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Merida Events: Holiday Music

This Week… starting December 16, 2013

Yucatan Living Tixpeual Fiesta: December 17 through December 20
This is the annual “County Fair” of this municipality. Tixpéual is bordered on the north by Tixkokob, on the south by Kanasin and Acanceh, on the east by Seye and Tixkokob, and on the west by Kanasin and Merida. Did somebody say “location-location-location?” Tixpéual is one of those places where, when you tell folks you live “in a village on the Yucatan Peninsula,” you neglect to add that it is practically in sight of the city. We hope you take a look at this little municipality. Great things are coming from here in the not too distant future.

Yucatan Living Espita Fiesta: December 19 through December 28
This fiesta is in honor of the Niño Dios. Espita is in the East-Central part of our state, just to the east of Dzitas and just under 2 hours from Merida. Lots of cattle ranches and cowboys here, and all of the good food and leather work that goes along with them. Almost all of the people of Espita are either Mayan or Otomi and those are the languages spoken here. Can you imagine the language skills of the children of Espita? They speak Maya and Otomi at home, add Spanish in school, and are now all taking English in school as well. There will be bullfights at this fair, along with a 15 km cattle drive from Sucilá to Espita. You can also find ramilletes at this fair.

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta: December 20 through December 24
This fiesta is in honor of Virgen de Guadalupe. Tunkas is located just this side of Izamal. Look in Tunkas for huipiles, hemp hammocks, and pottery. Tunkas (Wall of Stones) belonged to the Chieftanship of Cupul during the pre-Hispanic era. It is the product of an ancient Mayan civilization that is mentioned in The Book of Chilam Balm of Chumayel. ( You can read the text here ). About half of the population is Mayan today and that is the language of all the indigenous people of Tunkas.

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: December 15 through January 10
This is a huge fiesta in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin website.

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Yucatan Living Art At the Olimpo
There are three exhibitions. One exhibition is the work of Isaac Zambra. The two others are “Behind the Facades: Certain Interior Spaces” by Jose Luis Rodriguez de Armas and Humberto Peraza’s “Immortality and Passion in His Sculpture”. This exhibit will continue until December 31, and the exhibit is just off the Plaza Grande, so there is no excuse for not visiting!
Location: Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Art Show to Stop Violence in Merida YucatanYucatan Living V Exhibition: Mira el Silencio : November 22 – January 18
This art exhibit in the Mejorada section of town has been put on in cooperation with the United Nations’ declaration to stop violence against women worldwide. More than 100 artists in a variety of media contributed their art.
Location: Calle 59 # 452-A x 54 y 52, Centro-Mejorada
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Utopia Citadina
This exhibition is of the new paintings by Cuban artist Sanlly Viera Alarcon.
Location: La Galeria In La K’ech
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) December 16, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Sneak Peak from Toronto International Film Festival
The RIDM is pleased to pre-announce several films on this year’s program, giving a sneak peek at what promises to be an exciting anniversary edition. One hundred domestic and foreign films will be screened during the 15th RIDM.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Tuesday (Martes) December 17, 2013

Yucatan LivingOrgan Music: Hans-Andre Stamm
This benefit, by German organist Hans-Andre Stamm, is to support the church and organ program. Hans-Andre Stamm will perform on the historic Hinners tracker pipe organ. And it takes place in the beautiful church next to the Parque de la Madre, whose interior is a delight to behold and not always open to the public. Don’t miss this!
Location: Templo de Jesus, Calle 60 y 59, Merida Centro
Time: 8:15 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free, but please make a donation to this worthy cause.

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Despertar
Trio Despertar is one of the signature trova trios in Yucatan and audiences love them.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Valladolid Christmas Concert

Yucatan Living Valladolid Christmas Concert
This event will feature the Choir of the City of Merida, along with the Valladolid Choir. Both are under the direction of Maestra Nidia Gongora Cervera.
Location: Casa de Los Venados, Valladolid
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Expedition to the End of the World
(Denmark, 2013) A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 18, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Abuelos
(2010 Chile) Documentary about the filmmaker’s two grandfathers: Remo, Ecuadorian and Juan, Chilean. It makes for a compelling story.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Merida Horn Quartet
Merida Horn Quartet in Yucatan The members of the wonderful orchestras in Yucatan come together to form smaller groups that provide pure joy to audiences year-round. This is one of those groups.
Location: Iglesia El Jesús Tercera Orden, Calle 60 x 59 y 57 Col. Centro
Time: 8:15 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sneak Peak from Toronto International Film Festival
The RIDM is pleased to pre-announce several films on this year’s program, giving a sneak peek at what promises to be an exciting anniversary edition. One hundred domestic and foreign films will be screened during the 15th RIDM.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 19, 2013

