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Events: Cultural Spring Festival

This Week… starting June 01, 2009

We have no municipal fiestas (county fairs) beginning this week, so take lots of long naps and prepare yourself. When that happens, there is usually a flood of fiestas shortly thereafter, so you will need your rest to make it to all of them! …In fact, we just took a peek ahead in our database and there they are!… 7 fiestas beginning next week! We will get them listed and into our Calendar of Events as quickly as we can! But for now – Rest! You’re going to need all your strength to make it to all 7 fiestas next week!

Festival Primavera Cultural (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!

June 5 through June 14
First Ever Cultural Festival in OaxacaOaxaca Cultural Festival
We know it’s not in Yucatan, but Oaxaca is a neighbor and as such, a great place to visit for those of us who live here. Until now, Oaxaca has not had any sort of cultural festival to visit. The state is known for its wonderful artists, sculptors, artisans, and musicians. Their ceramics and textiles are especially sought after, and the food is wonderful. …but nobody ever came to help them put it all together until now. The former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, through his foundation, Centro Fox, has organized and is producing a 10 day cultural extravaganza in Oaxaca. The events are too numerous to list here, but are all listed, complete with locations, times, and admissions, if you just click HERE. Centro Fox has done much to assist Oaxaca in its efforts to get back on its feet after a difficult period in its history and, for that, we know that Centro Fox and its founder are deeply appreciated. By the way – its cooler in Oaxaca so, if the heat starts getting to you, head on up to the first Cultural Festival in Oaxaca and tell us all about it when you get back home!

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) June 01, 2009

Yucatan Living See our ongoing events page here.

Tuesday (Martes) June 02, 2009

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club
These meetings are held on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays of every month. Those who attend are a multi-national English speaking group living in or near Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. They meet for coffee/breakfast and friendly conversation. Speakers are invited to address the group on subjects of interest.
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapeji, one block from Burger King Circle on Paseo de Montejo.
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Tuesday
Admission: $100 pesos covers the cost of breakfast, tip and donation to two charities.

Yucatan Living Baseball: Los Leones vs. Olmecas de Tabasco
Visit Los Leones’ Online Schedule to keep up with the entire season of both home and away games!  
Location: Kukulcán Baseball Park, on Circuito Colonias East
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: General: $15 pesos, butaca alta: $50 pesos, Butaca: $90 pesos, and Box Seats: $150 pesos

Yucatan Living The Barber of Seville The Barber of Seville
The Symphony season is drawing to a close and each performance gets better than the last. Don’t miss "The Barber of Seville," with music provided by the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan. Performers include: Tenor: Oscar de la Torre Bass: Sergio Meneses and Emilio Carsi; Mezzo Soprano: Gabriela Thierry and Mexico’s own Baritone: José Adán Pérez
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Times: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $400, $350, $300 (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Trova Yucateca

Yucatan Living Recital: Guitars for All
The closing of the workshop of guitars. This performance is by Rondalla and the Instrumental de Wallis. We are always thrilled during this time of year because of all of these marvelous end of the season performances. These are musical scholars you won’t want to miss!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 and 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 03, 2009

Yucatan Living Baseball: Los Leones vs. Olmecas de Tabasco
Visit Los Leones’ Online Schedule to keep up with the entire season of both home and away games!  
Location: Kukulcán Baseball Park, on Circuito Colonias East
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: General: $15 pesos, butaca alta: $50 pesos, Butaca: $90 pesos, and Box Seats: $150 pesosThe Art of Xocbichuy

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: The Art of Xocbichuy or Punto de Cruz
Location: Centro Cultura Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Lizza Rodriguez
This will be a performance of Contemporary Trova
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos; students and INAPAM: $20 pesos

 

Thursday  (Jueves)  June 04, 2009

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Revista de la Revolucion Mexicana en Yucatan
Presentation of the Magazine of the Mexican Revolution in Yucatan
This event will be in Spanish, but may be of interest to some of our readers. It is a digital publication by the Center for the Support of Historical Research of Yucatan and includes articles, photographs, and other materials related to the revolutionary movement of 1910 on the 99th aniversary of the beginning of the Revolution. The moderator will be Faulo Sanchez Novelo. Invited participants will be Raul Vela Sosa, Freddy Espadas Sosa, Felipe Escalante Tio, and Enrique Martin.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeLos Leones de Yucatan Baseball Team

