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Merida Events:The Nutcracker and Movies

This Week… starting December 23, 2013

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is very quiet in Yucatan, especially as far as events are concerned. The buildings are undergoing maintenance and most workers and performers are on vacation, spending time with their families. Actually, the best activity at Christmas is to just hang out in centro, or in one’s own neighborhood. There are posadas and (weather permitting) everybody is sitting outside on the sidewalks. Malls are decorated, as are parks and churches. This entire week is just a nice time to behave and belong in Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Espita Fiesta: December 19 through December 28
This fiesta is in honor of the Niño Dios. Espita is in the East-Central part of Yucatan state, just to the east of Dzitas and just under 2 hours from Merida. Lots of cattle ranches and cowboys here, and all of the good food and leather work that goes along with them. Almost all of the people of Espita are either Mayan or Otomi and those are the languages spoken here. The children speak Maya and Otomi at home, add Spanish in school, and are now all taking English in school as well. There will be bullfights at this fair, along with a 15 kilometer cattle drive from Sucilá to Espita. You can also find ramilletes at this fair.

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta: December 23
This fiesta is in honor of San Idelfonso Archbishop of Toledo, who was responsible, in large part, for the unification of the Spanish liturgy. He died in 667. Sotuta is the ancestral home of Nachi Cocom and the ancestral home of the family of assassinated Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. If you are a history buff, Sotuta is the place for you. If you are a shopper, this is cowboy country, so look for great leatherwork here!

Rural Fiestas in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Peto Fiesta: December 27 through January 02
This fiesta is in honor of Virgen de la Estrella . Peto is also a rural municipality, so lots of leatherwork here too, but there are also at least three fantastic jewelry shops in Peto and at least one of these families creates the marvelous high-end jewelry sold in the better shops in Merida. Any fiesta in Peto is a great excuse to find out just what wonders may lie in the heart of Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: December 15 through January 10
This is a huge fiesta in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin website.

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Yucatan Living Art At the Olimpo
There are three exhibitions. One exhibition is the work of Isaac Zambra. The two others are “Behind the Facades: Certain Interior Spaces” by Jose Luis Rodriguez de Armas and Humberto Peraza’s “Immortality and Passion in His Sculpture”. This exhibit will continue until December 31, and the exhibit is just off the Plaza Grande, so there is no excuse for not visiting!
Location: Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Art Show to Stop Violence in Merida YucatanYucatan Living V Exhibition: Mira el Silencio : November 22 – January 18
This art exhibit in the Mejorada section of town has been put on in cooperation with the United Nations’ declaration to stop violence against women worldwide. More than 100 artists in a variety of media contributed their art.
Location: Calle 59 # 452-A x 54 y 52, Centro-Mejorada
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Utopia Citadina
This exhibition is of the new paintings by Cuban artist Sanlly Viera Alarcon.
Location: La Galeria In La K’ech
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) December 23, 2013

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

Tuesday (Martes) December 24, 2013

Christmas in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Christmas Eve Mass in Merida
Christmas Eve mass in downtown Merida.
Location: Catedral del Ildefonso, Merida
Time: 10:00 PM we think… we’re trying to find out for sure
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Christmas Eve Mass in Chelem
Christmas Eve mass by the beach.
Location: Iglesia de la Medalla Milagrosa
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Christmas Eve

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 25, 2013

Yucatan Living Christmas Day

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library Christmas Party
Food (Potluck style), Drinks, Music, Pinatas, Candy, and lots of friends! Including Santa!
Location: CasaHamaca, Valladolid Map http://www.casahamaca.com/location.htm
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Please reply by e-mail (VEL Library – Yucatán ) to let them know what type of food, drinks and/or desserts you will be contributing to the celebration and how many people are coming with you. This year, they are also asking that you please donate a toy (cost between $10 and $50 pesos). The toys will be given to children attending the Casa Hamaca Christmas celebration. Finally, there will be a group of musicians playing during the celebration. A monetary donation for the musicians is greatly appreciated. Please, hand in your contribution to Jenny, Manager of CasaHamaca.

