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Merida Events: Annual Festival of Arts




This Week… starting October 25, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

There are no municipal festivals or fiestas listed as beginning this week. Instead, Yucatecos are spending the week cleaning house, cooking, and building alters in preparation for the Todos Los Santos (All Saints Day) and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) next Monday and Tuesday.

 

In the City of Merida

 

Monday (Lunes) October 25, 2010

Yucatan Living Look our ongoing events page for events on Monday

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 26, 2010

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan: New Values
Music: La Venganza del Padre Garcia

Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free (cash café, of course)

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Los Andes
This performance is under the direction of Francisco Vazquez
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Omega Man
(U.S. 1971) Directed by Boris Sagal. Starring Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash, and Anthony Zerbe. Due to an experimental vaccine, Robert Neville, a doctor, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light. Chaos ensues.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM TuesdayYouth Symphony
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: XXXV Aniversary of the Secondary School Federal #5 Alfredo Barrera Vazquez
Tonight’s performance will be by the Daniel Ayala Perez Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jose Luis Chan.
Location: Polifuncional, Escuela Secundaria #5, Av. Fovisste. Residencial Pensiones
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Ryan’s Daughter
(UK 1970) Director: David Lean. This movie stars Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, and Sarah Miles. World War I seems far away from Ireland’s Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them… he was the only customer in her father’s pub and Rosy was tending bar for the first time since her marriage to the village schoolmaster. It just gets more complicated from there…
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce / Teatro Armando Manzanero,Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Where the Sun Pays Tribute to Juan Acereto
This performance features Grupo Yahal Kab
Location: Centro Cultural Juan Acereto, Calle 59 No, 426 x 50 Centro 
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: FreeOrquesta Tipica Yukalpeten

Yucatan Living Traditional Yucateca Trova: Tribute to Luis Rosado Vega
This is also a celebration of the anniversary of the Ricardo Palmerin Artistic Society.
Performing tonight will be the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folkloric Dance: Caminos de Mexico
Featuring the Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Sol, under the direction of Maria Jose Palma
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 27, 2010Bridge Over the River Kwai

Yucatan Living Movie: Bridge Over the River Kwai
(UK, US 1957) Director David Lean. Stars William Holden and Jack Hawkins. After settling his differences with a Japanese POW camp commander, a British colonel cooperates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. This is a famous movie, especially for the song which you won’t be able to stop whistling after you see it.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz Concert: Ensamble “Sax Attack”
This performance is under the direction of William Muntz
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Youth Chamber Music: An Evening of Mexican Waltzes
This performance features Ensamble Stradivari, with Loolbej Sanchez on flute, Yussef Rios Dib on piano, Edgar Sulu on violin, and David Perez on bass. Luis Fernando Luna Guarneros is the guest tenor for the evening.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: FreeTribute to Armando Manzanero

Yucatan Living Music: Señor Amor. An Alternative Tribute to Armando Manzanero
This is a performance by El Colectivo Metalmorfosis, Grupo Antologia, Carolina Ramirez and Ceiba Flava
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: Classical Dance
The title of this performance is “The Merry Widow.” Performers are the Classical Dance students from Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes, under the direction of Tomas Cortes. Coordinator is Rubi Montejo.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) October 28, 2010

Yucatan Living Music: Sing With MeMerida City Choir
This is a performance by the Choir of the City of Merida, under the direction of Nidia Gongora. Most of their performances take place through the Fall and Holiday season, so do take advantage of the opportunity to see any performance you can.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Movie:TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

 

Friday (Viernes) October 29, 2010Night Club Orchestra

Yucatan Living Music: Night Club Orchestra in Concert
This performance is under the direction of Claudio Pasos
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: XXI Ultreya Nacional. Arquidiocesis de Yucatan
Grupo Yahal Kab
Location: Kukulkan Stadium, Circuito Colonias Oriente
Time: 3:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: XXI Ultreya Nacional. Arquidiocesis de Yucatan
Daniel Ayala Perez Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido
Location: Kukulkan Stadium, Circuito Colonias Oriente
Time: 5:10 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: XXI Ultreya Nacional. Arquidiocesis de Yucatan
Marimba Lira de Pichucalco
Location: Kukulkan Stadium, Circuito Colonias Oriente
Time: 7:45 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Traditional Trova
V Anniversary of the Revista Musical Yucateca
Maru Boeta, Directora General
Luis Perez Sabido, Conductor
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Contemporary Mexican of the 20th Century
Featured tonight is Cuarteto Fusion. This is a great group and, before you shy away from the word “fusion,” just remember what they used to say about rock and roll. Cuarteto Fusion is an excellent performing group and we hope everyone goes to see them.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Two Worlds
This exposition features the work of Carina Dumais
Location: Galeria Principal in Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Oliver Twist: Great ExpectationsOliver Twist
(UK 1946) Director: David Lean. The movie stars John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Jean Simmons, Francis L. Sullivan, and Alec Guinness. A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. This famous story comes to life… please, sir, can I have some more?
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab

