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Merida Events: Trova, Opera, Fiestas

This Week… starting January 31, 2011

The 469th Anniversary of the Founding of the City of Merida is over, but there are plenty of expat events to attend this week. There are meetups, dog walks, salsa lessons and a cocktail party, along with the beginning of a Cuban Film Festival and even a performance by the Symphony of Yucatan.

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Dzilam Gonzalez Festival
According to the Mayor of Dzilam Gonzalez (the town inland from Dzilam Bravo), their Festival for 2011 is going to be the party of the year in Yucatan. If you want to join the festivities, you had better hurry because the party is already underway. The following are the remaining events in the annual Festival in Dzilam Gonzalez.

Monday (Jan. 31): Dancing to Alfredo & his Keyboards and Grupo Marino; plus, the third Run with Bulls from Rancho Las Cruces.

Thursday (Feb. 3): Procession of la Virgen de la Concepcion at 7:00 PM

Saturday (Feb. 5): Fourth Run with the Bulls at Rancho La Herradura, a night light and sound show, and music by the groups Armagedon and Androide.

Sunday (Feb. 6): Fifth Run with the Bulls at Rancho San Pedro Kulinche and, that night, a free dance with entertainment by The Kizahuas.

Monday (Feb. 7): A bullfight, plus a dancing surprise at night.

Tuesday (Feb. 8): A Charlie Chaplin film, with proceeds going to benefit the local church. In the afternoon: rides, sales of clothes and snacks, and activities for young cowboys.

Yucatan Living Kantunil Fiesta: January 31 through February 4.
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria. The hallmark of this fiesta is its many religious and union processions. Kantunil is between Izamal, on the north, and Sotuta, on the south. According to the MileByMile map, the exit from the Merida to Cancun toll road (autopista de cuota) is a little under 40 miles from Merida. There is currently a big push on, by the Municipal Council in Kantunil, to improve the cultural experience of Fiesta de la Candelaria Yucatanchildren, with a focus on Mayan tradition, so this should be a trip everyone will enjoy. 

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta: February 2
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria. If you look at a map of the Municipality of Merida, you will see Tecoh down at the far southeast edge. The artisans of this area excel in the areas of making machine embroidered huipiles, hemp hammocks, and woodcarving. Tecoh means “Place of the Puma” and most of the buildings in the town of Tecoh are built on top of pre-Columbian foundations. This is a great area that far too many tend to overlook. 

Yucatan Living San Felipe Fiesta: February 5

This fiesta is in honor of San Felipe de Jesus. San Felipe is between Rio Lagartos and Dzilam de Bravo and is rapidly becoming quite a tourist destination. Any seafood you can think of can be found here and it is a great place to see waterfowl, turtles, and flamingos.


In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) January 31, 2011

Yucatan Living Beginning Salsa Classes (Day Classes)
This from Anny: “We are starting a "Salsa for Dummies" class, i.e. a group of primarily NON-Latino folks who might feel lost in classes with primarily Latinos. Stop by and see what’s going on…we don’t know yet either, since our first class will be on Monday, but we’re going to have fun!”
Location: La Viruta 51, Calle 51 #501a x 60 y 62
Time: Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Admission:  $50 pesos per lesson to begin with, “less if we have enough of a group to pay the teacher!”Trio del Sureste


Tuesday (Martes) February 01, 2011

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio del Sureste
This trova musical performance is under the direction of Miguel Ceballos.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) February 02, 2011

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Museum: Night of Trova
This performance is by Antonio “Tony” Espinosa and his Group.
Location: Vestibule of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Concert: “Flores de Otoño… Romanticos” (Flowers of Autumn… Romantic)
This performance of romantic music is under the direction of Mauricio Arriga Santos.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Paws on Pavement: A Wednesday Morning Walking Group
Every Saturday, an enthusiastic group of volunteers tackles the many tasks that need to be done at the Evolucion Sanctuary. If there is time, they also attempt to walk and socialize as many of the over 100 energetic dogs that live in the sanctuary. They decided to expand their walking group to include walks on Wednesday mornings and it has been a huge success for the volunteers and for the dogs. You are invited to come out and walk dogs with the volunteers for just two hours on Wednesday mornings – for your own benefit, as well as for the benefit of the dogs.
For more details on this group, please contact Patricia: kenandpatricia[at]hotmail.com.


Thursday (Jueves) February 03, 2011

Yucatan Living Mel & Blossom Special Event
Come out and be a part of the audience as Mel & Blossom do a special DVD taping of their comedy show. The show will be in English.
Location: El Templo, Calle 59 # 438 x 50 y 52, Centro Parque de Mejorada
Time: Doors open 8:00 PM, Show starts at 8:30 PM
Admission:  $50 pesos. All paid admissions receive one free Sol, Margarita or Vodka plus 10% off of all food purchases.

