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Events: Lots of Fiestas this Week!

This Week… starting August 03, 2009

Yucatan Living Art Show in Telchac
25 paintings of the sea will be on display in the Cultural Center in Telchac Puerto until Sunday, August 9. These paintings are by Victor Argaez Sanchez and are part of an agreement for an artistic exchange between municipalities.
Location: Salón de Artes Plásticas of Centro Cultural. Calle 22, by the side of the Church of San Diego de Alcalá in Telchac Puerto
Dates: August 2 through August 9
Admission: Free

 

Municipal Fiestas This Week

If you think these 9 municipal fiestas are a lot of fiestas for one week, think again! Next week, a total of TEN municipal fiestas will begin, and most of them will be overlapping with the last week of these nine. Needless to say, just because things slow down in the city during July and August, “There is nothing to do” is never a complaint in the rest of the state during the waning weeks of summer vacation! 

Yucatan Living Cenotillo Fiesta  10 Day EventCenotillo Fiesta
August 3 through August 12
It looks as if the Municipality of Cenotillo is the place to be for the first half of the month of August. They have two fiestas this month. The first is in honor of Santa Clara. This one is 10 days long and takes place in the town of Cenotillo. The day after this fiesta ends, they begin a 3 day fiesta (from August 13 through August 14) in honor of la Virgen de la Asuncion, in the town of Tixbacab. Cenotillo is located just south of Buctzotz and north of Quintana Roo and Dzitas. The hammocks you will find in this area are woven from hemp. Cenotillo, like so many other municipalities that are just inland from the coast, has a wealth of both Mayan ruins and Spanish churches and public buildings. These are great places to visit, especially since the project to restore all of the old churches in the state is well underway.

Yucatan Living Mama Fiesta 12 Day Event
August 4 through August 15
Mama is a small municipality just south of Tekit. This fiesta is in honor of la Virgen de la Asunción. For this fiesta, there will be vaquerias, popular dances, and processions. This is a marvelous opportunity to experience the Mayan culture and well worth going to see. Pottery is the major activity of the artisans in this area, so visiting in Mama should be an extra shopping treat.

Yucatan Living Uayma Fiesta One Day Event
August 4
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Domingo. The most important artisan activity in this municipality is pottery, so a trip to Uayma is always a good idea and a fiesta just makes the trip all the more enjoyable. Uayma is located just this side of Valladolid and Temozon.

Yucatan Living San Felipe Fiesta  One Day Event
August 4
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The area of San Felipe is entering pulpo season now and this is the perfect time to visit this newest tourist destination in our state. Look here for jewelry made from Coconuts and shells.Gremio in Merida

Yucatan Living Merida Fiesta  11 Day Event
August 5 through August 15
This is the marvelous fiesta carried out by San Sebastian Church in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. These are always wonderful events, each with their union workers’ own unique processions and styles. We are fortunate to have so many of them right here in the city. Most of these processions take place at either 10:00 AM or 11:00 AM, with a mass following each one.

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta 9 Day Event
August 6 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. If you are shopping for something special, some of the artisans here just happen to be woodcarvers. Tecoh has a cenote that has a light show and a restored retablo that is a must see. Take a peek here.  Tecoh is located just to the southeast of Merida, so its an easy trip that is well worth making.

Yucatan Living Tahdziu Fiesta  6 Day Event
August 7 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. We found pictures of Tahdzui online here.  The pictures were made by visiting students from Auburn. Tahdziu is located just south of Yaxcaba. Look for hammocks of cotton and hemp here, as well as the much prized embroidery by hand. The archaeological zones of Xemas and Sitpach are both located in Tahdziu. The whole area looks just wonderful and well worth a trip to the Deep South of Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Progreso Fiesta 8 Day Event
August 7 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of San Telmo, the patron saint of the fishermen. There are loads of festivities going on here, especially since so many folks are in town for vacation. There are parades and floats and a grand time is had by all. For you newbies all along the beach, get ready… when this fiesta is over, there’s going to be another one in your town! Summer vacation is drawing to a close and everyone is going to enjoy these last two or three weeks.

