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Events in Merida – June 11-18, 2007

Honey bees in the YucatanYucatan and the Bees

There are 10,153 producers of honey, in Yucatan, scattered throughout the 106 municipalities (counties). Yucatan is the largest producer of honey in all of Mexico and is moving rapidly in the direction of exportation of this valuable Yucatecan product. However, honey production is not the only issue here. There is a growing shortage of bees around the world… a shortage that has the potential for crop disruption on a global scale. Perhaps Yucatan is in a position to help in solving this global problem? Vamos a ver! (We’ll see…) In any case, there appears to be no shortage of bees in the Yucatan.




barista in mexicoDo you know a barista who is the best in all of Mexico?

If you know a world-class barista, pass the word along! Competition of the Mexican Baristas will be held at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Sept. 6, 7, & 8. To get there, la barista has to get through regional competition first. Competition of the Mexican Baristas of the Southeastern Region includes baristas from Yucatan, Veracruz, Caiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Puebla, Tlaxcala, and Tabasco, and will be held on June 30 and July 1. If someone wants to compete, they can get in touch with Ruth Kosenberg by phone: 5393-2268 or cellphone: (55)2516-7998 or by e-mailing her at: She also has CDs available, for $200, showing exactly how the last winners made it through the competition!


In the News

‘Tis the season! Both physicians and the State of Yucatan are reminding people that this is the hottest time of the year. Do your best to stay indoors or in the shade between noon and 5:00 PM. Wear lightweight clothing, in light colors, eat well and drink plenty of fluids. If you feel ill, please see a physician immediately. In addition, be sure to keep medication in a cool place, as heat can alter its composition and render it either useless or even harmful.

Alert your friends and family! Tell them to come on down to visit! They don’t need a passport to fly until the end of September. All they need is a receipt for having applied for their passport and a driver’s license or State ID. The US government is still trying to decide what to do about those of us who drive down in the winter, which will force them into another crisis in December. At the present time, there is at least a 3-month waiting period for passports in the U.S. Are you a US Citizen here in the Yucatan? Get your passport renewed at the US Consulate here… we know from experience it takes a week to ten days!

This past week marked the 174th Anniversary of the Facultad de Medicina at UADY. We all benefit from the results of their dedication and would like to extend our warmest congratulations and sincere thanks to UADY and to all of the faculty and staff in the Facultad de Medicina.

The New Network of Cultural Promoters

Every neighborhood has a child who is a “ringleader” and everybody knows him or her. Pass the word that the Institute of Culture has put out a call for young people who would like to function as Cultural Promoters. These Cultural Promoters will get all kinds of perks, including e-mail notification of events well in advance of their happening, 2 for the price of one tickets to many events, and will even get a few perks for their school. All they have to do is spread the word among their friends when a new event is coming up. This is a great opportunity for young people to begin serving their community in a positive manner. Their leadership can influence many more to become interested in the arts and in music, as well as in community service. All they have to do is send their “data” (name, address, phone number, e-mail address, age, school, etc.) to What a wonderful idea! So do pass the word among your neighborhood children. This sounds like fun for the kids, as well as a community service.

The Planetarium

Merida PlanetariumLooking for a way to get out of the heat in the middle of the day? Why not spend a couple of hours in the Planetarium? It is recommended that you be there to get your tickets at least an hour before the show starts. You will be seated 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the show and there will be no late arrivals. Bring a wrap, as it is very cool inside the auditorium. Each show is approximately 50 minutes long, with three separate sections. This includes a virtual Full-Dome show, so it is well worth the trip. You can also see trailers for the scholastic programs (these are in English, by the way) on their website. At their website click on programas escolares

Location: In the Olimpo

Times: Tuesday through Saturday at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM

Sunday: 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM

Admission: General Public: $30, Children under 12, students, teachers, INSEN, and individuals who are disabled: $15

Monday June 11, 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. Usually, there’s a group of both English and Spanish native speakers, and the evening is very informative.

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 – If you haven’t seen this ballet, you are missing a treat. The presentation is by the Ballet of the City Council of Merida, with music by the Jaranera Orchestra. The costumes are spectacular, as is the variety of dance and music. We often assume that these ballets are all the same. Not so! This is a special event and well worth a lovely night in Merida.

Location: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events La Luz Galeria de Arte

Showcasing the work of Alonso Maza, a young contemporary Yucatecan artist.

Location: Calle 60 # 415 between 45 and 47 (across from Parque Santa Ana).

