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Merida Events: Ticul Fiesta & Gremios

Yucatan Living Ticul Fiesta: 3 Day Event
This fiesta is in honor of San Román. Ticul is a shopper’s paradise. This is where you want to go for the gorgeous red clay pottery you see throughout Merida and beyond. There are several artisan cooperatives in a variety of fields here. For example, you can also purchase locally made jewelry, hats, embroidery, woven material, and shoes in Ticul. Debi in Merida made it out to the fair in Ticul in March and posted a great article about one of the local potters. On your way, don’t forget to stop in Santa Elena and have lunch at the Pickled Onion. You can read Yucatan Living’s interview with Valerie Pickle here. San Francisco Fiesta in Telchac, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Telchac Pueblo: 12 Day Event
Sept. 24 through Oct. 4
This fiesta is in honor of San Francisco de Asis, Patron Saint of Telchac Pueblo. Telchac Pueblo is not as well known as its beachside neighbor. There are just under 3,000 people living in the entire municipality and about 1/3 of them speak Mayan. Read all about Telchac Pueblo and The Most Beautiful Flower of Yucatan (2006) here. We continue to assure all of our readers, and especially those north of the border, that “small town America” is alive and well in the State of Yucatan – and towns like Telchac Pueblo are living proof of it.

Yucatan Living At Pure Fitness: New Exercise Classes
If you are one of those folks from north of the border who actually believes the rumor that you can retire in Mexico and do nothing for the rest of your life… well, that’s going to be today’s little chuckle for those of us who are already here. That may happen somewhere else in Mexico, but it surely won’t happen in Yucatan! This week’s ongoing classes announcement comes from Pure Fitness website. Their classes include:
Pilates: Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jiu Jitsu: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Cario Salsa Classes: Tuesdays at 7:00 PM


Yucatan Living Classes: Interior Design and Installation Theory and Practice
Instructors: Débora Carnevali Ramírez, Eva Gómez Novelo, and Omar Góngora Guzmán
Course Description: This course concentrates on the theory and practice of installation for design and the creation of spaces. The idea is to have the student totally understand the space and the objects that are Interior Design and Installation Classesinserted in it, as if it is a work of art. Subjects covered will relate to the history of this discipline, as well as to the foundations of contemporary art and its association with architecture and interior design. In addition, students will learn the basic foundations of semiotics (signs and symbols) and will be able to conduct a model analysis and eventual construction of customized environments from those models. They will work on projects throughout the length of the course and there will be a showing of these projects at the conclusion of the course.
Length of Course: This course begins Sept. 25, 2008, and continues all Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The total duration is 36 hours (12 sessions of 3 hours each). The course ends on Dec. 18.
Cost: $850 MXP (or $300 MXP per month)
Location and Information: Galería La Periferia, Calle 54 #468 x 53 y 55
Telephone:  (999) 924-1923
e-mail: info [at] galerialaperiferia [dot] com
website: www.galerialaperiferia.com

 

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For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
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On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week. When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!

As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.

 

Monday (Lunes) September 22, 2008

Yucatan Living See our ongoing events page for events on Monday

Tuesday (Martes) September 23 , 2008

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Pictorial Exposition: La Puerta de Mi Pasion (the Door of my Passion)
A presentation of works of art by Mtra. Maria Esther Peniche Ponce
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon, Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Grupo Kayta’an
This week’s performance is by Grupo Kayta’an, under the direction of Daniel Borges. This group has represented Yucatan handsomely outside our state and we are happy to see them bringing us more performances in Merida.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) September 24, 2008Miercoles Visuales

Yucatan Living Miércoles Visuales (Visual Wednesday): Annette Merkenthaler
The School of Superior Arts in Yucatan (ESAY) presents the work of Annette Merkenthaler. This artist has had shows throughout Europe and Canada, and we are lucky to have her work here now as well. Her work includes photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Since we have no closing date for this show, please try to make it for the opening, or as soon thereafter as possible.
Location: The Old Train Station, Calle 55 x 46 y 48.
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: FreePaola Cochegrus

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Abriendo Camino (Opening Road)
With Paola Cochegrus, under the direction of Gabriela Garcia.
Lest anyone make the mistake of thinking that Paola Cochegrus is just another pretty girl singer, perhaps we should call her Mtra. Paola Conchegrus, who might as often be seen starring in a musical or teaching drama at one of the local professional schools or universities. This performance is a “must see” and our pick of the evening.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) September 25, 2008

