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Merida Events: Chaplin, Poetry & Sitar

This Week… starting March 30, 2009


A quick note to remind you about the Merida Month-At-A-Glance Calendar. This calendar will be continually updated by our staff… as soon as we know about an event, we’ll put it here. The monthly calendar is color-coded, so you can see what’s going on in a Merida minute (There’s a legend at the bottom… each color designates a category of event). See something you like? Click on the event to find a description and all the details you need to participate. You can print the details of a day, or print the month-at-a-glance. Or you can email it all to a friend (or to yourself!).

Yucatan Living No fiestas begin this week!

Yucatan Living April 13 through 17
A Workshop for Illustrations and Comics in Digital Color
If you speak Spanish, you might be interested in this workshop. It looks like it is really going to be excellent and is open to everyone. The teacher is Ivan Escalante.
Location: Calle 55 # 435 x 46 y 48 (in the old Train Station)
Space is Limited to: 15
Cost: $400 pesos

 

Tuesday (Martes) March 31, 2009

Yucatan Living Remembranzas Musicales
This weekly dance has been held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. Come on out and listen to the Big Band sounds of the 1940s, performed 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: Santiago Park, C. 72 x 59
Time: 8:30PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) April 01, 2009

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: 14th Anniversary: Grupo Flores de Otoño
This concert is under the direction of Rosita Herrera
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 02, 2009

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Charles Chaplin: ChaplinChaplin Movies in Yucatan
(U.S., France, Italy, and Great Britain, 1992). Directed by richard Attenborough, Starring Robert Downey Jr, Geraldine Chaplin, and Anthony Hopkins. Whether you are a fan of Charlie Chaplin or not, he was still one of the larger than life personalities of the 20th century.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Event TBD
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Serenata Yucateca in Santa Lucia
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55.
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazzin’ Merida: Dantone
While Garytone is a way, Dantone will play solo at Jazzin’ Merida April 2 and April 9. That’s right… Dantone will be up there all by himself, performing some of his personal favorites from outside the Yucatone repertoire. For these solo gigs, Dantone will be channeling the spirit of his Czechoslovak ancestor, Daniel "Long Dan" Kohout, who was a mainstay of the Prague folk music scene in the years before WWII. Actually, Long Dan pretty much was the folk music scene in Prague back then, since folk music wasn’t hugely popular with pre-War Czech audiences, but that didn’t stop Long Dan, and it won’t stop Dantone, either. And it shouldn’t stop you… put April 2 and 9 on your agenda right now
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: The doors open at 8pm, music starts around 9:30 Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Bridge
People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call. Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two separate locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths in that year (and preventing several others). They also taped interviews with friends, families and witnesses, who recount in sorrowful detail stories of struggles with depression, substance abuse and mental illness. Raises questions about suicide, mental illness and civic responsibility as well as the filmmaker’s relationship to his fraught and complicated material.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Christopher Collins and Ruth Bennett
This is a must see performance by Christopher Collins (violin) and Ruth Bennett (harp). We are so fortunate to have them as part of the artistic and cultural community in Merida.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) April 03, 2009

Yucatan Living TGIF (First Friday)(aka NAFTA)
This is the party that is held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Yucatan’s Symphony Orchestra: Gala Clásica
Fernando Valcarcel, Guest Director. This young man is from Peru. He is in great demand both at home and throughout the world. Hopefully, we can entice him back to Merida again and again!
Flute Soloist: Zendra Meador and Harpist: Ruth Bennett – both members of our Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan.
Music: Mozart’s Overture: The Marriage of Figaro, Motzart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, and Beethoven’s Symphony 8.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time:9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $150, $100, $80, and $60 pesos (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living UADY’s Folkloric Ballet
This particular group is not only extremely talented, but their costumes themselves are award winners. There are a total of 8 different shows performed throughout the year. Try to see them all, but remember that the one with the wedding dances in it is the "absolutely must see" performance.
Location: Patio Central Universitario; Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Weepping Camel
During a spring season, a family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white calf. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and failing to bond with it. To prevent the calf’s death, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert to find a musician.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesosThe Life of Charles Chaplin

Yucatan Living Charles Chaplin Cinema Series: Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
A documentary narrated by Sydney Pollack with appearances by Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Dep, Robert Downey Jr., and members of the Chaplin family.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Pure and Impure Poetry
This is a recital of poems and song lyrics by Sylvya Kater and Tanicho and will be in Spanish.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60 pesos; Students and INAPAM: $30 pesos

