By Working Gringos

Name of Company – Yucatan Riviera Realty
Job Location – Merida
Name of Contact – Glen MacFarlane
Phone Number -999-298-8998
Email Address – glen [at] yucatanrivierarealty [dot] com
Job Description – sales/marketing
Job Requirements – Spanish or english
Any Additional Information -complete training and development for career in sales and marketing in fastest growing industry in Mexico!!

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SALES EXPERIENCE IS NOT necessary. Honesty, trustworthiness and coachability are!
Hard working people are needed to follow up on the many leads from people all around the globe who want to know more about the area and how to retire in the sun!!
If successfull, you will be selling either ocean lots, or turn key homes on the ocean.

All calls will be in strictest confidence.

By Working Gringos

About this time of year, if you don’t already HAVE plans, you are wondering what to do for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Here’s our annual rundown of what the local hotels are doing (all prices are in Pesos). For sure there are more activities going on, so If you know of another special event for either of these two days, feel free to add it in the Comments area.

Christmas

Hyatt Regency Merida
Christmas Eve at Peregrina
Peregrina will be serving an International buffet Christmas dinner the night of the 24th. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. Live saxophone music 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Full deposit required to make a reservation.
Price: $565 pesos per adult, $280 pesos per child
Hours: 8:00 PM to Midnite
Location for both: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone for Peregrino: 999-942-1234 ask for the Christmas Dinner
Christmas Eve at Amuza
New Hyatt restaurant will be serving an eight course dinner. Drinks not included.
Price: $475 pesos per adult, $240 pesos per child
Hours: 7:00 PM to Midnite

Hotel Casa del Balam
Price: Call for more information
Location: Calle 60 x 57, Merida centro
Tel: (999) 924-8844 x 1702

Fiesta Americana Merida
Christmas at Cafe Montejo
Cafe Montejo will be serving an International buffet Christmas dinner on the 24th. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. 50% payment required for reservation.
Price: $625 pesos per adult, $280 pesos per child from 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free.
Hours: 7 PM to 11:30 AM
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 942-1111

Soma Restaurante
Soma will be having a Christmas Day Lunch, with seatings at 11:30 AM or 2:00 PM. Reservations are required.
Price: $265 pesos per person
Location: Calle 21 #375 x 60 y 12, Frac. Malaga, Merida
Tel: 999-195-6474

Intercontinental Maria Mercedes Merida
Christmas with Family
An International buffet Christmas dinner on the 24th at the Gran Salon. Dance and dinner with live music and a special area for children. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. 50% payment required for reservation.
Price: $715 pesos per adult, $275 pesos per child from 5 to 10. Children under 5 are free. This includes dinner, dance, traditional toast and soft drinks.
Hours: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 942-9000 Ext: 5400

Hacienda Xcanatun
A special Christmas Eve dinner will be served at their fabulous restaurant. Includes a four course dinner and a special dinner for children. Full payment in advance is required for a reservation. Service charge of 15 % and drinks not included.
Price: $720 pesos per adult, $250 pesos per child up to 11.
Location: Off of the road to Progreso in the town of Xcanatun
Telephone: 999-930-2140
Website: www.xcanatun.com

Rosas and Xocolate
An elegant five-course dinner will be served here. Dinner includes a complementary Christmas drink. All other drinks are a la carte. Live Chamber music from 9 PM to 11 PM.
Location: Paseo Montejo at Calle 41
Price: Call for prices
Telephone: 999-924-2992

Hotel Aluxes
Hotel Aluxes’ Christmas Eve dinner will be at the Popol-Vuh Salon and includes live music for dancing and an international buffet dinner. The price includes a Christmas toast, soft drinks and dinner, accompanied by a live musical group for dancing.
Price: $450 pesos per adult, $290 pesos per child 5-11 years. IVA and tip included. Additional $150 pesos for open bar, including national beer, brandy, rum, vodka and tequila.
Hours: 9 PM to 2 AM
Location: Corner of Calle 60 and Calle 49 in Merida centro
Reservations: Call 999-924-2199

Hotel Zamna
Traditional Christmas Dinner at Hotel Zamna on Thursday, December 25. This event includes a traditional five course Christmas dinner, which includes the complementary welcome drink of your choice and unlimited wine served with dinner.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Doors open at: 2:30 PM, Dinner served at 3:00 PM
Price: $350 pesos per guest. Please purchase tickets early as the event is limited to 30 guests. Tickets are available from the hotel reception and, due to catering timelines, are available only for purchase in advance.
Telephone: 999-924-0103

Valladolid: Xoco Loco Palapa at Casa Hamaca
Christmas Celebration
Santa will be visiting with gifts for the children following our dinner. Turkey, pork, pasta, and paper goods will be provided. Please bring something to share with our group. If possible, please prepare enough for 8-10 people. Thank you! We always need appetizers, side dishes, relish trays, and desserts. No outside beverages are allowed. Xoco Loco will be open for us to purchase drinks, profits from which help support the staff who will be working that day. There will be a silent auction to raise money for the Associacion Protectora de Animales de la Calle. If you would like to donate something for the auction, please be sure it is at Casa Hamaca by 3:30 P.M. on Christmas Day, so it can be on display throughout the social time when people will be making their bids. They are looking for anything you might not be using anymore and would like to see someone else enjoy! Homemade baked goods, candies, wine, whatever you have that you can live without! You can even wrap something up like a Christmas gift and we will bid on the unknown! All that is donated will help to raise money to provide food and services to the animals helped through APACCC.
Price: $625 pesos per adult, $280 pesos per child from 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free.
Hours: 3 PM to 5:30 PM, Drinks, Appetizers & Silent Auction. 5:30 PM Buffet Style Dinner.
Location: Casa Hamaca in Valladolid

New Year’s Eve at Hotels and Restaurants in Merida

Hyatt Regency
New Year’s Eve at Peregrina
New Years Eve celebration includes an international buffet dinner and live music. You can bring your own liquor and wine.
Price: $990 pesos per adult, $495 pesos per child, which includes IVA and tip.
Hours: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Music from 9:30 PM to 1:45 AM

New Year’s Eve at the Regency Salons
New Years Eve celebration includes an international buffet dinner and live music. You can bring your own liquor and wine. This is the celebration everyone wants to attend! Kids club included.
Price: $1350 pesos per adult, $650 pesos per child, which includes IVA and tip.
Hours: 9:00 PM –4:00 AM, Live music and dancing from 9:30 PM to 2:45 AM

New Year’s Eve at Amuza
The New Years Eve celebration here includes a nine course dinner, drinks not included.
Price: $900pesos per adult, $450 pesos per child, which includes IVA and tip.
Hours: 7:00 PM –4:00 AM, Live music and dancing.

Location for both: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone for All: 999-942-12-34 ask for the New Year’s celebration.

Hotel Casa del Balam
Price: Call for more information.
Location: Calle 60 x 57, Merida centro
Telephone: (999) 924-8844 x 1703

Fiesta Americana
Candles and Lights
This will be a lavish affair in the Grand Salon of Hotel Fiesta Americana. International buffet, the traditional 12 grapes of midnight, national drinks are included and there will be entertainment by Montana, a great musical group. Full payment is required before the event. 20% discount on New Year’s brunch. IVA included.
Hours: 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Price: $1645 pesos per adult, $749 pesos per child 7-11
Location: Paseo de Montejo #451 x Avenida Colon, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 999-942-1123 or 942-1100
Email: banquetesfamd [at] posadas [dot] com

Hotel Aluxes – New Year’s Eve Dinner
Buffet dinner includes a glass of house wine, live music and a sparkling wine toast and 12 grapes at midnite. Open national bar and soft drinks. IVA and parking included. Dinner starts being served at 7 PM. The menu consists of four choices of salads and soups, main dishes (stuffed turkey, Pork with plum sauce, fish with shrimp, filet mignon, and chicken with cheese and herbs sauce). Desserts include Christmas chocolate cake, cheese cake, and others.
Price: IVA and service are included in the price of $750 pesos per adult and $390 pesos per child
Hours: Festivities start at 9:00 PM and end at 2:00 AM
Location: Calle 60 at Calle 49
Tel : 999-924-2199. Call for reservations and to put down a 50% deposit.

Holiday Inn
Call for details.
Location: Avenida Colon between Calle 60 and Paseo de Montejo, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 999-942-8800 ext. 609

Intercontinental Maria Mercedes Merida
London Style Party
An International buffet dinner with live music for dancing, and the traditional twelve grapes. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. 50% payment required for reservation. Parking included. Kids club available until 3:00 AM.
Price: $1100 pesos per adult.
Hours: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 9429000 Ext: 5400

Hennessy’s Irish Bar
Join old and new friends for a champagne toast, a selection of appetizers including lobster bisques, raspberry salad and duck carpaccio, a main course (choose from prime rib, lamb curry or poached salmon) and marvelous desserts. Also, music and prizes… you know it will be fun! Call soon and make your reservations. Space is limited!
Price: $795 pesos
and additional $100 pesos to party with the crowd. This will give you a free drink.
Location: Paseo Montejo or Calle 56-A No. 486A x 41 y 43, across from the Archaeological Museum
Telephone: (999) 923-8993

Hacienda Xcanatun
Hacienda Xcanatun’s restaurant is having a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Enjoy a four-course dinner, sparkling wine and the traditional 12 grapes. There will be music and dancing as well!
Price: Call for more info
Location: Off of the road to Progreso in the town of Xcanatun
Telephone: 999-930-2140

Trotter’s
Trotter’s will have a special four-course meal for New Year’s Eve. Call for more details.
Price: TBD. Drinks and service not included.
Location: Circuito Colonias, between Paseo de Montejo and Mega grocery store
Telephone: 999-927-2320 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Pancho’s
Pancho’s will have a special New Year’s Even dinner. Call for details or reservations.
Price: TBD. Drinks and service not included.
Location: Calle 59 x Calle 60 y 62, Merida centro
Telephone: 999-923-0942 (call after 6 PM) for reservations (50% deposit required)

La Tratto
La Tratto will have a special four-course meal.
Price: TBD. Drinks not included
Location: Prolongacion Montejo # 479 C between the Monumento a la Bandera in front of Centro Cultural Dante (the Dante Bookstore).
Telephone: 999-927-0434 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Bryan’s
Call for more information.
Price:TBD. Drinks and service not included
Location: Calle 20 # 116 x 5 y 7, Col. Montecristo
Tel: 999-927-0434 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Soma Restaurante
Soma will be having a New Year’s Day Brunch, with seatings from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Reservations are required.
Price: Call for more information
Location: Calle 21 #375 x 60 y 12, Frac. Malaga, Merida
Tel: 999-195-6474

New Year’s Eve at La Barca in Chelem
You are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015 at La Barca Restaurant in Las Dunas Hotel in Chelem. Special dinner by reservation, New York New Year’s Eve Live on Big screen, midnight toast and one of the best bands to rock, Aneurisma is back! Reservations are recommended for the special dinner, but not required for the entertainment and celebration. Join the crowd for great drink specials and to enjoy live music.
Location: La Barca Restaurant in Las Dunas Hotel in Chelem
Time: Music begins at 9:30 PM
Admission: Please book your reservation online via La Barca’s inbox on Facebook

New Year’s Eve at Lizard Joe’s with Joe King Carrasco
You can’t have New Year’s Eve in Yucatan without Austin Music Hall of Famer Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s.
Location: Lizard Joe’s Beach Club in Chelem
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

 

That’s everything we know right now! We will add in any new events we find out about when we know. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to more Yucatan Living in 2015!

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Editor’s Note: Since we first landed on the Yucatan Peninsula, we have been fascinated by its history. One visit to the Governor’s Palace with its magnificent murals by Fernando Castro Pacheco was all it took to fan the flames of that fascination. Just beneath the calm and tranquilo-seeming exterior of the Yucatan lies a tumultuous past. Jacinto Canek, after whom the Avenida Jacinto Canek that goes west from Merida’s centro is named, was one of Yucatan’s most amazing figures, rising as he did from relative obscurity to become a revolutionary leader. He made a name for himself that lives on to this day, and paid dearly for his subordinance. Guest writer James Gunn gives a glimpse into a book about Canek by a well-known Merida-born writer.

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Yucatan-born Writer

Ermilo Abreu Gómez (Mérida, 1894 – México City, 1971) was a writer, university professor and literary critic. He had a particular interest in prehispanic and colonial times in Mexico, an interest that was Canek book by Merida author about Yucatan historic figureawakened in many writers with the social changes that occurred during and after the difficult years of the Mexican Civil War that lasted for a decade beginning in 1910.

Ermilo Abreu was a prolific writer, his works were varied and extended over most of this lifetime, but his best known work is a book called Canek, published in 1940.

Canek is a short book, only 75 pages long, about the life and brutal death of one of Yucatan’s most interesting historical characters, Jacinto Canek. It is written in poetic prose, in which a mix of allusion, metaphor, and imagination combine to develop the essence of who this 18th century Maya rebel leader was, or at least the person Ermilo Abreu imagines him to have been, and to memorialize a long-ago and long forgotten Maya rebellion.

The Story of Canek

The story develops using a series of very short vignettes, some as short as four sentences. The first half of the story describes a special and caring relationship between Jacinto Canek and a young boy named Guy, the nephew of the owner of the hacienda on which Jacinto Canek works.

…nobody loves him. He seems dumb. His family … have sent him to the country to get him out of the way. He’s so skinny, he says such things, such nonsense, that his presence annoys them. His siblings have started saying he’s not a member of the family. When Guy hears this his eyes water, but he says nothing.

At least one critic has claimed that Guy is really Ermilo Abreu himself. It is suggested that Guy is a sort of sad, poetic, autobiographical representation of the author as a young child. Whatever the case, Canek increasingly becomes the best friend and protector of Guy. The purpose of including this vignette, apparently, is to show Canek to be a sensitive, intelligent and caring Maya man, who befriends an outcast white boy. In that respect, the ploy is effective.

Jacinto Canek monument in MeridaThe second half of the book describes the reasons why Canek becomes the instigator and leader of a short-lived 18th century Maya rebellion against the white skinned oppressors who enslaved and brutalized the Maya people. It describes, too, the barbaric punishment he received from the white authorities after his capture. What it does not capture, perhaps, is what a larger-than-life figure Jacinto Canek became after his death. Since then he has been viewed as a martyr and a warrior of mythic proportions.

In his frequent musings in the book about the nature of life and of mankind, Canek notes that the Maya are satisfied with little but that the whites are greedy, they always want more. At one point he says

What is the difference that separates men from animals? Some say it is a soul. That is what people ruled by pride think. Some say it is reason. That is what philosophers think. But I think what separates men from animals is the faculty that the former have of repressing or eliminating appetite.

Fascinating History

As I read more of the many outstanding Yucatecan writers, I find repeatedly a return to the long and tragic history of the relationship between the white and the Maya population of the Yucatan Peninsula. Though I’ve been told by young Yucatecos that they hear little or nothing about these things in their schools, to this outsider who is trying to come to a better understanding of the thinking and culture of Ermilio Abreu Gomez statue in Merida Yucatanthis extraordinary place, it appears that there is a trauma under the surface and that terrible wounds and injustices from the past are not entirely forgotten, just as they are not in my own country of the United States.

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Writer’s Note: translations to English are my own.

More about Jacinto Canek on Wikipedia

A little bit about Ermilio Abreu on Wikipedia in English and in Spanish.

A statue to author Ermilio Abreu is in Pensiones in Merida (Google map location here).

By Khaki Scott

School Holidays Begin Friday, December 19

When school lets out on Friday, there will be more than 590,000 children, teens, and college students out of school until Wednesday, January 7, 2015. They and their teachers will be getting steep discounts on everything from Christmas shopping to public transportation, so expect streets and stores to be busier than ever. And it doesn’t stop there. The students and their teachers are also getting discounts on national and international tours, so they are ready to see the world. We hope every student and every teacher has a safe and wonderful Christmas. Please drive carefully, especially in outlying areas where children often think of their street as a really great place to skate and/or play a game of soccer.

Visit the Zoos!

Children's Activities in Yucatan In 2014, Merida’s zoos had a population explosion and, now, there are over 100 new babies to see for over 40 different species. Included in the list are over 40 babies at El Centenario: ocelots, Bengal tigers, macaws, scarlet monkeys, Nile hippos, Capuchin monkeys, rufous-collared sparrows, and stunning guaiabero parrots. At Animaya, there are now over 60 babies less than a year old. They include: Barbary sheep, guanaco (a species of llama), spider monkeys, black neck antelope, European mouflon sheep (huge, curled horns), guar (the largest wild cow, native to India and South Asia), white tailed deer, deer that are actually all white, red deer, brocket deer, squirrels, antelope wildebeests (with white beards), emu, monkeys of several species, parrots and Tortuga jicotea (active both day and night).

Virtual Library of Yucatan Hits New Heights

The Virtual Library of Yucatan has been open since 2007. Since then, researchers have been allowed free access to over 500,000 scanned pages. At this point in time, the Virtual Library of Yucatan has 8,000 visitors per month, with access to over 20,000 books, documents, and audio/visual files that provide instant access to the history and culture of Yucatan. These are not ordinary files. They include books and manuscripts from as far back as the 16th century, as well as the work of at least 150 contemporary Maya writers. In addition, there are copies of the graduate and post-graduate work done by researchers housed in the Virtual Library of Yucatan. To date, over 400,000 visitors have used the library, many of them from Europe, and all totally free. Do pay a visit to the Virtual Library of Yucatan and see what marvelous documents, books, pamphlets, and videos they have available.

What Children’s Graves Tell Us

Over the past few years, as Merida remodeled older districts and constructed new ones, it seemed as if they were discovering a new archaeological site almost every month, and the rerouting of traffic created inconveniences that had everyone on edge. Today, of course, all inconveniences are forgotten and everyone is Yucatan is proud of the groundbreaking research that has taken place in Merida and was shared last week at the First “Ichkaantijo” Symposium of Maya Culture, held in the library of Yucatan’s branch of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Who would ever have thought that, underneath a neighborhood in the city, there would be enough children’s graves to completely change our understanding of the degree of importance of children to societies? That is exactly what has happened in Fraccionamiento Los Heroes, now known in archaeological circles as Zona Oxmul. Babies were buried in urns, while older children were buried in a type of sarcophagus. In either case, the formerly neglected topic of the role of children in Mayan society is now being discussed for the first time. In addition, new methods of excavation and recovery of the remains of children has been developed, which will be of use around the world. This brings new meaning to the term “living history” in Yucatan.

Twelve Year Old Mayan Girl Wants to be Orchestra Conductor

Young Mayra Gabriela Medina Gonzalez wants to be an orchestra conductor and she is well on her way. Thus far, she has reached her goal of mastering three instruments (piano, saxophone, and clarinet), goes to a free form alternative school where she attends primary and secondary school at the same time (with stellar marks), and has spent two years training as a high performance athlete without neglecting her music or academic work. Assisted by the Jose Jacinto Cuevas Music Center, Mayra began with the piano at four years of age, then the saxophone at age seven, but then fell in love with the clarinet and has now dedicated herself to it. This past week, Merida’s Deputy to the State Congress was instrumental in seeing to it that Mayra received a new clarinet, something her family would find extremely difficult to afford. All eyes are on Mayra now, which is an odd thing to say because Mayra has flown through her twelve years of life, racking up one amazing accomplishment after another, and she is not only blind, but also a former victim of bullying. Will Mayra become the first female orchestra conductor from Yucatan? Our bet is on Mayra earning whatever she sets her mind to. How about you?

Two New Places to Shop Coming in Early 2015

For the shoppers among us, life is going to be better than ever in Merida in 2015. These are the new malls that are being built at break-neck speed:
(1) Costco: Construction is moving fast, but no opening date yet. Location: Next to Plaza Galerias, where the old henequen fabrics factory was. This will be a great shopping location for those who live at the beach and dread the drive all the way into the city.
(2) Plaza Aurea: two story mall with 21 stores. Location: at the entrance of Fraccionamiento Auria. It is designed to serve both the Aurea and Francisco de Montejo areas.
(3) There are also two new hotels already under construction: a Hampton Inn and a City Junior Hotel.

Mayan Language in Schools: Reading and Writing

With the Constitution being translated into Maya, this indigenous language is positioning itself to stand on equal footing with Spanish in Yucatan. Until now, the different dialects of the Mayan language have Photo courtesy of SIPSElargely been an oral tradition and almost impossible to teach in schools. With the recent standardization of Mayan grammar and spelling, courses in basic, intermediate and advanced Mayan will be compulsory in the schools of Yucatan, as are French and English now. Both reading and writing will be taught beginning in preschool. This is wonderful news and gives the next generation of Maya Yucatecos yet another tool with which to not only preserve their culture, but to meet the rest of the world on their own terms and with their own perspectives. We cannot, at times like this, forget the somber, young, East Texas plumber who, several years ago, informed us that “the Mayans are extinct.” Well, look out world, here they come! This next generation of Mayan children will not only out-write you, but will continue to beat you at chess as well. Our congratulations to every educator who has made this possible!

Need to See a Man about a Horse? Come to Yucatan!

Yucatan now has five new associations, incorporated and registered with Sagarpa, as being specialized in equine production, and every one of them has a membership of cattlemen! We have watched as these five groups of livestock producers spent almost the past decade moving past being just horse lovers to breeding and raising some of the finest horses we have seen. If you missed them at the municipal and state fairs, you really need to go looking for them next time you have an opportunity to do so. To add to the uniqueness of this occasion, the certification of these specialized horse breeders’ groups as associations is a first in all of Mexico. The five associations and their presidents are: Sucila: Isac Portillo Duarte, Uayma: Alejandro Ay Xooc, Buctzotz: Pedro Eduardo Castro Madera, Colonia Yucatan: Emir Perez Estrada, and Tizimin: Mario Alberto Romero Cervera. If you love horses, or know someone who does, spend some time in each of the municipalities listed above. One of them just might be where your expat dreams come true.

By Working Gringos

United States Mission in Mexico

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Travel Precautions

December 12, 2014
With the approaching holiday season, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico are receiving increasing reports of highway robberies and carjackings on popular transit routes into the interior of Mexico, including on toll roads (“cuotas”). Criminals are very aware that many travelers coming from the United States at this time of year are carrying gifts, often expensive electronic items and jewelry. The criminals monitor the highways to identify potential targets, and appear to be targeting individuals displaying valuable items or driving vehicles they believe likely to contain these items, including vehicles with U.S. license plates. Most criminal activity occurs after dark, currently between 6:00 P.M. and sunrise.

While U.S. citizens have, in the past, been murdered in highway robbery and carjacking incidents, in recent reports most victims who complied with robbers’ demands have reported that they were not physically harmed. In some cases, robbers have shot at vehicles that have attempted to flee. Robbers have used a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. While violent incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, they most frequently occur after dark and on isolated stretches of roads. To reduce risk when traveling by road, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to continue to use toll roads (“cuotas”) whenever possible.

The Government of Mexico’s Programa Paisano provides support to U.S. residents returning to Mexico for the holiday season, including providing security information. http://www.paisano.gob.mx/

The current Travel Warning for Mexico provides more specific information by Mexican state. Travelers traveling by road are urged to review the sections on each state they will transit, as well as their final destination.

Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico are encouraged to report incidents to the police and to the nearest U.S. consular office.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings (including the Travel Warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our freeSmart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

Embassy
Mexico City: Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone: +(52)(55) 5080-2000.

Consulates (with consular districts):
· Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua): Paseo de la Victoria 3650, telephone. (011)(52)(656) 227-3000.
· Guadalajara (Nayarit, Jalisco, Aguas Calientes, and Colima): Progreso 175, telephone (011)(52)(333) 268-2100.
· Hermosillo (Sinaloa and the southern part of the state of Sonora): Avenida Monterrey 141, telephone (011)(52)(662) 289-3500.
· Matamoros (the southern part of Tamaulipas with the exception of the city of Tampico): Avenida Primera 2002, telephone (011)(52)(868) 812-4402.
· Merida (Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo): Calle 60 no. 338-K x 29 y 31, Col. Alcala Martin, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050, telephone (011)(52)(999) 942-5700 or 202-250-3711 (U.S. number).
· Monterrey (Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, and the southern part of Coahuila):Prolongacion Ave. Alfonso Reyes No. 150, Col. Valle Poniente, Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, 66196, telephone (011)(52)(818) 047-3100.
· Nogales (the northern part of Sonora): Calle San Jose, Nogales, Sonora, telephone (011)(52)(631) 311-8150.
· Nuevo Laredo (the northern part of Coahuila and the northwestern part of Tamaulipas): Calle Allende 3330, Col. Jardin, telephone (011)(52)(867) 714-0512.
· Tijuana (Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur): Paseo de Las Culturas s/n Mesa de Otay, telephone (011) (52) (664) 977-2000.

Consular Agencies:
· Acapulco: Hotel Emporio, Costera Miguel Aleman 121 – Suite 14, telephone (011)(52)(744) 481-0100 or (011)(52)(744) 484-0300.
· Cancún: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico C.P. 77500, telephone (011)(52)(998) 883-0272.
· Los Cabos: Las Tiendas de Palmilla Local B221, Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 27.5, San José del Cabo, BCS, Mexico 23406 telephone, (624) 143-3566 Fax: (624) 143-6750.
· Mazatlán: Playa Gaviotas #202, Zona Dorada, telephone (011)(52)(669) 916-5889.
· Oaxaca: Macedonio Alcalá no. 407, interior 20, telephone (011)(52)(951) 514-3054, (011) (52)(951) 516-2853.
· Piedras Negras: Abasolo #211, Zona Centro, Piedras Negras, Coah., telephone, (011)(52)(878) 782-5586.
· Playa del Carmen: “The Palapa,” Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20, telephone (011)(52)(984) 873-0303 or 202-370-6708(a U.S. number).
· Puerto Vallarta: Paradise Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros #1, Local #4, Interior #17, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, telephone (011)(52)(322) 222-0069.
· San Miguel de Allende: Centro Comercial La Luciernaga, Libramiento Manuel Zavala (Pepe KBZON), telephone (011)(52)(415) 152-2357.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting December 15, 2014

Yucatan Living NEW: Free Light Show at Chichen Itza: December 11 – 19
These Nights of Kukulcan light and sound shows will feature a huge ceiba on the side of the pyramid, and will artificially bring the Feathered Serpent down the side of the staircase. There will also be a representation of the ball game, as well as the underworld filled with skulls. The show is free without passes from December 11 – 19, and will continue to be free with passes from Ticketmaster after that.
Location: The Castle of Chichen Itza
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Christmas in “La Plancha” December 12 – January 6
This is a wonderful, “Viva la Navidad!” celebration for the family and kids. It includes mechanical games, live shows and a Christmas Village.
Location: In the Old Train Station in Merida, Calle 43 x 48 y 46, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, with special circus shows on December 25, January 1, and January 6 at 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Fest: The 473rd Anniversary of the City of Merida (January 6 – 27)
Every year, three weeks in January mark a huge celebration in honor of the birthday of the City of Merida. This event is called Merida Fest and is designed to bring together all of the people and cultures in Merida. We are blessed to enjoy one of the most peaceful big cities in the world, with one of the most complex populations. No matter the topic: food, music, ethnicity, age and even religion, Merida has it all and manages, without discrimination, to continue to celebrate our complex society as one of our greatest strengths. What that translates to, for visitors and residents alike, is three weeks of cultural events and entertainment that is found nowhere else. Stay with us here at Yucatan Living as we bring you the dazzling array of events that will take place during Merida Fest.

Yucatan Living Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here in 2015.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) December 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Violin Recital: Students of Edwin Schrip of Centro Cultural Wallis
This is one of the best schools, we think, in the world! This should be a great performance.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
This week the trio will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Much Ado About Nothing
(USA 2012) A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Last Movie
(USA 2013) A famous American filmmaker travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his last movie. The Mayan Apocalypse intercedes. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Upstream Color
(2013 USA) A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. This movie premiered at Sundance, and was shown at South by Southwest. And now you can see it here! In English
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Suspected
(UK 2010) A young man awakes to find himself facing a real life nightmare. Accused of murder, he must fight to prove his innocence. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living An Evening with Christopher Collins Lee and His Violin
Tonight, you will have the opportunity to hear one of the great violinists of our time perform and talk about his life, his violin, and the music he will perform. The evening begins in the restaurant and continues in the small hall where the ISQY normally performs. Christopher travels around the world performing, but he always returns to Merida. A great opportunity… don’t miss it!
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $850 pesos per person: includes wine, meal and concert.

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library: Los Cholombianos – Mexican Street Style from Monterrey
Amanda Watkins spent four years traveling between London and Monterrey to document this cultural subgroup. Now, this London designer’s work has been published in a book (Cholombianos). This should be a very interesting lecture.
Location: Xoco Loco in Casa Hamaca, Valladolid
Time: 7:45 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 peso donation, with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase at Xoco Loco in Casa Hamaca.

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
This is the last performance of this wonderful event.
Location: Cathedral of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
(France 2014) An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Festen
(Germany 1998) At Helge’s 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) December 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Halley
(Mexico 2012) Alberto is dead and can no longer hide it. Make-up and perfume can no longer conceal his quickly decomposing body. Dismayed, he decides to withdraw from the world. But before surrendering to his living death, Alberto forms an unusual friendship with Luly, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Lizard Joe’s Christmas Party
From Lizard Joe: “Join us for a night of glamour and dancing at Lizard Joes. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us this year. Please join us for an evening of romantic music, think Frank Sinatra and the Big Band Sound. There will be a special guest appearence from Naomi Murphy who will sing some wonderful songs from back in the day. So put on your glad rags, break out the bling and get ready to be razzled and dazzled at our special Christmas dance. Snacks provided, also Lizard Joes will be offering a special menu for the evening. This is a ticket only event. Tickets just 50 pesos each. They will be on sale from Casa Rosa, Lizard Joes, Denise Wittman Hanson Cindy Morrissey and Dany Hibner Ream also from Paws on the Beach Vet Center. Tickets on sale from 6th December. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle.”
Location: Calle 17-I 24 y 26 Chelem, Yucatan Gulf Coast
Phone: 999 18 18 756
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Christmas Party at La Barca in Chelem
La Barca’s official Christmas Party is on December 19, featuring Los Twangs. They will also have a night of Jazz with the one and only Cony Ancona on December 26.
Location: Calle 21 # 1049, 97233 Chelem, YUC, Mexico
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: No Cover
Phone: +52 999 199 5314

Yucatan Living International String Quartet of Yucatan
This wonderful quartet continues its fourth season with music by Corelli, Purcell, Albinoni, Britten and Mozart.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Please call Hacienda Xcanatun to make a reservation: 930-2140.

Yucatan Living Movie: Remember
(UK 1993) Directed by John Herzfeld. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Priest’s Children
(Serbia 2012) A young priest gets an idea to pierce condoms before they are sold in order to increase the birth rate of his island. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Big Lebowski
(USA 1998) “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Make your reservations by calling the library.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(SA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In English and Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Tormented
(USA 2011) Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living International String Quartet of Yucatan
This wonderful quartet continues its fourth season with music by Corelli, Purcell, Albinoni, Britten and Mozart.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Please call Xcanatun to make a reservation: 930-2140.

Yucatan Living Spectacular Folkloric Dance Event
This performance includes both the adult and youth folkloric ballet companies of the Ayuntamiento de Merida, as well as two groups from Estampas Mexicanas: Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua. It is the purpose of Estampas Mexicanas to make certain that every state in Mexico is able to enjoy the folkloric traditions of every other state. So look for a wonderful performance here tonight.
Location: Esplanade of the Cathedral
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Bad Hair
A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Pulp Fiction
(USA 1994) The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), December 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, specially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Note: BiciRuta Montejo Route Temporarily Suspended. December 7 – January 11
All other BiciRuta routes will function as usual. Check here for more information.

Yucatan Living December Gypsy Market
This could be the biggest Gypsy Market yet. It is being held in conjunction with Natural Thangs Garden Center, just 100 meters further west. Food will be served at either venue, Anita’s German sausage and Pablo’s famous breakfast burritos to name but two. Artists and artisans from everywhere will be there, as well as bazaar items to be sold to aid local charities.
Location: Graciela’s Secret Garden, midway between Chelem and Chuburna.
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Masculine-Femenine
(France 1966) Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers (‘the children of Marx and Coca Cola’, as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 22, 2014

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Gorro Girls Knitting & Crocheting “bee”
Dates: Second and Fourth Mondays
This group makes caps for the Cancer Kids of Hospital O’Horan. Knitting and crocheting instruction is available from members.
Location: Merida English Library (MEL) patio
Time: 10:00 AM Mondays
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, January 10
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help! Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate, please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families!
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF UPDATE Date: January 25
Invitation from MEL: Dust off your greatest Chili Recipe and sign up for the Premier Event of the Year when the competition is on for the Chili Cooking Crown at MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off – 2015 Edition.
The event will take place on January 25, Sunday, 1 – 4 PM. Lots more details to come but don’t delay, Chili Chefs should register now to ensure your spot in the cook off. Competition is brisk! If you have a big pot and a good recipe, please sign up at the library or contact us at: MELchilicookoff [at] gmail [dot] com. Now’s your chance to show off your chefability. Also, HELP NEEDED! They also need about 15 people to be general volunteers the day of the event — setting up tables, selling beverages and helping keep things tidy. Go to www.meridaenglishlibrary.com to volunteer.

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 15
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting December 08, 2014

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) December 08, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
This week the trio will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Passion of Joan of Arc
Director: Dreyer. Starring: Renee Jeanne Falconetti
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Trazing Aleida
(Mexico 2008) During the 1970s, Mexico engaged in a “dirty war” against left-wing dissidents and suspected “subversives,” resulting in the arrest and “disappearance” of hundreds of its own citizens. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Great Beauty
(Italy 2013) Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In English, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Around Midnight
(USA 1986) In ‘Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950′s New York jazz world. Dale gets an offer to play in Paris, where, like many other black American musicians at the time, he enjoys a respect for his humanity that is not based upon the color of his skin. A Parisian man who is obsessed with Turner’s music befriends him and attempts to save Turner from himself. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There are only two more performances of this wonderful event.
Location: Itzimna Church, Colonia Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Free Radicals
(France 2012) Pip Chodorov his work as a pretext to talk about the great artists of underground film and video art, the context in which they lived and the works they left for posterity as the free radicals that they were. Probably in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: La Piedra Ausente
(Mexico 2013) Focusing on the removal and subsequent replications of a colossal pre-Hispanic rain deity taken from a small Mexican town to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, this film explores struggles over heritage and artifacts, contrasting diverse perspectives within the contemporary debate about cultural property and the stewardship of the past. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) December 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Priest’s Children
(Serbia 2012) A young priest gets an idea to pierce condoms before they are sold in order to increase the birth rate of his island. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can read all about it and you can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Yucatan Living Movie: East of Eden
(USA 1955) In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to get ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Persecution
(France 2009) Daniel has problems with his girlfriend, which prioritizes his career before their relationship. In the midst of this, a strange starts to pursue Daniel and persevering with unhealthy obsession. In French with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Darjeeling Limited
(USA 2007) A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer with James Gunn.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful teenager living in the poor southern suburbs of Belgrade. She likes to burn everything around with a mobile camera phone. She makes videos, friends, family and Djole – the boy of her dreams. Jasna’s father is battling a terminal illness and desperate mother, accompanies him throughout this terrible battle. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music and a Movie
Music: Musike Quartet: Juan Mendez (viola), Francisco Granados (cello), Mahonri Aban (Oboe), Christopher Canche (piano).
Movie: Faust (Germany 1926). Director: Friedrich W. Murnau.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 # 411 x 47 y 45, Centro Historico
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The White Shadow
(USA 1924) In Paris a wild girl becomes possessed by the soul of her twin who died to save her life. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Admission: Free
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Movie: Morbido Film Fest
Marathon of Morbido movies.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome! Tumakat has beautiful wood floors that we want to protect, so please bring shoes with clean, soft soles to dance in, or dance in socks or bare foot.
Location: Tumakat Dance Studio (blue building, middle of block), Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54, Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. Volunteers needed to help set up for the band and clean up when the dance is over. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!

Yucatan Living Movie: Scott Pilgrim
(USA 2010) Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), December 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature: Volcanoes
Observe the cataclysmic events that result in what are both tragic and beneficial events on Earth. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Senna
(USA 2010) A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Violin Recital: Students of Edwin Schrip of Centro Cultural Wallis
This is one of the best schools, we think, in the world!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, January 17
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite, attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF UPDATE Date: January 25
Invitation from MEL: Dust off your greatest Chili Recipe and sign up for the Premier Event of the Year when the competition is on for the Chili Cooking Crown at MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off – 2015 Edition.
The event will take place on January 25, Sunday, 1 – 4 PM. Lots more details to come but don’t delay, Chili Chefs should register now to ensure your spot in the cook off. Competition is brisk! If you have a big pot and a good recipe, please sign up at the library or contact us at: MELchilicookoff [at] gmail [dot] com. Now’s your chance to show off your chefability. Also, HELP NEEDED! They also need about 15 people to be general volunteers the day of the event — setting up tables, selling beverages and helping keep things tidy. Go to www.meridaenglishlibrary.com to volunteer.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers
Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna Chris Parkin yucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com and Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com.
Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 15
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Khaki Scott

Casa del Cultura in Tizimin

As a project of the itinerant art program of the MACAY, Merida’s contemporary art museum, a new Casa del Cultura has opened to promote art and culture in Tizimin. On Saturday December 6, the House of Tizimin Cultural Center in YucatanCulture “Tizimín Kah” opened. It houses the first cultural space that Macay AC Cultural Foundation has created through the itinerant art school and it is open to the public.

Xíimbalarte is the name of the program, and it has as its objectives to bring art to all corners of the state. Each cultural space will include a temporary exhibition room, a library and reading room.

The opening ceremony of “Tizimín Kah” was chaired by CP María del Rosario Diaz Gongora, Mayor of Tizimín and Licenciado Roger Metri Duarte, Secretary of Culture and Arts of Yucatan State, who were joined by other special guests.

Playa Del Carmen, Q.R. to have Snow!

Yes, Playa del Carmen is going to have a Christmas Fair (December 12 – January 16), and they are going to have snow and an ice slide, and a place to make snowmen. Rides will be free to all citizens of the municipality, and the area to make snowmen will be open and free to everyone. Yucatan has a sizeable community of expats from Canada and the Northern United States. We think it would be a fine idea if they head over to Playa del Carmen, build a snowman, and show us how it’s done. Photos as proof will be gleefully accepted and posted right here on Yucatan Living!

Rain of Falling Stars of the Virgin, December 6 – 19

The annual rain of meteorites of the Virgin should be visible in the night sky over the Yucatan Peninsula between December 6 and December 19, and will probably drop about 100 meteorites per hour. It is so much more romantic to claim that these shooting stars are in honor of the Virgin, or that Geminids (the twins) are shooting at Virgo, than it is to report that all of that wonder is just the dust and debris from a partially disintegrated meteor that comes around and falls on us every year about this time. They tell us that the best nights to see the Falling Stars of the Virgin will be between 7:00 PM and midnight on December 11 through 13. What a wonderful way to begin the Christmas Season!

Merida Hosts IV Mexican Tourism Convention

An amazing number of tourism boards, agencies, and representatives are in the city this week for the fourth annual strategic planning conference for all of Mexico. We have 47 international representatives, 31 national representatives, 112 representatives from individual tourism destinations, 26 directors of the Mexican Tourism Board, 46 representatives from the Mexican central offices of tourism, and three representatives of the Mexican Tourism Board itself. They will be planning the national and international strategy for tourism throughout Mexico for the next year and beyond. Merida and Yucatan welcome them and will make sure they have a wonderful week in the White City.

Chichen Itza Airport Maybe?

The State of Yucatan is proposing to partner with the Government of Mexico, and possibly private investors, to finally open the Chichen Itza International Airport as a cargo center. There are still a lot of variables that are hindering talks and plans. One of those variables is where would the air cargo center be located: at the airport? or in Valladolid? Another issue is that you can’t get investors unless you have customers who say they will use the airport, but you can’t get the customers unless you either actually have the airport or have the commitment to do the work necessary to open it. No matter which way it goes, an investment of $120 million pesos is needed to get this project underway. We should know something by the end of this month, because work is actually planned for the first quarter of 2015. In fact, further investigation shows that some decisions have already been made with regard to this project. First, it will be in the Municipality of Valladolid and, second, it will be a multiyear funded project that is set to begin in 2015 and continue until the end of the present administration (mid-2018).

Work on Progreso’s Logistics Center Ready to Begin

A new 330-hectare logistics center will begin construction at the beginning of 2015 and is funded through the end of the present administration (mid-2018). The entire project should run between 240 and 300 million pesos.This project has been coming for some time, mostly due to the fact that the oil and gas industry, in states that border the Bay of Campeche, has run out of coastal space to expand. They have only been waiting for the results of a number of 2014 studies and funding to bring this logistics area to Progreso. In Spanish, this facility is a plataforma logística, which is an area that provides space to different companies and in which all activities are related to the storage, transport and distribution of goods, both for domestic and for international traffic. So this is much more than just a storage area for oil and gas. This is a long-awaited storage facility that will allow Progreso to function on an international scale, as a complete service distribution center for Mexico and other parts of Central America. The best part of this news, at this point in time, is the number of jobs this project will bring to the Progreso area. Also, the current governor estimates that he can have 15% to 20% of the spaces developed (that means paying customers!) by the time the project is finished. What a wonderful beginning to the new year for everyone who lives along the beaches of Yucatan!

Recipe for Misdiagnosis

Spanish-speaking physician + indigenous patient who does not speak Spanish + volunteer interpreter (sometimes certified, most times not). Taken together, that combination can lead to misdiagnosis and death. At the present time, there are approximately 300 certified indigenous language interpreters in the justice system in Mexico, and only approximately 100 certified indigenous language interpreters in the health care system. This last group is spread over Guerrero, Veracruz, Chiapas and Yucatan. Realizing that any individual encounters the health care system far more often than the judicial system, INDEMAYA looked at why there would be so many more certified interpreters in the judicial system, rather than in the health care system. The answer came down to payment for services, which equates to professional respect as well as to simply being paid for one’s time. With a full dozen newly-certified health care interpreters under its belt, INDEMAYA is in a perfect position to effect change and save lives throughout the nation. This is an important issue and we congratulate Yucatan’s INDEMAYA for championing this worthy cause. We can also see that this might be a great career opportunity for qualified young people here in the Yucatan.

CRIT Goal: More Than 5 Million Pesos

Yucatan has approximately 140,000 disabled citizens and does everything it can to see to it that all of their needs are met, as well as giving them every opportunity to rise above their limitations and live as normal a life as possible. Major funding for these efforts comes in the form of an annual Disabled Children’s Telethon (CRIT) in Merida and throughout Mexico. Indeed, the country of Mexico takes this issue seriously and has a national goal of more than 400 million pesos. This year in Merida, CRIT has sponsored everything from wrestling matches to costume competitions, anything and everything to make donating not only fun, but meaningful as well. We look forward to hearing that their goal has been met.

Living the Experience of Disability

Unless someone is disabled, they have no idea what kind of strength it takes just to try and get around, especially in crowds or unfamiliar situations, and especially with uneven sidewalks and speeding buses! The week before the CRIT marathon, 80 physically fit individuals, many of them university students, divided into three supposedly disabled groups: motor, vision, and hearing. Then, with blinders, or ear plugs, or in wheelchairs, they made their way across Merida’s centro as part of the V Cultural Week for Human Rights. Now, there are 80 people who clearly understand what it is to try to go to school, or seek health services, or even take part in any kind of recreational activity if one is disabled. These are the people who will now lend their voices to helping make Merida a city with true accessibility for people with disabilities.

About that Environmental Impact Study

Those who own property or conduct business near the coast or near state or federally protected areas are required to do an Environmental Impact Study prior to making any changes to that land or to the nearby public land. This verbiage is in Section 171 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection. The Environmental Impact Study is filed with SEMARNAT (the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources). If you are required to file an Environmental Impact Study and do not do so, SEMARNAT turns the issue over to Profepa (The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) in Yucatan and they remind you with hefty fines. If you actually went ahead with construction, or other land-altering projects, you will be shut down and fined even more. The fine will be 30,000 to 50,000 daily minimum wages, and you will be kept shut down (in whole or in part) until your fine is paid and the property is restored to its condition prior to the changes. If it cannot be restored, you will pay Mexico (the Mexican people) for the damage you have done. That is not a difficult law to understand. Yet, people continue to attempt to evade or ignore the rules, always to their own ruin. From what we have seen, Yucatan takes its environmental laws quite a bit more seriously than some other places in Mexico. So, please, even if you are not an environmentalist in your heart, obey the law in Yucatan. SEMARNAT and Profepa mean business.

Christmas Seguridad y Tranquilidad en Yucatán (Security and Tranquility in Yucatan)

Wherever your home is, if you are an expatriate, you recognize that Christmas security is probably necessary to keep shoppers in check the few days before Christmas and again on New Year’s Eve. Not so in Yucatan. Here, the Christmas holidays last from the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12) until the day after Three King’s Day (January 7). That’s a long time, almost a full month, for relatives to come for family reunions, for tourists to visit in droves, for everyone to shop pre- and post-season sales (sometimes far into the night), for the family to go out to eat, and for young people to dance the night away in local clubs. Big crimes are seldom an issue in Yucatan, but accidents are a species all their own. Please be extra careful this holiday season and not to worry, Yucatan has 303 SSP members in 77 units on the job to protect the security and tranquility of the entire Yucatan State during the next month. Yucatan has 127 policemen in 37 units, plus two K-9 units, four motorcycles and that helicopter you just saw flying over centro. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday vacation!

By Working Gringos

Josefina and Constantino of Merida Yucatan, Hammock BoutiqueA few months ago, we were contacted by a woman via email asking about advertising on our website. She wanted to advertise her hammock business and we thought that was a great idea, so we arranged to meet with her. We did not really know what to expect, but we certainly did not expect the people and organization that we met! We were so impressed with the creativity and dedication of the people we met, along with their inventive combination of altruism and entrepreneurship, that we decided to tell our readers their story. This is that story.

It All Started When…

We arranged to meet at their store, Hamacas Merida, on Calle 65 just south of the Plaza Grande. We had probably walked by this store a few hundred times without giving it a second thought. And we almost walked by it again, as it was closed, with the metal doors almost down to the ground. Since we had an appointment, we knocked on the metal door and within seconds, a handsome and tall young man raised the door and welcomed us in. This was Constantino, hot and tired from taking inventory in the heat of a Merida summer afternoon. He was soon joined by his equally attractive sister, Josefina, Josefina and Constantino with their mother, Maria Isabel Caceres Menendez de Urzaiz from Hammock Boutique in Merida Yucatanand they both proceeded to show us around their store while telling us their story.

Growing Up, Leaving, Coming Back

Growing up in Merida, Josefina and Constantino were raised by a mother who worked as an attorney and a father who worked in the family businesses of hotels and shoe stores. While their mother provided an example of working with charity organizations, Josefina grew up working in the hotels and Constantino worked in the shoe business. Eventually, these family businesses were all sold, leaving the two children to find other ways to make their way in the world.

