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Merida Events: Municipal Fiestas

This Week… starting May 09, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Panaba Fiesta May 10 – May 15Panaba Fiesta
This event is in honor of San Isidro Labrador. A trip to Panaba is probably a good idea about now. This municipality is just inland from San Felipe and Rio Lagartos. It also just this side of Tizimin, which means it is, quite literally, in the gateway to horse country – with the best beaches (and seafood) nearby. Some of the land on the larger ranches is now for sale, so – if country living by the beach is in your future, this event will give you a great idea of what life is like in Panaba.

Yucatan Living Uayma Fiesta: May 15
This is a fiesta in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Uayma is just south of Espita and just this side of Valladolid and Temozon. If you are looking for good country living, this is the place to visit and/or to live. Lots of great pottery here too!

Yucatan Living Kopoma Fiesta: May 15
This fiesta is in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Kopoma is in a great location in the west of Yucatan. It is in the heart of some of the best examples of Mayan historical monuments and culture – just east of Maxcanu, between Chochola and Opichen, and just west of Muna, Abala, and Uman. It is as if all of those magical pieces fit together with one small piece missing and someone named the little connector "Kopoma." Look for traditional hammocks and embroidry here, as well as cenotes and a short ride to many Mayan sites.

Yucatan Living Baca Fiesta: May 15 – May 19
This fiesta is in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Baca is a great place to visit! Its only 28 km northeast of the city – just this side of Motul. If anyone is interested in living close enough to the city to enjoy everything from its cultural opportunities to world class health care – but far enough away to be cool in the heat of the summer, this is the area of Yucatan you are looking for. For more, you can now visit Baca online:  

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

In the City of MeridaNational Olympics in Merida

Yucatan Living Olympics Continue in Merida Through May 22
Come on out and watch as Yucatan racks up medal after medal. We’re in 4th place nationally now, with plenty of events left to go!
Schedule of Remaining Events
Watch The Medals Pile Up
Read About Yucatan’s Wins


Monday (Lunes) May 09, 2011

Yucatan Living Check the list of ongoing events for today here.


Tuesday (Martes) May 10, 2011

Yucatan Living Mother’s Day Mexico

Yucatan Living Ballet de Danza Contemporánea de Corea (Ballet of Contemporary Dance of Korea)
Location: Terrace of Casa de la Cultura, Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan: Two Very Special Performances!

Ballet Folklorico Blanca Paloma with Jorge Manuel Tzec Tunz, and Corea en Movimiento with Maria Eugenia Olsen.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 63
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Celebrating Mothers
This performance is by Carlos Tello and Voces Sin Fronteras (Voices Without Borders)
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free



Wednesday (Miercoles) May 11, 2011

Yucatan Living Ruby in Concert
This performance is under the direction of Ruby Dzib. If you haven’t been to see her, this event should be first on your list for the week
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de Chile (Contemporary Dance Company of Chile)
Location: Terrace of Casa de la Cultura, Progreso
Time:  TBA
Admission: FreeOrquesta Sinfonica Modus Novus

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Orquesta Sinfonica Infantil “Modus novus”
This performance is under the direction of Mtro. Emilio Bueno Salazar
Location: Iglesia Principal in Motul,
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: Cabaret Revolucionario
This performance is by La Rendija Teatro, under the direction of Raquel Araujo.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office


Thursday (Jueves) May 12, 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 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Piano Recital
This is a performance by the students of CEMUS, under the direction of Mtra. Irina Decheva. These are the students who will travel the globe and represent Yucatan as one of the world’s best incubators of classically trained musicians.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free 


Friday (Viernes) May 13, 2011

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.


