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Merida Events: Musical Comedy Lysistrata and more

This Week… starting October 08, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Festivals and Fiestas! Valladolid Yucatan Fiestas

Yucatan Living Valladolid Fiesta: October 15 through October 29
This fiesta in honor of honor of Cristo Rey (Christ the King). Look for leather goods, jewelry, clothing, and hammocks. This is also the land of the caballero, so horsemanship events and cattle shows will likely be on the agenda as well. For more, see Working Gringos’ article on Valladolid: Sultaness of the East. We might also note that, since that article, Valladolid has earned the great honor of being names one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magico, and even has its own bici-ruta (streets closed for bicycle riding on Sundays) and Valladolid Sundays (the equivalent of Merida en Domingo).

Monday (Lunes) October 08, 2012

Yucatan LivingLook for a list of ongoing events here

Yucatan Living Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Yucatan Living Columbus Day in United States

Yucatan Living Oaxaca in Merida
One of the very popular Oaxaca in Merida fairs started Oct 05 and ends Oct 21. Go down to Parque de la Paz for fresh Oaxacan cheese, great Oaxacan blouses, purses from colored straw, Oaxacan black pottery and all sorts of Oaxacan handicrafts and food. There are usually dance performances scheduled throughout the fair as well… but you’ll have to drive by or go to the fair for the schedule. This is a great way to get a taste of Oaxaca without leaving the Yucatan, a place to find some holiday gifts and just an all-around enjoyable outing.
Location: Parque de la Paz, Av. Itzaes x Calle 59
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) October 09 , 2012

Yucatan Living Musical Comedy Theater: Lysistrata
This show is based on the original play Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes and originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. Tonight’s performance is by the State Theater Company and RIA Theater Company. The free adaptation and direction are by Ricardo Adrian.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Youth Music: Café Peña K’aay T’aan
This is a weekly venue that showcases the Jovenes Nuevos Valores, who are the rising young musical artists of Yucatan. If you would like to be able to say that you “knew them when,” this is the place to become their fans.
Location:Café Peña K’aay T’aan, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Alien The Movie

Yucatan Living Movie: Alien
(1979 USA/UK). Director: Ridley Scott. Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt. This classic and ground-breaking movie follows a crew of the deep space towing vessel Nostromo as they awaken from hypersleep to investigate a strange signal from a nearby planet. While investigating the signal, they discover it was intended as a warning, and not an SOS. Fascinating sets by H.R.Giger make this a favorite and well worth watching on a big screen.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Martí, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Made in Mexico
Don’t miss the chance to see this fabulous collaboration of the most creative Mexican minds. This film mixes famous names with unsung heroes, all reflecting on what it means to be Mexican in this time of massive change, and celebrating the powerful family of Mexican identity. The result is an inspiring and often funny musical contemplation of modern day Mexicanismo.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 10, 2012

Handcraft Exposition in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Exhibition Opening: Roses, Xhailes and Butterflies
Award Ceremony for the Yucatan’s First Grand State Embroidery Contest. Go to see some amazing handwork!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 1:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Musical Comedy Theater: Lysistrata
This show is based on the original play Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes and originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. Tonight’s performance is by the State Theater Company and RIA Theater Company. The free adaptation and direction are by Ricardo Adrian.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Geneva Brass Quintet
Music and dinner. The Geneva Brass Quintet (GBQ) is a brass ensemble composed of five Swiss musicians that met at the Geneva conservatory of Music, from which they derive their name. Eager to create a closely knit musical unit and having a very particular attraction for chamber music, they formed the ‘Geneva Brass Quintet’ with the aim of sharing the pleasure of music and of introducing it to the public.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $80 pesos

 

Thursday (Jueves)October 11 , 2012

Yucatan Living Movie: The Story of Film
(2011) Directed by: Mark Cousins. The Story of Film presents the history of the movies in a way never told before. Weaving personalities, technology, and production with engaging descriptions of groundbreaking scenes. English with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Daniel Ayala Perez Youth Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonight’s performance is entitled “A New World,” and is under the baton of Guest Director Mitchell Lutch. This orchestra is astonishingly talented and their performances are world class.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Los Juglares in Concert