Saturday (Sabado) April 04, 2009

Yucatan Living Jazzin’ Merida: Alfred Rordame, SitarAlfred Rordame, a Sittar Night at Jazzin' Merida
Alfred Rordame presents a night of Indian music at Jazzin’ Merida. Come indulge your senses in the richness of classical ragas and bhajans. A raga is a classical piece, largely improvised, where the artist expresses the rasa (taste or emotion) inherent in the piece. Each raga has a specified time for performance and a character. Alfred will be playing Malkauns, a dignified and ancient raga for the early part of the night, thought by many musicians to have supernatural powers. In the second half of the concert he will present bhajans or devotional songs in a light classical presentation (with singing). Give yourself the opportunity to experience the spice and color of India right here in Merida.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 X 53 y 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission:
Information: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Charlie Chaplin Cinema Series: The Kid
(U.S., 1921) Silent Film. Produced, written and directed by Chaplin, this movie is about a tramp (played by Chaplin) who cares for an abandoned child when events put that relationship in jeopardy. It also stars Carl Miller, Edna Purfiance and Jackie Coogan.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Tribute to Marcel Marceau
With the great mime artist Pastor Gongora Ruiz.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: To be and To Have
How do we learn to live with others and their wishes? Director Nicolas Philibert poses this question in a village schoolhouse in Auvergne, where Georges Lopez teaches 13 children, ages ranging from about four to 12. Against a landscape of mountains and farmland, from driving snow to rain to sun, the children gather in Lopez’s warm and colorful classroom, to read, write dictation, cook, and sort things out. At home, the older ones do homework with parents after their chores. At year’s end, they look ahead to the next, visiting the middle school and meeting the little ones coming in the fall. As they learn sums and adjectives, with Lopez’s help, they also learn to live side by side.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Poetry Reading and Sharing
Come one! Come all! New readers welcome! Every Saturday, for at least the next 3 months, there is going to be an open mike poetry reading at Cafe Chocolate. You can read your own poems or the poetry of someone else. This sounds like great fun so please do go out and support it. It is not only new, but it helps to round out the cultural experiences we are so fortunate to have here in Merida. Be sure and read the website (see link below). It is guaranteed to make you smile and will certainly make you feel as if you must stop by.
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Back Patio, Calle 60 x 49
Time: All Saturdays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
Website: Here. http://www.jkpublishing.org/dsm_index.php

 

Sunday (Domingo) April 05, 2009Other Galaxies

Yucatan Living Documentary: Other Galaxies
This documentary is about the miracles we can see in space with the Hubble Telescope.
Location: Museum of Natural History, next to the Zoo on Calle 59
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra: Gala Clásica
Fernando Valcarcel, Guest Director. This young man is from Peru. He is in great demand both at home and throughout the world. Hopefully, we can entice him back to Merida again and again!
Flute Soloist: Zendra Meador and Harpist: Ruth Bennett – both members of our Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan.
Music: Mozart’s Overture: The Marriage of Figaro, Motzart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, and Beethoven’s Symphony 8.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$150, $100, $80, and $60 pesos (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Scenic Arts: Gonzalo Guerrero: First Ally of the Mayas
This performance is under the artistic direction and general production of Elide Soberanis
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Tribute to Marcel Marceau
With the great mime artist Pastor Gongora Ruiz.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

 

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April 6 & 7
Lecture: Eduardo Galeano
Eduardo Galeano was born in Uruguay, where his profession led him to become the director of a major magazine and newspaper. Exiled from his home country for political reasons, he moved to Buenos Aires and continued his career as the director of a well respected magazine. He finally was able to return to his country, where he began writing books. Today, he is the author of more than 15 books, famous throughout the world and is a favorite of the Working Gringos. He is the winner of the American Book Club award from the University of Washington, the Mare Nostrum y Pellegrino Artusi in Italy, Aloa from the publishers in Denmark, the Casa of the Americas from Cuba (twice), the Cultural Freedom Prize from the Lannan Foundation, the Premio a la Comunicación Solidaria from Cordoba, Spain and the Ministry of Culture in Uruguay. His Memory of Fire trilogy is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand Latin culture… and besides, it is a fascinating book! Through the eyes and heart of Eduardo Galeano, we will better understand what effect national boundaries and political differences have on the unity between cultures and between the ability of authors to connect cultures through literature. This talk will be in Spanish, but is well worth attending.
Location: April 6: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto; April 7, Mani at the Escuela de Agricultura Ecológica "U Yits Ka´an" -Km 2.5 Maní-Dzan
Time: April 6: 7:00 PM; April 7: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

 

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For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar

 


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