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Events in Merida – July 9 – 16, 2007

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International Cosmic Ray Conference held in Merida Yucatan MexicoCosmic Rays in the Yucatan

This international conference began here in Merida on July 3 and will continue until July 11. Representatives from all over the world are presenting papers at the Fiesta Americana, the Hyatt, and the Intercontinental. One paper, of particular interest, is by two British physicists.

For some reason, human beings seem to never want to take responsibility for the damage they do, especially to the environment. Ah! It wasn’t us that caused global warming at all! It was changes in the cosmic rays that are changing the atmosphere. Absolution? Not hardly! Here is a copy of the paper, ‘Cosmic Rays and Global Warming‘ that will be presented this week at the 30th International Cosmic Ray Conference. Sorry to say, but we human beings did “do it”, according to this paper. So, have you begun planting your trees yet?

 

 

Feed the Birds

Did you know that Yucatan has an annual Bird Festival? And that more than 500 bird species live here? Bird tours and bird festivals are great for tourists, who don’t have much time and who don’t know where to go. But those of us who live here have lovely outside areas just The Yucatan has more than 500 species of birdsbegging for bird-feeders. There are many types of bird feeders available, that can be hung unobtrusively and away from neighborhood cats. A couple of hummingbird feeders, a songbird feeder or two, and a really pretty bird bath should help to turn your garden into a real backyard habitat. As an added bonus, the birds will help hold down your mosquito and other bug populations and your outdoor living experience will be significantly improved. So, while you are planting those new trees and flowers, don’t forget the birds!

And for the Garden…

If you are looking for plants for your home or garden, make your money work double for you! Merida English Library has plants, year round, for 15 pesos – so check there before heading out to the nurseries.

Location: Merida English Library is at Calle 53 #524 x66 y68

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday Evenings – 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Thursday – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm,
and Saturday – 10 am to 1 pm

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What New at UADY?

We have 16 American students, from the University of Utah Valley visiting UADY for a 4 week Spanish class. This is a new relationship between these two schools and we welcome the opportunity for American students to experience life in Merida. Let’s keep an eye out for them in our travels and make them feel welcome in Yucatan.

A group of 14 UADY students are at the University of Iowa, sent by UADY’s Education department to the first Summer of Enrichment course. We hope they are having a wonderful experience in Iowa and bring home many fresh views of education in the 21st century.

A group of 23 American students, from the University of Florida, are at UADY for six weeks of courses in Spanish, as well as the history and archaeology of Yucatan. We welcome them and hope they have a wonderful summer in Yucatan.

Beginning in September, studies of discrimination – at all levels and in all forms – will begin at UADY, with the eventual goal of eradicating discrimination from Yucatan. Buena idea!

UNAM's Spanish course in MeridaNever too old to be a Student…Learn Spanish at UNAM!

Here’s an opportunity to take a 90-hour Spanish course at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. These classes are held completely in Spanish and include activities such as debates, games, exhibitions, dialogues, narrations of both personal and group interest, etc. All classes are supervised and guided by experienced professors. The course is designed for foreigners, age 18 and older, and there is a placement test to make sure you have the right materials, tests, and teachers.

 

Cost

Placement Test: $270 pesos

Course: $2,500 pesos

Schedule (to be determined according to demand)

Length of the course: 90 hours

Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Monday through Friday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Dates of next classes

August 20 to Oct. 26

August 30 to Dec. 13

Contact

Lic. Elias I. Granillo Ramírez,
Jefe del Área de Docencia

Unidad Académica de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades
de la UNAM en Mérida (UACSHUM)

Calle 43 s/n X 44 y 46, Ex Sanatorio Rendón Peniche, Col. Industrial

Telephone: 01 (999)922-8446, 47 or 48
Ext. 115

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Art Galleries in Merida

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

Bienal de Arte Nuevo Interactiva 07

The multimedia exposition will continue to remain open through July 15. Participating artists hail from around the world and their work ranges from video to performance art… the art of the future!

Location: The Galería of Teatro José Peón Contreras, Trinidad Galeria’s Manolo Rivera Gallery and the gallery at UADY

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

Opening: Friday, July 13, 8 PM

Admission: Free

galeria tataya

General artesanias, antiques, Mexican paintings

Location: Calle 72 #478 x 53 y 55

Phone: 999-928-2962
Admission: Free

Monday (Lunes) July 9, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Conference:
Massive Extensions, Impacts, Vulcanism and Cosmic Rays


As the 30th International Cosmic Ray Conference continues at the hotels off of Paseo Montejo, the State of Yucatan presents the position of Dr. Arcadio Provida.

