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Events: Independence Day! Viva Mexico!

Yucatan Living Arts and Crafts For Sale
All this week, local artisans will be selling their arts and crafts inside the Plaza Galerías (the Liverpool shopping mall). This is part of an ongoing program to help artisans build awareness of their work and sell their goods all over the city. The booths are open from 11 AM until 9 PM each day until September 21st.

Yucatan Living At Pure Fitness: New Exercise Classes
If you are one of those folks from north of the border who actually believes the rumor that you can retire in Mexico and do nothing for the rest of your life… well, that’s going to be today’s little chuckle for those of us who are already here. That may happen somewhere else in Mexico, but it surely won’t happen in Yucatan! This week’s ongoing classes announcement comes from Pure Fitness website. Their classes include:
Pilates: Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jiu Jitsu: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Cario Salsa Classes: Tuesdays at 7:00 PM


Every week…

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!

On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week. When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!

As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.

 

Monday (Lunes) September 15, 2008

Yucatan Living Independence NightViva Mexico in Yucatan
If you want to go to a party, the Plaza Grande is the place to be tonite. At precisely 10:30 PM, the governess will step out onto the balcony of the Governor’s Palace and ring a huge brass bell. Each time the bell is rung, the governess will lead the crowd in a shout of “Viva Mexico!” This ritual is called the grito, after which there will be fireworks and a huge party for the public on the Plaza Grande. If you’re going, remember to get there at least two hours early, as space and parking are limited. We suspect, however, that there will also be plenty of parties going on in other parks and loads of house parties as well. “Viva Mexico!”
Place: Main Plaza
Time: 10:30 PM, be earlier to get a spot in front of the Government Palace
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) September 16 , 2008

Yucatan Living Independence Day Parade
Location: Paseo de Montejo to La Plaza
Time: 7:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Independence Day note: No work, no banks, enjoy this Mexican Holiday!

Wednesday (Miércoles) September 17, 2008

Yucatan Living See our ongoing events page for events on Wednesday

Thursday (Jueves) September 18, 2008

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Alberto Alvarez in Concert
This is, quite obviously, the event that is the pick of the evening. Yucatan has more than a few special treasures collected from around the world and Alberto Alvarez, Cuban pianist extraordinaire and teacher to the stars, is one of them. As always, we are astounded at the quality of performances we find in Merida that are free to the public. This is a must see event!.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Double FeatureOld Gringo Movie
First Feature: The Old Gringo
(U.S. 1989) Starring Gregory Peck, Jane Fonda, and Jimmy Smits. A widowed teacher goes to Mexico to teach English and is kidnapped by revolutionaries.
Time: 6:00 PM
Second Feature: Drugstore Cowboy
(U.S. 1989) Starring Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch and Heather Graham. A realistic road movie about a drug addict, his “family,” and their inevitable decline into crime.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Independent Movier: Shakespeare and Victor Hugo’s Intimacies
(Olaizola, 2008) Twenty years ago, Rosa met Jorge, a young tenant in her lodging house at the corner of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo streets in Mexico City. But after Jorge’s sudden death, Rosa began to discover a darker side of the man who had become her closest friend. Spanish with English Subtitles.
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 # 452-A x 52 and 54
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$20 Pesos and open cash bar

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

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite Armando Martin and his Trio.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performance at 8:30 Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

 

Friday (Viernes) September 19, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is courtesy of René Monte Rosa, a virtuouso Jazz Pianist.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM FridayThe Story of the Weeping Camel
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: The Story of the Weeping Camel
Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt’s life.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Film: Shakespeare and Victor Hugo Intimacies
Directed by Yolanda Olaizola, this film tells the story of a guest house on the corner of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo in Mexico City. It is the guest house of Rosa Carajal, a refuge who hides an intimate and passionate history.  20 years ago, Rosa knew Jorge Riosse, a young renter with whom she developed a personal relationship. Discussion (in Spanish) and moderation by Roberto de Coria.
Location: Galería Merida, Calle 59 No. 452A x 54 y 52 in Mejorada
Phone: 924-0117
Time: 8 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonight, the orchestra is under the direction of guest director Enrique Barrios, and features trombone soloist Julio Briseno. This orchestra is the cornerstone of the arts in Merida and never disappoints an audience.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 MXP (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the Stars
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie: 1932: La Cicatriz de la Memoria1932: La Cicatriz de la Memoria
Documentary about the indigenous insurrection that shook El Salvador in 1932, with a tremendous cultural, political, and social impact, whose repression by the government left more then 10,000 dead.After decades of silence, the survivors tell the history. Spanish with English Subtitles.
Location: Centro Cultural “Los Huachinangos;” Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays: 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Music Under the Stars With Friends: Mexican Fiesta
Tequila sampling, Dinner Buffet and Mariachis
These are always special events and are a wonderful way to spend an evening among friends in Merida.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $75 MXP Ticket only event and you are asked to purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited.
Telephone: (999) 924-0103

