faqs + about

TICKETING

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How do I purchase tickets to Monkey Town Mexico City?

Click on any Purchase Tickets link on this site and you’ll be transferred to EventBrite, where you’ll select the night and time you’d like to attend and the number of tickets. You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, AMEX.

Are there any extra charges for the Tickets?

There is a very small ticketing fee from EventBrite, otherwise your admission, your dinner, gratuity and drinks are all included.

Can I get a refund for my tickets?

No. Refunds will only be given if a seating is cancelled (which is unlikely). All Sales are FINAL.

Can I purchase tickets at the venue, at the door, with cash?

No. Tickets must be purchased In Advance through EventBrite. Ticketing closes one hour before the door time of each show. There is no cash at the venue.

Why are there only tickets available for the next month?

Tickets will be available for each month in the middle of the preceding month. So:

March 4 – 30 will be available February 18
April 2 – May 4 will be available March 15
May 6 – May 31 will be available April 15

If my friend and I buy tickets separately, can we still sit together?

Yes, it’s no problem. We will make sure that all friends and family are seated together, once everyone enters the cube.

THE EXPERIENCE + LATE ARRIVAL

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What is the capacity each night?

Capacity is just 40 per seating.
Two seatings each night
Mondays – Saturdays, 7pm + 9:30pm.

Do people talk during the program?

Yes (and no). This is more like going to the cinema than a regular dining experience. So if you talk the entire time, you might be missing out on the experience or annoying your fellow guests.

So yes, talking is fine, but best at a volume and infrequency that does not disturb your neighbors.

When do doors open, what if we arrive late?

Just like a movie, do NOT arrive late.
Doors open 15 minutes before showtimes.
Please arrive BEFORE the showtime.

Any persons arriving more than 10 minutes late, may miss the first course. We will NOT admit anyone more than 20 minutes late. Everyone is meant to enter the space together…so, as a courtesy to your host and your fellow guests, don’t be late.

LOCATION + PARKING

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Where is this venue, is it new?

We are located in a former Catholic School in Colonia Escandón:

Cda. La Paz 15
Escandón I Secc, 11800
Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

What’s the PARKING like?

There is FREE street parking in the area and several parking lots nearby as well. We have no valet service.

Because we serve several rounds of drinks, we encourage sharing a taxi or ride service.

VIDEO PROGRAM

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How long is the Video Program? What’s the program like?

The video program is 2 hours. The event is a cinema-in-the-round, inside a seamless floating cube of 4 large projection screens, with multi-speaker surround sound. Each artist is shown consecutively.

This 8th edition showcases a single curated film and video program that replays every night for the 16 weeks, featuring almost all multi-channel works by 18 artists and filmmakers from Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Russia and the US.

Has this been done before?

Only in New York (for 10 years), Denver (2014) and Barcelona (2015) and Austin (2015 – 2016), Los Angeles (2016). Others have tried in smaller ways; but nobody has combined multi-channel cinema, food and live performance.

Is there nudity or “inappropriate” material shown in the program?

A bit.

FOOD

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Will the menus remain the same throughout the run?

No. They will change according to seasonal ingredients on a weekly and monthly basis. Listed menus should be seen as an example of what will be served and may vary slightly. We will update the menus on the site as they change.

Do you have vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options?

Yes. Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free Options are available for all seatings.

Once you have purchased your tickets, please write us at monkeytownhq@gmail.com and tell us the Date and Time you will be attending and any dietary restriction (including allergies) you would have. Once you are seated in the cube, the server will confirm all dietary needs and allergies.

What about food allergies?

Besides writing us once you’ve purchased tickets, please inform your server once you’re seated in the cube and we will omit any dishes that contain those ingredients and make substitutions.

OTHER THOUGHTS

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After Mexico City, where will the next Monkey Town be?

We currently have no plans for the next city.

If I’m seated inside the cube and there’s a screen behind me, won’t I miss something at some point?

Yes. But not really. All 4-channel works are made for the cube with viewer’s immersive perspective in mind.

