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Merida Events: Merida Dances!

This Week… starting October 18, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

A Festival is much like a county fair. These are the events that will have opportunities to purchase handicrafts and there will be plenty of entertainment for the entire family. Fiestas, on the other hand, are usually religious events and may move from church to church or even from town to town in a municipality throughout the days of the event. Fiestas may also be held at comisarias and may include gremios. There will be food available, but not as great an opportunity to purchase handicrafts, etc. Yucatan Living’s weekly guide will always identify whether a particular event is a Festival or a Fiesta. Izamal, Cristo de Citilpech

Yucatan Living Izamal Fiesta 12 Day Event: Oct. 19 through Oct. 31
This is the fiesta in honor of Santo Cristo de Citilpech. Processions are related to trade associations, and especially to dairy workers. This city has been important to the Mayans continuously from the 4th century B.C. until today. This is the place where one can find a shrine to its founder, Itzamná, as well as a statue of Pope John Paul II. This really is a must attend fiesta in a must visit city, especially for Catholics. Izamal was one of Pope John Paul II’s favorite places in the world and, since his visit, there have been what many believe to be several miracles that have taken place in the personal lives of the faithful. We are not Catholics and are not recommending this fiesta on that basis. We’re simply relaying what many are claiming. So – do try to visit the Izamal Fiesta. It is one of the most beautiful and most interesting places on the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

Yucatan Living Art: While you are in Izamal – an Exposition Opening October 20
The name of this exposition is Huaychivos and Nahuales and it presents the work of a collective of Artes Plasticas, in coordination with Jose Luis Garcia. It lasts until the 14th of November. This is going to be a great exposition! The Huaychivos is a half-man, half-beast creature with burning red eyes. Specific to the Yucatan Peninsula, it is rumored to be an evil sorcerer who can transform into a supernatural animal (goat, dog, deer, etc) for the purpose of preying on livestick. The Nahual is a little bigger, stronger, and more powerful than the Huaychivos; and can turn himself into a jaguar or panther. A Nahual can also use his powers for good or for evil. Some Maya believe that whether one becomes a Nahual or not depends on one’s date and time of birth. While these concepts have become intertwined with the more recent sightings of chupacabras, these legends are both simpler and more complex than that. This really is going to be an interesting exposition.
Location: Centro for Desarrollo Artistico y Cultural, Izamal
Time: 7:00 PM and continues until Nov. 14
Admission: Free


In the City of Merida


Monday (Lunes) October 18, 2010

Yucatan Living Art Show: Dos Mundos (Two Worlds): Carina Dumais Carina Dumais Show in Merida
Show Runs: October 15 – 30, Samuel Barrera Models on October 29

Since this lady has asked one of our favorite artists, Samuel Barrera, to be “one of her models,” we thought it was time to look her up on the net. Carina Dumais – Art – Whimsey – digital Photoshop – What is a Poser expert? What a wonderful surprise! Visit Carina Dumais’ website and especially take a look through her gallery at the pictures of the sea. She even designs Keds tennis shoes! In addition, we discovered that Poser is a 3-D software package that allows the user to animate figures in digital photoshop similarly to a mannequin – so that’s what Samuel Barrera and several others in Merida will be modeling for. We can’t wait to see! If there is a child in your life who seems to hear a different drummer, you might also want to take a look at an interview with this wonderful grandmother.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras’ Main Gallery, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Gallery Hours
Admission:  Free


Tuesday (Martes) October 19, 2010

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Trio VendavalCafe Peña Kaay Taan
This performance is under the direction of Elias Reyes.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan: New Values
Tonight’s performance: Mexico Sueña, with Wiro Malix, Elias Puc and Grupo Cuarzo
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free (cash café, of course)


Wednesday (Miercoles) October 20, 2010

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: Yucatan: The Religious of the Profane
This is a dance performance with one of the most interesting titles we have seen in a long time. Considering the venue, we suspect this is a performance well worth attending.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM WednesdayBolshoi Ballet in Merida
Admission:  Tickets on Sale

Yucatan Living Dance: The Bolshoi Ballet of Russia
This is a performance of Don Quixote that will feature more than 60 dancers in 3 acts, with 2 intermissions. Classical ballet is one of the highlights of Fall in Yucatan and this performance promises to be one of the best ever!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office
More Information: Call: 924-9990

Yucatan Living Dance & Music: Borrachos de Tango
This performance is under the direction of Silvia Kater.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: General: $75 pesos, Students & INAPAM: $50 pesos


