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Merida Events: Summertime…

This Week… starting July 12, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

The Remaining Events at the Free Expo Fair in Motul

Events Continue Until July 25Motul Yucatan
This is a fiesta in honor of la Purisima Concepción. If you have not been to Motul, now is the time to go. We suspect that the northeast quadrant of the Municipality of Merida will continue to grow in the direction of Motul and that expats should certainly become familiar with the area. The City of Motul is the birthplace of Yucatan’s most beloved Governor, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and there is a museum, as well as a monument, there to celebrate his life and mourn his death. This year’s schedule of events in Motul include:
Tuesday 13: Concert: Alex Moguel, a romantic evening with Love, Love.
Wednesday 14: Comedy: Madelin Liama: Candita and Paula Quintana: La Chuli
Thursday 15: Regional Comedian Octavio Ayil
Friday 16: At noon: Activities for the Anniversary of Radio Motul, then a show for the children of the Cooperative System. At Night: Two performances by Juan Gabriel. Dance bands include Banda Furia Latina and Leos 77.
Saturday 17: Performance by the comedian Mactan. Dance music provided by the Roshesmen disco and Impact of Guanajuato
Sunday 18: Our pick of all the performances: Las Maya International. Plus dance music by Cleyver y La Carcajada
Monday 19: A night of singing by Local Artists
Tuesday 20: A Fantasy Show (Whatever will this be??)
Wednesday 21: Battle of the Local Young Bands (certain to be loud :-)
Thursday 22: Circus and Theater (magicians, jugglers, clowns, and circus performers)
Friday 23: Folkloric Ballet featuring the Mayab Walkers of UCI and the trio Minstrels, Dance music by Kermith Disco
Saturday 24: An evening with comedian Cuxum Oxxo, Globito y Bizcochito, the Cubana Alina La Loba and Chicas Caribeñas; War of the Bands between Abusadora, Oro Verde, Usurpadora, and Respuesta de Durango
Sunday 25: Closing of the Fair with Noah el Makech Cabrera, Dance music by Clamor y Clamor, and Los Mendez.

Yucatan Living Sinanché Fiesta  One Day Event: July 14
This fiesta is in honor of San Buenaventura. In fact, the Templo de San Buenaventura, constructed in the 17th century, is one of the major tourist attractions of this area. Located on the coast of Yucatan, just this side of Telchac Pueblo, the town you are most likely to associate with Sinanche is San Crisanto, well known for its mangrove swamps and tours. In past centuries, Sinanche was known as "el arbol de alacran" (the tree of the scorpion) and was part of the province of Ceh Pech. If you have not been to Sinanche and San Crisanto, you are missing a "must see" part of both Yucatan’s coast and history.

Yucatan Living Important Date Shift: Tunich Municipal Crafts Fair:
New Dates: July 30 to Aug. 8
If you are building, remodeling, or furnishing a home, this is your Mecca. Even if you had no idea you are looking for “it,” you are sure to find it here in Dzitya. This little artisan fair has grown to the point where foreign importers arrive in droves to see what upward of 200 professional artisans in the area have to offer. Not to worry about getting there or back either! Buses provide free transportation to and from the fair. They leave from Plaza Grande at 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, with stops at Santa Lucia and the Hyatt Hotel. We will bring you more as we receive new information. In the meantime, don’t forget to read Yucatan Living’s The Stones of Dzitya.


In the City of Merida

As Yucatan winds down toward summer vacation, cultural venues in the city begin to host fewer and fewer performances. Soon, there will be virtually no formal performances in the city at all, but the countryside will explode with one municipal fiesta after another. As anywhere else in the world, young people will be celebrating their few short weeks of freedom before going back to the daily grind of classes and homework. Its going to be hot for the next few weeks, so take in a municipal fiesta or two and rest. You do realize that the Fall Cultural Festival is right around the corner… don’t you? We hope you take our advice and have a nice nap. In the meantime, here are a few cultural offerings that are available this week.


