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Merida Events: Fairs, Art & Opera

This Week… starting April 14, 2014

Yucatan Living 1st Regional Artisan Fair in Mérida April 15 – 25
The 1ra Feria Artesanal Regional continues this week in Mérida’s Parque de la Paz. The last day is Friday, April 25. This fair features artisans from Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Tabasco, in addition to Yucatán. The event is designed to provide a showcase for those who produce handicrafts and other items. In addition having an opportunity to purchase items directly from the artisans, there will be also be music and entertainment each night starting at 7 pm.

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: The Coast of Yucatan: Flying Images and Sounds
This exhibition is of the work of José Luis Fajardo y Karín Mijangos. This exhibition has no end date listed and has been part of the traveling museum program for some time, so do expect that it will continue to move around the city.
Location: Centro Comercial Gran Plaza, Calle 50 Diagonal 460, Fracc. Gonzalo Guerrero
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mobile Museum: Exhibition: Epiphany April 11 – no end date listed
Group exhibition consisting of 23 works by students in the emerging workshop called Zoma Grafica. Participants in this exhibition include Gabriel Ramírez Aznar, Malú Johansen, Sergio Neri, Ernesto Novelo, Zeus Borges, Christian Pacheco, Rodolfo Baeza, Víctor Moreno, Rosaura Luna, Lizet Ortiz, Alonso Maza, Francesca Aldegani y Ugggo.
Location: Centro Comercial Gran Plaza, Calle 50 Diagonal 460, Fracc. Gonzalo Guerrero
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: FreeBenjamin Ramirez Art Show in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more. Opens March 27 and continues into May.
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Started March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) April 21

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: The Bastards
(Mexico, 2008). Director: Amat Escalante. Starring Kenny Johnston, Jesús Moisés Rodríguez, Rubén Sosa and Nina Zavarín. Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexicans living in Los Angeles, are hired to carry out the well-paying job of killing a woman. This movie examines why different people, all in the same circumstances, behave so differently.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoTuesday (Martes) April 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Quinteto Nocturnal
This concert is part of the April – July Artistic Season.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 23, 2014

International Book Fair in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living International Book Day
Reading, conferences, open mic, book expo and more!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti at Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

International Concert of Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Classical Music
To celebrate the International Book Fair, Ensemble Valsassina from Vienna will perform Mexican and Austrian Waltzes.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 24 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatecan Cuisine in EnglishYucatan Living Book Signing: Yucatecan Cuisine
David Sterling’s book hopes to become the definitive tome on the cuisine of Yucatan. Food from the book will be available.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $95 USD per person or $130USD per couple

Yucatan Living Movie: Casablanca
(USA 1942) Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. We’ll always have Paris!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free in April

Yucatan LivingMovie: West Side Story
(U.S. 1961). Directors: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno and George Chikaris.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
(Spain 2011) An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when one of their member announces he has a terminal illness.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) April 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Life Aquatic
(USA 2004) With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Four Days in September (O que é isso companheiro? )
(Brazil, 1977). Director: Bruno Barreto. Narrators: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso and Fernanda Torres. a fictional version of the 1969 kidnapping of the United States Ambassador to Brazil, Charles Burke Elbrick, by members of Revolutionary Movement 8th October (MR-8). It was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 1998 Academy Awards.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Jackie Brown
(USA 1997) A flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) April 26, 2014

Opera Yucatan Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: DON PASQUALE by Donizetti
Don Pasquale is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and the composer, after a libretto by Angelo Anelli.
Location: Sala Mayamax in Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Open Air Concert by the Yucatan Youth Symphony Band
The young people of la Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán are exceptionally talented. Do take advantage of this opportunity.
Location: Parque de San Juan, Calle 62 x 69
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie Marathon
Sixteen movies without stop. Free american coffee and if you stay awake you get free rentals for a year. LOL!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $240 pesos plus free popcorn and american coffee

Yucatan Living Movie: Hamlet
(UK, 1948). Director: Laurence Olivier. Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Basil Sydney and Eileen Herlie. You know the story…
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Machuca
(Chile, 2004) Director: Andres Word. Set in 1973 Santiago during Salvador Allende’s socialist government and shortly before General Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in 1973, the film tells the story of two friends, one of them the very poor Pedro Machuca who is integrated into the elite school of his friend Gonzalo Infante. The social integration project is headed by the director of the school, Father McEnroe.
Location : Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero Calle 62 x 61
Time : 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) April 27, 2014

