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Events: Independence Day

This Week… starting September 14, 2009



FOUR Workshops at LA68 Cultural Center
Reservations Required
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68,
Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 8 to 4, Th. – Sat. 7 – 10
Tuition Discount on 3 Workshop Pkg.: $900 pesos
Sept. 19: Soap Craft
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: $400 pesos
Sept. 25: How to Make Creams 
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos
Sept. 26: The Aromatherapy Workshop
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: $400 pesos
Soap Internship
Prerequisite: The Soap course listed above
Dates: Monday, Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos (or $50 pesos if you bring 1 L.of olive oil)

Municipal Fiestas This Week

As folks in the outlying municipalities get ready to participate in November’s State Fair, the pendulum of events begins to swing back toward Merida. This week, there is only one Municipal Fiesta, but it is in a part of Yucatan whose culture is almost totally Mayan in nature and is always a treat to visit.Tixmehuac Fiesta

Yucatan Living Tixmehuac Fiesta One Day Event – September 19
This fiesta is in honor of San Miguel Arcangel. Tixmehuac is a small, agricultural municipality located in the South-Central part of our state, just to the northeast of Tekax and north of Tzucacab. However, Tixmehuac is home to no less than four archaeological zones: Chucub, Kimbilá, Modzil and Nocas, as well as the 18th century church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. This fiesta is a one day religious event, and the municipality is well worth visiting.

In the City This Week

 

Monday (Lunes) September 14, 2009

Yucatan Living Check our ongoing events page for events on Monday

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 15, 2009Pedro Fernandez in Merida

Yucatan Living September 15: Pedro Fernandez Brings on Independence Day
Singer Pedro Fernandez will perform during the Grito Ceremony. Get there by 10 pm and be prepared for well-behaved crowds.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 63 x 60
Time: 11:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan: Invited Musical Artist
No word yet on who will play or sing tonight, but this performance is always a treat.
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Juan Carlos Lomónaco Conducts in Mexico City
Juan Carlos Lomónaco will be conducting the Unam Orchestra in Mexico City. The concert will be transmitted live, and you can watch it in the Unam Channel (channel 77 in Cablemas).The first part will be symphonic music by Mexican composers and the second part will include tenor Fernando de la Mora (a famous Mexican tenor who was recently at the Peon) who will be singing traditional Mexican songs. The setting is the National Auditorium, a location that holds several thousands. This is a good way to start the Independence celebration.
Location: In your living room, Channel 77 on Cablemas
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 16, 2009

Yucatan Living Mexico Independence Day Parade
Location: From Monumento a la Patria (north end of Paseo de Montejo)to Parque San Juan (approximately Calle 64 and 65)
Time: 7:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexico Independence Day: Celebrate at Xcanatun
After you spend the day watching the fabulous Independence Day parade down Paseo de Montejo, you might decide you want to go out to dinner. A lot of places are going to be closed for the holiday, but we just heard that Hacienda Xcanatun is open and serving a special meal. Choose from their specials…an entrada, a main dish and dessert for only $290 pesos (don’t forget to add a propina…). The restaurant at Xcanatun has always been one of our favorites in Merida. The night’s festivities include piano music with Mexican songs, delicious food including Chiles en Nogada (that’s worth the entire cost, right there!) and el grito (Viva Mexico!) at 11 pm.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatún, on the road to Progreso
Time: From 6:00 PM to 12:00 PM

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Once Upon a Time in MexicoOnce Upon a Time in Mexico
This is the 2003 Robert Rodriguez action/drama/thriller in which Antonio Banderas returns as El Mariachi, in the final chapter of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. This trilogy is what movie “entertainment” is all about – escaping reality for the world of adventure, even if just for a little while. If you haven’t met El Mariachi, Carolina and Bellini yet, now is the time! Johnny Depp shows us once again why he is such a star.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: A Date with Dance
Dance Gala II: Sample of Municipalities

The variety of folk dances in the State of Yucatan is amazing and is brought about because the culture here also includes indigenous peoples from other Native American groups both in Mexico and throughout Central America.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $ 50 pesos

