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Events in Merida – June 25-July 1, 2007

 

The Old Train Station

As you folks who don’t live here scroll down through our weekly events, you will often see that a particular event is taking place at the Superior School of Arts of Yucatan and we will have added “(in the old train station)” after it. I’ll bet you’ve never seen an “old train station” like this! Although we have already been holding some events there, this past Friday, June 21, 2007, was the Official Grand Opening of this new/old cultural icon in Merida. Merida's revitalized railroad station, now an art schoolBy having this magnificent building restored to its original condition, the young people have a school of the arts that will allow them to compete at the national level and beyond. We gringos, on the other hand, have the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular institution as “just” another characteristic of the superior quality of life that Yucatan offers to all those who choose to visit or live here. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project and our deepest appreciation to the State of Yucatan for this splendid work of art.

A view from the top of the Castillo at Chichen ItzaVote for Chichén Itzá! Time is running out!

Voting for the Seven New Wonders of the Modern World ends Friday, July 6, at midnight (12:00 AM Saturday), our time. However, the Committee has stated that some polls in some countries may have to be shut down early in order to get the votes in and counted, so PLEASE, don’t wait until the last minute to vote.

The New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced during the Official Declaration Ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, on July 7, 2007. The Official Ceremony will be held from 9:30 PM to 11 PM (4:30 PM to 6:00 PM our time). The international show, which will be hosted by Ben Kingsley and include award-presentation appearances by Hilary Swank, Neil Armstrong, and Cristiano Ronaldo, and also will feature performances by Jennifer Lopez, Jose Carreras, Chaka Khan, Alessandro Safina, Joaquín Cortés, and Dulce Pontes, among others. The event will be held at Portugal’s largest venue, the Estadio de Luz, in Lisbon, and will be broadcast around the world. If ever there was an excuse to have a party, this is it!

Please support Chichén Itzá by voting here and do it THIS WEEK!

Where is it Not Hot in Merida?

Believe it or not, temperatures can vary as much as 4 to 6 degrees Celsius (7.2 to 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) between the north and south areas of the city. It is coolest in the south and warmest in the north. According to the Weather Center, this difference in temperatures, in Merida, is based largely on number of trees and prevailing winds. Although the temperature difference is only 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit this month, it has been as much as 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit back in April. That’s a whole lot of “degrees” if it is 95 and climbing outside.

Now – What can we do about this heat?

We’re going to plant TREES !!! …and it doesn’t matter if its a fruit tree in a pot on your patio. Everybody has to plant TREES!!! Next week we’ll bring you some exciting information about grassroots organizations that are going to help you with your trees and garden.

 

 

What’s There To See at the MACAY?



This museum, separated from the great cathedral, on the Plaza Grande, only by the Passage of the Revolution, has 11 salas (galleries). Do you like “art and sculpture,” or do you not know whether you like it or not? Well – a little time at the MACAY and you will Outdoor sculpture at the MACAY in Meridahave a better idea of what you like and what you don’t. From the following link, you can browse through all 11 salas, the Passage of the Revolution, the outdoor sculpture on Paseo Montejo, and more – all with just a click of your mouse. Spend some time in one of the most sophisticated museums in all of Mexico: El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán. Look through all the pages. Some of the pictures of the museum itself could easily be classified as true art. Be sure to check out Sala # 11. They have put 4 of the 45 pieces of “The Children and Their Art” online for your enjoyment.

The Past Five Years of Cultural Development in Yucatan

Yucatan Living has just learned that, between 2001 and 2006, graduates of cultural centers for the arts in Merida jumped from 1,250 to 4,046, and a total of 21 new artistic groups were formed from the alumni of ICY cultural centers. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

But look at the numbers for the interior of the state. In 2001, there were no (zero) organized cultural center artistic programs in the interior of the state. By 2006, there were 56! The workshops, studios, and educational programs, in these 56 cultural centers, in five years, graduated 670 individuals and 13 artistic groups have been formed from members of this cadre.

If you live in Yucatan, but not in Merida, please let us hear from you whenever your town or village has a cultural event or fiesta. We will put advance notice in Yucatan Living and may even be able to visit and write an article about it. So – please – let us hear from you!

Monday (Lunes) June 25, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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! 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 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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Artistic XE´EK´

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

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

This is a celebration of the era, in 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 Vaqueria became attached to this folkloric ballet. Merida continues to support the Vaqueria, as one means of preserving the history and culture of the city and state. This is a spectacular ballet, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.

