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Merida Events: Fiestas, Films, Soap…?

This Week… starting September 21, 2009Yoga Retreat in Merida

Yucatan Living September 25 – September 27: Yoga Retreat
A weekend of meditation and purification, taught by Alejandra Cruz, of Monterrey, and Peggy Kelley.
Location: Calle 20 # 101 x 21 y 25, Col. Itzimna.
Time: Call for information: 999 127 9810
Admission: Call for information: 999 127 9810

Yucatan Living FOUR Workshops at LA68 Cultural Center
Reservations Required
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68,
Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 8 to 4, Th. – Sat. 7 – 10
Tuition Discount on 3 Workshop Pkg.: $900 pesos
Sept. 19: Soap Craft
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: $400 pesos



Sept. 25: How to Make Creams 
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos
Sept. 26: The Aromatherapy Workshop
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: $400 pesos
Soap Internship
Prerequisite: The Soap course listed above
Dates: Monday, Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos (or $50 pesos if you bring 1 L.of olive oil)

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Tixcocob Fiesta 10 Day EventSept. 21 through Oct. 1
This fiesta is in honor of Cristo de la Misericordia. Tixcocob is quite near the city of Merida, to the east – between Conkal on the North and Seye on the South. Tixcocob has always been a cultural and political center for the Mayans. There are plenty of ruins to see and, because the Mayans were (are) so active there, there are also plenty of Spanish-built churches and chapels. Look for beautiful leatherwork, as well as fine hammocks in Tixcocob.

Yucatan Living Ticul Fiesta: 3 Day EventTicul FiestaSept. 3 through Sept. 5
This fiesta is in honor of San Román. Ticul is a shopper’s paradise. This is where you want to go for the gorgeous red clay pottery you see throughout Merida and beyond. There are several artisan cooperatives in a variety of fields here. For example, you can also purchase locally made jewelry, hats, embroidery, woven material, and shoes in Ticul. Debi in Merida made it out to the fair in Ticul in March and posted a great article about one of the local potters. On your way, don’t forget to stop in Santa Elena and have lunch at the Pickled Onion. You can read Yucatan Living’s interview with Valerie Pickle here

Yucatan Living Telchac Pueblo: 12 Day EventSept. 24 through Oct. 4
This fiesta is in honor of San Francisco de Asis, Patron Saint of Telchac Pueblo. Telchac Pueblo is not as well known as its beachside neighbor. There are just under 3,000 people living in the entire municipality and about 1/3 of them speak Mayan. Read all about Telchac Pueblo and The Most Beautiful Flower of Yucatan (2006) here.  We continue to assure all of our readers, and especially those north of the border, that “small town America” is alive and well in the State of Yucatan – and towns like Telchac Pueblo are living proof of it

 

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) September 21, 2009

Yucatan Living Check our ongoing events page for events on Monday

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 22, 2009

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan: Invited Musical Artist
No word yet on who will play or sing tonight, but this performance is always a treat.
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM TuesdayFelipe Garcia and his Romantic Guitar
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Felipe Garcia & His Romantic Guitar
This performance is under the direction of Felipe Garcia Vargas himself and is not to be missed.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Thirteen
(USA, 2003) This is a coming of age movie starring Holly Hunter. It is part of the current Month of Youth celebration in Yucatan.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas. Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 23, 2009

Yucatan Living Wednesday In Concert: Humberto Gongora
This too is a wonderful concert that is not to be missed. If you are not familiar with the Wednesday in Concert series, tonight is the best ever time to learn that they are as wonderful as anything you will see in the larger theaters, and you will see some of the best musicians and singers in the world here.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 62
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: FreeFrom Dusk til Dawn

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: From Dusk Til Dawn
This 1996 movie was directed by Robert Rodriguez and the cast is outstanding – Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quenten Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, and even Kelly Preston. It won 4 awards and had 8 more nominations. Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 24, 2009



Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: A Streetcar Named Desire
This classic Tennessee Williams saga, starring Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh, and Kim Hunter needs no introduction. If you want to see it again, now is the time.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Eastern Promises
This is a 2007 movie directed by David Cronenberg and starring Josef Altin and Mina E. Mina. It won an Oscar, as well as 24 other wins and 35 nominations. A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Alegria Mexicana
This is a performance by the Ballet Juvenil del Ayuntamiento de Merida. Since this is Youth Month in Yucatan, expect to see some of the best and most talented of the stars of tomorrow!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 7:00 PM ThusdayGangsters against Charros
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Gangsters Contra Charros
(Mexico, 1948) Cowboy of the slums goes against gangsters. A classic tale that should be interesting to classic cinema buffs. The movie poster alone makes it worth seeing!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Mouchette
(France, 1967) Directed by Robert Bresson, Starring Nadine Nortier, Jean Claude Guilbert, and Marie Cardinal. This is the story of a girl living a miserable live in the French countryside. One parent is an alcoholic and the other is terminally ill. She is the misfit teenager who rebels against the world and longs to excape her fate. When she meets a local hunter, her dreams seem to become possible.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free Concert of Voice and Piano

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Concert: Voice and Piano
This is an absolute Must See performance by Arturo Martin (voice) and Alberto Alvarez (piano). Yes, we really do have world-class performers right here in Merida and these are two of the best!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Film: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Dance: Checkmate: XXII Anniversary
This is a performance by the AlSurDanza Contemporary Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Milton Acereto.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$80 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) September 25, 2009

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Alien: Resurrection
(1994) 200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/Alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the Aliens. This movie stars Sigourney Weaver and Winona Rider, but is a little different from the others. The movie had 4 wins and 14 nominations.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: FreeMouchette

Yucatan Living Movie: Mouchette
(France, 1967) Directed by Robert Bresson, Starring Nadine Nortier, Jean Claude Guilbert, and Marie Cardinal. This is the story of a girl living a miserable live in the French countryside. One parent is an alcoholic and the other is terminally ill. She is the misfit teenager who rebels against the world and longs to excape her fate. When she meets a local hunter, her dreams seem to become possible.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Checkmate: XXII Anniversary
This is a performance by the AlSurDanza Contemporary Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Milton Acereto.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM FridayArtistic Weekend at the Olimpo
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Entre el Romance y la Razón
Erica Millet y Erika Perez is a performance under the musical direction of Ricardo Quiroz and the art direction of Ruben Lopez
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sábado) September 26, 2009

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Black Sheep
This 2006 horror movie stars Matthew Chamberlain. An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm. It earned 5 wins and 4 nominations.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Mouchette
(France, 1967) Directed by Robert Bresson, Starring Nadine Nortier, Jean Claude Guilbert, and Marie Cardinal. This is the story of a girl living a miserable live in the French countryside. One parent is an alcoholic and the other is terminally ill. She is the misfit teenager who rebels against the world and longs to excape her fate. When she meets a local hunter, her dreams seem to become possible.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Professional Boxing in Valladolid
Valladolid will host 4 professional boxing matches, one with 10 rounds, one with 6 rounds, and two with 4 rounds. The 10 round bout features a boxer who is ranked at 15th in the world in his class. There will also be 3 amateur matches. Boxers will, for the most part, be Yucateca boxers from Cancun, Valladolid, and other points throughout the Peninsula, with at least one boxer from D.F.
Location: Valladolid Auditorium
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General: $100 pesos; Special seats: $150 pesos

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 27, 2009

Yucatan Living Documentary: Cosmic Collisions
See some of the most spectacular footage ever taken! …and learn more about the effect of these collisions on the world in which we live in today and hope to live in tomorrow.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: AmistadAmistad
This 1997 Stephen Spielberg movie stars Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey, and Pete Postlethwaite. It was nominated for 4 Oscars, had another 6 wins, and 22 more nominations. AMISTAD is about a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the Northeast Coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free-man who led the revolt.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Mouchette
(France, 1967) Directed by Robert Bresson, Starring Nadine Nortier, Jean Claude Guilbert, and Marie Cardinal. This is the story of a girl living a miserable live in the French countryside. One parent is an alcoholic and the other is terminally ill. She is the misfit teenager who rebels against the world and longs to excape her fate. When she meets a local hunter, her dreams seem to become possible.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living September 27: Temptation Tango
According to reviews, this show is pure art and not to be missed.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $60, $80, and $100 pesos

