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Merida Events: Wine, Ballet & Casablanca

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Carmen performed by the Siberian BalletThe Siberian Ballet

The Siberian Ballet performs Carmen this Thursday night at Teatro de Cancun (starting at 8 pm) and Friday night at Teatro Merida. You should probably try to get your tickets early: $400 and $500 pesos. For more information in Cancun, call 849-5580 and in Merida, go to Teatro Merida on Calle 62 just north of Calle 61.

 

The Life and Art of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo and Diego RiveraOn October 13th, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Frida’s birth, Estela Keim will present “The Life and Art of Frida Kahlo”. As part of her presentation Estela will show a documentary film on the painter’s life, “The Ribbon that Ties the Bomb.” She will subsequently explore key works of Frida in the context of mainstream 20th century art. Estela has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Brown University and conducted her doctoral studies in Art History at the University of Chicago.
Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to savor la comida de Frida (Frida’s favorite dishes) at a special luncheon to be held at La Casa de Frida restaurant on Calle 61 #526A X 66 and 66A, Centro, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available. There is a vegetarian option for those who request it at the time of ticket purchase. The regular meal will include quesadillas with guacamole, ensalada de nopalitos, mole poblano and pipian blanco and ate (guava paste) with cheese for dessert. Tickets are available and the event will be held at the English Library, Calle 53 #524 X 66 and 68
Time: 11:00 AM
Price: $165 pesos per person, IVA and tip included. Tickets sold on a “first come, first served” basis and MUST be bought by Monday, October 8, 2007, 9:00 p.m. Please call 924-8401 for further information.

Casa Montes Molina Museum

Judy Abbott of Yucatan Today reminded us that all during October the Casa Museo Montes Molina, that beautiful white house on Paseo Montejo that is so often used for gala events, is open to extranjero residents at a discounted price (You have to show your FM2 or FM3). You can now roam the perfectly-preserved halls of this elegant home for the low price of $30 pesos. See our Art in Merida article for details.

Wine Tasting Event in Merida

Something certainly worth planning ahead for is Brazos Abiertos 2nd Annual Wine Tasting Event, this year being held at Hotel Villa Merida (formerly Villa@Merida). Tickets are only $200 pesos per person and all the money goes to a good cause: education about HIV/AIDS and a HIV/AIDS clinic in the Yucatan. The group is also looking for donations to its silent auction being held that night. For more information, contact Brazos Abiertos at brazosabiertos “@” sbcglobal.net. You can find out more about this worthy cause on their website www.brazosabiertosyucatan.com

Monday (Lunes) October 1, 2007

Yucatan Living 5th Season: 2nd of October, Do Not Forget: “Riddles to Release Rage”

The late 1960s were marked by student protests and uprisings in many parts of the world, including the French May in Paris, the campus unrest in several U.S. universities, and the Cordobazo in Argentina. On October 2, Student protests in Mexico City1968, in what has become known as the Tlatelolco Massacre, hundreds of unarmed students were suddenly killed by the government in a public square in Mexico City. This event is commemorated in a dramatized narrative poetry reading and stories about the student movement tonite and tomorrow nite. Presented by the Colectivo FUNÁMBULA – Comité Estudiantil of the Faculty of Anthropological Sciences of UADY, under the direction Maestro Julio Jiménez.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free (limited seating)

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)

Come one, come all! You do not have to be a member to attend. Come to practice Spanish or English. There are always a few English and Spanish native speakers, helping each other with pronunciation, vocabulary and learning each other’s customs.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: small donation

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet

Since the 18th century, when cattle ranching was at its peak and the main source of wealth in Yucatan, at roundup time, the cattle rancher would invite all of his friends and neighbors to a fiesta, so he could show off his wealth. At these events, the wives of the vaqueros (the men who worked the cattle) would dance. Thus, the name Vaquería. There are vaquerias all over the Yucatan during different fiestas and holidays, but Merida continues to support the Vaquería on a weekly basis. It is a spectacular and unique form of dance, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) October 2, 2007

Yucatan Living Children’s Concerts by the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra is holding a series of didactic concerts for children this week. The program will include the 2nd movement from Haydn’s Suprise Symphony, Anderson’s Concerto for Typewriter, Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for Alpine Horn (played on a garden
hosepipe), the Pink Panther by Mancini, Ponchielle’s Dance of the Hours and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. There will also be a clown! Symphony was never so much fun!
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre
For: Children of all ages
Time: 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Admission: Free (limited seating)

