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Art Exhibits in Ensenada

text by connie ellig; photos by david hopps & connie ellig

If you need a break from strenuous activities or crave a jolt of creativity and culture, why not relax and check out one or more of the outstanding art expositions offered in Ensenada’s galleries or at CEARTE State Center of the Arts?
"La Evolución de la Guitarra Eléctrica en México (The Evolution of the Electric Guitar in Mexico)” Exposition
May 19-July 6, 2014

An exhibition of classic Fender guitars in honor of Ensenada’s 4th International Guitar Festival (FIGUE) and the legendary 20th century American instrument maker and innovator, Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender (1909-1991), in the Galería Ernesto Muñoz Acosta of Ensenada’s Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEARTE).

“Los de Acá (Those from Here)” Fine Art Exposition
April 25-July 6, 2014
A collective exhibition of works by Ensenada artists in the Galería Internacional of Ensenada’s Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEARTE). The exposition features a remarkable array of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by 25 well-known Ensenada artists.

Menzies masters field for overall, SCORE Trophy Truck win at 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500
condensed from SCORE International media release
photos by david hopps

ENSENADA, B.C., Mexico – Focused and determined from the hopeful drop of the green flag to the grateful wave of the checkered, Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies roared past a field that included the world’s best desert racers to capture the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory on Saturday, June 7 at the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Held June 5-8, round three of the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship started and finished in Ensenada. The course covered 446.9 rugged miles around the northern part of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
menzies trophy truckAfter qualifying second, Menzies took over the physical lead early in the elapsed-time race and then powered his way to the finish line with a time of eight hours, 51 minutes and 49 seconds, averaging 50.26 miles per hour in his No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150. Menzies, 26, earned his fourth career race win in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. He defeated a talented field of 232 starters from 20 U.S. States, the U.S. territory of Guam, and 15 countries competing in 26 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.
Menzies commented, “I think the reason I like the SCORE Baja 500 so much is because it is an endurance race but it is also a sprint race. You have the longevity but you've got to go fast as well. You get every type of terrain. You get roads, mountains, silt, and rocks, and that’s what draws me to the 500. You go from the coast all the way over the mountains and back again.”
baja 500 party on blvd. costeroWhen the race course officially closed on Sunday morning at 5:58am, 126 of 232 starters (54.31 percent) completed the course within the time limit to become official finishers. Both the start and finish line were located in the heart of Ensenada on Boulevard Costero (Lázaro Cárdenas) adjacent to the historic Riviera Cultural Center. It was the seventh straight year that both the pre-race activities and the finish line were all held on this oceanview boulevard. For the first time in a decade, the course ran in a counter-clockwise direction around northern Baja California.
Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif., riding on the factory-supported No. 4x THR Motorsports Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F was the rider of record for the overall motorcycle and Pro Open motorcycle class winning team. Sharing riding duties with teammates David Pearson, Panaca, Nev. and Max Eddy Jr., Barstow, Calif., the Brabec team finished the race in 8:58:27, averaging 49.81 mph.
The fastest overall ATV was the team led by Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico on the No. 1a Honda TRX450R in a time of 10:02:35. His co-riders were Christian Vera, Spring Valley, Calif., Cody Mitchell, Las Vegas and Travis Dillon, Lakeside, Calif.
The Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be televised on a delayed basis in the USA, Canada and U.S. Territories as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The show will air for one week on the CBS Sports Spectacular show with the initial airing at 9pm ET on Sunday, July 20, 2014. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. Following a week of airing the CBS Sports Network telecasts, the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 show will air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship series at www.score-international.com
Other SCORE-Related News
by connie ellig

apdaly lopez at x gamesApdaly Lopez Wins Gold at X Games
Immediately after competing in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on Saturday, June 7, several off-road drivers including Robby Gordon, B.J. Baldwin, Justin Matney, Jay Reichert and Apdaly Lopez flew to Austin, Texas to compete in Sunday’s debut of the Stadium Super Trucks series at the 2014 X Games. After only a few hours sleep on the plane, 19-year-old Lopez took the gold medal in the exciting 24-lap final. Hailing from Tecate, B.C. and driving the VisitMexico.com/RPM Off-Road truck, Lopez is the first male from Mexico to win gold at the X Games.
SCORE to Participate in Baja Best Fest
At the Baja 500 media conference on Friday, June 6, it was announced that SCORE International will be participating in the Baja Best Fest on August 2, 2014. To be held at the Baja California Center in Rosarito, the festival focuses on the state’s top cuisine, libations, visual and performing arts, music, and special exhibitions.
SCORE will present one of the festival’s largest exhibits and will feature Roger Norman’s Trophy Truck and pre-runners as well as motorcycles, ATVs, and Vildosola Racing’s Trophy Truck. Based in Mexicali, Vildosola Racing is the first Mexican team in history to ever win a Baja 1000 overall. The SCORE Jumbotron will screen the 2005 action-adventure documentary, “Dust to Glory,” and several shows recently produced by CBS Sports Network about the Baja 1000, Baja 500 and San Felipe 250. Several top drivers and riders will sign autographs and mingle with the visitors.

