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Events: Yucatan-Made and Tickets on Sale

This Week…

Notice: The Olimpo will be closed for its Summer Makeover from Friday, August 15, until Friday, September 5. This is the annual three week period during which an entire year’s repairs are made to what is probably the most well known building in all of Centro. If you have a chance, get down there before it closes and see Samuel Barrera’s Retrospective Show in Sala 1… if you like Samuel’s work (and we do!), you’ll love seeing all those great paintings in one place! Even though the Olimpo will be closed, there will still be plenty to see and do in Centro, so do stay tuned to Yucatan Living for "what’s happening" in Merida and Yucatan over the remainder of the summer.

Yucatan Living Beginning Wednesday: The Products of Yucatan: 5 Day Event Products of yucatan´s Fair
Wednesday, August 13, is the opening of a huge fair at the Convention Center in which there will be a presentation of everything that is produced by Yucatecos. What you will see is art in wood, stone, glass, ceramics, shell, and snail shells; gold and silver jewelry, as well as imitation stones; handicrafts made from henequen and other fibers; clothes, shoes and accessories for all ages, decorative objects for the home; furniture, books, software, and an ample variety of foods from around the states. This fair will include cultural events, regional comedy, music, puppet shows, and performances by well known singers. Since the Olimpo will be closed and there will be few events over the weekend, it looks as if this will be the place to go for everything from shopping to sampling great food and music! 
Location: Salon Chichen Itza in Siglo XXI (the Convention Center) by Chedraui Norte on the road to Progreso
Time: Wednesday August 13 through Sunday August 17
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Summer Book Fair (10 Day Event)
Is it that time of year again already? The Summer Book Fair is always a great success, so do get down to Centro and see what they’ve got to offer this year. Shop in the shade in the colonnade in front of the Ayuntamiento. We do ask that you keep the Museum of the City in mind as you shop. If you see anything that might be of historical and/or cultural  value (even in the future) please pick up a copy and donate it to the Museum of the City.
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Dates: August 8 through August 17, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: CATSCats in Merida
Yes – that’s right! This is a scenic theater interpretation of the original CATS of Broadway fame, the most acclaimed musical of all time. The performance is directed by Oscar Lopez, with choreography by Hugo Curcumelis. Director of Music is Daniel Rodriguez. There is only going to be one performance, so you must get your tickets early.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $100 MXP (an amazingly small sum for such a show!)
For more information call: 925-0298

Fiestas during August

Did you know that the State of Yucatan has over 200 registered artisans? Their work is available for purchase at the fairs and fiestas held throughout the state, so keep watching our list of this week’s fiestas to find where to get the best food, the best fun, and the best work of the artisans of Yucatan!

Mama Fiesta: 12 Day Event
August 4 through August 15
Mama is a small municipality just south of Tekit. Their festival is from August 4 through August 15, and is in honor of la Virgen de la Asunción. For this festival, there will be vaquerias, popular dances, and processions. This is a marvelous opportunity to experience the Mayan culture and well worth going to see.  San Sebastian´s Gremio

Merida Fiesta: 11 Day Event
August 5 through August 15
This is the fiesta put on by San Sebastian Church in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. We are fortunate to have so many of them right here in the city, and as residents of San Sebastian (the Working Gringos), we can tell you that this fiesta is just like the ones we’ve seen in the pueblos, only bigger and louder. And with more firecrackers (voladores) and fireworks! This last weekend featured a live band on Sunday night and the sound was everywhere. The big event, we hear, happens on the 15th, when the faithful will launch Volkswagon-sized balloons, lit and heated from below by candlelight. The balloons ascent just like the Virgin into the air above the church… it’s supposed to be something you don’t want to miss!

Tecoh Fiesta: 9 Day Event
August 6 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. If you are shopping for something special, some of the artisans here just happen to be woodcarvers. Tecoh has a cenote that has a light show and a restored retablo that is a must see. Take a peek here.    

