La Recua

La Recua, Baja, MexicoHow to watch La Recua – on-line or live!
 
by  Trudi Angell
Baja California Sur’s own Docu-Story has traveled north, up El Camino Real, to Santa Barbara in Alta California.  View and Vote at its World Premiere festival! Apr. 1-10, 2021
La Recua [rék•wah] – The Mule Pack Train
will be available for Streaming Online, and on the Big Screen at a local drive-in theater in Santa Barbara – at the 36th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF.org)
Watch 2 min. Trailer Here 
In 2018, three generations travel 20 days by mule on old El Camino Real trails, packing traditional trade goods on donkeys, meeting old friends along the 200 mile route, and sharing stories: an amazing glimpse into the past and Baja California Sur’s cultural treasures.
Our two youngest riders, Azucena age 10, and Ramoncito age 8, are sure to capture hearts as they share their own stories and learn the ropes along the trail.
Buy ticket now, to watch during the festival – April 1st to 10th, 2021
(if you are in Mexico, see FAQs below**)
Produced by Trudi Angell and co-directed by Darío Higuera Meza (of Corazón Vaquero fame). We take you on a gorgeous trail ride down the peninsula to learn about the history of pre-highway travel in the Original California … on the back of a mule!
A beautiful film for the whole family.
Praise for La Recua –
• La Recua is superb! … it tells a complete story of a man, his family, his society, and his culture through the journey of the recua. Paul Ganster dir. Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias
• It is a true tribute to the region, it’s people, their culture and traditions! Xavier Breña, Mex.
• I was so impressed with the intimacy and beauty of the experience – the characters, landscape and history of the Recua. Shaw Salzburg, Loreto, BCS
 Great story, great filming, great music. Such a vision, so lovingly portrayed. Barb Ware, Ukiah, CA
• The cinematography, the editing, the way it flows like El Camino Real, and most of all, the essence of it, which is The Heart. Tracy Durlan, Todos Santos, BCS
FAQs About the Festival and the Film
•  FB / La Recua Movie  /  Twitter and Instagram  @larecuamovie  Share por favor!
• In Spanish with English subtitles.
• If you are in the southern CA area, see the sbiff.org web site for a Drive-in screening of La Recua (mid day on April 1st)– and read all of their FAQs
• The film is available online April 1-10 in the US & Canada**. It has been Geo-Blocked (unable to be viewed) to exclude Mexico**. The reason for that is, some other festivals to which we have applied or have yet to apply, require that a film be premiered in their region. It will still be a number of months before we can sell it to the public, so enjoy at festivals now, vote for us if you love it, and then buy later!
**If you are in Mexico and chompin’ at the bit to watch the film… please contact Trudi for more information.
•  How to Vote for La Recua! Following your viewing of the film, every ticket holder (or passholder) can vote, one time, online, for the film on the film’s landing page.
Awards: 2020 – Environmental Stewardship Award for cultural history.
2015 – Pioneer of Cultural Tourism in Baja California Sur
Facebook for La Recua Movie     @larecuamovie    Trailer

Galeria Militar Art Show

Assad-Wickham "Frida" 80 cm x 80 cm acrylic on plywood

Assad-Wickham
“Frida” 80 cm x 80 cm
acrylic on plywood

Assad x Wickham:
Quien Calla, Otorga |
Silence Means Conscent

For their next public exhibition, Galeria Militar in Todos Santos  presents QUIEN CALLA, OTORGA / SILENCE MEANS CONSCENT, by artists Christa Assad and Kevin Wickham, both residents of Todos Santos.  Assad a renowned ceramic artist and Wickham a concrete building expert brought their talents together to put paint on plywood.  Painting within positive and negative spaces on wood grain, their uniqueness and inclusion of natural elements of the surrounding area has been a touchstone for a growing Todos Santos Art scene.

This exhibition, Quien Calla, Otorga celebrates women of México past and present. While some of those represented are controversial figures in history, all are undeniably powerful. This show is about celebrating these women, their stories and continuing to give them a voice.

“Feminine energy is breaking out around the world. Women are taking control as political leaders and active fighters in the military and rebel groups. Their strength inspires the next generation of young women to find their voices and use their minds for positive change.”
–Christa Assad

CHRISTA ASSAD and KEVIN WICKHAM

Christa Assad and Kevin Wickham are a dynamic artist-duo whose shared desire to sustain a healthy, outdoor-based lifestyle led them to the pueblo mágico of Todos Santos. The topography, climate and natural resources of this tropical desert location attracted the artists and suited Kevin’s architectural plans for a site with passive and sustainable design systems. The couple have dedicated their home, workshops and garden spaces to be experiential for visitors.

“We’re creating a sanctuary for learning in a cross-disciplinary, think tank context. In a sustainable ranch setting, participants exchange ideas, practice wellness, and work toward assimilating the built environment into the natural one.”

Taller de Terreno was founded in 2017.

