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Merida Events: Ready for a Revolution!

This Week… starting August 31, 2009



Municipal Fiestas This Week

Five Municipal Fiestas begin this week, giving expats and visitors an opportunity to visit some of the best of the more obscure areas in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta at Sisal 7 Day EventAugust 31 – Sept. 6
This fiesta is in honor of Cristo de Hunucma. The main artisan activities of the municipality are the preparation of typical clothes, the elaboration of henequén fiber shoes and coconut carving. The artisans here also excel in the making of jewelry and in leatherwork. Hunucma, with it’s lovely town square, gazebo and small town atmosphere, is on the way back to Merida and this should be an easy end of summer day trip.

Yucatan Living Cuzamá Fiesta 8 Day EventSept. 1 – Sept. 8
This fiesta is in honor of the birth of the Virgin Mary. Here, you will find hammocks made of hemp and cotton, as well as embroidery by both hand and machine. Cuzamá is located just south of Acanceh and Seye, between Tecoh and Homun. This too would make a nice day trip.

Yucatan Living Sucilá Fiesta 9 Day EventSept. 2 – Sept. 10
This fiesta is in honor of the birth of the Virgin Mary. The main artisan activities of the municipality include the construction of furniture with bojom wood, the making of hemp hammocks, and the making of machine embroidered huipiles. Sucilá is located between Buctzotz and Tizimin. Sotuta, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta 5 Day EventSept. 4 – Sept. 8
This fiesta is in honor of the birth of the Virgin. In the municipal head (county seat) there are some wonderful things to see in Sotuta. There is la Casa del Señor de Sotuta, which is the old palace of Nachi Cocoom; there is a temple dedicated to San Pedro the Apostle, constructed in the 16th century; and an 18th century chapel in the hermitage that is dedicated to Santa Cruz. See Bicycle Yucatan’s wonderful article on their bike and bus trip to Sotuta Here.

Yucatan Living Dzan Fiesta 9 Day EventSept. 6 – Sept. 14
This fiesta is in honor of Cristo de San Román. Dzan is located in the west-central part of the state, between Ticul and Mani. Dzan is a place you go to see archaeological zones and 17th century churches. This is truly rural Yucatan, where the people are mostly Mayans and the welcome mat is always out. A trip to Dzan is off the beaten trail, but well worth the time it takes to get there. The Working Gringos would like to add that they have actually BEEN to Dzan… Working Gringa even bought a beautiful blouse there. And Working Gringo’s Mom bought a few things there as well… from a lovely woman who sold hand-embroidered clothing out of her home. Dzan was green and lush and quiet and felt a little bit like Mayberry, USA… Yucatan style!

 

In the City This Week

The first part of the week is quiet in the city. School has started and adjustments to new schedules are being made. But by week’s end, the Fall event schedule is in full swing and there is something for everyone in Merida! Be sure to read our Coming Soon section for advance information on great events our city will be hosting and use these early week quiet days to plan for the next few weeks, and visit the marvelous art shows that are ongoing throughout the area. Read our Art in Merida page HERE.

 

Monday (Lunes) August 31, 2009

Yucatan Living Salon at Cafe Chocolate
This week reading is Deborah Tanner – about the difference between men and women. That ought to be a heated conversation!
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 x 55 y 53
Time: Mondays: 5:00 PM
Admission: Suggested donation of $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema
On Monday nights, the movie is chosen by a vote of the audience. What will you vote for?
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 01, 2009

Yucatan Living Check our ongoing events page for events on Tuesday. (Like we said, it’s a little quiet right now…)

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 02, 2009

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free



 