Hours: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Showing continues through June 29, 2007

Admission: Free

Escuela Normal Superior de YucatanYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Artistic XE´EK´

Here’s one we forgot to mention last week. A plastic didactic exhibition of the work of the 4th semester students of Escuela Normal Superior de Yucatan (ENSY). The talent in these schools is never-ending! Showing June 8 – 29.

Location: Ricardo Lopez Méndez Cultural Center (Calle 49 # 360 x 46 y 48 Cordemex)

Admission: Free


Tuesday June 12, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Expresiones Emergentes – A new book published by ICY will be presented tonight, New book in Meridaaccompanied by music provided by the bands of El Maleficio de la Mariposa and Jam Gorila. In addition, some of the poets, whose work is included in the book, will give a reading of their work. The book contains the work of 81 local young people, designed to capture a photograph of this moment in the history of art and the youth culture in Mérida. In fact, it is expected that the book will actually become an historical document that represents the youthful culture in Yucatan in this era. The book has a total of 191 pages. It is a compilation of research and testimonies, as well as critical analyses. Included are social movements, different genres of music, literature, sexuality, art and culture. Purchase Price of the Book: $100 pesos
Location: Daniel Ayala Pere Theater
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Tuesday of Trova presents: Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez is one of Yucatan’s favorite trova voices. Don’t miss this performance. We hear Sr. Martinez has a “romantic” voice – but isn’t that what trova is all about?

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 8:30 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Remembrance Musicals -The Band of Memory is composed of members of the Jaranera Orchestra. This is the Big Band sound for which these musicians are so well known. If you want to dance, this is the place to do it. Even if you are not a dancer, just come and listen. It’s a walk back through time that is well worth the journey! This dance has taken place every Tuesday since Valentine’s Day, 1984. It has a neighborhood flavor and is something worthy of supporting.

Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59

Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM

Admission: free

Wednesday June 13, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Camerata Académica de Mérida

Ten years, ten conciertos! The Tenth Concierto: A mi Merida, gracias!

Under the direction of Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido, this group has a range that runs from baroque, through romantic, and into contemporary chamber music. We are so lucky to have them, and their internationally acclaimed director, as one of the cultural treasures of Yucatan.

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

New Art Gallery in DzityaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Laboratorio Dzityá
A new traveling art gallery, bringing affordable contemporary art to all areas of Yucatan. Find out more about it, including a map to its permanent location (and site of the opening) in Dzitya at their website. Opening tonite, the 2007 Exhibition of Omar Barquet. Sponsored by ESAY, the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan.

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free




Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Opening Night: “Several Images”

A collective sample of the work of the visual arts students at CEUNY. This exhibit will be open from June 13 to June 24.

Location: Galería del callejón del Congreso downstairs at Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Caleidoscopio artístico (Artistic Kaleidoscope)

Workshop of the Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, coordinated by Maestro Jorge Chablé Mendoza. It is not often that we get to see the a presentation like this, so do come out and support the work of the artists and the efforts of the Casa de la Cultura del Mayab.

Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala (Calle 60 x 59 y 51)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $10

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Wednesday at Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

‘Encounter’, performed by the Ballet Folklórico Raíces (“Roots”), under the general direction of Adrián Cerda Uc. If you would like to pick up the pace, this is the place to be. This production includes staged sets of dance from both Spain and Mexico. You will see everything from a fandango to the lovely danza de cintas (dance of the belts) of Yucatan. There will be a wide range of folkloric dances, from both cultures and several countries presented here. If you are a dance aficionado, this is not to be missed!

Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $50

Thursday June 14, 2007

EquusYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Classic Cinema presents Equus,
(United States, 1977): Starring Richard Burton, Peter Firth.
This is a tough-to-watch psychodrama. Full frontal nudity and a gory scene in which 6 horses are supposedly blinded with a metal spike. Very heavy in religious connotation and metaphor. Not for the squeamish.

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

Showtimes: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Continuing : Entre Cielo y Tierra, 3rd Edicion

A multidisciplinary art show, with 75 artists each showing one work of art.

Location: The Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 x 47 y 45 across from Parque Santa Ana.

Time: Show continues until July 14.

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Yucatan Canta y Baila (Yucatan Sings and Dances)

Grupo Acustico and the Folkloric Ballet of the Mexican Institute of Art. A little something different that promises to be an excellent performance.

