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Merida Events: Garage Sale

This Week… starting May 3, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

If you love Music and Dance, May and June in Yucatan are made for you! Once we get past the first few days in May [International Workers Day (May 1) and Cinco de Mayo (May 5)], there will be non-stop recitals by some of the most wonderful performers in the world. Many of the performers are working toward advanced degrees or training professionally with some of our own world-renowned performance artists. These recitals are rites of passage into the advanced world of music, voice, and dance… and we get to watch it all – every May and June – right here in Merida, Yucatan! So, enjoy this relatively quiet week because there is much more to come!

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta – 3 Day Event: May 3 through May 5 
This fiesta is dedicated to Santa Cruz. Tecoh lies on the southeastern boundry of the Municipality of Merida. Look for talented artisans making woven hemp hammocks and carved wooden chests in Tecoh. …and the food in Tecoh is great! Before you decide that Tecoh may be too far off the grid for you, take a look at what you can expect to find out there.

Yucatan Living Sacalum Fiesta   1 Day EventMay 3
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. Sacalum is right on the way to anywhere you want to go in southwestern Yucatan. It is just past Tecoh and Abala, and just this side of Ticul and Muna. Lots of agriculture, cattle and horses here, so look for great leatherwork. Visit Pueblos America for a google map to Sacalum.

Yucatan Living Uayma Fiesta   1 Day EventMay 3
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. Uayma is just to the west of both Temozon and Valladolid, and just south of Espita. We figure that places Uayma just about in the middle of most of the important Mayan events in history. There is a beautiful, 16th century convent and temple (Santo Domingo) in Uayma that was burned during the Caste War, but still retains much of its beauty… we wrote an article about Uayma here. And, while we usually think of pottery as coming from directly south of Merida, the making of pottery is the most important work of the artisans in Uayma. Do try to stop in Uayma the next time you go to Valladolid or to Temozon. We know you’ll be glad you did.

 

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) May 3, 2010

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month: Juan Francisco Bates
This is going to be an exciting event because it showcases the first piece that was printed in Merida following the Mexican Independence.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 at Calle 56
Time: Monday, 9:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: You Decide
Monday night and the viewers vote on what movie to see. Roll the dice!
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 4, 2010Jean de Florette film playing in Merida Mexico

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Jean de Florette
This classic movie about water rights was made in 1986 by French director Claude Berri, and was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film that year. In a rural French village, greediness for water causes an old man and his nephew to slowly starve the family next door that needs to the water for their crops. Based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol, it deals with important themes including city vs. country, modern vs. traditional, good vs. bad and memory vs. oblivion. Stars Yves Montand and Gérard Depardieu.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Trio Andariegos
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 5, 2010

Yucatan Living No Activities Listed… So since there is nothing to do, take a few minutes to collect things in your home that you don’t need. And bring them to the address below for the garage sale this weekend. All proceeds go to four charities (AFAD, Evolución, Niños y Crias and a local elementary school).
Date: The Garage Sale is Saturday, May 8th from 9-5, but bring your things in all this week!
Location: Calle 66  #385 x 43 y 45, CENTRO, Merida, Yucatan
For more info or to arrange pickup of items: email martha [dot] lindley [at] gmail [dot] com

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 6, 2010

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Mia Monforte and Alberto Alvarez
This is an event you will want to see. Most often, we see the extraordinarily talented Alberto Alvarez (teacher to the stars, we always add) playing the piano as some of the greatest male voices in the classical music and world of opera perform. This time, he is playing with a lovely soprano. It will most certainly be one of the best performances of the week!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 x Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Dolores Claiborne
Chosen by students at the ESAY art school, this movie is based on a Stephen King novel, the movie stars Kathie Bates as Ms. Claiborne, a woman arrested for the murder of her elderly employer. Also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer and the ubiquitous John C. Reilly.The STranger, a film playing in Merida Yucatan Mexico
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: El Extraño (The Stranger)
Without the name of the director, this could be one of a number of movies, but we’re guessing it is the 1946 movie from Spain, directed by Orson Welles, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and Orson Welles himself. At least, we would hope so!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Sin Aliento (Without Breath)
Once again, without the name of the director or even the year or place this movie was made, it is impossible to make an identification. There are four movies made with this name since 1960 from Spain, Argentina and the USA. Be surprised!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Troll
In Spanish with English subtitles, this movie won special jury prize at the Digital Barcelona Film Festival. Troll has spent years living in the street. His only preoccupation is to get his drugs and to have fun with his friends. But Troll has an operation happening soon that will change his world. As he gets ready to go into the hospital, he wants to be the star of a movie that records what happens after he goes in.
Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) May 7, 2010