Saturday (Sabado) May 14, 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.Manchuca

Yucatan Living Latin American Cinema Series: Manchuca (In Spanish)
(2004) Director: Andres Wood. Starring Matias Quer, Ariel Mateluna and Manuela Martelli. Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.
Location: Audiovisual, Centro Cultural Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 and 7:00 pm, Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: The Choreographic Creation Process in Contemporary Dance
This is a Free Dance performance led by Mtro. Chung-Fu Chang, Professor and Director of “Tour Dance Company” at the University of Colorado.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Weekly: Maricarmen Perez
This is an ongoing event. Do come out and listen as one of Merida’s greatest voices brings her guitar, and sometimes her friends, to entertain you.
Location: La Comilona (formerly El Patio Mexicano, Calle 20 x 1-G, Colonia México Norte
Time: 10:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Minimum consumption: $120 pesos
Reservations: 948-3232 and 948-4186


Sunday (Domingo) May 15, 2011

Yucatan Living Video Documentary: Dino Planet: The Life of Alpha
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: FreeHabana Blues

Yucatan Living Latin American Cinema Series: Habana Blues (In Spanish)
(2005). Director: Benito Zambrano. Starring: Alberto Yoel, Roberto San Martin and Yailene Sierra. Habana Blues tells the story of Ruy and Tito, two young Cubans who share the dream of becomeing music stars. But their lives will be transformed by an offer to record and perform abroad. This is a wonderful movie. The grandmother is the personification of comic relief and every other member of the case is just precious. There are plenty of clips on YouTube. Just search for Habana Blues. 
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Peruvian Cooking Class with Yury Di’Pascuale May 15
The May 8 class sold out, so now a second one has been scheduled. This will be a one day cooking class. Yury is an award-winning cook, best known for her delicious Peruvian sauces sold at Merida’s Slow Food market each Saturday. You can read all about Yury and get specific details about the class on this blog: Eight Suitcases, Two Kids and a Dream.
Location: Yury’s Kitchen
Time: 9:30 AM – 3 hrs Cooking, 1 hr Lunch
Admission: $550 pesos

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Il Festival de San Bernardino de Siena in Valladolid: “451 years Fostering Faith & Culture”May 19th through 22nd, 2011
May 19th
7:00 PM – Candle Lighting Ceremony 
The Archbishop of Yucatan, Monsignor Emilio Carlos Berlie Belauzaran, will begin the ceremony by lighting the first candle, of thousands, placed all around the facade and the front esplanade of the Convent.
8:00 PM – Solemn Mass
The Archbishop of Yucatan Monsignor Emilio Carlos Berlie Belauzaran will officiate the mass, accompanied by Maestra Nidia Góngora, directing the choral ensemble of Merida & Valladolid.
May 20th
10:00 AM – Lectures
Four lectures on the art, history, architecture and colonial culture will be given at the Universities of Valladolid. Detailed information to follow.
12:00 noon – Visual Heritage of the State of Yucatan 1985-2009
Opening ceremony of the Biennial collection Art Exhibit by Renan Guillermo Gonzales, Director of the Institute of Culture of the State of Yucatan. (ICY) 24 selected works of art from Yucatan’s Biennial collection. 16 paintings and 8 sculptures.
Curators: Maestra Dr. Laura de la Mora Martí y Critico Luis Rius Caso. Main hall, 1st floor of the Convent.
3:00 PM – In Secula Seculorum
Opening ceremony for the art exhibit of 30 images belonging to regional churches and chapels, some from the very early years of the colonization. Presented by Professor Leonel Escalante Aguilar, Director of Culture of Valladolid and Gonzalo Ku Barrera, Parish Priest of San Bernardino de Siena. Next to the Atrium, ground floor.
Fundación Convento Sisal Valladolid, A.C.Barrio de Sisal, Valladolid,
7:00 PM – The Filibuster
Theatrical segment of the Valladolid novel by Don Eligio Ancona. Director Enrique Cascante, Secretaría de Educación Pública, Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán.
Front esplanade of the Convent
8:00 PM – Noche de Trova - Carlos Cuevas in Concert
Front esplanade of the Convent.

May 21st
11:00 AM – Perspectiva histórica del Convento de San Bernardino de Siena de Valladolid Yucatán
Presentation of the book by Angelina Tun Petul and Dr. Renán A. Góngora Biachi. Commentaries by Archeologist Sergio Grosjean Abimheri. Next to the Atrium, ground floor.

