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Merida Events: Holiday Spirit Abounds!

This Week… starting December 15 , 2008

Yucatan Living Women Artisans: Heart and Soul of the Pueblo
This is the place to get the best of the best of the products made by the women artisans of Yucatan. There will be: handicrafts, footwear, wood, pottery, clay, bone, rattan, henequen, blankets, the horns of bulls, guayaberas, hammocks, huipiles, corn husks, jipi japa, silver, embroidery, and much more. Enjoy cultural activites beginning at 5:00 PM.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Time: Dec. 15 through Dec. 20
Admission: Free


Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: Dec. 15 through Jan. 10
This is a huge fiesta in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin Website to see loads of pictures of this great area. Tizimin is that large municipality that borders the Gulf of Mexico and Quintana Roo, as well as extending far into the interior of the State. This gives this municipality access to all of the best of the entire peninsula. If you are in the mood to shop, Tizimin is where you will find pottery, jewelry, leather work, “artistic carpentry,” pirograbado and embroidered table cloths and napkins. The fiestas in Tizimin are always "must attend" events.

Yucatan Living Tixpéhual: Dec. 17 through Dec. 20Tixpehual, Yucatan
This is the annual "County Fair" of this municipality. Tixpéhual is bordered on the north by Tixkokob, on the south by Kanasin and Acanceh, on the east by Seye and Tixkokob, and on the west by Kanasin and Merida. Did somebody say “location-location-location?” Tixpéhual is one of those places where, when you tell folks you live "in a village on the Yucatan Peninsula," you neglect to add that it is practically in sight of the city. The ethnicity of almost half the population of Tixpéhual is Otomi and that is the language they speak. Read more about the Otomi HERE.   Since there are fewer than 300,000 Otomi left in Mexico, this group of people is one of the treasures of Yucatan. Another characteristic we noticed about Tixpéhual is the seemingly large number of schools here. This particular population seems to take education very seriously! We hope you take a look at this little municipality. Great things are coming from here in the not too distant future.

Yucatan Living Espita Fiesta  10 Day Event
Dec. 19 through Dec. 28
This fiesta is in honor of the Niño Dios (Baby Jesus). Espita is in the East-Central part of our state, just to the east of Dzitas and just under 2 hours from Merida. Lots of cattle ranches and cowboys here, and all of the good food and leather work that goes along with them. Almost all of the people of Espita are either Mayan or Otomi and those are the languages spoken here. Can you imagine the language skills of the children of Espita? They speak Maya and Otomi at home, add Spanish in school, and are now all taking English in school as well. We’ve not seen “job security” like that in a while! There will be bullfights at this fair, along with a 15 km cattle drive from Sucilá to Espita. You can also find ramilletes at this fair. On the 19th, Srita. Ana Karen Patron Herrera will be crowned the Queen of the Fair and entertainment will be provided by the Victor Soberanis Orchestra.

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta  5 Day Event
Dec. 20 through Dec. 24
This fiesta is in honor of St. Thomas the Apostle. Tunkas is located just this side of Izamal. Look in Tunkas for huipiles, hemp hammocks, and pottery. Tunkas (Wall of Stones) belonged to the Chieftanship of Cupul during he pre-Histanic era. It is the product of an ancient Mayan civilization that is mentioned in The Book of Chilam Balm of Chumayel. (full text here ). About half of the population is Mayan today and that is the language of all the indigenous people of Tunkas.  Chess Tournament in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Chess Tournament
The Carlos Torre Memorial International Chess Tournament is ongoing at the Olimpo.
Dates: December 11 through December 23.

Note: As I put the calendar together and realized how many events are missing this week, I first assumed that everyone was on vacation. It wasn’t long, however, before I realized that they are not “missing” at all. Yucatan’s best are all on tour, bringing the magical music of Christmas to small towns and villages throughout our state. That is not to say that we have nothing to do for a week. Read on for more, more and more!

Monday (Lunes) December 15, 2008

Yucatan Living A Course in Jazz Improvisation (for all instruments)
Under the direction of Lic. Orlando Sanchez Soto “Cubajazz”. We are lucky to have this marvelous Jazz specialist with us on a visit from Cuba. He came to play in Yucatan’s International Jazz Festival last week and stayed over to teach this course.
Dates: Dec. 15 through Dec. 19
Location: Sede del SUFI, Calle 59 x 68 y 70
Cost: Complete course (5 days) $750 pesos; per day: $200 pesos
For more information, Call: (999) 224-4958 or (999) 135-9132
Or you may e-mail from HERE.

