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Cantautores, Folkloric Ballets, Erotic Films

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Starting this week, we’re dividing up the Events and the News, because there is just too much going on around here! So if you want to read up on interesting news from around the Yucatan last week, go to our News page. Otherwise, for upcoming events in and around Merida, read on… Just a thought: it’s the middle of summer, so the smart Meridanos spend their weekends at the beach. Those of us who can’t or don’t do that get to enjoy smaller crowds and beautiful summer evenings in the city!

This Week in Art

Exhibition of a multidiciplinary collection: “Between Sky and Earth”

Until the 14th of July

Location: Center of Visual Arts on Calle 60 between Calle 47 and 45

Admission: Free

Georgia Charuhas Drawing

MACAY Museum

Various artists, including a 40-year retrospective of local favorite, Georgia Charuhas.

Location: On Calle 60 at the Plaza Grande. Entrance in the passage beside the cathedral.

Admission: Free

 

Inasible: eros femenino

Recent work of Tania Cámara

Location: Galería del Callejón del Congreso, downstairs at the Teatro Peón Contreras, entrance on the south side from the callejón.

Open until: August 12

Admission: Free

Tiempo y Espacio
Recent work of David Sierra

Location: Estudio 57, Calle 57 #461-A x Calle 54, Centro

Alonzo MazaAdmission: Free

Galeria Tataya

General artesanias, antiques, Mexican paintings

Location: Calle 72 #478 x 53 y 55

Phone: 999-928-2962
Admission: Free

La Luz Galeria
Showing paintings by local artist Alonza Maza
Location: Calle 60 #415A x 45 y 47
Phone: 999-928-2962
Admission: Free

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Monday (Lunes) July 16, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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. We recently learned that one of our accountants is going to these evenings to improve his 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: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Admission: small donation

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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. Merida continues to support the Vaquería, a spectacular ballet, 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) July 17, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with "The Pleasure is All Mine"The Pleasure is All Mine

(Tout Le Plaisir Est Pour Moi) (France, 2004)

Direction by Isabelle Broué. Starring Marie Gillain, Julien Boisselier and Garance Clavel. Louise knows what she wants out of life and life has spoiled her. She is free, impetuous, and happy. All goes well for her until the eve of the day when she is to meet her fiancè’s parents. She suddenly loses her ability to feel sexual pleasure, panics, and then launches out in a hopeless, insane search to find it.

Duration: 86 min.

The short film before the movie will be "Huguito" by Jose Luis Lara Barrier.

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional (Calle 62 x 59 y 61)

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Condes

These guys are beyond wonderful! …aging like a fine wine is an understatement! One of their albums is playing as I type and I have to tell you… If angels sing, they must sound exactly like Los Condes. This is a must see performance!

Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 8:30 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Remembrance Musicals

This is a weekly dance, held since every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. There is plenty of space in the park for dancing and food vendors are available. 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.

Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59

Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM

Admission: free

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 18, 2007

This Day in History: 1847: The first Caste War began. Due to economic, agrarian and social factors, the Mayan caciques Jacinto Pat, Manuel Ay, and Cecilio Chi initiated a civil war against the Blancos, Mestizos and against the Indians allied to these groups.

Folkloric Ballet in MeridaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Folkloric Festival III: “From Province to Province”

Tonight is the last night of these performances in the city. Friday night, this same performance will be given in the Municipo of San Felipe, where admission will be free. This spectacular folkloric festival, now in its second, and final, week, presents three more performances that are some of the best to have ever visited Yucatan.

They include:

El Ballet Folklórico Raíces presents Tamaulipas (Huapangos Huastecos) Under the Direction of Adrián Cerda Uc [Note: This is a wonderful dance, from the northern Gulf States of Mexico, that could have disappeared completely if not for its recent revival. The Huastecos (a dance performed by the Huastecos, people from that area) is performed on an Huapangos (wooden platform). It is very colorful and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

El Ballet de la Preparatoria 2, UADY, presents: Baja California Norte y Baja California Sur Under the Direction of Luz María Gomez Ac.

