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From the moment I stepped into Salon Los Angeles, a cavernous pink auditorium decked out in shimmering streamers and neon Art Deco signage, thrumming with a crowd that could really move, I knew I had come to the right place. The energy filled the out-of-the-way Guerrero dance hall like helium in a balloon, expanding with the buena onda of people spinning and smiling. I watched a middle-aged man in a bright red zoot suit step onto the floor, a long peasant feather stuck into his hat, wingtip shoes shuffling to the beat, and I knew this was more than a place to dance—this was a scene.
Salon Los Angeles opened its doors in 1937, and it’s been a mainstay dance hall for a tight-knit community since. In fact, it’s the oldest dance hall in all of Mexico City, and through the ebbs and flows of musical trends, it has remained a place to tap your hand-stitched oxford shoes to the clap of claves, catch world-famous bands, and mingle with others who love to dance. While the club has long catered to a steady set of regulars and serious dancers, a new wave of younger Mexicans—and travelers with an ear to the ground—are stepping onto the dance floor.
LONDON — Films from Mexico, Poland, Lebanon, Japan and Germany are competing in the Academy Awards race for best foreign-language film.
Five nominees announced Tuesday include Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexican memory masterpiece, “Roma,” Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white period drama “Cold War” and Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s child-poverty drama “Capernaum.”
Also in the running are “Shoplifters,” the story of a family on society’s margins by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, and German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s artist biopic “Never Look Away.”
The enormous migrant caravan of people currently walking day and night toward the U.S.-Mexico border, some with baby strollers, has added fuel to the country’s raging immigration debate as President Trump called it an “invasion” of Central Americans, and announced he is sending U.S. troops and razor wire to the border.
But for Jody Ipsen, an American woman who lives near the border, the immigration issue is much more quiet and somber. For more than a decade, Ipsen has been keeping track of how many people die on their journey into the United States, and she memorializes them in quilts, then tours the quilts around the country.
“It’s an emotionally charged project — I feel like I’ve been living in grief for the past 11 years,” said Ipsen. “Still, it’s so important to humanize these people.”
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico City dedicated its Day of the Dead parade on Saturday to migrants, just as thousands of Central Americans were trekking from the country’s southern border toward the United States under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to disband.
In an a twist on the traditional dancing skeletons and marigold-adorned altars making their way down the capital’s main thoroughfare, the parade also referenced Mexicans who emigrated as well as foreigners who settled in the capital.
“The parade… is dedicated to migrants, who in their transit to other countries have lost their lives, and who in their passing through the country have contributed to a true ‘Refuge City,’” the Mexico City government said on Twitter.
For the first time, a Mexican government body acknowledged on Monday that the massacre of student protesters at the capital’s Plaza of the Three Cultures on Oct. 2, 1968, was a “state crime.”
Jaime Rochin, head of the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims, said the government used “snipers who fired to create chaos, terror and an official narrative to criminalize” anti-government demonstrations. He said this was “a state crime that continued beyond Oct. 2 with arbitrary arrests and torture.”
A specialized prosecutor’s office was opened in 2002 to try to ascertain what happened. It filed charges against former President Luis Echeverria, who as interior secretary in 1968 was in charge of policing, but a tribunal exonerated him in 2007.
Tequila, avocado and corn are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastics market, with companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.
Bioplastics make up less than 5 percent of the millions of tonnes of plastic produced each year around the world.
But as governments and consumers fret about the damage plastic is doing to the world’s oceans, scientists are experimenting by converting materials from cactus to shrimp shells and human waste into alternative greener plastics