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Merida Events: Dramatango and Gremios

This Week… starting January 23, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Temax Fiesta: 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. 

Yucatan Living Valladolid Candelaria Fiesta: January 26 through February 3Fiesta de Valladolid 2012
This fiesta is one of the most important fiestas in the state. It is held in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus, to confirm that, for Catholics, Jesus is the Light of the World, and it also marks the time when the chicle workers returned from months of hard work in the forests. It is also held to honor the beekeepers and other farmers. All events focus on the community and the family unit. The fiesta eventually grew so large that it began causing damage to the city itself, so it was moved to a commercial area, Los Gavilanes, which is in the outlying suburbs of Valladolid. Candles are still lit to the Virgin in the annex of the Church of the Candlemas. While no one was paying attention, this sleepy little rodeo town grew into a commercial and industrial giant and, with the elevation of Chichen Itza to the status of One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Valladolid has become a tourist Mecca, as well as a new and upcoming place for expatriates to settle.

Yucatan Living Tekal de Venegas Candelaria Fiesta: January 28 through January 31
Tekal de Venegas is a tiny municipality in the north-central part of the state. It is south of Temax and Dzoncauich, north of Izamal and Tunkas, west of Tunkas and Cenotillo, and east of Tepakan. (See Maplandia) Only about 2,300 people live there and half of them are indigenous. Their languages are Spanish and Mayan. More than half of the population works in agriculture, cattle ranching, or fishing. We found some pictures of this municipality online and they showed a high level of poverty. Tekal de Venegas is only 11 miles northeast of Izamal, on the road to Temax. Ox Watz is a well designed ecotourism area owned by 56 partners who are native citizens of Tekal de Venegas. What a wonderful idea! We are sure this fiesta will be well worth attending – and please don’t pass up a chance to visit Ox Watz!

Yucatan Living Tzucacab Candelaria Fiesta: January 28 through January 31Tzucacab Yucatan
Tzucacab is located on the southern border of Yucatan, just east of the point. It lies between Tekax and Peto, and shares its southern border with the State of Quintana Roo. Approximately 12,600 people live in Tzucacab, about 7,000 of whom are Mayans, for whom Mayan is the principal language. This is farming and cattle country, so look for lots of leatherwork here. But the extreme southern part of our state also happens to produce artisans of fine jewelry, so be on the lookout for jewelry here too. Remember that there are volunteer farming opportunities  in Tzucacab as well. …and Tzucacab, through Rancho Hobonil, which is home to one of our favorite programs, the International Veterinary Medicine program, sponsored by the University of Florida. There are some wonderful things in the interior of our state and we hope everyone takes the opportunity to find that out, especially at these fiestas.

In The City

Yucatan Living The Festival of the City of Merida: January 5 through January 30Festival of the City of Merida 2012
This festival celebrates the 470th anniversary of the founding of the City of Merida. There will be approximately 200 events held in the city in a 3 ½ week period of time. Every year, this festival grows and the events become more spectacular. We are beginning to get dates on some of the events and will enter them in our calendar, as well as presenting them – week-by-week – here in the Events column, so check back regularly to see our updated calendar.

 

Monday (Lunes) January 23, 2012

Yucatan Living Dance: Two Secrets Tango
This is a performance by the Dramatango Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Dixieland Merida Street
There is a growing expat community for whom this is music from home, so this is sure to be a well attended concert.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free Gremios and Vaquerias in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Grand Procession, Gremios and Magna Vaqueria
This event is in honor of the Festival of the City of Merida. It will be a wonderful event that is wrapped in all of the colors and joy of Yucatan.
Location: In front of the ground floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Invitation: Tertulia (Gathering) Concert
This is a benefit concert to help teachers who have been laid off from their jobs.
Martyn van den Hoek (piano), Christopher Collins Lee (violin), accompanied by Marieli Sosa(piano).
Location: Centro Cultural ProHispen, Calle 19 #94 x 18 y 20, Col. Mexico
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: $300 pesos donation

 

