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Events: 67th Anniversary of La Orquesta

This Week… starting June 08, 2009

Yucatan Living Baseball News 
All of the Los Leones games are "Away Games" this week. They will play twice in Puebla and three times in Oaxaca. Look for a full week next week in Merida! In the meantime, if you want to plan ahead, get the complete season on the Los Leones Calendar Online.

Yucatan Living What You Get: A Night at the Opera
Visit our friends at Yucatan Rebirth to see what happens when a rock-n-roll fan goes to the opera in Merida.

Yucatan Living Festival Primavera Cultural (Spring Cultural Festival)Spring Cultural Festival
The events this month in Yucatan are part of the Spring Cultural Festival. This is a marvelous event that brings the best of Yucatan’s performers not only to those who live in the city, but to those who live in outlying towns and villages as well. Such is the case with the performances listed as the Voices and Breath of Yucatan. We are proud of this state because there is nothing that happens in the city that doesn’t eventually make its way around the state. With 186 different performances throughout the month, everyone in the state should be able to enjoy the Spring Cultural Festival of Yucatan!

Yucatan Living A Free Improvisational Music Festival "Cha’ak’ab Paaxil"
June 5 through June 13
This is the time to come out and see Free Improvisation, Free Jazz, and other forms of music. Performers will include musicians from the U.S., England, and New Zealand, as well as Mexican musicians of national stature. There are a number of workshops available as well, but space is so limited that they were likely full of UADY students before we got the notice. All events are free.
June 5: Location: Manuel Cepeda Peraza Auditorium in the Central Building at UADY Time: 9:00 PM
June 6: Location: MACAY Time: 8:00 PM
June 12: Location: MACAY Time: 8:00 PM
June 13: Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto Time: 8:00 PM

 

Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Opichen Fiesta – Five Day Event
June 8 through June 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Bernabe. Opichen is not a large municipality. It is almost surrounded by Kopoma, Maxcanu, and Halacho, with a little bit of its southern border shared with the State of Campeche. 80% speaks maya and nahuatl.

Yucatan Living Quintana Roo Fiesta - Five Day Event
June 8 through June 12
Yes – we have a municipality named Quintana Roo. This fiesta is in honor of San Bernabe. Quintana Roo is a little triangular municipality in the center of the state. it is just east of Tunkas and just north of Dzitas. There are less than 1,000 people in the municipality and over half of them speak Maya. This is a rural municipality that makes its living from a variety of agricultural industries.

Yucatan Living Teya Fiesta - One Day Event
June 11
This fiesta is in honor of San Bernardino. Teya is a tiny municipality in the central eastern part of the state. It is directly south of Cansahcab and east of Suma. The last census showed just over 1,900 people living in Teya, with over 1,200 of them speaking Mayan. Don’t count Teya off your list because it is small. These folks are moving on up and actually have a college in their municipality. Teya is also one of the best cared for locations in all of Yucatan, so go visit and see the lifestyle they have developed. A little less than half of the population works in agriculture, and almost a third work in the tourism industry. This is an interesting little place.Handcrafts from Yucatan Pueblos

Yucatan Living Tinum Fiesta -  One Day Event
June 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Antonio de Padua. Everybody knows where Tinum is because that is the municipality where Chichén Itzá is located. The artisans here make wonderful hammocks and are well known for their stone carving skills. Tourism is the largest employment sector in this municipality.

Yucatan Living Tekit Fiesta - One Day Event
June 13
This fiesta is in honor of San Antonio de Padua. Tekit is a many sided polygon that has three neighbors to the north, Tecoh, Homun, and Huhi; three neighbors to the south, Mama, Mayapan, and Chumayel. It is between Tecoh, on the east, and Sotuta on the west. 4,800 of their 8,500 inhabitants speak Mayan. The artisans of Tekit stay busy all the time. They make guayaberas, blouses and huipiles, all of cotton. This is the major employer in the area. They also make hammocks and leather goods.

Yucatan Living Tekom Fiesta -  One Day Event
June 13
This fiesta is in honor of San Antonio, patron of the town. Tekom is a long, thin municipality that comes off of the northern part of the Municipality of Valladolid in a southwesterly direction. In this area, there are many small, family owned factories that produce articles made of wood, as well as typical clothing, embroidered tablecloths, and the traditional weaving of hammocks. Still, over 55% of the people who live in Tekom make their living in some form of agriculture.

