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Merida Events: Dogs, Yoga & Yucatones




There’s Always Something Going On…

April seems a little empty this year, since Easter was so early and Semana Santa is over and done with already. But if you look at this week’s events, you’ll see there’s always something going on here! We’re starting to get so many regular events that we thought we should make it easy for those of you who read this column week after week. So starting today, the this-week-only events will have RED chiles next to them, and the ongoing every-week events will have the usual ORANGE chiles.

And please, if you know of an event that should get into this list, email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and let us know!

Monday (Lunes) April 14, 2008

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Advanced Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to students who want to deepen their practice. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 8 AM to 10 AM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

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. It also happens to be a great place to learn Spanish, too, and to make some friends outside of the expat community. 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 LivingVaqueria 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) April 15, 2008

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. This week: Things you can do to prepare for the possibility of dying in Merida that will help to make it easier on your survivors back home. 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 AM
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida: The RETURN of The Legendary Yucatones!!Legendary Yucatones at Jazzin' Merida
After a two week stay in rehab (they didn’t really need it, they just thought it would give them more street cred, and they like the food), The LEGENDARY Yucatones are finally here! Cleetus X and Client # 9 (Dan Prescher and Gary DeRose) will be appearing in their absolute final (this week, that is) invitation only (you’re all invited), beat-the-heat, going-out-of-business, factory-seconds with only minor imperfections and slight damage, U.S. tax-day performance/garage sale of many of your favorite songs. They guarantee your life will never be the same, or the YUCATONES will personally refund up to two hours of your time, not counting bathroom breaks. Some said it couldn’t be done, some said it wouldn’t be done, many others said it shouldn’t be done, but Cleet and Nine will not listen to reason, and promise to keep doing it until they get it right. Their promise to you: "No Fan Left Behind!" Don’t miss this opportunity to be the first on your block to say "You Were There" for the kickoff of the LEGENDARY Yucatones’ North-Central Western Hemisphere Domination Tour. No air horns or laser pointers allowed. Children under 12 must wear helmets…

And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Doors open 7 PM, Performance begins at 9 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Yoga Class

This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to beginning and intermediate students who want to deepen their practice. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Ballet Infantil of the City Council of Merida
This is the must see performance of the night. These children are just precious and so talented. All of us need to do everything we can to ensure that they have a grand audience every time they perform.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 at Avenida Colon
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio en Sueño
One of the signature trova trios of Yucatan, Trio en Sueno is always guaranteed to provide you with an excellent performance. Well worth attending any time you are fortunate to be able to see them.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance 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) April 16, 2008

Yucatan Living The Georgian National Ballet
Billed as the most spectacular ballet in the world. After going on 200 tours on five continents in 88 countries, for 9800 shows, 30 dancers are going to be on stage here in little ole Merida. You can watch a video here.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and Calle 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $500, 400, 300 pesos

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: The Voice of Women
This is a performance by the talented singer Lenny Sanchez.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Advanced Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to students who want to deepen their practice. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 8 AM to 10 AM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Local trio Jazzbe with Jeff Kupperman and Arturo Guzman will be performing tonite at Merida’s premiere jazz club.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Wonder Woman and her conflicts of love

Yucatan Living The Illustrious Case of the Wonder Woman and Her Conflicts with Love
Come see an original play by Alex Pulido Cayón. Adaptated and directed by Aurora Aceves Azcárate. We’re sure it is in Spanish, but it be entertaining and a good way to learn if you aren’t fluent already! Last performance April 24.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 MXP, Students and INAPAM: $30 MXP

Thursday (Jueves) April 17, 2008

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Yoga Class – Garcia Gineres
Claudia Guerrero teaches yoga class to beginning and intermediate students. She has studied in Italy and Mexico City and is a student of Vijana yoga and Orit Sen-Gupta in Israel.
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Call 920 5361 for information

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: A Piano Recital by Alberto Alvarez
Needless to say, this is the "must see" event of the evening. Who can resist a piano recital by Cuban pianist Alberto Alvarez, teacher to the stars of piano and voice the world over.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Poker 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 Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite is the last night for the 4 Teens Jazz Quartet, a band that consists of four young local jazz musicians. Kudos to David, the owner of the club, for sponsoring and supporting young local talent.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living The Illustrious Case of the Wonder Woman and Her Conflicts with Love
Come see an original play by Alex Pulido Cayón. Adaptated and directed by Aurora Aceves Azcárate. We’re sure it is in Spanish, but it be entertaining and a good way to learn if you aren’t fluent already!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 MXP, Students and INAPAM: $30 MXP


Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade of Santa Lucia
This is the defining serenade of Merida and has been performed every Thursday night for over 40 years. Parque Santa Lucia 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 de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 at Calle 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living To Remember is to Live
This is a dance that begins early and ends at a reasonable hour. Music is provided by the Jaranara Orchestra with their signature Big Band sound.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: free

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

Friday (Viernes) April 18, 2008

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This is the must see performance of the evening. The invited director is Eduardo Alvarez, with Daniel Rodriguez at the piano. The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan is never to be missed!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, and $40 MXP

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Ballet Infantil of the City Council of Merida
These children are just precious and so talented. All of us need to do everything we can to ensure that they have a grand audience every time they perform.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 at Avenida Colon
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yoga Class
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 68 #470A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Wednesday and Friday, Noon to 1:30 PM with Claudia Guerrero. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM with Joan Sibila Burckle.
Admission: $75 pesos per class or $560 for 8 classes

Yucatan Living Son del Carib (Caribbean Sound)
The University Folkloric Ballet will perform as part of the Serene University series. This is the ballet group whose costumes win so much acclaim.
Location: University Cultural Center (UADY), Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music features Jatin Lazz with Mauricio Bonfiglio, one of the best jazz drummers around. Mauricio and his band knocked ‘em dead at last summer’s Ciclo de Jazz performance. Don’t miss them!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55Secrets and Lies in Merida
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: Secrets and Lies
Directed by Mike Leigh, and starring Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Cynthia Rose lives with her daughter, in rather a humble neighborhood. Her brother lives nearby, but in a better neighborhood. Their lives are intertwined with secrets and lies that will lead them in new directions. This movie was famous for being mostly improvisational, with director Leigh telling the actors the story of their characters, and letting them improvise the dialogue. Won the Palmes D’Or Award at Cannes in 1996.
Location: Videosala of the University Cultural Center (UADY), Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living MEL-O Nites: Third Fridays
This is a chance for Yucatecos to meet extranjeros 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! 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

Saturday (Sabado) April 19, 2008Children's Story Hour at MEL in Merida

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 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 Living En 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 Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite the Tom Kubin Quartet. Tom Kubin is an Austrian jazz player living in Merida who teaches jazz guitar when he isn’t performing.
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) April 20, 2008

Yucatan Living Merida for Children
Merida is ending a week of festivals dedicated to children. There are always many activities and events that are designed especially for them. We have puppet shows, movies, and workshops where they can learn handicrafts. Every once in a while, we’d like to sneak into one of those workshops – especially the one where the children make an electric motor, …. and this week – Sinbad is the matinee at the Videosala of the Olimpo at 10:00 AM. Oh, to have kiddos again (and a really good excuse for taking up limited seating in a children’s movie)! If any of our readers are interested in events for children, just let us know and we will get a list for you.

Yucatan Living A Play Date for DogsDog Sunday in Merida
The popular play date for dogs is back! …but in a new location. We’re sporting a RED chili this week because it’s the first meeting in a long time. We will now be meeting in a donated lot for this weekly gathering of canine friends. Come and join us, and of course, bring your four-legged and most loyal friend. Its hot outside, so don’t forget to bring water for you and for your dog.
Location: Calle 75 #507 between 62 and 64 (behind a big metal door…knock!)
Time: 7:30 AM
Admission: Free for now. We’re going to discuss a future dog park!

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This is the must see performance of the evening. The invited director is Eduardo Alvarez, with Daniel Rodriguez at the piano. The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan is never to be missed!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM on Friday and 12:00 PM on Sunday
Admission: $100, $80, $60, and $40 MXP

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Earth
In keeping with the current interest in the care and protection of our planet, this film comes just at the right time.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just east of Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: FreeRatatouille plays Merida

Yucatan Living Movie: Ratatouille
This movie is fun for all ages… it really is! A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely – and certainly unwanted – visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. (Review from Yahoo). Two of the voices in Ratatouille include Peter O’Toole (as Anton Ego) and Brian Dennehy (as Django), and celebrity chef Thomas Keller allowed the producer to intern in his kitchen for research.
Location: Videosala of the University Cultural Center (UADY), Calle 60 at 57
Time: 10:30 AM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaThe 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 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

 


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3 Responses to “Merida Events: Dogs, Yoga & Yucatones”

  1. de plus en plus de francophones (français, belges, suisses, canadiens…. sont présents dans le yucatan – pourquoi ne pas traduire également “yucatan living” en français – nous serions vraiment très contents
    merci

  2. Having “yucatan living” articles en francais and with serious content for those from Belgum, Canada y Swiss would be a great idea.

    Constance

  3. I was happy to read about YOGA CLASSES in MERIDA. I teach Prenatal Yoga here in St. Louis Missouri and was wondering about the Yoga community there.
    When I come in August I will look forward to taking class.
    Maria

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