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Merida Events: Benefit Concert Wednesday

This Week… starting June 28, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Xocchel Fiesta 6 Day Event – June 24 through June 29 each year
This is the annual Xocchel Fiesta that honors San Juan Bautista, patron saint of the Municipality of Xocchel. If you are looking for a municipality that is off the beaten path – but the beaten path is still nearby – Xocchel should be your destination of choice. This small municipality lies less than an hour southeast of the City of Merida, on the road to Valladolid, and the 21st century has not quite made it there. To see a great map, plus pictures of the area and towns in Xocchel, click on Bicycle Yucatan, our favorite traveling the back roads of Yucatan website.

Yucatan Living Panaba Fiesta 5 Day Event – June 26 through June 30
This is Panaba’s annual fiesta honoring San Pedro and San Pablo. Panaba is just inland to the southeast of San Felipe and Rio Lagartos. Almost everyone there is involved in either fishing or the cattle industry, or both. Languages spoken in Panaba include Mayan and Zapoteco. Look for good food at even the most humble establishment here!

Yucatan Living Samahil Fiesta 9 Day Event – June 29 through July 7
This fiesta is in honor of San Pedro Abad, patrono del pueblo. Samahil is home to a very young, multi-talented group of indigenous teens who live in school shelters and hostels in Chemax, Samahil, Yaxcopoil, and San Antonio Sodzil. Since 2005, the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples has been funding Indigenous Digital Information Centers, where they teach information management and communication technology! The work of these young people can be found on their own Broadcasters in Boarding Schools website.

If you like rodeos, Samahil is a great area to visit, although we have to laugh a bit when we hear that Samahil is a sleepy little rodeo town. It reminds us of still hearing that Progreso is a sleepy little fishing village. If you want to visit Samahil in the Spring, watch our calendar for news of when the Virgin of Tetiz and the Love of Christ from Kinchil will be passing through Samahil on their way to Hunucma. Samahil can easily be found on this maplandia map. This little town seems to be on the way to everywhere in Yucatan and it is always busy with plenty of artisans and craftsmen in all directions.


In the City of Merida

We will add July’s events as soon as they are posted by the Cultural Offices of the State of Yucatan and the Municipality of Merida, so check back often.


Monday (Lunes) June 28, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Democratic Monday
On Mondays, the film is chosen by a vote among the audience members.
Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) June 29, 2010

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: 500th Performance!
The program tonight only says "invited trios", but don’t you just know this will be a huge event? Its the 500th performance of Tuesday of Trova! Look for all the greats to be a part of this performance!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x 62
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan: Nuevos Valores
Tonight’s performers include Andrea Gissel Vazquez Flores, Carolina Ramirez Nunez, Julio Emmanuel Lopez Febles and Daniel Medina Suarez.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64Paranoid Park, playing in Merida, Yucatan
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Paranoid Park
(2007). Director Gus Van Sant. Stars: Gabe Nevins and Daniel Liu. A teenage skateboarder’s life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Expositions
Tonight heralds the opening of expositions featuring the sculpture of Gladys Diaz (in Salas 1 and 2) and the paintings of Ariel Guzman (in Sala 3) at the Olimpo.
Location: Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, Calle 61 x 62
Time: Tuesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: A Tribute to Judity Perez Romero
Tonight’s performance also celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. Invited Guest Performers will include Atril 6 and the Rondalla Universitaria de Yucatan. If you are not familiar with these groups, you have missed the best of Yucatan and certainly the best of UADY!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Tuesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) June 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: The Choir of the City of Merida
Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Maestra Nidia Gongora. This is one of the best choirs we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x 62
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: FreeBenefit Concert for AFAD

Yucatan Living Concert For Life: Benefit for AFAD (One of Merida’s Two Private Pet Shelters)

Two very lovely and VERY popular women here inMerida will be giving a benefit concert for the stray dogs and cats of Merida. Maria Teresa and
Malena Durán will be singing at the Casino Life building in north Merida
Location: Concert Club at Casino Live at Plaza Galerías (near Liverpool)
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $200 pesos. Tickets sold at Frappé (Ave. del Campestre at Calle 3, 4 pm to 10 pm Friday to Wednesday) or at Casino Life. For more information, call Nextel 30.85.901 or go to www.afad.org.mx

Yucatan Living Festival of the Closing of the Courses in the Workshops of Older Adults
We have no idea what all will be involved in this festival, but it sounds like great fun! The coordinator is Mtra. Nancy Roche Reyes. She is often involved in the production of theater events at Centro Cultural y Recreativo La Iberica; she is also the director of the entire cultural center. Since this festival covers the closing of more than one workshop, we expect everything from performance art to handicrafts. In either case, this is going to be a great late afternoon festival to attend and a great group of students to support.
Location: Plaza of Centro Cultural La Iberica, Calle 37 between 74 and 74A, Col. Garcia Giners
Time: Wednesday, 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Closing of the Courses of CIMI
This is another event that makes the quality of life in Yucatan so very special. CIMI stands for Centro de Iniciacion Musical Infantil. This is the place where Yucatan’s children begin their journey toward becoming members of the Orquesta Sinfonica Infantil de Yucatan. We always ask that everyone please come and support the children and young people of Yucatan whenever you can. Their development is the key to our future.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Thursday (Jueves) July 1, 2010