Thursday (Jueves) October 21, 2010

Yucatan Living Music: Al Filo de lo Clasico (Edge of the Classic)
This performance is by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida, under the direction of Jose Luis Chan and featuring Felipe de la Cruz.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Art: Inauguration of the Seasonal Exposition “Q.E.P.D.
Location: Vestibule of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art: Inauguration of the Exposition “Retrovisor
Presenting the work of Maestro Ivan R. de Leon. This exposition lasts from October 21 until November 17.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Friday (Viernes) October 22, 2010

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of YucatanOrquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan
Director Juan Carlos Lomonaco takes back his baton tonight and directs Yucatan’s Symphony as one of her own comes home. Joel Gonzalez a young, Yucateco bass player (contrabajo) left Merida to earn his graduate degrees and play with the Symphonic Orchestra of Copenhagen. He seems to be leaning in the direction of playing in the film industry. 
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday: 9:00 PM
Admission:  $60, $80, $100, and $150 pesos. 25% discount for children from 6 to 12 years of age and for individuals with an INAPAM card.

Yucatan Living Dance & Music: Borrachos de Tango
This performance is under the direction of Silvia Kater.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: General: $75 pesos, Students & INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: the Legendary Yucatones: Bandits of Love Tour
Join the Legendary Yucatones for a free concert and an extraordinary Indian Buffet with the boys.
Location: Zamna Park, downtown Izamal, Saturday
Admission: Free
Accommodations: Hotel Macan Che is offering a special package price that includes one night’s lodging with buffet dinner and their famous breakfast. Single w/fan: $700 pesos, Single w/ac: $850 pesos, double w/fan: $900 pesos, double w/ac: $1050 pesos. Stay the weekend and get a discount on the second night. Make your reservations now.
Telephone and e-mail: 988-954-0287  macanche[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Saturday (Sabado) October 23, 2010

Yucatan Living Mantra Yoga
In this workshop you’ll be introduced to practicing Mantra Yoga. We are going to sing Mantra to free the mind, to relax and to develop the power of reflection, attention and consciousness. We will sing along with a harmonium, an Indian musical instrument used with Mantra Yoga.
Location: Calle Saramullo n. 38, Club de Golf La Ceiba
Conducted by: Donald Niedermayer y Paola Giovine
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Admission: $50 pesos minimum donation
More information and to reserve a spot: hamaca7 [at] gmail [dot] com or call 922-0133.

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
If you’re new here, we’ll tell you what all our regulars already know: we will tell you what the movie is when WE find out, which should be about Wednesday… check back!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Dance & Music: Borrachos de Tango
This performance is under the direction of Silvia Kater.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General: $75 pesos, Students & INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Music: The Concert of the Stars
This performance is under the direction of Jazmin Lopez “Tina Tuyub”
Location: Parque de la Colonia Aleman
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: FreeCul-de-Sac

Yucatan Living Movie: Cul-de-Sac
(UK 1966) Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Donald Pleasant, Jacqueline Bisset, and Francoise Dorleac, this movie tells the story of a wounded criminal and his dying partner who take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals. Quickly, however, the relationships between the criminal, the wife, and the Englishman begin to shift in humorous and bizarre fashion.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) October 24, 2010

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Maximum Guide: Sharks
Sharks have roamed the seas for 400 million years, survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and play an important role in marine ecosystems.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of YucatanJuan Carlos Lomonaco
Director Juan Carlos Lomonaco takes back his baton tonight and directs Yucatan’s Symphony as one of her own comes home. Joel Gonzalez a young, Yucateco bass player (contrabajo) left Merida to earn his graduate degrees and play with the Symphonic Orchestra of Copenhagen. He seems to be leaning in the direction of playing in the film industry. 
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Sunday: 12:00 PM
Admission:  $60, $80, $100, and $150 pesos. 25% discount for children from 6 to 12 years of age and for individuals with an INAPAM card.
Preview Seating Chart. 

Yucatan Living Rock & Jazz
Ule presents young musicians playing rock & roll, and the jazz duo of Tom Kubin and Carlos Rodríguez.
Time: Sunday, October 24th at 8:00pm
Location: Ule, Calle 64 No. 560 x 71 y 73 (Close to La Ermita)
Admission: $45



Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Classes at Habla – October & November

Scrolling Text: Teaching reading & writing through performances
These workshops are aimed at teachers, art educators, and members of the general public who might be interested in these practices. Due to limited space, reservations are required.
All workshops will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Habla.
Oct. 9: Introduction to the performance cycle.
Oct. 23: Read beyond the surface – Teaching for understanding.
Nov. 6: Inspiring writing – Connect the word with the world.
Nov. 27: Make performance! – The performance as a spectrum of possibilities.
Cost: $200 pesos each workshop (some scholarships available for local public school teachers.
Language: Workshops will be taught in English and Spanish
Read more about Project ArtsLiteracy.
Read Performance Cycle and See Manual for Educators.

