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Jazz, the Virgin + Navidad…What a Combo!

santa claus goes to MexicoPlanning Ahead

Don’t want to cook dinner on Christmas? Spend the day out in the countryside. And then have dinner in Izamal. The lovely Hotel Macan Che in the colonial city of Izamal is offering a Christmas dinner on December 25th at 7:30pm, featuring a 5-course meal with wine pairings. The cost is $400 pesos per person and wine is between $60 and $100 pesos per glass depending on the pairing. These special dinners are always delicious, and you always meet the most interesting people around the table. Please reserve your space before December 20th!

For more information or to reserve your space go to Hotel Macan Che’s Website.

Have some children to entertain? From Sunday, Dec. 9, through Monday, Dec. 24, Santa Claus will be receiving children at the Central Patio of the Government Palace in Merida (on the Plaza Grande). He will have his sleigh with him, and six foot tall, illuminated reindeer will be there too! Each child will be able to take a picture with Santa, and each child will receive a small present. The city’s tree, a 23 ft. pine, is already decorated and on display for the festivities. There will also be a nativity scene. The decorations will remain in place until the end of December. Thank you to the government employees who searched out old decorations from other locations, found new decorations in government workshops, and designed the display themselves. Santa can also be found (he’s quick, that Santa!) at the Remate on Paseo Montejo (the southern end of Paseo Montejo). He’s got his own little house set up there, and he’s granting Christmas wishes under an even bigger tree. We think maybe he’s only at the Remate on weekends.

The 13th Annual Orange Festival in Oxkutzcab

Friday: Dec. 14, 2007: There will be a performance by the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan.

Saturday: Dec. 15, 2007: A performance by Diego Méndez and Naín, former competitors on the reality TV show “Seeking the New Timbiriche Band.” Also on Saturday, the 15th, there will be a dance, with music provided by Banda Machos.

Event times for other performances are yet to be announced. These include “Titeradas” (for the children) and the dramatic performances of “Las Maya Internacional.” What has been announced, however, is that all cultural activities during the Orange Festival will be free of charge.

This is a festival that will be taking place in a town where people work hard and have little time for frivolity. On work days, the Orange Festival will not open until 6:00 PM, on Saturday (also a work day in Yucatan) it will open at 4:00 P.M., and on Sunday, the festival will open at 2:00 PM. The Orange Festival will close at 10:30 PM each night. In spite of limited hours, thousands are expected each day for the festivities at the 13th Annual Orange Festival in Oxkutzcab.

 

Other Fairs and Festivals in Yucatan This Week:

  • Celestun: Dec. 1 – 12: Fiesta in Honor of la Purisima Concepcion
  • Dzemul: Dec. 14 – 18: Fiesta in Honor of the Virgin of Expectacion
  • Izamal: Dec. 1 – 12: Fiesta in Honor of la Purisima Concepcion
  • Maxcanu: Dec. 12 – 15: Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe
  • Merida: Dec. 12: Big Party at the Templo de San Cristobal, Sanctuary Guadalupano (Calle 50 at 65)



  • Sotuta: Dec. 3 – 12: Festival in Honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe
  • Tebo: Dec. 8 – 12: Festival in Honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Population
  • Tekax: Dec. 8 – 15. Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe
  • Tixpehual: Dec. 17 – 20. Annual Fair
  • Tizimin: mid-Dec. to Jan. 10. Feria Tradicional de los Santos Reyes (Traditional Fair of the Holy Kings)

Monday (Lunes) December 10, 2007

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary. The library really needs English-speaking participants, as word is getting out that this is a great place to learn English. Come and participate!
Location: Merida English Library , Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Monday Night Football at Mercer Cigar Store in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Monday Night Football
Football with a chicken wings, beer, fellow football fans and a good cigar! Every Monday night through Dec. 30. Special price on Cuaba-Divinos during the game: $60 pesos!
Location: Mercer Cigars, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Colonia Mexico
Tel: 999-944-3647 for information
Time: 7:00 PM until its over
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) December 11, 2007

The tango in Merida Yucatan Living Tango Show at Victoria Galería
Tango show and Argentinean Folklore including free wine and Argentinean appetizers.
Location: Victoria Galería. Calle 44 #502 x 61 & 63. Merida Centro
Time: 7:30 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Martes de Trova (Tuesday of Trova)
This week: Trio Los Tres Yucatecos
Location: The Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time:
8:30 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
Dance to the Big Band sound of the 40’s, played by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Sit with the crowd in the park, at one of the restaurants that look out over the "dance floor" and eat dinner, or get out there and dance!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 by Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for about 1.5 hours
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 12, 2007

