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Merida Events: Holy Week and Elton John

This Week… starting March 29, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Although there are no listed fiestas or festivals this week, look for special occasions in every village and neighborhood throughout the State. Easter is one of the most important weeks of the year in Yucatan and one of the most important vacation opportunities for Yucateco families.

Yucatan Living Semana Santa (Holy Week) March 26 through April 4
Semana Santa begins on March 26 and runs through April 4 (Easter Sunday). Look for processions and masses throughout the week. This will also be a week in which many Yucatecos will visit the beach. Some will be spending the week at family beach houses, while others will be making day trips to and from Progreso. Traffic will be heavy, but this is an annual event that continues to grow. The goal is to provide everyone with a great Spring break and bring us all home safely. The SSP will be increased by 800, in order to ensure our safety. They will specifically be looking for impaired drivers, so please be careful on the highway between Merida and Progreso… and don’t forget to bring a designated driver!

In the City of Merida

Yucatan Living 7th Festival of Theater in the MunicipalitiesYucatan Spring Festival
This week, many of the events that are sponsored by the State of Yucatan are being held in the municipalities throughout the state. If you live in an outlying community, check through this week’s dates on the ICY calendar to find a performance near you.


Monday (Lunes) March 29, 2010

Yucatan Living Concert: Contemporaneous Music of Mexico and Spain
Performing tonight will be SequenzaSur, an ensemble whose members are drawn from the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Their performances are always “must see” events.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday


Tuesday (Martes) March 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: A Scanner Darkly
This is a 2006 Richard Linklater film starring Robert Downey, Jr. Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder. An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jesus Armando in Concert!Jesus Armando in Concert
10 years as a soloist with the Orchestra Tipica Yukalpeten and 20 years Interpretando la Cancion Yucateca. Jesus Armando has long been considered to be the voice of trova for the next generation. This too is a very special event during this holiday season.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Celebrating our Troubadours
Grupo Internacional la Mitad and Grupo Sol Caribe
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cafe Peña K’aay T’aan: New Values
Eduardo Parra and Maricarmen Peniche with Trio Los Andariegos
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: In the Time of the Revolution
This will be a most excellent performance. It features Arturo Martin, Tenor, Jorge Pina, Piano, and the Toccata Cuarteto. We are not familiar with the work of the Toccata Cuarteto, but you won’t find a better performance anywhere than by Arturo Martin and Jorge Pina – so we are certain that a performance by this quartet is something you won’t want to miss.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) March 31, 2010Las Maya Internacional in Concert

Yucatan Living Trio Vendaval, Los Juglares and Maya Internacional
No one should miss this performance! Feel the spirit of Yucatan here. Get a little more than a minute and a half into this performance and you won’t miss it either! Or how about this?  All of that and more as we enter the Easter holidays with spectacular performances in Merida!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday

Yucatan Living Tribute to the Composers
Tribute to Ricardo Duarte Esquivel
Jose Esquivel Pren and Victor Esquivel Ancona
Performances by Trio Ensueño and La Rondalla under the direction of Miriam Gamboa
Location:Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:$10 pesos

Yucatan Living A Musical Review: Yucatan Canta en el Bicentenario
Tonight: Que Rico! La Nueva Era
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: $40 pesos


Thursday (Jueves) April 01, 2010Holy Week in Merida

Yucatan Living Holy Thursday (Jueves Santo)
Although there are no events listed in the City of Merida for these days, this does not mean that there are no activities available in Yucatan. Quite the contrary. In each of the cities and towns in Yucatan, you will be able to see religious processions, including the Stations of the Cross, as well as the wonderful local parties that accompany them. At the beach, traffic will be beyond belief, but the non-stop fun will be well worth the trip. Please be careful on the highways, as this is one of the biggest weekends of the year in Yucatan.


