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Merida Events: Films, Trova, Fiestas

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For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!

On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week. When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!




As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.

 

This Week…

Fiestas

Hoctun: 3 Week Event
Tuesday, July 15, through Wednesday, August 6
Hoctun is not very far southeast of Merida, just off of Hwy. 180 (see map here). This particular festival is in honor of Santo Cristo de la Transfiguracion. Hoctun is a lovely area, one of the kinds of places that gets billed as having "small town living at its best." Just 30 minutes from Merida, but a little bit off the beaten path, our readers know Hoctun as the home town of one of our favorite Yucatan Living cheerleaders – Ginny (Peregrina). If you haven’t visited the cemetery in Hoctun, take a look at our picture and you’ll see why.

Halacho: 2 Week Event            Halacho Fiesta
Saturday, July 19, through Monday, August 4
Halacho is the coastal municipality that connects the State of Yucatan with the State of Campeche. This is fishing, squid, and wildlife country, with some of the best birdwatching in the world. The best map is here. The dotted line on the map is the border between Yucatan and Campeche. Look how close Halacho is to Becal. If one needed an excuse to go shopping for a Panama Hat (the real thing!) or really fine shawl, then a visit to Halacho’s Fiesta de la Santiago Apóstol would be the best excuse in the world to get there. This area of the state is often out of sight and out of mind because so much of it is in the bio-reserves, ours and Campeche’s. But isn’t that what ecotourism is all about? This area is well worth exploring and well worth a trip to the festival.

Rio Lagartos: July 25
Rio Lagartos is one of the up-and-coming destinations in our state. You can read about new developments, hotels, restaurants, and more in our recent news about San Felipe. This festival is in honor of Santiago Apostol, Patrono del pueblo. There will be religious ceremonies, as well as processions, vaquerias, and a running of the bulls. For those who are interested in bird watching, here is a list of birds in the area.

Valladolid: July 26
Valladolid has a number of festivals throughout the year. This one is to celebrate Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana. Of course, Valladolid is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world because of its proximity to Chichen Itza, so each visit there is more enjoyable than the last. Artisans here produce hammocks, typical clothing, embroidery, jewelry, saddlery, and stone carvings.

Teabo: July 27
Teabo also has several festivals throughout the year. This one is in honor of San Pedro and San Pablo (St. Peter and St. Paul). Teabo is the municipality that lies south of Tekax. This is a great location that provides visitors with shopping experiences all along the way. While the artisans here also produce typical embroidered clothing, they also produce cotton hammocks. By the way, one of their local "refreshments" is made with xtabentun – so take it easy. We’re sure everyone will have a good time and enjoy the part of our state that is gaining fame for ecotourism.

Monday (Lunes) July 21, 2008

Yucatan Living No event programmed on Monday

Tuesday (Martes) July 22, 2008

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trovanova
This is the must see performance of the night. Trio Trovanova is one of Yucatan’s best trova trios and their performances are always well worth a trip into the city.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living La Casa de la Cultura Hoy: Contemporary Trova
A performance by Sonido Abierto and others. This is an opportunity to see the best of the new trova performers.
Location: Patio of Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64Pans' Labrynth
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pan’s Labyrinth
Fantasy begins to believe it is reality. In fascist Spain of 1944, the young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world (imbd.com)
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) July 23, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: One Night of Love in the 70′s
Performances tonight by Terricolas, Angeles Negros, Chicanos, Los Babys and Pasteles Verdes
Under the direction of Carlos Antonio Tella Martinez
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) July 24, 2008

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Guitar Concierto by Juan Carlos Cervera
This is a not to be missed performance. Contrary to what might pass for music in some other countries, there is an art to playing the guitar – and Yucatan prides itself on collecting the best guitar artisans in the world. Never miss a performance by Juan Carlos Cervera.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61Johnny Guitar
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spaghetti Western Anthology: Johnny Guitar
(U.S.,1954). Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Rhys Willams, and Ian MacDonald. Gun queen of the Arizona frontier prepares to build her own town when the railroad comes through.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Dougle Feature
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Admission: Free

First Feature: Simon del Desierto
(Mexico, 1963) Directed by Luis Bunuel and starring Claudio Brook and Silvia Pinal
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Second Feature: Rapsodia en Agosto (Rhapsody in August)
(Japan, 1991) Directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Sachiko Murase and Richard Gere
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is by Romeo Rodriguez and his band. Don’t miss the oportunity to visit Jazzin’ Merida.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

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

Friday (Viernes) July 25, 2008

Yucatan Living Exposition and Sale: Artisans of the State
Shop for hammocks, articles made from henequen, and toys.
Location: Patio of the Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64.
Time: 10:00 AM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition of Drawings and Paintings
A Retrospective of the work of Manuel Esquiliano
Location: Vestibule of Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM FridayErendire Theather
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Erendira 
The Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan presents Teatro del Gallinero in Erendira, with dramatization and direction by Salvador Lemis. This promises to be an exceptionally good performance and is on our must see list.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 MXP

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan
The Young Artists of the Municipalities of Huhi, Sanahcat, Tahmek, and others
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folkloric Ballet of UADY
Under the direction of Carlos Acereto Canto. This is one of the best folkloric ballets in all of Mexico. Even the costumes are award winners.
Location: Central Patio of UADY, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 MXP

