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Three more days of Carnaval!

This Week… starting February 23, 2009


Yucatan Living Carnival Information
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: All regular Centro events sponsored by the Municipality of Merida have been canceled due to Carnival festivities. Please remember that streets are closed to accommodate crowds and parades – and don’t forget that there are street parties taking place after all of the parades. If you are going to one or more of the parades, please review this page to get times and locations of collective transportation into the parade routes, as well as the locations of everything from bathrooms to paramedics.

Only One Municipal Fiesta Begins this Week:

Yucatan Living Opichen Fiesta  5 Day Event
February 23 through  February 27
Opichen is just west of Muna and borders on southeastern corner of the municipality of Calkini in the State of Campeche. When you get to Maxcanu, turn left to go to Opichen or right to go on to Halacho and on to Becal, which is the land of fine Panama hats woven in caves. All but a few of the residents of Opichen are Mayans, so that is the language that is most common in Opichen. This is a traditional “county fair.” Look here for great leatherwork.

Monday (Lunes) February 23, 2009

Yucatan Living Regional Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Progreso: Proteccion de Perros y Gatos, A.C.
Progreso’s humane society meets on the last Monday of every month.The general public is invited to attend. Note: all business meetings are conducted in Spanish.
Location: Flamingo’s Restaurant on the Malecon
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: None, but buy your own dinner.

 

Tuesday (Martes) February 24, 2009Last Day of Carnival in Merida, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Batalla de las Flores Parade (Battle of the Flowers)
This is the final parade of this year’s Carnival… and usually the most crowded. It’s your last chance to party, and the festivities will continue on Paseo de Montejo late into the evening.
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) Febuary 25, 2009

Yucatan Living Quema de Juan Carnaval (The Burning of Juan Carnival)
This is the very last Carnival event… until next year, when we do it all over again!
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) February 26, 2009

Yucatan Living Cinema Classics: A Special Day

(Italy, Canada, 1972). Starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni
The film is set during the late 1930s. The occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loreon and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life.
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Black Tears
(Netherlands, Cuba, 1997). A film by Sonia Herman Dolz, featuring the music of the Vieja Trova Santiaguera. This is a documentary following a group of five rumba musicians–La Vieja Trova Santiaguera–as they tour Europe. The youngest is 62 while the oldest is 84. The film’s title refers to the sufferings of the African slaves brought to the region and their descendants. The sound these players make is a forerunner of salsa, but Dolz’s 1997 documentary makes it clear that Cuban son is more than party music.
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM ThursdayKanan, event for young people in Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Kanan
A concert of anime music. It looks as if this is for the younger crowd but, if anyone is interested in what is going on for the young folks, this is for you!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$15 pesos at the door; $10 pesos for tickets purchased in advance.

Yucatan Living Movie: Murnau Retrospective: The Finances of the Grand Duke
(Germany, 1923). The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State’s debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy. The marriage with Olga, Grand Duchess of Russia, would solve everything, but a crucial letter of hers about the engagement has been stolen. Besides, a bunch of revolutionaries and a dubious businessman have other plans regarding the Grand Duke. With the intrusion of adventurer Philipp Collins into the Grand Duke’s affairs, a series of frantic chases, plots and counter-plots begins… Written by Eduardo Casais
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

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

 

Friday (Viernes) February 27, 2009

Yucatan Living Jan in Concert
Preview Jan’s hit "Tierno" here.
Location: Casino Life and Concert Club, Plaza Galerias, Calle 60, north of Gran Plaza
Time: 6:30 Friday
Admission: not given

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 peso

Yucatan Living Café Peña K’aay T’aan: Nuevos Valores

This event takes place every Friday night and introduces both old favorites and new talent from the Mayan community of songsters and musicians.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Fair and La Feria Teatro
This is a popular fiesta in honor of the patron saint of the city. There will be plenty of mechanical games, as well as games of chance. La Feria Teatro (which includes both dancing and music) is presented by the Secretary of Education and El Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $70 pesos at the box officeThe Finances of the Grand Duke

Yucatan Living Movie: Murnau Retrospective: The Finances of the Grand Duke

(Germany, 1923). The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State’s debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy. The marriage with Olga, Grand Duchess of Russia, would solve everything, but a crucial letter of hers about the engagement has been stolen. Besides, a bunch of revolutionaries and a dubious businessman have other plans regarding the Grand Duke. With the intrusion of adventurer Philipp Collins into the Grand Duke’s affairs, a series of frantic chases, plots and counter-plots begins… Written by Eduardo Casais
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Las Ilches de Jocoloch
A regional comic theater production.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos; $60 pesos if you fill 3 rowsThe Graduate

Yucatan Living Movie: The Graduate
(U.S., 1967). Directed by Mike Nichols. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katherine Ross. Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father’s business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) February 28, 2009

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club Breakfast
Each month, the IWC holds a non-host breakfast that is open to both members and to potential members. Topic this week: Joann Andrews will speak on Pronatura’s Role in advancing the Biodiversity of the Yucatan Peninsula. You can read about the IWC here and check their calendar for dates, times, and locations here.
Location: Tecnologia Turistica Total, Calle 57 #492 x 56 y 58
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday
Admission: Buy your own breakfast.