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 17, 2009



Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: The Untouchables
This 1987 movie was directed by Brian DePalma. It stars Kevin Costner as the handsomest Elliott Ness you ever saw, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, and Robert De Niro as Al Capone. Brilliant!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeA History of Violence

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: A History of Violence
In this 2005 David Cronenberg film, a mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off a series of repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. This movie was nominated for 2 Oscars, has 26 other wins and 31 nominations. Stars include Viggo Mortenson, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, and Peter MacNeill
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Balthazar
This 1966 French film is about the adventures of Balthazar, a donkey who lives happily in a French village, until he is purchased by strangers. The movie won the OCIC Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1966 and earned the Best Film Award by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 1967.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Nicotina
(Mexico, 2003). This is a Hugo Rodriguez film that won 12 awards and 12 additional nominations. A real-time dark comedy about a science geek who tangles with a clutch of Russian gangsters after he delivers them the wrong computer disk. (English subtitles).
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Camerata Academica de Merida
A mi Mexico Querido (To My Dear Mexico) – performed by the Academic Chamber of Merida. This classical music group is under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido, one of the treasures of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Film: Voices of the SaharaVoices of the Sahara
The Saharawi people have spent years travelling through the desert accompanied by the sun, the moon and thousands of stars to conquer a dream in the middle of nowhere. They have been waiting for over thirty long years. Too long. Over ten days we hear the voices of desert men and women: their land, their music, their dance, their hearts, their religion, their dress and their smiles all speak of the hospitality imposed by the law of the desert.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) September 18, 2009

Yucatan Living 30th Anniversary of CICY
The Center for Scientific Investigation of Yucatan is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and you are invited! They have a botanical garden on the campus and will be giving free tours throughout the day.
Location: Calle 43 # 130, Col. Chuburna de Hidalgo by Xcumpich
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living New Symphony Season Begins: Sounds of the World: SpainNew Symphony Season
Our new conductor and director, Juan Carlos Lomonarco, debuts this season with Spanish music. Enjoy a program that includes “España” by Emmanuel Chabrier, Concert for Piano and Orchestra en Sol Mayor by Ravel, and El Sombrero de Tres Picos by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). As you read in our recent article about Lomonarco, we are excited about the future of the Orchestra now that Señor Lomonarco is in charge… be there at the beginning!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission:$150, $100, $ 80, $ 60, $ 25 Students, Children and INAPAN

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Alien 3
In this the third, in a series of action/horror/sci-fi movies starring Sigourney Weaver. This one was filmed in 1992 and was nominated for an Oscar, won 3 other awards, and collected 16 nominations. In this episode, Ripley continues to be stalked by a savage alien after her escape pod crashes on a prison planet. Additional stars include Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Brian Glover, and Danny Webb.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Balthazar
This 1966 French film is about the adventures of Balthazar, a donkey who lives happily in a French village, until he is purchased by strangers. The movie won the OCIC Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1966 and earned the Best Film Award by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 1967.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sábado) September 19, 2009

Yucatan Living September 19Yucatones in Izamal: The Yucatones and Alfred Rordame!
We knew their comeback would be huge, but this event, sponsored by the City Council of Izamal and Hotel Macanche, is going to be spectacular! Don’t miss this classic rock concert featuring the Legendary Yucatones, with special guest Alfred Rordame. For those who would like to stay over for the night, Hotel Macanche is offering an overnight stay – including a great breakfast and their bottomless cup of coffee, a backstage pass, a Thai buffet dinner before the show, and botanas with a cash bar after the show for: $700 pesos single occupancy without a/c, $850 pesos single occupancy with a/c, $900 double occupancy without a/c, and $1,050 double occupancy with a/c.
Location: Palacio de Izamal
Time: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Admission: Free
For Hotel Reservations: e-mail macanche[at]gmail[dot]com or call 988-954-0287
For More Information: see www.macanche.com

Yucatan Living September 19: Hotel Zamna: A Night of Classical Magic
The Fenix Quartet will play the music of the Beatles. The last time Hotel Zamna hosted this event, all tickets were sold out well before the event, so get your tickets from hotel reception as soon as possible.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago
Time: Buffet served at 8:30 PM, music begins at 9:00 PM
Admission: $90 pesos



