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Yucatan State Fair and Music

This Week… starting November 07, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Tekax Fiesta: Nov. 8  – Nov. 13

Tekax Fiesta 2011
This fiesta is in honor of San Diego de Alcala. Tekax was an important city in historical Yucatan, the largest city in the southern part of the State. Tekax is also an up-and-coming area in Yucatan. Look here for leatherwork and some of the finest jewelry in the world. Hammocks are made in Pencuyut. Tekax is right down in the southern point of the state, so it also borders Campeche and Quintana Roo. This municipality was far away from development for many years, so there are many newly-found ruins to explore. Some of the archaeological areas include Chamultún, Chuncanap, Itzitz, Nocacab, Santa María, Tzulay, Xaya, Kinil, Tixhualahtun, Chacchob, San Diego, Ticum and Cotbé. Of course, today, things are changing fast and there are actually branches of three colleges in Tekax where students can obtain a college degree. Don’t miss the chance to see the new world that the people of Tekax are building for themselves. This area has been hit hard by the global recession. Although their commercial expo has been canceled, that does not stop anyone from going to the producers themselves. Please make Tekax one of your first choices for visiting the interior of Yucatan.

In The City

Yucatan Living Yucatan’s Fall Cultural Festival: October 21 through December 13
Yucatan’s Fall Cultural Festival is one of the most important annual events in all of Mexico. This year’s festival is a tribute to the great composer and singer Sergio Esquivel, known throughout Mexico and born in Yucatan. The events are all online and can be viewed from the website of the Annual Festival of the Arts. Yucatan Living will be including events from this festival in our regular Events column so our readers won’t miss anything.

Preview Sergio Esquivel’s performance in video or check out Sergio Esquivel’s website.

Yucatan Living Xmatkuil – The Yucatan State Fair: November 11- December 03Feria Xmatkuil 2011
Every year, the Yucatan State Fair is held in the small municipality of Xmatkuil, just outside of Merida. If you’ve never been, go! You’ll enjoy the parts that are different from what you are used to as well as the parts that are just like your State Fair back home.

Monday (Lunes) November 07, 2011

Yucatan Living Look for events on our ongoing events page

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 08, 2011

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Vendaval
This is one of the best trova singing groups in Yucatan. They are under the direction of Elias Reyes.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art Opening: Drawing and Painting
This art exhibit that features the work of the students in the Drawing and Painting Workshop will remain open until November 11.
Location: Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, across from Liverpool on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM, Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Capitalism: A Love StoryCapitalism A Love Story
(U.S. 2009) This is a Michael Moore documentary about the shortcomings of capitalism and the love affair that the United States continues to carry on with it. The movie has won international awards and is worth seeing, whether or not you agree with his conclusions.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: JAZZ, Jazz, jazz
This is a performance by the beloved Big Band of CEMUS, under the direction of William Muntz. This band is always a favorite!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM, Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: With the Aroma of Fall FlowersFlores de Otoño
This concert is sponsored by the Asociacion Flores de Otoño, the Association of Autumn Flowers… which perhaps refers to artists in the autumn of their lives? There is a long list of stars who will be performing and the show is expected to be just wonderful.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM, Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 09, 2011

Yucatan Living Music: Lyrical Evocation Recital
This is a musical presentation by Luis Luna Guarneros and Pablo Diaz Cazares, under the direction of Luis Luna Guarneros.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Grandes Maestros del Barroco I
This is a performance by the Camerata Academica of CEMUX, under the direction of Russell Montanez Coronado. If you are looking for music that will reach the depths of your soul, this performance ought to do it.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music and Dance: Café Pena K’aay T’aan
A Night of Dance presents Art-Danz, under the direction of Maestro Ruben O. Montejo Ramirez.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: A Flor de Piel
Concepcion Garma sings in Concert – always a wonderful performance!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Sur + SurTumakat Contemporary Dance Company
This is a performance by Tumakat Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Vania Duran. This company performs fascinating modern numbers… have you seen them yet?
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Victor Martinez in Concert
The name of this concert is curious: Nadie se Va del Todo. Señor Martinez is a world-class performer, making this a contender for one of the best offerings of the week.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Students of the Popular Guitar Workshop
The man behind this concert is Gilberto Cab May, so we know it will be something special.
Location: Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, across from Liverpool on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: 29th Anniversary of the Chamber Orchestra of UADY
Special Guests Performers are Joseph and Raphael Gold in this commemorative event. They will be performing works by Alexander Glazunov, Kurt Rapf y Arthur Foote, including a concierto for violins, violas and horns. The Chamber Orchestra of UADY consists of 25 musicians, 6 first violins, 7 second violins, 2 contrabajos, 4 violoncellos, 5 violas and one pianist.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto at UADY
Time: 8:30 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This is an adaptation of the famous work by Richard O’Brien. It is under the direction of Francisco Solis. We might note here that everybody loves this performance!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM, Wednesday
Admission: FreeMedico a Palos Opera Yucatan

