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Merida Events: The Dead of Summer

This Week… starting July 26, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Valladolid Fiesta  One Day Event:July 26
This is a one day fiesta in honor of Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana. Valladolid is located in the eastern part of the State of Yucatan and is one of the signature municipalities in the identity of the state itself. Valladolid is the land of horse ranching, restored cathedrals, cenotes, archaeological ruins, and one of the most active business and trade areas in all of Mexico. Valladolid is a must see for all of the expats who know to look off of the tourist trails for surprises that make memories forever. Never miss an opportunity to visit Valladolid, even for a one day fiesta.

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.


In the City of Merida

Yucatan LivingMerida Fiesta:10 Day EventGremios in Merida: August 1 through August 15
This is, in reality, two separate neighborhood fiestas. One is in Santiago and the other is in San Sebastian. Loads of activities going on in the plazas and parks, we can tell you that this fiesta is just like the ones we’ve seen in the pueblos, only bigger and louder. And with more firecrackers (voladores) and fireworks!

Note: Even Cairo Cinema Café will take a break for a week or so. They will have only 2 movies this week and then a well deserved break.


Monday (Lunes) July 26, 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 27, 2010

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan / Nuevos Valores
This week: In Vitro Music Lab (Rock) will present their CD Palabras
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free (cash café, of course)

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Café: MoonMoon
(2009) Directed by Duncan Jones. This Sci-Fi movie stars Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey as the voice of GERTY. Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) July 28, 2010

Yucatan Living Nothing. Four events at the same time on Thursday night, but NOTHING on Wednesday night!


Thursday (Jueves) July 29, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: What about me?
This extraordinary documentary series sees two visionary filmmakers Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto, set off around the world to create the biggest global music jam in history. Sculpture by Miriam Perez of Merida
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Art Opening: Sculpture by Miriam Perez
Opening of an exhibit by local sculptress Miriam Perez. Ms. Perez works with the lost wax method of bronze sculpture, a method that is both difficult and beautiful. She also works in painting, drawing, fused glass and ceramics. She is a native of Merida, but currently lives in Cuernavaca. Her exhibit will stay open until August 29.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living YAPA: Yucatan Ayuda Por los Animales (Yucatan Aid for the Animals)
Do you want to do something to help alleviate the situation of too many stray dogs and cats in Merida? Too many suffering animals tied to owners who don’t understand how to care for them? Here is your chance. This is the first meeting of an English-language group dedicated to helping the animal shelters and the cause of animal protection in the Yucatan. For more information, read this article about the meeting.
Location: Calle 66 448-D x 49 y 53
Thursday, July 29, 7:00 PM
RSVP to this email: debobway [at] gmail [dot] com
It is the pink house on the left, right before you turn the corner to go the Merida English Library, next door to Los Arcos B & B.  There is street parking (usually) on Calle 66 or around the corner on 53.

Yucatan Living Art Opening: The Animated DeathPedro Linares, artist in Mexico

This sounds interesting, doesn’t it? We’d be interested in an animated death, maybe… Anyway, this is an exhibit of cartoneria, the art of working with cardboard. Artists include the famous Pedro Linares, and others. We’re certain this is an exhibit well worth seeing.
Location: Museum of Popular Art of Yucatan in Casa Molina, Barrio de Mejorada (Calle 50 at Calle 57)
Time: Thursday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) July 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair at Dzitya July 30 through August 8Dzitya Fair 2010
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 Movie: The Experimental Eskimos
In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, to live with white families and to be educated in white schools.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Saturday (Sabado) July 31, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: In the Pit
A portrait of the construction workers involved in building the second deck of Mexico City’s Periferico freeway.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Sunday (Domingo) August 01, 2010

Yucatan Living Get Thee To The Beach!
That’s where everyone else is…

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living You Are Invited to the Banding of the Flamingos! – Must Register by August 15! Flamingoes in Yucatan Mexico
Dates are Sept. 4 & 5
Ninos y Crias has provided complete documentation that will inform you of all costs and responsibilities for this event. You must register early, if you wish to attend, because they are only accepting 96 volunteers and will need to plan for separating them into groups and for their training. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our state and the birds we often take for granted. So, if you want to band a bird or a few hundred birds, be sure and mark your calendars to pay your fees by August 15 and bookmark the instructions today! Please confirm your assistance to:  01 (999) 925-39-47 or FAX 01 (999) 925- 77- 47 with Mirna Poot Cetina during office hours or via e-mail to: mpcetina [at] ninosycrias [dot] org [dot] mx
Location: Puerto de Las Coloradas in the Municipality of Rio Lagartos
Time: Please see schedule from Ninos y Crias website.
Admission: $820 pesos per adults, $420 pesos for children ages 6 to 14

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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  1. My goodness, such richness of choices for things to see and do.


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