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Events in Merida – May 28 – June 3, 2007

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season begins this Friday, June 1. Last year’s hurricane season was pretty uneventful, but who knows what this summer will bring? (The photo here, by the way, was taking by the intrepid Working Gringos during Hurricane Isidore which hit Merida on September 22, 2002)

The new Civil Defense site, for the State of Yucatan, is awesome! If you do not speak Spanish, there are any number of online translators, such as Babelfish that will give you at least the gist of what you are reading. To reach this site, go to the Gobierno del Estado Yucatan’s home page and scroll to the bottom. You can’t miss the Civil Protection link. Please find the shelter nearest your home, just in case – and prepare early for what you will do about pets and those who are elderly or live alone. Preparing ahead is the best defense against a hurricane… and the best thing about hurricanes is that they give you plenty of warning!

The Model Town

A few months ago, el Diario reported that six teens had been caught with weapons in Oxkutzcab. This was a routine school search for drugs in backpacks. Instead of throwing the kids in jail, where they would learn to be better criminals and drug dealers, the police took their weapons and turned them over to their parents while it was decided what to do. Realizing that the drugs of choice for less economically advantaged students are inhalants, like paint thinner, and marijuana, it was decided that these kids really need something to do, something structured, that would allow them to develop their individual talents. After all, if these are drugs of opportunity, wouldn’t it be cheaper to remove the opportunity than to keep these teens in jail for the rest of their lives?

El Diario reported this week that to support the parents and children of Oxkutzcab, the State of Yucatan is investing $450,000 pesos in infrastructure and programs for 2 schools which will begin before and after school programs that include workshops, activities, and events to keep these children challenged, interested and busy. We call that enlightened problem-solving. Viva Yucatan!

Monday May 28, 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 – Members of the Jaranera Orchestra perform for this event, which includes music, dancing and costumes.

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

Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Tuesday May 29, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Closing of the Season – Presentation in Cholul

This presentation will feature the works of the graduates of the drawing, painting, jazz dance, and classic guitar workshops in Cholul. These young people work so hard and are so talented. You really will miss something if you miss this. There is plenty of parking and a home town central park and church to wander through. Cholul is the Mayberry RFD of Yucatan and worth a visit even if there is nothing going on. Do come out and let them know how proud we all are of the next generation of Yucateco artists.

Location: Cholul Cultural Center,
Calle 20 x 21 y 22 in Cholul (east of the Periferico on the way to Motul)

Time: 5:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Tuesday of Trova:
Trio Los Andariegos

Third place winner in the Concurso de Trios organized by Camara Nacional de Comercio, Servicios, and Tourismo de Merida (CANACO – SERVYTUR).

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. They also play for “To Remember is to Live,” at the Zoo on Thursday. This means you have two chances, every single week, to dance to the Big Band sound produced by an orchestra that most people only see in concert! This dance has taken place every Tuesday since Valentine’s Day, 1984. It has a neighborhood flavor and is something worthy of supporting. Its Big Band sound leaves everyone with a good feeling that can’t be found anywhere else. Dancing is encouraged! If you don’t want to dance, just come and listen and watch the others.

Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59

Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM

Admission: free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Ralf Walter, Paintings

This exhibition continues through June 3

Location: Gallery of Jose Peon Contreras Theater
(downstairs, to the left as you face the lobby stairs)

Time: Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM,
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Wednesday May 30, 2007



Tango in MeridaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Passion of the Tango

Liberdanza presents a project to benefit a FOECAY 2007 scholarship. This project is the conception of Esli Méndez and Raul Ramos, who are responsible for its choreography, production, and direction. Live music accompanies this performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events La Bella Mesa

2nd International Chef Series with Chef Paul Lindemuth.
We know people who have eaten with this chef, and this is going to be one delicious dinner! The theme is "A Taste of Morocco". The dinner will consist of four courses. Cocktails and Appetizers will be served in the courtyard. A 3 course meal will be served in the Dining Room. Finally, dessert will be served in the Garden. This degree of elegance is extraordinary, even in a city with the grace and dignity of Merida.

Location: The Villa @ Merida, Calle 59 by Calle 82.

Time: May 30 and 31, at 7:00 PM

PreSaleTickets: $100 USD

Only 12 people can be accommodated at each meal.

Tickets may be purchased at The Villa @ Merida or by calling 928-8466.

