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Merida Events: The Fair! The Fair!

This Week… starting November 17, 2008

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Tekantó: The Only Municipal Fiesta Beginning This Week
6 Day Event: Nov 21through Nov. 26
This fair is in honor of Santo Cristo de Citilcún. You really want to go and look at the work of the artisans in Tekantó because they make traditional hammocks and their cotton huipiles are cross-stitched by hand… but the most interesting things they make are many other articles from sosquil, which is a biodegradable material made from 100% sisal (Henequén) yarn. Preview a sample wall covering here. The Municipality of Tekantó is located to the east of Merida, just south of Suma and Teya and just north of Izamal.

As always…

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At the Fair

The Entrance Fee to the Fair is $10 MXP.
The Parking Fee is: $25 MXP

Visit their Website HERE
Be certain to View the MAP
Yucatan Living Teatro del Pueblo (main midway, # 19 on the map):
Monday Nov. 17: Congreso de Payasos: 12:00 PM
Tuesday Nov. 18: Dance with Grupo Censurado: 7:00 PM
Wednesday Nov. 19: Festival “Festicantar”: 7:00 PM
Thursday Nov. 20: Festival “Festicantar”: 7:00 PM
Friday Nov. 21: Dance with Grupo Carisma: 8:15 PM
Saturday Nov. 22: Dance with Banda Canek: 2:00 PM
Saturday Nov. 22: Dance with Grupo Avante: 4:00 PM
Sunday Nov. 23: Dance with Grupo Liberarios: 12:00 PM
Sunday Nov. 23: Dance with Grupo Los Autenticos: 1:30 PM
Sunday Nov. 23: Dance with Grupo Euforia: 4:30 PM
Admission: All events at Teatro del Pueblo are free

Yucatan Living Palenque (main midway, #12 on map):
Wednesday Nov. 19: Nicho Hinojosa
Preview here
Thursday Nov. 20: Pedro Fernández 
Preview here  
Friday Nov. 21: Yuri
Bio here and preview here.
Saturday Nov. 22: Gloria Trevi 
Preview here  
Time: We believe these events begin at 9:00 PM, but please check with whomever your ticket agent is to make certain of the time.
Admission: Tickets for Events at The Palenque on sale at the main ticket office, located in Hotel Conquistador, as well as electronically through Tickets are also on sale in Farmacias del Ahoro at Glorieta de la Donde,and Glorieta Paseo de Montejo. Tickets may also be purchased by telephone: 01-800-265-3867.

Other Shows At the Fair:Pope Pope's Circus

Yucatan Living Pope Pope’s Circus
This little circus has it all. There are acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, horseback riders, dancers and animal trainers.
Days and Times:
Shows for Schools: Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:00 AM.
For the General Public: Monday through Saturday: 6:30 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 8:30 PM.

Yucatan Living Ukranian Magic Show: Anastasia
These presentations will take place from the 15th through the 23rd of November.
Location: Teatro Del Pueblo
Time: Mon. through Fri.: 8:30 PM, Sat.: 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM, Sun. 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Serpentarium
The Serpentarium will be open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM throughout the fair.

Yucatan Living The Dolphin Show
This show will include dolphins, seals, and divers.
Days and Times:
Shows for Schools: Monday through Friday: 11:30 AM; Admission: $15 MXP per person
For the General Public:
Monday through Friday: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM.
Admission: $30 MXP

Yucatan Living Coca Cola’s Castillo de los Sueños (Castle of Dreams)Anastasia's Musical by Coca Cola
Bepensa does it again! In past years, we saw a magical performance of the Tarzan story. This time, it is the story of Anastasia, the only survivor of the Romanof family. These musicals are really must see events. This extravaganza stars Argentine performers Pereyra Samanta and Diego Ramos, who recently completed a season with the Argentine version of “High School Musical.” The cast will also include actors and dancers from Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Canada and Venezuela. Corographer for the event is Maestro Hugo Curcumellis.
Times: Daily Performances with times not yet listed.
Admission: Buy a Coke and you will get a ticket. The color of your ticket determines which performance you will see.