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club

Would you like to join an informal group with no dues, no officers and where the sole purpose is camaraderie? The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group here in Merida that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Speakers are invited to address the group on subjects of general and local interest. The venue often changes, although lately they have been meeting at the Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, a half block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly known as the “Burger King Circle.” To learn more and to put your name on their email list, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792).
You can also contact Dan via email at bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:00 AM

Yucatan Living 5th Season: 2nd of October, Do Not Forget

A documentary about the student movement and the tragedy of Tlatelcoco. (see Monday’s events)
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free (limited seating)

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova

This week, one of our favorite voices of Yucatan, Eduardo Rosado, sings ¡Que Boleros! accompanied by the absolutely wonderful Trío Ensueño.
Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals

This is a weekly dance, held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. There is plenty of space in the park for dancing and food vendors are on hand. The original band was the Band of Memory and the first song played here was "Musical Workers.” Today, we listen to the Big Band sounds of the forties, provided by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Best of all, this is a great place to practice your chachachá and your mambo, or to just sit and watch the people of Merida enjoy dancing under the open skies.

Location: Parque de Santiago , Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Merida GardenWednesday (Miercoles) October 3, 2007

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour

This is your opportunity to see some of the finest homes in Merida. You hear so much about remodeling these treasures, but seldom get to experience the result. This house and garden tour donates part of its revenue to help the Merida English Library.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays from October through March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Children’s Concerts by the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra is holding a series of didactic concerts for children this week. The program will include the 2nd movement from Haydn’s Suprise Symphony, Anderson’s Concerto for Typewriter, Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for Alpine Horn (played on a garden hosepipe), the Pink Panther by Mancini, Ponchielle’s Dance of the Hours and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. There will also be a clown! Symphony was never so much fun!
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre
For: Children of all ages
Time: 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Admission: Free (limited seating)

Yucatan Living Wednesday Regional Theater. This week: Merida in Colonia Chuburná de Hidalgo

Location this week: Merida in Colonia Chuburná de Hidalgo on the Basketball field. Calle 29 x 14
For: the whole family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: “More Than Love” with Andrés Tinoco

Andrés Tinoco is one of our wonderful cantautores. It is not often that we get to see just one of them at a time. This is going to be a wonderful performance and a must see event for the night.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) October 4, 2007

Yucatan Living Children’s Concerts by the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra is holding a series of didactic concerts for children this week. The program will include the 2nd movement from Haydn’s Suprise Symphony, Anderson’s Concerto for Typewriter, Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for Alpine Horn (played on a garden hosepipe), the Pink Panther by Mancini, Ponchielle’s Dance of the Hours and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. There will also be a clown! Symphony was never so much fun!
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre
For: Children of all ages
Time: 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Admission: Free (limited seating)

The Day the Earth Stood StillYucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature

Location:Videosala del Olimpo
Admission: Free

First Feature: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (United States, 1951)
This classic movie stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlow, and Sam Jaffe. Drew Pearson plays himself, as do several other personalities. The story? Also classic… A “flying saucer” lands on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Its occupant is, of course, shot as soon as he steps off the ship. Then his very large and very powerful robot goes on a rampage, as he saves the wounded alien. After a few melted tanks, the alien manages to stop the robot and is then taken to a hospital. He escapes from the hospital and informs the people of Earth that the robot is an “enforcer” designed to keep the peace in the galaxy. They are to live in peace “or else.”
Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: Ensayo de un Crimen (Mexico, 1955)
This movie is directed by the famous surrealist Luis Buñuel and stars Ernesto Alonso, Rita Macedo, Ariadna Welter, and Miroslava Stern.A bizarre, but award winning, black comedy about a man whose overwhelming ambition in life is to be a renowned serial killer of women. He even goes to the police station and confesses in great detail. He will stop at nothing to attain his goal. He plots his crimes out so that they will be spectacular and perfect, but alsa, nothing seems to go as planned.
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living To Remember is to Live

