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This Week… starting April 26, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Events in the following municipalities this week are related to honoring their patron saints. Look for religious processions and church services, along with good food and cultural events, rather than a “county fair” atmosphere. If you are a visitor or potential new resident, these are the events you want to attend in order to answer the ever-present question “Yes – but what is life really like in most of the State of Yucatan?” We think you will be as surprised as we were!

Yucatan Living Teabo Fiesta – 6 Day Event: April 28 through May 3 
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. The artisans here make typical clothing for both men and women. They also do embroidery by both hand and machine. If you are looking for a cotton hammock, you’ll find it in Teabo, along with excellent leatherwork. Teabo is located just north of Tekax and to the east of Mani and Akil.

Yucatan Living Conkal Fiesta   9 Day EventMay 1 to May 8
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. Conkal is a wonderful municipality with many talented artisans. Look here for machine embroidery, cotton hammocks, and carved wood boxes. Conkal is located on Merida’s northeastern border and is in what might easily be termed “the greater Merida metropolitan area.
Baca in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Baca Fiesta   3 Day EventMay 1 to May 3
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. Baca is just south and west of Motul and is home to two of the churches that have been restored as part of the state-wide restoration process. Don’t miss seeing either of them!

 

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) April 26, 2010

Yucatan Living Concert: Your Music – the Horizon of Your Time
Performed by Compania Gestos Olvidados
Location:Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, 8:30 PMMovie playing at the Cairo Cinema in Itzimna Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Seguimos Sonando (We Keep Sounding)
Performance by Los Embajadores
Location:Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57, Centro
Time: Monday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Spirit of the Passion
This Korean movie is also known as Bin-jip and 3-Iron. A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents’ lives for a few days. In 2004, the movie won Best Director’s Award and others at the Venice Film Festival, and has won many additional awards since.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) April 27, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Turtles Can Fly
(2004 Netherlands) Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate. Among many others, this film won the Berlin and Mexico City International Film Festivals in the last few years.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Rhythms of My Land
This is a performance by Group Zaz-il K’ay under the direction of Jose Luis Moguel
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music and Dance: Know Your Traditions
Performing tonight will be the wonderful Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab and the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan. This is lively, traditional dancing in full-dress costume with live music… quite a show!
Location:Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: Tuesday, 9:00 PM
Admission:Space is limited, so please call the Direccion de Area de Education Artistica for reservations: 925-5635

Yucatan Living Concert: Your Music – the Horizon of Your Time
Performed by Compania Gestos Olvidados
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x Calle 59 y 57
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Songs of the Plaza Grande
This is a performance by Tenor Arturo de la Cruz
Location: Centro Cultural Juan Acereto, Calle 59 x Calle 50, south side of Mejorada Park
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMovie: Howl’s Moving Castle
(Japan 2004). When a less than confident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions. This is a Japanese animated movie.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon and Calle 20, Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 28, 2010

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This performance is geared especially to young people, featuring the works of Britten and Prokofiev. Juan Carlos Lomonarco directs.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x Calle 57
Time: Wednesday: 8:30 AM (and Thursday: 10:30 AM)Remember the Composers of the Yucatan in Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Remembering the Composers
This event is in special recognition of Luis Demetrio Traconis and also the 40-year career of Ligia Camara Blum. Special performances tonight by Ligia Camara and Trio Ensueno. If you don’t know who Ligia Camara Blum is, Click Here and Here. We’ve lived here awhile, and we can tell you that performances at the Music Museum are not that common, and are always special. If you can go, do!
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Gil Gil
This is one of the most prolific performers and groups in Yucatan and these performances are always a treat.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 29, 2010Yucatan Symphony Orchestra in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This performance is geared especially to young people, featuring the works of Britten and Prokofiev. Juan Carlos Lomonarco directs.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x Calle 57
Time: Thursday, 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living An Evening of Coffee and Art
Share some time, coffee tastings and snacks with friends while viewing the art of Barbara Lobatón, guest artist for the month.
Location: Olive Cafe Stop, Paseo Montejo #470 x 37 y 39
Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera: From Mozart to America and Back
Around and back through three centuries of music.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x Calle 57
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: A Fantasia Musical
This performance is by the Camerata Academica de Merida, easily one of the best chamber orchestras we have ever heard. They are under the direction of Merida’s own Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: FreeYucatones in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living The End of the Legendary Yucatones?
Of course not! But this is your last chance to catch the Legendary Yucatones until September, since the boys take off for the summer. Tonight, the boys promise that the second half of the show will be ALL Beatles.
Location: El Hoyo
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: No cover, great food and full bar!

