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Merida Events: Dancing in the Streets…

Dancing in Santa Lucia Park on Sunday in MeridaWhat’s Goin’ On?

Does it seem like a rather short list of events this week? It’s not your imagination. Despite the fact that there are a still a lot of locals and more and more tourists in Merida during the summer, many of the locals are at the beach.

July and August is definitely downtime for cultural events in Merida and the rest of the Yucatan. It’s a good time for those of us who live in the city to get out and try something we’ve always heard about but never done. Go try your feet at dancing in Parque Santiago on Tuesday night or at Parque Santa Lucia on Sunday afternoon. There are a lot of people who don’t go to the beach, and we swear they were all in the Centro last Sunday. Try something new this week and see for yourself!

There is one very important opening this week: the long-awaited Museo de Arte Popular at Parque Mejorada opens on Wednesday.

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Monday July 23, 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. 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 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 Vaquería became attached to this folkloric ballet. Merida continues to support the Vaquería, as one means of preserving the history and culture of the city and state. This is a
Location: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday July 24, 2007

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Tony Espinosa
Yes, indeed! The one and only "El Señor Amor" ("Mister Love") of Yucatecan Trova. This is another of our wonderful “must see” performances. The musicians and singers who perform for Tuesday of Trova are world famous and we can see them for free any time we like. Don’t miss a chance to see “El Señor Amor” himself this Tuesday night.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

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.
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday July 25, 2007

Yucatan Living Museo de Arte Popular
The inauguracion of the Museum of Popular Art of the Yucatan happens tonite. We have been watching them restore this beautiful building, Casa Molina, on the corner of Calle 52 and Calle 57, right next door to the Almendros Restaurant. The project has been funded and supported by the Institute of Culture of the Yucatan, by Cultural Banamex, the non-profit arm of Banamex that funds so many things here in the Yucatan, as well as by the Pedro and Elena Hernández Foundation and the Friends of the Museum of Popular Arts.
Location: Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatan, Calle 50 #487 between 57 and 59
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Classical Guitar - Rondalla Juan AceretoYucatan Living Presentación de la Rondalla “Juan Acereto”
This is the kind of evening for a romantic dinner, in a really nice restaurant, then out to a show that fits the mood.
Presentación de la Rondalla “Juan Acereto” of the Centro Cultural Mejorada, under the Direction of Alfredo Gamboa Pixán.
A rondalla is a band of strolling musicians. This should be a wonderful, nostalgic performance – well worth a trip into town.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Pérez
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Performance at the Music Museum
A night of performances to remember Yucatecan composers born in the month of July. Five composers, ranging from Fermin Pastrana, born in 1857 to Guadalupe Trigo, born in 1941. Music will be played by Trio Ensueño and other invited artists. We found this event on the bulletin board in the museum, so our guess is that you will find a lot of locals at this show. This will surely be a trip back in time!
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 57 between Calle 50 and 48.
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 pesos


Thursday July 26, 2007

Thursday is always such a busy night in town. It begins early, with To Remember is To Live and continues with a double feature at the movies and our wonderful Serenade in Santa Lucia Park. If you have guests, this is a perfect night to give them a taste of Merida – before they get the main course served to them on the weekend.

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 Double Feature Classic Cinema

Dangerous Liaisons film6:00 PM: Dangerous Liaisons (France, 1959) From the famous director, Roger Vadim and starring Jeanne Moreau, Gerard Philipe, & Annette Vadim.
This is probably the first version of a film that has been remade at least twice in Hollywood. There’s even a Korean version of the story. Oh yes, the story: Juliette Merteuil and Valmont are a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. However, they have one rule: never fall in love. Unfortunately, this time, Valmont falls madly in love with a girl he meets at a ski resort, Marianne. A classic French movie with a Sixties style.

8:00 PM: The Adventures of del Gordo y el Flaco (The Fat One and the Thin One)
(United States, 1932) Laurel and Hardy.
This could be one of two shows they made under that same title that year, but either one is guaranteed to be funny and a trip back in time.