Live music under the trees in one of Merida ‘s oldest parks. What we really love about this dance, next to the fact that it starts early and ends at a reasonable hour, is that members of the Jaranara Orchestra play for this one too! These musicians have a range that is unbelievable! Come on down and enjoy the Big Band sound, something you’re not likely to hear anywhere other than in Merida.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
When: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade

This is a real serenade that has been a fixture in Merida , every Thursday night, for over 40 years. If you haven’t seen it, you have really missed something wonderful. This is the center of Merida’s romantic heart – and has the alter to prove it. If you are a visitor, make sure to get to this particular serenade. It is well worth being part of your first memory of Merida.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission is Free

Friday (Viernes) October 5, 2007

Yucatan Living The Siberian Ballet performs "Carmen"

The Siberian Ballet is one of the premier ballets in all of Russia. Last year, they performed “Romeo and Juliet”. This year, it is magical night with “Carmen.” This will be an evening to remember, so don’t forget to get your tickets early.
Location: Teatro Mérida
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $400 and $500

Yucatan Living Denis Lafoy’s TGIF

This is the party sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency that is held in La Hach Bar in Fiesta Americana on even numbered first Friday nights. It is a time to see old friends and meet new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan. Don’t miss this!
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, at the corner of Calle 56 A – 451 at Ave. Colón
Time: Happy Hour is 6-9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Concerts by the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra is holding a series of didactic concerts for children this week. The program will include the 2nd movement from Haydn’s Suprise Symphony, Anderson’s Concerto for Typewriter, Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for Alpine Horn (played on a garden hosepipe), the Pink Panther by Mancini, Ponchielle’s Dance of the Hours and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. There will also be a clown! Symphony was never so much fun!
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre
For: Children of all ages
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Check the box office, Children are Half-Price

Yucatan Living Movie: Citizen Kane (United States, 1941)

Directed by Orson Welles and starring Orson Welles (as Charles Foster Kane), Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins (Lt. Tragg from Perry Mason), and many more. This movie is widely Citizen Kane plays in Meridaconsidered to be the best movie ever made and has the awards to prove it. This classic film tells the story of multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane who dies alone in his extravagant mansion, Xanadu, speaking a single word: "Rosebud". In an attempt to figure out the meaning of this word, a reporter tracks down the people who worked and lived with Kane; they tell their stories in a series of newsreel-like flashbacks that reveal much about Kane’s life but not enough to unlock the riddle of his dying breath.

Commentary: Lic. Mario Helguera Bolio
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
For: The entire Family
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Anton Chekhov Yucatan Living The Bear

A play written by Antón Chejov; performed by the theater group La Horqueta y El Turix and under the direction of Yuliana Vargas.
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí in Parque de Las Américas (Avenida Colon and Calle 20)
For: The entire family
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Baila Merida (Merida Dances)

This dance moves around the city, so you need to check with Yucatan Living to find out where it will be every week. It is a dance that was designed with the older crowd in mind, but should give younger visitors quite a show. At the very least, we can teach the young folks to dance and, at best, visitors can regale the folks back home with tales of dancing in the park with old people to the music of a world renowned orchestra. Now where else can you get that combination of experiences for free?
Location this week:

Chen-bech, Calle 42 x 55 y 57 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living "Salma… Poch Fiancé"

Humorous Regional Theater, Under the direction of Raúl Niño. This show is probably going to poke fun at people who are overweight, so you might want to be sensitive to that topic if you planned on bringing adolescents to see it.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adults and Adolescents
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: General: $70 Students and INAPAM $50

Yucatan Living Folkloric Ballet of UADY
The Folkloric Ballet of UADY presents a spectacular vaquería. This is the ballet that has a wedding dance in it. The costumes are beautiful and the dancers are some of the best in the nation. This is a regular Friday night event during the winter months.
Location: Central Patio of the University, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50

Yucatan Living Noches Románticas en La Ermita (Romantic Nights in the Hermitage)

Are there any other kind? And remember – this is free musical expression with a romantic theme. This particular park, with it’s central gazebo, it’s cobbled streets, the colonial facades surrounding the park and the lovely little church at one side is romantic, even without the music!
Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel (Calle 66 and 77)
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) October 6, 2007

Yucatan Living Timbiriche Comes to Mérida

This performance is, in all likelihood, the farewell tour of Timbiriche, a group that Mexico has watched grow up on stage for 25 years. It has been 8 years since they were in Merida, but excitement is running high. This trip, Yucatecos will see only Alix, Diego, Mariana, Benny, Sasha and Eric. Paulina Rubio will not be with them. According to Timbiriche, they have prepared a super repertoire that will meet the expectations of every generation of their fans. This concert is expected to have more than 10,000 fans in attendance.

