For the tourist or potential expat, Mexico may have lost some of its sheen. But despite the news coming out of the country lately, it isn't all violent drug cartels dumping severed heads into police buildings. John Truax, a native Houstonian who has called Merida, Mexico, home for six years, has compiled a guide to living, working and traveling in the Merida area. (He worked with Julie Hoover, Jane McCarthy and Bruce Kelly.) The cost of living is cheap, the culture is authentic and warm, the arts community is thriving, and you're probably more likely to get shot in Houston. Check out Truax's pitch at 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Mon., Aug. 31, 7 p.m., 2009