Yucatan Living Spectacular Music: Mi Buenos Aires Querido
The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, under the direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido, accompanied by the tenor Luis Luna Guarneros and the Choir of the City of Merida, under the direction of Nidia Gongora, will offer a series of concerts in honor of Argentina (Working Gringa Editorial Note: We wonder how many people will attend this with mixed emotions, after Mexico’s defeat to Argentina in the World Cup!). This performance includes everything from tango to love songs. There is to be one more performance of this program on July 11, at the Metropolitan Technological University in Tekax, but we have no time listed for that performance. Try not to miss the performance in Merida. It has been described as delicious!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Pecados de Mi Padre
Argentina, 2010. Back, apparently, by popular demand. This is a documentary made about the boy who grew up with Pablo Escobar, the famous druglord in Colombia, as his father. Original footage of his time as a child, along with extensive interviews make this a fascinating look at an unusual life. During the making of the documentary, the director assists the subject in making amends with the children of his father’s victims. We’re pretty sure the movie is in Spanish… not sure about English subtitles.
: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, Students $15 pesos


Friday (Viernes) July 2, 2010

Yucatan Living Which Way Home

This 2009 documentary follows unaccompanied children who are migrants as they travel through Mexico, trying to reach the United States. To quote imdb.com, "We follow children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans, who are desperately trying to reach their parents in the US.; children like Jose, a ten-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a canny, streetwise fourteen-year old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the U.S. and send money back to her. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the children you never hear about; the invisible ones."
In Spanish with English subtitles.
: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, Students $15 pesos


Saturday (Sabado) July 3, 2010

Yucatan Living Food Inc.

You’ll never look at food the same way after seeing this movie. Certainly, you’ll never think the same way about corn, cows, chickens or high fructose corn syrup. This movie, made in 2008, begins to get at the truth of the corporate-controlled food industry in the United States, and where the food comes from that ends up on their plates (you know, the plates of THOSE people back in the States…).The only way to change things for the better is to become educated consumers. This movie is a good start! In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, Students $15 pesos


Sunday (Domingo) July 4, 2010

Yucatan Living Third Annual 4th of July BBQ
Sponsored by the Merida English Language Library, the International Women’s Club of Merida, and the Merida Men’s Club, this is a traditional summer Independence Day cookout at the beach. You might be in Mexico but you’ll feel like you’re in the good ol’ USA (or Canada…).
Location: Maps to the event location will be at MELL! (same as Chili Cook Off)
Time: Sunday, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Adults $100 pesos each,
children under 12 $50 pesos each.
Only 200 tickets will be sold.
Ticket purchase includes hotdogs, hamburgers and snacks. Bring a picnic lunch for your family if you want.
(Beer and refrescos will be available for purchase). Tickets must be purchased in advance at MELL (Calle 53, #524 x 66 y 68, Centro). There will be no tickets at the gate!


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living You Are Invited! The Yucatan Association of Cactus and SucculentsASYCS, meeting in Merida, Yucatan
This is one of those times when it sure would help to be a Spanish speaker but we suspect that the love of plants can overcome much, so don’t miss a chance to join this group. They are dedicated to the cultivation, study and discussion of succulent plants. The ASYCS membership includes botanists, farmers, traders, and plant lovers. For more information, visit the ASYCS Website.

ASYCS meetings will usually be held at Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas de Yucatan (CICY), Calle 43 # 130, Col. Chuburna de Hidalgo, Merida in Edificio de Esudiantes / Salon 1. Be sure and check back often for the next meeting date, usually late in the month.

10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan

Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba). This is a 6-month-long festival that begins on April 8th and travels from Jalisco to Merida and on to Colombia and Venezuela before its final performances in Merida in October. Visit the MySpace page of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan for a complete listing of the international dates. In case there is anyone who doesn’t believe that a voice is the equivalent of a musical instrument or that a choir is the equivalent of an orchestra, we invite you to listen to samples of their work on their MySpace page. We especially liked A una dama que iba cubierta and La Cochinita Pibil. Performance dates near Merida include:
July 10 & 11: Concert under the direction of maestro Jose Antonio Rincon (Colombia) in Chicxulub Puerto.
October 9 & 13: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan, Merida.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living July 23 through August 1Tunich Fair at Dzitya
If you are building or decorating a home, you absolutely do not want to miss this fair. It grows larger every year and now has international companies coming to see what treasures they can find to export to their home countries. We are beyond belief lucky to have this village right on the edge of Merida! For more on this event, along with pictures of a few of the goodies you’ll find here, visit our article, The Stones of Dzitya.  The organizers are currently working with Veracruz as the guest state for 2010. We will keep you posted as we learn new information. To see more pictures, a video and a calendar of events from 2009, visit en-Yucatan…and don’t forget, there will also be free transportation provided to and from Centro to the fair.

Yucatan Living November 21, 2010Taste of Playa
This is a huge annual event where over 40 restaurants are highlighted in a one day event. It was a great success last year, so be sure and put it on your list for Fall travel must see and do.
Time: 2 PM to 9 PM
More: Check the details on the Taste of Playa website.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo


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