Location: Teatro Carlos Acereto, Calle 55 # 490 B by 38

Time: 8:30 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Lyrical Series

A performance by sopranos Abigail Coral, Wendy Carrillo and Estela Alcocer, with pianist Yuleidis Lima.

Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 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 I 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 guys 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.

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

THE romantic serenade of the week, in Merida, and the one most fondly recalled by Yucatecans who are far from home. Santa Luica Park is the place where you will find El Altar de la Trova, watched over by some of downtown Merida’s oldest and most gracious trees that have survived many hurricanes. This is not a dance. It 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. The center of Merida’s romantic heart.

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

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission is free.

Friday June 15, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Choir of UADY Celebrates its 5th Anniversary -under the Direction of Maestro Cesáreo Chan Sabido, with a program of Sacred Music.

The Choir of UADY includes 34 voices, ranging in age from 25 to 30 years of age. This talented group of artists consists of 9 sopranos, 9 contraltos, 9 tenors, and 7 basses. Organist Victor Urbán Velasco, of the State of Mexico, twice director of the National Conservatory of Music and present holder of the Órgano del Auditorio Nacional, will accompany the Choir of the Independent University of Yucatan (UADY) in concert. This is not the first visit of Maestro Urbán to our fair city or state. He has spent approximately three months in Tekit, working there with a modern tubular organ and, along with tenor Pedro Vargas, performed for Pope John Paul II, when he visited here. 

One of the projects of the Choir of UADY and their esteemed director, Maestro Cesáreo Chan Sabido, is to develop a song book of Yucateca choral music. This project is supported by UADY and by the Coordinación Nacional de Coros. Another project is to develop a series of tours of the towns throughout Yucatan, for the purpose of promoting and spreading great choral music throughout the State of Yucatan.

If you think you recognize the name of the director of this choir, you do! It seems that we are the beneficiaries of the work of two of Merida’s “Favorite Sons.” Maestro Cesáreo Chan Sabido is the director of the Choir of UADY, while his brother, Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido, is the director of Camerata Académica de Mérida, whose performances often include the Choir of the City of Merida. These brothers are still relatively young and we can expect great things from their work, for Merida and for Estado de Yucatan, for many years to come.Support for this event is provided by the Lions Club of Itzimná
Location: The Iglesia Cathedral in Merida, Plaza Grande
Date: Friday, June 15, 2007
Time: 8:30 PM

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Bienal de Arte Nuevo Interactiva 07

This is an exciting multimedia exposition that will be open from June 15 through July 15. Participating artists hail from around the world. Yes – Artistic times are changing and this is the place to see the art of the future! For more information about the opening performances and times, check their website

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

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatán

It’s almost the end of the season! This is a concerto featuring the works of Schumann. It has been a lovely season, so don’t miss the last few performances.

Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $100, $80, $60, $40

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Walls Without Borders, The work of Juana Alicia

Continuing exhibit of the work by this wonderful artist. Check out her website at .

Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca (Calle 57 x 48)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Inauguration of the Exposition: The Dark Side of Efren

Works by Efren Maldonado, cartoonist at El Diario

Location: Salas 1 and 3 at the Olimpo

For: Adolescents and Adults

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Dr. StrangeloveYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Movie: Doctor Strangelove: or How I learned to stop worrying and love the BOMB!
We all remember this one! Made in 1964 and starring George C. Scott and Peter Sellers. An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Hilarious and classic!

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Baila Mérida (Merida Dances). Every Friday night, you can dance to music in the park under the stars and the ancient trees. Does life get any better than that?

Location: Parque Santa Ana at Calle 60 x 47 y 45

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Noches Románticas en La Ermita (Romantic Nights in the Hermitage)

Are there any other kind?

Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel

Time: 1st and 3rd Fridays at 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Saturday June 16, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cuarteto Génesis

Note the change of location and time! Here’s a chance to see this great quartet AND to see the newly renovated Railroad Station. How lucky we are to have this kind of opportunity free of charge. Here’s how the whole day goes:
4:00 Presentation of the Painting Studio
4:30 Presentation of the Hip-Hop Studio
5:00 Presentation of the Fotographic Studio of Humberto Chavez
6:00 Presentation of the Video Studio of Byrt Wammack
6:30 Presentation of a series of videos.
8:00 Concerto by Cuarteto Genesis
Location: Antigue EstaciĆ³n de Ferrocariles at Calle 55 #535 x 46 y 48

Time: presentations start at 4:00 PM, concert starts at 8:00 PM

Admission: FREE

Yucatan Fishing

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Premiere Expo for Sport Fishing

The Yucatan Fishing Club is starting this exposition to promote sport fishing in the State of Yucatan and to provide information concerning the different services offered by tour operators along the Yucatan coast.

