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Events: Concert for Peace!

This Week… starting January 24, 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 Temax Fiesta: Last Week of January
This fiesta is in honor of la Virgen de la Purísima Concepción. This year, it begins on Saturday, January 22th. Temax is located a couple of small municipalities inland from the beach, at about the center of our coastline. They are close enough to the beach that turtles are listed as part of the wildlife found there. Of the 3,231 folks who live in Temax, 2,392 are Mayans and Mayan is the principal language spoken there. Temax has some of the most exciting recent (20th century) history in all of Yucatan. Read about it HERE

Yucatan Living Valladolid Candelaria Fiesta: January 26 through February 3Candelaria Festivities in Yucatan Mexico
This fiesta is one of the most important fiestas in the state. It is held in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus, to confirm that, for Catholics, Jesus is the Light of the World, and it also marks the time when the chicle workers returned from months of hard work in the forests, and it honors the beekeepers and other farmers. All events focus on the community and the family unit. The fiesta eventually grew so large that it began causing damage to the city itself, so it was moved to a commercial area, Los Gavilanes, which is in the outlying suburbs of Valladolid. Candles are still lit to the Virgin in the annex of the Church of the Candlemas. While no one was paying attention, this sleepy little rodeo town grew into a commercial and industrial giant and, with the elevation of Chichen Itza to the status of One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Valladolid has become a tourist Mecca. Visit Valladolid’s Wikipedia page or read our article on Valladolid.

Yucatan Living Tekal de Venegas Candelaria Fiesta: January 28 through January 31
Tekal de Venegas is a tiny municipality in the north-central part of the state. It is south of Temax and Dzoncauich, north of Izamal and Tunkas, west of Tunkas and Cenotillo, and east of Tepakan. (See Maplandia ) Only about 2,300 people live there and half of them are indigenous. Their languages are Spanish, Mayan, and Nahuatl. More than half of the population works in agriculture, cattle ranching, or fishing. We found some pictures of this municipality online and they showed a high level of poverty. Tekal de Venegas is only 11 miles northeast of Izamal, on the road to Temax. Ox Watz is a well designed ecotourism area owned by 56 partners who are native citizens of Tekal de Venegas. What a wonderful idea! We are sure this fiesta will be well worth attending – and please don’t pass up a chance to visit Ox Watz!

Yucatan Living Tzucacab Candelaria Fiesta: January 28 through January 31
Tzucacab is located on the southern border of Yucatan, just east of the point. It lies between Tekax and Peto, and shares its southern border with the State of Quintana Roo. Approximately 12,600 people live in Tzucacab, about 7,000 of whom are Mayans, for whom Mayan is the principal language. This is farming and cattle country, so look for lots of leatherwork here. But the extreme southern part of our state also happens to produce artisans of fine jewelry, so be on the lookout for jewelry here too. Remember that there are volunteer farming opportunities  in Tzucacab as well. …and Tzucacab, through Rancho Hobonil, is home to one of our favorite programs, the International Veterinary Medicine program, sponsored by the University of Florida. There are some wonderful things in the interior of our state and we hope everyone takes the opportunity to find that out, especially at these fiestas.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: January 28 through January 31
This fiesta is in honor of Corpus Cristi. Hunucma is the poster child for “Change Has Come.” This municipality extends from just west of Merida, all the way to the coast. To help you get your bearings, Sisal is in the Municipality of Hunucma. Hunucma (the city) has a newly refurbished gateway into the city, a new addition to their municipal mercado, and a brand new concha acústica(outdoor amphitheatre). The entire municipality is looking forward to new highways and leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone in the municipality. Lots of agro-products are made here, but the shoppers among us go for the shoes! Artisans produce works from coconut shell and henequen, as well as jewelry and leatherwork. On the coast, there are flamingos and great seafood! Hunucma is close to the city and a day at any of their fiestas is well worth the visit.  Tunkas Fiesta

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta: January 30 through February 2
This is the Tunkas County Fair. Tunkas is 86 km southeast of Merida, almost in the exact center of the state. It has just under 4,000 inhabitants, about half of whom are Mayans. This too is farming and cattle ranching country, so look for huipiles, hemp hammocks, and pottery here. The food is great, but watch out for the habaneros. Tunkas suffers from a high level of poverty and, as a result, has a high rate of migration to the U.S. The municipality is one of three sites in Mexico that are being studied by the University of California at San Diego in their International Migration Studies. We hope everyone will visit this fiesta and support the people of Tunkas.

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) January 24, 2011

Yucatan Living Gina y los Flit in Concert
The performance of this band is the presentation of their new CD “Mas”
Location: Teatro Dr. Joaquin Jimenez Trava (Teatro del IMSS, Calle 41 # 439 x 34 Col. Industrial
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 25, 2011

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan: New Values
This is a regular Tuesday event and well worth attending
Location:  Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time:  8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:   Free

Yucatan Living Multidisciplinary Performance: De Gardel…. Al mundo
This performance features music and dance of the tango and is under the direction of Silvia Kater
Location:  Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Aliento (Breath)
This performance is under the direction of Lourdes Magallanes
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: Colombia in 15 Melodies
This performance is one of the many that are a part of the City’s birthday celebration and is under the direction of Joaquin Daniel Melo Mejia
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  9:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: FreeBallet Folklorico de Yucatan

Yucatan Living Multidisciplinary Performance: Know Your Traditions
This performance features the locally famous and VERY talented Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab and the Ballet Folklorico del Estado
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free but limited
For more information, Call: 942-3800 exts. 54012, 54018, or 54019