Yucatan Living Baseball: Los Leones vs. Olmecas de Tabasco
Visit Los Leones’ Online Schedule to keep up with the entire season of both home and away games!  
Location: Kukulcán Baseball Park, on Circuito Colonias East
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: General: $15 pesos, butaca alta: $50 pesos, Butaca: $90 pesos, and Box Seats: $150 pesos

Yucatan Living The Barber of Seville
The Symphony season is drawing to a close and each performance gets better than the last. Don’t miss "The Barber of Seville," with music provided by the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan. Performers include: Tenor: Oscar de la Torre Bass: Sergio Meneses and Emilio Carsi; Mezzo Soprano: Gabriela Thierry and Mexico’s own Baritone: José Adán Pérez
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Times: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $400, $350, $300 (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Los de Acitron in Concert: Jose Jose
This performance is under the musical direction of Juan Valdez
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Voices and the Breath of Yucatan
This is a performance by Yucateco cantautor Felipe de la Cruz, who is growing into one of the premier composers of Yucatan. Don’t miss this if you can possibly make it.
Preview here
Location: Casa de la Cultura, Progreso Calle 80 x 25 y 27
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazzin’ Merida: The Yucatones
The masters of guitar will sing their hearts out for their fans once again. Don’t miss it!
Location: Jazzin Merida, Calle 56 x 53
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos

 

Friday  (Viernes) June 05, 2009

Yucatan Living TGIF (First Friday)(aka NAFTA Party)
This is the party that is held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Art Opening at Mercer Cigars
Mercer Cigars is proud to present some works from the renowned Manolo Rivero Collection. Manolo Rivero (1941 – 2006) was a native of Merida who became known world-wide for his collection of Latin American and International art. In the 1980s, he established Hotel Trinidad Galeria, which now has 2 locations with several galleries in each. Through the entire month of June, Mercer Lounge will be showing select pieces from the Manolo Rivero Collection, with names such as local artist Gabriel Ramirez, Mexicans Jose Luis Cueval, Gustavo Monroy and Francisco Toledo, Cuban Jose Bedia and others. The exhibition will be open during business hours (Mon. – Sat., 12 – 12) throughout the month of June.
Location: Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo next to La Parrilla
Time: "Opening night: Friday night, June 5 at 8:00 pm
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Charlas de Café: Music of Hollywood Movies of the 20th Century
This is a performance by pianist Jose Jesus Angulo.
Location: Sala de Arte, Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Three Miniatures of Dance
This is a performance by the Choreographic Workshop Unidanza
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Program of Sacred Music
This is a performance by the Coro Polifonico of ICY, under the direction of Victor Manuel Rubio.
Location: Iglesia Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart Church), Av. Itzaes por 29, Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM FridayEsperando La Carroza by Alejandro Doria
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Latin American Cinema: Esperando La Carroza
(Argentina, 1985) Directed by Alejandro Doria. This comedy has been called “brilliant” and is said to be extremely funny (or so we read on the internet…). A family meets to discuss and negotiate the care of their aging mother. It takes place in Argentina, but it could happen anywhere.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living June 5: Awards for 4th Handicraft Competition in Merida
The featured media in this competition includes cotton and linen textiles, woodwork, fiber arts, jewelry made from indigineous seeds, stonework, pottery, traditional toys and more! There are some "big money" prizes for this event, so expect the best of the best. Mark this date on your calendars now!
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living KINKYKINKY plays in Merida Mexico
This five-member band from Monterrey will be playing here in Merida… woo hoo! According to Wikipedia, their music is a blend of Latin, rock, dance and techno. Their lyrics are mostly in Spanish but have some English also. Their songs have been featured in commercials by the likes of Nissan, and their song We Are The Galaxy is the official song of Los Angeles California’s soccer team. They were recently featured on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic in Santa Monica, CA.
Location: Inalambrica Sports Field (just take 59A West out of town. It turns into Jacinto Canek. The Sports Center will be on your right)
Time: No clue… most likely in the evening
Admission: $200 and $300 pesos in advance, $280 and $380 on the day of the event

 

Saturday (Sábado) June 06, 2009

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 The Barber of Seville
The Symphony season is drawing to a close and each performance gets better than the last. Don’t miss "The Barber of Seville," with music provided by the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan. Performers include: Tenor: Oscar de la Torre Bass: Sergio Meneses and Emilio Carsi; Mezzo Soprano: Gabriela Thierry and Mexico’s own Baritone: José Adán Pérez
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Times: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $400, $350, $300 (students & INAPAM 50% discount) Latitud Cero

Yucatan Living Latin American Cinema: Latitud Cero
A psychological love story between a woman who is 8 months pregnant and a policeman. A metaphor, taken to extremes.
(Brazil, 2002) Directed by Tony Ventura
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Voices and Breath of Yucatan
This is a performance by Marilu Basulto and is not to be missed if at all possible.
Location: Tizimin, First floor of the Palacio
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) June 07, 2009

Yucatan Living Documentary: Investigations in Space
This documentary examines the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and other life forms in space.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Aniversary Concert: Los JuglaresLos Juglares
This is an absolutely "must attend" concert celebrating one of the most beloved trova groups in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office – get yours early!

