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Events: Equinox, Manzanero & Films

 

Chichen Itza CastilloSpring Equinox Opportunities

Next week is the Spring Equinox, when the sun lines up with the Castillo at Chichen Itza and the House of the Seven Dolls at Dzibilchaltun (and probably a lot of other magical places as well). In conjunction with this special time of year, Maya Cosmic University is opening with three special events and a weeklong course. On Wednesday, the 19th, The Passion of Maya Chocolate teaches about the role of chocolate in the Mayan world, with lessons on preparing the chocolate (and tasting it too!). Thursday is Sacred Symbolism of Kukuulkaan, explaining the meaning behind the seven triangles of light created by the sun on the pyramid at this time of year in Chichen Itza. Friday, Sacred Ceremonies of the Equinox and the Full Moon is FREE, consisting of a special day of ceremony and rituals celebrating this special year when the Full Moon falls on the Equinox. A week-long course called Maya Cosmovision I starts on March 24 and teaches understanding of the ancient Maya’s cosmic vision of the universe. For details on the courses and events, as well as prices, contact Trudy at the Iluminado Tours’ Website or email trudy [at] iluminado-tours [dot] com

Correction: March 8 – 17: The Expo Fair in Ticul

Last week, I accidentally switched the name of the town in which this fair is being held and the name of the town from which many of the artisans live. That caused some of our readers to miss out on a day at the fair, even if they were kind enough to say that dinner at the Pickled Onion made up for it. My apologies again to Carol, Alfred (from Hotel Macanche) and any others. However, the expo in TICUL (not Muna) is still going on and is still a "shop til you drop" occasion. Fashion footwear, crafts, pottery, woodwork and clothes, including guayaberas and huipiles, will all be available at far better prices than in the city. Artisans from Muna will be in attendance. Remember, Muna is famous for its reproductions of ancient Mayan ceramics, so bring plenty of money to buy all those beautiful things you may never be able to find anywhere else.

UADY Book Fair

Book Fair in Santa Ana Park in MeridaThroughout this week, there is a book fair going on in Parque de Santa Ana. They hope to sell 10,000 books (both new and used). This book fair is in honor of the 86th anniversary of UADY as we know it today. UADY invites everyone to attend. Live music will be provided Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 PM. They are near the mercado, so everyone will have plenty of parking and a place to grab a quick bite to eat.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 47 at Calle 60
Time: Live musical shows: Wed., Fri., & Sat.: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Monday (Lunes) March 10, 2008

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)

Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary. The library really needs English-speaking participants, as word is getting out that this is a great place to learn English. Come and participate!

Location
: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan Living Vaqueria Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, 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) March 11, 2008

Touch of Evil playing in MeridaYucatan Living Merida English Library Movie Night
MEL is showing a three movie series of film noir: This week: Touch of Evil. Directed by Orson Welles with the award-winning camera work of Russell Metty, this is considered to be the last film of the film noir genre. The film features Charlton Heston as a Mexican police officer (strange…), Janet Leigh as his wife, and Marlene Dietrich as a cigar-smoking gypsy and brothel owner. What’s not to like? Popcorn and soda are for sale, with proceeds going toward supporting the library.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:45 PM. Sessions should end before 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida Festival to Her Trovadores: Tribute to Manuel Merodio y Coqui Navarro
Performances tonight by Cacho Medina, Cony Ancona, Marilú Basulto, Mozu…La Voz, and Yahalkab.
Andrei TarkovshiLocation: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle

Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Ivanovo Detstvo (Ex Soviet Union, 1961)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovshi, called ‘the movie poet’ in the ad, this movie is the story of Ivan, a 12 year old child picked up by Soviet troops during the last months of World War II. His family has been destroyed and he starts working as a messenger to the Soviet army.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61

Time: 8:00 PM
Admission:
$30 pesos

The CrowYucatan Living Movie: The Crow (United States, 1994)
When guitarist Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his girlfriend are brutally killed by a gang of arsonists whose main goal is to create chaos and destruction the night before Halloween, his body – in the company of the Crow, sets out to kill each and every one of the people involved in his killing and the rape of his girlfriend. The death of Brandon Lee, during the making of this movie, lends even more suspense to this love, murder, and revenge movie.
Location: Cultural Center Jose Martí/Park of the Américas. Avenida Colon at Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission:
Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
This weekly dance has been held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. Come on out and listen to the Big Band sounds of the 1940s, performed 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