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living October 9: First Annual Chili Cook Off in Chelem
This event is to benefit the Christmas projects in Chelem and Chuburna. Last year, at the Christmas Party, Santa was able to distribute over 500 gifts to the children of Chelem and Chuburna, but even that was not enough. At this party, there will be a contest to determine who makes the best chili. The event will be a festive one and will include a DJ, singing, karaoke and dancing. A buffet dinner that can be purchased separately will be available. The American and Canadians in the beach communities of Chelem and Chuburna, along with friends, family and concerned citizens in Yucatan, sincerely hope you will be able to attend this fundraising social event to show your support for this worthwhile mission, and also hope that you will ask your friends and associates to attend as well. Contestants need to register that they will be making an entry prior to the event and state whether they want to keep their prize money or to which local charitable organization they wish to donate their prize money to in their name. There are 3 categories: Traditional, Non-traditional, and Vegetarian. Contestants can enter more than one category. The winner of a category will receive a cash prize. Judging will be based on tasting and voting of all attendees.
Location: La Playa del Chelem Restaurant in Chelem, Yucatan
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: Admission: $150 pesos, optional additional $100 will be charged if you choose to eat the wonderful buffet. $100 pesos of every admission goes to the fundraising charity and $50 pesos of every admission goes to the prize winners or a charity in their name. Drink tickets will be sold separately.
Contact: Katie at Sand Castle Inn: SANDCASTLEINN[at]aol[dot]com

Yucatan Living October 10: Zamna Oktoberfest Mexican Style
This is going to be a great event. Not only will you hear great German music, but the Best of Mexico as well. There will also be a fun German quiz, complete with prize. The buffet will be German and European. Reservations are necessary so that Hotel Zamna can arrange for catering. They would also like to thank everyone for making the Classical Beatles Concert a sellout.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: $90 pesos per Herr or Frau

Reservations a Must: 999 924-0103

Yucatan Living Oct. 17-18: Big Bazaar II: Saturday
This bazaar is a fundraiser for Proteccion de Perros y Gatos, a.c.the humane society that serves beach towns from Chuburna to Telchac. Some of the items for sale this year include:curtains, linens, fabric, women’s clothes, games and puzzles, baby items, kitchen and household items, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, furniture, lamps, small electrical appliances – and much much more! We are posting this early to give everyone time to see if they have anything they want to donate to this bazaar. In addition, it might remind some Snowbirds of things they can bring down with them and donate as well.  
Location: The Bull Pen Restaurant, The "Bull Pen" is three blocks past the main square in Chelem, catty-cornered from the baseball park.
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
 Who to contact for information or to make a donation:
Julie Hart 999 263-4546 or Nancy Draper 999 180-7073

Yucatan Living October 30: Brazos Abiertos: 3rd Annual Fall Event
Brazos Abiertos Inc (501-c3 US non profit) (Foundation BAI) will be holding its 3rd Annual Fall Event, Silent Auction & Fashion Show, featuring the Spring Summer 2010 Collection by Alexei. The proceeds of this event will go to support education related to sexually transmitted diseases, as well as to ongoing support for their HIV-AIDS projects.
Location: The Rojano Family Home, Avenida Colon, #505C x 8, Garcia Gineres
Time: October 30, 2009 7:00 PM -10:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos

Yucatan Living October 31Sarah Brightman in Concert at Chichen Itza:
Sarah Brightman Concert at Chichen Itza

The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, along with some of the best voices in the state, will perform, on October 31st, with Sarah Brightman at Chichen Itza. Formerly married to Andrew Lloyd Weber, Mx Brightman is a veteran of The Phantom of the Opera and has sung with both the London and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Until now, only Yucatan’s beloved Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo have sung at this archaeological wonder. Elton John is expected to sing at Chichen Itza in April, 2010, and there is talk of inviting both Paul McCartney and David Copperfield at some time in the future.
Location: Chichen Itza, Yucatán
Time: TBA
Admission: Starting at $500 pesos

Yucatan Living December 5 – 6: AANY Art Show
The last AANY Show was a huge success and we have no doubt that the next one will be as well. Word has come that this event now has the support of the ICY and will be included in the Otoño Cultural (Fall Cultural Festival). Keep watching for new interviews and a full article on this important upcoming event.

 

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