Constantino earned his college degree at Tecnologico de Merida, and as with many educated children here, he decided to spend some time in the United States furthering his education. Early in 2001, Constantino left Merida to go to graduate school in Pensacola, Florida. While he was there, the tragedy of 9-11 happened and, as a foreigner, he found it impossible to find work. He had previously asked his mother to send him a few hammocks from Merida to give to his friends in Florida, and they were such a hit, he asked for more. In an effort to support himself, he went to a local flea market with hammocks, and sold over 100 in one day. Recognizing an opportunity, he moved back to Mexico and, with assistance from his mother, started Hammock Boutique, and began the business of exporting Yucatecan hammocks.

Josefina Urzaiz from Merida, Yucatan, Hammock BoutiqueIn 2005, his younger sister Josefina, graduated from Universidad Anahuac Mayab and moved to Washington D.C. to go to graduate school at Georgetown University. In 2007, she graduated and moved to New York City with a job in investment banking. Seeing how well her brother’s business was going and the additional opportunities they could create together, she initially helped him with financial investments. In 2012, as she puts it, she became Constantino’s partner, a “full-time hamaquera“, and they opened up the wholesale side of the hammock business.

That is their background, but that is not the most impressive or important part of this story. For that, we have to explain how this business works and how they are growing and promoting the business to benefit so many people.

Giving Back While Getting Ahead

From the beginning, Constantino and Josefina have been committed to running a business that gives back to the community and and the employees of the business. This includes paying higher wages to the weavers, donating household items on a regular basis to the weavers and their families, and supporting activities that benefit the communities that weave our hammocks. Each week, about eight “managers” come in to the store in Merida and trade completed hammocks for new yarn to make more hammocks. The Hammock Boutique provides their hammock producers with all the yarn they use, ensuring that the hammocks are made with quality yarn and in color combinations that they know will sell in the global market. The finished hammocks come from small pueblos throughout the Repairing a hammock at Hammock BoutiqueYucatan Peninsula where the leaders, once producers themselves, have cultivated a community of producers. Each week, they are paid for the completed hammocks, and given the new yarn to produce more hammocks. Through this network of local producers who work out of their own homes, Josefina estimates that they work with about 500 families who are supplementing or earning their income through producing hammocks, while still able to stay in their homes and communities.

In addition to ensuring that the hammocks are produced with the best materials and the right colors, the organization employs a few people in Merida who perform a quality check on each hammock, making repairs as necessary before the hammocks are shelved and ready to ship. The Hammock Boutique ships traditional Maya hammocks, hanging hammock chairs and American-style hammocks all over the world to individual buyers, but now, they are also beginning a thriving wholesale business. They have recently become a minority supplier to Lowes Hardware in the United States. In fact, Lowes will be coming in January to film Constantino and Josefina and their business as an example of Lowe’s Supplier Diversity efforts. Anyone can now buy hammocks made in Merida on Lowes.com (see link at the end of the article) and starting January, Lowe’s will be promoting hammocks from Constantino and Josefina’s hammock business in 152 stores across five states.

Social Responsibility Recognized

As you can see, there is no question that these two young Meridanos have created a thriving and successful business. But what sets this business apart is the way that they are weaving entrepreneurial interests together with their determination to benefit the workers as well as themselves. Since the beginning, they have attempted to run their hammock business as a socially responsible enterprise. As Josefina still lives in the United States with her American husband, she is able to tell their story to organizations that can recognize and promote the work they are doing in Yucatan. Through her efforts, Constantino taking hammock inventory in Merida, Yucatan at Hammock BoutiqueHammock Boutique has been designated as a B Corporation business, which means the business must “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.” There are more than 1,000 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 34 countries, and Hammock Boutique is the 8th Mexican Company to be certified. Hammock Boutique has also been recently awarded a Fair Trade Federation Membership.

Breaking The Poverty Cycle

All this is great, but Josefina and Constantino recognized that it was not enough. After their regular Christmas giveaway in 2013, Josefina realized that she wanted to create permanent change in the communities. The giveaways, like so many charitable activities here and elsewhere, were providing temporary wellbeing for the recipients, but they were not changing the root causes of the poverty found where these families worked and lived. Josefina and Constantino wanted to make a bigger, more long-lasting impact.

So the siblings decided to take their efforts to assist the communities of weavers one step further. In the summer of 2014, they established Fundación Cielo, a non-profit organization, whose mission is, as their website says, “working to end the cycle of inter-generational poverty in the Yucatan by improving the health, education and leadership skills of the Yucatan People”. They chose the towns of Chumayel and Teabo to start, planning to eventually expand their efforts to more neighboring communities.

Fundación Cielo is working to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in Mayan communities in the Yucatán through an integrated system of socioeconomic development. We are introducing the SHE Network (Sustainable Holistic Empowerment Network) concept on Social Impact / Social Entrepreneurship. Our Sustainability comes from running a profitable hammock business. The Holistic component comes from the integrated approach of not limiting ourselves to provide just jobs but also act in other aspects to help improve their overall living conditions. Empowerment comes with the economic independence that results from being lifted out of poverty. The Network represents the institutions that make this impact possible as well as each family of weavers and their communities.

In 2014, a program called Impact on Air launched a contest looking for fifteen ideas that are changing the world, in five categories. Impact on Air is backed by Google, Impact Hub Seattle and VentureScale, and based out of Seattle. Fundación Cielo was selected as a Winner under the Poverty Alleviation Category, providing more opportunities to spread the word, grow the business and help the Yucatecan families.

Plans for the Future

Their main goal now is to build a Community Center in Teabo. They plan for the first stage to be completed by the end of 2015. At the same time, they are also working towards increasing production capacity for the hammocks. They hope to help these chosen communities break out of poverty through education, one family at a time. Josefina also views this as an opportunity to demonstrate in Mexico Weaver in Teabo for Hammock Boutique, Merida, Yucatanthat the private sector can be and should be involved in the development of her country. She is hoping that “through our hammock business and the foundation, we will bring about change to these marginalized communities. I want the teenagers to have opportunities to choose their futures. If they choose to stay, that’s awesome but if they have the brains to go work at NASA, I want it to be possible for them.”

In 2015, Hammock Boutique will also be teaming up with Boomerang Communities to bring members to the Yucatan to see how they can contribute. Boomerang is dedicated to creating “city-based communities where you can learn about sustainable international development. We will provide overseas opportunities for you to see with your own eyes, touch with your own hands, and walk alongside full-time development workers serving communities in need. Then, we will help Boomerang members find meaningful opportunities to serve in their spare time using their unique skills.”

Making It Work

We began living in Merida about the same time that Constantino moved to Florida, and we have seen many expatriates trying to help Maya families, including ourselves of course. We all employ local workers, give to their families when we see need and do what we can to alleviate poverty when we see it. But like Josefina, we can also see that our individual efforts are but drops in the bucket, and often those drops evaporate in the hot sun of generational poverty. What Josefina and Constantino are doing, with Hammock Boutique and Fundación Cielo, is a viable blueprint for the future, combining sustainable business activities with community activism in a place they understand, creating meaningful work for themselves while helping others.

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Fundación Cielo website

Hammock Boutique website

Hammock Boutique hammocks on Lowes.com

Find out more about B Corporations

The Fair Trade Federation

Impact on Air

Josefina’s video about Cielo Foundation for Impact on Air, and Josefina’s appearance on an Impact on Air video about the winners.

Boomerang Communities Trip to Yucatan

By Working Gringos

I am a young journalist and photographer. Currently on a fixed-term contract at the international news channel France 24 in Paris. I am willing to move to the Yucatan Peninsula and am looking for job opportunities there.

I speak fluent French, English and Spanish, as I grew up in France and then lived in Australia and Bolivia.

I am a versatile journalist, since I can write, take photos (here is a link to my website thomasnicolon.wix.com/photography) and film, and I have my own gear.

I am also very passionate about wildlife and conservation, and I hope to find a good fit in a Yucatan company.

Feel free to e-mail me or call me at any time to discuss further details: thomasnicolon [at] gmail [dot] com

Thank you for your consideration,
Sincerely yours,

Thomas Nicolon
Assistant rédacteur en chef / Assistant senior producer
FRANCE 24
Photography: http://thomasnicolon.wix.com/photography
Blog de cinéma: http://thomasnicolon.wordpress.com/

By Khaki Scott

Reptilian Visitor Strolled Briefly in Progreso

Progreso had rather a bit of excitement this week. A moreleti crocodile, more than 8 ½ feet in length, came walking up the street in one of Progreso’s neighborhoods. The police were called and the creature was picked up by the Municipal Police, ecology personnel, and members of the SSP’s fire department. There were no injuries to the animal, nor to any of the people. This is the second time this has happened in the past seven months. These crocodiles live in areas of swampy fresh water along the coast of Yucatan and travel inland along the underground river outlets. During cold weather, they come to the surface to sun themselves on the warm limestone on the surface. Crocodiles are not something anyone should hurt themselves trying to run from, but, if you see one where it shouldn’t be, stay away from it and call the authorities immediately.

New Quarterly Magazine: ‘Merida: City of Museums’

Somehow, around the world, the notion that museums are for the elite continues to be pervasive enough to discourage a significant portion of the population from visiting them. Since museums are the repositories of who we are as human beings, how we came to be, and how our cultures continue to evolve, it is important that all of the people visit museums. Merida has long been a city of museums, and now it has a quarterly magazine that will showcase all the many museums that the city has to offer. In addition to articles about museums and the people involved with them, the magazine will have detailed information about current and past exhibitions. A copy of ‘Merida: City of Museums’ is available at the major museums in Merida. The first issue is 60 pages in length and presents not only the construction of the Great Museum of the Maya World, but also the recent Festival of Mayan Culture, and special reports on ongoing cultural shows and historical cultural figures, such as Guty Cardenas. We suspect that 2015 will be the year of the museums in Merida and that this new magazine is going to be a must-have guide, so pick up your copy of the very first issue of ‘Merida: City of Museums’ as soon as you can.

Carnival Will Remain at Xmatkuil

The Mayor of Merida has announced that Carnival (2015) will again be held at the Xmatkuil Fairgrounds. This year (2014) was the first time that Carnival parades did not roll down Paseo Montejo and through the historical center of the city. There is always resistance to change in traditions that have lasted for many decades. However, facts must also be taken into consideration. Merida is growing rapidly and the crowds that attend Carnival had grown to beyond the point where police and emergency personnel believe they can guarantee everyone’s safety. That alone was enough to move to an area that allows for growth for many years to come. Another point of complaint was that moving Carnival to the Fairgrounds would have an adverse effect on the annual earnings of businesses in centro because many depend on holiday travelers for their annual profit. That has been addressed by allowing businesses to have booths throughout the Xmatkuil Fairgrounds. Throughout the year, the fairgrounds have seen constant improvement, with both the State Fair and Carnival in mind, and the City of Merida is poised to put even more investments into infrastructure between now and Carnival 2015. Be sure to mark your calendars and make arrangements to be in Yucatan for the week of Carnival: February 11 through 18, 2015!

First Disability Inclusion Expo Held in Merida

When we try to define “quality of life,” we have to include meaningful work, friends and family, and the perception that we can make a difference in our own lives, as well as in the lives of others. For several years now, a significant amount of resources and effort have been invested by the State of Yucatan in improving the quality of life for its disabled citizens. Now, the first Inclusion Expo in all of Mexico has been held right here in Merida. During this three day event, disabled Yucatecos were able to visit exhibits showing a wide range of opportunities for employment and academic growth that are now available to them. Yucatan well understands that satisfaction with both professional and personal lives, by all of its citizens, is the key to peaceful prosperity. Those who are disabled may be classified as belonging to a vulnerable population by others but, here in Yucatan, they hold an enormous productive and creative potential that is helping to propel Yucatan into first place on many fronts. While Yucatan is mindful of the rights and protections needed by the disabled population, Yucatan state continues to work toward the day when Yucatan’s disabled citizens are just ordinary folks, living a life that has all of the pleasures and successes of any other Yucatecos. We hope every other state follows Yucatan’s lead and holds an Inclusion Expo of its own.

First Laughter Therapy for Police Workshop Held in Merida

Over the past few months, the world has watched as tensions between police and citizens escalate worldwide. The Ministry of Public Security in Yucatan is working hard to see to it that those kinds of stressful situations do not happen here. Laughter and music have long been recognized as stress relievers, with strong mental and emotional benefits, so that is where they began. The suggested prescription for those of us who do not have the benefit of a laughter therapy class, is to laugh for more than one minute, more than three times a day. Actually, they discovered that almost all of an individual’s stress dissipates after laughing for about ten minutes. Laughter really is the best medicine and is essential to improving one’s quality of life.

Mexico/Yucatan/France: International Security Talks in Merida

Members of Yucatan’s arm of the National Gendarmerie, a division of the Federal Police of Mexico, met this past week with representatives of Yucatan’s State General Prosecutor’s Office, and with members of the French National Police to address issues related to combating crime. All of these agencies have agreed to work together to ensure peace and tranquility on an international scale. They shared their experiences and detailed their resources so that each can benefit from their alliance. Those who still think of Yucatan as a backward city surrounded by jungle would be surprised to see her today. Here they will find the best forensic labs in the entire region, as well as police forces that work seamlessly with their counterparts around the world. We are very proud of the level of security and tranquility we enjoy because of their vigilance and congratulate everyone who attended these international security talks.

Yucatan Adopts National Code of Criminal Procedure

Yucatan’s Legislature has decreed that the State of Yucatan will go under the National Code of Criminal Procedure on September 22, 2015. This will give them time to sift through the present code for the state laws that must be brought along, such as some tax laws. It is the criminal code that will be most affected, with due process as the most visible characteristic of the new code. Mexico has adopted these codes so that it will be easier to enter into a number of necessary political and economic treaties with other nations. This will be a new era for the Mexican judicial system, but Mexico now has excellent quality of life characteristics in every other category, so this new national criminal code procedure is welcomed throughout the nation.

Congratulations to Rene Gonzalez Puerto, PhD and More

A short 32 years ago, a deaf baby was born in Yucatan, with the good luck of having a well educated primary school teacher as his mother. While specialists were consulted, the baby grew to school age and off he went to regular school. Once it was realized that his deafness was causing him to feel isolated, resources were gathered to teach him to read lips and to talk. Young Rene forged ahead, earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Universidad Marista. He then earned his master’s degree and doctorate from Universidad del Mayab. He is continuing his education with postgraduate work in the field of Educational Governance. Young Dr. Gonzalez is the first deaf Mexican to reach that level of education. At just 32 years of age, only the limits of his own imagination could keep Rene Gonzalez Puerto from becoming a leader in deaf education both here in Yucatan and throughout the nation. His influence has also helped to lead Yucatan to a place where it has the strongest educational opportunities for deaf children in all of Mexico. This past week, the First Peninsular Congress of educators for deaf children met in Merida with the goal of helping teachers develop new strategies for teaching deaf and disabled children. This includes having sign language interpreters and teachers on hand as well. Yucatan Living congratulates Dr. Rene Gonzalez Puerto for being the kind of human being who can turn his own success into an opportunity for success for so many others, including deaf and disabled children, their families, their teachers, and the societies in which they live.

Unplug to Save on Electricity Bill

All those Christmas lights. All that money added to electric bills… At this time of year, people are busy adding the cost of Christmas lights to their electricity bills, but not realizing just how much they are spending. Experts across the energy field are pointing out that vampire use of electricity is on the rise, throughout Mexico, even with the use of surge protectors. This is caused in large part to the standby or sleep modes of modern electronics, such as televisions, computers, game consoles, battery chargers, and microwave ovens, among others. It can also be attributed to not turning off and/or unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use. It is estimated that 10% to 12% of the annual energy consumption and over 20% of the energy costs to consumers in Mexico is now due to this type of use. In the United States, this sort of energy consumption is now costing consumers upward of four billion dollars per year. No one is suggesting that people forego the use of Christmas lighting, but please do unplug them when not in use. Your wallet and the environment will be deeply appreciative. If you would like more information about how to save energy costs, visit the EPA’s Energy Star website.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting December 01, 2014

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event Beginning Saturday! November 29 through December 7
Oc’-Ohtic: XX National & International Festival of Contemporary Dance

 

Monday (Lunes) December 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events plan for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Los Galanes
This week, Trio Los Galanes will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 03, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Walesa
(Poland 2013) The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland’s Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution. In Polish with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Blue is the Warmest Color
(France 2013) Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In English, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: La Fiesta Inolvidable
(USA 1958) A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There will be several of these performances throughout October, November and December. Please see all of the performance listings in our Coming Soon section below.
Location: Pinacoteca “Juan Gamboa Guzman”, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan + the Chamber Orchestra of Merida
Classical guitars galore! What a wonderful treat to begin the holiday season!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos general, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: The Crash Reel
(USA 2013) Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him. We also celebrate Sarah Burke who crashed in Park City and died January 19, 2012. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) December 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(USA 2012) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Taming of the Shrew
(USA 1967) Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy shrewish wife, Katharina. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan
Yucatan’s love affair with guitars has long made Merida home to some of the best classical guitarists in the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos general admission, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Pierrot Le Fou
(Italy 1965) Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
Birding in the Yucatan with Cherie Pittillo.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Rusalka
Opera in three acts with music by Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)and writen by Jaroslav Kvapil.
Location: Sala Mayamax, in Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 11:30 AM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living 8th Annual Yucatan Polo Open – December 6 & 7
Find directions on their website here: www.yucatanpoloclub.com/. Great fun, food and entertainment… and its free! Don’t miss it.
Location: Yucatan Polo Club
Time: 1:00 PM both days
Admission: There is no entrance fee

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
(France 2013) An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Julius Caesar
(USA 1953) The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cuando Justicia Se Hace Pueblo
(Mexico 2002) This documentary includes testimonies of peasants and indigenous people who undertake an initiative of civil resistance in Guerrero, a poor and violent state, where drug trafficking, corruption, poverty and crime are the main problems facing its population. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Drive
(USA 2011) A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. In English with Spanish subtitles
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Within Four Walls
This is a showing of the newest works of Barbara McClatchie, in collaboration with Sanlly Vera.
Location: Gallery of the Museum of the City, Calle 65 at 58
Time: 9:00 PM (Noche Blanca)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Blanca

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exhibit: The Split Tail Hummingbird, Small Resident of Yucatan.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 x Avenida Itzaes
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Photography of Jerome Direz: Looks of Venice.
Location: La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 #547B Por 68 y 70, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: painting and sculpture by Artists Without Frontiers
20% discount on selected pieces.
Location: SOHO Galleries, Calle 60 x 45
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Traditional Vaqueria
Danced by Gremio Ferrocarrilero of Merida, Tecoh, Maxcanu, Tekax and Kanasin.
Location: Railroad Museum, Calle 41 x 46
Time: Visiting Hours 7:00 PM until 2:00 AM.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Historic Tour
Location: General Cemetery of the City of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Mayab Jazz
Location: Parque Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Food Without Frontiers
Location: Parque San Juan, Calle 67 x 62
Time: 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of Trios
Traditional trova music outdoors in the park. Wonderful!
Location: Parque de la Ermita, Calle 66 x 77
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exhibits: Genova, Lizama, J.L. Rodriguez
Location: Central Patio and Galerias of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: La Rondalla of the Museum of Yucateca Song
Do try to get to this performance. This group is wonderful.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance + Dance Exhibit: Ballet Tribute to Cyntia Ricalde
Location: Fundacion Casa Museo de la Danza, Calle 82, behind the zoo.
Time: 8:00 PM, exhibition open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibits: Impressions of the Time
Location: Municipal Art Gallery, Calle 56 x 65
Time: 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM

Yucatan Living Exhibits: David Hubbard: Belleza Subestimada (Underestimated Beauty) and Chad Seals: Momentos Meridanos (Meridanos Moments)
Location: La Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Lila Downs in Concert
WHAT? This is amazing. If you aren’t there for this, you’re crazy. What a treat!
Location: Plaza Grande
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living ExhibitSeis Años (Six Years)
This exhibit is sponsored by the students of Maestro Pablo Bavio on the seventh anniversary of the gallery.
Location: Galeria Juan Pablo Bavio, Calle 59 x 68
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music + Exhibit:
Namu dai bosa (Union with the Great Enlightened) – work by Armando Saenz Carrillo; Plus Jazz with the sax of Pepe Ballote.
Location: Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 x 71
Time: 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Elaborate Ice Sculptures by Marco Ocaranza
This man’s talent extends to intricate works such as hammocks and lace.
Location: Casa Oriol, Calle 59 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Meaning of the Word Ephemeral
This exposition presents three views of the word ephemeral by visual artists from UADY.
Location: Anonimo, Venta de Arte
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM (sale at 11:00 PM, 11:30 PM and 12:00 AM)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Photography and Jewelry of Socorro Chable: Remembering Ancient Times
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x Parque de Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Geoffrey Aronson: Retrospective Photography: Still
Plus: Music by Manolo Flores and Juan Fogarty
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 x 50
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Mexican Muralists
Location: Centro Cultural y Artistico la Bodega, Calle 70 x 55 # 470
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Collective Exhibit: Anniversary 1
Works by Sandra Nikolai, David Sierra, Oscar Ortiz Otero, Gildo Gonzalez y Carolina Rozas.
Location: Le Cirque Galeria, Calle 55a 538 (68 Y 70), Centro
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Art Creation: Mural style Mexican Kitsch in Full Color
Location: In front of the Museum of the City
Time: Open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Work: Ruinous Subject of Demolition
Artist: Eugenio Encarnacion
Location: in front of Galeria Manolo Rivero, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Acts of Magic, Visions of Cuba through Tarot, Tente
The Light in Cuban Society, and Carlos del Toro: Africa, dance, and Santeria.
Location: Galeria Tataya, Calle 72 at 57
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Photographic Exhibit: I Die Because I Am Dying
Music: Songs written by Tony Martin
Location: Amaro Foro Cultural, Calle 59 x 60
Time: Concert at midnight, open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: The Cult of Death
Featuring artists: Christian Pacheco, Juan Pablo Quintal, Cristi Itza Tores, Jeronimo Freymann, Jazz Rivera and Oscar Bastarrachea V.
Location: El Jardin de Santa Ana, Calle 47 x 60
Time: Open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: JAAR: Mexican artist Jorge Alberto Aguilar Rojas
Location: Robert Abuda Salon on Paseo de Montejo
Time: Exhibit open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Guided Visit: Korean Museum
Includes art, as well as personal objects belonging to the first Korean immigrants in Yucatan (1905).
Location: Museo de Koreana Yucatan, Calle 65 #397a between 44 y 46
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Chacho Siller
…and a grand time will be had by all
Location: Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo), December 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginning of the planet. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 8th Annual Yucatan Polo Open
Find directions on their website here: www.yucatanpoloclub.com/. Great fun, food and entertainment… and its free! Don’t miss it.
Location: Yucatan Polo Club
Time: 1:00 PM both days
Admission: There is no entrance fee

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)

Yucatan Living Movie: Moon
(UK 2009) Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 08, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to Report at the Moment

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, December 13
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite, attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 15
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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By Working Gringos

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This Week… starting November 24, 2014

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
This is the last week of the Fair at X’matkuil. Don’t miss an opportunity to see as much as you can
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event All Week!
Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition, November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM. First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event Beginning Saturday! November 29 through December 7
Oc’-Ohtic: XX National & International Festival of Contemporary Dance

 

Monday (Lunes) November 24, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events plan for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Los Galanes
This week, Trio Los Galanes will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Alucarda
(Mexico 1977/1985) A young girl’s arrival at a convent after the death of her parents marks the beginning of a series of events that unleash an evil presence on the girl and her mysterious new friend, an enigmatic figure known as Alucarda. Demonic possession, Satan worship, and vampirism follows. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: First Cousin Once Removed
(USA 2012) Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles the deeply personal story of his mother’s first cousin–well-known poet/translator/professor Edwin Honig–on his journey into the depths of Alzheimer’s disease. Shot over the course of five years, the film presents an unflinching portrait of Edwin’s work and life while documenting his slow mental deterioration through visits and interviews with Edwin and his friends, former students, and others, along with archival footage and more.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Night of the Divas
Inauguration of the roof terrace at Hennessy’s. Come listen to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Whitney Houston and more!
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Paseo de Montejo x 41 y 43
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folklorick Dance: Latin Passion
The Yucatan Folkloric Ballet presents latin dances under the direction of Maestro Raul Alfaro.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(USA 2012) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful teenager living in the poor southern suburbs of Belgrade. She likes to burn everything around with a mobile camera phone. She makes videos , friends , family and Djole – the boy of her dreams. Jasna ‘s father is battling a terminal illness and desperate mother , accompanies him throughout this terrible battle. Jasna , disappointed and angry with life, looking distracted by sex, drugs and partying. He soon developed an intense sexual relationship with Djole , that will depend on him and losing control in your life. In Serbian, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Dr. X
(Mexico 1935) A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist’s quest to unmask The Moon Killer. In Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living You are Cordially Invited to a “Big Lighting Sale”
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 27, 28 & 29
10% to 50% Off of Handcrafted Designer Lighting by TAKTO Design Group.
Location: Calle 24 #96 x 15 y Laureles, Cholul, Yuc.
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
More information: Cel. 999 995-3769

Yucatan Living Thanksgiving Dinner in Valladolid
You are cordially invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving with Friends of Casa Hamaca and the Valladolid English Library. Drinks and appetizers will be served during social hour. Your hosts will provide the turkey, pork, pasta and paper goods. You provide the appetizers, side dishes, salads, relish trays and deserts. Please prepare enough to serve 8 to 10 people. Drinks may be purchased at Xoco Loco. Water & Soda: 10 pesos, Beer: 20 pesos, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, & glass of wine (red or white): 40 pesos, Bombay gin: 50 pesos, bottle of wine (red or white): 150 pesos, Bottle of rum or vodka (includes set-ups): 300 pesos.
Location: Xoco Loco Palapa at Casa Hamaca
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Social Hour; 4:00 PM: Buffet Style Dinner
Admission: Please bring a side dish (listed above), enough to serve 8 – 10 people.

Yucatan Living Movie: Nisida
(France 2012) In the prison Nisida Island, off the coast of Naples, live about forty young people, aged 14 to 21 years. To preserve their anonymity, they wear masks. Enzo, Rosario and Samir, confronted with incarceration on a daily basis, tell about their daily life of school and work, boredom and confinement. According to the Italian Constitution, the purpose of punishment is rehabilitation. These images bring that into question. In French, probably with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Ishalem. Memorias de un vampiro
(Mexico 2013) Tells the story of Daniela, a vampire of more than 400 years, who, after violating the laws of Vurdalak (the oldest vampire race in the world), manages to escape from captivity. The city of Ishalem becomes her refuge. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) November 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In English and Japanese.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Most Dangerous Game
(USA 1932) An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Kommunalka
(France 2008) In post-Soviet Russia, in St. Petersburg, people still live in communal apartments, a relic of the Soviet system. They are forced to live together with people from all backgrounds and social class, a true showcase of Russian society. Kommunalka tells us a piece of his life on the community floor at Sovetskaya Street. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Batman Begins
(USA 2005) After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 29, 2014

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club Monthly Meeting
The goals of the IWC are Friendship and Community Service while, at the same time, offering members social outlets, a variety of volunteer opportunities, and the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of living in Yucatan with a diverse group of supportive women. IWC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and looking forward to growing their reach in both membership and in service to the community.
Location: Auditorium of Technologia Turistica Total A.C., Calle 57 #402 x 56 y 58 in Downtown Merida.
Time: 9:30 AM Saturday (Last Saturday of each month (except July, August & December) (including this Saturday))
Admission: free

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club Business Meeting (Follows Monthly Meeting)
This meeting will include remembrances by members of the past 30 years to help celebrate IWC’s 30th year anniversary.
Location: Auditorium of Technologia Turistica Total A.C., Calle 57 #402 x 56 y 58 in Downtown Merida.
Time: 9:30 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Bering
(Mexico 2013) The film closely follows a group of characters who live in the Bering Strait and delves into the fundamental aspects of their daily lives, their sense of survival and the contrast between their traditions and the modern world. With an array of stunning images, Bering shows a community struggling to maintain their culture in this mythical part of the world. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Seventh Victim
(France 1984) A retired journalist, Bastien Grimaldi, is the victim of unknown assailants. After he is assaulted and beaten, he starts receiving threats. Neither he nor his friends can understand this. Bastien has no known enemies and no political objective. The police are informed, but lack effectiveness to clarify the matter. Grimaldi himself who will have to investigate the matter. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Dark Knight
(USA 2008) When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Caped Crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making. Buy your tickets at Hennessy’s Irish Bar.
Location: At a private residence in Merida.
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 30 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginning of the planet. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Insomnia
(USA 2002) Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn’t set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to Report at the Moment

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, December 13
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan + the Chamber Orchestra of Merida, Thursday, December 4
Classical guitars galore! What a wonderful treat to begin the holiday season!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan Friday, December 5
Yucatan’s love affair with guitars has long made Merida home to some of the best classical guitarists in the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general admission, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Within Four Walls – December 6
This is a showing of the newest works of Barbara McClatchie, in collaboration with Sanlly Vera.
Location: Galerry of the Museum of the City
Time: 9:00 PM (Noche Blanca)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Khaki Scott

Henequen Production Up 40 Percent in Yucatan

Over the past two years, the 1,600 henequeneros of the Yucatan, farming in 39 municipalities, have increased their production of Yucatan’s Green Gold by an astonishing 40 percent. That has earned these farmers 9.6 million pesos from a mixture of state and federal funds to finance their next crop. The money will go to pay for planting both old and new fields, for marketing, for the salaries of farm workers, and even money for local schools. This comes at the same time that the state is delivering new tinacos to entire villages under the Program for the Development of Priority Areas (PDZP). In addition to all this, SEDESOL (Ministry of Social Development) has 26 million pesos that it is using to bring new water treatment plants in rural areas as a public health measure. Yucatan’s henequeneros were overdue for their turn at prosperity, but it’s a new day in rural Yucatan and life is better than ever before.

The Importance of the 3×1 Program

Just prior to the beginning of the new century, it was realized that the remittances from Mexican migrants in the United States amounted to a great deal of money, but this money was only being used to briefly benefit the household of the migrant. Once that money was spent, it was gone and help was needed for the family again. In the 3×1 program, the migrant sends his or her remittance to a local migrant’s association. They enter it into a fund which is then matched by the migrant’s home municipality, state, and federal governments. Local municipalities are then able to complete projects that benefit the entire community. The current Governor of Yucatan said it best when he said that this whole effort of the three levels of government is about always linking our migrants to their identity, commitment, and, no matter where they live, keeping them connected with their homeland so they will have a sense of attachment to Yucatan and each of its municipalities. This motivates them to contribute, through their own efforts, to the efforts being made by their families. Through the 3×1 program, migrants have seen to it that their home municipalities now have better schools, homes with new roofs, better parks, new community centers, health clinics, the best roads, and that no one goes hungry. Thus far in 2014 through the 3×1 program, migrants have been responsible for 29 million 3×1 pesos flowing into the infrastructure of Yucatan. It isn’t hard to see the changes this one migrant program has had on the quality of life throughout Yucatan.

Migrants Coming Home for Christmas

There are over 180,000 Yucatecos living and working in the United States. Thousands return home for major holidays throughout the year, but Christmas sees the largest number coming in through all major airports and bus stations. Many of the migrants bring their children home with them and need help with a variety of immigration issues, such as travel formalities for themselves or dual citizenship for their children. Last year, these INM booths helped make the holidays easier than ever for 4,500 migrants who needed their questions answered. This year looks as if it is going to be a record-breaker with respect to sheer numbers of migrants coming home for Christmas. INM is at the ready with booths already set up in the airport to help with the growing numbers of home-for-the-holidays migrants.

Mexican Migrants to Vote Absentee in Next Elections

Yucatecos who live in the United States are, for the most part, concentrated in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, with a significant number also living in the states of New York and Texas. Until now, Mexicans leaving their home states and the country effectively disenfranchised themselves. According to the Confederación de Federaciones Mexicanas en Estados Unidos, the rights of migrants have not been protected because they do not have the power to vote, in spite of the millions of United States dollars they send home to Mexico in remittances each year. But this is a new era. Other nations have had absentee voting laws for decades and now, so does Mexico. Migrants will now be able to vote online for President and Federal Members of Congress, as well as for Governor of their home states. The right to vote absentee at the state and federal level will be of benefit to both the migrants and to Mexico. On the one hand, it gives migrants an edge when asking for increased funding for the 3×1 program and for Mexico to become a more visible interested party in immigration reform in the United States. On the other hand, it gives the Mexican federal and state governments a means of knowing who the migrants are and if there are more migrants in the United States than they originally believed.

INM Revisits Yucatan’s Immigration Numbers

The foreign population in the state of Yucatan is growing rapidly and has tripled in size over the past two decades. In 1990, there were 2,011 foreigners registered in Yucatan. In 2000, the number of foreigners rose to 3,489. In 2010, the registered foreign population of the State of Yucatan was 6,951. This number is based on people born abroad, whether they have become citizens of Mexico or not and is more than three times the number of foreign born residents of Yucatan listed in 1990. 31.1% of foreigners living in Yucatan are Americans, 11.6% are Cubans, 7.4% are Canadians, 3.8% are from Argentina, 3.7% are from France and the remaining 42.4% are from other nationalities. The numbers now are focusing on domestic immigration and the potential that has to affect services and the economy. The 2010 Census showed that 50,000 people from either other states in Mexico or from abroad were then living in Yucatan. When those who moved out of the state were subtracted from the population, there was a net gain of 37,932 people to the population of Yucatan. Almost five years have passed. Many more immigrants have come to settle in Yucatan, with a corresponding spike in efforts to ensure the survival of the culture here. It will be interesting to see what changes take place over the next five years which will all be reported in the next census in 2020.

Green Roofs and Vertical Gardens Coming to Merida?

In the name of saving energy, we will soon see three companies planting roofs in grass and as gardens throughout Mexico. According to their experts, these natural systems can be cultivated as green roofs, vertical gardens, facades and walls with vines. While the goal of turning the White City into a Green City seems laudable, it should be noted that researchers from the Faculty of Engineering at UADY and the University Anahuac Mayab are just now beginning to test these claims. Water-weight on roofs can cause severe damage if the project is not carried out properly. The roots of vines can completely destroy concrete walls in only a few years, so planting the right types of plants is very important. Engineering and Architecture majors are working hard to develop systems that could make these projects lighter and of lower cost, but state officials warn that we do not have any regulations concerning the building or maintenance of these systems. If and when this happens, we suspect there will be a special permit necessary and neither the government nor the construction industry have a favorable view of that right now. When the university researchers’ findings are published, only then will we know if this is a safe thing to do. In the meantime, watch and wait. Cooler days in the shade of your own home may be on the way. Do you have questions about this issue? One might be: Why would I put irrigated grass, a mosquito magnet, on my roof in a country that is trying to rid itself of dengue fever? On the other hand, we know people who have successful roof gardens. We are excited to see what the future will bring in this arena!

Public Health Conference Held in Merida: Announcements

The announcements that came out of the Public Health Conference in Merida are quite interesting and present a picture of Mexico that is growing and changing. The announcements include:

• Dengue Fever vaccinations will be available to the general public in 2016.
• Mexico has been declared free of Polio and Measles.
• Diseases declared “Under Control” in Mexico: cholera, influenza, malaria, dengue fever
• Pregnancy related deaths: in Yucatan: 3 per 100K. In Mexico: 30 per 100K. In the United States: 16.7 per 100K and in Canada: 6.6 per 100K
• Major focus of Public Health now is the war on obesity, hypertension and diabetes through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.

To find out just how serious Yucatan is taking this initiative, look outside your window to the sidewalk early any morning and count the number of walkers and runners. If you live in a village, count the number of local vegetable producers you see. If your area has a farmers’ market, let us know and we will do our part by listing it. Even the state government has come out with promises of focusing on health and jobs. This is a great time to be living in a much healthier and more economically stable Yucatan!

The Fair at Xmatkuil Had Trade Fair Visitors

A group of individuals who are the presidents and organizers of trade fairs across the nation came to see how the Fair at Xmatkuil operates and to give their opinion of what they saw. They commented that investments in such fairs are high when compared to investments in the fair in Yucatan, specifically citing the billion pesos invested in the Fair at Guadalajara. Yucatan’s organizers reminded them that the City of Guadalajara has a population of six million, while the state of Yucatan has a population of three million. The visitors also seemed surprised to see how many free and reduced cost events were put on at Xmatkuil. Organizers of Yucatan’s Fair at Xmatkuil were quick to point out that their goal here in Yucatan is to have the fair be self-sufficient and for the vendors to make a profit. They work hard to achieve that balance. This year, 900K visitors entered the fair with a paid ticket and 500K came through free or reduced-price promotions and programs. We are just happy that, even if it does cost $50 pesos to get into the state fair in Sonora, anybody can purchase a ticket to go to the Fair at Xmatkuil for a whopping $15 pesos! Well done and thank you to the organizers of Yucatan’s Fair at Xmatkuil.

Surprise Party for the Public in Uman

For the past 24 years, Uman has celebrated the day it officially passed from being a village to a city. For the past three years, this celebration has included an Expo Campo, featuring producers of cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits, and fish (tilapia). They also had exhibitors of fighting roosters (Hopefully that will soon change). Also exhibiting were agricultural schools from around the state, as well as representatives of agricultural government agencies. On the last day, the organizers decided to throw the closing ceremonies open to the public and to hold the event at the nearby Rancho Las Veletas. The Cobay Folkloric Ballet danced a performance showing snapshots of life in Yucatan, and the wonderful Yucalpeten Typical Orchestra ended the evening with a flourish. In between, there was a show put on by the beautiful Spanish-style trained horses of Rancho Las Veletas. If you are planning to visit Yucatan, these are the types of events that are not publicized until they end. So, when we report on something like this, make a note of when, where and what it is. It might just fit into your travel plans and become the highlight of your trip next year!

Progreso Gets New Motor Therapy and Multi-Sensory Stimulation Center

Slowly, but surely, Progreso has left behind the notion that it is a sleepy little fishing village. In Progreso today, expats feel comfortable with a wide variety of health care options. Every year, it seems that new medical technology and expertise arrive. The children and young people who attend the new Motor Therapy and Multi-Sensory Stimulation rehabilitation center can expect to go much farther than they ever could have without this resource nearby. Congratulations to the Municipality of Progreso, to the DIF, and to everyone who worked so hard to bring this rehabilitation center to the people.

By Working Gringos

I am a 20 year old Nigerian girl who has arrived in Merida to begin her studies in medicine. I am here as one of a group of Nigerian students studying at Anahuac Mayab University in Merida.

I Speak fluent English and a little Spanish.

I would love to Stay with a Mexican family when I arrive, so I could settle in and familiarize with the environs and immerse myself in the culture. I would not mind helping out with the house needs while I adjust to the new environment.

Please contact me if you have any information that could help me.

Name: Arua Nnenna
Tel no:+52 1 55 3513 9674
Email: nnennarua [at] gmail [dot] com

By Working Gringos

My name is Patrick Canterbury and I am from England.

I am interested in literally any job that would not require me to speak Spanish as my Spanish is not good. I have experience in manual labour, and experience in bar and restaurant work as well as having previously worked as a secretary. Recently I have just been working in a school in South Africa as a young teacher, so I enjoy work with kids and any kind of sport coaching. My qualifications are 3 English A-levels as well as 12 GCSEs which are another English qualification. I am going to University in England in October to study geology. I am an enthusiastic person who will give my best in any job but I also possess a willingness to learn. Any job no matter how big or small is perfect for me.

My phone number is +52 (999) 351 5220.

By Working Gringos

Editors Note: The timeliness of this notification has come and gone. But the details about the prohibition of political activities in Mexico by foreigners is true at any time. If you are a foreigner in Mexico, it is good to be aware of this.

United States Embassy Mexico City
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:
Mass Demonstrations Expected in Mexico City / country of Mexico (November 20, 2014)

This message is to inform U.S. citizens that several mass demonstrations are expected in Mexico City on Thursday, November 20, 2014 to protest the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero state. Beginning at approximately 10:00 am, university students plan to blockade all avenues and boulevards leading to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez international airport such as: Circuito Interior, Blvd. Puerto Aereo, Eje 1 Norte, and Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza. Traffic to and from the airport is expected to be severely impacted by the blockades. The Embassy has advised personnel to consider changing travel plans or alternate routes to and from the airport, including travel via metro (Terminal Aerea stop on the yellow line). U.S. citizens arriving into Mexico City’s airport should expect to wait at the airport for several hours for the protest to end. If riding the metro or the city bus system, U.S. citizens should take extreme care with valuables and belongings. Passengers arriving at any airport in Mexico should take only authorized airport taxis after pre-paying the fare at one of the special well-publicized booths located inside the airport. U.S. Embassy employees in Mexico City are prohibited from using “libre” taxis (hailed on the street), and are authorized to use only “sitio” (regulated stand) taxis.

Additionally, several social organizations, unions and university students will meet at approximately 5:00pm at the “Plaza de las Tres Culturas” (Tlatelolco), the Revolution Monument, and the Independence Monument (Angel) to then march to Mexico City’s central square (Zócalo). Traffic along the planned routes, Paseo de la Reforma (where the Embassy is located), and nearby roads will be impacted by the protests.

There are reports that similar protests may take place in other cities in Mexico. U.S. citizens are urged to monitor local news outlets for information about possible protests in their area.

· The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners; such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. Travelers should avoid political demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Demonstrators in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major arteries, or take control of toll booths on highways. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests.

· Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates and any news of other protest activity throughout the country of Mexico. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, D.F. and is open 8:00am to 5:00pm, switchboard phone number (dialing from the United States) 011-52-555-080-2000, The Department of State has temporarily disabled hyperlinks>. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the main switchboard number and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting November 17, 2014

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

Yucatan Young Creators Festival: November 12 to 23
This festival is FULL of events… too numerous to mention. Events include music recitals, trova and hip hop performances, theatrical performances, anime movies… an amazing selection of art performances! And not just in Merida. Performances are also in places like Tizimin, Acanceh, Progreso, etc. Maybe there is something you’d like to see!! Check out the schedule here: Yucatan Young Creators Festival List of Events.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Offical Holiday to commemorate the Mexican Revolution

Yucatan Living Concert: The Heat of Trova
This is a performance by the Rondalla Juvenil of the Museo de la CancionYucateca. This is a wonderful group and the performance is guaranteed to be excellent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 inside Parque Hidalgo
Time: 7:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Son de Trova
Tonight’s performance is by Rubi Annahi Munoz, an increasingly popular voice in music in Merida.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 inside Parque Hidalgo
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Ensueño
This is one of the premier trova trios in Yucatan. They and their fellow trovadores keep trova – and romance – alive in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Trick or Treat
(United States 2007). Director: Michael Dougherty. Starring Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Samm Todd, and Quinn Lord.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20.
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Two Flutes, One Piano: 14th Century Music
This performance is under the direction of Gabriela Loolbej. We have seen this performance in Merida and everyone loved it.
Location: Valladolid Casa de la Cultura
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: 2 of Three
Maria Moctezuma and Maria Cristina Auais present their version of different styles, such as cumbia, Gypsy, flamenco, and samba. They love improvisation and experimentation with different instruments and footage they have previously recorded. Their love of what they do spills over to their audience and everyone has a wonderful time!
Location: Sala de Arte, Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Urban Music, Identity and Life
This is a performance by the Colectivo Metalmorfosis, Polok Tolok and Reggae.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El evangelio de las Maravillas
(Mexico 1998) “La Nueva Jerusalem” is a small community of believers lead by Papá Basilio (Rabal) and Mamá Dorita (Jurado). They’re waiting for the second coming of Christ, so they’ve abandoned the world, searching for a new spiritual life. Mamá Dorita sees in young Tomasa (Gurrola) the signals of the chosen one. The young girl will be the new leader in “La Nueva Jerusalem”. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
The movie that documents the protest by four young girls in Russia. In Russian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Meet the Founders of Asociacion Protectora de Animales de la Calle “Conciencia Carinosa” (APACCC)
You are cordially invited to come and meet the people involved in helping the street animals of Valladolid. One by one, the dogs are picked up, examined, bathed, fed, given shots, spayed or neutered, pampered a bit, and ultimately adopted by a family, or returned to the street. We have all seen what a difference an organization like this can do in the communities where they exist. Valladolid is lucky to be on the road to their own successful impact on the quality of life for their street dogs and, ultimately, for their people as well.
Location: Xoco Loco Palapa at Casa Hamaca
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos donations are encouraged. Xoco Loco will be open to purchase drinks and botanas.