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Friday (Viernes) February 04, 2011

Yucatan Living Yolisto Meetup! Crew Club Now Available to Expats Yolisto Meetup
The City of Progreso has kindly made a meeting space available to foreigners for their exclusive use on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm – 8pm. This is being done on a trial basis. If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it. There is a pool, so bring your suits and towels if you like. The meetup ends at 8 PM, so you can continue the evening in one of the local restaurants after that, or return home for dinner. The 4 PM-8 PM timeframe also allows Yolisters in Merida to take the AutoProgreso in, and not have to drive home after dark.
Location: The Crew Club. Directions: Driving: enter Progreso, driving North on Calle 78 and turn left on Calle 21. Cross Calle 80 and into the driveway/gate just south of the beer store. From the AutoProgreso terminal: Exit the terminal and turn left. Turn left again at Calle 80. Walk 3 blocks and turn left just before you get to the Beer Store.
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free – but bring botanas to share and your own beverages/mix (hard or soft). No beverages or food will be served or available for purchase there. There will be a music man paid for with your donations. His fee is $750. If there are not enough donations, we will top it up.
RSVP: Please RSVP by sending a quick email to support[at]yolisto[dot]com (or replying to this topic on the forums), so that we know how many tables and chairs are needed.
Hope to see you there!  Joanne and Chuck Dueck, Organizers

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Denis’ TGIF Cocktail Party
Cash Bar and Botanas. A monthly meetup for members of the national and international community.
Location: Hennessy’s Restaurant, Paseo Montejo #486 x 41 y 43, across the street from the Anthropology Museum
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission:  Free with Cash Bar

Yucatan Living Beginning Salsa Classes (Night Class)
Since some of our readers might not know Monique, we are reprinting her invitation to the beginning salsa classes verbatim: “And, in case, in the off chance, I´m just saying…if you are interested in expressing yourself like the wild, beasty girl (or boy) that you are…The fabulous Chucho will be giving salsa dance classes for beginners next Friday (Feb 4) in the orange room at my bakery from 8 to 9 PM. If you are interested in this kind of exuberance, please call me and say yes. Yes to dance, Yes to life in Mexico. Yes, from 8 to 9 PM. This class is for beginners only. If you are already an experienced and wonderous dancer, please come express yourself in his intermediate class which he will offer sometime in the near future.”
Location: At Monique’s bakery, where the Slow Food Market is.
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission:  TBD

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Emotional Epigraphs: Feb. 4 – May 4 Jorge Patron Art Show at In Lakech
This is an exhibition of paintings by Jorge Eduardo Patron LeDoux. The artist is 24 years of age and this is his first exhibition.
Preview this event at their website.
Location: Galeria In La-kechgaleriainlakech.com/index_en.php
Time: 8:00 PM


Saturday (Sabado) February 05, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Fundraiser Bazaar for Albergue de Ancianos San Joaquin – Feb. 5 and 12th
The call for assistance from the nursing home between Progreso and Chicxulub has, thus far, been a success! Unfortunately, the need continues – as is the case in all shelter institutions. The purpose of this bazaar is to raise funds that will go toward the purchase of a new stove. Donations of gently used or new items welcome before Feb. 5.
Location: Calle 27 between Progreso & Chicxulub at Calle 40, 2 ½ blocks from Prepa Progreso.

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Yucatan Living Temporada de Ópera en el Cine (Opera Season at the Movies)Opera Carmen in Merida Yucatan
CARMEN by George Bizet.
Production recorded at the Met in 2009.
The non-profit cultural organization ÓPERA YUCATÁN is promoting the art of opera in Yucatan. They are a group of opera enthusiasts and their objectives are purely cultural and educational. Temporada de Ópera en el Cine is the program in which they are showing operas recorded in high definition DVD, the first Saturday of the month at noon, at Sala 3 the of the Siglo XXI Convention Center theaters. The movie theater is modern, stadium style, comfortable, and it seats more than 200 people. Please check the website Operayucatan.org to download the 2010-2011 Calendar of the season of opera at the movies. Also send them your suggestions, ideas or comments. The March 5 opera will be TURANDOT by Puccini.
Location: Sala 3 of the Siglo XXI Convention Center theaters
Time: Opera Talk at 11:30 AM, Opera at Noon
Admission:  a $40 pesos donation to Opera Yucatan