Yucatan Living Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe
La Virgen de Guadalupe The 12th of December is almost as important as Christmas in this part of the world. Don’t let the day go by this year without participating in some way the country-wide celebration of the Queen of Mexico’s heart. Carla Zarebska, author of the book Guadalupe, will be hosting a Virgen de Guadalupe ceremony along with the presentation of two new books at her home. For more about the celebrations on this special day, see Yucatan Living ‘s video about Virgin of Guadalupe Day, our Día de La Virgen article and our photo gallery.
Location: Casa Morado, Calle 54 x 49 y 51. Parking is in the lot across the street.
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Guests are invited to bring a flower and a candle to add to the Virgen’s altar, as well as clothes and toys for the children of Tabasco

Other Locations: The city celebrates at the church San Cristobal on Calle 50 at Calle 65. Antorchistas will be arriving all day and night.

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Gina Osorno in Concert
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium at the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults and Adolescents
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series "December in the Popular Tradition" – This Week: Guadalupe (Mexico, 2006)
Directed by: Santiago Parra. In Spanish with English subtitles, “Guadalupe” tells the story of brother and sister scientists who set out to research the Guadalupe phenomenon and wind up delving into their emotionally painful past. It is 98 minutes long, and includes insight into the oPorigins of traditions such as the pinata and the posadas. You can read more about the movie here.
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 at Calle 65
For: the entire family
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Merida English LibraryYucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
Conducted by Keith Heitke for the benefit of M.E.L.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at Calle 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Poker in MexicoEvery other Wednesday night, there’s a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at the Mercer Cigars store. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Buy-in is $500 pesos and First place takes 60% plus a Romeo & Juliet Churchill cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location: Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan Living Merida Jazz Quartet
There’s a new kid in town! Finally, a place to sit and listen to some great jazz. Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you can listen to great live jazz at this new venue. And take our word for it, there are some amazing jazz musicians in Merida. We had a sandwich and a fruit plate there the other night, and were amazed by the virtuoso performance of a small jazz trio. We also think its the only place in Merida where you can listen to music and hear someone talk at the same time!
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Performances at 9:30 PM and 10:50 PM, Club is open from 7-12 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Thursday (Jueves) December 13, 2007

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan - Carmina Burana Returns!
“Carmina Burana,” under the direction of Mtro. Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz is coming again, for the second year, to Merida. This spectacular performance will not only include solos by Lourdes Ambriz, soprano Miguel Mena, tenor, and Guillermo Ruiz, baritone, but will also include the voices of ten choirs, several of which are children’s choirs! This was an incredible event last year, and is a must-see event that will be repeated on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. These are the last three performances of the year.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 s/n x 57 y 59, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, $40

 

Mime performance in Merida Yucatan Living Theater of the Gesture (Mime performance)
Tonight’s performance: “Conteur Mimeur”. Coordinated by Mtra. Elidé Soberanis Carrillo. Everyone loves a mime and you can enjoy this performance in any language!
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí, Parque las Américas, Avenida Colon and Calle 20
For: the entire family
Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature
Location : Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
Admission: Free

First Feature: The Summer of 42 (United States, 1971)
Starring Jennifer O’Neal and Gary Grimes. A classic coming of age movie with a lovely twist.
For: Adults and Adolescents
Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: “Tepeyac” (México, 1917)
Starring Beatriz de Córdova, Gabriel Montiel and Pilar Cota. Also known as Milagro de Tepeyac, this movie was restored by the film school at UNAM and rereleased in 2001. The fully restored movie was broadcast on TV on August 1 2002 in honor of the elevation to sainthood of Juan Diego, the humble man to whom the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared. A rare surviving example of Mexican silent films, with a soundtrack full of authentic prehispanic instruments. Also, the story is a great example of how the indigenous population re-imagined and shaped the Catholic religion to fit into their culture.
For: the entire family
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Circo, Maroma y Teatro… Contra el Hastío Matrimonial
Directed by Álvaro Carcaño
Synopsis : Silvia Káter and Alvaro Carcaño give life to a couple who has been married for several years. This is comedy in the absurd, featuring the delights and horrors of married life.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: General: $80, Students, Teachers, and INAPAM: $40

Yucatan Living JazzBe
There’s a new kid in town! Finally, a place to sit and listen to some great jazz. Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you can listen to great live jazz at this new venue. And take our word for it, there are some amazing jazz musicians in Merida. We had a sandwich and a fruit plate there the other night, and were amazed by the virtuoso performance of a small jazz trio. We also think its the only place in Merida where you can listen to music and hear someone talk at the same time!
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Performances at 9:30 PM and 10:50 PM, Club is open from 7-12 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living "To Remember is to Live"
A dance for those of us who want to get home a little earlier. Again, the Big Band sound of the magical Jaranara Orchestra.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade
The signature romantic serenade of Merida and romantic heart of the City.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) December 14, 2007

Yucatan Living Carlos Repeto Torre International Chess Tournament
Notice: The Olimpo will be closed from December 14 to December 23 while the Carlos Repeto Torre International Chess Tournament is held there. Carlos Repeto Torre was born in Merida in 1904 and became the first Mexican International Grandmaster of Chess.