Yucatan Living Valladolid  - Seven Day Event
June 13 through June 19
This is the Fiesta of the Divine Redeemer. We strongly recommend this fiesta. Valladolid has become one of the major exporting points for the entire southeastern portion of Mexico, especially with respect to Mayan made products and objects of art. Whether you are looking for just the right embroidered blouse – or for the perfect piece of leatherwork, hammocks, jewelry or stone carvings – Valladolid (and their big new fairground) is the place to be. There is no way to do Valladolid in a day, so we suggest making an overnight trip of it. That way, you will get to see everything!

 

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) June 08, 2009

Yucatan Living See our ongoing events page here.

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 09, 2009

Yucatan Living 67th Anniversary of La Orquesta Típica YucalpetenOrquesta Tipica Yucalpeten
This is an event that is a "must see" because of the wealth of talent that will be present tonight. This orchestra is an especially find group of musicians under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera, and features the voices of Eduardo Rosado, Jesus Armando, and Maricarmen Perez. Never miss an opportunity to see them, especially when they are performing for such a special event!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 pm Tuesday
Admission: Free with Ticket. Space limited to 837 seats

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Reviving the Trova of Yesterday
This performance is by the duet Zaz-il Kay del Mayab, under the direction of Jose Luis Moguel
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 10, 2009

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: An Appointment with Dance
This performance is part of a dance exchange between New York and Yucatan. Performing tonight will be the Rastro (Sign) Dance Company of New York, under the direction of Julieta Valero, and Tumàka’t, a dance company from Yucatan, which is under the direction of Vania Duran.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Advanced Piano and Singing
This performance is the end of the year performance by the scholars at The Wallis Cultural Center.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday  (Jueves)  June 11, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Captain Kidd
The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery. Captain Kidd was either a notorious pirate or an unappreciated privateer. To this day, there are rumours that he left a huge treasure somewhere. This movie is probably the 1945 version starring Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton and John Carradine.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61Snow of Kilimanjaro
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from a wound from a hunting accident while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro. Stars Gregory Peck as the dying writer, Ava Gardner as the woman he loved who is dead now and Susan Hayward as the wife who is tending his wounds while he goes through his delirious reflections. Based on a short story by Hemingway, and nominated for two Oscars in 1953.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: A Concert by Nelly Rocha
Cellist Nelly Rocha will play a variety of pieces in this concert tonight. Represented in this performance will be works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Alfredo Piatti, Rogelio Huguet y Tagell, Emmanuel Arias y Luna, Mario Lavista, Mark Summer, and Gyorgy Ligeti. For those who have not seen this lady perform, you have missed a treat. This is a "must see" event.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Patio Central, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Reflection X
Tonight is the opening of an exposition of the works of Liz Briceno and Barbara Lobaton. The exposition will continue through July 12, 2009.
Location: Galeria del Callejon del Congreso, Centro Historico, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: Solos, Duos…y algo más
Solos, duets, and something more. This performance is by the Ballet de Camara del Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes, under the direction of Rubi Montejo. It is not often that we get to see the work of this marvelous group. We highly recommend this as one of the best choices you could make for this evening’s entertainment.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57Gilberto Gil in Concert
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Gil Gil – Trova, Jazz, and Bossanova
Gil Gil is a fabulous guitarist and this is a "must see" performance.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto (UADY), Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazzin’ Merida: The Yucatones
We’re not sure how much longer they play before their summer break, but catch them now while you can!
Location: Jazzin Merida, Calle 56 x 53
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos

 