Yucatan Living Concert: Umbrella of Light
This is a performance by Amaury Leon, a multi-talented young person who is going to take Merida by storm.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of the Divas
Inauguration of the roof terrace at Hennessy’s. Come listen to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Whitney Houston and more!
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Paseo de Montejo x 41 y 43
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Los Acordes Mas Cuerdos: Andres Tinoco
The Chords More Sane, of course, would come from the smooth voice of Andres Tinoco. This is a concert to see.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61 inside Parque Hidalgo
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: De Raices Profundas (Deep Rooted)
This performance is by the Kambal Folkloric Dance Company, under the direction of Abraham Espinosa.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Walesa
A movie about the social movement and its leader in Poland in the 1970′s who started it all. In Polish with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
At 60 years old, Angélique is an unconventional woman. She loves the night, partying and men. She earns her living working in a cabaret in Strasbourg, on the border between France and Germany, until the day that customers become scarce and one of them, Michael, falls in love and proposes marriage. In French, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Ghost Ship
(USA 1943) Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first adult to ever treat him as a friend. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. He tries to tell others, but no one believes him, and it only makes Stone angry. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 80′s Disco Night
Come dance and play at Hennessy’s to the sounds of disco. Ticket proceeds go to support Evolución Animal Shelter and include a free drink with each ticket.
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Paseo de Montejo x 41 y 43
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $150 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Vicor Gonzalez (Contratenor)
These concerts are all around us as the fall season continues on its way and we are the beneficiaries of a host of special events. This is one of them.
Location: Seminario Mayor deItzimna
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Nam
This performance is by the Compania de Danza Pies en el Aire (Feet in the Air Dance Company), under the direction of Tobias Ojeda.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Escala
In Athens, the modest apartment of Amir, an Iranian immigrant, becomes a place of passage for migrants who, like him, decided to leave their homeland. But Greece is only the first step. They all hope to reach other Western countries. In French, probably with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico 2013) Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) November 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
Jasna is a beautiful teenager living in the poor southern suburbs of Belgrade. She likes to record everything around with a mobile camera phone. She makes videos of herself, her friends, family and Djole, the boy of her dreams. Jasna’s father is battling a terminal illness and her desperate mother accompanies him throughout this terrible battle. Jasna, disappointed and angry with life, tries to become distracted by sex, drugs and partying. In Serbocroatian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich’ November 21 through 23
The birdathon has begun. Activities start today at 5 PM with registration of participants. At 5:30, reading of the rules. At 6 PM, a lecture about the birds in Celestun. And then at 7 PM, a ceremony announcing the winners of the photography and drawing contests.
Location: MACAY, Calle 60 x 61 y 63, centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Friday 13
(USA 1980) Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto: Tribute to Margarita
This is a concert by Sinai Freire and Daniel Herrera.
Location: Telchac Puerto Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valladolid: De Nuevo a Ti (Back to You)
This is going to be an excellent concert. The music is by Juan Carlos y su Bomba and they are great crowd pleasers.
Location: Valladolid Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Viaje en Sol Major
40 years old, Aimé plans a great trip to Morocco. He reads all the guides, marks all the maps and takes many notes. However, his wife stubbornly refuses to accompany him. When Aimé turns 93 years old, his grandson decides to take him to Morocco. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Memories of Murder
(Korea 2013) In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. In Korian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 6 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: First Cousin Once Removed
Filmed over five years, this film masterfully documented the life of poet Edward Honig, creating a portrait of his life with the same honesty that resonates in his poetry. In addition to film of Honig and his children, ex wife, friends and alumni, Berliner chronicles the metamorphosis of Honig using archival footage, family photos, home movies, poetry readings and finding visual metaphors to help to better understand the process of memory loss due to Alzheimer’s. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Progreso: Reggae Flavored
This performance is by Bolontiku.
Location: Progreso Municipal Palace
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Let Me In
(UK 2010) A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Prestige
(USA 2010) Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
Before Bad Brains, Sex Pistols and The Ramones, there was a group called Death. Playing punk music before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early 70′s started a band in their bedroom, played small clubs and even recorded a single with the hope of getting signed to a label. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 23 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginning of the planet. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Time: 9:00 AM, Sunday
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: We would assume early but …?
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Memento
(USA 2001) A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 24, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to Report at the Moment

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, December 13
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan + the Chamber Orchestra of Merida, Thursday, December 4
Classical guitars tonight and tomorrow night! What a wonderful treat to begin the holiday season!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan Friday, December 5
Yucatan’s love affair with guitars has long made Merida home to some of the best classical guitarists in the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general admission, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Within Four Walls December 6
This is a showing of the newest works of Barbara McClatchie, in collaboration with Sanlly Vera.
Location: Galeria of the Museum of the City
Time: 9:00 PM (Noche Blanca)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingInternational Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• November 22: The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Khaki Scott

The Pilgrimages of the Guadalupanas Has Begun

Please drive carefully between now and December 28. The Guadalupanas are on the highways and will be in the streets as they enter and leave the cities. The busiest day will, of course, be December 12 (The Day of the Virgin), but that will simply be the beginning of their return home, so it is important to continue driving with great care and attention. Last year, the Church of San Cristobal saw 25,000 people in the procession on December 12 alone. To learn more about the Guadalupanas, please visit Yucatan Living’s article about The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. There’s a link there too to a video… you’ll love it!

Yucatan Has New Regional Hydro-Meterological Center

Yucatan’s new Regional Hydro-Meterological Center is linked to other similar centers in Chiapas (already online) and others in Veracruz, Sonora, Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua (to be built next year). This will give coordinated emergency weather tracking and monitoring to both the northwest and southeast of the country. The new center in Yucatan tracks hurricanes for the benefit of Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo, and has close ties with weather tracking systems throughout the Atlantic Basin and the Caribbean. This state-of-the-art facility is already sending out weather reports every three hours, so Yucatan is well protected with one of the best early warning systems in the world today. This is especially important to Yucatan’s fishermen, who have lost all too many of their number to weather-related events in the past.

Fifteen New Pedestrian Crosswalks Coming in Merida’s Centro

Mexico’s answer to lead-footed drivers are topes and pedestrian crosswalks. To learn more about topes, visit Yucatan Living’s article on Topes. Be sure to read the comments! While a tope is, by any other name, a speed bump, a pedestrian crosswalk is an entirely different matter. These structures can either be a simple crossing lane painted on the street, or they can be like topes that are wide enough for several people to cross at once. There are very tough fines for drivers who enter a pedestrian crosswalk when people are crossing, and woe be unto the driver who actually hits a pedestrian in one of these crosswalks. Several years ago, a number of pedestrian crosswalks were abandoned and the accident rate, especially near schools, has gone up. The first fifteen of the new crosswalks will be near a primary school in Merida’s Centro to help fix that problem. There will be more crosswalks completed in the near future.

Hanal Pixan Goes to Atlanta

The Governments of Mexico and Yucatan joined together this year to bring the altars of Hanal Pixan to the Office of the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta. They also brought along Los Juglares, one of Yucatan’s beloved trova trios, to give the folks from Atlanta a little taste of the romance of Yucatan. Chefs from UNO (University of Valladolid) also went along and conducted a workshop that taught people how to cook the traditional Hanal Pixan menu. Thousands of people came to visit the presentation. New friends were made and we are certain that Yucatan can expect many new visitors from Atlanta in the very near future.

Mayan Art Around the World

In addition to the Hanal Pixan display at the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta, the first ever display of Mexican art and sculpture is currently being shown in China. The collection consists of 238 pieces and was escorted by the President of Mexico. Next year, the exhibition will head off to the United Kingdom. In the meantime, Japan’s puppets came to Yucatan to participate in the Mayan Cultural Festival and everyone loved them! As the world grows progressively smaller, Yucatan is finding herself to be one of the increasingly popular and accomplished areas in the world. We cannot help more than a little pride in our adoptive home.

Study Shows: Cell Phones and the Internet Affecting Productivity

There are currently 254 Chambers of Commerce in Mexico, representing 670,000 member companies. The section of the Chamber of Commerce that falls under the heading of Services and Tourism represents 52.5% of the total economy of Mexico and 53% of the formal jobs. A new study among these employees shows that the use of personal digital devices, such as tablets, smartphones and the internet, during working hours, slashes productivity for the company by 15%. The individuals participating in this behavior have a very high lost level of productivity. For example, those who use their phones to check their personal e-mail do so approximately 36 times per day and receive approximately 61 e-mails per day. This behavior results in a productivity loss of 65%, meaning that these employees are actually working only about 20 minutes per hour. Since no one wants new, more restrictive labor laws, companies are restricting the use of these personal digital devices and making it possible for workers to receive urgent personal calls on the company phones, with oversight by supervisors. If employees knowingly and willingly contribute to a loss of productivity for the company over an extended period of time, then they can, under current law, be terminated without cause. Look for more alert and engaged employees in Yucatan beginning immediately. During this presentation, it was also mentioned that this is a problem in classrooms and government offices as well, so those areas are also looking at restricting access to the use of personal digital devices. This is a worldwide problem that needs attention immediately and it is laudable that Yucatan is addressing it early.

State of Yucatan Fights Back Against Obesity and Diabetes

The slogan is: Eat Better, Exercise and Measure Your Blood Sugar. The numbers are staggering. Fifteen percent of Yucatan’s population has now been diagnosed with diabetes and it is believed that another 15% have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed. This means that 250,000 people have been diagnosed and another 250,000 are living a life that is limited by not feeling well. Sooner or later, their illness will force them into a doctor’s office, but the damage to kidneys, their circulatory system, even their eyes will already be done. The 15% is not just about the numbers of the population who have diabetes. Now we learn that 15% of the state’s health care budget goes for diabetes-related illnesses and that number is projected to double in the next 15 years if nothing is done to stop it. The root cause of the high incidence of diabetes in Yucatan is poor nutrition, obesity, and lack of exercise. Everyone is being asked to make the necessary lifestyle changes for just one week. If they can make it one week, they might be able to go on. Everyone has to start somewhere and maybe this is the starting place for you, too!

Mid-Season Smiles All Around in Yucalpeten

We started to say that it has been a long time since the fishing fleet in Yucalpeten has had such a successful season – but that isn’t true! Happily, mid-season prices for pulpo (octopus) and mero (grouper) are higher than they have ever been! The income of the fishermen is a major component of the economy in all of the beach communities in Yucatan. If they have a bad season, there are food pantries and make-work jobs provided by Yucatan state, but very little extra beyond just survival. The level of success they are enjoying now means that they might actually get an end of the season bonus. There are 600 ships fishing out of Yucalpeten. Eighty percent fish for pulpo and 20% fish for mero. We hope they have a wonderful season and that everyone returns home safely every night.

Hunucma: Up On the Roof-Top…

Every once in a while, a neighborhood will have one of those special people who have a very special holiday skill set. These are the people who decorate for holidays and people come from miles around to see their creations. For the past ten years, one neighborhood in Hunucma has enjoyed the talents of Luis Alberto Romero Cuytun. At the present time, there is a tall skeleton, dressed in rags and holding the severed head of a doll. Soon, the skeleton will be replaced by Santa Claus, complete with sleigh, bag of toys and even Christmas carols. What a treat for the children and families who live in his neighborhood. If you are near Hunucma during the holidays, the home of Luis Alberto Romero Cuytun is located at Calle 37 x 22 y 24. Do stop by and enjoy the show!

Valladolid: Centro Medico San Lucas

Centro Medico San Lucas is a Christian mission hospital in Valladolid. They are affiliated with the doctors of the International Medical Assistance (IMA). Their mission is to provide health care, including specialty surgeries, for the poor in the area in and around Valladolid. You can watch the building of the hospital in photos on the Centro Medico San Lucas Facebook page. This week, the ENT’s will be in Yucatan and will be conducting surgery at Centro Medico San Lucas. They have plenty of volunteer positions, and new projects starting all the time, but there is a fee to the volunteer that covers room, board, and a portion of the cost of the project. The founders have been conducting medical missions to Yucatan for decades and are well known in the area. If anyone is interested in having surgery at Centro Medico San Lucas, you can register at the hospital in person or by calling (985) 856-2786. The only cost is a small maintenance fee, plus a recovery and support fee.

By Khaki Scott

Expat Consumer Awards: Vote for Yucatan Living!

An international marketing company in England has created a new award, the Expat Consumer Awards. Voting for these awards is the motivation they are giving you for participating in three surveys that they have created, the first of which is now online. By answering these surveys, you will also be eligible to vote in the consumer award categories. This first survey asks for write-in votes in categories related to publications, and thus, related to Yucatan Living! We encourage you to take the survey and then vote for Yucatan Living as Best Expat Website. We realize that a regional website such as ours may have a small chance of winning, but we’ll never know unless we try, right?

There are also categories for “best expat newsletter” and “best expat blog” that Yucatan Living would qualify for, if you prefer to vote for us there. Next year is YucatanLiving.com’s tenth year of existence… what better way to celebrate that than to win this award! Take the survey here: www.theexpatsurvey.com. The next two surveys, which should be online soon, will allow you to vote for categories like Best Professional Advisor, Best Banking Service, Best Insurance Provider, Best Relocation Specialist, among others. We look forward to finding out the results of the survey questions, as well as seeing what websites will be winning. Stay tuned!


Archbishop of Merida Reaches Age of Mandatory Resignation

The Archbishop of Merida has reached the age of 75 and has tendered his resignation. The Holy Father can take up to two years to accept that resignation and name a new Archbishop. Yucatan is a predominantly Catholic state and the Church is closely associated with social programs and projects. The leadership role of the next Archbishop of Yucatan will be more than interesting, given the coming social changes and popularity of the current Pope. Everyone will be interested to watch this exciting era of Church history in Yucatan.

Dengue Vaccine 95.5% Effective

A research project testing the effectiveness of a vaccine for dengue fever has shown that it is 95.5% effective in preventing deaths from this disease. The study was conducted with 20,000 subjects, half of whom were in Mexico. Most of the Mexican subjects were children in Yucatan, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Morelos. By late 2016, it is expected that a French company will have 100 million doses of the vaccine available for use in Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Mexico.

Defining Merida: More Troubadours than Police

If it is Thursday night in Merida’s centro, at least 1,000 people are moving in the general direction of Parque de Santa Lucia. During tourist season, that number rises to 2,000 or more. This is the park where you will find the Altar of Trova (those busts of historical trova figures) and hear the romantic music of the Serenata Yucateca (Yucatecan Serenade). It is where you will hear the finest trova trios and groups, all of whom are members of the Yucatan Trovadores Association. This year, as the Serenata Yucateca draws near to its 50th anniversary, with almost 2,500 Thursday night performances under its belt, this Thursday night’s event (November 13, 2014) will take place in its newly remodeled Parque de Santa Lucia. The mother of internationally acclaimed Merida guitarist Cecilio Perera is quoted as saying that Merida is the only Mexican city of its size where one can find more troubadors at night than policemen. Now, THAT’s a great statistic!

Two Successful Young Software Engineers: More to This Story

It is a story we see all the time in Yucatan. Two young men embark on a path to success and their lives are forever changed by the opportunities provided to them by their hard work and study. But this is not the usual story. These two young men, Luis Ángel Berrios Rivera, 19, and Russell Santos Charruf, 20, both have Asperger’s Syndrome. This diagnosis usually results in a lower quality of life if for no other reason than the difficulties in social interaction these children face. With the help of Ingenium, ABP, these young men are not only on their way to stellar careers of their own, but are also already highly prized contributing members of the community. Of course, Luis and Russell are not the first successful young men with Asperger’s Syndrome. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who may have also shown symptoms of Asperger’s, turned out to be pretty smart themselves. Ingenium, ABP is a private charity founded in 2000 for the purpose of providing education and support for mental health issues for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, major depression, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and dual diagnoses, as well as their families. They partner with health care providers, private hospitals, medical associations, companies, and institutions that are working on prevention and the proper treatment and support for all persons concerned. Luis and Russell are living proof of the value of Ingenium’s programs. Their families and all of Yucatan are their beneficiaries. Our congratulations to everyone concerned.

Andrea Survived and Saw the Sea

Andrea is a nine year old little girl from Tizimin, who has recently beaten cancer. It had always been her dream to see the sea and now, through the program “Te cumplo un sueño,” which is part of the national “Doctor Sonrisas” Association, she was able to not only see the sea, but take a ride in a boat as well. “Doctor Sonrisas” (Doctor Smiles) is a Mexican national association that was started by a group of young people in 2003, when they realized there was a great need for programs that meet the need of terminally ill children. Their mission is to change the pain and suffering of children with moments of hope, fun and joy, while helping them fulfill their greatest dreams. We are constantly amazed by the support given to the ideas of young people by the Government of Mexico and by Mexican states and local areas. “Well done!” to all involved in all of the projects supported by Dr. Smiles.

Kanasin’s World is Changing

The leap from being a little bit backward to being a full-fledged member of the 21st century is often an amazing thing to watch, and no more so than today in Kanasin, Yucatan. The area in and around Kanasin has been growing for some time now, with new and/or improved roads, and with such conveniences as local farmers’ markets. Now, the federal and state governments are sharing the cost of giving 21,000 homes a new tinaco. This will not only ensure a steady supply of healthy water to Kanasin families, but it will also improve public health in the entire area. The newest news is that Kanasin is also getting a new health center that will double the available health care services for the area. As Kanasin’s projects move forward, it was also announced that this is only 25% of the total project of bringing new tinacos to the people of seven different at-risk municipalities.

Coming Soon: Cross-Border Industrial Complex

This is great news for Mexico, for the United States and for Tamaulipas and Texas! At least 150 Mexican companies, of all sizes, have partnered with companies in the United States to form a 14-county wide industrial complex that will straddle the border between the two nations. From what we can see, these partnerships are mostly between energy companies (oil, gas, and electricity), but other trade industries will benefit, as well as will the job markets in both Tamaulipas and Texas. Even the universities of the two states are on board and looking forward to new research opportunities and Mexico’s National Foreign Trade Bank (Bancomext) is standing at the ready to support the financial needs of the domestic energy companies. It is said that Tamaulipas will benefit most from this project and that is good to know because they have not had a real break since they were struck by Hurricane Alex in 2010.

New Judicial System at Work

The judicial system of Yucatan began to evolve in 2011 and has, thus far, done an excellent job of modernization. This past week, it worked as it should when a prisoner suffering from acute schizophrenia was deemed incompetent to stand trial and sent to a hospital where he can receive proper care. Everyone on both sides of this particular case behaved perfectly as they moved to have the judge declare the man incompetent. This is not to say that this man could commit murder and walk away unpunished. The judge understands that he is a danger to the public and will not let him go free. However, it is good to know that those who are mentally ill will no longer languish in prison, but can receive the care they – as human beings – deserve.

Cancun Underwater Museum

The goal for the Cancun Underwater Museum is 10,000 pieces of sculpture underwater in a period of ten years. Currently, there are 500 statues on the west side of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun, and Punta Nizuc National Parks. When it was realized that, in one year, over 220,000 people are coming to snorkel to see these statues, and that the number of visitors is growing by 10% per year, it suddenly made sense to begin a program to officially grow the number of statues and expand the project to even greater numbers. It has recently been announced that those who visit the museum will be asked for a donation of 20 pesos, a paltry sum to see the amazing underwater art. The statues will sit at eight feet and four feet below the surface of the water. They will be by six international artists and the collections will be organized into two halls. Organizers are currently working on the process by which donations can be made tax deductible.

By Working Gringos

Name: Heather Patenaude

Email address: Heather [dot] Patenaude [at] gmail [dot] com

Phone: (1-902-266-4172) – Canada

Job Wanted: Teaching English as a Second language – any ages but preference is older/adult students

Job Location: Merida but would consider Tulum or Playa de Carmen area as well

Additional information: I have a TESL 100 hour certificate, my Bachelors degree (I also have done a graduate diploma in French). References are also available. Are you looking to hire a TESL/TESOL/TEFL certified teacher for the winter term? I am a Canadian who taught in San Luis Potosi last winter. I am now looking for a teaching contract for this coming winter season. I still have my work permit for Mexico so this would be helpful to ease the process. I spent some time private tutoring in the Colonial district as well as along the Pacific Coast. I have also taught in China and Quebec. I am now interested in working in the Yucatan area and have heard that historic Merida is a great city and I would like to teach to any level of enthusiastic students with a keen interest to learn English and learn a bit about Canadian/North American culture.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting November 10, 2014

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

Fifth Yucatan Theatre Festival: November 7 to 15
This may be a hard event to fully appreciate if you are not fluent in Spanish… but maybe not! Might be interesting to go to some of these events. See the Yucatan Theatre Festival Events here.

Yucatan Young Creators Festival: November 12 to 23
This festival is FULL of events… too numerous to mention. Events include music recitals, trova and hip hop performances, theatrical performances, anime movies… an amazing selection of art performances! And not just in Merida. Performances are also in places like Tizimin, Acanceh, Progreso, etc. Maybe there is something you’d like to see!! Check out the schedule here: Yucatan Young Creators Festival List of Events.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Art Show: Los Pinceles de la García
Art show from local artists living in Colonia García Ginerés.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Martí, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Concert
Enjoy the beautiful Yucatan Classic Quintet concert “Gala Musical Yucateca” by the Vienna Music & Art Academy – Yucatan. They will be accompanying the tenor Miguel Mena, under the direction of Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: The Municipal Auditorium, The Colosito, in Telchac Puerto
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month: Alfonso Duran
These monthly presentations of different aspects of Yucatan’s culture are some of the best you will ever see, and certainly in one of the best locations in the city.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio K’ay T’aan
This group is part of the newest generation of trova artists.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cronos
(Spain 1993) A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingFood Trucks Merida!
Three, at least, gourmet food trucks will be parking tonite and serving their GREAT food. Come support these young chefs that are having trouble getting city permits.
Location: Calle 32 x 55 y 53, Colonia San Ramon Norte
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Chebabs from Yarmouk
(France 2012) The Chebabs are a small group of Palestinian youths known since adolescence. The story takes place in the present time they become adults to discover their enormous thirst for living fully , but also face complex realities. Among his desire for freedom , the need for group membership , the desire for rebellion and peaceful life , the choices are hard ; everything is more complicated when a Palestinian Yarmouk refugee Chebab a camp in Syria. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) Seductive, fearless, provocative, Marina Abramović has redefined the concept of art for over forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, going beyond the limits to risk her own life in the process, she has created performances that have challenged us, shocked and moved. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There will be several of these performances throughout October, November and December.
Location: Church of San Juan, Calle 64 x 65
Time: 7:15 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida: 100 Years of Yucatecan Music
What a wonderful performance and venue!
Location: Regional Museum of Yucatan (Canton Palace)
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Chebabs from Yarmouk
(France 2012) The Chebabs are a small group of Palestinian youths known since adolescence. The story takes place in the present time they become adults to discover their enormous thirst for living fully , but also face complex realities. Among his desire for freedom , the need for group membership , the desire for rebellion and peaceful life , the choices are hard ; everything is more complicated when a Palestinian Yarmouk refugee Chebab a camp in Syria. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) November 14 , 2014

Yucatan Living El Buen Fin
Shopping opportunities from November 14- 17.

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In Englsih and Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the 2014 Birdathon
At 5 pm, sign up and registration. At 5:30, reading of the Birdathon rules. At 6 PM, a talk about the Birds of Celestun. Then an awards ceremony and opening of the exhibition of photography and drawing contests.
Location: MACAY, entrance between Calle 58 and Calle 60 at Pasaje de Revolucion
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VI Anniversary: SoHo Galleries’ Back to Cuba Exhibition
Meet the artist: Jorge Jacas Vivanco, enjoy the works of Sandra Dooley Medina, toast the artists with Cuban drinks, and enjoy the gourmet delights made by Anita, the Sausage Lady.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400-A x 43 y 41
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Xmatquil: The Great Vaqueria
This performance is what we would call “the real deal.” Do plan on being here on Friday night.
Location: Teatro de Pueblo at the Fairgrounds in Xmatkuil
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday (Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22)
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Sacbe: Regional Circuit for Performing Arts: Requiem for an Alcavaran
This is a theater performance in Spanish. However, we suspect that it is going to be a wonderful show even if some in the audience do not understand the language. The performance is by the Transnational Performing Arts Company of Oaxaca and it will be well worth attending.
Location: Tapano Centro Cultural, Calle 46 x 68, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Dance Count Dracula in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Dance: Count Dracula
This is a dance performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 y 59, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free, but pick up tickets before the performance

Yucatan Living Movie: The Key to the Laundry Room
(France 2013) In building number 85 on Lausanne St. in Genève (Switzerland ) , the key to the laundry is more than a simple key to open the door, is the encounter between an order and the life of the inhabitants of these apartments. The laundry room is located at the entrance of the building, becomes the perfect setting for a human comedy. In French, we think, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Inception
(USA 2010) A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
Important women of the Yucatan. George Ann Huck.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 6 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Movie: Balad and The Great Ecstasy
(Germany 1976/1984) BALLAD OF LITTLE SOLDIER . Half MISURA fighters , in Sandinista Nicaragua , are children. Little soldiers in combat who find time to sing.
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner . It is the story of an incredible athlete and sculptor. Werner Herzog retrara the best moments of weightlessness Swiss Walter Steiner In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Leopard Man
(USA 1943) A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy new Mexico town. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Game
(USA 1997) Wealthy San Francisco financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Dance Count Dracula in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Dance: Count Dracula
This is a dance performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 y 59, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free, but pick up tickets before the performance

Yucatan Living Sacbe: Regional Circuit for Performing Arts: Requiem for an Alcavaran
This is a theater performance in Spanish. However, we suspect that it is going to be a wonderful show even if some in the audience do not understand the language. The performance is by the Transnational Performing Arts Company of Oaxaca and it will be well worth attending.
Location: Tapano Centro Cultural, Calle 46 x 68, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life of the postwar generation in Serbia. With a terminally ill father and dispirited mother, she is disillusioned and angry with everyone and everything, including herself. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone. Still, in that very harsh environment love and tenderness emerge. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 16 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginnig of the planet. In Spanish
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Panic Room
(USA 2002) A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house’s safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Offical Holiday to commemorate the Mexican Revolution

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Sat. 15 | The Leopard Man
Thu. 20 | The ghost ship
Fri. 21 | Friday 13
Saturday. 22 | Let Me In (Déjame entrar Jue)
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
18 | Trío Ensueño
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh – November 23
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• November 15: Important women of the Yucatan. George Ann Huck.
• November 22: The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The incumbent may manage conservation data, participate in planning process, develop project packages, and will maintain files records. May include collecting, assembling and analyzing various types of data and assisting in the production of reports. Work will be based in an office setting, but some field work may be required.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Supervises no staff but may oversee and direct work of office volunteers or interns.
  • Coordinates multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner and with attention to detail.
  • May assist with program budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Makes day to day decision as delegated by the supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High school diploma and 6 months of related experience
Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR and driver’s license).
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 year related work experience or equivalent of education
  • Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned time frames.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources and work independently.
  • Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to populate databases, create reports and produce manual files.
  • Experience utilizing databases for data entry and report production.
  • Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and numerical ability
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 42570, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 21, 2014.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp [at] tnc [dot] org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of _**The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process._**

Job Title: Selva Maya Assistant
Job ID: 42570
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Mexico

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By Working Gringos

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If you decide to check out other destinations around the area you can easily take a day trip to many places in Yucatan that can be booked conveniently by the resort concierge service. Some of the trips
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Hanal Pixan Altars in Merida

More than 90 exhibitors set up altars to honor their departed family members in Merida’s Plaza Grande this year. The entire area was inundated with the smell of incense, and the sounds of pre-Hispanic music. Scenes of everyday Maya life were depicted with structures made of wood and guano and small animal pens. Both men and women prayed for peace for the souls of their departed and celebrated their lives with the wonderful foods they so enjoyed. If you have never been to this event, put this on your list to go and see next year. This and the Corredor de Las Almas in L’Ermita on Friday night are two amazing spectacles you cannot see anywhere else.

Progreso Market Bursting With Shoppers

Day of the Dead flower sales in Progreso were a huge economic boon to the market this year. The big shopping day was Friday, so that people could stay home and cook on Saturday, then make their way to the cemeteries on Sunday. But cemeteries were already filled with flowers by the end of Friday. Although Progreso is not unique in its celebration of the Day of the Dead, it is the city in which the cemetery is easy to find and easy to get to, so Progreso’s cemetery is a perfect place to go and see the spirit of the Day of the Dead without all of the crowds in the General Cemetery in Merida. Add this to your list of places to visit during this holiday next year, too!

Trick or Treating in Maxcanu


If that picture won’t melt your heart, nothing will. These little ones have the right idea and are in the best possible place for trick or treating. They live in a small town in western Yucatan, and are too young to be out trick or treating after dark. Instead, their teachers escorted them to the local market, where they promptly cleaned up on candy and other treats. Never mind that house-to-house foolishness. Get all of those people in one place, in the market, already in the mood for shopping, and knowing that they have a little cash in their pockets – and the rest can be trick-or-treating magic. We know that no one could possibly refuse these kids. They are simply too cute. How do we feel about the influx of Halloween into the Yucatan? Well, let’s not get started on that. Let’s just enjoy it all, and anticipate that like everything else in the Yucatan, this holiday will eventually become some mezcla of the two!

Merida Bans Cockfights and Shows that Use Animals

This week, the Cabildo in Merida banned all torneos de lazo, cockfights, and shows that use animals. This news is no surprise, but it has been a long time coming. It is not lost on anyone that continued events that cause harm to animals have a negative influence on both tourism and recruiting environmentally-responsible industries to Yucatan State. This is a very emotional topic to almost everyone, no matter which side of the argument one takes. We tend to come down on the side of the animals and are thrilled to finally see the end to animal exploitation, at least within the boundaries of our adopted home.

Cemetery Mosquito Control

When the weather turns cold, the problem of mosquitoes usually goes away. Unfortunately, that is not the case at the present time. Insead, mosquitoes are searching for a warm place to breed and are trying to find it near the doors and windows of homes, as well as in the warm concrete paths of cemeteries. In order to alleviate this problem, municipalities fumigated the cemeteries in advance of Day of the Dead activities. However, this does not mean that visitors can throw caution to the wind. This is a time to wear long-sleeved shirts and wear mosquito repellent. Although the incidence of such diseases as dengue fever have dropped, the holidays are not a time to tempt fate. Everyone needs to continue all activities related to denying mosquitoes a place to breed.

Weather: Wet, Cold and Windy Plus Flu

Norte Number Nine arrived in Yucatan with 10 C (50 F) degree winds and rain. These are brief incidents of weather in the tropics, but they are enough to disrupt the ebb and flow of daily life. Harbors are closed, which grinds the fishing industry to a halt, and the incidence of weather-related illness is on the rise. So far, 210 cases of flu have been confirmed and five people have died of complications related to flu, so this is a very serious issue. It has been announced that more nortes than usual are expected this winter, and people are being asked to please be sure to get a flu shot. The best advice, in addition to getting a flu shot, is still to eat well, sleep well, and stay out of the weather if possible. After all, “This is Yucatan” and the weather will soon be beautiful again.

Crime Prevention: Civil and Social Organizations Partner with State

New reforms in the Justice Department of the State of Yucatan are coming out all the time now, as lawmakers pass and implement them one at a time. This week, it was announced that Yucatan is the first state in the country to partner with the Citizens Network for Monitoring of Preventive Measures to ensure that human rights are being respected for all prisoners and defendants. Further investigation showed that this is not the only citizen group that signed a cooperative agreement with the state. In fact, such organizations as Alcoholics Anonymous and a variety of addiction and rehabilitation centers, plus mental health and youth organizations also signed on to the agreement. What this looks like is that the citizens of Yucatan are being given a vested interest in maintaining the peace and tranquility of the state and that they are more than ready to show the world how one responsibly creates and maintains a very low crime rate. We have complete faith in their ability to succeed.

Future Farmers and Ranchers in Yucatan

…and while adults all over the world are fussing and fighting over one political stance and then another, the young people of Yucatan keep forging ahead into a future they will own. Such is certainly the case with these three young men: Jairo Torres Valdes, Elmer Tun Arana and Marcos Poot Parra. Each is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Technology Center for Agriculture No. 118 in Oxkutzcab, and all three will be attending a university in Costa Rica on four year scholarships. Their tuition will be free but their families must pay for their living expenses. They will be majoring in Agriculture and Livestock Management. The Bachelor of Technology Center for Agriculture No. 118 in Oxkutzcab says its success in producing three of the four scholarship winners is that it teaches both theory and practice as it is related to agriculture and livestock management.

Missing Ship Found Off Veracruz Coast

In late August, the Cuauhtemoc X, a small fishing vessel, disappeared while fishing in the waters off the coast of Yucatan. There were only two men on board, the captain and one crew member. An all out search by civilian and military resources failed to turn up any trace of the Cuauhtemoc X or its crew. This past week, the ship was found semi-sunk 35 miles out from Tuxpan, Veracruz. There is still no trace of the crew.

Xmatquil State Fair Begins This Friday

The 2014 Fair at Xmatquil will begin on Friday, November 7 and will run through Sunday, November 30. Admission is $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. Free public transportation will be provided from the city to the fairgrounds. Over 1,800 shows and events will take place during those short three weeks. For a full listing of events, please see Yucatan Living’s Events.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting November 03, 2014

X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 03, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Frankenstein
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés.
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Inspiracion
As always and excellent group playing Yucatan’s Trova.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Canoa
(Mexico 1976) A group of students take a bus to go to a small town, in order to finish a professional practice. All of them are friends, and they decide to sing some modern songs, while the other passengers are trying to sleep. One of the passengers gets angry and shouts “stop rowing”, so they shut up. But when they arrive in the town, and after knowing the incident, everybody treats them as if they were criminals. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Gremio to begin Week Long Festival
There will be a gremio (procession) in the seaside town of Telchac Puerto to herald the beginning of a week-long traditional festival in honor of San Diego Alcala.
Location: Telchac Puerto
Time: 11:00 AM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Metamorphosis
(USA 2008) Based on ‘Frank Kafka”s Metamorphose story, the documentary presents 2 metamorphosis of the present society: anorexia, as an disruption of our self-perception; depression, as an isolating illness ; and physically handicapped conditions, as mobility problems. In English, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: International Choir Festival
Singer Children from Yucatan and Orquesta Tipica Infantil along with Choral Red from Yucatan are present on the opening of the 2014 International Choir Festival taking place in Yucatan from November 05 to the 10th.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cendres
(France 2009) Exiled from her country since her husband’s murder ten years earlier, Judith lives in Marseille with her three children. After having refused to see her family for years, Judith, in spite of her fears and secrets, allows herself to be influenced by her children’s wishes and accepts an invitation to their cousin’s wedding. They set off to spend a summer in the old country, discovering their roots and their past. But Judith’s return revives old hatreds between rival clans. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark 2012) A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto Mass
Mass at the corner of Calle 29 and Calle 24 in Telchac Puerto, as part of a week-long traditional festival in honor of San Diego Alcala.
Location: Telchac Puerto
Time: 7:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMusic: Nights in Paris
The performance of the musical group “Night in Paris” will be a delight for everyone present since the group has with a French star, singer Priscillia Urroz. Admission is free, so expect a crowd. “Nights in Paris” is a musical ensemble of the Vienna Music & Art Academy-Yucatán. (This group will also be playing in Telchac Puerto next Monday)
Location: French Alliance in Merida, C 117 x 23 and 24 col. Mexico
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Los Romanticos
Romantic music for the soul.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Thing from Another World
(USA 1951) Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. This must be in English, most likely with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Casa
(France 2011) Before the family home is sold, the filmmaker decides to film their memories and the sorrows that still inhabit the place where his father died some years ago. In French, we think, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) November 07 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Diente por Diente
(Mexico 2012) Pablo Kramsky, a crime reporter for a tabloid newspaper is the victim of a home invasion. A colleague offers him a gun for self-defense, and this leads Kramsky to kill a person when he feels endangered. Kramsky is not brilliant at his job, but when he writes an article about a possible vigilante taking justice into his own hands, he gains the recognition of his superior and the admiration of his coworkers. Thus, Kramsky repeats the formula, committing crimes and writing about them, creating a crime fighting national hero. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man Who Laughs
(USA 1928) When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday (Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22)
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Temporada XXII: Program 5. Suite No. 1 “Carmen” Georges Bizet, Harp Concerto, Op. 25 Alberto Ginastera and Symphony No. 7, Op. 131 Sergei Prokofiev. This program will feature as guest director one of the most important Mexican directors, Jesus Medina, Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the University Nuevo Leon. The Carmen Suite No. 1, and two additional great works, the Harp Concerto by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, feature OSY’s bright harpist Ruth Bennett, and the cheerful and energetic Russian Seventh Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday. Must be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life of the postwar generation in Serbia. With a terminally ill father and dispirited mother, she is disillusioned and angry with everyone and everything, including herself. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone. Still, in that very harsh environment love and tenderness emerge. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Vaquería Dance
This traditional dance will be presented in the corridors of City Hall as part of a week-long traditional festival in honor of San Diego Alcala. Providing music will be the Victor Soberanis Orchestra and the Medardo Kantunial Gamboa Orchestra. They will also present the ambassador to the festival, Graciela Ortega Fesyejos Tamayo, age 17, a student at Cobay.
Location: Telchac Puerto
Time: 10:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 08, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
November 8: Three interesting & easy day-trips from Merida. George McClellan.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 6 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan, A.C. Begins Fifth Season With Mozart’s Don Giovanni
This organization was created as a non-profit civil association to promote the art of opera in Yucatan. Their objectives are purely educational and cultural.
Location: Sala Mayamax in Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: 11:30 Opera Talk, 12:00 PM Video begins
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Event Taurino
Comic bullfighting will be presented, along with a lot more shenanigans, no doubt.
Location: The lot on Calle 22, opposite Temple Sinai, Telchac Puerto
Time: 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Transformación del Mundo en Música
(Germany 1996) The Opera Festival Bayreuth transforms for a few days, the entire city in music, and also, in a more humane and perhaps less Wagnerian site. Walking the scenes of the opera, Herzog travels orchestral universe and confirms his theory: the opera is another world. Part of a simple but important thing: make the world music. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Curse of Frankenstein
(UK 1957) Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life. But his creature behaves not as he intended. Probably in English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: The Magic of the Movies
This event includes a three course dinner followed by one of the famous Zamna quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, dinner served at 7:30 PM, Saturday
Admission: Tickets are $150 pesos and are available from hotel reception.
More Information: call (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
(USA 2011) Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
(France 2014) An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan LivingDancing!
Dancing in the streets… everyone is invited. Live music!
Location: Opposite the Municipal Palace, Telchac Puerto
Time: 10:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 09 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Prehistoric Life
Life from the beginnig of the planet. In Spanish
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan and Spain in Music
Spanish and Yucatecan Music together in a wonderful event. Get ready to listen to some Zarzuela!!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 and 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Temporada XXII: Program 5. Suite No. 1 “Carmen” Georges Bizet, Harp Concerto, Op. 25 Alberto Ginastera and Symphony No. 7, Op. 131 Sergei Prokofiev. This program will feature as guest director one of the most important Mexican directors, Jesus Medina, Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the University Nuevo Leon. The Carmen Suite No. 1, and two additional great works, the Harp Concerto by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, features OSY’s bright harpist Ruth Bennett, and the cheerful and energetic Russian Seventh Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Sunday: 12:30 PM, must be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

Yucatan Living Event Taurino
Comic bullfighting will be presented. Great bullfighting involving Papadzul and Moloch Wiros, directly from Channel 13
Location: The lot on Calle 22, opposite Temple Sinai, Telchac Puerto
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The social network
(USA 2010) Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Art Show: Los Pinceles de la García
Art show from local artists living in Colonia García Ginerés.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Martí, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Concert
Enjoy the beautiful Yucatan Classic Quintet concert “Gala Musical Yucateca” by the Vienna Music & Art Academy – Yucatan. They will be accompanying the tenor Miguel Mena, under the direction of Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: The Municipal Auditorium, The Colosito, in Telchac Puerto
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Sat. 15 | The Leopard Man
Thu. 20 | The ghost ship
Fri. 21 | Friday 13
Saturday. 22 | Let Me In (Déjame entrar Jue)
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
11 | Trío K’aay Ta’an
18 | Trío Ensueño
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VI Anniversary: SoHo Galleries’ Back to Cuba Exhibition Friday, November 14
Meet the artist: Jorge Jacas Vivanco, enjoy the works of Sandra Dooley Medina, toast the artists with Cuban drinks, and enjoy the gourmet delights made by Anita, the Sausage Lady.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400-A x 43 y 41
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh – November 23
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series October – March
• November 8: Three interesting & easy day-trips from Merida. George McClellan.
• November 15: Important women of the Yucatan. George Ann Huck.
• November 22: The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

Hammock Boutique

Hammock Boutique is not just a hammock company. They see themselves as “an instrument of change in our home region looking at transforming the lives of the weavers and to provide opportunities for their children.”

Hammocks in Merida

Hammock Boutique operates out of a retail store on Calle 65 in Merida’s historic centro. From there, Constantino and Josefina Urzaiz run what has become an international operation of selling hammocks. Constantio and Josefina are Josefina and Constantino of Hammock Boutique in Merida Yucatanbrother and sister, born and raised in Merida. They operate their business with a global outlook, conscious of the effect that they can have on the world around them by running that business in a sustainable, holistic way that empowers the people they work with.

For the over ten years that they have been running Hammock Boutique, Josefina and Constantino have been promoting Yucatecan hammocks and the techniques and workmanship of hammock weaving around the world. HammockBoutique operates as a business cooperative. The company provides over 500 weavers in villages throughout the Yucatan Peninsula with the materials to weave the hammocks. Based on demand and current styles, they suggest colors to the weavers, who make the hammocks in their own homes. Each hammock is a unique work of craftsmanship, created by a unique individual. The hammocks sold at Hammock Boutique are made by people Christmas in Yucatan with Hammock Boutiquesupplementing their family income and working out of their own homes. The weavers do not need to invest in supplies in order to start working and they are able to enjoy working from home, where they can still care for their children and even teach their children the Maya art of hammock weaving. They work at their own pace and deliver the finished product when it is ready to a Hammock Boutique representative who comes to their village to pick up the completed hammocks.

The hammocks are inspected for quality, and are then stored in Hammock Boutique’s warehouse in downtown Merida, ready to be shipped to customers around the world. If you come to Merida and are looking to buy an authentic, handmade hammock of the highest quality, come to Hammock Boutique where you can choose from an amazing selection. Buy a hammock in the colors and weave of your choice to take home or keep in your home in Merida. Hammock Hammocks stored at Hammocks Boutique in Merida Yucatan MexicoBoutique has thousands of hammocks to choose from and more arriving every day.

Hammocks Around the World

Not only does Hammock Boutique sell hammocks in Merida, but they also ship these same hammocks around the world. Their website, www.hammockboutique.com, makes it easy to order from the different types of hammocks that they provide. Choose from single, double, queen or king-sized hammocks. Or get a jumbo hammock! You can buy a regular nylon hammock, a thick-cord hammock, or one made from mercerized cotton. You can get a woven hammock or a crocheted one. You can get a Yucatan-style hammock or an American-style hammock. Hammock Boutique also sells both hanging hammock chairs and wooden hammock chairs, hammock packages (that come with ropes and a hammock saver), as well as wooden vamp chairs and hammock mosquito nets. Hammock Boutique ships hammocks and other accessories around the world using FedEx.

Prices and More

Hammock prices at Hammock Boutique are based on weight. For example, a small hammock that weighs .09 kg costs $348 pesos, tax included. A larger thick-cord hammock costs $638 pesos. At Hammock Boutique, you know you will be paying a fair price and your purchase helps the people of Yucatan maintain an independent lifestyle without having to leave their homes and villages.

Hammock Boutique is a certified B CorporationWhen you shop at Hammock Boutique, you can also be assured that this is a company that works hard to maintain business practices that empower their workers and improve the planet. Hammock Boutique is a certified B Corporation.

About Hammock Boutique

Address: Calle 65 No. 510 Loc. 2 x 62 y 64, Col Centro C.P. 97000, Mérida Yucatán México
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 7 pm. Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.
Mexico Phone: +52 (999) 924 0440
USA Phone: +1 (202) 817-3979
Email: info [at] hammockboutique [dot] com
Website: www.hammockboutique.com

By Working Gringos

AANY Arte e Mano crafts fair in Merida Yucatan

Arte A Mano, Merida Craft Show

Holiday shopping is off to an earlier than usual start with the biggest and best ever craft show, ARTE A MANO, sponsored by AANY, AC (Amigos de los Artistas/Artesanos Nuevos de Yucatán)! For the first time the show will open on Friday, November 14 from 5-9 PM. The show will also be open on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, and the hours are 10 AM-7 PM. Once again the show will be held at CANACO, Avenida Itzaes and Calle 31, 3 blocks south of the Clinica de Mérida.

Over 75 craft artists will present work in all media and 20 new participants will be featured. All year long the selection committee of AANY has scoured the three states of the Yucatán to find the best craft artists of the Yucatan Peninsula. A few of our new artists are Adriana Castrejon of Mérida, presenting contemporary ceramic planters in all sizes and shapes (for those in the renovation process, take note of these for your garden!); Arsenio Manzanero of Ditzya, master stone carver who specializes in rustic birdbaths, benches and tables; Carlos Ordaz Solis of Valladolid, who makes sculptural orchid arrangements; Daniel de la Cruz of Chetumal, will introduce his amazing model boats; Lourdes Castillo Gonzalez of Ticul, is introducing a new line of striking vessels and planters and Martin Francisco Pech Ancona of Izamal, is a true folk artist who creates whimsical birds and animals of coconut shells – to name just a few.

AANY Arte e Mano crafts fair in Merida YucatanOf course AANY followers will have a chance to reconnect with many familiar artists presenting new work. As always, the craft art at Arte A Mano includes a combination of high quality traditional work and work by studio artists. The range of work available can enhance decorating needs, garden accessories, jewelry and accessories and all of your holiday gift buying dilemmas can be solved at this show. There is work in all media and all price ranges. And here you can buy a gift for someone that you can guarantee no one else will have!

AANY was founded in 2009, and the first one-day Arte e Mano show featured 22 artists and an attendance of 450 people. Who could have thought that the shows now feature over 75 artists and are attended by 3-4,000 people!

The show this year coincides with Buen Fín, the national holiday sales promotion. Many of the AANY artists will present some specially priced work as a Buen Fín promotion. Yes, there may be some traffic issues but visiting Arte A Mano will be well worth the effort. Buying handmade crafts directly from the artist is a lot more fun than buying a refrigerator! Visa and MasterCard will be accepted by most artists. AANY, AC is a Mexican non-profit run by volunteers from both the foreign and local communities. All sales profits are retained by the artists and for many the sales at ARTE A MANO represent a major source of income for the year. Additionally, retailers from all over the Peninsula attend the shows to find new sources for their stores and galleries.

Visit AANY.org or AANY, AC on Facebook for further information.

The Chelem Elves

The Christmas trees are springing up in the stores and, before you know it, you’re going to find yourself humming “Jingle Bells”, even though Christmas is still almost two months away. Everywhere you go, people are grumbling. “It’s not even Halloween, or Día de los muertos, yet, I don’t even want to think about Christmas.” Or, “There should be law against playing Christmas music in the stores before the first of December”. There’s one group you won’t hear complain, though, they’re the Chelem Elves and they think about Christmas 365 days a year.

The Chelem Elves emerged in the Yucatan six years ago from a handful of newly arrived strangers from the North. Tired of working all their lives in the cold, dark winters of their homes, they were ready to kick back and relax on the sunny beaches of the Yucatan and enjoy the fruits of their labors and just take it easy. Until one day, while enjoying a few of the local beverages and comparing their CFE bills that had been tossed over the walls of their compounds, they glanced up to see a child pulling another child down the sandy dirt road on a piece of cardboard. A makeshift sleigh, so to speak. They looked at the date on their bills and realized with a start that Christmas was right around the corner, the year round sunshine had caused their sun-soaked brains to lost track of time, but now, as they watched the children playing in the streets, they realized it was time to get back to work. Because if they didn’t, many of the children who lived in the town they now called home would not receive a toy for Christmas. In fact, many of them had probably never received a shiny new toy on Christmas Day, or any other day, for that matter, and the new Elves felt the situation needed to be rectified immediately. While the Elves recognized that there were other important needs that needed to be addressed in their new communities, they also remembered how a simple toy brought a wealth of joy and magic to their own childhoods, and they decided a childhood without joy and magic wasn’t much of a childhood at all.

And so the Chelem Elves were born.

Chelem children enjoying a visit from Santa Claus in YucatanThe new band of Elves went right to work and managed to gather enough money to buy toys for the children of the neediest families of Chelem that first Christmas. It was all well-intentioned, but as Santa was delivering the toys, word spread and soon Santa’s own makeshift “sleigh”, a pick-up truck with Santa perched in the back, was being chased through the streets by crowds of children. Unfortunately, there were not enough toys for all of them, and the Chelem Elves made a promise, then and there, that they would never let that happen again. It was declared that every year, every child in Chelem would receive a toy from the Chelem Elves, and, henceforth, it would no longer be a charity toy drive, instead it would be a gratitude toy drive, a chance for the new citizens of Chelem to show their appreciation to the native citizens for the welcome they had extended to us, their new neighbors.