Location: Carlos Iturralde Rivero Stadium at Unidad Deportiva Kukulkán. Calle 6 x Circuito Colonias # 315, Unidad Morelos
Time: 8:30 PM (we see that gates open at 3:00 PM, but also that they open at 4:00 PM)
Admission: $900, $1,200 and $1,500 MXN
For more Information call 940-03-06 or 940-06-76

Yucatan Living Movie: "Casablanca" (United States, 1942)

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and even Peter Lorre. This movie won three Oscars and was nominated for six more. In 1989, it won the Film Preservation Board Award. It may not be the best movie ever made, but is certainly one of the most well known. It is set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II. An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. We cannot imagine that there would be anyone who hasn’t seen this movie but, just in case, this is a “must see” for tonight. “Here’s lookin’ at you, Kid” is one of the most famous adlibbed movie lines ever spoken and well worth seeing again and again.

Location: Videosala of the Olimpo (Corner of Calle 61 and 62)
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Irish Dance and National Folklore: Knowing Mexico
Fideicomiso Cultural Compañía Umbral Danza Contemporanea A.C. presents this benefit performance for the purpose of raising money to send Juan Carlos Moreno Carrillo to Argentina to take advantage of the six month scholarship he has received to study dance with the ballet La Unión under the direction of Maestro Pablo Acosta. Yucatan is very proud of Juan Carlos and we hope everyone will come to see this performance.

Location: Patio of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: General: $30

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
Each Saturday night, there is a performance on an outdoor stage here, often from a musical or dance group from another part of Mexico. Chairs are set up for the audience, but it’s often standing room only. Booths selling food and handcrafts are set up in the park. The purpose of this performance is to bring all of Mexico to our own backyard here in Merida.

Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En El Corazón de Mérida

Live music, including jazz, salsa and trova, held on various stages around the Plaza Grande. Many of the streets leading to the Plaza are closed to all but foot traffic, and the restaurants and bars put their chairs and tables outside in the streets. This is a night designed for that Saturday night date, but they’ve got all of the shops open for business too.

Location: Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Tarantula Documentary in MeridaSunday (Domingo) October 7, 2007

Yucatan Living Documentary at the Museum of Natural History: "Tarantulas: Poisonous Relations "
Every Sunday the Museum of Natural History has a documentary at noon. The topics are usually related to science, ecology, the environment, and/or animals. They are always interesting, even if some of them are a bit on the scary side for smaller children. Be sure to keep that in mind when you’re making your plans.

Location: Calle 59 # 648 x 84 y 84 A on the north side of the Zoo.
For: The whole Family
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Concerts by the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra is holding a series of didactic concerts for children this week. The program will include the 2nd movement from Haydn’s Suprise Symphony, Anderson’s Concerto for Typewriter, Leopold Mozart’s Concerto for Alpine Horn (played on a garden hosepipe), the Pink Panther by Mancini, Ponchielle’s Dance of the Hours and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. There will also be a clown! Symphony was never so much fun!
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre
For: Children of all ages
Time: 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Admission: Check the box office, Children are Half-Price

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs

If you are a dog owner (or owned by a dog…), come join the rest of us for an hour of running and playing in a safe place. We meet on Sunday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM in the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel. Get there by going north on Calle 60 and turning right on Calle 35, just after the Siqueff restaurant. The parking lot entrance will be on your left. Bring water for you AND your dog. If there aren’t a lot of dogs, it isn’t as much fun… so come and bring your pups for a little bit of old-fashioned running around.

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaThe Bici-Ruta continues into the fall and winter. Every Sunday, it begins early, at 8:00 AM, and ends at noon. The route begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through Centro and then travels down Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game!
There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website.
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande, out Paseo Montejo, and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo

Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where booths are set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and Dancing at Santa Lucia Park on Sunday morningeverything is made for sale by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. There’s also usually a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music. Or wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.

Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63)
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free


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