Yucatan Living Folkloric Music: XXI Ultreya Nacional. Arquidiocesis de Yucatan
This performance features the Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab, under the direction of Felipe Chi Naal
Location: S.I. Cathedral (in Plaza Grande), Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: XXI Ultreya Nacional. Arquidiocesis de Yucatan
This performance features Cuarteto Continental
Location: Kukulkan Stadium, Circuito Colonias Oriente
Time: 3:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz at Rosas and Xocolate
This week, catch the jazz group Taboo (a group of classical musicians playing jazz…) at the restaurant at Rosas and Xocolate. Women drink free from 9 to 10 PM!
Location: Paseo de Montejo at Calle 41
Time: After Dark
Admission: You should eat or drink something, but admission is free

Yucatan Living MACAY Rothango
Electronic-folkloric music duo with a taste of Tango. Check out the website at http://www.myspace.com/rothango.
Location: MACAY on the Plaza Grande
Time: Saturday, 7:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Boleros de Oro y Poemas de AmorLigia Camara in Concert
This is the “must see” performance of the week. Ligia Camara, pianist, singer and composer, will share the stage with Luis Perez Sabido, poet and composer. Experience proves that it is not unusual for one of this lady’s performances to require not one, but two of the best performers in Yucatan and one of them is Ligia Camara herself.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert in Izamal: Concepcion Garma
For those who live in or near Izamal, this is going to be a very special event.
Location: Izamal, Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Rosemary’s Baby
(U.S. 1968) Director: Roman Polanski. Stars Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Ralph Bellamy, Sydney Blacmer. A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Doctor ZhivagoDoctor Zhivago
(U.S. – Italy 1965) Director: David Lean. Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie and Alec Guinness Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist’s wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Mundo Maya
The Contemporary Dance Company of Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes, under the direction of Graciella Torres
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folkloric Dance: XXI Ultreya Nacional. Arquidiocesis de Yucatan
Performing tonight are the Folkloric Ballet of the State, under the direction of Raul Castillo Alfaro, and Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab, under the direction of Felipe Chi Naal
Location: Kukulkan Stadium, Circuito Colonias Oriente
Time: 9:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: XXI Ultreya Nacional Arquidiocesis de Yucatan
Grupo Son, Salsa y Sabor

Location: Kukulkan Stadium, Circuito Colonias Oriente
Time: 11:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna’s Yearly Grand Prize Quiz & Dinner, Oh Know! I Knew That!: October 30
Dinner includes: soup with bread roll, fish & chips, and a chocolate desert. Teams for the famous Zamna Quiz can have up to 4 members. 1st prize will be a drinks hamper and a stash of pesos. The quiz will cover everything from food and drink to famous faces and landmarks.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos – Tickets available now from Hotel reception. Tickets must be collected before the event since the hotel must have accurate numbers for seating and catering.
For more information, call: 999 924 0103

Sunday (Domingo) October 31, 2010

Yucatan Living Documentary: Volcanoes
Observe the cataclismic effect of volcanoes on the Earth, as well as the resulting benefits to the life of the land.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grand Presentation of the Alters of Hanal Pixan 2010
This event gets bigger every year and is well worth braving the crowds to see.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61Yanina and Rachel
Time: 10:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rock Music Retrospective
This performance is by Yanina y Rachel on their 20th anniversary of performing together – and it just about doesn’t get any better. This performance too is one you won’t want to miss.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living
Third International Llanera Dance Festival 2010

Llanera means plainswoman, so this should be an interesting performance by the Compania Umbral de Danza Contemporanea A.C., under the direction of Cristobal Ocana.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Classes at Habla

Scrolling Text: Teaching reading & writing through performances
These workshops are aimed at teachers, art educators, and members of the general public
interested in these practices. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
Dates: All workshops will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Habla
Nov. 6: Inspiring writing – Connect the word with the world.
Nov. 27: Make performance! – The performance as a spectrum of possibilities.
Cost: $200 pesos each workshop (some scholarships available for local public school teachers.
Language: Workshops will be taught in English and Spanish
Read more about Project ArtsLiteracy.
Read Performance Cycle and See Manual for Educators.

