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This Week… starting November 26, 2012
Yucatan State Fair 2012

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

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Calotmul Yucatan

Yucatan Living Calotmul Fiesta: December 1 through December 8
In keeping with the season of the year, this fiesta is in honor of la Inmaculada Concepción. The Municipality of Calotmul is about as rural as it gets, in Yucatan or anyplace else on Earth. This municipality is bordered on two sides by Tizimin, on a third side by Temozon, and on the fourth side by Espita. There are fewer than 4,000 inhabitants in Calotmul and its economy is based on agriculture. If you’ve been looking for the real cowboys of Yucatan (and maybe for a really fine saddle), you have found the right place. The main product of the artisans of Calotmul is Talabartería … which translates as saddlery, harness-maker’s shops and leather goods shops. This is also where you can get a hammock made from hemp. Ask for hamacas de cáñamo. However, just because Calotmul is “a little bit country,” doesn’t mean the people are not interested in the educations and quality of life for their children. This is the community where children are not only taking English lessons, but also music lessons on woodwinds. We strongly encourage everyone to visit this fiesta to let the people of Calotmul know that we know they are there, and support everything they are doing for themselves and for their community.

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta: December 3 through December 12
Sotuta is located in the South-Central part of the state, in the heart of the Mayan world. This fiesta is in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The main work of the artisans of Sotuta is in leather. For those who are interested in Mayan history, Sotuta was the home of Nachi-Cocom, the principal cacique who rebelled against the Spanish in the early 1500s. His lifetime is thought to span approximately from 1510 to 1556. For those who are interested in more recent history, Sotuta is also the birthplace of Justiniano Carrillo Pasos, the father of 13 politically active children, one of whom was Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. This is a trip worth taking just for the history!

Monday (Lunes) November 26, 2012

France Exchange with Yucatan

Yucatan Living Theater / Music / Dance: Artistic Exchange: France – Yucatan
As the friendship between France and Yucatan grows deeper, so do the artistic exchanges between them. This event includes: El Tercer Sector, by Dea Loher, the Nina Tchylezska Dance Company (France) and Yempus Regvla (Yucatan).
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 27, 2012

Yucatan Living Gaby Ruiz in Concert: Among Women and Song
This lady is one of Yucatan’s all time popular music favorites, and we do not see nearly enough of her. If you love the sound of a sax, this is the event for you.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Film: Macario
(Mexico 1960) Director: Roberto Gavaldon. Starring Ignacio Lopez, Pina Pellicer and Enrique Lucero. Macario is a simple man who, driven by hunger, wishes he could have a whole turkey to eat all by himself, with no thought of sharing with his wife and children. Soon, in the forest, he meets God, the devil and death. Each asked him to share their meal. He refused God and the Devil, but death accepted.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Teatro de Revista: Burlesque
This performance is a production of and directed by Barbara Fox. It sounds as if it will be a wonderful treat that is a little something different.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Mexican Film Festival in Yucatan

Yucatan Living XII Mexican Short Film Festival
This festival will continue nightly through December 2.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz Dance Festival
This is a performance by dancers from Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets on sale

Yucatan Living Angelica Balado in Concert
There are a few voices that make up the core identity of Yucatan’s modern musical history. This lady holds a place of honor in that group. If you love both traditional and contemporary trova, backed up by Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera, then this performance is comfort food for the soul.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 28, 2012

First Position in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: First Position
A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Folk Dance: Alma Folk Dance Company of Mexico
This program (Mexico on the Trail of Malinche) is under the direction of Raquel Alcocer Vazquez. These shows are always extra special because of the costumes and well worth attending.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Artificio or Artificios
This is a performance by the Grupo Makina de Turing, with Gervasio Cetto and Diana Bayardo directing.
Location:Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Gay Spray
This performance is by the Compania Yumaca Danza Gay, under the direction of Tobias Ojeda.
Location: Centro Cultural Tapanco, Calle 68 x 47
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $80 pesos General, $60 pesos with Discounts

Yucatan Living Remembering the Composers
This month’s performance is by (and in honor of) Trio Ensueño, one of the longest running and most popular trova trios in Yucatan.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $20 pesos

Quo-Vadis String Quartet in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Quo Vadis String Trio
In case you haven’t noticed, Yucatan has an ongoing love affair with any instrument that has strings and consistently produces world class string musicians. Never miss a chance to see these trios, quartets and orchestras. This particular event is centered around the James Bond Theme.
Location: Centro Cultural Dante on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Tango Music
This certainly looks interesting! The performance is by the Octeto de Cuerdas (Octet of Strings) under the direction of Ana Laura Barradas Garcia.
Location: Centro Cultural Dante on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Radiating Voices: Yucatecanto
Well! What can one possibly add to a lineup like this: Fernando Leal, Cony Ancona, Victor Martinez, Fernando Ruiz and Marisela Vargas? These voices are the cream of the crop of songwriters and musicians in Yucatan for the past four decades. It is so special to be able to see them together, certainly a must see event.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: El Principe con Trio
This performance also includes Grupo Inspira and is under the direction of David Diaz and Cristina Alborno.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission:$50 pesos

 

Thursday (Jueves)November 29, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie:Troll
Troll has spent years living on the street. Homeless and penniless, his only concern is to get his dose of drug and fun with friends. But Troll has a pending operation that definitely will change his world. Troll wants to star in a film to remember everything he has left behind.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: Tango: The Red House
This is a performance by the Dramatango Group, under the direction of Esli Mendez. Tango is one of the most popular forms of dance in Yucatan all winter long, so now is the perfect time to go and watch the best.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMusic: Beatles in Concert
This is a performance by the “Get Back” Group.
Location: Centro Cultural Dante on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 10:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man With a Camera
(1929 USA). Director: Dziga Vertov. Starring Mikhail Kaufman. A cameraman travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling inventiveness. Also called Living Russia, this documentary of making a documentary can be viewed as A Day in the Life of Russia.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free, Adolescents and Adults

