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Events: Municipal Fiestas and Concerts!

This Week… starting August 10, 2009

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Most of the 10 municipal fiestas that began last week are still continuing through this week. Now we add 10 more! Don’t miss these opportunities to visit throughout the State of Yucatan and enjoy the best that all of our state has to offer.

Yucatan Living Dzidzantun Fiesta: 5 Day Event
August 10 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara, with the processionals taking place on August 11th. For those of you who do not know where Dzidzantun is located, just take out a map of Yucatan and look along the beach to the east of Chicxulub and Telchac. Most of the inhabitants of this area are fishermen, but it is well worth anyone’s time to explore beaches that are not loaded with tourists and visitors, especially at this time of year.

Yucatan Living Oxkutzcab Fiesta: 9 Day Event
August 10 through August 18
Oxkutzcab is our Orange Capital and that fact is evident in every fiesta in the area. Look in Oxkutzcab for artisans who work with stone, clay, and jewelry. The Oxkutzcab community has thrown itself into bringing their entire area into the 21st century and this late summer fiesta is no exception. If you haven’t been to the Fall Orange Festival in Oxkutzcab, click here for a great site from which to explore this up and coming city in Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Tetiz Fiesta: 6 Day EventVirgen de la Asuncion
August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. The area is on the coast, just this side of Celestun. This is the land of flamingos, so cameras are a must when visiting in the area. You might want to also plan on another visit to this area for the Festival of Candelaria in February, when the Virgin of the Asunción makes a journey to Hunucma. Read more about it here.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: 6 Day Event
August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Hunucma has come such a long way. Fifteen years ago, it was "way out of town" but now, its just around the corner. Much has happened in Hunucma in those years and the fairs and festivals reflect their growth and development. Look for typical clothing, henequen sandals, carved coconut shells, original jewelry designs, saddlery and leather goods. For a sneak preview of Hunucma, click here to see Bicycle Yucatan’s visit there.

Yucatan Living Yobain Fiesta: 6 Day Event
August 10 through August 18
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Here  is a great map to this area. This municipality has everything from a coastline to agriculture and beekeeping, and all while still retaining a distinctly rural character. It is a great place to just wander and take pictures on a lazy day with nothing else to do. The shopping isn’t bad either. This is the municipality in which the artisans work with shells, including snail shells, so look for some outstanding work here.

Yucatan Living Muna Fiesta: 4 Day Event
August 12 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Come to enjoy the fiesta and shop for jewelry, wood and stone carvings, and leather goods. To see pictures of the church, click here and for a satellite map, click here.

Yucatan Living Buctzotz Fiesta: 13 Day Event
August 13 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara. This is one fiesta that you don’t want to miss. Not only do the finest hemp hammocks come from Buctzotz, but this municipality seems to consistently produce some of the finest artists in all of Yucatan. Do plan on making the short trip to Buctzotz sometime during this two week event. Take a little preview trip to Buctzotz with Bicycle Yucatan here.

Yucatan Living Mani Fiesta: 10 Day Event
August 15 through August 24
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. The artisans of Mani produce some of the finest hammocks in Yucatan. In addition, Mani is the place where Fr. Diego de Landa did his best to destroy Mayan history and religion. For more on this story, click here. A trip to Mani is of great value for its historical significance alone. The added benefit of the restored church is icing on the cake.

Yucatan Living Izamal Fiesta: 11 Day EventIzamal Fiesta
August 15 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of the Patron Saint of the Town, the Nuestra Señora de Izamal. Two statues had been made exactly alike in Guatemala, one for Izamal and the other for Merida. It seems that many miracles were brought about because of the "Our Lady of Izamal" but, in 1829, there was a fire and she was destroyed. The other statue was donated from Merida to Izamal. There was a solemn procession to bring her to her new home, but never again have the miracles appeared. Izamal is one of the magical cities of Yucatan and, indeed, in all of Mexico and their fiesta is certainly not to be missed. If you are shopping your way through the fiestas, look in Izamal for jewelry, leather goods, ceramics from the town of Citilcum, and wood and leather crafts from Citilcum and Kimbila.

Yucatan Living Sanahcat Fiesta: 1 Day Event
August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Sanahcat is just a little west of about the center of the State of Yucatan. It is a small municipality of about 1,500 people who are mostly engaged in farming or raising cattle. Sanahcat reminds one of the rural American towns… maybe 300 people in town but, ring an emergency church bell and watch the neighbors pour in from the countryside. Its the sort of place where you can easily convince yourself that the modern world hasn’t intruded everywhere quite yet – only to discover later that half the folks in Sanahcat are surfing the net! Looking for the real Yucatan? This is where you will find it.

