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Merida Events: Love is in the Air!

This Week… starting February 14, 2011

This week marks the beginning of the calm before Carnival in Yucatan. There are only two weeks left before Carnival will be in full swing. There are still events every day and night, but just not as many because its time to cook, clean, sew costumes, and host the house parties that lead up to the beginning of the parades and then the beginning of the Lenten season.

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan LivingThere are no municipal festivals or fiestas beginning this week in Yucatan. However, this week, there are two expat events (Merida Men’s Club and MELLO Nights), so don’t forget to check Yucatan Living’s Ongoing Events page to keep up with these and other important events.

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) February 14, 2011

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: St. Valentine’s Massacre Day QuizValentines Day in Merida
First Prize: 4 Bottles Contraband. Are you ready to be shot at with questions and have a night full of laughter?
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos  Make reservations & pick up tickets early. Call 999-924-0103


Tuesday (Martes) February 15, 2011

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Condes
This performance is under the direction of Rosendo Palomo
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) February 16, 2011Jazz Concert by Music Students

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Museum: CEMUS Ensemble de Percusiones Jazz Concert
This group is a hit wherever they go. Everybody loves the energy of a classically trained percussion ensemble.
Location: Museum of the City, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Wayac Maya: Visionary Art
This exposition includes the work of Reinaldo, Sergio and Daniel Pech Cetz
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) February 17, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PMOrquesta de Camara de la Ciudad
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Concert: European Romanticism
This is a performance by the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Merida, under the direction of Mtro. Jose Luis Chan Sabido
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM. Thursday
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) February 18, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie: Milk
(U.S. 2008) Director: Gus Van Sant. Starring: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna and James Franco. This is the story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free – Adults Only

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Beginning Salsa Classes (Night Class)
Since some of our readers might not know Monique, we are reprinting her invitation to the beginning salsa classes verbatim: “And, in case, in the off chance, I´m just saying…if you are interested in expressing yourself like the wild, beasty girl (or boy) that you are…The fabulous Chucho will be giving salsa dance classes for beginners next Friday (Feb 4) in the orange room at my bakery from 8 to 9 pm. If you are interested in this kind of exuberance, please call me and say yes. Yes to dance, Yes to life in Mexico. This class is for beginners only. If you are already an experienced and wondrous dancer, please come express yourself in his intermediate class which he will offer sometime in the near future.”
Location: At Monique’s bakery – where the Slow Food Market is held.
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: TBD


Saturday (Sabado) February 19, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.Jazz Concert in Telchac

Yucatan Living Concert: Full Moon Jazz
Help raise money to support education in Telchac Puerto!
Location: Villas Wayak (km 25.5 Progreso-Telchac Hwy)
Time: 3:30 PM
Admission: $250 pesos Phone (999) 938-1687 Mobile (0999) 969-6114 or e-mail: israelcorrea [at] villaswayak [dot] com for tickets and information

Yucatan Living French Cinema Series: Sur les toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris)
(1930 France). Directed by Rene Clair. Starring Albert Prejean, Pola Illery and Edmond T. Greville. Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested. This movie was filmed in France in French and Romanian, but released in the U.S..
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) February 20, 2011

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 4
Today’s featured performer is Alejandro Vazquez. He will be Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatanplaying the overture to Rossini’s Comic Opera La Gazza Ladra and the First Symphony of Brahms on his piccolo. With these specially chosen pieces he will demonstrate the lively, sharp and fun sounds that his small instrument contributes to music.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100, & $150 pesos.

Yucatan Living Concert: European Romanticism
This is a performance by the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Merida, under the direction of Mtro. Jose Luis Chan Sabido
Location: Chuch Maria Inmaculada in Fraccionamiento Cordemex, across from Liverpool
Time: 9:00 PM. Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Parenting Classes: Talking and Listening to Your Children
Course began February 4th and 5th and will continue every Friday until March 11.
More Information: Visit the Murgacs Hypnotherapy office for more information or reserve your spot local number 252 7506 or cell 999 264 1204.