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo (corner of Calle 62 and Calle 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Piano Recital by the Duet of Mario Bolio and Otelo
These performances are always such a pleasure. We are so lucky to have this quality of artist in Yucatan.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)
For: The whole family
Time: 9:00 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 July 27, 2007

Yucatan Living Friday Night at the Movies:Science Fiction and Fantasy
Blade Runner playing this week in MeridaThis week’s feature is Blade Runner, a very popular cult classic starring Harrison Ford and Daryl Hannah (United States, 1982)
The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles, in November 2019, in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants, visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are used for dangerous and degrading work in Earth’s “off world colonies.” After replicants become illegal on Earth, specialist police units — called “blade runners” — are trained to hunt down and “retire” (kill) escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of replicants hiding in Los Angeles and a semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment. (Thank you, Wikipedia)
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Folkloric Ballet of UADY
Under the Direction of Carlos Acereto Canto. This is one of the most spectacular performances in the State. If you have never seen this ballet, you really must make arrangements to do so. This show is a wedding and the costumes are fabulous!
The setting, in the central patio of the university, is also lovely. It’s easy to just drop by to see the dancing after or before dinner.
Location: Central Patio of UADY, Centro, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 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 July 28, 2007

Yucatan Living Alejandro Basulto y Mtro. Antonio Gasque Ciclo de Guitar 2007
Yucatan’s guitarists have the sweetest sound in all the world! This is another must attend performance!
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Merida
(Calle 62 between 59 and 61)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living LABERINTWO
This is a 45 minute contemporary dance duet, in which two dancers attempt to occupy the same space while being apart. They try to reach other in a type of labyrinth of the mind. This is not something we see often and sounds as if it might be quite interesting.
Location: Teatro Merida
(Calle 62 between 59 and 61)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $50

Yucatan Living Saturday Night at the Movies:Science Fiction and Fantasy
Tonite, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (United States, 1920) John Barrymore and Martha Mansfield (a Silent Movie)
Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story, Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.
Location: the Videosala of the Olimpo
(Corner of Calles 61 and 62)
Time: 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 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 (Cancelled by rain)
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. This is a great shopping opportunity, so grab that Christmas list and come on down!
Location: Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Sunday July 29, 2007

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
There are a number of deadly characteristics associated with modern, affluent societies. Unfortunately, Mexico and the Yucatan suffer from them all. Add together the effects of hard work, cable television, computers and the Internet, air conditioning, and modern grocery stores, and you have a witches brew guaranteed to pack on the pounds and significantly increase the rates of diabetes and coronary disease. The Bici-Ruta is one step toward a more active, healthier life. 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. The corner of Science and Intelligence (Paseo Montejo x 43), for instance, has four chess boards set up for anyone to play.
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 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (get it?) (a.k.a. Garfield 2) (USA, 2006)
Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) travels to the United Kingdom, and he brings his cat, Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray), along for the trip. A case of mistaken cat identity finds Garfield ruling over a castle, but his reign is soon jeopardized by the nefarious Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly), who has designs on the estate. This is a takeoff on the plot to Little Lord Fauntleroy, with lots of mistaken identity and loads of danger.
Location: Videosala of the Cultural Center at UADY
(corner of Calle 60 and Calle 57)
Time: 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Dancing in the Park - Merida en DomingoYucatan Living Mérida en Domingo
Sunday downtown is a Spectacular Tradition in Mérida. There is music and dancing at Parque Santa Lucia, as well as booths selling antiques, used books, coins, art, food and handcrafts. Booths are also 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.
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

MACAY Museum GardenYucatan Living Sunday Afternoon Movie
This International film was introduced under several names. In France, it was Du poil sous les roses. In Argentina, it was Que diablos es el sexo. When all is said and done, the movie is about the discovery of sex through the eyes of a group of teenagers.
Director: Jean-Julier Chervier and Agnes Obadia. Starring: Alexis Roucout, Julie Durant, and Nicolas Duvauchelle.
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Piano and Violin Recital
by Amos Ludici and Margarita Cardena.
These recitals are such a pleasure during these long, hot summers. This is a chance to relax and let the worries of the world just float away.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo (Corner of 62 and 61)
For: The whole family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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