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Yucatan Events: Moenia and the Symphony

This Week… starting January 21, 2013

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan LivingTemax Fiesta: Last Week of January
This fiesta is in honor of la Virgen de la Purísima Concepción. Temax is located a couple of small municipalities inland from the beach, at about the center of our coastline. They are close enough to the beach that turtles are listed as part of the wildlife found there. Of the 3,231 folks who live in Temax, 2,392 are Mayans and Mayan is the principal language spoken there. Temax has some of the most exciting recent (20th century) history in all of Yucatan. Read about it HERE.

Yucatan LivingValladolid Candelaria Fiesta: January 26 through February 26
Valladolid Expo Feria and Candelaria Fiesta in YucatanThis fiesta is in honor of la Virgen de la Candelaria.it is one of the most important fiestas in the state. It is held in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus, to confirm that, for Catholics, Jesus is the Light of the World, and it also marks the time when the chicle workers returned from months of hard work in the forests, and to honor the beekeepers and other farmers. All events focus on the community and the family unit. The fiesta eventually grew so large that it began causing damage to the city itself, so it was moved to a commercial area, Los Gavilanes, in the outlying suburbs of Valladolid. Candles are still lit to the Virgin in the annex of the Church of the Candlemas. While no one was paying attention, this sleepy little rodeo town grew into a commercial and industrial giant and, with the elevation of Chichen Itza to the status of One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Valladolid has become a tourist Mecca. Visit Valladolid’s website.

Yucatan LivingHunucma Fiesta: January 28through January 31
This fiesta is in honor of Corpus Cristi. Hunucma is the poster child for “Change Has Come.” This municipality extends from just west of Merida, all the way to the coast. To help you get your bearings, Sisal is in the Municipality of Hunucma. Hunucma (the city) has a newly refurbished gateway into the city, a new addition to their municipal mercado, and a brand new concha acústica (music shell). The entire municipality is looking forward to new highways and leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone in the municipality. Lots of agro-products are made here, but the shoppers among us go for the shoes! Artisans produce works from coconut shell and henequen, as well as jewelry and leatherwork. On the coast, there are flamingos and great seafood! Hunucma is close to the city and a day at any of their fiestas is well worth the visit.

Yucatan LivingTekal de Venegas Fiesta: January 28through January 31
Tekal de Venegas is a tiny municipality in the north-central part of the state. It is south of Temax and Dzoncauich, north of Izamal and Tunkas, west of Tunkas and Cenotillo, and east of Tepakan. (See Maplandia.) Only about 2,300 people live there and half of them are indigenous. Their languages are Spanish, Mayan, and Nahuatl. More than half of the population works in agriculture, cattle ranching, or fishing. We found some pictures of this municipality online and they showed a high level of poverty. Tekal de Venegas is only 11 miles northeast of Izamal, on the road to Temax. Ox Watz is a well designed ecotourism area owned by 56 partners who are native citizens of Tekal de Venegas. What a wonderful idea! We are sure this fiesta will be well worth attending – and please don’t pass up a chance to visit Ox Watz!

In the City This Week

Festival for the Merida Anniversary 2013

Yucatan Living Merida Fest 2013: January 6 through January 26
For a short time, toward the end of 2012, it was feared that the annual celebration of the founding of our city might be limited in its total number of events this. Happily, such is not the case and January finds us celebrating the 471st Anniversary of the City of Merida. Check the list of events here.

Monday (Lunes) January 21, 2013

Yucatan Living Opening of the new quarter of exhibits at Merida’s contemporary art museum:
Dianne Soffa, Storm Candy – Sala 1
Esmeralda Torres, Señales de cercanía o un ciento (de aproximaciones) volando (Not sure this translates well into English)) – Sala 2
Pía Seiersen, Papel sin fronteras (Paper without Borders) – Salas 4 y 5
Guadalupe Morazúa, Inesperado (Unawaited) – Salas 6 y 7
Xíimbalarte, niñas de las comunidades (Art from children of the community) – Sala 8 bis
Silvia Madrid, Cuando nos habla la ciudad (When the City Talks to Us) – Sala 9
Jane Gates, The lotus, winds and shimmers – Sala 10
Ana López Montes, Cauces (Channels) – Sala 11 bis
Claire Becker, Materia dispuesta (Prepared Material) – Expoforo (Downstairs)
Location: Museo Macay, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Monday

