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XelaWho by Issue

Editorial – April

Festivals Primero through Cuarto Sol got nothing on this

What is Quinto Sol?

There are two ways to answer that question. The simple way is that Quinto Sol is a festival. It’s a celebration of art put on by the nonprofit organization Xela Collective that will play out in a dozen different events in […]

Dr Sabletodo – April

Does Belize belong to Guatemala?

Dear Dr. Sabelotodo, I heard there’s going to be a referendum on April 15 about the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize. What? There’s a territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize? Thanks, Keegan Caye

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Labia Sagrada

The Vagina Dialogues

Jordan Rodas, the head of Guatemala’s national human rights office, can’t seem to catch a break. He caught flack the month of March for getting out into the big wide world, doing his job, and occasionally getting photographed while doing it.

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Popping and Flopping – April

POPPING

Spraypaint radio future

Our whole issue this month is dedicated to the arts, so we’d like to thank the dudes who hang out in Parque Central and use spraypaint and cardboard stencils to make pictures of planets. Their artwork looks like the covers of power metal albums. That shit is rad as hell. […]

Xelebrity – April

La Colocha Curiosa interviews the only female “ayudante” in Xela

Are you originally from Xela or from somewhere else?

I’m from Huehuetenango originally, but I have been living in Xela for 12 years.

And how old are you? 14

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Trendy – April

We read Guatemalan Twitter so you don’t have to

With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what’s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, […]

Art in Xela

Slouching towards Jerusalem, paintbrush in hand

As the founder of Xela Collective, a local art organization, and co-founder of Festival Quinto Sol, a local art festival, I believe Quetzaltenango has the potential to be the art capital of all of Central America. People travel from all over the world to visit the jungles, volcanoes and […]

Happy 150th Anniversary XelaWho!

Honey, I redesigned the magazine

It’s been a long strange trip but XelaWho has defied the odds and is still here after 150 glorious editions, 143,874 puns and 243 strongly worded letters to the editor. From black and white, to colour, to black and white, and back again – XelaWho has undergone more facelifts […]

Popping and Flopping

POPPING

Lenin did nothing wrong

Popping this month is the late, great Lenín Fernández. He died relatively young, at 59, after an illustrious career drumming for Alux Nahaul — one of Guatemala’s longest-lived, best-known, and hardest-rocking bands.

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Dr Sabletodo – March

What’s up with Guatemala’s new travel advisory?

Dear Dr. Sabelotodo,

In January, the U.S. State Department came out with a new travel advisory system in which they gave every country a number from 1 to 4 based on how dangerous it is. They gave Guatemala a 3 for “reconsider travel.” So is it safe […]