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Merida Events: Christmas Music

This Week… starting December 14, 2009

Yucatan Living Municipality of Merida’s Winter Book Fair
While we realize that many of our readers do not speak Spanish, we also know that quite a few do – and many of you are history buffs as well. All of these Book Fair events will be in Spanish but, looking down the list, we realized that a significant number of them will be introducing books that we just can’t wait to read – and we didn’t want you to miss the chance to be at their launching as well.
Dec. 11 – Dec. 20 All Events are Free
Dec. 11: Inauguration in Corridors of City Hall, 11:00 AM
Dec. 11: Tribute to Calero Manuel Rosado in Hall of the City Council, 8:00 PM
Dec. 12: Recognition of Prohispen’s 15th Anniversary. Prohispen is the cultural center supported by Asociación Civil “Patronato Prehistoria Peninsular, AC, whose mission it is to preserve the collective memory of the peninsula. They have a wonderful website that all history buffs will enjoy. You can find it here. This event takes place at Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, 1:00 PM
Dec. 12: Book Launch: “Ba´ax Pasa Brother. Diccionario Enciclopédico Social de las Culturas Juveniles. Ilustrado” by Edgar Rodríguez Cimé  and published by Ayuntamiento de Mérida. This event takes place at Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, 7:00 PM
Dec. 14: Book Launch: “Popol Vuh en breves palabras”. Trilingue, de Maldonado Editores del Mayab by Prof. Santiago Gómez y Cámara. We don’t know how one writes such a book “in brief,” but we’re game. How about you? This event takes place at Centro Cultural José  Martí  / Parque de las Américas, 7:00 PM
Dec. 17: Book Launch: “Del Líbano…lo que debemos recordar. Resembrando raíces” (From Lebanon… What We Remember. Replanting Roots) by María Teresa Cuevas Seba. Co -Edición del Fondo Editorial del Ayuntamiento de Mérida. This event takes place at Centro Cultural José  Martí  / Parque de las Américas, 7:00 PM
Dec. 18 y 19: Theater: “Los ojos abiertos de ella”  Under the direction of Nelson Cepeda Borba. This event takes place at Centro Cultural José  Martí  / Parque de las Américas, 8:00 PM
Dec. 20: Closing of the Winter Book Fair as part of Merida en Domingo. 11:00 AM


Municipal FIestas This WeekTizimin Fiesta

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta 26 Day Event
Dec. 5 through Jan. 10
This is a huge fair in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin Website to see loads of pictures of this great rea. 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. Their fairs and religious celebrations are always "must attend" events.

Yucatan Living Tixpéual 4 Day Event
Dec. 17 through Dec. 20
This is the annual "County Fair" of this municipality. Tixpéual 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?” Tixpéual is one of those places where, when you tell folks you live "in a little 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 Tixpéual is Otomi and that is the language they speak. Read more about their history HERE.  Since there are fewer than 300,000 Otomi left in Mexico, this group of people is one of the treasures of Yucatan. 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. 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. There are always bullfights at this fair, along with a 15 km cattle drive from Sucilá to Espita. You can also find ramilletes at this fair.

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta 5 Day EventTunkas Fiesta
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 the 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. 


In the City

Monday (Lunes) December 14, 2009

Yucatan Living Are You Ready for Football?
Mercer Cigars is open for business 7 days a week and you NFL fans have got a corner on the market on Sunday, Monday nights, and (beginning Nov. 26) on Thursday night as well. 
Location: in the Lounge of Mercer Cigars, Prolongación Montejo, Next to la Parrilla
Time: Sunday: 11 to 7, then the length of the game on Monday and Thursday nights
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) December 15, 2009

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan
Finalists of the New Voices of the Mayab, the Second Generation
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: FreeTrio Ensueño

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Ensueño
Under the direction of Diego Cocom, this beloved trio is always wonderful entertainment.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Saw
This 2004 torture-terror movie stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Leigh Whannel. There is an entire series of these “blood and guts” movies, each bloodier than the last and most in 3-D.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grand Finale: The New Voices of Yucatan!The New Voices of Yucatan
This performance will be the Grand Finale in the Second State Contest to determine the best vocal interpretations of Popular Song and Trova Yucateca. There is probably more talent in this state than anywhere else on Earth! This contest, along with several choirs and other vocal groups, out of a call to replace some singers in a popular teen group. When auditions were over, there were 600 children and young people who were qualified to take their place in the music world. So this annual contest was born the very next year and Yucatan has proven itself, once again, to be the best of the best in producing sheer volumes of talent.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free with advance ticket