There are many myths surrounding the Chelem Elves. Some people believe that the Chelem Elves are a small secretive band of little people with pointed ears and curly-toed shoes who work day and night throughout the year to bring toys from the far reaches of the North Pole to the children of Chelem. That could be true. It might also be true that the Chelem Elves come in many shapes and sizes and can be found in the least likely of places. You might find them running a fancy hotel on the Riviera de Maya or behind the stove of your favorite local restaurant. They may be the man delivering plants to your home or the shop owner selling you a beautiful leather purse. They like to play bingo and buy raffle tickets, but they also like to give their time and money just because it makes them feel good. It doesn’t take any special skills, anyone can become an elf, all you have to do is want to make a child smile. In fact, you may already be an elf, without knowing it.

Another myth about the Chelem Elves is that they only bring toys to the Children of Chelem, but in truth, they also provide toys to the special needs children of the Progreso Unit of Basic Rehabilitation and the children who suffer from AIDS in Merida. Every year, if there are toys left over, and there always is, the Elves offer them to other groups who might need them. They could keep them until the following year, but the Elves believe if they’ve been blessed with a surplus that’s a sign that they should share what they’ve been given. Therein lies the true joy and magic of Christmas, it’s all in the giving.

The Chelem Elves hold several fundraisers throughout the year. The most popular fundraisers are the Bingo/Raffle Extravaganzas that are held several times a year in which the bingo profits are split between the bingo winners and the toy drive. The Elves have been very fortunate in attracting hundreds of associate elves with big hearts who donate stays at hotels and resorts all across the Yucatan Peninsula, arts and craft work from local artists and artisans, free dinners at the several area restaurants, and a variety of services from area businesses to be used as raffle prizes. Every single prize is donated.

Details, Details

With Christmas only two months away, the Chelem Elves are scurrying around doing our best to make sure that once again this year all of their kids have a toy. In November, they will be holding two fundraisers to finish up the year. On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Chelem Elves will be holding the Annual Chelem Christmas Dreams Rummage Sale/Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 am at Rico’s Grill-n-Chill on the highway coming into Chelem. The Chelem Elves are accepting donations for the rummage sale, so if you have something that you’re tired of stumbling over, they’d love to take it off your hands. They will pick up items in the surrounding area, including Progreso and Merida.

The Pancake breakfast consists of bacon, scrambled eggs, all-you-can-eat pancakes, and juice or coffee. Tickets are 100 pesos. If you have something you’d like to donate for the rummage sale, if you’d like to donate a service or item as a raffle prize for an upcoming fundraiser, if you’d like to get some raffle tickets, or if you’d just like to find out how you can become a Chelem Elf or perhaps start a toy drive in your village or neighborhood, the elves would love to talk to you. Please call Mary Reid at 999 137 3521, Sherri Sullivan at 999 227 1304 or Lisa Lefever at 999 902 6832. Or drop by Rico’s to pick up your tickets for the Pancake Breakfast.

The final fundraiser for the year will be the Chelem Christmas Dreams Sparkly Holiday Bingo/Raffle Extravaganza on Saturday, November 29 at 6:00 pm at the Bull Pen in Chelem. The two feature raffles for this event are a two-night stay at the swanky 5th Avenue Hotel in Playa del Carmen and a one night stay at the local favorite, Luz en Yucatan Hotel in Merida. There will be many more raffle prizes as the list always grows in the weeks leading up to the event. For every 25 pesos donation, the Elves will throw one ticket in the raffle of your choice. For a 100 pesos donation, you’ll get five tickets in the pot. Raffle Tickets will be available the night of the fundraiser also.

And finally, Santa hits the square in Chelem at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 17! The Elves can always use some extra hands to give out toys, so come join in on the fun! It’s a magical night!

To make a donation to the Chelem Christmas Dreams Toy Drive visit chelemdreamstoydrive.com/donations/ or email: chelemchristmasdreams [at] gmail [dot] com. To keep track of the Chelem Elves and what they’re up to, please visit the Chelem Christmas Toy Drive Facebook Page.

By Working Gringos

Expats Get Younger

Years ago, we met Donard and Fabienne, an extremely likeable and good-looking couple who moved to Merida about a year after we did. Donard came to Merida as one of the two new owners of Luz in Yucatan, and Fabienne, of course, Homeschoolers having fun in Merida Yucatancame with him. And they brought their children. They were one of the first expatriate couples that we met, in fact, that were younger and most definitely not retired. That was quite a few years ago, and much has changed… not the least of which is that Donard and Fabienne have more children now!

While once it seemed that all the expatriates we knew in Merida was older than us (we moved to Merida in our early fifties…), now it seems that many of the expatriates moving to Merida are younger than us. And many of them are families with children. One of the most common type of inquiries we get here at Yucatan Living, in fact, is about schools and our Schools in Merida article is one of our most well read. So we were delighted to reconnect with Fabienne on the subject of homeschooling when we found out she is spearheading a new group that has formed, the Homeschooler Group of Merida.

Homeschoolers Connect

Fabienne was having breakfast at Monique’s Flow center one day, when she was introduced by Monique to another homeschooler. They discussed that the community of foreigners in Merida, as well as the local Mexicans, would profit from a Homeschooler group. People who choose to homeschool their children do so for many reasons, but one of the concerns they all share is that their children can tend to be isolated since they do not attend school every day. A group of homeschooling parents and children where one could get information and support is a great place to make friends, while also honing children’s social skills. And the parents benefit from connecting too. They can exchange ideas, share fields trips and resources, and avoid isolation themselves.

Homeschooling in Merida

So Fabienne started the Homeschoolers in Merida Group (see a link to their Facebook page below). The group has been meeting once a month at Flow Holistic Center in Merida, and now also has recently started to do field trips. And what better place to do field trips than Yucatan?

Milking Cows along the Ruta de Queso in YucatanThe first field trip took the group along the Ruta de Queso to the Ecohotel Las Aguilas, where the kids milked cows, made cheese and ate delicious pizza. The second field trip was at the Galerias shopping center for some ice skating. The kids had a blast and the parents were able to sit and visit while the kids enjoyed themselves. Plans for future trips include visiting bee keepers, visiting where salt is mined along the coast of Yucatan and going to the Merida airport.

Homeschoolers ice skating in Merida YucatanRight now, Fabienne assures us, the group is very open. Some families are not homeschooling at all, but find that they just enjoy the company of other families, especially on field trips.

Another plus is that there are many different nationalities in the Homeschoolers Group. Fabienne, the founder, is originally from Switzerland and her husband from Ireland. There are American, Canadian, and of course Mexican families who participate as well.

Even if the children attend regular school in Merida, exposure to different families and cultures is a valuable lesson in itself. Carry on, homeschoolers!

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For more information, contact Fabienne via Facebook at Homeschoolers in Merida or by email at fabienneo [at] hotmail [dot] com.

By Working Gringos

Job wanted: Nanny/au pair/home help

Name: Mae Diansangu

Email: mdiansangu [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Work desired: I am available to work as a nanny. This work could also include helping the children with English or Spanish, cooking, cleaning and general household chores. I have experience working with disabled people, so I can also offer help to those who need help in their own homes doing basic tasks for example washing, tidying the house, cooking, grocery shopping etc.

Location: Merida

Qualification/resume: I have now been in Mérida for 3 weeks. I came here as a volunteer helping children and adults learn English in a school and language academy. I have 4 years experience assisting people with physical and learning disabilities, specifically autism and cerebral palsy. I love working with children and have experience teaching English to school children in Ghana. In addition to this I was a live in au pair for a six year old boy in Spain. I consider myself to be reliable, resourceful and dynamic. My past jobs have required me to ensure the health and well being of others while taking care of household tasks such as cooking and cleaning. English is my first language, but I also speak a competent level of Spanish.

Interests: I have always been passionate about performing arts and have been involved in many theatre, dance and musical projects. History, literature and culture are of great interest to me; I enjoy visiting museums and galleries, reading, writing and watching films. Keeping fit and healthy is also important to me. I’m very interested in yoga for both its physical and mental benefits.

By Working Gringos

What is Cook It Raw? And Why Do We Care?

Alessandro Porcelli preparing food in Yucatan for Cook It RawCook It Raw is an annual gathering organized by chef Alessandro Porcelli of internationally recognized and emerging chefs from around the world. The gathering aims to bring them together with food producers, community leaders, academics and cultural leaders to explore the politics of food through four guiding principles: environment, tradition, creativity and collaboration. The program aims to immerse the chefs in a culture, allowing them to examine local food systems, practices and traditions… all of which will, hopefully, be fodder for their creative endeavors in the future.

This year, Cook It Raw came to the Yucatan Peninsula. The program came without a pre-programmed agenda, planning only to be influenced by the people, products and ingredients that they met along the way during numerous field trips. This year of exploration and preparation is coming to a close and to a grand finale of sorts this week in Merida.

Ritual, Tradition and Day of the Dead

Starting October 28, chefs from around the world will gather in Merida for a week of events and programs. They will be focusing on Maya cuisine as it relates to Hanal Pixan, the Maya twist on the celebration of Day of the Dead. Hanal Pixan in Merida Yucatan Celebrating Day of the Dead is a tradition now celebrated throughout Mexico, but it apparently dates back to ancient MesoAmerica. The way Hanal Pixan is celebrated today shows that, like most others here, the traditions have been mixed with those of the Catholic Church to create a unique celebration unlike others in Mexico.

Hanal Pixan is officially a nine day celebration, from October 31 to November 8. Separate feasts are held over eight days, with offerings made to the souls of ancestral children and adults. Hanal Pixan rituals incorporate the Catholic festivities of All Saint’s Day and the Liturgy of Souls, based on the idea that the dead live on in a separate realm from which they come to visit us every year. In Yucatan this week, residents will be preparing their households, cleaning and painting and setting up altars to welcome the dead when they come to visit.

The Maya roots of Hanal Pixan are seen mostly in the types of dishes served for this special occasion. Many of the dishes prepared during this time, including mucbil pollo and chilmole, were mentioned in the Popol Vuh, the Maya “Book of the People”, a sacred text for the Maya culture. In the Popol Vuh, it is apparent that creation and death myths are very tied in to the food of the culture, including the myth that the Maya people were created by God from corn.

Traditional Maya Food

Turkeys in a Yucatan back yardMany of the traditional Maya dishes are made with poultry… originally (and still in smaller, traditional villages) with turkey, but now in Merida mostly with chicken, which was introduced by the Spanish in the 16th Century. It is traditional to include three round mucbil pollos (also known as pibs) on household altars if the deceased is a woman, or four pibs if the deceased is a man. These numbers apparently come from the three-stoned hearth, signifying women, and the four-cornered milpa, traditionally the realm of men. The Cook It Raw program also mentions this, an important thing to keep in mind:

For the ancient and modern Mayan, the dead are never truly gone and remain connected to us throughout our lifetimes. Offerings of food and drink year after year are symbolic of the idea that the place of ancestral burial was in the home, and that the dead continue living with relatives, long after they are gone from this world.

Open cacao pod in YucatanThe Cook It Raw explorations during this past year have also realized the importance of cocoa, known in Maya as ka’kau. They found that there are “several mixtures of cacao described in ancient texts for ceremonial, medicinal and culinary purposes. Some mixtures included maize, chili, vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), peanut butter and honey from the native bee named Xunan-kab (Melipona beecheii), a stingless species.”

Keeping all this in mind, the chefs of Cook It Raw will be gathering together, exploring various parts of the Yucatan and will end their adventure here with cooking their own creations based on what they have learned.

Cook It Raw Yucatan Participants

The participants in this event (with their Twitter handles in parentheses) are:

Chef Albert Adria – Tickets, 41° Experience (@adallo13)
Chef JP McMahon – Aniar, Cava Botega (@mistereatgalway)
Chef Amanda Cohen – Dirty Candy (@dirtcandy)
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne – OXO, McCrady’s (@jjlanghorne)
Chef Will Horowitz – Ducks Eatery (@will_horowitz)
Chef Spike Gjerde – Woodberry Kitchen, Parts and Labor (@spikegjerde)
Chef Justin Leboe – Model Milk (@justinforabite)
Chef Roberto Solis – Nectar in Merida (@nectarmerida)
Marcellus Hall – Illustrator (@MarcellusHall)
Silvia Barbotto – Artist
Alanna Hale – Photographer (@alanna_hale)
Josephine Rozman – Photographer (@j_rozman)
Illegal Mescal (@IllegalMezcal, @skilife027)
Cocina Arte (@cocinarte)
& the MUNCHIES video crew (Bernardo and Will)

Cook It Raw Events

The events of this week begin with a dinner at artist Jorge Pardo’s house, where Alessandro will formally introduce each participant and give an overview of the week. The next day, they will leave early for Xocen, near Valladolid, where Maya Ceremony in Yucatanthey will meet with local farmers Fatimo and Tomas Canul, who have let Alessandro use their milpa to plant local seeds purchased and planted earlier this year. The seeds were purchased at the Valladolid Seed Fair and include watermelon, Chinese bean, cucumber, melon, small pumpkin, lentils, and purple and red corn. The group of chefs will harvest the plantings and use their harvest for the dinners they prepare on November 2nd. While they are at the milpa, they will also participate in a Maya ceremony to thank the Gods for the harvest.

Later that day, the chefs will be introduced to students at Cocina Arte who will be assisting at the cocktail party on November 1st and the final dinner. After work, the participants will celebrate at La Negrita where the owner, Patricia Martin, will introduce the world of Mezcal, followed by dinner at Apoala in Santa Lucia.

Maya Yucatan cuisine from Roberto Solis at NectarOther events include a foray to a Tikul cacao plantation, lunch at Principe de Tutul-Xiu in Mani, breakfast at the new Wayan’e in Mejorada, private parties, a trip to Sisal to meet with local fishermen, lunch at Ku’uk where chef Mario Espinosa uses his home-grown herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruits, dinner at Nectar whose chef, Roberto Solis, worked with Alessandro at Noma in Copenhagen, and of course, attendance at the Hanal Pixan festivities in Ermita on Friday night.

There are two events (on November 1st and 2nd) where the chefs will finally prepare food of their own creation based on what they have seen and learned. Those events are open to the public and you can find out more about them in our Merida events listing this week. During those events, guests can enjoy an art exhibit curated by locals John Powell and Josue Ramos, which will feature work from local and international artists including Marcela Diaz, Joseph Kurhajec, Guillermo Olguin Mitchell and Silvia Barbotto.

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Twitter: @cookitraw / #mayanraw ‪ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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Yucatan Living (@YucatanLiving) will be also retweeting Cook It Raw information.

The Cocina Arte cooking school in Merida, Yucatan.

Read about our first encounter with mucbil pollo.

Read about Hanal Pixan in Merida.

Read an interview with Alessandro Porcelli for Yucatan Living.

By Khaki Scott

New Archaeological Site Found in Merida


As the City of Merida expands and remodels, more than one area has revealed pre-hispanic Mayan ruins. Such was the case just two weeks ago when, while excavating for the building of a new section of Fraccionamiento “Los Héroes,” on the east side of the city, the work revealed the largest pre-hispanic funeral complex ever found. The new find consists of 72 burial urns of various sizes, along with several jars that contain human remains, in four buildings that surround a large central patio. Because the remains of infants and unborn babies are located within an area that is obviously the remains of a small pyramid, the site is thought to be from the Tardio Early Classic Period, which was from 600 AD to 900 AD. DNA studies are already getting underway. The quality of the pottery and burial urns found here shows that the people who were buried in this site were from the upper classes. Remains found at the site prove that the Maya cremated their dead. There is no doubt but that this new find will renew interest in the pre-hispanic city of Ichcaansihó. Needless to say, the area is now being protected and will be developed as a new archaeological site.

Getting Ready for Day of the Dead


Individual families are completing their maintenance and upkeep of graves across the State of Yucatan. Two hundred new burial vaults have been built throughout the towns and villages in the Municipality of Merida alone. Maintenance crews have almost completed their annual tree trimming and sidewalk maintenance. Members of the Public Service Commission are making their rounds and declaring the cemeteries, one by one, to be ready for Dia de Muertos. It is time for everyone to stop and reflect on those who have gone before and their importance in maintaining the strength of the family. We hope everyone who lives in Yucatan has a wonderful weekend and that our visitors will come away with a new sense of what this holiday means to families across Mexico and beyond. They may even perhaps adopt this very meaningful tradition as one of their own.

Aguinaldo News: Early Partial Payment

In Mexico, the Aguinaldo is an annual Christmas bonus that businesses are required by law to pay to employees. The aguinaldo is at least the equivalent of 15 days wages and may be pro-rated if the employee has been with the company less than a full year. The aguinaldo must be paid by December 20. This year, Federal employees will receive an early payout of 33% of their Aguinaldo, while State and Municipal employees will receive 25% so they can get an early start on their Christmas shopping. Retirees will get 50% of their annual bonus early. This huge infusion of cash will come during Buen Fin (Good Weekend), which will be held November 14 – 17 this year. Estimates are that the economic benefit to Yucatan alone is expected to involve 10,000 businesses and services and add over $6 billion pesos to the economy this year. Just one month later, by December 20, the remainder of the Christmas bonuses will be paid. Much of that will go into getting homes ready to begin the New Year with their homes cleaned, repaired, and with the fresh coat of paint that will bring good luck throughout the coming year. We suspect that this early partial payment of the aguinaldo is enough to ensure that everyone will have happy holidays in Yucatan in 2014.

Parque de Energía Solar Inaugurated in Merida

With the grand opening of the Solar Energy Park in Yucatan, La Lupita (the snack company), became the first business at the state and national level to now produce 100% of the electricity they need to operate and expand their business. They were able to do this with a grant from the State’s Entrepreneur Fund. What brings home the extended value of this particular solar power park is knowing that, in terms of environmental impact, its very existence is equal to planting more than 16,000 trees. It is particularly heartening to know that the current administration feels a responsibility to invest in projects like this in order to create conditions that will help companies grow and create new jobs. This solar park project began just eleven months ago, with an investment from Yucatan of $13 million pesos. The plant will serve the entire Yucatan Peninsula and its total cost was $30 million pesos.

DNA Research to Protect Mexican Turkey Branding

In Mexico, turkey consumption is approximately two kilograms per year per person. In Yucatan, that figure rises to five kilograms per year per person. The major producing states of this popular meat include Chihuahua (24%), Yucatan (21%), and the states of Mexico and Puebla with 11% each. The major reason for the popularity of turkey here is that turkeys elsewhere have been exposed to genetic modification and their meat tends to be hard, dry and tasteless now. The opposite is true of Mexican turkeys, which now hold a unique place in the world for genetic purity and quality of meat in the marketplace. With the new push on for rural, backyard gardening, especially in states like Chiapas and Campeche, it is now necessary to conduct genetic research to insure that the rural, small producers are able to maintain the genetic purity of the Mexican turkeys that will help to lift them out of poverty. They want to continue to preserve the wild turkeys that often interact with these backyard birds. The Mexican turkey has been a breed apart for over 500 years and we now have the tools to ensure that they survive and thrive throughout Mexico.

First Anniversary of Conalep in Your Community


How many times have we seen government programs, all over the world, that do not meet the realistic needs of the populations they hope to serve? Such is not the case with a program developed by students in Yucatan’s National College of Professional Technical Education Planning. Almost one year ago, they set out to offer the population free comprehensive health care, vehicle repair, appliance repair, haircuts, computer classes, eye exams and more. Students operate the program under the supervision of their teachers. The areas served are all in vulnerable populations in outlying municipalities of Yucatan. The goal is to bring services that will allow entire communities to move forward. The one year assessment shows that more than 5,000 individuals have benefited from Conalep in Your Community which, in turn, is a direct benefit to their families and to their communities. As these students begin their second year of service, Yucatan Living would like to congratulate each and every one of them, as well as their teachers, for seeing the real need and finding a way to meet it. These students are the future leaders of Yucatan and we believe she is in good hands.

Merida Now Has Chinese Sister City


Chinese legislators, along with officials from the Provincial Committee of the People’s Political Consulatative Conference of China, and a delegation of authorities from the Province of Anhui, China, arrived in Merida to sign the documents that “twin” the cities of Merida and Anhui. Anhui is located just to the west of Shanghai and lies across the basins of the Yangtze and Huai Rivers. This gives Anhui as unique a position, near the coast of China, as Merida enjoys near the coast of Yucatan. The Province of Anhui, with a population 59.68 million, has a few more people than the Municipality of Merida, but outlying areas show the same tranquility we find here. To see more of Merida’s new twin city, visit Anhui Travel.

The Evolution of Mayan Gastonomy

While expats and visitors were taking advantage of hundreds of entertainment events during the International Festival of Mayan Culture (FICMaya) 2014, others were attending almost non-stop academic conferences and presentations. One of the papers presented was “Notes on the History of the Peninsular Kitchen,” by Jose Ortiz Lanz. This paper shows that the cuisines in Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo were all basically similar prior to the arrival of the Spanish, but each had its unique differences based on location, and that none of these kitchens included either tortillas or chili. The object of studying the pre-hispanic Mayan kitchen is to ensure the preservation of the original culture, to help in an understanding of the Maya’s place in the world, and to understand overall human development around the world. One recent conversation among expats was concerned with whether or not there is information regarding pre-hispanic Mayan humor. Perhaps we will learn more from FiCMaya this year or next. In any case, the research that comes out of this important international festival is extremely valuable and Merida is lucky to have the resources necessary to be the host of the International Festival of Mayan Culture (FicMaya).

SodaStream Comes to Mexico


That SodaStream has finally come to Mexico is great news for those of our expats who are unashamedly addicted to carbonated drinks. According to the advertisements, SodaStream is capable of significant reductions in the number of calories per glass, as well as in the price of carbonated drinks. Beginning now, SodaStream and the supplies necessary to operate it will be on sale throughout Mexico in major department store chains and convenience stores. Models sold in Mexico will be Jet, Genesis, and Source. There can be no doubt but that this inexpensive alternative to bottled drinks will find a willing and waiting market in Mexico.

Criminals on the Run: Yucatan is Not an Option

We hear, all the time, about how safe it is in Yucatan. The bad guys hear it too and some decide that Yucatan will make a great place to hide from law enforcement. Some are small-time crooks who are caught as they attempt to ply their trade in Yucatan. Others are “big fish,” who are caught living peacefully in the better neighborhoods in Merida and even sending their children to private school here. The operative word in all of this is “caught.” The SSP, the Mexican Army, and the Attorney General in Yucatan all work with the FBI, the CIA, and all major law enforcement agencies around the world to ensure that Yucatan is soon rid of any criminals who attempt to come here and hide in the peace and tranquility of the state. More on the stories of drug traffickers, fugitives from other countries, and even terror suspects who were caught hiding in Yucatan, can be found online in Milenio Novedades.

Winter hours is here

Yesterday, we all turned back our clocks… did you? Winter has officially begun in the Yucatan.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 27, 2014

Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
The big event this week starts on Friday. Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls (on the evening of October 31, starting about sundown). In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!

X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market Bazaar
Good food, great art, and superb company. What more could anyone ask? Visit the Gypsy Market Bazaar on Facebook.
Location: On the main road Chelem-Chuburna. Crystal Tropical is Graciela’s garden between entrada Sol and Aruba.
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday
Admission: Free but do plan on shopping and supporting the artists and artisans who show their work here.

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Grupo Cafe Canela
This is a new group to many of us, so we are excited to see who they are.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Santa Sangre
(Mexico 1989) A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he “becomes her arms” and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Stop the Pounding Heart
(USA 2013) The parents, Leanne and Tim, raise their twelve children according to a strict interpretation of the Bible, homeschooling them to limit negative influences. It’s an austere life of prayer, work and religious studies at mealtime, with no sign in the house of such standard communication tools as television, computers or telephones. When their daughter Sara meets Colby, a young rodeo rider, she begins to question her upbringing. In English, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Merida / Valladolid Combined Chorale Concert
You are cordially invited to attend this combined Merida / Valladolid chorale concert of Latin American music. A complementary reception will follow so that you will have an opportunity to meet the members of the choirs.
Location: Casa de los Venados, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: When You’re Strange.
(USA 2009) A look at the late ’60s and early ’70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
(India 2013) A boat has many powers: to gather a society in its making, to distribute goods, to carry people and ideas across places that, it seems to us, are more different than ever before. From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf is a result of four years of dialogue, friendship and exchange between CAMP, an Indian art collective, and a group of sailors from the Gulf of Kutch. In Arabic with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: M, the Murderer
(Germany 1931). Director: Fritz Lang. Peter Lorre stars as a serial child killer. When is the last time you saw a Peter Lorre movie?
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Rock Route
This performance is under the direction of Thomas Martin. Sounds like rock ‘n roll!
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra Presents Two New Groups
You are cordially invited to attend the concert debut of two professional artistic groups of Vienna Music & Art Academy Yucatán: The Vocal Octet “Franz Joseph Haydn” directed by Maestro. Miguel Angel Medina y Mena and the Fritz Kreisler Chamber Orchestra directed by Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: in Cathedral Idelfonso (Merida’s main cathedral), Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Five Broken Cameras
(France 2011) This shocking documentary film shows the life of Emad, a Palestinian farmer, who in 2005 set out to document some of the major acts of resistance that his people held against the advance of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. He used five cameras, which give rise to the title of the film, nominated for an Oscar in 2012. In Hebrew with Subtitles in Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan LivingThe Man Who Lived In A Shoe
(Mexico 2013) This is the true story of a man, Jose Luis “El Guero” Robles Gil. It is also a story of reality versus imagination, love and madness, plus the opening and closing of the eyes: of a life poised almost at the border of fantasy. It is the story of a man who lived in a shoe, and the story of the woman who accompanied him, once upon a time. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 31 , 2014

Yucatan Living Hanal Pixan in Merida’s Centro
Location: Plaza Grande
10:00 AM: opening ceremony and journey through the sample of altars
5:30 PM: Concert: Los Maya Internacional (wonderful performers!)
18:30 PM: Mock funeral procession from Plaza Grande to Parque de Santa Ana
Location: Parque de Santa Ana
Spectacular Show “Dellrio Theater” artistic program
5:30 PM: Concert: Trio Trovanova
6:30 PM: Dzereco and Nohoch
7:00 PM: “Theatrical Delirium”
8:00 PM: folk dancing with the Night Club Orchestra

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage)
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Paseo de Las Animas (Corridor of the Souls)
Activities, music and much more to celebrate Day of the Dead or Hanal Pixan, as we call it in Yucatan.
Location: From San Juan Park to The Cemetery
Time: 6:00 PM til midnight, Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living Movie: Fausto
(United States, 1926). Director: F.W. Murnau. Starring: Gosta Ekman, Emil Jannings, and Camilla Horn. The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man’s soul.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday ( Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22)
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan LivingMini Marathon of Horror
3 horror movies from Canada, USA and France. Popcorn included and prize for best Halloween costume.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission:$100 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico 2013) Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 01, 2014

Yucatan LivingHoliday: Day of the Dead

Yucatan Living Second Annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Saturday, November 1
This is Seaside Rotary’s major fundraiser with all event proceeds going to support charitable programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. The tournament will be a non-handicap scramble” with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Do visit their website to see some of the amazing prizes that have been donated by the sponsors.
Location: Grand Coral Rivera Maya Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: carretera federal cancun tulum, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 8:00 AM Saturday
Registration Fee: $1500 pesos/ Golfer, $1200 pesos/ FMG Member, 20% Discount for Foursomes. You may pay with your PayPal, debit or credit card.
Register Online at Seaside Rotary Golf Classic.

Yucatan Living Cook It Raw Hanal Pixan Party
This is a cocktail party for the chefs and artist who are participating in the 3rd and final session of Cook it Raw in Yucatan. The chefs who are coming are Albert Adria from Barcelona, Amanda Cohen from New York, J P McMahon from Galway, Jeremiah Langhorne from Charleston, Will Horowitz from New York, Justin Leboe from Calgary, Spike Gjerde from Baltimore. There will be drinks from Illegal Mezcal from New York and El Negrita/Fundacion Mezcaleria & Apoala from Merida. The event will be filmed for Munchies at vice.com There will also be an exhibition of art including the works of Marcela Diaz, Joseph Kurhajec, Guillermo Olguin Mitchell and Silvia Barbotto curated by John Powell and Josue Ramos to celebrate Hanal Pixan. Tickets available at La Fundacion de los Artistas in advance or at the door.
Location: La Fundacion de los Artistas, Calle 55 #520 x 64 y 62
Time: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Saturday
Admission: $700 pesos (includes drinks and light food)

Yucatan Living Movie: Lessons from the Darkness
(Germany 1992) An apocalyptic vision featuring the oilwell fires in Kuwait after the Gulf-War, as a whole world burst into flames. This film is stylized as science fiction, as there is not a single shot in which you can recognize our planet. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) Seductive, fearless, provocative, Marina Abramović has redefined the concept of art for over forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, going beyond the limits to risk her own life in the process, she has created performances that have challenged us, shocked and moved. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) ,November 02 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
This tour is supported by the City Council of Merida. This will be repeated again on the first Sunday in December.
Location: Self-guided tour of art galleries in Centro
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free + complimentary refreshments provided by gallery owners

Yucatan Living Cook It Raw Hanal Pixan Party
This is a meal prepared by the chefs who are participating in the 3rd and final session of Cook it Raw in Yucatan. The chefs who are coming are Albert Adria from Barcelona, Amanda Cohen from New York, J P McMahon from Galway, Jeremiah Langhorne from Charleston, Will Horowitz from New York, Justin Leboe from Calgary, Spike Gjerde from Baltimore. There will be drinks from Illegal Mezcal from New York and El Negrita/Fundacion Mezcaleria & Apoala from Merida. The event will be filmed for Munchies at vice.com There will also be an exhibition of art including the works of Marcela Diaz, Joseph Kurhajec, Guillermo Olguin Mitchell and Silvia Barbotto curated by John Powell and Josue Ramos to celebrate Hanal Pixan. Tickets available at La Fundacion de los Artistas in advance or at the door.
Location: La Fundacion de los Artistas, Calle 55 #520 x 64 y 62
Time: 3:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $1400 pesos (includes drinks and food)

 

Monday (Lunes) November 03, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan Friday, November 7, Sunday, November 9
Temporada XXII: Program 5
For this performance, the regular director, Juan Carlos Lomonaco, will be on hand, with Jesus Medina as Guest Director. Music will feature concerts for Harp.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: Friday: 9:00 PM, Sunday: 12:30 PM, must be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan, A.C. Begins Fifth Season With Mozart’s Don Giovanni : November 8
This organization was created as a non-profit civil association to promote the art of opera in Yucatan. Their objectives are purely educational and cultural.
Location: Sala Mayamax in Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: 11:30 Opera Talk, 12:00 PM Video begins
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Romantics November 6
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: The Magic of the Movies Saturday, November 8
This event includes a three course dinner followed by one of the famous Zamna quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, dinner served at 7:30 PM
Admission: Tickets are $150 pesos and are available from hotel reception.
More Information: call (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Wed. 6 | The enigma of this world
Friday. 7 | The Man Who Laughs
Sat. 8 | The Curse of Frankenstein
Sat. 15 | The Leopard Man
Thu. 20 | The ghost ship
Fri. 21 | Friday 13
Saturday. 22 | Let Me In (Déjame entrar Jue)
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
4 | Trío Inspiración
11 | Trío K’aay Ta’an
18 | Trío Ensueño
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes Sunday, November 9
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

Yucatan Living VI Anniversary: SoHo Galleries’ Back to Cuba Exhibition Friday, November 14
Meet the artist: Jorge Jacas Vivanco, enjoy the works of Sandra Dooley Medina, toast the artists with Cuban drinks, and enjoy the gourmet delights made by Anita, the Sausage Lady.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400-A x 43 y 41
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

I will be in Merida from 1st January until 22nd April next year. My details are as follows:

Name - Elizabeth Cohen
Email addressliz [dot] cohen294 [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone number – +44 7825 154095 (but this will probably be expensive to call as I am in England. My Mexican number is (999) 157 8241 but this won’t work until I am in Mexico from the evening of 30th December)
Type of work desired – anything which doesn’t involve me having to speak much Spanish as my Spanish isn’t great at the moment! Cleaner, hotel chambermaid, house sitter, pet sitter, babysitter….
Job location desired – Merida
Resume or qualification – I have worked as a legal secretary for 10 years, I regularly do voluntary work including with children. I spent 3 months in Merida earlier this year volunteering at Pastoral del Amor special needs hospice, and also at AFAD animal shelter (I’m a huge animal lover!). I am also currently studying for the TEFL qualification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) but don’t think I will finish this until early next year.

By Working Gringos

Trade show help Nov 9-11 Cancun 75 USD/day (Cancun casa magna Marriot)

75 USD per day

We need a personable helper to work three days at an event about living outside of North America being held at the Marriot Casa Magna in Cancun. We sell land and homes in Costa Rica. No experience is necessary but must speak English and be available November 9 from noon to 7:00 PM, and on the 10th and 11th from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. Send photo and resume or CV, cash paid at end of event. See www.PacificLots.com for more information about our company.

Respond to Steve [at] Pacificlots [dot] com

Steve Linder
Pacific Lots of Costa Rica
www.PacificLots.com
305-295-0137 direct
877-481-0300 US only toll free
Read our blog: www.PacificLots.com/Costa-Rica-Blog
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By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
There are many free events this week, put on for your enjoyment by the city of Merida or another government organization. Though the tickets are free, you usually are required to pick them up at the venue BEFORE the event. In this way, tickets DO sell out. So don’t be caught with high expectations and no way to fulfill them! Get your tickets early from the venue ticket office and be prepared!

And now, be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival is happening this week. Read below for all the different events each day… it’s pretty impressive!

Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls (on the evening of October 31, starting about sundown). In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!

X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection.
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market Bazaar
Good food, great art, and superb company. What more could anyone ask? Visit the Gypsy Market Bazaar on Facebook.
Location: On the main road Chelem-Chuburna. Crystal Tropical is Graciela’s garden between entrada Sol and Aruba.
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free but do plan on shopping and supporting the artists and artisans who show their work here.

Yucatan Living Concert: The Life in Pink in the Voice of Arianna
This concert has been a success wherever it goes.
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Antonio Serrano Piano and Harmonica
This is going to be a wonderful evening of entertainment and a great opportunity to see this new stage. The music will be Flamingo and Jazz.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Baroque Music and the People of Italy
This is a concert by Marco Beasley and Guido Morini. You will hear music as poetry, as well as the Baroque music of Italy in the 17th century.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living City Ballet: Merida’s Architectural Era and Ballet
This performance is a journey through the archives of the great classics and dances from the architectural epoch in Merida. The Ballet of the City of Merida is under the direction of Erika Arguelles.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Festivals and Traditions of the Campeche Gran Ballet Folclorico
This production brings us a look into the traditions, values and cultural identity of Campeche.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maria Teresa: Elis Music to Remember: A Voice in Brazil
This concert is a tribute to Brazilian singer Elis Regina, considered to be one of the greatest representatives of Brazilian Popular Music.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
See the full listing of trova trios performing for the month in our Coming Soon section.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Guitar Concert
This performance is an inventory of Mexican music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Pacho Flores and His Trumpet of Gold
This young man is sure to have many successful years ahead of him in the music world.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Alim Qasimov and the Music of Azerbaijan
This is a performance by a world renowned musical artist. The young lady who stars with him is his daughter.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Dear Merida – The Bohemians of Your Heart
Together for the first time, a group of the greatest Yucateca voices of yesterday, today and tomorrow: Ofelia Medina, Arianna, Imelda Miller, Irma Dorantes and Maria Medina.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tango: Passion Tanguera Sergio Meneses
Beautiful traditional tango performance! Perhaps the tango should always be danced in a shades-of-purple setting.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Claudia Sierra and the Campeche State Government Band
Claudia Sierra is an internationally well known composer and singer.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Nepal Forever
(Russia 2013) A documentary comedy. This movie features two Russian Communist politicians. Their horizons are broad, but what most concerned about is the future of communism. At some point, by decree of faith, begin to expand its activities beyond the limits of the Russian Federation. However, the future of global communism remains uncertain. In Russian, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: Flamingo: The Flamingo Lives in Four Seasons
This is a performance by children and they are just precious. Please come and support all of their hard work and talent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Pacho Flores and His Trumpet of Gold
This is a very popular young performer. The music is classical Trumpet and Piano.
Location: Felipe Carrillo Puerto Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art Opening: Impulso Universitario
This art show is a subasta silencio (silent auction) and is put on by a Mexican-run nonprofit organization that sells art to raise money to support young people from around the Yucatan Peninsula in attending college. The show will feature more than 85 local artists, and all the works are for sale. Many of the most famous artists in Merida will be represented, including Samuel Barrera, Georgia Charuhas, Sandra Nikolai and so many more. Don’t miss this important event!
Location: Calle 62 #383 s 45 y 47, Merida Centro, Santa Ana
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Recital for Piano and Violin: Annar Folleso and Wolfgang Plagge
Music tonight is by Beethoven, Brahms and Grieg.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Brass Transit Band’s Tribute to Chicago (the band)
Brass Transit is a Canadian band that plays songs made famous by Chicago in the 1970s.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Whimsical Wind in the Maya Ceiba
This performance should be interesting. “The wind and the force have a feline face.”
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Brazilian Jazz: Samba Little Samba
This is a spectacular performance by Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens. It is the second edition of this show, by popular and worldwide demand.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: 1 for 1
(Spain 2013) Extraordinary black comedy that explores the limits of survival and absurd game of power. The story takes place in times of elections in Mexico. A candidate for Governor runs over a migrant woman pregnant. Following the accident, and for the possible scandal, hides in a building it owns. Under pressure from his political boss and not to ruin. In Spanish
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Shorts by FICUNAM
(Various 2013) FICUNAM 2014 brings us a selection of 4 short films titled: Rhoma Acans, B-boy, Soldier of Odessa and Adri. Diferntes situations and roads that will take us between seemingly distant worlds. From literature to sports, dancing to Gypsy nomadism. In Spanish
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music of Souls / U Paax Pixan
Prehispanic music and reading
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 10:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Flamingo: The Flamingo Lives in Four Seasons
This is a performance by children and they are just precious. Please come and support all of their hard work and talent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Mayan Cycle and Now Documentary “chibal KAN”
(Mexico, 2012) This documentary is under the direction of Glenny Torres. Watch as the characters learn remedies for things such as snake bites that have been passed down from their ancestors.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Nova Trova”
Come out and hear trova with modern instruments. We don’t know what that really entails, but it certainly does sound interesting.
Location: Pasaje Revolucion, next to to the Cathedral
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Band of Sierra de Tlahuitoltepec
As always, please come and support the children. This group is from Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Flamingo: The Flamingo Lives in Four Seasons
This is a performance by children and they are just precious. Please come and support all of their hard work and talent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Blue Velvet
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Library Talk: Popular Mexican Art and Yalat
Maruja Barbachano’s interest in Mexican folk art began at age ten, when she would accompany her grandmother on buying trips throughout Mexico. The pieces they would acquire were sold in the gift shops of her family’s hotels (Hacienda Chichen, Casa del Balam, Mayaland). Over the years, guided by a great appreciation for the work, Maruja began her education on the materials, techniques and designs that shape each work of art, while at the same time establishing relationships with the master artists and craftsmen of Mexico and their families. In January 2005, Maruja and her husband Jim relocated to Valladolid and opened Yalat, a popular folk art gallery. Come tonite for a video presentation, a small gallery exhibit and a great evening.
Location: Valladolid Public Library, Casa Hamaca, Valladolid
Time: 7:45 PM
Admission: $50 pesos donation suggested

Yucatan Living Dance / Customs: Guelaguetza (Oaxaca)
Sample of the dance and customs of eight regions in the State of Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Art Opening in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Art Opening: La Eskalera
Opening of a one-woman show. Nayeli González Muñoz shows her Ensoñaciones Graficas, or Graphic Reveries, will open tonite and probably run for about a month.
Location: Calle 70 #474B, Merida Centro in Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Joaquin Melo Recital for Flute and Piano
Music here is from Baroque to the XXI century.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Campeche Symphony Orchestra and Invited Guest Voices
Tonight, you’ll hear Best Boleros by Karen Chable (soprano), Jorge Gutierrez (tenor), Sara Prado (mezzo-soprano) and Diego Fernando (baritone).
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free, but you’ll need to get your tickets ahead of time.

Yucatan Living The Dance and Mariachi Orchestra of the University of Guadalajara
Come out and get into the Spirit of Mexico with a folk dance group, a chamber orchestra and a mariachi band. The costumes alone are worth coming to see!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night Magic: Quintana Roo: Ballet, Folkloric Dance, and Caribbean Dance
A journey through the dances that led to the Salsa.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Elena Duran and Jazz Trio
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Chapel Assembly SOL
This is a beautiful group. We hope to hear more from them.
Location: The Cathedral in Merida, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H2O
(Mexico 2012) Mexico City grows unchecked. Before an area surrounded by lakes, now supplying water to this city is a real problem. H2Omx records shortages, waste and serious water pollution problems. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan LivingThe Selfish Giant
(UK 2013) AA contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 24 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Inori
(Japan 2012) Gonzalez Rubio enters an area of ​​mountains and forests in which there are only a few people, all and very old, and it is as if their perception of space and time, in recording that world was crossed by the kawasiano spirit. In Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Orphans of the Storm
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca
Gourmet samples, Craft Pavilion and paintings
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 11:00 AM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Advanced Philharmonic Band
This event is in the category of “Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca.”
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rondalla of Trovadores
This event features composers from both Yucatan and Cuba.
Location: Pasaje de la Revolución, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Band of Sierra de Tlahuitoltepec
As always, please come and support the children. This group is from Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gabriel Marquez: A Song of Yellow Butterflies
This performance is a tribute to FICMaya.
Location: Government Palace, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Regional Party Night
Featured tonight are Youth and Museum Rondallas.
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance / Customs: Guelaguetza (Oaxaca)
Sample of the dance and customs of eight regions in the State of Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Piano Recital: Alejandro Santoyo
Alejandro Santoyo is an international prize winning young composer and pianist.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Pacho Flores with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This prestigious Venezuelan trumpeter has been busy this week. Audiences love him!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Pirate Love
This concert features the Campeche Symphony Orchestra and the Ana Rosa de Baqueiro Caceres Dance Troupe. The theme is the holidays, legends and traditions.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Rhythm and Love with Ivette Rios
Ivette Rios is a vocalist and songwriter.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bach Collegium of Japan: Lord Your Eyes Look by Faith
Classical Baroque Music and the Choral Works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Choir Concert: Palestrina of the Beatles
This is a performance by the concert choir “White Voices” (Voces Blancas). It is a journey through the history of coral music, including works from renaissance to contemporary folk music. This is an all female choir, accompanied by a piano and Latin American popular instruments.
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) In English with Spanish subtitles. Seductive, fearless, provocative, Marina Abramović has redefined the concept of art for over forty years. Using his own body as a vehicle, going beyond the limits to risk his own life in the process, created performances that have challenged us, shocked and moved.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Lecture: Day of the Dead Altars
Trudy Woodcock of Casa K’in (www.casakin.org) talks about Day of the Dead altars, what they mean and how to create one. Make your Hanal Pixan experience that much more meaningful!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 and 68, Merida centro
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Donations appreciated

Yucatan Living Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca
Gourmet samples, Craft Pavilion and paintings
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Wild Blue Yonder
(Germany 2005) An alien recounts his escape from an icy planet in a distant galaxy, describes his attempts to settle the land and reveals secrets learned in the CIA to undertake the return journey. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Children’s Band of Sierra de Tlahuitoltepec
As always, please come and support the children. This group is from Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingDance / Music: Estampa and the Jaranera Orchestra – Live Together
These two groups, one dance and one music, would give even a stranger a clear look at the culture of the everyday Yucateco’s experience of both dance and music.
Location: Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Charles Chaplin Anthology
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cross Point Jarana Yucateca: 1900 – 1950
There will be a total of 12 jaranas in ths prforance. They will be accompanied by the Jaranera Youth Orchesta. The Children’s Folk Ballet from Tixkokob will highlight the customs and traditions of Yucatan.
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Great Charles Chaplin shorts
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Baroque Music Concert: Scarlet Assembly
The program tonight features soprano Claudia Rodriguez and trumpeter Robert Myers. These are both consummate professionals and this should be a wonderful performance.
Location: Palacio Canton, Paseo de Montejo x 41
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Marimbas South
Featured tonight are the Pregonero Marimba, the Campeche Marimba and Javier Nandayapa. This is really going to be an excellent concert!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Living Statues
Men and women participate in the Municipality of Teabo and in Merida, impersonating different social strata of pre-columbian Maya. 20 statues will be on view.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Sona Jobarteh, Her Kora Music, and the African Ethnic Assembly
Come and hear the emotional voice of the first woman who was ever allowed to even touch the kora, much less play it.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living National Ballet of Belgrade Presents Alejandro Magno
This ballet is based on the life of Alejandro Magno.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Frasis: Caribbean Sea Foam, with Their Violins and Violas
This group began in 2012 and has been an audience favorite ever since.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In English and Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Amadeus
(USA 1984) The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum. In English with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Sergio Esquivel
This is Yucatan’s most precious treasure right now, so never miss an opportunity to hear him sing.
Location: Pasaje de la Revolucion, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Deserts
Learn about the habitats that make up the ecosystem of the desert, and the survival strategies of the animals.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca
Gourmet samples, Craft Pavilion and paintings
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Advanced Philharmonic Band
This event is in the category of “Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca.”
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday Chamber Choir of the City of Merida
This is a wonderful choir that sings for the city every Sunday.
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Merida Under the Veil of the Gods
Rodolfo Reyes Cortes Choreography.
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dorantes (Spain) Mediterranean Without Walls
This is a performance by the Mu Assembly with instrumental music of different nations. A sea of all lands.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dial Caribbean: Veronica Cabrera and Rudy Vallado
This duet is one of Yucatan’s favorites!
Location: Felipe Carrillo Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living National Ballet of Belgrade Presents Alejandro Magno
This ballet is based on the life of Alejandro Magno.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Roberto Faz with Guests: The Buena Vista Social Club
This son of Cuba brings us an evening of trova and bolero.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Miller’s Crossing
(USA 1990) Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 27, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living October’s Tuesday of Trova
October 14: Trio Trovemia
October 28: Grupo Cafe Canela

Yucatan Living Merida / Valladolid Combined Chorale Concert Wednesday, October 29
You are cordially invited to attend this combined Merida / Valladolid chorale concert of Latin American music. A complementary reception will follow so that you will have an opportunity to meet the members of the choirs.
Location: Casa de los Venados, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living Second Annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Saturday, November 1
This is Seaside Rotary’s major fundraiser with all event proceeds going to support charitable programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. The tournament will be a non-handicap scramble” with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Do visit their website to see some of the amazing prizes that have been donated by the sponsors.
Location: Grand Coral Rivera Maya Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: carretera federal cancun tulum, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 8:00 AM in UTC-06
Registration Fee: $1500 pesos/ Golfer, $1200 pesos/ FMG Member, 20% Discount for Foursomes. You may pay with your PayPal, debit or credit card.
Register Online at Seaside Rotary Golf Classic.

