to his work will be performed by violinists Enrique Reynosa and Cynthia Saucedo, violist David Pedraza, cellist Alan Saucedo, and pianist Anna Nizhegoodtseva.

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (LAMC) was created in 1984 to promote the study, research and performance of Ibero-American music. This includes the compilation of a complete and specialized library of scores, books and recordings of Ibero- American music and fostering the exchange of students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists and music educators between Ibero-American countries, North America, and the Caribbean region.

RSVP here

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 19, 6:45 pm

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Announcing the 2016 season of Mexican Table, a program dedicated to showcasing Mexico's culinary wealth and diversity and to demonstrating why Mexican cuisine was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010!

2016 Sessions

March 15, 6:45pm - The 2016 season will kick off when Mexican Table returns with La Pepita: the Power of Green and Pumpkin Seeds. This session invites you to discover and taste a range of dishes that have been historically based on pumpkin seeds, or the pepita. From a green pozole to meat bathed in green pipián mole, to pepita marzipan, you will be amazed at the breadth and depth of this wondrous seed.

October 20, 6:45pm - Mexican Table will then host special guest chef Ana Saldaña in a session titled A Date with the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel focusing on the agave. The chefs will take diners on a culinary journey through the different regions of Mexico to learn about the diverse uses of the amazing agave, whose history begins in pre-hispanic times and tells the story of a nation rich in cultural and culinary heritage.

December 8, 6:45pm - Mexican Table will host special guest chef Aquiles Chávez as he presents Tabasco: Flavors from Eden. Tabasco, a southern Mexican state, is a large agricultural production center whose traditional recipes are some of the most authentic due to the continued use of pre-Columbian recipes and ingredients.


Additionally, on May 17 at 7:30 Chef Pati will present her new book "Mexican Today" which features new and rediscovered recipes for contemporary kitchens. This is not a cooking demonstration and is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

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

Interested in learning more about Mexico's gastronomy? Find lots more info here at venacomer!

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
More Info here

at the Mexican Cultural Institute


Don't miss Gilberto Aceves Navarro's Bicicletas at the MCI! Taken from the sculptor's drawing of cyclists in Mexico City, this installation features large steel sculptures that express the character of these vehicles of happiness and health.

Gilberto Aceves Navarro created the works as a way of paying homage to the bicycle's beautiful form but also as a means of expressing the important relationship between people, cities, and bikes. The works made their debut in Mexico City and made their US premiere in New York last year.

This is an outdoor exhibit that can be viewed regardless of opening hours.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 12 - 4 pm
Free Admission

Through July 10, 2016 at the Renwick Gallery


Don't miss the opportunity to see Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe's mezmerising piece at the newly renovated Renwick Gallery!

If you've been in DC or on Instagram lately, you've undoubtedly seen or heard about Gabriel Dawe's captivating piece Plexus A1. Meticulously crafted with over 60 miles of thread, the piece is a visual representation of the full spectrum of natural light, inspired by Dawe's childhood memories of the skies over Mexico City and East Texas. The etherial rainbow helix is part of the WONDER exhibition at the Renwick Gallery. A show of large scale installation pieces catered specifically to the space, WONDER explores the self's interaction with nature at large.

Read more at Smithsonian Magazine | Exhibition info

Renwick Gallery
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington DC, 20006
Through July 10, 2016

Thursday May 12, 2016 1-4pm at the Library of Congress


Join The Kislak Family Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Early Americas Working Group, and the University of Maryland as they present a book discussion around the topics of Aztec and colonial Mexico. Books by authors James Maffie, Barbara Mundy, Nancy Farris, and Jaime Marroquín Arredondo will be discussed by Sara Castro-Klaren, Marcy Norton, Michael Swanton, and Alejandro Cañeque in a discussion moderated by Ralph Bauer.

Library of Congress
Mumford Room
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540
Thursday, May 12, 1-4pm

Saturday May 14, 2016 7:00pm at the Folger Theater


The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. This year's finalists include Mexican American author Luis Alberto Urrea with his book The Water Museum, James Hannaham with Delicious Foods, Julie Iromuanya with Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, Viet Thanh Nguyen with The Sympathizer, and Elizabeth Tallent with Mendocino Fire. Celebrating the winner as "first among equals," the 36th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library and will feature the judges' citations for each finalist's book, the conferral of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a reading by each author.

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Folger Theater
201 East Capitol St, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Saturday, May 14, 7:00pm