Friday  (Viernes) June 12, 2009

Yucatan Living Recital of Chamber Music
This performance is a "must see" event, as are all events that showcase the talent of Alberto Alvarez. This one includes other invited musicians and we know the performance will be spectacular!
Location: Central Jose Cultural Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García GinerésLigia Camara and Sergio Esquivel in Concert
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Voices and the Breath of Yucatan: Four Pianos, Two Pianists
Drop Everything! This is a "must see" performance. Ligia Cámara and Mario Esquivel in concert will be a rare and wonderful performance. Ligia Cámara is part of the heart of Merida and Mario Esquivel is timeless. Don’t miss this performance!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living University Circuit: Guitar and Flute Duet
This performance will be by Rodrigo Argaez Hernandez (guitar) and Alfredo Rojas Vertiz (flute). This is not just another recital. These are seasoned musicians. Rodrigo Argaez Hernandez recently played at the annual Fiesta of Valladolid and Alfredo Rojas Vertiz is a veteran of the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Yucatan.
Location: Universidad TecMilenio, Periferico Pte. Antigua Carrereria a Ditya, in the residential area of Real Montejo
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: FreeSeven Samurai

Yucatan Living Movie: The Seven Samurai
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. This classic movie directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1954 is often described as one of the greatest and most influential movies ever made. It is one of the few Japanese films from that time to have gained and kept a wide English-speaking audience. The film The Magnificent Seven was adapted from this film and set in the Wild West.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Piano and Violin
This is the season’s closing performance by the Principal and Intermediate Scholars from Wallis.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sábado) June 13, 2009

Yucatan Living Milonga: Tango Dance Party!
You don’t have to dance… you can just come and watch and enjoy the music & the show. But if you WANT to dance, this is the place to come on Saturday night. A tango party is called a Milonga, and all tangueros (tango dancers) or wannabe-tangueros are welcome. The event is free, with drinks and snacks sold for a small fee. You’ll have a great time, so come on out! Everyone is invited… and it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Location: Sala de Fiestas "Punta del Este", Residencial Los Pinos
Time: Saturday, June 13th, 7 pm to ???
Admission: Free
Directions: Take the two way street just befote Walmart, to the right (Perez Ponce).  Curve to the left, and then at the redlight, turn right…you’ll be on Avenida Aleman.  This will eventually turn into Avenida Yucatan (some of you might take the left part of a “Y” along here to go to Star Medica and Alta Brisa).  You’ll go past that big white wing-looking sculpture that’s behind Plaza Fiesta, keep going straight, and finally you’ll come to a redlight at a big arch that goes over the road.  There is a redlight about 3 blocks after that, and here you’ll turn right.  Go down to the traffic circle (there’s an Oxxo there), go all the way around it, pass the Oxxo, wave at the hot dog guy, and take the first right.  That’s street 38.  The Sala is about 7 houses down on the right…you can’t miss it! For more information call Anny…cel: 044 9991 25 04 66 or landline: 923 3736.

Yucatan Living Poetry Reading and SharingPoetry Reading at Cafe Chocolate
Come one! Come all! New readers welcome! Every Saturday, for at least the next 3 months, there is going to be an open mike poetry reading at Cafe Chocolate. You can read your own poems or the poetry of someone else. This sounds like great fun so please do go out and support it. It is not only new, but it helps to round out the cultural experiences we are so fortunate to have here in Merida. Be sure and read the website (see link below). It is guaranteed to make you smile and will certainly make you feel as if you must stop by.
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Back Patio, Calle 60 x 49
Time: All Saturdays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
Website: Here. http://www.jkpublishing.org/dsm_index.php

Yucatan Living Akil: Gala de Opera
This is a performance by the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Yucatan, under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido, featuring mezzosoprano Carla Dirlikov. The performance is in coordination with the Consulate of the U.S. in Yucatan. If you are in the area of Akil, this performance is for you. If you can’t get there, stay tuned for more of Carla’s performances next week.
Location: Akil, Iglesia Principal
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Halacho: The Symphony Near You!
This is a performance by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with invited director Roberto Tello. Halacho is a pretty special little town too… well worth a visit.
Location: Halacho, Iglesia Principal
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to the Dance: My Dance to Mexico Folkloric Dance in Merida, Yucatan
This is a performance by the Youth Ballet of Yucatan, under the direction of Karla Barrera. These are spectacular dancers and this is a "must see" event.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Dance Recital: Jarana
This is your chance to see the best of the new crop of traditional dancers in all of Yucatan! This performance will mark the end of the season for the students who are studying at the Municipal School of Regional Folkloric Dance.
Location: Lower floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Feria de Emprendedores del Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Progreso
Don’t miss this fair! This is going to be great! It will showcase the work (inventions) of the students of the Instituto Tecnologico Superior in Progreso. Projects included will be electronic equipment for the home, new soft drinks, items made from recyclable materials, and products made from habanero chilis. These young inventors are participants in the program called Entrepreneurs of Technology. In this program, they are taught to create, administer and operate a real company that sells the products they have created. We can’t wait to see what they have come up with!
Location: Parque Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon (in the west of Progreso)
Time: All Day Event
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Throne of Blood
A ruthlessly ambitious lord, egged on by his wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become Emperor. This is another Kurosawa movie based on Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Directed in 1957, poet T.S. Eliot said that this was his favorite film.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living First Annual Belly Dance RecitalBelly Dance Recital in Merida, Yucatan
This performance is by the students of VIRYA, Center of Yoga and Integral Development, under the direction of Manisha Urias. Their motto is "Never loose your magic, mystery or mystique."
Location: Centro VIRYA, Calle 20 # 101 x 21 y 25, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $80 pesos. Please purchase your tickets early if possible. Tickets are available from Manisha or atCenter VIRYA.
For More Information: call: (999) 949-6671 or (999) 127-9810 or e-mail manishaeli[at]yahoo[dot]com