Yucatan Living International Day of Dance
This is a great, worldwide dance festival that offers a group meeting of different dance manifestations and genres. Fraciella Polanco Tores, Department of Dance.
Location: Yucatan Judiciary Complex, Av. Jacinto Canek s/n x 90, Col. Inalámbrica, tel. 930 0652
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Power of Rain
This documentary shows the critical interaction between animals and rain in the monsoon season of northern Australia.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Banda Sinfonica Juvenil del Estado de YucatanYucatan Living Open Air Concert by the Yucatan Youth Symphony Band
The young people of la Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán are exceptionally talented. Do take advantage of this opportunity… free!!
Location: Parque de San Juan, Calle 62 x 69
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Domingos de Cámara
This event is Sundays of Chamber Music. This week, there is the regular small orchestra and a classical guitar recital featuring Daniel Carrillo.
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $ 50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Yucatan Youth Symphony Band
This is a popular music concert. Please come out and support Yucatan’s young talent.
Location: Concha Acústica del Parque Las Américas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Official Concert Season IX: What a Wonderful World
This consert includes the Bones Trio, Septeto de Jazz del CEMUS and other invited guest artists. The event is a tribute to Bill Muntz.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: The Death of Pinochet
(Chile, 2011). Directors: Bettina Perut and Ivan Osnovikoff. Read a review of this movie when it played at Lincoln Center.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) April 28

Yucatan Living Street Dance: Extraordinary Merida
This event is under the direction of Daniel Alpuche. Should be fun!
Location: Parque Eulogio Rosado, Calle 56 x 64
Time: 6:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May Schedule
There will be three performances by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan in May 2014.
Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi May 9 & 11
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. http://stephaniechase.com/ Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014: June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6:
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Cuban National Ballet: May 2 & 3
The Cuban National Ballet is one of the best ballet companies in the world, and has been since it was founded by the great Alicia Alonzo in 1948. Featured in this performance is “The Carmen Suite,” a one-act ballet that was created in 1967 by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, to music written by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. Yucatan and Cuba have always shared a very close relationship, especially when it comes to music and dance. This performance is a treasure that must be seen. It is the second in a series of performances called Gran Gala Internacional de Ballet Danza de América.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 59
Time: Not Given
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Akumal Comedy FestivalYucatan Living Third Annual Akumal Comedy Festival April 29 – May 3
This popular festival is a benefit for the Riviera Maya Red Cross. The Tuesday through Saturday schedule includes:

Tuesday – April 29, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Gus Lynch, Featuring: Adam Quesnell, Turner Sparks, Ray Harrington and Headlining: Paul Hooper
Location: Tulum: Mateos Mexican Grill – Tulum Beach Road South
Time: 7:00 PM: Live Music, 8:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy –
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Wednesday – April 30, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Gus Lynch, Featuring: Craig Norton, JT Habersaat, Mike O’Keefe, Luke Bugeaud, Ray Harrington, and Headlining: Mary Mack. Live Music with Rio Funk
Location: Wah Wah Beach Bar in Playa Del Carmen
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Thursday – May 1, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Turner Sparks, Featuring: Tommy Ryman, and Headlining: Tim Harmston
Location: Akumal Center: The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Time: 7:00 PM: Live music with the Honey Chuggers, 8:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+
Host: Adam Quesnell, Featuring: Al Klemick, JT Habersaat, and Headlining: Chris Garcia
Location: North Akumal
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Friday – May 2, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Adam Quesnell, Featuring: Ray Harrington and Headlining: Mary Mack
Location: Akumal Center: The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Time: 7:00 PM: Live Music with TASHA, 8:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+
Host: Craig Norton, Featuring: Mike Okeefe and Gus Lynch, Headlining: Paul Hooper
Location: North Akumal
Time: 9:00 PM: Live music with Natalie and the Foxes , 10:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Saturday – May 3, 2014
Closing Ceremony y Comedia en Espanol
Tony Gabriel, Jarana Dancers
Comedia en Espanol: Host: Luke Bugeaud, Featuring: Rojo Perez, Headlining: Chris Garcia
Location: Akumal Center: The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free / gratis
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+
Featuring the best of the Akumal Comedy Festival
Location: North Akumal
Time: 9:00 PM: Live Music with Rio Funk, 10:00 PM: Best of the Fest Show
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Yucatan Living Festival of Children’s Day: April 30

The theme of this event is “Magical Thinking”, perhaps as a tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Everyone knows how Yucatan loves magic and magicians. This should be a great event for kids and for adults who are kids at heart.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

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