Yucatan Living Rummage Sale/Bazaar and Bake Sale
The sale today is in support of The International Women’s Club of Mérida’s Charity Fund. Donations of items are welcome (They can be dropped off at the sale site Monday, Wednesday, or Friday this week between 2 and 6 PM).
Location: Calle 51, #501A, x 60 y 62, behind Amate Books
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Free Tax SeminarFree Tax Seminar by Yucatan Expatriate Services
Yucatan Expatriate Services is hosting a free seminar called Taxes, Money & The Law for expatriates living in Yucatan. This is a wonderful opportunity to come and meet the entire Y.E.S. team, and get your questions answered.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo (next to the Ayuntamiento de Merida); Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: FREE – but please RSVP to: info[at]yucatanyes[dot]com or Call: 999-927-2437

Yucatan Living Musical: “Broadway The Show”
Producer: Marenna Alonzo, Director: Hugo Curcumelis. We suspect the show will be in Spanish, but music is, of course, universal. Come practice your listening skills!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Festival of Cuban Cinema
Poster Exposition, Central Patio of the Olimpo, 7:00 PM
Film: Fresa y Chocolate, Video Sala of the Olimpo, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) February 06, 2011

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of YucatanSymphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Yes!! You will come to the Symphony and hear Mozart and Beethoven tonight but the secret to this night’s experience is an accomplished Mexican director and performer. A quick reading of Jesus Medina’s resumé will inform you that he has directed orchestras around the world. To top off the performance, Luis Obregon from the Querétaro Philharmonic will play an important clarinet concerto by Austrian composer, Beethoven. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and the Magic Flute overture has always been a crowd pleaser, so it looks like quite an enjoyable night at the Symphony lies ahead!
Location:  Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 # 495 x 59 y 61, Centro
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission:  $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos
Prices and Discounts are listed on the Symphony Website.
For More Information, Call: +52 (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Video Documentary: Flying Africa
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Festival of Cuban Cinema: Guantanamera
The star, Jorge Perugorria, will be on hand for the showing of the film.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Cats n Kids Bazaar and Bake Sale: February 12, 2011
Location: Calle 65A #509C x 84 y 82, CENTRO
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Please mark your calendars and plan to support what we hope will be a huge garage sale. You can start now to put things you would like to donate aside, and you can ask your friends to do so too! Half of the money from this event will go to La Casa de Los Malcriados (The House of the Brat Cats), operated by Lida and Diana, who are two of the nicest people we know. Together, they care for 55 cats and 3 dogs. The other half of the proceeds will go to Un Kilo de Ayuda, a program that seeks to end child hunger and malnutrition in Yucatan. To learn more about this important event and to contact the sponsors, Visit the YAPA Website.

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: St. Valentine’s Massacre Day Quiz: Monday, February 14
First Prize: 4 Bottles Contraband. Are you ready to be shot at with questions and have a night full of laughter?
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos  Make reservations & pick up tickets early

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: An Evening of Sheer Elegance: Saturday, February TBA
The return of the Fenix Quartet.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Dinner served at 8:00 PM, Concert: 9:00 PM
Admission: $125 pesos Make reservations & pick up tickets early. Limit 38 guests

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:Carnaval 2011
March 2, 2011: Quema del Mal Humor
March 3, 2011: Preschoolers Parade
March 4, 2011: Corsican Parade
March 5, 2011: Fantasia Parade
March 6, 2011: Bachata Parade (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor)
March 7, 2011: Regional Parade
March 8, 2011: Battle of the Flowers Parade
March 9, 2011: Entierro de Juan Carnival
Keep an eye on Zona de Palcos to plan where you will get the best view of the festivities. No word yet on seating prices, but there should be more information soon.
Carnival Map on the Carnival de Merida 2011 website.

Yucatan Living Progreso: 1st Annual Capital of Rock Festival: May 13, 14 & 15Progreso Rock Festival
For updates and great maps to the locations, please visit the Progreso Capital of Rock website.
Friday (May 13): 60’s Rock
Location: Plaza“Hombre caídos en el mar” (at the end of Calle 29)
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Rock & Pop
Location: Terraza de la “Pista de canotaje,” at the entrance to Puerto de Progreso
Time: 12:00 PM, Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Alternative Rock
Location: Area adjacent to the beach “El Playon,” (next to Hotel CTM)
Time: 5:00 PM, Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Pop Rock (new bands)
Location: Terrenos del Campo Deportivo“Víctor Cervera Pacheco” on the road to
Chicxulub Puerto, at the Glorieta del Corchito.
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Rock (all types): Best Band
Location: Progreso Malecon; Parque Chazaro Perez
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Trova, Opera, Fiestas”

  1. Sorry, I forgot to hit notify me of reply. we’ll be in Merida on a tuesday evening and i’m wondering what the hours of music/dance are in el parque de santiago? thanks, carol

  2. The music and dance at Parque Santiago is every Tuesday evening and starts about 8 or 8:30 PM, depending. A big orchestra plays salsa, meringue, and other Latin dances. Its a lot of fun!


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