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Merida Events: Everyone Loves A Clown

Clowns of Cirque du SoleilThis Week… starting May 10, 2010

Yucatan Living Cirque du Soleil Clowning Workshop in Merida! Saturday and Sunday, May 15 & 16

Call and make your reservations today. This workshop is aimed at dancers, actors, educators, performers, and the general public. It is a two day event that will be led by artist and master of Cirque du Soleil Jef Johnson. Jef Johnson is a principal clown in the Broadway and international touring company of Slava’s Snowshow. He has worked with Cirque du Soleil as a clown, special artistic consultant and workshop director. He has given Master Classes, Lectures and Workshops for many organizations, theatre companies and universities and he conducts his practical research out of Jef Johnson’s Clown Lab in New York City and in Barcelona at the Nouveau Clown Institute. His research focuses on naive experience, creative consciousness, play, patterned behavior and social identity.

Jef reminds us that “The clown describes something much deeper than jokes and big shoes. Clowning can lead to the liberation of the human spirit through imagination, fantasy and atmosphere of the game.” This workshop will stress purity of being, which means “being present” in our environment.
Location: Habla, Calle 26 No. 99 B, x 19 y 21, Col. México
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with an hour break each day
Admission: $890 pesos

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Four festivals this week in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Who is this saint? According to Wikipedia, he is also known as Isidore the Laborer or Isidore the Farmer. He lived in Spain from 1070 to 1130 AD, and was a Spanish day laborer known for his goodness to the poor and to animals. No wonder they celebrate him so much here in the Yucatan! His official Saint’s Day is May 15.

Yucatan Living Panaba Fiesta – 6 Day Event: May 10 through May 15 

This event is in honor of San Isidro Labrador. A trip to Panaba is probably a good idea about now. This municipality is just inland from San Felipe and Rio Lagartos. It also just this side of Tizimin, which means it is, quite literally, in the gateway to horse country – with the best beaches (and seafood) nearby.
Baptismal font at Uayma church in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Uayma Fiesta   1 Day EventMay 15

This is a fiesta in honor of San Isidro Labrador too! Uayma is just south of Espita and just this side of Valladolid and Temozon. If you are looking for good country living, this is the place to visit and/or to live. Lots of great pottery here too! And of course, there is the beautiful restored church in Uayma

Yucatan Living Kopoma Fiesta   1 Day EventMay 15

Yet another fiesta is in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Kopoma is in a great location in the west of Yucatan. It is in the heart of some of the best examples of Mayan historical monuments and culture – just east of Maxcanu, between Chochola and Opichen, and just west of Muna, Abala, and Uman. Look for traditional hammocks and embroidery here, as well as cenotes and a short ride to many Mayan sites.

Yucatan Living Baca Fiesta   5 Day Event – May 15 through May 19

This fiesta is ALSO in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Baca is a great place to visit! Its only 28 km northeast of the city – just this side of Motul. If anyone is interested in living close enough to the city to enjoy everything from its cultural opportunities to world class health care – but far enough away to be cool in the heat of the summer, this is the area of Yucatan you are looking for. For more, you can now visit Baca online: http://yucatan.ws/?cat=7

 

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) May 10, 2010

Yucatan Living Mother’s Day in Mexico

Mother’s Day is ALWAYS on May 10. And in Mexico, they take this day very seriously. Happy Dia de la Madre, everyone!

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: You Decide
Monday night and the viewers vote on what movie to see. Roll the dice!
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 11, 2010Manon of the Spring plays in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Manon de Manantial (Manon of the Spring)
Written and Directed by Claude Berri and starring Yves Montand and Emmanuelle Beart. This is a Drama-Romance from December 1987. In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative are successful flower growers using water from a spring on an adjoining property they now own. The grown-up daughter of the previous owner still lives in the hills as a goatherd and comes to realise that not only these two but the whole village knew of the existence of the spring when her father was desperately trying to water his crops. An accident with one of the goats leads her by chance to the source of the spring and the possibility of a terrible revenge. This is the second part of a story that was started with last week’s movie, Jean de Florette.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Meet Your Traditions: A Multidisciplinary Artistic Event

This is a special performance that includes both the Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab and the Ballet Folklorico del Estado. These wonderful musicians and dancers have spent their entire lives perfecting their craft and are our ambassadors to the world. Don’t miss this show!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 59 and 57
Time: Tuesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Inspiration Trio

Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Mauricio Martin.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan: Nuevos Valores
Hear the best of Yucatan’s new voices and musicians all here, every Tuesday! This week, Nuevos Valores (New Values)
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 59 at Calle 50
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Slaughter at Columbine

