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Merida Events: Dance and More Dance

This Week… starting August 23, 2010

When Summer Vacation is over, we continue to strongly recommend that you nap fast because the Fall Cultural Festival will soon begin in Yucatan. In some years, this means over 1,000 events in less than one month – bridged by the Day of the Dead to the State Fair, with another 1,000 events or so – until the Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which will take us on toward Christmas. This year, imagine the usual cavalcade of events, and then throw in anything special for the Centennial and Bicentennial Celebrations! In effect, after these next couple of weeks, you will have zero time off from great events in Yucatan until Christmas!

 

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Don’t forget to check back on our events for last week and the week before. There are still plenty of Municipal Festivals that began during those weeks and will continue until the end of the month.

Yucatan Living Seye Fiesta: 5 Day Event: August 23 through August 27Seye Fiesta
This fiesta is in honor of St. Bartholomew. If you are looking for a fine hemp hammock, you can find one in Seye. If you are looking for a great place in the country, Seye is close enough to Merida to ride out to the fiesta and take a look around. This is old henequen country, the very spot where much of Yucatan’s 19th and early 20th century history took place. In addition, did you know that Yucatan has an endangered species of hairless pig? They are being raised by 8 farmers in 3 communities, one of which is Seye. Read all about them here.

Yucatan Living Muxupip Fiesta  One Day Event: August 25
This fiesta is in honor of Santiago Apostol. Muxupip is not too far from the city. It is located just to the southeast of Motul. Things to see in Muxupip include the Temple of Santiago, the Chapel of Santa Cruz (constructed in the 17th century) and the principal residence of the former hacienda Casa Catzmil.

Yucatan Living Tekanto Fiesta  3 Day Event: August 26 through August 28
This fiesta is in honor of San Agustin. Tekanto is located just north of Izamal and to the south of Suma and Teya. It is just past Bokoba. Artisans in this area make huipiles decorated with cross-stitched embroidery. They also make hammocks of sisal fibers. Tekanto is very proud of its 18th century church in honor of San Augustin. This is the church that is the destination of the Black Christ of Citilcum, in the Municipality of Hoctun.

 

In the City of Merida

 

Monday (Lunes) August 23, 2010

Yucatan Living Photographic Exhibition: Francisco BalderasBalderas Show in Merida
Although this show began on August 21, we feel it is worthy of mention again this week. The name of the show is Sight and it is about seeing with one’s heart what is invisible to the eye. This is an important concept and one with which everyone needs to spend a bit of alone time.
Location: Galeria Maya: Calle 72 N. #464 x 51 y 53
Time: During gallery hours
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Meditation
Location: Villa Serena, Calle 24 #201 x 23 y 25, Garcia Gineres
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Call (999) 920-5611

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 24, 2010

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan / Nuevos Valores
Tonight’s performance is a Tribute to the Beatles with a performance by the Rubber Soul Band.
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64Taking Woodstock
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free (cash café, of course)

Yucatan Living Cinema: Taking Woodstock
(U.S. 2009) Director: Ang Lee. A man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: Danzart
This performance is under the direction of Abril Ferraez.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 and 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living A Tribute to the Beatles
Featuring Colectivo La Caverna
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $50 pesos

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 25, 2010Double Indemnity

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: Double Indemnity
(U.S. 1944) Director: Billy Wilder, with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator’s suspicions.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
The first performance tonight is by Azzara Belly Dance Company, under the direction of Giselle Amaral.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
This is a performance by the Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Sol, under the direction of Maria Jose Palma.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Benjamin Ramirez: Cosmogonia Maya Benjamin Ramirez Art
What a wonderful treat! Sometimes, the best thing in life is a second chance and we’ve got a second chance to see Cosmogonia Maya. On the opening night of this exhibition, Benjamin Ramirez was so busy that he did not have time to answer many of the questions that were put to him. In addition, several people were unable to attend that night. To rectify this situation, the artist is going to give a private tour of the show. The one-hour tour will be in English. He will speak about the inspiration for the show, Mayan symbolism and ideology, provide technical information, and will answer any questions. If you do not know Benjamin Ramirez and his work, read our interview with him.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Instituto de Cultura de Yucatan, Calle 60 #411 x 45 y 47, Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembering the Composers
Remember, this is the 3rd Wednesday of the month and its time for Remembering the Composers in Merida. These concerts are always very special and something that, if you love the music of Yucatan, you should always try to attend.
Location: Museum of Yucateca Song, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 26, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
This is a performance by Baatsil Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Betsabe Castillo.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: Mildred Pierce
(US 1945) Director: Michael Curtiz, with Joan Crawford and Jack Carson. After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can’t win the approval of her spoiled daughter. Joan Crawford at her best!
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) August 27, 2010

