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Events: Institute of Culture is 25 years old!

Yucatan Living Culture Always Wins in Yucatan!Anniversary Instituto de Cultura de Yucatan
The “old saying” that “every cloud has a silver lining” is never more true than in the State of Yucatan. The recent troubles have resulted in the classic Yucateco response to such as this, which is an immediate improved and expanded emphasis on Yucatan’s history and culture. In fact, the cultural offerings for children number so many now that they have their own calendar! If there is going to be a fight for the hearts and minds of Yucatecos, this is one state that will always quickly claim its own through an avalanche of cultural opportunities and offerings. We expats and tourists end up as the beneficiaries of it all. The Fall Season looks as if it is going to be spectacular, so stay with us for news of all that is happening in Merida and in Estado de Yucatan!

Yucatan Living Happy 25th Birthday ICY
The Institute of Culture of Yucatan will be celebrating its 25th birthday all this month. In those 25 years, our state has become one of the premier cultural destinations of the world. Bravo! Well done! …and may there be many more years of continued success for ICY and for Estado de Yucatan!

Yucatan Living Courses in Mandarin Chinese: Begin Sept. 29, 2008
Instruction provided by: El Instituto Confucio de la UADY
These classes have been quite successful for at least two years now. As the gringo community grows in Yucatan, more than one of our number has occasion to do at least some work in China. With China now one of the premier trading partners of Mexico, our Yucateco young people (and a few of us old folks as well) can only benefit from learning Chinese. This is especially true for those in the tourism business. It is far better to take advantage of these classes now – so both we and our Chinese friends can enjoy visiting each other’s nations in the future. In fact, it would not surprise us at all to see our globe-trotting elderly Mayan ladies winging their way off to visit their counterparts in China – just as soon as they get back from their current jaunt to South America!


Information/Orientation Session: Thursday; Sept. 18, 2008; 6:00 PM; Auditorium of the School of Anthropological Sciences (Auditorio de la Facultad de Ciencias Antropologicas). Carretera Merida-Tizimin, KM 1.5
Classes begin on Sept. 29, 2008. These are listed as 18 hr. classes.
Level 1: Three groups;
Cost: $800 MXP General and $500 MXP UADY.
Level 2: Three groups.
Cost: $2,000 MXP General and $1,500 MXP UADY
Full Schedule of Classes Here: http://www.cgri.uady.mx/idiomas/confucio/index.php?opcion=cursos 

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) September 08, 2008

Yucatan Living See our ongoing events page for events on Monday

Tuesday (Martes) September 09 , 2008

Yucatan Living Movie: Natural Born KillersNatural Born Killers
(U.S., 1994) Directed by Oliver Stone; Starring Juliette Lewis, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Tommy Lee Jones. Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Tres de Corazon
This trio is under the direction of Felipe Diaz Mena.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) September 10, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Mozu, La Voz, Presents Bolereando
I have never heard of less than a stellar performance by Mozu, La Voz.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) September 11, 2008

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Impresiones de Latinoamerica
Come and spend a delightful evening with Marieli Sosa and her piano. There is such a wealth of talent in Yucatan
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening Night for New Expositions
Sala 1: Holistica. The photography of Javier Barrera
Sala 2: Axix: Los ejes imaginisticos. (The Axes of Imagination) A Collective Presentation
Sala 3: Fernanco Espejo Mendes, Luz Ignea (unknown works), and Five Years of Expositions (a retrospective)  by Enrique Trava
Central Patio: La Rosa y La Serpiente (the Rose and the Serpent) by Teresa Loret de Mola
Location: The Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living Double FeatureSeptember 11 The Movie
First Feature: Salvador Allende
(Germany, Chile, Spain, 2004) Starring Dennis Price and Valerie Hobson. Directed by Patricio Guzman.
Time: 6:00 PM
Second Feature: 9/11/01 – September 11
The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are told from different viewpoints around the world.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: What’s Left of Pancho?
Galeria Merida will be screening documentaries every Thursday night. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch great independent movies. This week a film by Amir Galvan. English subtitles.
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 # 452-A x 52 and 54
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$20 Pesos and open cash bar