Tahdziu Fiesta: 6 Day Event
August 7 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. We found pictures of Tahdzui online here. The pictures were made by visiting students from Auburn. The whole area looks just wonderful and well worth a trip to the Deep South of Yucatan.   

Progreso Fiesta: 8 Day Event
August 7 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of San Telmo, the saint of the fishermen. There are loads of festivities going on here, since so many folks are in town for vacation. There are parades and floats and a grand time is had by all. While searching for a picture of this fiesta, we found some wonderful pictures of several of our coastal areas, including Progreso. Click here  and enjoy.

Tahmek Fiesta: 5 Day Event
August 7 through August 11
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Click here for a great map of this area. As you can see, this entire area is quite near the city and offers easy access to some of the best artisan locations in all of Yucatan. If you haven’t visited the interior of the state, this is the perfect opportunity.

Dzoncauich Fiesta: 5 Day Event
August 8 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Juan Bautista. The municipality is located just south of Temax and Buctzotz, so look for artwork and fine hemp hammocks at this fair. With fewer than 3,000 people living in this municipality, this is one of our areas in which most of the citizens are Mayans. It has a welcoming culture and is well worth visiting.

Dzidzantun Fiesta: 5 Day Event
August 10 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara, with the processionals taking place on August 11th. For those of you who do not know where Dzidzantun is located, just take out a map of Yucatan and look along the beach to the east of Chicxulub and Telchac. Most of the inhabitants of this area are fishermen, but it is well worth anyone’s time to explore beaches that are not loaded with tourists and visitors, especially at this time of year.

Tetiz Fiesta: 6 Day Event
August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Nuestra Senora de la Asunción. The area is on the coast, just this side of Celestun. This is the land of flamingos, so cameras are a must when visiting in the area. You might want to also plan on another visit to this area for the Festival of Candelaria in February, when the Virgin of the Asunción makes a journey to Hunucma. Read more about it here.

Yobain Fiesta: 1 Day Event
August 10
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Here is a great map to this area. This municipality has everything from a coastline to agriculture and beekeeping, and all while still retaining a distinctly rural character. It is a great place to just wander and take pictures on a lazy day with nothing else to do. The shopping isn’t bad either. This is the municipality in which the artisans work with shells, including snail shells, so look for some outstanding work here.

Hunucma Fiesta: 6 Day EventHunucma Fiesta
August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Hunucma has come such a long way. Fifteen years ago, it was "way out of town" but now, its just around the corner. Much has happened in Hunucma in those years and the fairs and festivals reflect their growth and development. Look for typical clothing, henequen sandals, carved coconut shells, original jewelry designs, saddlery and leather goods. For a sneak preview of Hunucma, click here to see Bicycle Yucatan’s visit there.

Muna Fiesta: 4 Day Event
August 12 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Come to enjoy the fiesta and shop for jewelry, wood and stone carvings, and leather goods. To see pictures of the church, click here  and for a satellite map, click here.

Buctzotz Fiesta: 13 Day Event
August 13 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara. This is one fiesta that you don’t want to miss. Not only do the finest hemp hammocks come from Buctzotz, but this municipality seems to consistently produce some of the finest artists in all of Yucatan. Do plan on making the short trip to Buctzotz sometime during this two week event. Take a little preview trip to Buctzotz with Bicycle Yucatan here.

Mani Fiesta: 10 Day Event
August 15 through August 24
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. The artisans of Mani produce some of the finest hammocks in Yucatan. In addition, Mani is the place where Fr. Diego de Landa did his best to destroy Mayan history and religion. For more on this story, click here.  A trip to Mani is of great value for its historical significance alone. The added benefit of the restored church is icing on the cake.

