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Merida Events: Dzitya Handcraft Fair

This Week… starting July 20, 2009

Yucatan Living Dzitya Municipal Handicraft FairDzitya Municipal Fair
This is one of the biggest events in the entire year and is an absolute "must attend" for anyone who is decorating, building, or remodeling a home – as well as for anyone who wants to get that Christmas list out of the way with "fine" gifts for everybody on the list. This year, there will be 150 of the best craftsmen in all of Yucatan in attendance. Their work will be in a variety of media, colors, and designs. This year, too, there will be special guest craftsmen from the State of Michoacan. They will be bringing textiles, copperwork, hats, guitars, and more. In addition, they will be bringing their traditional dancers and the Inchapiru Orchestra. Again – this is a must attend event. Visit our article on The Stones of Dzitya to learn more about the wonderful things you can find in this small village on the north side of Merida.
Location: The town of Dzitya
Date: July 24 to August 02, 2009 All Day Event
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Habla‘s Summer Specials
Habla has a number of courses and workshops available throughout the months of July and August. The ones remaining include:

Bomba and Intro to Percussion
Bomba classes are taught by percussionist Charly Barbera and dancer Laura Riebock.
Charly Barbera will teach the Intro to Percussion workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring any kind of percussion instrument they might own or be able to borrow.
Bomba Course — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00pm-9:30pm, July 14th to July 23rd — 250 pesos
Bomba Performance — Saturday, July 25th, 6:00-7:30pm – Free
Natural Object Wind Mobiles
This workshop will be held in at Parque Aak in collaboration with our partner organization Kookay.
Artist Elayna Toby Singer will help participants make wind mobiles from natural objects. A wide variety of materials (twigs, metals, yarn, beads, etc.) can be used to create mobiles so bring unique items of various shapes, sizes and textures to incorporate into your one-of-a-kind piece. Additional materials will be supplied by Parque Aak.
Found Object Wind Mobiles — Saturday, August, 1st, 10:00am-1:00pm — 50 pesos suggested donation

To reserve your space for any courses or workshops please contact us at contact [at] habla [dot] org or call us at 948 1872.

Municipal Fiesta This Week

Only two municipial fiestas begin this week, but what fiestas they are! Be sure to try and make it to both of them because each is represents a unique slice of culture in Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Rio Lagartos FiestaRio Lagartos Activities
July 22 through July 25
This fiesta is in honor of Santiago Apostol. There will be many religious ceremonies, processions, vaquerias and bull fights. Rio Lagartos is a fishing municipality, so look for great seafood here, as well as cotton hammocks, huipiles, blouses, and guayaberas. Rio Lagartos is a tiny municipality, located on the coast between San Felipe and Tizimin. There are mangroves here and loads of opportunities to take boat rides both in the Gulf of Mexico and up the river. These coastal municipalities are each mini-wonderlands all their own, so don’t miss an opportunity to visit whenever you can.

Yucatan Living Valladolid Fiesta  One Day Event
July 26
This is a one day fiesta in honor of Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana. Valladolid is located in the eastern part of the State of Yucatan and is one of the signature municipalities in the identity of the state itself. Valladolid is the land of horse ranching, restored cathedrals, cenotes, archaeological ruins, and one of the most active business and trade areas in all of Mexico. Valladolid is a must see for all of the expats who know to look off of the tourist trails for surprises that make memories forever. Never miss an opportunity to visit Valladolid, even for a one day fiesta.

Yucatan Living Fiestas in Santiago
Tuesday   July 21 to August 7

For our readers who live in Santiago, the celebration of Santo Cristo de la Transfiguración begins on Tuesday, July 21, at 10:00 AM. Processions that include the Black Christ will begin on Sunday, July 26 and continue, with processions by 13 different unions, until Friday, August 7. In most cases, the processions are at 10:00 AM and the masses are at 11:00 AM.