Yucatan Living Concert: Carlos Cuevas and Los Juglares
This is one of the most popular trova groups in all of Yucatan and Carlos Cuevas has actually come to be known as the King of the Bolero. This group is a guaranteed audience pleaser. If you haven’t seen a live trova performance lately, this one would be a good way to get back in the groove!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office: $400, $300, $250 and $200 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) October 12, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
This is a story of a man, Jose Luis “El Güero” Robles Gil. This is a story of reality versus fantasy, love and madness, life passing in the blink of an eye. This is a story of a life poised on the border of fiction. This is a story of a man who lived in a shoe, and the woman who accompanied him. This movie is in Spanish, without subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphonic OrchestraConcert: Yucatan Symphony: Program 4: Love
Tonight, the guest performer is distinguished Russian pianist Alexei Volodin, a world renowned figure who has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony and the Symphony Mariinsky Theatre, under the batons of the great directors of Lorin Maazel and Valery Gergiev. The audience will be treated to his interpretation of Piano Concerto No. 2 (1881) by German composer J. Brahms. The audience will also enjoy two Grand Overtures: Tannhauser (1845) of the German opera composer Richard Wagner and the brilliant and emphatically solemn Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The entire performance is under the artistic direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos. Tickets can be purchased online from the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s website or at the Teatro Peon Contreras box office.

Yucatan Living Wine and Cheese for Writers
The Merida English Library is hosting a wine and cheese get-together for all writers of any sort. If you are a poet, a travel writer, a blogger or a novelist, this is for you. Come to the library and meet like-minded people under the beautiful tropical night sky!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66, Centro
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living French Speaking Community in YucatanAn Invitation from Quoi de Neuf
Quoi de Neuf is a website that brings together expats from France, Francophones (people who speak French) and Francophiles (people who have a strong interest in France or in the French language). There are many French speakers in Yucatan and their number is growing with each new trading opportunity. They often get together to compare notes and find out Quoi de Neuf (What’s New?). This is one of those occasions. The menu for tonite includes appetizers, a salad buffet, quiche lorraine or spinach-goat cheese, and fine French pastries. You can bring your own wine and appetizers or purchase your wine onsite. On this particular occasion, wines will mainly be from the French wine region of Bordeaux and the South East. The theme tonite is “The Wines of Molière.” The selection includes: Les Tourelles Tinto 2011 (Syrah/Merlot) $110.00 pesos; Les Tourelles Blanco 2011 $130 pesos; Mas des Tourelles 2009 “ Pays d’Oc ” (100% Merlot) $130 pesos; Château Terrasson Bordeaux “Côtes de Bordeaux” 2009 $230 pesos; La Cour des Glycines “Costières de Nîmes ” $240 pesos. Great wine, great prices, great company… what’s not to love? Buy your tickets soon!
Location: Café Crème Calle 41 # 386 x 60, Santa Ana, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $180 pesos per person (includes lunch, refreshments and organizational costs. Tickets must be purchased in advance and paid for before October 10.
For more information, call Martine: 269-223-9992 or e-mail: Quoi de Neuf Mérida at: quoideneuf_merida [at] live [dot] com [dot] mx

Yucatan Living Exposition: Gelartina
Interactive and Edible Art. This exposition is by the Students of the Bachelor of Visual Arts at UADY. Where else this week will you find art made in a jello mold?
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Gineres
Time: 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 13, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie: The Crossouts
(Mexico, 2011) Directed by Roberto Duarte. Roberto tries to interview his grandmother about the family secret. There are two members in the family who no one is allowed to talk about and all their photos have been crossed out.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Daniel Ayala Perez Youth Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonight’s performance is entitled “A New World,” and is under the baton of Guest Director Mitchell Lutch. This orchestra is astonishingly talented and their performances are world class. Plus any night to see free orchestra music in the beautiful Peon Contreras theatre is a good night!
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Workshop: Day of the Dead Altars
This workshop’s goal is to bring different forms of artistic expression to children in a playful environment while teaching them about one of Mexico’s most important and fascinating traditions. Open to all children over the age of 5… that means you, right? :-)
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés.
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free (children over the age of 5)

Yucatan Living Children’s Recreation: Handicrafts with Ovens
That is all the information we have on this event. We are assuming the participants will be creating handicrafts that have to be baked.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56, Centro.
Time: 10:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free (children from 6 to 12)

Children Activities in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Workshop Experiment: Clown on a Tightrope
This is one of a series of science experiments taught each week by Maestro Wilbert Camara. The kids love every one of these workshops! Aren’t you wondering what this is about? Bring your kid and find out!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés.
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free (children over the age of 5)

Yucatan Living Saturday Talk at MEL
Mr. Ralf Leszinski talks about polo and the Polo Club. Did you know that Merida has one of the only thriving polo clubs on the Yucatan Peninsula? Did you know that there are games open to the public there almost every weekend in the fall and winter? Do you have any idea how much fun it is to watch? Come listen and talk to Ralf and find out!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: Saturday, 11 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Canterbury Tales
(1972) Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini. The Canterbury Tales tell the story of a group of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury who engage in a tale-telling contest to pass the time. Besides watching the interactions between the characters, we get to hear 24 of the tales, without having to read them! A chance to be entertained and catch up on your classics at the same time!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 and to 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free (Adults only)