Friday (Viernes) April 02, 2010

Yucatan Living Holy Friday (Viernes Santo)

We’re pretty sure that Good Friday is the day that Acanceh (and some other towns) hold their Passion of the Cross performance. Acanceh is known for this, and it is quite a spectacle. If you’ve never seen it, we highly recommend it. The entire town (and more) come out to see the play, which takes place all around the town. If you want to see what it is like, watch our video of Acanceh and the Passion Play of Christ here.


Saturday (Sábado) April 03, 2010

Yucatan Living Weekly Performance: Maricarmen Pérez
This is a reminder that this outstanding songstress, Yucatan’s own International Musical Ambassador, will be on hand every Saturday night for your listening pleasure.  Not convinced? You can preview Maricarmen Pérez on YouTube.
Location: La Casa de Itzimná, Calle 21 No. 102 x 20 y 22 Col. Itzimná, Mérida
Time: 9:00 PM  Every Saturday night
Admission: Probably (TBD)(

Yucatan Living Movie: Lake Tahoe
A story of a teenager and the strange events that take place in his small town.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Watercolor Mexicana
This will be a marvelous performance called Choir Voices Without Borders, under the direction of Carlos Tello Martinez.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: FreeElton John in Chichen Itza

Yucatan Living Sir Elton John To Sing at Chichen Itza
This performance is one that many have been waiting for, but only a few will enjoy! This singer-composer-pianist has sold over 250 million records and has had more than 50 hit songs. There is not a generation in thepast 40 years that has not had their age defined by one of his masterpieces. If you missgetting a reserved ticket, we are certain there will be other opportunities to get a ticket between now and the time of theconcert. We will keep you informed with all the latest on this exciting event.
Admission: $10,000 pesos, $7,000 pesos, $5,000 pesos, $3,000 pesos, $2,000 pesos and $1,000 pesos.
Tickets on sale: and Siglo XXI Convention Center

Yucatan Living Slow Food Market Moves to Saturdays
The beginning of the Slow Food Market was a rousing success! In order to serve the needs of those who work on weekdays, it has been decided to move the market to Saturdays.
Location: Calle 31 x 60, Chuburna de Hidalgo, catty-cornered to the Super Faraon (turn at the light across the street from the OXXO).
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free – but please consider becoming a member (and encourage others to do so as well)! Membership is only $100 pesos per year and directly supports keeping the market going, as well as providing assistance to sustainable and organic production in Yucatan. There is a membership sign-up table on the porch on market day.

Yucatan Living Concert: Viva! Viva la Revolucion!
Tanicho and Maria San Felipe, Mariachi Merida 2000, and the Ballet of the Mexican Institute of the Arts
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) April 04, 2010

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna’s Easter Luncheon
An Easter lunch that will include: Spring vegetable soup and bread roll, deviled egg salad, beef medallion with mushrooms, choice of vegetables, baby boiled potatoes, Easter trifle with brandy, liquor coffee and Easter cake, wine is included with the meal, as are a choice of teas and unlimited coffee. There will be a prize quiz as well.
Location: Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: 2:00 PM, Lunch served at 3:00 PM
Admission: $250 pesos, Tickets available at reception now. Please collect tickets before the luncheon as the last event of this type was a sellout and no tickets were available on the day of the event.
Contact: 999 924 0103

Yucatan Living Documentary: Secret Weapons and Great Escapes
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeThe Hurt Locker

Yucatan Living The Hurt Locker
Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. This movie won the Academy Award this year for best director and best picture… see what you think!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17; Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: In the Land of Poets
Emma Alcocer in Concert
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: La Cucaracha
Beatriz Cervera in Concert
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Guided Tour of the Permanent Galleries in Museum of the City
Staged by the Collective of Independent Artists in Yucatan. The tour includes stories and legends.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free



Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Starting June 11: Carmen
Friend of Merida Carla Dirlikov will be starring in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmen. This is sure to be a stunning event that will be repeated for only six performances. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Teatro Peon Contreras… get yours if you want to be sure to see this! For the entire Symphony schedule, check here.



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