Tuesday (Martes) January 24, 2012Marisela Vargas in Concert

Yucatan Living Concert: Shake Your Body and Dance With Me
This is a live performance by Marisela Vargas. Looks like the music this week is all designed to get us up and moving (or at least tapping our toes).
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 25, 2012

Yucatan Living Alex Moguel in Concert: Fly With You
Another very special evening with one of Merida’s singing greats!
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM WednesdayRosana Chi and Zuleika Diaz
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Rosana Chi and Zuleika Diaz
This is a Latin American music event and sure to be an audience pleaser.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Maelstrom
Now here’s an interesting event: Laboratory tango. We know the performance will be excellent because it is under the direction of Juan Manuel Coral and because Merida seems to be having a love affair with the tango these days. This performance is certainly worth investigating. Who knows? You might even pick up a few style pointers.
Location: Auditorium the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission:
Free

Yucatan Living Dance / Music / Theater: Revolution of the Soul
This is a performance of the Tribe Hair, and is a Casa Rosa production.
Location: Tapanco Cultural Center, Calle 46 x 68, Col. Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: FreeArt Exhibit

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exibition: Atelier Romo and Uncharted Journey
This is an opening of an exhibit of Cuban paintings and other arte plastica of the 1980′s.
Location: Manolo Rivero Gallery, Inside Hotel Trinidad Galeria, Calle 51 #456 x 60, Col. Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Open Mic at Amate Bookstore
The “In Your Eyes” Foundation and Amate Books proudly present Music, poetry, comedy, or whatever talent YOU can bring. “No use sitting alone in your room…come to the cabaret!” Invited artists will perform for your pleasure, but all are encouraged to bring a guitar, banjo, poetry, fiction, comedy, harmonica, violin, tuba, whatever. Share your talent, be a star at Cabaret Amate.
Location: Amate Books, Calle 60 y 51, Merida
Time: 7:00 pm, Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos cover includes 2 free drinks (beer or wine) cafe, or $50 pesos toward the purchase of a book. This event happens weekly.

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 26, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event as soon as we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.
Addalberto in Concert

Yucatan Living 30th Anniversary Concert: Addalberto
If you can only see one performance this week, this is the one. Never miss a chance to hear the sweet, smooth voice of Yucatan’s own Addalberto.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 pm Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Too Far
This is a performance by the ever popular singer, Chacho Siller.
Location: Museum of th City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance/Theater/Music: More Birds with One Stone
This performance, by the Magio Company, is a tribute to Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquin Sabina, two famous Mexican artists of literature.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM ThursdayPerformance at the MACAY, Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Performance: Mimesis
This is a multidisciplinary digital performance. The original idea and visuals are by Josue Abraham. The music is by Gonzalo Cardenas, and the dance is by Veronica Santiago, Meli Correa and Manu Fajardo. Should be very cutting edge.
Location: at the MACAY, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Robert Burns Evening Dinner & Concert
Traditional Scottish Dinner: St Andrews vegetable soup with a hint of Whiskey served with Bread Roll. Arbroath Fish Cakes served with Creamy Clapshot, a side dish of Beets and Tipsy Laired along with Scotch Coffees. After Dinner mini prize quiz…"Scotland the Brave".a wee taxing of the brain for a spirited prize.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 x 70 and 72.
Time: Doors Open: 7:00 PM, Dinner Served: 7:30, Concert: 9:30 PM
Admission: $135 pesos. Limited to 34 guests, only 12 tickets left. Tickets Available from Reception

Yucatan Living Progreso: Writer’s Seminar
Want to learn how to get your book published in today’s market? How to maximize your opportunities for successful publishing, and avoid the pitfalls that prevent so many from getting published? Malcolm Massey writes action-adventure books and publishes them online. He has given several local seminars and has found that there is a need for not only assistance with publishing, but for editing as well.
Location: Centro de Idiomas y Especialidades Progreso (CEIP) in Progreso, Calle 31 No. 142-A between 76 y 78 Centro. Just one block off of 78 as you drive into Progreso from Merida
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: Class size is limited, the cost is $100 pesos. Reservations: Send Malcolm an e-mail (malcolmmassey [at] hotmail [dot] com) with Seminar in the subject line.