Yucatan Living Program of Sacred Music
This is a performanceby the Coro Polifonico of ICY, under the direction of Victor Manuel Rubio
Location: Iglesia San Rafael, Calle 17 # 94 x 17, Col. Chuminopolis
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance Recital: End of the Year for Centro Municial de Danza
These dance scholars will perform dances from Spain, as well as tap dancing. This should be a treat for those of us who remember when tap was so popular in the States.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 4:00 and 6:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ending of Day of the Marina Events: Progreso
Today, there will be a marathon run from Progreso to Merida, beginning at 7:30 AM. This is also the day that the Mr. Marino body building competition will be held on the Malecon. There will be an entire day of fun and sun, volleyball and good times in Progreso. Be sure not to miss it.

2 Cancellations This Week

Yucatan Living Maricarmen Perez at Jazzin’ Merida (canceled this Friday only)
The lovely Maricarmen Perez can be found most Friday nights, singing with her guitar, at Jazzin’ Merida. She performs folkloric music from Mexico and South America, as well as jazz, bossanovas, and the traditional trova of Yucatan. She sings in Spanish and translates into English before and after so that extranjeros in the audience can also appreciate the music. Maricarmen’s "real job" is performing with Orquesta Tipica Yukalpetén and she’s got some great videos on YouTube. She also does many specials with all of the most beloved voices of Yucatan, so this lady is the "real deal" and certainly not to be missed.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56, #465 x 53 y 55
Time: 9:30 PM until midnight most Friday nights
Admission: $30 pesos Drinks and Food available

Yucatan Living Cirque du Soleil Canceled
For those of you who heard the rumours that Cirque du Soleil is coming to Merida, we investigated! We called around and finally talked to the intended venue. They told us that the event was scheduled but has been canceled. Qué dommage! (That means “too bad” for those of you who don’t speak French…)

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Tuesday June 9Orquesta Tipica Yucalpeten
67th Anniversary of La Orquesta Típica 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 Mericarmen 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
Admission: Free with Ticket. Space limited to 837 seats

Yucatan Living Friday June 12
Voices and the Breath of Yucatan: Four Pianos, Two Pianists

Drop Everything! This is a "must see" performance. Liga Camara and Mario Esquivel in concert will be a rare and wonderful performance. Liga Camara 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
Admission: Free

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

 

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4 Responses to “Events: Cultural Spring Festival”

  1. Quel dommage

  2. I knew it sounded wrong somehow… thanks, JP!

  3. What do you mean that Oaxaca has had no cultural festivals until now? How insulated are you there?
    The guelaguetza in July is centuries old. There is a celebration each May that brings together and celebrates the similarities and differences of one of the regions of Oaxaca plus one of the states of Mexico plus one other country of the world. An early October festival celebrates food along with the cultures that originated the dishes and flavors. Many, many others go on throughout the year.
    As typical expats you’ve built your compounds to keep out the rest of the world — it worked quite well for you.
    Mary

  4. We would like to add two points of information related to the “First Cultural Fiesta” in Oaxaca.

    First – When we receive notification of an event, the information in that notification is all we have to go on… hence, our description of the Fox Center sponsored “First Cultural Fiesta” in Oaxaca. However, we do notice that they use the word “luxury” a great deal in their descriptions, so we are thinking that part of the purpose of this fiesta is to introduce the work of many of the really “fine” artisans of Oaxaca to the export industry. This seems to be the thrust of many of the Fox Center’s projects.

    Second – from a reader (thanks Mary): The guelaguetza in July is centuries old. There is a celebration each May that brings together and celebrates the similarities and differences of one of the regions of Oaxaca plus one of the states of Mexico plus one other country of the world. An early October festival celebrates food along with the cultures that originated the dishes and flavors. Many, many others go on throughout the year.

    Now – we invite you to visit Oaxaca’s Cultural website: http://oaxaca.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=2&Itemid=7 and their Tourism website: http://oaxaca.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=13 to see all that is happening today in Oaxaca.

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