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Merida Events: Enjoy the Summer!

This Week… starting August 22, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week


Yucatan Living Another Buctzotz Fiesta: August 22 through August 30
Believe it or not, Buctzotz (pronounced BOOHK-tzoats) begins a new fiesta before the current fiesta ends! This fiesta is based around a pilgrimage in honor of the Immaculate Conception. We found a 4 minute section of a road trip into Buctzotz on YouTube here.   Be sure and look for paintings by the children of Buctzotz, as shown on the Mundo Maya website.

Yucatan Living Seye Fiesta: August 23 through August 27
This fiesta is in honor of St. Bartholomew. If you are looking for a fine hemp hammock, you can find one in Seye (pronounced SAY-yay). 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: August 25
This fiesta is in honor of Santiago Apostol. Muxupip (pronounced moo-shoe-PEEP) 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: August 26 through August 28
This fiesta is in honor of San Agustin. Tekanto (pronounced tay-kahn-TOW) 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

Yucatan Living Not a lot happening this week because its the first week of school. Everybody is unpacking from vacation and running around buying school supplies. Add the rain to the mix and this is the one week of the year when its easier just to stay at home. However, the events we do have are all really good. Lots of Dance… jazz, classical ballet and even belly dancing. …and who can resist a 1935 Bride of Frankenstein movie?

 

Monday (Lunes) August 22, 2011

Yucatan Living Temporada de Opera en el Cine: AidaOpera Aida
This opera tells us the story of the Ethiopian princess Aida who is imprisoned in ancient Egypt. She falls in love with a young Egyptian warrior named Radames. The princess Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian King is also in love with Radames. Aida is forced by her father to convince Radames to betray his country. They are discovered by the jealous Amneris and he is sentenced to death. Aida’s love is so strong, that she decides to die with him.
Location: Movie theaters at Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: $40 pesos donation to Opera Yucatan

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 23, 2011

Yucatan Living Dance: Jazz Feelings: “Al Latir de Tu Corazon” (To the Beating of Your Heart)
This is a performance by Compania de Danza “Ariadne Fuzsion Dance” under the direction of Ariadne Motilla Zapata.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $60 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert and Theater: Café Pena K’aay T’aan
Troveros Universitarios
The first performance listed for tonight is by Grupo Troveros Universitarios, under the direction of Francisco Escobedo Pech. This group is made up of Accounting and Management students from UADY. The title of their performance is “America de mis Amores.” The second performance is Monologue of a Perfect Marriage, with a performance by Compania de Teatro Entre Yuka-Piernas. This venue is rapidly attracting more and better shows and is well worth a visit.
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 63
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Classic Movie: The Bride of Frankenstein
(U.S. 1935) Starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, and Colin Clive. Dr. Frankenstein returns and, with Dr. Pretorius, attempts to create a bride for their monster. Silly rabbit…
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 24, 2011

Yucatan LivingPresentation by Rondalla La Iberica
This rondalla is the result of a workshop for elderly people and features senior citizens as performers. What is a rondalla, you ask? According to Wikipedia, “an ensemble of stringed instruments played with the plectrum or pick and generally known as plectrum instruments. It originated in Medieval Spain, especially in Catalunya, Aragon, Murcia, and Valencia. The tradition was later taken to Spanish America and elsewhere. The word rondalla is from the Spanish ronda, meaning “serenade.” The event is organized by INAPAM.
Location: Museum of Yucateco Song, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingFair of the Mayan Book

You are cordially invited to attend the Fair of the Mayan Book, where you will have the oportunity to see videos in the maya language and hear people reading their books in maya. You will be able to purchase the books there as well.
Location: Eulogio Rosado Park, Calle 65 x 56 (in front of the Museum of the City)
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 25, 2011

Yucatan Living Clausurado….
Usually we would tell you to check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event. However, at the moment, LA68 has been closed down, so no movies are showing until further notice. We will let you know (here and on our Facebook page) as soon as we hear that it is open!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Musical Magazine of Yucatan: The Marvelous 60′s
This performance will be under the direction of Maru Boeta, with performances by guest artists. These Musical Magazine performances are always delightful.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Friday (Viernes) August 26, 2011

Yucatan LivingAnimated Movie: PersepolisPersepolis

(France 2007) Poignant coming-of-age story about a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl. The story begins during the Islamic Revolution and ends with Marjane as a 24-year-old expatriate. The voices include Catherine Deneuve as the mother. Find out more about this fascinating film on Wikipedia.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Clausurado….
Usually we would tell you to check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event. However, at the moment, LA68 has been closed down, so no movies are showing until further notice. We will let you know (here and on our Facebook page) as soon as we hear that it is open!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living 4th Friday Game Night
Guests and patrons are encouraged to bring their favorite games, like backgammon, Scrabble, Phase 10 or Farkle. MELL provides botanas. Soda and water will be on sale. Come one and all!
Trial Run: Beginning in August 26. The event will continue if there is enough interest, so do be sure and attend if you are interested! 
Location: M.E.L.L. (Merida English Language Library), Calle 53 x 66 and 68
Time: Starts between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, lasts approximately 2 hours
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 27, 2011