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014, Sundays: November 2 and December 7
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
This tour is supported by the City Council of Merida.
Location: Self-guided tour of art galleries in Centro
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. First Sundays: Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
Admission: Free + complimentary refreshments provided by gallery owners

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes Sunday, November 9
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – October 19, November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Khaki Scott

Xcaret Park in Guinness World Record for Macaws Released

Twenty five years ago, scarlet macaws had been hunted nearly to extinction when Xcaret was able to rescue enough birds to have six eggs hatch in one year. That was in 1994. By 2012, the annual hatching of scarlet macaws at Xcaret had reached 132. The goal now is to have 500 of these extraordinarily beautiful birds hatch in one year. In the meantime, the number of macaws at Xcaret has made it possible for between 20 and 30 birds to be released into the wild in Chiapas in two separate operations this month. Hopefully, this will spell the beginning of a new era that will repopulate the Mexican and Latin American forests with their most colorful resident.

Red Bull Cliff Diving in Yucatan

Red Bull Cliff Diving Event in Valladolid

The 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving competition made a stop in Valladolid, Yucatan again this year. Divers from around the world competed, diving 27 meters into the Ik Kil cenote in Valladolid. The night before, more than fifty journalists and media representatives from around the world enjoyed dinner and local entertainment at the Casa de Los Venados, hosted by John and Dorianne Venator. The event in Yucatan was the culmination of the 2014 season, which included dives in places as diverse as Ireland, Norway and Cuba. The winner in the men’s competition was Gary Hunt and Rachelle Simpson won for the women. The event has been gaining in both contestants and notoriety. Now in its sixth year, the event featured five judges, one of whom was famous Olympic athlete Greg Louganis. Go to the website for lots of videos and photos and more information about this exciting event.

Weather Forecast: Rain and More Rain

As Yucatan continues to get its daily dose of tropical rain, temperatures hover in the mid-80s during the day and fall to the lower 70s at night. There are a few areas where rain water is overwhelming the drainage system and streets flood, but nothing major and no actual property damage or injuries to people have been reported. As we wait for our cycle of tropical rains to end, please keep the people of Bermuda and the upper Atlantic coast of North America in mind as they work through the effects of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Chac Blesses the Opening of the III International Festival of Mayan Culture

Mexico is well aware that the strength of its culture lies in its diversity and, especially in recent years, the entire country has devoted itself to developing each of its indigenous and foreign cultural groups. The Mayan culture crosses state and national boundaries, and has entered a new era of growth and prosperity. This has not been lost on the tourism community. As an increasingly complex world fails to meet the needs of its population, indigenous cultures, such as the Maya, are bringing their cultures forward with renewed vigor and the world is flocking to see Mayan architectural sites, as well as to study Mayan poetry and traditional medicine. Special guests at the 2014 FICMaya Festival are Campeche and Guatemala, both with significant Mayan populations and Mayan archaeological sites.

Alejandro Pinzon Update

Yucatan’s only musician with a Master’s degree in orchestra conducting and a candidate for a PhD in orchestra conducting, Alejandro Pinzon has spread his wings and is taking on new projects. He has recently gone to work for Mooka Entertainment, a Pittsburgh-based company that promotes and provides authentic Brazilian artistic, cultural and academic experiences. In the meantime, he has also gone to work for a large tango club, which satisfies his admitted seven year addiction to tango. With an additional addiction to photography, he and a writer friend are getting ready to launch a project called “Artists of Pittsburgh.” With only minutes remaining to be filled in every 24 hour day, Alejandro is also beginning his second season as the Assistant Conductor to the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra and, last week, he was interviewed over Skype for a radio show that is aired in 50 countries. He was chosen for the 30 minute interview by Price Rubin Management (classical music managers) to talk about some of the issues of the conducting world and classical music in general. Alejandro says that he has a lot more projects that he wants to do, but we are wondering where he is going to find the time? He is cool and calm, one of the nicest young men anyone would ever want to meet, and juggles more in one day than most of us do in a month. Keep those updates coming, Alejandro. We can’t wait to hear more!

Day of the Dead Activities Begin

With less than two weeks to go until the Day of the Dead, the cleaning of streets and cemeteries has already begun. This is one time of the year when no one complains or mumbles that the city should provide this level of maintenance. Instead, everyone takes on responsibility for maintaining the graves of their own family members. The municipalities do stand in the gap with assistance on the projects that individuals cannot do, such as road maintenance, large tree trimming and removal projects, and the actual building of vaults but, on the whole, what you see in the cemeteries in Yucatan on the Day of the Dead is the evidence of loving family members for those who have gone before them.

Deadbeat Dads Go to Jail in Yucatan

This past week, nine men were arrested for not paying court-ordered child support in Yucatan. This is a topic that seldom comes up for expatriates, as most are older and have no small children at home or in Yucatan. However, a word to the wise is in order here. In many cases, mediation helps to resolve nonsupport issues before they become serious. However, Yucatan can, and will, jail any man, expatriates included, for not paying child support. Plus, it is a foolish man who thinks that running to their home country will help them escape child support. Not so. Yucatan will follow and arrest them with the blessing of their own home governments. Children belong to the world and nowhere are they more valued than in Yucatan.

New Push to Educate About Jaguars

There are only about 4,000 jaguars left in the Americas and almost half of them live on the Yucatan Peninsula, with most of those living in Tizimin, Yucatan, at Área de Conservación El Zapotal. As of now, only the Mazatlan Aquarium and Merida’s Centennial Park Zoo have programs to educate the public about the value of jaguar conservation. Beginning now, Animaya, the Centennial Zoo, and Pronature Yucatan are redoubling their efforts to bring a special program to school children throughout the state. Their partnership also includes specialists at UNAM and the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas. This comes on the heels of the discovery, through the use of hidden cameras on the Zapotal preserve, that there are no less than 1,800 big cats of four different species either living in Tizimin or passing through on their way to other parts of the peninsula. These big cats include jaguars, puma, jaguarondi, ocelot, and margay, plus four other smaller species of wild cats. For now, we are just happy to know that Yucatan’s big cat population is thriving, even if it is nocturnal and as far from the city as these big cats can get.

Community Development: How To Leap Forward

Yucatan has a total of 106 municipalities (counties). It also has a Ministry of Social Development. Over the past few weeks, the Community Councils of 13 districts (33 groups in all), met to determine what the people need to, quite literally, leap over any social issues that have been holding them back, especially when those social issues are related to poverty. This brings the total number of community councils working together to 260 in 69 different municipalities. The first issue on their agenda was the lack of state offices in outlying municipalities. Not a problem. There are state offices in Valladolid, Yaxcaba, Tekax and Motul. It is a simple matter to move additional state services to those offices. “Find a need and fix it” was the phrase of the day and we can look for great things to come from the interior of the state in the very near future.

Yucatan and Breast Cancer

It was announced this week that Yucatan has one of the lowest rates of breast cancer, and one of the lowest rates of death from breast cancer of all the states in Mexico. In Yucatan, 30 to 38 cases of breast cancer per 100,000 women is far less than the 119 cases per 100,000 in neighboring Campeche. Plus, the 7.2% mortality rate gives women the good news that, even if they do develop breast cancer in Yucatan, they have a 92.8% chance of survival. Of course, this good news is fueled by a significant degree of public health education and awareness in Yucatan, and a determination to improve the health of everyone who lives here.

Time for a Flu Shot

When we hear that the government health agency has made 140,000 doses of flu vaccine available to the poor in Yucatan, we know it is time for all of us to stop by our doctor’s office and get our flu shots. Weather predictions say that there will be more nortes this winter (55) than ever before, and that means wild swings in temperature almost every week. Eat well. Sleep well. Get plenty of exercise, wash your hands throughout the day – and don’t forget your flu shot.

By Working Gringos

It’s been a long time coming, but Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c. has finally opened its doors to serve the people of the Municipality of Progreso with quality vet care for everyone, including street dogs and families who cannot afford vet care for their pets.

The Association recently received the materials promised in June from the City to sterilize 100 animals, thus, they began the first major campaign at the clinic.

Obviously, it will be impossible to neuter 100 street dogs in a single weekend as targeting the callejeros will take detailed planning, coordination and a small army of volunteers. Fortunately, and thanks to Protección de Perros y Gatos‘ amazing and dedicated Vigilante, Manuela Gómez, and her team, it has been possible to enlist the co-operation of two like-minded groups, Ciudadanos Pro Mascota (Citizens for Pets) and Paws on the Beach. These groups are joined by two additional local vets who have committed several hours a week to the campaign until the materials are all gone. The use of a large property has also been donated for pre and post-surgical care. The staff and volunteers at Protección de Perros y Gatos are confident they can sterilize 10-15 animals a week over the next 7-10 weeks.

Please Note: Protección de Perros y Gatos has suspended their monthly social meetings for the time being in order to focus on the work at hand but they hope to resume these gatherings right after the New Year. In the meantime, your thoughts and comments are always welcome via e-mail and your donations even more so now that they are finally doing what they set out to do so many years ago. Protección de Perros y Gatos estimates the average cost of materials to sterilize an animal at $400 pesos (anesthesia and antibiotics are expensive). Therefore your $32 USD donation will neuter one dog or cat and prevent hundreds more from ever being born into lives of misery and suffering.

If you can, please help Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c. to help as many as they can towards healthy dignified lives.

Mailing Address
Apartado Postal No. 30
Progreso 97320
Yucatán, México

Physical Location
Calle 83 (a/k/a Calle 33) No. 216-H
Colonia Revolución, Progreso
Yucatán, México

By Working Gringos

personal chef available in Merida YucatanLove great, healthy food and tired of eating out?

Want to eat locally and sustainably but not sure how to start? Love Mexican cuisine but craving dishes from home? Have a hard time finding variety in your diet due to food allergies or restrictions?

Hi, my name is Susanna Mckibben and I would love to cook for you! I recently returned to live in Merida and I am excited about the culinary opportunities afforded by this rich agricultural area.

I have years of experience cooking professionally for individuals and groups with a focus on sourcing local, fresh, sustainable ingredients. I am very comfortable cooking for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo diets. I love drawing from cuisines all over the world (including Mexican and American of course!) and I am always open to requests.

personal chef in merida yucatanIf you are looking for an experienced personal chef who can provide you with amazing, fresh, varied, affordable, and always from-scratch meals, call or email me today!

My schedule is flexible and I will work with you to make this arrangement as convenient as possible. Happy eating!

Local Cell: 999.397.0577
Email: scmckibben [at] gmail [dot] com
Price: Negotiable, service fee + cost of groceries

By John Powell and Working Gringa

Jeremiah Tower in YucatanEditor’s Note: This article is the first of what we plan to be a multi-article series brought to us by guest writer John Powell of Urbano Rentals on the local (and global) food scene here in the Yucatan. Enjoy!

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Merida, Center of the (Food) Universe?

For some reason, Merida seems to be the center of the gastronomic universe at the moment. Food god Rene Redzepi forages our jungles for ants and edible weeds. Ex-Noma intern and local star chef, Roberto Solis, continues to shock and awe his diners at the local restaurant, Nectar. Jeremiah Tower (pictured above and to the right), the father of California Cuisine, came to dive in Cozumel and stayed. He lives in Merida where he is writing a book on sexual eating when he is not traveling the world collecting accolades. Now people go to Tulum specifically just to eat at Eric Werner’s Hartwood, as much as for the beach and celebrity stalking (and to think we used to go there to relax…). And now this month, Cook it Raw will hold their third and final event of 2014 in Yucatan during the festival of Hanal Pixan.

Alessandro Porcelli and Jeremy Charles in Yucatan for Cook It Raw

Hanal Pixan in Merida

This October marks my 13th Hanal Pixan celebration in Merida. In my current home, I have a front row view of the Corredor de Las Almas (Corridor of the Souls) as it passes my little house in my personal favorite section of historic downtown Merida, L’Ermita de Santa Isabel. It is the time of year I always open my home to friends and friends of friends and sometimes even to strangers who wander in.

But this year will be a little different. This year, I will be helping my new friend Alessandro Porcelli host a diverse group of ten internationally-acclaimed chefs, journalists, artists, academics and community leaders who are in the Yucatan for the third and final Cook it Raw event. (If you are interested, you can view a video of the first two events linked below). A number of activities have been planned for the chefs and others. On the 29th the group will visit the Cacao Plantation in Tikul to learn about the Maya’s relation to cacao and chocolate. One of the events will be a cocktail party featuring Illegal Mescal and an art opening at the new Coqui Coqui Foundation.

In anticipation of the event itself, I asked Alessandro to answer a few questions….

Alessandro Porcelli in Merida Yucatan

Eric Werner in Merida Yucatan with Cook It RawJohn: What a great article by Howie Kahn that came out in the Wall Street Journal about you and Cook it Raw (see below)! With that behind you and the popularity of the two videos made by Munchies (also below), you must be expecting great things for the third and final event. Is it a coincidence that this event is happening over the Hanal Pixan Day of the Dead holiday?

Alessandro: No coincidence! We planned to have the final event during the Day of the Dead since the beginning. We want to experience one of the most important festivals in Mexico and how food plays a very important part of this celebration.

John: This is your seventh Cook it Raw since you started in Copenhagen in 2009. Then came Finland, Poland, Japan, South Carolina, Italy. With each one, you visited for a week. Why did you change the format for the Yucatan?

Alessandro: Once I came here, I realized that the culture was so rich and unexplored that I wanted to spend more time here. I decided to extend the program over a whole year. I wanted to engage more with the local people and have a deeper understanding of the local food culture.

John: When I walk into a market in the Yucatan, or for that matter into a restaurant here, I see a very tiny variety of edibles. After 13 years here, I’m bored to death with the famous “Yucatecan Cuisine”. But with chefs like Jeremiah Tower living here and raving about the street food, and Hartwood’s Eric Werner finding unique and delicious Fishing in Sisal with Cook It Raw provisions in the Valladolid market vendor’s stalls, I am beginning to realize I must be overlooking something. What feedback have you received from the very famous chefs who have already been here this year? What have you discovered personally?

Alessandro: We actually discovered a wide variety of edibles in this region, but I am puzzled by the lack of diversity in the majority of the local restaurants. There are a few exceptions of course, like Nectar or Ku’uk, for example.

The street food in Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula is also good, and the variety of dishes is diverse. However, I do not understand why I can go to Sisal and find any day of the week a humongous variety of fresh fish and seafood, and yet it never makes an appearance on the tables of Merida.

John: I watched the video of the launch party for the Phaidon “Cook it Raw” Book, and I was struck by the sophistication of the launch compared to the almost impoverished rawness of the first and second events here in Yucatan. You seem to be as happy cooking over a campfire as over a professional restaurant range. Is there a question in there somewhere? Maybe even an answer…

Alessandro: I am tired of the concept of sophistication and pretentiousness that is often applied to “avant guarde” cuisine. So often it is implied, if not said outright, that this type of food is only for the few. I am interested in finding a way for people to change the way they look at food. High end cooking is just not the answer. For this final event in Yucatan, I want to use a format where the chefs interact more with their guests, and in an informal and “raw” setting. And I want to do that without taking away anything from the creativity that is essential in any kitchen.

Eric Werner in Temozon Yucatan for Cook It RawJohn: I have always been impressed by the happiness and generosity of the most impoverished residents of the Yucatan. It was a week-long vacation living off the grid in Tulum among genuine, sincere and smiling faces that made me want to come back and eventually live in the Yucatan. You are bringing your wife and young daughters here this winter for a trial run at living in the Yucatan. What is the attraction to you and your family?

Alessandro: I love the calm feeling I get in Merida. The centro historico is a magical area and I wanted my family to experience it and see if we can live here.

John: I think it would be great for the community if you did move here, but what in the world do you think you could do here? I know you are coming from Trieste, but I don’t suppose you are going to open another Italian restaurant. At least I hope not. What are you thinking?

Alessandro: I’m kicking around the idea of doing something more like a foundation for Cook It Raw. This might include a cooking school where chefs could come and experiment and learn other skills besides cooking. Also, I would like a place where the local residents could be exposed to diverse cultural backgrounds and cuisines. Maybe also a place for inspiration where someone might learn to photograph food or write about food. Just a place to come together and communicate without the pretense which one often finds around food today.

John: I hope that happens!

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Join Cook It Raw Chefs in Merida!

Right now, Alessandro and his team are finalizing plans for two events centered around Hanal Pixan in Merida. Stay tuned to this article and our Facebook page for exact information about times and places as plans solidify!

If you would like to join Allessandro and his cooks, you can attend the Cook It Raw cocktail party in Merida on Saturday November 1, admission is $700 pesos per person for drinks and food. Cooks will be there preparing small dishes and serving them to the lucky attendees!

There will also be an early dinner on Sunday November 2nd, which will cost $1500 pesos per person for drinks and food. Locations to be announced. If you are interested, please contact info [at] urbanorentals [dot] com for details.

Cook It Raw is sponsored by Le Cruset and Breville and hosted in Merida by Urbano Rentals.

Read about the six previous Cook It Raw events in 2014 at their website, cookitraw.org

First two events videos filmed by Munchies at Vice and can be seen here:
- Milpa Farming in the Yucatan
- The Art of Maya Cuisine in Yucatan

Article about Cook It Raw in the Wall Street Journal.

By Working Gringos

Solar panel solutions and energy savings in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Solar Solutions for Merida Yucatan Mexico

Ecocentro (Formerly Solar Pro, which is now the name for their wholesale division) is a Mexican company committed to preserving the environment. We offer services and solutions to our clients related to solar energy that allow them to reduce their impact on the environment, therefore benefitting not only themselves, but the country and the environment of the planet.

Ecocentro is experienced at the design and installation of photovoltaic systems, as they have been involved since 1999 in research and studies of renewable energy in Mexico. In 2009, Ecocentro installed their first photovoltaic system that was connected to CFE’s energy grid in southeastern Mexico, making them pioneers in this type of system.

Solar Panel Systems

How does a solar panel system that is connected to the network actually function?

For the diagram:Solar panels in Merida Yucatan

  1. Photovoltaic Solar Panels- Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells, which collect sunlight and convert the energy into direct current (DC).
  2. Converter (Inverter) -Takes the direct current (DC) generated by the solar panels and converts it to alternating current (AC), the type of electricity commonly used in our homes.
  3. Electrical Panel – The alternating current (AC) leaving the converters reaches an electrical panel which is ready for use.
  4. Bidirectional Power Meter – This meter measures the energy supplied to the user by the electric company and the energy produced by your PV system that was delivered to the electric company, and the residual energy is deducted from your next bill.
  5. Power Company – In Mexico’s case, the electrical network is managed by CFE. Your PV system will remain connected to the CFE network to allow operation of the system when additional power is required that cannot be supplied by your PV system (during the night, for example). This ensures a steady and reliable supply of electricity.
  6. Monitoring System – Your PV system provides the ability to monitor daily output production, verifies that your system works properly, and keeps track of CO2 not emitted to the environment.

Levels of Electricity Consumption and Costs in Merida

There are three types of residential tariffs from CFE in Merida: DAC, 1C and 1B.

  • DAC – Homes with this CFE designation are considered high-level consumers of electricity. This designation is given when the home registers a higher monthly level of consumption than is normal for the neighborhood.

  • 1C – Domestic service for areas with an average minimum temperature in the summer of 30 degrees Centigrade.

  • 1B – Domestic service for areas with an average minimum temperature in the summer of 28 degrees Centigrade.

 

DAC 1C 1B
Communities where this designation applies The average monthly use registered by the user determined by a moving average from the previous 12 months Residences located inside the Periferico in Merida Residences located outside the Periferico in the Yucatan
Limit of kilowatts per hour (KWH) before achieving DAC designation   850 KWH 400 KWH
Partially subsidized by the government No subsidies Subsidies applied Subsidies applied
Average cost per KWH in MXN $3.36 $1.427 $1.427

 

Who Is Ecocentro?

Ecocentro, and our wholesale division Solar Pro, is the direct representative of the major manufacturers of world-class solar panels, as well as the manufacturers of equipment and related solar energy accessories. We guarantee to our clients that the products we sell are of the best quality available.

Free Analysis

If you are currently have a designation of 1C or 1B, and your annual average consumption exceeds the limited indicated by CFE (850kwh per month in the 1C category, and 400kwh per month in the 1B category), you will be put in the DAC category. Ecocentro can provide you with an analysis of your consumption and an estimate of savings that can be provided by the installation of a photovoltaic system suitable for your consumption levels.

You’ve heard about solar panel installations in the United States and you’ve read about the benefits they can bring. Now, finally, this technology is available in the Yucatan!

Contact Us

For more information about how you can save money, consume less electricity and avoid DAC tariffs, contact Ecocentro today!

 

Contact Ecocentro

Information info [at] ecocentro [dot] mx
(English-speaking contact)

Calle 49 #485 Local 5 x 20 y 22, San Antonio Cucul, Yucatan, Mexico CP 97116

Tel: +52-999-944-4687

(Spanish-language website: www.ecocentro.mx)

 

 

 

By Working Gringos

Sunshine is one thing that the Yucatan Peninsula has in abundance… maybe even over abundance at times. No matter how much it rains, the sun always comes out soon enough. If you move to Yucatan from a place that had less sun, you start out by reveling in so much sunshine… but soon enough, you come to value the shade almost as much. THAT is how much sunshine there is here.

Alternative Power in Yucatan

Merida used to be known as a city full of windmills. In addition to the ever-abundant sunshine, there is enough constant wind that at the turn of the 20th Century, before ubiquitous electricity, Merida’s wells were pumped by power from windmills, called veladas. Some of them can still be seen in the Merida skyline.
Alternative power in Yucatan in the past
Now, when people think of alternative sunshine, however, they are thinking of solar power. Perhaps because the devices for capturing the sun are less invasive, smaller and more efficient. Solar panels and solar power systems have been improving with each passing year, not only becoming more efficient but also becoming more affordable. And gradually, more and more expatriates (and Yucatecans) who own their own homes (and pay their own CFE bills!) are turning to solar energy to power their homes and offset some of their costs. Because as a resident of Yucatan, often the single highest household bills (if you use air conditioning) becomes your CFE bill.

Local Residents Install Solar

We asked some local home owners who had installed solar panels to answer some questions and share their experience of installing solar power in their homes. Here are answers to a survey that we sent to some residents who agreed to talk to us about their experiences:

Where do you live? Most of the people who answered our inquiries about installing solar power live on the Yucatan Gulf Coast, in and around Progreso. One respondent lived in Cholul and two houses were in downtown Merida.

Please describe your house: Most of the houses are independent homes, two to three bedrooms. Two of the respondents have villas in a gated community in Progreso. All the homes have air conditioners, and most have pools, though no one described their pool as large.

Why did you decide to install solar panels? Everyone cited the high cost of electricity in the Yucatan.

“… our neighbors told us they (installed solar panels) and without them, the CFE bill would be close to $700 USD in the summer. It was a no-brainer to take advantage of the panels.”

“Our CFE bill hit $7,200 MXN one time and we just could not live with that.”

“We decided to install the solar system because of the high cost of electricity here. We moved here from Hawaii, where electricity was the most expensive in the USA, and we were sick of it.”

But some also cited environmental reasons…

“I think the sun is one of the natural resources in Mexico. I am an advocate for green anything and feel strongly that solar needs to be used whenever possible. Also, I wanted to use my AC and have reasonable electrical bills.”

“I originally wanted the panels to lower my bills… since the panels have been installed, an unexpected transition has occurred. I am more conscious and conscientious about the energy I consume. I don’t know if it’s because I actually started paying attention to my usage by reading the CFE meter daily, or I have accepted the responsibility of environmental stewardship because of the panels.”

What did you have installed?

“16 panels. Total capacity 4.0 KW (4000 watts).” (Supplying a 1300 square foot, single story 3 bedroom house with 5 air conditioners.)

“10 panels, supplying 2420 W or watts of power.” (A villa in a gated community. Single family, 2 story condo with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 air conditioners and a small private pool with a filtration system that they run 2 hours per day.)

“16 panels on the roof.” (This supplies a 2 bedroom house, with 4 35,000 BTU air conditioners.)

“10 panels on the roof, with a total of 2500 watts of power.” (1500 square foot house with a small private courtyard, a small plunge pool, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 3 air conditioners.)

“10 panels on the roof (which we use as shade for a sitting area on our roof).” (2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a washer/dryer. Air conditioners in each room and a small pool.)

“We have a 3 bedroom house with air conditioners and a pool, and a 4000 watt system. Also one beach house with 3 bedrooms, air conditioning and a pool that has a 6000 watt system. And another beach house with 2 bedrooms, air conditioning and a pool shared with the other beach house. That house has a 4000 watt system.”

What did it cost to install? Most people were very pleased that the costs of installation were very close to the estimates that they received.

“$12,000 USD for 10 panels.”
“We received two quotes and the costs were what we expected.”
“We received two quotes. Our costs actually came in less than the estimates.”
“We received two quotes. The costs turned out to be exactly what was estimated.”
“I got three quotes and researched a lot.”
“I got a quote three years ago. Since I got the quote, the price went down about 23% before I installed them.”

Did you install the solar panels in the process of building or did you add them on later?

“I lived in the house for four years before installing the panels. The entire process was painless. The actual install took only three days, including the concrete bases for the frames, mounting the panels and installing and hooking up the inverter. It took CFE three weeks to install the special meter, and would have taken longer if EcoCentro (our vendor) had not contacted them daily to prod them along.”

“We installed them in the process of building our home. We hardly knew the installation was going on. There were no modifications needed as we had already put a tube in for the wires to go into the garage to the converter. You can’t even see the panels.”

“The installation was one of the most effortless that we have done since living here. It was done quickly, on time and professionally. There were no expensive modifications needed.”

“Due to space restrictions, we had to have a steel structure built on our roof for the panels. The cost for that was minimal compared to the rest of the installation.”

“The process seemed very easy. We added the panels on after the house was built, and no modification needed to be made to the house.”

“The guys installed the panels upstairs on the top floor on top of a metal roof they installed. I like the roof they installed… it’s an added bonus because we have a shaded section on our roof now.”

How long have you had your solar panels now?
The answer to this ranged from one month to two years. With the costs falling as they have, (25% from 2012 to 2014, according to our contacts at EcoCentro), we imagine there will be more people with experience in this area in the months and years to come.

Have the savings been what you expected?

“The savings have been about what we expected. Our electric bills are about two thirds less than they were before we installed the solar system.”
“The savings have been right on.”
“The savings have been about what we thought they would be.”
“We knew it would pay for itself.”
“The savings have been greater than expected. We are very happy.”
“The savings have been about what I expected. I’ve kept a daily log of my energy usage and solar input by reading the CFE meter. I’ve got enough data to project that I will be billed for half the usage in my next billing cycle (I just installed the panels two months ago), compared to the same period last year.”

Have there been maintenance issues and what have they been?

“It is important to keep the panels clean to maintain optimum output, so I plan on cleaning them every couple of months. It is important to know that you should never clean them when they are hot, so you have to do it early in the morning or late in the evening, or on a cloudy day. Also, you do not use any cleaning agents… just water and a soft brush or cloth.”

“Little maintenance. My helper went up on the roof once (in six months) and just dusted the panels off.”

“No maintenance issues yet (after two years). We will have the top of the panels cleaned as part of a regular maintenance this year.”

“I was told I could go longer, but found I needed to clean the panels sooner than expected.”

“The only thing we need to do is clean the panels, but I have noticed that even if the panels are dirty, it doesn’t make much difference to the electricity generation. In the summer months, the rain cleans the panels for me.”

“There have been absolutely no maintenance issues. Once in awhile we check to see if the panels need cleaning, but rarely do they need anything more than washing off with a hose.” (after two years)

Solar Panels in Yucatan


Everyone we talked to (six or seven households) seemed to be happy with their solar panel installations. For some, it has only been a few months since they installed them. Others have had them for years. All in all, viable solar power installations are a relatively new thing in Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula, but the concept is catching on as providers become more capable, CFE warms up to the idea and the costs continue to fall.

Do you have questions about solar installations in Merida? Do you have experience with installing solar panels in your home in the Yucatan? Do you know of dependable vendors or places to buy supplies? We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to add your experiences in the Comment section below… for the benefit of all our readers, for the good of the Yucatan, for the good of the planet.

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Special thanks to EcoCentro in Merida who was kind enough to provide us with contacts and additional information.

By Khaki Scott

Mexico’s Junk Food Tax Hitting Pepsi and Coke

Since cigarette smoking was found to be a leading cause of lung cancer, COPD and even asthma, it has been outlawed in public settings and taxed to ensure that smokers pay, at least in part, for the additional costs they put on the health care system. Now, diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in Mexico, with Coke and Pepsi heading the list of known suspects for contributing to complications of diabetes. Taxes in Mexico add one peso, about 7 cents, to the cost of a liter of sugary drinks, and 5 percent of the price to foods with 275 calories or more per 100 grams. So far, this has decreased consumption of soft drinks very little, but it is a decrease and that is what’s important. Mexico has the world’s highest rate per capita consumption of Coca-Cola products, so any decrease is good. Now, the taxation of sugary drinks is taking on a life of its own, with California set to become the next state that adds this health conscious tax. Needless to say, the soft drink companies are sparing no expense in their efforts to fight this kind of legislation. If you live in Yucatan, look for rising junk food prices coming to a store or market near you.

American Field Service Coming to Yucatan

Since the end of World War II, one would be hard pressed to find someone who has never met an exchange student in the United States. In fact, since then, there have been over 400,000 exchange students worldwide. Today, there are over 40,000 host families and over 100,000 volunteers giving young students an opportunity to become the global leaders of tomorrow by sharing the culture of their counterparts in other countries. Now, the American Field Service (AFS) is holding a training workshop in Merida. We are all used to having several thousand foreign students per year at our local universities, but these students will be high school age. You do not have to host a student to volunteer. There are many other things you can do. If you would like to volunteer, as an individual, or if your civil association could be of service in some small way, please do not hesitate to contact American Field Service Mexico. and do visit their website to see just how interesting this concept really is.

Coming Soon: Flights Between Milan and Merida

We were very pleased to hear that, following increased visitations to tourism fairs between major cities in Italy and our own Merida, the first direct flights to Italy will begin in April 2015, and will be between Milan and Merida. In order for this to happen, the airlines had to be shown that there is sufficient interest in traveling in both directions. Since French and Italian cultural influences can be found all over Merida and throughout its modern history, we suspect that these alliances will result in deep and lasting relationships. For those who want to travel the world, it looks as if Merida is growing in importance as the perfect place to travel from and come home to.

The Maya Remember and Weep

This past week, the starting point of Christopher Columbus’ three ships was uncovered in Spain and a shard of pain made its way through the Maya in the New World, over 500 years later. After 1492, within 70 years, the icons, codices and vessels of the Maya would be burned, in Mani, and over 5,000 Maya would be killed in the name of evangelization. From that day forward, the Maya have cried silently for the loss of their culture. Today, the Maya of Yucatan are fighting back with renewed interest in their identity as a people, even to the point of constructing the genealogy of some of their last kings. While this story is a sad testament to the unintended consequences of colonization, we are pleased to know that, in Yucatan, the Maya are entering a new era of strength and development. Perhaps there was something to the 2012 predictions of a New World after all!

Archaeology: Old Road Found in Good Condition

For those who enjoy going out to Uxmal, you will soon have all sorts of new archaeological treats to experience. First, the site itself has been found to be quite a bit more extensive than initially believed. Restoration has begun and it should not be long before those arches, walls and buildings are uncovered and restored. But second, archaeologists have found a sac-beh (white road) that runs some 18 km between Uxmal and Kabah. It was not buried, only covered over by dense undergrowth. When that was removed, the road they found is in surprisingly good condition, so that will soon be available to visitors as well. Until now, everything at Uxmal was relatively modern, having been built between about 700 AD and 1,000 AD. These new discoveries have not been dated yet, but they were probably built around 300 AD. Everyone who loves Mayan history can hardly wait to see what the finished restoration will bring.

Eleven Month Project: New Distributor Road in Progreso

Our age is showing. We remember the building of the by-pass in Progreso, when it was a new stretch of white concrete far off the beaten path. And we remember the orange cones that blocked the beginning of the new road east out of Chicxulub Puerto. Then, of course, there was the bridge from Progreso to Yucalpeten that was a very long time in coming but no one can imagine it not being there now. This new distributor road, however, will not be far off of anyone’s path and, we suspect, will be heavily used from its first day. The new project is set to take approximately eleven months. The part of the road that is on the ground will still be the road from Merida to Progreso. However, the part that is an overpass will be a road that connects Yucalpeten with Chicxulub Puerto. There will be entrances and exits to Progreso and the entire mangrove will be completely remodeled and reforested. From what we understand, this is part of a ten-year plan for improving roads and the environment in Progreso. Coupled with the work already accomplished in the mangroves along the coast, this project is expected to have a significant impact on tourism in the area. All of this in a town that is still listed as a “sleepy little fishing village” in many places on the Internet. But we know Progreso is growing!

Xmatquil Midway Gets Underground Wiring

Everything is almost ready for the Yucatan State Fair to begin. This time, the main midway will be clear of anything that even resembles an electrical wire. All of that has gone underground in an effort to increase safety and comfort for visitors. Along with the usual clean-up, fix-up, paint-up activities associated with the Yucatan State Fair, many of the venues have been completely modernized. Overall, it looks as if the fair really will be not only bigger, but far better than ever before. Mark your calendars for the Feria Yucatán 2014 en Xmatkuil. More than 2.1 million people are expected to attend this year’s Fair at Xmatkuil and 2,250 events have been scheduled between opening night, November 7, and the closing ceremonies on December 1.

Child Suicide: What Can You Do?

This past week saw two boys, ages 12 and 17, attempting suicide in Yucatan. One was successful, the other was not. The 12-year old was grieving after the death of his beloved pet cat and hung himself while his mother was at the market. The 17-year old attacked a bank guard with a knife, in hopes that he would be shot with the guard’s R-15 rifle. He was not successful and ended up being arrested. His case is yet to come before the courts. On the face of it, there does not seem to be much that expatriates can do to make ourselves useful in combating suicide in all ages in Yucatan. But that may not be true. We can learn Spanish. We can smile and speak and we can show genuine interest in our neighbors and in the children who cross our paths. We can support students through the apoyo education programs that we have chronicled here on Yucatan Living. We can support soccer teams and chess teams. We can volunteer with programs for young people at our churches and at local food banks. We can be part of the fabric of Yucatan society that provides moral and physical support for those young Yucatecos who may temporarily need just a little boost to keep on keeping on. Our deepest sympathies to the family who lost their child. We hope this never happens to anyone else and that expatriates in Yucatan will continue to come forward in support of anyone in need.

The Future of Water in Yucatan

In less than 4 decades, there will not be enough water in Yucatan to support its population. This came from a forum on Mexican Traditional Medicine and Ancestral Knowledge, held in Merida this past week. This situation is being caused by rampant growth and increasing levels of poverty. Taking that one step further leads us to the understanding that these situations will only grow worse without significant community involvement, education and jobs. The influx of pharmaceutical and other manufacturing firms negates the value of the jobs produced, from an environmental standpoint. This seems much like the Greek concept of Hope and Sorrow treading on each other’s cloaks as they pass around and around in a never-ending circle. Man, according to traditional medicine professionals, must learn to live with the environment, and not live by destroying the very ecosystem that sustains life.

Pork Prices Rising Rapidly

In advance of the Day of the Dead, pork prices soared from a low of $45 to $55 pesos per kilo to $69 and $70 pesos per kilo, with $80 pesos per kilo expected by the end of the month. There is not a lot that people can do, other than buy ahead of the crowd as much as possible. It might also be a good idea to purchase your holiday turkey now as well because the price of turkeys will soar as the holidays draw closer. One of the best investments we can think of, in anyone’s kitchen, is a stand-alone freezer and a calendar with clues about when to purchase any number of different food items. Need proof? Try to buy a fish during Semana Santa. This holds true unless you put in place a personal list of home gardeners and other food producers who will make sure you have fresh foods straight from their gardens, yards, or the sea, without increases in price, year-round. There are lots of ways to save grocery money in Yucatan, so pay attention to trends and you’ll always come out on top.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls (on the evening of October 31, starting about sundown). In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!
X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) October 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Opening Day at La Casa Azul at U.V.M campus Mérida Oct. 13 – Nov. 7
In the second semester of their nine semester B.A. degree in Hospitality, students get the opportunity to operate a restaurant of their creation. The menu is international themed influenced by Mexican flavors and products. The dining room is small, only 40 seats, but is the perfect size for the students to manage. The service is casual but professional and the restaurant is fully operated by the students. Read the details in our article about it here.
Location: To get to the U.V.M. campus coming from Merida, get onto the Progreso highway heading north. Take the Dzitya exit and head back south. The campus will be on your right. Enter at the guard station and tell them that you are guests of the restaurant. There is a large parking lot straight ahead. The restaurant will be in D building, also called Glion. It is the first building as you enter the at the guard station. Ask any student if confused.
Time: La Casa Azul will open October 13, 2014 and run until November 7, 2014. Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trovemia
See the full listing of trova trios performing for the month in our Coming Soon section.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
(USA 2012) Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. In Spanish, with English and Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance: Albert Hofmann’s LSD
(Germany 2012) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Kings of The Wind & Electric Queens
(French 2013) The Sonepur fair in India, with its whirlwinds of dust rising from the ground, is the opportunity for a gigantic carnival where each is going to give itself in representation for the pleasure of day spectators, pilgrims in ecstasy, in search of shivers and signs of good fortune. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Hiroshima My Love
(France 1959). A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Inori
(Japan 2012) Gonzalez Rubio enters an area of ​​mountains and forests in which there are only a few people, all and very old, and it is as if their perception of space and time, in recording that world was crossed by the kawasiano spirit. In Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) October 17 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark 2012) A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. In Indonesian and English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: The Golem
(Germany 1920). In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar. Also plays tomorrow.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living International Festival of Mayan Culture October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free, but you’ll need to get your tickets ahead of time.

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In Englsih and Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Wicker Man
(UK 1973) A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Two Documentaries by Werner Herzog
(Germany 1984/1989) PASTORS OF THE SUN. From an annual celebration, Werner Herzog documents the tribe that celebrates it. A fascinating study, despite the somewhat sketchy film quality at times.
GASHERBRUM, the Mountains LIGHT: In 1984 two climbers undertook an extraordinary expedition. They set out to achieve in a single outing two peaks of more than 8000 feet, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. They climbed without oxygen, or specialized material. Herzog accompanies them to the base camp by the ​​glaciers. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: A Woman in Paris
(USA 1923). A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort, a timeless conflict.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Movie: The Optimists
(Norway 2013) Despite their weekly training sessions, The Optimists, girls between 66 and 98 years old, have not played a game in three decades. Now is the time. But against whom? Rumors say that there is a group of handsome Swedes across the border. Goro, 98 years, is the queen of the team with her willpower and purple Converse tennis shoes. Laughter is her strategy to play. In Swedish with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Akira
(Japan 1988) A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop. In Japanese with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Deserts
Learn about the habitats that make up the ecosystem of the desert, and the survival strategies of the animals.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man Who Wasn’t There
(USA 2001) A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife’s boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market Bazaar
Good food, great art, and superb company. What more could anyone ask? Visit the Gypsy Market Bazaar on Facebook.
Location: On the main road Chelem-Chuburna. Crystal Tropical is Graciela’s garden between entrada Sol and Aruba.
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free but do plan on shopping and supporting the artists and artisans who show their work here.

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living October’s Tuesday of Trova
October 14: Trio Trovemia
October 28: Grupo Cafe Canela

Yucatan LivingMerida / Valladolid Combined Chorale Concert Wednesday, October 29
You are cordially invited to attend this combined Merida / Valladolid chorale concert of Latin American music. A complementary reception will follow so that you will have an opportunity to meet the members of the choirs.
Location: Casa de los Venados, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Mexican Art and Yalat: October 23, 2014
Maruja Barbachano’s interest in Mexican folk art began at age ten, when she would accompany her grandmother on buying trips throughout Mexico. The pieces they would acquire were sold in the gift shops of her family’s hotels (Hacienda Chichen, Casa del Balam, Mayaland). Over the years, guided by a great appreciation for the work, Maruja began her education on the materials, techniques and designs that shape each work of art, while at the same time establishing relationships with the master artists and craftsmen of Mexico and their families. In January 2005, Maruja and her husband Jim relocated to Valladolid and opened Yalat, a popular folk art gallery. Come tonite for a video presentation, a small gallery exhibit and a great evening.
Location: Valladolid Public Library, Casa Hamaca, Valladolid
Time: 7:45 PM
Admission: $50 pesos donation suggested

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living Second Annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Saturday, November 1
This is Seaside Rotary’s major fundraiser with all event proceeds going to support charitable programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. The tournament will be a non-handicap scramble” with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Do visit their website to see some of the amazing prizes that have been donated by the sponsors.
Location: Grand Coral Rivera Maya Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: carretera federal cancun tulum, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 8:00 AM in UTC-06
Registration Fee: $1500 pesos/ Golfer, $1200 pesos/ FMG Member, 20% Discount for Foursomes. You may pay with your PayPal, debit or credit card.
Register Online at Seaside Rotary Golf Classic.

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014, Sundays: November 2 and December 7
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
This tour is supported by the City Council of Merida.
Location: Self-guided tour of art galleries in Centro
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. First Sundays: Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
Admission: Free + complimentary refreshments provided by gallery owners

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes Sunday, November 9
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – October 19, November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

The Mexico Travel Warning was updated on October 10, 2014, please visit this link to review changes regarding travel in the state of Guerrero:

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We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our freeSmart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, D.F. and is open 8:00am to 5:00pm, switchboard phone number (dialing from the United States) 011-52-555-080-2000, http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_hours.html. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the main switchboard number and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.

By Working Gringos

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By Khaki Scott

Merida: Trash Pickup May Soon be Free

For some years now, Merida has worked hard to develop a culture of recycling where trash of all kinds is concerned. That dogged determination may soon pay off. It has come to light that the profits obtained from recycling may now be sufficient to provide free trash pickup to everyone in Merida and its comisarias. This would be a boon for the poor, who have seldom had the money to pay for trash pickup. It might also stop the throwing of trash in empty lots and in the streets and could very well contribute significantly to a decrease in dengue fever by depriving mosquitoes of opportunistic breeding places. Trash pickup used to be free in the centro, and that worked well. Under this new program, some neighborhoods would have community dumpsters, and hospitals would be served by hazardous waste companies. Everyone is waiting to hear what lawmakers think of this idea and we will be sure to follow up on the outcome.

CFE Winter Rates Began October 1

Don’t forget. CFE’s lower rates for summer electricity dropped off on October 1 and won’t resume until April 1. To learn more about saving energy in Yucatan, visit Yucatan Living’s Saving Energy in Yucatan to learn more about this process and how it will affect your electric bill.

Yucatan Chef Headed for China

Yucateco restauranteur David Cetina Medina has been a professional chef since the age of ten. His career developed under the watchful eye and constant encouragement of his beloved grandmother. As the years passed, his exceptional talent brought national and international recognition to both the chef and to Yucatan. Now, David Cetina Medina will be traveling to China, where he will present the foods of Yucatan to China in a series of receptions and gala dinners in the Mexican Embassy. David Cetina Medina is the owner of the restaurant La Tradicion , which is soon to be franchised to ten different cities. David Cetina Medina is such a special person, in and out of the kitchen, that the National Tourism Board has named him one of Mexico’s Treasures. While many know David Cetina Medina, what you might also be interested in is the fact that his grandfather, Albino Medina Peraza, is considered to be the creator of the botana in Yucatan. Everyone is very proud of David and of his accomplishments, and we wish him well on his trip to China.

Upper Respiratory Virus Hits Yucatan’s Children

This past week, the number of children presenting with upper respiratory infections has soared, as have the numbers of children with acute diarrhea caused, for the most part, by rotavirus. Parents are asked to keep their sick children at home, have them drink plenty of fluids and eat plenty of fruit or other foods that contain vitamin C. They should also avoid self-medication because this is a virus and will correct itself within two days to two weeks. If the child is vomiting or has diarrhea for more than two days, parents should bring them in to the doctor. This is a serious issue. For the year, the number of cases stands at 14,641, with 6,383 of those in the last week alone. Scientists and medical professionals believe this phenomenon is due to climate changes, as well as to the constant rain of the past few months. Whatever the cause, we hope all of the sick little ones are well enough to put this behind them soon.

Baca: Profepa Confiscates More Prohibited Animals

This past week, Profepa went to a private home and collected a dozen animals, including a jaguar, an ocelot, a boa constrictor, seven mojinas turtles, and a kinkajou. Since the beginning of the year, they have arrested 200 individuals for poaching and the courts are making sure that they get the maximum sentences allowed by law. Some of these individuals keep the animals as personal property. Unfortunately, they do not usually get the proper food, housing or medical care. Others poach reptiles, mammals and birds to sell at home and abroad. The penalties run from 50,000 minimum wages to one to nine years in prison plus three more years if they were caught selling the animals, and an additional 4,300 minimum wages. Judges have a great deal of leeway in sentencing and, considering the level of this kind of activity that seems to be going on now, they are in “get tough” mode. Those of us who love animals are sad to see that this situation exists, but deeply thankful to Profepa and to the judicial system for their efforts on behalf of wildlife in Yucatan.

Mayan Language Normalized

It has taken five long years, but linguistics experts have finally completed a standard Mayan language that can be used by all Maya in literary and formal situations. There are standard spellings for words and standard grammar rules as well. There will soon be Mayan dictionaries available to the public and we would not be surprised to see language classes in standard Mayan. The best part of this development, however, is for the individual Maya. With a standard language, it will be much easier for the Maya to communicate across the entire Yucatan Peninsula and beyond.

Adult Education for Yucatan’s Illiterate Adults

In the last national census, approximately 100,000 Yucatecos were either illiterate or were not educated to the degree that they should be. About half of this number are designated as Maya. This is understandable considering that many of these individuals grew up in rural areas and it has not been that long since public education reached into the far-outlying municipalities. INDEMAYA (the Institute for the Development of Maya Culture) and Yucatan’s Adult Education Department are banding together to find and teach as many of these individuals as possible. The goal for this year is 14,000. We are certain that their efforts will be well received and wish them success.

Call for Contestants: Anti-Bullying Posters and Videos

If you know a talented young Yucateco between the ages of 12 and 16, do make sure they know that the City of Merida and the 20 members of the city’s Anti-Bullying Network are holding a contest for the best anti-bullying poster and video. The entries can be made until October 31. This is a great contest because the posters and videos are to be judged separately, so that means two separate sets of prizes. In both cases, first place is an iPad, second place is a smartphone, and third place is a mini-laptop computer. Teachers should have all of the information necessary for the students to enter their work.

