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Merida Events: Circus, Bossa Nova & Easter

NOTICE: All cultural centers and museums operated by the City of Merida will be closed on Thursday (March 20) and Friday (March 21) due to Good Friday obligations. The offices of Yucatan Living will be closed as well. It’s Semana Santa (Easter Week)!

Spring Equinox OpportunitiesHouse of the Seven Dolls in Dzibilchaltun

Don’t forget the Spring Equinox, when the sun lines up with the Castillo at Chichen Itza and the House of the Seven Dolls at Dzibilchaltun (and probably a lot of other magical places as well). The time to be at those two places is at dawn on March 21st, but get there early because they tend to get crowded. In the centro, Maya Cosmic University presents three special events centered around the equinox. On Wednesday, the 19th, The Passion of Maya Chocolate teaches about the role of chocolate in the Mayan world, with lessons on preparing the chocolate (and tasting it too!). Thursday is Sacred Symbolism of Kukuulkaan, explaining the meaning behind the seven triangles of light created by the sun on the pyramid at this time of year in Chichen Itza. Friday, Sacred Ceremonies of the Equinox and the Full Moon is FREE, consisting of a special day of ceremony and rituals celebrating this special year when the Full Moon falls on the Equinox. For details contact Trudy at Iluminado Tours.

Monday (Lunes) March 17, 2008

Irish in MexicoYucatan Living The Luck of the Irish to You.. and to Benito Juarez
The luck of the Irish" means good luck. People use it when a person of Irish descent inexplicably beats the odds – or is that another, quite tongue in cheek, term for a miracle? We think so. With a miracle in mind, Yucatan Living wishes each and every one of our readers "the luck of the Irish." Did you know that there was an Irish Catholic battalion that fought as part of the Mexican army in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848? They were called the San Patricios and they are a special part of Mexican history. Please keep the San Patricios in mind today, as well as all of the other brave "Fighting Irish" of history. If you’re in the Yucatan, you’ll find that many businesses are closed today… but not for them. It also happens to be the birthday of Mexico’s only indigenous president (so far!), Benito Juarez.

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)


Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary. The library really needs English-speaking participants, as word is getting out that this is a great place to learn English. Come and participate!
Location
: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan Living Tihany Circus
The traveling Tiffany Circus is still in town, turning an empty parking lot in the north part of town into what looks like an outpost of Las Vegas. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen so much glitz! Tickets are on sale at the circus and at the Gran Plaza starting at 11 am.
Location: Prolongación de Montejo, in front of the Chedraui grocery store, across from Gran Plaza
Time: 4:30 and 8 pm
Admission: TBD

Yucatan Living Vaqueria Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) March 18, 2008

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Movie Night
The last of the three movie series of film noir: This week: Basic Instinct. Directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring the infamous Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. Will they be playing the uncut version? Go and find out! Popcorn and soda are for sale, with proceeds going toward supporting the library.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:45 PM.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida Mens Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. There is usually a guest speaker. They usually meet at the Café Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, half a block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly knows as the “Burger King Circle.” For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg[at]yahoo[dot]com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AMTihany Circus in Merida
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Tihany Circus
The traveling Tiffany Circus is still in town. Tickets are on sale at the circus and at the Gran Plaza starting at 11 am.
Location: Prolongación de Montejo, in front of the Chedraui grocery store, across from Gran Plaza
Time: 4:30 and 8 pm
Admission: TBD

Yucatan LivingRemembrance Musicals
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: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) March 19, 2008

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
These marvelous tours are conducted by local resident Keith Heitke.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 #517 x 66 y 68 and ends at Calle 59 #572 x 72 y 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performer is Bill Mantz and his quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Turiya Mareya jazz in Merida
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Jazz Night at the Mayan Pub
Tonite’s show features Turiya Mareya, well-known pianist and flautist of Latin Jazz, performing with a four-piece jazz band. Here’s a little bit about this fabulous jazz musician who is going to be playing around the Yucatan for the next few months. Mareya was raised in the vibrant border of Tijuana and San Diego. She started playing with Mexican dance bands at a young age and later studied Jazz under the direction of Mr. Daniel Jackson, one of the West Coast Jazz Legends. She studied also at the Creative Music School in Woodstock but most of her musical instruction came from the streets, the clubs and fellow musicians. She began playing Latin Jazz with the Tambu International Ensemble, moving to Veracruz and living later in Mexico City. Returning to the border she was active in the jazz and latin music scenes. She became the musical director and pianist for the Kokopelli Latin Jazz Ensemble. She recently headlined at the Ensendada Jazz Festival and the Rocky Point Jazz Festival in Sonora Mexico. Sounds like someone you don’t want to miss!
Location: Calle 62 x 55 y 57
Time: 10:00 PM

Yucatan Living Jazz and Bossa Nova Bossa Nova comes to Merida
These two popular styles of music will be celebrated at the La Perifería Gallery tonite.
Location: Calle 54 #468 x 53 y 55
Time: 9:30 PM
Phone: 924-1923
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Tihany Circus
The traveling Tiffany Circus is still in town. Tickets are on sale at the circus and at the Gran Plaza starting at 11 am.
Location: Prolongación de Montejo, in front of the Chedraui grocery store, across from Gran Plaza
Time: 4:30 and 8 pm
Admission: TBD

