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Nutcracker, Sales… Must be the Holidays!

The Fair of Footwear: "Ofertón 2007"

Shoes made in Ticul on sale for the holidaysThis fair, in Ticul, began last week and will continue until December 23. It is the last fair of the year and discounts range from 10% to 50% on all merchandise. But this isn’t just a shoe sale! This fair is put on by the shoe manufacturers here in Yucatan. There are “shoes of the season” for the ladies, as well as boots for men and boys, crafts, imitation jewelry, and toys. These discounts are being taken off of the already low wholesale prices, so ladies shoes can be had for about $70 pesos. Here’s where you’ll find the Yucateca Barbies (on sale!) for the girls on your Christmas list, as well as remote control cars and robots for the boys. You can even buy either individual pieces or an entire nativity set here. There are no food vendors at the Shoe Fair, nor are there any alcoholic drinks for sale. However, there is a concert every night at 7:00 PM, with the entertainment for the last night provided by a violin quartet playing their interpretation of Christmas Carols.

Artisan Fair: The Heart and Soul of a Town

This artisan fair is to be held in the Plaza Grande from December 17 to December 22, 2007. A total of 570 artisan families, belonging to 95 different artisan groups, will be represented there. This is one of those rare occasions when you are guaranteed to find something wonderful for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

A New Jazz Café

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you can listen to great live jazz at this new venue. And take our word for it, there are some amazing jazz musicians in Merida. We think its the only place in Merida where you can have a light meal, listen to live music and talk without shouting at the same time!
Location : Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time : Performances at 9:30 PM and 10:50 PM, Club is open from 7-12 PM
Phone : 924-5628

Coming Soon: The work of Maestro Manuel Mendive

Manuel Mendive in Merida Yucatan 2008 Mark those 2008 calendars! The work of Cuban Maestro Manuel Mendive is coming to the Museum of Anthropology from January 10, 2008 until March 30, 2008. This man is the leading Afro-Cuban artist in the world today. The name of the show is El color blanco, el azul, el verde y el color de mi piel (The white, the blue, the green and the color of my skin). 2008 marks the 466th anniversary of the founding of the City of Merida and this show is planned as part of that event. Manuel Mendive is not only a painter and sculptor, but is also quite famous throughout Europe as a performer and even as a body painter. This show will represent his 40 years of work and should be a rousing success!!! You can read all about the artist here.

Monday (Lunes) December 17, 2007

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary.
Location: Merida English Library , Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Monday Night Football at Mercer Cigar Store in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Monday Night Football
Football with a chicken wings, beer, fellow football fans and a good cigar! Every Monday night through Dec. 30. This week, Chicago vs. Minnesota. Special price on Cuaba-Divinos during the game: $60 pesos!
Location: Mercer Cigars, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Colonia Mexico
Tel: 999-944-3647 for information
Time: 7:00 PM until its over
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Cuban Film Festival in MeridaTuesday (Martes) December 18, 2007

Yucatan Living Movie SeriesCuban Films, Inside and Outside the Island
Film: Fuera de Liga (Out of This League), billed as the controversial documentary about the most famous Cuban baseball team. Very well known in Cuba, though denounced by their government.
Location: Cineteca Nacional of Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time:
5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just good conversation and a chance to learn more about life in Yucatan. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Speakers are often invited. This week, club member Larry Harrison would like to form a group to research the availability in the area of assisted living and nursing facilities and services. We are all getting older, and, sooner or later many of us will be in need of such professional services. Anyone interested in helping should contact Larry at 928-8931 or ljharrison1922 [at] yahoo [dot] com. It should be quite an interesting morning, so do be in attendance and don’t hesitate to bring a friend.
Location : Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, a half block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly known as the “Burger King Circle.”
Time : 9:00 to 10:30 AM
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Martes de Trova (Tuesday of Trova)
This week is the 25th anniversary of De Los Amigos de la Trova (From the Friends of Trova). Performing tonight will be a number of guest artists.
Location: First Floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 61 x Calle 62
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time:
8:30 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
Dance to the Big Band sound of the 40’s, played by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Sit with the crowd in the park, at one of the restaurants that look out over the "dance floor" and eat dinner, or get out there and dance!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 by Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for about 1.5 hours
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 19, 2007

Yucatan Living Movie SeriesCuban Films, Inside and Outside the Island
Film: Fuera de Liga (Out of This League), billed as the controversial documentary about the most famous Cuban baseball team. Very well known in Cuba, though denounced by their government.
Location: Cineteca Nacional of Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time:
5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series "December in the Popular Tradition" – This Week: "Santa Claus" ( Mexico , 1959)
This movie, directed by Rogelio A. González, is as weird a Christmas fantasy as you are going to find, where Santa teams up with Merlin the Magician to defeat Satan and his evil sidekick, Pitch.
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 58 at Calle 65
For: The entire family
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Merida English LibraryYucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour

