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This Week… starting November 29, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Calotmul Fiesta: 8 Day Event: Dec. 1 through Dec. 8
In keeping with the season of the year, this fiesta is in honor of la Inmaculada Concepción. The Municipality of Calotmul is about as rural as it gets, in Yucatan or anyplace else on Earth. This municipality is bordered on two sides by Tizimin, on a third side by Temozon, and on the fourth side by Espita. There are fewer than 4,000 inhabitants in Calotmul and its economy is based on agriculture. If you’ve been looking for the real cowboys of Yucatan (and maybe for a really fine saddle), you have found the right place. The main product of the artisans of Calotmul is Talabartería… which translates as saddlery, harness-maker’s shops and leather goods shops. This is also where you can get a hammock made from hemp. Ask for hamacas de cáñamo. However, just because Calotmul is "a little bit country," doesn’t mean the people are not interested in the educations and quality of life for their children. This is the community where children are not only taking English lessons, but also music lessons on woodwinds. We strongly encourage everyone to visit this fiesta to let the people of Calotmul know that we know they are there, and support everything they are doing for themselves and for their community.

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta  10 Day Event: Dec. 3 – Dec. 12
Sotuta is located in the South-Central part of the state, in the heart of the Mayan world. This fiesta is in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The main work of the artisans of Sotuta is in leather. For those who are interested in Mayan history, Sotuta was the home of Nachi-Cocom, the principal cacique who rebelled against the Spanish in the early 1500s. His lifetime is thought to span approximately from 1510 to 1556. For those who are interested in more recent history, Sotuta is also the birthplace of Justiniano Carrillo Pasos, the father of 13 politically active children, one of whom was Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. This is a trip worth taking just for the history! See Bicycle Yucatan’s wonderful pictures of Sotuta HERE.

Yucatan Living The Yucatan State Fair at XmatkuilYucatan State Fair 2010
This fair has an average of 75,000 visitors per day. The crowds are not as large as they have been in the past, but they are steady. In the past, there would be a huge influx of people for some of the performances and that would make things like parking difficult. This year, there are plenty of visitors to the fair but they seem to be coming at a pretty constant pace. If you attend the fair, we would like to suggest that you stop by the interactive farm and see some of what goes on in the interior of our state. We think you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

In the City of Merida

Yucatan Living The National and International Oc’-Ohtic Festival of Contemporary Dance
December 4 – December 12

This annual event has grown to be one of the premier festivals of contemporary dance throughout Latin America and, increasingly, the world. Begun in 1994/1995, by Graciella Torres Polanco, it has since grown to become the place for artists and benefactors of dance to meet and share their visions of the future. Although every performance is a special performance, it should be noted that the last two evenings will have a nominal admission fee. 100% of the money raised will go to help the Municipality of Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, as it continues to attempt to recover from the damage caused by multiple hurricanes during the past few months. The performances you will see during this 9 day event include:
Saturday: December 4Oc-Ohtic, Contemporary Dance Festival
Performances by Compania de Danza Contemporanea del Yucatan
and by Compania de Danza Clasica de Yucatan.
Sunday: December 5
Performance by Compania Lux Boreal
Monday: December 6
Jovenes Talentos de la Danza Contemporanea del Ceba presents Dancing for You
Tuesday: December 7
Performance by Colectivo Makina Turing – a Coproduction of Mexico and Uruguay
Wednesday: December 8
Univerdanza performs Dance of Imagination
Thursday: December 9
Jeannie Baker and Robert Spin present Shared Role
Friday: December 10
Cressida Danza Contemporanea performes Four Centimeters of Silence
Saturday: December 11  Benefit Performance
Cuatro x Cuatro (of Veracruz) performs Haiku 8 or Decomposition in Red
Sunday: December 12  Benefit Performance
Jovenes Zapateadores (Youth Shoes – of Veracruz) performs Live It
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free except on December 11 & 12, when admission is $50 pesos

 

Monday (Lunes) November 29, 2010

Yucatan Living IV Cultural Week for Persons with Disabilities
November 29 through December 3