Izamal Fiesta: 11 Day EventOur Lady of Izamal´s Fiesta
August 15 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of the Patron Saint of the population, Nuestra Senora de Izamal. Two statues had been made exactly alike in Guatemala, one for Izamal and the other for Merida. It seems that many miracles were brought about because of the "Our Lady of Izamal" but, in 1829, there was a fire and she was destroyed. The other statue was donated from Merida to Izamal. There was a solemn procession to bring her to her new home, but never again have the miracles appeared. Izamal is one of the magical cities of Yucatan and, indeed, in all of Mexico and their fiesta is certainly not to be missed. If you are shopping your way through the fiestas, look in Izamal for jewelry, leather goods, ceramics from the town of Citilcum, and wood and leather crafts from Citilcum and Kimbila.

Sanahcat Fiesta: 1 Day Event
August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Sanahcat is just a little west of about the center of the State of Yucatan. It is a small municipality of about 1,500 people who are mostly engaged in farming or raising cattle. Sanahcat reminds one of the rural American towns some of us remember from childhood… maybe 300 people in town but, ring an emergency church bell and watch the neighbors pour in from the countryside. Its the sort of place where you can easily convince yourself that the modern world hasn’t intruded everywhere quite yet – only to discover later that half the folks in Sanahcat are surfing the net. Oh well – at least they still have a good, old fashioned country fiesta that is well worth attending!

Every week…

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!

On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week. When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!

As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.

 

Monday (Lunes) August 11, 2008

Yucatan Living Check the Yucatan Living Ongoing Events Calendar for today’s events

Tuesday (Martes) August 12, 2008

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova:Grupo Kaytaan
Under the direction of Carlos Osorio. This past May, Group Kaytaan traveled with some of the most famous of all Yucatan’s musicians and singers to help make the Mother’s Day festivities of Campeche a success. We don’t get to see enough of them here in Merida. This is a "must see" performance for tonight.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miércoles) August 13, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Trio Embajadores Trio Embajadores
Under the direction of Jose Dorantes. There is definitely something to be said for talent and experience. Tonight’s performance has been named "Seguimos Sonando" and this is one sound of which Yucatan never tires.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 MXP

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 14, 2008

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Alberto Alvarez
Yucatan’s Cuban treasure in a recital of voice and piano. This is the absolute "pick of the week" and not to be missed!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double FeatureOx-Bow Incident
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Admission: Free

First Feature:The Ox-Bow Incident
(U.S., 1943) Directed by William Wellman; Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, and Harry Morgan. Two drifters just happen to be passing through a small Western town when a local farmer is murdered and his cattle are stolen.
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Second Feature: Runaway Train
(U.S., 1986) Starring: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, and Rebecca de Mornay. Voight and Roberts play two convicts on board a runaway prison train, headed for disaster in the Alaskan wilderness. Rebecca de Mornay is a prison employee.
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Documentary: TDB
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida The Legendary Yucatones
After a one month hiatus, the LEGENDARY Yucatones are finally back on the boards. They will once again be holding down the fort this Thursday night, and all Thursdays in August at Jazzin’ Merida, now that "Jungle" Dan Prescher has returned from the wilds of Central America. Dan promise to regale the crowd with tales of derring-do in the jungles and the mountains, and Gary promises to be mightily bored as he does so. Dan also wishes to apologize for not having his priorities straight and allowing that "career thing" to take him out of town for July. He promises to put the music first from now on, and will never let it happen again… unless it does happen again. Dan and Gary both look forward to seeing many new faces and all their old friends (Toneheads as they fondly think of you) Thursday, and throughout the month.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Theater: CATS
Yes – that’s right! This is a scenic theater interpretation of the original CATS of Broadway fame, the most acclaimed musical of all time. The performance is directed by Oscar Lopez, with choreography by Hugo Curcumelis. Director of Music is Daniel Rodriguez. You must get your tickets early. There is only going to be one performance, so you must get your tickets early.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $100 MXP (an amazingly small sum for such a show!)
For more information call: 925-0298