Thursday (Jueves) September 03, 2009

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Singing in the Rain
Everyone remembers this 1952 classic, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse and Rita Moreno. Don’t miss this chance to see it once again! There’s plenty of rain these days in Merida to practice your tap dancing in!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music & Dance: Mexico and Its Folklore Mexico and Its Folklore
Regional dance from various states.
Location: Lower level of Galerias Merida, Calle 60 #299-A, Carretera Mérida-Progreso km 0.5 (That’s the Liverpool Mall on the way to Progreso)
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Recital of Clarinet and Guitar
This is going to be a wonderful performance. It is one of the wonderful recitals we get to attend each year as our expertly trained musicians and singers get ready to move into the next phase of what are often stellar international careers. Tonight we will hear Cesar Reyes Jimenez and Yohualli Rosas. This is a not to be missed performance.
Preview Yohualli Rosas here (part 1) and here (part 2)
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colón x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: The Thief of BagdadThe Thief of Bagdad
There are 3 classic versions of this movie (1924, 1940, and 1960). We don’t know which one this is but, ni modo (no matter), because this movie is always a joy to watch. It is a fantasy adventure movie in which Prince Ahmad is the rightful King of Bagdad but he has been blinded and cast out as a beggar. Now a captive of the wicked Grand Vizier Jaffar he is cast into a dungeon where he meets Abu, the best thief in all Bagdad. Together they escape and set about a series of adventures that involve a Djinni in a bottle, a mechanical flying horse, an all-seeing magic jewel, a flying carpet and a beautiful princess. The stuff that dreams are made of!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) September 04, 2009

Yucatan Living Labor Day: Party Weekend in Chelem
Tickets are on sale now for Chelem’s first annual Labor Day Party Weekend with Joe King Carrasco (Sept 4-6). The ticket price includes food, beer, Budaritas (tequila and pineapple juice) and the music of the legendary Joe King Carrasco.
Location: Hotel Las Garzas in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: 1, 2 or 3 day event tickets on sale at www.lizardjoes.com

Yucatan Living First Friday (aka NAFTA)
This is the party that is held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sábado) September 05, 2009Spa Day at Macanche in Izamal

Yucatan Living Bed and Breakfast Saturday in Izamal
Macanche has decided to extend their popular B&B Spa weekend to every Saturday throughout the summer. Check in early (at noon) on Saturday and enjoy a 24-hour getaway from the hustle and bustle of Merida centro. Your special weekend includes a one-hour massage, a foot treatment with pedicure, a yoga class under the palapa and a delicious Sunday breakfast. All this within walking distance of downtown Izamal. Such a deal!
Location: Hotel Macanche in Izamal
Admission: $1900 pesos per couple or $1250 pesos for single
Time: Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday
Website: www.macanche.com




Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tango: Milonga
This is the monthly tango party that has become so popular. As always, tango steps will be taught to anyone who wants to learn. Drinks (wine, beer and sodas) and choripanes will be sold almost at cost.
Location: Sala de Fiestas Punta del Este, Calle 38 # 462 x 23 y 24, Residencial Los Pinos
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Vienna Boys’ Choir to Sing in Merida
Get Your Tickets NOW! Performance Date: Sept. 5
Viena Boys to Sing in Merida
The Vienna Boys’ Choir will be performing, along with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, at the end of their tour of Mexico. This is the only performance in Southeastern Mexico, so everyone south of Puebla is going to want to be here. In addition to performing works by German composer Carl Orff, the choir will, for the first time, be singing Mexican songs as well. These tickets are on sale now and are not expected to last long.
Location: Salón Uxmal in Centro Yucatán Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: VIP ($1,200), Platinum ($900), Diamond ($800), Gold ($600) y Silver ($400). These prices are in pesos. Tickets go on sale on August 5… That’s TODAY.
For Reservations and Information Call:  240-8974 or 999-947-3234

Yucatan Living Labor Day: Party Weekend in Chelem
Tickets are on sale now for Chelem’s first annual Labor Day Party Weekend with Joe King Carrasco (Sept 4-6). The ticket price includes food, beer, Budaritas (tequila and pineapple juice) and the music of the legendary Joe King Carrasco.
Location: Hotel Las Garzas in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: 1, 2 or 3 day event tickets on sale at lizardjoes.com

Sunday (Domingo) September 06, 2009

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Rhythms of Life
This documentary explores the powerful rhythms of the sun and moon, as well as their influence on the lives of plants and animals. Here we discover that in the first days of the Earth’s creation, days lasted only hours and tides were up to 1.5 km in height.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Labor Day: Party Weekend in Chelem
Tickets are on sale now for Chelem’s first annual Labor Day Party Weekend with Joe King Carrasco (Sept 4-6). The ticket price includes food, beer, Budaritas (tequila and pineapple juice) and the music of the legendary Joe King Carrasco.
Location: Hotel Las Garzas in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: 1, 2 or 3 day event tickets on sale at lizardjoes.com