Admission:Free

International Art Showing at the Olimpo Cultural Center in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Inauguration of the Expositions
Don’t miss this chance to see some real Leonora Carrington paintings up close!
Sala 1: Depictions of Marilyn in Andy Warhol’s Pop Art
Sala 2: Fantastic Impressions: Raul Anguiano and Leonora Carrington
Sala 3: Color in Sun Country: Gabriel Ramirez
Location: Galeria del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Monday

Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) January 22, 2013

Yucatan Living Mayan Mahem Hash House Harriers
Join this Hash House Harrier event… all are welcome! You do not have to be a runner; a walking trail will also be set. The run/walk lasts about an hour, but because it is a “game” trail you aren’t exercising the entire time, lots of breaks. After the run, there is about an hour or so of festivities. If you are unclear what the HASH even is, of course Wikipedia can explain it. It is advisable to NOT wear brand new tennis shoes on a hash. Special Note: This event is in honor of Todd Nevin’s birthday. Birthday gifts will be screened by the Hash committee before giving to Todd to ensure he won’t swallow any loose plastic bits. Everyone named Todd (except for Todd Nevins) will get in free.
Location: Calle 56 #453 x 51 y 53 centro, across from the now defunct Choparia
Time: Arrive after 4:30 PM. We are out of there at 5:00 PM SHARP (that means that we will start running precisely at 5, so don’t be late)
Admission: $50 pesos

Orquesta Tipica Yucalpeten in Concert

Yucatan Living Centennial Tribute to Composer: Arturo Alcocer Escamilla
This evening includes a stellar performance by the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, regularly conducted by Pedro Carlos Herrera. Also participating are Tony Espinosa, Maricarmen Perez, Addalberto, Carlos Gil, Mozu La Voz and Trio Trovanova. The performance is under artistic direction of Luis Perez Sabido. For those who may not be familiar with the music world in Yucatan, every name listed above drops this performance neatly into the “must see” column for this week’s entertainment.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 23, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: La Vida Loca (Crazy Life)
This 2008 documentary “reflects a depressing and hopeless reality. The documentary, by photojournalist and filmmaker Christian Poveda, follows some of the members of ”la dieciocho,” the so-called 18th Street gang in a poor San Salvador neighborhood.” Read more in the LA Times.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Atril 6 and the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten
Atril 6 and Orquesta Tipica Yucalpeten in ConcertThis performance of From Yucatan to Mexico is under the direction of Jose Luis Gil. While many are familiar with the Orquesta Tipica Yucalpeten, others might not have had a chance to experience this wonderful group. This beloved orchestra and these marvelous voices have been performing more often together and the combination is becoming a part of Yucatan’s musical identity. Don’t miss this performance, if at all possible.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60×57
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 24, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Ladrones Viejos (Old Thieves)
Mexican documentary made in 2007 (in Spanish). “Until recently, petty theft in Mexico City was an occupation subject to a strict code of honour. Ranking in the hierarchy of thieves depended, as in any other profession, on talent and personal ambition.” Read more here.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: Two Dance Performances
7:30 PM: Paradise Lost by Compania En Linea, under the direction of Ligia Aguilar and Luis Ramirez.
8:00 PM: Elusive Histories by Compania Tatzudanza, under the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia.
Location: Yucatan Conservatory of Dance, Calle 60A no. 355 x 37D, bodega 1, Las Aguilas, Chuburná, Merida
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) January 25, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Cuates de Australia (Drought)
From traileraddict.com, “In order to have a piece of land, you must suffer,” laments an old man in this poetic cinema verité film of a cattle-ranching community in northeastern Mexico on the verge of extinction. Working and living on the arid desert plains, the families of cowboys and farmers find pleasure in the simple things of life — family dinners, weddings and baptisms, the occasional village fiesta — but throughout it all, they look to the skies for signs of much needed rain. Stunningly photographed and delicately paced, Drought is a beautiful, poignant portrait of a way of life on the verge of extinction.

Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Dance: Two Dance Performances
7:30 PM: Paradise Lost by Compania En Linea, under the direction of Ligia Aguilar and Luis Ramirez. .
8:00 PM: Elusive Histories by Compania Tatzudanza, under the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia.
Location: Yucatan Conservatory of Dance , calle 60A no. 355 x 37D bodega 1 Las Aguilas chuburná
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2013

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 2
If you love Russian orchestras, this performance is for you. It features the work of Mikhail Glinka, Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev. The orchestra is under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with Martyn van den Hoek as featured pianist.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission:Tickets on sale at the box office

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: 21 Young Mexican Architects
This event is both an exposition and a sale of the work of 21 young architects from the Universidad Marista and UADY. Please do come and see what is in the imaginations of the next generation of architects.
Location: Museo de la Ciudad, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission:Free

Moenia in Concert in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Music: Moenia in Concert
Moenia is a very young and quite popular Mexican electronic/synth/ pop/ambient/alternative rock group. They say they are influenced by Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode y Jean-Michel Jarre.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingRobbie Burns Night
Traditional Scottish Dinner: Mushroom & Leek Soup, Fish in a whiskey batter, Peas & Skirlie, and Tipsey Laird. Followed by a Scotland the Brave Prize Quiz.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago
Time: Doors Open: 7:00 PM, Dinner is served: 7:30 PM
Admission: $135 pesos (limit: 30 guests). Tickets available from hotel reception.

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 26, 2013

Yucatan Living My Sister’s Closet
3rd Annual Fashion Show & Clothing Sale Fundraiser for the Chuburna Puerto APOYO Escolar Program. Light Finger Food will be included, as well as a Cash bar (wine, beer & soda) & Raffle
Location: La Casa Namaste, Calle 5 #404, Entrada Mojarra off the highway between Chelem & Chuburna, to the beach road
Time: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $100 pesos: Seating limited so get your tickets now
More Information: 999-190-2728

Yucatan Living The Color of Poppy: Flamenca Introspection, Merida 2013
This show introduces the audience to an intimate ritual that reflects the minds and hearts of five women from different sources that are found in one place: the flamenco. This is a performance of passionate, theatrical dance and is sure to please.
Location: Tapanco Cultural Center, Calle 68 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Reservations: 289-4272

Yucatan Living Dance: Two Dance Performances
7:30 PM: Paradise Lost by Compania En Linea, under the direction of Ligia Aguilar and Luis Ramirez.
8:00 PM: Elusive Histories by Compania Tatzudanza, under the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia.
Location: Yucatan Conservatory of Dance , calle 60A no. 355 x 37D bodega 1 Las Aguilas chuburná
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El Cielo Abierto (The Open Sky)
In English, this movied was called Ten Days Without Love. A young psychiatrist working in Madrid learns his wife has dumped him for another man… his father. Movie was made in Spain in 2001.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Maria San Felipe in Concert
Come listen to this extraordinary voice in an unique location.
Location: Parque de la Ermita, Calle 66 x 77
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 27, 2013

Yucatan Living Concert: El Cine y la Orquesta (The Cinema and the Orchestra)
This performance is by the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Merida, under the direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido. Expect to hear many of the musical scores of great movies tonight. This orchestra is one of Yucatan’s treasures. We know everyone will enjoy the performance.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 2
If you love Russian orchestras, this performance is for you. It features the work of Mikhail Glinka, Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev. The orchestra is under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with Martyn van den Hoek as featured pianist.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission:Tickets on sale

Chili Cook- Off Merida 2013

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Chili Cook Off
This is the biggest and most well attended expat event of the year. All proceeds benefit the Merida English Library. There will be Fun Fame? Food! Door Prizes! Romance! There will also be a live band. Please come and vote for the chili of your choice!
Location: At the 7-11, take Camara de Comercio off of Prolg. Montejo – approx. 2.2 km to the big Boxito. At that Glorieta, Turn left onto Calle 22. When you reach a school on the left, Calle 22 becomes Calle 27-A (for a second), then it becomes Calle 10. Turn right on Calle 33 and go 3 blocks to Calle 6. You are there!
Time: Open and Voting: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Closes: 5:00 PM
Merida 2013 Chili's Cook Off Map
Admission:$100 pesos for adults and $50 pesos for children under 12. On sale at MEL, at Hennessy’s Irish Pub and at Café Crème (Calle 41 x 60)