This is a multidisciplinary event by some very talented performance artists. These young people have grown up in a Yucatan where everything is possible for them and they are taking it to the limits year after year. Please do come out and support them and their work
Location: Teatro Cesareo Chan Blanco in Cultural Center Ricardo Lopez Mendez (across from Liverpool)
Time: 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Music, Dance & Children
This is a performance by La Ronda Mexicana, Playground in Art
and the Orfeon Choir of Primaria Escuela Modelo, under the direction of Victor Manuel Rubio; and featuring Grupo Experimental de Danza and Disciplina Corporal, under the direction of Deyanira Aguilar Pacheco.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61Cafe Peña K'aay T'aan
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Youth Music: Cafe Peña K’aay T’aan
Tonight, hear the finalists in the 3rd State Contest of Interpreters of Popular Song and Trova Yucateca.
These will be the New Voices of Mayab
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Jilgueros
This performance is under the direction of Willy Paredes
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Concert: Grand Finale! University Faculty ContestantsUady Singing Contest
You are cordially invited to come and watch while this contest takes place on two stages! Yucatan has more wonderful voices and ways of delivering the beautiful music we have here than anyone could ever imagine. The invitation said to be here to assist and support your favorite university interpreter. Does that mean we get to vote? We don’t know. We think they are all winners already, but we certainly want to see these academics battle it out to see which of their number wins top honors.
Jorge Carlos Valladares: University del Mayab
Graciela Quinones Weiss: UADY Faculty of Engineering
Fanny Pamela Saldana Chan: Uady Faculty of Law
Porfirio Salvador Duran Sosa: UADY Faculty of Odontology (Dentistry and more)
Jose Huetzin Ricardez Castillo: UADY Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Fernando Esteban Cupul Pina: Faculty of Engineering
Laura Gabriela Pinzon Gonzalez: Escuela Preparatoria 2
Location: Teatro Felipe Carillo Puerto,  Calle 60 # 491-A x 57 y 59
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Alma Grande y Banda Mix
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 01, 2010

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Arturo Martin, Tenor/ Alberto Alvarez, Piano
Easily one of the top performing duos in all of Mexico. This combination is truly the teacher to the stars and his star student. One must never miss an opportunity to see them together.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: FreeMarilu Basulto

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Marilu Basulto in Her 25th Anniversary Concert
This beautiful and talented lady is one of the best loved stars in Yucatan and has represented Yucatan around the world.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance / Theater / Visual Arts: Women in the Bicentenario:
Elena Novelo, Ligia Aguilar and Deyanira Aguilar
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Raul Simon in Concert
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) December 02, 2010

Yucatan Living IV Cultural Week for Persons with Disabilities
This performance is by Dueto Zazi’l K’ay, aka Jorge and Jose Luis Moguel Martin
Location: Teatro Cesareo Chan Blanco in Cultural Center Ricardo Lopez Mendez (across from Liverpool)
Time: 10:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Music: “The Arts in Children” Concert
This is a performance by the Students of the Academia de Musica Plus, under the direction of Mtra. Miriam Rodriguez
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 4:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Contemporary Trova: Jorge Buenfil and Los Juglares
This group has helped to define Trova Yucateca for decades and their performances are always flawless.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan LivingMusic: “El Piano y la Orquesta” Concert
This performance is by the Students of the Academia de Musica Plus, under the direction of Mtra. Miriam Rodriguez
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Inauguracion of the Temporary Exhibitions
This presentation shows the work of a number of different groups and is aptly names “The Other View of Art. It has everything from Art and Architecture to Green Living and Sociological topics.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) December 03, 2010

