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Merida Events: Garden Tours and Concerts

Yucatan Living All Wednesdays: Home and Garden Tours Are Back!
Look for this event throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring on our Ongoing Classes and Events page. These walking tours take you through three of the beautiful, historic homes in Merida’s Centro District.
Location: Meet at Merida English Library,
Calle 53 #517 x 66 y 68
Time: 9:45 AM (will be finished by 12:30 PM)
Admission: $200 MXP (no reservation necessary)

Yucatan Living At Pure Fitness: New Exercise Classes
If you are one of those folks from north of the border who actually believes the rumor that you can retire in Mexico and do nothing for the rest of your life… well, that’s going to be today’s little chuckle for those of us who are already here. That may happen somewhere else in Mexico, but it surely won’t happen in Yucatan! This week’s ongoing classes announcement comes from Pure Fitness website. Their classes include:
Pilates: Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jiu Jitsu: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Cario Salsa Classes: Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Fiestas This Week

This week of fiestas gives us the perfect opportunity for a little mini-vacation to see the sights northeast of the city. From Wednesday (Oct. 1) through Saturday (Oct. 4), there will be overlapping fiestas in Chicxulub Pueblo, Telchac Pueblo, and Telchac Puerto, with the Fiesta at Cansahcab opening on Saturday. What a wonderful opportunity to explore and gain a better understanding of this entire area. Road to Fiestas in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Telchac Pueblo Fiesta
Remember – the Telchac Pueblo Fiesta began last week and is ongoing until Oct. 4.

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto Fiesta
Sept. 29 through Oct. 4
This fiesta is in honor of San Francisco de Asis. It begins 5 days after the fiesta at Telchac Pueblo and they both end on the same day (Oct. 4), so this is going to be quite a week in this entire area. There are more expats than ever now choosing to live in the Telchac Puerto vicinity, so some of our readers have all the luck for this week of festivities.

Yucatan Living Chicxulub Pueblo Fiesta
Oct. 1 through Oct. 10
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Cristo de las Ampollas (The Christ of the Blisters). It is held from October 1 through October 9. Chicxulub Pueblo is another of the best kept small town secrets of Yucatan. It is a tiny municipality with only about 3,500 inhabitants, but is home to some of the newest of the tourist destinations now being planned in Yucatan. Just a few minutes back from the beach, and little more than half an hour from Merida, this small town is one to explore whether it is fiesta time or not. If you want to go shopping, Chicxulub Pueblo’s artisans produce some of the finest leather goods in the state. 

Yucatan Living Yaxcaba Fiesta
October 1 through October 5
This fiesta is in honor of San Francisco de Asís. It lasts from October 1 through October 5. If you’ve already been to the fiestas at the beach and are looking for new experiences, take a little trip (90 km) southeast of the city to Yaxcaba. Did you know that Yaxcaba is one of the municipalities in which the government is supporting the rebuilding of the field of traditional medicine? …and did you know that Yaxcaba is home to 60 of Yucatan’s Successful Women Farmers? A trip into the southern part of our state is always worth making and this trip could have some quite interesting surprises.

Yucatan Living Acanceh Fiesta (Tepich): 7 Day Event
October 3 through October 9
This is the Fiesta de la Virgen Del Rosario. It is held in the town of Tepich, in the Municipality of Acanceh, just 33 km southeast of Merida. Acanceh (Moan from the deer) takes its name from the legend that it was here that the roar of a huge red deer, mortally wounded by hunters, could be heard for miles. Even today, it is said that the dear can often be seen, still moaning, from under a particular hill. If you are shopping, look for objects carved from stone and wood at the Acanceh Fiesta.

Yucatan Living Cansahcab Fiesta
October 4 through October 11
This fiesta is in honor of San Francisco de Asís. It begins on October 4 and runs through October 11. The most common artisan activity here is carving in stone. Cansahcab is just to the northeast of Motul, (map here) so this is a great fiesta to go see and Motul makes a good rest stop along the way. This is an area whose income is pretty much evenly split between agricultural, manufacturing, and services industries; so the economy is relatively stable. Its proximity to Motul and to Merida make it a great place for expats to consider for retirement. What better excuse to go and look than a fiesta!


