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Merida Events – Aug 27 to Sept 2, 2007

Abstract Art Exhibit Coming Soon

“Space, Movement, and Energy” is the name of the exhibit. The work of Benjamin Ramirez is abstract art like you have never seen. The artists uses a unique technique, layering his paintings so that each layer could have been a painting all its own. The paintings are large and visually captivating. Some of the layers can be seen from a distance, but others can only be seen by moving closer. In either case, the viewer soon discovers the multiple layers of information which add depth and intrigue.

The artist, Benjamin Ramirez, has had a number of exhibitions in the U.S., including shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (twice), The Plastics Club in Philadelphia and the Gregg Conference Center of The American College at Bryn Mawr. He is a former medical doctor, who has recently retired to the Yucatan and is living in his renovated colonial in the Mejorada district of the centro, pursuing his passion for abstract art. This promises to be an event to remember and certainly the place to learn about how truly fine abstract art can really be.



Artist’s Website: http://www.benjaminramirezart.com/index.html

Dates: Sept. 20, 2007 through Dec. 20, 2007
Location: Galería In La’Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75
Time of Opening Night: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

For this week’s news, click here.

Monday (Lunes) August 27, 2007

Yucatan Living 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. 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 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: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free




Tuesday (Martes) August 28, 2007

Yucatan Living 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. 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, or to just sit and watch the people of Merida enjoy dancing under the open skies.
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 29, 2007

Yucatan Living TGI Fridays’ Bartender Competition
Postponed last week, due to Hurricane Dean, this event will take place this afternoon!

Come on out and watch these extreme-action bartenders compete for the winner of this round of the 2008 TGI Fridays’ Bartender of the Year. If you think you might want to go, call and make a reservation. It is going to be one of the few shows in town tonight so it is likely to be a packed house. Not to worry though. We’ll have our reporter there – camera in hand, so you won’t miss a thing!
Time: Approximately 5:00 PM.
Location: TGI Friday’s on Prolongación Montejo just south of the Mercedes Benz dealer (before Gran Plaza)

Yucatan LivingWednesday’s Regional Theater
This week: Comisaría Komchén

Komchén is an interesting little town in Yucatan. It seems that they discovered the value of the forest long before the rest of us “got it.” Did you know that Komchén is in a passageway through Yucatan for the jaguar and other species of wildlife? This is also an area where you can do some great bird watching, as well as see the trees that are native to Yucatan. Some, like the mahogany, are finally making a comeback. Now, if we can just keep our little tree planting engines going, we’ll really have the best of all worlds in Yucatan. Take the short ride to Komchén this week to see what’s really happening in the countryside of Yucatan.

Location: on the Basketball Field
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) August 30, 2007

Yucatan Living “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 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. If you are a visitor, make sure to get to this particular serenade. It is well worth being part of your first memory of Merida.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía, Calle 60 and 55, Downtown.
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission is Free.

Friday (Viernes) August 31, 2007

Yucatan Living The Symphony is Back!
Under the direction of Juan Felipe Molano, tonite’s program will include soloist Trinidad Sanchis. The program features Mussorgsky’s A Night on the Bare Mountain, Weber’s Konzerstuck, Franck’s Symphonic Variations, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
This performance will be held on three consecutive dates, with tonight’s show the first of the three.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingBulletin: Anillamiento de Flamencos
There will be a Ringing of the Flamingos on Friday and Saturday, August 31 and Sept. 1, 2007. Yucatan Living and interested readers have been invited to attend. We don’t know if this includes our learning to Anillamiento de Flamencos or not, but we’re game if they’ll let us. What needs to be done is two-fold. Babies born this year need a new ankle ring with their year of birth and identification number on it. Birds that have come home to roost, so to speak, need to be caught and the year of their birth and identification number noted. This is an opportunity to watch the study and preservation of a species in action. We hope to see you there!
Location: Reserva de la Biosfera de Ría Lagartos, Puerto de El Cuyo, Municipio de Tizimín, Yucatán
Date: August 31 and Sept. 1, 2007
Contact Person: Susana Ojeda Orranti, Desarrollo Institucional Niños y Crías, A.C. y Festival de las Aves “Toh”
Tel: (999) 925 39 47, Tel/Fax: 925 77 47