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and Adolescents

Time: 7:30 PM

Admission: Free

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 10, 2007

The Debutantes from Merida's Erotic Film FestivalYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with “The Debutantes” (Chile, 2005)

Under the Direction of Andrés Waissbluth with Antonella Rivers, Nestor Cantillana and Juán Pablo Miranda. This is the story of love between a night club dancer, two brothers and a nocturnal industrialist with the eyes of a gangster. It took the director 7 years to get this movie classified as erotic, rather than pornographic. Duration: 114 min.

On the 10th and 11th, the short before the movie will be "As I see" by Edgardo Arredondo Vargaz.

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

This week: Trio Ensueno

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 11, 2007

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

This spectacular folkloric festival begins tonite with four dances based on Mayan themes like "Los Aluxes" and "Lol-ixi’im". will continue from its inauguration tonight until July 22. Locations and times will change.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater

Time: 8:45 PM

Admission: $50

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with “The Debutantes” (Chile, 2005)

Under the Direction of Andrés Waissbluth with Antonella Rivers, Nestor Cantillana and Juán Pablo Miranda. This is the story of love between a night club dancer, two brothers and a nocturnal industrialist with the eyes of a gangster. It took the director 7 years to get this movie classified as erotic, rather than pornographic. Duration: 114 min.

On the 10th and 11th, the short before the movie will be "As I see" by Edgardo Arredondo Vargaz.

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 Camino a la Fama (the Way to Fame)

This is the recital for the end of the courses in the Jazz Workshop, located in the Ricardo Lope Méndez Cultural Center. These graduation recitals are some of the best performances you will ever see!

Location: Theater Daniel Ayala Perez (Calle 60 x 59 y 61)

Time: 7:30 PM

Admission: $10

Thursday (Jueves) July 12, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Scene Practice for Classic Theater: “Entre Pan…Carta y Panal…Ganas

The title makes fun of the political scene. Literally, Pan Carta is the name for the large political posters. Panal is the name of a political party. Ganas is "wins". We’re not sure what it means all put together… maybe you have to see the play to get it.

Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab (Calle 63 entrance between 64 and 66, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Folkloric Festival III: Ballet Folklorico Nicte Ha from Veracruz

This spectacular folkloric festival will continue from its inauguration tonight until July 22. Locations, times, and Admissions will change. (This same group plays Saturday in Merida)

Location: Municipality of San Felipe, Yucatan

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: FREE

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Solo Bach by
Alzurdanza
(The Contemporary Dance Company of the State of Yucatan)

Director and Coreographer: Lourdes Luna. With the participation of the soloist Eduard Shvarts interpreting, for violoncello, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites 1, 2, and 3.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $50,00 Students, teachers, INAPAM and ISSTEY, $30.00

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with “The Debutantes” (Chile, 2005)

Under the Direction of Andrés Waissbluth with Antonella Rivers, Nestor Cantillana and Juán Pablo Miranda. This is the story of love between a night club dancer, two brothers and a nocturnal industrialist with the eyes of a gangster. It took the director 7 years to get this movie classified as erotic, rather than pornographic. Duration: 114 min.

On the 12th and 13th, the short will be "2X1" by Enrique Osorno Rosel (Winner of Prize of the Jury and Prize of the Public).

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 Classic Cinema Double Feature

Location: Video Sala at the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)

Admission: Free

At 6 PM: Orchestra Rehearsal (Italy, 1979)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Music by Nino Rota. These two men made movies out of the largest film company in Italy and worked together until Rota died, shortly after this movie was made. If you love orchestral music, this is a great film, just for the music alone. The film was originally made by Fellini for television. Fellini studies the interaction between different parts of the orchestra as an allegory for contemporary Italian society. For: Adolescents and Adults.

At 8:00 PM: Guantanamera (Cuba, 1994).
If you have never had an opportunity to see this film, you really need to take advantage of it’s being here. This one will have you dancing in your seat. Synopsis: After a world famous diva dies, her family must accompany the casket on an absurd journey to the funeral, accompanied by a pair of truck drivers. The truckers and the mourners inspire new love in each other. A colorful dark comedy from Cuba, equal parts romantic comedy and critique of the crumbling Communist political system. For: Adolescents and Adults.

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Voice and Piano Recital:
Alberto Alvarez, Julio Velazquez, Miguel Mena, and Hugo Pinto.

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

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Scene Practice for Classic Theater: “Entre Pan…Carta y Panal…Ganas

The title makes fun of the political scene. Literally, Pan Carta is the name for the large political posters. Panal is the name of a political party. Ganas is "wins". We’re not sure what it means all put together… maybe you have to see the play to get it.

Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab (Calle 63 entrance between 64 and 66, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

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 13, 2007

Metropolis by Fritz Lang plays in Merida.Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Do You Like Science Fiction?

The FIRST Science Fiction movie ever made, Metropolis (Germany/Austria, 1926), directed by Fritz Lang, will be showing in Merida tonight! The movie deals with a robot-like society controlled by an evil super-industrialist.

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

Times: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Film Festival Continues with “The Debutantes” (Chile, 2005)

Under the Direction of Andrés Waissbluth with Antonella Rivers, Nestor Cantillana and Juán Pablo Miranda. This is the story of love between a night club dancer, two brothers and a nocturnal industrialist with the eyes of a gangster. It took the director 7 years to get this movie classified as erotic, rather than pornographic. Duration: 114 min.

On the 12th and 13th, the short will be "2X1" by Enrique Osorno Rosel (Winner of Prize of the Jury and Prize of the Public).

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 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 14, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Lecture and Book Signing: Dr. Peter Mathews

Dr. Mathews is the co-author, with Linda Schele, of The Code of Kings: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs, one of the most famous The Code of Kingsbooks about the Mayan culture. He will present a lecture entitled "Maya Royalty. The Kings and Queens of the Classic Period.” Following the lecture, Dr. Mathews will be available for a book signing.

Location: Librería Amate Books (Huun Nah: House of Books), Calle 60, #453 “A”, x 49 y 51, Col. Centro

Contact: Tel (999) 924-2222 or huunnah@gmail.com

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Folkloric Festival III: Ballet Folklorico Nicte Ha from Veracruz

This spectacular folkloric festival will continue from its inauguration tonight until July 22. Locations, times, and Admissions will change.

Location: Teatro Peon Contreras

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $50

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events
Student Theater of Yucatan and the Nomadic Theater: Mozart

Author/Director: Samuel Lemis,
Actor: Gabriel Moreno Vera

The author, director and actor of this play are local students. Should be interesting!

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

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $25

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Scene Practice for Classic Theater: Las Paredes Oyen (The Walls Hear)

This is yet another performance by one of the classes from Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan (ESAY). These students are working toward a degree in Theater and have just finished their 6th semester.

Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab (Calle 63 entrance between 64 and 66, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Frida Kahlo at Amaro Restaurant in MeridaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events La Frida – Homage to Frida Kahlo on the 100th Anniversary of her Birth

A local female impersonator, Roberto Franco, plays Frida Kahlo in this theatre piece based on fragments from Frida’s diary, which was written during the last years of her life. The show is a literary, musical and visual mosaic which also includes historical anecdotes from books and films. You can eat dinner here, but you don’t have to.

Location: Amaro Restaurant (Calle 59 #507 x 60 y 62, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM (1 to 1.5 hours)

Admission: $50

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events In Honor of the Birthday of Ingmar Bergman

One of his films will be shown in honor of his birthday. The Hour of the Wolf (Sweden, 1968) stars his favorite leading actors, Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman. The story is a brilliant Gothic fantasy about an artist who has disappeared, leaving only a diary. Through the device of the diary the director goes to flashbacks to observe a classic case history of the Bergman hero haunted by darkness, demons and the creatures of his imagination until he is destroyed by them. This is one of the first true Gothic horror films.

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

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

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

Yucatan 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 15, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events On This Day in History: 1946 – The death of the distinguished engineer Don Miguel Angel of Quebedo, who had become known as the Apostle of the Trees because of his defense of the forest wealth of Mexico. A man before his time.

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Are you a Hercule Poirot Fan???

Death on the Nile Death on the Nile (1978) will be playing this afternoon. The film stars Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, and David Niven. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot has a set of murder suspects on a boat in the Nile after a rich heiress is killed. Can he find the culprit before they reach port? What fun!

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

For: Adolescents and Adults

Time: 5:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Scene Practice for Classic Theater: “Entre Pan…Carta y Panal…Ganas

The title makes fun of the political scene. Literally, Pan Carta is the name for the large political posters. Panal is the name of a political party. Ganas is "wins". We’re not sure what it means all put together… maybe you have to see the play to get it.

Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab (Calle 63 entrance between 64 and 66, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

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 The Bici-Ruta


Bici-Ruta in Merida The Bici-Ruta is part of an ambitious national plan to get folks up and out on the weekends. We guess Mexico didn’t know about Merida en Domingo. However, we do admit that, even without bikes, the walking and looking along the Bici-Ruta does do us a bit of good. 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 EventsWeb Toys

Remember when you used to play Battleship because it was the only thing on the computer besides Solitaire? Here’s an internet version, for old times sake.

Nos vemos next week!


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