Location: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)

Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) June 26, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Goodbye, Cruel Brother

Erotic Cinema Festival continues with Goodbye, Cruel Brother (Italy, 1971), directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and starring Charlotte Rampling, Oliver Tobias, Fabio Testi. In the city of Mantua, during the Renaissance (wasn’t that somewhere near Romeo & Juliet?), 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 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Tuesday of Trova

Carlos Gil is an institution, in and of himself, in Merida. There is not a better way to spend an evening than relaxing to the trova, but how many people can say they just went down to Centro for a while and relaxed to the music of Carlos Gil? Try to see him as often as you can. His is always a performance to remember.

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

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) June 27, 2007

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

Ballet Folklórico del Instituto Mexicano de Arte

Artistic Director: Guadalupe Pérez Monje

Director: Carlos Acereto

This is the last performance of a spectacular event. We are very fortunate to have had this opportunity to see The Ballet Folklorico del Instituto Mexicano de Arte perform Mi Mexico for us. This is a perfect night for a wonderful evening at the theater in Merida!

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 this week: Comisaria Dzununcan, on the basketball field

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Madrigal Choir

Wednesday in Concert:
The “Madrigal” Choir of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS).
Under the direction of Maestro Gregorio Hernandez Alcocer.
The choirs and choral groups from Yucatan are like none you have heard anywhere else in the world. Don’t miss this one!

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 (Jueves) June 28, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Cinema Festival

Goodbye, Cruel Brother (Italy, 1971) with director Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. (See Tuesday’s description).
Before the movie, there will be a short film, El corazón sonriente (The Smiling Heart) by Fernando Ortíz Trujillo.

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Quo Vadis:
Cuarteto de Cuerdas

This group is composed of Pawel Blaszkowski and Tim Myal, violin; Jaroslav Meluzin, viola; and Nadezda Golubeva, cello. The music for the evening has been chosen from the work of Daniel Ayala, Gustavo Rio Escalante, and Joaquin Turina. We need to keep a close eye on this group. At least one is a already a maestro in his own right, so try not to miss this performance.

Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto in the Cultural Center of the University (UADY)

Time: 8:30 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) June 29, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Last minute update! Art opening tonite at Galery En la"Kech, featuring the work of Cuban artist Lino Vizcaino. Show will be open for one week only.

Location: Gallery En la’Kech at Calle 60 between 73 and 75

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán

The Grand Closing of the Seventh Season: Our Soloist, The Orchestra!

Under the Direction of Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz with Alfredo Arjona at the piano.

For these two performances, June 29 and July 1, the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan will present the work of D. Catan, S. Rachmaninoff, and P.I. Tchaikovsky.

Location: Teatro Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM, and Noon on Sunday

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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Golden Years

We have a new, recurring event in Merida. Mark your calendars for the last Friday night of every month. The band is the Golden Years and the music is from the 60s and 70s. You’ll hear classic dance music from Los Babys, Los Hermanos Carrión, the Beatles, César Costa and Enrique Guzmán, as well as the tropical music legacy of Rigo Tovar, Chico Che, and Pérez Prado. We hear that they might even play “Jailhouse Rock.” The Golden Years is a “rock band” that consists of seven musicians, led by Luis Cardeña Castro. Although they are available for private engagements, and do a good bit of work in Quintana Roo, they have promised to keep the last Friday night of every month available to play music of the 60s and 70s in Merida.

For information: 943-0655 or 920-2851

Location: Centro Cultural Dante (Prolongation of Paseo Montejo)

Time: 9:30 PM last Friday of every month

Admission: $60

Dancer by DegasYucatan Living brings you Merida Events 3rd Muestra Académica de Danza (3rd Performance of the Academy of Dance)

This is a performance by the first graduating class to attend Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan (ESAY). We have so many outstanding dancers in Yucatan and the public is the beneficiary of so many cultural dance performances. We attend the ballet, both classic and folkloric, and never think about where the dancers were trained. We enjoy jazz and tango dance performances as if the sky just opened up and dropped down the dancers to perform for us. These exceptionally accomplished young people have been in school, many since primary school, for the sole purpose of pursuing a career in dance. Along the way, they provide us with these marvelous recitals. These dancers are stars in the making. These performances are usually quite well attended and are a gala affair.

Location: Teatro Mérida

Time: 8:00 PM

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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Ballet Folklorico Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan

Under the direction of Carlos Acereto Canto.
This is an exceptionally beautiful performance that is given weekly. Do find a place for it in your calendar. This is a special group of dancers and is as different from the other folkloric ballets as they are from each other.