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 20, 2008

Yucatan Living Antique Car Show
This antique car show is sponsored by the City Council of Merida and promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend. If you have been dreaming about the car of your childhood, this may be the place to see it one more time and in mint condition! 
Location: Parking Lot of Plaza Altabrisa on the road to Cholul
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is by Sol Castillo and the Jazz Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: Three Kings of BelizeThree Kings of Belize
(Canada-Belize, 2007) In a small Central American country with a population of 270,000, three veteran musicians share moments of their daily lives with us.
Paul Nabor, 79 year old fisherman and legendary Garifuna composer has played the same guitar for 53 years. Even though he has forgotten most of his songs, his spirit remains strong. Florencio Mess, a Maya harp player, spends his solitude making traditional violins, guitars and harps as he awaits for his next trip outside his small village. Creole accordionist, Wilfred Peters, is proud to have played for the Queen of England, his ineffable charm and humor is his ideal antidote for the old age.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Las Caras de La Luna (The Faces of the Moon)
(Mexico, 2002). Starring: Carola Reyna, Geraldine Chaplin, Ana Torrent, Carmen Montejo, Diana Bracho. Five women from wildly divergent backgrounds find themselves swapping views on feminism, politics, and culture in this ensemble drama.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Expo Gourmet 2008
This is going to be the second annual Expo Gourmet for the State and is under the direction of the Association of Chefs of Yucatan, AC.There are going to be some wonderful expositions during this presentation, including cooking for kids, a "chef for the day," and even the art of chocolate. This is a marvelous opportunity to show Yucateco cuisine to the world, and to learn more about it ourselves.
Location: Salon Chichen Itza in Siglo XXI (the Convention Center)
Time: 10 AM to 10 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Scenic Theater: Cosas Que No Gozas (Things You Do Not Enjoy)
Author: Jorge Munoz Luisillo. Director: Jorge Castilla. This author is both an actor and a dramatist, and holds a degree in theater arts. For some pictures of his Cosas Que No Gozas and discussions of his work, visit his website. And click here for a preview of this production.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Cupules, Garcia Ginerés. Ocio...sidades
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Ocio… sidades
If your Spanish is good, this will be a great experience. It is a monologue by Carlos Medina and sure to be one of the most interesting events of the evening.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 MXP y $30 MXP for INAPAM

Sunday (Domingo) September 21 , 2008

Yucatan Living Expo Gourmet 2008
This is going to be the second annual Expo Gourmet for the State and is under the direction of the Association of Chefs of Yucatan, AC.There are going to be some wonderful expositions during this presentation, including cooking for kids, a "chef for the day," and even the art of chocolate. This is a marvelous opportunity to show Yucateco cuisine to the world, and to learn more about it ourselves.
Location: Salon Chichen Itza in Siglo XXI (the Convention Center)
Time: 10 AM to 10 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Planet Earth: From Pole to Pole
Follow the sun as it touches the lives of creatures across the planet, bringing a fresh understanding of how the world is interconnected. From African herds migrating hundreds of miles in search of water to desperate animal hunts, Pole to Pole examines how the seasons produce the greatest spectacles on Earth.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Stories and Legends of Yucatan
This is a performance designed for the entire family and looks as if it is going to be a wonderful presentation. Under the direction of Wendy Cruz, there will even be mimes to entertain and cross the language barrier for those who still do not speak Spanish or Mayan.
Location: Museum of the City, Calle 56 x 65.
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Today, the orchestra is under the direction of guest director Enrique Barrios, and features trombone soloist Julio Briseno. This orchestra is the cornerstone of the arts in Merida and never disappoints an audience.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 MXP (students & INAPAM 50% Choir of the City, Merida Yucatandiscount)

Yucatan Living The Choir of the City Presents Cantandole a Cuba
Any chance to hear the Choir of the City of Merida is a special event for anyone, but the subject matter of this performance makes this a once in a lifetime event. The Choir of the City of Merida, under the direction of Nidia Gongora Cervera, makes this our pick of the night.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free!