Yucatan: Perception of Insecurity Lowest in Mexico

The results of the 2014 National Survey on Victimization and Perception of Public Safety shows that Yucatan has the lowest perception of insecurity in the country (29.5%). This means that seven out of ten people feel safe in the State of Yucatan. Campeche, by comparison, has a perception of insecurity that stands at 58.9% and Quintana Roo a perception of insecurity of 67%. All three of the states on the Yucatan Peninsula have a perception of insecurity that is less than the national average, which is 73.3%. This is good news for Yucatan and every Yucateco should be congratulated on their determination to preserve the tranquility of the state of Yucatan.

Yucatan Recognized for Human Rights

The Comisión Unidos contra la Trata (Committee United Against Trafficking) has recognized Yucatan’s efforts to prevent human trafficking in the State of Yucatan. Yucatan was also recognized in the field of crime prevention. Yucatan was praised for meeting the guidelines set forth by the United Nations with respect to mounting campaigns against crime of all kinds, as well as holding workshops and conferences related to preventing the use and selling of drugs and human trafficking. There was also recognition for Yucatan’s efforts in the area of human rights and equality. This proactive approach to crime prevention is one of the major reasons for Yucatan’s low crime rate. The people focus their attention on actually doing something to prevent these crimes from happening, which leaves little to no time for young people especially to go down the wrong paths.

Health Assessment: Not Good News

Sadly, it was announced on the occasion of World Heart Day, that coronary disease is now striking Yucatecos at ages 30, 35 and 40. While diabetes is reported as the leading cause of death, more than half of diabetics die of cardiovascular disease. This situation seems to begin with what is known as the “freshman 15″ (pounds gained in the first year of college) and continues to grow worse as adult lifestyles have little room for exercise and proper nutrition. A diet of junk food doesn’t help at any age. Specialists recommend drinking plenty of water, and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Reducing the number of sodas one drinks is also a key to stopping cardiac diseases in their tracks.

Didn’t You Ever Want To…. ?

No matter where in the world you live, there is the distinct possibility that, at one time or another, you have wanted to plant a tree in a pesky pothole. In defense of the municipalities, way too much rain and a huge increase in the number of cars on Yucatan’s streets and highways have caused pothole repairs to fall behind. As the weather clears, please be both patient and careful as you drive on our streets and highways. Or if you can’t stand it anymore, plant something there! That will be sure to get someone’s attention.


Art in Valladolid

A new expat in the Valladolid area is bringing her extensive art and design background to a select group of students in October, November and December. If you are interested in studying art in that area, for three hours each morning over three days, you can learn drawing and illustration from a trained professional. Check out Amanda’s blog about her art here, and then contact her if you are interested! This is a great opportunity if you live or are traveling to the area.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 06, 2014


Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
Fall Arts Festival 2014: September 20 – October 12
This year, there will be over 1,400 artists (music, dance, theater, etc.) participating in 95 events. This festival includes a performance of Coppelia by the National Ballet of Cuba, and the legendary Sergio Esquivel performed on opening night.
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls. In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!
X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) October 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Eduardo Rodriguez
Another evening of romantic music. This show is entitled “You, My Only Passion.”
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maricarmen Perez: “With the Music in Your Hands”
There are very few people who have contributed both their talent and their organizational skills to the music scene in Yucatan. This lady is one of them. She has a beautiful show. Do try to see it.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingCoral Music: Carlos Tello, with Coro Voces sin Fronteras
Yucatan – With Songs of Yesterday, Today and Always.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Ruination of Men (La perdición de los hombres)
(Mexico 2000). Director: Arturo Ripstein. Two women share their life with one man. When he dies, they argue over who will bury him. Probably in Spanish, probably not with English subtitles.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz Music: Alberto Palomo
Come out and see Jazz Fusion 4TET.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Maria Teresa in Concert
Billed as the Return of the Trova, this promises to be a wonderful concert.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Nobles
This trio is one of the group of trios that has defined trova for Yucatan for the 20th and 21st centuries.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 08, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Parts of a Family
(Mexico 2014) This film shows how a great love between two people, after several years of marriage, can become like a stifling prison. The child of a couple observes and tells his story. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Gilberto Cab “Gil Gil”
This event will also include a performance by the Guitarra Sin Fronteras. This is a special event by one of the biggest musical names in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Jesus Armando
The title of this performance is “A Very Mexican Yucatan.” The voice is a “must hear.”
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
(USA 2012) Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Nenek
(Mexico 2014) Here generations of people gather in the Huasteca. Grandparents pass down their legacy to parents, and they do the same to children who have moved away. Here no time passes. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There will be several of these performances throughout October, November and December.
Location: Yucatan Regional Museum (Palacio Canton), Paseo de Montejo x 41
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life)
(Italy 1961). Director: Federico Fellini. Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. This film is famous! Enjoy the fabulous actors, director and Italy in the Sixties.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gala Concert: Sergio Esquivel
If you have to choose one event this entire month, this is it. Sergio Esquivel is a legend in his own time. Do not miss this performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Reyna Candelaria Cruz “Candy Cruz”
Latinoamerica, Flower of the Spirit. Includes performances by Lia Campos, Tania Linares, Nazaret Flota, Sergio Borges, Esteban Leon, Jorge Tamayo, Jade Castro, Ambar Castro, Wendy Cruz and Fernando de Regil.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Walesa
(Poland 2013) The depiction of the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland’s Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970′s lead to a peaceful revolution. In Polish with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: In The Mood for Love
(Hong Kong 2000) Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. In Cantonese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 10 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Halley
(Mexico 2012) Alberto is dead and can no longer hide it. Make-up and perfume can no longer conceal his quickly decomposing body. Dismayed, he decides to withdraw from the world. But before surrendering to his living death, Alberto forms an unusual friendship with Luly, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: El Ultimo (The Last)
(Germany 1924). Director: F.W. Murnau. Starring: Emil Jannings, Kurt Hiller, Emelie Kurtz and Hans Unterkirchen. This is the first film in which the camera moved. It tells how the doorman of a luxury hotel, a proud old man who is respected by all, is sharply degraded when he loses his job to a young boy. He has lost his identity and this is the story of his attempts to regain his self respect as his life slowly falls apart.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar. Also plays tomorrow.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: El Arte del Polo (Photography)
Opening of an exhibit of the work of Maestro Mark Swain, local photographer who has been photographing polo for a few years now. Felicidades, Mark!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Wendy Argaez
Merida, I am to be your present for tonight.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Felipe Serrano
Spain and Yucatan as seen through the music of Zarzuela (light opera).
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Cacho Medina
Please do come and share this 30th anniversary with Cacho Medina. He is truly one of Yucatan’s treasured performers.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of Art Exhibits
Sala 1: Evolution of Ruben Calderiuz
Sala 2: Ichthys, the sign of the fisherman by Enrique Trava
Sala 3: My Foreign Destination by Ralf Walter
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching for Sugar Man
(Sweden/ UK 2013) Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. In Englsih with Spanish subtitles. Award winning documentary.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Clerks
(USA 1994) A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Fata Morgana
(Germany 1970) Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen. In German with Spanish subtitles. Cool, man…
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Diary of a Lost Girl
(Germany 1929). Director: G.W. Pabst. Starring Louise Brooks, Andre Roanne, Josef Ravensky, Fritz Rasp, Vera Pawlowa, Franziska Kinz and Arnold Korff. Thymiane Henning, an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father’s pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world. Louise Brooks was a big star in the 20′s… watch this and find out why.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Yanina y Rachel
When Yanina y Rachel sing in Merida, we know the holidays cannot be far away. This duo has long had one of the most popular shows in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Victor Martinez
A tribute to 30 years in entertainment: Sounds of Soul.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fervor Infantilista
(Mexico 2013) For 20 years, the director recorded what happened at the tomb of Pedro Infante on the day commemorating his death. The myths continue. Some would swear to have seen him or seen his double, all Mexicans have fond memories of Pedro Infante, a Mexican movie star who died in a plane crash in Merida. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Incendies
(Canada 2010) Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes. In French with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: Peter and the Wolf
Featured Performer: Alma Rosa Cota. Yes, the holidays have officially begun and we can look for more of these great performances throughout the next few months.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz: Mauricio Bonfiglio
Jazzeando 1990 This will be a performance by the best of the best Jazz musicians in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Closing Concert: Orquestra Tipica Yukalpeten
Mexico Forever. Please do come and see this concert. There is no other orchestra like this one and the voices that accompany them are phenomenal.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: No Country for Old Men
(USA 2007) Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. In English with a bad haircut.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 13, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today (so far, that we know of…)

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan LivingLive, Love Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

EMERGENCY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: MASS PROTESTS AND POINTS OF ENTRY BLOCKADES EXPECTED FROM TIJUANA TO MATAMOROS ON DECEMBER 8, 2014

This message is to inform U.S. citizens of significantly delayed crossing times and of the potential closure of many of the points of entry (POEs) between the United States and Mexico due to multiple protests on Monday December 8th, 2014, starting at 10:00 AM.

The protests concern changes in Mexican customs regulations for the importation of vehicles. While protestors are only looking to block POEs with heavy commercial traffic, there is a possibility that other POEs into the U.S. could also be affected. At this time, there is no information that leads us to believe that these protests would be violent. However, demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence at any time. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests.

U.S. Citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news outlets for information about possible protests and POE closures in their area. In the past, similar protests have paralyzed bridge traffic between Eastern Texas and the Mexican State of Tamaulipas. Points of entry that have remained open have experienced long delays.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates and any news of other protest activity throughout the country of Mexico. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment allows you to receive the Department’s safety and security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution, and read the Country Specific Information for your destination countries. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website. Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

By Working Gringos

Editor’s Note: Since this article was first written, El Corredor de Las Animas has become a very big event in Merida, drawing people from around the world to participate in the Yucatan’s unique way of celebrating Día de Los Muertos. Other than the fact that it has become even bigger, busier and more interesting, nothing about it has changed!

There are times when living in SOME (South Merida) can be tiresome. The voladores (homemade fireworks) go off sometimes for hours on end at decibels too loud to be neighborly, the dogs bark when they should be sleeping, the old men sleep on the sidewalk when they should be walking and life is less familiar and sometimes less comfortable than up in the Gringo Gulches of Santa Ana and Santiago, let alone the modern North. Ermita in Merida on Day of the Dead

But when the traditional holidays come around, they are celebrated in our neighborhood with a participation and verve that you just don’t see as much in the northern neighborhoods. And because we are vecinos, we get to enjoy and participate in them in ways we might not otherwise have the time or energy to.

Last Friday was the first night of the weekend of Los Días de Los Muertos, or Hanal Pixan as the Mayans call it. The city of Merida had been promoting the Friday night city-sponsored event called El Corredor de Las Animas (The Corridor of the Souls) for weeks down here, passing out fliers to encourage as much participation as possible. The idea was that Calle 66 would be shut down to car traffic on Friday afternoon so that all the vecinos (neighbors) could put altars to their dead loved ones in front of their homes. day of the dead altar in YucatanThis would not only bring the city and the citizens together in celebration, but would also continue to build a tourist attraction for the city of Merida.

You see, the citizens of Merida have to be encouraged in this because Day of the Dead in the Yucatan has traditionally been a private affair. Homes are swept and cleaned in anticipation of a visit from the dead ancestors’ souls, who are rumored to come out of their graves on these nights to visit their old haunts. Tradition has it that if you don’t present them with a clean house, they will feel obliged to stick around and help you clean it up. Only the Goth teenagers want that, of course, so houses in the Yucatan are spic and span when the first night of Hanal Pixan rolls around. And altars are set up in the house, piled high with the ancestors’ favorite foods, candles, incense, liquor, flowers and photographs. The family sits around and eventually eats and drinks and a good time is had by all. In the last four years, the city has been encouraging its citizens to take it to the street. There is the Friday night event at L’Ermita and the Saturday daytime event in the Plaza Grande, the center of Merida.

The food on the altars for Hanal Pixan (which in Mayan means Food for the Souls) comes from all over the Yucatecan Cuisine map, but the central focus of culinary delight this weekend, the Mt. Olympus of dishes that towers over them all in its humble splendor, is the mucbil pollo, commonly called simply the pib (or pibe). All over town, women and their daughters and mothers and Calle 66 on day of the dead in Merida Yucatangrandmothers have been baking or preparing to bake pibs this weekend. Chickens that have been raised all summer have been slaughtered, masa has been prepared, and plans were made for cooking sessions. When you see handlettered signs springing up around town offering Ricissima Pibs! and Se Vende Pibs, you know that Day of the Dead is imminent.

So, this last Friday afternoon, the Working Gringos emerged from their office cave to walk two blocks to the main event… a rare treat to have an event so wonderful happening so close. Calle 66 was indeed closed off to car and bus traffic in all but a few spots. This alone was cause for celebration in our book, but there was so much more. Many of our neighbors had indeed dragged their altars out to the sidewalk in front of their homes, and there were others that had come from colonias in different parts of the city to set up Day of the Dead shop. The street was lined Vecinos on Calle 66 in Meridawith candles, white table-clothed tables, crosses, flowers, photos, food of all kinds and men, women and children visiting, laughing, sitting, playing, talking and watching. The church, L’Ermita was lit up, with children playing at her feet and casting ghostly shadows on the facade. Above the church, the rabbit in the moon looked down on it all and wiggled his nose.

We walked awhile down the street, cameras in hand. The strolling crowd seemed to be mostly locals, with a few lucky extranjeros who had managed to find their way down to this urban outpost from the tourist center of town. We stopped and chatted with some of the altar owners. One woman sat proudly beside her table which had a photo, it turned out, of her son in the Women at the table in Ermita in Meridamiddle, surrounded by a modest offering. A tall and handsome teenager walked up to join her, and he looked just like the man in the photo. This was her grandson, and when we pointed that out, they laughed goodnaturedly, enjoying our observation.

Where was the sadness? the darkness and grief that comes hand in hand with Death? We continued.

Up by the church, the park was filled with people. A stage was being set up for a free concert to be held in a few hours. And everywhere else there were tables, tables and more tables of white, covered in food, flowers and Mayan ephemera, presided upon by a sea of women in huipiles. There were more huipiles in that one park Old woman in Merida on day of the deadthan we’ve seen together in awhile. Generations of women sat together, dressed beautifully, visiting and laughing, or staring quietly, or playing with children. There were a lot of viejas, too… with the traffic stopped and the old ways being celebrated, they felt safe and welcome and they were everywhere.

Of course, there were men there too. Men had built the Mayan huts that housed some elaborate altars. Men had trucked in the palos (sticks), constructed the palapas and built the low stone whitewashed walls around them. Men continued to assemble tables, unstack chairs and fiddle with the lights and sounds. And men would tear it all down the next morning.

We met up with some friends there in the square, and with them, we sampled some of the food on the altars. Is this okay? Isn’t it an altar, and supposed to be sacred and untouched? Apparently not. Our friend, Samuel, who is 100% Yucateco, started by sampling the pavo en relleno negro on one table. He raved. The cook beamed. Parade on day of the dead in Merida Yucatan MexicoWe all tried it. Lots of laughter and compliments were exchanged, photos taken, then on to the next table.

We spent the next hour strolling all the way down Calle 66 to the Panteón Florido, one of the three cemeteries in that area. As we approached, we could see people lining up on both sides of the street in parade-expecting formation. Sure enough, a minute or so later, a parade of white-clad mourners, faces painted like calaveras (skeletons), emerged from the cemetery and marched slowly up the avenue, accompanied by some very eerie Mayan music. At last, a touch of familiar spookiness in all that fun!

We walked home through the back streets of San Sebastian, one of the poorest parts of the Centro. The streets were quieter than usual, the dogs weren’t barking and we decided that the souls were at peace with the celebration in their honor.

Halloween in MeridaSaturday night, the streets were full of a different kind of celebration… Halloween. Mexico and the Yucatan has lately taken to Halloween like vampires to sunset, and there were Halloween parties throughout the city. A lot of the young people here only celebrate Halloween; they think it’s more fun, more interesting. They like dressing up in costumes. At least in our neighborhood, it seems to be more about the costumes than the candy (we had no trick or treater’s), but give them time. We used to have mixed feelings about the Americanization of what we think is an important cultural holiday, but since the Mexican and Yucatecan traditions aren’t dying, why not just throw another one into the mix?

Pib with the top off Merida YucatanOf course, if you’re lucky (and we were this year), someone offers to cook you a pib during this holiday. This year, the amazing Beatriz had plans to cook pibs with the mother of her novio (boyfriend) and promised she would bring us one. Sunday afternoon, while we were working (we didn’t get this name for nothin’, you know!), the door opened and the smiling face of Beatriz appeared, hot pib in hand. After she left, we opened the top of the pot and inhaled the most wonderful aromas of summer chicken, beans, tomatoes and corn, all wrapped in banana leaves. The tender chicken baked in a savory masa with a crunchy top seemed to us like a Mayan chicken pot pie, and it tasted even better than it smelled and looked, we can assure you!Eating Pib on Day of the Dead in Merida

And so, we have lived through another Day of the Dead in Mexico, in the Yucatan. Each year, we grow closer to our own demise. And each year, we do what older people do best… we treasure and help to preserve the old traditions. We participate in them, so the young people around us know that they are worth saving. We write about them. We enjoy them. We promote them even.

And we welcome… no, we embody the continuing synthesis of cultures, the mixing of pumpkins and pibs.

*****

Our first Hanal Pixan in Merida

Day of the Dead 2006

Day of the Dead 2007

Day of the Dead 2008

Mayans Celebrating in San Francisco

 

By Working Gringos
Dr. Jorge Martinez, Vascular Medicine and Surgery in Merida Yucatan

Qualifications of Dr. Arturo Rios Arjona

Dr. Arturo Rios is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery, arthroscopy, sports medicine and traumatic orthopedia. In addition to doing postgraduate work in Mexico City, Dr. Rios has added to his specialized knowledge through additional training at the University of Miami in Florida, the American Orthopedic Soceity for Sports Medicine, and at Barry University at South Miami Hospital. He has also participated for fifteen years in the program "Yucatan Crippled Children Project" at the Podiatric School of Medicine at Barry University.

In addition, Dr. Rios has served on the clinical faculty of Barry University for nine years, as a professor for annual meetings of AMOT (the Mexican Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology) and has served as the President of the Colegio Médico de Ortopedia y Traumatología in Yucatan for 2002-2003.

Dr. Rios is a member in good standing of the Colegio Médico de Especialistas en Ortopedia y Traumatología de Yucatan (CMEOT), the Asociación Mexicana de Ortopedia y Traumatología (AMOT), the Asociacion Mexicana de Cirugia de Rodilla y Artroscopia (AMECRA) and the Consejo Mexicano de Ortopedia y Traumatología (CMOT) in Mexico. He is also an International Member of both the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), as well as an Associate Member of the Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery (AAFAS). After graduating in Mexico City in 1986, he was recertified by the Dr. Arturo Rios in Merida Mexico for orthopedic surgeryConsejo Mexicano de Ortopedia y Traumatología in 2003 and is on the Orthopedic Staff of Star Medica Hospital in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery is the surgery that deals with any disorders of the locomotive system of the human body, including the muscular, osseous (bone-related) or joint components. Orthopedics treats the acute, chronic, traumatic and recurrent injuries in this system. Apart from the mechanical considerations, orthopedics also refers to the pathological, genetic, intrinsic, extrinsic and biomechanical factors implied in the system.

The services that Dr. Rios performs at his office or in the Star Medica Hospital in Merida, Mexico include:

  • Percutaneous foot surgery, including bunion surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Integrated management of sports injuries and problems
  • Arthroscopic surgery in shoulders, knees and ankles
  • Joint pain, and hip, knee, ankle and shoulder phrotesis
  • Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
  • Back pain, position and sciatic nerve problems
  • Spinal pain, postures and sciatica
  • Problems with walking and support in children and adults

Dr. Arturo Rios Arjona at Star Medica in Merida Yucatan MexicoDr. Rios says,

"I treat my patients for everything they require with advanced techniques and great humanity. I invite you to send me an e-mail or call with any questions you may have regarding my services. Please also call to obtain any information you may need for any type of intervention or sickness you or anyone in your family has in my area of expertise."

Foot surgery for common foot problems has advanced greatly in recent years, and Dr. Rios has continued to educate himself on the latest techniques. He is able to offer minimally invasive and virtually non-painful surgeries for some of the most troubling foot and ankle problems, including the common and painful condition of hallux valgus, or bunions. Dr. Rios speaks and writes in both Spanish and English, and looks forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

Dr. Arturo Rios Arjona
StarMedica Hospital, Office 527
Calle 26 #199 x 15 y 7 Fracc. Altabrisa
Merida, Mexico
Tel: (999) 930-2880
Cellular for Emergencies: 044 (999) 958-0355
Email: ar2i2 [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx

 

 

 

 

By Working Gringos

Momoto Cafe in Merida YucatanType: 100% mexican coffee, organic and specialty and delicious food with organic ingredients
Neighborhood: Santa Ana
Address: Calle 60, # 398-A x 41 y 43, Col. Centro, Mérida, Yucatán
Phone: 999-923-3114
How to get from the center: Head north on Calle 60, one block from the Barrio de Santa Ana, facing Grupo SIPSE, Café Momoto MID, colonial space is painted green with glass doors, is located two blocks from Canton Palace, corner of Calle 43.
Parking: Street
Air Conditioned: Yes and ceiling fans
Outdoors: Terrace
Drinks: A selection of cold drinks and hot coffee
Payment: Cash only
WiFi: Yes
Facebook: CafeMomotoMID
Hours: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday to Saturday, Closed Sundays.
Pricing: Breakfast – $60 pesos, Lunch Entrees – $80 pesos , Coffee/Juice – $25 pesos and up.
Quick Review: Quiet and bohemian feel. The space is a renovated colonial, with a pool table, patio, semi-covered terrace. They plan regular exhibitions of photography. Jazz live music every Friday. Bikes and pets welcome!! Seems like an excellent place to study, work or just read under the shade of its beautiful Alamo tree (that’s the kind of tree with the amazing roots…).

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Special Event This Week: October 4 & 5 (Saturday & Sunday): Evolucion’s Third Annual Garage Sale
Location: Calle 74 # 518-A x 65 y 67
Please donate your gently used/new toys, clothing, shoes, tools, kitchenware, jewelry, paintings, prints, books, plants, holiday decorations & furniture! All proceeds go to feeding the dogs at Evolucion.
Drop off locations before October 2:
1. El Estudio, Paseo Montejo #486 x 41 y 43 Mon-Thu 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-10 or Sun 9am-1pm
2. Calle 84 x 43 y 45 # 451B, Centro, Mon-Fri 9-6.
3. Calle 55-D #269 x 46 y 48 Fco de Montejo, White & Red House
4. Hacienda San Pedro Nohpat (Casco Principal), km 8, Carretera Merida-Cancun, Calle 22 S/N, Kanasin (San Pedro Nohpat)
For large items, contact irlanda_lopez [at] hotmail [dot] com (999 127 2674) to schedule a pick up/drop off.

Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
Fall Arts Festival 2014: September 20 – October 12
This year, there will be over 1,400 artists (music, dance, theater, etc.) participating in 95 events. This festival includes a performance of Coppelia by the National Ballet of Cuba, and the legendary Sergio Esquivel performed on opening night.
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls. In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!
X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Monday, Sept. 29: at the Cienega 2000 Store, Calle 88 x 39, and in the Vicente Guerrero par
Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Bartolome Loria Canto
This performance is called “Throughout a career, a lifetime.” Don Bartolome Loria Canto is the director of the Orchestra of the Ministry of Security in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz: Tom Kuban’s Soul Train
This group has always been a favorite with everyone!
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Cony Ancona
Tonight, see Cony Afrolatina with Fania All Stars, Ruben Blades, Will Colon and more. Cony Ancona has never given a performance that was less than stellar, so do try to see this one.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Music: Trova: Jose Dorantes and Los Embajadores.
Come and hear “My life and my feelings.”
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Angelica Balado in Concert
This lady continues to be one of Yucatan’s treasures. Do see this performance if you can.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Andariegos
This trio is one of the signature members of Yucatan’s Association of Trovadores, representing the traditional trova, as well as new directions.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Tatiana Zugazagoitia
The title of this performance is Arbolada, so look for soothing woodland scenery for this contemporary performance
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Lucky
(USA 2014) Spanning five years, this intimate story of survival follows Lucky Torres, a homeless mother masked in tattoos who longs to rise from a life of darkness in NYC. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Trova: Rubi: To Live Again
This is a concert by one of Merida’s favorite voices. In addition, this lady is one of the rare group of folks who form the very foundation of music in Yucatan in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Jorge Buenfil: Corazon de Guitarra
This performance is a tribute to Alfredo Zitarrosa.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Jose Carlos Rodriguez Arreola
This performance is called “La Tuba y sus Amigos” (The Tuba and Its Friends) and promises to be very enjoyable.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Wonder Women, the Untold Story of American Superheroines
(USA 2014) Lots of great reviews like this one: “Wonder Women! hits us right where it counts, offering a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture… Reveals the complicated negotiations girls and women face as we attempt to achieve confidence, strength, and agency in a society often at odds with those goals. — Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin”
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Tão longe é aqui
(Brazil 2013) Memories kept from a long trip are the inspiration for a letter to be sent to the future. Alone, away from home and about to complete 30 years-old, a Brazilian woman goes on a journey to Africa. On the letter to her daughter, she describes how she met women who live in perfect harmony with their cultures and times. ‘Here Is So Far’ is a journal, a road movie and an invitation to all people who trace their own path. In Portuguese, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Russell Montanez Coronado
This performance is of the music of the great masters of Yucateco music and features the Cuarteto Gustavo Rio and Hoctun Centro Cultural with Russell Montanez Coronado as director.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Beatriz Cervera: Azucar (Sugar)
This performance is a tribute to the amazing Celia Cruz.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Buck Angel, a Man Like No Other
(USA 2013) Shot over six years, Mr. Angel chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender activist, educator and porn pioneer, Buck Angel. Buck has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide and relentless opposition to his gender expression. Still, he lives his truth without compromise or apology. Read more here. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBA
We will let you know as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 03 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Various 2012) A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. In Indonesian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Abril Rivas: De Corazon
This performance will speak to the romance that is always in the air in Merida.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Gran Belleza
(Italy 2013)Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Capriccio
Opera by Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss. This is the last opera by Strauss as he asks: What is most important, words or music?
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event This Week: October 4 & 5 (Saturday & Sunday): Evolucion’s Third Annual Garage Sale
Location: Calle 74 # 518-A x 65 y 67
Please donate your gently used/new toys, clothing, shoes, tools, kitchenware, jewelry, paintings, prints, books, plants, holiday decorations & furniture! All proceeds go to feeding the dogs at Evolucion.

Yucatan Living Movie: The White Diamond
(Germany 2004) Directed by Werner Herzog. The movie illustrates the history of aviation and depicts the struggles and triumphs of Graham Dorrington, an aeronautical engineer, who has designed and built a teardrop-shaped airship which he plans to fly over the forest canopies of Guyana.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Concepcion Garma
Great place to fall in love again. This performance is called “y… Mas del Amor” (and… more than love).
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Las Maya Internacional: Roads of Yesteryear
If there is a “must see” event this week, this is it. Never EVER miss a chance to see these ladies perform!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VII Nuestra Nacional de Bailes de Salon “Merida Baila”
(salon dancing). This performance features the Agrupacion Artistica Independiente Superacion.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: As If I am Not There
(Ireland 2010) The film is set in the Balkans and is shot in the Serbo-Croatian language. The film was selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards,[1][2][3] but it did not make the final shortlist. In Croatian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBA
We will let you know as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Special Event This Week: October 4 & 5 (Saturday & Sunday): Evolucion’s Third Annual Garage Sale
Location: Calle 74 # 518-A x 65 y 67
Please donate your gently used/new toys, clothing, shoes, tools, kitchenware, jewelry, paintings, prints, books, plants, holiday decorations & furniture! All proceeds go to feeding the dogs at Evolucion.

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Duet Paleta-Blaszkowski: Dueto de Violin
This is a performance by Zbgniew Paleta Zieba and Pawell Blaszkowski. Zbigniew Paleta (born 1942) is a Polish violinist and composer for telenovelas and the Cinema of Mexico. He is the father of actresses Ludwikaand Dominika Paleta. They relocated to Mexico City in 1980. Blaszkowski, also born in Poland, is a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan and of the UADY chamber orchestra.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gala Concert: Los Juglares / Tony Espinosa / Carlos Gil
The best of Yucatan’s trovadores defined Yucatan’s signature music for an entire generation.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingVII Nuestra Nacional de Bailes de Salon “Merida Baila”
(salon dancing). This performance features the Agrupacion Artistica Independiente Superacion.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBA
We will update this as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Eduardo Rodriguez
Another evening of romantic music. This show is entitled “You, My Only Passion.”
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maricarmen Perez: “With the Music in Your Hands”
There are very few people who have contributed both their talent and their organizational skills to the music scene in Yucatan. This lady is one of them. She has a beautiful show. Do try to see it
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingCoral Music: Carlos Tello, with Coro Voces sin Fronteras
Yucatan – With Songs of Yesterday, Today and Always.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan LivingFourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan LivingLive, Love Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Khaki Scott

Weather: Rain, Rain and Rain

After the torrential rains of the weekend, it looks as if Yucatan might have at least a short break in the weather before the next group of disturbances arrives from the Atlantic. If you click here, you will get an animated view of the weather that comes from the Caribbean satellite. It includes the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a good deal of the Atlantic Ocean. This way, we can see what’s coming, as well as where it went when it passed us. If you have more, different, or better radar than Intellicast, please leave a link in the comments.

Winter Weather Predictions

Conagua (the National Commission on Water) has predicted that there will be approximately 55 nortes between the end of this month (September, 2014) and the beginning of May 2015. A norte happens when warm, tropical air (headed north) and icy cold air (headed south) meet in the Gulf of Mexico. What happens then is a few days of wind, rain, and cold in the Yucatan. The number of nortes seems to grow every year, right along with the incidence of respiratory illnesses such as the flu. Coming out of this active season of tropical storms, seven or eight nortes per month for the next seven months is not what we really wanted to hear. So, if you haven’t packed your bags for Yucatan yet, there’s still time to pick up a few pairs of sweat pants, a few pairs of warm socks, and thank your lucky stars that there will be no snow in Yucatan.

Mudslide in Campeche

As you drive north from Yucatan, the low hills quickly rise to the height of mountains and, when too much rain falls on mountains that are under pressure from deforestation, mudslides are bound to occur. This is happening now in Concordia, Campeche. Even as the SSP sends aid to the victims of the recent hurricane in Baja California, the need is growing in our neighbor to the north. For those of our Snowbirds and expats who will be driving through Campeche on your way in or out of Yucatan in the next month or so, please be sure to check road conditions before you go. You can check the meteorological bulletins for Campeche and see pretty much what is happening all along the eastern coast of Mexico.

Stalker on the Malecon in Progreso

An unidentified male grabbed a woman as she was doing her morning walk on the Malecon in Progreso. She was not injured, but his behavior could easily escalate and someone could be badly hurt or raped. There is extra attention being paid to the Malecon environment during the early morning hours, but those who walk or run there for exercise say they need better lighting as well. If you ever feel threatened, in any way, on the Malecon, please report it to local law enforcement. In the meantime, exercise normal safety precautions.

World Rabies Day Sunday, September 28

With the intent of stabilizing the population of homeless dogs and cats in Yucatan, the State Government is waging a campaign to not only give strays a vaccination against rabies, but also to spay or neuter them as well. This kind of statewide program has been a long time coming and Yucatan Living would like to congratulate the City of Merida and the State of Yucatan for all they do to help the animals.

Additions to Pet Animal Laws

Usually, it takes several decades for cultures to change even the smallest detail. But Yucatan has been on a fast track into the 21st century for 15 years. Look how far we’ve come!
Current Animal Abuse Laws:
● In effect since June 1, 2013.
● Penalty: 50 to 400 minimum wages, plus jail time
● Fines to increase according to severity and recidivism.
● Jail time: three months to one year in prison for aggression and cruelty to animals, especially domestic animals.
● These laws are part of the criminal code, not the civil code, so they are quite serious.
Municipal Code to be Ammended:
● Any dog seen running loose in the streets is to be reported and will immediately be picked up by the city.
● Owners will have up to six months to prove ownership and make arrangements to keep the dog from running loose.
This law is backed by the Municipal Advisory of Fauna Protection, as well as local animal welfare organizations. This will make Merida a city that can be described as completely devoted to animal welfare. If you ever see an animal being abused or neglected, read this article about Reporting Animal Abuse in Merida to find out what to do.

First Dog Park in Yucatan

If you were in Merida this past weekend and noticed a large group of people walking in the street with their dogs, you saw the second city-sponsored dog walk. This time, however, they were headed for a peek at the site of what will soon be their own, brand new, dog park, with 1,500 square meters of sidewalks, grass and trees that are dedicated to pet lovers and their furry friends, with all of the fencing necessary to keep everyone safe. The Paseo Verde will be separated into an area for small dogs and one for large dogs. There are going to be loads of events in this park for pets and their owners, so do go to see it and plan on becoming a regular visitor.

II World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress Meets in Progreso

Congratulations to Progreso for successfully hosting the 400 attendees of the II World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress. There was a time when only a few very large fishing operations controlled the entire industry; but no more. With advances in technology and a better world-wide understanding of human and employee rights, the rise of entrepreneurship in the fishing industry has been meteoric. The theme of this convention says it all: Options and Opportunities. The attendees enjoyed their meetings at Progreso’s Casa de la Cultura, then a little time to explore all the way to Chicxulub. What a wonderful tribute to Yucatan and to Progreso that the 50 member nations of this small-scale fishing association chose to come here for their world congress.

Congreso y Exposición Latinoamericana de Geologística

This just in: The first ever Latin American Geologistics Congress and Exposition will be held in Merida, at Siglo XXI, on March 18 and 19, 2015. This convention and exhibition will host 300 members and approximately 3,000 attendees. You know that Merida has made its mark as a convention center when the conventions have their own Facebook page, complete with videos that tell visitors all about the event. In this troubled world, there is something to be said for security and tranquility. “Build it and they will come” fits perfectly as a description of modern Merida as an internationally well known convention center.

Animaya’s New Water Park

On the first day it opened, the new free water park at Animaya was a bit overwhelmed, but soon recovered and is going strong. Currently, 350 animals, of 45 different species, live their lives in peace and tranquility, while humans view them from afar. In a few weeks, a second boat tour will begin that will take visitors to safely see the animals. In addition to its new water park, Animaya also boasts a state-of-the-art animal hospital that can house and/or quarantine up to 14 animals at a time. Everything at Animaya is designed for the enjoyment of children and families. If you have an opportunity to go and see the new water park, do invite children to go with you. This venue looks as if it is going to be great fun for everyone.

By Robert Kimsey

Planning your garden is always a good idea, but it is especially important especially in the Yucatan. In areas where there is ample space for a garden, just turning over the soil and digging a row, throwing in some seeds and fertilizer is a common way of gardening. But with all the knowledge and resources now available, garden can involve a lot more and but also can produce a lot more.

Poor Soil? You Are Not Alone

In the Yucatan, it helps to know that most of the area around Merida and much of the rest of the Yucatan has about four inches of poor soil. Beneath that is limestone… not an idea environment for growing vegetables. In fact, there are not many food plants that grow well under these conditions, so building a raised garden is almost a must in this environment.

The garden containers should be raised, and then filled with a mixture of compost, manure and vermiculite. You could also mix in some good soil which comes in plastic bags from Vigero or from one of the other name-brand soil producers. NEVER buy soil from the guys with the burros selling dirt from their carts door to door. It has almost no nutrients and is usually contaminated. If you are going to spend your time and money creating and nurturing a garden, you might as well start with a good growing medium. Building your growing medium can be costly, and it takes time too… but it pays off with more abundant harvests.

Planters at waist height are easy to work with in Merida Yucatan

Up On The Roof

Since we did not have space in our yard, we put our garden on the roof. Rooftop gardening has the advantage of using previously-unused space, while helping to insulate your roof and has become very popular all over the world. Container gardening is a good choice in general, as you only have to spend money for the growing medium in the place where you are going to plant. If you raise your container to the height of a table, you eliminate the bending and squatting normally associated with planting, tending and harvesting your garden. Another important advantage of raised containers is that you get the plants up and away from many of the insects that prefer to hide in the damp and shady areas of your garden. Container gardening also conserves water, which may not be an issue in the Yucatan, but should always be considered. In containers, you are only using water where the plants are and not in walkways and other unplanted areas. Well water is preferred over city water in Merida, by the way. City water has many chemicals added to it to make it drinkable, but these are not always ideal for your plants.

Location Is Key

Select your garden location so your plants will get a minimum of six hours of sun per day, keeping in mind that the attitude of the sun changes over time. (The unobstructed exposure to sunshine is one of the advantages of planting on the rooftop). The same area for sun in the summer may not be the same in the winter. A location that is easily accessible makes the garden more enjoyable for you, the gardener. If you are located near the ocean, it is best to select a spot that is shielded by a building or other object that keeps the winds from bringing the salt mist ashore and damaging your plants. We do not know of any salt tolerant vegetable plants, so this is really an important consideration. And most plants do not like constant wind of any kind, so be sure to plant somewhere on the roof that does not encounter constant wind.

What To Plant?

When planning your garden we suggest that you make a list of the vegetables you would most like to eat and grow. Review this list and select the ones that grow best in a tropical climate. If you are planting for the summer, you will want things like melons, beans, okra, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, peppers and tomatoes. For the fall and winter you can add squash, broccoli and about any other vegetable you want. Most of the oriental vegetables, like bok choy, do very well in the tropical summers. Also, keep in mind that it is never a good idea to plant the same plant in the same space year after year. If you planted tomatoes in this container or space last year, this year you should plant corn or peppers in that same space. You may also want to consider whether a crop grows vertically or along the ground. Melons grow along the ground and are perfect to plant next to corn, which grows straight up. And also, consider when plants are harvested. If plants are harvested at two different times of the year, perhaps they can be grown in the same space.

It All Begins With A Seed

I like to study the seed catalogs. The selections are good and the descriptions tell you information on so much, including how long from planting to harvest, the height and size of the plants, the flavor of the fruit or vegetable, etc. In our experience, we get a better selection of heat-tolerant plants from seed companies in the South of the United States, where they have similar weather in the summer. Pictured to the right are Chinese long beans which taste delicious and tender, and grow very well in the hot tropical climate of Yucatan. We use mostly the catalog from The Otis Twilley Seed Company in South Carolina and Tomato Growers in Fort Myers, Florida. There are many good, informative seed catalogs; these are just two with whom we have had success. And our experience also shows that time spent selecting seeds is well spent. People are breeding seeds that produce heat-tolerant characteristics, various wilt, mold, and virus resistances and even resistant to nematodes (and yes, we do have nematodes here in the Yucatan). In this climate, we need all the help we can get to resist so many things that want to attack our plants and reduce our yields.

We suggest that you plant your seeds in sterilized soil expressly made for seedlings, and use one of the types of planters pictured here. Each section gets one to two seeds, and the seedlings therefore grow up separately. To water just set your seed flat into a container with 2” of water large enough for the seed flat to sit in. The flats are pictured here and purchased from Jesus Angulo Aldana at Agrocampo, Calle 54- A #501 – J por 65 y 67 in Merida centro (tel 999 923 3333 ext 105.) Water by seating the seed tray in the water bath for a couple of minutes, then removing it and setting it aside in the shade or filtered sun. This will moisten the soil but not damage the tender seedlings as they come up. Watering from the top often disturbs tiny plants and seeds, but this avoids that problem.

Once your seedlings are about 3” or more tall, you can put just where you want them in your garden. This makes for nice even rows with no skips. When possible, transplant the seedlings to their garden spot just before a rain and or after the sun has set. Shade them and keep them well watered for a couple of days to give them their best chance to survive. We find that many vegetables such as tomatoes, melons, peppers, broccoli, and cucumbers do better planted in seed flats and then transplanted carefully to just exactly where we want them.

Words of Caution

Sometimes, you can find starter plants for sale. These can be great, as they get you started in a fast and easy way. There again, care should be taken to know what you are buying and how and where it was grown. Many of the flower seedlings in Mexico are grown in the Cuernavaca area and when they get to the Yucatan they can only stand a few days of the heat before they just wither up and die. Always make sure the plants you are buying were grown in a similar climate area so they do not go into shock. Also, it helps if they were produced in sterilized soil or you may get plants that contaminate your garden.

Especially for container and raised container gardening, pay attention to size and height of plants when you are choosing seeds. Determinate tomatoes for example grow to only four feet tall, but indeterminate tomatoes just keep growing…well, indeterminately. The space plants take is important, especially when space is limited. The book “Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew is an excellent reference book as is ”Minifarming” by Markham. We think that the Merida English Library may have both these books, but certainly they are available through Amazon. Google has an enormous amount of information on all aspects of gardening and it is so easy! We have not had a single question that Google did not have the answer to.

Gardens Help Build a Community

When buying seeds keep in mind your planting plan and how many seeds you will need. For example there may be 25 seeds in an eggplant packet but you may want to plant only four. Buy small packets because seeds lose their ability to germinate over time, and are difficult to keep. Here in the Yucatan it is necessary to store seeds in an air tight container in the refrigerator if you want them to remain viable.

If you end up with more seeds than you need, share or exchange seeds with a fellow gardener! Get to know others who are gardening here in Merida and the Yucatan and exchange information and ideas. And when harvest comes, exchange fruit and vegetables too! Exchanging seeds, harvests and ideas with other gardeners is one of the joys and rewards of gardening.

If you have any gardening questions, please use the comment section below to send them and we will answer them here or in our next articles.

By Khaki Scott

New Category of Foreign Adoptions by U.S. Citizens

Sometimes, children are not adopted because of their age (over the age of three) or have any medical condition (any age). This new category seems to be a pseudo-adoption, in that it will be a formal guardianship that will remain under the supervision of the state. Otherwise, all of the normal processes associated with adoption, including financial and home studies, will be followed. There are no numbers given as to how many children will be available under this guardianship program, but there are currently 70 disabled children living at the Center for Comprehensive Care for the Child in Distress in Yucatan. This program is available only to U.S. citizens and opens the door to finding a family for children who, until now, had little hope of doing anything more than aging out of the system.

Research Collaboration Funded with Texas A&M

The State of Yucatan and Texas A&M University have signed and funded a collaborative relationship to develop engineering, research, and technology projects together. The State of Yucatan and Texas A&M are each contributing half of the initial $200,000 USD in funding for the initiative. Projects include emerging technologies to deal with beach erosion, early warning systems for forest fires, dealing with local disasters such as hurricanes, and better management of water and other natural resources. The Governor of Yucatan traveled to the Texas A&M campus in College Station to sign the papers and it looks as if the Aggies will be in Merida soon. Since we have a rather large number of Texas expats in this area, they can look for a warm welcome.

Fifth Convention of Traditional Medicine Practitioners in Maxcanu

This annual conference is sponsored by the Institute for the Development of the Mayan Culture (Indemaya). This year, it was attended by 65 Maya midwives. One thing that impressed us about what came out of this convention is that the conference has decided to be sure to let the public know who these ladies are and where they are. For the most part, they live in Maxcanu, Abala, Tetiz, Halacho, Kopoma, Samahil, Chochola, Kinchil, and Celestun. If you live or vacation near any one of those municipalities, do keep an eye out for them. The other issue they addressed was the importance of protecting the Mayan language. With that combination of language security and traditional medicine knowledge, it should not be difficult for the culture of the Maya to survive well into the future.

Alcoholics Anonymous Regional Conference

More than 1,400 members of AA are currently attending a three day regional convention in Merida. One of their biggest concerns is the rise in alcoholism rates among women. Yucatan Living would like to remind expats and potential expats that there are local AA meetings in Merida (at the Merida English Library) and in Progreso every week. If you would like to attend a meeting, please check Yucatan Living’s Ongoing Events page for times and locations.

DNA Yucatan: Genetic Profile Research

There is a new project underway whose purpose it is to discover what the ethnicity of an average Yucateco really is. Individuals often identify themselves as Yucatecos, then add that they are Mayan, or Korean, or Lebanese. The list goes on to include French, German, Spanish and more. Yes but… what nationalities does the DNA of the average Yucateco include? This project is beginning with a little blood sample of 200 people born in Yucatan (one per family please). We are fairly certain the research will continue to a larger sample but, for now, 200 individuals – each from a different family – should give researchers an idea of the genetic makeup of the average Yucateco. We suspect he or she will be, to their surprise, a mixture of quite a few of the more common immigrant groups. If you know someone who would like to participate in this project, tell them that donors can go, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, to the facilities of Labratorio Genetica, located in the FGE complex on the Periferico Poniente.

Merida Set to Grow Up

The new Condominium Property Act has been sent to the State Congress for approval. It seems that the city can count on more tax money coming in from a condo building than it can from a single dwelling house with a big yard in Merida. This will mean stricter construction laws, and a whole host of other issues. Whether it is good for the future of the city – long-term – or not will remain to be seen. If you have an opinion on this issue, we would like to hear it. Please leave us a comment at the bottom of the page.

The Rise and Fall of Lemons

Six months ago, the price of yellow lemons was $60 pesos per kilogram (2.2 pounds). Today, the price has fallen to two pesos per kilogram. Since farmers have to irrigate lemons six hours a day, keep them free of pests and diseases, pick them, and transport them to market, two pesos per kilo is not nearly enough to pay for growing them. Green Persian limones are selling, at the point of origin, for $15 pesos for a 20 kg. box. This price is also not sustainable and is especially disheartening when the farmers are aware of the markups in the cities. According to the citrus producers’ association, there is now a serious overproduction situation in southern Yucatan. This comes on the heels of $38 million pesos that have just gone into bringing technology to farmers so they can improve the volume of their crops. Farmers are asking that housewives include more fruit on their family table to ensure a better price for upcoming orange and other fruit crops.

Great News in Aquaculture Research in Progreso

For many years, the need for food has had producers and environmentalists at odds with each other, no area more so than in the field of aquaculture. Any group of animals will develop diseases when confined in large numbers for their entire lives. This has been the problem with farming shrimp in the sea. The shrimp develop diseases that not only affect their lives, but the quality of the sea around them. This leads to damage to the lives of both animals and humans, and then to negative pressure on the aquaculture industry itself. Those days could soon be over. Research has been ongoing in the scientific community at Progreso that has identified the genes that trigger an immune-response in shrimp. The scientists intend to continue their research, but will soon put their findings in a public database so that researchers around the world can obtain information about how to keep shrimp healthy in aquaculture environments. This is wonderful news for the researchers, the shrimp, the environment, and for the human beings who will soon not have to worry about how and where the shrimp they purchase were grown.