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna’s Yearly Grand Prize Quiz & Dinner, Oh Know! I Knew That!: October 30
Dinner includes: soup with bread roll, fish & chips, and a chocolate desert. Teams for the famous Zamna Quiz can have up to 4 members. 1st prize will be a drinks hamper and a stash of pesos. The quiz will cover everything from food and drink to famous faces and landmarks.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos – Tickets available now from Hotel reception. Tickets must be collected before the event since the hotel must have accurate numbers for seating and catering.
For more information, call: 999 924 0103

Yucatan Living The 22nd Havana Ballet Festival: Oct. 28 – Nov. 7
This festival is going to be one of the premier international events of the decade. First, it is the 22nd Havana Ballet Festival. Second, it marks the 50th year since prima balleina Alicia Alonso formed the National Ballet of Cuba. And Third, it celebrates Alicia Alonso’s own 90th birthday. This prima ballerina and her career are so important to the art and culture of the world that she is being given the prestigious Prize of Ibero-american Culture in Sevilla, Spain, on Oct. 10. Needless to say, this 22nd Havana Ballet Festival is going to be one of “the” events of the decade! 30 performances are scheduled, 3 of which will be world premiers. Dance companies that will participate include: the American Ballet Theater, returning to Cuba after an absence of 40 years, the New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet of London, the National English Ballet, the Ballet of the Opera of Berlin, the Colon Ballet Theater of Argentina, and the Opera of Dresden, Germany. Ballets and officials from 18 countries will be there and guests personally invited by Alicia Alonso include President Obama and his family. Whether or not that invitation will be accepted is not yet known, but it still is a thoughtful and gracious gesture on the part of this internationally loved and respected ballerina.
For more information concerning tickets, visit the Ballet Nacional de Cuba website. Contact information is at the bottom of the Catedral page.
And don’t forget to read Alicia Alonso’s Amazing Biography.

Yucatan Living Merida: Jehovah’s Witnesses 3 Day Convention
Oct. 29 – Oct. 31
Location: new Assembly Hall in Chi Chi Suarez behind Cottolengo
Time: TBA
Admission: Public is welcome, No collections



Yucatan Living 3rd Annual Latin American Bloggers’ Conference: November 12 – 14
The event is open to all bloggers but, in order for hosts to get ready, it is necessary to pre-register. This year, the venue will be a downtown college campus, where wireless Internet, garden space and a lecture hall are available. Following an introductory social on Friday night, Saturday will be filled with the nuts and bolts of all phases of blogging. Saturday night, bloggers are free to enjoy the city and Sunday ends the conference with a goodbye breakfast. For more information, visit the Latin American Bloggers’ Conference Website or contact Theresa in Merida ( theresainmexico[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Merida Theater Group: "Life is… ": November 13
The newly formed Merida Theater Group (at M.E.L.L.) is giving its first performance this month and you are invited! This performance is a group of readings from different facets of life that are performed by local talent.
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 68
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 peso donation, with beverages available for purchase.
Reservations: Seating is limited, so advance admission arrangements are suggested. For those, call: Leslie Bennink (928-4995) or George Fischer Arroyo (044-999-163-5048)

Yucatan Living Horse Fair at Sucila: November 20 (more days TBA before and after)
The local livestock association will sponsor a horse fair that will include the day of November 20. This fair is in honor of the Centennial of the Mexican Social Revolution and November 20 will mark 100 years from the beginning of this armed struggle. From Merida, Sucila is almost to Tizimin. There will be exhibitions and the sale of horses, plus equestrian competitions, a variety of musical events, art shows, and loads of food. This event will show some of the best horses in all of Mexico, along with their talent and the expertise of their owners. We’ll look for you there!