Monday (Lunes) July 12, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Democratic Monday
On Mondays, the movie is chosen by a vote of audience members.
Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) July 13, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Café: Where the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things Are
(2009). This is a Spike Jonze adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world–a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. One of the voices is that of James Gandolfini, most familiar as Tony Soprano. But that doesn’t get in the way of enjoying this unusual and heartfelt movie that takes you back into the mindset of a child.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) July 14, 2010

Yucatan Living 6th Anniversary of the Centro Musical Initiation
Recital by music students from local schools.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Thursday (Jueves) July 15, 2010Mistery Train

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Café: Mystery Train
(1989) Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. Stars include relative unknowns, but the movie won one award and was nominated for eight more. Anything directed by Jim Jarmusch is bound to be weird and wonderful.

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

Yucatan Living LA 68: Los Niños de Morelia

(Mexico, 2004) In 1937, 456 Spanish children were sent to Morelia in Mexico to be safe during the Spanish Civil War. They were sent by their parents, arriving only with a suitcase in one hand and a promise that they would return when the war was over in the other. Some of them never went home again. This film is the story of six children and where they are now, 23,926 days later.
In Spanish, no subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living International Congress of Jazz Dance
Tonight’s performance will be by Sureste Danza.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Thursday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) July 16, 2010

Yucatan Living MELL-O-Nights
This is a chance for the locals to meet the extranjeros in a casual setting in the gardens at MELL. There is a cash bar and great botanas. Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones!
Location: The Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: Things generally get underway at about 7:30 p.m. If you want to know more, call the Library at 924-8401.
Admission: Free with cash bar

Yucatan Living LA 68: Bananas… At Any Cost?
(Switzerland, 2009) For the first time, a small-time lawyer takes on the largest fruit company in the world, suing them for the infertility suffered by many Nicaraguan workers who were poisoned by pesticides while working in the banana farms of the United Fruit Company. In Spanish with English subtitles
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Saturday (Sabado) July 17, 2010It Girl

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: It
(United States, 1927). As part of the film festival entitled Divas, Vamps and Femmes Fatales, this classic film stars Clara Bow, who became known as the "IT" girl. A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy. This is a movie you won’t be able to rent at Blockbuster, and it will be in English!
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 and 61
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living LA 68: What About Me?
(United Kingdom, 2008) Carlos Santana, Noam Chomsky, Elena Poniatowska, Sir Bob Geldof, Michael Stipe and many more join together in this unique musical film project, collecting musical joy and wisdom about the human condition in 50 places around the world. In English with Spanish subtitles
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Sunday (Domingo) July 18, 2010

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: The Choir of the City
This performance is under the direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora. We do not think that lovelier voices can be found anywhere in the world than in the choirs of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Sunday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Low Cost Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic
Planned Pethood will conduct a low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats only in
their offices which are just past Costco, on the same side of the street.  Please contact Planned Pethood for an
appointment at 9-44-23-10.  For more information on Planned Pethood, please
visit their website at Space is limited, so schedule your appointment today! Prices are significantly reduced to encourage the spay/neuter of these animals.
Location: Planned Pethood, 60 North No. 344 x 3 y 3-C in Colonia Gonzalo Guerrero (on 60 North in front of CBTIS 120, one and a half blocks before SAT
Time: By appointment
Cost: Male cats:  200 pesos, Female cats:  300 pesosThe White Ribbon

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Café:
The White Ribbon

(2009, Austria). Story and screenplay written by the director, Michael Haneke. Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Location: Calle 20 No. 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: Sunday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pandora’s Box
This is the last film of the film series entitled Divas, Vamps and Femmes Fatales. The film was released in Germany in 1929 and in Japan in 1930. This movie stars Louise Brooks and Fritz Kortner. The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. In English.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 and 61
Time: Sunday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free


