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This week in Merida: Movie-palooza!


This week…

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!

This week, we’re splitting up the events to make it easier for all of you and all of us. On the regular weekly Events page, you will now find only those events that are unique to this week. Performances, movies, festivals and other events can all be found here.

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.

 

Fiestas

Homún Fiesta: Nine Day Event
Sunday, July 6 through Monday, July 14
Homún is a small municipality to the southeast of Merida. This festival is in honor of San Buenaventura. When researching the area, we discovered that the flora surrounding Homún includes both zapote and flamboyán. It doesn’t get much better than that. However, we also discovered that the tamarindo tree also grows in this area. The tamarindo is revered throughout much of the world. In some places, it is connected to religion, in others, the fruit is prized in cooking circles. Our interest was piqued when we read that the soft, outer wood will clean copper without chemicals and the hard, inner (heart) wood can be made into beautiful, deep red flooring. Merida’s bonsai folks might be interested in the fact that the tamarindo has recently become popular in bonsai culture. You can read more about tamarindo here and here. Looks like a reconnaisance mission is in order when we visit the Fiesta of San Buenaventura in Homún.

Motul: 9 Day Event
July 8 through July 16Motul Yucatan
We do not have the current program listing for the traditional fiesta in Motul because La Voz de Motul’s website has been under reconstruction since February. We really miss it, since it is one of the best newspapers in Yucatan. However, you can click here and get an idea of what will be taking place from articles on their 2007 festival. Motul is a wonderful city, with a long and illustrious history – including the fact that it is the home of Yucatan’s beloved Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto, who was assassinated in 1924. The Fiesta of Nuestra Senora del Carmen, in Motul, is always one of the highlights of the year.

Monday (Lunes) July 7, 2008

Photographic Exposition: Merida: Where the Birds Come Together
This should be one of the most beautiful photographic expositions of the year. It is the beginning of the lead into the 7th Annual Bird Festival and the 15th Anniversary of the Cuxtal Reserve.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM, July 3 through July 13
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) July 8, 2008The City of Lost Children

Yucatan Living Movie: The City of Lost Children 
(US, 1995) A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children in hopes that stealing their dreams will slow his aging process. Stars Ron Pearlman and Jean-Claude Dreyfus.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas Avenida Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Nobles
One of our favorite trova trios and a must see performance. Trio Los Nobles is under the direction of Luis Felipe Gongora
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) July 9, 2008

Yucatan Living Tierra de Osos (Land of the Bears)
A closing of the season for the Classical Dance and Choir of Ninos of Centro Cultural Wallis. This is absolutely a must see event. Everyone wonders where Yucatan manages to get all those talented dancers, musicians, singers, artists, and sculptors. There is a simple answer to that. Even the smallest child who shows an interest in the arts is encouraged in Yucatan. Great talent is the result and we are the beneficiaries at the end of their school years along the way. Do try to attend this event and watch our future artists in the making.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) July 10, 2008

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Expositions
If you love art, this is the place to be tonight. The work of some of the best artists in all of Yucatan will go on display. This is a not to be missed event. The offerings include:
Silencio Aparente (Apparent Silence): A retrospective by Samuel Barrera Ceballos (Read our interview with the artist here)
Sala 1: Paisajes Pintura (Landscape Paintings). Gabriel Santos
Sala 2: Multidisciplinary Exposition. The Murmurs of Babel. Jorge Ermilo Espinosa Torre (View a past exposition of this artist’s work here.)
Sala 3: Fernando Espejo Mendez
Location: Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida, Musica y Color (Merida, Music and Color)
Come out and see a tribute to the Beatles! This event is called "Of Merida and Liverpool," and features Yanina and Rachel. If you have not attended an outdoor concert at the Concha Acustica in Parque de las Americas, this is the perfect opportunity to experience a wonderful concert under the stars.
Location: Concha Acustica in Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Gineres.
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday : Cuando la flauta y el oboe van a la opera (When the Flute and the Oboe Go to the Opera)
Our performers tonight are Joaquin Melo, flute, and Alexander Ovcharov, oboe. This performance will feature the most famous works of Mozart, among others.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday The Informer
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Anthology of Spaghetti Westerns
Movie: The Informer 
(U.S., 1935) Directed by John Ford; Starring: Preston Foster
In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend and then feels doom closing in. (Review: IMBD)
Location:Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 59 and 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: General: $30 MXP, Students: $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Admission: Free
First Feature: Julius Caesar 
(US, 1953) Starring Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, and performances by John Gielgud, Edmund O’Brien, Deborah Kerr, and Greer Garson.
Time: 6:00 PM
Second Feature: The Searchers 
(US, 1956) Starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, Harry Carey Jr., and Hank Worden. A Civil War veteran searches for his niece, who has been captured by Indians.
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Movie: Ezeiza
(2007)The Ezeiza International Airport seen as a border between Argentina and the world. Different life stories that merge in the airport. Directed by Gustavo Tieffenberg. Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Friday (Viernes) July 11, 2008

