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Merida Events: Fiesta at San Sebastian!

This Week… starting August 08, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week


We finally made it to the Real Summer Vacation in Yucatan and there’s a different festival or fiesta to visit almost every day in the month of August. Leave the concrete and heat behind and enjoy all that the rest that our state has to offer! Merida Gremios

Yucatan Living Merida Fiesta: August 1 through August 15
Loads of activities going on in the San Sebastian park, we can tell you that this fiesta is just like the ones we’ve seen in the pueblos, only bigger and definitely louder. And with more firecrackers (voladores) and fireworks! Activities start at around noon and at night around 10:00 pm. Where they end, nobody knows. Be prepared for loud noises, pretty lights and lots of people eating, parking, visiting and generally having a great time.

Yucatan Living Dzoncauich Fiesta: August 8 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Juan Bautista. The municipality of Dzoncauich is located just south of Temax and Buctzotz, so look for artwork and fine hemp hammocks here. With fewer than 3,000 people living in this municipality, this is one of our areas in which most of the citizens are Mayans. It has a welcoming culture and is well worth visiting.

Yucatan Living Dzidzantun Fiesta: August 10 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara, with the processionals taking place on August 11th. For those of you who do not know where Dzidzantun is located, just take out a map of Yucatan and look along the beach to the east of Chicxulub and Telchac. Most of the inhabitants of this area are fishermen, but it is well worth anyone’s time to explore beaches that are not loaded with tourists and visitors, especially at this time of year.

Yucatan Living Oxkutzcab Fiesta: August 10 through August 18
Oxkutzcab is our Orange Capital and that fact is evident in every fiesta in the area. Look in Oxkutzcab for artisans who work with stone, clay, and jewelry. The Oxkutzcab community has thrown itself into bringing their entire area into the 21st century and this late summer fiesta is no exception. If you haven’t been to the Fall Orange Festival in Oxkutzcab, click here for a great site from which to explore this up and coming city in Yucatan. Oxkutzcab is a great place to visit on your way to Uxmal, to the Loltun Caves or just a great place to visit on its own!

Yucatan Living Tetiz Fiesta: August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. The area is on the coast, just this side of Celestun. This is the land of flamingos, so cameras are a must when visiting in the area. You might want to also plan on another visit to this area for the Festival of Candelaria in February, when the Virgin of the Asunción makes a journey to Hunucma. Read more about it here.

Yucatan Living Yobain Fiesta: August 10 through August 18
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Here  is a great map to this area. This municipality has everything from a coastline to agriculture and beekeeping, and all while still retaining a distinctly rural character. It is a great place to just wander and take pictures on a lazy day with nothing else to do. The shopping isn’t bad either. This is the municipality in which the artisans work with shells, including snail shells, so look for some outstanding work made with all kinds of shells.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: August 10 through August 15Fiesta in Hunucma Yucatan
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Hunucma has come such a long way. Fifteen years ago, it was "way out of town&quot. Now, it is just around the corner. Much has happened in Hunucma in those years and the fairs and festivals reflect their growth and development. Look for typical clothing, henequen sandals, carved coconut shells, original jewelry designs, saddlery and leather goods. For a sneak preview of Hunucma, click here  to see Bicycle Yucatan’s visit there. It may not be advertised, but we have also had some of our best cochinita in Hunucma.

Yucatan Living Muna Fiesta: August 12 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Come to enjoy the fiesta and shop for jewelry, wood and stone carvings, and leather goods. To see pictures of the church, click here and for a satellite map, click here.

 

In the City of Merida

 

Monday (Lunes) August 08, 2011Opera Yucatan: Tosca

Yucatan Living Temporada de Opera en el Cine: Tosca
This is a 2009 production from the Metropolitan Opera of New York with Karita Mattila (Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi), and George Gagnidze (Scarpia). Tosca tells the tragic story of three people—Tosca, a famous opera singer, Cavaradossi, a free-thinking painter, and Scarpia, a sadistic chief of police-caught in a net of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and politics.
Location: Movie theaters at Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: $40 pesos donation to Opera Yucatan, to help screen more of these great operas.

