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This Week… starting January 10, 2011

Yucatan Living The Festival of the City of Merida
January 5 through January 30
Festival of the City
This festival will celebrate the 469th anniversary of the founding of the City of Merida. There will be approximately 1,000 events held in the city in a 3 ½ week period of time. Every year, this festival grows and the events become more spectacular. Guest nation this year is Colombia, so look for Colombian art and music throughout the month of January. We are beginning to get dates on some of the events and will enter them in our calendar, as well as presenting them – week-by-week – here in the Events column, so check back regularly to see our updated calendar.

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Santa Elena Fiesta: Jan. 10th through Jan. 24th
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Cristo del Amor. Many of our readers are familiar with Santa Elena that contains Uxmal. It is to the southeast of the city, and forms part of our border with the State of Campeche. There are loads of archaeological sites here, including: Uxmal, Kabah,Nohpat, Xcoh and Muchich.

Yucatan Living Dzitas Fiesta: January 16 through January 22
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Inés. The Municipality of Dzitas is a small “county,” located in the central-eastern part of the state, just south of Espita. There are fewer than 3,500 people who live in Dzitas, and their main artistic skills are turned mostly toward the making of hammocks. It is the population statistics that are interesting in this municipality. Almost half of the people work in agriculture, most of the rest work in manufacturing or go off to work in the oil industry. Over 90% have all the modern utilities coming to their homes and they have plenty of schools, including a college. Two-thirds of the people are indigenous, so the languages spoken in Dzitas are Spanish, Mayan, and Tzeltal. The food and health care are excellent because the birth rate is steady and the death rate is amazingly low. Take a trip out to this fiesta and let us know if you discover their secret to a long and healthy life.Art Show: Arnaldo Cohen

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) January 10, 2011

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Arnaldo Cohen
Espacio cuerpo, signo el pensamiento” is quite an intriguing title. This should be an interesting exposition.
Location: Salas 1, 2, and 3 in the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free.

Yucatan Living Central College Musicians, from Pella, Iowa
There have been over 6,000 students from Central College, in Pella, Iowa, who have come to Yucatan since this relationship began. Today, Central College provides an academic scholarship for one Yucateco to attend their school. Now, 44 musicians from the Orchestra of Winds and the Jazz Band, both at Central College in Pella, will be playing 3 concerts in Merida between January 10 and 12. The first 2 concerts will be held at the same time, but in different locations, and are open to the public.
Concert by the Jazz Band of Central College, Pella, Iowa
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Concert by the Wind Orchestra of Central College, Pella, Iowa
Location: Centro Marista de la Colonia Emiliano Zapata Sur
Time: 8:00 PM (these are at the same time)
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) January 11, 2011

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month: The Citadel of San Benito
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time:  9:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: FreeCity Choirs

Yucatan Living Choir of the City in Concert: Poetry and Song
This chorus is one of the best we have ever heard. Never miss an opportunity to come out and support them.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: The Rhythm of Swing
This is a performance by Compania “Dramatango.” Winter is over and the beat is headed up and up and up! These are great performances that everyone will love. It might even inspire a few more folks to take tango lessons on Friday night.
Preview Compania Dramatango.
Location: Teatro Dr. Joaquin Jimenez Trava (Teatro del IMSS), Calle 41 # 439 x 34 Col. Industrial
Time:  9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Un Loco Como Yo (A Freak Like Me)
This is a performance by Victor Martinez. What an interesting performance title for such a fine voice. But – check out the following clip. He was younger then, but certainly did have an interesting move or two!
Preview Victor Martinez.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  9:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 12, 2011

Yucatan Living Bread and Yoga
You can now pick up some fresh baked ho bread (only sourdough this week, but usually sourdough and whole wheat) every Wednesday starting at 4 pm at Monique’s bakery. In addition to nutrition for your body, you can also get some solace for your soul with a yoga class taught by Emily Navar at the bakery! Starting this week, Emily will teach a yoga class that begins promptly at 3 pm.
Location: Calle 31 #70 con Calle 12 in colonia Chuburna de Hidalgo on the brink of Colonia Malaga, kitty corner from the old store El Super Farahon.
Time: Arrive at 2:45 PM, class starts promptly at 3 PM
Admission: $50 pesos suggested donation