Yucatan Living Annual AFAD Fundraiser: De mano a pata Afad Fundraiser Event
“Hand to Paw” is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the AFAD animal shelter. AFAD is much more than their animal shelter. Through the years, we have seen great changes in attitudes toward pets in this area because of AFAD and their education programs. They are dedicated to the future of the animals in Merida and in the surrounding area and have demonstrated that teaching children about ways to improve the quality of life for pets that are already here and avoiding the birth of unwanted pets is one of the best investments we can make in the future. Please attend this event and support the work of AFAD. If you can, please also consider donating food and/or wine for the event as well.
Location: Sala de Fiestas Santa Monica, Calle 21-A # 355-A x 26, San Pedro Cholul
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Donation: $200 pesos
More Information: Nextel 308-5901 or e-mail afadmerida[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Piano Recital
This recital is one of the requirements for the students of the Piano Workshop of CIMI.
Location: Centro Cultural Iberica,Calle 37 x74 y 74 A Col. García Ginerés
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Coral Music: Recital of the Choir of CECUNY
This performance is under the direction of Eunice Medina
Location: Centro Cultural del Nino Yucateco, Calle 59 x 48 y 50
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Traditional Trova Yucateca: A Tribute to Bambuco Yucateco. Dueto Zazi’l K’ay
Jorge and Jose Luis Moguel Martin
Location: Centro Cultural Mejorada Juan Acereto, Calle 59 x 50
Time: 7:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Piano Recital by Hector Rojas Ramirez
If you have not heard this world class pianist, you must attend this event! We don’t get to hear him often, so never waste the opportunity if you can help it.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM FridayMexican Nacimientos
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition and Recital: Nacimientos Mexicanos
This event includes special participation by the Ninos Cantores of Yucatan, under the direction of Gaspar Gamboa Sosa, with pianist Maria Teresa Novelo Pavia. It should be a wonderful performance!
Location: Museum of Arte Popular de Yucatan, Calle 50 A # 487 x 57, Mejorada
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 04, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Rubi in Concert: Mexico and Memories
Obviously, the pick of the evening. If you haven’t experienced the work of this wonderful voice of Yucatan, then you must be sure to see this performance.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off
Rock with the “Oldies” at the 2nd Annual Beach Fundraising Chili Cook-Off. The purpose of this event is to help raise money for making Christmas a special day for local Mexican children and their families. There will be great food, dancing, karaoke, and loads of fun to be had until the wee hours of the morning. Please attend this event and show your support and friendship by helping those in need. Chili-cooking contestants need to register that they will be making an entry prior to the event and state to which local charitable organization they wish to donate their prize money in their name. There are 3 categories of competition: Traditional, non-traditional and Vegetarian. Contestants can enter more than one category. The winner of each category will receive a cash prize. Judging will be based on tasting and voting of all attendees.
Location: Playa de Chelem Restaurant, Chelem, Yucatan
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos ($100 pesos to the fundraising charity, $50 to prize money to be donated in winner’s name) + $100 pesos if you choose to eat the buffet. Drink tickets sold separately.
Register as a Contestant: e-mail Katie sandcastleinn [at] aol [dot] com

Yucatan Living 1st Annual Chelem Christmas Dreams Raffle Drawing  
Location: Playa de Chelem Restaurant, Chelem, Yucatan
Time: Immediately following the announcement of the Chili Cook-Off winners
Admission: You do not need to be present to win, so please check their website for a list of winners and get in touch with them via their contact page if they do not contact you first. Samson and Delilah

Yucatan Living Opera: Samson and Delilah
This opera is by by Saint-Saens and stars Olga Borodina and Placido Domingo.
It is being brought to us by Opera Yucatan, AC
Location: Sala 3 of the Siglo XXI Convention Center theaters
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Showing: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free but a donation is $40 pesos to Opera Yucatan will be very beneficial toward lending support to future plans to bring the “MetLive” program to Merida.
Note: Due to the way the holidays fall, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will be shown on Saturday, January 8th at noon.

Yucatan Living Movie: La Pasion Seguin Berenice
(Mexico, 1975) Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo; with Martha Navarro, Pedro Armendariz, Jr. and Emma Roldan
Location: Cineteca National Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert to Benefit La Iglesia Tercera Orden
Now, this is interesting. At the same time this performance is taking place in Teatro Peon Contreras, Las Maya Internacional is singing with Los Juglares and La Decada at Teatro Peon Contreras. Rubi, as we all know, is the lead singer for Las Maya Internacional. These ladies do get around (considering their years of experience), and they are always found in the best of company! This is another excellent concert just waiting for the full audience they are sure to have.
Location: Teatro Peon contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM SaturdayPiñatas Mexicanas
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Workshop of Traditional Piñatas
The instructor for this event is Julia Bacab Chan. You must be registered to attend.
Location: Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatan, Calle 52 x 57
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free
Registration, Call: 928-5263 or 928-0564

Yucatan Living The National and International Oc’-Ohtic Festival of Contemporary Dance
Performances by Compania de Danza Contemporanea del Yucatan
and by Compania de Danza Clasica de Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) December 05, 2010

Yucatan Living Documentary: Big Cats
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The National and International Oc’-Ohtic Festival of Contemporary Dance
Performance by Compania Lux Boreal
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Voces sin Fronteras in Concert
Celebrating 45 years of the artistic career of Professor Carlos A. Tello Martinez.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeLecumberri Movie

Yucatan Living Movie: Lecumberri
(Mexico 1976) Director: Arturo Ripstein. Only known documentary about the infamous building which served as a penitentiary from 1900 to 1976, known in popular culture as The Black Palace of Lecumberri. 
Location: Cineteca National Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Malena Duran in Concert: El Alma de la Trova Yucateca
Accompanied by Grupo Los Embajadores
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon




Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 9: December 10 & 12
This is the night that everyone has been waiting for! With the evening’s festivities under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco, featured voices include: soprano Violeta Davalos, mezzosoprano Gabriela Thierry, tenor Jose Guadalupe Reyes, and baritone Josue Ceron. Luis Luna directs the choir and Zuelika Diaz is featured at the piano. It is the end of the season and time for the holidays. Come and celebrate with the Symphony as they play Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The Ode to Joy rounds out the season’s offerings.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Dates & Times: Friday, December 10, 9:00 PM; Sunday, December 12, 2010, 12:00 PM
Admission: $60, $80, $100, & $150 pesos. 25% discount for children from 6 to 12 years of age, and for INAPAM card holders. Preview Seating Chart.