Location: Central Patio at the University (UADY). Entrance is on the corner of Calles 60 and 57.

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $30

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Erotic Cinema Festival

Goodbye, Cruel Brother (Italy, 1971)

(see Thursdays description)

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

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

Fresa y ChocolateYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Film: Fresa y Chocolate

Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and starring Jorge Perugorría and Vladimir Cruz, this film, Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), takes place in Havana, Cuba, in 1970. The film centers around a paper written by David, a diligent university, but decidedly homophobic, student who finds himself in a dilemma after becoming friends with Diego (Jorge Perugorria), a homosexual artist.

Location: Videosala of the Centro Cultural Universitario (University Cultural Center) UADY

Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: Free

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

Are there any other kind? 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

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Saturday (Sábado) June 30, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cycle of Jazz III

Quinteto Jazz, Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Alberto Casanova, Director

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $30

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. Come out and watch these young people work their craft. Pick your favorite and follow his or her work. You just may find yourself in on the beginning of the careers of any number of great stars of tomorrow!

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 Divine Creature

The Erotic Film Festival continues with
Divine Creature (Italy, 1975), directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. The film stars Laura Antonelli, Marcello Mastroianni and Terence Stamp. In this story, Duke Dany of Bagnasco, young and brilliant leader of high society in Rome, during the 1920s, falls in love with a beautiful young girl of inferior social class. Soon, he finds out that the girl is a prostitute. He confronts her in the house of “appointments.” Complete with spectacular reconstruction of the era, and excellent interpretation, this film soon gained notoriety, which probably had a good deal to do with the nude scenes of Laura Antonelli. Duration: 115 min. On the 30th of June and the 1st of July, the short film, before the movie, will be Perra Vida by Héctor Turriza Sosa.

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

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

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: Centro

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

Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) July 1, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán

The Grand Closing of the Seventh Season: Our Soloist, The Orchestra!

Under the Direction of Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz with Alfredo Arjona at the piano.

For these two performances, June 29 and July 1, the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan will present the work of D. Catan, S. Rachmaninoff, and P.I. Tchaikovsky.

Location: Teatro Peón Contreras

Time: 12:00 PM

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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Mérida en Domingo

If you are a “people watcher,” this is the place for you! 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. This is the 1st Sunday of the month, so don’t miss the late afternoon street dance in front of the Ayuntamiento!

Location: Centro, Plaza Grande

Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 3rd Muestra Académica de Danza

(See Friday’s description)

Location: Teatro Mérida

Time: 8:00 PM

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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Divine Creature

(See Saturday’s description)

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

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



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. One hates to confess to going to Merida en Domingo and spending hours “people watching” from a sidewalk table at Via Olimpo – and nibbling the entire time! Can’t do that at the Bici-Ruta. Too much to see! 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 still want to hear from some of you chess players who can make it to the corner of Science and Intelligence (Paseo Montejo x 43) at 9:00 AM, during the Bici-Ruta on Sunday.

Coming up next week…

The Amate Bookstore (corner of Calle 60 and Calle 51) will have a small lecture and a book signing by Dr. Peter Mathews, co-author (with Linda Schele) of The Code of Kings: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs. The lecture will be for a general audience, titled “Mayan Royalty: The Kings and Queens of the Classic Period”. It is something for scholars and laymen alike and surely entertaining, since Peter is a great narrator. What a great opportunity… we’ll tell you more about it as we find out!

Nos vemos next week!


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5 Responses to “Events in Merida – June 25-July 1, 2007”

  1. Thank you for showing a picture of the train station. My father who passed away last year was a “ferrocarilero” and my best memories are of my father my brother and myself going to Progreso in the train every weekend. I was very saddened when he told me that the trains were no longer making trips to the pueblos or the beach and that the station was closing. Thanks again!

  2. Gina – be sure and click on the link in the article about the Old Train Station – and then on the picture on that page. The “Old Train Station” is pretty spectacular now and will be with us for many generations to come.

  3. Thank you for showcasing the culture and art available in Merida. It would take a skilled poet to do justice to your town.

  4. And you sound like just the man to do it! Give us a link from your website, Doug… we want to be in the same list as Kurt Vonnegut, the Los Angeles Buddhist-Catholic dialogue and Hugo’s Frog Bar.

  5. [...] School of Superior Arts of Yucatan is now located in the old train station, which you can see in Yucatan Living’s article on their Grand Opening last [...]

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