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Merida Events: Festival of the City

This Week… starting January 12 , 2009

Yucatan Living
U.S. Poets in Mexico
Monday: Coral Bracho and Forrest Gander
Tuesday: Monica de la Torre and Jack Collom
Wednesday: Cuevas Cob and Bob Holman
Thursday: Valerie Mejer and C.D.Wright
Friday: All participants will read one of their poems
Further information on this group is available on their website.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x66 y68
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living For Travelers to Mexico City
For those who may want to travel to Mexico City in the next two to three months, you will certainly want to see these two exhibitions. One is a fabulous collection from the reign of the Czars. The other is a collection that shows the viewpoint of Diego Rivera concerning the Inquisition. Both are once in a lifetime experiences.Czars, Mexico City

Zares (Czars)
More than 500 pieces make up this Imperial Russian Collection from the Museo Estatal del Ermitage in St. Petersburg.
Location: Museo Nacional de Antropología, Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi, Mexico City
Dates: Dec. 6, 2008 through April 19, 2009

Diego Rivera and the Inquisition
Few are aware of the Jewish roots of Diego Rivera, or of the impact such events as the Inquisition had on him. Along with his works, this collection includes the work of more than 70 other artists, including Simón Pereyn, Juan Rodríguez Juárez, Juan Correa and Cristóbal de Villalpando. It also includes documents, sculptures, paintings, books, edicts, jewelry, and more.
Location: Museo Mural Diego Rivera, Balderas y Colon, Centro, Mexico City
Dates: Nov. 2008 through March 2009


Municipal Fiestas This Week

Only one fiesta begins this week, and only one begins next week as well. However, the following week, six fairs will begin in municipalities throughout the state. We hope you can visit and enjoy each and every one!

Yucatan Living Dzitas Fiesta  7 Day Event
January 16 through January 22Dzitas, Yucatan
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Inés. The Municipality of Dzitas is a small “county,” located in the central-eastern part of the state, just south of Espita. There are fewer than 3,500 people who live in Dzitas, and their main artistic skills are turned mostly toward the making of hammocks. It is the population statistics that are interesting in this municipality. Almost half of the people work in agriculture, most of the rest work in manufacturing or go off to work in the oil industry. Over 90% have all the modern utilities coming to their homes and they have plenty of schools, including a college. Two-thirds of the people are indigenous, so the languages spoken in Dzitas are Spanish, Mayan, and Tzeltal. The food and health care are excellent because the birth rate is steady and the death rate is amazingly low. Take a trip out to this fiesta and let us know if you discover their secret to a long and healthy life.

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) January 12, 2008

Yucatan Living Vaqueria: Encuentro de Gremios (Encounter of Unions)
Although the vaqueria is a regular Monday night event, this is a very special performance, in honor of the anniversary of the City of Merida.
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Nubes en el Techo (Clouds on the Roof)
This is a Funky Rock Pop concert with Gina Osorno
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living 50 Years in the Scenes: Egle Mendiburu’s Life in the Theater
This performance will include music, dance and theater.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: FreePink Floyd

Yucatan Living Pick of the Night: Tributo A Pink Floyd
This is billed as a concert for young folks – but it should have been billed as a concert for the young at heart! Who doesn’t love Pink Floyd?
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) January 13, 2008

Yucatan Living Hamlin
This performance is billed as Theater/Contemporary Drama. The town of Hamlin is in Germany and is the setting for the Pied Piper of Hamlin story. We can’t wait to see this performance.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Track 5 People in Search of Love
This is comedy theater and should provide a great evening of entertainment, but will be in Spanish.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: FreeDance contest in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living 6th Contest of Salon Dancing and 2nd National Dance Show
This marvelous event will replace the weekly Remembrance Musical dance that is held every Tuesday night in Santiago Park. It should be an outstanding evening of entertainment!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 59 x 70
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Pick of the Evening: Merida and The Greatest of Her Trios
This is the defining sound of our city and of our state and is certainly the must see event of the evening!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free
Sequenza Ensamble

Yucatan Living Another Must Attend Event: Contrapunto Liquido
This is a performance by the Sequenza SUR Ensemble. They are an outstanding group and one of the treasures of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ciudades Hermanas (Sister Cities)
This is an extra special musical performance by Fausto de España, Alfredo Rodriguez, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Caracas. Don’t miss this one!
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI (the Convention Center)on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Signs of An Identity
A multidisciplinary performance by Daniel Rosel and the Theater Company “Del Sueño
Location: The esplanade of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) January 14, 2008

