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Events in Merida – June 18-24, 2007

Do you like baby turtles?



Baby Turtles!If you are interested in conservation of marine turtles, PRONATURA, a non-governmental conservation organization, has a volunteer program, and an office in Merida. The overall program under which this is listed is Programa Costero. The turtle folks are in Programa para la Conservación de Tortugas Marinas (Marine Turtles Conservation Program). Their office address is Calle 32 No. 269 Col. Pinzón II and their main telephone number is (999) 988-4436. Talk to Fidel Loyo, the Coordinator of Operativo Campamentos Tortugueros. Extension 112.

They need volunteers for three different camps between the beginning of April and the end of September. If you can help, do go by or call. If you want to plan your vacation around one of these camps, you can also e-mail Sr. Loyo from their website.

Are you “just” a country boy or “just” a country girl?



Cornish Game HenYucatan Living thought you might like to see a little of the State of Yucatan that’s off the usual gringo trails by visiting the website of the Secretary of Rural Development and Fishing. The site is in Spanish, but not to worry about that. If your Spanish is limited, the pictures tell the story to country folks the world over and, should you want to know more, you can use an online translator, such as Babelfish, to find out what the pages say. During the past six years, over 25,000 men and women, in Yucatan’s agricultural sector, have been helped by state and federal programs, through the Office of the Secretary of Rural Development and Fishing. These two catalogs represent just some of the agricultural products of Yucatan and just a few of the talented women artisans who have benefited from these programs. Hit all the links on the site. You’ll be amazed at what all is going on in rural Yucatan!

Yucatan’s Version of the PTA!



Yucatan Kids, going to schoolMost of us gringos are older folks, with our children long grown and gone – and PTA memories far behind us. Think back, for a moment, and ponder on what you would have done if being a member of the PTA required you to ensure that your child’s school building was kept in good repair and that all equipment was fixed or replaced as needed.



Recognizing that children view the world, and react to their place in it, as a direct result of the physical environment in which they live, work, and play, the parents and teachers of Yucatan are working together to provide the children of Yucatan with the best environment and learning opportunities in the world. With the sort of drive and determination we see today, we have no doubt that this goal of the Asociación Estatal de Padres de Familia 2007-2009 (Parents’ State Asociation 07-09) will be a resounding success. Yucatan Living wishes the parents, teachers, and children of Yucatan all the best.

Merida and Broward County – Sister City and County



700 miles between Merida and Broward CountyYucatan Living reads an astonishing number of bulletins, from an equally astonishing number of sources, in order to bring our gringo readers interesting information about the place we now call home, or in the case of those still in the States, the place you think you might like to call home. This particular bulletin is from June 11, 2007, and talks about the new partnership between the City of Merida and Broward County, Florida, which includes the main city of Fort Lauderdale.

It seems that the two are going to work together to create an interchange based on tourism, culture, and commerce. Nothing strange about that. After all, Yucatan and Florida share a common colonial history, at least through the early years, and their cultures have continued to develop with many of the same characteristics. It doesn’t seem odd at all to view us as a sister city and county.

We remember that one of the reasons behind the push for the ill-fated ferry was so that Yucatecos could go to Disney World. We also remember all the years when gringos were reassured by the fact that that hospitals in Yucatan were affiliated with hospitals in such places as Miami. To our surprise – and delight, at the end of this bulletin, we discovered that it is now the other way around. One of the drawing cards for Broward County, Florida, to have a close relationship with Merida is the fact that medical care here is so good and so much less expensive than in the North American health care system.

Now isn’t that an amazing turn of events? One can only imagine what the next decade will bring!

Monday June 18, 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 EventsBienal de Arte Nuevo Interactiva 07

The multimedia exposition will be open from June 15 through July 15. Participating artists hail from around the world and their work ranges from video to performance art… the art of the future! For more information about the participants and their offerings, 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 “Several Images”

A collective sample of the work of the visual arts students at CEUNY. This exhibit is still open and will be until June 24.

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

Admission: Free



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

 

 

Tuesday June 19, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Opening night of the Erotic Film Festival:La Grande Bouffe (Italy, 1973)

Director: Marco Ferreri .

Synopsis: Ugo is an inkeeper, Michel a televising producer, Marcello a pilot, and Philippe a magistrate. The four are friends and have created their own gourmet club. They decide to commit suicide together – by eating – to free themselves of a life that seems to lost all relevance. They meet at Felippe’s mansion, on the outskirts of Paris, where the poet Boileau once lived and begin eating huge, succulent meals. Marcello invites them each a prostitute but, alas, the prostitutes leave, complaining of the apathy and indifference of their now well fed hosts.