Yucatan Living Taste of Playa: November 21
This is a huge annual event where over 40 restaurants are highlighted in a one-day event in Playa del Carmen. It was a great success last year and will be even better this year. Please do try to attend, since all proceeds go to a food education program initiated by the Rotary Club in Playa del Carmen that will directly benefit the children and families of the Riviera Maya.
Location: Playa del Carmen’s Parque Fundadores, just south of Cancun
Admission: Open to the public, with tickets and all-inclusive VIP passes available for sale on the official event website: Taste of Playa

Yucatan Living Day of the Dead Spanish Immersion Course: October 25 – 29 and Nov. 1 – 5.
This is going to be a great event for anyone who wants to not only visit Yucatan, but take a wonderful course in Spanish while they enjoy their visit. Habla is going to have a 2 week Spanish immersion course the last week in October and the first week in November. Students can take one week or two and have the option to make this a real immersion by taking advantage of a homestay. Since Day of the Dead is one of the best holidays of the year in Yucatan, this is one of the best ways to see and do it all!
Location and Information: Habla
Information on Habla’s Website

Yucatan Living Yucatan 2010: Short Film Festival – November 12-21
The Yucatan 2010 Short Film Festival is calling for submissions. It is open to any non-professional resident of the Yucatan to submit their short films, and cash prizes will be awarded. Selected films will be exhibited during the festival. Films submitted must be digital videos, made in Yuca tan and produced after Jan 1 2009. One person can submit unlimited number of films. The themes must touch on mexicanidad, identity, revolution, independence, liberty and/or democracy. There is even a category for one-minute cellphone films, as well as one for films in the Mayan language (with Spanish subtitles), and the films can be up to thirty minutes.
Screening:November 20 & 21. The public will select the winners.
Prizes: Cash prizes of $4000 and $5000 pesos for each category
For More Information: ICY Direccion de Artes Visuales, 930-4700 Ext 54035 and 54019
Submission Entry Fee:Free

Yucatan Living Sanctuary Evolucion’s Annual Fundraising Event: Nov. 27
Enjoy a night of comedy, music and botanas! Learn more about Sanctuary Evolucion, their successes in 2010 and their challenges in 2011. Come out and see how you can help the animals of Yucatan!
Location: Casa Gloria (C. 60 #609 x 73 y 75 Centro)
Time: 7 PM to 11 PM
Admission: $125 pesos, includes non-alcoholic drinks and bocadillos

More information contact Linda at: linda [dot] letcher [at] yahoo [dot] com

Yucatan Living Classical Beatles Concert: November 27
A night of sheer magic from the Fenix Quartet, including a three course dinner. This is the third time Zamna has staged this event and both previous concerts were a sell out. In case some of our readers don’t know, the members of the Fenix Quartet are all members of the Symphony Orchestra in Yucatan.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Dinner served at 8:00 PM, Concert starts at 9:00 PM
Admission: $125 pesos – must pick up tickets prior to day of the event due to catering and seating needs.
Information & Reservations: 999-924-0103
Yucatan State Fair 2010

Yucatan Living Xmatkuil (Yucatan’s State Fair) – Opens November 12
No published schedule yet, but we hear that there will be a Chinese Circus from Las Vegas, an educational, interactive Animatronix Dinosaur, and dolphins this year. We can hardly wait to hear what the spectacular shows are going to be. The entertainers are always exceptionally good and many are internationally well known.
Location: Xmatkuil Fairgrounds
Time: Opens Nov. 12
Admission: $10 pesos (visitors will be able to buy a package that includes discount tickets to shows and restaurants on the inside)

Yucatan Living Multimedia: 200 Years of Being A Proud Mexican – November 19th & 20th
This wide screen event will have it all: the history of Mexico on a screen that is 11 meters long and 6 meters high, as well as books on art and history that are being taken house-to-house already.
Location: Parque de la Kukulcan, Circuito Colonias
Time: 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 9th Annual Toh Bird Festival – November 27 & 28Toh Bird Festival
The birdathon this year will run from 5:30 AM on Saturday to 10:00 AM on Sunday. Teams can have no fewer than 3 members nor more than 8 members. There will be a party held at a hacienda near Merida when the event ends. Visit the Toh website to learn more about this event and to download bird lists for the birdathon. As of this post, the registration button has not gone live, but you can contact them by e-mail from their contact page.

Yucatan Living Christmas Bird Count – Between December 14 and January 15
Yucatan will hold 3 Christmas Bird Counts, each over an area of a 15 mile diameter circle. The centers of these circles are in Celestun, El Cuyo, and Rio Lagartos. Visit the Toh website to learn more about this event. As of this post, the registration button has not gone live, but you can contact them by e-mail from their contact page.

Early 2010

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:
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.


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