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Merida Events: Opera, Music and Movies

This Week… starting January 28, 2013

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Candelaria Fiesta in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Tzucacab Candelaria Fiesta: January 26 through February 02
Tzucacab is located on the southern border of Yucatan, just east of the point. It lies between Tekax and Peto, and shares its southern border with the State of Quintana Roo. Approximately 12,600 people live in Tzucacab, about 7,000 of whom are Mayans, for whom Mayan is the principal language. This is farming and cattle country, so look for lots of leatherwork here. But the extreme southern part of our state also happens to produce artisans of fine jewelry, so be on the lookout for jewelry here too. Remember that there are volunteer farming opportunities in Tzucacab as well. And Tzucacab, through Rancho Hobonil, is home to one of our favorite programs, the International Veterinary Medicine program, sponsored by the University of Florida. There are some wonderful things in the interior of our state and we hope everyone takes the opportunity to find that out, especially at these fiestas.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: January 28 through January 31
This fiesta is in honor of Corpus Cristi. Hunucma is the poster child for “Change Has Come.” This municipality extends from just west of Merida, all the way to the coast. To help you get your bearings, Sisal is in the Municipality of Hunucma. Hunucma (the city) has a newly refurbished gateway into the city, a new addition to their municipal mercado, and a brand new concha acústica. The entire municipality is looking forward to new highways and leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone in the municipality. Lots of agro-products are made here, but the shoppers among us go for the shoes! Artisans produce works from coconut shell and henequen, as well as jewelry and leatherwork. On the coast, there are flamingos and great seafood! Hunucma is close to the city and a day at any of their fiesta is well worth the visit.

Yucatan Living Tekal de Venegas Fiesta: January 28through January 31
Tekal de Venegas is a tiny municipality in the north-central part of the state. It is south of Temax and Dzoncauich, north of Izamal and Tunkas, west of Tunkas and Cenotillo, and east of Tepakan. (See Maplandia.) Only about 2,300 people live there and half of them are indigenous. Their languages are Spanish, Mayan, and Nahuatl. More than half of the population works in agriculture, cattle ranching, or fishing. We found some pictures of this municipality online and they showed a high level of poverty. Tekal de Venegas is only 11 miles northeast of Izamal, on the road to Temax. Ox Watz is a well designed ecotourism area owned by 56 partners who are native citizens of Tekal de Venegas. What a wonderful idea! We are sure this fiesta will be well worth attending – and please don’t pass up a chance to visit Ox Watz!

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta: January 30 through February 2
This is the Tunkas County Fair. Tunkas is 86 km southeast of Merida, almost in the exact center of the state. It has just under 4,000 inhabitants, about half of whom are Mayans. This too is farming and cattle ranching country, so look for huipiles, hemp hammocks, and pottery here. The food is great, but watch out for the habaneros. Tunkas suffers from a high level of poverty and, as a result, has a high rate of migration to the U.S. The municipality is one of three sites in Mexico that are being studied by the University of California at San Diego in their International Migration Studies program. We hope everyone will visit this fiesta and support the people of Tunkas.

Yucatan Living Kantunil Candelaria Fiesta: January 31 through February 04
The hallmark of this fiesta is its many religious and union processions. Kantunil is between Izamal, on the north, and Sotuta, on the south. According to the MileByMile map, the exit from the Merida to Cancun toll road (autopista de cuota) is a little under 40 miles from Merida. There is currently a big push on, by the Municipal Council in Kantunil, to improve the cultural experience of children, with a focus on Mayan tradition, so this should be a trip everyone will enjoy.

Monday (Lunes) January 28, 2013

Yucatan Living Look for an event on our list of ongoing events here.

 

Tuesday (Martes) January 29, 2013

Yucatan Living Look for an event on our list of ongoing events here.