Yucatan Living Musical Magazine: La Noche de la Carcajada
The Night of the Laugh. This is all of the information we have on this performance.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free with advance ticket


Wednesday (Miercoles) December 16, 2009

Yucatan Living Ballads: Maria Teresa
Also featuring Chillout Lounge and Clasicos Yucatecos
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free with advance ticket

Yucatan Living The Nutcracker Suite BalletThe Nutcracker Suite Ballet
Yes! We knew they would come! Merida loves the St. Petersburg Russian Ballet with all its heart and they always make time to stop and perform for us at Christmas. Be sure to make this performance but, if you can’t, then cross your fingers and hope we get a surprise "one show only" visit from them as they head back home. It isn’t Christmas in Merida without the Russian Ballet and the Nutcracker Suite. We do hope everyone can attend. 
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets are on sale at the box office – Please get yours early!
For More Information, Call: 924-9990

Yucatan Living A Christmas Concert: Banda Juvenil del ICY
This band is under the direction of Luis Luna Guarneros and it is a wonderfully talented group of young people.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free with advance ticket


Thursday (Jueves) December 17, 2009

Yucatan Living A Concert by Alberto Alvarez
How exciting! It is not often that we get to hear this masterful pianist and teacher to the stars on stage alone. His performances are always an experience to remember.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: A Christmas ProgramCoro Polifonico
Tonight’s performance is by the Coro Polifonico del ICY, under the masterful direction of Victor Manuel Rubio. This is a wonderful choir and we wish we could see much more of them!
Location: Capilla del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Avenida Itzaes)
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Choir of the City of Merida
Come and experience “The Magic of Christmas” under the artistic direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora Cervera.
Location: Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Fatima (Calle 20 # 204 x 23 y 25, Col. Garcia Gineres)
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Film: The Truth of the Maya Prophecies
(Silke Grasreiner) The Mayas dominated and preserved the art of foresight. More than 500 years ago they foresaw the arrival of the Spanish Conquerors and the following changes in the world. They transmitted their visions verbally, later they were written down, for example in the so-called "Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel". The prophecies for the time until the end of the Maya calender in the year 2012 are astonishing.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos


Friday (Viernes) December 18, 2009Evolucion Animal Shelter Benefit Party

Yucatan Living A Benefit Fiesta Invitation from Evolución
You are cordially invited to a Reunion de Amigos de los Animales. Its a party! From what we understand, there will be local animal related art including paintings, photographs and sculptures available for purchase in order to raise donations for the shelter. There will be sandwiches, soda and wine, and raffles too! You are especially invited to come and see the work they have done throughout the year.
Location: Escuela de Teatro Regional Yucateco, Calle 59 #604-B x 74 y 76, Centro – Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos donation
Contact e-mail snjbenson[at]yahoo[dot]com

Yucatan Living Documentary: Darwin’s Nightmare
Some time in the 1960′s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Bolero: Oliver in Concert
Palabras de Amor (Words of Love). Needless to say, this will be an excellent performance!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free with advance ticket

Yucatan Living Movie: Apocalypse Now
(1979). Director: Francis Ford Coppola. Stars: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fisbume, Sam Bottoms, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, and more! During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free


Saturday (Sábado) December 19, 2009

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Art & Popular Culture Open Air Market
This is an important program that is in support of the municipalities and communities throughout our state. If you wanted to give gifts that are “the real thing” this year, and if you want to lend your support to the talented folks from our outlying communities and municipalities, this is the place for you. These are the artists and artisans, mostly women, from municipalities across the entire state.
Location: Parque de Mejorada, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: A Night of Rock
Alberto Selem and the Squires. If you can’t make it to see the Yucatones, there’s still rock in the city.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free with advance ticket

Yucatan Living Movie: Plum Tree
El Ciruelo tells the story of the vanishing of a little settlement in the Nayarit´s sierra. The town is flooded by the water of the “El Cajón´s dam”, while the families that lived there try to become accustomed to the life on the “New Ciruelo”.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Scenes From a Marriage
This Ingmar Bergman film stars Liv Ullman and follows the relationship of Marianne and Johan as they separate, engage in extramarital affairs, bond, re-bond and eventually divorce. Their relationship continues after the divorce,
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Yucatones are HERE!Yucatones at the Beach
See? We told you they’d be back! This Yolisto Meetup is an important event for all expats, especially for those who may not have yet contributed to the Santa Project that will be taking place in Chelem and Chuburna. Presents or cash donations can be dropped off at tonight’s event. These children are so deserving and, until just last year, had no one to be their Santa. Now, with your help, they do. There will be 2 for 1 Margaritas, La Playa’s famous buffet, with a roast pork carving station, bbq chicken, and more. There will also be prizes given away. Come and listen to all of your classic rock favorites with the Legendary Yucatones!  
Location: La Playa Restaurant, near the Glorieta in Chelem
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $100 pesos