Yucatan Living Space Ship Simulator
How about taking the ultimate trip? This “ride” lasts approximately 5 minutes and simulates the experience of traveling through space.
Admission: $10 MXP and $30 MXP

Yucatan Living Festicanter: A Contest
This event is going to be great! It is a contest… and its got some whopping big prizes. The contest is open to soloists, duets, trios, and groups, and they can choose to perform either traditional or contemporary Yucateco music. First Prize: $40,000 MXP, Second Prize: $20,000 MXP, Third Prize: 10,000 MXP
Dates: Semi-finals: Nov. 12, 13, 19, 20, and 25th; Grand Finale: Nov. 26
Location: Teatro de Pueblo
Time: 7:00 PM


Monday (Lunes) November 17, 2008

Yucatan Living For events on Monday check our ongoing events page.

Tuesday (Martes) November 18, 2008

Yucatan Living Movie: The Science of Sleep
(France, Italy, 2006) Directed by Michele Gondry, Starring Gael Garcia Bernal. A young graphic artist from Mexico returns to his mother in Paris and falls in love with his neighbor. He attempts to introduce her to his world of dreams. This is a charming and romantic film.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas. Av. Colon x Calle 20Trio Ensueño
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Ensueño
Under the direction of Diego Cocom, this is one of the most beloved of all of Merida’s trova trios. The members of this group are Gilberto Gil Gil, Javier Rosado Suaste, and Diego Cocom Cocom. They have been together since 1992 and, in that time, have played throughout Mexico and the United States. Lately, they are particular favorites in Saginaw, Michigan. Preview here.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miércoles) November 19, 2008

Yucatan Living Visual Wednesday
Every week the art school at the old train station puts on a program on Wednesday nights. We weren’t able to discover the content of the program this week, but we’re sure it will be interesting.
Location: The Old Train Station, Calle 55 x 46 y 48
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free
Information: 930-1490 ext. 29330

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: A Tribute to Victor Hugo Rascon Banda
This performance is produced by Roque Ayora, under the direction of Jorge Ivan Rubio Ortiz. Victor Hugo Rascon Banda is no ordinary playwright. He is now, or has been, the President of the Writers of Mexico, Counsultant Council of the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Treasurer of the Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas, President of the Authors Societies, and Vice-president of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies. He is also the author of the 2006 World Theater Day Message.This will certainly be a wonderful performance.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) November 20, 2008

Yucatan Living Parade in Honor of the Mexican Revolution
Location: Paseo de Montejo to San Juan, along Calle 60
Time: 8:00 AM ThursdayAlberto Alvarez Piano Recital

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Piano Recital by Alberto Alvarez
Alberto Alvarez is a master of the piano – but is also teacher to some of the most famous voices in the world, and has even been known to be the guest conductor for orchestras throughout the world. He was born in Cuba and introduced to the piano by his grandmother. Following graduation from the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, he moved on to St. Cecilia Academy in Rome and then became a world figure. He has worked with orchestras and singers in France, Cuba, Italy and Yugoslavia, and is now teaching both piano and voice here in Merida. Always watch for the recitals of his students because the maestro himself accompanies them on the piano. Tonight’s recital  will be a “must see” performance and is one of those occasions when “Admission: Free” is almost beyond belief.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Event: Soft Geographies
For more information visit this website.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Cinema Classics: El Compadre Mendoza
(Mexico, 1933). Directed by Fernando de Fuentes, Starring Alfredo del Diestro, Carmen Guerrero, Antonio R. Fausto, Luis G. Barreiro, and Emma Roldan. This is an early Mexican masterpiece, set during the Mexican Revolution.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thrusday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Classics: Vamonos con Pancho Villa (Let’s go with Pancho Villa)
(Mexico, 1935). Directed by Fernando de Fuentes, Starring Domingo Soler, Antonio R. Fausto, and Dolores Camarrillo Fraustita. This movie has been called the best movie Mexico has ever made. The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide to join Pancho Villa’s army and help end the suffering in their community by assisting in the struggle. After several battles and valiant heroics, the original group is eventually reduced to the leader Tiburcio Maya (Frausto) and young Becerrillo (Vallarino). When Becerrillo is infected by smallpox, Villa orders Tiburcio to kill him and burn the corpse. After reluctantly doing his duty, Tiburcio is ordered to leave the army, and returns home. Review by Maximiliano Maza.
9 Minute Preview
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Yucatones Are Packing Them In!!!The Yucatones at Jazz'in Merida
Come on down Thursday night and help the always politically incorrect LEGENDARY Yucatones either celebrate the Obama victory, or cry with them in your beers if they’ve stolen another election. If nothing else, we can toast the end of the Bush administration, the only guy who was ever so bad at the job, he made it tough for an old white guy to get elected President. Dan and Gary have plenty of new material and will be playing all your old favorites as well. So come down for some great music, a few drinks and David’s delicious Enchiladas. Cross you fingers…
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 # 465 x 53 y 55
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 MXP
For more information: Call: 924-5628