Yucatan LivingMozart by Salvador Lemis  Mozart by Salvador Lemis
Salvador Lemis is the author and director of this dramatic presentation of Mozart, the man. The actor is Gabriel Moreno Vera. For those who do not know, Salvador Lemis is the new Director of Centro de Investigaciones Escenicas de Yucatan. Read his resume here and you will understand why this is a must see event.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Dates and times: Friday, July 11, 9:00 PM; Saturday, July 12, 8:00 PM
Admission: $30 MXP

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Anthology of Spaghetti Westerns
Movie: The Informer 
(U.S., 1935) Directed by John Ford; Starring: Preston Foster
In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend and then feels doom closing in. (Review: IMBD)
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: General: $30 MXP, Students: $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Alfareria y Talabarteria: 3 Day Event
The Casa de la Cultura del Mayab and Casa de las Artesanias invites you to an expo and sale of the work of the Artesanos del Estado Alfareria y Talabarteria. These are artisans who are master potters and saddlemakers. This should be a beautiful show and is on our list as a "must see" event. 
Location: Patio de Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Dates: Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13.
Time: 10:00 AM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living II Classical Dance Contest: 2 Day Event
The name of this contest is Noche de Talentos Infantil y Juvenil 2008 and this night is designated as a Gala de Inauguracion.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 59 y 61
Times: 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets are available at the ticket office. For further information, you may call Teatro Merida at 924-0040, 924-9990, or 924-7687

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan: Rio Lagartos, Municipio Invitado
A performance by Aurora Loria Alcocer and the Mariachi Rio Lagartos
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is courtesy of Rene Monterosa, Virtuoso 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 Cinema Series: Contemporary Anthology
Movie: Exiles
(France, 2004) Starring Romain Duris and Lubna Azabal. Zano and Naima travel across France and Spain, and down into Algeria, where they will come to know the land their parents once had to flee.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: FreeMad Hot Ballroom

Yucatan Living Movie: Mad Hot Ballroom
(2005) Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to try to compete in the final citywide competition. English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Saturday (Sabado) July 12, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is by La Mama Ruda y los SHDH a group of young yucatecos playing jazz and blues.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628Sister Helen Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: Sister Helen
(EUA, 2003) Sister Helen is not your average nun. In fact, there is nothing average about this story. After the death of her husband and two sons, Helen got herself sober and joined the Benedictine order of nuns. Though in her late sixties, she opened a private home for recovering addicts and alcoholics in the South Bronx, where she lives, along with twenty-one men
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Folkloric Ballet of San Luis Potosi
Under the direction of Mtro. Enrique Mena, this presentation is part of a national sharing of culture program that is making its way throughout Mexico. This should be a wonderful event and will give us an opportunity to see the cultural offerings from another part of Mexico.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available in the ticket office. For more information, you may call the theater at: 924-3594 or 924-3843.

Yucatan Living Alfareria y Talabarteria: 3 Day Event
The Casa de la Cultura del Mayab and Casa de las Artesanias invites you to an expo and sale of the work of the Artesanos del Estado Alfareria y Talabarteria. These are artisans who are master potters and saddlemakers. This should be a beautiful show and is on our list as a "must see" event. 
Location: Patio de Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Dates: Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13.
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mozart de Salvador Lemis 
Salvador Lemis is the author and director of this dramatic presentation of Mozart, the man. The actor is Gabriel Moreno Vera. For those who do not know, Salvador Lemis is the new Director of Centro de Investigaciones Escenicas de Yucatan. Read his resume here and you will understand why this is a must see event.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo
Dates and times: Friday, July 11, 9:00 PM; Saturday, July 12, 8:00 PM
Admission: $30 MXP

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Anthology of Spaghetti Westerns
Movie: The Informer 
(U.S.,1935) Directed by John Ford; Starring: Preston Foster
In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend and then feels doom closing in. (Review: IMBD)
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General: $30 MXP, Students: $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Contemporary AnthologyTanguy
Movie: Tanguy 
(France, 2001) Starring Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier, and Eric Berger. With their 28 year old son still living at home, these parents hatch a plan to make their home a terrible place to live.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living II Classical Dance Contest
The name of this contest is Noche de Talentos Infantil y Juvenil 2008. This is the second of three nights.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 # 495 x 59 y 61
Times: 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets are available at the ticket office. For further information, you may call Teatro Merida at 924-0040, 924-9990, or 924-7687

Sunday (Domingo) July 13, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary: Walking with Prehistoric Animals: Land of Giants
This documentary is mostly about early mammals and should be a great show for every member of the family.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Corredor Internacional de Arte
This exposition and sale is listed as being held on all Sundays in July at the same location we are used to seeing for the show and sale we know as "Sunday Art on Paseo Montejo." The only thing that is different is the time. Sunday Art on Paseo Montejo has traditionally begun at 10:00 AM, while Corredor Internacional de Arte is beginning at 8:00 AM. It will be interesting to see if this is a new show and sale, or if it is an extension of the weekly event we have all come to love. Either way, if you are looking for a special piece, this is where you just might find it.
Location: Paseo de Montejo (Av. Colon y Calle 37)
Dates: All Sundays in July
Time: 8:00 AM
Admission: Free

