Art Exhibits in
by Raul Sánchez Dión at the “XIX Bienal Plástica de Baja
California” at CEART
text by connie ellig; photos by
If you need a break from holiday stress or crave a jolt of
creativity and culture, why not check out one or more of the
expositions offered in Ensenada’s galleries, CEART Ensenada State
Center of the
Arts, or the Museo de la Vid y el Vino (Wine and Vine Museum) in Valle
Guadalupe? Ensenada’s art scene is extremely diverse and offers
local, national and international artists. Spending a few hours
is also a great way to relax while at the same time, impressing
visiting friends and family with the potpourri of quality expositions.
Bienal Plástica de Baja California” Visual Arts
Thru December 31
Outstanding paintings, drawings, sculptures and graphic
works by Baja California artists that were selected from the “XIX
Plástica de Baja California” art competition held in 2013 are on
display in the
Galería Internacional of Ensenada’s Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEART
) on the
corner of Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cárdenas) & Av. Club
hours: 8am-8pm Mon.-Sat., noon-6pm Sun. Free admission. Info: CEARTE,
(646)173-4307 & (646)173-4308.
Studio of Seichi Kiyohara” Art Exposition
Thru December 31
In conjunction with
Bridges Foundation of Los Angeles, CA, and the Japanese Association
Ensenada, CEARTE presents a retrospective of the works of this
Japanese-American artist (1921-2006) in the lobby and Galería
Acosta of Ensenada’s Centro Estatal de las Artes (CEART) on the corner of Blvd.
Costero (Lázaro Cárdenas) & Av. Club Rotario.
Exhibition hours: 8am-8pm
Mon.-Sat., noon-6pm Sun. Free admission. Info: CEART, tels.
de Ojos Prisioneros (Art through the Eyes of
Prisoners)” Art Exposition
Joaquin Lafarga are on display at
the Galería de la Ciudad in the northern end of the Riviera
Blvd. Costero (Lázaro Cardenas), Ensenada. Gallery hours:
10am-2pm & 3-6pm
Mon.-Fri., closed Sat. & Sun. Free admission. Info: Instituto de
Baja California (ICBC), tel.
Internationally acclaimed Mexico City photographer Ana Casa
explores the intimate joys and complexities of motherhood in
and exhibition at Galería 184, Av. Blancarte #184 (near Calle
Gallery hours: 9am-8pm Mon.-Fri., 10am-3pm Sat., closed Sun. Free
Info: Galería 184, tel. (646)178-2031, e-mail
of Wine” Exposition
A multimedia presentation from the Republic of Georgia,
considered the oldest wine producing country in the world, is at the Museo de la
Vid y el Vino
(Wine and Vine Museum), located in Valle de Guadalupe
Rancho María Teresa and the Ejido Porvenir bridge at Km. 81.3
Tecate-Ensenada (“Ruta del Vino”). Exhibition hours: 9am-5pm
Mon. Free admission to “Georgia” exposition. Entrance fee $4dlls. to
permanent exhibitions (50% discount for seniors and students). Info:
la Vid y el Vino, tel. (646)156-8165 or 156-8166; e-mail
Ensenada, the U.S. East Coast and Southern California admire the
installation by Marco Miranda at the “XIX Bienal Plástica de
Baja California” at CEART
Calendar Girls and
of chuck smith
Have you ever seen the movie “Calendar Girls”? It seems that
most people have. My wife and I were watching it two years ago when a
came to me: "Why not do a calendar, in that vein, with local ‘older’
women? We had seen and met many gorgeous women in our first year here
Rosarito, so the idea was appealing.
OK, idea in mind...research was done; positive feedback.
Models needed...put the word out - and eventually wound up with not
but 39 gorgeous women! What to do?! Well, creativity was called for,
and so we
featured two women per month, and produced two calendars: the Gorgeous Women of
Baja – Rosarito
; and the Gorgeous Women of
Baja - Ensenada
It was a daunting task. I was not a photographer, and my
wife and I had never tackled a project of this nature. Had we known up
all that would be involved...well, you get the idea. Fortunately, we
idea what the challenges would be.
You see, the calendars were an artistic hit, and to our
surprise, struck a deeper chord, beyond the physicality of these
ripened' women. Comments include: “Magnificent use of settings – and
glamorous every woman looks!”; “Most beautifully done. Tasteful.
treatment of the women. Awesome!”; “Your photography is stunning!!!
Congratulations on creating such a fine piece of work!”; and “What you
doing is of more cultural importance than I think you realize.”
