Smart Bets: Palenque Rojo

Palenque Rojo is both the name of a performance (a U.S. premiere, inspired by the attack in 711 B.C., when the Dynasty of the Cranium of the Snake took Palenque ruler Kan Joy Chitam II into captivity) and a company, which is based in Asheville's Mexican sister city, San Cristobal de las Casas. Asheville Sister Cities International brings the troupe (more than 20 actors, dancers and musicians performing live pre-Hispanic music, dance, rituals and magnificent costumes) to the Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. (The event is part of a series on Mayan culture; learn more at


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