Friday (Viernes)January 27, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event when we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living OSY Program 2Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2012
Between Spain and France, dances and foot stamping! The exotic and famous Dance Bacchanal from the opera presented at the end of the season, Samson and Delilah, by C. Saint-Saens, tells the party that held the Philistines to capture Samson after the treacherous Delilah takes the strength he had in his long hair. Back in his homeland, Cecilio Perera interprets the Concierto Madrigal joined on second guitar by Jaime Marquez, currently director of Festival International Cervantino. Spanish composers Manuel and Rodrigo de Falla, capture the essence of Spanish dances, the fandango and foot stamping like the French Maurice Ravel, with his haunting and mesmerizing Bolero. This promises to be a lively show!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Annual Municipal Book Fair-January 27 – Feb. 5
Vendors sell a myriad of books from outdoor stalls in front of the Ayuntamiento. Most books are in Spanish, but its still fun to look!
Location: Lower floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Irrational Numbers
This is a performance by the locally acclaimed Tumaka’t Contemporary Dance Company.
Location: in the Pasaje Revolucion (Calle 60, on the side of the Cathedral).
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance/Music/Theater: Letters of Love and Tango
This performance is under the direction of Silvia Kater and is another opportunity to enjoy tango in Merida.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living M.E.L.L. Game Night: Last Friday in January


After a holiday break, M.E.L.L.’s Game Night will return on the last Friday in January. Patrons can feel free to bring in a favorite game and the library will provide the snacks. Sodas and water will be on sale at a discounted price, as will other refreshments. There are some fairly accomplished backgammon and Scrabble players in the expat community, and are always finding new games (such as Upwords and Farkel) to enjoy. Why not challenge someone you’re not used to playing against and see if your wordsmithing and logic skills are really up to par?
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: Game Night begins between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM and lasts for approximately two hours.

 

Saturday (Sabado)January 28, 2012

Yucatan Living Dance: Gala de Ballet
This performance will include the Youth Ballet of Yucatan, the Ballet Pro Danza de Cuba, and the Compania Provincial de Ballet – all under the direction of Victor Salas.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets at the box office

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Mexican Night and ConcertsMexican Night in Merida Yucatan
Felicia Estrada in Concert: 7:30 PM. After that, the Grand Finale of the VIII "Merida Dances" Ballroom Dancing Contest, starting at 8:00 PM
Location: Remate de Montejo, Calle 49 x Montejo.
Time: Saturday, from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maria Medina
This is a performance by yet another of Merida’s all time favorite singers.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ivan Adrian Cetina in Concert
The title of this performance is Baroque Design. The variety of musical artists in Merida is stunning!
Location: Concha Acustica, Parque de las Americas, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 29, 2012

Yucatan Living Walking with Dinosaurs. Sky Giants
Yet another documentary about dinosaurs… but little children (and big ones!) never get tired of them.
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living OSY Program 2Jaime Marquez, Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan
Between Spain and France, dances and foot stamping! The exotic and famous Dance Bacchanal from the opera presented at the end of the season, Samson and Delilah, by C. Saint-Saens, tells the party that held the Philistines to capture Samson after the treacherous Delilah takes the strength he had in his long hair. Back in his homeland, Cecilio Perera interprets the Concierto Madrigal joined on second guitar by Jaime Marquez, currently director of Festival International Cervantino. Spanish composers Manuel and Rodrigo de Falla, capture the essence of Spanish dances, the fandango and foot stamping like the French Maurice Ravel, with his haunting and mesmerizing Bolero.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Dance: Cascanueces (The Nutcracker)
This performance will include the Youth Ballet of Yucatan, the Ballet Pro Danza de Cuba, and the Compania Provincial de Ballet – all under the direction of Victor Salas.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM,  Sunday        
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Dance: Music and Dance for the Gods
A performance by Grupo Caracol Sagrado under the direction of Moises Hernandez.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: FreeMauricio Bonfiglio in Concert in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Mauricio Bonfiglio in Concert: Jarana Jazz
It almost doesn’t get any better than this. The flavor of jazz in Merida is strong and steady – and usually in the able hands of Mauricio Bonfiglio. We always recommend his performances. And here’s one where he is setting traditional jarana dance music to the jazz beat.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Diálogos of Besugos and Frida
This performance is under the direction of Rosalía Loeza and Milton Acereto. The dance company was not listed, but Merida is well known for all forms of dance so these performances are always a treat.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming SoonChocolate Workshop in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living A Chocolate Workshop: February 4, 2012
Learn to make all of your favorite Mexican recipes that have chocolate as one of the ingredients.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska, Calle 68 x 55
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: $170 pesos general admission, $150 pesos students
Reservations must be made by January 28