Yucatan Living The Color of Poppy: Flamenca Introspection, Merida 2013
This show introduces the audience to an intimate ritual that reflects the minds and hearts of five women from different sources that are found in one place: the flamenco. This is a performance of passionate, theatrical dance and is sure to please.
Location: Tapanco Cultural Center, Calle 68 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Reservations: 289-4272

 

Monday (Lunes) January 28, 2013

Yucatan Living Look for a list of ongoing events here

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan LivingIFUNDRAISER FOR edúcaTE Yucatán A.C Jan. 31st, 2012
Barbara J. Harris and Ken Funk will be performing the play LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney in order to raise funds for edúcaTE Yucatán A.C., a non profit organization registered in the US and in Mexico dedicated at helping disadvantaged children in Cholul and surrounding villages to receive an education. EdúcaTE Yucatán currently runs sponsorship, tutoring and breakfast programs for kids in primary, secondary and high school, benefitting over 100 children and young people age 6 till 19. (www.educateyucatan.org) LOVE LETTERS is a wonderful love story told through the written correspondence between Andy and Melissa over the years, from their childhood through to being grandparents. This play will bring back wonderful memories, make you laugh out loud and bring a tear to your eye.
Location: Olimpo Cultural Center, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Buy tickets at Trotters, the Slow Food Market or the Merida English Library. Or call Katrin Schikora, Cel. 999 995-3769

Zombie Walk in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan LivingIV Annual Zombie Walk, Merida February 3, 2013
Benefit to aid: Oasis San Juan de Dios A.C. and Live with Dignity A.C. as both institutions work to provide aid to people who are affected by HIV. Don’t forget to get yourself zombified and walk in the parade. This is a national event and you, you cute little zombie you, are needed for the donor/walking zombie head count!
Location: Monumento a la Patria on Montejo Avenue
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:20 PM
Admission:Any donations in kind: • Tuna, coffee, chocolate milk, deodorant, detergent, red beans, soap, condensed milk, powdered milk, peanut butter, adult diapers, toothpaste, shampoo, food stamps or gasoline.

Yucatan Living Merida Carnaval 2013
Merida Yucatan Carnaval 2013The dates of Merida’s Carnival 2013 activities are Feb. 6 through Feb. 13.The theme is Mystic Merida, combining legends and fantasy. The website is here. Sale of Box Seats: If you would rather view the parades from the comfort of a seat, you certainly may do so. As of Dec. 28, prices and purchase information are not online; however, if you are interested in viewing the parades in comfort, you can keep an eye on the Tickets for Boxes website.

Location: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Thursday: Feb. 7: Pre-School Parade
Location: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55)
Time : 4:00 PM
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Friday: Feb. 8: Corso Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Saturday: Feb. 9: Fantasy Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday Feb. 10:Bachata Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Monday: Feb. 11: Regional Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday: Feb. 12: Battle of the Flowers Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria, on Paseo de Montejo, to Parque de San Juan (Calle 62 x 71)
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday: Feb. 13: Burial of Juan Carnaval
This day is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It is also the last day of Carnival, with the last event being the Burial of Juan Carnival
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 63, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valentine Dinner Feb. 14
Special Menu plus Surprise Live Music.
Location: Thai Flash Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM seatings
Admission: $350 pesos per couple. Includes one appetizer, two entrees and live romantic music. Reservations: 999-101-7330 / thaiflashmerida [at] gmail [dot] com

 

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2 Responses to “Yucatan Events: Moenia and the Symphony”

  1. I don’t see a “Contact Us” number on the website so I’m asking my question here. I’ve been trying to reach Rev. John Hayes about the Episcopal Church in Progreso/Merida. There’s an address in Merida listed in your guide but I can’t get the email to go through and have been unsuccessful with the phone number. Does anyone know if the church and/or Mr. Hayes are still in existence?

    Many thanks for whatever help you can give.

  2. He isn’t there anymore… but you might look for him in Cancun.
    http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=135299901&targetid=profile

    OR – you can join Yolisto.com and ask if anyone is still in touch with him.

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