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series: REC
(Spain, 2007) This is a movie in the category of “terror” as a young television reporter and the firemen she is following face an unknown evil in a dark building.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema: Lucia y el Sexo (Lucy and Sex)
(Spain, 2001). A number of lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz: Swing Forever
This is a performance by the “Merida Big Band” Orchestra. It should be an outstanding evening of entertainment!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Tribute to Jose Jose, The Prince of Song
This performance features Cacho Medina, a famous Mexican singer who lives here in Merida.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM WednesdayFlamenco in Merida, Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Flamenco Night
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: Evissima
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) January 15, 2008Carol's Journey

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series: El viaje de Carol  (Carol’s Journey)
(Spain, 2002) Carol, a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, Carol arrives in her mother’s home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocence and rebellious nature drive her at first to reject a world that is at once new and foreign. But she soon journeys into adulthood through a friendship with Maruja, the village teacher, and a young local boy, Tomiche. (Review by Film Movement).
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series: Salamina Soldiers
(Spain: 2003) A Spanish professor and writer, who has lost her passion for writing, goes on the search, during and after the Spanish Civil War, for true stories and heroes.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Thursday of Yucateca SerenadeLas Maya Internacional, Yucatan
This performance is by Las Maya Internacional. This is one of the finest groups we have ever seen. Take a look at their photo album  and you won’t be able to stay away from this performance! They are a Merida treasure!
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Must See: Duo Rivera
This performance is by Raquel and Maria Luz Rivera, sisters who are known around the world as one of the best piano/violin duos today. These young ladies are from Spain and you can see their website HERE.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living New Music of Camara Del SUR
This is a violin and piano recital by Patricia Santiago and Carlos Salomon.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeEly Guerra in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Ely Guerra in an Acoustic Concert
Pretty girl, huge voice, modern rock star, responsible citizen, and supporter of human rights and other causes near and dear to us all. Visit her website and do try to see this concert.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Retrato de Familia – Esta Es La Gente
Family Picture – These Are The People
This is a multidisciplinary performance.
Location: Parque de la Madre, Calle 60 x 59
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) January 16, 2008

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series Luis Buñuel: Nazarin
(Mexico, 1958) Nazarin is a priest, attempting to living a pure and honest life strictly according to Christian principles – but others only show him distrust and hatred, apart from the local prostitute.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: FreeViridiana by Luis Buñuel

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series Luis Buñuel: Viridiana
(Spain & Mexico, 1961) Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. She is trapped by the uncle, who eventually commits suicide, then faces a fight with her cousin over their inheritance.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living MEL-O-Nights (3rd Friday)
This is a chance for the locals to meet other extranjeros in a casual setting in the gardens at MEL. There is a cash bar and great botanas.Join MEL for meeting old friends and making new ones! This event is open to all. If you want to know more, call the Library at 924-8401.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x66 y68
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Entre Huiros y Gachupas
This is a regional comedy performance, probably performed in a mixture of Spanish and Mayan. These performances are perfected in outlying neighborhoods, towns and villages, so we do not often get to see them. It should make for interesting entertainment.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Times: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Pictorial Exposition: Recuerdos de Alla, de Mi y de Aca
Works By Rafael Aguirre
Location: Galeria de Autor Enrique Trava, Calle 60 x 51 y 53
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living El Efecto Mariposa (The Butterfly Effect)
This performance is by Yanina and Rachel. You can see them HERE.  They are best known for their performances of Beatles songs. They have a new album out and you can hear “My Sweet Lord” online HERE.
Location: Parque de Las Americas, Concha Acustica, Ave. Colon x C. 20
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Another Must See Event: Aqui Me Quedo (Here I Remain)
This is a performance by our own Cony Ancona
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Marea Alta, High Tide
This is a performance by the one and only Lenny Sanchez, another of the marvelous female voices of Yucatan. Hear her sing HERE.
Location: Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Pick of the Night: A Tribute to the Meridas of Mexico, Spain and Venezuela
This is a concert featuring the voice of Merida’s own Jesus Armando and it truly is going to be the best show of the night.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spanish Dance
This is a performance by the Dance Company “Grupo Magio
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 17, 2008