Yucatan Living Dzoncauich Fiesta 5 Day Event
August 8 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Juan Bautista. The municipality of Dzoncauich is located just south of Temax and Buctzotz, so look for artwork and fine hemp hammocks here. With fewer than 3,000 people living in this municipality, this is one of our areas in which most of the citizens are Mayans. It has a welcoming culture and is well worth visiting.

 

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) August 03, 2009

Yucatan Living Salon at Cafe Chocolate
This weeks reading is Al Gore- …on 15 ways to avert climate crisis
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 x 55 y 53
Time: Mondays: 5:00 PM
Admission: Suggested donation of $20 pesos

Tuesday (Martes) August 04, 2009

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month
10th Anniversary Luctuoso (mournful) of Cynthia Ricalde, Bailarina
Sadly, this premier ballerina and her mother were the victims of a robbery in September of 1999, during which both were killed.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 AM TuesdayTrio Los Romanticos
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Romanticos
This performance is under the direction of Josue Burgos
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 62
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Beatlemania Comes to Cafe Peña!
This will be a performance by the Liverpool Quartet, the rocket Queens, and the Quartet known as Get Back. What is interesting about this performance is that the audience will be able to compare the interpretations of Beatles’ music by local groups. This is going to be a great event that we are sure everyone will enjoy.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 7:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 05, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Three Colors: Red
Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people’s privacy.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trovando la Noche
This performance features the group Voz del Viento. The musical arranger and director is Arturo Flores.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Jazz – A Tribute to Miles Davis
Tonight’s performance is by the Monterosa Jazz Group, featuring Rene Monterosa.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $40 pesos, 50% discount for students, INAPAM and ISSTEY

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: Oriental Folkloric: La Princesa Aisha y el EfritOriental Folkloric Dance
This is a performance by Grupo Giselle Estudio de Danzas Orientales. Giselle is originally from Guadalajara and we are lucky to have her in Merida. The group has a wonderful blog where you can see a little bit of what this show will be about. View it here.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 06, 2009

Yucatan Living Chamber Music Recital: Violin, Cello, & Piano
This performance will be by three young rising stars: Eduardo Canto (violin), Ana Isabel Chan (Cello), and Rafael Guiterrez (piano). As with every other recital performance, this is a “must see” event. These young people are classically trained and these performances are the last of their obligations before heading out to marvelous careers in orchestras around the world. We are blessed to have world class music programs in Merida and should always take advantage of what they have to offer us.
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeWelcome to the Dollhouse

Yucatan Living Movie: Welcome to the Dollhouse
Insightful look at an unattractive 7th grader as she struggles to cope with un-attentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) August 07, 2009

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the 2009 Summer Book Fair
This is a wonderful opportunity to look for books that would be of interest to new residents of Yucatan, and especially to those who are just learning Spanish.
Location: Corridors of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Hate
Abdel, a local hoodlum, is hospitalized after a riot, where a policeman lost his gun. His friend Vinz finds it and claims he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Merida, Music y Color
This is a concert by a number of unnamed Guest Artists
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free
Guitar Hero Competition

Yucatan Living Guitar Hero Competition
This is a wonderful way to spend a Friday night if you are at the beach. It is a team competition, with 4 guitarists per team.
Location: Beside the Chicxulub Town Hall
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday
Admission: To Watch: Free, To Participate: $50 pesos
If you would like to participate, call Roberto Campos 942-4800

Yucatan Living TGIF Cocktail Party
If you are in the city tonight, don’t miss the monthly cocktail party at Fiesta Americana. This is a chance to meet new friends and catch up with old friends too.
Location: La Hach Bar in Fiesta Americana Hotel
Time:  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free, snacks free but purchase your own drinks

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Papeles Mayas
These are the works of Efren Maldonado.
Location: Galeria Callejon del Congreso, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free




Saturday (Sábado) August 08, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: 28 days later
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: A Tribute to Cinthia Ricalde
Tonight, the Compania de Danza Clasica de Yucatan, under the direction of Victor Salas, will present Giselle, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of this premire ballerina.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Music: Jazz
This is going to be another spectacular performance in tribute to Miles Davis.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available in the box office, 50% discount for students, INAPAM and ISSTEY.

