One of the organizations that I had sussed out prior to moving to Mexico is MEXPAT, an organization for expats living in Mexico. I like this group because their purpose is simple: to hold monthly social events for foreigners living in Mexico City/Guadalajara/Monterrey, usually at a trendy bar/restaurant and usually involving a fair amount of social lubricant (known by some as “alcohol”).
I enjoy the MEXPAT events because they offer flexibility in accordance with your level of motivation on any given evening. Looking to expand your business & make some new contacts amongst Mexico City’s movers and shakers? Perfect– network away. Looking to have a few drinks with your friends but can’t be bothered to proactively interact with anyone new except for observing them awkwardly from afar? Perhaps not the goal of MEXPAT per se, but also perfectly acceptable– the people watching is always second to none.
Anyway, several of us decided to attend MEXPAT’s final event of the year, a Christmas Party promising snacks, an open bar, and entertainment, all within walking distance from our apartment. Sold!! As we were heading there, some of us were hypothesizing on what exactly “entertainment” would entail. This question began to be answered for us as soon as we walked into Le Bouchon and saw 3 girls dressed in various neon colors like my friend “Dulce” to the right.
This was intriguing, but did not prepare us for the veritable who’s who of impersonators who joined us one-by-one during the remainder of the evening. In addition to the Neon Triplets, Gene Simmons made an appearance.
We were also excited see a flurry of diverse activity from Charlie Chaplin, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe all under one roof!! I sensed that Charlie felt perhaps a bit intimidated by the aura of sexiness emanating from The King, possibly due to the apparent platform heels that The King was wearing.
Towards the end of the evening, there was a drawing for actual quality prizes, and John was the big winner of some high-class brandy, as well as a lipstick-laden kiss on the cheek from Marilyn. He handled it with grace. We figured that would be the end of our luck for the evening, but NO!!
Shortly thereafter, I was the big winner of a gift certificate for dinner for 2 + a bottle of wine at a trendy restaurant in Condesa called Litoral. Excitement is high to go check it out. Luckily, I was also presented my gift by a famous person– the illustrious Mr. Simmons. However ironically unlike John, I did not receive a KISS.
After the prize announcements we feared things would start to wind now, but fear not!!! You can’t end a party when MADONNA and her HEAVILY-MADE UP TEEN BOY BACKUP DANCERS are on stage!! Score! I was particularly excited as they performed one of my favorite recent songs (Hung Up, whose video in which she actually wears said super-high-cut leotard). I felt like this was basically tripled the value of my evening, since I missed the chance to buy $100+++ tickets to either of the two ‘official’ Madonna concerts in DF the previous week. I decided the MEXPAT Christmas Party was a far better choice, since my much-cheaper ticket price included drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and Charlie Chaplin back from the grave.
In summary, two lessons learned: 1) I will definitely hit the MEXPAT Christmas festivities again next year, and 2) if you are ever planning an event & you’re just not sure what to do to keep your guests entertained and someone proposes the idea of having like 6 or 7 completely-unrelated celebrity impersonators do random things at the event & you are skeptical because on paper that just doesn’t make sense, JUST DO IT. It will all work out in the end.