(USA 2002) This very affecting documentary was directed by Michael Moore. Appearances by Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, and Trey Park.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti/Parque de las Americas, Ave. Colón and Calle 21, García Ginéres
Time: Tuesday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 12, 2010

Yucatan Living Wednesday In Concert: Emmanuel Pinzon

Under the musical direction of Darwin Valencia, Emmanuel Pinzon’s performance will make you feel as if you have been transported back to the beginning of the career of a young, Yucateco Frank Sinatra. Yes, Yucatan is still producing some of the best singers in the world! Don’t miss watching this one as he matures in his craft. …and be sure not to miss the group known as TrovaFusion either, since he is also part of that wonderful creation of Addalberto, a very prolific musical artist in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 13, 2010

Yucatan Living Concert: The Chamber Orchestra of Campeche

This performance, under the direction of Gabriel Alberto Tamay Carrillo, is part of the First Circuit of Scenic Arts in the Southern Zone. We know it will be a very special performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 59
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Needful Things
Fraser C. Heston directs a Stephen King story. The devil in disguise comes to a quiet, peaceful town and opens a store called Needful Things. The store has an item for everyone in town. All the devil asks for in return is a few dirty pranks. Little do they know that they’ve sold their souls, and the pranks will escalate to murder. (insert evil laugh here…)
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Festen: La Celebracion

The 60th birthday party of the family patriarch turns into a celebration that no one expects. Eventually, every family’s secrets will come out. And since his twin sister’s death two months ago, prodigal son Christian is more haunted than usual. The time has come for the darkest family skeleton to be revealed, and it must be done in their father’s style – with flair, and malice. Nominated for a Golden Globe. (1998)
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Mariaeli Sosa

Presentation of the CD: “The Piano Latinoamericano”
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Rehje

Award winning documentary that tells the story of a Mexican indigenous woman. Longing to escape the pressure and turmoil of Mexico City, a native Mazahua woman returns to her hometown only to find that things are not as idyllic as she remembered.
Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) May 14, 2010

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan

Tonight, expect to hear the work of Rossini, Schumann, and Beethoven, all under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonarco. As a special treat this week, four French horns will be featured for our enjoyment. We’ll see you there!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $150, $100, and $80 pesos; 25% discount for INAPAM, children and students

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: In El Aire

This is both theater and music. It is a special performance that is repeated often and is well worth attending. Artistic Director for the performance is Alejandro Pulido.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time:Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission:General Admission: $50 pesos; $30 pesos for students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: Not announced yet
Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: CarrieFernando Eimbcke directs a movie filmed in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
Brian De Palma directs this very famous movie, based on a Stephen King novel, about a mousey and abused girl with telekinetic powers who gets pushed just a little too far on one special night.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimna
Time: Friday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Film Series: Lake Tahoe
A Mexican movie released in 2008 about a story of a teenager and the strange events that take place in his small town. Despite its title, the movie was filmed in Progreso, Yucatan. Humour and weird characters follow a young boy through his journey of initiation into adult life. Supposedly based on the life of the director, Fernando Eimbcke. The film won two prizes at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008 and the NHK Award in 2006 at the Sundance Film Festival.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: Friday, 6:00 and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Food Inc.

An expose of the corporate manufacturing culture that surrounds the food that we eat in the United States and the "Western" world. How much do we really know about the food we eat and buy for our families? See more at the website for Food Inc.
Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sábado) May 15, 2010

Yucatan Living Contemporary Cinema Series: Babette’s Feast
This is a lovely movie! In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, the honored pastor of a small Protestant church. The sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for them as maid/housekeeper/cook. Sometime after their father dies, the sisters decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences unexpected good fortune and implores the sisters to allow her to take charge of the preparation of the meal. Although they are secretly concerned about what Babette, a Catholic and a foreigner, might do, the sisters allow her to go ahead. Babette then prepares the feast of a lifetime for the members of the tiny church and an important gentleman related to one of them.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time:Saturday, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Introduction to Cinema
Get a quick overview of the art of cinema is this "Cinema 101" course taught by Mario Helguera.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimna
Time: Saturday, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Admission: $450 pesos if paid by April 30, otherwise $550 pesos

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra
Tonight, expect to hear the work of Rossini, Schumann, and Beethoven, all under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonarco. As a special treat this week, four French horns will be featured for our enjoyment. We’ll see you there!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Saturday, Noon or 9:00 PM (we’ll check and update)
Admission: $150, $100, and $80 pesos; 25% discount for INAPAM, children and students

Yucatan Living Cinema: Vuelva a la Vida

Directed by Carlos Hagerman, this is a story of a supermodel, a diver in Acapulco and a shark. The title is of course a play off the name of a popular seafood cocktail.

Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 16, 2010

Yucatan Living Voting Day
In Mexico, elections are on Sundays. On Sunday, you won’t be able to buy alcohol anywhere in the city, and the citizens will be voting for Angelica versus Beatriz, among others. So stock up on your tequila before then!

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBD
Location: Museum of Natural HistoryEncounters at the End of the World plays in Merida Yucatan
Time: Sunday, 12:00 PM (may not play due to elections)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe Movie: Encounters at the End of the World
Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its landscape’s beauty, rarely seen on film. In this fascinating documentary, we meet the odd men and women who have dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of science in treacherous conditions.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time:Sunday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Coming SoonThe ARt of Change at Soho Galleries in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living May 21: It’s About Time… and Space: The Art of Change
A new art show opens at the Soho Galleries with Cuban and Yucatecan artists invited to present works based on the concept of change. In addition to a gallery’s worth of paintings, whimsical clocks by American artist David Sherer wlll be on sale.

Yucatan Living May 22: National March for Animal Rights in Mexico
Meet at 5 pm at the Monument of the Flag (at the end of Paseo de Montejo across from McDonalds). Do not bring your pets, please. This is a national march that will be occurring in cities throughout Mexico. In Yucatan, the marchers will be demanding that authorities enforce the laws of animal protection that are on the books, and punish those who break those laws. Find out more at this website…and come out to show your support for the animals!

Yucatan Living Starting June 11: Carmen
Friend of Merida Carla Dirlikov will be starring in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmen. This is sure to be a stunning event that will be repeated for only six performances. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Teatro Peon Contreras… get yours if you want to be sure to see this! For the entire Symphony schedule, check here.

Yucatan Living June 12 & 13 – Maya Sacred Fire of the New Moon Ceremony in Izamal

Don Bartolome is a Maya priest, healer, and teacher from Yucatán. On June 13, beginning at 6:00 AM, Don Bartolome will be performing the Sacred Fire of the New Moon Ceremony in Izamal.  The rest of the weekend program includes a conference and music concert at Hotel Macanche, a pilgrimage with Don Bartoleme to the Izamal pyramids and convent and a conference with Don Bartoleme.
Location: Izamal, Yucatan
Date: June 12, 1 PM to June 13, 5 PM
Admission: $825 pesos per person, double occupancy. $1150 pesos per person for single room.
Includes the night at Hotel Macanche, American breakfast at Hotel Macanche, the $500 peso donation to Don Bartoleme, and all the ceremonies and activities.
Register: Contact Trudy Woodcock at trudy [at] iluminado-tours [dot] com or call 924-3176 in Merida.

Yucatan Living Second Annual Solar Day (worldwide)Solar Day

June 19 is SolarDay 2010, a national and international day of recognition for Solar Energy, Sustainability and Energy Independence. The first SolarDay in the U.S. was held in 2009.
For more information, visit Solar Day’s Website.

Yucatan Living 4th of July BBQ
Sponsored by MELL, IWC, and the Merida Men’s Club.
Mark your calendars! This will be the last of the big events at MELL until the Snowbirds come home to Yucatan again! We’ll keep you posted about time and location as new information comes in.

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan
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. If you would like to travel outside of Mexico to hear some of these performances, visit the MySpace page of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan for a complete listing of the international dates. In case there is anyone who doesn’t 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 the work of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan on their MySpace page. We especially liked “A una dama que iba cubierta” and “La Conchinita Pibil.”
Performance dates in Merida include:
May 29 & 30, 2010: Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba)
July 10 & 11, 2010: Concert under the direction of maestro Jose Antonio Rincon (Colombia)
October 9 & 13, 2010: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan.

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

 

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6 Responses to “Merida Events: Everyone Loves A Clown”

  1. Just to let you know that, due to the election, the second concert by the Symphony Orchestra is on Saturday evening and not Sunday noon. I believe it starts at 9.00pm

  2. THANK you!!!

  3. hi i am wondering about an event that i went to last year and loved it. i am wondering about this year? it was a crafts fair in dyitya, they had the stone work but they also invited another state of mexico to join them last year it was michocan, i brought some nice things from the locals and things from the guest state, i am wondering if they are doing it again this year if so when, and what state will be the guest if they are doing it, thanks rebecca

  4. Yes, the event is in Dzitya every year. We are looking into who the guest state will be this year, and we’ll let you know!

  5. Here is what we found out about the fair in Dzitya. The dates this year are July 23rd to August 1st 2010. They are negotiating with Veracruz to be present but this is not confirmed yet.

  6. Hello, I am Maria from Vienna and I am searching Maria Eli Sosa. She was my girl-friend when she lived in Austria. Please can you tell Maria Eli to contact me – greetings to you and have a nice time Maria

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