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Merida Events: Arts, Movies, Festivals

This Week… starting November 05, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan LivingTekax Fiesta: November 08 through November 08
This fiesta is in honor of San Diego de Alcala . Look here for leatherwork and some of the finest jewelry in the world. Hammocks are made in nearby Pencuyut. Tekax is the largest city in the southern point of the state, so it also borders Campeche and Quintana Roo. This municipality was a very important city a few hundred years ago, and has escaped a lot of the recent development that has overtaken the larger cities on the Yucatan Peninsula, so there are many newly-found ruins to explore. Some of the archaeological areas nearby include Chamultún, Chuncanap, Itzitz, Nocacab, Santa María, Tzulay, Xaya, Kinil, Tixhualahtun, Chacchob, San Diego, Ticum and Cotbé. Of course, today things are changing fast and there are actually branches of three colleges where students in this municipality can obtain a college degree. Don’t miss the chance to see old Yucatan right next to the new world that the people of Tekax are building for themselves.

Monday (Lunes) November 05, 2012

Art Students Sale in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Purpura Plastika Open House and Art Sale
You are cordially invited to visit Purpura Plastika at their first interactive center for art therapy and human development workshops and offices. They now have their own space to conduct their different workshops for children and adults.
Location: Calle 47, 268 B X 38 Corner. Col. Benito Juarez Norte
Directions: Go north on Prolongation Paseo de Montejo to intersection of Calle 49 (Av. Camara de Comercio). Turn RIGHT (east) on CALLE 49; 7/11 on your right and Plaza Villas Hacienda on your left. Continue down Calle 49 until you can make a u-turn back onto Calle 49 at either Calle 36 or Calle 34. If you cannot make this u-turn, continue until you can go ’round the glorieta and return back to Calle 49. Stay on Calle 49 and turn RIGHT onto Calle 38 and go one block. White house is on the right corner of Calle 38 and Calle 47.
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission:Free

Tuesday (Martes) November 06, 2012

Yucatan Living Museum Exhibit: El Cementerio General de Merida: “Remembering Our Dead”
These pieces about the original cemetery in Merida have been collected from other museums and collections, and are relevant for their ethnographic value or link with the history of the city.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 07, 2012

Music by Prudence

Yucatan Living Movie: Music by Prudence
Music by Prudence tells a self-empowering story of one young woman’s struggle who, together with her band, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and, in her own voice conveys to the world that disability does not mean inability.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves)November 08 , 2012

Yucatan Living Movie:The English Surgeon
This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of an English neurosurgeon (Henry Marsh) situated in Ukraine as we are exposed to the overwhelming dilemmas he has to face and the burden he has to carry throughout his profession.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Festival Anual de las Artes Yucatan 2012

Yucatan Living Musical Tribute to Enrique “Coqui” Navarro
This is the opening event for the Fall Festival of the Arts in Yucatan and it is going to be spectacular! One of our favorite orchestras, Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, will be on hand, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera, with Maricarmen Perez, Carlos Gil “El Zaci,” the one and only Tony Espinosa, the Trio Trova Nova, the Duet of Ricardo and Rodolfo, and Ligia Camara. The artistic director and conductor will be Luis Perez Sabido. There will also be a special cameo performance by Arianna.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El tercer hombre (The Third Man)
(1949 UK). Director: Carol Reed. Writer: Graham Greene. Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard and Alida Valli. Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime. Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it?
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free, Adolescents and Adults

 

Friday (Viernes) November 9, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie: When You’re Strange
A look at the late ’60s and early ’70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. Faces coming out of the rain, and all that…
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Conservation and Ethnobiology of Insects
This is a workshop for anyone interested in the diverse and abundant world of insects. And if you live in the Yucatan, how could you not be interested? There will be a break from 1 to 2 PM. We’re assuming this workshop will be conducted in Spanish… a good chance to practice!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos

Horror Film Festival in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: Seis mujeres para el asesino (Blood and Black Lace)
(1964 Italy). Director: Mario Bava. Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok and Thomas Reiner. Isabella, a young model is murdered by a mysterious masked figure at a boarding house run by Max Morlacchi and his lover Countess Cristiana Como. When Isabella’s boyfriend is suspected of the killing, her diary, which apparently has some incriminating evidence linking her to the killer, dissapears, the masked killer begins killing off all the models in and around the house to find the diary. This is a thriller, Italian style!
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free, Adolescents and Adults