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 14, 2012

Yucatan Living Video Documentary: Wild Crocodiles and Alligators
Meet marshlands where crocodiles live and glide through the mangroves. Bring your kids, or someone else’s kids!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingYucatan Symphonic OrchestraConcert: Yucatan Symphony: Program 4: Love
Tonight, the guest performer is distinguished Russian pianist Alexei Volodin, a world renowned figure who has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony and the Symphony Mariinsky Theatre, under the batons of the great directors of Lorin Maazel and Valery Gergiev. The audience will be treated to his interpretation of Piano Concerto No. 2 (1881) by German composer J. Brahms. The audience will also enjoy two Grand Overtures: Tannhauser (1845) of the German opera composer Richard Wagner and the brilliant and emphatically solemn Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The entire performance is under the artistic direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos. Tickets can be purchased online from the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s website or at the Teatro Peon Contreras box office.

Yucatan Living Movie: Tootsie
(1982 USA) Director: Sydney Pollack. Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Terri Garr and Bill Murray. Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor with an impossible reputation. In order to find work and fund his friend’s play, he dresses as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and lands a part in a daytime drama. Dorsey loses himself in the role of this woman and essentially becomes Dorothy Michaels, captivating women all around the city and inspiring them to break free from the control of men and become more like Dorsey’s initial identity. This newfound role, however, lands Dorsey in a hot spot between a female friend/’lover,’ a female co-star he falls in love with, that co-star’s father who falls in love with him, and a male co-star who yearns for his affection. Talk about confusing! And funny… Tootsie is an great example of Dustin Hoffman’s amazing acting ability and a thoroughly enjoyable movie. Come watch!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 15, 2012

Yucatan LivingLook for a list of ongoing events here

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Concert: Alejandro Sanz-Tuesday October 16, 2012
Another great popular singer, this time from Spain, comes to Merida this fall! The title of this tour is “La Musica No Se Toca” (The Music Is Not Played). Alejandro Sanz has won fifteen Latin Grammy awards, including three times for Best Album, more than any other Latin artist. He has also won three Grammy awards, and was the first Spanish artist to record an MTV Unplugged album. He is known for his flamenco-influenced ballads, but also experiments with other genres. Definitely worth seeing!! Here’s a song to whet your appetite…
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.

Expo Comer Fair in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Annual Trade Expo at Siglo XXI October 18 through October 21
Come to the expo to discover great new products available for export from the Yucatan, including tire furniture and honey wine. If you can’t make it to the Fall Ticul Shoe Fair, not to worry because several shoemakers will have booths at this trade show as well.
Location:Siglo XXI on the road to Progreso
Time: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Saturday Talk at MEL: October 20
Gonzalo Navarrete, one of the four Cronistas de la Ciudad talks about Pirates in Yucatan. Do you know about the cronistas? They are people paid by the State of Yucatan to discover, preserve and teach about the history of the Yucatan. Fascinating!! This is a unique chance to meet and hear from one of them!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: Saturday, 11 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Guelaguetza Dance: October 21
The beautiful, flamboyant and distinctive Oaxacan dance will be performed in the park to end the Oaxacan fair. The dancers will be accompanied by a live band… this is an event you’ll want to put on your calendar and be sure not to miss!!
Location: Parque de la Paz
Time: Sunday, 6 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird Photography and Drawing Contest: “Unidos por la aves”
Submit photos and drawings at Costco from September 24 through October 31. Winners will be announced at the opening of the Bird-a-Thon on November 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Central Building of UADY (Calle 60 # 491-A x 56, Merida Centro. This contest is open to children, young people, the general public and specialized photographers. The main objective is to promote knowledge, appreciation and conservation of birds in Yucatan and, at the same time, to promote a local market for bird watching. Learn More on the Festival de las Aves TOH 2012 website.

International Choir Festival in Merida YucatanYucatan Living XII International Choir Festival of Yucatan: Oct. 23 – 28

This festival will include performances by guest choirs from Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. In addition to singing in Merida, they will also tour and perform throughout the other municipalities. More information will be added as information comes in.

Soho Art Galleries, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan Living AFAR Art Opening: October 26 at 7 PM
Soho Galleries opens a new show, with art from afar… Paris, London, D.F., Oaxaca and Havana. Put it on your calendar and plan to come! Always a gala affair!

Yucatan Living Ticul Fall Shoe Fair: October 26 through November 4
This fair is later and shorter than usual, so do try to set aside the time to make it there. Approximately 50 shoe factories will be represented at the fair.