Why the name Monkey Town?

There are four reasons. But for brevity, Eugene Walter was a chief inspiration — co-launcher of the Paris Review, actor in Fellini’s 8 ½, eternal poet to the monkey gods.

HISTORY

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MONKEY TOWN 1 — BROOKLYN

The original Monkey Town was founded by Montgomery Knott and ran from May 2003 – December 2004. It was located in a private loft space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Emphasis was on video art, showcasing works by Miranda July, Mika Rottenberg, Brock Enright and Golan Levin among dozens of other emerging artists. We also hosted live music; including, Black Dice, White Magic, Dead Texan, My Best Fiend, Sayyid and Priest (Anit-Pop Consortium) and Blood on the Wall. There were 99 performances over 19 months.

MONKEY TOWN 2 — BROOKLYN

Monkey Town 2 ran from October 2005 – January 2010. It was also located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Open nightly for 4 years and 4 months, a front dining room and bar were added, while the back dining room continued the original layout — 4 screens; communal seating; capacity of 50. The back space showcased video art, short films, feature-length films and documentaries; as well as, live music, dance and other performance. Damo Suzuki (singer from CAN), Sharon Van Etten, Tony Conrad, The XX, Twin ShadowDirty Projectors, Tristan Perich, and Excepter’s legendary marathon shows were all illuminated in the cube, while a cabal of talented filmmakers tested and stretched the margins of new cinema; including, Ryan Trecartin, Shana Moulton, R. Luke DuBois, Alexandre Singh, Cory Arcangel, Marisa Olson, Peter Burr, Michael Bell-Smith, Bruce Bickford, Tony Oursler, Forcefield, and Claude Wampler.

MONKEY TOWN 3 — MANHATTAN

In the summer of 2013, Monkey Town 3 was reborn at the Eyebeam Gallery in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea gallery district. For 60 days, 3000 people attended a video program comprised of 23 filmmakers and performers. With the success of the 3rd edition, the path was set to create an on-going “pop-up” cinema and dining concept.

MONKEY TOWN 4 — DENVER

Monkey Town 4 partnered with the MCA Denver and ran from February – June 2014, showcasing 18 video artists from Colorado, the US and Europe. 12 performers were invited for weekly performance residencies. It was named one of the top 10 cultural moments of 2014 by The Denver Post.

MONKEY TOWN 5 — BARCELONA

Monkey Town 5 partnered with the Poblenou Urban District and ran from April – June 2015, showcasing 15 video artists from Europe, the US and South America. Located in the newly burgeoning tech and design corridor of Poble Nou, Monkey Town was featured on Catalan TV, in all the national newspapers, as well as an expansive English-language review in the popular Pink and Brown cultural review.

MONKEY TOWN 6 — AUSTIN

Monkey Town 6 partnered with The Contemporary Austin and ran from November 2015 – February 2016, showcasing 16 video artists from Texas, the US and Europe. Located on the east side in a humungous 64,000 square foot warehouse, Monkey Town Austin was a bit of a homecoming for Director Montgomery Knott, who spent eight years in Austin in the 90s. There was opera, 3 country bands, 2 choreographers, 1 aspic food/visual/sound installation and an ambient classical performance. Texas video artists included Wiley Wiggins, Rachel Stuckey, Gabrielle Daubourg, Kristen Lucas and Joe McKay, Ryan Junell, Scott Gelber, and Hillerbrand + Magsamen.

MONKEY TOWN 7 — LOS ANGELES

Our 7th and “Final” edition ran in downtown Los Angeles from June – October   2016. Featured in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and the Huffington Post, we served over 8,000 Angelenos and featured works from California artists, as well as new works by AES+F (Russia), Johanna Billing (Sweden), Yoshi Sodeoka, and Danny Perez.

Performers included Weyes Blood, Paz Lenchantin (from The Pixies), Dallas ACID, White Magic, Noveller, and Mecca Vazie Andrews, among many others.