Friday (Viernes) November 21, 2008

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Used Book Fair
This is one of the most popular events of the year.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Chacho Siller
Chacho is an idealist, a dreamer, and a bit of a bohemian. His music embodies all the values of the old style troubadours but, in his voice, there is a freshness and style of his own era, his age, and his energy. This is one young man from Mexico City whom we intend to keep. Preview here.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 5:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is a surprise. Come and be surprised!
Location: Calle 56 # 465 x 53 y 55
Time: Friday, Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Mercer Cigars: A Pairing of Wine and Cigars
Enjoy excellent Spanish and Argentine wines, and wonderful habanos, along with delicious tapas.
Location: Mercer Lounge, Prolongación Paseo de Montejo, next to La Parrilla
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $500 MXP per person (includes 2 Pairings)

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the StarsCronos, Mexico 1993
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie:Cronos
Mexico (1993), starring American actor Ron Perlman.
The promise of eternal life survives from 1535 to 1997
Location: Centro Cultural Los Huachinangos, Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays, 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Event: Soft Geographies
For more information visit this website.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Terror
(U.S., 1963). Starring two of the all time greats of horror movie magic: Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson. A young officer in Napoleon’s army pursues a mysteriou woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yolisto Meetup
It’s that time again! Another Yolisto beach meetup! This month’s Meetup is a little later than normal, to accomodate some special guests. Join us at La Playa Restaurant in Chelem on Novemeber 21st for an evening of food, drinks, and fun. Last month’s Meetup saw at LEAST 70 Yolisters
show up (and some are even calling it closer to 100). Here’s the lineup for this month’s Meetup:
    * FREE Welcome Drink, just for walking through the door!
    * Chicken and Shrimp Quesadilla Special Appetizers
    * The RETURN of the BBQ Chicken Special (by popular demand!)
    * By request…NAMETAGS! (Note: Nametags optional.)
    * And best of all…LIVE music by the fabulous YUCATONES!
Location: La Playa Restaurant near the Glorieta in Chelem
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: e-mail: support[at]yolisto[dot]com

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Antigone
Francisco Solis directs his own adaptation of this famous work by Sophocles.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: General $50 MXP; students and INAPAM: $30 MXP

Yucatan Living Music: Serenata Universitaria
This is a presentation by the Ballet Folklorico de la UADY. They are the ones who have those gorgeous costumes that win awards on their own.
Location: Central Patio of UADY, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $ 50 pesos


Saturday (Sabado) November 22, 2008

Yucatan Living Movie: The Son of FrankensteinThe Son of Frankenstein
(U.S., 1939). Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Basil Rathbone. Unless you are a collector, this may be one of the few opportunities you ever have to see this classic. Wolf Frankenstein, son of Henry Frankenstein, returns with his wife, to his fathers estate to claim his inheritance – which includes Ygor and the monster.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, C. 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: La Huella del Deleite
This performance, under the direction of Gilma Tuyub, will feature the primere actress of the Teatro Regional Yucateco – Madeleine Lizama Candita – and many others.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: General: $70 MXP

Yucatan Living Event: Soft Geographies
For more information visit this website.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living MEL Library Talk with Joann Andrews
Join MELL’s former President, Jay Buell as he conducts another of the series of interviews with well known extraneros in Merida (see Joann Andrews info above). Of course, the conversation will not be limited to Pronatura, as Joann is a very busy woman in many other regards!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between 66 and 68
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) November 23, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary: Orcas Depredadoras
This documentary presents a realistic view of killer whales – animals that both attract and terrify humans at the same time.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida ItzaesMestiza Power
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Mestiza Power
This is a performance by the group Saas Tun, under the direction of Conchi Leon.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Adults: $60 MXP, children, students, and INAPAM: $40 MXP

Yucatan Living Puppets: Mambopera
This looks like it is going to be a wonderful time for big kids (that’s us) and little kids too. Mambopera is produced by Linda Natasha and is under the direction of Paty Ostos.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Adults: $30 MXP, children: $20 MXP