GALERIA MILITAR

Galeria Militar is activated by its artist and community and is located in the heart of the magico pueblo Todos Santa, B.S.C, Mexico. A place where creative discussions are talking places, it is both a gathering place as well as an exhibition space. With it recently refurbished space, doubling in size, the gallery mission is to showcase authentic local as well as international contemporary art in a collegial manner where collectors, artists and art lovers feel at ease to exchange.

Artists and owners Mark Gabriel (Painter/Musician) and Jessie Wallace (Photographer/Filmmaker) have been making art Internationally in many forms and are bringing their collective experiences and interests to the Todos Santos Art Scene with Galeria Militar.

Galeria Militar is happy to invite you to visit the gallery, by respecting the social distancing and sanitary rules currently in place. They are also happy to facilitate your visit of the gallery from the comfort of your home with video tours, and a virtual exhibition.

To sign up for the Virtual Exhibition or the Opening, please RSVP here. Places are limited to keep this event safe and friendly!

March 11 – April 12, 2021
Opening Night March 11, 4 – 8 pm by RSVP
https://www.galeriamilitar.com/silenceconscent

Winter 2021

Journal del Pacifico winter 2021 cover by Kaia ThomsonWelcome to our first Journal del Pacifico of 2021. We are excited about this issue and the great stories and photos and hope that you enjoy them!

Area businesses are working hard to stay open and keep both locals and visitors safe. Be aware that government mandated Covid-19 regulations change and posted business hours and availability as well.

Kaia Thomson of Todos Caballos provided our stunning Kestrel cover and her story and photos of the importance of getting out in nature and birding.

Bryan Jáuregui of Todos Santos Eco Adventures shares the story behind the headlines of a possible new whale species discovered here by Baja California Sur native, researcher Dr. Gustavo Cárdenas Hinojosa, with photos courtesy of the Sea Shepherd and CONANP.

Zocalo by LoveLeigh, Todos Santos, Baja, MexicoThe Todos Santos/Pescadero area has long been known for outdoor activities and art, but it is increasing being known for fashion. In this issue, we introduce you to Zócalo, a clothing store/collective that most importantly is a social enterprise, which focuses on local Mexican artisans and makers.

You can find more rare gems with a stroll through the historic district of Todos Santos: soft colored cottons from Oaxaca and Chiapas, and hand tooled leather at Étnica; carefully curated items from around the world at Nomad Chic (see our story in the Holiday/Navidad 2020/2021 issue); locally designed and made swimsuits, clothing, and jewelry at Ella Bella Boutique; and one-of-a-kind treasures at Bésame Mucho Bazaar.

Brian McGuffey Art is now open in Plaza Amigos with a carefully selected array of custom jewelry and clothing, and of course, Brian’s colorful and whimsical art.

ULULA is a mystical gypsy heart boutique, specializing in magic and selling a curated offering of creations, clothing, and supplies. Everything is specifically and specially selected by Stephanie Penilla and Jessica Chappell for either its amazing story, native roots, magical power, or local beauty. Once you’ve visited, you will be called back for more magic.

Casa de Todos is a beautiful, open space furniture gallery on the otro lado of Todos Santos representing creative Mexican artists and sustainable vegetarian food to go.

Ernesto Vinatier, of Los Torotes in the Las Tunas area, is a Mexican architect specialized in urban planning and is passionate about sustainable architecture—energy efficiency, and high-performance buildings. His current focus is touristic urban planning and minimizing its pressures on the communities and natural environment.

Todos Santos Surf Shop / Explora Baja offers “Personalized Adventures by the Sea” including sport fishing, surf lessons, cliff hikes, whale watching, snorkeling with whale sharks and sea lions, Espíritu Santo island day trips, and La Paz city and beach tours. All activities are at a maximum of 30% capacity.

West Side Surf School, located at Cerritos beach, is a family owned and locally run business, founded by Heli “Tacho” Campos. They offer individual or group lessons for beginners, and surf coaches for surfers looking to improve their technique. Surf guides are also available for those looking to discover local breaks.

The 2021 Todos Santos Writers Workshop is virtual this year. They have commissioned a series of short videos, called “Video Salsa,” produced by Sarah Teale and shot and edited by Ricardo Madrazo. These videos will be posted daily and are intended to give workshop attendees a connection to Todos Santos. The videos are magnificent portrayals of life and culture in Todos Santos from an insider’s point of view, created for no commercial purpose and with no social agenda. Ricardo’s videography is gorgeous and the characters we see are authentic Todos Santos people who add something creative to life in the Pueblo Mágico. Click here to see these videos.

The dates have changed on Galeria Militar’s show Quien Calla, Otorga / Silence is Consent. You can still see it through February 23.

We’ll be back with our Spring/Primavera 2021 issue. Deadline is March 10.

The Loft@Nomad Chic

The Loft@Nomad Chic, Todos Santos. Baja, MexicoNew Private Events Space Promises a Silver Lining for winter Travel

Beloved boutique in Todos Santos unveils new private space for rich programming and bespoke events, a welcome refuge for those seeking inspiring experiences while staying safe this season.