Yucatan LivingKorean Cinema Series: Henequen (Korea, 1997)
This movie about henequen was made in Korea and we’re guessing it’s about the participation of Koreans who migrated here to work in the fields. Sounds truly fascinating!
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) March 20, 2008

Yucatan LivingPoker Night at Mercer Cigars
Thursday night is poker night at Mercer Cigars. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location: Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan LivingTihany Circus
The traveling Tiffany Circus is still in town. Tickets are on sale at the circus and at the Gran Plaza starting at 11 am.
Location: Prolongación de Montejo, in front of the Chedraui grocery store, across from Gran Plaza
Time: 4:30 and 8 pm
Admission: TBD

Yucatan LivingLive Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Virtuoso jazz pianist Rene Monte Rosa plays tonite and every Thursday night this month.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628


Yucatan LivingYucatan 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 – and has the alter to prove it. 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: Free

Yucatan LivingAA Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM

Friday (Viernes) March 21, 2008

Yucatan LivingNotice: There are no programmed activities scheduled by the City of Merida, as today is Good Friday.

Yucatan LivingMEL-O Nites: Third Fridays
This is a chance for Yucatecos to meet extraneros in a casual setting in the gardens at MEL. There is a cash bar and great botanas. Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones! Things generally get underway at about 7:30 p.m. If you want to know more, call the Library at 924-8401.

Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:30 PM Every Third Friday
Admission: Free with cash bar

Yucatan LivingLive Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music features the Carlos Rodriguez Trio playing in an homage to Duke Ellington. Should be some great music!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) March 22, 2008

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour
MEL is always in need of additional volunteers for the Children’s Story Hour on Saturday mornings. A time for reading children’s books in English and Spanish.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 10:00 AM Every Saturday morning

Yucatan LivingKorean Cinema Series: Henequen (Korea, 1997)
We’re guessing this is a movie about henequen and the participation of Koreans who migrated here to work in the fields. Sounds truly fascinating!
Location: Audiovisual Sala of the Museum of the City of Merida
Time: 9:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Chico
(Hungary, Albania, Croatia, Chile, 2001) The adventures of a young man as he moves from the Latin-American revolutions in the sixties and seventies, through Hungary in the eighties, and on to the Croatian war in 1991.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 there is 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 Merida and to our tourists from all over the world.
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingEn El Corazón de Mérida(In the Heart of Merida)
Live music, including jazz, salsa and 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, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingLive Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite and every Saturday in March features the Junior Jazz Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) March 23, 2008

Yucatan Living Read All About It
Today is Easter Sunday. If you are in a small town in Yucatan, you might want to attend mass in your village church. There’s something about spending a quiet hour in a 500 year old church with people speaking a language that you do not fully understand, no matter what your own personal religion. Or… you just may find that, on Easter Sunday, your tiny, quiet corner of Yucatan bursts into activity the likes of which you have never seen before! Take a look at Yucatan Living’s Easter article from last year and don’t forget the marvelous video of the Passion Play at Acanceh.

Yucatan Living Documentary: Life Between the Water and the Mud
This should be a great documentary. We’ll bet it will be the pick of the day for most of the little kids and for a whole bunch of the "big kids" too.
Location: Museum of Natural History
Time: 12:00 Noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaBack in full swing this week, the Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. The route usually begins in Ermita, but there is construction there right now, so we’re guessing it starts in San Juan, passes through the Centro up Calle 60 and then travels down Paseo de Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande 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. If the crowd starts to get to you, wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park (at Calle 55), where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.
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
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday Art on Paseo de Montejo
Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Colon, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingSunday 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


Coming Soon:

April 25th: Emanuel and Gold Album "Retro"

If you haven’t yet heard Emanuel, there are several of his videos on YouTube. Since "Retro" went gold this past week, he will spend the next three months on the road, but will be in Merida, at the Convention Center, on Friday night, April 25. Tickets will go on sale in the next few days, so be sure and keep in touch with the ticket office at the Convention Center. Regular "numbered chair" tickets will be $400, $700, and $1,000 pesos. VIP tickets (for tables) will be $1,300 pesos each. Be sure and reserve your tickets early. This is going to be a packed house event.

Monday, March 24: Seth Montfort on Piano
For a donation of $200 pesos, which will go to Oasis de San Juan de Dios & Brazos Abiertos, you can attend a concert at Villa Maria Restaurant of the pianist and composer Seth Montfort. Seth will be visiting from San Francisco, where is the the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and of the 4-month-old Russian River Performing Arts Center. Seth made his debut at 16 years old performing Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the Denver Symphony. He has won dozens of prizes and awards, and now he comes to Merida! Don’t miss this chance to see him!
Location: Villa Maria, corner of Calle 59 and Calle 68 (www.villamariamerida.com)
Time: Cash bar opens at 7 PM, Concert starts at 8:30 PM
Admission: $200 pesos

Next Week
Don’t forget to check back for next week’s Calendar of Events. Our Snowbirds will be leaving soon and it looks as if every venue in Yucatan is working hard to give them a spectacular sendoff!


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One Response to “Merida Events: Circus, Bossa Nova & Easter”

  1. There’s a rumor going about that there is a circus in town. Is that True?

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