Conducted by Keith Heitke for benefit of the Merida English Library.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at Calle 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Poker in MexicoEvery other Wednesday night, there’s a Texas Hold’ em Poker Tournament at the Mercer Cigars store. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Buy-in is $500 pesos and First place takes 60%, plus a Romeo & Juliet Churchill cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location: Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Thursday (Jueves) December 20, 2007

Yucatan Living The Nutcrackers: Exhibition of Classical Ballet
Location: Pasaje de portal de granos (Passage of vestibule of grains…?) on the side of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 58 at Calle 65
For: the entire family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series - Cuban Films, Inside and Outside the Island
Film: Fuera de Liga (Out of This League), billed as the controversial documentary about the most famous Cuban baseball team. Very well known in Cuba, though denounced by their government.
Location: Cineteca Nacional of Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time:
5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living "To Remember is to Live"

A dance for those of us who want to get home a little earlier. Again, the Big Band sound of the magical Jaranara Orchestra.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade
The signature romantic serenade of Merida and romantic heart of the City.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Friday (Viernes) December 21, 2007


Yucatan Living Piano Recital: Students of Centro Wallis
Prior to graduation, each student of the arts must participate in a number of public performances in Merida. These recitals are extraordinarily good and well worth a night in the city.
Cuban comedy plays in Merida YucatanLocation: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 58 at Calle 65
For: the entire family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie SeriesCuban Films, Inside and Outside the Island
Film: Un Rey en la Habana (A King in Havana). A Cuban girl gets ready to marry a wealthy Spaniard, who drops dead suddenly. Hilarity ensues as she tries to get money out of his family and friends back in Spain. As a review on CDUniverse.com said, ‘This movie is a lot of funny." We rest our case.
Location: Cineteca Nacional of Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time:
5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) December 22, 2007


Yucatan Living Movie SeriesCuban Films, Inside and Outside the Island
Film: Un Rey en la Habana (A King in Havana). A Cuban girl gets ready to marry a wealthy Spaniard, who drops dead suddenly. Hilarity ensues as she tries to get money out of his family and friends back in Spain. As a review on CDUniverse.com said, ‘This movie is a lot of funny." We rest our case.
Location: Cineteca Nacional of Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time:
5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
An outdoor performance that brings the folklore of all of Mexico to Merida! Music and partying under the stars!
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Outdoor concerts, sidewalk cafes, shopping at night – its all here!
Tonight: Concerts in Parque de Santa Lucía (Calle 60 at Calle 55)
Location: Also in Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55, Centro
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) December 23, 2007


Yucatan Living Documentary: The Marvelous World of the Animals
Watch as different life forms learn to survive and develop on the new planet.
Location : Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 # 648 x 84 y 84 A on the north side of the Zoo.
For: The whole family
Time: At noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Museum of Urban Traditions: The Nutcracker Perspective of the Artisans of Mérida
Performed by the dancers of the Miriam Cazola Academy of Dance. A slightly different take on the famous Christmas ballet.
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x Calle 58
For: The entire family
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie SeriesCuban Films, Inside and Outside the Island
Film: Un Rey en la Habana (A King in Havana). A Cuban girl gets ready to marry a wealthy Spaniard, who drops dead suddenly. Hilarity ensues as she tries to get money out of his family and friends back in Spain. As a review on CDUniverse.com said, ‘This movie is a lot of funny." We rest our case.
Location: Cineteca Nacional of Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time:
5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday Art on Paseo de Montejo
Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Cupules, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs
A “play-date” for dogs!
Location: In the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel: north on Calle 60, right on Calle 35, just past Siqueff Restaurant.Parking lot entrance is on the left.
Time: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (bring water for you and your dog)

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo
Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where booths are set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and everything is made for sale by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. There’s also usually a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music. Or wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.
Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63) Dancing at Santa Lucia Park on Sunday morning
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

 


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3 Responses to “Nutcracker, Sales… Must be the Holidays!”

  1. Your local Sharon Helgason requested you send this article to me, a most kind action Mrs Barber and I sincerely appreciate. This comprehensive article is deeply appreciated for its coverage of locally offered music and dance. You both make us wish we were there to enjoy each of these presentations.

  2. Pasaje de portal de granos — could that be “The street by the granary door?” (from a reference to the old mercado, perhaps?) Just wondering out loud…

  3. Thanks for the info on the shoe fair, wife is planning on stocking up once we are fully in place in Merida (so will not have to ship all of her current shoes).

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