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 30, 2013

Back to Nadia

Yucatan Living Movie: Back to Nadia
Nadia was an 11-year-old girl In the Taliban Afghanistan. To be able to survive, Nadia had to dress up as a boy. She did that over the next 11 years, until 4 years ago, when a NGO took her out of the country and she established herself in Cataluña, as a woman. Last summer, Nadia went back to her country for the first time and a film crew joined her.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: El Cine y la Orquesta (The Cinema and the Orchestra)
This performance is by the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Merida, under the direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido. Expect to hear many of the musical scores of great movies tonight. This orchestra is one of Yucatan’s treasures. We know everyone will enjoy the performance.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 31, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: The Upsetter
The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, a musician and producer who has been influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Theater in English for Educate Yucatan

Yucatan LivingFUNDRAISER FOR edúcaTE Yucatán A.C
Barbara J. Harris and Ken Funk will be performing the play LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney in order to raise funds for edúcaTE Yucatán A.C., a non profit organization registered in the US and in Mexico dedicated at helping disadvantaged children in Cholul and surrounding villages to receive an education. EdúcaTE Yucatán currently runs sponsorship, tutoring and breakfast programs for kids in primary, secondary and high school, benefitting over 100 children and young people age 6 till 19. (www.educateyucatan.org) LOVE LETTERS is a wonderful love story told through the written correspondence between Andy and Melissa over the years, from their childhood through to being grandparents. This play will bring back wonderful memories, make you laugh out loud and bring a tear to your eye.
Location: Olimpo Cultural Center, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Buy tickets at Trotters, the Slow Food Market or the Merida English Library. Or call Katrin Schikora, Cel. 999 995-3769

 

Friday (Viernes) February 01, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: The Experimental Eskimos
In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa… the movie follows them and their lives.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Christopher Collins with Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2013Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 3
What a treat! Hungarian and Russian Romanticism, with the music of Brahms, Goldmark and Tchaikovsky. The best treat of the night is that Christopher Collins will be the featured violinist. Billed as extremely dramatic and romantic, this should be one of the best events of the week.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission:Tickets on sale at the box office

 

Saturday (Sabado) February 02, 2013

Yucatan Living Candelaria Day
It is traditional to eat tamales during this day.

Yucatan Living Movie: Movie: Cuates de Australia (Drought)
From traileraddict.com, “In order to have a piece of land, you must suffer,” laments an old man in this poetic cinema verité film of a cattle-ranching community in northeastern Mexico on the verge of extinction. Working and living on the arid desert plains, the families of cowboys and farmers find pleasure in the simple things of life — family dinners, weddings and baptisms, the occasional village fiesta — but throughout it all, they look to the skies for signs of much needed rain. Stunningly photographed and delicately paced, Drought is a beautiful, poignant portrait of a way of life on the verge of extinction.

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

Opera Manon screened in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Manon by Jules Massenet
Come and see the New York Metropolitan Opera in Cinema. This is the story of a young and vulnerable young girl who takes wrong turns and discovers that there is no way back.
Location: Cinema at Siglo XXI , on the road to Progreso
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday (Opera discussion at 11:30 AM)
Admission:$50 pesos donation

 

Sunday (Domingo) Febrero 03, 2013

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 3
What a treat! Hungarian and Russian Romanticism, with the music of Brahms, Goldmark and Tchaikovsky. The best treat of the night is that Christopher Collins will be the featured violinist. Billed as extremely dramatic and romantic, this should be one of the best events of the week.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission:Tickets on sale at the box office

Zombie Walk in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan LivingIV Annual Zombie Walk, Merida
Benefit to aid: Oasis San Juan de Dios A.C. and Live with Dignity A.C. as both institutions work to provide aid to people who are affected by HIV. Don’t forget to get yourself zombified and walk in the parade. This is a national event and you, you cute little zombie you, are needed for the donor/walking zombie head count!
Location: Monumento a la Patria on Montejo Avenue
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:20 PM
Admission:Any donations in kind: • Tuna, coffee, chocolate milk, deodorant, detergent, red beans, soap, condensed milk, powdered milk, peanut butter, adult diapers, toothpaste, shampoo, food stamps or gasoline.

Yucatan Living Circus: Behind the Door
Tour de Cirque presents: Behind the Door, a show that is suitable for the entire family.
Location: Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission:Free

 

Monday (Lunes) February 04, 2013

Yucatan Living Look for an event in our list of ongoing events here

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Merida Carnaval 2013
Merida Yucatan Carnaval 2013The dates of Merida’s Carnival 2013 activities are Feb. 6 through Feb. 13.The theme is Mystic Merida, combining legends and fantasy. The website is here. Sale of Box Seats: If you would rather view the parades from the comfort of a seat, you certainly may do so. As of Dec. 28, prices and purchase information are not online; however, if you are interested in viewing the parades in comfort, you can keep an eye on the Tickets for Boxes website.