Yucatan Living Jazz: Chacho Siller Blues Trio
The name of this performance is The Light is Here to Stay. This group is one of the best Jazz groups you will see anywhere in the world.
Location: Centro Cultural Amaro, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Art Opening in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: Astillas… de un mismo palo
“Chips… of the same suit” presents contemporary Cuban graphics by three young Cubans. Please visit the website of In La’Kech Gallery for more information on the artists, their work and this event. For additional information you can call (999) 109-6319
Location: La Galeria In La “Kech (Calle 60 3595-A x 73 y 75, Merida Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) November 30, 2012

Fusion and Latin Jazz Group in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Maglares
Latin Jazz and Flamenco Fusion with this group of five talented young musicians.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Ring
(2002 USA). Director: Gore Verbinski. Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson and Brian Cox. A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone within a week of viewing it.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free, Adolescents and Adults

Yucatan Living Theater: Bienvenido a Mexico (Leaving the USA)
This should be a great theatrical event! It is under the direction of Carlos Medina.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos

National and International Piano Contest in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Third National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Contest
Grand Final Contest, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. If you love the piano, don’t miss this event.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission:Tickets on sale at the box office

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: Visual Memory
Open until January 20, 2013.These are the paintings and graphics of Adela Isaac.
Location: Principal Gallery in Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living VII Anniversary of Yucatan’s Musical Magazine
This is a wonderful mix of performances that will include Mario Herrera “Mario III” and his Regional Theater Company, the great Tony Espinosa, Dueto Bingo Show, Alfred Bolio, Trio Trova Nova, the Alfredo Cortes Aguilar State Folkloric Ballet, and the Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab, and very special invited guest: Prof. Luis Perez Sabido. This entire performance is under the direction of Maru Boeta, one of Yucatan’s great talents in her own right.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Traditional Trova: Seguimos Soñando
This is a performance by the well loved Grupo Los Embajadores, under the direction of Jose Dorantes.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 01, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie: Waste Land
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Arte a Mano Show by AANY
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. Find out more in our article on the Dec 2012 AANY show.
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

Yucatan Living Casa’s de Playa Home Tour
This is a very important event because the proceeds will go to help support the Chelem and Chuburna Toy Drive. We hope everyone will make an effort to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other expats and to see some of the beautiful homes at the beach. Present your tickets to receive one complementary drink at El Bull Pen.
Location: Map provided. May begin anywhere on the map. End at El Bull Pen Bar and Restaurant
Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos (in advance only)
Admission: Ileana Medina: 999-741-1226, Nancy Draper: 999-129-2069, Mary Reid: 999-137-3521 and chelemchristmasdreams [at] gmail [dot] com

Galloping For Oasis Fundraiser in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Fundraiser: Galloping for Oasis: World AIDS Day
This event is a fundraiser for the Oasis Shelter, a home for low-income people with HIV/AIDS. There will be food (Thai FLASH and Ed’s Breads,) a full bar (Hennessy’s), a ladies’ hat competition, a polo match, live music, raffles… all great fun for a good cause!
Location: Yucatan Polo Club
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Yet to be announced

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: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living New President Takes Office
This is a non-work day for all Mexicans.

 

Sunday (Domingo) December 02, 2012

Arte a Mano Bazaar 2012

Yucatan Living Arte a Mano Show by AANY
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. Find out more in our article on the Dec 2012 AANY show.
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

Yucatan Living Video Documentary:
Documentary about nature.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 03, 2012

Check our Ongoing Events page…

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Quo Vadis String Trio: Dec. 5 and 12
In case you haven’t noticed, Yucatan has an ongoing love affair with any instrument that has strings and consistently produces world class string musicians. Never miss a chance to see these trios, quartets and orchestras. This particular event is centered around the James Bond Theme.
strong>Location: Centro Cultural Dante on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:00 PM each night
Admission: $100 pesos

Ixil Farmers Market in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Mercado Campesino de Ixil (Ixil Farmer’s Market!): All Day: December 16
This market is a joint project between Proyecto Itzaes, Rotary International, Palo Alto Rotary, Club Rotario Nuevas Generaciones de Merida and the Town of Ixil, Yucatan. The purpose is to offer local and regional producers and artisans an alternative, local place to sell their products at better prices. This is a “tents with tables and chairs” kind of event with lots of fresh and prepared foods, local honey, arts and crafts, handmade clothing and much, much more. There will even be live music and pony rides.
Location: Getting there is easy. There are plenty of signs to guide your way from Chicxulub Pueblo.
More Information: If anyone is interested in setting up a tent or table, please contact Simon Clopton at simon [dot] clopton [at] gmail [dot] com. Participation is free and open to the public.

Yucatan Living 2013 Planned Pethood Sterilization Clinic
Clear your calendars and sign up to volunteer on the following days. If you can’t be there, please consider sending donations as more information on what is needed comes in.
January 6 and 7 (Sunday and Monday): Progreso
January 8 (Tuesday): Cholul or Progreso
January 9 (Wednesday): Day of Rest
January 10 – 13 (Thursday – Sunday): Merida
Goal: 300 animals spayed or neutered per day (2,100 animals !!!) We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

 

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