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Events: Spring Cultural Festival 2010

This Week… starting March 22, 2010

Cantamayec FiestaMunicipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Cantamayec Fiesta  4 Day EventMarch 25 through March 28
This is a traditional "county fair." It is located in the central part of the state, just south of Sotuta and west of Teabo. Look for geat hammocks here! Also look for the 17th century Temple of San Luis and the 18th century Temple of San Miguel Arcangel. The Ohican Archaelogical Zone is located here as well. There are a total of 11 cenotes in Cantamayec. Cholul and Hunchi Ich are suitable for diving. Kochola is suitable for swimming, observing and diving. All three have have beautiful blue water. We suspect that one could live in the State of Yucatan for a lifetime and never get to the end of this very long list of hidden treasures. This is the land of Mayan myths and legends and well worth visiting.

Yucatan Living Semana Santa (Holy Week)


March 26 through April 4
Semana Santa begins on March 26 and runs through April 4 (Easter Sunday). Look for processions and masses throughout the week. This will also be a week in which many Yucatecos will visit the beach. Some will be spending the week at family beach houses, while others will be making day trips to and from Progreso. Traffic will be heavy, but this is an annual event that continues to grow. The goal is to provide everyone with a great Spring break and bring us all home safely. The SSP will be increased by 800, in order to ensure our safety. They will specifically be looking for impaired drivers, so please be careful on the highway between Merida and Progreso… and don’t forget to bring a designated driver!

In the City of Merida

Yucatan Living 7th Festival of Theater in the MunicipalitiesYucatan Spring Festival
This week, many of the events that are sponsored by the State of Yucatan are being held in the municipalities throughout the state. If you live in an outlying community, check through this week’s dates on the ICY calendar to find a performance near you.

 

Monday (Lunes) March 22, 2010

Yucatan Living Class in Hindu Dance
This is a class taught by Roberto Franco, an actor and dancer graduated from the University of Veracruz. He has gone on to achieve local, national and international fame and is currently teaching theater at ESAY and is a professor in the workshops of corporal expression at the Universidad Modelo in Merida. Hindu dance is a subtle dance that unites mind, body and spirit. Students are asked not to eat within 1 ½ hours of the class and to wear comfortable clothing, socks, and bring drinking water.
Location: Calle 20 # 101 x 21 y 25 Itzimna (around the park lights)
Time: 7:00 PM
Contact: 9991-27-98-10 / www.meridayoga.com

 

Tuesday (Martes) March 23, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Before SunriseBefore Sunrise
This 1995 drama/romance was directed by Richard Linklater. It stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who is also a director. A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Followed ten years later by another film that reunited them for one more night.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Traditional Mexican and Cuban Music
Concert to commemorate the Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and the 142nd Anniversary of Cuban Independence from Spain
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: ArtemisiaArtemisia
(France, Italy 1997). Director: Agnes Merlet, Starring: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Devos, and Maurice Garrel. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first accomplished female painters known to the Western World. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter Orazio Gentileschi. Her professional curiosity about the male anatomy, forbidden for her eyes, led her to the knowledge of sexual pleasure. But she was also well known because in 1612 she appeared in a courtroom in an attempt to protect her teacher, Agostino Tassi, who was suspected of raping her. She tried to protect him, but was put in the thumb screws and confessed all. Her excellent paintings can still be seen in Florence and in many museums around the world.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Merida, Music and Color Celebrates Her Troubadours
This is a tribute not only to trova, but to the marvelous voices we love so well.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cafe Peña K’aay T’aan: New Values
This is a weekly event that gives us a window into the musical and artistic vision of young Mayans as they mature into the 21st century.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) March 24, 2010A Tribute to Santana

