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Merida Events: Japanese Films and Summer Fiestas

This Week… starting July 23, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Rio Lagartos Fiesta: July 22 – 25

This fiesta is in honor of Santiago Apostol. There will be many religious ceremonies, processions, vaquerias and bull fights. Rio Lagartos is a fishing municipality, so look for great seafood here, as well as cotton hammocks, huipiles, blouses, and guayaberas. Rio Lagartos is a tiny municipality, located on the coast between San Felipe and Tizimin. There are mangroves here and loads of opportunities to take boat rides both in the Gulf of Mexico and up the river. These coastal municipalities are each mini-wonderlands all their own, so don’t miss an opportunity to visit whenever you can. Don’t forget… A festival is more like a county fair, while you are more likely to see a religious procession at a fiesta. See more about Rio Lagartos in this video!

Central plaza in Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan Living Valladolid Fiesta: July 26 One Day Event

This is a one day fiesta in honor of Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana. Valladolid is located in the eastern part of the State of Yucatan and is one of the signature municipalities in the identity of the state itself. Valladolid is the land of horse ranching, restored cathedrals, cenotes, archaeological ruins, and one of the most active business and trade areas in all of Mexico. Valladolid is a must see for all of the expats who know to look off of the tourist trails for surprises that make memories forever. Never miss an opportunity to visit Valladolid, even for a one day fiesta!

Yucatan Living Teabo Fiesta: July 27 through August 1

This fiesta is in honor of San Pedro and San Pablo. Teabo is just north of Tekax and just east of Mani and Akil. You can find great leatherwork here, as well as cotton hammocks and embroidery done by hand. It is a whole lot cooler in the southern part of Yucatan this time of year than it is in Merida, so a little trip south might be a pretty good idea right about now.

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) July 23, 2012

Yucatan Living Ongoing Events
Check our Ongoing Events page for the things that go on EVERY Monday in Merida!

 

Tuesday(Martes) July 24, 2012

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Acústico and more!
This performance is under the direction of Tony Vasquez. We happen to know that quite a few of our musically inclined expats would fit right in with this crowd. Don’t miss it if you have the chance to get into the city tonight.
Location:Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Movie playing this week in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: Milk
(U.S., 2008) Director: Gus VanSant. This movie stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna. This movie won two Academy Awards and 30 additional international awards. It is based on the life of gay activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to major public office in the United States, and is beautifully acted and an important story.
Location:Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon at Calle 21, Colonia García Ginéres
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 25, 2012

Yucatan Living Coral Concert: Voz en Punto (Voice in Point)
This is the first of many special events in Progreso as vacationers flock to the beach. Be sure to see it tonight. It will be presented again in Merida, later in the week, but it won’t be free and you may need a reservation to see it there.
Location: Sala Juarez in City Hall, Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Movie playing in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: Sunshine: Solar Alert
(2007, USA) A team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future. This movie is part of a series on astronomy and film, and is being presented in honor of the Third Anniversary of Cosmonavis, the Astronomy Group of Yucatan. Here’s a movie you probably can’t find on TV, and it won an award in 2007 at the British Independent Film Festival, so it seems worth seeing!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Rocio Guarneros
The title of this performance is Soy el Mismo Son (I Am the Same Son). The performance is under the direction of Rocio Guarneros.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Rocio Guarneros in Merida, Yucatan, MexicoTime: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) July 26, 2012

Yucatan Living Ongoing Events
Check our Ongoing Events page for the things that go on EVERY Thursday in Merida!

Friday (Viernes) July 27, 2012

Yucatan Living Coral Concert: Voz en Punto (Voice in Point)
This is the same concert that was presented in Progreso earlier in the week. You’ll have to pay to get into it in Merida, but it is most likely well worth the small price.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x Calle 61 and Calle 59
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50-80 pesos
For Information and Reservations: Cell: (999) 183-7516 or e-mail asociacioncoral [at] hotmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Art: Opening of Expositions at the MACAY
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of the quarterly exhibits, 2012 July – September. This is always a lovely event and a chance to see the new art exhibits before anyone else on your block! A great thing to do downtown on a beautiful summer night!
Sala 1: Aidee De Leon: Motley-Pleasure
Sala 2: Alberto Baez Munguia: Cabinet of Curiosities
Salas 4 and 5: Marcos Limenes: Nothing is the Same
Salas 6 and 7: Lizardo Chijona: Ecstatic
Sala 8 bis: Ricardo Pinto: Bad Culture
Sala 9: Marcela Herbert: Maps and Routes
Salas 10, 11 and 11 bis: Yoshiyuki Sekigawa, Jesus Nonato Barron, and Xicotencatl Rivero Suarez: Immanent Volume
Expoforo: Jazzamoart: La Vida de la Pintura (Life of the Paint)
Location: MACAY Museum. Enter through the Pasaje Revolucion x 58 y 60, Centro
Time: starts 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free
For more information: www.macay.org

Yucatan LivingMusical Theatre: Tribu Hair (Tribe Hair)
This performance by The Revolution of Soul comes under the heading of Theater of Dreams. The performance is under the direction of Francisco Solis. We have no idea if this is related to the original musical Hair, but we are thinking perhaps it does.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