Yucatan Living Concert: Pedro Hoil Calderon Orquesta Sinfonica Infantil de Yucatan
This is Yucatan’s youngest symphony and we do hope that everyone will come out and show the children how much their hard work is appreciated. This orchestra is under the direction of Jonathan Renteria.
Location: Messiah Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista El Mesias) Calle 28 #382 x 85, Col. Morelos Oriente
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan State Fair 2012

Yucatan Living Feria Yucatan at Xmatkuil: November 9 through December 2
This year, there will be more than 1,000 exhibitors and 1,800 artistic, sporting, cultural and recreational events for all ages. The fair provides space for commercial and business activity, while maintaining a family atmosphere. The main attractions will be the rides, the Atayde Brothers Circus, the Robotic Zoo, the Dolphinarium, the Extreme Magic Show and 4-D films. Entrance to these attractions ranges from $10 to $15 pesos. There will be free shows in El Teatro del Pueblo, as well as events in Palenque, the Lienzo Charro, the Pista de Calificaciones and the Plaza Monumental.
Location: at the Xmatkuil Fairgrounds , Calle 50 south of the city.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Admission: Entrance: $15 pesos per person, Parking: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: Sounds of Eastern Europe
Looking east, this program will walk the audience through the Slovakian and Czech landscapes, in a region called Bohemia. At the hands of Smetana and Dvořák, listeners will navigate the Vltava rivers in Moldova, through beautiful and evocative tone poems. Later in the program, the audience will take a tour of the Czech countryside through folk themes from Symphony No. 7. Master Rob Myers, principal trumpet of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, will demonstrate virtuosity and precision playing the Trumpet Concerto (1950) by Armenian A. Arutiunian, a work that evokes the spirit of Armenian folklore… you can hear the gypsy melodies and almost taste the blackberries!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos

Bird Watching Classes in Merida

Yucatan Living Learning to Bird Watch
It is mandatory to attend both days at set times and, if possible bring binoculars. Saturday November 10, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM will be
Basic Principles, Anatomy of birds, identification tips and Behavior and ecology. Sunday November 11, from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM will be
Birdwatching Basic Practice.
Location: Cairo Cinema Cafe, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 and 17, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Admission: Free, limited to 20 attendees
Registration:infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 10, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie: Vals With Bashir
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Paintings and Sculpture: Yucatan’s Visual Heritage
This exhibition of local artists’ contributions will remain open until January 13, 2013.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales Yucatan, Calle 60 x 45, Centro
Time: 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free.

Classical Guitar Concert in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Victor Celis Plays Classical Guitar
This performance is part of the II Juan Helguera Classical Guitar Festival. Merida is an international destination for classical guitarists these days and we are very lucky to be able to hear each of them when they play. Victor Celis is one of the best, so do take advantage of this opportunity.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gala Concert: Third Week of the Musical Education Program
This is a performance by the students of ESAY and the teachers of Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, in coordination with Fomento Cultural Banamex and the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Singing with the Cello
This is a recital of cello, piano and voice in Valladolid featuring Fernando Sanchez, Angelo Luna and Gustavo Duran.
Location: Central Patio of Valladolid’s Casa de la Cultura
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Rock and Trova
This will be a Rock Band Anthology. No matter the genre of music you find in Yucatan, there is always going to be a smooth, sweet ribbon of trova running through it. This is the signature of Yucatan and certainly with the rock that is born here.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living V National Exhibition of Ballroom Dance in Merida
Merida’s love affair with ballroom dancing is evident late every Sunday afternoon in front of the Municipal Palace, but this annual event is a spectacular that no one should miss!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Contemporary Dance in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: With Salt, Lemon and Chili
This is a performance by Compania de Danza Pies en el Aire (Dance Company Feet in the Air), under the direction of Tobias Ojeda Carrillo.
Location: Centro Cultural Tapanco, Calle 68 x 47, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: : $80 pesos general, $60 pesos with discounts

Yucatan Living Ju-on ( La maldicion) Ju-on: The Grudge
(2003 Japan). Director: Takashi Shimizu. Starring: Mequmi Okina, Misaki Ito, and Misa Uehara. A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61, Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) November 11, 2012