Yucatan Living Concert: A Tribute to Santana
We are assuming this will be a performance by local musicians. However, it is probably not a performance you want to miss, considering that many of Merida’s “local musicians” have reputations as some of the best classical and rock guitarists in the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: Folkloric Dance
As part of the Spring Festival, this folkloric dance performance will be performed for free in our most beautiful theatre.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Jazz Corrido
Mauricio Bonfiglio and guest musicians present some of the most popular corridos (Mexican folk songs) with Jazz interpretations.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) March 25, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Up In the Air
Nominated for six Oscars this year, and directed by up-and-coming director Jason Reitman, this movie stars George Clooney. With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until a young new-hire introduces video-conferencing, and he is grounded.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Mystic River
(2003) Directed by Clint Eastwood, Stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, and Lawrence Fishburne. With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one loses a daughter. Thought to be one of Clint Eastwood’s best movies.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Arroz Amargo (Bitter Rice)
In this 1949 movie, Francesca and Walter are small time criminals in Northern Italy and, in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice worker, Silvana, and the soon-to-be-discharged soldier, Marco. Walter follows her to the rice fields, and the four characters become involved in a complex plot involving robbery, love, and murder.Altered States
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Altered States
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. This is a 1980 film starring William Hurt and Blair Brown.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Coro de la Ciudad (Choir of the City)
The title of this performance is Enamorate with My Song (Fall in love with my song). The choir is under the direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora. We never get enough of this choir and it is always a treat when we have an opportunity to see them perform.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spring Recital
Come listen to Wendy Carrillo, Arlette Sierra and Rodolfo Perez perform some of the most popular folk music and some classical works by Purcell, Mozart, Granados and Grever
Location: Sala de Arte del Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Callejoneada
Come walk with some trovadores as they play music on the street. An open-air, ambulatory concert that combines the best of Merida… don’t miss it!
Location: from the Government Palace to Santa Lucia Park.
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Multidisciplinary Performance: Homage to Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Colectivo Artistico y Cultural Ceiba Flava presents a show with Hip-Hop music, dancing, poetry, graffitti painting, video and other urban disciplines, all in homage to one of Yucatan’s most famous historical figures.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) March 26, 2010El Mejor Regalo

Yucatan Living Regional Theater: El Mejor Regalo (The Best Gift)
Starring Tina Tuyub.
Many of our readers may be unfamiliar with regional theater because they do not speak Spanish or Mayan. However, in some cases, understanding the words may not be necessary to enjoy a great show. This particular performance will give our readers an opportunity not only to see what regional theater is all about but to know that the proceeds go to support the animal shelter Evolucion.
Location: Teatro del Seguro Social, Next to IMSS T-1
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $125 pesos in advance, $150 pesos on the day of the performance.

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Up In the Air
Nominated for six Oscars this year, and directed by up-and-coming director Jason Reitman, this movie stars George Clooney. With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until a young new-hire introduces video-conferencing, and he is grounded.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Thirteen
This movie stars Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood. A thirteen-year-old girl’s relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. Doug Tanoury Poetry in Merida
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Book Reading & Conversation With the Poet: Doug Tanoury
Doug has published 17 volumes of poetry who divides his time between Howell, Michigan, and Merida. This is an opportunity to hear Merida Poems and Other Poetry of Place, and to discuss the book with the author.
Location: ULE, Calle 64 # 560 x 71 y 73, Centro
Time: 8:00 pm Friday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living VIMA Kite Surfing Event in Cozumel (26th – 29th)
The best kitesurfers in Mexico will be on hand, since this tournament is part of the national kitesurfing circuit. There will be three categories in the tournament: Men’s Freestyle, women’s Freestyle and Course Racing. There will also be non-stop parties throughout the weekend and even a bikini contest. As always, for the most up-to-date information, you can visit the Cozumel 4 You website

Yucatan Living Traditional Yucateca Trova
Maru Boeta, Luis Perez Sabido, Trio Trovanova and other artists present a cultural show about Trova.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Lo Que Somos, Lo Que Soy (What We Are, What I Am)
Trova performance by Andres Tinoco.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM, Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Catalan Winds
A recital by the Yucatan Symphony Youth Orchestra
Location: Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sábado) March 27, 2010

Yucatan Living Cinema: Madame Satan
This is a 1930 Cecil B. DeMille film starring Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, and Lillian Roth. Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. This, apparently, brings out the worst in Angela. What a surprise!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: 2010 Oscar Winners
Location: Cairo Cinema Cafe, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM SaturdayWren Marie Harrington in Merida Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert at Ule: Wren Marie Harrington
Miss Harrington is an accomplished songstress who is a 10 year veteran of Broadway (Phantom of the Opera). She has also performed with many symphony orchestras throughout the USA. Tonight’s performance is “Songs and Whispers,” and she is to be accompanied by the Gilberto Gil Gil Trio. The venue is the new SOME nightclub near Parque L’Ermita… come check it out and enjoy the music of Wren Marie Harrington.
Location: Calle 64 # 560 x 71 y 73
Time: Doors open at 8:30 PM, Concert begins at 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Slow Food Market Moves to Saturdays
The beginning of the Slow Food Market was a rousing success! In order to serve the needs of those who work on weekdays, it has been decided to move the market to Saturdays.
Location: Calle 31 x 60, Chuburna de Hidalgo, catty-cornered to the Super Faraon (turn at the light across the street from the OXXO).
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free – but please consider becoming a member (and encourage others to do so as well)! Membership is only $100 pesos per year and directly supports keeping the market going, as well as providing assistance to sustainable and organic production in Yucatan. There is a membership sign-up table on the porch on market day.

