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Merida Carnival is Here!

This Week… starting February 28, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 is HERE! There are still a few additional cultural events scheduled for this week. We have listed them below, in their usual format. However, the biggest events this week are the Carnival parades!

Carnival 2011

Whether you spell it “Carnival” or “Carnaval”, you’ll want to go to at least one of these parades:Merida Carnaval 2011
March 2, 2011: Quema del Mal Humor, the Burning of the Bad Humor in the Plaza Grande. This is no week to be in a bad mood!
March 3, 2011: Preschoolers Parade, the most charming event of the week.
March 4, 2011: Corsican Parade, the first big parade and a nighttime extravaganza
March 5, 2011: Fantasia Parade, the second big night
March 6, 2011: Bachata Parade (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor), the first daytime parade… be sure to drink a lot!
March 7, 2011: Regional Parade, come out and see all the traditional costumes
March 8, 2011: Battle of the Flowers Parade, the final and biggest parade
March 9, 2011: Entierro de Juan Carnival, burying Juan Carnival… put him to rest for another year.
Keep an eye on Zona de Palcos to plan where you will get the best view of the festivities. You can find seating prices and other information on the Merida governmental website, as well as the Carnival Map.
Carnival de Merida 2011 website

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) February 28, 2011

Yucatan Living Salsa for Dummies

There is still time to jump into this class, as it deliberately moves slowly so that everyone has a chance to learn.
Location: La Viruta, Calle 51 x 60
Time: Monday and Thursday, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Admission: $50 pesos per person 
More Information: Contact Anny: animex [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx

Yucatan Living “Another Funky Market”

Various local artists, food, arts and crafts from all around Chuburna, Chelem, Chicxulub, Pogreso, Santa Elena, Telchac and Mérida
Please come and visit us at TACOMAYA in Chelem
Location: TACOMAYA, in front of the baseball park just a bit west of the square in Chelem north side of calle 19
Time: from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free but bring plenty of pesos


Tuesday (Martes) March 01, 2011

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Andariegos

This performance is under the direction of Renan Gamboa
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: CATARTIKA March 1 through March 9Art Show in Merida

You are cordially invited to attend this exhibition of the works produced at Art Therapy Workshops. This is a program funded by Pfizer-Purpura PlastiKa and supported by the State Mental Health Department. These are very special works by people who have found a voice through their art – and, in many cases, it has saved their lives.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 5:00 PM, Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Argentine Tango
Join Anny, Carlos and Carol for an afternoon of dance every Tuesday.

Begins with a lesson for newcomers at 2:00 PM, then practice and milonga. Come for the great music and the friendly crowd.
Location: Buddy’s on the Malecon in Progreso
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free
Information: Anny – animex [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx   –  Carlos -  cd97 [at] aol [dot] com

Yucatan Living 6th Anniversary of the Death of Señora Ofelia Zapata “Petrona”

Presentation of the Piece of the Month
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 AM, Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) March 02, 2011

Yucatan Living Carnaval

Quema del Mal Humor
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Main Plaza
Admission: Free


Thursday (Jueves) March 03, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie

Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Carnaval

Preschoolers Parade
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: From the Main Plaza to Santa Lucia Park
Admission: $30 pesos per chair, Free without chair


Friday (Viernes) March 04, 2011

Yucatan Living Carnaval

Desfile de Corso
Time: 7:00 pm Friday
Location: From Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan
Admission: $30 pesos per chair, Free without chair

Yucatan Living Gold-Myal Duo Gold-Myal Duo in Izamal

The classical side of Carnival. Raphael Gold and Tim Myall present an evening of Violin and Viola duets in the open air palapa at Hotel Macanche. Come and enjoy a lovely Greek buffet and the chance to experience the music of the great masters in the way it was intended. Raphael and Tim will present: Handel Chaconne in G Major, J.S. Bach 4 two-part Inventions, I. Pleyel Duet #1 in G Major and Manuel M. Ponce Sonata a Duo
Location: Hotel Macan che in Izamal
Time: Dinner at 7:00 PM, Concert at 9:00 PM, Friday
Admission: You get dinner, the concert and an overnight stay in their beautiful garden hotel for only . . . single with fan—$700, single with a/c—$850, double with fan—$900, double with a/c—$1050, .. . and breakfast the next day.
Information and Reservations: macanche [at] gmail [dot] com or call 988 954 02 87

Yucatan Living TGIF (First Friday)

This is the party that is held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Movie

Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Saturday (Sabado) March 05, 2011

Yucatan Living Carnaval

Desfile de Fantasia… the second nighttime extravaganza parade.
Time: 7:00 pm Saturday
Location: From Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan
Admission: $30 pesos per chair, Free without chairTurandot Opera in Merida

Yucatan Living Temporada de Opera en el Cine (Opera Season at the Movies)