Yucatan Living Open House with Flowers
You have an invitation to an Open House at Una Luna, which is a new flower shop in Merida. THe owner Terry will be showcasing Holiday designs. Stop in, see his designs, what he has to offer and share some holiday cheer!
Location: Una Luna, Calle 54 x 35 y 37
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Up Soon

Yucatan Living Nov. 30: Book Signing: Reservations OnlySaving The World One Dog At A Time: Dogs of the Yucatan
Dr. Frank (Brad) Barham is a retired cardiologist, turned successful sculptor and now writer. His recently published book is titled Saving The World One Dog At A Time: Dogs of the Yucatan. As a fund raising effort on behalf of destitute Yucateco dogs, he will be at Anny’s house on Sunday, Nov. 30, to personally sign his book and inscribe any personal dedication you may want. This is what he has said about his work:

The book is an anthology of short stories that grew out of my experiences in Chuburna Puerto, Mexico, the site of my winter home. I am a long time animal lover and am especially drawn to destitute dogs - puppies being my weakness. Dogs play a central role in each of my stories which were written for adults, but I’m sure that children in the "tween" years (and older) would find them readable. I mention this because the book would make a wonderful holiday present for dog-loving  readers in your family or circle of friends.

Anny is going to take advantage of this occasion to introduce a couple who have come to live in Merida and operate a Greek and Italian restaurant at the corner of 62 and 43, just one block east of the Palacio Canton (Museum of Archeology). They will be preparing a mousaka, pita sandwiches and a salad for the party so we can get an idea of what is going to be in store for us at the new restaurant! One or both of these dishes will be vegetarian, and wine and beer will be served as well.
This will be a reservations-only event. Anny is asking that you come with $200 pesos or $15 USD, good for an “e-ticket” for two, which will be donated to animal rescue efforts on the beaches near Progreso. Each ticket will be good for an autographed book and the dinner. Brad can only bring down 40 books this time, so be sure to make your reservations early.
Location: Calle 43 # 525 x 62 y 64 “At the sign of the Turkey”
Time: Sunday, Nov. 30, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: For reservations, e-mail: anny[at]casablancayucatan[dot]comSupport Yucatan Stray Dogs and Cats

Yucatan Living AFAD’s Annual “Extend a Hand, Save a Paw"
Wine, sandwiches, raffles, and much more. Mark your calendars for 8 PM on December 8 for a benefit for Yucatan Living’s favorite canine charity, AFAD (… buy your ticket and show your support!
Location: Calle 39 # 201 x 18, Monterreal
Time: Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:00 PM
Tickets: $200 MXP from Veterinaria Duarte or call 920-5019 / (91)52-0949

Yucatan Living CARNIVAL 2009
The website for Carnival 2009 went up this week. You can find it here. The theme this year is based around movie characters, especially super heros and other beloved animated characters. This is going to be one of the best Carnivals yet. But hurry… there are only 2 short months left to get those costumes made and get those parties planned. Formal Carnival activities begin on January 22, with a video presentation of former Kings and Queens at the Videosala of the Olimpo and, then, on January 31, the Coronation of this year’s actual King and Queen. This year, we will also have a King and Queen of the Elderly, a King and Queen for those who are mentally challenged, a King and Queen for those who are physically challenged, and, of course, a King and Queen for each age group of children. If you want to plan ahead for the parades, go to the site,  hold your cursor over “Participa,” and then over “Programas de actividades.” You will see a list of all parades. Click on the name of each parade to get dates and routes. – or, you can check back with us and we will give you the complete list in plenty of time for the festivities.

Yucatan Living Progreso: English Church Services
English Church services start December 7 and will continue through the winter months.  The church, Presbyterian Iglesia Jesus, is located in Progreso on the corner of Calle 35 and Calle 80. Service is at 8:30 am and all denominations are welcome.  Traveling from Merida to Progreso, cross over the Chixculub Telchac highway (passing Aurora Bodega supermarket on the right). Take a left onto Calle 35, cross over Calle 80 and the church is on the left side on the corner of Calle 35 and 82.  For further information call or email bilingual Pastor David Correa (969) 935-1678   iglesiajesus [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx

Note: If you like fashion shows, check back often because Merida is beginning to host international shows that are going to be spectacular! We’ll post them as soon as we get all of the particulars.

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar

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