Sunday (Domingo) December 20, 2009

Yucatan Living Classical Music: A Concert to End the School Year
This is going to be a huge night of entertainment, featuring the Coro Cesareo Chan Blanco, along with the Sistema Estatal de Coros and the Orquestas Juveniles del Estado. That translates to some of the finest young voices and musicians in the world! They are, of course, under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free with advance ticket

Yucatan Living Documentary: Dino Planet
Come and watch as one dinosaur after the other wins the competition for survival in a hostile world.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeCity Choir

Yucatan Living The Choir of the City of Merida
Come and experience “The Magic of Christmas” under the artistic direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora Cervera.
Location: Iglesia San Francisco de Asis, Calle 60 # 479, Col. Alcala Martin
Time: 8:45 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Direct from Mexico City: The Beatle Band of Mexico!
Wait til you see this performance. This band does the Beatles, complete with costumes and wigs, as well as the Beatles did themselves!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $250, $200, $150, and $100 pesos. Tickets on sale at the theater box office. 


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living December 21: Christmas Concert: The Children’s Choir at the Cathedral
This performance will be under the direction of Maria de Jesus and accompanied by Jim Smiley, who will be playing the Cathedral’s pipe organ, one of only two pipe organs in the southeast of Mexico. Mr. Smiley happens to own the other one. Mr. Smiley is an expat from NYC and hopes to raise enough money to restore the Cathedral’s pipe organ to its former glory. Look for a full article about this project soon. In the meantime, please do come and enjoy the Children’s Choir as they sing for you at Christmas in our beautiful Cathedral in Merida.
Location: Cathedral, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Free

Spay and Neuter Clinic in Merida and ProgresoYucatan Living January 11-15: Spay and Neuter Clinic… Tell Your Friends! and your Neighborhood!
Bring your pets or spread the word. Planned Pethood US and Mexico, along with Yucatan Government, AFAD, UADY and other organizations want to sterilize at least a thousand dogs and cats in Merida and Progreso. Different times and locations. Call 305-2078 for an appointment and locations before January 5th.

Yucatan Living January 15, 2010: Slow Foods Farmer’s Market
This organic farmer’s market will launch on Friday, January 15, 2010, and will be held every Friday after that. Vendors who wish to sell their products at the Farmer’s Market must send a solicitation describing the product and retail prices to David Sterling Los Dos Cooking School, Calle 68 No. 517, Colonia Centro. Phone: 999.928.1116. You may also e-mail chefsterling [at] los-dos [dot] com
Location: Calle 31 # 70 x 12 y 14, Col. Chuburna de Hidalgo
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM all Fridays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Semilla Yoga Workshops: January 29, 30, & 31
Moving in th 5 Energies with Jnanan Dakini
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26, Col. Garcia Generes
Admission: $1,500 pesos

Yucatan Living Saturday: April 3, 2010: Sir Elton John To Sing at Chichen ItzaElton John in Chichen Itza
This performance is one that many have been waiting for. This singer-composer-pianist has sold over 250 million records and has had more than 50 hit songs. There is not a generation in the past 40 years that has not had their age defined by one of his masterpieces. If you miss getting a reserved ticket, we are certain there will be other opportunities to get a ticket between now and the time of the concert. We will keep you informed with all the latest on this exciting event.
Admission: $10,000 pesos, $7,000 pesos, $5,000 pesos, $3,000 pesos, $2,000 pesos and $1,000 pesos.
Reservations: 942-1933 and 942-1931, Dec. 7 – 15, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Note: Reservations can be made with a 25% deposit.


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One Response to “Merida Events: Christmas Music”

  1. This is a fantastic calendar of events. Unfortunately I do not live in merida yet but do visit often. This is one of the many reasons that I love Merida/Yucatan. So much going on all of the time.
    Will the Yucatones have a regular venue in the near future?
    Happy Holidays


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