Wednesday (Miércoles) March 12, 2008

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
These marvelous tours are conducted by local resident Keith Heitke.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 #517 x 66 y 68 and ends at Calle 59 #572 x 72 y 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan LivingLive Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida


Tonite’s performance is by Sergio Aguilar and the Fusion Power Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan LivingWednesday of Guitars
Performances by the wonderful guitarists at UADY.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto at the UADY Cultural Center, Calle 60 between Calle 57 and 59
Time: Free

Yucatan LivingDocumentary: Celebration San Moriryl 2007
Location: Audio-visual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Festival to Her Trovadores: Por Siempre (For Always), Luis Demetrio
Tonight is a "must see" event with performances by Maria Teresa, Lenny Sanchez, and Trio Trova Nova
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Ivanovo Destvo (Ex Soviet Union, 1961)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovshi, called ‘the movie poet’ in the ad, this movie is the story of Ivan, a 12 year old child picked up by Soviet troops during the last months of World War II. His family has been destroyed and he starts working as a messenger to the Soviet army.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61

Time: 8:00 PM

Thursday (Jueves) March 13, 2008

Yucatan Living Collective Exposition: Femina
Local female artists show their work in support of International Women’s Day.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 at Calle 58
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Andrei RublevYucatan Living Movie: Strasti po Andreju: Andrei Rublev (Ex Soviet Union, 1964-66)
Andrei Rublev was an monk and icon painter who lived during the 15th Century. The film chronicles the hard life that he led, and the violence and brutality of the invaders who threatened his life.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61

Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living Jueves de (Thursday of…) Recital of Piano and Cello
This will be a beautiful performance by Irina Decheva and Veselin Dechev playing pieces by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto at the UADY Cultural Center, Calle 60 between Calle 57 and 59
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: The Constellations: Astronomy, History, & Mythology
Don’t forget to bring a light sweater. Its cool in the Planetarium, and you’re cool if you go there!
Location: Planetarium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free Poker Night at Mercer Cigars

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Thursday night is poker night at Mercer Cigars. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location: Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Virtuoso jazz pianist Rene Monte Rosa plays tonite.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628Anatomy of a Murder

Yucatan Living Movie: Anatomy of a Murder(United States, 1959)
Starring Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick This film is about sensational case tried in a rural courtroom.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 7:00 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: Free

Yucatan Living AA Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM

Yucatan Symphony Performs in MeridaFriday (Viernes) March 14, 2008

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonight the invited guest director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with Zuleika Diaz and Marieli Sosa on the piano.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, & $40 MXP. Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Movie: Strasti po Andreju: Andrei Rubliov (Ex Soviet Union, 1964-66)
Andrei Rubliov was an monk and icon painter who lived during the 15th Century. The film chronicles the hard life that he led, and the violence and brutality of the invaders who threatened his life.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61

Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Tiffany Circus
Tonite the Circus comes to town! The traveling Tiffany Circus opens tonite and plays various nights throughout the next week. Tickets are on sale at the circus and at the Gran Plaza starting at 11 am.
Location: Prolongación de Montejo, in front of the Chedraui grocery store, across from Gran Plaza
Time: 4:30 and 8 pm
Admission: TBD

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music features the Carlos Rodriguez Trio.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) March 15, 2008

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour
MEL is always in need of additional volunteers for the Children’s Story Hour on Saturday mornings. A time for reading children’s books in English and Spanish.
Location:
Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time:
10:00 AM Every Saturday morning

Yucatan Living Documentary: Celebration San Moriryl 2007
Location: Audio-visual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 58 at Calle 65
Water is Indispensable for LifeTime: 11:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living World Day of Water: A Special Work: Water: Indispensible for Life
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 #648 x 84 y 84A, just east of Avenida Itzaes and the Centennario Zoo
Time: 11:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Solaris (Ex Soviet Union, 1972)
Dr. Kris Kelvin is sent to the space station that orbits Solaris, a mysterious planet covered with water. He goes to research the death of a crewmember and the strange influence the planet is having on the mental health of the crew.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos

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 there is 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 Merida and to our tourists from all over the world.
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tiffany Circus
Tonite the Circus comes to town! The traveling Tiffany Circus opens tonite and plays various nights throughout the next week. Tickets are on sale at the circus and at the Gran Plaza starting at 11 am.
Location: Prolongación de Montejo, in front of the Chedraui grocery store, across from Gran Plaza
Time: 4:30 and 8 pm
Admission: TBD

Yucatan Living En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
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, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Watch the Fight at Mercer Cigars

Juan Manuel Marquez defends his WBC Super Featherweight title against Manny Pacquaio.
Location: Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite and every Saturday in March features the Junior Jazz Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) March 16, 2008

Yucatan Living Walk with Your Dog for a Good Cause
The 13th Annual Dog Walk will this year be held in honor of and to promote AFAD, our favorite animal shelter in Merida. Your entrance fee includes breakfast, water for your dog, and a tshirt. And of course, the opportunity to walk (on a leash, please) your dog with a bunch of other dogs around a park. In a city where there are no dog parks (yet!), this is a good chance to socialize your dog and meet some other dog owners. It sounds like it also might be a good place in the north part of town to walk dogs early in the morning. You can bet Mali and URL will be there!
Location: Behind the Star Medica Hospital at the park
Armando ManzaneroTime: 7:00 AM
Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonight the invited guest director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with Zuleika Diaz and Marieli Sosa on the piano.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, & $40 MXP at the box office

Yucatan Living Mérida Festival to Her Trovadores: Manzanero del Mundo
A tribute to Armando Manzanero, with performances by Jesus Armando, Victor Martinez, Rubi, Felisa Estrada and Los Juglares. This is a "must see" performance!
Location: Concha Acustica (Acoustic Shell) in Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon and Calle 20 in Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A New Sunday Event: University Sundays
These are wonderful musical performances sponsored by UADY and look as if they will be a permanent addition to our Sunday lineup of things to see, do, and experience in Merida.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto in the UADY Cultural Center
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Solaris (Ex Soviet Union, 1972)
Dr. Kris Kelvin is sent to the space station that orbits Solaris, a mysterious planet covered with water. He goes to research the death of a crewmember and the strange influence the planet is having on the mental health of the crew.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living Tiffany Circus
Tonite the Circus comes to town! The traveling Tiffany Circus opens tonite and plays various nights throughout the next week. Tickets are on sale at the circus and at the Gran Plaza starting at 11 am.
Location: Prolongación de Montejo, in front of the Chedraui grocery store, across from Gran Plaza
Time: 12 noon, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Admission: TBD

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaBack in full swing this week, the Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. The route usually begins in Ermita, but there is construction there right now, so we’re guessing it starts in San Juan, passes through the Centro up Calle 60 and then travels down Paseo de Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de 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 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 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. If the crowd starts to get to you, wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park (at Calle 55), 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 Art on Paseo de Montejo
Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Colon, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

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


Coming Soon:

April 25th: Emanuel and Gold Album "Retro"

If you haven’t yet heard Emanuel, there are several of his videos on YouTube. Since "Retro" went gold this past week, he will spend the next three months on the road, but will be in Merida, at the Convention Center, on Friday night, April 25. Tickets will go on sale in the next few days, so be sure and keep in touch with the ticket office at the Convention Center. Regular "numbered chair" tickets will be $400, $700, and $1,000 pesos. VIP tickets (for tables) will be $1,300 pesos each. Be sure and reserve your tickets early. This is going to be a packed house event.

The Tiffany Circus across from the Gran Plaza continues through the week, playing Monday through Thursday at 8 PM.

Monday, March 24: Seth Montfort on Piano
For a donation of $200 pesos, which will go to Oasis de San Juan de Dios & Brazos Abiertos, you can attend a concert at Villa Maria Restaurant of the pianist and composer Seth Montfort. Seth will be visiting from San Francisco, where is the the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and of the 4-month-old Russian River Performing Arts Center. Seth made his debut at 16 years old performing Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the Denver Symphony. He has won dozens of prizes and awards, and now he comes to Merida! Don’t miss this chance to see him!

Location: Villa Maria, corner of Calle 59 and Calle 68 (www.villamariamerida.com)
Time: Cash bar opens at 7 PM, Concert starts at 8:30 PM
Admission: $200 pesos


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One Response to “Events: Equinox, Manzanero & Films”

  1. This sounds like to place to be, to meet other artists, take in the culture and relax! It’s on my list of thingsa to do!!

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