Yucatan Living Music: First Tour of Concerts: Here I Am, Merry Christmas!
This is an all star night of Christmas music featuring the Choir and Orchestra of Sistema Estatal de Orquestas Juveniles, with the collaboration of Coro de Primaria de la Escuela Modelo, El Coro de Primaria de la Escuela Modelo, El Coro de Dzidzantún Coralia Yidzat il Kay and the Camerata Acádemica de Mérida, del Ayuntamiento de Mérida.
This will, obviously, be one of the best evenings of music in all of Yucatan and Mexico! What I love best about it is that this performance will tour the interior of Yucatan as well.
Location: Escuela Modelo (Paseo de Montejo, next to Walmart).
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: FreeLa Decada in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Music: Son, Bolero & Rock and Roll:Yahal Kab y La Década
If you are not familiar with the music of the Maya, you are missing a toe-tapping treat. To mix that with Rock and Roll is surely to be a night to remember.
Location:Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time:9:00 PM Monday
Tickets:Available at the Ticket Office

Tuesday (Martes) December 16, 2008

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. They usually meet at the Café Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, half a block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly knows as the “Burger King Circle.” For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Music: Grand Finale! New Voices of Yucatan

Tonight’s Primer Concurso Estatal de Intérpretes de Canto Popular y Trova Yucateca Nuevas Voces del Mayab is the grand finale of a contest that began during the State Fair. These are the new voices of Yucatan and they will be with us, with luck, for many years to come. Our congratulations to all the winners and we hope everyone can attend.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: is taking 2 weeks off.
The next Tuesday of Trova will be Dec. 30.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miércoles) December 17, 2008

Yucatan Living Tiësto Comes to Merida!Tiesto in Merida, Yucatan
The most famous DJ in the world, Holland born Tijs Verwest, known professionally as Tiësto, is coming to Merida. This will be a stellar performance, held in a "lounge" atmosphere on the grounds of one of Merida’s oldest and finest haciendas, Hacienda San Diego Tixcacal. There is also going to be a competition for the best regional DJ, which should keep the dancing going far into the evening. Live musicians and big-name stars will also be part of this production. Space is limited to about 6,000, which is a small crowd to a DJ who can draw crowds of up to 30,000… so get your tickets early!
Location: Hacienda San Diego Tixcacal
Time: TBA
Admission: VIP: $750 MXP, General: $350 MXP
Advanced Ticket Sales: Beginning at the end of October from the offices of the Envy Discotheque (Columbus). Reservations can be made by phone: 920-0001 or 920-0002. Credit Cards accepted.

Yucatan Living Films at the MACAY
This week, the MACAY is showing two films by the very famous directors Jean Genet and Luis Buñuel. Each film is about a half hour long. They are:Las Hurdes- Tierra Sin Pan
UN CHANT D’AMOUR // UN CANTO DE AMOR
(1950) Dir. Jean Genet
Length: 26 mins.
Music by: H.Driver (Hernán Berny)

LAS HURDES, TIERRA SIN PAN
(1933) Dir. Luis Buñuel
Length: 30 mins.
Music by: Augusto Palma (Enrique Rejón-Palma)
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ellos Tambien Cantan Rock (They Also Sing Rock)
We are all fans of local nostalgia buffs and rock singers Los Golden Years, but tonight, the “they” in “also sing rock” are the invited guests Ligia Cámara, Maricarmen Pérez and Victor Espinosa. Get your tickets early for what will be one of the best performances of the week!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembering the Composers
There is something in Yucatan that causes the environment to grow the best of the arts, and the art of song is no exception. Tonight, Trío Ensueño and Grupo Los Juglares perform a tribute to 10 of the greats, going back to Cirilo Baquerio Preve, known as "Chan Cil," who was born 160 years ago and is considered to be the father of Yucateca song. You will recognize almost all of their names, such as Guty Cardenas and Armando Manzanero. There are not many performances like this in the world because there are not that many places that have the talent for producing the artists, generation after generation. This is a "must attend" performance.
Location: Calle 57 # 464 x 48 y 50, Museo de la Cancion Yucateca
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 pesos

Thursday (Jueves) December 18, 2008

Yucatan Living Musical Magazine: Maru Boeta and Invited Guests
There are some things that define Yucatan for us and we want to hold that thought forever. The voice of Maru Boeta is one of those things. This will be an excellent performance and one you will want to bring your holiday guests to see.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $60 pesos

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 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.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 # 465 x 53 y 55
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 MXP
For more information: Call: 924-5628

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida: Now All Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Location: Centro, Calle 60, from 61 to 53
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM  All Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) December 19, 2008

Yucatan Living MEL-O-Nights (3rd Friday)
Join us for a Christmas Sing-Along. This is a chance for the locals to meet the ‘extranjeros’ in a casual setting in the gardens at MEL. There is a cash bar and great botanas. Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones! This event is open to all. If you want to know more, call the Library at 924-8401.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x66 y68
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Christmas Bazaar at Galeria Tataya

Artesanias products and paintings at reduced prices for the Holidays. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the local Sol y Luna day care center for handicapped children.