Yucatan Living Clausurado….
Usually we would tell you to check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event. However, at the moment, LA68 has been closed down, so no movies are showing until further notice. We will let you know (here and on our Facebook page) as soon as we hear that it is open!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM SaturdayYum Kin in Concert
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living In Concert: Yum Kin
You don’t want to miss this group. They are the very popular group that plays some of today’s finest Mayan Music on prehispanic instruments.
Location: Restaurante Vegetariano Savia , Calle 59 x 52 y 54
Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Admission:  No Cover Charge

Yucatan Living Animated Cinema: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
(2006 Japan) This is a Japanese animated science fiction romance film. Got that? A teenage girl finds that she has the ability to leap through time. With her newfound power, she tries to use it to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some rather discomforting results. This film won many awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation for the Year. Read more about this film on Wikipedia.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: FreeBelly Dance Congress in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: A Gala Function
Enjoy an evening of Oriental and Arab Belly Dancing. This event marks the closing of the Congreso Raks Hafla of the Southeast. For information on the workshops call 9991-00-5899. This performance is under the direction of Giselle Amaral
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: The Ballet Company of the City of Merida presents Swan Lake
This famous dance will be performed under the direction of Dance director Erika Arguelles.
LocationTeatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office for $80 pesos… better hurry!

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 28, 2011

Yucatan Living Documentary: Volcanoes
Be amazed at the destructive power of volcanoes and earthquakes, as well as the beneficial results of these cataclysmic events. Bring your children and they will be amazed too!
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free Akira

Yucatan Living Animated Movie: Akira
(Japan 1988)This one is a Japanese animated cyberpunk science fiction movie. A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop. Find out more on Wikipedia, and then go watch the adventure!
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: The Ballet Company of the City of Merida presents Swan Lake
This famous dance will be performed under the direction of Dance director Erika Arguelles.
LocationTeatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office for $80 pesos… better hurry!

Coming SoonBeatles Over Me

Yucatan Living Concert: Beatles Over Me: August 30
This is a performance of Beatles music by the Antologia Rock Band, with special guest Yuli Viveros.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $60 pesos
For more information, Call: (999) 224-3435

Yucatan Living Denis’ TGIF NAFFTA Cocktail Party: September 2, 2011
Denis’ parties are a monthly get-together for the national and international community of Merida. A great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones too! This one is in a new restaurant downtown… a good chance to try something new.
Location: This month: Vida Catrina Restaurante, Calle 60 # 501 x 59, Centro. There are two entrances: one from Calle 59, the other from Calle 60
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Admission: No cover. Cash bar and botanas are provided.

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of YucatanYucatan Symphony Orchestra
The Fall Season of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan will run from September through December. Look for the first performance to be a grand gala. Keep watching Yucatan Living and we will post the entire season on its own page, as well as individual performances in this column, as soon as we receive the schedule. In the meantime, visit the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan website for more information, including ticket purchasing information. The symphony in Merida gets better every year, so buy those tickets ahead of time… you won’t be sorry you did!

Yucatan Living Tekax Expo Feria del Comercio 2011: Mid-October
More than fifty local merchants and artisans will have their best work on display. While you’re there, don’t forget to go by the Furniture Mart (Mueblería de Mart) to see the hand-carved pieces by Jorge Martin Zapata. His work is currently being shown in the galleries of the better hotels in the tourist zone in Quintana Roo.
Location: Tekax
Dates, Times: More as we receive it
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Joaquin Sabina in Concert: October 30, 2011
Singer Joaquin Sabina brings his new tour “El Penultimo Tren” to Merida.
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI, Calle 60 Norte #299-E Ex-Codemex, Col. Revolución, Between Gran Plaza and Liverpool 
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Prices: $1,500 (Diamante), $1,200 (VIP), $900 (Platino), $600 (Oro) and $350 (Plata).
Info: 941-60-95 and 313-10-66.

Yucatan Living First Annual Merida Music Festival: November 20
All day music festival featuring 20 bands, including bands from Cuba, Ireland and the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Only 2000 tickets will be sold. The event will be catered by Hennessy’s, everyone’s favorite Irish pub. 
Location: At Hacienda Dzibikak… if you have never been there, this will be a great opportunity to see one of Yucatan’s lovely renovated haciendas.
Time: More information to follow.
Admission: Tickets will be $195 USD per person or $350 USD per couple.

 

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