Duration: 123 minutes.



There will be three short films presented before the movie. Tonight, they are “When the dinosaur woke up” by Jose Fernandez Levi (Prize of the Public), “Between dreams and cords” by Felix Zapata Azmar (Prize of the Jury), and “My boy” by Miguel Vera Pedroza.

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 General Admission, $15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Tuesday of Trova presents: The Three Yucatecos

We don’t know who the Three Yucatecos are but, given Yucatan’s penchant for trios, this has got to be good!

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 Movie: Quills (United States, 2000)

Director: Philip Kaufman

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Michael Caine, Joaquin Phoenix.

Synopsis: a fictional account of the Marquis de Sade’s factual internment in Paris’s Charenton Asylum for the Insane at the turn of the 19th century. Nearly the entire film is set on the grounds of the asylum, whose bleak stone walls, iron bars, and dank rooms make the atmosphere appropriately repressive. The Marquis’ defiance of both Dr. Royer-Collard and Abbe Coulmier shows his staunch rejection of any efforts to quell his self-expression.

Commentary: Lic. Mario Helguera Bolio and Gabriel Chacon

Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas

For: Adults and Adolescents (PG15)

Time: 8:00 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 20, 2007



Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Second night of the Erotic Film Festival

If you missed it last night, here it is again.

La Grande Bouffe (Italy, 1973)

Director: Marco Ferreri

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 General Admission, $15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY

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

Ballet Folklórico del Instituto Mexicano de Arte

Artistic Director: Guadalupe Pérez Monje

Director: Carlos Acereto

Sometimes we get lulled into thinking these presentations are all the same. Then, something like this comes our way and, if we’re not careful, we’ll miss it. This promises to be a spectacular performance and a “must see” event.

Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $100





Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Wednesday Theater in the Park

Regional Theater

Location: Comisaria San Jose Tzal (basketball field)

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: free





Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Wednesday in Concert - Grupo Yahal Kab

The members of Yahal Kab are Ricardo Vega, director and guitar, Alvaro Vega, flute and soprano sax, Lazaro Gonzales, voice, Ricardo Vega Ojeda, electric guitar and contrabass, Elfren Magana, guitar, Ignacio Vicente, timbal, Noe Vega, bongos, Julian Lopez, congas, Gilberto Gongora, maracas, and Juan Carlos Cen, audio engineer. Several members of this group are masters of popular music but, they try to promote regional folk music. All are Mexican except Lazaro Gonzales and Ignacio Vicente, who are Cuban. Grupo Yahal Kab has appeared in France, Spain, Cuba, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala; as well as in Houston, Miami, Tampa Bay, Palm Beach, Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. They have also appeared in many festivals in both Mexico and in Cuba.

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Thursday June 21, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Third night of the Erotic Film Festival

If you missed it last night, here it is again – but with a different short.

La Grande Bouffe (Italy, 1973)

Director: Marco Ferreri

There will be a short film presented before the movie. Tonight, the short film before the movie will be "Argare" by Andrés Espinosa Marín (Prize of the Public).

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 General Admission, $15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY



Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Double Feature at the Olimpo

De Eso no se Habla

6:00 PM: I Don’t Want to Talk About It (Argentina, Italy, 1993)

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Luisina Brando, Alejandra Podesta, Betiana Blum, Roberto Carnaghi Synopsis: A handsome bachelor and a frightened and lonely woman fall in love. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles.

 





 

8:00 PM: All That Jazz (United States, 1979)

Cast: Ann Reinking, Bob Fosse, Ralph Burns, Roy Scheider, Ben Vereen. Synopsis: An artistic director slowly destroys his own life through womanizing, pill popping, and breaking hearts.



Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

Admission: free





Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Presenting: The Violin and Piano Graduates of 2007

From: Centro Cultural Wallis

This should be a beautiful performance – really a “must see!”

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

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 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

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 June 22, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events A Trilogy of Tango

Three different multidisciplinary shows, featuring instrumental tango, tango songs, tango dancing, and some acting/poetry (text readings). These shows will be presented for the first and only time in Merida.

