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Merida Events: Fiestas & Dancing

This Week… starting August 30, 2010

New Ongoing Event: Yucateca Association of Cactus & Succulents Cactus and Succulents in Yucatan
Last Thursday of Every Month
How to choose and grow them. What can be done with them. How to sell them. All this and more!
Location: CICY: Edificio Estudiantes, Salon 1, Calle 43 #120, Chuburna de Hidalgo
Time: 7:00 PM, Last Thursday of Every Month
For More Information: info.asycs[at]gmail.com or cactu[at]hotmail.com  or asycs[dot]weebly[dot]com

 

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta at Sisal  7 Day Event: August 31 – Sept. 6
This fiesta is in honor of Cristo de Hunucma. The main artisan activities of the municipality are the preparation of typical clothes, the elaboration of henequén fiber shoes and coconut carving. The artisans here also excel in the making of jewelry and in leatherwork. Hunucma is close by and this should be an easy end of summer day trip.

Yucatan Living Cuzamá Fiesta  8 Day Event: Sept. 1 – Sept. 8
This fiesta is in honor of the birth of the Virgin Mary. Here, you will find hammocks made of hemp and cotton, as well as embroidery by both hand and machine. Cuzamá is located just south of Acanceh and Seye, between Tecoh and Homun. This too would make a nice day trip. 

Yucatan Living Sucilá Fiesta  9 Day Event: Sept. 2 – Sept. 10
This fiesta is in honor of the birth of the Virgin Mary. The main artisan activities of the municipality include the construction of furniture with bojom wood, the making of hemp hammocks, and the making of machine embroidered huipiles. Sucilá is located between Buctzotz and Tizimin.  Nachi Cocom House in Sotuta

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta  5 Day Event: Sept. 4 – Sept. 8
This fiesta is in honor of the birth of the Virgin. In the municipal head (county seat) there are some wonderful things to see in Sotuta. There is la Casa del Señor de Sotuta, which is the old palace of Nachi Cocoom; there is a temple dedicated to San Pedro the Apostle, constructed in the 16th century; and an 18th century chapel in the hermitage that is dedicated to Santa Cruz. See Bicycle Yucatan’s wonderful article on their bike and bus trip to Sotuta Here.

 

In the City of Merida

 

Monday (Lunes) August 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Through Sept. 5: Cosmogonia Maya and Intersticios
These expositions are by the talented artists Benjamin Ramirez (Cosmogonia Maya) and Miguel Angel Reyes (Intersticios).
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales (Calle 60 # 411 x 45 y 47, Santa Ana)
Time: During museum hours
Admission:  Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 31, 2010

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan / Nuevos Valores
Tonight’s performance will include: the voice of Moises Rodriguez Camara, Trio Gozanova, and DCNCHF2, Traccion Acustica. This is your chance to see some of the best of the new voices, trios, and musicians in Yucatan’s cultural future, as well as many artist with whom we are already familiar.
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free (cash café, of course)

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 01, 2010Sunset Boulevard

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: Sunset Boulevard
(U.S. 1950) Director: Billy Wilder. Starring: Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, and Buster Keaton. A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Let’s Chat – About Mexican Independence Day
There always seems to be something interesting going on at Aany’s house. Now, Let’s Chat is being conducted in Spanish, primarily at an intermediate and above level, and will focus on speaking and listening skills, as well as vocabulary building. You can expect handouts providing vocabulary on the subject of the evening. This time, its Mexican Independence Day. Who was Hidalgo? What is the meaning behind the President’s words from the balcony? What else is he saying besides “Viva Mexico?” Carmen Pedroza will again be the facilitator.
Location: At the Sign of the Turkey (Anny’s house) Calle 43 #525 x 62 y 64 (Santa Ana)
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:  $50 pesos per person

Yucatan Living Theater School
This is an actual school of theater that is open to the public and will run for several days. Since Yucatan has one of the best and most active theater programs in all of Mexico, we suspect that slipping into a seat for these classes and performances will be a treat we didn’t expect.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto: 3rd State Contest for Interpreters of Popular Song and Trova Yucateca, featuring the Nuevas Voces del Mayab
This is going to be a wonderful event. We get to see these young people grow up in their careers here in the city. It is not often that we are able to see them as they begin their journey to stardom. Try not to miss this event if you are in the Telchac area.
Location: Telchac Puerto
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:  Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 02, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Theater School
This should make for quite an interesting morning.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 AM Thursday
Admission:  FreeStromboli

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: Stromboli
(Italy, 1950). Director: Roberto Rossellini. Starring Ingrid Bergman. Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio’s village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living First Regional Exchange of Clown Art
XV Anniversary of Eduardo Muñoz Carrillo “Payaso Bolitas
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Yucateco Period-Photo Exposition: History of ICY
This exposition is sponsored by the Ayuntamiento de Valladolid and the National Archives of Mexico.
Location: Casa de la Cultura in Valladolid
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission:  Free

 

Friday (Viernes) September 03, 2010

Yucatan Living TGIF (First Friday)(aka NAFTA Party)
This is the party that is held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission:  Free (cash bar)All about Eve

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: All About Eve
(Sweden, 1951) Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Starring Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Marilyn Monroe, and Thelma Ritter. What a cast! An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Theater School
This should make for another interesting morning.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 AM Friday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living 3rd State Contest for Interpreters of Popular Song and Trova Yucateca, featuring the Nuevas Voces del Mayab
This is going to be a wonderful event. We get to see these young people grow up in their careers here in the city. It is not often that we are able to see them as they begin their journey to stardom. Try not to miss this event if you are in the Buczotz area.
Location: Buczotz
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission:  FreeAmor Añejo