Yucatan Living Maru Boeta in Concert
This performance is part of an ongoing program called the Revista Musical Yucateca and Maru Boeta is one of Yucatan’s most treasured voices.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trova: Gracias Merida
This is a performance by Trio Trova Nova. It looks as if Merida is showcasing her best tonight!
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  9:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatones in Concert
As always no cover, full bar and great food, so come early to get a good seat and stay as late as you can stand them. Be there or what?
Location: El Hoyo, Calle 62 x 57 y 59
Time: 9:00 pm
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 13, 2011Luis Perez Sabido

Yucatan Living Traditional Serenade: A Tribute to Luis Perez Sabido
This is the defining serenade in Merida. If you had to pick just one, this would be it. To actually have it be a tribute to poet, composer, researcher, and music promoter Luis Perez Sabido is icing on the cake. Read a wonderful biography of this artist and preview his work here.
Location: At the Serenata de Santa Lucia. The defining romantic trova of Merida, in Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55 y 53, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz / Swing: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra
This is a performance by the Merida Big Band. Quite a few of the members also play with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, including James Meador (who now sings as well).
Here is a Preview with a Band Member List  and here’s another Preview with Guest Cissy McCaa
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  9:30 PM ThursdayFrente A Ti
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art Opening: What Do You See in Front of You?
Come see paintings from local artists, including some large format paintings by local expat artist Benjamin Ramirez.
Location: Galeria de Arte Municipal de Merida, Museo de la Ciudad, Calle 56 x 65 y 65A
Time: 9 PM, Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

 

Friday (Viernes) January 14, 2011

Yucatan Living Milonga: Tango Dance Party
Yes – you CAN dance the Tango! Every Friday night, Carlos, Anny, and Carol (and maybe even Paola de Martino) will be on hand to help you with beginner’s steps and with any other questions you might have. If you want to take formal classes, those can be arranged as well. The formal classes are taught by Paola de Martino, a tango professional from Uruguay.
Location: Calle 51 #501 A x 60 y 62 centro
Time: Dance Party: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Formal Class: 9:00 PM
Admission: Dance Party: $50 pesos, Formal Class: TBA

Yucatan Living Gill Gill in Concert: Among Bambucos and Boleros
This is a tribute to Yucatan’s guest country, Colombia. It is an evening that is ripe with the flavor of the music of Colombia, performed by one of Yucatan’s master guitarists.
Preview Gil Gil with Javier Alcala
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Y ucatones at Rosas & XocolateYucatones in Concert
The LEGENDARY Yucatones are cleaning up their act, pressing off their only pairs of dressy slacks and going "Up Market" at Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel. The boys will be performing in this lovely hotel’s beautiful rooftop lounge and promise old favorites, new material and maybe even a couple of Christmas tunes to say goodbye to the Holiday Season. Also special guest Alfred Rordame will be joining for a few selections. There’s no cover charge, and the food is of the highest gourmet quality, so come early, dig the band and stay for supper. Be there or what?
Location: Hotel Rosas & Xocolate, Av. Paseo de Montejo x 41
Time: 9:00 pm Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 15, 2011