Sympathy, Prayers and Condolences

Yucatan Living would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy, prayers and condolences to the families of Pedro Melchor Herrera Cirerol and Jose Carlos May Reyes. Both young men lived in Progreso. Jose, age 27, was killed by lightning while playing soccer in the rain. The game had already been called “due to rain” and the players were leaving the field when lightning struck. Benjamin Graniel Chalet, age 36, was also injured in this incident. In another tragedy, Pedro, age 21, at this writing, is in intensive care after being struck by an SUV while riding his bike. The driver left the scene and has not yet been found. Pedro is an upper level student in electro-mechanics at the Instituto Tecnológico Superior Progreso (ITSP). While controversy surrounds the incident and its aftermath, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both Jose Carlos May Reyes and Pedro Melchor Herrera Cirerol.

Cattle Stock Continues to Improve: Annual Livestock Sale

Every year, there is a cattle sale, in Tizimin, that is subsidized by the state government. This is to enable small ranchers to purchase better quality animals with which to improve their herds. This year, the goal was to see 30 new animals (Simbrah, Nelore, Beef Master, Braunvieh, and Red Brangus) sold to ranchers across the state. The genes of these fine animals can now be found in San Felipe, Merida, Dzilam Gonzalez, Valladolid, Kinchi, Panaba, Chemax and Temozon. Yucatan’s beef producers have taken on a new sense of pride over their herds in the past few years and the quality of beef they produce has improved dramatically.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting September 22, 2014

Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
· Fall Arts Festival 2014 September 20 – October 12
This year, there will be over 1,400 artists (music, dance, theater, etc.) participating in 95 events. This festival includes a performance of Coppelia by the National Ballet of Cuba, and the legendary Sergio Esquivel performed on opening night.
· International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014 October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
· Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
· X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
· National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Starting today, pet rabies vaccines will be provided by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals. If you don’t have animals, encourage your neighbors to bring theirs!
Location: Monday,Sept. 22: in the ejido park opposite the Benito Juarez high school, Calle 22 x 14. See “Coming Soon” (below) for the full schedule and locations of these free rabies clinics.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, beginning Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Chamber Orchestra of Merida: Night Dream
This performance is in honor of 100 years of Yucatecan music and part of a project to preserve the musical heritage of Yucatan. Artistic Director: Maestro Russel Montanez
Location: Museo de la Danza (Calle 84 behind Parque del Centenario)
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Los Golden Years in ConcertYucatan Living Rock and Roll with Los Golden Years
Los Golden Years is everybody’s favorite group. Do try to see this performance!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera: Illusiones Troveras
Yet another must-see trova duet that is loved by everyone in Yucatan! This will be a wonderful performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tonight and Tomorrow Night: National Ballet of Cuba: Coppelia
This is going to be a wonderful event. The National Ballet of Cuba is recognized all over the world for its timeless excellence! Directed by the incomparable global ballet star, Alicia Alonso.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Tuesday: Sept. 23: Calle 29 x 42 and Calle 52 x 33
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Ruz Brothers
This is a performance by a very well known popular music group.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Mexican Films in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Sin Nombre (No Name)
(Mexico, United States 2009). Director: Fukunaga. Starring: Edgar Flores and Paulina Gaytan. This is the story of the relationship between a Honduran immigrant and a member of a gang in Chiapas as they follow the train tracks to the north. She is trying to get to the United States. He is running from his gang after the murder of one of its leaders. The director of this award winning film lived with immigrants and Central American gangs for two years before making the film.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: Gavin Gamboa: Moonlight
If you love classical piano, Merida is the place to be and this is the concert for you.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
This weekly event features a different trova trio every week. These fine musical artists are all members of the Association of Trovadors.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living National Ballet of Cuba: Coppelia
This is going to be a wonderful event. The National Ballet of Cuba is recognized all over the world for its timeless excellence!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Wednesday: Sept. 24: at the Azueta park on the side of the CFE and in La Pasadita park on Calle 62 x 37
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Amazing Catfish
(Mexico 2013) Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Clash of the Titans
(United Kingdom 1981). Director: Desmond Davis. Starring: Laurance Olivier, Ursula Andress, Claire Bloom and Burgess Meredith. A film adaptation of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Silvia Kater
This popular music songstress sings that people never forget their first love.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Alina Vila: Armando la Bohemia
Merida has always had a soft spot in its heart for this genre and tonight’s show should be an audience pleaser.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Marilu Basulto in Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: Marilu Basulto
The name of this program is Interlaced. The voice is one of the best loved in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Camille Claudel 1915
(France 2013)Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Thursday: Sept. 25: Pedro Castillo park, Calle 74 x 37 and Las Madres park, Calle 31 x 72
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Purgatorio. Viaje al corazon de la frontera
(Mexico 2013) Rodrigo Reyes’ riveting film is a provocative meditation that captures the brutal beauty of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Winner of the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary as well as the New Orleans Film Festival Jury Award. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Mecanica Nacional (National Suicide)
(Mexico 1971). Director: Luis Alcoriza. Starring: manolo Fabregas, Lucha Villa, Hector Suarez, Sara Garcia, Pancho Cordova, Fabiola Falcon, Gloria Marin and Alma Muriel. Award: One of the best 100 movies in Mexican cinema. This film is a cinematic version of the character of the contemporary Mexican. Following a barely plotted story (characters whose lives intersect on the road heading to a race), the film is actually a mural in motion. Themes are the attitudes, behaviors, passions and emotions in modern Mexico.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gerardo Alvarez Fonseca: Guitars of Autum
This performance is by one of Merida’s wonderful classical guitarists. For decades, Merida has been a worldwide meeting place for classical music of all kinds and especially for those who want to study classical guitar.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Fernando Leal: Trovaluz (TrovaLight)
Never miss a chance to see and hear Fernando Leal. Many of our younger folks are unaware that he is the songwriter behind many of the classics and hits that have come out of Yucatan in the past four decades.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Eduardo Vazquez: Boleros Yesterday and Today
This will be another lively performance and well worth attending.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Jazz Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Jazz: Xunaan Ensemble
This jazz ensemble is under the direction of Tanya Estrada. The performance is a tribute to Claude Bolling.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Faces of Mexican Cinema September 12 – October 12
These are movie posters from the collection of Enrique Vidal that will permanently reside in the Library of Yucatan.
Location: Galeria Callejon de Congreso at Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Looking at Art: Between Use and Customs
This is a collective exhibition featuring the work of Manuel Lizama, Jose Luis Couoh, Luis Coral, Manuel Ontiveros and Sergio Pech.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Ballet of Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Classical Dance: Nuria Ojeda Araujo and Erika Arguelles
Plus the Ballet of the City of Merida. This performance is part of the Season of Cinthia Ricalde Professional Groups of Classical Dance.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H2OMX
(Mexico 2013) With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and create a sustainable water system? In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis
(France 2008) Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a seaside town, on the French Riviera, at any cost. The trouble is that he is caught red-handed while trying to scam an inspector. Philippe is immediately banished to the distant unheard of town of Bergues, in the Far North of France.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) September 26 , 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Friday: Sept. 26: Morelos park and Juarez park;
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Two Documentaris by Werner Herzog
(Germany 1976/1980) How Much Bark Cuts a Beaver: A strange sales convention where they compete much faster world, around an issue of old German and Amish dialect
The Angry Man of God: Gene Scotch preacher religious program show preaches eight to ten hours a day
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Nesio (Magnesium)
(Mexico 2008). Director: Alan Coton. Starring: Jorge Adrian EspindolaTenoch Huerta, Cesar Jaime and Claudette Maille. This movie takes place on the night streets of Mexico City and gives movie goers a view of the river of people who live there. Magnesium is a kid in the process of hardening as he goes through life. He is a drug dealer, another character is a black widow prostitute.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Ana
Time: 7:30 PM Friday (also on Saturday)
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Tribute to Ramon Triay
This performance features the man himself. Ramon Triay is one of Yucatan’s treasures, so don’t miss this performance.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Mia Monforte: Sharing Tastes
This performance is billed as being popular music, but this lady is an opera quality soprano. Audiences love her. Pretty girl, pretty music.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Socorro Echeverría Dance School
This is a program based on the work of choreographer Maria Socorro Echeverria. Just to mention that Coppelia Students are High level performers lets us know that there will be worlds of energy on this stage.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark/ UK)A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. Indonesian and English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Michele Santorsola is the Guest director and this concert features Davide Fanchin on the horn. The music performed includes Overture to “Leonora” No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Horn No. 3, K.447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvorák. Two Italian musicians, Michele Santorsola, the guest director, who has directed more than 50 orchestras, and member of the OSY Davide Fanchin, delight us in this program including the famous Concerto for Horn No. 3 Mozart, as well as one of the four overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera, Fidelio. Leonora No. 3. by Czech composer Dvorák, is from his Eighth Symphony that includes folk songs and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark/ UK)A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. Indonesian and English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Amor Libre Free Love
(Mexico 1979). Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Starring: Julissa Alma Muriel, and Manuel Ojeda, with Jorge Batzaretti, Jose Alonso and Ana Ofelia Murguia. Julis and July share a sincere friendship – an apartment and the men in their lives. Both are free “locos” and vow to never let jealousy become involved in their way of life. Most likely in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th century poem that describes Judgment Day, when the last trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Music: Yahal Kab: Trova Between Two Seas
Yahal Kab is the most popular of the young groups that have been rising to the top over the past few years. Do try to see them perform.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Milne Barrera and the Youth Ballet of Yucatan
All of Yucatan’s youth orchestras and dance companies are some of the best in the world. Please come out and support our wonderful young performers.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Anna
Time: 7:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
(UK 2013) Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: We Need to Talk About Kevin
(UK 2011) Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Life Between the Water and the Mud
This documentary is about the little known life forms that exist at the intersection of the sea and the beach. Witness the daily struggle for survival of the extraordinary inhabitants of the marshes.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Michele Santorsola is the Guest director and this concert features Davide Fanchin on the horn. The music performed includes Overture to “Leonora” No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Horn No. 3, K.447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvorák. Two Italian musicians, Michele Santorsola, the guest director, who has directed more than 50 orchestras, and member of the OSY Davide Fanchin, delight us in this program including the famous Concerto for Horn No. 3 Mozart, as well as one of the four overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera, Fidelio. Leonora No. 3. by Czech composer Dvorák, is from his Eighth Symphony that includes folk songs and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Trova: Dueto Zazil Kay
If you are in the city during the day on Sunday, you will have the opportunity to hear Jose Luis and Jorge Luis Moguel perform. This duet is also one of the most popular to come out of the younger groups of trovadores .
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Classical Sundays: The Choir of the City of Merida
This performance is under the direction of Nidia Gongora Cervera. This is a wonderful, multi-talented choir, so do come and hear them.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Jazz: James Meador: Tribute to Michael Buble
Low brass and jazz are the two things that come to mind when James Meador’s name is mentioned. A long-time member of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, James is now firmly attached to Merida – and aren’t we lucky! Do try to make this performance. You’ll be so glad you did.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingDance: Dies irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Felipe de la Cruz: Forty and Singing
Yes, and we will be happy to wager that he will be singing for another fifty years or so. Everybody loves Felipe de la Cruz. He does a lot of traveling, so we are lucky to have him in Merida. Do try to make this performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingDance: Ruby Montejo
Plus the Chamber Ballet of Bellas Artes (Fine Arts). Rugy Montejo is a former member of the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan. This performance is part of the Season of Cinthia Ricalde Professional Groups of Classical Dance.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop
(UK 2010) The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Monday, Sept. 29: at the Cienega 2000 Store, Calle 88 x 39, and in the Vicente Guerrero par
Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Bartolome Loria Canto
This performance is called “Throughout a career, a lifetime.” Don Bartolome Loria Canto is the director of the Orchestra of the Ministry of Security in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz: Tom Kuban’s Soul Train
This group has always been a favorite with everyone!
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Cony Ancona
Tonight, see Cony Afrolatina with Fania All Stars, Ruben Blades, Will Colon and more. Cony Ancona has never given a performance that was less than stellar, so do try to see this one.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations:Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan LivingFourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan LivingLive, Love Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

Restaurante La Casa Azul is the brain child of Deysi Diaz , Shirley López, Suleimy Rios, Abril Rodríguez and Estaban Romero (pictured to the right). They are five students out of a class of eighteen who are studying hospitality at the Swiss-based Glion Institute of Higher Education located on the campus of Universidad del Valle de Mexico. Each year for the last six years, the program has held a contest for restaurant ideas. The group of students with the winning idea has the privilege and added experience of seeing their idea brought to life. This year, that idea will come alive as Restaurante La Casa Azul.

Hospitality Training in Merida

The Hospitality course at U.V.M. is a nine semester B.A. degree program. For the last four years, Chef Gregory Fryer has taught the Food and Beverage portion of the Hospitality program. In the first semester of this program, students learn culinary skills, safe food practices, menu creation, costing, budgeting, marketing and human resources. At same time they are also studying English and French. By the end of the first semester, the students present restaurant proposals and the winning concept is implemented in second semester when the students get the opportunity to operate a restaurant of their creation. La Casa Azul, a tribute to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, is the restaurant concept that will be produced beginning October 2014.

During the operation of the restaurant, the students learn the tools needed for cost controls, managing inventories, ordering and receiving, communication, staff motivation, marketing and great customer service. They also learn how to create Profit and Loss Statements and then analyze the data. Once the restaurant closes, the students must use what they learned for new strategy development in future classes.

Though there are many tourism degrees and cooking classes taught in Merida, this is the only program of its kind that teaches real world restaurant management skills. It is part of the Food and Beverage Program, a Glion program whose schools operate throughout Europe and Latin America. In fact, the Glion program is rated as one of the top three Hospitality programs in the world. In addition to the Food & Beverage classes, the students also have professors in Marketing, Human Resources, Culinary Skills, Room Division for Hotels, Accounting and English. In the photo to the right, Chef Denise Ordonez, executive chef at U.V.M., is seated in the middle.


On The Job Training

This fall, at La Casa Azul, the menu is internationally themed, influenced by Mexican flavors and products. The dining room is small, with only 40 seats, but it is the perfect size for the students to manage. The service is casual but professional, and the restaurant will be fully operated by the students. Though only one concept can win the competition, once the winner is chosen, all the students in that class work on the winning project.

Each student spends time in the kitchen, as a server, a bartender, a host, the manager, as well as a prep cook and a dishwasher. All the students rotate positions over the course of the four weeks that the restaurant is open. Chef Gregory Fryer, the Food and Beverage teacher at U.V.M., helps guide the students through their operation but lets the students learn from their challenges. “I do not do it for them; they need to learn for themselves. Some of the best learning comes from making mistakes. I encourage them to learn, and then move on to the next challenge.”

Casa Azul restaurant in Merida Yucatan

Open to the Public

The restaurant will be open to the public, and reservations are not required. There will be both breakfast and lunch items, some of which are pictured here. The menus are limited but varied. Each semester the concept and menu is a little different, depending on what the students come up with. Prices are reasonable since most of the customers are other students on campus.

Want to try something new? Have a little adventure and support these students? La Casa Azul will open October 13, 2014 and run until November 7, 2014. The restaurant will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4 PM. If you want to stay informed about this restaurant adventure, you can follow it at this Facebook page for La Casa Azul.

The University del Valle de Mexico is also the host campus to the Kendall College Program, a Chicago-based culinary arts school. Those students will also be operating bistros and restaurants in the coming semesters, so there are more good things to look forward to in the future from both the Glion and Kendall programs at the U.V.M. campus in Merida. And stay tuned to Yucatan Living, because we will let you know about them here!

By Working Gringos

Looking for a sales person to help me expand a video production business, focus on corporate, promotion and event based video production.
This is a commission based opportunity with the flexibility to work your own hours.
A knowledge of the video industry is not necessary.

Please feel free to contact me for more information. Maria Lagarde

Email: ambarproducciones [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] mx

By Working Gringos

Live in Downtown Merida Worry Free!

Terrace at condo for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexico
Located in the heart of the historic centro in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, the Arabesque Apartments bring a new standard to apartment living in Yucatan. These individually decorated one- and two-bedroom apartments are fully furnished with everything you need to live a relaxed, quiet and luxurious lifestyle in Merida.

The apartments have air conditioners and ceiling fans in every room, modern appliances, spacious living quarters full of light and color, and they all share a luscious tropical garden and a Living worry free in a downtown Merida apartment, Merida Yucatanfiltered swimming pool. All this is hidden behind a handsome facade with a secure gate. The building has onsite cleaning, gardening and handyman help for the residents, as well as laundry service. These affordable apartments were built with luxury and convenience in mind, and nothing has been forgotten!

European Styling and Modern Amenities

Although these magnificent apartments are surprisingly affordable, no detail has been overlooked. Each apartment comes complete with gourmet kitchens with refrigerators, granite countertops and dishwashers, potable water faucet at the sink, air conditioning in every room, ample closets and storage, crystal chandeliers, and the beautiful mosaic pasta tile floors for which Merida is famous.

There is a handyman/gardener on the premises daily and weekly maid service is available.

The original structure that this apartment building now occupies was built as a private home in Merida centro circa 1915. It was constructed in the then very chic and popular Art Deco Style, and has been renovated to retain that beauty on the outside, while having a totally updated interior.
Modern Kitchen in Merida condominium for sale, Merida Yucatan
The building was redesigned and remodeled into six boutique apartments, four two-bedrooms apartments and two one-bedroom apartments.

Every apartment is unique, and each has been carefully planned to give exquisite views of the beautifully landscaped tropical garden. This refreshing garden courtyard, complete with it’s 10 meter swimmable pool, has been carefully planned for the enjoyment of the residents and their guests. If you plan to keep a car in Merida, there is a Bedroom in condo for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexicocovered parking lot across the street where parking can be paid for on a monthly basis, or of course you can also park on the street. But you don’t need a car to live here!

Read more and see more photos at www.apartmentsmerida.com

The Perfect Location

To live in the historic centro of Merida in one of these beautiful apartments is to have the best of all worlds. When you are home, you are in your own safe, secure and luxurious apartment, with a beautiful well-kept tropical garden just outside. When you want to go out and see what Merida has to offer, the best of Merida is right around the corner, within easy walking distance. And Merida’s comprehensive bus service is also right at your doorstep.

The Merida English Library, a center for English-speaking expatriates in Merida, is just a block from your front door. Just a more blocks away is Santiago Park, a center of the neighborhood, with shaded benches, a fountain, a playground, a local mercado with flowers, fruit and vegetables and friendly neighbors. The park is surrounded by cocinas economicas, a pharmacy, a movie theatre, Bathroom in real estate for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexicoa grocery store, art galleries and more. Everything you need in one place!

Go a little further in the opposite direction and you’ll find yourself at Santa Ana Park, with its mercado, art galleries, museums, restaurants and shopping. And in the third direction, just five blocks away, is the Plaza Grande, the very heart of Merida.

Apartments For Sale in Merida

Prices start at $165,000 USD.

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Rent Before You Buy!

Maybe you would like to rent one of these beautiful apartments before you buy? These apartments have a steady rental income! To rent one of them, contact Cecilia at ctceci [at] gmail [dot] com or +52-999-174-3996.

Read more and see more photos at www.apartmentsmerida.com

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By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 15, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 15, 2014

Independence Day Celebrations in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Grito de Independencia: Mexican Independence Day
On the night of September 15, Mexicans around the world will gather to proclaim “Viva Mexico!” at midnight, and then to celebrate Mexican Independence on September 16. If you are in Merida, this is a must attend event. There will be similar celebrations in towns and villages throughout the state and, actually, around the world.
Location: Palacio de Gobierno in every town in Mexico. In Merida, on the Plaza Grande, with an outdoor musical concert before, starting at 9 PM.
Time: 10:00 PM Monday
Admission:Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 16, 2014

Independence Day Parade  in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Mexican Independence Day Parade
Location: In every town in Mexico. in Merida from Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan Park.
Time: 7:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Independence Day
This is a national holiday and most businesses will be closed.

Yucatan Living Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s – Mexico’s Independence Day
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets on sale now at Lizard Joes. $120 pesos advance purchase. $600 peso ticket and hotel packages available (includes 1 night stay at Las Garzas Hotel and 2 tickets to the show. Las Garzas is within walking distance of Lizard Joes). $150 pesos day of the event, if any tickets are still available. Stop in Lizard Joes or email lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com for information or tickets.

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Le Havre
(France/Philippines 2011) Marcel Marx is a writer who lives in Le Havre. His life changes when he meets a young black boy. Critics say, “A little marvel of intelligence and eccentric humor.” In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Chamber Orchestra of Merida: Night Dream
This performance is in honor of 100 years of Yucatecan music and part of a project to preserve the musical heritage of Yucatan. Artistic Director: Maestro Russel Montanez
Location:UMSA Reforma, Calle 72 x 47, centro
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Dali Documentary in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movies: Two Documentaries about Salvador Dali
First: Dali, Master of Dreams. (Spain 2004). Biography by Manuel Palacios. This is a passionate and personal documentary piece on this key figure in modern art.
Second: Dimension Dali. (Spain 2004). Documentary by Joan Ubeda, Susi Marques and Eli Pons. Salvador Dali was science obsessed and throughout his life, kept himself informed about the most important discoveries of his time and cultivated the friendship of prestigious researchers. Both films are probably in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Upstream Color
(USA 2013) Kris is kidnapped by a mysterious person who inoculates something in her body. When she is released she realizes that something has changed in her. Kris meets a former stockbroker named Jeff whose behavior indicates that he was also experimented with. Both characters come together in a relentless pursuit to find out what is happening and why. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Upsetter
(USA 2008) The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Robinson Crusoe
(Mexico 1952) Director: Luis Bunuel. Starring Dan O’Herlihy and Jaime Fernandez. This is a wonderful representation, from the 1950s, of this classic tale.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
(UK 2013) Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) September 19 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
(UK 2013) Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Regional Performing Arts: Sacbe Circuit: Steps on the Roof
This is a performance by the Inmarginales Company from D.F.. We don’t know much more than that, but it is probably impressive!
Location: Tapanco Centro Cultural, Calle 68 entre 47, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: General: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Bad Habits
(Mexico 2007). Director: Simon Bross. Starring Elena de Haro, Ximena Ayala, Denys Flores, Marco Trevino, Marta Aura and Hector Ortega. Matilde, who has left medicine to become a novice at a monastery, engages in a secret fast, intended to stop a flood at the same time that her chubby cousin is preparing for her first communion. The mother of the cousin is ashamed of her daughter’s weight and makes it almost impossible for her to lose weight. Meanwhile, the Pope discovers his own love of good food.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Theater and Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th century poem that describes Judgment Day, when the last trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Music: Lanugo in Concert
Yucatecan Rock Band in Concert.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Blade Runner
(USA 1982) A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Observation Workshop
Come learn how to watch the birds. Learn bird ecology, taxonomy, plumage, silhouettes, techniques of observation and much more. Taught by master Ernesto Gomez Uc. Find out more at their website, festivalavesyucatan.com.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Wheel of Time
(Germany 2003) Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog’s photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Regional Performing Arts: Sacbe Circuit: Steps on the Roof
This is a performance by the Inmarginales Company from D.F.
Location: Tapanco Centro Cultural, Calle 68 entre 47, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: General: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: The Last Heroes of the Peninsula
(Mexico 2004). Director: Jose Manuel Craviotto. Starring: Jesus Colain Rivero, Miguel Canto, Guty Espadas, Juan Herrera, Freddie Castillo and Guadalupe Madera. This is the first documentary produced entirely by UNAM through the program of Operas Primas del Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematograficos (CUEC). Directed by Jose Manuel Cravioto, this documentary tells the glorious story of boxing in Yucatan between 1970 and 1980. Five world champions came together in Yucatan during that time. Their former coach, Jesus Cholain Rivero, narrates the documentary, which includes the voices of other sports professionals. Most likely in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th century poem that describes Judgment Day, when the last trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $80 pesos

Fall Festival in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Fall Festival of the Arts: Inauguration Concert
This is the absolute “Must See” event of the week. Performances by the wonderful Orquesta Tipica Yucalpeten, Imelda Miller, Maria Medina, and legendary Sergio Esquivel. This kicks off the Fall Festival of the Arts in Merida.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Bogard Kaim: With Love to Yoko
This is a new name to us, so it will be interesting to see what this group is all about.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H2OMX
(Mexico 2013) With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and create a sustainable water system? In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Ernest & Célestine
(France 2012) The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine. In French with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Challenging the Ends
The Earth is the only planet with light, water and food in abundance, but it is also a planet of extremes. Some species of animals have developed strategies to survive in these places of extremes.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: God the Omnipotent Father
This is going to be an exceptional musical performance by Victor Urban, with Cuarteto de Cuerdas, and all under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

International String QuartetYucatan Living Chamber Music Sundays: International String Quartet of Yucatan
This is a wonderful orchestra and Merida is blessed to call them her own.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Regional Performing Arts: Sacbe Circuit: Steps on the Roof
This is a performance by the Inmarginales Company from D.F.
Location: Tapanco Centro Cultural, Calle 68 entre 47, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: General: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Lenny Sanchez: Noche de Boleros
This lady is truly one of Merida’s treasures. Try not to miss any of her performances.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Merida Big Band ConcertYucatan Living Pranier Pucheux Rodriguez: Jazz with Feeling
This performance includes the long-time favorite Merida Big Band.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching for SugarMan
(UK 2012) Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. Award winning documentary. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Starting today, pet rabies vaccines provided by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals. If you don’t have animals, encourage your neighbors to bring theirs!
Location: Monday,Sept. 22: in the ejido park opposite the Benito Juarez high school, Calle 22 x 14. See “Coming Soon” (below) for the full schedule and locations of these free rabies clinics.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, beginning Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Chamber Orchestra of Merida: Night Dream
This performance is in honor of 100 years of Yucatecan music and part of a project to preserve the musical heritage of Yucatan. Artistic Director: Maestro Russel Montanez
Location: Museo de la Danza (Calle 84 behind Parque del Centenario)
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Los Golden Years in ConcertYucatan Living Rock and Roll with Los Golden Years
Los Golden Years is everybody’s favorite group. Do try to see this performance!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera: Illusiones Troveras
Yet another must-see trova duet that is loved by everyone in Yucatan! This will be a wonderful performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tonight and Tomorrow Night: National Ballet of Cuba: Coppelia
This is going to be a wonderful event. The National Ballet of Cuba is recognized all over the world for its timeless excellence! Directed by the incomparable global ballet star, Alicia Alonso.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations:
Monday, Sept. 22: in the ejido park opposite the Benito Juarez high school, Calle22 x 14; Tuesday: Sept. 23: Calle 29 x 42 and Calle 52 x 33;
Wednesday, Sept. 24: at the Azueta park on the side of the CFE and in La Pasadita park on Calle 62 x 37
Thursday, Sept. 25: Pedro Castillo park, Calle 74 x 37 and Las Madres park, Calle 31 x 72
Friday, Sept. 26: Morelos park and Juarez park
Monday, Sept. 29: at the Cienega 2000 Store, Calle 88 x 39, and in the Vicente Guerrero par
Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ballet Gala, September 26
A ballet extravaganza! Find out more here on their Facebook event page.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 #495, centro
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Unknown.

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert, September 26 and 27
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Anna
Time: 7:30 PM both nights
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 3: Friday, September 26, Sunday, September 28
Guest Director: Michele Santorsola. Featuring: Davide Fanchin (French horn). Music includes works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

Progreso’s Google Maps Updated

Google Car in Progreso Yucatan Every two years, Google comes to Progreso and updates their street view. It then takes approximately three to six months before the images can be processed and uploaded to Google’s “Street View.” But that isn’t all. There is currently underway, a project by the Instituto del Seguridad Juridica Patrimonial del Estado (Insejupy) to create digital mapping of 105 of the 106 municipalities (counties) in Yucatan. This will include all of the municipalities except Merida and they are in collaboration with Google Earth to do that. The goal is to provide individuals and local governments with detailed information and a digital view of every land parcel in Yucatan so they can develop programs and strategies for best practices in development as well as taxation. The project has been underway since the beginning of the year and the digital results should be available to the public soon. When that happens, the world will be able to see all of Yucatan. Street views of every municipality will surely allow potential investors to see what Yucatan has to offer and we expect this will generate much more international interest in our adopted state.

Micro-credit Growing in Rural Yucatan

The phenomenon of group credit, in rural Yucatan, has taken hold and is at the point now where the state is regularizing it because the people have no other banking option available to them. What this regularizing entails is making certain that the microfinance institutions that flourish in the rural areas of the state are not taking advantage of the people. This is a serious issue because there are now 4,000 of these micro-credit institutions operating in Yucatan. The good news is that the numbers of individuals and cooperatives who utilize these services is growing and their rate of paying back micro-loans is excellent. Often, collectives are so successful that members are able to get credit for their small businesses on an individual basis. Yucatecos in rural areas of Yucatan are fortunate because 59% of the people in Mexico do not have access to banking or micro-credit.

Genetic and Forensic Lab in Merida Yucatan MexicoState of the Art Forensic Lab in Yucatan

The FBI in the United States uses 13 genetic markers to identify DNA. Other forensic centers use 16. The new genetic forensic laboratory of the State Prosecutor’s Office in Yucatan is the first of its kind and uses 24 markers to identify DNA. The director is Rosalba Gamboa Magna, a national and internationally recognized specialist who has served as a member of the Latin American Society of Forensic Sciences, as a member of the Mexican Academy of Expert Services, and as a member of the American Association of Forensic Sciences. The lab will focus on the identification of bodies, in providing facts and findings in criminal cases, and in sexual offense cases. The lab will issue the results in paternity cases and will have a section dedicated to ballistics. Staff has been given additional vocational training in the management of chain of custody. They are senior technicians in police investigation and hold the appropriate degrees in Criminology at the university or vocational levels. There are only eight other forensic labs in Mexico, and Merida has the only forensic lab that can boast this state of the art equipment and staff.

Over 9,000 Laptops Given to Teachers

There have now been eleven award ceremonies to groups of teachers this year. The latest ceremony, at La Inalambrica Sports Center, gave brand new laptops to 2,292 teachers from Merida, Hunucma, Izamal, Maxcanu, Motul, Tekax, Peto, Ticul, Tizimin, Valladolid and Yaxcaba. This brought the total, for the year, to 9,327. The presentation of laptops to teachers, as a tool for improving the quality of education, from pre-school through secondary school in Yucatan, is part of an statewide push in education that includes remodeling and maintenance of buildings and furniture. Given the rapid rate at which international business and manufacturing is coming to Yucatan, an educated workforce is a must. With this start, Yucatan is well on its way to meeting all of the needs of the people and their employers.

Weather Hazards

As heavy rain continues, roads and trees are feeling the strain. Multiple and extended rain events can leave almost as much devastation behind as a hurricane. Please watch for potholes, damage to small bridges, and trees that may be in danger of falling. Civil Protection has units working across the state and municipalities are mobilizing brigades of their own. Oxkutzcab has a brigade of ten going through the municipality, cutting branches and trees that are threatening to fall on homes, and even on some schools. There isn’t much that can be done about potholes until the rain stops, so please do not drive through water you can’t see through unless you absolutely must and, even then, do so with extreme caution. Just because Yucatan has not experienced a hurricane does not mean that all is well or that people can move about without due caution.

Monsanto vs. The Bees

As you might have heard, the beekeepers and honey merchants of Yucatan won a very important lawsuit against Monsanto recently, effectively stopping them from introducing GMO crops and bee-killing pesticides into the Yucatan. The victory was heard and noticed around the world. Monsanto was all set to plant 625,000 acres in seven states with Roundup-ready soybeans. SEMARNAT and local beekeepers protested and the permit to do the planting was denied. Only a fool would imagine, however, that Monsanto will stop there and go away. We have recently seen a petition from a group trying to organize to keep the pressure up against Monsanto in this regard. If you are interested in helping, go here to learn more.

Ven Súbete a la Van con Nicho Hinojosa” (Come Ride the Van with Nicho Hinojosa)

Nicho Hinojosa in Yucatan Mexico Nicho Hinojosa is an artist who became well known because of his involvement with the Big Brother program. Now, he has been on a journey to show the positive side of the Yucatan Peninsula through stops in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Holbox and Valladolid. He notes that Valladolid is a nice, quiet city that is one of the safest not just in Mexico, but in the world. He stresses the tolerance, peace and harmony of Yucatan and invites everyone to watch for his online program “Ven Súbete a la Van con Nicho Hinojosa.” We completely agree with Nicho Hinojosa’s viewpoint and will certainly be watching his program. You can like his Facebook page and follow him here.

Merida Becoming Health Related Convention City

This week, as the National Association of Nephrologists of Mexico (in case you are wondering, nephrologists are medical personnel who specialize in kidney care) opened their annual convention in Merida, it soon became very clear why Merida was chosen as the city in which to hold this event. First, Merida’s academic environment is superior to almost any other location in Mexico. Second, and to many medical specialists the most important reason, is the level of safety they enjoy in Merida. They do not need ot worry about crime in Merida or anywhere in Yucatan. Thus, the nephrologists who are meeting in Merida have the opportunity to turn their full attention to learning from each other and moving their research and practices forward. Welcome to all of the nephrologists who are visiting Merida and we hope to see you again on both a personal and professional level.

Mexico Grand Prix Returns to Mexico in 2015

Grand Prix Mexico 2014 For all of you racing fans, the Grand Prix of Mexico will finally be returning to Mexico on Dia de los Muertos (November 1), 2015. It caught our eye when we read that one of the drivers, Max Verstappen, will be only 16 years old. The race will be at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The track is already being remodeled and everyone is set to go after not having the race since 1993. We’re sure it will be televised, so be sure and let your favorite sports bar know that you want to see it.

Natural Gas Powered Transport Presented in Merida

Dina, a manufacturer of autobuses, has presented one of its sustainable ecological models to be considered for service in Merida. The bus is fueled by natural gas, which is cheaper than buying regular or diesel gasoline. Also, and maybe even more importantly, the use of natural gas as a fuel can reduce more than 95% of the particulate emissions and 90% of nitrogen oxides in the air, which reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses considerably. No word was issued on whether there will be a purchase of these autobuses, but at least the local transport companies are aware of alternatives to what they are doing now and are looking into those alternatives.

Another Park Adds Physical Activity Classes in Progreso

Sports Activities in Yucatan Mexico When a new program begins, it often has an enthusiastic reception, but the test of time may show that it wasn’t really something that would hold the interest of a wide variety of people. Such is not the case with the physical activity classes in Progreso. Over the past few months, neighborhood by neighborhood has climbed on the bandwagon and the city and state have responded with teachers and with all of the classes the ladies need. After all, free physical activity classes are cheaper than providing health care to a population that suffers with obesity, high blood pressure, coronary disease, and/or diabetes. The ladies of Progreso know what they need and are wholeheartedly participating in physical activity classes three times a week. Many thanks to the city and state for supporting this program and for making certain that it can grow.

By Working Gringos

We Commit

Years ago, a woman who lived at the beach approached us via email to tell us about her program called Progeso Apoyo. Kitty was retired, lived in Progreso and to fill up her time had started this ambitious project to help the children around her stay in school. Through trial and error, she figured out that though there were hundreds of kids who needed help, there were probably only a handful that really would value that help. She looked for the kids that maintained good grades and were motivated to succeed and continue in school, and she devised a system for helping them, using donations from her relatively wealthy (relative to the children in Progreso, anyway) friends from the USA and Canada.

You can read about the Progreso Apoyo program here.

When we heard about the program, and wrote an article about it, we couldn’t help but feel that we certainly had enough money to help someone. We volunteered to sponsor a child and Kitty matched us up with a Yucatecan boy with the unlikely name of Vladimir.

We started sponsoring Vladimir in the sixth grade. This photo was sent to us a few years later when he was in high school. It was one of the yearly photos sent by Kitty to show us what some of our money had helped pay for. If we recall correctly, that year our money went towards good shoes, maybe some school clothes, textbooks and that book bag at his feet.

We’ve had this photo up on our wall for years. It perhaps served as some inspiration for us… testament to some of the real results of all our hard work. Not only were we helping our own children, but for the price of a few fancy dinners in the States, we were helping put this young man through school. We understood from Kitty’s letters that Vlad’s family had very little, and our support really did make a difference. His father is a mechanic and his mother runs a small tendejon out of the front of their house. Certainly, they would have been hard put to come up with the money to keep him going through high school, as costs were high and income was low. We were happy to help.

Vladimir Graduates High School

Fast forward a few years, and Vladimir had graduated. And done well. He got consistently good grades, and he was one of Kitty’s prize students. On top of that, as he had seen one of his two older sisters go to college and become a nurse, he decided that he had what it took to also go to college. Truthfully, as a senior in high school, he had wanted to go to the new Forensics program at UADY, but apparently in the end decided that it was going to be too difficult to get into the program (it was a new program, and seats were very limited). So Vladimir opted for the nursing program at ISSTE’s School of Nursing in Merida. Kitty asked us if we would continue to support him, as she was starting up her CAPP program (Career Advancement Program of Progreso). We happily agreed and sent Kitty the required annual amount, which was larger than what we had been sending for his grammar and high school support.

Finally, We Meet

This year, right before school started, we decided that we finally would like to meet Vladimir, if he was willing. By working through Kitty, we found out that Vladimir would love to meet with us and so Kitty helped us arrange to meet him in downtown Merida one afternoon after his classes (he is apparently in school five days a week, from 8 am until 5 pm, and takes a bus to and from Progreso every day. The transportation is one of the biggest expenses for students in Progreso, and our support takes care of this).

We forgot to call to confirm, so we showed up at Amaro Restaurant in the centro half expecting that Vladimir might have forgotten, or at the very least, that he might be late. We were actually about ten minutes late, as we have perhaps taken the Yucatan way a little too much to heart! But Vladimir was there, sitting alone at a table, sipping on a glass of water and waiting for us. He smiled when he saw us, and got up to give us both a hug before we sat down.

Vladimir does not speak much English, so our conversation was mostly in Spanish. After 13 years, we can now hold a conversation in Spanish, though we may not understand all the vocabulary (depending on the subject matter. We’re great if the conversation is about computers or house construction!). Vladimir told us that he is studying English in school, but actually he is spending more energy on learning the Maya language, because many of the patients he will be dealing with will only speak Maya.

Vladimir told us that he is studying hard and doing clinical work in the ISSTE Hospital as well. In fact, he told us, he is learning to put in catheters, a process we were glad that we were NOT learning to do. Because Kitty is such a good money manager, she had some money left over in Vlad’s account at the end of the summer. On our behalf, she had just bought him a laptop computer. He was very happy to have this computer, which made his studying and working at school much easier, and he thanked us for that profusely.

After about forty minutes together, sipping on ice teas surrounded by an art exhibit of female nudes, we had to go. We had another appointment to run to and Vladimir had to catch his bus back to Progreso. As we got up to leave, Vladimir told us how very happy he was with our support and how much it meant to him. We explained to him that we were happy to do it, that we were very proud of what he had accomplished so far and we look forward to his graduation.

You too can have the satisfaction of helping a young person make it through school and becoming a contributing member of society in the Yucatan. If you are interested, follow the links below to the CAPP or Apoyo program articles, read about them and then contact Kitty to sign up. You might eat one or two less meals out… but you will be so much more satisfied!

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Merida’s ISSTE School of Nursing’s Facebook page

About the Progreso Apoyo program

Other programs that have grown from the Progreso Apoyo program

The Progreso CAPP program

By Working Gringos

Cozy Colonials for rent in Merida Yucatan centro
Cozy Colonials for rent in Merida Yucatan centro
Cozy Colonials for rent in Merida Yucatan centro
Cozy Colonials for rent in Merida Yucatan centro
Cozy Colonials for rent in Merida Yucatan centro
Cozy Colonials for rent in Merida Yucatan centro
Cozy Colonials for rent in Merida Yucatan centro

 

 

Georgia Charuhas

Cozy Colonial

Vacation Rentals

These one bedroom, one bath colonial homes are located in the famous Santa Ana and Santiago districts of Merida’s Centro Historico. From their original wooden front doors to their tall ceilings and tiled floors to their private bricked garden patios in the back, these are typical and charming Yucatecan homes.

What isn’t typical about these homes is the art that graces their walls, all original art by one of Merida’s most famous artists, Georgia Charuhas. The furnishings have been chosen by Georgia for their comfort and coziness, making these light and airy rentals feel like home from the minute you walk in!

The homes all have a spacious sala, or living room, with couches and ample light for reading. The bedrooms feature king, queen or double beds and are next to bathrooms that look out over the back patios. The kitchens are fully equipped with stoves, refrigerators and utensils for easy living. Two of the homes have air conditioning, and there are ceiling fans throughout.

 

 

Central Location

These charming homes are all located within walking distance from just about everything, including the Santa Ana, Santa Lucia and Santiago Parks with their signature mercados, their restaurants and their nighttime activities.

Also within easy walking distance is Paseo de Montejo, the scene of stately mansions, Saturday night’s Noche Mexicana and the Sunday morning Bici-Ruta (Bicycle Route), not to mention the art museums and galleries of the Santa Ana District, the Archaeological Museum, and the Zocalo, the center of town, with all its museums, restaurants and shopping opportunities. There are also movie theatres, multiple pharmacies, convenience stores, churches and grocery stores.

 

Hacienda Yunku in the Yucatan

 

Contact Georgia

If you want to rent one of these charming colonial homes for your stay in Merida, email:

artoriginals1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

 

 

see more at our Airbnb listing.

or call Georgia at:

999-923-0495

Come stay in the heart of Merida!

See Georgia’s art at her website, www.georgiacharuhas.com.

By Khaki Scott

Feeling a Little Damp?

Rainy Season in Yucatan Mexico Hurricane season is far from over, so it is a fairly safe bet to guess that at least afternoon rains will be with the entire Yucatan Peninsula for the remainder of September. This is especially true as one tropical weather event after the next seems to be rolling over us. Please remain prepared for any degree of weather, and watch the weather sources online for continuous updates. The National Hurricane Center at NOAA is an excellent resource. If you have a favorite online weather service, please leave us a note and its web address in the comment section below.

Hepatitis A on the Rise

There have been 958 cases of Hepatitis A reported so far in 2014 in Yucatan. This is 100 more cases than for the same period last year. Most of the cases have been reported in outlying municipalities that do not have chlorinated water, suffer with poor drainage during heavy rains, and have poor hygiene in food preparation, especially in the preparation of food cooked and sold by street vendors. Vaccinations in these 27 municipalities are currently underway. To protect yourself and your family, keep your kitchen clean and take extra care to purchase, store, and cook food properly. This is one time of the year when drinking bottled water is probably a good idea, as is hand-washing. Hepatitis A is preventable, so please take extra measures to keep yourself and your family safe.

65 Masters and Doctoral Students Head Abroad

Yucatecos in the World The Government of the State of Yucatan, along with the National Council of Science and Technology, has presented scholarships to 65 masters and doctoral students so they can continue their studies in Europe, Asia, the United States, and other parts of the world. The number of students who are academically prepared to take on this challenge is steadily increasing: 31 in 2012, 49 in 2013, and now 65 in 2014. We are also pleased to report that 42% of these students are women. These bright young people are Yucatan’s face to the world. They are forming the professional relationships that will network Yucatan and other nations together far into the future. Congratulations to each and every one of them and bon voyage!

Profepa Confiscates Illegal Pets

Ilegal Pets in Yucatan Mexico This past week, in Motul, Profepa confiscated a crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) and five turtles: two Trachemys callirostris, two Rhinoclemmys areolata, and a Kinosternon integrum. The people had been keeping them as pets, but now face a fine that could go as high as 50,000 times the daily minimum wage. This comes on the heels of an iguana and eight tree frogs discovered in an airport in Nuevo Leon. Their origin was right here in Merida. The protection of animals, especially endangered animals, in Mexico is a serious issue and Profepa has little to zero sympathy when it comes to confiscation and the assessment of penalties.

Chichen Itza Most Visited Archaeological Site in Mexico

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) tracks visitors to the archaeological sites in Mexico and reports that Chichen Itza (with 18.9% of all archaeological visitors) has pulled ahead of Teotihuacan, in the State of Mexico, which only registered 18.2%. It became obvious that Chichen Itza would win the tourism race in June, when it had registered 132,333 visitors and Teotihuacan had only recorded 128,979. So far this year, over eight million people have visited Mexico’s archaeological zones and more than five million have visited Mexico’s museums. Tourism, both domestic and foreign is on the rise and Mexico has got the destinations, both new and ancient. And Yucatan has the most popular site of all!

Street Vendors Given Chance for Permanent Locations

Street Vendors in Yucatan Mexico
There is a new program in place in five city councils across Mexico with the goal of giving street vendors the opportunity to find permanent locations through unsecured loans. This is a pilot program that is beginning in Merida (Yucatan), Morelia (Michoacan), Santana (Tlaxcala), Queretaro (Queretaro) and in D.F. The goal, in Merida, is to have no street vendors in Merida at all. This will improve the tax base and give the vendors a sense of belonging in the business community in their state. The project is slated to begin before the end of this month and, if it works, we will soon see the results. To be honest, we are not sure how we feel about this… street vendors have always seemed to us to be a part of life in Mexico. However, as visitors to this beautiful country, we can only watch as time and progress continue to make changes.

Red Tide Affecting Pulpo (Octopus) Catch

The fishermen of San Felipe are reporting a below normal catch of pulpo because of, they believe, a red tide that can also be seen in Rio Lagartos. They say it seems to be coming from the direction of El Cuyo. Since a red tide depletes the oxygen in the water and causes marine animals to head for deeper water to survive, the octopus population is apparently moving on. Since the sea cucumber can’t move the way other species can, they simply die in a serious incident of red tide. The loss of income from the sea cucumbers, as well as lower catches of other species of fish, would spell economic disaster for many fishermen whose families depend on their income. This is a situation that everyone will continue to monitor.

Breeding Tilapia May Come to Ejido Paraiso Soon

Tilapia Breeding in Yucatan Mexico Nine kilometers from Progreso, on the road to Merida, there is a little village called Chespirto, which is located on Ejido Paraiso, which is still in the Municipality of Progreso. Only 450 people live there, and the village is only 25 years old. It recently began getting services, such as electricity and other public services, and a school. Now, people from the Port of Progreso are beginning to move there because it is such a nice place to live. Unfortunately, there are several times a year when the unemployment rate soars. To combat unemployment, families are raising pigs and poultry, as well as vegetables in backyard gardens. But that isn’t enough. Full time employment is their goal and they see aquaculture, in the form of breeding tilapia, as a means of resolving their dilemma. Tilapia breeding has been successful in other parts of the state and there has been a successful pilot research program ongoing in Tizimin since 2008. There is every reason to believe that tilapia breeding will be successful in Chespirto. This will be the last thing needed to ensure that Paraiso really is Paradise.

Coppel Coming to Oxkutzcab

Oxkutzcab is the Citrus Capital of Yucatan and the location of the annual Orange Festival. As the city grew, Mi Bodega Aurrera (part of the Walmart chain) was the first big chain store to come to town. Next came Soriana Express and now Coppel. The human resources people are already in town and are already hiring employees. Because Oxkutzcab is the center of a growing agricultural and commercial economy, it was not lost on Coppel that thousands of people from the city and region shop in Oxkutzcab every day. This is also an area with a significant number of returning migrants who are looking for the kind of merchandise Coppel offers. It looks as if Oxkutzcab is poised to take yet another well deserved leap forward.

