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Merida Events: Donate, Listen and Dance!

This Week… starting November 24, 2008
Donations of Sweaters in Merida

Yucatan Living Notice: Donations of Sweaters and Blankets Needed
If you have any new or gently used sweaters, jackets, blankets, or bedspreads that you are not using, please consider donating them to those in need. Our note: Caps for children are needed as well. 
Dates: November 20 through 26
Location: Municipal DIF, Calle 64 # 541 x 65 y 67
Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
For more information: 928-0456 ext. 81900

Yucatan Living Notice: Free Piano Concerts ALL WEEK!
On Sunday, Nov. 23, at 5:00 PM, the First “José Jacinto Cuevas” National Contest of Piano began at Teatro Daniel Ayala.
There are two groups of participants in this contest: “Jóvenes” and “Mayores.” The younger group is “up to the age of 21,” with the cutoff birthday of October 3. The older group picks up at 21 and goes to “up to the age of 29,” with the cutoff birthday of October 3. This contest will be held every two years and is open even to foreign residents in Mexico. Competitions will be held throughout the week, with presentations of the winners in each category on Saturday night and the winner of the entire event performing with the Symphony on Friday night and Sunday at noon. They are listed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in our Events below, along with location, time and admission (if any).
Location of Competitions: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 59
Competition Times: Monday and Tuesday AM and PM, and Wednesday AM. You can drop anytime and hear delightful piano music and perhaps discover the future piano stars. The door to the theater is open after each participant plays all of their selections. You can stay as long as you want.
Phone: 924-02 77 or 928-6863 or use the contact information on the contest’s website.

As always…

For ongoing events and classes in Merida, please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!


On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week. When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!

As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.

At the Fair

The Entrance Fee to the Fair is $10 MXP.
The Parking Fee is: $25 MXP

Visit their Website HERE
Be certain to View the MAP
Yucatan Living Teatro del Pueblo (main midway, # 19 on the map):
There are a few great shows in this lineup, so take the time to read them all.
Monday, Nov. 24: Baile with the Grupo Censurado at 7:00 PM.
Preview Here
Monday, Nov. 24: Presentation of Yahir at 9:15 PM. Biography and Preview
Tuesday, Nov. 25: Festival “Festicantar” at 7:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 25: Presentacion of the Grupo AK7 at 9:15 PM.
Preview Here
Wednesday, Nov. 26: Grand Finale Festival Festicantar at 7:00 PM.
This is the contest among new trova singers, so don’t miss the winner!
Wednesday, Nov. 26: Gran Baile with la Sonora Santanera at 9:00 PM.
Sonora Santanera is our pick of the week. Preview Here
Thursday, Nov. 27: Function of Lucha Libre de la empresa AAA at 8:00 PM (yes – its wrestling, probably complete with fireworks and clown costumes) Preview Here
Friday, Nov. 28: Presentation of Panteon Rococo at 9:00 PM Preview Here
Saturday, Nov. 29: Presentation of the Grupo La Voz de Progreso and others
Sunday, Nov. 30: Festival of Radio, organized by Grupo Rivas at 12:00 PM. Website  (great photo gallery!)
Sunday, Nov. 30: Baile with the Banda Israel at 7:45 PM.
Preview Here
Admission: All events at Teatro del Pueblo are free

Yucatan Living Palenque (main midway, #12 on map):
Friday, Nov. 28: Ninel Conde. Official Site  (lots of previews on site)
Saturday, Nov. 29: Emmanuel and Alexander Acha.
Preview Here
Time: We believe these events begin at 9:00 PM, but please check with whomever your ticket agent is to make certain of the time.
Admission: Tickets for Events at The Palenque on sale at the main ticket office, located in Hotel Conquistador, as well as electronically through superboletos.com. Tickets are also on sale in Farmacias del Ahoro at Glorieta de la Donde,and Glorieta Paseo de Montejo. Tickets may also be purchased by telephone: 01-800-265-3867.

Other Shows At the Fair:Pope Pope's Circus

Yucatan Living Pope Pope’s Circus
This little circus has it all. There are acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, horseback riders, dancers and animal trainers.
Days and Times
Shows for Schools: Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:00 AM.
For the General Public: Monday through Saturday: 6:30 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 8:30 PM.

Yucatan Living Ukranian Magic Show: Anastasia
These presentations will take place from the 15th through the 23rd of November.
Location: Teatro Del Pueblo
Time: Mon. through Fri.: 8:30 PM, Sat.: 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM, Sun. 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Serpentarium
The Serpentarium will be open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM throughout the fair.