$10 USD of each ticket will go to Brazos Abiertos, Inc. to support their worthy cause.

Thursday May 31, 2007

The Defiant OnesYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Movie: The Defiant Ones (United States, 1958)

Sydney Poitier and Tony Curtis are two convicts on a chain gang who hate each other. After a truck prison accident, they flee and are pursued by the police. While chained together, they are forced to depend on each other. When the chains finally come off, they learn they have become friends. This is an all star cast that includes Lon Chaney, Jr. and Theodore Bikel. Even Carl Switzer (better known to us as Alfalfa) is in this movie!

Location: Video Sala at the Olimpo

For: Adults and Adolescents

Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Second Feature: The Passion of Ana (Sweden, 1969)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Starring Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullman, and Max Von Sydow

Location: Video Sala at the Olimpo

For: Adults and Adolescents

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Fashion Show at NectarYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Fashion Show Nectar
Lovely models wearing both women’s and men’s designer clothes by Martin Lopez, owner of the Shara boutique (just down the street from Nectar), will file past as you dine on three delicious Nectar courses (h’ors d’oeuvre, entree and dessert), accompanied by a welcome glass of vino. Call Maritza at 999-178-7880 or 938-0838 for reservations.

Location: Nectar Restaurant, Av. 1 #412 Int 1 x 6A y 8 Col. Diaz Ordaz

Time: 8:30 PM

Admission: $350 pesos

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Concierto by the Graduates in Music of Centro Cultural Wallis

This is the end of the school year and we have an opportunity to see many of the graduating classes of the cultural schools across Merida. This should be an exceptional performance!

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 “To Remember is to Live” – Live music under the trees in one of Merida’s oldest parks. Don’t forget this wonderful weekly event. Time to dance designed with us “old folks” in mind – but it gives everybody a chance to practice our mambo and our chachachá – and still get home at a reasonable hour! Do support this dance. It is a treasure that we often take for granted.

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 1, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Friday Get Togethers (formerly NAFTA parties)

Its First Friday, folks, and its an even numbered month. That means everybody meets at
the Merida English Library. If you need further information, just call: 924-8401.

Location:
Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68

Time: about 7:30 PM

Admission: Free and open to anyone interested in speaking English

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cycling Returns to Merida 2007
The first day of a three day event. Read more about it in our article about Cycling in Merida.

Juana Alicia, Artist in MeridaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Walls Without Borders, The work of Juana Alicia

Don’t miss the chance to see the work of this world-renowned muralist. Juana Alicia has painted and organized groups to paint many beautiful murals, mostly in Northern California, including her most recent one for the UCSF Medical Center. But it gets better! Juana Alicia lives here in Merida, and has been given a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at ESAY (our new art school in the newly renovated Railroad Station) and to paint a mural (with her students) in that building. Want to know more? Check out her website at www.juanaalicia.com and go see her exhibit which opens tonite!

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

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Concierto para Violín

Invited Conductor: Matthew Rowe (from London, UK)

Our friends who work for the symphony are very much looking forward to working with this guest conductor, so this is probably going to be a good program. It will include Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to "Oberon," Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra – soloist Christopher Collins Lee (always a pleasure… Christopher is a part-time Merida resident who performs around the world), and Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor

Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM (same program again on Sunday)

Ticket Office Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 9 AM to 9 PM, closed Monday

Ticket Prices: $100, $80, $60, $40

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 2, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatán,
Ciclo de Musicarte

Location: Poder Joven of INJUVY on
Calle 66 #502 between 61 and 63

Time: 6:30 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cycling Returns to Merida 2007
The second day of a three day event. Read more about it in our article about Cycling in Merida.

Riverdance comes to MeridaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Discovering Ireland: Irish River Dancing comes to Merida!

Irish River Dancing and the Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan

Director of the School of Irish River Dancing: Alejandra Morales Urcelay

Director of the Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra: Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido

Did you know that there is a school of Irish River Dancing in Merida? and that it is one of only two in the country? Saturday night, there will be a presentation that includes 30 dancers and a French violinist who is an expert in Irish music, all accompanied by the Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan! You must hurry to get your tickets. They are already on sale and there have already been several articles in the paper about this event. Tickets will not last long. This is a MUST SEE performance!!!

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $100 pesos

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 3, 2007

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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cycling Returns to Merida 2007
The last day of a three day event. Read more about it in our article about Cycling in Merida.