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Black Sheep
(2006 New Zealand). An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm. Hmm, sounds like fun!
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: A Pig Through Paris  (American Title: A Trip Across Paris)
(France, Italy, 1956). During the Nazi occupation of Paris, a clumsy and naïve man is forced to leave the city carrying pork for the black market in several suitcases. He meets a painter and the two continue on together. Stars: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, and Jeannette Batti.
This is a pretty obscure movie, which means it might be a lot of fun.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Umberto D
Umberto Ferrari, an elderly government pensioner, attends a street demonstration held by his fellow pensioners.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: The Informers
(2008 Israel) A multi-strand narrative film set in early 1980′s Los Angeles, centered on an array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con). Connecting the intertwining strands are a group of beautiful, blonde young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs — and one another –with abandon, never realizing that they are dancing on the edge of a volcano.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon and Calle 20, Garcia Gineres
Time: Thursday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) April 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Day of the Children
In Mexico, today (like every day, as you KNOW your mother would say…) is Children’s Day.

Yucatan Living Closing Concert: Arturo Castro
From now until the Summer break, look for more and more wonderful performances just like this!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x Calle 57New York Subway ECPAT Benefit in Merida Yucatan
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: New Trova in the Cultural Centers
This is a concert by Trio Los Duendes del Mayab (The Three Mayan Dwarves)
Location: Teatro Cesareo Chan Blanco, Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez (across from Cordemex on Prolongación Paseo de Montejo… just past Gran Plaza, on the same side of the street)
Time: Friday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Infancia de Ivan
(1962 USA): 12-year old Ivan works as a spy at the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, and Yevgeni Zharikov.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
Time: Friday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: The Fog
(1980 U.S.). Did you like the movie Halloween? If so, you’ll love this. The same writer/director, John Carpenter, sets this film in a Northern California fishing town, built 100 years ago over an old leper colony. It is the target for revenge by a killer fog containing zombie-like ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths. This movie stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Hal Holbrook, and Jim Haynie.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimna
Time: Friday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sábado) May 1, 2010

Yucatan Living Box Azteca!
Impacto Total! Boxing comes to Merida. Omar Chavez vs. Arelis Lopez, and Barretas Pinzon vs. El Indo, Jamie Barboza. We have no idea who these guys are but, if you want to catch a boxing match, apparently, there is a big one coming here! There will be other boxers too, in four explosive fights (so says the poster).
Location: Inalambrica Stadium (on Jacinto Canek, west of downtown)
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets start at $100 pesos and go up to VIP tickets at $500 pesos. Tickets are on sale at Asis Tu Vestir Centro and Juega Juega, and we’re thinkin’ at the box office.

Yucatan Living Electroacoustic Improvisation Sound Art & Contemporary Composition
Four musicians play contemporary music on the cello, turntables, double-bass and max/msp. Afterwards, soulful latin, funk and jazz dj set for those who want to hang around.
Location: Ule, Calle 64 #560 x 71 y 73, L’Ermita area in Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission:
$50 pesos / $30 studentsbread at the Merida SLOW Food Market

Yucatan Living Slow Food Market Is Gaining Steam!
The Slow Food Market continues to be a rousing success! In order to serve the needs of those who work on weekdays, the market has been permanently moved to Saturdays. The location is pleasant, surrounded by garden. The offerings get better all the time (last week, we bought organic watermelon, homemade kimchee (two kinds!), a homemade dip (yum!) and some irresistible home-baked bread from Monique’s yellow-walled Bakery, inside the little house that hosts the market. The bakery really looks and smells like a bakery, and features the most amazing whole-grain, non-preservative-filled breads… we dare you to resist buying one!
Location: Calle 31 x 60, Chuburna de Hidalgo, catty-cornered to the Super Faraon (turn at the light across the street from the OXXO).
Time: Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free – but please consider becoming a member (and encourage others to do so as well)! Membership is only $100 pesos per year and directly supports keeping the market going, as well as providing assistance to sustainable and organic production in Yucatan. There is a membership sign-up table on the porch on market day.

Sunday (Domingo) May 2, 2010

Yucatan Living You Are Invited to Sunday Brunch Once a Month
In partnership with MexicaChica Getaways, Remixto is taking over the patio garden of hotel Casa Mexilio to create an underground restaurant, where brunch will be served once a month. The menu will feature gourmet classic brunch dishes with a mexican twist – like lechon benedict and rompope french toast – all made from scratch and using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible.
Location: Calle 68 #495 x 57 y 59, One block from Plaza Santiago
Time: Sunday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Prices are listed on the menu. Seating is limited, so book a table at remixtobrunch [at] gmail [dot] com or call (999) 901-5430

Yucatan Living Bullfights in Merida
Come out and see the greatest bull fighter in Mexico, Sebastian Castella, along with Eulalio Lopez. 
Location: Plaza de Toros, Avenida de Reforma
Time: Sunday, 4:00 PM
Admission: Tickets went on sale at the box office on April 23. It looks as if making a reservation is the best way to go. For reservations, call (999) 217-0908

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Spectacular Expat Garage Sale
This is a ONE DAY EVENT. At the end of the sale, whatever is left will be taken to Caritas of Merida (Catholic Charities) where it will be given to the poor. We already have some exquisite women’s clothing to sell. The sale will be fabulous if you too use this opportunity to get rid of "stuff", clothes, housewares, electronics or whatever you no longer need, want, wear or use and let us pick it up and sell it to someone who will treasure it.