Yucatan Living Jazz Al Fresco

Tonite’s performers are Carlos Rodriguez and Tom Kubin,
performing outside at Merida’s hippest, coolest, newest night scene. Come down to SOME and check it out!
Location: ule, Calle 64 #560 x 71 y 73 in the L’Ermita area
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos cover charge

Yucatan Living Contemporary Cinema Series: Leyendas de Rita (Legends of Rita)
1999) Terrorists in West Germany assume new identities and take refuge in East Germany. Preview the movie here.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El Sueño de Agua (The Dream of Water)
This 2004 documentary by Albert Solé of Spain shows some of the worst water problems in five places around the planet, narrated by children in those places. Benin, Holland, Mumbay, the Gaza Strip and the deserts of Atacama are all featured.
Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema: The Mangler
Another movie based on a Stephen King story, this movie directed by Tobe Hooper stars a laundry-folding machine possessed by a demon from hell. Tagline? Escape is not an option. Oh, I’m scared.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimna
Time: Friday, 7:00 PM
Admission: FreeYucatan Symphony in Merida Mexico

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony: Program 9

Program 9 features Berislav Skenderovic as Guest Director and Luis Mora on Clarinet playing works by Shostakovich and a Concierto para Clarinete by E. Gamboa.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Tickets at the box office, credit cards accepted.

 

Saturday (Sábado) May 8, 2010

Yucatan Living Spectacular Expat Garage Sale – DON’T Miss this!! (and tell your friends)
This is a ONE DAY EVENT. At the end of the sale, whatever is left will be taken to Caritas of Merida (Catholic Charities) where it will be given to the poor. We already have some exquisite women’s clothing to sell. The sale will be fabulous if you too use this opportunity to get rid of "stuff", clothes, housewares, electronics or whatever you no longer need, want, wear or use and let us pick it up and sell it to someone who will treasure it. Please spread the word especially to your Mexican friends. You can email or phone Martha Lindley or Laura Perkins to arrange pick-up or drop-off of your items. They are also looking for volunteers to staff the event.
Date: Saturday, May 8th from 9-5
Location: Calle 66 #385 x 43 y 45, CENTRO, Merida, YucatanGood Morning, Night playing in Merida Yucatan
Why: To benefit 4 charities: Public school- Carlos Castro Morales; two animal shelters- AFAD and Evolucion; and the environmental and educational group- Ninos y Crias.
Contact: martha [dot] lindley [at] gmail [dot] com or lfp947 [at] yahoo [dot] com or call 999-199-1968

Yucatan Living Contemporary Cinema Series: Good Morning, Night
This is an Italian film that is based on a true story. On 16 March 1978 Aldo Moro, the former Italian Prime Minister was kidnapped in Via Fani by the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades), a militant Communist Italian group. He is eventually killed and this movie is seen from the perspective of one of his assailants — a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pecados de Mi Padre (Sins of My Father: Pablo Escobar)

This 2009 documentary is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, Columbian drug kingpin, as told by his son and widow for the first time. Sebastian, the son, tells of growing up with a father that he loved in times of luxury Sins of My father, documentary playing in Merida Yucatanand extravagance, and other times on the run. The filmmaker documents a meeting between the son of Escobar and the sons of some of his victims.
(Synopsis taken from IMDB.com). The film is in Spanish… no indication of subtitles. Check out the preview here (with subtitles).
Location: LA68, Calle 68 #470A x 55
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Art Opening: Origines 7
Tonite’s opening features an exhibit of works by artists from the seven municipalities of the Yucatan. Included are photographs, paintings and sculptures. Around the corner at the Callejon Galeria, works by an artist named Fabio Rufino Chale from Tixpeual features stories told with flowers from the Yucatan. Both shows will remain open until May 16
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Introduction to Cinema
Get a quick overview of the art of cinema is this "Cinema 101" course taught by Mario Helguera.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 17 y 15, Col. Itzimnaphotography in Merida Yucatan
Time: Friday, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Admission: $450 pesos if paid by April 30, otherwise $550 pesos

Yucatan Living Ruta Fotográfica

Take a photo tour of the Yucatan. Meet the group at 7 am at Parque Mejorada (Calle 50 at Calle 59) and return by 5 pm.
This photography workshop is part of a week of photography exhibits and openings sponsored by UADY, Galeria Merida and others.
Location: Calle 50 at Calle 59, Parque Mejorada
Time: Saturday, 7 AM to 5 PM
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living Don’t forget to go to the SLOW Food Market (see last week for details)

Sunday (Domingo) May 9, 2010

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony: Program 9
Program 9 features Berislav Skenderovic as Guest Director and Luis Mora on Clarinet playing works by Shostakovich and a Concierto para Clarinete by E. Gamboa.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Sunday, Noon
Admission: Tickets at the box office, credit cards accepted.

