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Merida Events: RENT and Vanity

This Week… starting August 20, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Festivals and Fiestas!
Once again, Municipal Festivals and Fiestas dominate the events throughout the State of Yucatan. Considering that many have probably lost at least several days due to rain, we encourage everyone to redouble their efforts to attend as many as possible. In some cases, the profits from sales at these festivals are a major source of income for producers and artisans for the entire year and they are all deserving of all the support we can give them.

Fiestas in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Buctzotz Fiesta: August 13through August 25
This Fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara. This is one Fiesta that you don’t want to miss. Not only do the finest hemp hammocks come from Buctzotz, but this municipality seems to consistently produce some of the finest artists in all of Yucatan. Do plan on making the short trip to Buctzotz sometime during this two week event. Take a little preview trip to Buctzotz with Bicycle Yucatan here .

Yucatan Living Izamal Fiesta: August 15 through August 25
This Fiesta is in honor of the Patron Saint of the population, the Nuestra Señora de Izamal. Two statues had been made exactly alike in Guatemala, one for Izamal and the other for Merida. It seems that many miracles were brought about because of the “Our Lady of Izamal” but, in 1829, there was a fire and she was destroyed. The other statue was donated from Merida to Izamal. There was a solemn procession to bring her to her new home, but never again have the miracles appeared. Izamal is one of the magical cities of Yucatan and, indeed, in all of Mexico and a visit there anytime will be full of fun and surprises, but why not go there during a fiesta? If you are shopping your way through the fiestas, look in Izamal for jewelry, leather goods, ceramics from the town of Citilcum, and wood and leather crafts from Citilcum and Kimbila. There’s also a great little shop in Izamal where you can buy handmade tin things… lanterns, watering cans, boxes. Very special!

Yucatan Living Mani Fiesta: August 15through August 24
This Fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. The artisans of Mani produce some of the finest hammocks in Yucatan. In addition, Mani is the place where Fr. Diego de Landa did his best to destroy Mayan history and religion. For more on this story about Mani, click here. A trip to Mani is of great value for its historical significance alone. There are a few good places for lunch in Mani, and the added benefit of the beautiful restored church is just icing on the cake!

Yucatan Living Seye Fiesta : August 23 through August 27Bullfights in Yucatan
This Fiesta is in honor of St. Bartholomew. If you are looking for a fine hemp hammock, you can find one in Seye. If you are looking for a great place in the country, Seye is close enough to Merida to ride out to the fiesta and take a look around. This is old henequen country, the very spot where much of Yucatan’s 19th and early 20th century history took place. In addition, did you know that Yucatan has an endangered species of hairless pig? A few of them are being raised by 8 farmers in three communities, one of which is Seye. Read all about the endangered pigs here.

Yucatan Living Muxupip Fiesta : August 25
This Fiesta is in honor of Santiago Apostol. Muxupip is not too far from the city. It is located just to the southeast of Motul. Things to see in Muxupip include the Temple of Santiago, the Chapel of Santa Cruz (constructed in the 17th century) and the principal residence of the former hacienda Casa Catzmil.

Yucatan Living Tekanto Fiesta : August 26 through August 28
This Fiesta is in honor of San Agustin. Tekanto is located just north of Izamal and to the south of Suma and Teya. It is just past Bokoba. Artisans in this area make huipiles decorated with cross-stitched embroidery. They also make hammocks of sisal fibers. Tekanto is very proud of its 18th century church in honor of San Agustin. This is the church that is the destination of the Black Christ of Citilcum, in the Municipality of Hoctun.

 

In The City

Monday (Lunes) August 20, 2012

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Pagliacci
During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season. Pagliacci is performed by the Zurich Opera.
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Group Exhibition: People of the Third Age INAPAM
This painting and drawing exhibition will remain open until August 30 and should be added to everyone’s list of things to do this summer in the city. Open until August 30th.
Location: Salon de Creadores Manuel Lizama Salazar, Calle 18 # 204 x 23 y 25, Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 21, 2012

Musical Theater in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Theater: RENT: The Musical Play
This work was adapted from the original by Jesús Cerecedo. Its a great, vibrant play with good music… might be a good way to practice your Spanish comprehension!
Location:Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $80 pesos

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 22, 2012

Yucatan Living Ongoing Events
Check our Ongoing Events page for the things that go on EVERY Wednesday in Merida!