Yucatan Living St. Valentines Dinner and Concert : Tuesday 14th February
Four course Dinner. Live concert with Jorge Garcia & Friends. This is a event for anyone who enjoys great food and music and good company.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 x 70 and 72.
Time: Doors Open: 7:00 PM, Dinner Served: 7:30 PM, Concert: 9:30 PM
Admission: $135 pesos, Limited to 34 guests. Tickets available now from hotel reception.

Yucatan Living 2012 Carnival in MeridaCarnaval Merida 2012
February 15 – 22, 2012
The 2012 Carnival in Merida website is up and running. Little by little, all of the pages are being filled. Now is the time to become familiar with the site so you can check back often for updates. Yucatan Living will be adding Carnival events and news as they becomes available. Tickets for the Palcos are on sale now. Call 294-7380 Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. Or if you don’t want to call, get your tickets for a small additional fee through YES, Yucatan Expatriate Services.

Yucatan Living Merida’s First Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Love KillsMerida Mystery Dinner Theater
It is a dark and sinister evening in Mérida, and a group of travelers have found themselves drawn together in a strange and mysterious hotel. Suddenly, there is a scream! Murder! Without warning, our travelers find themselves in the middle of a Murder Mystery. The mayhem escalates when our brilliant Inspector Gustavo (Gary DeRose) is called to task to solve the murder. All murder suspects must be detained and questioned. And it is up to YOU the audience, to help Inspector Gustavo find our killer and bring him (or her) to justice!
This light-hearted comedy is a Whodunit Mérida-style! “Murder in Mérida: Love Kills” is an interactive performance following the traditional structure of the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – introduce the characters, kill one of them, then figure out who did it. During each break between acts, a different course of the meal is served and characters mingle with the audience helping to make sense of the clues provided. Inspector Gustavo and the rest of the cast will have you in stitches as you figure out “Whodunit”! For an evening of fun, mischief and laughs, you won’t want to miss “Murder in Mérida: Love Kills”.
Tickets On Sale Now:available through Hennessy’s Irish Pub 999-923-8993
Ticket price: $375 pesos includes three –course dinner and show.(alcoholic beverages billed separately)
Show dates:
Sunday March 4: 2:00 PM matinee
Monday, March 5: 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 6: 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 7: 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 8: 7:30 PM
*Seating ½ hour before show. Please come early. www.meridamysterytheatre.com
Proceeds from the show go to help two not-for-profits AMANC and Evolución A.C.

Yucatan Living Air Supply at Hacienda Chichi Suarez
Wednesday  March 7, 2012Air Supply in Merida
This will be Air Supply’s 35th Anniversary Concert tour, and not the first time they have come to Merida. They actually have quite a large following here and it promises to be a high-energy concert. Plus, it’s out at a hacienda… a lovely venue for a concert. 
Location: Hacienda Chichi Suarez, Calle 35 x 14 s/n Hacienda Chichi Suarez, Yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: VIP $1,200 Gold: $1,000, Silver: $800, General $600 pesos. Tickets on sale in the offices of More Music, located in the Banorte Tower, Paseo de Montejo # 310, 2nd floor.

Yucatan Living International Women’s Day Event: March 8 – 10, 2012International Women's Day
This event has been organized by We Move Forward, an organization dedicated to helping women reach their full potential. Please visit the website of We Move Forwardfor more information. 
Location: Isla Mujeres
Time: TBA
Admission: $645 USD until Nov 30, $695 USD thereafter. Includes membership in WMF. Group rates are available. Reservations are now being taken.

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