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Trova, Spaghetti Westerns and more!

This week…

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Free movies abound this week. Where else can you see entire series devoted to one director (such as John Ford) or one actor (such as John Wayne). This summer, one of our movie series is a collection of spaghetti westerns. Real movies, simple topics, pretty girls, handsome leading men, boy gets girl – or rides off into the sunset with his horse… either way, a "cool" (air conditioned) way to spend a hot evening in Merida.

If you don’t find a movie you’d like to see, there are some very special concerts and performances being presented this week as well. The Choir of the City is, of course, never to be missed. We also need to spend a little time with the work of our new Director of Artes Escenicas, Salvador Lemis. He is bringing yet another dimension to the performing arts world in Yucatan and we need to give him all the support he deserves. And let’s not forget our lady songsters on Friday night. Merida has a collection of female voices that exists nowhere else in the world! All in all, there’s something for everyone in Merida this week. We hope everyone finds that perfect evening to enjoy.

 

Fiestas

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 picture and you’ll see why.

Halacho: 2 Week Event            Halacho Fiesta
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.

Monday (Lunes) July 14, 2008

Yucatan Living Last Day of Fiesta in Homún
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.

Tuesday (Martes) July 15, 2008

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club
The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free (bring a friend)Trio Sureste

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio del Sureste
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 16, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Telesis el Color Del Tiempo 
Under the direction of Enrique Rosado
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Last Day of Fiesta in Motul
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.

Thursday (Jueves) July 17, 2008

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Cantandole a Cuba (Singing to Cuba)

Presenting the Coro de la Ciudad (the Choir of the City); under the artistic direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora Cervera.
This will be an event to remember.
Location: Auditorium ofthe Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Plastico Ballet: Laberinto (Labyrinth)
Click here to see an example of the kind of performance this will be. This form of art is new to us and we are very interested to see how it is received in Merida.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets Available at the Ticket Office  
For More Information, Call: 924-2954 or 924-3843Stagecoach in merida

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Spaghetti Westerns: La Diligencia  (Stagecoach) 
(U.S., 1939). Directed by John Ford; Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine,  and John Carradine. A group of stagecoach passengers endures the hardships and dangers of the old West, including an Indian attack.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Dougle Feature
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Admission: Free

First Feature: Cries and Whispers 
(Sweden, 1972) Director: Ingmar Bergman Starring Harriet Anderson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin, and Liv Ullmann in two roles. A woman dying of cancer in turn-of-the-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters and old feelings rise to the surface.
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday

Second Feature: The Rite 
(Sweden, 1969) Director: Ingmar Bergman; Starring Ingmar Bergman, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Anders Ek, Erik Hell, and Ingrid Thulin. A judge in an unnamed country investigates the possibility of 3 actors having given a pornographic performance. His investigation is so abusive that they devise a new private performance called The Rite in order to get revenge.
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is by Armando Martin and the Funk Trio.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

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

Friday (Viernes) July 18, 2008

Yucatan Living MELL-O Nites: Third Fridays
This is a chance for Yucatecos to meet extranjeros in a casual setting in the gardens at MEL. There is a cash bar and great botanas. Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones! For more information, call the Library at 924-8401.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 # 524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:30 PM Every Third Friday
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Revista Musical Yucateca (Yucateca Musical Magazine)
Featured tonight will be Maru Boeta and guests. Yucatan has some of the best female voices in the world and this is a not to be missed performance.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61Erendire Theather
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60 MXP and $40 MXP

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Erendira 
The Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan presents Teatro del Gallinero in Erendira, with dramatization and direction by Salvador Lemis. This promises to be an exceptionally good performance and is on our must see list.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 MXP

Yucatan Living Inauguracion:Rosel Inedito (Unknown Rosel)
(Works in Private and Biennial Collections)
This showing includes the recent work of Daniel Rosel Burgos. For a preview of this artist’s work, click here
Location: Galeria of Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan: Willy Pacho
These presentations are collective shows from the Workshop of Yucateco Song. They are under the direction of Mtro. Felipe de la Cruz. This week’s featured performer is Willy Pacho. Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan was developed at the end of 2007 as part of ICY’s new program for the cultural development of the youth of the state and is the Mayan equivalent of a cross between Hard Rock Cafe and Starbucks. It is located in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab and all performances there are well worth attending. It is interesting to note that this cafe is also part of a new, artistic virtual community that the state is developing among young artists and musicians. Read all about it (in Spanish) here and see that the audience is of all ages here.
Location: Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64 y 66
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Contemporary Anthology: La Faldita Roja (aka Le Jupoun Rouge)The Red Skirt movie
(France, 1987) Directed by Genevive Lefebvre Starring: Marie-Christine Barrault and Alida Valli This is the story of the relationship between 3 women of different walks of life and different ages. One is a holocaust survivor, another a fashion designer. There is, of course, a man involved and jealousy leads this movie into the category of terror.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Note: Adults Only
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Spaghetti Westerns: La Diligencia  (Stagecoach) 
(U.S., 1939). Directed by John Ford; Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine,  and John Carradine. A group of stagecoach passengers endures the hardships and dangers of the old West, including an Indian attack.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Movie: La Novia Siria (The Syrian Bride) 
Director: Eran Riklis Starring: Hiam Abbass, Makram Khoury, and Clara Khoury
Mona sets off to become the bride of a TV star in a marriage arranged by her parents. Her worry is that she knows she will never see her family again after this marriage.
Location: Videosala of the UADY Cultural Center, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 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 Movie: TBD
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living 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 Friday
Admission: $45 MXP