In the City This Week

There’s plenty going on in the city – but, because it is so hot, almost all of it consists of ongoing art shows in galleries, and book presentations, lectures and videos in Spanish.

Monday (Lunes) July 20, 2009

Yucatan Living Salon at Cafe Chocolate
This weeks reading is Louise Fresco – A powerful thinker and globe-trotting adviser …on how to feed the whole world (a case for white bread)
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 x 55 y 53
Time: Mondays: 5:00 PM
Admission: Suggested donation of $20 pesos

Yucatan Living DogmaDogma by Kevin Smith
A Film by Kevin Smith. An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loophole and re-enter Heaven. Uh, right. Sounds interesting…
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) July 21, 2009

Yucatan Living Trova and Boleros: Roberto Canedo
See Roberto Canedo at Restaurante Amaro on Saturday and Tuesday nights.
Location: Restaurante Amaro, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free, Cash BarTrio Despertar in Concert

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Despertar
This beloved trova group is under the direction of Fabian Cano. They never fail to give a great performance and their shows are well worth attanding.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 62
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Baseball: Leones vs Quintana Roo
Location: Kukulcan Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission:  $150, $90, $50, & $15 pesos

Yucatan Living Music: Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan
Tonight, you will hear the voice of cantautora Adrea Priscila Gutierrez Gonzalez, along with the traditional dance group "Ek Balam," and others. Remember – this is the place where the new voice of Yucatan was born and is developing. Do visit regularly and be a part of this wonderful transformation.
Location Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 22, 2009

Yucatan Living Contemporary Trova: Fito Haro
This headliner always gives a great performance.
Location: Restaurante Amaro, Wednesday and Saturday nights
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free, Cash Bar

Yucatan Living Baseball: Leones vs Quintana Roo
Location: Kukulcan Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:  $150, $90, $50, & $15 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Dead Zone
A film by David Cronenberg. A man awakens from a coma to discover that he has psychic detective skills. Based on a book by Stephen King.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Recital of Voice and PianoRecital of Voice and Piano
We cannot stress "must see" enough on this one! This is a recital where you will hear the voice of Julio Velazquez and the piano of Alberto Alvarez, teacher to the stars on a world wide scale! "Must attend" does not even begin to tell you what a great performance this will be. It boggles the mind that this could actually be free!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sweet and Low Down
(1999) Written by, directed by, and starring: Woody Allen With Sean Penn, Uma Thermon, Samantha Morton, Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Moll, and John Walters. We follow the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray, who is totally irresponsible, arrogant, obnoxious, and alcohol-abusing, as he behaves badly and lives through a strange obsession with a better known guitarist. Beautiful guitar music in this movie!
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: Folkloric Dance: Culural Exchange
Tonight, the performance will be by the Lol Be Folkloric Ballet of Samahil, Yucatan, under the direction of Manuel Baas; and the La Morena Folkloric Ballet of La Barca, Jalisco, under the direction of Jose de Jesus Alvarado.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Thursday (Jueves) July 23, 2009

Yucatan Living Recital of Piano and Flute
This is a recital by Mario Bolio and Manuel Chavez. Now this is going to be an excellent performance. We do not get to hear Mario Bolio often enough and this pairing with Manuel Chavez should provide us with an excellent evening of entertainment. The reason we get all of these marvelous recitals is that they are required by the professional cources of these often world class musicians and singers. Since their schools and universities are in Merida, we are the lucky audience. Ticket prices to see these folks would be beyond belief if we were seeing them anywhere else in the world! So – when you see "recital" in Merida, you know its going to be great! Try not to miss even one!
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeThe Classic Vampire Movie

Yucatan Living Movie: The Vampire
The classic vampire movie by Werner Herzog
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Baseball: Leones vs Quintana Roo
Location: Kukulcan Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:  $150, $90, $50, & $15 pesos

Yucatan Living Dance: V Folkloric Ballet of Province to Province
Tonight’s performance is by the Folkloric Ballets of Ticul and Lol Ixim
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Friday (Viernes) July 24, 2009