Nomad Chic has been a favorite of Todos Santos locals and wanderers alike since its opening in 2004. With glowing mentions in publications like Vogue, Sunset, and Napa Sonoma Magazine, and a history of fabulous events in Todos Santos and Northern California, the carefully curated boutique of global treasures and rare finds has become a destination in itself.

The Loft@Nomad Chic, Todos Santos. Baja, MexicoBut with the world over half a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the shop now faces the same challenges as any other Baja retailer during these troubling times: how can business flourish and tourists be welcomed while respecting the current risks at hand?
A silver lining has emerged with the addition of The Loft @nomadchicmx, a new oasis of design, style, and indulgence which will cater to small groups looking to enjoy unique experiences and events without sacrificing safety or caution.

Perched directly above Nomad Chic and accessed via private sunwashed stairs, the loft boasts a roof deck perfect for balmy desert nights, a full kitchen, bedroom, and luxurious tiled bath, and unparalleled views of Todos Santos and the Pacific Ocean. Fully styled by Linda Hamilton, owner and creative mind behind Nomad Chic, and serving in part as her interior design showroom, The Loft will immerse guests in Nomad Chic’s trademark whimsical, bohemian style.

The Loft@Nomad Chic, Todos Santos. Baja, Mexico“The Loft @nomadchicmx is my place to combine all my past endeavors and my love for design, events, and retail; I wanted to create a space that allows guests to feel like they’ve entered their own private pied-à-terre, with a bird’s eye view of Todos Santos and the beaches beyond,” says Hamilton. She intentionally designed the space to be shoppable, with most featured pieces and elements available for sale; for those looking for design consultation, Hamilton will happily meet you at The Loft to introduce you to her eclectically cool way of styling spaces.

The focus does not stop at beautiful aesthetics. Hamilton hopes to make The Loft a home for culinary exploration and community-driven events. “When I travel, the first thing I try to do is attend a cooking class; I believe the best way to get to know a new culture is by learning what the people eat,” she says, a smile spreading over her face. “I’ll be working with local chefs to create entirely authentic experiences and incorporating every aspect of preparing a meal, from shopping at the organic market (which could actually mean being in the fields) to meeting the fishermen as they bring the fish ashore, and then heading back to The Loft @nomadchicmx for a cooking class.”

Hamilton also looks forward to developing and hosting her own series of cultural events, reminiscent of past fashion shows held at Hotel California and Casa Dracula. “The space is perfect for intimate, but impactful, events. Having not held anything in Todos Santos for several years, I’m looking forward to the challenge of offering community engagement under these new circumstances.” Hamilton has compiled a winter calendar of events, including book signings with bestselling authors, trunk shows and fashion shows to debut the boutique’s latest finds, and evenings with renowned local chefs. The full schedule is posted on the Nomad Chic website.

The Loft @nomadchicmx will also be available for private events, photoshoots, meetings, and general renting purposes; guests can design their own event or collaborate with the Nomad Chic team to create a perfectly bespoke experience. “We can host any sort of group, from remote workers needing a space to focus, to bridal parties wanting mani-pedis and a private shopping experience, to business groups in search of a tranquil offsite. If someone can dream it, we’ll work with them to make it happen.” Within reason, of course.

More importantly, The Loft’s main goal will be to provide a safe, comfortable environment for locals and travelers to enjoy good vibes and good company; no risk will go unassessed and no detail will be overlooked. Hamilton and the other team members have spent months putting together a comprehensive plan to ensure both the shop and The Loft @nomadchicmx are up to the highest health and sanitation standards.

“We understand the fears around gathering and traveling right now,” Hamilton says, adding that she’s sensitive to local concerns around encouraging outsiders to visit town, as well. “We want to be clear: we take the current health situation very seriously and will be monitoring the trends, just like everyone else. We’re adhering to all required safety standards. But if we’re able to safely remain open and help keep the vibrancy of Todos Santos afloat, then we absolutely will. The entire community will benefit from travelers having comfortable experiences here and from businesses working with travelers to ensure they understand the town’s concerns and requirements.”

The full list of COVID preparations and policies takes up an entire page of the Nomad Chic website, and all guests visiting the shop or taking part in an event or activity at the Loft @nomadchicmx will be made aware of the policies prior to entering. And as an added measure, Hamilton will also be delving into another new space: the online events world. For guests who want to join in on the fun at The Loft @nomadchicmx from the comfort of their own home, digital programming is also under current consideration.

Usually known for offering margaritas to delighted patrons, Hamilton knows this new reality is quite a pivot from the carefree, whimsical experience she usually loves creating. With a laugh and a shrug, she says, “Todos Santos is a bold, resilient town, a town that won’t let its love of art and culture fade in a storm. We’ll get through this.”

She adds, “And in the meantime, our plans for The Loft @nomadchicmx include how to safely serve margaritas.” For queries about reserving The Loft @nomadchicmx for a private event, please contact Linda at linda@nomadchic.mx.

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