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 14, 2009

Yucatan Living Documentary: Six Degrees that Could Change the World
In spite of 20 years of evidence, the subject of global warming is still a term of controversy. The arguments seem to have distilled themselves down to whether man has caused this phenomena or whether it is simply a natural cycle that will pass. Now is the time to come to terms with this issue and do all we can to avert it.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: Ninth Anniversary
This is a performance by the Ballet Folklorico Raices, under the direction of Adrian Cerda, on the occasion of their 9th anniversary. Through the years, what we have learned is that each of the folkloric ballet groups has an identity and flavor all their own, so each is well worth attending over and over again. This is a special celebration and guaranteed to be a spectacular event.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $50

Yucatan Living Santa Elena: Permission to Sing
This is a concert featuring the voice of Victor Martinez. If you are in the Santa Elena area, this is a "must see" performance.
Location: Santa Elena, First floor of the Palacio Municipal
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeKarla Dirlikov in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Temax: Gala de Opera
This is a performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatan, under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido, featuring the voice of mezzosoprano Carla Dirlikov. This performance is in coordination with the U.S. Consulate in Yucatan. If you are in the area of Temax, this is a "must see" performance.
Location: Temax, Iglesia Principal
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance Recital: End of the Season for Centro Municipal de Danza
This performance, by dance scholars, is called Initiation to Dance and Classical Dance. We often forget that this is the time of year when we are privileged to be the beneficiaries of so many of these end of the season performances by scholars who are dedicated to their discipline.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Monday June 15
10th Anniversary of the Group La Decada
This performance is by Orquesta de Camara Amadeus, under the direction of Antonio Espinosa Canto. This is a spectacular that will feature the marvelous Ligia Camara, Mozu La Voz, Bingo Show, and Los Juglares. No evening of entertainment can be better than all these great performers in one night!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Whale Shark Festival July 15 – 19   
 The purpose of this fiesta is to educate the public about whale sharks and the environment as a whole. 5 days of grand fun that include whale watching. From what we understand, adventure tourism organizations say you can swim with the whale sharks as well. There is not a lot of information out yet about this event, but we will update our information as it comes in. In the meantime, read about it on Adventure Holidays Report.

Yucatan Living Cressida Danza Contemporanea June 17
Professional contemporary dance company performance. Sounds wonderful!
Location: Jose Peón Contreras Theater, calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00PM
Admission: $ 50 pesos

Yucatan Living June 27
1st Anniversary of "Music Under the Stars with Friends"
This weekly event at Hotel Zamna has turned out to be a rousing success and is now celebrating their first anniversary with a special night called "The Best of British." Music for the evening will cover three decades of Britain’s best. Upon arrival, guests will receive a typical British pub drink and, instead of a buffet, they will be served a real "fish and chips" dinner. 
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x70 y 72
Time: 8:00 PM, Dinner at 8:30 PM
Admission: $90 pesos, tickets limited to 50 so please pick up your tickets early. No tickets can be sold on the evening of the event, nor can extra guests be admitted due to catering. Tickets are on sale now from reception at the hotel.

 

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