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Merida Events: Otoño Cultural Begins!

Yucatan Living Water Aerobics and Personal Trainer Certification and Recertification
Location: Akumal
Dates: Nov. 5 through Nov. 12
Due to the recent downturn in the American economy, these classes have not been filled to capacity. This


invitation offers both expats and tourists an opportunity to take some great water aerobics classes, and get a Water Aerobics Certification or Personal Trainer Certification – or, if already certified, you can pick up some CEC credits toward recertification. It is not necessary to be in attendance on all dates listed, so there will be plenty of time to visit and enjoy the area. To learn more about this wonderful opportunity, including a class schedule, visit WaterART Certification in Paradise. There is a contact link to Lydia at the bottom of that page. To learn more about the sponsor, visit WaterARTS Fitness International.

Yucatan Living Coming in November: Life Long Learning Courses
Learn Spanish, how to cook in Yucatan, how to retire in style, relationship communication, digital photography, Merida Magic, and how to write your memoirs. For a full schedule of classes for this Fall and Winter, visit Life Long Learning’s website.

 

Every week…

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!

On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week. When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!

As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.

 

Monday (Lunes) October 06, 2008

Yucatan Living Museum of the City
Presentation of the piece of the month.Night of the Living Dead
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65.
Time: 9:00 AM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Horror Cinema Series: Night of the Living Dead
If there ever was a classic horror film, this has got to be it. Directed by George Romero in 1968, this movie was the beginning of a series of “Living Dead” movies… but some would argue that this was the best one.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) October 07 , 2008

Yucatan Living Ticul Fiesta: 1 Day Event
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Cristo de las Ampollas

Yucatan Living Mérida Mens Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at:bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio los 3 Yucatecos
Under the direction of Gustavo Lopez, this will be a wonderful performance that reminds us all of the Yucatan we first came to love.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miércoles) October 08, 2008

Yucatan Living Visual Wednesday: Intervenciones

The School of Superior Arts in Yucatan is pleased to invite you to attend a presentation of the works of this seminar/workshop. Intervenciones is taught by Mtra. Annette Merkenthaler under the program known as Art Action
Location: The Old Train Station, Calle 55 x 46 y 48
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free
Information: 930-1490 ext. 29330Celso Peña in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Grand Inauguration: 25th Fall Cultural Festival
Celso Pena is the featured performer tonight. He is considered to be one of the most important musicians in Mexico, with a range that takes in a wide range of Latin popular genres.
Location: Concha Acustica del Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: TBD
There are wonderful concerts provided by the Municipality of Merida on Wednesday nights. Unfortunately, the schedule for October has not yet been posted. We will update this entry as soon as possible. These concerts are always exceptionally good.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) October 09, 2008Olympia The Movie

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Series: Olympia
(Germany, 1936 – 1938) This is the famous documentary made of the Olympic Games of Berlin in 1936 by female filmmaker Leni Reifenstahl. It was the first documentary of the Olympics ever made and used groundbreaking cinematic techniques. Includes a famous closeup shot of Hitler’s face when black American Jesse Owens won the gold medal. For more information, read about it here.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Series: The Childhood of Ivan
(USSR, 1962) Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, and starring Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentín Zubkov y Stepan Krylov. About a 12-year old boy working as a spy on the Russian Front.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingClassical Thursday: Alberto Alvarez & Arturo Marin
This is a must see performance. Alberto Alvarez is one of Yucatan’s greatest treasures and the teacher of stars.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Galeria Merida Cinema: Ser Isla (To Be An Island)
This 2007 film is under the direction of Eun-He Ihm. An eye-opening journey to an island in South Korea that houses a leper’s colony. The film will have both Spanish and English subtitles and, at the end, there will be a period of discussion and a cash bar.
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 # 452-A x 52 and 54
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$20 Pesos and open cash bar

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Tribute to the Beatles in IzamalBBC in Izamal, Yucatan
On October 9, the BBC London Orchestra, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will present a tribute to the Beatles in the spectacular convent atrium in Izamal. The theme of the BBC London Orchestra this year is "Mystery in the Colonial Cities of the Mayan World," so the convent atrium in Izamal is more than the perfect place for this performance. Tonight’s director is Barry Forgie, and features soprano Emer McParland and tenor Jeff Hooper.
Location: The Convent Atrium in Izamal
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $100 to $1,000 MXP with tickets available at Cines Siglo XXI box offices