Yucatan Living Classes: Interior Design and Installation Theory and Practice
Instructors: Débora Carnevali Ramírez, Eva Gómez Novelo, and Omar Góngora Guzmán
Course Description: This course concentrates on the theory and practice of installation for design and the creation of spaces. The idea is to have the student totally understand the space and the objects that are Interior Design and Installation Classesinserted in it, as if it is a work of art. Subjects covered will relate to the history of this discipline, as well as to the foundations of contemporary art and its association with architecture and interior design. In addition, students will learn the basic foundations of semiotics (signs and symbols) and will be able to conduct a model analysis and eventual construction of customized environments from those models. They will work on projects throughout the length of the course and there will be a showing of these projects at the conclusion of the course.
Length of Course: This course begins Sept. 25, 2008, and continues all Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The total duration is 36 hours (12 sessions of 3 hours each). The course ends on Dec. 18.
Cost: $850 MXP (or $300 MXP per month)
Location and Information: Galería La Periferia, Calle 54 #468 x 53 y 55
Telephone:  (999) 924-1923
e-mail: info [at] galerialaperiferia [dot] com
website: www.galerialaperiferia.com

 

Every week…

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.

 

Monday (Lunes) September 29, 2008

Yucatan Living See our ongoing events page for events on Monday

Tuesday (Martes) September 30 , 2008Dobermann movie

Yucatan Living Movie: Dobermann
(France, 1997) Directed by Jan Kounen, Starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, and Tcheky Karyo. The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers. After a complex and brutal bank robbery, they are being hunted by the Paris police. The hunt is led by the sadistic cop Christini, who only has one goal: to catch Dobermann at any cost. Written by Michael Soderberg
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon, Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova:Trio Ensuenos
Tonight’s performance is by our beloved Trio Ensueños, under the direction of Diego Cocom. This trio is one of the group of entertainers that are defining trova for Merida today. This is a "must see" event. The performance is provided by the City Council of Merida. Performers vary weekly, but are always the best in all of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Musical Tribute to Jose Antonio Zorrilla Martinez “Monis”
This is absolutely a “must see” performance. There will be stellar contributions by many of the most beloved voices in Yucatan today, along with the sound of the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. The participants you can expect to see include Judith Perez Romero, Los Juglares, Ligia Camara, Alfredo Bolio, Maru Boeta, Eduardo Rosado, Maricarmen Perez, Tony Espinosa, Patricia Ancira, Jesus Armando, Alfredo Gamboa, Maria Teresa Mezquita, Sergio Camara, and Luis Perez Sabido. 
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) October 01, 2008Home and Gardn Tours in Merida

Yucatan Living All Wednesdays: Home and Garden Tours Are Back!
Look for this event throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring on our Ongoing Classes and Events page. These walking tours take you through three of the beautiful, historic homes in Merida’s Centro District.
Location: Meet at Merida English Library,
Calle 53 #517 x 66 y 68
Time: 9:45 AM (will be finished by 12:30 PM)
Admission: $200 MXP (no reservation necessary)

Yucatan Living Tertulias Literarias (Literary Circles)
This event is sponsored by La Periferia and the Literary Network of the Southeast.
Share books, authors, and texts in workshops. From what we understand, this is the beginning of a social network group (enREDémonos) whose purpose it is to strengthen the social fabric of Yucatan by working together to share its literary past, present, and future.
Location: La Periferia, Calle 54 #468 x 53 y 55
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free
Website: Galeria la Periferia
Telephone: (999) 924-1923