Yucatan Living The Dolphin Show
This show will include dolphins, seals, and divers.
Days and Times:
Shows for Schools: Monday through Friday: 11:30 AM; Admission: $15 MXP per person
For the General Public: Monday through Friday: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM.
Admission: $30 MXP

Yucatan Living Coca Cola’s Castillo de los Sueños (Castle of Dreams)Anastasia's Musical by Coca Cola
Bepensa does it again! In past years, we saw a magical performance of the Tarzan story. This time, it is the story of Anastasia, the only survivor of the Romanof family. These musicals are really must see events. This extravaganza stars Argentine performers Pereyra Samanta and Diego Ramos, who recently completed a season with the Argentine version of “High School Musical.” The cast will also include actors and dancers from Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Canada and Venezuela. Corographer for the event is Maestro Hugo Curcumellis.
Times: Daily Performances with times not yet listed.
Admission: Buy a Coke and you will get a ticket. The color of your ticket determines which performance you will see.

Yucatan Living Space Ship Simulator
How about taking the ultimate trip? This “ride” lasts approximately 5 minutes and simulates the experience of traveling through space.
Admission: $10 MXP and $30 MXP

 

Monday (Lunes) November 24, 2008

Yucatan Living Paradise & Aladdin: ON ICE on Broadway
Yes, there will be a huge spectacular on ice in Teatro Merida, brought to us all the way from Europe. Whatever else is going on tonight, this is certainly a "must see" performance.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM (two shows)
Admission: Call 944-9507 or (cell) 91 00 03 08 for the exclusive presale of tickets.

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for Nicolas Melo
Joaquin Melo is the principal flute player in the Orquestra Sinfonica de Yucatan. His son, age 6, has developed a degenerative brain disease called Luecodistrophy and is in urgent need of treatment. It is likely that he will need a bone marrow transplant and needs to be treated in Canada. The musicians of the orchestra and choirs, along with a soloist, will perform Carmina Burana. This will be a benefit concert to raise money for Nicolas to go to Canada for the treatment he needs and to support his mother while he is there. We are asking our readers to pass this plea for assistance on to as many people as possible because this disease has the potential to leave this little boy in a vegetative state. He needs treatment as quickly as possible.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 51
Time: 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Admission: TBD

Tuesday (Martes) November 25, 2008

Yucatan Living Movie: The Lives of Others
(Germany, 2006). Awards: Won Oscar. Another 58 wins & 21 nominations. This movie is at once a political thriller and a human drama. In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM TuesdayLos Condes
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Condes
Trio Los Condes has been a favorite of Merida and the world for 40 years. Their performances are always excellent. They are under the direction of Rosendo Palomo. Preview Trio Los Condes
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miércoles) November 26, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Dueto “Sonido Abierto” Bohemia
This performance is under the direction of Rudy Vallado, who will also be performing with Veronica Cabrera. Guest interpreters will be Monica Duran, Yutzil Itzel, Iris San Ramon, and Paul NoveloAll the President's Men.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: All the President’s Men
(U.S., 1976). This is the famous story of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who uncovered and published the details of Watergate that led to the downfall of Nixon. Anyone who does not know this story – should.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) November 27, 2008

Yucatan Living A Cordial Invitation: “The Jaguar Lives”
The Museo Regional de Antropología de Yucatán – Palacio Cantón, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) and Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatán, A.C. (PPY) are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition "The Jaguar Lives." This is going to be a wonderful exhibition and we hope everyone can attend. See more details on our Art in Merida page.
Location: Paseo de Montejo # 485 x Calle 43
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeCity's Choir

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Asi Canta America (Thus Sings America)
This is an annual presentation by the Choir of the City of Merida. The performance will be under the artistic direction of Nidia Gongora Cervera.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Mystery of Hezbollah
One year after the last war in Lebanon, Hezbollah remains a mystery. For the first time, its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, accepted the presence of Western cameras inside the organization and answers, under high security, the most delicate questions. By retracing the history of this movement, The Mystery of Hezbollah, an exceptional documentary, provides the keys to understanding what comes into play in this region
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Cinema Classics: Erin Brokovich
(U.S., 2000). This is the story of a young single mother who went to work for a law firm and brought a corporation to its knees. The film stars Julia Roberts in her Academy Award-winning role. The real Erin Brokovich is a national heroine and is still active today.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM ThrusdayThe Yucatones at Jazz'in Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Yucatones Are STILL Packing Them In!!!
Dan and Gary have plenty of new material and will be playing all your old favorites as well. So come down for some great music, a few drinks and David’s delicious enchiladas. If you aren’t into turkey, come join us!
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 # 465 x 53 y 55
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 MXP
For more information: Call: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hyatt
Tis the beginning of the season and nobody wants to cook when you can go out someplace wonderful to eat. Treat yourself to Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings at the Hyatt Regency this year. Might not be a bad idea to call in advance: 942-1234.
Time: 7:30 PM Thursday