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Concert: Celebrating The LifeSept 10, 2009
This concert will present the unpublished songs of Felipe de la Cruz, among others. For those who do not know him, Mtro. Felipe de la Cruz is an outstandingly talented composer and no one can interpret Yucatan’s trova quite like he can. There is every reason to believe that this will be a star-studded Yucateco case of voices we will hear tonight. This is a "must see" performance, so do get your tickets early.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos
Ticket Outlet: Calle 38 # 295 x 81 y 83, Col. Montes de Ame
Information: 927-14-14 and 9999-00-98-98

Yucatan Living New Symphony Season Begins: Sounds of the WorldSymphony Season Begins in MeridaSeptember 11 & 13
This year’s Symphony season begins with a performance that features 2 guest directors and three guest musicians. Román Revueltas and the Venezuelan César Iván Lara will be the two invited guest directors. The three illustrious invited musicians are violocellists Inna Nassidze and Ophelie Gaillard, as well as soprano Irasema Terrazas. According to Maestro Juan Carlos Lomonaco, director of our OSY, Inna Nassidze is the greatest cellist in all of Mexico. However, this performance will not leave out our own bevy of talented musicians. There will be many opportunities for them to solo and show the world just how talented the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan Really is.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time:9:00 PM on Friday and 12:00 IM on Sunday
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living September 15
Singer Pedro Fernandez will perform during the Grito Ceremony.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 63 x 60
Time: 11:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living September 19
Hotel Zamna: A Night of Classical Magic
The Fenix Quartet will play the music of the Beatles. The last time Hotel Zamna hosted this event, all tickets were sold out well before the event, so get your tickets from hotel reception as soon as possible.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago
Time: Buffet served at 8:30 PM, music begins at 9:00 PM
Admission: $90 pesos
Telephone: 999 924 0103

Yucatan Living Nuestra Belleza México 2009 Comes to MeridaNuestra Belleza Mexico 2009Sept.20, 2009
“Our Beauty Mexico” 2009 is a national beauty contest that will take place in Merida this year. Contestants will arrive for instruction and final training on Sept 3. The first phase of the contest will be on the 12th of September. Then, on the 17th of September, there will be the bathing suit and cocktail dress competition. Finally, on September 20th, the 15 finalists will compete for the title of Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2009. Competition will include intellectual preparation, as well as physical beauty. This final competition will be broadcast lived throughout the nation. During the course of the competition, these young ladies will tape their presentations from a number of places throughout our state. These include Celestun, Progreso, Sisal, Valladolid, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Merida. These tapes will then become part of their competition and will be shown throughout the nation on the final night of the contest. This will present our state to all of Mexico and will serve to show the Mexican people that Yucatan is a wonderful place to both vacation and to live, and is expected to significantly boost tourism from other states in Mexico.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, Salon Chichen Itza.
Time: TBA, Sept. 20
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Yoga Retreat – September 25 – September 27
A weekend of meditation and purification, taught by Alejandra Cruz, of Monterrey, and Peggy Kelley.
Location: Calle 20 # 101 x 21 y 25, Col. Itzimna.
Time: Call for information: 999 127 9810
Admission: Call for information: 999 127 9810

Yucatan Living Brazos Abiertos: 3rd Annual Fall EventOctober 30, 2009
Brazos Abiertos Inc (501-c3 US non profit) (Foundation BAI) will be holding its 3rd Annual Fall Event, Silent Auction & Fashion Show, featuring the Spring Summer 2010 Collection by Alexei. The proceeds of this event will go to support education related to sexually transmitted diseases, as well as to ongoing support for their HIV-AIDS projects.
Location: The Rojano Family Home, Avenida Colon, #505C x 8, Garcia Gineres
Time: October 30, 2009 7:00 PM -10:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos

Yucatan Living AANY Art Show
December 5 – 6

The last AANY Show was a huge success and we have no doubt that the next one will be as well. Word has come that this event now has the support of the ICY and will be included in the Otoño Cultural (Fall Cultural Festival). Keep watching for new interviews and a full article on this important upcoming event.

 

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