Performers: Pablo Ahmad (Bandoneon, Guitar and singer. He is an Argentinean musician who lives in Mexico City). Silvia Káter (Argentinean/Mexican actress and singer). Tanicho (Actor and singer). Emilio Bueno (Pianist with a large experience in Tango and Danzón styles). Paola de Martino (Uruguayan Dancer. South American Tango Champion). Nadia Golubeva (Russian Cellist of Yucatán’s Symphony Orchestra). Cynthia Sícaro and Juan Manuel Coral (Professional Tango Dancers). And the creator of this event, Alejandro Pinzón (Yucatecan Violinist and Orchestra Conducting student in the US).

First night: "TANGOS SIN FRONTERAS"

Friday, June 22nd / 10 PM.

Restaurant y Foro Cultural "Amaro"

(Downtown. C.59 x C.60)

International and vegetarian food

(food and drinks not included in the price).

Admission: $100



Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Chamber Music

Cuarteto Puro Corno

Juan José Pator, Jesse Durkan, James Mayo and Claire Hellweg.

Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: free





Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Friday Night at the Movies - Monsieur Verdoux (United States, 1947)

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Isabel Elsom, and Martha Raye

Synopsis: Monsieur Verdoux marries wealthy women and kills them to get money to support his own family. Martha Raye is his real wife and, of all people, Orson Welles wrote the story with Charlie Chaplin. This would be worth seeing just to see Martha Raye in this award winning movie.

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: free


 



Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Baila Mérida (Dance Merida)

This Friday night tradition just keeps going, 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 23, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cycle of Jazz III

Power Fussion Jazz Quartet

The fusion of Jazz and Rock

Director: Sergio Aguilar

There’s nothing like a Jazz concert to make a weekend just perfect!

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $30

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events A Trilogy of Tango

Three different multidisciplinary shows, featuring instrumental tango, tango songs, tango dancing, and some acting/poetry (text readings). These shows will be presented for the first and only time in Merida.

Second Night: "PASIÓN TANGUERA"

Saturday, June 23rd / 10 PM.

Centro Cultural "Dante"

(North. Prolongación Paseo de Montejo)

Cafeteria and Bar (food and drinks not included in the price).

Admission: $100



Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events A Silent Movie!

Battling Butler (United States, 1926)

Cast: Buster Keaton, Sally O’Neal, Snitz Edwards

Synopsis: Alfred’s father wants him to make of a man of himself so sends him off on a hunting and fishing trip. He doesn’t catch or shoot anything, but he does fall in love with a mountain girl. When her father and brothers laugh at this they are informed that he is Alfred "Battling" Butler, the championship fighter. From there on the masquerade must be maintained.

Location: Videosala in the Olimpo

Time: 7:00 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.

Location: Centro

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

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.

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 Fourth night of the Erotic Film Festival

If you missed it Thursday night, here it is again.

La Grande Bouffe (Italy, 1973)

Director: Marco Ferreri .

The short film presented before the movie will be "Argare"

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 General Admission, $15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY



Sunday June 24, 2007

Children’s Matinee

In Cineteca Nacional: The Ninja Turtles

In the Sala de arte: Spiderman

Location: Teatro Mérida

Times: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Admission: free

Documentary: The Company of Wolves

Location: Museum of Natural History

Time: 12:00 PM

Admission: free





A Trilogy of Tango

Three different multidisciplinary shows, featuring instrumental tango, tango songs, tango dancing, and some acting/poetry (text readings). These shows will be presented for the first and only time in Merida.

Third Night: "LAZOS DE TANGO"

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $100

Erotic Film Festival Continues

Goodbye, Cruel Brother (Italy, 1971)

Director: Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. With: Charlotte Rampling, Oliver Tobias, Fabio Testi. Synopsis: In the city of Mantua, during the Renaissance, the beautiful Annabella is reunited with her brother, Giovanni, after a ten year separation. The young people cannot avoid falling in love and Annabella becomes pregnant. This is a controversial and successful Italian film that inspired a ballet of the same name. Duration: 100 min.

Before the movie, there will be a short film, “Destruction of Identity” by Omar Góngora Guzmán

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 General Admission, $15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY

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

The Bici-Ruta! Every Sunday!

Check out our photo of the Corner of Science and Intelligence. At Paseo Montejo x 43 you can find a chess game there on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM. 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). But don’t think you have to ride in order to enjoy the Bici-Ruta. Go to their website and click on Programa de Actividades. There will be something there for everyone!

Location: See map on website

Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Admission: Free

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Zigzone: Free Daily Jigsaw Puzzle

 


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One Response to “Events in Merida – June 18-24, 2007”

  1. I’d like to purchase a t-shirt from Pro Natura Yucatan…. Can you tell me how to do so?

    thanks,

    Jim

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