Location: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Thursday: Feb. 7: Pre-School Parade
Location: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55)
Time : 4:00 PM
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Friday: Feb. 8: Corso Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Saturday: Feb. 9: Fantasy Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday Feb. 10:Bachata Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Monday: Feb. 11: Regional Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday: Feb. 12: Battle of the Flowers Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday: Feb. 13: Burial of Juan Carnaval
This day is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It is also the last day of Carnival, with the last event being the Burial of Juan Carnival
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 63, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valentine Dinner : Feb. 14
Special Menu plus Surprise Live Music.
Location: Thai Flash Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM seatings
Admission: $350 pesos per couple. Includes one appetizer, two entrees and live romantic music. Reservations: 999-101-7330 / thaiflashmerida [at] gmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Art Opening at La Eskalera Gallery in Merida YucatanArt Opening: Marina Epstein and Bruce Davis: February 15
The show will be open from February 15 through March 12. This is the first exhibition for these two fine artists and everyone is invited to attend the opening.
Location: Galeria Eskalera, Calle 70 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: James Bond Night : February 17
For your eyes only, Zamna has a license to kill. Join in the fun as you only live twice. This event includes dinner and one of the now famous Zamna quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamná, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72.
Time: 7:30 PM doors open, 8:00 PM Dinner served
Admission: $135 pesos (seating limited) Please collect tickets prior to the event .

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Trip Down Memory Lane : March 1
Let Hotel Zamna take you on a jet-set lifestyle to ancient cities. They will even throw in a taxi ride and music of the 60s.
Location: Hotel Zamná, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72.
Time: 7:30 PM doors open, 8:00 PM Dinner served
Admission: $135 pesos (seating limited) Please collect tickets prior to the event .

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto: Spay/Neuter Program . Saturday March 9: Rummage and bake sale
Telchac Puerto will be holding it’s first spay/neuter clinic on Sunday, March 17, and everyone is very excited about it. On March 9, there will be a fundraiser for the clinic. There will be a rummage sale and a bakesale in the Telchac central square. They are asking for donations for the rummage sale. If you have anything you would like to donate, please drop it off at Hotel Libros y Suenos by the day before the sale. Baked goods should be dropped off either the day of the sale or no more than the day before. Everyone is invited to come out and support these worthy efforts by either donating an item or buying something from the sale.
Location: Telchac Puerto central square.
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
For more information: e-mail: telchacpuertoyucatan.com

Mistery Murder Play in Yucatan

Yucatan Living 2013 Murder Mystery Theater March 3 – 9 and 12 – 14
The Mérida Players are proud to announce the 2nd annual Mérida Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “Murder in Mérida: Love Hacienda Style”. Join the hilarity when Inspector Gustavo returns along with F.B.I. Criminal Profiler Marilyn Weatherbean and a whole new mystery to solve! YOU get to solve the MURDER! Proceeds to benefit Evolución A.C, AMANC A.C. and Hogar Nueva Vida
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub (March 3 – 7 and March 12 – 14) and Hacienda Santa Cruz (March 8 and 9)
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 15 for the following performances: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on March 3-7 and March 12-14, $395 pesos. Hacienda Santa Cruz on March 8 and 9, $495 pesos. Tickets include the show plus a three-course meal.
More information: For performances at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, tickets can be purchased directly at Hennessy’s Irish Pub 999-923-8993. For performances at Hacienda Santa Cruz, tickets can be purchased at The Shops at La Maison Bleu, Calle 60 No. 386C x 41 y 43 Centro. (Store entrance on Calle 41 at corner of Calle 60; store hours 10-5 M-F and 10-3 Sat). Ask about special room rates at Hacienda Santa Cruz available to Murder Mystery ticket holders only. For more information visit the Merida Murder Mystery Theater website or call 999-143-4711 or email info [at] meridamysterytheatre [dot] com

 

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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Opera, Music and Movies”

  1. Cannot find previously published info regarding the Verdi program in Dec. Please help

  2. Ronald, try this: http://www.yucatanliving.com/culture/the-2013-fall-season-for-osy.htm

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