Tijuana-Ensenada Toll Road Map
courtesy of www.discoverbajacalifornia.com

toll road alt route

Mexico: A Traveler's Guide to Safety Over Sensationalism
from BanderasNews.com and amar.org.mx
Baja, California - Mexico, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the U.S. border, the majority of Mexico’s key tourism areas are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.
While the media often portrays Mexico as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn't even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com. The assault rate in the U.S. is nearly 5 times greater than that of Mexico in the independent Prominix report adjusted for under-reported crime.
Even when we add on independent estimates for unreported homicides, Mexico ranks 21st behind many popular vacation destinations. Places we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even quadruple the murder rates of Mexico. Mexico’s famous vacation areas are even safer than the averaged statistics, and even safer still for tourists.
The Yucatan is as safe as rural U.S. states.
The magnificent beaches and ancient ruins of the Mexican State of Yucatan are among the safest and most spectacular resort beaches in the world. Yucatan’s  low homicide rate is slightly lower than the rural U.S. States of Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Maine.
Mexico is safer than many cities in the U.S.
More than 150,000 Americans safely visit Mexico every day. And while the media sensationalizes stories of violence in Mexico, Mexico is safer than many major U.S. cities. Travelers feel relatively safe visiting popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C, or Atlanta. Visitors from around the world enjoy these vibrant cities in relative, reasonable safety. Yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than Mexico.
Mexico and politically charged Media Bias
In the debate on immigration reform in the US, the facts on safety in Mexico have become a casualty of politics. To change public opinion and policy, politicians sometimes throw fuel on the fire. If you make up an exciting story about “severed heads in the desert”, it gets a lot of attention and people believe it. The governor of Arizona admitted this story was baseless, but only after months of damage was successfully inflicted to the image of Mexico. The homicide rates above are facts from the FBI, not political fabrications.

Media Favoritism versus Facts
New Orleans is beloved and its renaissance is showcased in the news. The FBI reports the murder rate of New Orleans is declining, but it is nearly 4 times higher than all of Mexico and over 5 times higher than Mexico City. New Orleans is still an amazing place to visit and the Media is right to champion this inspirational city. But Mexico is at least as remarkable and there is a clear difference in how each of these storied destinations is portrayed in contemporary news.
Every city and country has places that are safe and dangerous. Mexico is no exception. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided. And those that are safe should be enjoyed and celebrated. (read entire story)

The Baja Review
text by barbara keller; photo by david hopps

Celebrating its first anniversary in January 2013, the Baja Review is a hard copy, print on paper newspaper with no breaking news. It’s published once a month and is on the stands on the 23rd for the coming month. The focus is good restaurants, wineries, hotels, music, outdoor life, events, and community. My agenda is to inform, comfort and encourage the English speaking ex-pats living here, to support and stimulate the Mexican economy, and in time, to reach and reassure the folks contemplating tourism in northern Baja.
The Baja Review has some excellent writers: Tom Gatch, of Hooked on Baja fame, composes the fishing column and a restaurant review column; Sitara Perez chronicles a wine diary of her first year making wines in the Guadalupe valley; Susan Shea provides a golf column. Classical music aficionado and choral ensemble member Margit Gantt presents classical music reviews. Bunny Wingate, a prolific writer and playwright, does a monthly column about the interesting women in Rosarito. And from time to time we have the wine report - wine tastings hosted by Juan Hussong of Sano’s Restaurant in Ensenada.
The quality is good, the articles are interesting, and the ads are cheap. Be sure to check out the Baja Review, now online at www.bajareview.com
If you have stories or articles that fit generally into the categories we focus on, you are welcome to contact me at (646)155-0581 or e-mail barbarakeller3@gmail.com with your questions or submissions. Please keep stories less than 500 words and nothing scary or contentious.
From South to North you can find the Baja Review on the 23rd or 24th of the month in many places, but for sure at Baja Mama’s Restaurant (Punta Banda), Terra Peninsular Community Center & Gallery (Ensenada), L.A. Cetto Cava at Km. 108 highway north of Ensenada, Ochentos Pizza (San Antonio de las Minas), and Tres Hermanos Grocery (San Antonio de las Minas). Between Ensenada and Rosarito, the Baja Review is at La Fonda Restaurant and Hotel, Splash Restaurant and Bar, Baja’s Click-on.com Business Center and Charly’s Place, and in Rosarito, Rod and Dottie’s Mail Room, International Mail Service at Oceana Plaza, and the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Once you have a copy of the Baja Review, check the back page for a listing of other places you can find the paper. Enjoy, please, and I welcome feedback.

Get Hooked on Hooked on Baja
hooked on baja coverEscape to a land of magical, natural beauty that offers a warm sun, a host of beautiful coastlines and some of the very finest saltwater fishing on the entire planet. Hooked on Baja by Tom Gatch gives you the maps, GPS waypoints, proper angling techniques, tackle and species information that you need to be successful when fishing and exploring the coasts of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Much more than a simple fishing guide, Hooked on Baja incorporates many true-life adventures from some of Baja’s foremost outdoors personalities along with travel information, deliciously authentic south of the border recipes and, for those who end up being ‘hooked on Baja’ themselves, vital information on how to go about purchasing and legally securing real estate property along the picturesque coast of the Baja California peninsula.

Hooked on Baja allows readers to step away from the hustle, bustle and traffic gridlock that are a regular part of life in many of the crowded urban communities north of the Mexican border. Discover a place where there are still countless opportunities for relaxation, recreation and retirement in an enchanting world where the fish are nearly always biting, and lines of pelicans are regularly observed gliding silently mere inches above the pounding surf. 

Released on September 15, 2007, Hooked on Baja is now available at Borders, Barnes & Noble and Costco warehouse stores in southern California, as well as through most major online booksellers.


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