El Ballet Folklórico of Gobierno of Estado presents: Vamos de Gallo Under the Direction of Raúl Castillo Alfaro.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater

Time: 8:45 PM

Admission: $50

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with "The Pleasure is All Mine"

Same as Tuesday’s program.

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional (Calle 62 x 59 y 61)

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Closing Performance of the Folkloric Dance Laboratory (for the semester)

Coordinator: Maria Eugenia Olsen Aguilar

This is yet another wonderful end-of-the-class recital. These young people work tirelessly to bring us the best that the world of dance has to offer. We could not imagine Merida without them, so lets give them all our support at every level of their growth as professional dancers.

Location: Centro Cultural “Carlos Acereto”, Calle 55 # 490 B por 38 y 40

Time: 10:00 AM

Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) July 19, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Día de la Secretaria (Secretary’s Day)

Ok, you bosses out there – You know what to do… flowers in the morning, out to lunch at a nice restaurant, a present, and off work early. …oh – and a raise wouldn’t hurt either!

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with "9 Songs" (United Kingdom, 2004)9 songs

Directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley.

Lisa is an American student who is spending a year in London. Her music enchants Matt and he manages to meet Lisa at one of her concerts. He falls in love with her and they begin a relationship in which sex plays the most important role. They practice to all hours and experiment without limitations, in search of sensations they have never imagined. Adapted from a novella by Michel Houellebecq. Billed as Erótica and Musical Comedy (online comments indicate it is more erotica than musical comedy, so attend with caution). Duration: 70 minutes.

Short film before the movie on the 19th & 20th: “Puppet Soldiers” by Suis Salinas Tinajero.

Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Mérida

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsDouble Feature Classic Cinema

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo (corner of Calle 62 and Calle 61

Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

6:00 PM: Rhapsody in August (Japan, 1991) Movie directed by Akira Kirosawa and starring Richard Gere. A visit from her grandchildren and the discovery of a half-American relative cause an elderly woman to relive her memories of the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki. Richard Gere stars as the woman’s nephew and Roger Ebert gives the movie three stars. In Japanese with English (Spanish?) subtitles.

8:00 PM: Adventurer (Mexico, 1949) We can’t find anything about this movie on the Internet, so it should be interesting!

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events “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 else but in Merida these days. And unwind beneath the big trees.

Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes

When: 4:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Yucatecan 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.

Location: Parque Santa Lucía, Calle 60 and 55, Downtown.

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission is Free.

Friday (Viernes) July 20, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Folkloric Festival III: “From Province to Province”

See Wednesday for full performance listings. These are three fabulous productions from other states. If you didn’t see them on Wednesday, this is your last chance.

Location: Municipio de San Felipe, Yucatán.

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Gratuito

Frankenstein comes to MeridaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Fantasy and Science Fiction Films:
Frankenstein
(United States, 1931)

Yes, indeed! The one and only Boris Karloff in Frankenstein!

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Y Sigue La Trova Dando, Concierto de Cantautores

(
And the Trova Keeps Giving, Cantautore Concert)


Your Cantautores: Felipe de la Cruz, María San Felipe and Andrés Tinoco

A cantautor is an artist who generally writes and usually interprets his or her own songs. The themes of these types of songs are usually social, political, and/or philosophical. At one time, this type of art was limited to songs of protest. If you’re remembering the “1960s,” you’re halfway there! However, today, the cantautor can address almost any type of theme.

The type of music addressed by the cantautor has its origins in the Mediterranean culture of Europe and in Latin America. It mainly criticizes social injustices and/or laments a lack of love and affection. The Golden Years for these types of songs was in the 1960s and 1970s, but its true resurgence came in the 1990s. Today, we have a new generation of young cantautores, who both write their own music and reinterpret the music of the past. For lack of a better description, imagine yourself sitting in the audience of a performance by Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, and Joan Baez – Latin style – and you’ll know that there is no way you’ll risk missing this show!

The music you hear will move from trova to the bolero, swing, rumba, flamenco, and ballads. This is also meant to be a type of interactive performance. Not only will the cantautores answer questions, but they will also explain the motivation behind why and how they chose to interpret particular songs in particular ways.

Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Pérez

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with "9 Songs"
Same as Thursday’s program.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Mérida

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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… who doesn’t enjoy a little romance on a warm summer night?

Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel (Calle 66 and 77)

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Saturday (Sábado) July 21, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events GUITARS! Yohuali Rosas and Maestro Manuel Rubio

Did you know that UADY has a Guitar Orchestra? Did you know that these two men figure prominently in that orchestra? We are constantly finding absolute treasures, right here in Yucatan that we had no idea even existed. These artists are a “must add” to Yucatan Living’s watch list.

Location: Cineteca “Manuel Barbachano Ponce” in Teatro Mérida (Calle 62 x 59 y 61).

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Fantasy and Science Fiction Films : Solaris (Soviet Union, 1972)
A visionary science-fiction film that takes us on a profound voyage into both outer and inner space, according to the Rotten Tomatoes website, which gave it a whopping 93% Fresh Rating.

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

For: Adolescents and Adults

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Planitarium Lecture:
What the Sun represented for Mayans in the past, and still represents for them today.

Arigo. Orlando Casares Contreras from the Department of Anthropology UADY

Location: Planitarium is inside the Olimpo Calle 62 x Calle 61

Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: ?

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Arab Dance entitled “Sand Storm”

Directed by Maestra Gisele Amaral

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $70

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with "9 Songs"

Same as Thursday’s program. Short film before the movie on the 21st & 22nd: “Seeking Mary” by Ricardo Cárdenas López (Recommendation of the Special Jury)

Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Mérida

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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

Merida Yucatan at nightYucatan Living brings you Merida Events En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)

Live music, including jazz, salsa and even the 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. This is a great shopping opportunity, so grab that Christmas list and come on down!

Location: Plaza Grande, Centro

Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) July 22, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with "9 Songs"

Same as Thursday’s program. Short film before the movie on the 21st & 22nd: “Seeking Mary” by Ricardo Cárdenas López (Recommendation of the Special Jury)

Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Mérida

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Folkloric Festival III: “From Province to Province”

The Folkloric Ballet of the Independent University of Choahuila presents: “The Culture of the Desert” under the direction of Miguel Angel Salazar Valdez. This ballet was begun in 1982, just as a local group of university students and adults. However, their director was Profesora Carmen Valdes, a pioneer in Choahuilenese folklore. Between 1982 and 2000, Profra. Valdes held the ballet to a strict discovery and re-creation of their true heritage. Then, in 2000, Lic. Miguel Angel Salazar Valdes took over as director, and the Folkloric Ballet of the Independent University of Choahuila immediately shot to the top of national standings, among other organizations of its kind. They have been invited on no less than three international tours. Once again, we are able to see a performance by one of the best of the best, not just in Mexico, but in all the world!

Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: From 10:00 AM until 11:45 AM, there will be a Conference and Exhibition of Clothing. The performance itself will begin at 12:00 PM.

Admission: $50

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Mérida en Domingo

Sunday downtown is a Spectacular Tradition in Mérida. Booths are set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and everything 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.

Location: Centro, Plaza Grande

Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Film: The Sensuality of Olga (France, 2002)

Yucatan Living Note: Last week one of our readers went to a film scheduled for this time at the Olimpo and it was not playing. To add to that, we cannot find anything about this film on film websites on the Internet. So, caveat emptor, as they say.

Location: Videosala in the Olimpo (Corner of Calle 61 and 62)

Time: 5:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Bici-Ruta

The Bici-Ruta is part of an ambitious national plan to get folks up and out on the weekends.

Bici-Ruta in Merida

There are activities planned from 8:00 AM until noon, starting in Ermita and San Juan Parks, then on down Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29. We drove by (yes, I know… we should have been on a bicycle) the corner of Science and Intelligence (Paseo Montejo x 43) last week. They had four chess boards set up and two of them were being played. OK, all you chess players!! Get out there at 9:00 AM, during the Bici-Ruta on Sunday, and sharpen your chess skills!

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Piano Recital with Rocio Martinez Rendiz

What a lovely end to such a busy week.

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsWeb Toys

Remember when Gracie Slick sang something about ‘feeding your head’? Well, here’s a head that does a lot of interesting things. www.feedthehead.net

Nos vemos next week!


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