Location: Kabah Room at the Siglo XXI Convention Center

Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Admission: Free

Date: Saturday June 16, 2007


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.

Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49, at

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida) – live music from jazz to salsa to whatever 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.

Location: Centro

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

Admission: free

Sunday June 10, 2007

Jessica Rabbit

Morning Matinee for Kids: Roger Rabbit. When this full-length cartoon first came out, it was an eye-opener… a cartoon for adults that kids liked too. Don’t pass up the chance to see Jessica Rabbit in her starring and very sultry role.

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

Time: 10:00 AM

Admission: Free


Noon Documentary: The Climate. A very important subject that will probably be more important to our children than it is to us.

Location: Museum of Natural History, on Calle 59 near Avenida Itzaes

Time: 12:00 PM

Admission: Free

The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatán -
This season is almost done. This week features a concerto featuring the works of Schumann. It has been a lovely season, so don’t miss the ending.

Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras

Time: 12:00 PM

Admission: $100, $80, $60, $40

Camerata Académica de Mérida

Under the direction of Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido. If you missed them on Wednesday, here’s a chance to see them again.

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: Free

Mérida en Domingo

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, tshirts… everything made by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream, fruit, drinks, etc. This is the 4th Sunday of the month, so don’t miss the street dancing in front of the Ayuntamiento!

Location: Centro, Plaza Grande

Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM

And you thought the Bici-Ruta was just for people on bikes! Not SO! Where else can you find a soccer game at 8:00 AM on a Sunday morning? Try Parque de San Juan. Not up to sports that early in the morning? How about a game of chess? Yep – on the Corner of Science and Intelligence! If you don’t know where that is, try Paseo Montejo x 43 about 9:00 AM. Not up to actually thinking that early in the morning on a Sunday? There are also plenty of handicraft activities available – or just go down to the area to have breakfast and visit with your friends. As always, there will be music all along the way. Here is the official website. Just click on Programa de Actividades and find something you think you’ll like. If you want to ride, but don’t have a bike you can rent one at the Monumento de La Bandera (Monument of the Flag, on Paseo Montejo by McDonalds). When the Bici-Ruta is over, you can head for Mérida en Domingo and/or any of the other events in Centro on Sunday.

Location: See map on website

Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Yukalpeten Typical Orchestra Benefit Concert

The Yukalpeten Typical Orchestra will present a Learning about Nature in the Yucatanbenefit gala concert for the Ninos and Crias A.C. group, an environmentalist group working to promote the conservation of birds and environmental education. The two groups (active environmentalists and those who follow the arts) do not often have the opportunity to combine forces for a common cause. This night, they will work together to save and strengthen both the environment and the culture of Yucatan. For those of you who do not live here, but have (or know) young people who are 16 and older, please visit the site of Ninos and Crias A.C. to find some really spectacular summer volunteer programs.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $150 pesos

Date: Sunday, June 17, 2007

Coming up Soon

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Merida’s Annual Erotica Film Series will begin on June 19 and continue til August 3 this year. The festival starts with a 1973 movie from Italy, and goes from there! All films will be shown at the Teatro Merida on Calle 62 and will play at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM for $30 pesos (less if you are a student).

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events It’s called La Temporada and it’s the annual exodus from the city of Merida to the beaches along the Gulf. Anyone who can (and that’s a lot of people) takes a house at the beach for July and August. If you want to go to the beach when it’s not too crowded, you have two weeks left!

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Looking for something fun to do on your computer when it’s hot outside? Try this web toy!


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2 Responses to “Events in Merida – June 11-18, 2007”

  1. Nuevo Museo de La Ciudad update. The old Museo near the Ancient Catholic church is closed. But, she and her co-workers are still going to work there. Everyone will switch over to the new location June 21st. No opening date for the public yet. Many security personnel and scientist from Mexico City. Many security from the Yucatan Gobierno and Ayuntamiento de Merida, beacause of the many priceless artifacts and exhibits being transferred from the old location to the new. The stress is from fear of damage to any of the valuable items of Merida or worse, theft. That’s the update!

  2. I look forward reading your articles and adventures. It keeps me inform as to what is going on back home. Keep up the good work.


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