Yucatan Living Movie: Corazon de Fabrica (Heart of the Factory)
(Molina/Ardito, Argentina, 2008) The film looks at the life of a group of workers, men and women, inhabitants of the Argentinean Patagonia. These workers start a fight to stop the deaths and accidents that happen in the factory where they work. They live complex and dangerous conflicts and they are taking more and more commitment, something many of them had never imagined could happen. Spanish with English subtitles.
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 Yucatones in Merida
Come on down to Jazzin’ Merida Thursday for The LEGENDARY Yucatones, who are back after a one week hiatus. The boys will once again be starting earlier (8:30pm) to accommodate their fans coming in from the beach, and those of you that are on a hospital feeding schedule. There’s always fresh material at a ‘Tones show, and of course the new and improved "user friendly" Yucatones will now accept your requests this week (if we like ‘em – please no "Feelings", Free Bird" or "Stairway To Heaven") and play them the next time you come. So see you at Jazzin’ Merida, where the food’s great, the drinks cheap and the music… well the food’s great.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performance at 8:30 Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

 

Friday (Viernes) September 12, 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 Documentary: La Gran Venta (The Big Sellout)
Privatization for Minda in Manila, Bongani in Soweto and Simon in Brighton, is more than an abstract notion. It is the life-threatening reality they deal with every day. In this episodic documentary, Florian Opitz examines the consequences of privatization – often forced by institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. English with Spanish subtitles.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Guest Director: Enrique Barrios. This evening’s program will include: Blas Galindo: Sones de Mariachi; Daniel Ayala Pérez: Tribu; Salvador Contreras: Danza Negra; José Pablo Moncayo: Huapango; and Silvestre Revueltas: La Noche de los MayasMestiza Power in Merida
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 MXP (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Mestiza Power
This performance by the Saas Tun Group is under the direction of Conchi Leon. The show will not return until December, so be sure and see it now!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60 MXP General, $40 MXP children, students, & INAPAM

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the Stars
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie: Sicko (U.S., 2007)
Michael Moore. A documentary with Michael Moore’s viewpoint on universal healthcare. If you want to know more, click here.
Location: Centro Cultural “Los Huachinangos;” Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays: 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Movie: Sangre (Blood)
(Mexico & France, 2005). Starring Cirilo Recio and Laura Saldana
The daughter of a man’s first marriage arrives and causes problems in his current family.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) September 13, 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:We Struggle but We Eat Fruit
Bebito Piãko (Ashaninka) and Isaac Piãko (Ashaninka), the
videomakers document the Ashaninka from the Apiwtxa village living along the Amônia river near the Peruvian border, where they are working to protect their way of life and recover lands encroached on by loggers. In Ashaninka with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: En el pais de no pasa nada (In The Country Where Nothing Happens)
(Mexico, 2000): Starring Maria del Carmen, Jorge Galvan, Carmen Delgado and Julieta Egurrola
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Mestiza Power
This performance by the Saas Tun Group is under the direction of Conchi Leon. The show will not return until December, so be sure and see it now!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $60 MXP General, $40 MXP children, students, & INAPAM

Sunday (Domingo) September 14 , 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary: Planet Earth: Forests
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia ItzaesCharros' Day Parade
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Parade: Day of the Charros
This should be a spectacular parade with horses and riders in beautiful traditional costumes.
Location: Monumento a la Patria and Paseo de Montejo
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Stories and Legends of Yucatan
This is a performance designed for the entire family and looks as if it is going to be a wonderful presentation. Under the direction of Wendy Cruz, there will even be mimes to entertain and cross the language barrier for those who still do not speak Spanish or Mayan.
Location: Museum of the City, Calle 56 x 65.
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Guest Director: Enrique Barrios. This evening’s program will include: Blas Galindo: Sones de Mariachi; Daniel Ayala Pérez: Tribu; Salvador Contreras: Danza Negra; José Pablo Moncayo: Huapango; and Silvestre Revueltas: La Noche de los Mayas
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 MXP (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Events Next Week

Yucatan Living Independence Day: September 15
If you want to go to a party, the Plaza Grande is the place to be on the evening Independence Day in Meridaof September 15. At precisely 10:30 PM, the governess will step out onto the balcony of the Governor’s Palace and ring a huge brass bell. Each time the bell is rung, the governess will lead the crowd in a shout of “Viva Mexico!” This ritual is called the grito, after which there will be fireworks and a huge party for the public on the Plaza Grande. If you’re going, remember to get there at least two hours early, as space and parking are limited. We suspect, however, that there will also be plenty of parties going on in other parks and loads of house parties as well. In the meantime: “Viva Mexico!”