Wednesday (Miercoles) January 26, 2011

Yucatan Living Bread and Yoga
You can now pick up some fresh baked bread 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 Dance: Sincronicidades
This performance is under the direction of Juan Manuel Coral
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grupo Manik in Concert
This will be a performance in which you will hear the voices of David Romeo, Abril, Ilka, Yuly and Angel. They are such an accomplished group and have represented us on the local, national, and international levels. They truly define our culture for the future and should not be missed.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  9:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free


Thursday (Jueves) January 27, 2011

Yucatan Living Maria Elena Duran in Concert: The Soul of the Yucateca Trova
This performance is part of the weekly serenade outdoors under the stars in Merida. If you haven’t done this yet, don’t miss it. It’s a taste of authentic Merida, and is attended by more locals than tourists.
Location: At the Serenata de Santa Lucia. The defining romantic trova of Merida, in Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55 y 53, CentroMauricio Bonfiglio in Concert
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Colombia Jazz Pop
This performance features Mauricio Bonfiglio, a dedicated jazz musician on the local scene.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  9:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica Infantil “Modus Novus”
This is a performance by the students at Centro de Iniciacion Musical Infantil. Please come out and support our young people who are learning how to make music together.
Location: Vestibule of the Museum of the City, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG (Month-At-A-Glance) Calendar 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.

Yucatan Living Vambly Jones in Concert
This performance is under the direction of Jesus David Galves Duarte.
Location: Teatro Dr. Joaquin Jimenez Trava (Teatro del IMSS), Calle 41 # 439 x 34 Col. Industrial
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) January 28, 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 Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PMArt show in Merida
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Urban Winks: Memory or Fiction?
Location:  Salas Temporales (Temporary Exhibits) in the Museum of the City of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Purpura Plastika
Come buy art produced by this wonderful program that brings art therapy and sensitivity expression workshops to local orphanages. One large fantasy animal mural and other works will be for sale.
Location: Upstairs, Galeria Picheta, Calle 61 x 60
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Lenny Sanchez in Concert: Alma Colombiana (Colombian Soul)
We do not see nearly enough of this lady!
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chacho Siller in Concert: 13 Red, Blue and Other Lights
What an interesting title for a trova performance!
Location: Parque Santa Rosa, Calle 95 x 46 y 46-A
Time:  8:00 PM Friday
Admission:   FreeArt Show at the MACAY in Merida

Yucatan Living MACAY: Opening of the Spring Exhibits
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of the expositions that will be at the MACAY from January through March of 2011. These openings are always well attended by local artists and art lovers and are a chance to see the work before anyone else.
Location: At the MACAY, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) January 29, 2011

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 Jorge Buenfil in Concert: The Songs of Good Filin (feeling)
Location: Parque de la Aleman, Calle 31-C x 20 y 22 Col Aleman
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: FreeJuanes in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Juanes: “Concierto de la Ciudad de la Paz”
This is the event everyone has been waiting for. This is your taxpayer dollars at work. Juanes is an international star and a heart-throb to boot! This is going to be a HUGE event with young and old for miles around attending. If you like crowds, get there early and save your spot. If you don’t like crowds, be sure to avoid this area on this day. We’re guessing traffic will be blocked off from early in the morning.
Location: Monumento a la Patria
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana Event Schedule
Grupo Alborada in Concert: 8:00 PM
Dance: Salon Mexico: 9:00 PM
Location: Remate Paseo de Montejo x 47
Times: Listed above
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) January 30, 2011Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonight’s performance is Programa 2, under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Come and hear Roman Carnival by Berlioz and works by Chausson, Saint-Saens, and Tchaikovsky.
Location:  Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 # 495 x 59 y 61, Centro
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission:  $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos
Prices and Discounts are listed on the Symphony Website.
For More Information, Call: +52 (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Concert: Tribute to Pink Floyd 3.0
This musical performance is under the direction of Christian Sanchez. Should be interesting!
Location: Sala de Cine in Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Arturo Flores in Concert: Songs of the Soul
Yet another wonderful trova concert in the City of Peace!
Location: Garden of the Composers behind the Municipal Palace (Ayuntamiento). Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Roberto Reyes in Concert: Tribute to Café Tacuba
Café Tacuba is one of Mexico’s most popular groups, located in Mexico City. Roberto Reyes is bringing their music to Merida.
Location: Concha Acustica/Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM SundayLos Askis in Concert
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cleyver, Los Askis in Concert
This is another Marathon Dance of traditional Yucatecan cumbia dancing. Come and see if you can win or just watch and enjoy!
Location: Centro (Plaza Grande), Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Marilu Basulto in Concert: Pasional
Wonderful lady, Marvelous voice! A famous singer from Yucatan who should not be missed.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:  8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming SoonFree Tax Seminar for Expats in Merida

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendar: Free Tax Seminar: February 5 (Saturday)
Yucatan Expatriate Services is hosting a free seminar called Taxes, Money & The Law for expatriates living in Yucatan. This is a wonderful opportunity to come and meet the entire Y.E.S. team, and get your questions answered.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo (next to the Ayuntamiento de Merida); Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: FREE – but please RSVP to: info[at]yucatanyes[dot]com or Call: 999-927-2437

Yucatan Living MEl & Blossom Comedy Show: February 03
Please join Merida’s only English speaking comedy duo, Mel & Blossom, for a special DVD taping comedy show!
Location: El Templo, Calle 59 #438 between 50 y 52
Time: Opens at 8:00 PM, show starts at 8:30 PM
Admission: $50 pesos. All paid admissions receive one free Sol, Margarita or Vodka plus 10% off all food purchases!

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Emotional Epigraphs: Feb. 4 – May 4 Jorge Patron Art Show at In Lakech
This is an exhibition of paintings by Jorge Eduardo Patron LeDoux. The artist is 24 years of age and this is his first exhibition.
Preview this event.
Location:  Galeria In La-kech
Time: 8:00 pm
Admission:   Free

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 Ayuda, 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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