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Events: Carnaval is here!

This Week… starting February 16, 2009

Yucatan Living Note: Streets Closed for Carnival
This is to remind everyone that, beginning Wednesday, with the burning of Mal Humor (the bad humours), streets will be closed during parades from the Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan Parque. Expect a lot of traffic and people in the streets downtown. During (and slightly before and after) the parades, it will be impossible to go across town in the Centro. For the entire seven days, the goings on will be noisy, but also loads of fun. Carnival will continue through Tuesday of next week, with a short ceremony Wednesday night to burn Juan Carnaval. For all the details and a map, here’s the official Merida Carnival website.

Yucatan Living Music and Dancing on Paseo Montejo!
Following the carnival parades on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, there will be music and dancing on Paseo Montejo. For afternoon parades (Sunday and Tuesday), the street parties will last until 8:00 PM. For night parades (Friday, Saturday and Monday), the street parties will last until 2:00 AM. Enjoy! there is also a lovely children’s parade on Thursday, but no party afterwards.

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Club
Don’t forget that Cairo Cinema Club shows a movie seven nights a week. Check their Calendar to see which movies are showing.
Monday: Ararat
Tuesday: La Ciencia del Sueño (The Science of Dreams)
Wednesday: Le Samourai (The Samurai)
Thursday: Brazil
Friday: Stranger Than Fiction
Saturday: Cashback
Sunday: Casablanca
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM nightly
Telephone: 926-5718


Monday (Lunes) February 16, 2009

Yucatan Living Festival Carnavalesco del Adulto Mayor
Coronation of the King and Queen of Iberica. This is the coronation of the King and Queen of the older set and should be well worth attending.
Location: Centro Cultural Iberica, Calle 37 x 74
Time: 6:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) February 17, 2009

Yucatan Living The Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Meet at the Café Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, half a block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly knows as the “Burger King Circle.” For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej
Time: 9:00 AM
Admission: $100.00 pesos covers the cost of breakfast, tip and donation to two charities.

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Galanes
Under the direction of Claudio Moo
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) Febuary 18, 2009

Yucatan Living Quema del Mal Humor (The Burning of the Bad Mood)
This event takes place on the second Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. See our article on about this event HERE.
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 622 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Richard Clayderman in Merida!
Wednesday. February 18, 2009
The Prince of Romance is a French pianist who has massive worldwide record sales of approximately 90 million, at last count, and an incredible 267 Gold nd 70 Platinum discs to his credit. It has been said that he has arguably done more to popularise the piano around the world than anyone since Beethoven. This is a “must see” performance, so get your tickets early.  
Richard Clayderman in MeridaLocation: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM
Admission: Tickets at the Ticket Office
Information: 924-9990

Thursday (Jueves) February 19, 2009

Yucatan Living Cinema Classics: Kiss of Death
(U.S., 1947) This film noir stars Richard Widmark, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Karl Maldin, and Victor Mature. With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise.
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday Broken Blossoms
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Broken Blossoms
(U.S., 1919) Lillian Gish. A frail waif, abused by her brutish boxer father in London’s seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Camerata Academica de Merida
Tonight, the Academic Chamber Orchestra of Merida will present La Cuerda del Romanticismo (The Cords of Romanticism).
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61Children's Parade
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Preschoolers’ Parade
This is not a long parade because the participants are so young, but it is a “must see” event. The photo opportunities are outstanding!
Location: From the Municipal Palace to Parque de Santa Lucia.
Time: 4:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Yucatones at Jazz’in Merida
Well, the boys are a duo again, and this Thursday, they’ll be playing songs they haven’t played in nearly a month. So if you’re like us and can’t remember what what happened yesterday much less a month ago, it will be just like having a bunch of brand-new music in the sets! Ain’t old age great?
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 xy 55
Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show starts at 9:00 pmIzmir Gallardo
Admission: $30 peso cover, Food and Drinks for sale.

Yucatan Living Amore!
This is a clown spectacular, starring Izmir Gallardo, that explores the topic of love and jealousy from a humorous point of view.
Location: Centro Cultural Dante, Prol. Montejo
Time: 9:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 and $40 pesos
Information: 923-2986 and 927-7441


Friday (Viernes) February 20, 2009

Yucatan Living MEL-O-Nights (3rd Friday)
This is a chance for the locals to meet the extranjeros (expats) in a casual setting in the gardens at MEL. There is a cash bar and great botanas. Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones! This event is open to all. If you want to know more, call the Library at 924-8401.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x66 y68
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan LivingCafé Pena K’aay T’aan: Nuevos Valores (New Values)
This venue, located inside the Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, is the place to see the best and newest of today’s Yucatan talent.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64Carnaval, Merida 2009
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Parade of “Corso
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan.
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free


Saturday (Sabado) February 21, 2009

Yucatan Living Saturday  February 21st
Parade of “Fantasia
This is certainly one of the most popular parades of the season.
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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


Sunday (Domingo) February 22, 2009Carnaval in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Parade of Bachata
Carnival with a Caribbean beat. The closest we can come to describing this event is to say that it is the Caribbean equivalent of the Cajun “laissezles bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll)!
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Sunday Luncheon and Jazz
The theme for this event will be Bossa Nova, with music provided by Jorge Garcia and friends. This is a ticket only event and, as the last three events were sold out, guests are asked to please collect your tickets before the event.
Location: Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago
Time: Lunch Buffet: 2:30 PM; Music begins at 3:00 PM
Admission: $85 pesos, tickets must be purchased in advance
Information: (999) 924-0103 or (999) 241-1429


The Remainder of Carnival Festivities Next Week

Yucatan Living Monday February 23rd
Regional Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday February 24th

Batalla de las Flores Parade (Battle of the Flowers)
This is the equivalent of the Tournament of Roses Parade – except with a tropical flavor.
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday February 25th
Quema de Juan Carnaval (The Burning of Juan Carnival)
This is the very last Carnival event… until next year, when we do it all over again!
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living AANY Artisans Fair
Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, 2009

The last Artisans Fair was a huge success, and this one promises to be even better. AANY has been steadily adding more unique and creative artisans to their collection, and this weekend in March, you will be able to see them all in one place, and buy their wares! It’s a unique opportunity… make sure to reserve the spot on your calendar. More info to come!
Location: Lion’s Club, Merida
Time: Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free. Bring old eyeglasses to donate to the Lion’s Club program.
Information: joannafarrell [at] yahoo [dot] com


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

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