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Merida Events: Oaxaca comes to Merida!

This Week… starting March 09, 2009


Announcing our new Merida Month-At-A-Glance Calendar! Now there are more ways to find out what’s happening in Merida.

Every week, in an article like this, we will continue to point out what we think are interesting events for the week to come. We also, of course, have a complete listing of the Ongoing Classes and repetitive events in our Ongoing Events Calendar.

Now, due to popular demand, we are introducing a Merida Month-At-A-Glance Calendar. This calendar will be continually updated by our staff… as soon as we know about an event, we’ll put it here. The monthly calendar is color-coded, so you can see what’s going on in a Merida minute (There’s a legend at the bottom… each color designates a category of event). See something you like? Click on the event to find a description and all the details you need to participate. You can print the details of a day, or print the month-at-a-glance. Or you can email it all to a friend (or to yourself!).

A link to the calendar can ALWAYS be found at the top right of every page, as well as on the left below the photo banner on the welcome page (along with some other very important and useful information… check that little box out!).

We welcome any suggestions you might have (leave us a comment…) and hope you find this new Yucatan Living feature useful.

And now, some events we’d like to bring to your attention for this week…

Yucatan Living Spring Is In The Air: March at Olive Cafe Stop
Throughout the month of March, get a free cup of American coffee with the purchase of a Gelato. The Olive Cafe is becoming quite a necessary stop for expats and visitors alike.
Location: Paseo Montejo #470-B x 37 y 39
Time: Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Website: Olive Cafe Stop

 Guelaguetza in MeridaYucatan Living Oaxaca in Merida
This week (until March 17), head on down to Parque Santa Ana for a taste of another popular Mexican state, Oaxaca. All week long, day and night, there are booths set up in the park, selling everything from Oaxaca foods to clothing, straw goods and any number of crafts. Feast your senses (and empty your pocketbook…) on Mezcal, moles, candies and other Oaxacan traditional foods (including those crispy grasshoppers!), traditional textiles, jewelry, traditional black pottery, CD’s of Oaxacan music and much more. Our Oaxacan visitors are also holding kite-making workshops, dance workshops and performances of the famous Guelaguetza, and concerts of Oaxacan music. Until March 17, Santa Ana Park is all-Oaxaca, all the time! Check out our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar for the detailed schedule.

 

Tuesday (Martes) March 10, 2009

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Legends of Old France
Tonight’s movie: Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq
(France, 2001). The underworld has surfaced…ooh! We’re deliciously scared!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: FreeEl Consorcio in Merida
Yucatan Living El Consorcio (The Consortium) in Concert
Amaya, Sergio, Estibali, Inaki, and Carlos have been performing together for 40 years! This will be the must see event of the evening.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at the theater box office
For More Information: 924-0040 and 924-1820

Wednesday (Miércoles) March 11, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Arrancame la Vida
A husband with sweeping political ambitions and his outwardly docile wife ultimately use one another as means to an end in this lavish, epic period drama from Mexico, that unfurls in 1930s and ’40s Mexico, just after the Mexican Revolution.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sitar Night at Jazzin’ MeridaHindu music in Merida, Yucatan
Master Sitar player Alfred Rordame will be giving a performance of traditional India Ragas at Jazzin’ Merida this Wednesday evening, and it is a show not to be missed if you’re a fan of world music or simply a music fan. Alfred will be playing both C and D Sitars and will be accompanied by the talented percussionist Lorenzo Maggs on a variety of percussive instruments. Gary DeRose of The legendary Yucatones will also be joining Alfred for a few numbers as they rediscover some of the great (if few) Sitar moments in Pop Music. But the emphasis is on the Ragas, and this is a very rare opportunity to see a genre of music not often performed in Merida.