Yucatan Living Cine: Amor Añejo
A short film that was filmed in Yucatan by Raul Sosa and Arturo Sousa. This project is supported by the State of Yucatan through ICY. The topic is love with an unexpected twist. It is not likely to have English subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission:  Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 04, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living 40th Anniversary of Ballet Folklorico del Estado de Yucatan and the Orquesta Jaranera del MayabOrquesta Jaranera de Yucatan
The title of this performance is A Window To The Past of Yucatan. With 40 years to perfect their craft, these two groups are the best of Yucatan’s cultural ambassadors around the world. They have even played in Bejing! Please make an effort to attend this wonderful event and let the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan and the Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab know just how much they are appreciated.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: A Streetcar Named Desire
(U.S. 1951). Director: Elia Kazan. Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: Niagra
(U.S. 1953). Director: Henry Hatada. Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotton, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, and Denis O’Dea. As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 05, 2010Race in benefit of Children with Cancer

Yucatan Living Second Race with a 10K and 3K Walk – Sunday September 5
This event is sponsored by Telcel and exersite.com.mx. Proceeds will go toward supporting the needs of children with cancer and their families. The slogan for this race is “Now is the time for Heroes!” Won’t you be a hero for children with cancer?
Sign Up: You can sign up to participate in this race by calling Exersite: 167-9257 and 167-9258. 

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Divas, Vamps and Femme Fatales: The Rose Tattoo
(U.S. 1955). Directed by Daniel Mann. Starring: Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster. An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling…
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 40th Anniversary of Ballet Folklorico del Estado de Yucatan and the Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab
The title of this performance is A Window To The Past of Yucatan. With 40 years to perfect their craft, these two groups are the best of Yucatan’s cultural ambassadors around the world. They have even played in Bejing! Please make an effort to attend this wonderful event and let the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan and the Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab know just how much they are appreciated.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yoga Kundalini: Sept. 7 and Sept. 11
Location: Villa Serena, Calle 24 # 201 x 23 y 25, Garcia Gineres
Time:  On the 7th: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM; On the 11th: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Admission: Call (999) 920-5611

Yucatan Living Celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial and Hotel Zamna’s 3rd Anniversary – Saturday September 11
This will be an evening of live music under the stars, along with a 3-course dinner with wine, a Zamna Prize Quiz, and free local beers, spirits & wine throughout the night. There will be a charge for imported drinks and wine. The menu includes roast pepper and carrot soup with bread, pork in a creamy Xcatic sauce, spring vegetables and rice, plus simply divine peaches & pears marinated in brandy with limon sorbet. If the weather does not cooperate, this event will be moved inside. 
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors open at 7:30 PM, Dinner is served at 8:00 PM, Concert at 9:30 PM
Admission: $220 pesos, but tickets must be picked up and paid for in advance because of the need for catering. There is a limit of 40 guests, so please pick up your tickets early.
For more information, Call: 999-924-0103

Yucatan Living Texas: Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea:
August 28, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011
If you live in Texas, or if you are passing through on your way to Yucatan, try to get over to Ft. Worth to see this exhibit. All of the pieces belong to reputable museums in nations with significant Maya populations. The exhibition is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, and is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations), a program of the U.S. Dept. of Education. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Location: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
For More Information, Please Visit Kimbell Art Museum’s Website

Yucatan Living Hacienda Santa Cruz: A Unique Promotion:
September 1 through September 30
You are invited to enjoy a 3 course dinner with a welcome cocktail and a glass of wine
Price: $450 pesos + 15% service charge
More Information: Hacienda Santa Cruz Blog 

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan – October 9 & 13 Festival of Choirs Yucatan
Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba). 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. Visit the MySpace page of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan for a complete listing of the international dates. In case there is anyone who doesnt 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 their work on their MySpace page. We especially liked A una dama que iba cubierta and La Cochinita Pibil. Performance dates in Merida are:
October 9 & 13: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Yucatan 2010: Short Film Festival – November 12-21


The Yucatan 2010 Short Film Festival is calling for submissions. It is open to any non-professional resident of the Yucatan to submit their short films, and cash prizes will be awarded. Selected films will be exhibited during the festival. Films submitted must be digital videos, made in Yuca tan and produced after Jan 1 2009. One person can submit unlimited number of films. The themes must touch on mexicanidad, identity, revolution, independence, liberty and/or democracy. There is even a category for one-minute cellphone films, as well as one for films in the Mayan language (with Spanish subtitles), and the films can be up to thirty minutes.
Screening:November 20 & 21. The public will select the winners.
Prizes: Cash prizes of $4000 and $5000 pesos for each category
For More Information: ICY Direccion de Artes Visuales, 930-4700 Ext 54035 and 54019
Submission Entry Fee:Free

Yucatan Living Multimedia: 200 Years of Being A Proud Mexican – November 19th & 20th
This wide screen event will have it all: the history of Mexico on a screen that is 11 meters long and 6 meters high, as well as books on art and history that are being taken house-to-house already.
Location: Parque de la Kukulcan, Circuito Colonias
Time: 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Day of the Dead Spanish Immersion Course: October 25 – 29 and Nov. 1 – 5.
This is going to be a great event for anyone who wants to not only visit Yucatan, but take a wonderful course in Spanish while they enjoy their visit. Habla is going to have a 2 week Spanish immersion course the last week in October and the first week in November. Students can take one week or two and have the option to make this a real immersion by taking advantage of a homestay. Since Day of the Dead is one of the best holidays of the year in Yucatan, this is one of the best ways to see and do it all!
Location and Information: Habla
Information on Habla’s Website 

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