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
“Carmina Burana,” under the direction of Mtro. Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz is coming again, for the second year, to Merida. This spectacular performance will not only include solos by Lourdes Ambriz, soprano Miguel Mena, tenor, and Guillermo Ruiz, baritone, but will also include the voices of ten choirs, several of which are children’s choirs! This was an incredible event last year, and is a must-see event that will be repeated on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. These are the last three performances of the year.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 s/n x 57 y 59, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, $40

Yucatan Living A Play: Una huirá en Navidad (One Will Flee in Christmas)
Performed by Cuxum and his Company of Regional Theater under the Direction of Erick Ávila.
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque las Américas, Avenida Colon and Calle 20
For: the entire family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tom Kubin Trio
Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you can listen to great live jazz at this new venue. We don’t know anything about Tom Kubin (yet!) but we do know there are some amazing jazz musicians in Merida. Check it out.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Performances at 9:30 PM and 10:50 PM, Club is open from 7-12 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) December 15, 2007




Yucatan Living The Children’s Choir of Merida: Te Regalo Mi Voz en Esta Navidad
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 at Calle 65
For: the entire family
Time: 11:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Play: Una huirá en Navidad (One Will Flee in Christmas)
Repeat Performance by Cuxum and his Company of Regional Theater under the Direction of Erick Ávila.
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque las Américas, Avenida Colon and Calle 20
For: the entire family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
An outdoor performance that brings the folklore of all of Mexico to Merida! Music and partying under the stars!
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Outdoor concerts, sidewalk cafes, shopping at night – its all here!
Tonight: Concerts by Trío Trovanova, Mozú La Voz , and Grupo Acústico in Parque de Santa Lucía (Calle 60 at Calle 55)
Location: Also in Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Alberto Palomo Group
Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you can listen to great live jazz at this new venue. Check it out.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Performances at 9:30 PM and 10:50 PM, Club is open from 7-12 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) December 16, 2007




Yucatan LivingTribute to Marcel Marceau
A homage to Marcel Marceau with the performance of Mexican mime Pastor Gongora Ruiz
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 s/n x 57 y 59, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Price Information is available at the Box Office.

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan - Last Performance of Carmina Burana
“Carmina Burana,” under the direction of Mtro. Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz is coming again, for the second year, to Merida. This spectacular performance will not only include solos by Lourdes Ambriz, soprano Miguel Mena, tenor, and Guillermo Ruiz, baritone, but will also include the voices of ten choirs, several of which are children’s choirs! This was an incredible event last year, and is a must-see event that will be repeated on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. These are the last three performances of the year.
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, $40

Yucatan Living The Museum of Urban Traditions: The Nutcracker Perspective of the Artisans of Mérida
Performed by the dancers of the Miriam Cazola Academy of Dance
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x Calle 58
For: The entire family
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Hidden Worlds
Other forms of life that magically travel through the hidden places on our planet.
Location: Museum of Natural History . Calle 59 # 648 x 84 y 84 A on the north side of the Zoo.
For: the whole family
Time: At noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs
A “play-date” for dogs!
Location: In the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel: north on Calle 60, right on Calle 35, just past Siqueff Restaurant.Parking lot entrance is on the left.
Time: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (bring water for you and your dog)

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
The Bici-Ruta continues into the fall and winter. Every Sunday, it begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. Last week, they were setting up for a live concert when we were walking the dogs on Paseo Montejo. The route begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through Centro and then travels down Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website.

Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaLocation: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo
Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where booths are set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and everything is made for sale by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. There’s also usually a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music. Or wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.
Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63) Dancing at Santa Lucia Park on Sunday morning
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday Art on Paseo Montejo
Now every Sunday there will be artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. Last weekend about 20 artists showed paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. Here’s your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Cupules, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

 


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4 Responses to “Jazz, the Virgin + Navidad…What a Combo!”

  1. Hi there,

    I believe the bici-ruta has been suspended for the month of December due to the up-coming Christmas festivities. It should start again in January.

  2. Michelle – you are absolutely correct. Sorry for the error. I just went to the Bici-Ruta site and chased that little red Program rectangle til I caught it. Opened it up and it does say that the Bici Ruta is suspended beginning this week, Dec. 16. for the rest of the month of December. Thanks for the “heads up” :)

  3. Hello
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