Yucatan Living Video Documentary: The Planet’s Fury: Hurricanes
How order prevails amid the chaos of storms with wind speeds of up to 350 km/hr.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: Sounds of Eastern Europe
Looking east, this program will walk the audience through the Slovakian and Czech landscapes, in a region called Bohemia. At the hands of Smetana and Dvořák, listeners will navigate the Vltava rivers in Moldova, through beautiful and evocative tone poems. Later in the program, the audience will take a tour of the Czech countryside through folk themes from Symphony No. 7. Master Rob Myers, principal trumpet of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, will demonstrate virtuosity and precision playing the Trumpet Concerto (1950) by Armenian A. Arutiunian, a work that evokes the spirit of Armenian folklore… you can hear the gypsy melodies and almost taste the blackberries.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Remembrance Day/Veterans Day Service
The official service will commence about 10:50 AM to allow for the 2 minutes of silence to be observed at 11:00 AM. There will be a couple of appropriate “messages” and prayers offered, along with the reading of “In Flanders Fields.” There will be poppies available for everyone. A light lunch will be provided. The bar will open after the service is finished. This will be the second year for this important event and every effort is being made to make it better. Please plan to attend, to honor our fallen vets.
Location: Bamboo Beach Restaurant, Chicxulub
Time: Please arrive around 10:00-10:15am for a bit of social visiting.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living First Concert Season: Banda Sinfonica Juvenil de Yucatan
This classical music performance includes Concilium Musicae and Coro Filarmonico, under the direction of Maestro Luis Luna Guarneros, with invited guest directors Irving Ariel Guzman Dzul, Cesar Anastasio Reyes Jimenez and Aaron Sanchez Yerves.
Location: Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, Calle 72 x 59
Time:11:00 AM, Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz/Blues Concert: Siller Blues Trio
Any smooth music is going to find a home in Yucatan and it won’t take long for Yucatan to make it her own. This is certainly the case with Jazz and the Blues and this trio is one of the best!
Location: Centro Cultural Tapanco, Calle 68 x 47
Time:7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Metamorfosis
Once again, the Compania de Danza Pies en el Aire, under the direction of Tobias Ojeda, treat us to a performance that slips the surly bonds of Earth and floats us away to rest our minds for the evening.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time:8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Poison for the Fairies Mexican Horror Film

Yucatan Living Veneno para las Hadas (Poison for the Fairies)
(1984 Mexico). Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada. Starring: Ana Patricia Pojo, Elsa Maria Gutierrez and Leonor LLausas. A 10 year old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naïve, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 12, 2012

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: Dracula
This performance begins the First Season of Professional Groups and Classical Dance Companies. Dracula is performed by the Classical Dance company of Yucatan, under the direction of Juan Gonzalez.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Closure of the Altar of the Dead and the Photographic Exposition
Funeral Art in Yucatan, for this occasion, is promoted by the Yucatan Association of Specialists in Restoration and Conservation of Heritage Buildings, A.C. This will be the last night that this exhibit will be available to view.
Location: Amaro Restaurant, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living 2012 Merida Music Festival November 18
Eight bands will be featured: Golden Years (oldies Rock & Roll), Colin Gow(60′s & 70′s nostalgia), Maydel (Cuban singing sensation), Los Lasgori (alternative & contemporary Rock), Amongstequals (Rock & Blues), CopyPaste (funk, rock, blues, soul), Flusbook (R & B), and Yucatan’s Symphony Horn Quartet.
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Admission: VIP: $1,000 pesos, includes unlimited food and drinks in an exclusive viewing area. General: $200 pesos in advance, $250 pesos on the day of the event. Free for children under 12. Tickets available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo and at Bierhaus in Colonia Mexico (Calle 23 # 93 x 18 y 20) or Bierhaus (Calle 62 x 57 y 59). There will be buses going to and from the hacienda from Hennessy’s every half hour during the event.

Ixil Farmers Market in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Mercado Campesino de Ixil (Ixil Farmer’s Market!): All Day: October 21, November 18, and December 16
This market is a joint project between Proyecto Itzaes, Rotary International, Palo Alto Rotary, Club Rotario Nuevas Generaciones de Merida and the Town of Ixil, Yucatan. The purpose is to offer local and regional producers and artisans an alternative, local place to sell their products at better prices. This is a “tents with tables and chairs” kind of event with lots of fresh and prepared foods, local honey, arts and crafts, handmade clothing and much, much more. There will even be live music and pony rides.
Location: Getting there is easy. There are plenty of signs to guide your way from Chicxulub Pueblo.
More Information: If anyone is interested in setting up a tent or table, please contact Simon Clopton at simon [dot] clopton [at] gmail [dot] com. Participation is free and open to the public.