End of Summer playing in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Japanese Movie Series:End of Summer
(Japan, 1961). Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Starring Ganjiro Nakamura, Setsuko Hara and Yoko Tsukasa. The Kohayagawa family prepares for the wedding of Noriko, their youngest daughter, while her sister, Akiko, a widow with two children, receives a marriage proposal from a wealthy man. In the middle of it all, the old family patriarch, Banpei, decides to visit his former lover, which infuriates his daughter, the mother of Noriko and Akiko.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 28, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Midnight Express playing in Merida Mexico Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan LivingMovie: Midnight Express
(1978, USA). Director: Alan Parker. Starring: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle and Bo Hopkins. Story of a man who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. Probably the first movie that got many Americans thinking what it might be like living (not just traveling) in a foreign country, but not in a good way.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 y 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingJapanese Movie: Onibaba
(Japan, 1964). Director: Kaneto Shindo After the head of the family is forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. Japanese film playing in Merida YucatanSoon the mask will not come off again. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMusical Theatre: Tribu Hair (Tribe Hair)
This performance by The Revolution of Soul comes under the heading of Theater of Dreams. The performance is under the direction of Francisco Solis. We have no idea if this is related to the original musical Hair, but we are thinking perhaps it does.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $100 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Sunday (Domingo) July 29, 2012

Yucatan Living Telcel 5K and 10K Run
There will be no registrations allowed on the day of this event. They are expecting 1,800 adults and 200 children to run in the race, so it is no small event. There are categories for everyone from Professional runners to “Plus Veterans” (Age 60+). Since it starts at 7:00 AM, hopefully it won’t be too hot. All of the information necessary to register is either on the Telcel invitation to participate or on a link from it.
Location: Altabrisa Mall through the Centro
Time: 7:00 AM Sunday
Admission: $150 pesos for adults, $100 pesos for children. See website link above for details.

Open Your Eyes, playing in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: Open Your Eyes
(1997, Spain). Director: Alejandro Amenabar. Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Penelope Cruz and Chete Lera. A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured. Most likely this will be a good chance to practice your Spanish comprehension skills.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free (Note: This is an Adults Only film)

Yucatan LivingDocumentary: The Ultimate Guide to Dolphins
This is one of the best loved natural history documentaries in Merida, and around the world. Who doesn’t love dolphins?
Location: Museum of Natural History, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingJapanese Movie: Onibaba
(Japan, 1964). Director: Kaneto Shindo After the head of the family is forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. Soon the mask will not come off again. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) July 30, 2012

Wind Instruments workshop recital in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan LivingConcert: Wind Instruments
This should be a wonderful event. It’s the Sixth Annual Wind Instruments Workshops Show, under the direction of Maestro Luis F. Luna Guarneros. This show will present the children of Teabo, Hunucma and Progreso and it is very important that everyone is there. These children have made a choice to use their time in search of the beauty in music and cultural tradition, rather than forming other groups that might not be so productive. They need (and deserve) all of the support that adults can give them.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 y 59
Time: 6:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Maria Jose in concert in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Progreso: Maria Jose in Concert
Friday, August 3, 2012
Tonight, Maria Jose will be introducing her newest single and her latest album “Good Lover.”
Location: Tequila Beach, Progreso
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: $500 pesos
Tickets Available: Plaza Galerías (Island 12 on the Ground Floor) (Telcel y Omnivox), Gran Plza (Island 28 on the Ground Floor) (Telcel y Omnivox), Tequila Mérida, Plaza Altabrisa Information Booth, Super Túnel (near the Glorieta del Pocito).

Yucatan Living Jose Luis Cortes and NG La Banda
Friday, August 3, 2012
What in the world could be better than an exceptionally talented Cuban musical group founded by an extraordinarily talented Cuban flutist? They call this music Timba and it’s a musical style that audiences love.
Location: Mambo Café, Calle 52, Col. Hidalgo, Plaza Las Americas, Merida
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office soon.

Yucatan Living Summer Yoga at Semilla Yoga
These classes have been listed for Summer 2012
Theater in yoga for kids. Summer 2012 July 9 -27.
Intensive yoga for adults. Summer 2012, July 2 – August 10
Location: Semilla Yoga
More Information: Contact Semilla Yoga http://www.semillayoga.mx/contacto/

Juanes come to Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Juanes Unplugged Tour
Wednesday August 19, 2012
This should be one of the most exciting concerts of the summer! If you want tickets, now is the time to get them.
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the Siglo XXI box office and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $1,750, VIP $1,250, Gold: $850, General $400

Yucatan Living Concert: Alejandro Sanz
Tuesday October 16, 2012
The title of this tour is “La Musica No Se Toca.” This is a concert we don’t want to miss.
Location: Estadio Kukulcan, Circuito Oriente
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at Hotel Conquistador and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $2,850, VIP: $1,900, Lower seats (orchestra level): $750, General: $400.

Yucatan Living Third Jose Jacinto Cuevas National and International Piano Competition
November 24 to December 1, 2012
Contestants in this competition are all world class pianists. Never miss even one of these performances! We even recommend the practice sessions! Be sure to be there on November 30, where you will be able to watch the three best of the best pianists compete for this award, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan.
Location: Yet to be announced
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced

 

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