Events Next Week

Yucatan Living September 22, 2008: Autumn Equinox
This past Spring, there was a mighty battle between Chac (the Rain God) and Kukulkan (the Feathered Serpent and chief-god-in-charge). The Rain God won the day and clouds prevented the Great Serpent from showing himself on the northern face of El Castillo, which is his temple at Chichen Itza; but now Fall has come and there will be another opportunity to see the image of Kukulkan. …At least, that’s what folks in Yucatan believe. Once you visit or live here, even if all of your 21st century viewpoints (religious and cultural) are sanely in place, twice a year you will find yourself on the lookout for the image of the great plumed serpent god on the side of a pyramid in the interior of Yucatan. If weather permits, the image of Kukulkan can be seen for approximately 5 days before and 5 days after the equinox. For great information about the term “equinox,” click here. That particular site has a calendar for planning your equinox and solstice vacations through the year 2014, so be sure to bookmark it.

Yucatan Living Sept. 25, 2008: The Empress Carlota
Starring Jacqueline Andere, with a cast of 14 additional actors. Plan ahead for this one because it will surely be the pick of the evening!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Admission: TBA
Information: Phone: 924-0040 or 924-9990

Yucatan Living September Schedule: Cinema Under the Stars
Outdoor movies… what a great idea!
Sept. 5: Vinci (Poland, 2004) Juliusz Machulski
Sept. 12: Sicko (U.S., 2007) Michael Moore
Sept. 19: 1932: Cicatriz de la Memoria (El Salvador, 2002) Carlos Enrique Consalyi
Sept. 26: La Lista Negra (The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium) Paul Verhoeven
Location: Centro Cultural “Los Huachinangos;” Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays: 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living It’s showtime at Joan’s again!
Pedro Ayuso is one of the most exciting artists in the Yucatan. With the most extraordinary skill, he laboriously prepares the jicara fruit and incises designs on the surface. His depictions of Mayan legends on this hollow gourds are of museum quality. Pedro also creates wonderful drums of bamboo—and that’s just the beginning. He is constantly exploring.
Something of a botanist and preservationist, Pedro describes the five different types of jicara trees and deplores the fact that these trees seem to be dying out. He plants seedlings and tries to encourage everyone to do the same. And yes, there will be seedlings at the show so that you can plant some too!

Pedro Ayuso jicara artAll proceeds from this show go directly to Pedro. It is our pleasure to help advance the work of valued artists.
He, of course, will be one of the exhibiting artists at the November 29th show sponsored by AANY (Amigos de Artesano Nuevo del Yucatan) at Technologica Turistica Total, AC on C 57 x 56 x 59—more on this later.
Date: Sunday, Sept. 28th
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Place: Casa Farrell, Calle 55 #561D X 72 & 74, Centro
Admission: Free

 

Other events during September

Yucatan Living Los Gremios in Merida
September 14 begins the annual tradition called Los Gremios in Merida. Gremios are associations of the members of specific trades, much like trade unions in other places. The opening day of Los Gremios begins on September 14, when the Christ of the Blisters is removed from its chapel in the Cathedral and mass is offered. The removal of the Christ of the Blisters takes place at 9:00 AM and mass is said at 11:00 AM.
On September 27, the processions begin, with each gremio reserving the Cathedral for the day of their pilgrimage. Every day, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, From September 27 through October 17, there will be a pilgrimage of one gremio through Centro, with each procession beginning and ending at the Cathedral. Each group of workers, from taxi drivers to shoemakers, is represented on their special day.
On October 9, the Christ of the Blisters goes on parade inside the Cathedral at 6:00 PM. Then, on the final day, October 17, there is a mass at 11:00 AM, followed by the Christ of the Blisters being returned to his chapel inside the Cathedral.


For those of us whose nation’s history reaches back little more than 200 years, it may seem strange to watch this beautiful religious tradition that has been going strong since 1654, but here he is – the Christ of the Blisters – still watching over Los Gremios after having been through not one, but two fires. In the village of Ichmul, everything burned except this wooden Christ figure, so he was moved to his new home in Merida’s Cathedral in 1654. Then, he survived a fire in Merida’s Cathedral in 1916. Even if it were not for the beauty of the processions and even if it were not for the respect due the gremios that serve the public in Yucatan so faithfully, it would still be worth traveling to Merida to see the Christ of the Blisters during Los Gremios.

 

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One Response to “Events: Independence Day! Viva Mexico!”

  1. At our home Casa de los Venados in Valladolid – we are fortunate enough to have a Jicara tree in our central patio. After some sever cutting back and nurturing we are happy to see that the tree is now thriving and again producing gourds.

    We would like to contact Pedro Ayuso to discuss having him carve a gourd for us from our own tree. Please share with us Pedro’s contact information so we can discuss this with him.

    John and Dorianne Venator

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