Only with your support, can Merida continue being truly a musically International city, so come on down Wednesday night for a very unique performance. Saris optional…
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, C. 56
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday

More Information: Merida Month-At-A-Glance Calendar

Yucatan Living Theater: Los Lobos (The Wolves)
Together for the first time: Pedro Armendari, Roberto D’amico, Jesus Ochoa, Rafael Sanchez Navarro, and Victor Trujillo perform in "Los Lobos," a play by Luis Agustoni, under the direction of Hector Bonilla. (in Spanish)
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 59 y 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office
More Information: 920-6580

Yucatan Living Photography Show Opening: "Los Mayas"
Photography by Roger Mendez Carrillo
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) March 12, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Orphans of the Storm

(United States, 1921) Starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish. Set in late 18th century France, before and during the French Revolution, this classic was directed by the famous D.W.Griffiths. The film is about class conflict and a plea for inter-class understanding, a message appropriate even to this day. This was said to be Griffith’s last commercially successful film and was his last film with Lillian and Dorothy Gish.
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Young Talents
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61Blackhole
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: Blackhole
A play in Spanish by Christian Nuñez and Sandra Lara.
Location: Audiovisual at the Merida Museum, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) March 13, 2009

Yucatan Living Wedding Expo
This is going to be a wedding wonderland (lingerie, bridal gowns, entertainers, musical groups and more)… it is a not to be missed event. If we remember correctly, there are probably some yummy wedding cake samples too!
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, on the road to Progreso
Time: Starts at 11:00 AM, runs from March 13 through March 15
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Women in Film Series: ArtemisiaArtemisia, the film
(France, Italy, 1997). This is a biographical film about Artemisia Gentileschi, female Italian Baroque painter. Artemisia’s talent was barely recognized in her time, due to the inconvenient fact that she was a female. Today we know her as one of the most accomplished painters of her time. This movie tells her story.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Theater: Tango
Instrumental music, singing and dancing. Written by Addy Gongora Basterra and Directed by Silvia Kater.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: General: $80 pesos; Students and INAPAM: $40 pesos (have you gotten your INAPAM card yet?)

Yucatan Living Brazos Abiertos Presents: Lisa Paige
Lisa Page, a cabaret singer from Atlanta, Georgia, appears with Patrick Hutchison and Dick Holland in a performance for the benefit of Oasis San Juan de Dios, A.C.
Location: In the home of Terrence Price, Calle 27 # 153 x 34
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $300 pesos, pre-paid tickets only
To Reserve Tickets: John Truax 924-7068, Suzanne Larimer 924-5187, or Ellyne Basto 923-8484
Website: www.hivyucatan.org

 

Saturday (Sabado) March 14, 2009

Yucatan Living Basic Astronomy Course
Learn about our planet and general astronomy! This week: Celestial Mechanics.
Location: Arcadio Poveda Ricalde Planetarium, Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wedding ExpoWedding Expo in Merida
This is going to be a wedding wonderland (lingerie, bridal gowns, entertainers, musical groups and more)… it is a not to be missed event.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, on the road to Progreso
Time: runs from March 13 through March 15
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gran Plaza Evening Sale
Discounts offered throughout the mall… what fun!
Location: Calle 60 North, on the road to ProgresoMe Ivan, You Abraham
Time: 7:00 PM to Midnight.

Yucatan Living Women in Cinema Series: Me Ivan, You Abraham
(France, Russia, 1993). Set in 1930′s Russia, this film examines the friendship between two young boys in the midst of anti-Semitism and the coming world conflict.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: "Her Eyes Open"
A prize winning play by Diana Raquel, under the artistic direction of Nelson Cepeda Borba. (in Spanish)
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM $30 pesos

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 15, 2009Secrets of the Sun

Yucatan Living Documentary: Secrets of the Sun
A presentation of little known facts about our Sun.
Location: Museum of Natural History, next to the Zoo on Calle 59
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wedding Expo
This is going to be a wedding wonderland (lingerie, bridal gowns, entertainers, musical groups and more)… it is a not to be missed event.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, on the road to Progreso
Time: runs from March 13 through March 15
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yo Quiero Ser Una Chica AlmodovarAlmodovar Girl
Musical Theater: This should be quite a performance. The title “I Want to be an Almodovar Girl” gives us a bit about what we’ll see. Pedro Almodovar is a Spanish filmmaker who has won a “few” (86) Oscars and has been nominated a few (56) other times. To be an Almodovar Girl is akin to wanting to be the next James Bond Girl.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM Sunday
Admission: $100, $ 80 and $60 pesos