Yucatan Living Classical Dance: Merida de Mis Amores
This is a performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Victor Salas, who developed this performance to pay tribute to trova, to Yucatan’s own unique style of choreography, and to the language that characterizes it. Look for special performances by other well known voices and talents in Merida. In other words, expect a most beautiful performance of romantic dance and music as your entertainment for the evening.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 at Calle 57disney dance in merida yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance for Children: Fantasia Disney

The Children’s Ballet of Yucatan presents a Disney-flavored dance recital. Come out and relive your fantasies!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 at Calle 59
Time: Sunday, 1 PM and 5 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, tickets in the box office

Yucatan Living Documentary: Dino Planet: La vida de Alpha
The Life of Alpha is about the life of a little Saltasaurus who begins life by hatching a day earlier than her siblings.
Location: Museum of Natural History
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe Movie: Aguirre, La Ira de Dios (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)
Werner Herzog’s 1977 movie about the Spanish expedition up the Amazon River by Don Aguirre, a ruthless man that cares only about riches. Set in the 16th century, it is a classic journey into the heart of darkness.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living May 13: Orquestra de Camara
We have several wonderful chamber orchestras in Merida and each provide entertainment that is unmatched anywhere. This one was not identified in the advance publicity, but we believe it is to be the Chamber Orchestra of Yucatan. If we find out differently, we will make the necessary changes next week.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Starting June 11: Carmen
Friend of Merida Carla Dirlikov will be starring in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmen. This is sure to be a stunning event that will be repeated for only six performances. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Teatro Peon Contreras… get yours if you want to be sure to see this! For the entire Symphony schedule, check here.

Yucatan Living June 12 & 13 – Maya Sacred Fire of the New Moon Ceremony in Izamal

Don Bartolome is a Maya priest, healer, and teacher from Yucatán. On June 13, beginning at 6:00 AM, Don Bartolome will be performing the Sacred Fire of the New Moon Ceremony in Izamal.  The rest of the weekend program includes a conference and music concert at Hotel Macanche, where we will be spending the night, a pilgrimage with Don Bartoleme to the Izamal pyramids and convent and a conference with Don Bartoleme.
Location: Izamal, Yucatan
Date: June 12, 1 PM to June 13, 5 PM
Admission: $825 pesos per person, double occupancy. $1150 pesos per person for single room.
Includes the night at Hotel Macanche, American breakfast at Hotel Macanche, the $500 peso donation to Don Bartoleme, and all the ceremonies and activities.
Register: Contact Trudy Woodcock at trudy [at] iluminado-tours [dot] com or call 924-3176 in Merida.

Yucatan Living Second Annual Solar Day (worldwide)Solar Day

June 19 is SolarDay 2010, a national and international day of recognition for Solar Energy, Sustainability and Energy Independence. The first SolarDay in the U.S. was held in 2009.
For more information, visit Solar Day’s Website.

Yucatan Living 4th of July BBQ
Sponsored by MELL, IWC, and the Merida Men’s Club.
Mark your calendars! This will be the last of the big events at MELL until the Snowbirds come home to Yucatan again! We’ll keep you posted about time and location as new information comes in.

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan
This is a 6 month long festival that begins on April 8th and travels from Jalisco to Merida and on to Colombia and Venezuela before its final performances in Merida in October. If you would like to travel outside of Mexico to hear some of these performances, visit the MySpace page of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan for a complete listing of the international dates. In case there is anyone who doesn’t believe that a voice is the equivalent of a musical instrument or that a choir is the equivalent of an orchestra, we invite you to listen to samples of the work of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan on their MySpace page. We especially liked “A una dama que iba cubierta” and “La Conchinita Pibil.”
Performance dates in Merida include:
May 29 & 30, 2010: Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba)
July 10 & 11, 2010: Concert under the direction of maestro Jose Antonio Rincon (Colombia)
October 9 & 13, 2010: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan.

Yucatan Living November 21, 2010Taste of Playa
This is a huge annual event where over 40 restaurants are highlighted in a one day event. It was a great success last year, so be sure and put it on your list for Fall travel “must see and do.” 
Time: 2 PM to 9 PM
More: Check the details on the Taste of Playa website.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

 

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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Garage Sale”

  1. Geez, all these events are enough to make one’s head spin.

  2. Brenda – You wouldn’t believe what trying to write this column is like! Thursday night in Merida is especially difficult because every single thing put on by the State and the Municipality is a “must see” event… every single one! I agonize over what to attend and just hope there is another performance of whatever I am forced to miss.

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