A Production from the Metropolitan Opera of New York with Eva Marton and Placido Domingo
Location: Movie theaters at Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Movie: 12:00 PM
Admission: $40 pesos donation to Opera Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie

Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Sunday (Domingo) March 06, 2011Sunday Morning Carnaval Parade

Yucatan Living Carnaval

Bachata Parade during the day (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor)
Time: 12:00 pm Sunday
Location: From Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan
Admission: $30 pesos per chair, Free without chair

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Fury of the Planet: Tornados

Location: Museum of Natural History
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: St. Patrick’s Night With Elegance: Thursday March 17

The return of the Fenix Quartet and a Three Course Irish Dinner. Yes – there will be a St. Patrick’s Night Quiz!
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM, Concert: 9:00 PM
Admission: $125 pesos Make reservations & pick up tickets early

Yucatan Living The 2012 Issue – a lecture series by Guillermo Kantun Rivera2012 of the Mayas

An archaeologist from UADY will discuss Maya creation myths and prophecies, the calendar, and Maya conceptions of time and truth. This lecture is aimed at English-speaking general audiences.
Location: Casa de Libros José González Beytia Calle 62-A #457 por Ave. Colón y 33-B
Colonia García Ginerés, Mérida, México (50 meters from the Drive Inn)
Dates: Every Thursday from March 17th to April 14th, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM,
Admission: $2,000 pesos Registration due date: March 5th, 2011 Limited to 15 participants

Yucatan Living Merida Showcase of Homes, A Home Tour: Sunday, March 20, 2011Brazos Abiertos Showcase of Homes

Presented by Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Inc.). Tickets can be purchased up to the day of the event from: Suzanne Larimer 999-148-7024, Sam Woodruff – Progreso – 999-127-8433, Leslie & Richard Bennink 928-49-95, Nancy Hoag 924-30-94, and Dr. Carlos Cabrera 999-292-8436. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the “Brazos Abiertos Education and HIV Prevention Center”, between 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM. The homes will be open for the tour from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Paul Lindemuth, famed Chicago Chef and his staff will be providing complimentary hors d’oeuvres. All homes on the tour are located in Centro Merida.
Location: Centro Merida, – The starting point will be the Brazos Abiertos HIV “Education and Prevention Center” located on Calle 72 #463-A x 55 y 53.
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $250 pesos per person

Yucatan Living Sanctuary Evolution: Beer, Bingo, Botanas, and Boogie Benefit !!! April 8, 2011

This benefit is to celebrate Sanctuary Evolucion’s newly obtained status as a Non-Profit organization approved by the Hacienda. Cash bar, BIG cash prizes, bingo, live music and dancing.
Location: White City Properties Gallery and Event Hall in Centro (Calle 60 #467 x 53)
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM, Friday
Admission: $150 pesos plus cash bar
Reserve tickets: e-mail Linda.Letcher[at]yahoo[dot]com Space is limited so reserve tickets early

Yucatan Living Progreso: 1st Annual Capital of Rock Festival: May 13, 14 & 15Progreso Rock Festival

For updates and great maps to the locations, please visit the Progreso Capital of Rock website.
Friday (May 13): 60’s Rock
Location: Plaza“Hombre caídos en el mar” (at the end of Calle 29)
Time: 6:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Rock & Pop
Location: Terraza de la “Pista de canotaje,” at the entrance to Puerto de Progreso
Time: 12:00 PM, Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Alternative Rock
Location: Area adjacent to the beach “El Playon,” (next to Hotel CTM)
Time: 5:00 PM, Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Pop Rock (new bands)
Location: Terrenos del Campo Deportivo“Víctor Cervera Pacheco” on the road to
Chicxulub Puerto, at the Glorieta del Corchito.
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Rock (all types): Best Band
Location: Progreso Malecon; Parque Chazaro Perez
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Alejandro Pinzon Conducts the Chamber Orchestra of the City

Mark your calendars for the following dates. Alejandro Pinzon, a native of Merida, is currently leading the Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh and has a very busy Spring ahead of him. On May 14, he will lead El Coro (short for Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh) in a performance in Pittsburgh – then hop a plane to Merida and practice, practice, practice for three performances during the last week in May. Following those performances, he will have a few days to indulge in a bit of the local tango scene before he flies back to Pittsburgh for another performance by El Coro in Pittsburgh on June 12. His three performances in Merida include:
May 22 -Comisaria TBA
May 26 -Olimpo Theatre
May 29 -Church TBA
We will add further details as we get them.
Note: We are pressing for Michele and all of the Latino-Americano Pittsburgh members to come and spend a week in Merida. With luck, they will and we will be able to forge a cultural exchange and build a long-lasting friendship between El Coro and some of the choirs we have in Merida. So – El Coro… come on down!



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