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Merida Events: Chili Cookoff & Obama

This Week… starting January 19 , 2009

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This week, we are giving you not only the fiestas that begin this week, along with the regular weekly calendar, but also the entire season’s calendars for Carnival and the Symphony. We will continue to put those events in our weekly lineup, but wanted our readers to have future dates around which special events and visits to the city can be planned. 


Municipal Fiestas This Week

Only one fiesta begins this week, and only one begins next week as well. However, the following week, six fairs will begin in municipalities throughout the state. We hope you can visit and enjoy each and every one!

Yucatan Living Temax Fiesta 7 Day EventTemax, Yucatan
Last Week of January
This fiesta is in honor of la Virgen de la Purísima Concepción. This year, it begins on Saturday, January 24th. Temax is located a couple of small municipalities inland from the beach, at about the center of our coastline. They are close enough to the beach that turtles are listed as part of the wildlife found there. Of the 3,231 folks who live in Temax, 2,392 are Mayans and Mayan is the principal language spoken there. Temax has some of the most exciting recent (20th century) history in all of Yucatan. Read about it HERE

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) January 19, 2008

Yucatan Living Quedate en Madrid (Stay in Madrid)
A concert with Eduardo Vazquez and Javier Alcalia. Spanish pop music from the 80’s.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Henequen, the Musical
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
This weeek’s movie: Shawshank RedemptionShawshank Redemption
Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940′s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Tuesday (Martes) January 20, 2008

Yucatan Living The Inauguration of Barack ObamaBarak Obamas' Inauguration in Merida, Yucatan
Merida English Language Library, in conjunction with Fiesta Americana Hotel, is hosting a very special event: The Inauguration of Barack Obama: 44th President of The United States of America. You are cordially invited to attend and view this historic event LIVE on CNN. The swearing in ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 AM, Merida time. This is a public event with seating limited to what is usually available at La Hach. Posters will be sold to raise money for the local Change is Coming group, which is doing community service in Merida, so bring a donation!
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free. Coffee will be available for purchase at 10:00 AM. The bar will open at 11:00 AM. Food service will be available.

Yucatan Living Lorca, Palabra y Movimiento (Poetry, Words, and Movement)
A performance by the Dance Company Grupo Magio
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living La Alfombra (The Carpet)
Theater of the absurd. A Performance by Gestos Olvidados Theater Company
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Jorge Saldana
Presented by the Journalists of TV and Radio
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: FreeSex, Lies and Videotape

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: Sex Lies and Videotape
Steven Soderbergh explodes onto the scene with this provocative, intelligent drama about infidelity and voyeurism. Ann Milaney (Andie MacDowell) lives in a comfortable Louisiana home with her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher). She spends her days fretting over the insurmountable problems of the world and her own unfocused sense of melancholy.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Te Quiero Merida (I Love You Merida)
This is a concert by Mozu… La Voz and is a “must see” event.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) January 21, 2008

Yucatan Living Negro Blanco (White Black)
This is a performance by the Experimental Dance Company “Echoes”
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: Aguirre
The ruthless and insane Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition down the Amazon in search of El Dorado, gold and wealth. Directed by the famous Werner Herzog.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living El Fagot En Los 10 Mejores Rincones de Merida
The Bassoon in the 10 Better Corners of Merida. A music demonstration.

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM WednesdayCuarteto Orpheus
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cuarteto Orpheus
Tonight, Cuarteto Orpheus will present works by Mozart and Strauss. This is truly a “must see” performance.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grafica Española (Spanish Graphics)
Opening of a collection that is on loan to Merida from the Institute of Graphic Arts in Oaxaca.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Del Negro Al Blanco (From Black to White)
Opening of an installation of a collective featuring paintings, sculpture, and photography.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) January 22, 2008Ballet and Orchestra in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Gala de Ballet
Juan Carlos Lomónaco Director,
Soloists from Centro de Arte Bertha de la Peña and
Music by Straus, Tchaikovsky, and others.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Weekdays: 9:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM (unless otherwise specified)
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 pesos (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living I Love Clint Eastwood
This is a comedy theater performance.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ajal Yete Yuum K Iin (Despertar con el Padre Sol) To Wake Up With the Father Sun
This is a performance by the “YumKin” Group (Señor Sol) and is classified as Experimental Ethnic Music.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

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

 

Friday (Viernes) January 23, 2008

Yucatan Living Gala de Ballet
Juan Carlos Lomónaco Director,
Soloists from Centro de Arte Bertha de la Peña and music by Straus, Tchaikovsky, and others.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Weekdays: 9:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM (unless otherwise specified)
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 pesos (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Besame  (Kiss Me)
This is a must see performance by our own Marilu Basulto, one of Merida’s finest female voices.
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living In Concert: Shaila Durcal and Ricardo MontanerShalia Durcal in Concert
Shaila Durcal is from Madrid, Spain. Ricardo Montaner was born in Argentina, but grew up in Venezuela. This is going to be an exceptionally good concert.
Shaila’s Official Site
She Sings 
Ricardo’s Official Site 
He Sings 
Location: Carlos Iturralde Stadium at the Kukulkan Sport Center
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: None Listed