Yucatan Living One Hellish Spooky Funky Market-Bazaar: Sunday, October 28
There will be food, baked goods, exotic plants, “indie” arts and crafts, fabulous lines of jewelry, Mexican flair tablecloths and aprons, vintage and beach clothing, hand bags, furniture, sculptures, paintings, all kind of amazing creations…. the list goes on!
Location: Calle 19, in front of the baseball park in Chelem, Yucatan
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Admission: Free, food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Hotel Zamna Get Together

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna Merida: Going South: October 28
It’s time for the 2012 – 2013 season to begin at Hotel Zamna in Merida! Where else are you going to find a multiple course dinner, much laughter, many friends and a now famous Zamna prize quiz with really great prizes for the winners? This month, the title of the evening is Going South.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Party Starts at 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Admission: $135 pesos. This is a tickets only, three course dinner event due to catering requirements. Tickets are on sale now from Hotel Zamna reception. Limit: 34 guests. For more information Call: 999-924-0103

Yucatan Living Second Annual Merida IWC Halloween Party October 30
Costume and Dance Contests, Rock n’ Roll, FUSBOXX. Everyone is invited! Tickets include botanas, ½ chicken or arrachera sandwich, fries, and a drink.
Location: Hennessey’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo
Time: Party Starts at 7:30 PM
Admission: $200 pesos in advance. Tickets available at all IWC functions, Merida English Library or from admin [at] iwcmerida [dot] org.

Yucatan Living 2012 Zamna Annual Ladies Night: Sunday November 4
Fashion Show and Supper. Great affordable fashion for everyday and even that great shirt for the man in your life. Get a head start on shopping for Christmas or just treat yourself. Supper will be served after the show. There will also be a mini-fashion quiz with a great prize.
strong>Location: Hotel Zamna, Cale 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Party Starts at 7:00 PM
Admission: $90 pesos. This is a tickets-only, three-course dinner event due to catering requirements. Tickets are on sale now from Hotel Zamna reception. Limit: 34 guests. For more information Call: 999-924-0103

Yucatan Living Bow Wow Palooza (Evolución’s Halloween Party): Wednesday, October 31
The Shops at La Maison Bleue & Talented Bitches are holding a Howl-o-Ween Party for the Dogs of Evolución. The evening will include Comedy by Mel Blossom, music, local art, a costume contest, shopping, delicious food and drinks by Cafe Crème, Thai Flash and other local vendors. At the end of the party, everyone will be off to Hennessy’s Irish Pub to finish the evening in style!
Location: Calle 41 x 58 y 60, Santa Ana
Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Food & drinks not included in admission. Email allison [at] elestudio41 [dot] com to reserve your tickets.

Yucatan Living Feria Yucatan at Xmatkuil: November 9 through December 2
This year, there will be more than 1,000 exhibitors and 1,800 artistic, sporting, cultural and recreational events for all ages. The fair provides space for commercial and business activity, while maintaining a family atmosphere. The main attractions will be the rides, the Atayde Brothers Circus, the Robotic Zoo, the Dolphinarium, the Extreme Magic Show and 4-D films. Entrance to these attractions ranges from $10 to $15 pesos. There will be free shows in El Teatro del Pueblo, as well as events in Palenque, the Lienzo Charro, the Pista de Calificaciones and the Plaza Monumental.
Location: at the Xmatkuil Fairgrounds , Calle 50 south of the city.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Admission: Entrance: $15 pesos per person, Parking: $30 pesos

Benefit Concert at Hacienda Ochil in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert + Intervention: Philip Glass + James Turrell – November 14, 2012
All funds will be donated to a foundation dedicated to preserve the Maya culture. After the concert, there will be a cocktail for all attendees.
Location: Amphitheater of Hacienda Ochil
Time: TBA
Admission: $4,000 pesos

Yucatan Living Tennis XXVI Yucatan Cup: November 19 –24
This is a Junior’s Tennis Tournament, sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation. If you love watching tennis, this is for you!
Location: Club Campestre de Yucatan, A.C. Calle 30 Diagonal #500, Col. Mexico, Merida
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced
Visit the ITF Yucatan Cup website

Yucatan Living Third Jose Jacinto Cuevas National and International Piano Competition: November 24 to December 1
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

Yucatan Living Arte a Mano Show by AANY: December 1 & 2
Mark your calendars for the Yucatan Peninsula’s best show of handmade arts & crafts! This show is in its fourth wonderful year now, and features reasonably-priced handmade items by many different artisans. You can buy everything from handmade knives to baskets, sculptures, jewelry… the list goes on. More details to follow soon!
Location: CANACO Center off Avenida Itzaes (same place as last year)
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, both days
Admission: Yet to be announced

 

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