Yucatan Living Grand Opening… Free Food!Wine Tasting
The restaurant formerly known as The Wine House has been purchased by Ivan Friesen, formerly of Winnipeg. Tonite, he is throwing a grand opening party, featuring a Cuban salsa band, two free drinks and free food. Not only that, they will be roasting a pig! Ivan owned restaurants before in Canada, and is enjoying the process of expanding the menu here to further enhance the wine/food pairings.
Location: Calle 20 #91A x 15 y 17 in Col. Itzimna
Time: 6 pm to 1 am
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Traditional Yucatecan Trova and Mexican Music
To celebrate the XV Anniversary of Flores de Otoño, there will be a concern presenting songs by some of the most known Trovadores.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 28, 2010Pablo Hermoso Bullfight in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living 5th Annual Bullfight in Plaza de Toros
Come out and see world famous bull fighters Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, known as the Spanish Centaur because he is a rejoneador (he fights on a horse) and Uriel Moreno “El Zapata” with spectacular Banderillero Jose Luis Angelino.
Location: Plaza de Toros, Calle 72
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office at the Plaza and at Cafe Merida

Yucatan Living Documentary: Secrets of the Sun
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: El Intruso
This is a Claire Denis film, a story of a selfish father, facing his own mortality, who overlooks the love of one child in order to search for a long-lost illegitimate child.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17; Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Trova
Ceiba Flava, Fresas Descompuestas and In Vitro Music Lab present a tribute to Trova.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Mi Manera
Traditional Trova to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Trio Los Tres Yucatecos.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living April 4: Hotel Zamna’s Easter Luncheon
An Easter lunch that will include: Spring vegetable soup and bread roll, deviled egg salad, beef medallion with mushrooms, choice of vegetables, baby boiled potatoes, Easter trifle with brandy, liquor coffee and Easter cake, wine is included with the meal, as are a choice of teas and unlimited coffee. There will be a prize quiz as well.
Location: Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: 2:00 PM, Lunch served at 3:00 PM
Admission: $250 pesos, Tickets available at reception now. Please collect tickets before the luncheon as the last event of this type was a sellout and no tickets were available on the day of the event.
Contact: 999 924 0103  www.casazamna.com

Yucatan Living Saturday: April 3: Sir Elton John To Sing at Chichen Itza
This performance is one that many have been waiting for, but only a few will enjoy! This singer-composer-pianist has sold over 250 million records and has had more than 50 hit songs. There is not a generation in thepast 40 years that has not had their age defined by one of his masterpieces. If you missgetting a reserved ticket, we are certain there will be other opportunities to get a ticket between now and the time of the Carmen in Merida Mexicoconcert. We will keep you informed with all the latest on this exciting event.
Admission: $10,000 pesos, $7,000 pesos, $5,000 pesos, $3,000 pesos, $2,000 pesos and $1,000 pesos.
Tickets on sale: www.ticketmaster.com.mx and Siglo XXI Convention Center

Yucatan Living Starting June 11: Carmen
Friend of Merida Carla Dirlikov will be starring in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmen. This is sure to be a stunning event that will be repeated for only six performances. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Teatro Peon Contreras… get yours if you want to be sure to see this! For the entire Symphony schedule, check here.

 

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2 Responses to “Events: Spring Cultural Festival 2010”

  1. Thank you for all the information you provide. Could you please forward me the addess of Cafe Merida so I may purchase tickets to the Corrida scheduled 28/3.

    Thank you, Don Hoblit

  2. We’re pretty sure that Cafe Merida is on Calle 62 across from Italian Coffee Company. When they are selling bullfight tickets, there is usually a table in the front of the restaurant ( on the street) with a bullfight poster on it.

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