Please spread the word especially to your Mexican friends. You can email or phone Martha Lindley or Laura Perkins to arrange pick-up or drop-off of your items. They are also looking for volunteers to staff the event.

Date: Saturday, May 8th from 9-5
Location: Calle 66 #385 x 43 y 45, CENTRO, Merida, Yucatan
Why: To benefit 4 charities: Public school- Carlos Castro Morales; two animal shelters- AFAD and Evolucion; and the environmental and educational group- Ninos y Crias.
Contact: martha [dot] lindley [at] gmail [dot] com or lfp947 [at] yahoo [dot] com or call 999-199-1968

Yucatan Living Begins May 8Classes: Introduction to Cinema
Taught by Mtro. Mario Helguera. This is a 6 week series of classes about the basics of the appreciation of cinema.
Location: Cairo Cinema Cafe, Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimna
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: $450 pesos if paid by April 30, otherwise $550 pesos

Yucatan Living Starting June 11: Carmen
Friend of Merida Carla Dirlikov will be starring in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmen. This is sure to be a stunning event that will be repeated for only six performances. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Teatro Peon Contreras… get yours if you want to be sure to see this! For the entire Symphony schedule, check here.

Yucatan Living June 12 & 13 – Maya Sacred Fire of the New Moon Ceremony in Izamal

Don Bartolome is a Maya priest, healer, and teacher from Yucatán. His mission is to rescue the ancient Maya ceremonies and he does this by performing them whenever he can. He does not charge for his ceremonies. Despite that, we are asking for a $500 pesos donation from anyone attending which will go directly towards his expenses. We feel his work is important and well worth supporting. On June 13, beginning at 6:00 AM, Don Bartolome will be performing the Sacred Fire of the New Moon Ceremony in Izamal.  The rest of the weekend program includes a conference and music concert at Hotel Macanche, where we will be spending the night, a pilgrimage with Don Bartoleme to the Izamal pyramids and convent and a conference with Don Bartoleme.
Location: Izamal, Yucatan
Date: June 12, 1 PM to June 13, 5 PM
Admission: $825 pesos per person, double occupancy. $1150 pesos per person for single room.
Includes the night at Hotel Macanche, American breakfast at Hotel Macanche, Don Bartoleme’s donation, and all the ceremonies and activities.
Register: Contact Trudy Woodcock at trudy [at] iluminado-tours [dot] com or call 924-3176 in Merida.

Yucatan Living Second Annual Solar Day (worldwide)Solar Day

June 19 is SolarDay 2010, a national and international day of recognition for Solar Energy, Sustainability and Energy Independence. The first SolarDay in the U.S. was held in 2009.
For more information, visit Solar Day’s Website.

Yucatan Living 4th of July BBQ
Sponsored by MELL, IWC, and the Merida Men’s Club.
Mark your calendars! This will be the last of the big events at MELL until the Snowbirds come home to Yucatan again! We’ll keep you posted about time and location as new information comes in.

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan
This is a 6 month long festival that begins on April 8th and travels from Jalisco to Merida and on to Colombia and Venezuela before its final performances in Merida in October. If you would like to travel outside of Mexico to hear some of these performances, visit the MySpace page of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan for a complete listing of the international dates. In case there is anyone who doesn’t believe that a voice is the equivalent of a musical instrument or that a choir is the equivalent of an orchestra, we invite you to listen to samples of the work of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan on their MySpace page. We especially liked “A una dama que iba cubierta” and “La Conchinita Pibil.”
Performance dates in Merida include:
May 29 & 30, 2010: Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba)
July 10 & 11, 2010: Concert under the direction of maestro Jose Antonio Rincon (Colombia)
October 9 & 13, 2010: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan.

Yucatan Living November 21, 2010Taste of Playa
This is a huge annual event where over 40 restaurants are highlighted in a one day event. It was a great success last year, so be sure and put it on your list for Fall travel “must see and do.” 
Time: 2 PM to 9 PM
More: Check the details on the Taste of Playa website.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

 

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