Yucatan Living Opera: Medico a Palos
This is a performance by the students of the Opera Workshop of Yucatan, under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero. We’ve seen these students rehearse and they are serious and talented. This performance should be wonderful.
Location: Centro Cultural Iberica, Calle 37 no. 526 por 74 y 74 A Col. García Ginerés
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: Anastasia
This is a performance by the students of classical dance at Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Alex Moguel in Concert
This is yet another wonderful musical artist who never fails to please his audience.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 10, 2011

Yucatan Living Music: Reverend Funk
We know the NOB connotation of music under the label of “funk,” but we think you will be surprised by this performance. Funk with the flavor of Yucatan is different… you might like it! This performance is under the direction of Guillermo Calderon.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Latin American Music
This is a performance by the students of the Workshop of Musica Latinoamericana. This will be an interesting concert because the music is so different from one Latin American country to the next.
Location: Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, across from Galerias Merida on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM, ThursdayVeneno para Hadas
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Veneno para las Hadas
This movie title translates into Poison for the Fairies. The movie was filmed in 1984, and features a little girl in Mexico City in the 60′s. To quote IMDB, “Fabiola is an aristocratic little girl, who is very lonely and bored. At school she meets and befriends a strange and beautiful girl named Graciela, who dreams of becoming a witch. Their games get increasingly sadistic and macabre, and escalate to involve the bloody murder of a piano teacher and macabre mayhem.” This is the film that opens the International Festival of Morbid, Fantastic and Terror Cinema.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM, Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event as soon as we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Concert: Classical Guitar
This concert opens the 1st Festival of Classical Guitar with a performance by Juan Carlos Laguna and Julio Cesar Oliva, in honor of the great Maestro Juan Helguera.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM, Thursday

Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) November 11, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event when we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PMCiempies Humano
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Cinema: International Festival of Morbid, Fantastic and Terror Cinema

Tonight’s feature is El Ciempies Humano, The Human Centipede. Sound creepy enough? Two American girls break down at night somewhere in Germany and stumble upon a demented surgeon with a unique idea he wants to implement. If you’re interested, here’s the trailer on YouTube. There will be a selection of shorts to follow.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM, Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Guitar Concert
This concert is by Rodrigo Argaez and Trio of Merida Guitars. If you were not aware that Yucatan has a world class classical guitar community, now is the time to discover classical music as you have never heard it.
Location: Gallery at Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contest: Semifinals for the New Voices of the Mayab
Needless to say, everyone is on pins and needles as we wait to see who will be the winners of this now annual contest to find the best new representatives to interpret our popular and trova music.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala. Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art Opening: The World of Fantasy, Terror and Horror
Come look at art that is bound to disturb you… after all, sometimes, that is what Art is supposed to do, right?
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM, Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera: Medico a Palos
This is a second performance of this work by the Opera Workshop of Yucatan, under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero.
Location: Centro Cultural Iberica, Calle 37 no. 526 por 74 y 74 A Col. García Ginerés
Time: 9:00 PM, FridayGaby Ruz
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Expressions on a Sax
This is a performance by Gaby Ruz, saxophone player, that everybody is sure to love!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM, Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 12, 2011