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series Luis Buñuel: TristanaTristana by Luis Buñuel
(Spain, France, Italy, 1973) When the young woman Tristana’s mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable nature, despite his socialistic views about business and religion. But Don Lope’s one weakness is women, and he falls for the innocent girl in his charge, seduces her, makes her his lover, though all the while explaining to her that she is as free as he. But when she acts on this freedom, Don Lope must deal with the consequences of his world-view. (Review by Gary Dickerson)
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series Luis Buñuel: El Discreto Encanto de la Burguesia
(Spain, France, Italy, 1972) A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. French with Spanish Subtitles
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living MEL Symposia Series: The Yucatan during the Mexican Revolution 1910-1920
This presentation will be by George Ashley.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x66 y68
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Las Ilches de Jocoloch
This is regional comic theater and will be in Spanish.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana
It is great to see Noche Mexicana back in its own place after traveling around the municipality. This is a wonderful celebration and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy it.
Location: At the end of Paseo de Montejo, Calle 47 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Un Canto a Mis Raices (A Song to My Roots)
This is a performance by the wonderful Choir of the City of Merida. If you haven’t heard them, now is your chance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Dance Finals: 6th Contest of Salon Dancing; 2nd National Dance Show
This should be a great performance!
Location: In the Plaza Grande on Calle 63
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 18, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Presentation of the National Prize of Poetry “Merida 2009”
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Must Attend Event: In the Gardens of Spain
This performance will be by the wonderful Camerata Academica de Merida, another of Yucatan’s unique performing treasures.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Marathon Dance
This is a special addition to Merida en Domingo. It is a huge marathon street dance. Come on out and enjoy the fun!
Location: First Floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeThe Phantom of Liberty by Luis Buñuel

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series Luis Buñuel: El Fantasma de la Libertad (The Phantom of Liberty)
(France, 1974) One of Luis Bunuel’s most free-form and purely Surrealist films, consisting of a series of only vaguely related episodes – most famously, the dinner party scene where people sit on lavatories round a dinner table on, occasionally retiring to a little room to eat. (Review by Michael Brooke)
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Series Luis Buñuel: El oscuro objeto del deseo
(France, 1977) Just after boarding a train, much to the surprise of his fellow passengers, a man pours a bucket of water over a young girl on the platform. Over the next few hours he explains (and we see in flashback) how he became obsessed by her (so much so that he failed to notice that she was played by two different actresses, representing different sides of her personality), and how she tantalized him, but would never allow him to satisfy his desire for her… (Review by Michael Brooke)
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gonzalo Guerrero: First Ally of the Mayas
Historical theater
Location: Parque de Las Americas / Concha Acustica, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Danza Arabe: Entre Luz y Sombra (Between Light and Shade)
A performance by “Giselle Estudio de Danzas Orientales
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living El Cajon De Zapatos
This performance features Andrés Tinoco, a cantautor from right here in Merida. For a little mini-concert, see his MySpace page HERE
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tio Vania (Uncle Vania)
This is a performance by the theater company “De La Rendija
Location: Escuela Municipal de Folklor Regional, Calle 64 x 59 y 57
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Sunday Luncheon & Jazz
This will now be a once a month event. Included will be a Buffet Lunch, served at 2:30 PM with coffee. A cash bar will be available. Live music begins at 3:00 PM. Attendance is limited to 40 guests. This is a “ticket only” event, and you are asked to please purchase your tickets before the day of the event.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 5476 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago
Time: 2:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $85 pesos
Information: (999) 924-0103

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Tribute to the Beatles, "CLASSICAL STYLE"
Come and hear The Fenix Quartet, four of the finest musicians in Merida, who will provide you with an evening of class and style. Tickets are limited to 50 guests and you must purchase tickets prior to the event. Included will be a Dinner Buffet, served at 8:30 PM.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 5476 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday January 30
Admission: $90 pesos
Information: (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Super Bowl Sunday
This is an all you can eat and drink event, serving barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings. The beer is Cervezas Nacionales. Are You Ready for Football???
When: Sunday February 1st.
Location: Mercer Lounge, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Next to La Parrilla Restaurant
Time: The Lounge is open from noon until midnight
Admission: For this Event: $250 pesos

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Festival of the City”

  1. I feel like I read somewhere that there will be a place to watch Obama´s inauguration in Merida tomorrow. Is this true? When and where please! Miles de gracias!

  2. The info is here:
    http://www.yucatanliving.com/news/news-change-is-coming-to-merida.htm

    and will be in this weeks events list, which gets published tonite.

    See you at the Fiesta Americana!

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