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle ReOpening
Do your Christmas shopping here and help support local artisans and artists.
Location: Bamboo Beach Restaurant, Chicxulub
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Que Se Quedan
(2009 Mexico) An intimate and discerning depiction of the impact of migration on families and villages left behind by loved ones who have traveled North for work.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Cries and Whispers
(Sweden, 1972). Director: Ingmar Bergman. Starring: Harriet Anderson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, cancer-stricken, dying Agnes is visited in her isolated rural mansion by her sisters Karin and Maria. As Agnes’ condition deteriorates and pain management becomes increasingly more difficult, fear and revulsion grip the sisters, who seem incapable of empathy, and Agnes’ only comfort and solace comes from her maid Anna. As the end draws closer, long repressed feelings of grudging resentment and mistrust cause jealousy, selfishness, and bitterness between the siblings to surface.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Big Lebowski
(1998 USA) “Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. Classic Coen Brothers movie.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Music at the Cathedral in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Baroque Music in Ancient Churches of Mérida
This is a series of concerts running throughout the holidays in different churches in the city. Tonight’s performance, under the direction of Ileana Stefanova, will be in the Cathedral.
Location: S.I. Cathedral of San Ildefonso, Calle 60 x 61,
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
(2000 USA) In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. Must be Coen Brothers week at Cairo Cinema! This is one of their best… great music, too!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Stories We Tell
(2012 Canada) A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) December 20, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Sugar Man

(2012 England) Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. This film won an Academy Award and is well worth seeing… it is quite a story!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Phantom of the Opera
(U.S. 1925). Directors: Rupert Julian and Lon Chaney (uncredited). Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, and Norman Kerry. A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: In The Mood For Love
(2002 Hong Kong) A man and a woman move in to neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extramarital activities.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Ultimos Cristeros
(2011 Mexico) The plot occurs around 1925 in Mexico when the Mexican government decides to severely restrict religious freedoms. It is the story of a few rebels, The Cristeros that fight for the right to freely and publicly practice their Catholic faith. The movie follows a few of those rebels with their doubts and their struggles. The movie is loosely based on true historical facts.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: There Will Be Blood
(2007 USA) A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. Another Coen Brothers gem.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 21, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Canicula
(2011 Mexico) An engrossing ethnographic work, Canicula is a study of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Totonac people of Veracruz, Mexico, who have resided in this region for thousands of years. Beautifully photographed, this documentary features rare footage of the Totonac’s “voladores” ritual (“the flying dance”), named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Backyard
( Mexico, 2004) Director: Carlos Carrera. Starring: Ana de la Reguera, Asur Zagada, Marco Perez and Jimmy Smits. The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery?.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Scott Pilgrim
Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico (2010 USA) Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie:Piedra Roja
(2011 Chile) Piedra Roja is a close-up look at how Chile’s first ‘hippie’ rock festival (an imitation of Woodstock), profoundly affected Chilean society during a time of social and political upheaval–the inception of Salvador Allende’s socialist government, the subsequent military coup d’etat, and Allende’s suicide.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Drive
(2011 USA) A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

 

Sunday (Domingo) December 22, 2013

Yucatan Living Documentary: Deserts
Meet the inhabitans of these ecosystems and their survival strategies.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Trilogy: Cornetto
Movies by Edgar Wright.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long
This event is expat Jim Smiley’s annual Christmas carol sing-a-long. The event is a benefit to support the church and organ program. Like the organ performance earlier in the week, it is in one of Merida’s most beautiful churches… the interior is a wonder to behold. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Location: Templo de Jesus, Calle 60 y 59, Merida Centro
Time: 9:15 PM Sunday
Admission: Free, but please make a donation to this worthy cause.

Monday (Lunes) December 23, 2013

No events to report at the moment.

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living MEL’s Eco-Park Safaris Sundays: January 12 and 26
Join Cherie Pittillo, renowned zoologist, photographer, author and columnist, in a tour of 3 Ecological Parks of Mérida; the Parque Acuático, the Kai Lu Um Park (Maya for “song of the earth”) and the Parque Ecológico del Poniente. It begins with an introduction at the Library and maps and special directions for the drivers will be distributed. The tour takes around 5 hours and is, in total, a 26-mile round trip from MEL. The tour will afford you the opportunity to observe and photograph the flora and fauna of the area, including birds such as: Northern Jacana, Black-necked Stilt, Great Egret and Couch’s Kingbird. Don’t forget your binoculars, cameras, hats, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion and water.
Location: Begins at the Library
Time: 6:30 AM
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Capacity limited to 17 per tour, so sign up early. They need 4 private cars that can take 4 to 5 persons. If you offer to drive your car, you get the tour free of charge.

Yucatan Living Ricky Martin Concert in Cancun: December 28
This was announced in July. Will let you know when we learn more.
Location: Moon Palace, Cancun
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA – but there will only be 15,000 seats, so get your tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Yucatan Living Maná in Concert: February 8, 2014
This great rock and roll band will be opening the new Coliseo in Merida… if you love rock and roll, don’t miss this!
Location: Coliseo Yucatan, Merida
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at www.boletea.com start at $660 pesos

Yucatan Living Feldenkrais Personal Training Workshop: The Journey Inward: January 13-16
For More Information, visit the Feldenkrais Journey website.
Location: Casa Quetzal, Valladolid
Time: All day
Admission: $360 if registed by 12/13/2013, $440 after that

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
January 11, 2014, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS by Richard Strauss,
February 1st, La NOZZE di FIGARO by Mozart,
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
“The Ring of the Nibelung” by Wagner will be shown at the end of the 4th season.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

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4 Responses to “Merida Events: Holiday Music”

  1. Just a not to say that the functions at LA 68 this week related to RIDM are not from the Toronto Film festival but the Montreal Film Festival of documentaries. RIDM stands for Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal

  2. Just want to say how grateful we are here for the continuing service that Yucatan Living provides to the city and its residents. Thanks

  3. Thanks, Craig. We stand (or sit…) corrected :-)

  4. And thank you for that too!! It is our pleasure…

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