Yucatan Living Mexican Novemberfest Dinner & Quiz Sunday Nov. 25
Three course Mexican & German menu, followed by the Novemberfest Quiz. Laughter all the way!
strong>Location: Hotel Zamna, Cale 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Party Starts at 7:00 PM
Admission: $135 pesos. This is a tickets only dinner event due to catering requirements. Tickets are on sale now from Hotel Zamna reception. Limit: 36 guests. For more information Call: 999-924-0103

Benefit Concert at Hacienda Ochil in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert + Intervention: Philip Glass + James Turrell – November 14, 2012
All funds will be donated to a foundation dedicated to preserve the Maya culture. After the concert, there will be a cocktail for all attendees.
Location: Amphitheater of Hacienda Ochil
Time: Still to be announced
Admission: $4,000 pesos

Yucatan Living Tennis XXVI Yucatan Cup: November 19 –24
This is a Junior’s Tennis Tournament, sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation. If you love watching tennis, this is for you!
Location: Club Campestre de Yucatan, A.C. Calle 30 Diagonal #500, Col. Mexico, Merida
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced
Visit the ITF Yucatan Cup website

Yucatan Living Third Jose Jacinto Cuevas National and International Piano Competition: November 24 to December 1
Contestants in this competition are all world class pianists. Never miss even one of these performances! We even recommend the practice sessions! Be sure to be there on November 30, where you will be able to watch the three best of the best pianists compete for this award, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan.
Location: Yet to be announced
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazaar November 22
This market will take place on the third Thursday of every month. Look for them on Facebook or contact Nola Melin on Facebook.
Location: Chixchulub
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird Photography and Drawing Contest: “Unidos por la aves” November 23
Winners will be announced at the opening of the Bird-a-Thon on November 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Central Building of UADY (Calle 60 # 491-A x 56, Merida Centro. This contest is open to children, young people, the general public and specialized photographers. The main objective is to promote knowledge, appreciation and conservation of birds in Yucatan and, at the same time, to promote a local market for bird watching. Learn More on the Festival de las Aves TOH 2012 website.

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: Astillas… de un mismo palo
“Chips… of the same suit” presents contemporary Cuban graphics by three young Cubans. Please visit the website of In La’Kech Gallery for more information on the artists, their work and this event.
For additional information: , Call: (999) 109-6319

Yucatan Living Arte a Mano Show by AANY: December 1 & 2
Mark your calendars for the Yucatan Peninsula’s best show of handmade arts & crafts! This show is in its fourth wonderful year now, and features reasonably-priced handmade items by many different artisans. You can buy everything from handmade knives to baskets, sculptures, jewelry… the list goes on. Find out more in our article on the Dec 2012 AANY show.
Location: CANACO Center off Avenida Itzaes (same place as last year)
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, both days
Admission: Yet to be announced

Yucatan Living Fundraiser: Galloping for Oasis: World AIDS Day December 1
This event is a fundraiser for the Oasis Shelter for low-income people with HIV / AIDS. Food (Thai FLASH and Ed’s Breads,) Full Bar (Hennessy’s,) ladies’ hat competition, a Polo match, live music, raffles….etc.
Location: Yucatan Polo Club
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Yet to be announced

Yucatan Living 2013 Planned Pethood Sterilization Clinic
Clear your calendars for the following days. If you can’t be there, please consider sending donations as more information on what is needed comes in.
January 6 and 7 (Sunday and Monday): Progreso
January 8 (Tuesday): Cholul or Progreso
January 9 (Wednesday): Day of Rest
January 10 – 13 (Thursday – Sunday): Merida
Goal: 300 animals spayed or neutered per day (2,100 animals !!!) We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

 

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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Arts, Movies, Festivals”

  1. it seems you got the days wrong on november’s calendar… please verify… it is a little confusing! paola

  2. we DID have it wrong. Thank you for pointing that out… fixed now!

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