Location: Galeria Tataya, Calle 72 at Calle 53
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM, 4 PM – 7PM
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living A Special Invitation from Villa Maria
You are cordially invited to a pre-Christmas dinner concert by Yucateca pianist Marieli Sosa. Marieli will play Latin American piano music from the XIX and XX Centuries. After the concert, dinner will be served. The menu will include: a welcoming Copa de Cava (champagne) The entrada will be Crema fria de pepino (cold cucumber soup) or Ensalada Caprese (Caprese salad). For the plato fuerte, you will have your choice between Hungarian Goulash or Chicken Breast. You may also choose from red or white wine.
Location: Villa Maria, Calle 59 x 68 # 553
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: $360 MXN
Reservations: 923-3357 and 923-7620; e-mail hotelesvillamaria[at]yahoo[dot]com.mx

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 FridayLucio
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary:Lucio
There are plenty of anarchists in the world. Many have committed robbery or smuggling for their cause. Fewer have discussed strategies with Che Guevara or saved the skin of Eldridge Cleaver – the leader of the Black Panthers. There is only one who has done all that, and also brought to its knees the most powerful bank on the planet by forging travellers checks, without missing a single day of work in his construction job. He is Lucio Urtubia, from a tiny village in Navarra in North of Spain. At the end of the screening there will be music by Anorok.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida: Now All Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Location: Centro, Calle 60, from 61 to 53
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM  All Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yolisto Beach Meetup: Christmas Extravaganza Edition!Yolisto Beach Meetup
This little party has been growing by about 20 people per month for a while now! Last month, over 100 people were in attendance. This month, many more are expected. Its going to be a great party with: A self-service Buffet of International Favorites, featuring American, Canadian, and Mexican specialties for $80 pesos, 2×1 MARGARITAS until 9:00 PM, a DRAWING for door prizes and Freebies galore! No more billing confusion. They are selling tickets at the door, which can be exchanged for drinks inside. PLUS, the first 50 people through the door will get one of the new Yolisto tee-shirts. AND – They’re having a canned food drive for the less fortunate families in Chelem and Chuburna, to be distributed by Rev. Lorenzo Mex, of the church La SantaCruz in Chelem. Bring 3 cans or more and get a Margarita on the house! This is going to take a lot of preparation, so please RSVP at the Yolisto Website so they can be prepared.
Location: La Playa Restaurant in Chelem
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: No Cover – Just buy what you eat and drink.

Yucatan Living Verbena Navidena! (A Christmas Street Party!)
This is a Christmas party for adultos mayores (older adults). There will be a Christmas dance, Christmas carols, pastorelas, and the celebration of the end of Flores de Otoño.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 20, 2008

Yucatan Living MEL’s 2008 Symposia Series: The International Scene
Dr. Phil Williams returns this year with another fascinating look at the International scene.

Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x66 y68
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Christmas Bazaar at Galeria Tataya
Artesanias products and paintings at reduced prices for the Holidays. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the local Sol y Luna day care center for handicapped children.
Location: Galeria Tataya, Calle 72 at Calle 53
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM, 4 PM – 7PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living  En el Corazón de Mérida: Now All Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Location: Centro, Calle 60, from 61 to 53
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM  All Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Musical Magazine: Maru Boeta and Invited Guests
There are some things that define Yucatan for us and we want to hold that thought forever. The voice of Maru Boeta is one of those things. This will be an excellent performance and one you will want to bring your holiday guests to see.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $60 pesos

Sunday (Domingo) December 21, 2008

Yucatan Living Old Poems – New Songs
Ligia Cámara and Luis Pérez Sabido are giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear two poems written by Jose Peon Contreras set to new music. This performance will take place on the 100th anniversary of Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, one of the finest opera houses in the country. Also participating in this event will be the Orquesta Típica Yukalpetén and its soloists (such as Jesus Armando and Maricarmen Perez). The final product has been so good that Ligia Cámara and Luis Pérez Sabido are introducing the writing of new music for old poetry into the very fiber of the music being developed by the young people of Yucatan. Sometimes, we think we can’t get any luckier and then something like this happens.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Space Space, a NASA Documentary
This is a NASA film about the origins of the Universe.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Daniel Ayala Perez Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
This performance is under the direction of Jose Luis Chan, a priceless treasure of our state. These young people are the best of the best and this is a “must see” performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Progreso: Church Services in English
All denominations are welcome to attend.
For further information, please contact bi-lingual Pastor David Correa at iglesiajesus[at]prodigy[dot]net[dot]mx
Location: Iglesia Presbiteriana Jesus, Calle 35 x 82. 
Time: 8:30 AM

Coming Up Soon

Yucatan Living British Boxing Day Party: Dec. 26
Hotel Zamna would like to invite you to a British Boxing Day Party. MUSIC, LAUGHTER, COCKTAILS and GOOD FOOD. And not forgetting great company. To start the evening a welcome cocktail. A great Dinner Buffet. Some great fun games and infamous Zamna Quiz with a great prize. Then we will have some great Live Music were you can have a dance or two. Tickets are on sale from Reception at the Hotel and must be collected and paid for by the 20th of December. Space is limited to 50 guests.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53.No 547 x 70 and 72
Date and Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Marathon 2009Marathon in Meria, Yucatan
This marathon is always part of the celebration of the founding of Merida, which will be celebrated for the 467th time this January. If you are planning on running in the 2009 Marathon, you need to sign up now. There is a link on the home page of the Municipio de Merida de Yucatan.

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


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One Response to “Merida Events: Holiday Spirit Abounds!”

  1. Love your updates……Keep up the good work…and have a Merry Christmas…..with many blessing to you and your family, Feliz Navidad ….and Happy New Year….

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