To this very day – a year after launch – wherever my wife
and I go we are noticed and introduced as "The people who did OUR local
calendars"! Those who had not seen the calendar have, however, heard of
it; and ask us if we have a copy they can look at. And the positive
OK, that’s all in the past. What about now...today? Well,
two more Gorgeous Women calendars are on the way to the printer. And
by popular demand of so many women, we are producing the Handsome Hunks of
calendar. All three retail for $20dlls., with 20% of profits
But you can purchase any of the calendars at $15dlls. each,
up to and including on the days of the Launch Parties; which are
for the Rosarito calendar, and December 14 for Ensenada. The Handsome
a combined calendar, covering both areas, and will be released on the
Launch Parties are free to attend – food and beverages will
be available at both. You can buy your calendars then, and get them
by the models. These are fun events and you will want to be there to
and support your favorite model! For more info, contact Chuck Smith,
tel. (664)609-3321 or U.S. tel. (619)537-8929; e-mail
McMillin/Voss ‘Rockstars’ earns Overall, SCORE
Trophy Truck win at 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
photos by david hopps
ENSENADA, Mexico – Running their game plan to perfection, a
desert racing ‘dream team’ of Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, San Diego’s
McMillin and Jason Voss, of Gilroy, Calif., rolled like Rockstars,
brutally-rugged 1,275-mile course and over 200 challengers, driving to
overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory Friday at the 47th Annual Tecate
When the results became official after review of the data
loggers in each finishing vehicle by SCORE officials, the
MacCachren/McMillin/Voss trio had rocketed to a memorable race down
Baja California peninsula. The talented trio finished the
physically grueling race from Ensenada to La Paz in 22 hours, 31
minutes and 27
seconds while averaging an impressive 56.64 miles per hour in the No.
Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
The sport’s newest dream team blew by a field of 237
starters in cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs for a victory margin of
29 minutes. The starting grid included 31 starters in the marquee SCORE
Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production
With the rugged course traveling on both sides of the
peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race was a peninsula run,
Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
checkpoints along the way, it was the longest course in history for the
the 21 years it started in Ensenada and finished in La Paz.
Finishing second overall and second in SCORE Trophy Truck to
the desert dream team was the third-generation desert racing brother
Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif. and Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif. with
of 23:00:08 (55.56mph) in their new No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150.
Completing the SCORE Trophy Truck podium and finishing third
overall was the team of Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean,
Vegas, who covered the distance in 23:41:18 at an average speed of
the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado. A veteran
who has raced and won his class in several classes, it was Steele’s
finish in SCORE Trophy Truck.
In the motorcycle competition, the storyline was the same as
it has been for a decade and a half – who will beat Honda. A different
was revealed this year.
After a close battle nearly the entire length of the
peninsula, emerging with the overall motorcycle victory was the THR
team of Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora,
Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif. Bell and
both veteran champion SCORE Baja racers riding previously for Honda.
Winning its 10th overall title in the SCORE Baja 1000 and
first since 1996, Kawasaki broke the lengthy streak by Honda who leads
overall victories in the race including 17 straight years of race
teams until this year. For the THR Motorsports team, this was Brabec
Jr.’s first overall win in this race, the third for Bell and eighth
and 11th class win in the SCORE Baja 1000 for the veteran Hengeveld.
ATV Winner &
Winning the overall ATV title was the veteran team led by
Mexico’s Javier Robles Jr. of Guadalupe Victoria. The Robles Jr. team
the course on a Honda TRX450R in 27:59:29, averaging 45.83 mph.
Robles Jr. on this difficult challenge were Manlio Diaz/Felipe
Cafro/Jorie Williams and Josh Row on a Honda TRX450R.
This year’s legendary desert classic was the final event of
the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship.
SCORE Trophy Truck
With the season point championship on the line, two of the
top five SCORE Trophy Truck point leaders were DNFs in the
Entering number one and number four in the standings, leaving the race
with mechanical issues were Gustavo Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico in
21 Vildosola Racing Branix Ford Raptor and B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas in
the No. 1
Baldwin Motorsports Monster Energy Chevy Silverado.
Fourth & Fifth
Fourth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was the team of
Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. in 24:04:23
in the No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.
Fifth was unlimited Class 1 winner Justin Davis, Chino
Hills, Calif./Scott Schovajsa, Humble, Texas, with a time of 24:31:26
(52.14mph) in the No. 185 Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered Jimco
desert race car. (read entire press
de Baja Norte Make Donations to Local Charities
Baja Norte, A.C.
text by connie ellig; photo by david
, was extremely active during
the past few months and provided significant donations to local
organizations. The Ensenada-based social and service club supplied a
cooking griddle to Albergue
migrant shelter, a new washing
to both Gabriel House of
and Pequeños Hermanos orphanage,
new tires for
the Agua Viva Ministries
bus, seeing eye guide dog training for
of Unidos Venceremos, and a sizeable cash donation to St. Paco Animal
Membership in the multicultural, multilingual Club Compañeros is
open to all
persons interested in meeting new friends and helping the local
more information e-mail
de Baja Norte, A.C. helped with financial
assistance for the numerous unwanted, mistreated and abused dogs and
St. Paco Animal Rescue in Cantú in Punta Banda. Left to right
friends: 2015 Compañeros President-Elect Nancy McKee, St. Paco
Meade, Compañero member Leon Crowell, and 2014 Compañeros
President Mary Jane
RENO, Nevada – SCORE International announced today its
official five-race schedule for the 2015 SCORE World
featuring four races in Baja California, Mexico and one in the United
The biggest changes for the 2015 race season will be the
season opener, SCORE San Felipe 250, now starting mid-January, the all
addition of the SCORE Baja Sur 500 race in April and the SCORE Imperial
250 now taking place in September.