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 09, 2011

Yucatan LivingTribute to Dance: Intercultural Exchange
This performance is part of an Intercultural exchange between the Mexican states of Jalisco and Yucatan. Tonight’s performance is by Grupo Folklorico Magistral del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajares from Guadalajara in the State of Jalisco. Victor Montes Flores is their director.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Movie: FrankensteinFrankenstein, 1931
(1931). This is the first Boris Karloff Frankenstein movie. This showing celebrates the film 80 years after its premiere. Dr. Frankenstein is played by Colin Clive. If you’ve never seen this one, don’t miss it! It is a classic!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Despertar
This traditional Yucatecan musical performance is under the direction of Fabian Cano.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Night of Dance
This is a modern and belly dance performance by the Group Neffy Zully, under the direction of Maestra Neffi Zulay Avila, (Belly Dance).
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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 10, 2011Willy Gomez in Concert

Yucatan Living Music: Willy Gomez and His Songs
This musical performance event is in coordination with the ISSSTE and under the direction of Jose Pereira.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 11, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living 4th Annual State Contest for Interpreters of Popular Song and Trova
They are on the hunt, throughout the state, for the best New Voices of the Mayab. Come watch the performances!
Location: Casa de la Cultura of Valladolid in the City of Valladolid
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Collective Exposition: Cutting Edge “Al Limite
This collective art exhibit opened last Friday night and is open until September 11. This exhibit was curated by Maestra Laura de la Mora Marti.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 x 49
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreeBenefit Concert in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert: Noche de Gala
If ever there was a “must see” event, this has got to be it! Tonight’s performance is by the deservedly famous Armando Manzanero, Sergio Esquivel, Ligia Camara and Los Juglares, along with Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, which is under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera Lopez. This performance is a benefit to support the second state of the building of a Monument to the Creators of Yucateco Song, those progenitors of Yucatan trova to whom so many owe their fortune, fame and future.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office $100, $150 and $200 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) August 12, 2011

Yucatan Living Opening of the Photographic Exhibition:
From My Eyes/ Save the Children

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Colin Gow and MoreColin Gow in Merida
If you love Rock’n Roll music from the 60′s and 70′s,  such as Beatles, Eagles, James Taylor, Elton John, Jim Croce, Roy Orbison, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Don McClain, and many more, this is the event for you!
Preview Colin Gow at El Hoyo.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 13, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event
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 Contemporary Classic Movie: Barton Fink
(1991)This film stars John Turturro, John Goodman and Judy Davis. Set in 1941, a newly successful New York playwright accepts an offer to write movie scripts in LA, and finds himself with writer’s block when required to do a B-movie wrestling script, the only relief coming from a traveling salesman living next door.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) August 14, 2011

Yucatan Living Documentary: Animal Athletics
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Vintage Contemporary Series: Good Morning, NightGood Morning, Night
(2003 Italy) Starring Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio and Roberto Herlitzka. The 1978 kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, president of the most important political party in Italy at the time, Democrazia Cristiana, as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants, a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living On Monday Nights: Temporada de Opera en el Cine:
Aug. 15: La Cenicienta
Aug. 22: Aida
Location: Movie theaters at the Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $40 peso donation to Opera Yucatan

Yucatan Living In Concert: Yum Kin
6 Performances in August: Fridays: 12 & 19, plus every Saturday night
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 4th Friday Game Night
Guests and patrons bring favorite games, like backgammon, Scrabble, Phase 10 or Farkle. MELL provides botanas. Soda and water will be on sale.
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., Calle 53 x 66 and 68
Time: Starts between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM, lasts approximately 2 hours
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of YucatanYucatan Symphony Orchestra
The Fall Season for 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 information.

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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