Yucatan LivingRegional Theater: The Unwilling Shoemaker
A performance by Grupo Elenco, under the direction of Miguel Garcia Minaburo
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Black Robe
(Canada, 1991) From the novel by Brian Moore, directed by Bruce Beresford. The adventures of a Jesuit priest and his young companion as they are escorted through 17th century Quebec.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Note: Adults Only
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spaghetti Western Anthology: Johnny Guitar
(U.S., 1954). Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Rhys Willams, and Ian MacDonald. Gun queen of the Arizona frontier prepares to build her own town when the railroad comes through.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61Mother of Mine movie
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Movie: Aidesista Parhain (Mother of Mine)
(2005, Sweden/Denmark). Director: Klaus Haro; Starring Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, and Esko Salminen. During World War II, nearly 80,000 children were evacuated from Finland to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway in the greatest evacuation of children in history. This is the story of 9 year old Eero, who will be evacuated to Sweden. His father died in the war and he will now be far from his mother. Customs and language will be foreign to him, as will be his new family. This movie was named the best non-English film by Finland.
Location: Videosala of the UADY Cultural Center, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is courtesy of a Jazz trio called Jazz Mind.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

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

Yucatan Living Ladies Night at Hotel Zamna
There will be a Cocktail demonstration and sampling, as well as a buffet dinner and a fun quiz with prizes. This event is open to Ladies ONLY.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 51 x 70, Santiago
Cost: $50 pesos
Information: Send e-mail to newells [dot] amigo [at] hotmail [dot] com

Saturday (Sabado) July 26, 2008

Yucatan LivingExposition and Sale: Artisans of the State
Shop for hammocks, articles made from henequen, and toys.
Location: Patio of the Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Todos a Bailar (Everyone Dances)
Location: Patio of the Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folkloric Ballet Nuevo Sol (New Sun)
Under the direction of Maria Jose Palma
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the ticket office.

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is by a Jazz Trio called Jazz Mind.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628

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

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Erendira
The Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan presents Teatro del Gallinero in Erendira, with dramatization and direction by Salvador Lemis. This promises to be an exceptionally good performance and is on our must see list.After Midnight
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 MXP

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Contemporary Anthology: After Midnight
(Italy, 2004) Directed by Davide Ferrario and starring Giorgio Pasotti, Francesca Inaudi and Fabio Troiana. In After Midnight, the magical Mole Antonelliana (the cavernous Museum of Cinema in Turin, Italy) is the setting and inspiration for a very unlikely love story. One fateful evening, Martino, an avid cinephile and the museum’s timid night watchman, comes to the aid of Amanda, an enchanting young fast-food cook on the run from the police after dousing her overbearing boss with hot oil. Martino’s dreamy kingdom of silent movie characters becomes a sanctuary for Amanda, as she awaits rescue by her devilish car-jacking boyfriend Angel. Spellbound by the museum, Amanda develops a surprising romantic connection with Martino, who until now has only found companionship in his celluloid dreams. Torn between her newfound feelings for Martino and her troubled relationship with the irresistible Angel, Amanda attempts to balance the affections of her two suitors. Misadventure and chaos ensue as the characters become embroiled in this dubious love triangle. Infused with humor, intelligence, and passion, After Midnight is a masterful homage to the silent movie era. Ferrario’s daring visual choices and unconventional storytelling make for a charming celebration of love and cinema. Written by Avatar Films
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Spaghetti Westerns:Johnny Guitar

(U.S., 1954). Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Rhys Willams, and Ian MacDonald. Gun queen of the Arizona frontier prepares to build her own town when the railroad comes through.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 27, 2008

Yucatan Living Exposition and Sale: Artisans of the State
Shop for hammocks, articles made from henequen, and toys.
Location: Patio of the Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 10:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Walking with Prehistoric Animals: The Triumph of the Beasts
These documentaries are always timely. With the return of fossils to Chicxulub’s new museum, this is the perfect time to learn about these marvelous animals in our past.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(U.S., 1989) Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and River Phoenix
Location: Cineteca Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 2:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 Yucatan Living Movie Series: Spaghetti Westerns: Johnny Guitar
(U.S., 1954). Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Rhys Willams, and Ian MacDonald. Gun queen of the Arizona frontier prepares to build her own town when the railroad comes through.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM SundayThe legend of Nahuala Movie
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Movie:The Legend of Nahuala
Annimation/Fantasy: In 1807, in Ciudad de Puebla de los Angeles, New Spain, there is a legend that an old, abandoned house is owned by the spirit of the sorceress known as Nahuala, who hopes to capture the soul of an innocent boy so she can come back to life and regain her power. This story of terror is related to Leo San Juan, a lad of about 9 years of age, by his older brother Nando.
Location: Videosala of the UADY Cultural Center, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 10:30 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Other Events in July

Yucatan LivingInternational Women’s Club Breakfast
Each month, the IWC holds a non-host breakfast that is open to both members and to potential members. You can read about the IWC here and check their calendar for dates, times, and locations here.

Planning Ahead

Yucatan Living The First National Piano Contest "Jose Jacinth Cuevas" will be held in Merida from November 23 through November 30. Foreigners living in Mexico are welcome to participate. While there are many prizes (medals and money) for the winners of each category, the grand prize will be to play with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. If you think you might like to participate in this event, visit their website here. If you would like to just be a part of the audience for this national competition, mark your calendars for November 23 through November 30. The last three nights should be spectacular!

 

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


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