Don’t forget the Bici-Ruta (Here is the official website. Click on Programa de Actividades). The Bici-Ruta starts early, 8:00 AM, and finishes up at noon. There’s something for everyone on bikes in Merida on Sunday! Don’t have a bike? Go anyway and walk. Or rent one down at the Monumento de La Bandera (Monument of the Flag, on Paseo Montejo by McDonalds). The Paseo Montejo always has a lovely outdoor sculpture exhibit. When you’re done, go find a sidewalk café on Paseo Montejo and watch the people stroll by – or a sidewalk café on the Plaza Grande and watch the goings on at Mérida en Domingo. What a lovely way to spend a leisurely Sunday!

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Concierto para Violín

Invited Conductor: Matthew Rowe (from London, UK)

Our friends who work for the symphony are very much looking forward to working with this guest conductor, so this is probably going to be a good program. It will include Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to "Oberon," Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra – soloist Christopher Collins Lee (always a pleasure… Christopher is a part-time Merida resident who performs around the world), and Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor

Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras

Time: 12:00 PM

Ticket Office Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 9 AM to 9 PM, closed Monday

Ticket Prices: $100, $80, $60, $40

Coming up Soon

Cooking class at Nectar Restaurant in Merida YucatanYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Nueva Yucatecan Cuisine Cooking Class

The chefs at Nectar, Santiago Pinera and Roberto Solis, will be conducting their first cooking class starting on June 15. The class will meet at the restaurant each week for four weeks and will be limited to 10 students. The $3500 peso admission price includes all ingredients and a chef’s jacket or apron and a final dinner. Call Maritza at 999-178-7880 or 938-0838 for reservations.

Location: Nectar Restaurant, Av. 1 #412 Int 1 x 6A y 8 Col. Diaz Ordaz

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, June 15, 22, 29 and July 6

Admission: $3500 pesos

A Double Ration of Grace
The National Ballet of Russia is coming back! They’re going to be here just one day – and will give two performances of Swan Lake. The first will be at 5:30 in the afternoon and the second will be at 8:30 at night. Tickets are already on sale for $200, $300, $450, $600 and $800 pesos. They say to hurry, because the tickets won’t last long! After a 13 year absence from the stages of Merida, we can hardly believe our good fortune to see the National Ballet of Russia back in front of our adoring audiences!
Date:Tuesday, June 12
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cuarteto Genesis plays again!
This increasingly-popular jazz and classical quartet is playing a benefit concert on June 7 for VIFAC, www.vifac.org, at the Hyatt Hotel. Jonathan, one of the four artists, has tickets for sale at $150 pesos each for the event. He can be reached on his cel phone (9991 12 68 16) or you will find him just outside the Jose Peon Contreras Theatre each morning at 10 AM or 11:30 AM (during Symphony rehearsal breaks). You can also purchase tickets from Elizabeth Welsh de Dominguez (president of VIFAC) by calling her cel phone: 044 999-968-3047.

Date: Thursday, July 7

Location: Hyatt Hotel

Time: 8:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $150 pesos


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5 Responses to “Events in Merida – May 28 – June 3, 2007”

  1. Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! My Mother and I finally made it to Progreso,Yucatan from San Diego. These articles are wonderful! Andrea

  2. Museo de La Ciudad moving Junio 1-15; to it’s new location in the remodeled Correos building near Mercado San Benitos. Working Yucateca, long time entrused employada de Museo is excited! She says the streets around the museo has been closed to traffic. WOW! I would love to see it when I return to my wife in Merida. I do not know when Gran Opening is. I hope all will enjoy the Nueva Museo.

  3. Carlos – thank you so much for the updates on the moving of the Museum! Do keep us posted on anything new, especially a Grand Opening date! I am very excited because this location is near my house! When they get all moved in, I look forward to meeting your wife – and you, when you come to visit.

  4. Is there a nice beach in Progreso? We have been exploring the Progreso beach…but the ocean looks very dirty because of the waves, and very windy. We have been trying to fing a good spot were the waters will be more calm. Any suggestions of a good place to go to enjoy the beaches of Yucatan???
    We will be spending 2 months in Yucatan and my kids are desperate to find a good place were they go swimming into the ocean.

  5. The beaches all along the Gulf Coast are very nice… in the right weather! In the winter, all the beaches are subject to winds and storms from the North, and it sounds like you were there in that kind of weather. In the spring, summer and fall, the water is much calmer and clearer.

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