Telephone: 999 924 0103

Yucatan Living Movie: Balthazar
This 1966 French film is about the adventures of Balthazar, a donkey who lives happily in a French village, until he is purchased by strangers. The movie won the OCIC Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1966 and earned the Best Film Award by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 1967.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free Silence of the Lambs

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: The Silence of the Lambs
This movie, starring Jodie Foster and Sir Anthony Hopkins needs no introduction. It is a classic crime thriller that won 5 Oscars, 39 other wins, and 27 more nominations!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Old Thieves
Filmmaker Everado Gonzalez creates a sweeping sociological portrait of the organized criminal elements that ruled over Mexico during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. During this onscreen journey, Gonzalez explores such subtopics as the unique ethical codes upheld by Mexican criminals, the specific legal aberrances committed by hardened Mexican law-breakers, the periodic allegiances between crime and corrupt Mexican police operations, and the eventual reprisals doled out by authorities in the 1980s.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 20, 2009

Yucatan Living New Symphony Season Begins: Sounds of the World: Spain
Our new conductor and director, Juan Carlos Lomonarco, debuts this season with Spanish music. Enjoy a program that includes “España” by Emmanuel Chabrier, Concert for Piano and Orchestra en Sol Mayor by Ravel, and El Sombrero de Tres Picos by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). As you read in our recent article about Lomonarco, we are excited about the future of the Orchestra now that Señor Lomonarco is in charge… be there at the beginning!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission:$150, $100, $ 80, $ 60, $ 25 Students, Children and INAPAN

Yucatan Living Documentary: Tarantulas
This documentary shows several species of tarantulas that distinguish themselves by their strange appearance, their levels of toxic venom, and their peculiar lifestyles. For example, the tarantulas found in Ecuador are the most venomous spiders in the world.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeThe Color Purple

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: The Color Purple
Directed by Stephen Spielberg, this 1985 movie is based on a novel by Alice Walker. It stars Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, and Oprah Winfrey. The Color Purple follows the life of Celie Johnson as she struggles through life as a young black woman in the early 1900s. The book and movie have been made into musical theater and is on tour in the U.S. now. That version stars American Idol winner Fantasia. Read the Spark Notes for The Color Purple HERE.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Camerata Academica de Merida
A mi Mexico Querido (To My Dear Mexico) – performed by the Academic Chamber (Orchestra) of Merida, under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido, who is one of the treasures of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Balthazar
This 1966 French film is about the adventures of Balthazar, a donkey who lives happily in a French village, until he is purchased by strangers. The movie won the OCIC Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1966 and earned the Best Film Award by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 1967.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living September 20: Nuestra Belleza México 2009 Comes to MeridaNuestra Belleza Mexico 2009
“Our Beauty Mexico” 2009 is a national beauty contest that will take place in Merida this year. On September 20th, the 15 finalists will compete for the title of Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2009. Competition will include intellectual preparation, as well as physical beauty. This final competition will be broadcast lived throughout the nation. During the course of the competition, these young ladies will tape their presentations from a number of places throughout our state. These include Celestun, Progreso, Sisal, Valladolid, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Merida. These tapes will then become part of their competition and will be shown throughout the nation on the final night of the contest. This will present our state to all of Mexico and will serve to show the Mexican people that Yucatan is a wonderful place to both vacation and to live, and is expected to significantly boost tourism from other states in Mexico.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, Salon Chichen Itza.
Time: TBA, Sept. 20
Admission: TBA

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living September 25 – September 27: Yoga Retreat
A weekend of meditation and purification, taught by Alejandra Cruz, of Monterrey, and Peggy Kelley.
Location: Calle 20 # 101 x 21 y 25, Col. Itzimna.
Time: Call for information: 999 127 9810
Admission: Call for information: 999 127 9810

Yucatan Living September 27: Temptation Tango
According to reviews, this show is pure art and not to be missed.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $60, $80, and $100 pesos