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: 1st Saturday of Every Month
Opera in the Cinema comes to Yucatan, beginning Nov. 6, 2010 with La Boheme. This year, productions recorded in High Definition DVD will be used to promote the art of opera in Yucatan, along with other activities that are designed to create a knowledgeable public. In time, the goal is to join the other 15 locations in Mexico that have access to Met Live; which is a direct feed to the performances of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Location: Sala 3 at Siglo XXI
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Donation suggested
More Information: Visit Opera Yucatan.org  www.operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living 3rd Annual Latin American Bloggers’ Conference: November 12 – 14
The event is open to all bloggers but, in order for hosts to get ready, it is necessary to pre-register. This year, the venue will be a downtown college campus (http://tttac.com/), where wireless Internet, garden space and a lecture hall are available. Following an introductory social on Friday night, Saturday will be filled with the nuts and bolts of all phases of blogging. Saturday night, bloggers are free to enjoy the city and Sunday ends the conference with a goodbye breakfast. For more information, visit the Latin American Bloggers’ Conference Website or contact Theresa in Merida ( theresainmexico[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Merida Theater Group: "Life is… ": November 13
The newly formed Merida Theater Group (at M.E.L.L.) is giving its first performance this and you are invited! This performance is a group of readings from different facets of life that are performed by local talent.
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 68
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 peso donation, with beverages available for purchase.
Reservations: Seating is limited, so advance admission arrangements are suggested. For those, call: Leslie Bennink (928-4995) or George Fischer Arroyo (044-999-163-5048)

Yucatan Living Horse Fair at Sucila: November 20 (more days TBA before and after)
The local livestock association will sponsor a horse fair that will include the day of November 20. This fair is in honor of the Centennial of the Mexican Social Revolution and November 20 will mark 100 years from the beginning of this armed struggle. From Merida, Sucila is almost to Tizimin. There will be exhibitions and the sale of horses, plus equestrian competitions, a variety of musical events, art shows, and loads of food. This event will show some of the best horses in all of Mexico, along with their talent and the expertise of their owners. We’ll look for you there!

Yucatan Living Taste of Playa: November 21
This is a huge annual event where over 40 restaurants are highlighted in a one-day event in Playa del Carmen. It was a great success last year and will be even better this year. Please do try to attend, since all proceeds go to a food education program initiated by the Rotary Club in Playa del Carmen that will directly benefit the children and families of the Riviera Maya.
Location: Playa del Carmen’s Parque Fundadores, just south of Cancun
Admission: Open to the public, with tickets and all-inclusive VIP passes available for sale on the official event website: Taste of Playa

Yucatan Living Day of the Dead Spanish Immersion Course: October 25 – 29 and Nov. 1 – 5.
This is going to be a great event for anyone who wants to not only visit Yucatan, but take a wonderful course in Spanish while they enjoy their visit. Habla is going to have a 2 week Spanish immersion course the last week in October and the first week in November. Students can take one week or two and have the option to make this a real immersion by taking advantage of a homestay. Since Day of the Dead is one of the best holidays of the year in Yucatan, this is one of the best ways to see and do it all!
Location and Information: Habla
Information on Habla’s Website




Yucatan Living Yucatan 2010: Short Film Festival – November 12-21
The Yucatan 2010 Short Film Festival is calling for submissions. It is open to any non-professional resident of the Yucatan to submit their short films, and cash prizes will be awarded. Selected films will be exhibited during the festival. Films submitted must be digital videos, made in Yuca tan and produced after Jan 1 2009. One person can submit unlimited number of films. The themes must touch on mexicanidad, identity, revolution, independence, liberty and/or democracy. There is even a category for one-minute cellphone films, as well as one for films in the Mayan language (with Spanish subtitles), and the films can be up to thirty minutes.
Screening:November 20 & 21. The public will select the winners.
Prizes: Cash prizes of $4000 and $5000 pesos for each category
For More Information: ICY Direccion de Artes Visuales, 930-4700 Ext 54035 and 54019
Submission Entry Fee:Free