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Barry Lyndon
(United Kingdom, 1975). Directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Ryan O’Neal and Marisa Berenson. An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband’s position in 18th Century aristocracy.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Camerata Academica de Merida
This performance is entitled Yo Soy Mexicano (I am Mexican).This performance has almost become an annual tradition around the time of the celebration of Mexico’s Independence. The Camerata Academica de Merida is under the expert direction of Mtro. Jose Luis Chan Sabido, which certainly makes this our “must see” performance of the evening
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Independent Movie: "Familia Tortuga"Familia Tortuga
This 2006 film was directed by Ruben Imaz. On the eve of a special day, the family is faced with a problem. Uncle Manuel, a remarkable man, is determined to help his adolescent nephews and support his brother-in-law, an unemployed unionist. Their home has become a place where the family, amid lost dreams, is in danger of disintegration. The film will have both English and Spanish subtitles and, at the end, there will be a period of discussion and a cash bar.
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 # 452-A x 52 and 54
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$20 Pesos and open cash bar

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida: Dieu, Le Yucatones Retournent!! (Ohmigod, the Yucatones Return!)
That’s right mes amis, after a week in France (Dan anyway, Gary never goes anywhere interesting), The LEGENDARY Yucatones are back in action this Thursday at Jazzin’ Merida. They will continue their policy of starting an hour earlier at 8:30pm, and as always, they will be doing two shows. Many of your old favorites and some new material as well, but Dan promises to resist the urge to perform his medley of Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier hits, although ‘Dominique’ by The Singing Nun has not been completely ruled out. So come on down to Jazzin’ Merida tout suite to see your internationally renowned Yucatones, berets optional…
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performance at 8:30 Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living The Empress Carlota
Starring Jacqueline Andere, with a cast of 14 additional actors. Plan ahead for this one because it will surely be the pick of the evening!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Admission: TBA
Information: Phone: 924-0040 or 924-9990

 

Friday (Viernes) September 26, 2008

Yucatan Living Movie: Man of the Year
A comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected. This one almost sounds a little too close for comfort…
Location: Videosala of the University Cultural Center, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is courtesy of René Monte Rosa, a virtuouso Jazz Pianist.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Cinema Under the Stars
Come and enjoy a quaint little backyard alternative theater, as well as some of the best Thai Pizza you’ve ever eaten!
This Week’s Movie: La Lista Negra (the Black List)
(The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium) Directed by Paul Verhoeven, a movie about the waning days of World War II in Europe.
Location: Centro Cultural “Los Huachinangos;” Calle 70 No. 456 x 51 y 53; Barrio de Santiago, Centro, Merida.
Time: All Fridays: 8:00 PM (Pizza at 7:30 PM)
Admission: Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks for sale

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Ladies Night
Tonight is just for the ladies. There will be a fashion show, a dinner buffet, and live music.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 MXP Ticket only event and you are asked to purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited.
Telephone: (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Velada Musical Juvenil
Artistic, multidisciplinary interpretation of trova and dance music. This is going to be a wonderful show! The voices of interpretation will include Claudia Basulto Castro, María Guadalupe Correa Góngora y Jéssica Alejandra Basulto Castro; along with Efraín Alfonso Pool Cupul and the Grupo de Danzas Tradicionales. It is one thing to see these performers in the choreographed shows we are used to, and quite another to see them put their own perspectiva into their presentations. We highly recommend this event as one of the best of the week!
Location: café “K’aay T’aan” in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admisión: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 27, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is by Sol Castillo and the Jazz Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesosDigna Ochoa's Movie

Yucatan Living Movie: Digna, Hasta el Ultimo Aliento (Digna, Until the Last Breath)
(Mexico, 2004). Directed by Felipe Cazals and starring Vanessa Bauche, this documentary is about Digna Ochoa Plácido, a human rights activist who died under mysterious circumstances in 2001 in Mexico City following her kidnapping by the federal police in 1999.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Ballet Juvenil del Ayuntamiento de Merida (Young People’s Ballet of the City of Merida)
Tonight’s performance is Bailemos (Let’s Dance) and is under the artistic direction of Mtra. Evelin Arzapalo Caballero. We are so fortunate to have these young dancers and they work so hard to provide us with extraordinary performances. It is imperative that we make it a priority to see every performance possible.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon, Garcia GineresOcio...sidades
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Ocio… sidades
If your Spanish is good, this will be a great experience. It is a monologue by Carlos Medina and sure to be one of the most interesting events of the evening.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 MXP y $30 MXP for INAPAM

Sunday (Domingo) September 28 , 2008

Yucatan Living It’s showtime at Joan’s again!
Pedro Ayuso is one of the most exciting artists in the Yucatan. With the most extraordinary skill, he laboriously prepares the jicara fruit and incises designs on the surface. His depictions of Mayan legends on this hollow gourds are of museum quality. Pedro also creates wonderful drums of bamboo—and that’s just the beginning. He is constantly exploring.
Something of a botanist and preservationist, Pedro describes the five different types of jicara trees and deplores the fact that these trees seem to be dying out. He plants seedlings and tries to encourage everyone to do the same. And yes, there will be seedlings at the show so that you can plant some too!