Saturday (Sabado) July 19, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is courtesy of Galera, 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: 924-5628

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

Yucatan Living Cantandole a Cuba (Singing to Cuba)
Presenting the Coro de la Ciudad (the Choir of the City); under the artistic direction of Mtra. Nidia Gongora Cervera. This will be an excellent performance and is highly recommended.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: "La Cantante Calva" de Eugene Ionesco 
Under the direction of Jorge Castilla Casares
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Plastico Ballet: Laberinto (Labyrinth)
Click here  to see an example of the kind of performance this will be. This form of art is new to us and we are very interested to see how it is received in Merida.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57.
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets Available at the Ticket Office  
For More Information, Call: 924-2954 or 924-3843

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Erendira 
The Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan presents Teatro del Gallinero in Erendira, with dramatization and direction by Salvador Lemis. This promises to be an exceptionally good performance and is on our must see list.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 MXP

Yucatan Living Scenic Theater: The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco
Ionesco is often spoken of as the Picasso of Dramatic Art. He was a Romanian born Frenchman who lived to be 85 years of age and was still writing when he died. This particular play was serious business to Ionesco, who wanted to demonstrate that human discourse had devolved into a collection of empty platitudes and self-evident truisms (e-notes). His friends, on the other hand, thought the play was wildly funny and talked him into finding the proper venue for it. The rest is history. Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Jorge Castilla.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM SaturdayDolls Movie in Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Contemporary Anthology: Munecas (Dolls)
(Japan, 2002) Directed by Takeshi Kitano; Starring Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miho Kanno, and Tatsuya Miais
Three stories of neverending love.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Spaghetti Westerns: La Diligencia (Stagecoach) 
(U.S., 1939). Directed by John Ford; Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, and John Carradine. A group of stagecoach passengers endures the hardships and dangers of the old West, including an Indian attack.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 20, 2008

Yucatan Living Todos al Arte: Corredor Internacional de Arte
Outdoor exposition and sale every Sunday in July.
Location: Paseo de Montejo (Av. Colon y Calle 37)
Time: 8:00 AM Sunday

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Folkloric Group of Queretaro
These dancers dress all in white, with red scarves for the ladies and red bandanas for the men. It will be interesting to see the differences between their dances and ours. This performance is part of a cultural exchange program going on throughout the country, so we can expect many more groups from different states. 
Location: The Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 2:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Walking with Prehistoric Animals: : Dientes de sable (Teeth of the Saber)
The title of this movie tells it all. This should be a really good documentary and a great way to stay out of theIndiana Jones and the temple of doom mid-day heat.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Matinee: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
This is the second in the 4-movie action/adventure series.
Location: Cineteca Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 2:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 Yucatan Living Movie Series: Spaghetti Westerns: La Diligencia  (Stagecoach) 
(U.S., 1939). Directed by John Ford; Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine,  and John Carradine. A group of stagecoach passengers endures the hardships and dangers of the old West, including an Indian attack.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: General: $30 MXP & $15 MXP

Yucatan Living Movie: Popeye 
Return to the adventures of the King of Spinach in 3-D.
Location: Videosala of the UADY Cultural Center, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 10:30 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Three More Fiestas in Yucatan This Month.

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

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. You can read about the IWC here and check their calendar for dates, times, and locations here.

Yucatan Living July 25: Ladies Night at Hotel Zamna
There will be a Cocktail demonstration and sampling, as well as a buffet dinner and a fun quiz with prizes. This event is open to Ladies ONLY.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 51 x 70, Santiago
Cost: $50 pesos
Information: Send e-mail to newells [dot] amigo [at] hotmail [dot] com

Free Events For a Get-Away Weekend

Yucatan Living Coming Soon In Belize: Costa Maya International Festival
Some of our residents make periodic trips to Belize. If anyone has plans to visit Belize in early August, they might want to plan their trip around the Costa Maya International Festival. Featured performers will include folkloric groups from Quintana Roo. For a continuously updated list of events of interest in Belize, visit the website of the Embajada de Mexico en Belice.
Location: San Pedro, Belize
Dates: Autust 7 through 10

Yucatan Living Art in Tabasco: Jardin del Arte

If you want to get away for a weekend, why not visit Villahermosa? It doesn’t take long to get there and that elusive perfect-piece-of-art may be waiting just for you. There is a public show and sale of plastic art in Parque Tomas Garrido Canabal in Villahermosa every Saturday and plenty of galleries in which to see and purchase other artwork. To view a sample of what Tabasqueño artists have to offer, click here. To round out your weekend, click here  to see a listing (in Spanish) of Villahermosa’s musical events.
Location: Parque Tomas Garrido Canabal, Villahermosa, Tabasco
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM  Every Saturday

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


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