Price: $259 MXP per person, tax included. This is for the buffet dinner only. Beverages are not included. 50% down payment at the time of registration

Friday (Viernes) November 28, 2008

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan 
This is the “Must See” event of the week. Tonight’s director is David Hernández Bretón. In addition to the always marvelous performance of our Symphony, the guest soloist will be the winner of the First “José Jacinto Cuevas” National Contest of Piano. This contest is being held in Merida, Nov. 23 through Nov. 30, so we may not know who the winner and guest soloist is until we arrive at the theater. Merida has long created an environment in which the best pianists can grow and mature. In this performance, we will be able to enjoy the fruits of those labors.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday: 9:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 PM
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 MXP (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is a surprise. Come and be surprised!
Location: Calle 56 # 465 x 53 y 55
Time: Friday, Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the Stars
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie: Shadow of the Vampire
Shadow of the Vampire is a film about the making of a German all time classic silent horror-movie from 1922 called Nosferatu-Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu-a Symphony of Horror). The production of Nosferatu had to deal with a lot of strange things (some crew members disappeared, some died). This movie focuses on the difficult relationship between Murnau, the director, and Schreck, the lead actor
Location: Centro Cultural Los Huachinangos, Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays, 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Movie: Darwin’s Nightmare
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesosEnemy of the State

Yucatan Living Movie: Enemy of the State
(U.S., 1998) Will Smith stars as an attorney who becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. Who doesn’t love to watch Will Smith on the big screen?
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art Show Opening: Ciudades Obscuras (Dark Cities)
Mexican painter Veronica Rodriguez will present her paintings at Hotel Villa Maria. The show will remain open for three weeks.
Location: Hotel Villa MariaCalle 59 x 68
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Antigone
This performance is an adaptation by Francisco Solis and will be under his direction.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: General $50 MXP; students and INAPAM: $30 MXP

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 29, 2008

Yucatan Living The Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. They usually meet at the Café Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, half a block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly knows as the “Burger King Circle.” For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej
Time: 9:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Amigos de Artesanos Nuevos de Yucatan (AANY) Art SalePresenting New Artisans
This event will be chock full of artisans from around the state showing very unique and beautiful hand-crafted articles… everything from Mayan waterflutes made from an ancient and very mysterious design, to hanging mobiles made from wood and jicaras (a local gourd), to jewelry made from local seeds… and so much more. If you are a fan of original arts and crafts, we will drop a hint: get there early. These artisans are not known for being prolific, so there will not be an unlimited selection! For more information check this page.
Location: Calle 57 #492 between Calles 56 and 58 (click here for school website)
Hours: 10 AM til 5 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Gala Concert: First “José Jacinto Cuevas” National Contest of Piano
This “full dress” performance will be the culmination of the week-long First “José Jacinto Cuevas” National Contest of Piano.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Phone: 924-02 77 or 928-6863 or use the contact information on the contest’s website.

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: La Huella del Deleite
This performance, under the direction of Gilma Tuyub, will feature the primere actress of the Teatro Regional Yucateco – Madeleine Lizama Candita – and many others.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General: $70 MXP

Yucatan Living Movie: En el Hoyo (In the Pit)
(Mexico, 2006) According to Mexican legend, the devil demands one soul be offered up for every bridge built, as a guarantee for the structure’s durability. In Juan Carlos Rulfo’s internationally praised documentary, this age-old adage takes on mammoth proportions.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Sunday (Domingo) November 30, 2008

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
This is the “Must See” event of the week. Tonight’s director is David Hernández Bretón. In addition to the always marvelous performance of our Symphony, the guest soloist will be the winner of the First “José Jacinto Cuevas” National Contest of Piano. This contest is being held in Merida, Nov. 23 through Nov. 30, so we may not know who the winner and guest soloist is until we arrive at the theater. Merida has long created an environment in which the best pianists can grow and mature. In this performance, we will be able to enjoy the fruits of those labors.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Sunday: 12:00 PM
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 MXP (students & INAPAM 50% discount