Yucatan Living September 16: Civic Parade
Location: Paseo de Montejo to La Plaza
Time: 7:00 AM
Admission: Free

Coming Soon!

Yucatan Living September 22, 2008: Autumn Equinox
This past Spring, there was a mighty battle between Chac (the Rain God) and Kukulkan (the Feathered Serpent and chief-god-in-charge). The Rain God won the day and clouds prevented the Great Serpent from showing himself on the northern face of El Castillo, which is his temple at Chichen Itza; but now Fall has come and there will be another opportunity to see the image of Kukulkan. …At least, that’s what folks in Yucatan believe. Once you visit or live here, even if all of your 21st century viewpoints (religious and cultural) are sanely in place, twice a year you will find yourself on the lookout for the image of the great plumed serpent god on the side of a pyramid in the interior of Yucatan. If weather permits, the image of Kukulkan can be seen for approximately 5 days before and 5 days after the equinox. For great information about the term “equinox,” click here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox. That particular site has a calendar for planning your equinox and solstice vacations through the year 2014, so be sure to bookmark it.

Yucatan Living Sept. 25, 2008: The Empress Carlota
Starring Jacqueline Andere, with a cast of 14 additional actors. Plan ahead for this one because it will surely be the pick of the evening!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Admission: TBA
Information: Phone: 924-0040 or 924-9990

Yucatan Living September Schedule: Cinema Under the Stars
Outdoor movies… what a great idea!
Sept. 5: Vinci (Poland, 2004) Juliusz Machulski
Sept. 12: Sicko (U.S., 2007) Michael Moore
Sept. 19: 1932: Cicatriz de la Memoria (El Salvador, 2002) Carlos Enrique Consalyi
Sept. 26: La Lista Negra (The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium) Paul Verhoeven
Location: Centro Cultural “Los Huachinangos;” Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays: 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Second Fridays: Yolisto MeetupYolisto Meetup
We have it on good authority (from Malcolm) that Yolisto is going to begin having monthly meetups on the second Friday of every month, beginning in October. There are loads of folks who have belonged to both local expat forums for years, but who may never have met. This is going to be especially enjoyable social occasion now because the Snowbirds will soon be on their way back “home” to Yucatan! Malcolm will let us know where the meetups will be held, and what time, of course… and we will pass same along to our readers. In the meantime, go on over to Yolisto.com and sign yourself right up (for free!) to become a full fledged member of Yucatan’s expat community. 

Yucatan Living It’s showtime at Joan’s again!
Pedro Ayuso is one of the most exciting artists in the Yucatan. With the most extraordinary skill, he laboriously prepares the jicara fruit and incises designs on the surface. His depictions of Mayan legends on this hollow gourds are of museum quality. Pedro also creates wonderful drums of bamboo—and that’s just the beginning. He is constantly exploring.
Something of a botanist and preservationist, Pedro describes the five different types of jicara trees and deplores the fact that these trees seem to be dying out. He plants seedlings and tries to encourage everyone to do the same. And yes, there will be seedlings at the show so that you can plant some too!

Pedro Ayuso jicara artAll proceeds from this show go directly to Pedro. It is our pleasure to help advance the work of valued artists.
He, of course, will be one of the exhibiting artists at the November 29th show sponsored by AANY (Amigos de Artesano Nuevo del Yucatan) at Technologica Turistica Total, AC on C 57 x 56 x 59—more on this later.
Date: Sunday, Sept. 28th
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Place: Casa Farrell, Calle 55 #561D X 72 & 74, Centro
Admission: Free

 

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