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: An Evening of Sheer Elegance: Saturday, February TBA
The return of the Fenix Quartet.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM, Concert: 9:00 PM
Admission: $125 pesos Make reservations & pick up tickets early. Limit 38 guests

Yucatan Living Visual Arts Workshop: Exploring the Letter: The Word as Image: February 21 – 25
In this intensive visual arts workshop, you will explore the aesthetic and expressive possibilities of letters as unique and distinct images, then play with words creating innovative Habla Events in Meridadesigns expanding your possibilities for graphic expression. Instructor: Manuel Taure, an award winning graphic artist from Barcelona, Spain, who now resides in Merida.
Location: Habla, Calle 26 No. 99 B x 19 y 21 Col. Mexico
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Admission: $900 pesos
To enroll or for more information contact Habla at: contact [at] habla [dot] org, phone 948 1872

Yucatan Living Boxing in Merida: WBC Junior Flyweight Championship: February 26th
Come out and see the fight between Gilberto Keb Bass and Jose Antonio Aguirre
Location: Poliform Zamna, Circuito Colonias
Time: 7:00 pm
Admission: Buy your tickets at Burger King Montejo and Centro and La Recova Restaurant

Yucatan Living “Another Funky Market”: Monday, February 28th
Various local artists, food, arts and crafts from all around Chuburna, Chelem, Chicxulub, Pogreso, Santa Elena, Telchac and Mérida
Please come and visit us at TACOMAYA in Chelem
Location: TACOMAYA, in front of the baseball park just a bit west of the square in Chelem north side of calle 19
Time: from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Admission: Free but bring plenty of pesos

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:Carnaval 2011
March 2, 2011: Quema del Mal Humor
March 3, 2011: Preschoolers Parade
March 4, 2011: Corsican Parade
March 5, 2011: Fantasia Parade
March 6, 2011: Bachata Parade (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor)
March 7, 2011: Regional Parade
March 8, 2011: Battle of the Flowers Parade
March 9, 2011: Entierro de Juan Carnival
Keep an eye on Zona de Palcos to plan where you will get the best view of the festivities. No word yet on seating prices, but there should be more information soon.
Carnival Map on the Carnival de Merida 2011 website.

Yucatan Living Merida Showcase of Homes, A Home Tour: Sunday, March 20, 2011
Presented by Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Inc.)
Tickets can be purchased up to the day of the event from: Suzanne Larimer 999-148-7024, Sam Woodruff – Progreso – 999-127-8433, Leslie & Richard Bennink 928-49-95, Nancy Hoag 924-30-94, and Dr. Carlos Cabrera 999-292-8436. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the “Brazos Abiertos Education and HIV Prevention Center”, between 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM. The homes will be open for the tour from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Paul Lindemuth, famed Chicago Chef and his staff will be providing complimentary hors d’oeuvres. All homes on the tour are located in Centro Merida.
Location: Centro Merida, – The starting point will be the Brazos Abiertos HIV “Education and Prevention Center” located  on Calle 72  #463-A   x 55  y   53.
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $250 pesos per person

Yucatan Living Progreso: 1st Annual Capital of Rock Festival: May 13, 14 & 15Progreso Rock Festival
For updates and great maps to the locations, please visit the Progreso Capital of Rock website.
Friday (May 13): 60’s Rock
Location: Plaza“Hombre caídos en el mar” (at the end of Calle 29)
Time: 6:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Rock & Pop
Location: Terraza de la “Pista de canotaje,” at the entrance to Puerto de Progreso
Time: 12:00 PM, Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Alternative Rock
Location: Area adjacent to the beach “El Playon,” (next to Hotel CTM)
Time: 5:00 PM, Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Pop Rock (new bands)
Location: Terrenos del Campo Deportivo“Víctor Cervera Pacheco” on the road to
Chicxulub Puerto, at the Glorieta del Corchito.
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Rock (all types): Best Band
Location: Progreso Malecon; Parque Chazaro Perez
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free


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