Coming SoonEvents at in Merida Yucatan MExico

Yucatan Living Habla Events:
This Week: Teacher Institute: Into the Labyrinth.
July 12-August 6: Kids Summer Arts: Habla’s International Lab School
July 5-23 (intensive July 19-23): Exploring the Letter: A Visual Arts Course
July 12-21: Bomba Workshops
July 13-20: Introduction to Latin Dance
July 14: Improper and Unlikely Places for Art, a presentation by Anne Thulson
July 17 and 24: The Art and Form of Belly Dancing
July 17 and 24: Introduction to Latin Percussion
July 19: Ode to Ordinary Things: Poetry Workshop
July 24: The Art of the Book: A Bookmaking Workshop
Location: Habla, Calle 26 No. 99B x 19 y 21, Col. Mexico
For More Information: Habla’s website and blog

Yucatan Living Classes in Dance and Yoga – July 6 through July 29
Contemporary Dance with Diana Bayardo
Location: Tumakat, Calle 51 #475-A x 49 y 51 Centro Merida
Time: 6:30 PM 7:55 PM Tue. Thur.
Cost: $400 pesos per month / $60 pesos for individual classes only

Yoga with Eyleen Rogers
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:25 PM Tue. Thur.
Cost: $520 pesos per month / $80 pesos per individual class

Contemporary Dance with Victor Hernandez
Workshop: Flying Low: Techniques of Dance
Dates: Aug. 2 20
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Workshop: Passing Through: Improvisation
Dates: Aug. 9 20
Time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Cost(pesos): $1,000 for Passing Through; $1,200 for Flying Low; $1,800 for both.

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair at Dzitya July 30 through August 8
If you are building or decorating a home, you absolutely do not want to miss this fair. It grows larger every year and now has international companies coming to see what treasures they can find to export to their home countries. We are beyond belief lucky to have this village right on the edge of Merida! For more on this event, along with pictures of a few of the goodies youll find here, visit our article, The Stones of Dzitya.  The organizers are currently working with Veracruz as the guest state for 2010. We will keep you posted as we learn new information. To see more pictures, a video and a calendar of events from 2009, visit en-Yucatan and dont forget, there will also be free transportation provided to and from Centro to the fair.

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamnas 2nd Anniversary Celebration July 24th
Not only will there be a wonderful 3-course dinner served, there will also be a live concert by one of the best bands in Merida and there will be a video crew on hand to film the event. Wine will be served with dinner and local drinks will be served throughout the remainder of the evening.
Location: Hotel Zamna Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago.
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $220 pesos (reservations must be paid in advance as seating is limited to 40 guests and catering must be arranged)
Contact: Phone: (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Introductory Fun With Sculpture Workshop – August 9 & 10
Sponsored by MexicaChica Getaways. Price includes all materials and
tools needed, a beautiful artist apron and two chef-prepared meals each day
in the studio. Six hours of instruction total.
Location: Nahualli- Casa de Los Artistas, Calle 60 #405, por 43 y 45, Centro
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Admission: $2,300 pesos
Contact: Claudette Elizondo to reserve your spot. claudette [at] mexicachica [dot] com or (999) 901-5430

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan - October 9 & 13
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 doesnt 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. Performance dates near Merida include:
October 9 & 13: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Yucatan 2010: Short Film Festival – November 12-21

The Yucatan 2010 Short Film Festival is calling for submissions. It is open to any non-professional resident of the Yucatan to submit their short films, and cash prizes will be awarded. Selected films will be exhibited during the festival. Films submitted must be digital videos, made in Yucatan and produced after Jan 1 2009.
One person can submit unlimited number of films. The themes must touch on mexicanidad, identidy, revolution, independence, liberty and/or democracy. There is even a category for one-minute cel phone films, as well as one for films in the Mayan language (with Spanish subtitles), and the films can be up to thirty minutes.
Screening: November 20 & 21. The public will select the winners.
Prizes: Cash prizes of $4000 and $5000 pesos for each category
For More Information: ICY Direccion de Artes Visuales, 930-4700 Ext 54035 and 54019
Submission Entry: Free

Yucatan LivingTaste of PlayaNovember 21, 2010
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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