 

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Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Night of Classical Magic
The Fenix Quartet returns after a sellout Beatles concert in January. Tickets include a buffet dinner and concert.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72
Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 8:00 PM
Admission: $90 pesos; tickets must be purchased in advance
Phone: (999) 924-0103 or (999) 241-1429

Yucatan Living Quoi de Neuf
This group of French speaking expats meets monthly. This month, they will meet on the 20th and will host an astronomical observation of Saturn and its rings, the double nebula of Orion, stars and galaxies with a 10 inch telescope.
Location: In the Casa de Helene.
More information to come.
Website: Quoi de Neuf

Yucatan Living Spring Equinox: March 21
Come and find out which of the Mayan gods wins the day. Will there be sun? Or will there be clouds?
Locations: Chichen Itza and Uxmal

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Ladies’ Dinner and Bingo
Guests arrive at 7:30 PM and sit down to a three course dinner at 8:00 PM. After that, its Prize Bingo! Space is limited to 24 and half the tickets are gone already, so get yours early!
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72
Date/Time: Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM
Admission: $85 pesos; tickets must be purchased in advance
Phone: (999) 924-0103 or (999) 241-1429

Yucatan Living Yucatones: March 19 & 20; March 26 & 27Yucatones in Merida
The Yucatones are taking a break, but will be back to play 2 weekends of double dates in March. David Abahari, owner of Jazzin’ Merida is leaving Merida for the U.S. to develop Legball, a game he created, as an Olympic sport. David gave the Yucatones their first gig, and they consider Jazzin’ Merida their home club. So they’re going to get in all the stage time they can while David is still here and Jazzin’ Merida is still open for business. David is leaving on this quest in early April, and between now and then he either needs to find a buyer for Jazzin’ Merida (the price is ridiculously low, in the Yucatones’ humble opinions) or liquidate all the furnishings and stock. The Yucatones are busy chanting, lighting votive candles, and making Mayan prayer bundles to help bring a new owner to Jazzin’ Merida…. one who will carry on David’s work of making the place the Merida cultural and musical center is deserves to be. (And keep the Yucatones working, of course!) Best of luck to whoever takes over at Jazzin’ Merida and we’re glad to hear that the Yucatones will stay with the club and their fans.

Yucatan Living AANY Artisans Fair Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, 2009
The next AANY Artisans Fair is the last weekend in March. You will be able to see the works of more than 40 artisans all in one place, and buy their wares! The Directors of AANY have selected these artists to participate based on their creativity, interesting use of materials, and excellence of execution. There will be a mix of fine traditional craft, as well as more innovative contemporary work.  In addition to ceramics, embroidery, jewelry, and wood carving, there will be a selection of home accessories including lamps, mirrors, tables and screens, to name a few.  This is a unique opportunity and we are so grateful to the forces behind AANY for making this possible. Make sure to reserve the spot on your calendar.
Location: Club de Leones, Avenida Colon, X 14 Y 16, Garcia Gineres. Click here to download PDF Map.
Time: Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free. Bring old eyeglasses to donate to the Lion’s Club program.
Information: joanafarrell [at] yahoo [dot] com

 

For Merida Month-at-a-glance Calendar, click here

or

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar

 

 



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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Oaxaca comes to Merida!”

  1. I went on line and looked at your “competition – and they don’t hold a candle to Yucatan Living.

  2. Thanks for the compliment. I often look back wistfully at the days of listing just the municipality’s tourism-type events. One a day and we were finished. Now, it takes three of us (Working Gringa, Beatriz, and me) just to barely keep up with what’s going on in Merida. This city and state are amazing! We’re glad you’re reading our events. Do let us know if there is something else you are interested in. We’ll do our best to get it in.

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