Yucatan Living Baila Merida (Merida Dances)
This dance is designed for us older folks, but should give younger visitors quite a show. At the very least, we can teach the young folks to dance and, at best, visitors can regale the folks back home with tales of dancing in the park with old people to the music of a world renowned orchestra. Now where else can you get that combination of experiences for free?
Location: Parque Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47 y 45, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 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. This particular park, with it’s central gazebo, it’s cobbled streets, the colonial facades surrounding the park and the lovely little church at one side is romantic, even without the music!
Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel (Calle 66 and 77)
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: free

Saturday (Sabado) September 1, 2007

Yucatan Living The Symphony Performs in Valladolid
See description of performance from last night.
Location: Convento San Bernardino, Valladolid
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ciclo de Guitars 2007
Francisco Renán Méndez Diego
We have this guitarist all to ourselves tonight and it may be the last time for a long time. Francisco Renán Méndez Diego, who has proven himself to be an accomplished and sought after guitarist all over the world, will be leaving soon to study at the Boston Conservatory of Music. With Yucatan producing this caliber of musician, we fully expect to see a “Star Chart” one of these days, with the name of Francisco Renán Méndez Diego displayed prominently on it. This is this week’s must see performance and the next to last of their season.
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Mérida (Calle 62 between 59 and 61)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingBulletin: Anillamiento de Flamencos
See Friday’s description of this event.

Yucatan Living 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 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.
Location: Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) September 2, 2007

Our Sundays are beginning to pick back up and are almost full again. We’ve had some wonderful new additions in this past year or so – especially with the addition of Sunday playtime for the dogs and the Bici-Ruta. Now, we’ve got the Symphony back… but it just doesn’t make up for the Olimpo being closed. Next week, we should have the newly spiffed up Olimpo back in full swing too!

Yucatan Living Documentary: Still Unknown!
Every Sunday, at noon, the Museum of Natural History presents a documentary, mostly centered around themes associated with animals and the environment. The show for this week has not yet been posted, but we will add it here as soon as it is.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 near Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 Noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs
Dogs in Merida Mexico

Attention all dog owners! If you are a dog owner (or owned by a dog…), come join the rest of us for an hour of running and playing in a safe place. An informal group meets on Sunday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM in the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel. Last Sunday was a beautiful cool morning and we had nine dogs (and five humans)!! Get there by going north on Calle 60 (from the Centro) and turning right on Calle 35, just after the Siqueff restaurant. The parking lot entrance will be on your left.

Bring water for you AND your dog. Come and bring your pups for a little bit of old-fashioned running around.

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
The Bici-Ruta is part of a national plan to get people out for physical exercise, as well as for community building activities and it’s alive and well, even in the middle of summertime. It begins early, at 8:00 AM, and ends at noon. There is a set route that begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through Centro and then travels down Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game!

Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande, out Paseo Montejo, and Ends at the Glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo
Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where 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. There’s also usually a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music. Or wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also food, live music and lots of dancing. The dancing and music is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63)
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony is Back!
See description of performance from Friday night..
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 12:00 PM (noon)
Admission: Free

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5 Responses to “Merida Events – Aug 27 to Sept 2, 2007”

  1. Thanks for keeping us posted an all the activities!

  2. I look, I read…..I LONG to be there. Something is calling me to Merida. We’re coming in Feb. ’08 to try and figure out what that call is…

  3. Jackie,

    Read all of Yucatan Living and all of the comments – with particular attention to how many times people use the word “magical” and/or the concept of having been “called” to Yucatan. You would be amazed to know how many of our new residents have no clue what brought them here – and, indeed, are often surprised to find themselves living here after only a short visit. From almost two decades of my own observations, it looks to me as if Yucatan chooses her own – from around the world – and brings them here herself. Just come on along – you’re in for a wonderful experience and may even decide to stick around for a while. Hope so.

  4. wow! I really miss my hometown! Can’t wait to retire and hopefully get my dream also-finding a home to restore and enjoy. I’m from Merida. Came to study in USA…graduated, married, stayed. Taught art many years until 1998–now in regular classroom with 3rd graders. 5 More years to retirement! Truly enjoyed seeing all the enriching activities still going on and then some more! Please continue to share…keep me posted. Muchisimas gracias, Maria

  5. Maria – thanks – I needed the validation. Its 2:00 AM and I’m translating bulletins and press releases for next week’s news and events columns – so it sure helps to know that folks are waiting to find out what’s happening in Yucatan.


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