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 23, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event as soon as we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living The Old Man and the Sea
(1958). Director: John Sturges. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Starring Spencer Tracy and Felpe Pazos. An old Cuban fisherman’s dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Living in the Yucatan where many people make their living from the sea in the Gulf of Mexico, one can easily imagine this story happening just off our shores…
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) August 24, 2012

Contemporary Dance in Yucatan

Yucatan Living XXV Anniversary: Alsurdanza Contemporary Dance Company of the State of Yucatan
The name of this performance is “Vanity.” It is under the direction of Acereto Milton, with Victor Ruiz as Choreographer.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: Onibaba
(Japan, 1964). Director: Kaneto Shindo After being forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. Soon the mask will not come off again. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living XXV Anniversary: Alsurdanza Contemporary Dance Company of the State of Yucatan

This is a 30 minute dance exhibition called Memories. Dance performances in this series will continue until August 26.
Location: Cineteca Lobby II in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 25, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living For Children: “The Hen Cackling”
This children’s class is taught by Maestro Wilbert Camara.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas , Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés.
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free, Children over 5 years of age

Japanese Film Festival in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: The Black Cat
(Japan, 1968) Director: Kaneto Shindo. A woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero, to quell what is evidently a ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women, in a beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) August 26, 2012

Yucatan Living Documentary: Walking With Dinosaurs: Giants of the Sky
Set in the Early Cretaceous Era, 120 million years ago, the young Atlantic grows, while diversity among the dinosaurs becomes common.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Muppets
(USA, 2011) Director: James Bobin. While on holiday in Los Angeles, Walter, the number one fan of the Muppets, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) discover that oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) plans to demolish the Muppet Theater to drill for oil on the site. To mount the most spectacular show of the Muppets and raise the $10 million dollars needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary go looking for Kermit and the rest of the band. Jason Segel was just on Saturday Night Live and is a talented performer… this Muppet movie is not just for kids!
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: The Black Cat
Japanese Film Series: The Black Cat
(Japan, 1968) Director: Kaneto Shindo. A woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero, to quell what is evidently a ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women, in a beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Theater: Dora the Explorer
Children's Events in Yucatan This is a performance of Dora the Explorer Looking for the City of Lost Toys. How apropos a search in the Yucatan! Maybe the toys are inside El Castillo at Chichen Itza? Take your kids there and find out!!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Tixkokob Concert: Yucatan Youth Symphony Band
This very talented young group of musicians is always well worth traveling to see and hear.
Location: Tixkokob Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) August 27, 2012

Operas in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Norma
During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season. Bellini’s opera, Norma,is considered to be his greatest tragic opera. The story, like many other operas, centers around the love between two high-class people, in this case the daughter of a high priest and a Roman proconsul. She gave up her vow of chastity to him, even though their love was forbidden, but he fell in love with another woman.
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Opera at the Cinema
During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season. This year, those repeat performances include:
Monday September 3, 2012: Turandot
Monday September 10, 2012: Aida
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Juanes come to Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Juanes Unplugged Tour – Wednesday August 29, 2012
This should be one of the most exciting concerts of the summer! If you want tickets, now is the time to get them. And if you don’t know who Juanes is, time to educate yourself! Click here…
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the Siglo XXI box office and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $1,750, VIP $1,250, Gold: $850, General $400

Yucatan Living Yucatan 2012 Arts and Entertainment Festival - August 30, 2012
Six Bands (Rock, Pop, Blues, R&B): Among Equals, Aneurisma, Flus Boox, Orange House, Sol Survivor, Volt. An entire day of music, art, food and fun. MC’d by Mel Blossom. Featured art works and pieces by local artists.
Location: Casa Excelencia, Calle 29 x 142-A y 152, Nueva Yucalpeten
Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Advance: $200 pesos, At the Door: $250 pesos
More information: Michael Axford (mesicancoastal [at] yahoo [dot] com) or Beamon Battie (beamonbattie [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yucatan Living Another Very Funky Market - September 09, 2012
This Funky Market will be a Market-Bazaar, so things old and new are welcome. The Funky Markets are one of the most popular events at the beach. There are some really fine artists who show their work at these markets so bring your Christmas shopping list and enjoy!
Location: Taco Maya in Chelem
Time: 9:00 AM for vendors, 10:00 AM for shoppers
Admission: Free; with food available for purchase. < /p>

Yucatan Living Recital of Voice and Piano September 22, 2012
Baritone Jose Adan Perez is returning to Merida to sing! Many Yucatan Living readers will remember this remarkable young voice from his 2009 role of Figaro in the Barber of Seville, which was presented by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan. Tonight’s performance, Recuerdos, will present songs of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Cuba. It is brought to us by Opera Yucatan in collaboration with UADY. The pianist for this event is Michiyo Morikawa, who began her own career in Japan at the age of five. She is no stranger to Mexico. Read more about Michiyo Morikawa in her biography.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto UADY , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM
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Yucatan Living Concert: Alejandro SanzTuesday October 16, 2012
Another great popular singer, this time from Spain, comes to Merida this summer! The title of this tour is “La Musica No Se Toca.” Alejandro Sanz has won fifteen Latin grammy awards, including three times for Best Album, more than any other Latin artist. He has also won three Grammy awards, and was the first Spanish artist to record an MTV Unplugged album. He is known for his flamenco-influenced ballads, but also experiments with other genres. Definitely worth seeing!! Here’s a song to whet your appetite…
Location: Estadio Kukulcan, Circuito Oriente
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at Hotel Conquistador and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $2,850, VIP: $1,900, Lower seats (orchestra level): $750, General: $400.

Yucatan Living Third Jose Jacinto Cuevas National and International Piano CompetitionNovember 24 to December 1, 2012
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: Yet to be announced
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced

 

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