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 26, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: The Tiniest Place
(2011 Mexico) This is a story about mankind’s ability to arise, to rebuild and reinvent himself after surviving a tragedy. A story about a people that have learned to live with their sorrow, an annihilated town that re-emerges through the strength and deep love of its’ inhabitants for the land and the people. A story about a tiny place nestled in the mountains amidst the humid Salvadorean jungle.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Simon of the Desert
(1963 Mexico). Director: De Luis Bunuel. Starring Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Enrique Alvarez. Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him. It was the Sixties in Mexico, what can we say?
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pierrot Le Fou
(1965 France) Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. The Sixties in France, even stranger.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: We Need to Talk About Kevin
(2011 Spain) Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Calle Lopez
(2013 Mexico) A film that lives somewhere between the micro-social documentary and an urban symphony. Portrait of different characters working and living in one of the busiest streets in Mexico City.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) December 27, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley

(2012 England) A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. Jah, man.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Carnage
(2011 France). Director: Roman Polanski. Starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos. Great cast, no?
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Moon
(2009 UK) 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: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: The Nutcracker

The first performance took place on December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Do not miss THIS performance with the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(2011 Germany) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our framework of time and space upside down. The story of a drug, its discovery in the Basel chemistry lab, the first experiments by Albert Hoffmann on himself, the 1950′s experiments of the psychiatrists, the consciousness researchers and the artists. Don’t miss this!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 28, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Hair India
(2008 India) The journey of a young Indian woman’s hair, donated to the Temple to be then converted into exquisite hair extensions in Italy. This same hair will then return to India to satisfy the whim of a successful career woman in Bombay.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Third Man
(1946 United Kingdom). Director: Carol Reed. Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli and Trevor Howard. Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime. Ooooooh.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Moonrise Kingdom
(2011 USA) A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. It’s about more than that, but you really have to see it.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Classical Ballet Company in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: The Nutcracker

The first performance took place on December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Do not miss this performance with the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Le Havre
(Finland 2011) When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Melancholia
(2011 Denmark) Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. Yeah, it is that weird, but absolutely visually beautiful.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

 

Sunday (Domingo) December 29, 2013

Yucatan Living Documentary: Hidden Worlds
Meet other forms of life as you take a magical journey through the hidden areas of our planet.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Piel Que Habito
(2011 Spain) A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig is a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: The Nutcracker

The first performance took place on December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Do not miss this performance with the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Midnight in ParisYucatan Living Movie: Midnight in Paris
(2011 USA) While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. Good modern Woody Allen movie, starring Owen Wilson and Paris.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) December 30, 2013

No events to report at the moment. Just go outside and have fun!

Tuesday (Martes) December 31, 2013

New Year in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living New Year’s Eve Celebration. See our article about events on New Years Eve in Merida.

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Happy New Year!!

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Rosca de la Reyes (King’s Cake): January 4, 2014
Merida’s largest King’s Cake will be served today with all proceeds going to charity.
Location: Avenida Colon between Calle 60 and Paseo de Montejo, Merida
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living MEL’s Eco-Park Safaris Sundays: January 12 and 26
Join Cherie Pittillo, renowned zoologist, photographer, author and columnist, in a tour of 3 Ecological Parks of Mérida; the Parque Acuático, the Kai Lu Um Park (Maya for “song of the earth”) and the Parque Ecológico del Poniente. It begins with an introduction at the Library and maps and special directions for the drivers will be distributed. The tour takes around 5 hours and is, in total, a 26-mile round trip from MEL. The tour will afford you the opportunity to observe and photograph the flora and fauna of the area, including birds such as: Northern Jacana, Black-necked Stilt, Great Egret and Couch’s Kingbird. Don’t forget your binoculars, cameras, hats, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion and water.
Location: Begins at the Library
Time: 6:30 AM
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Capacity limited to 17 per tour, so sign up early. They need 4 private cars that can take 4 to 5 persons. If you offer to drive your car, you get the tour free of charge.

Yucatan Living Maná in Concert: February 8, 2014
This great rock and roll band will be opening the new Coliseo in Merida… if you love rock and roll, don’t miss this!
Location: Coliseo Yucatan, Merida
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at www.boletea.com start at $660 pesos

Yucatan Living Feldenkrais Personal Training Workshop: The Journey Inward: January 13-16
For More Information, visit the Feldenkrais Journey website.
Location: Casa Quetzal, Valladolid
Time: All day
Admission: $360 if registed by 12/13/2013, $440 after that

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
January 11, 2014, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS by Richard Strauss,
February 1st, La NOZZE di FIGARO by Mozart,
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
“The Ring of the Nibelung” by Wagner will be shown at the end of the 4th season.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

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