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Merida Events: Speaking of Carmen…

This Week… starting May 24, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan LivingTekom Fiesta 9 Day EventMay 20 through 28

This event is called Fiesta de las Hamacas. Tekom is located way over in the southeastern part of our state, just south of Valladolid and north of Chikindzonot. If anyone is looking for authentic, this is the place to find it. Artisans in Tekom produce articles carved from wood, typical clothing, embroidered tablecloths, and traditional woven hammocks (hence the name of the fiesta). Since Tekom is off the beaten path, we suspect this is just the sort of place our readers will love.

Yucatan Living Kinchil Fiesta 1 Day EventMay 24

This fiesta is in honor of Cristo de las Ampollas. Kinchil is located between Samahil and Celestun, just 34 km southeast of Merida, so it is near enough to the city to go and see this event. Look for woven baskets of palm, rattan and bamboo here.

Yucatan Living Founding of Valladolid Fiesta 1 Day EventMay 28

This day is growing in importance as residents and visitors celebrate the founding of Valladolid. Although Valladolid is the cowboy capital of Yucatan, it is also a growing center for manufacturing and exports, as well as being home to many artisans, so look for anything from a fancy saddle to high end jewelry in Valladolid.

 

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) May 24, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: To Be Determined by Vote
On Mondays, the movies at Cairo Cinema Cafe are determined by democratic votes of audience members.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzima
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Sicko, playing in Merida, Yucatan

Tuesday (Martes) May 25, 2010

Yucatan Living Cinema: Sicko
(United States 2007). This is a Michael Moore film starring Michael Moore, Tony Benn, Reggie Cervantes, John Graham and William Maher. The film is a documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to health care in other nations. It includes HMO horror stories.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti at Parque de las Americas
Time: Tuesday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: De Qu Se Rien las Mujeres?
There is a 1997 romantic comedy by this name that was made in Spain. It is also listed as What Makes Women Laugh, but this movie is listed by Cairo Cinema Cafe as being a Claude Berri movie. We cannot find a title, including What makes women laugh? anywhere that is associated with Claude Berri’s name.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Know Your Traditions: A Multidisciplinary Artistic Event
This is a performance by the Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab and the Ballet Folklorico del Estado. These are wonderful performances and well worth attending.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 59 and 57
Time: Tuesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: FreeTrio Los Condes performing in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Condes
This performance is under the direction of Rosendo Palomo. This trio has long been part of the heart of trova in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan: Nuevos Valores
This is a weekly opportunity to hear the new voices of Yucatan and the voices that will define trova for the next generation.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 59 at Calle 50
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 26, 2010

Yucatan Living Music: 3rd Series Juvenil de Piano
This is a performance by Alicia Villamil Marrufo, with Luis Arturo Romero Estrada.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 between 57 and 59
Time: Wednesday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: A Night of Dance
This is a performance by the Ballet of the City of Merida, under the direction of Erika Arguelles Ojeda.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 27, 2010

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Sacred Music
This is a performance by the Camerata Academica de Merida (the Academic Chamber of Merida) and the Choir of the City of Merida. It is under the artistic direction of Mtro. Jose Luis Chan Sabido. If there is a must see event for the week, this is that event. Both groups and the director have gained worldwide audience appreciation.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Maximum Overdrive
Written and directed by Stephen King. Stars Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and Yeardley Smith. A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, ItzimnaVertigo, showing in Merida, Yucatan
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Vertigo
(Brazil 1958). This is an Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes. A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 1st Circuit of Scenic Arts in the Southern Zone
This will be a performance by Grupo Isnafonia, of Quintana Roo. It is part of what will eventually be a nationwide exchange of talent and culture.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 59 and 57
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) May 28, 2010Misery, showing in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: Not announced yet
Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Misery
Rob Reiner directs a story based on a Stephen King novel. A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan. Stars James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, and Misery the pig.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimna
Time: Friday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 29, 2010

Yucatan Living A Tribute to Dance: Passion and Vertigo
This is a performance by Grupo Tango Ritual, under the direction of Juan Manuel Coral Canul.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 59 and 57
Time: Saturday, 9 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Course: Introduction to Cinema
Instructor: Mario Helguera
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimna
Time: Saturday, 5-8 PM
Admission:Call: 926-5718

Yucatan Living Cinema: A Tour of Europe in 30 Shorts
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 near Calle 61
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan


Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba). 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. 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 their work on their MySpace page. We especially liked A una dama que iba cubierta and La Cochinita Pibil.
Location:Merida
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 30, 2010

Yucatan Living A Tribute to Dance: Passion and Vertigo

This is a performance by Grupo Tango Ritual, under the direction of Juan Manuel Coral Canul.
We suspect this is going to be quite a performance, since it is being offered on Saturday night by the State and Sunday night by the municipality.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Sunday, 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $90 pesos, students and INAPAM: $60 pesos

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Sacred Music
This is a performance by the Camerata Academica de Merida (the Academic Chamber of Merida) and the Choir of the City of Merida. It is under the artistic direction of Mtro. Jose Luis Chan Sabido. Both groups and the director have gained worldwide audience appreciation.
Location: Iglesia Sagrada Familia, Ave. Cupules x 62
Time: Sunday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan


Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba).
Location: Merida
Time: Sunday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Documentary: Cosmic Catastrophes
Location: Museum of Natural History
Time: Sunday, 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Directed by: Werner Herzog; Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, and Val Kilmer. Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: Sunday, 7:00 PM
Admission: FreeMichael Jackson, showing in Merida, Yucatan

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living May 31: Film: The Wizard of Oz
This is a super production, brought to us from Mexico City.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala
Time: 5:00 & 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office. For more information, call 924-0277 or (999) 900-6890.

Yucatan Living June 5: A Tribute to the King of Pop – Michael Jackson
This is a performance by Victor Jackson, including "This is It."
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office. For more information, call 924-9990.

Yucatan Living June 10: A Talk about Carmen
Life-long opera lovers, Ross Russell and Benjamin Ramirez will talk about Carmen (the opera) on the night before the first of 6 performances in Merida. They have attended the opera throught the Americas, as well as throughout Europe. This talk will help the audience learn about opera and Carmen so they will be better able to understand and enjoy the performance. The talk will include video clips from two performances of Carmen, one at the Metropolitan Opera, NY, and the other at Covent Garden, London.
Location: Cineteca Nacional (upstairs) at Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 Yucatn. 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, 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, the $500 peso donation to Don Bartoleme, 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)
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


Performance dates near Merida include:
July 11, 2010 Concert under the direction of maestro Jose Antonio Rincon (Colombia) in Merida.
July 16, 2010 Concert with Corina Campos (Cuba) in Progreso
July 17, 2010 Concert with Corina Campos (Cuba) in Chicxulub Puerto
October 9 & 13, 2010: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan, Merida.

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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