Yucatan Living Contemporary Trova: Regina Carrillo
This young lady performs at Restaurante Amaro on Friday nights.
Location: Restaurante Amaro, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free, Cash Bar

Yucatan Living Movie: Alien
Another classic film, this time directed by Ridley Scott. In space, no one can hear you scream!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tango Show
This performance is by Paola de Martino, from Uruguay and students.
Location: Galerias, in the mall behind Liverpool
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: V Folkloric Ballet of Province to Province
Tonight’s performance is by the Folkloric Ballet of Guanajuato
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Improvisational Music at the MACAY

Acoustic musicians from Vienna team up with a local Yucatecan to provide an improvisational performance at the museum. Check out the website for musician bios… should be an interesting night!
Location: MACAY museum, Calle 60 between Calle 63 and 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free




Saturday (Sábado) July 25, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Venus
A film by Roger Mitchell. Life for 2 veteran actors gets turned upside down ater they meet a brash teenager.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Night of Peruvian Magic
Saturday July 25Peruvian Music in Merida, Yucatan
Music Under the Stars is now a Saturday Evening Event
Menu: Roast Yorkshire Ham & Pineapple, Sweet chillis in a brandy sauce, coleslaw, golden french style fries, choice of desert.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72
Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM, Dinner at 8:30 PM, Live music at 9:00 PM
Admission: $90 pesos per person, tickets must be collected before the event due to catering

Yucatan LivingTrova and Boleros: Roberto Canedo
See Roberto Canedo at Restaurante Amaro on Saturday and Tuesday nights.
Location: Restaurante Amaro, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free, Cash Bar

Yucatan Living Contemporary Trova: Fito Haro
This headliner always gives a great performance.
Location: Restaurante Amaro, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday and Saturday nights
Admission: Free, Cash Bar

Yucatan Living 4th Annual Jazz Series in Tribute to Miles Davis
Tonight’s performers will be Tom Kubin, who defines Jazz guitar music around the world. This is an Austrian who is as at home playing jazz with a symphony in Europe as he is running the Jazz Circuit in California. He loves Mexico and Mexico, in turn, loves him back. In addition, look for Alejandro Mora, on bass, Tirso Buenfil, on drums, and Edgar Boffil, on piano. These are all absolutely top of the line entertainers, so this is a "must see" event.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office; 50% discount for students INAPAM and ISSTEY

Yucatan Living Dance: V Folkloric Festival: Province to Province
Tonight’s performance will be by the Folkloric Ballet of Tabasco.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Sunday (Domingo) July 26, 2009

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Ultimate Guide to CrocodilesThe Ultimate Guide to Crocodiles
Since we do have these creatures in some of our mangroves, this is a great film for everyone. This animal is a prehistoric holdover that looks as if it can hold its own in any environment.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Elizabeth
An award-winning film directed by Shekhar Kapur. This movie is about how difficult life was for the young monarch and how she struggled to learn what is necessary to be Queen.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: V Folkloric Festival: Province to Province
Today’s performance is a Folkloric Marathon with local folkloric ballet companies. This is going to be a great show!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 11:00 A.M. Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Dance: V Forkloric Festival: Province to Province
Tonight’s performance is by the Folkloric Ballet of Baja California Norte.
Location Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Vienna Boys’ Choir to Sing in Merida
Get Your Tickets NOW! Performance Date: Sept. 5

The Vienna Boys’ Choir will be performing, along with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, at the end of their tour of Mexico. This is the only performance in Southeastern Mexico, so everyone south of Puebla is going to want to be here. In addition to performing works by German composer Carl Orff, the choir will, for the first time, be singing Mexican songs, by Carmina Burana, as well. These tickets are on sale now and are not expected to last long.
Location: Salón Uxmal in Centro Yucatán Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: For Tickets and price information, call: 940-8974 and 999 947-3234

 

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