Avocados: $100 pesos per 20 Kilogram Box

Avocado Prices in Yucatan Mexico There is, evidently, a bumper crop of avocados in Yucatan at the present time and prices have hit rock bottom, at least for a few days or weeks. For those of our readers who do not live in Yucatan, $100 pesos per 20 kilogram box works out to $5 pesos per kilogram, and that converts to $0.38 USD per 2.2 pounds, which is $0.17 USD per pound. Currently, in the United States, the average retail price of avocados is a little more than $1.22 USD per pound. With the kind of prices we’re seeing in Oxkutzcab, we can envision hoards of avocado lovers heading for airports and planes for Yucatan. Of course, these low prices won’t last forever, but they certainly nice while we have them.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 08, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 08 2014

Mexican Independence DayYucatan Living VEL Lecture Series: History of Mexican Independence Day
Paula Álvarez graduated as an archaeologist from UADY University. She has Master and Doctor degrees from the London University. Paula worked for 26 years doing archaeological investigations in several Mayan Sites, especially in Calakmul. She retired 2 years ago and lives in Valladolid where she teaches Sociology to upper grades at the Modelo University.
Location: La Palapa at Casa Hamaca in Valladolid
Time: 7:30 PM Monday
Admission:A $50 pesos per person donation to help with VEL expenses is greatly appreciated. Please come and bring your friends! Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, plus delicious snacks available for purchase at Casa Hamaca’s own Xoco Loco!

Tuesday (Martes) September 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cuentos de hadas para dormir cocodrilos (Bedtime Fairy Tales for Crocodiles)
(Mexico 2002) Language: Spanish. Director: Ignacio Ortiz. Starring Arturo Rios, Luisa Huertas, Ana Graham, Dagoberto Gama and Mayra Serbulo. A man travels back to the house of his father, grandfather and on backward. He is in search of salvation from a family curse for himself and his son. The movie mixes the personal life of the ancestors of this man with historical moments for México, such as The Reform War, the Mexican Revolution, etc.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time:8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trio RomanceYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Romance
This trio is one of the long-time favorites of Merida. They contribute to keeping traditional trova alive, while still opening the door to the new sounds of 21st century trova.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Little Dieter Needs to Fly
(Germany 1997) German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Greek Mythology Documentaries
Movie 1: Medusa
(United States 2009). Writer/Director: Christopher Cassel. Documentary Narrator: Stan Bernard. The epic tragedy of Medusa, the most infamous female fiend in Greek mythology, whose look turned every living thing to stone. But what is the true story behind the myth? Find out this evil Gorgon’s real world connection to human corpses, and learn what clues the night sky holds about the origins of the tale of Medusa.
Movie #2: Achilles: Myths and Legends
(Spain 2005). Achilles was the greatest of the Greek heroes of the Trojan war: young, ardent, strong in character – the very definition of a warrior.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Museo de La Cancion YucatecaYucatan Living Music: Night of Dreams
Chamber Sundays, celebrating 100 years of Musica Yucateca. This performance is a special tribute to Yucateco composer Arturo Cosgaya C. The Concert Director is Maestro Russell Montanez Coronado. If you have never been to a concert at this museum, you are in for a treat!
Location:Museum of Yucateca Song, Calle 57 x 50, centro
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H2OMX
(Mexico 2013) With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and create a sustainable water system? In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 11, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Purgatorio: Viaje al corazón de la frontera (Journey to the Heart of the Frontier)
(Mexico 2013) Rodrigo Reyes’ riveting film is a provocative meditation that captures the brutal beauty of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Winner of the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary as well as the New Orleans Film Festival Jury Award. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Fernández de Peralvillo
(Mexico 1954). Director: Alejandro Galindo. Starring: David Silva, Victor Parra, and Sara Garcia. Mario has no father and lives in Peralvillo with his two sisters and his mother. With no education, he soon falls in with a group of thugs, with whom he becomes rich and powerful. Unfortunately, he ends up despising people and loneliness slowly seizes him. One night, with the intention of making amends, he is given a tour of his old neighborhood in Peralvillo; but fate is about to collect her debts in the person of an old enemy…
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Art Exhibit in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Sisal (Ziz-ha) and Species
Visual graphics exhibition of the flora and fauna of the Ejido of Sisal. This exhibit is open from September 11 until October 10.
Location: Galería Sede Rendon Peniche, Calle 43 s/n entre 44 y 46, Col. Industrial.
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Magic: Wine Tasting at MEL
Tonight begins the new season of Merida Magic at the Merida English Library. Three wonderful wines will be presented by Naomi Murphy, along with excellent Indian dishes for your enjoyment, all at a beautiful Merida home in the centro.
Location: Directions will be given upon purchase of tickets.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $250 pesos for members, $300 pesos for non-members. Tickets on sale at MEL.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Gatekeepers
(Israel 2012) A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. In Hebrew with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) September 12 , 2014

Yucatan Living Chelem Christmas Dreams September Bingo Raffle Extravaganza September 12
It’s back to Bingo Time! Come hang out with the Chelem Elves at their September Bingo/Raffle Extravaganza! As usual, half the bingo money goes to the toy drive fund and half goes to the lucky winners. They’ve already got some great raffle prizes in their backpack and they’re working on more. Prizes so far include a one week stay at Casa de Coco in Mahahual, stays at hotels in San Cristobal and Puerto Aventuras, gift certificates at Robert Abuda Salon, restaurants, dog grooming and more. This list will keep on growing. Please visit the The Chelem Christmas Toy Drive Facebook page or email them at chelemchristmasdreams [at] gmail [dot] com for more details.
Location: La Playa de Chelem
Time: 6:00 PM, September 12
Admission: They let you decide how many cards and how many games you want to play. Cards for regular bingo will be 25 pesos each, and the cards for the blackout round will be 75 pesos each. You can play as many cards as you want and if you want to keep playing after the scheduled 3 games and blackout are over, they’ll accommodate that also. Also, you can participate in the raffles even if you are not in the Yucatan by going to our donation page . For every $10.00 donation, they’ll throw 5 raffle tickets into the raffle of your choice.

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage)
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the United States. In Spanish with English subtitles
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Classic Mexican Cinema in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Mexican Film: Los Albaniles
(Mexico 1976). Director: Jorge Fons. Starrig: Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Jaime Fernandez, Jose Alonso, Salvador Sanchez, Jose Carlos Ruiz and Katy Jurado. This classic Mexican movie shows us the lifestyle of the Mexican migrant construction workers in the middle 70s. We see the corruption, the robberies, infidelity, envy and the poor treatment that workers received from overseers. There is a murder that goes unresolved and plenty of bad language. Yet, with all of that, this is still one of the best movies of its kind that has ever been made. Well worth seeing.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Weekly Language Exchange
Every Friday in Hotel Campestre there is a language exchange. The comfortable setting is peaceful, on the terrace, with great coffee. This Friday, they will have a special movie night. There is someone new at every meeting, so don’t be afraid to come alone. They have a new Meetup Group and everyone is welcome to join: Merida Language Exchange Meetup.
Location: Hotel Campestre, Calle 1-D, Entre Calle 26 Y Prol. Montejo, Fracc. Campestre.
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Caballo Azul Company
This performance is part of the Fall Artistic Season in a lovely Itzimna setting.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Life with Adele
(France 2013) Adele is 15 years old and knows that it is normal to go out with boys, but has a growing attraction to women. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Classic Music in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 2
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Manuel Escalante piano.
In this program OSY presents the program from their first recording. The program interprets each of the recorded works of the three most important composers of Mexico nationalism: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, and the first orchestral recording Metro Chabacano Javier Alvarez as well as a unique concert by Ricardo Castro on the Piano. Congratulations to our orchestra for their 1st recording! The Program will be Suite “The Night of the Mayas” of Silvestre Revueltas, Metro Chabacano by Javier Alvarez; Symphony No. 2 “India” of Carlos Chavez and Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo. Also, concerto for piano and orchestra presented by Ricardo Castro. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Gatekeepers
(Israel 2012) A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. In Hebrew with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Alternative Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: “De Panzazo”
(Mexico 2012). Director: Jan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola. This is a documentary presenting the current education system in Mexico, and its importance to the future of Mexico. It includes research findings, as well as interviews with parents and students. The documentary is intended as a call to all members of Mexican society to work for a better Mexico.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Narco Culture
(Mexico 2013) To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto – a new form of the American Dream, fueled by the war on drugs. NARCO CULTURA looks at this explosive phenomenon from within; cycles of addiction to money, drugs and violence that are rapidly gaining strength on both sides of the US/Mexican border. In English and Spanish with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Secret in Their Eyes
(Spain 2009) A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later. Probably in Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 14, 2014

Video Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Documentary about Nature: The Ultimate Guide to Sharks
Meet the animals that have crossed the seas for more than 400 million years. They have survived the extension of the dinosaurs, and play a crucial role in the balance of the marine ecosystem.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 2
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Manuel Escalante piano.
In this program OSY presents the program from their first recording. The program interprets each of the recorded works of the three most important composers of Mexico nationalism: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, and the first orchestral recording Metro Chabacano Javier Alvarez as well as a unique concert by Ricardo Castro on the Piano. Congratulations to our orchestra for their 1st recording! The Program will be Suite “The Night of the Mayas” of Silvestre Revueltas, Metro Chabacano by Javier Alvarez; Symphony No. 2 “India” of Carlos Chavez and Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo. Also, concerto for piano and orchestra presented by Ricardo Castro. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

Yucatan Living Chamber Sundays: Orquesta de Camara de Merida (Chamber Orchestra of Merida)
Music: Night of Dreams. Chamber Sundays, celebrating 100 years of Musica Yucateca. This performance is a special tribute to Yucateco composer Arturo Cosgaya C. The Concert Director is Maestro Russell Montanez Coronado.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Elite Squad 2
(Brazil 2009) After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Grito de Independencia: Mexican Independence Day
Location: Palacio de Gobierno in every town in Mexico. In Merida, on the Plaza Grande, with an outdoor musical concert before, starting at 9 PM.
Time: 10:00 PM Monday
Admission:Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Mexican Independence Day : Tuesday September 16.
This is a national holiday and most businesses will be closed.

Yucatan Living Mexican Independence Day Parade: Tuesday September 16
Location: In every town in Mexico. in Merida from Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan
Time: 7:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s – September 16, Mexico’s Independence Day
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets on sale now at Lizard Joes. $120 pesos advance purchase. $600 peso ticket and hotel packages available (includes 1 night stay at Las Garzas Hotel and 2 tickets to the show. Las Garzas is within walking distance of Lizard Joes). $150 pesos day of the event, if any tickets are still available. Stop in Lizard Joes or email lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com for information or tickets.

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert, September 26 and 27
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Anna
Time: 7:30 PM both nights
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 3: Friday, September 26, Sunday, September 28
Guest Director: Michele Santorsola. Featuring: Davide Fanchin (French horn). Music includes works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

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1-4 weeks, could be available longer.

References and resume available. Non smoker.

Advance notice of 2-3 months preferred.

If you need to be away from home and would like your home gently looked after, please contact Kelly at SunnyInVallarta [at] yahoo [dot] com.

By Working Gringos

Type: Korean with Yucatan nuances
Name: Younghee’s Kitchen
Neighborhood: Reforma just north of Centro
Telephone: 999-900-1587
Address: Calle 72, No. 361, Col. Reparto Dolores Patron, Merida 97070
How to Get There from the Centro: Go north on Calle 72 past Avenida Colon. Go all the way to Avenida Cupules and make a U-turn. Younghee’s Kitchen will be in the little strip mall on the right, facing Calle 72, just before you get back to Avenida Colon.
Air Conditioned: Yes
Outdoors: Yes
Drinks: No alcohol
Hours: Saturdays only.
On the Web: Find a TripAdvisor listing here, and Younghee’s Kitchen website here.
Notes: We haven’t had a chance to go yet, but we know Younghee’s food from the Slow Market. Make this place a regular stop!! Her food is delicious. If you are craving Asian food, and after awhile in Merida it seems that everybody does, this is probably your best Merida option!

By Khaki Scott

Lots of Weather Coming Yucatan’s Way

As of Sunday, August 31, 2014, NOAA is reporting a 40% chance of this tropical storm turning into a hurricane over the next 48 hours and a 60% chance over the next five days. The same report implies that because it will be traveling over land, it probably won’t be so bad for the Yucatan Peninsula. They say the real development (the higher risk) will come after it exits the Yucatan Peninsula, hits the Gulf and heads north. The link to NOAA to read more is here.

MexicoFest 2014: Experience Yucatan in Vancouver

MexicoFest, in Vancouver, began in 2008 as a celebration of the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and is now the most important, and fastest growing, festival hosted by the Consulate of Mexico in British Columbia. The organizations working together to bring this festival about include The Consulate General, CCIE Western Canada, the Mexican Tourism Board in Vancouver, and the Mexican Trade Commission. The events, all in Vancouver, for this month-long festival are listed on Experience Mexico in Vancouver. We also suspect that there will be plenty of Canadian Snowbirds there to enjoy a little taste of “home” before they set out on their winter in Yucatan.

Aggies Coming to Progreso

Texas University in Yucatan Mexico No – not football! Members of the Texas A&M Research System will be coming to work with Yucatan’s Technology and Development experts to plan the future of the connectivity to Yucatan and to optimize the selection of technology for the most environmentally sound passage of ships into Yucatan’s waters. Other members of the group will work with other agencies in Yucatan to further expand and optimize technology as sea water rises around the globe. Welcome Aggies!

AFAD Call for Sponsors for Fundraising Events

If you, your business, or your association would like to participate as a sponsor of a calendar event, please send an e-mail to afadmerida [at] gmail [dot] com with “Sponsor” as the subject and telling us about your desire to become a sponsor. The annual De Mano a Pata (From hand to paw) will be held on November 15, so time is of the essence if you want to participate in this event. Those interested may send an email to afadmerida [at] gmail [dot] com with “Sponsor” as “subject”. Last year there were 30 sponsors. This year, they hope to increase their numbers dramatically. Since AFAD has a social network following of more than 20,000 individuals, becoming an AFAD sponsor is a win-win situation for the shelter and for the sponsors.

Yucateco Now Heads National Gendarmerie

Police in Merida Yucatan Mexico With degrees in law and criminal science, Manelich Castilla Craviotto entered the academic life by teaching Guilt Theory and Forensic Practice in Criminology. He then went to work for TelMex Foundation, where he developed a program that paid the bail of more than 100,000 men whose only crime was to steal food and others who had been unjustly imprisoned. In the meantime, Castilla Craviotto saw the effects of organized crime on the grinding poverty levels in areas where it existed. He went to Colombia, France, and the United States to be trained to deal with these issues within the population. This past week, the President of Mexico announced a new police department at the Federal level called the Gendarmería Nacional, and the official in charge of the 390 officers assigned to the Gendarmería Nacional is none other than 40 year old Yucateco Manelich Castilla Craviotto. He has prepared himself well and is surely to become a legend of success throughout Mexico.

Swifter Justice Comes to Yucatan

The Yucatan State Prosecutor’s Office now has an Army of Peace: 43 trained, certified legal mediators who will be dealing with misdemeanor complaints in families and between neighbors. Two of these mediators have been assigned to Progreso and have a newly remodeled building for their office. The Unit of Mediation is located in Agency 11a of the Fiscalia. No word yet where the other mediators will be assigned, but it is certain that small issues can now be resolved before they become bigger problems. It is believed that these types of negotiated resolutions to problems will strengthen the services provided to the people by Yucatan state, as well as contribute to social peace. Congratulations to all of the new mediators on their certifications, and to the people who will benefit from their new skills.

Former Prisoners Learn a Trade

When seven prisoners were released from prison (the Center for Social Readjustment), they began a class that will teach them to operate a backhoe. This is part of a new agreement between the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry and the reintegration arm of the prison’s Social Assistance section. This will give these men the skills to return to society in a position that will pay them enough to support their families and ensure that they are on the road to a new life.

The Eat Well Plate of the Maya

Food Available in Yucatan Mexico El Plato del Bien Comer Maya is a graphic wheel that divides food into three groups: those that provide vitamins and minerals (fruits), carbohydrates (grains) and proteins of both plant and animal origin. Researchers at UADY designed this system when they realized that education is the key to changing ways of living and habits or attitudes about food that were formed in childhood. With a huge push in increasing the number of backyard gardens, it is expected that El Plato del Bien Comer Maya will become a major educational tool in reducing the rate of childhood obesity and diabetes in Yucatan. Perhaps the old ways really were the good old ways. We certainly hope so.

Yucatan Peninsula Featured in Eat Your World.com

Traditional Food From Yucatan Mexico “Eat Your World” is a website created on the simple premise that what you eat depends on where you are. Their goal is to be a premier guide for regional food and drinks around the world. A view of their world map shows that they have managed to get a pretty good start in the past three years. This month’s issue contains recommendations for what to eat on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as one dish from La Tradicion in Mérida. We would love to have “Eat Your World” visit Yucatan again to see the variety of regional foods we have here. In the meantime, our congratulations to “Eat Your World” on a very nice website and on a topic that is of interest to every traveler. Our congratulations, as well to La Tradicion for ranking as Merida’s finest example of regional food. We have some excellent chefs, food critics, and food photographers among Yucatan’s expats and you are invited to get involved by writing and uploading food stories and photos toEat Your World.”

Dessert from Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Sweet Potatoes: Good and Healthy For You

Here are three recipes for Mexican Candied Sweet Potatoes, Yucatan Sweet Potato Desert, and Coconut Candy (made with sweet potatoes, of course). We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. By the way, here in Yucatan, the Yucatan Sweet Potato Desert is called Atropellado de Camote y Coco.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 01, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today.

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 02, 2014

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Despertar
This trio is one of a group of beloved trios who keep traditional, romantic trova alive in Yucatan, and who watch over the genre as it grows toward the future.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 03, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Purgatorio: Viaje al corazón de la frontera (Journey to the Heart of the Frontier)
(Mexico 2013) Rodrigo Reyes’ riveting film is a provocative meditation that captures the brutal beauty of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Winner of the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary as well as the New Orleans Film Festival Jury Award. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Greek Mythology Documentaries
These movies continue to give us insight into the need for the creation of gods by man.
Hercules
(Spain 2003) This is an Alberto Cui Sanchez documentary. Synposis: The legend of the strongest Greek mythology super-hero and his quest for redemption. To pay for his guilt after committing a heinous crime, Hercules undertook the adventure known as the twelve labors.
Gods of Greek Mythology
(Spain 2009) This is a documentary by Oscar Funes. Synopsis: This documentary is a great review for the Pantheon of the gods of Olympus, their stories, hatreds, romances, and adventures in the world of men.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: A Second View
(Belgium 2009) This movie questions the way our reality is held hostage by the media, advertising and Hollywood. Co-written by British novelist Tom McCarthy, the film addresses the growing use of fear as a commodity.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cumbres
(Mexico 2013) Due to a tragedy, two sisters abruptly flee from their hometown. Miwi, the younger one, with no clear idea of what happened, but drives untiringly to save her sister Juliana, implicating her in the misadventure. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Quilting Group in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Quilting Workshop Begins (one 2-hour module per week, 8 weeks)
This is a workshop of eight modules (2 hours each) that teaches the New England style of quilting. All of the tools to do the work are provided, but the student must supply the actual material. Space is limited to 4 at a time, so go by and make sure they have a space for you. The description of the modules sounds as if there will be lots of great information in this course.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursdays: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Admission: $400 pesos per module

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria Candelaria
(Mexico 1944). Director: Emilio Fernandez. Starring Dolores del Rio and Pedro Armendanz. Romance and drama with Mexico’s favorite on-screen couple. In Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tempo I: The Repertoire of Contemporary Guitar
Yohualli Rosas and Invited Guests sing Yucatecan music.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: General: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Cave of the Forgotten Dreams
(Canada 2012) Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) September 05 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: A Second View
(Belgium 2009) This movie questions the way our reality is held hostage by the media, advertising and Hollywood. Co-written by British novelist Tom McCarthy, the film addresses the growing use of fear as a commodity around the world.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movies: Las Buenas Hierbas
(Mexico 2010) Director: Maria Novaro. Starring Ursula Pruneda, Ofelia Medina and Ana Ofelia Murguia. Dalia lives with her young son Cosmo, and is separated from her husband. Sbe works at an alternative radio station. Her life changes when she has to confront her mother who has premature Alzheimers. Probably in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Weekly Language Exchange
Every Friday in Hotel Campestre there is a language exchange. The comfortable setting is peaceful, on the terrace, with great coffee. This Friday, they will have a special movie night. There is someone new at every meeting, so don’t be afraid to come alone. They have a new Meetup Group and everyone is welcome to join: Merida Language Exchange Meetup.
Location: Hotel Campestre, Calle 1-D, Entre Calle 26 Y Prol. Montejo, Fracc. Campestre.
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H2OMX
(Mexico 2013) With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and create a sustainable water system? In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 1
The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra opens its season performing two works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The first is The Hebrides, a work describing the beauty of Fingal caves on the island of Staffa, among small islands north of Scotland. Also presented in this program are works by the genius of French Impressionism, Maurice Ravel. OSY will transport us to the magical world of Mother Goose inspired by the story of Charles Perrault. Legend has it that a gypsy predicted success for this great composer with his famous Bolero based on a Spanish dance, that was first performed in 1928. Juan Carlos Lomonaco is the Principal Conductor, with Christopher Collins violin and Irina Decheva piano. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

Yucatan Living Movie: Warrior
(USA 2011) The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament, a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 06, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico 2013) Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Ciudades Obscuras
(Mexico 2002). Director: Fernando Sarinana. Starring Alejandro Tommasi, Alonso Echanove, and Bruno Bichir. Ciudades Oscuras (Dark Cities) tells a story of interwoven lives in the seedy underbelly of Mexico City. Probably in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father, Like Son
(Japan 2013) Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Japanese, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Grave of the Fireflies
(Japan 1998) A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. In Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Always a great documentary!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 1
The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra opens its season performing two works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The first is The Hebrides, a work describing the beauty of Fingal caves on the island of Staffa, among small islands north of Scotland. Also presented in this program are works by the genius of French Impressionism, Maurice Ravel. OSY will transport us to the magical world of Mother Goose inspired by the story of Charles Perrault. Legend has it that a gypsy predicted success for this great composer with his famous Bolero based on a Spanish dance, that was first performed in 1928. Juan Carlos Lomonaco is the Principal Conductor, with Christopher Collins violin and Irina Decheva piano. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Recital of Classical Singing: Abigail Coral and Accompanying Artists
This is another performance by Soprano Abigail Coral Almeida and Pianist Zuleika Disz. Everyone loves their work, so don’t miss a chance to hear them perform.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Elite Squad
(Brazil 2007) 1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Portugese, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 08, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today so far.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Wildlife Photo Master Class
Dates: September 4 – 7, 2014 (with Brian Skerry; October 30 – November 2, 2014 (wqith Steve Winter), and December 11 – 14, 2014 (with Tim Laman). These instructors are three of the most well-known National Geographic photographers. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels step into the role of nature photo-journalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways. For More Information www.wildlifephotomasterclass.com

Yucatan Living Chelem Christmas Dreams September Bingo Raffle Extravaganza September 12
It’s back to Bingo Time! Come hang out with the Chelem Elves at their September Bingo/Raffle Extravaganza! As usual, half the bingo money goes to the toy drive fund and half goes to the lucky winners. They’ve already got some great raffle prizes in their backpack and they’re working on more. Prizes so far include a one week stay at Casa de Coco in Mahahual, stays at hotels in San Cristobal and Puerto Aventuras, gift certificates at Robert Abuda Salon, restaurants, dog grooming and more. This list will keep on growing. Please visit the The Chelem Christmas Toy Drive Facebook page or email them at chelemchristmasdreams [at] gmail [dot] com for more details.
Location: La Playa de Chelem
Time: 6:00 PM, September 12
Admission: They let you decide how many cards and how many games you want to play. Cards for regular bingo will be 25 pesos each, and the cards for the blackout round will be 75 pesos each. You can play as many cards as you want and if you want to keep playing after the scheduled 3 games and blackout are over, they’ll accommodate that also. Also, you can participate in the raffles even if you are not in the Yucatan by going to our donation page . For every $10.00 donation, they’ll throw 5 raffle tickets into the raffle of your choice.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 2: Friday, September 12, and Sunday, September 14
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featuring: Manuel Escalante (piano). In this program, the OSY will present the program from their first CD, playing each of the recorded works of the three most important Mexican composers: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, as well as the first orchestral recording of Metro Chabacano de Javier Alvarez, and the only Concert for Piano by Ricardo Castro. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s – September 16, Mexico’s Independence Day
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets on sale now at Lizard Joes. $120 pesos advance purchase. $600 peso ticket and hotel packages available (includes 1 night stay at Las Garzas Hotel and 2 tickets to the show. Las Garzas is within walking distance of Lizard Joes). $150 pesos day of the event, if any tickets are still available. Stop in Lizard Joes or email lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com for information or tickets.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 3: Friday, September 26, Sunday, September 28
Guest Director: Michele Santorsola. Featuring: Davide Fanchin (French horn). Music includes works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists. Check out AANY, AC on facebook or at their website AANY.org for more information. Additional restaurants will be posted as they are announced. For those of you coming from the beach, there will be a list of B&Bs and inns that will give you a discount for the weekend of the Ball.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Khaki Scott

Nonstop Merida-Miami Flights Begin November 8!

New Flight Miami-Merida The announcement was made, just this week, that a new non-stop Miami-Merida Aeromexico route will begin on November 8. The service will be available on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Planes will depart Merida at 11:15 AM and arrive in Miami at 2:10 PM. Planes will depart Miami at 3:25 PM and arrive in Merida at 4:38 PM. One cannot help but stop, just for a moment, and dream of what it will be like to arrive in Merida when the sun is still shining and there is actually time to go out to dinner! It must be noted that, during the current administration, there has been a 25% growth in airplane seats, from 490,000 to 530,000. The push to bolster imports/exports, tourism, higher education, world class health care, and the industrial and research communities is making its mark and Merida is expected to continue to enjoy increasing connectivity for many years to come.

NOAA Weather

There is enough lag time between the time Yucatan Living is written and the time our readers receive it, so weather information coming from us cannot be on-the-minute in terms of accuracy. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association does have up-to-date weather information for this area, as well as predictions and more. During this volatile weather season, please do keep up with the weather on NOAA’s website. In addition, as you look at the maps, be sure not to just look at the storms that are in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Some of the storms in the Pacific can either completely cross Mexico to get to us, or whip around with a tail that is wide enough to cross Mexico and at least hit Yucatan’s southern cone. So do be aware of what’s in front of us, as well as what’s behind us. Remember, its the outer bands of a tropical storm or hurricane that bring heavy wind and rain, so watch maps to see if they are headed your way, even if the eye of the storm is going to miss you completely.

Scientific and Technological Park is Growing Again!

Science in Merida Yucatan Mexico With the addition of classrooms, laboratories, a pilot food processing plant and towers for dormitories for students, Yucatan’s Scientific and Technological Park has grown by a whopping 22 hectares. The new mantra, throughout Yucatan, is “economic growth through knowledge generation.” As the Scientific and Technological Park grows, and as international researchers and business people come to meet it, the hard currency value of providing a platform for knowledge generation becomes all the more clear. Yucatan’s Scientific and Technological Park is an amazing place that is, and will continue to be, constantly expanding. Information Technology will be the next area to be added, along with more services for counseling, a medical clinic, and a department for research groups. Businesses involved in this latest expansion include Plenum Soft, Znova Agroindustriales, Cecype, Frutech International Corporation de Mexico, and PP Mar y Enersureste.

Turtles Turtles Everywhere!

As more and more turtle nests are protected in place until the hatchlings enter the sea, the numbers that return to lay eggs increases. Add an increased awareness by the public, and a determination to save as many hatchlings as possible, and what you get is several weeks of beaches filled with baby turtles, all making their way to the sea. There are a few more weekends during which folks will wring the last of vacation out of what is left of summer, so do watch your step and send us a picture if you find a nest that is hatching.

New Orchid Garden at Parque Animaya

Orchids Garden in Yucatan Mexico Everyone knows Animaya as a new type of zoo, one in which animals can live out their lives in protected environments, rather than being locked in cages. However, now Animaya is growing and will soon be adding another group of residents that also need specialized care and environments. Orchids abound in the tropics, but many orchid species are found in places where it is unlikely that they will be seen, and many others are on the verge of extinction. To meet this need and to bring the beauty of Yucatan’s orchids to the public, an 800-square-meter garden is soon to be finished and will display 800 different species of orchids. Be sure to watch for announcements of opening dates for this new park and visit the Animaya website often.

Cuba to Be Honored Guest at FICMAYA in 2015

The 2014 International Festival of Mayan Culture will be held October 17 – November 3, with almost non-stop activities. We will list those events in Yucatan’s weekly events. However, an announcement was made, just this week, that has everyone excited about the 2015 International Festival of Mayan Culture. Just prior to the closing of the 2014 festival, it will be announced that Cuba will be the honored guest at FICMAYA in 2015. This includes great entertainers such as: Buena Vista Social Club, Havana Compas Dance Company, and the Young Musicians of Frasis. There is always “An Evening in Havana” at this festival because of the long standing friendship between Yucatecos and Cubans, but it is especially nice to see Cuba honored in this way.

First Mass on Beach in Chelem

Traditional Fiesta in Chelem Yucatan Mexico Each year, from August 15 through 18, la virgen de la medalla milagrosa, the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal, is honored in the Chelem church that bears her name. Following a mass, the statue is taken on a tour, at sea, from Chelem to Yucalpeten and back. This year, there was a procession from the church to the beach where the very first beach mass was held. Approximately 100 boats then accompanied the statue on her voyage and, upon their return, a bazaar was held to raise money for parochial works. This is the same small church that will be holding its second 14 kilometer run in November. These folks are working hard to do great things in Chelem. We hope everyone comes out to support and appreciate their efforts.

Christmas Shopping Coming Later This Year

In the past few years, store shelves began filling up with Christmas decorations almost as soon as summer vacation ended. This brought about laments over the loss of the spirit of Christmas and caused a serious competition to develop between money spent on Christmas decorations vs. money spent on September’s national holidays and October’s Dia de Muertos. Merchants now say that Christmas shopping fever is over. Consumers are exhausted and marketing efforts are not moving shoppers to buy. Reports are coming in that the global economic slowdown has reached the expendable pockets of Yucatecos and businesses have decided to wait until a little later to fill up their shelves with Christmas decorations. With a slow start in September and October, merchants are saying they really are not depending too much on Christmas merchandise this year. Those who remember when Christmas shopping really was a December activity might think this is good news. Either way, we hope everyone has a profitable and happy Fall season.

Semilla de Dioses (Seed of the Gods) Send Diplomatic Bags

Spices and Food in Merida Yucatan Mexico The Seed Gods is really an entrepreneurial collective that has been busy building a business based on the seasonings normally used in Yucatecan foods. This year, they received requests for their products from the embassies of Mexico in New Zealand, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The ladies of Semilla de Dioses have put together diplomatic bags containing enough spices so that chefs at the Mexican embassies can feel secure in planning to present dishes from Yucatan as part of their holiday menus. The Collective Semilla de Dioses has been growing for quite some time, but we have the publicity from the 18th International Non-Traditional Products Expo, held in Merida this year, and the WEAmericas (Women Leaders of America and the Caribbean) to thank for highlighting just how far this group has come.

Yucatan: Holiday Accidents Down for 2014

When we compare the holiday accident and death toll between 2013 and 2014, there are some surprising and gratifying numbers available. In 2013, there were 256 accidents during summer vacation. This year, there were 180. In 2013, there were 73 automobile accidents. This year, there were 50. In 2013, 211 individuals were injured. This year, injuries dropped to 111. In 2013, there were 4 deaths. This year, unfortunately, there were six deaths: 1 cyclist, 1 motorcyclist, and 4 in one car. With the dedication of the SSP and local law enforcement, this vacation season gets safer every year. Perhaps a day will come when there are few accidents and zero deaths.

In Case of Fire: Merida and Yucatan: Trained and Equipped

Merida’s fire department says that it now has the city covered so that, in case of fire, gas leak, or chemical spills, they can be on the scene within five minutes or less. The SSP has its own fire department, which adds their 300 fire fighters, plus trucks and equipment to the fifteen city fire trucks. Businesses are encouraged to train their employees, with respect to potential hazards in their workplace, so that they can already be working to contain the emergency before the fire department or SSP arrives. Everyone is very proud of Merida’s new fire-fighting equipment and of the superior training received by today’s fine fire fighters.

To Report a Fire or Other Emergency: Dial 066 (24 hours per day, 365 days per year). From a Telcel phone: Dial 116 (free call). When the dispatcher answers, be prepared to give him or her your name and telephone number, and the location of the emergency. Then, please follow up until the emergency personnel arrive.

By Working Gringos

Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Fall 2014

The 2014 Fall Season for Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx

Under the Direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco (www.juancarloslomonaco.com)

September

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014Program 1: September 5 and 7
The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra opens its season performing two works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, work describing the beauty of Fingal caves on the island of Staffa, among small islands north of Scotland, and its double Concerto for violin and piano, whose tone and single string orchestration are reminiscent of his First violin concerto.
Also, works by the genius of French Impressionism, Maurice Ravel. OSY will transport us to the magical world of Mother Goose inspired by the story of Charles Perrault. Legend has it that a gypsy predicted success for this great composer with his famous Bolero based on a Spanish dance, and first performed in 1928.
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Christopher Collins violin and Irina Decheva piano.

Program 2: September 12 and 14
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Manuel Escalante piano.
In this program OSY presents their first album. Interpreting each of the recorded works of the three most important composers of Mexico nationalism: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, and the first orchestral recording Metro Chabacano Javier Alvarez as well as a unique concert by Ricardo Castro on the Piano. Congratulations to our orchestra for their 1st recording! The Program will be Suite “The Night of the Mayas” of Silvestre Revueltas, Metro Chabacano by Javier Alvarez; Symphony No. 2 “India” of Carlos Chavez and Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo. Also, concerto for piano and orchestra presented by Ricardo Castro.

Program 3: September 26 and 28
Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
Michele Santorsola is the Guest director and this concert features Davide Fanchin on the horn. They present Overture to “Leonora” No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Horn No. 3, K.447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvorák. These are two Italian musicians: Michele Santorsola, the guest director, has directed more than 50 orchestras, and member of the OSY, Davide Fanchin, delights us in this program including the famous Concerto for Horn No. 3 Mozart, as well as one of the 4 overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera Fidelio. Leonora No. 3. by Czech composer Dvorák, from his Eighth Symphony that includes folk songs and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful.

October

Program 4: October 3 and 5
Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatán presents in the FIC. Saturday 11, 9:00 PM. Teatro Juarez, Guanajuato and Sunday 12, 6:00 PM in the Theatre Bicentennial in León. To continue the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of our orchestra, again the OSY make history for the second time. OSY will perform at the famous Festival Cervantino International appearing in the two most emblematic theaters: the Teatro Juárez in Guanajuato and Bicentennial Theatre in Leon.
The program was presented at the Teatro Peon Contreras by one of the most important pianists in the world, the virtuoso Alexei Volodin, who plays Concerto No. 3 for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov.

November

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014

Program 5: November 7 and 9
Suite No. 1 “Carmen” Georges Bizet, Harp Concerto, Op. 25 Alberto Ginastera and Symphony No. 7, Op. 131 Sergei Prokofiev. This program will feature as guest director one of the most important Mexican directors, Jesus Medina, Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the University Nuevo Leon. The Carmen Suite No. 1, and two additional great works, the Harp Concerto by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, featuring OSY’s bright harpist Ruth Bennett, and the cheerful and energetic Russian Seventh Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.

Program 6: November 14 and 16Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
Overture “Egmont” Ludwig van Beethoven, Suite from “Sleeping Beauty”, Op. 66a by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 3, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms. In this program the soloist will be our orchestra, starting with the Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven. This music tells the story of the hero Egmont, who struggles for the independence of the Flemish country. Ballet Suite also known as Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, with some of the most beautiful ballet music ever played, that transports us to the history of the classic tale of the Grimm brothers and Charles Perrault. To close the program, one of the most beautiful and romantic symphonies by Johannes Brahms, composed in the summer of 1883 and premiered that same year by the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Hans Richter.

Program 7: November 28
Pianists of Mexico and Latin America will compete in the final of the Fourth National and International Piano Competition Jose Jacinto Cuevas. The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra will accompany the three finalists that will perform a select list of concertos for piano and orchestra. In addition to the jury, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
Juan Carlos Lomonaco, the Regular Director of the OSY, directs tonight’s performance.

December

Program 8: December Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Górecki. Cello Concerto, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar. And Symphony No. 40, K. 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ville Kivivuori will be playing the cello. This program will feature as guest director Adam Klocek, Director of the Orchestra Kalisz, in Poland, who will play for the first time in Yucatán a piece from Polish composer Henryk Gorecki: Three Pieces in Old Style. Likewise, our cellist from Finland, Ville Kivivuori, will delight us with the only concert for Cello by the English composer Edward Elgar. In the second part, the OSY will perform the most famous symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40, composed in 1778.

Program 9: December 12 and 14 Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra Fall Season 2014
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Regular Director. Featuring the Philharmonic Choir of Yucatan with Luis Guarneros Luna, Director.
Two composers and their most famous works transport us into space: War Galaxies by John Williams, whose work is clearly inspired by the great and majestic Cathedral. And a concert by Holst: The Planets. His music has inspired all composers looking for a description of the universe. Composed between 1914 and 1916, this work includes each of the planets in the solar system, except Earth, and Pluto, which had not yet been discovered.

All Concerts have this in common:
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Dates and Times: Fridays at 9:00 PM and Sundays at 12:00 Noon
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.
Admission for Program 4 and 9: $100, $150, $200 and $250 pesos.

Buy your tickets starting August 26 at the Peon Contreras Theater.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting August 25, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) August 25, 2014

Yucatan Living School Begins Today

Ligia Camara Music SchoolYucatan Living Ligia Camara School of Music Opens Today!
Yucatan lost this jazz, blues and trova icon not long ago, but she will forever be part of the musical heart of the people of the entire state and far beyond. This school is going to be wonderful, especially with the quality of the teaching staff. Can you imagine being taught by the likes of Fernando Leal, Aaron Cu Fernandez or Edwin Schirp Magana? If you are interested in classes, do stop by what is soon to become one of the best music schools in all of Latin America! Disciplines initially taught at the Ligia Camara School of Music include acoustic and electric piano, classical and trova guitar, and all levels of classical violin.
Address: Calle 61 # 614 entre 78 x 80, Col. Centro
Registration: Free for children (age 7 and older) and for adults of any age.
Cost Per Class: $100 pesos per class, with two classes required per week.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 26, 2014

Movie Forum in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Elite Squad
(Brazil 2007). Director: Jose Padilha. Starring Wagner Moura, Caio Junqueira, André Ramiro, Fernanda Machado y Milhem Cortaz. 1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Dueto Zazil Kay
It has been a while since we have seen Dueto Zazil Kay, so this performance should be an extra special treat.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cumbres
(Mexico 2013) Due to a tragedy, two sisters abruptly flee from their hometown. Miwi, the younger one, with no clear idea of what happened, drives untiringly to save her sister Juliana, implicating her in the misadventure. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Clash of the Titans
(United Kingdom 1981). Director: Desmond Davis. Starring Ursula Andress, Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier and Burgess Meredith. This is a film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Imprint (Masters of Horror)
(Japan 2006). Director: Takashi Milke. This is the 13th episode of a Japanese television series. Christopher (Billy Drago), a Victorian era American journalist, is traveling through Japan looking for Komomo (Itô), a lost girlfriend whom he had promised to rescue from prostitution and bring to America. Landing on an island populated solely by whores and their masters, he is solicited by a syphilitic tout (Yamada). He claims no knowledge of Komomo, but Christopher has to spend the night, requesting the company of a girl (Youki Kudoh) lurking back in the shadows, who joins him in his room. Disfigured and disturbed, the girl claims a closer connection with the dead than the living.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: The Standards of My Land
This performance is under the direction of Carlos Rodriguez. It features traditional compositions from Yucatan with a modern jazz arrangement (guitar, bass and drums) without taking anything away from either the old or the new music. What results is a unique sound that works as a bridge between traditional and contemporary music that is bringing new generations to the music of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Special Need
(Italy 2013) Searching for a woman with whom their autistic friend can have sex for the first time, the three friends Enea, Carlo and Alex are finding a whole lot more than they were looking for. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: MMX – Map of Memories
Allowing your body to move wherever it will has the power to bring back and express the memories of a lifetime. Choreographer for this performance is Erika Torres.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: H2OMX
(Mexico 2013) With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and create a sustainable water system? In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Perfect Blue
(Japan 1997). Director: Satoshi Kon. In this anime film, retired pop-singer-turned-actress’ sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Japanese Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Uzumaki
(Japan 2000). Director: Higuchinsky. Based on Junji Ito’s episodic manga of the same name. The plot concerns a town infected with malevolent spirals. This abstract concept manifests in grotesque ways, such as a teenager’s long hair beginning to curl and take over her mind, or a corpse winding around itself.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Flowers in the Desert
(Mexico 2009) A documentary the Wixarika culture (or Huichol) originates from the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango where more than 50,000 Huicholes currently live and practice their indigenous traditions.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Campanadas de la Profundidad
(Germany 1993) A Werner Herzog film about a country where men cross shamans, exorcists and new messiahs. A lost corner of Siberia, where a legend tells of a lake, the depths of which emit the sound of the bells of a cathedral. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) August 29 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Special Need
(Italy 2013) Searching for a woman with whom their autistic friend can have sex for the first time, the three friends Enea, Carlo and Alex are finding a whole lot more than they were looking for. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Film Series: Rockin on Heaven’s Door
(South Korea 2013). Director: Nam Taek Soo. A singing idol learns to cope with his past and rediscovers music during community work at a hospice for terminally ill patients.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Kwaijan
(Japan 2007). Director: Masaki Kobayashi. This is an anthology horror film based on stories from Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folk tales.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Crash Reel
(USA 2013 ) Fifteen years of cinema verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: David Wants to Fly
(Germany 2010 ) In search of enlightenment young David follows his idol David Lynch and uncovers the billion-dollar industry behind Transcendental Meditation. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Horror of Malformed Men
(Japan 1969). Director: Teruo Ishii. This movie was actually banned in Japan for decades after its release. This is a sensitive topic for the Japanese because of the damage done to so many at the end of World War II.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living La Noche de las Cultura: Music: Yahal Kab
This is a really good group and well worth going to see. And of course, the setting is second to none!
Location: Merida Cathedral (Catedral de Mérida), Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: MMX – Map of Memories
Allowing your body to move wherever it will has the power to bring back and express the memories of a lifetime. Choreographer for this performance is Erika Torres.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Purgatorio: Viaje al corazón de la frontera (Journey to the Heart of the Frontier)
(Mexico 2013) Rodrigo Reyes’ riveting film is a provocative meditation that captures the brutal beauty of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Winner of the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary as well as the New Orleans Film Festival Jury Award. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Godfather III
(USA 1990) In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 31, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Maleficent
(United States 2014). Director: Robert Stromberg. Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley and many others. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. This MAY be in Spanish.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Spirited Away
(United States 2001). Director: Hayao Miyazaki. In this anime classic, in the the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and there is a bathhouse for these creatures.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: In the Company of Wolves
This is the moving, true story of a pack of wolves and the humans who raised them since they wee puppies. The myth of the ferocious carnivorous beast will dissipate before surprising facts and unforgettable scenes of romps, affection and tenderness.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Chamber Sundays: Recital of Classical Songs
This is another performance by Soprano Abigail Coral Almeida and Pianist Zuleika Disz. Everyone loves their work, so don’t miss a chance to hear them perform.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Kuroneko
(Japan 1968). Director: Kaneto Shindo. This movie is an adaptation of a supernatural folktale. During a civil war in Japan’s Heian period, the spirits of a woman and her daughter-in-law seek revenge after losing their lives in a brutal incident.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance Tribute: Border to Border
This is a performance by Yucatan’s Alfredo Cortes Aguilar Folkloric Ballet, under the direction of Raul Antonio Castillo Alfaro. It is a tribute to the cultural diversity between the Yucatan Peninsula and Baja California.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: The Artist
(France 2011) A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. This movie won various Academy Awards.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today so far.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Wildlife Photo Master Class
Dates: September 4 – 7, 2014 (with Brian Skerry; October 30 – November 2, 2014 (wqith Steve Winter), and December 11 – 14, 2014 (with Tim Laman). These instructors are three of the most well-known National Geographic photographers. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels step into the role of nature photo-journalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways. For More Information www.wildlifephotomasterclass.com

OSY Fall Season 2014Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 1: Friday, September 5, and Sunday, September 7
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featuring: Christopher Collins (violin), Irina Decheva (piano). Music includes: Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture “The Hebrides,” Op 26 and concert for violin, piano and strings, plus Maurice Ravel’s Suita “Mama la Oca” and Bolero.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 2: Friday, September 12, Sunday, September 14
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featuring: Manuel Escalante (piano). In this program, the OSY will present their first CD playing each of the recorded works of the three most important Mexican composers: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, as well as the first orchestral recording of Metro Chabacano de Javier Alvarez, and the only Concert for Piano by Ricardo Castro.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s – September 16, Mexico’s Independence Day
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets on sale now at Lizard Joes. $120 pesos advance purchase. $600 peso ticket and hotel packages available (includes 1 night stay at Las Garzas Hotel and 2 tickets to the show. Las Garzas is within walking distance of Lizard Joes). $150 pesos day of the event, if any tickets are still available. Stop in Lizard Joes or email lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com for information or tickets.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 3: Friday, September 26, Sunday, September 28
Guest Director: Michele Santorsola. Featuring: Davide Fanchin (French horn). Music includes works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes have not yet been announced, but will be announced as the race draws near. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks, etc., so there is something here for everyone. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. AANY is Artistas / Artisanos Nuevos de Yucatan A.C. , a legal Mexican non-profit run by both Yucatecan and foreign volunteers to identify, promote and market fine craft artists in the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Merida centro
Time: TBD
Admission: Tickets are on sale now. For information, email info [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

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By Working Gringos

The following are classes that we have been told about, but schedules change, so please check with the business to confirm the dates and times!

Fitness and Dance

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Dance Classes at Expresion Libredanza
For More information, call Raul (999) 997-3251 or Anny (999) 125-0466 English speaking
Salsa Classes: Monday & Wednesday: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM: $300 MXP per month
Tango Classes: Tue., Th., & Fri.: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Expresion Libredanza, Calle 21 # 100 x 18 y 20, Chuburna
Admission: Salsa: $300 MXP per month, Tango: $450 MXP per m