Yucatan Living New Art Exhibit at Mercer Cigars
This is an exhibit of the work of Juan Pablo Bavio Figueroa, a wonderful plastic artist from Córdova, Argentina. His work has been presented in numerous individual and group exhibits both in Mexico and in his home country.
Location: Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo, Next to La Parrilla
Time: 8:00 PM, Thursday
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) October 10, 2008

Yucatan Living Los Pinguinos Son Homosexuales (Penguins are Homosexuals)
A performance under the direction of Mtro. Jorge Castilla Casares.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 MXP

Yucatan Living ExpoTatuaje Welcome Party
This invitation is to anyone who would like to come and welcome the tattoo artists to Merida and participate in the beginning of what should be an amazing weekend.
Location: The Templo, Calle 59 #438 x 52 y 50
Time: Friday, 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is a surprise.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Friday, Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living The National Ballet of Russia Performs “Giselle”National Ballet of Rusia in Merida
Dear friends return to Merida to give us another performance to remember! The last time we saw The National Ballet of Russia, they were performing “Swan Lake.” One of the best things about living in Yucatan is having the opportunity to attend these once-in-a-lifetime performances. Get your tickets soon!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $600, $400, $300, and $200 MXP

Yucatan Living Event: TDB


Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $ pesos

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the Stars
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie: Juana la Loca (Joanne the Mad)
(Spain, Italy, Portugal, 2001) This is the story of the tangled family and political ties between houses of Castile and Aragon. Read the historical background and learn the major players here. This is a movie that has won international awards EIGHT times, for everything from cinematography to acting to music.
Location: Centro Cultural “Los Huachinangos;” Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays: 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Tango and Jazz at Hotel Zamna
Each month, Hotel Zamna has a different theme for "Music Under the Stars
with Friends". This week, it’s Tango and Jazz. They have some of the best live music in Merida. A buffet is
included in the ticket-only evening. As seating is limited, please purchase
your tickets before the event.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 x 70 y 72
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $70 MXP

Yucatan Living The National Ballet of Russia Performs “Giselle”
Our dear friends return to Merida to give us another performance to remember! The last time we saw The National Ballet of Russia, they were performing “Swan Lake.” One of the best things about living in Yucatan is having the opportunity to attend these once-in-a-lifetime performances. Buy your tickets NOW, or they might al be gone…where else but Russia can you see the National Ballet for less than $20 US?
Location: Teatro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $600, $400, $300, and $200 MXP

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 11, 2008Tattoo Show in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Tattoo Show 2 Day Event
This is the 4th Tattoo Expo to be held in Merida and it gets better all the time. This year, we are excited to see that our own Elayne Angel is one of the featured artists, along with artists from across Mexico, the U.S., and Europe. No opening time is listed but it can be assumed that both days will be all day and into the evening events since there will be shows, contests, and even DJs and 2 bands for your enjoyment. For more information, visit Expo Tatuaje Merida 2008.
Location: Yucatan Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: All day event lasting 2 days (Saturday and Sunday)
Admission: TBD

Yucatan Living 2nd Yolisto Meetup: October 11
Yolisto had a great turnout for September’s Meetup (almost 50!) and expects even more this month. Malcolm says: At this month’s meetup, La Playa will be offering 2×1 margaritas and mojitos, as well as a barbecued chicken feast, prepared especially for us! (We’re not sure what it’s gonna cost, yet…but we’ll get you fed well on the cheap!) So, dust off your dancing shoes…and shake the sand out, and scrape the mold off, and check for scorpions…and come meet your fellow Yolisters on the beach! Oh, and as usual, please RSVP using the online form, so we can get a rough headcount. We can’t wait to see you there!" By the way, you have to be a member of Yolisto and signed in to see the online form.
Location: La Playa Restaurant in Chelem
Time: Saturday, 7:00 PM "until"

Admission: Unknown

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: The Hubble Telescope
The full name of this exposition is The Hubble Space Telescope, 18 Years Exploring the Universe. This will be a wonderful exhibit and we look forward to many more at the Planitarium.
Location: Planetario del Olimpo: Sala Caracol, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:45 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Regional Theater: Indiana Jones In Search of the Skull
This is a performance (in Spanish) under the direction of Octavio Ayil.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $100 MXP, Students, INAPAM, and children $70 MXP

