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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 05/ 8/2006

Beyond Cinco

By Julia Beizer

Cinco de Mayo says as much about Mexican culture as St. Patrick's Day says about the Irish, but thanks to the Cultural Institute of Mexico, there are real opportunities coming this month to learn more about our neighbors to the south. Working with several partners, the Institute has organized a slew of events for what it's calling Mexican Culture Month.

The best of the month's events is the Miguel Covarrubias exhibit at the Cultural Institue of Mexico. "Covarrubias: Genius of Mexico in the United States" presents some of the finest examples of the caricature artist's work from the first half of the 20th century. On display are original pen-and-ink drawings he made of such well-known figures as Walt Disney, Joe Louis and Benny Goodman. The exhibit also features several facsimiles of Covarrubias drawings that were published in Vanity Fair. Covarrubias's depictions of the Harlem Renaissance are definitely a highlight of the exhibition.

Also on tap this month is a film series on Mexican biodiversity at the National Museum of Natural History and an exploration of Mexican food with a presentation of work by artist Eugenia Marcos. And for those of you who didn't get enough tequila last weekend, check out this tasting on Friday.

--Julia

By Julia Beizer  | May 8, 2006; 11:21 AM ET
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