Yucatan Living Visual Wednesday: Landings NineLandings nine in Merida
This artistic forum is based on much the same premise that is driving the new push toward tourism of the entire Mayan world, instead of just parts of it. It includes artists from Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula as if they are an intact unit, rather than being separated by national and state boundaries. The discussion, as well as the exhibitions, will show just how much the artists throughout the region have in common. As the Mayan world begins to stir and moves to right itself, these forums and exhibitions will become all the more valuable. This forum will be under the supervision of Maestro Marco A. Diaz.
Location: The Old Train Station, Calle 55 x 46 y 48
Time: 6:00 PM Wesnesday
Admission: Free
Information: 930-1490 ext. 29330

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: TBD
There are wonderful concerts provided by the Municipality of Merida on Wednesday nights. Unfortunately, the schedule for October has not yet been posted. We will update this entry as soon as possible. These concerts are always exceptionally good.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) October 02, 2008

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: TBD
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living UADY “Thursday… Of” Concert: Fernando Vega
This will be quite a concert. The singer and pianist Fernando Vega will be the headliner, and will be accompanied by members of the group of Roberto Arcila, including Edgar Cervera on piano, Pepe Ballote on saxophone, and Juan Herrera on drums. You can expect to hear interpretations of the works of Armando Manzanero, Pablo Milanés, Francisco Céspedes, and others. Of one thing we can be certain. If a concert is at UADY, it is always likely to be a “must see” event.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto de la UADY, Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday:TBD
There are wonderful concerts provided by the Municipality of Merida on Thursday nights. Unfortunately, the schedule for October has not yet been posted. We will update this entry as soon as possible. These concerts are always exceptionally good.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Independent Movie: "Dolor Cronico"
This 2008 film is a Mexican documentary under the direction of Santiago Esteinov. It explores issues related to chronic pain. The film will have English subtitles and, at the end, there will be a period of discussion and a cash bar.
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 # 452-A x 52 and 54Lucio The Movie
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$20 Pesos and open cash bar

Yucatan Living Movie: Lucio
There are plenty of anarchists in the world. Many have committed robbery or smuggling for their cause. Fewer have discussed strategies with Che Guevara or saved the skin of Eldridge Cleaver – the leader of the Black Panthers. There is only one who has done all that, and also brought to its knees the most powerful bank on the planet by forging travellers cheques, without missing a single day of work in his construction job. He is Lucio Urtubia, from a tiny village in Navarra in North of Spain.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida: Dieu, Le Yucatones Retournent!! (Ohmigod, the Yucatones Return!)
That’s right mes amis, after a week in France (Dan anyway, Gary never goes anywhere interesting), The LEGENDARY Yucatones are back in action this Thursday at Jazzin’ Merida. They will continue their policy of starting an hour earlier at 8:30pm, and as always, they will be doing two shows. Many of your old favorites and some new material as well, but Dan promises to resist the urge to perform his medley of Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier hits, although ‘Dominique’ by The Singing Nun has not been completely ruled out. So come on down to Jazzin’ Merida tout suite to see your internationally renowned Yucatones, berets optional…
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performance at 8:30 Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

 

Friday (Viernes) October 03, 2008

Yucatan Living Denis Lafoy’s TGIF (First Friday)
This is the party sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency and 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)

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is a surprise.
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 Music: Galera in Concert
Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to this group of young yucatecans playing reage and samba. They will be presenting their first record called EP
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the Stars
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie: TBD
Location: Centro Cultural “Los Huachinangos;” Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays: 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 04, 2008Placido Domingo at Chichen Itza

Yucatan Living Placido Domingo at Chichen Itza
Hopefully, everyone has their tickets and will be attending this once in a lifetime event. Placido Domingo will perform with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. For some lucky guests, there will be a cocktail party and dinner after the performance.
For Ticket Information, call Mixup, Discolandia, Liverpool, Comercial Mexicana and Gandhi.
Admission:
$500 MXP (least expensive we have found);
$7,500 MXP (includes cocktails with Placido Domingo);
$10,000 MXP (includes cocktails and dinner with Placido Domingo)

