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Merida Events: Summer Handcraft Fairs

This Week… starting July 27, 2009

If you’re wondering where everybody went, they are all at the Dzitya Municipal Handicraft Fair. It is an amazing festival this year! But don’t overlook the fair at San Crisanto. We are amazed to see all they have to offer this year. These tiny little villages in Yucatan certainly do know how to throw a party!

Yucatan Living Dzitya Municipal Handicraft FairDzitya Municipal Fair
This is one of the biggest events in the entire year and is an absolute "must attend" for anyone who is decorating, building, or remodeling a home – as well as for anyone who wants to get that Christmas list out of the way with "fine" gifts for everybody on the list. This year, there will be 150 of the best craftsmen in all of Yucatan in attendance. Their work will be in a variety of media, colors, and designs. This year, too, there will be special guest craftsmen from the State of Michoacan. They will be bringing textiles, copperwork, hats, guitars, and more. In addition, they will be bringing their traditional dancers and the Inchapiru Orchestra. Again – this is a must attend event. Visit our article on The Stones of Dzitya to learn more about the wonderful things you can find in this small village on the north side of Merida.

Monday: July 27: Concert by the musical group Banda Ysrael

Tuesday: July 28: Clown Show Vitrolito at 7:30 PM and a Spectacular Latino Ballet, under
the direction of Mtro. Manuel Gamboa Ravell at 8:30 PM

Wednesday: July 29: 2 concerts: by Sin Excesoat 8:00 PM & Habana Stars at 9:00 PM

Thursday: July 30: A Tipico Yucatan Fashion Show at 7:00 PM; Ranchero soloist Ricardo
Platas at 7:30 PM; and the Folkloric Ballet of Merida at 8:30 PM

Friday: July 31: a Clown Show at 6:00 PM then 2 concerts by the groups Monday at 7:00 PM
and Taxco at 8:00 PM

Saturday: August 1: A Folkloric Ballet: New Sun: The Fiestas and Carnivals of Mexico, under
the direction of Ma. Jose Palma Alvarez at 7:00 PM and a concert by Carlos Tello and his
Amigos at 9:00 PM.

Sunday: August 2: ARA’CUA presents Cuban Nights at 6:00 PM and Las Maya
will perform at 7:00 PM

Location: The town of Dzitya
Date: July 24 to August 02, 2009 All Day Event
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living 8th Festival del Coco
Look for the work of artists and artisans during the day and music every night. The visiting artisans from Tabasco, Colima, and Quintana Roo will all be here as well. Come and enjoy wonderful beaches and coconut desserts.
Location: San Crisanto, east from Progreso
Dates: July 24 through August 2
Admission: Free          


Municipal Fiestas This Week

Only 2 municipal fiestas begin this week. When that happens, we know what’s coming next – an avalanche of fiestas! Enjoy this one “light” week because a total of TEN municipal fiestas begin next week!

Yucatan Living Teabo Fiesta  6 Day Event:
July 27 through August 1
This fiesta is in honor of San Pedro and San Pablo. Teabo is just north of Tekax and just east of Mani and Akil. You can find great leatherwork here, as well as cotton hammocks and embroidery done by hand. It is a whole lot cooler in the southern part of Yucatan this time of year than it is in Merida, so a little trip south might be a pretty good idea right about now.

Yucatan Living Fiestas in Santiago:
Two Week Event   July 21 to August 7
Gremios in Merida
For our readers who live in Santiago, the celebration of Santo Cristo de la Transfiguración begins on Tuesday, July 21, at 10:00 AM. Processions that include the Black Christ will begin on Sunday, July 26 and continue, with processions by 13 different unions, until Friday, August 7. In most cases, the processions are at 10:00 AM and the masses are at 11:00 AM.

Yucatan Living August 1 through August 9
This is, two separate neighborhood fiestas. One is in San Sebastian, and the second is in Xmatkuil (not to be confused with the State Fair held there in the Fall). At these fiestas, you can expect dances, gremios, a small ride section in the parks, vendors of traditional snacks, corridas, and church services. And to the dismay of the dogs at the Yucatan Living/Eclectec office, a few too many voladores (flying firecrackers).   

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) July 27, 2009

Yucatan Living Salon at Cafe Chocolate
This weeks reading is Lera Boroditsky – how does language shape the way we think?
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 x 55 y 53
Time: Mondays: 5:00 PM

Yucatan Living Movie: Clerks II
A calamity at Dante and Randall’s shops sends them looking for new horizons – but they ultimately settle at Mooby’s, a fictional Disney-McDonald’s-style fast-food empire.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) July 28, 2009Trio Inspiracion

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Inspiracion
This performance is under the direction of Mauricio Martin
Preview Here  
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 62
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Café Pena K’aay T’aan
These are the new voices of Yucatan. Everyone should come out regularly and get to know these performers. Tonight, hear Miguel Encalada Molina, Maricarmen Peniche, Gianni Guillermo Rivera Torres, and Daniel Arce Osorio.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) July 29, 2009

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Thinking About You: One Night to Remember
This performance is by Rubi and is the “must see” performance of the evening. Rubi is currently the lead singer with Las Maya International. She is a beautiful, petite woman with a big voice. She also has her own band. You really cannot miss this performance!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: "Remembering the Composers"
This will be a performance by Trio Ensueño and Trio Trovanova. The composers being honored include Fermín Pastrana, Rubén Darío Herrera, José “Pepe” Domínguez, Enrique “Coqui” Navarro and José Alfonso Ontiveros (Guadalupe Trigo). Enrique “Coqui” Navarro is expected to be in attendance. This is a program that remembers composers during the month in which they were born.
Location: Museum of Song, Calle 57 # 464 x 48 y 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos
More Information: 923-72-24 or 928-38-60The Shining