Sunday (Domingo) August 09, 2009Other Galaxies

Yucatan Living Documentary: Other Galaxies
This documentary explains how new solar systems are born and the typical life cycle of one galaxy.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sunset Blvd
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: A Tribute to Cinthia Ricalde
Tonight, the Compania de Danza Clasica de Yucatan, under the direction of Victor Salas, will present Giselle, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of this premire ballerina.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Wednesday   August 12
Music: "Remembering the Composers"
This performance is to remember the female composers and songsters of Yucatan. The ladies who will be honored include Rosario Sansores Pren, Míriam Gamboa, Josefina Patrón Méndez and Maricarmen Pérez Domínguez, who is now our International Musical Ambassador. The performance will be by the Trio Los Radiantes and the Rondalla of the former students of Miriam Gamboa, under the direction of her son, Raúl Pavón Gamboa. This is a program that remembers composers during the month in which they were born.  
Location: Museum of Song, Calle 57 # 464 x 48 y 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos
More Information: 923-72-24 or 928-38-60

Yucatan Living Friday August 14 - Purpura Plastika Art Sale
Purpura Plastika is proud to host the 2nd Amor y Vida Orphans’ ART SALE.  These young boys and girls learned about their Maya heritage and then created on canvas a colorful piece of Maya art. The art is surprisingly sophisticated and colorful. We guaranteed you won’t be disappointed.  Mark this on your calendar to arrive early as paintings sale quickly!
Location: Galeria Maya, Calle 72 (53 y 51)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday August 26
Music: "Remembering the Composers"
Tonight the Caballeros composers are to be honored. These include: Víctor M. Martínez Herrera, José Díaz Bolio, Jorge Peniche Peniche and José Antonio Zorrilla (“Monís”). The performance will be by the Trio Ensueño and the Rondalla Universitaria, a group that is getting ready to celebrate its 43rd anniversary. This is a program that remembers composers during the month in which they were born.
Location: Museum of Song, Calle 57 # 464 x 48 y 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos
More Information: 923-72-24 or 928-38-60

Yucatan Living Vienna Boys’ Choir to Sing in Merida
Get Your Tickets NOW! Performance Date: Sept. 5
Viena Boys to Sing in Merida
The Vienna Boys’ Choir will be performing, along with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, at the end of their tour of Mexico. This is the only performance in Southeastern Mexico, so everyone south of Puebla is going to want to be here. In addition to performing works by German composer Carl Orff, the choir will, for the first time, be singing Mexican songs, by Carmina Burana, as well. These tickets are on sale now and are not expected to last long.
Location: Salón Uxmal in Centro Yucatán Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: VIP ($1,200), Platinum ($900), Diamond ($800), Gold ($600) y Silver ($400). These prices are in pesos. Tickets go on sale on August 5.
For Reservations and Information Call:  240-89-74 or 9999-47-32-34

Yucatan Living September 15
Singer Pedro Fernandez will perform during the Grito Ceremony.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 63 x 60
Time: 11:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Nuestra Belleza México 2009 Comes to MeridaNuestra Belleza Mexico 2009
Sept. 19, 2009
“Our Beauty Mexico” 2009 is a national beauty contest that will take place in Merida this year. Contestants will arrive for instruction and final training on Sept 3. The first phase of the contest will be on the 12th of September. Then, on the 17th of September, there will be the bathing suit and cocktail dress competition. Finally, on September 19th, 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. 19
Admission: TBA

 

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One Response to “Events: Lots of Fiestas this Week!”

  1. we are moving to La Paz and are interested in the possibility of starting an English Library there like the one in Merida.

    If you could provide someone there who is familiar with how the library there got started and what might be involved, we would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Billy Sartor

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