 

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) August 10, 2009

Yucatan Living Salon at Cafe Chocolate
This weeks reading is Mariam Freeman – myth of altruism.
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 x 55 y 53
Time: Mondays: 5:00 PM
Admission: Suggested donation of $20 pesos

Tuesday (Martes) August 11, 2009

Yucatan Living Coral Concert: Conjunto Vocal Yucatan
This is a coral concert by the Vocal Ensemble of Yucatan, under the direction of one of the best, Nestor Rodriguez! This is a “must see” performance.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Peninsular
Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Jorge Sanchez.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 62Victor Celis in Concert
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music at Café Peña
Victor Celis, our excellent guitarist from Progreso, plays and Andrea Priscilla Gutierrez Gonzalez sings. It doesn’t get much better than that. Visit Victor Celis on MySpace.
Location: Café Peña K’aay T’aan, in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 65
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sideways
This 2004 film was written by director Alexander Payne. Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. Stars include: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 12, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Dario Argento’s “Deep Red”
This is an Italian movie that is also known as The Hatchet Murders. It will not be in English, but might be fun for those who love these kinds of horror movies.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 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 Recital of Guitar and Violin
Tonight, we have the opportunity to see Eduardo Cervera (guitar) and Eduardo Canto (violin). Eduardo Cervera is one of a number of marvelous classical guitarists we have in Yucatan. In fact, we have a classical guitar orchestra! Their instruments are made a little different from regular guitars so they will produce a classical sound. Never miss an opportunity to hear Eduardo Cervera play! Eduardo Canto is equally well known as a violinist and both have distinguished themselves in the field of classical music. This is a “must see” event.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Jazz of the 80sJazz of the 80s
This is a performance by Jazz Sensitive, under the direction of Mauricio Bonfiglio. The voices yo can expect to hear will include Maria Teresa, Cacho Medina, Cony Ancona, Javier Alcala, Gina Osomo and Reina De Maria. There is not a name in that list that isn’t a “heavy hitter” in the music business. This also is a “must see” event.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 13, 2009Creabet Concert

Yucatan Living Concert: Grupo Jorge Charruf “Creabeat”
This performance is under the musical direction of Jorge Charruf and Ramon Leon
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Happiness
This is a 1968 comedy-drama about three middle-class New Jersey housewives who have problems with their families and sex lives. It stars Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ben Gazzara, and Camryn Manheim. Ah – yes… they were younger then and so were we!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) August 14, 2009

Yucatan Living Second Sample of Dance from the Municipalities in Merida
This is going to be an annual event that showcases the talents of dance groups and independent dance companies from the interior of the state. It was a smash hit last year and we are certain it will be again.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available in the box officeShoot 'em Up

Yucatan Living Movie: Shoot ‘em Up
This is an action-thriller in which a man is called upon to deliver a woman’s baby during a shootout and then must save the baby from the gunmen.
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 and Color
This is the second of these concerts and the first was just excellent. No one knows who will be the invited musical and/or vocal artists until the show begins.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free
Art Sale by Amor y Vida

Yucatan Living 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 Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art: Opening of the Exposition
This show is a collective, but features the work of Mercedes Luna
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales
Time: 9:00 PM

 




Saturday (Sábado) August 15, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Millions
This is a movie by Danny Boyle, who would go on to make Slumdog Millionaire. In this 2004 story, 7 year old learns about the ethics of human beings when he discovers a bag full of pounds with only a few days left to spend them before the currency changes to Euros.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM SaturdayFelipe de la Cruz in Concert
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: From Felipe de la Cruz … with Certain Love and Tenderness
Felipe de la Cruz is an extraordinarily talented composer and part of Yucatan’s Trova treasure. This is certainly a “must see” event.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living Second Sample of Dance from the Municipalities in Merida
This is going to be an annual event that showcases the talents of dance groups and independent dance companies from the interior of the state. It was a smash hit last year and we are certain it will be again.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available in the box office

Sunday (Domingo) August 16, 2009

Yucatan Living Space Telescopes
The story of the gigantic telescopes that are giving us an ever better understanding of how immense the universe really is and maybe even a glimpse into its origins.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Ace in the Hole
This is a Billy Wilder film from 1951. It stars Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling. A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music RecitalFernando de La Mora in Concert
Tonight’s performance is by Fernando de la Mora (tenor) and Fernando Garcia Torre (piano). Fernando de la Mora began his career with the Mexican National Conservatory and was shortly a well known tenor throughout the world. He has sung in almost every major opera house in Europe and is currently working to promote the music of Mexico. Read about world renowned pianist Fernando Garcia Torre here. This performance is under the sponsorship of the Vive Mexico program…and let that be a lesson to us. Any time we see the word “recital” in the title of any event in Yucatan, that makes it a “must see” event!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Second Sample of Dance from the Municipalities in Merida
This is going to be an annual event that showcases the talents of dance groups and independent dance companies from the interior of the state. It was a smash hit last year and we are certain it will be again.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available in the box office

 

Coming Soon

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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2 Responses to “Events: Municipal Fiestas and Concerts!”

  1. Does any one outhere know if in Yobain the famous huesero is still alive I remember about 30 years ago or more my mom took me there because I broke my foot and it heal crooked she thought this gentleman could cure me and there was a long line of patients for him to treat. I never found out it he was a true doctor or just a sobador with real good healing hands.

  2. Wow! What great things are going on in my future retirement city. Keep up your great info.! Thanks, Carol

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