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Merida Events: The End of Summer

This Week… starting August 24, 2009

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Amazingly, there are only two municipal fiestas in Yucatan this week. Could it be that school is starting, and peace and quiet are returning to Yucatan? Maybe – but probably only for a week or so, so rest up. By now, you should know that these little quiet periods last only for a few days. Then, its back to non-stop activity in the municipalities of Yucatan!

Yucatan Living Muxupip Fiesta One Day EventAugust 25

This fiesta is in honor of Santiago Apostol. Muxupip is not too far from the city. It is located just to the southeast of Motul. Things to see in Muxupip include the Temple of Santiago, the Chapel of Santa Cruz (constructed in the 17th century) and the principal residence of the former hacienda Casa Catzmil.
Tekanto Fiesta

Yucatan Living Tekanto Fiesta 3 Day EventAugust 26 through August 28
This fiesta is in honor of San Agustin. Tekanto is located just north of Izamal and to the south of Suma and Teya. It is just past Bokoba. Artisans in this area make huipiles decorated with cross-stitched embroidery. They also make hammocks of sisal fibers. Tekanto is very proud of its 18th century church in honor of San Augustin. This is the church that is the destination of the Black Christ of Citilcum, in the Municipality of Hoctún.

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) August 24, 2009

Yucatan Living Salon at Cafe Chocolate
This week reading is Dan Ariely -why we think it is OK to cheat and steal (sometimes)
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Calle 60 x 55 y 53
Time: Mondays: 5:00 PM
Admission: Suggested donation of $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema
On Monday nights, the movie is chosen by a vote of the audience.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. ItzimnaSymphonic Percussionists
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphonic Percussionists
Come out and hear David Martinez and Tanya Estrada, of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, along with Sergio Quesada, of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico. This will be a performance well worth attending!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) August 25, 2009

Yucatan Living Concert: Recital of Electric Guitar and Piano
Tonight’s performance is by Robbin Blanco (electric guitar) and Julia Valero (piano), playing the music of some of the most beloved composers in Yucatan and Mexico. This should be an excellent performance and certainly on the “must see” list.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music at Café Peña
Tonight’s performers are Luceddy Herrera, Juan Jose Aguilar, Pablo Aranda, and Maricarmen Peniche. This is going to be an excellent performance. Café Peña is developing into one of the best venues in all of Yucatan.
Location: Café Peña K’aay T’aan, in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 65Juno
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Juno
This is a 2007 Jason Retiman film starring Jennifer Garner and the then-fresh-faced Ellen Page. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 26, 2009

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: The Big Red One
This 1980 film stars Lee Marvin, along with Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine. The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 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

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: An Appointment With Dance
This is a Jazz dance performance by Ariadna Fusion Jazz Dance, under the direction of Ariadna Montilla. This should be an excellent performance and should be of special interest to everyone who loves Jazz.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.


Thursday (Jueves) August 27, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: A Robert Bresson Anthology (In French)
August 27 through August 30
First Film: A Man Escaped
This is a 1956 film by Robert Bresson. During the French Occupation of WWII, a man is jailed and sentenced to death for not cooperating with the Germans in their efforts to destroy a bridge. To the end, he plans his except. This is an award-winning film.
Location: Cineteca Nacional, Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: FreePalindromes

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Palindromes
This is a 2004 film starring: Bill Buell and Ellen Barkin. Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) August 28, 2009

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: The Little Shop of Horrors
This will be in Spanish, but it is a story that everyone loves, no matter the language.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box officeThe Boondock Saints

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: The Boondock Saints
This episode is also billed as The Fifth Inferno. Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. Stars include Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Brian Mahoney, and Bob Barley.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Merida, Music and Color
This is a concert that has steadily grown in popularity. We never know who will be performing until we arrive, but the shows just get better and better every week!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sábado) August 29, 2009Spa Day at Macanche in Izamal