8 PM – Orquesta Típica Yucalpeten in Concert
Maestro Pedro Carlos Herrera, Director. Solo singers Maricarmen Pérez, Jesús Armando, Luis Arturo de la Cruz y Nancy Mas. Front esplanade of the Convent.
May 22nd
12:00 noon – Valladolid Cuisine Tasting Event
The details of this event will be sent soon.
7:00 PM – Valladolid Trade Guild Parade and Closing Mass
Many of Valladolid’s trade guilds will parade the Convent’s image of San Bernardino de Siena around town. Closing mass will be officiated by Monsignor Rafael Palma Capetillo, Auxiliar Bishop of Yucatán.
8:30 PM – Maricarmen Perez and her Orchestra in Concert
Location: Front esplanade of the Convent.
Visit their web site at
For more information, please contact: Maruja Barbachano (985) 856-0999 or (985) 856-0974 e-mail: marujac [at] gmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Alejandro Pinzon Conducts the Chamber Orchestra of the CityAlejandro Pinzon in Merida
Mark your calendars for the following dates. Alejandro Pinzon, a native of Merida, is currently leading the Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh and has a very busy Spring ahead of him. On May 14, he will lead El Coro (short for Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh) in a performance in Pittsburgh – then hop a plane to Merida and practice, practice, practice for three performances during the last week in May. Following those performances, he will have a few days to indulge in a bit of the local tango scene before he flies back to Pittsburgh for another performance by El Coro in Pittsburgh on June 12. His three performances in Merida include:
May 22 -Comisaria Cholul
May 26 -Olimpo Theatre
May 29 –Iglesia San Sebastian

We will add further details as we get them.
Note: We are pressing for Michele and all of the Latino-Americano Pittsburgh members to come and spend a week in Merida. With luck, they will and we will be able to forge a cultural exchange and build a long-lasting friendship between El Coro and some of the choirs we have in Merida. So – El Coro… come on down!

Yucatan Living First Meetup: Single Women in Merida: May 27 Single Women in Merida Meetup
If you are a single woman on your own in Merida, you are cordially to join SingleWomen in Merida (SWIM). Perhaps you have already realized that being in a new country or new city, a new culture and on your own, it’s time to sink or SWIM. This is a new group for woman who are in the transition of learning how to embrace this wonderful adventure, find new friends and share in the exploration of a new life. Why go it alone?
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub (first meetup), Paseo Montejo No. 486-A, 41 y 43
Time: 2:00 PM, Friday
Admission: Free to attend, pick up your own check at Hennessy

Learn More and Join Now: SWIM website

Yucatan Living 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Women’s Championship: June 13 – 18
Participants: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States and Venezuela, with two countries from the Central American and Caribbean sub-zone also to be announced later in the Spring. The top three placed teams from both championships will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships in France.
Location: Ciudad de la Paz Stadium
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Summer Arts School for Kids: July 11 – Aug. 4
This is a four-week international bilingual program for local and international students ages 8-13. The summer course will be taught in both English and Spanish by an array of educators and teaching artists from the United States and Mexico. This extraordinary team of teachers will offer the students a multi-disciplinary exploration of the theme of "Beneath the Surface" through the visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing. Students will read a variety of books–in Spanish and English–and will create public performances and exhibits each week of the program. Contact Habla through their website,
Location: Habla, Calle 26 No. 99 B x 19 y 21 Col. México
Time: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Yucatan Living Boxing For Women
Monique says: “Taught by the inimitable Lilia Valencia. Stick and move, Straight right, Upper cut, Peek a boo. Its all about the hips, she says. Express yourself!!!”
Location: Monique’s Bakery: Calle 31 #70 x Calle 12 in Colonia Chuburna de Hidalgo, on the brink of Colonia Malaga
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA
More Information: moniqueduval[at] Shakira in Merida

Yucatan Living Shakira in Merida, City of Peace: July 16,2011
This will be a massive free concert by a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and Colombian, who sings pop rock in Spanish and English. Shakira can easily be called one of the most influential entertainers, worldwide, of the 21st century! Juanes’ concert saw a 26% increase in tourism in the city. We can only imagine the effect this international wonder will have on Merida’s hotel industry alone. Mark your calendars and make your plans to be in Merida on July 16 for this internationally acclaimed event.
Location: La Plancha (the former train station)
Time: TBA
Admission: Free !!!

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