Yucatan Living Concert: ESAY Chamber Music
ESAY at Carnegie Hall. This is a musical event supported by the BANAMEX Cultural Foundation. We’re not sure if this is the ESAY Chamber group dreaming of Carnegie Hall, or a film of an actual performance there. Why not go and find out? (and let us know!)
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:30 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Annual Gala for Sanctuary Evolución: Saturday Nov 12Evolucion Yucatan
A Taste of Merida: snacks provided by local chefs and restaurants. Maricarmen Perez and Colin Gow will sing. This is going to be a wonderful night! Proceeds go to help fund Pekamigos at Evolución.
Location: Casa Gloria, Calle 60 #609 x 73 y 75, Centro, Merida
Time: 6:45 PM to 11:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Tickets on sale now. Tickets available through Silvia Cortés at slv_cc [at] hotmail [dot] com 999-193-0628

Yucatan Living Cinema: International Festival of Morbid, Fantastic and Terror Cinema
There are several movies and events today. The first two movies are filmed in Mexico. The third one?
Movie: Sleep Dealer at 12:00 PM, Saturday. Alex Rivera wrote and directed this movie in 2008, about a young Mexican who lives in Oaxaca with his family. The movie starts there, but soon gets bizarre. IMDB describes it this way: “The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates.
Talks with Erick Estrada: 4:00 PM, Saturday
Movie: We Are What We Are at 6:00 PM, Saturday. From IMDB: “When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals.”
Movie: The Orphan Killer at 9:00 PM, Saturday. From IMBD: “The Orphan Killer is a tour de force murder flick that defies classification. It goes far beyond current trends in gore and breaks open a new suffering genre of horror. Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hellbent on teaching his estranged sister Audrey what it means to have family loyalty. His lessons are taught in massive doses of vulgar and unimaginable pain. Throughout her brutal torture we learn that Marcus is not the only Miller with Killer in the bloodline as Audrey proves to be a formidable adversary.”
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Guitar Concert
Tonight’s guitar performance is by Ivan Adriano and Eduardo Cervera.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: FreeCony Ancona in Concert

Yucatan Living Cony Ancona in Concert
Tonight’s concert is titled Around the World in Fifteen Songs. This is a highly recommended performance. Want to try before you buy? Check out this YouTube video. The quality is terrible, but you’ll get an idea…
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Sunday (Domingo) November 13, 2011Race in Benefit in Progreso

Yucatan Living Run or Walk Race in Progreso
Run 11 kilometers or Walk 5 kilometers for help feed those in need. Proceeds of this race will go the Fundacion Becas Ana Laura, A.C., where it will be used to fund grants for the purchase of food.
Location: Main Entrance ITS Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: $50 pesos students of ISTP, $80 pesos General Public

Yucatan Living Documentary: Hurricanes
Needless to say, this documentary is of interest to anyone reading this. Go and learn more about what hurricanes can do and what you can do to be safe.
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Body in Motion
This is a performance by the Ballet of the City of Merida, under the direction of Erika Arguelles.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: $50 pesosCecilio Perera