Yucatan Living Bed and Breakfast Saturday in Izamal
Macanche has decided to extend their popular B&B Spa weekend to every Saturday throughout the summer. Check in early (at noon) on Saturday and enjoy a 24-hour getaway from the hustle and bustle of Merida centro. Your special weekend includes a one-hour massage, a foot treatment with pedicure, a yoga class under the palapa and a delicious Sunday breakfast. All this within walking distance of downtown Izamal. Such a deal!
Location: Hotel Macanche in Izamal
Admission: $1900 pesos per couple or $1250 pesos for single
Time: Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Slumdog Millionaire
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Giselle
This is a performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Victor Salas. This is certainly a “must see” performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets on sale

Sunday (Domingo) August 30, 2009Sharks

Yucatan Living Documentary: Sharks
Learn all about these mysterious creatures of the deep.
Location: Museum of Natural History on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mestiza Wedding
This vaquerias used to be held only once a month, but now has become an ongoing weekly event and is really something everyone should see.
Location: Lower floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: Some Like It Hot
This 1959 Billy Wilder film is still an all time favorite. Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon star as love blooms on a train. We can’t imagine anyone not having seen it but, just in case you haven’t, we highly recommend it. When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Giselle
This is a performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Victor Salas. This is certainly a “must see” performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Vienna Boys’ Choir to Sing in Merida
Get Your Tickets NOW! Performance Date: Sept. 5
Viena Boys to Sing in Merida
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 Concert: Celebrating The Life
Sept 10, 2009
This concert will present the unpublished songs of Felipe de la Cruz, among others. For those who do not know him, Mtro. Felipe de la Cruz is an outstandingly talented composer and no one can interpret Yucatan’s trova quite like he can. There is every reason to believe that this will be a star-studded Yucateco case of voices we will hear tonight. This is a "must see" performance, so do get your tickets early.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos
Ticket Outlet: Calle 38 # 295 x 81 y 83, Col. Montes de Ame
Information: 927-14-14 and 9999-00-98-98

Yucatan Living New Symphony Season Begins: Sounds of the World
September 11 & 13
This year’s Symphony season begins with a performance that features 2 guest directors and three guest musicians. Román Revueltas and the Venezuelan César Iván Lara will be the two invited guest directors. The three illustrias invited musicians are violochelists Inna Nassidze and Ophelie Gaillard, as well as soprano Irasema Terrazas. According to Maestro Juan Carlos Lomonaco, director of our OSY, Inna Nassidze is the greatest chellist in all of Mexico. However, this performance will not leave out our own bevy of talented musicians. There will be many opportunities for them to solo and show the world just how talented the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan Really is.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time:9:00 PM on Friday and 12:00 IM on Sunday
Admission: TBA

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 Nuestra Belleza México 2009 Comes to MeridaNuestra Belleza Mexico 2009
Sept.20, 2009
“Our Beauty Mexico” 2009 is a national beauty contest that will take place in Merida this year. Contestants will arrive for instruction and final training on Sept 3. The first phase of the contest will be on the 12th of September. Then, on the 17th of September, there will be the bathing suit and cocktail dress competition. Finally, on September 20th, the 15 finalists will compete for the title of Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2009. Competition will include intellectual preparation, as well as physical beauty. This final competition will be broadcast lived throughout the nation. During the course of the competition, these young ladies will tape their presentations from a number of places throughout our state. These include Celestun, Progreso, Sisal, Valladolid, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Merida. These tapes will then become part of their competition and will be shown throughout the nation on the final night of the contest. This will present our state to all of Mexico and will serve to show the Mexican people that Yucatan is a wonderful place to both vacation and to live, and is expected to significantly boost tourism from other states in Mexico.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, Salon Chichen Itza.
Time: TBA, Sept. 20
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living AANY Art Show
December 5 – 6

The last AANY Show was a huge success and we have no doubt that the next one will be as well. Word has come that this event now has the support of the ICY and will be included in the Otoño Cultural (Fall Cultural Festival). Keep watching for new interviews and a full article on this important upcoming event.


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