It was a busy evening last night, Thursday, March 19, 2009: First I went to the opening “Cosas de casa por gente sin casa” (Items for the home, by people without a home) at the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Internacional here in México City.

The items made in this art exhibit such as sculpture, clothing, lamps and chandeliers were made from items one would normally find in and around their home.

click pic of can top chandeliers for slideshow of reception

All items were made by homeless people living in México City’s metro stations. All the people I spoke with seemed to live in the Hidalgo Metro station or the St. Judas church located at this metro station, which by the way is across the street from Alameda Park.

After the Tamayo Museum I went to the book reception of Nicholas Gilman’s book “Come Bien en México D.F.” a Spanish version of his best selling book, Good food in Mexico City: A guide to food stalls, fondas and fine dining in Mexico City; Yes I have a copy of this book. The reception was held the restaurant La Bodega located in Col. Condesa at Popocatéptl #25 (esq. Av. Amsterdam) I place I have wanted to try for awhile too.

In the audience was David Lida, who is looking good after recovering from his automobile accident. In the house, and always fun to see, was Michael William Parker Stainback.

click photo above for slideshow of the reception

But the gem of the evening was meeting Fulbright fellow, performance artist and writer Gabrielle Civil (pictured above with author Nicholas Gilman). I have admired Civil since reading about her performance she did for the inauguration for President Obama here in Mexico City, “Mariachis for Obama.”

In in researching Civil, I found this video. Enjoy.