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
This performance is by the Ariadne Fuszion Dance Company, under the direction of Ariadne Montilla.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesosThe Postman Always Rings Twice

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: The Postman Always Rings Twice
(U.S. 1946) Director: Tay Garnett, Starring: Lana Turner, John Garfield and Hume Cronyn. A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband… but even once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
This performance is by Grupo + Danza, under the direction of Gina Pedraza.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Salma la Bicentenaria
This performance is under the direction of Raul Niño
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets Available at the box office

Yucatan Living Yo Soy Sanando (I Am Healing)
Location: Villa Serena, Calle 24 #201 x 23 y 25, Garcia Gineres
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Admission: Call (999) 920-5611

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 28, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
The program is called tres + tres (three + three) It includes the work of three choreographers from three contries: Eun Jung Choi (originally from Korea and living in the U.S.A. since 1992); Manuel Fajardo from Venezuela and myself from Catalonia (Spain, living in Mérida since 2002). The three works have in common the collaboration with the yucatecan composer Manuel Estrella.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: Gilda
(U.S. 1946) Director: Charles Vidor, with Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. The sinister boss of a South American casino finds that his right-hand man Johnny and his sensuous new wife Gilda already know each other. This is Rita Hayworth’s most famous role.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: The Killers
(Australia 1946) Director: Robert Siodmak. From a story by Ernest Hemingway. Starring: Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, and Edmond O’Brien. Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: FreeGrupo Folklorico Raices

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
This is a performance by Grupo Folklorico Raices, under the direction of Adrian Cerda.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Salma la Bicentenaria
This performance is under the direction of Raul Niño
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets Available at the box office

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 29, 2010Enamorada, 1946

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: Enamorada
(Mexico 1946) Director: Emilio Fernandez, Stars: Maria Felix and Pedro Armendariz.. During the Mexican Revolution, a guerrilla general (Armendáriz) and his troops take the conservative town of Cholula.This film is in Spanish and may not have English subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups
This is a performance by the, under the direction of Meilyn Fuentes.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Season III: Independent Dance Groups

This is a performance by Echoes Experimental Dance Company, under the direction of Alfonso Garcia.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Salma la Bicentenaria
This performance is under the direction of Raul Niño
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets Available at the box office

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yoga Kundalini: Sept. 7 and Sept. 11
Location: Villa Serena, Calle 24 # 201 x 23 y 25, Garcia Gineres
Time:  On the 7th: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM; On the 11th: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Admission: Call (999) 920-5611

Yucatan Living Second Race with a 10K and 3K Walk – Sunday September 5Race in benefit of Children with Cancer
This event is sponsored by Telcel and exersite.com.mx. Proceeds will go toward supporting the needs of children with cancer and their families. The slogan for this race is “Now is the time for Heroes!” Won’t you be a hero for children with cancer?
Sign Up: You can sign up to participate in this race by calling Exersite: 167-9257 and 167-9258. 

Yucatan Living Celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial and Hotel Zamna’s 3rd Anniversary – Saturday September 11
This will be an evening of live music under the stars, along with a 3-course dinner with wine, a Zamna Prize Quiz, and free local beers, spirits & wine throughout the night. There will be a charge for imported drinks and wine. The menu includes roast pepper and carrot soup with bread, pork in a creamy Xcatic sauce, spring vegetables and rice, plus simply divine peaches & pears marinated in brandy with limon sorbet. If the weather does not cooperate, this event will be moved inside. 
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors open at 7:30 PM, Dinner is served at 8:00 PM, Concert at 9:30 PM
Admission: $220 pesos, but tickets must be picked up and paid for in advance because of the need for catering. There is a limit of 40 guests, so please pick up your tickets early.
For more information, Call: 999-924-0103

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan – October 9 & 13 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 doesnt 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 in Merida are:
October 9 & 13: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

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 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 Taste of PlayaNovember 21, 2010
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.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 2 PM to 9 PM
More Information: Check the details on the Taste of Playa website.

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 

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