Yucatan Living A Scenic Presentation: La ley es mujer y los perros ladran (The law is a woman and the dogs are barking)
A performance by the theater company Artes Escenicas Amaro, under the direction of Lizbeth Amaro.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is TDB
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBD
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Grand Benefit Concert: Dayron y el Boom plus Ely Guerra!Dayron y el Boom
This is the closing of the program known as Haciendo Mejores Jovenes para Merida (Making Better Young People for Merida). If you are over the age of 60, think "Cuban Elvis" and you’ll be almost on the mark for what’s going to happen this night. Dayron and el Boom are currently on a 45 day tour of Mexico and he’s coming to Merida!  For a preview of the work of Ely Guerra, visit this wonderful musical artist’s website.   For a preview of Dayron y el Boom, just google the name and pick one from the 77,500 hits that come up. This is going to be a concert with dancing in the parking lot.
Donation Pantry: Attendees are asked to bring a pantry for flood victims in Veracruz and Tabasco (toilet paper, bottled water, lateria (canned goods), rice, beans, powdered milk, and baby food). As a sweetener for doing so, the first 100 people who arrive with at least 5 kilos of food to donate will be allowed in at 4:00 PM and treated as VIPs.
Location: Asta Bandera parking lot at Liverpool; Avenida 60, on the Merida-Progreso Highway (km 1).
Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: Free but please bring a pantry donation

Yucatan Living Alma MexicanaMexican folk art Store in Merida, Yucatan
An Emporium of Fine Mexican Folk Art & Unusual Gifts, Alma Mexicana opens today. Proprietors Claudette and Sergio Terrazas, former owners of Casa Esperanza, have traveled throughout Mexico to bring a plethora of folk art here to Merida. Check out their website at www.folkart-mexico.com and then come to the opening to buy something wonderful!
Time: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.(Regular Hours 9:30-6:30 Monday to Saturday)
Address: Calle 54 # 476 x 55 & 57, C.P. 97000, Centro, Merida Yucatán
Telephone: 923-4711 or 044-999-155-6049
Parking: Street – Calle 52 x 55 & 53 Calle 53 x 54 & 52, Estacionamiento – Calle 57 x 54 & 56

Sunday (Domingo) October 12, 2008

Yucatan Living Stories and Legends of Yucatan
This is a scenic presentation in the permanent salas of the Museum of the City. The performances, complete with mimes, tells the stories and legends of a Yucatan that should be remembered. The performance is under the direction of Wendy Cruz.
Location: Salas Temporales in the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65Children Activities in Merida, Yucatan
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free.

Yucatan Living Movie: Vacas Vaqueras
This is a spectacular movie that all children will love.
Location: Video Sala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Nature in Close Up: Live Under the Earth Vol. II
Naturaleza en Close Up, La vida bajo la tierra is a documentary produced by the BBC and recommended by PROFEPA.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race)
Everybody else may move Columbus Day to the nearest Monday, but Mexico, along with several other Latin American nations, continues to celebrate Columbus Day on October 12. Today, many of us are the product of a hard won multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society that is richer than it would have been had either side not been exposed to the other. So – on Columbus Day, we celebrate "the beginning" of the new world that brought us toJuanes plays in Merida where we are today. Perhaps we should keep that in mind as we go about the business of improving and protecting the world we have inherited. Tomorrow, Oct. 13, 2008, is Columbus Day in the U.S. and Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Yucatan Living wishes everyone a happy holiday!

Coming Up

Next week, Juanes, one of Mexico’s biggest pop stars, plays at the Carlos Iturralde Stadium here in Merida. Tickets can be purchased at the Italian Coffee Company in the Gran Plaza and Altabrisa shopping malls, as well as at any Farmacia Ahorro. For more information about Juanes, check out his website.

Also…

Tango en Piel, a Tango exhibition, will be back next week. Plan now to attend the performance on Thursday night, October 16, at 9 PM at the Teatro Merida (Calle 62 at Calle 61). This will be part of the Otoño Cultural Festival and therefore, the performance will be free!! Don’t miss it!

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


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