Pedro Ayuso jicara artAll proceeds from this show go directly to Pedro. It is our pleasure to help advance the work of valued artists.
He, of course, will be one of the exhibiting artists at the November 29th show sponsored by AANY (Amigos de Artesano Nuevo del Yucatan) at Technologica Turistica Total, AC on C 57 x 56 x 59—more on this later.
Date: Sunday, Sept. 28th
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Place: Casa Farrell, Calle 55 #561D X 72 & 74, Centro
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living Stories and Legends of Yucatan
This is a performance designed for the entire family and looks as if it is going to be a wonderful presentation. Under the direction of Wendy Cruz, there will even be mimes to entertain and cross the language barrier for those who still do not speak Spanish or Mayan.
Location: Museum of the City, Calle 56 x 65.
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free
Planet earth

Yucatan Living Documentary: Planet Earth: Mountains
See the life of mountains, from their birth to the present. Breathtaking scenes that are unforgetable!

Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Camerata Academica de Merida
This performance is entitled Yo Soy Mexicano (I am Mexican).This performance has almost become an annual tradition around the time of the celebration of Mexico’s Independence. The Camerata Academica de Merida is under the expert direction of Mtro. Jose Luis Chan Sabido, which certainly makes this our “must see” performance of the day.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Espartaco
A special invitation to the public to attend to this Event. Espartaco is a ballet in two acts and an epilogue by Aram Khachaturian. It is choreographed by and under the direction of Victor Salas. This is the closing of this performance and it certainly is our pick of the evening’s entertainment.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: TBA
Information: 923-7354

 

Other events during September

Yucatan Living Los Gremios in Merida
September 14 begins the annual tradition called Los Gremios in Merida. Gremios are associations of the members of specific trades, much like trade unions in other places. The opening day of Los Gremios begins on September 14, when the Christ of the Blisters is removed from its chapel in the Cathedral and mass is offered. The removal of the Christ of the Blisters takes place at 9:00 AM and mass is said at 11:00 AM.
On September 27, the processions begin, with each gremio reserving the Cathedral for the day of their pilgrimage. Every day, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, From September 27 through October 17, there will be a pilgrimage of one gremio through Centro, with each procession beginning and ending at the Cathedral. Each group of workers, from taxi drivers to shoemakers, is represented on their special day.
On October 9, the Christ of the Blisters goes on parade inside the Cathedral at 6:00 PM. Then, on the final day, October 17, there is a mass at 11:00 AM, followed by the Christ of the Blisters being returned to his chapel inside the Cathedral.


For those of us whose nation’s history reaches back little more than 200 years, it may seem strange to watch this beautiful religious tradition that has been going strong since 1654, but here he is – the Christ of the Blisters – still watching over Los Gremios after having been through not one, but two fires. In the village of Ichmul, everything burned except this wooden Christ figure, so he was moved to his new home in Merida’s Cathedral in 1654. Then, he survived a fire in Merida’s Cathedral in 1916. Even if it were not for the beauty of the processions and even if it were not for the respect due the gremios that serve the public in Yucatan so faithfully, it would still be worth traveling to Merida to see the Christ of the Blisters during Los Gremios.

Other Events Coming Soon

Yucatan Living A Tribute to the Beatles in Izamal
On October 9, the BBC London Orchestra, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will present a tribute to the Beatles in the spectacular sonvent atrium in Izamal. The theme of the BBC London Orchestra this year is "Mystery in the colonial cities of the Mayan World," so the convent atrium in Izamal is more than the perfect place for this performance. Tonight’s director is Barry Forgie, and features soprano Emer McParland and tenor Jeff Hooper.
Location: The Convent Atrium in Izamal
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: $100 to $1,000 MXP with tickets available at Cines Siglo XXI box offices

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Ticul Fiesta & Gremios”

  1. So when are the three days for the Ticul fiesta, you never state?

  2. Hola Working Gringos & Gringas,

    My long-time sweetie and I are coming to Merida, from the US on October 27. We would appreciate any tips on getting married in Merida during our time there. I think that I understand the requirements, but I would really appreciate any information that will help ensure that we have the proper documentation. We both really want to get married in our (soon to be) adopted country!
    Gracias,
    GH & Joyce

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