Yucatan Living Taco Maya’s “Funky Market” Monday: Dec. 13
Artists and artisans from Merida, Progreso, Chelem, Chuburna, Santa Elena, Telchac and Chixculub will be displaying their beautiful wares. Christmas is just around the corner, so come early for picking out special and unusual gifts.
Location: Taco Maya, Chelem
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna’s Grand Christmas Prize Quiz and Dinner Saturday December 11
This is the Famous (OH NO! I KNEW THAT!)Prize Quiz
Teams can have up to 4 members
1st Prize: 4 Bottles of Festive Cheer and a Stash of Pesos
Menu: Soup & Bread Roll; Gammon Ham & Pineapples; served with Vegetables and Potato Wedges; Desert.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors open at 7:30 PM, Dinner is served at 8:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos, limit of 36 guests, Please collect tickets before the event

Yucatan Living Cathedral Mass in English  December 24
If you can make your way to the Cathedral in Merida on Christmas Eve, you will never forget the experience. If the mass is in English, as this one will be, then all the better.
Location: In the Chapel of the Cathedral, Calle 61 x 60
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Spay-Neuter Campaign 2nd Annual Spay-Neuter Campaign
Merida: January 9 – 12
Progreso: January 14 & 15

Goal: To Spay or Neuter 1,500 dogs and cats in 6 days (Yes we can!)
Sponsors: Planned Pethood in cooperation with UADY, Servicios de Salud deYucatan, Evolución, AFAD, The City of Mérida, PRI Verde and other organizations
Volunteer Vets Will Be From: the US., Canada, Romania and Slovakia
Need: 10 double hotel rooms, free or at reduced rates; and food for the vets while they are here
In Exchange For: Your Logo on all promotional material, including on banners displayed at each spay-neuter location.
For More Information and details about how you can participate, please contact Dr. Tony or Dr. Nelson at Planned Pethood. Phone: 944-2310 or by e-mail: planpetmex[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]mx

Yucatan Living Christmas Bird Count – Between December 14 and January 15
Yucatan will hold 3 Christmas Bird Counts, each over an area of a 15 mile diameter circle. The centers of these circles are in Celestun, El Cuyo, and Rio Lagartos. Visit the Toh website to learn more about this event. As of this post, the registration button has not gone live, but you can contact them by e-mail from their contact page.

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Traditional Christmas Dinner  Dec. 25
Menu: carrot & mushroom soup with bread roll; homemade French pate served with side salad, roast turkey with all trimmings, vegetables and baby boiled potatoes, peaches marinated in Brandy with Limon Sorbet, traditional Christmas Cake, Liquor Coffees. Drink of choice upon arrival and unlimited red or white wine served with dinner. Christmas fun prize quiz, carols played in the background.
Location: Hotel Zamna
Time: Doors open 3:00 PM, Dinner: 3:30 PM
Admission: $300 pesos Limit 26 guests so collect your tickets as early as possible

Yucatan Living Zamna New Year Gala  Dec. 31
Theme: Emerald Magic
Unlimited house wine, local beer and spirits all night. Wine served with Dinner. Dancing to 3 decades of music under a canopy of stars. Emerald Magic Fun prize quiz and a few surprises!
Location: Hotel Zamna
Time: Doors Open: 8:00 PM, Dinner: 8:30 PM
Admission: $400 pesos

 

Early 2010

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:
March 2, 2011: Quema del Mal Humor
March 3, 2011: Preschoolers Parade
March 4, 2011: Corsican Parade
March 5, 2011: Fantasia Parade
March 6, 2011: Bachata Parade (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor)
March 7, 2011: Regional Parade
March 8, 2011: Battle of the Flowers Parade
March 9, 2011: Entierro de Juan Carnival
Keep an eye on Zona de Palcos to plan where you will get the best view of the festivities. No word yet on seating prices, but there should be more information soon.
Carnival Map on the Carnival de Merida 2011 website.

 

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