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What You're Doing This Weekend in Mexico City

A healthy dose of poetry, flowers and Björk
By The News · 30 of March 2017 12:57:52
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THURSDAY

Poetry slams are food for your soul. Go get your fill at Palabras para el Antropoceno (Words for the Anthropocene), a handpicked selection of texts and performers presented by Poesía en Voz Alta. 17. The festival is a multi-disciplinary approach to the idea of the new “man-made” era we are living in and its inherent difficulties. This event features performers such as Thurston Moore, Eva Prinz’s and her Ecstatic Peace Library, Natalia Toledo and Elena Sikeliano. Be at Casa del Lago at 7 p.m. to enjoy the show. The festival runs all weekend and entrance is free.

FRIDAY

Huicholes are known for their intricate bead designs that represent their cosmovision and peyote, which honors it. Peek into the wonders of the huichol’s skilled and colorful designs in Caminos de Luz: universos huicholes, a compilation of paintings and photographs from the archives of the Museo de Antropología. The museum opens at 9 a.m and entrance is 65 pesos.

Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade were both revolutionary writers that explored the darker sides of human behavior. Delve into the terrifying and enticing worlds their literature has created in the second festival of the Homenaje a Poe y a Sade, which will feature book presentations, performances and live music. The festival will be hosted at the eclectic Circo Volador and entrance is free. Get there at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY

Björk’s free concert in el Zócalo turned out to be bogus, but you can still enjoy her performances almost as if they were live. Almost. Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos brings the show Björk Digital, an exhibition of the vast body of work of the Icelandic singer. VR headsets, iPads and screening of her videos will be available to fully immerse yourself in the world of Biophilia, Vulnicura and even Debut. Tickets start at 660 pesos (student discount available). There is a schedule for entrance times to ensure everyone can get the best experience possible. The museum opens at 10 a.m. and the show runs until May 7, 2017.

SUNDAY

It is that time of the year when Festival Ambulante is back in town again. The theme for this current edition is justice. The film selection includes titles on pressing current issues such as the environment, immigration, LGBTTTI rights, and social conflicts. Among the special screenings included in this year’s Ambulante are: a selection of director Werner Herzog’s favorite documentaries, a retrospective of Brazilian director Eduardo Courtinho’s work and two programs especially for kids. As usual, The festival will be showing in multiple venues across the city, so there is no excuse to miss this fine selection of documentaries. Tickets are 60 pesos, for calendar and list of venues click here.

Flower carpets are a Mexican tradition with its origins in Tlaxcala. Like Tibetan sand mandalas, flower carpets represent the fleeting nature of beauty which forever remains inside the beholder. The Monumento a la Revolución and by-passers will witness the elaboration of a 45 x 35 meter flower carpet devoted to Döni, tree-hanging bromelia, to exemplify how beauty can arise from nothingness. Entrance is free.