Yucatan Living Closing Concert for 1st Classical Guitar Festival
The closing concert for this festival will be performed by Cecilio Perera. We hope to see this festival grow and become an international event.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: International Festival of Morbid, Fantastic and Terror Cinema
There are several movies and events today and they are in Spanish. If you like this kind of movie, its a great chance to practice your comprehension… we remember things better when they are accompanied by strong emotions, in this case, fear!
Movie: Donde Viven Los Monstruos (Where The Wild Things Are, but in Spanish) at 12:00 PM, Sunday
Movie:Sudor Frio (Cold Sweat) at 3:00 PM, Sunday. This movie, filmed in 2010, is a 90-minute horror movie from Argentina. That’s about all we know!
Talks with Erick Estrada at 4:00 PM, Sunday
Movie: Infectados (Carriers) at 9:00 PM, Sunday. According to IMDB, this 2009 movie features “Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.”
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Tango With Carlos and Carol: Wednesday, November 16
FREE Argentine Tango lesson for one hour, then practice dancing the tango. All are welcome and no partner is required. Not interested in dancing? Come and watch and enjoy the music with friends. Check here for more info on their website.
Location: La Casa del Malecón, Calle 19 x 64 y 66 Malecón de Progreso, 97320 Progreso, Mexico (Far east end of the Malecón – Front on Malecón, rear on Calle 21
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Galería Nahualli: Dinner November 19
An evening to delight the senses. A night of art, dinner and music chosen to please the most discerning guests. This year they have invited six artists from Cuba and of course, Galeria Nahualli, Casa de los Artistasthe hosts will be Abel Vázquez and Melva Medina, some of Merida’s finest artists. For your ears, Pawel Blaszkowski on the violin and Ruth Bennett on the harp, both members of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Martin Älvarez Ibarrondo will perform his culinary magic in the kitchen. And they have added an extra touch. As part of the exhibit, the banquet tables will be set with service plates hand-painted by the artists, and these will be available for purchase after the meal.
Location: Calle 60, #405 x 43 and 45, Barrio Santa Ana
Time: 6:00 pm
Admission: $500 pesos

Yucatan Living The TOH Marathon Bird Watch: Nov. 25 – 27
Gather your team of four to nine people and visit the TOH Festival de Aves website for more information and updates.

Yucatan Living First Annual Merida Music Festival: November 20
All day music festival featuring 12 bands, including bands from Cuba, Ireland and the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Only 2000 tickets will be sold. The event will be catered by Hennessy’s, everyone’s favorite Irish pub.
Location: At Hacienda Dzibikak… if you have never been there, this will be a great opportunity to see one of Yucatan’s lovely renovated haciendas.
Time: Get your tickets at Hennessy’s
Admission: Tickets will be $195 MXN per person or $350 MXN per couple.

Yucatan Living Great Chili Cookoff in Chelem  Nov. 26
Come one, come all for the Great Chili Cookoff and show us if you have the best chili in the the Yucatan. This is a fundraising event for the Chelem Christmas Childrens Fund. There will be prizes for the best chili in categories of Regular Chili, Vegetarian Chili, and Non-Traditional Chili. Music and karaoke will be sponsored by Oldies With Jim. This successful event has raised money each year to make our local children have a special Christmas and now they look forward to it with anticipation. So open up your hearts and attend this fantastic event.
Location:La Playa Chelem Restaurant
Time:5:00 PM
Admission:$150 pesos

Yucatan Living Casa Zamna: Around the World in 80 Minutes Sunday Nov. 27
A trip around the world with laughter thrown in. But first we will feed you with a traditional Cornish supper will be served at 7-30pm. Cornish Pastries served with a salad and dressing.Teams may be up to 4 members. A great prize waits for the winning team!
Location: Casa Zamna, Calle 53 x 70
Time: Dinner will be served at 7:30 PM, Party ends at 11:30 PM
Admission: $65 pesos per guest. Tickets on sale now…..Limited to 36 guests.

Yucatan Living The ANNY Art Show: Arte A Mano: December 3 & 4
This is the 7th edition of this show and, this year they have a lot of new artists, including some from Quintana Roo. They have contracted with an old and well-known Yucatecan restaurant to provide food service. More information soon! For those who do not know: AANY stands for Amigos de Artistas/Aartesanos Nuevos de Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Chelem’s Funky Market: December 7
Come one! Come all! to the Funky Market in Chelem. This is a good place to find art and handicrafts from all over Yucatan. Vendors come from Muna, Merida, Telchac & Progreso. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Location: TacoMaya Restaurant, north side of the baseball park in Chelem
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living International Women’s Day Event: March 8 – 10, 2012
This event has been organized by We Move Forward, an organization dedicated to helping women reach their full potential. Please visit the website of We Move Forward for more information. .
Location: Isla Mujeres
Time: TBA
Admission: $645 USD until Nov 30, $695 USD thereafter. Includes membership in WMF. Group rates are available. Reservations are now being taken.

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One Response to “Yucatan State Fair and Music”

  1. We are moving to Merida soon. Thank you for your service, Pastor Gary and John.

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