Yucatan Living Documentary: History of an Eagle
Over a period of 150 million years, the African Crowned Eagle has evolved to the point of becoming one of the most powerful birds on Earth.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Book Signing: Reservations OnlySaving The World One Dog At A Time: Dogs of the Yucatan
Dr. Frank (Brad) Barham is a retired cardiologist, turned successful sculptor and now writer has recently published Saving The World One Dog At A Time: Dogs of the Yucatan. As a fund raising effort on behalf of destitute Yucateco dogs, he will be present to personally sign his book and inscribe any personal dedication you may want. You will also be introduced to a new couple in Merida who now operate a Greek and Italian restaurant at the corner of 62 and 43, just one block east of the Palacio Canton (Museum of Archeology). They will be preparing a moussaka, pita sandwiches and a salad for the party so we can get an idea of what is going to be in store for us at the new restaurant! One or both of these dishes will be vegetarian, and wine and beer will be served as well. This will be a reservations-only event. Anny asks that you come with $200 pesos or $15 USD, good for an “e-ticket” for two, which will be donated to animal rescue efforts on the beaches near Progreso. Each ticket will be good for an autographed book and the dinner. Brad can only bring down 40 books this time, so be sure to make your reservations early.
Location: Calle 43 # 525 x 62 y 64 “At the sign of the Turkey”
Time: Sunday, Nov. 30, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: For reservations, e-mail: anny[at]casablancayucatan[dot]com

Yucatan Living Asi Canta America (Thus Sings America)
This is an annual presentation by the Choir of the City of Merida. The performance will be under the artistic direction of Nidia Gongora Cervera.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61


Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Invitation: Peter Mathews Lecture at Librería Amate Books
You are cordially invited to the lecture Reconstructing Classic Maya Dynasties by Dr. Peter Mathews. Dr. Mathews is an eminent Maya scholar, famous for his work on Maya hieroglyphs at sites such as Palenque and Yaxchilán. He is author of the book "La Escultura de Yaxchilán," coauthor of the books "The Code of Kings" and "The Bodega of Palenque" with Linda Schele, and is currently working on a monumental Who’s Who in the Classic Maya World list, which will compile the biographies of historical personages known from the hundreds of surviving Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions. He received his PhD from Yale and is currently Professor and Archaeology Program Coordinator at La Trobe University in Australia. He has also taught at Harvard University, the University of Calgary, and the University of Copenhagen. He was awarded a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1984, and in 2002 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in Australia.
Location: Librería Amate Books, Calle 60, No. 453 "A", x 49 y 51
Date and Time: Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free
Information: Tel 924-2222; e-mail: huunnah [at] gmail [dot] com

Coming Up Soon

Yucatan Living AFAD’s Annual “Extend a Hand, Save a Paw"Support Yucatan Stray Dogs and Cats
Wine, sandwiches, raffles, and much more. Mark your calendars for 8 PM on December 8 for a benefit for Yucatan Living’s favorite canine charity, AFAD (www.afad.org.mx)… buy your ticket and show your support!
Location: Calle 39 # 201 x 18, Monterreal
Time: Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:00 PM
Tickets: $200 MXP from Veterinaria Duarte or call 920-5019 / (91)52-0949

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna New Year’s Gala
This evening’s event will include a welcome drink, live entertainment, a Venetian party mask to each guest, a banquet dinner buffet, a glass of bubbly at midnight, fireworks, and many more personal touches.
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2008
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $250 MXP Limited to 50 guests.
Information: Phone: 924-0103 or e-mail: zamna.merida.centro[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living (Christmas) Decorate Your Bike Contest
This contest is for the children. If you either have children or know children in Yucatan, please let them know that there will be a Decorate Your Bike Contest as part of the Bici-Ruta on Dec. 7. Creativity is encouraged.
Location: Av. Paseo de Montejo and 58-A (Monumento a la Patria)
Time: 11:00 AM on Dec. 7
Admission: Free
Information: 924-4000

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


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4 Responses to “Merida Events: Donate, Listen and Dance!”

  1. Why do still use the MXP designation for pesos when I believe it changed in1993 to MXN? When making a conversion MXN is used not MXP.

    http://www.xe.net/ucc/convert.cgi

    Thanks!

  2. Jack,

    My grandmother used to tell me that “old people don’t like change” – I guess I got old when I wasn’t looking. However – forever young at heart – I promise to do better. :)

  3. How can we purchase a copy of the Yucatan Dog book? Can we buy online?

  4. Jim, I wish we had more “Yucatan Dog books,” but we don’t. We had a sell-out crowd last night and got contributions in excess of 10,000 pesos! It was a huge success.

    If you type in Amazon.com “Saving the World, One Dog at a Time” you can order it on line, but the author (who in turn donates the entire amount to rescue efforts) has to give part of the money to Amazon.

    There will be another signing here in February, I believe. If you can wait that long, be sure to watch for the event on Yucatan Living. And thank you for your support!!!

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