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Four lads find themselves heavily in debt to an East End hard man and his enforcers after a crooked card game. Overhearing their neighbours in the next flat plotting to hold up a group of out-of-their-depth drug growers, our heros decide to stitch up the robbers in turn. In a way the confusion really starts when a pair of antique double-barrelled shotguns go missing in a completely different scam.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Documentary: Wai A Rini, The Power of Dreams
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living La Maldicion del Sol (The Curse of the Sun)
This is a performance by the Theater Company “Libelula Negra
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 24, 2008

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnival
Location: Audiovisual Center in the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice
The story is based on Jane Austen’s novel about five sisters – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet – in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood. The movie version is the one that stars Keira Knightley.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 25, 2008Chilli Cook Off Directions

Yucatan Living Merida English Language Library Chili Cook Off

Today is the day! The biggest event of the year! Please come out and support the cooks and your library.

Location: Calle 33 # 378-A x 6 y 4 Col. Montebello

Admission: Check at the Library

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gala de Ballet
Juan Carlos Lomónaco Director,
Soloists from Centro de Arte Bertha de la Peña, music by Straus, Tchaikovsky, and others.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Weekdays: 9:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM (unless otherwise specified)
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 pesos (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: The Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon
Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed whilst tailing a man. The girl who asked him to follow the man turns out not to be who she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the ‘Maltese Falcon’, a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Tribute to the Beatles, "CLASSICAL STYLE"
Come and hear The Fenix Quartet, four of the finest musicians in Merida, who will provide you with an evening of class and style. Tickets are limited to 50 guests and you must purchase tickets prior to the event. Included will be a Dinner Buffet, served at 8:30 PM.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 5476 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday January 30
Admission: $90 pesos
Information: (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Super Bowl Sunday
This is an all you can eat and drink event, serving barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings. The beer is Cervezas Nacionales. Are You Ready for Football???
When: Sunday February 1st.
Location: Mercer Lounge, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Next to La Parrilla Restaurant
Time: The Lounge is open from noon until midnight
Admission: For this Event: $250 pesos

Also Coming Soon…

Calendar: Carnival Merida 2009

Official Website of the 2009 Carnival Merida
This website contains maps of routes and additional information concerning Carnival in Merida, both past and present. And for your quick planning purposes, here are the main Carnival events:

Yucatan Living Saturday January 31st Merida 2009 Carnaval
Coronation of the King and Queen of Carnival 2009
The Kings and Queens presented tonight will include:
The King and Queen of Carnival, The King and Queen of the “Third Age,” The King and Queen of “Discapacidad Intelectual,” The King and Queen of “Discapacidad Motriz,” and The King and Queen “Infantiles.”
Location: La Inalámbrica Sports Complex
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Saturday February 7th
Contest of Comparsas (Infantiles and General)
This is going to be a wonderful event! A comparsa is a dancing group, dressed in carnival clothes, and accompanied by a band. These groups tend to remain together and get better with each passing year. If anyone has been to a Women’s Dance, you know that any of these groups could fare well on the stages of Las Vegas and Broadway.
Location: Parque de la Colonia Aleman
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday February 18th
Quema del Mal Humor(The Burning of the Bad Mood)
This event takes place on the second Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. See our article on about this event HERE.
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingThursday February 19th
Preschoolers’ Parade
This is not a long parade because the participants are so young, but it is a “must see” event. The photo opportunities are outstanding!
Location: From the Municipal Palace to Parque de Santa Lucia
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingFriday February 20th
Parade of “Corso
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Saturday  February 21st
Parade of “Fantasia
This is certainly one of the most popular parades of the season.
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday February 22nd
Parade of Bachata
Carnival with a Caribbean beat. The closest we can come to describing this event is to say that it is the Caribbean equivalent of the Cajun “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll)!
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Monday February 23rd
Regional Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday February 24th
Batalla de las Flores” Parade (Battle of the Flowers)
This is the equivalent of the Tournament of Roses Parade – except with a tropical flavor. Needless to say, this is a “must see” parade!
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday February 25th
Quema de Juan Carnaval (The Burning of Juan Carnival)
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Chili Cookoff & Obama”

  1. The ticket prices for this presentation of the symphony start at $250.00 pesos.

  2. Cairo Cinema Cafe-what a gem. The foreign DVD selection for rent is overwhelming, the movie theater is perfect and the cafe food is yummy.

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