“It is truly the dawn of a new day in SCORE and the SCORE
World Desert Championship series is having a significant impact in the
motorsports,” said Roger Norman, CEO and President of SCORE
“Mexican races are the cornerstone of SCORE and to have our first event
entirely in Baja California Sur will add another colorful chapter to
Baja racing legacy.”
SCORE has also announced that final negotiations are being
completed to again televise the entire SCORE World Desert Championship
nationally on the CBS Sports Network and internationally through
Norman continued, “With the diligence and creativity of BCII
TV, SCORE has a viable domestic television package this year with the
Sports Network as our partner and our international syndication
we finalize our 2015 television package it will continue to move SCORE
visibility ladder with viable and sustainable programming.”
SCORE International will be celebrating its 42nd year as the
world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015 with a five-race
that will feature competition for 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for
trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.
Launching the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series
schedule will be the first of the three original SCORE Baja races:
the 29th SCORE
San Felipe 250
, Jan. 22-25 in San Felipe, Baja California,
the inaugural SCORE
Baja Sur 500
on April 16-19. Marking the first time a SCORE
Baja race has been held entirely in Baja California Sur, it will be a
point-to-point race starting in Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of
finishing in Loreto on the east side of the peninsula along the Sea of
the 47th SCORE
, June 4-7, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
the 3rd SCORE
Imperial Valley 250
, Sept. 24-27 in Plaster City, Calif., USA.
the 48th SCORE
, Nov. 18-21. The most recognized name of all desert
races, it will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
2015 Point Titles
In order to earn a 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship
class point title, SCORE has announced that racers will have the option
either the inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500 or the 47th SCORE Baja 500. If
elects to run both races, his/her highest point total between those two
will be included in his/her point totals from the other three SCORE
are all required starts in order to qualify for a season point
entire press release)
For more information, visit the official website of the
SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com
Baja, California - Mexico, one of the world’s
destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling
story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the U.S. border,
majority of Mexico’s
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
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
report adjusted for under-reported crime.
Even when we add on independent estimates for unreported
homicides, Mexico ranks 21st behind many popular vacation destinations.
we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even
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
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,
safer than many major U.S. cities. Travelers feel relatively safe
popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans,
D.C, or Atlanta. Visitors from around the world enjoy these vibrant
relative, reasonable safety. Yet each of these cities is statistically
safe than Mexico.
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
and policy, politicians sometimes throw fuel on the fire. If you make
exciting story about “severed heads in the desert,” it gets a lot of
and people believe it. The governor of Arizona admitted this story was
baseless, but only after months of damage was successfully inflicted to
image of Mexico. The homicide rates above are facts from the FBI, not
New Orleans is beloved and its renaissance is showcased in
the news. The FBI reports the murder rate of New Orleans is declining,
is nearly 4 times higher than all of Mexico and over 5 times higher
City. New Orleans is still an amazing place to visit and the Media is
champion this inspirational city. But Mexico is at least as remarkable
there is a clear difference in how each of these storied destinations
in contemporary news.
Every city and country has places that are safe and
dangerous. Mexico is no exception. The areas that are dangerous should
avoided. And those that are safe should be enjoyed and celebrated. (read
its first anniversary in January 2013, the Baja
Review is a hard copy, print on paper newspaper with no breaking
published once a month and is on the stands on the 23rd for the coming
The focus is good restaurants, wineries, hotels, music, outdoor life,
and community. My agenda is to inform, comfort and encourage the
speaking ex-pats living here, to support and stimulate the Mexican
in time, to reach and reassure the folks contemplating tourism in
by barbara keller; photo by david hopps
The Baja Review has some
excellent writers: Tom Gatch, of Hooked
on Baja fame, composes the fishing column and a restaurant review
Sitara Perez chronicles a wine diary of her first year making wines in
Guadalupe valley; Susan Shea provides a golf column. Classical music
and choral ensemble member Margit Gantt presents classical music
Wingate, a prolific writer and playwright, does a column about
interesting women in Rosarito.
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
with your questions or submissions. Please keep
stories less than 500 words and nothing scary or contentious.
You can find the Baja Review
on the 23rd of each month. Where
you can find it is listed on the back page of the paper, which is
tricky if you
don’t have a copy. We try to make them available at the big restaurants
and some of the hotels in Rosarito, La Misión, Ensenada, Punta
Banda and Valle de
Guadalupe. Please call me at (646)155-0581 if you would like an exact
please, and I welcome feedback.
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