Yucatan Living October 9: First Annual Chili Cook Off in Chelem
This event is to benefit the Christmas projects in Chelem and Chuburna. Last year, at the Christmas Party, Santa was able to distribute over 500 gifts to the children of Chelem and Chuburna, but even that was not enough. At this party, there will be a contest to determine who makes the best chili. The event will be a festive one and will include a DJ, singing, karaoke and dancing. A buffet dinner that can be purchased separately will be available. The American and Canadians in the beach communities of Chelem and Chuburna, along with friends, family and concerned citizens in Yucatan, sincerely hope you will be able to attend this fundraising social event to show your support for this worthwhile mission, and also hope that you will ask your friends and associates to attend as well. Contestants need to register that they will be making an entry prior to the event and state whether they want to keep their prize money or to which local charitable organization they wish to donate their prize money to in their name. There are 3 categories: Traditional, Non-traditional, and Vegetarian. Contestants can enter more than one category. The winner of a category will receive a cash prize. Judging will be based o tasting and voting of all attendees.
Location: La Playa de Chelem Restaurant in Chelem, Yucatan
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: Admission: $150 pesos, optional additional $100 will be charged if you choose to eat the wonderful buffet. $100 pesos of every admission goes to the fundraising charity and $50 pesos of every admission goes to the prize winners or a charity in their name. Drink tickets will be sold separately.

Contact: Katie at Sand Castle Inn: SANDCASTLEINN[at]aol[dot]com

Yucatan Living Oct. 17-18: Big Bazaar II: Saturday
This bazaar is a fundraiser for Proteccion de Perros y Gatos, a.c.the humane society that serves beach towns from Chuburna to Telchac. Some of the items for sale this year include:curtains, linens, fabric, women’s clothes, games and puzzles, baby items, kitchen and household items, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, furniture, lamps, small electrical appliances – and much much more! We are posting this early to give everyone time to see if they have anything they want to donate to this bazaar. In addition, it might remind some Snowbirds of things they can bring down with them and donate as well.  
Location: The Bull Pen Restaurant, The "Bull Pen" is three blocks past the main square in Chelem, catty-cornered from the baseball park.
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
 Who to contact for information or to make a donation:
Julie Hart 999 263-4546 or Nancy Draper 999 180-7073

Yucatan Living October 30: Brazos Abiertos: 3rd Annual Fall Event
Brazos Abiertos Inc (501-c3 US non profit) (Foundation BAI) will be holding its 3rd Annual Fall Event, Silent Auction & Fashion Show, featuring the Spring Summer 2010 Collection by Alexei. The proceeds of this event will go to support education related to sexually transmitted diseases, as well as to ongoing support for their HIV-AIDS projects.
Location: The Rojano Family Home, Avenida Colon, #505C x 8, Garcia Gineres
Time: October 30, 2009 7:00 PM -10:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos

Yucatan Living October 31Sarah Brightman in Concert at Chichen Itza:
Sarah Brightman Concert at Chichen Itza

The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, along with some of the best voices in the state, will perform, on October 31st, with Sarah Brightman at Chichen Itza. Formerly married to Andrew Lloyd Weber, Mx Brightman is a veteran of The Phantom of the Opera and has sung with both the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Until now, only Yucatan’s beloved Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo have sung at this archaeological wonder. Elton John is expected to sing at Chichen Itza in April, 2010, and there is talk of inviting both Paul McCartney and David Copperfield at some time in the future.
Location: Chichen Itza, Yucatán
Time: TBA
Admission: Starting at $500 pesos

Yucatan Living December 5 – 6: AANY Art Show
The last AANY Show was a huge success and we have no doubt that the next one will be as well. Word has come that this event now has the support of the ICY and will be included in the Otoño Cultural (Fall Cultural Festival). Keep watching for new interviews and a full article on this important upcoming event.

 

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One Response to “Events: Independence Day”

  1. Please note that there will be a professional boxing event at the Valladolid auditorium on Saturday, September 26 at 9 p.m.

    There will be four professional bouts, one with 6 rounds, the other three at 4 rounds apiece. In addition there will be 3 amateur fights.

    Fighters are mostly Yucateca athletes with most from Cancun, and at least from Valladolid and one from D.F.

    The price of general tix is 100 pesos with special seats going for 150.

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