Yucatan Living Movie: The Shining
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon
Dance: 5th Anniversary of the Compania de Danza Folklorica Kaambal
This group is under the direction of Samuel Espinosa Pat, Abraham Espinosa Pat, and Guillermina Vazquez Hernandez.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Movie: Round Midnight
(1986). Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, Starring Dexter Gordon, Francois Cluzet, and Gabrielle Haker. This movie captures the soul of Jazz. Real life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950’s New York jazz world.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free


Thursday (Jueves) July 30, 2009

Yucatan Living Concert: Mexico – SpainConcert Mexico-Spain
This performance features Alberto Alvarez, Miguel Mena, and Hugo Pinto. Needless to say, it is the “must see” performance of the week! It sometimes feels as if Alberto Alvarez is operating some kind of secret factory somewhere deep inside of UADY. This internationally recognized Cuban pianist, year after year, just keeps on turning out musicians and voices as if it was just another day at the office. We are in awe and these are certainly always “must see performances. This time, it is the maestro and two tenors – don’t miss it!
Preview tenor Hugo Pinto  
Preview tenor Miguel Mena  
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Vampire Chronicles
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Pasele Marchante
100 years of Mercado Lucas de Galvez. Come see what the heart of Merida looked like a hundred years ago.
Location: Vestibule of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: BEATLEmania
Performances tonight by Fuente del Poder, the Rubber Soul Band, Fresas Descompuestas, and La Caverna.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thusday
Admission: Tickets available at the ticket office

Yucatan Living Playboy Model Reality Show in Chicxulub
There is a reality show in town! The Playboy Models are having a contest to see which one of them will be on the cover of the next issue and they are doing a reality show from the Bangkok Disco in Chicxulub to document their activities. From what we can tell, the events will take place on Thursday and Friday nights, July 30th and 31st, but the actual competition is on the first night. There is a great lineup of talent, including MTV’s Ikky Twins, as well as DJ Dusty Kid and Miss Dust. If you would like to attend, we suggest you get your tickets early.
Location: Bangkok Disco, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 10:30 PM
Admission: VIP: $500 pesos, General: $350 pesos
For More Information, Call: 9991 21 13 17 and 9999 68 74 27


Friday (Viernes) July 31, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Serenity
The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sábado) August 01, 2009

Yucatan Living Habla Workshop: Natural Object Wind Mobiles Natural Object Wind  Mobiles
Artist Elayna Toby Singer will help participants make wind mobiles from natural objects. A wide variety of materials (twigs, metals, yarn, beads, etc.) can be used to create mobiles so bring unique items of various shapes, sizes and textures to incorporate into your one-of-a-kind piece.
Location: Parque Aak in Xcunyá, on the road Mérida-Progreso
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Sunday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Milonga! Tango Party!
As before, the dance steps will be taught to anyone who wants to learn. Its free, its fun, and you will meet some interesting people. Drinks (wine, beer and sodas), as well as choripanes, will be sold almost at cost. Don’t know what a choripan is? Come and find out!
Location: Punta del Este, Calle 38 # 462 x 23 y 25, Residencial Los Pinos
Time: 8:30 PM – "until"
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) August 2, 2009

Yucatan Living Documentary: Mars: The Red Planet
This documentary shows the actual photos sent back from robots that landed on the surface of Mars.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Regional VaqueriaVaqueria, Merida Yucatan
Location: Lower floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mestiza Wedding
Look for a beautiful wedding dance all in white. These costumes alone make this worth coming to see.
Location: Lower floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anniversary of the Governess
There will be events in Merida’s Plaza Grande all afternoon in celebration of the successes, thus far, of the Governess of Yucatan. These include plenty of free music and opportunities to dance and have a wonderful time.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 63
Time: All Afternoon and Into the Evening
Admission: Free


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Vienna Boys’ Choir to Sing in MeridaViena Boys' Choir to Sing in Merida
Get Your Tickets NOW! Performance Date: Sept. 5

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, by Carmina Burana, 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.
For Reservations and Information Call:  240-89-74 or 9999-47-32-34

Yucatan Living Wednesday   August 12
Music: "Remembering the Composers"
This performance is to remember the female composers and songsters of Yucatan. The ladies who will be honored include Rosario Sansores Pren, Míriam Gamboa, Josefina Patrón Méndez and Maricarmen Pérez Domínguez, who is now our International Musical Ambassador. The performance will be by the Trio Los Radiantes and the Rondalla of the former students of Miriam Gamboa, under the direction of her son, Raúl Pavón Gamboa. This is a program that remembers composers during the month in which they were born.  
Location: Museum of Song, Calle 57 # 464 x 48 y 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos
More Information: 923-72-24 or 928-38-60
Wednesday  August 26

Yucatan Living Friday August 14 - Purpura Plastika Art Sale
Purpura Plastika is proud to host the 2nd Amor y Vida Orphans’ ART SALE.  These young boys and girls learned about their Maya heritage and then created on canvas a colorful piece of Maya art. The art is surprisingly sophisticated and colorful. We guaranteed you won’t be disappointed.  Mark this on your calendar to arrive early as paintings sale quickly!
Location: Galeria Maya, Calle 72 (53 y 51)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 Wednesday August 26
Music: "Remembering the Composers"
Tonight the Caballeros composers are to be honored. These include: Víctor M. Martínez Herrera, José Díaz Bolio, Jorge Peniche Peniche and José Antonio Zorrilla (“Monís”). The performance will be by the Trio Ensueño and the Rondalla Universitaria, a group that is getting ready to celebrate its 43rd anniversary. This is a program that remembers composers during the month in which they were born.
Location: Museum of Song, Calle 57 # 464 x 48 y 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos
More Information: 923-72-24 or 928-38-60


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