Yucatan Living Music Festival Plus Artisan Show and Sale
The name of this event is “When Rock Sings of Love.” There will be many invited musical groups, plus an exposition and sale of the work of local handicraft artists. It sounds as if it is going to be much like a big flea market, in that you will be able to buy or sell everything from DVDs to games and clothes. All proceeds go to a local community organization that fights against domestic violence.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64 y 66
Time: Begins at 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: La Miranda de Ulysses (The Glance of Ulysses)
This performance is by Tatzudanza, Compañía de Danza Contemporánea,the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Saturday: 9:00 PM; Sunday: 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the ticket office

Yucatan Living Movie: Murnau Retrospective: The Last Man
(Germany, 1924). An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society. The name of this silent movie was changed to “The Last Laugh.”
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM SaturdayIn the Mood for Love
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Deseando Amar (In the Mood for Love)
(Hong Kong, 2000) A man and a woman move in to neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extra-marital activities.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Las Ilches de Jocoloch
A regional comic theater production.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $100 pesos; $60 pesos if you fill 3 rows

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 01, 2009

Yucatan Living Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza: The HorsemanPablo Hermoso de Mendoza in Yucatan
Warning: This is a real bull fight with a matador on horseback – and the bull does not win… but the matador and his horses are spectacular! This event will present Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, along with two matadores, Federico Pizarro and Alfredo Rios (El Conde) and the bulls of Marco Garfias. This now world famous horseman is an expert in the Portuguese horseback art of Marialva. Come and see as he dazzles the bulls with his expertise and well trained horses. Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza is from Spain and has not visited Merida since 2007. Visit his website here. and be sure to see this 10 minute preview of his skills here.
Location:  Plaza de Toros, Avendia Reforma (Calle 72) x Calle 25
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at the box office and probably also at the restaurant on Calle 62 between Calle 61 and 59, next door to Pan e Vino.

Yucatan Living Documentary: Space Shuttles
Learn all about how space shuttles came to be; how they are able to go into space and how they return home safely.
Location: Museum of Natural History, next to the Zoo on 59 street.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2009 Merida Festival of Trova
Tonight is the inauguration of the annual Festival of Trova in Merida. Look for the most marvelous trova singers and guitars throughout this event.
Location: First Floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: La Miranda de Ulysses (The Glance of Ulysses)
This performance is by Tatzudanza, Compañía de Danza Contemporánea, Under the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Sunday: 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the ticket office

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucatones: March 19; 20; March 26 ; 27Yucatones in Merida
The Yucatones are taking a break, but will be back to play 2 weekends of double dates in March. David Abahari, owner of Jazzin’ Merida is leaving Merida for the U.S. to develop Legball, a game he created, as an Olympic sport. David gave the Yucatones their first gig, and they consider Jazzin’ Merida their home club. So they’re going to get in all the stage time they can while David is still here and Jazzin’ Merida is still open for business. David is leaving on this quest in early April, and between now and then he either needs to find a buyer for Jazzin’ Merida (the price is ridiculously low, in the Yucatones’ humble opinions) or liquidate all the furnishings and stock. The Yucatones are busy chanting, lighting votive candles, and making Mayan prayer bundles to help bring a new owner to Jazzin’ Merida…. one who will carry on David’s work of making the place the Merida cultural and musical center is deserves to be. (And keep the Yucatones working, of course!) Best of luck to whoever takes over at Jazzin’ Merida and we’re glad to hear that the Yucatones will stay with the club and their fans.

Yucatan Living AANY Artisans Fair Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, 2009
The last Artisans Fair was a huge success, and this one promises to be even better. AANY has been steadily adding more unique and creative artisans to their collection, and this weekend in March, you will be able to see the works of more than 40 artisans all in one place, and buy their wares! The Directors of AANY have selected these artists to participate based on their creativity, interesting use of materials, and excellence of execution. There will be a mix of fine traditional craft, as well as more innovative contemporary work.  In addition to ceramics, embroidery, jewelry, and wood carving, there will be a selection of home accessories including lamps, mirrors, tables and screens, to name a few.  This is a unique opportunity and we are so grateful to the forces behind AANY for making this possible. Make sure to reserve the spot on your calendar.
Location: Club de Leones, Avenida Colon, X 14 Y 16, Garcia Gineres
Time: Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free. Bring old eyeglasses to donate to the Lion’s Club program.
Information: joannafarrell [at] yahoo [dot] com

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One Response to “Three more days of Carnaval!”

  1. Thank you for your weekly listings, they are very useful to people like us who go out a lot. On Sat and Sun of this week, you have listed; Tribute to Dance: La Miranda de Ulysses (The Glance of Ulysses) which sounds like it might be interesting. We went to the Teatro Peon Contreras last night to get tickets but they had no idea what we were talking about. It is also listed on the Institute of Culture website: http://www.culturayucatan.com/cartelera.html maybe that’s where you got it but it was not listed in the the Diario today.

    So I was wondering if you had any other info on this event.

    keep up the good work
    Douglas

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