 Yucatan Living Alfareria y Talabarteria: 3 Day Event

The Casa de la Cultura del Mayab and Casa de las Artesanias invites you to an expo and sale of the work of the Artesanos del Estado Alfareria y Talabarteria. These are artisans who are master potters and saddlemakers. This should be a beautiful show and is on our list as a "must see" event. 
Location: Patio de Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Dates: Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13.
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Anthology of Spaghetti Westerns
Movie: The Informer
(U.S.,1935) Directed by John Ford; Starring: Preston Foster
In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend and then feels doom closing in. (Review: IMBD)
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: General: $30 MXP, Students: $15 MXP

Yucatan Living II Classical Dance Contest
The name of this contest is Noche de Talentos Infantil y Juvenil 2008 and this night is designated as a Gala de Clausura. (the closing performance)
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 59 y 61
Times: 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets are available at the ticket office. For further information, you may call Teatro Merida at 924-0040, 924-9990, or 924-7687

Coming Next Friday!

Brazilian Salsa Night
Live music will be performed by Rene Monta Rosa & Friends.
Brazilian style buffet served at 8:30 PM
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53, #547 x 70 y 72, Santiago District of downtown; phone: (999) 924-0103
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: $45 MXP

Six More Fiestas in Yucatan This Month

Sinanche
July 14
Sinache is the municipality just to the east of Telchac. On July 14, Sinache holds a celebration for San Buenaventura, patrono de la poblacion. San Cristano is in Sinache and is the best place we know for taking a tour of a mangrove. If you’re looking for a cool place on a hot day, San Cristano’s mangrove is the place to be. These tours cost $30 pesos and the number to call for reservations is 926-0236.

Hoctun: 3 Week Event
Tuesday, July 15,through Wednesday, August 6
Hoctun is not very far southeast of Merida, just off of Hwy. 180 (see map here). This particular festival is in honor of Santo Cristo de la Transfiguracion. Hoctun is a lovely area, one of the kinds of places that gets billed as having "small town living at its best." Just 30 minutes from Merida, but a little bit off the beaten path, our readers know Hoctun as the home town of one of our favorite Yucatan Living cheerleaders – Ginny (Peregrina). If you haven’t visited the cemetery in Hoctun, take a look at our pictures and you’ll see why a visit to Hoctun’s Fiesta for Santo Cristo de la Transfiguracion is a must attend event. By the way, we hear they have some pretty good jarana (dance) competitions at this festival too. See you there!

Halacho: 2 Week Event           
Saturday, July 19, through Monday, August 4  
Halacho is the coastal municipality that connects the State of Yucatan with the State of Campeche. This is fishing, squid, and wildlife country, with some of the best birdwatching in the world. The best map is here. The dotted line on the map is the border between Yucatan and Campeche. Look how close Halacho is to Becal. If one needed an excuse to go shopping for a Panama Hat (the real thing!) or really fine shawl, then a visit to Halacho’s Fiesta de la Santiago Apóstol would be the best excuse in the world to get there. This area of the state is often out of sight and out of mind because so much of it is in the bio-reserves, ours and Campeche’s. But isn’t that what ecotourism is all about? This area is well worth exploring and well worth a trip to the festival.

Rio Lagartos
July 25
Rio Lagartos is one of the up-and-coming destinations in our state. You can read about new developments, hotels, restaurants, and more in our recent news about San Felipe. This festival is in honor of Santiago Apostol, Patrono del pueblo. There will be religious ceremonies, as well as processions, vaquerias, and a running of the bulls. For those who are interested in bird watching, here is a list of birds in the area.

Valladolid
July 26
Valladolid has a number of festivals throughout the year. This one is to celebrate Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana. Of course, Valladolid is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world because of its proximity to Chichen Itza, so each visit there is more enjoyable than the last. Artisand here produce hammocks, typical clothing, embroidery, jewelry, saddlery, and stone carvings.

Teabo
July 27
Teabo also has several festivals throughout the year. This one is in honor of San Pedro and San Pablo (St. Peter and St. Paul). Teabo is the municipality that lies south of Tekax. This is a great location that provides visitors with shopping experiences all along the way. While the artisans here also produce typical embroidered clothing, they also produce cotton hammocks. By the way, one of their local "refreshments" is made with xtabentun – so take it easy. We’re sure everyone will have a good time and enjoy the part of our state that is gaining fame for ecotourism.

Other Events in July

International Women’s Club Breakfast
Each month, the IWC holds a non-host breakfast that is open to both members and to potential members. You can read about the IWC here and check their calendar for dates, times, and locations here.

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


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3 Responses to “This week in Merida: Movie-palooza!”

  1. Thank you..for keeping me posted……As usual…”GRINGOS IN MERIDA” Rock!

  2. When I and my three friends – Las GarGoyles Fabulosos – do our YucaTrip next March, I’ll be taking with me all the information, articles and places to eat/see/tour/gawk at that I’ve been learning from you. Muchas Gracias.

  3. I’m a singer songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, and I’ll be visiting Merida for a few days in October. Can anyone suggest a little club that hosts alternative live music?

    Cheers

    Wendy

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