Yucatan Living Sanctuary Evolucion’s Annual Fundraising Event – Nov. 27
Enjoy a night of comedy, music and botanas! Learn more about Sanctuary Evolucion, their successes in 2010 and their challenges in 2011. Come out and see how you can help the animals of Yucatan!
Location: Casa Gloria (C. 60 #609 x 73 y 75 Centro)
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Admission: $125 pesos, includes non-alcoholic drinks and bocadillos

More information contact Linda at: linda [dot] letcher [at] yahoo [dot] com

Yucatan Living Classical Beatles Concert: November 27
A night of sheer magic from the Fenix Quartet, including a three course dinner. This is the third time Zamna has staged this event and both previous concerts were a sell out. In case some of our readers don’t know, the members of the Fenix Quartet are all members of the Symphony Orchestra in Yucatan.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Dinner served at 8:00 PM, Concert starts at 9:00 PM
Admission: $125 pesos – must pick up tickets prior to day of the event due to catering and seating needs.
Information & Reservations: 999 924 0103 and http://www.casazamna.webs.comYucatan State Fair 2010

Yucatan Living Xmatkuil (Yucatan’s State Fair) – Opens November 12
No published schedule yet, but we hear that there will be a Chinese Circus from Las Vegas, an educational, interactive Animatronix Dinosaur, and dolphins this year. We can hardly wait to hear what the spectacular shows are going to be. The entertainers are always exceptionally good and many are internationally well known.
Location: Xmatkuil Fairgrounds
Time: Opens Nov. 12
Admission: $10 pesos (visitors will be able to buy a package that includes discount tickets to shows and restaurants on the inside)

Yucatan Living Multimedia: 200 Years of Being A Proud Mexican – November 19th & 20th
This wide screen event will have it all: the history of Mexico on a screen that is 11 meters long and 6 meters high, as well as books on art and history that are being taken house-to-house already.
Location: Parque de la Kukulcan, Circuito Colonias
Time: 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Arte A Mano (presented by AANY) – November 27 & 28
This year, Yucatan artists and artisans will be selling their unique and artistic creations for two days again, just in time to pick up some wonderful handmade Christmas presents. The event keeps growing, so this year it will be held at CANACO, on Avenida Itzaes (Avenida Itzaes #273 Y 39) just three blocks from Clinica Merida. Stay tuned to Yucatan Living for more details as the event gets closer. But mark your calendars so you don’t miss it!! And if you want to be a sponsor (so you can get in early and buy the best and most beautiful things…), contact maresmexico [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] mx.

Yucatan Living 9th Annual Toh Bird Festival – November 27 & 28Toh Bird Festival
The birdathon this year will run from 5:30 AM on Saturday to 10:00 AM on Sunday. Teams can have no fewer than 3 members nor more than 8 members. There will be a party held at a hacienda near Merida when the event ends. Visit the Toh website http://www.yucatanbirds.org.mx/ingles/inicio.php to learn more about this event and to download bird lists for the birdathon. As of this post, the registration button has not gone live, but you can contact them by e-mail from their contact page.

Yucatan Living Christmas Bird Count – Between December 14 and January 15
Yucatan will hold 3 Christmas Bird Counts, each over an area of a 15 mile diameter circle. The centers of these circles are in Celestun, El Cuyo, and Rio Lagartos. Visit the Toh website to learn more about this event. As of this post, the registration button has not gone live, but you can contact them by e-mail from their contact page.

Early 2010

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:
March 2, 2011: Quema del Mal Humor
March 3, 2011: Preschoolers Parade
March 4, 2011: Corsican Parade
March 5, 2011: Fantasia Parade
March 6, 2011: Bachata Parade (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor)
March 7, 2011: Regional Parade
March 8, 2011: Battle of the Flowers Parade
March 9, 2011: Entierro de Juan Carnival
Keep an eye on Zona de Palcos to plan where you will get the best view of the festivities. No word yet on seating prices, but there should be more information soon.
Carnival Map on the Carnival de Merida 2011 website.

 

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