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is TDB
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM SaturdayThe Big Sellout
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary: La Gran Venta (The Big Sellout)
Privatization for Minda in Manila, Bongani in Soweto and Simon in Brighton, is more than an abstract notion. It is the life-threatening reality they deal with every day. In this episodic documentary, Florian Opitz examines the consequences of privatization – often forced by institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Sunday (Domingo) October 05, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary:TBD
These documentaries are always wonderful and a great way to get out of the noontime heat.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Event: Lazy TownLazy Town in Merida
This is the second presentation of this event in Merida and it is huge for children. The show is a take-off on a popular children’s television show. The last time this presentation came to town, they actually had to add additional performances because there were not enough accommodations for the crowds that came to see it. We expect it to be just as big an event this time too. To see what Lazy Town is all about, visit their national website. http://www.lazytownenvivo.com.mx/
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM, 4:00 PM, and 6:30 PM Sunday
Admission: TBA
Information: 924-9990

 

Other events during October

Yucatan Living Los Gremios in Merida
September 14 begins the annual tradition called Los Gremios in Merida. Gremios are associations of the members of specific trades, much like trade unions in other places. The opening day of Los Gremios begins on September 14, when the Christ of the Blisters is removed from its chapel in the Cathedral and mass is offered. The removal of the Christ of the Blisters takes place at 9:00 AM and mass is said at 11:00 AM.
On September 27, the processions begin, with each gremio reserving the Cathedral for the day of their pilgrimage. Every day, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, From September 27 through October 17, there will be a pilgrimage of one gremio through Centro, with each procession beginning and ending at the Cathedral. Each group of workers, from taxi drivers to shoemakers, is represented on their special day.
On October 9, the Christ of the Blisters goes on parade inside the Cathedral at 6:00 PM. Then, on the final day, October 17, there is a mass at 11:00 AM, followed by the Christ of the Blisters being returned to his chapel inside the Cathedral.


For those of us whose nation’s history reaches back little more than 200 years, it may seem strange to watch this beautiful religious tradition that has been going strong since 1654, but here he is – the Christ of the Blisters – still watching over Los Gremios after having been through not one, but two fires. In the village of Ichmul, everything burned except this wooden Christ figure, so he was moved to his new home in Merida’s Cathedral in 1654. Then, he survived a fire in Merida’s Cathedral in 1916. Even if it were not for the beauty ofthe processions and even if it were not for the respect due the gremios that serve the public in Yucatan so faithfully, it would still be worth traveling to Merida to see the Christ of the Blisters during Los Gremios.

BBC in Izamal, Yucatan

Other Events Coming Soon

Yucatan Living A Tribute to the Beatles in Izamal
On October 9, the BBC London Orchestra, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will present a tribute to the Beatles in the spectacular sonvent atrium in Izamal. The theme of the BBC London Orchestra this year is "Mystery in the colonial cities of the Mayan World," so the convent atrium in Izamal is more than the perfect place for this performance. Tonight’s director is Barry Forgie, and features soprano Emer McParland and tenor Jeff Hooper.
Location: The Convent Atrium in Izamal
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: $100 to $1,000 MXP with tickets available at Cines Siglo XXI box offices

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


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Garden Tours and Concerts”

  1. Someone told me that in a nearby town there is a “shoe fair” where they put up tents and sell lots of shoes. I don’t know what that is called or when it is. Would you tell me if that was a one time event or if it happens again this fall? If it is taking place again, what is the date or has it already gone by.

    Thank you,
    Beverly

  2. Beverly,
    The shoe fair in Ticul seems to be an annual event. Last year, it was held in Ticul in mid-December. You can read our article here: http://www.yucatanliving.com/events/nutcracker-sales-must-be-the-holidays.htm I don’t know of any other shoe fairs, but many of the producers have formed quite active associations now and generally bring their products to most fairs in the area. Just keep an eye on our list of fiestas and try to make it to as many in the south and west as you can.

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