Yucatan Living The Region in Concert
This is a performance by Grupo Musical Colombiano / Vallenato
Location: Lower floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Open Your Ears: an Evening of Indian Music at Casa de TéIndian Music
This is a performance by Alfred Rordame, sitar, and Lorenzo Maggs, percussion. Ragas and more to transport your aural ambiance from Merida to Mumbai. Come experience the music of India at the Casa de Té. This sister site to El Hoyo is the perfect location to enjoy the intimate nature of Indian music.
Location: Casa de Te (Calle 62 x 55 y 57)
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Multidisciplinary Performance: “Travelin Corners” Migrant Dreams
Raul Morquech Ferrera-Balanquet. This performance will include music and theater.
Location: Parque de las Americas, in the Concha Acustica, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Angelica Balado in Concert: Las Otras
Always a must see… always, always!
Preview Angelica Balado.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana: Hourly Events
Tierra Mestiza in Concert. America Novia Mia. 8:00 PM
Dance: Kaambal: Where the Sun is Born. 9:00 PM
Dance: Colombians: Colombia, Waste of Joy and Folklore. 10:00 PM
Dance: Ballet Folclorico Raices / Adrian Cerda. 11:00 PM
Location: Remate Paseo de Montejo
Times: Listed above
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Los Caballeros del Zodiaco… the Concert
This is a performance by Grupo Kanaa
Location: Teatro Dr. Joaquin Jimenez Trava (Teatro del IMSS), Calle 41 # 439 x 34 Col. Industrial
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 16, 2011

Yucatan Living Concert: Tower of Power
Remembering the music of the band.
Location: Parque de la Aleman, Calle 31-C x 20 y 22 Col. Aleman
Time:  8:00 PM
Admission: FreeJose Elias Puc in Concert

Yucatan Living Jose Elias Puc in Concert
Yucatan Sonoro. (Yucatan Sound)
Jose Elias Puc, who is from Merida, is currently in the Residency program with Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras, in Morelia. The residency is allowing him to complete his own original work.
Location: Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concepcion Garma in Concert
Lara in Yucatan.
Concepcion Garma is one of the premier song writers in Yucatan today. We couldn’t find a clip of her singing one of her songs, but listen as Jesus Armando sings Concepcion Garma’s Regresa.
Location: Garden of the Composers behind the Municipal Palace. Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Karim Rahme in Concert
This performance is a tribute to Timbiriche, so it will be for the teen and young adult audience.
Location: Francisco de Montejo Parque la Capilla, Calle 53-B #367 x 54 y 56
Time:  8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Andres Tinoco in Concert: I Am
Preview Andres Tinoco and his guitar.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeLos Askis in Merida

Yucatan LivingLos Mendez, Grupo los Askis in Concert
What a Sunday evening !!!
Preview Grupo los Askis  and now you know why this concert will be outside. …and here is a Preview of Los Mendez.
Location: Centro (Plaza Grande), Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon




Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Night of Pan Pipe Magic: Saturday, January 22
Four talented musicians playing live under a canopy of stars.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM, Concert: 9:00 PM
Admission: $125 pesos Make reservations & pick up tickets early

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: St. Valentine’s Massacre Day Quiz: Monday, February 14
First Prize: 4 Bottles Contraband. Are you ready to be shot at with questions and have a night full of laughter?
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos  Make reservations & pick up tickets early

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: An Evening of Sheer Elegance: Saturday, February TBA
The return of the Fenix Quartet.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM, Concert: 9:00 PM
Admission: $125 pesos Make reservations & pick up tickets early. Limit 38 guests

Yucatan Living Cats n Kids Bazaar and Bake Sale: February 12, 2011
Location: TBA
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Please mark your calendars and plan to support what we hope will be a huge garage sale. You can start now to put things you would like to donate aside, and you can ask your friends to do so too! Half of the money from this event will go to La Casa de Los Malcriados (The House of the Brat Cats), operated by Lida and Diana, who are two of the nicest people we know. Together, they care for 55 cats and 3 dogs. The other half of the proceeds will go to Un Kilo de Auyuda, a program that seeks to end child hunger and malnutrition in Yucatan. To learn more about this important event and to contact the sponsors, Visit the YAPA Website.

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:Carnaval 2011
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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One Response to “Events: Art, Concerts and More!”

  1. Hi- I was born in Merida and raised in Los Angeles County. I am looking for art work of a traditional mestiza in gown. I would like to give this to my mom as a gift and purchase for my home. Also, do you have a music source as well? Thank you.

    EMail: gabbyk2 [at] verizon [dot] net

    Thank you.

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