Friday (Viernes) August 15, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is a surprise, stay tuned.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living The Yucatones at Hotel Zamná
The Yucatones are back and will be doing their thing at Hotel Zamná. A buffet dinner will be served.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53, #547 x 70 y 72, Santiago District of downtown; phone: (999) 924-0103
Time: Dinner 8:30 PM ; Show 9:00 PM
Admission: $60 MXP

Yucatan Living Documentary: TDB
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 16, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is TBD.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary: TDB
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 17, 2008Documentary about Dolphins

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Principle Guide to Dolphins
This is an especially timely documentary. See our News this week for more information on volunteer opportunities to work with REVAY.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Other Events in August

Yucatan Living Coming on August 19th: The National Ballet of Georgia
Get your tickets NOW !!!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the National Ballet of Georgia in a new spectacular that includes 38 children and even pyrotechnics. This is part folkloric ballet, part circus, and all some of the best entertainment in the world. For a short preview of this group’s work, click here.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61.Tango en la Piel
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $450, $350, and $250 MXP  Get your tickets early!

Yucatan Living Coming on August 20th: Tango en Piel!
Get your tickets NOW for this too. A local group called Grupo Dramatango under the direction of Esly Mendez will be performing Tango at the Jose Peon Contreras. What fun!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $TBD – Get your tickets from Anny (email her by clicking her name)

Yucatan Living Placido Domingo: Get Your Tickets EARLY!
Placido Domingo will be in concert at Chichen Itza on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. From what we understand, a full 25% of the tickets were sold within the first week after sales opened. You can still order a few tickets from Ticketmaster here. You can also try other authorized locations, such as Mixup, Discolandia, Liverpool, Comercial Mexicana and Gandhi. In addition, Ticketmaster’s online telephone sales number is 5325-9000. Our thanks to American Egypt for the "heads up" on how fast tickets are going.
Admission:
$500 MXP (least expensive we have found);
$7,500 MXP (includes cocktails with Placido Domingo);
$10,000 MXP (includes cocktails and dinner with Placido Domingo)

 

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar

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5 Responses to “Events: Yucatan-Made and Tickets on Sale”

  1. Hi Khaki,
    I’m planning my first visit to Merida November 1st -15th. Is it possible to find out, in advance, events planned for that time. I must say, the events scheduled for August is most impressive. I realize The day of the dead will take place during the timeof my visit Is this a holiday I may enjoy? Sure would love to hear from.
    My regards,
    Joyce

  2. Joyce,
    We do our best to make certain that we list all of the events each week. Sometimes, especially near the first of the month, announcements are slow in coming in. However, this year, we are lucky that this holiday falls on Saturday (Nov. 1st) and Sunday (Nov. 2nd) – so we will be able to give our readers a good bit of advance warning of events and their locations. To read about last year’s festivities, just go to Yucatan Living’s search box and do a search for Day of the Dead. You should come up with plenty of events that repeat every year… and, by the way, get bigger and better every year. Do “stay tuned” to Yucatan Living and I’ll get the events to you as quickly as they come to me.

  3. Thanks for publicizing the tango show! I saw this group in Teatro Merida last April and searched for Esly Mendez about 6 weeks so that I could take classes with her. They have some great dancers lined up, and a few of us “newbies.” The cost of the tickets is 50 pesos; they’re on sale at the box office now as well. It’s open seating, so get there early so you won’t miss anything!

  4. I want to use my laptop in Merida – are there any areas/cafes where I could access WIRELESS CONNECTION???

    thanks,
    laura

  5. Laura,
    Not only do a lot of hotels here have wireless connections, there are many other places to hook in. The zocalo (the park in the middle of the Centro Historico) has wireless internet, as do a number of parks around town (L’Ermita and Parque de la Paz are two we know of for sure). VIPS (sort of a Yucatan version of Denny’s) and Sanborn’s also have wireless internet, as do the three Starbuck’s now in Merida.

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