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Merida Events – July 2 to July 8, 2007

Georgia Charuhas drawingGeorgia Charuhas Retrospective 40 years of Graphics and Drawings by Georgia Charuhas is coming to the MACAY this week. For any of our readers who know Georgia’s work, this is going to be an amazing display of Georgia’s art, from drawings made while she was still in Chicago, to lithography from earlier this year. Georgia is one of Merida’s artistic treasures. She has spent most of her creative years in Mexico, and the last thirty years in the Yucatan. Her paintings and drawings grace the walls of many homes here, and now everyone can see a collection of some of her most brilliant work. The opening will be this Friday at 8 pm upstairs in Salas 9, 10 and 11, where her show will hang for at least the next four weeks. Don’t miss it! And if you like her drawings, you’ll love her paintings, which you can see on her website.

Garden Club on Steroids!

Cruzada por el Medio Ambiente (which means Crusade for the Environment) is just beginning activities in Merida. The goal of Cruzada por el Medio Ambiente is ambitious: they want to gather 8,625 volunteers to contact every one of the 250,000 homes in Merida and provide them with information, education, and assistance in a city-wide effort to plant and care for trees and other vegetation.

They also want to form neighborhood associations (garden clubs), where people can meet and exchange gardening experiences and information. This is going to be a huge, grassroots effort designed to improve the environment, starting in Merida, but eventually spreading throughout the entire state. Plants, and trees especially, are of vital importance to quality of life in Yucatan (and the planet!), so this is a crusade we can totally support!

The contact person for this program is Fernando Ancona Baqueiro. His e-mail address is:
compartir_caridad@caritasdeyucatan.org.mx. The physical address is Calle 53 # 501 x 58 y 60, Centro. Telephone and fax numbers are: 924-1911, 924-4966, and 928-7449. We’re going to do a little research and find out more about it… we’ll let you know!

Watch the Weather!

Clouds over the yucatanYucatan Living has found two more excellent radar sites that will keep our readers informed about what is coming at us from all directions. This first map is a Large Map Overview. From here, you can watch storms cut across Central America, gain strength in the Pacific, and cut back across the neck of our peninsula. The second map is an excellent map of the Tropical Atlantic. From here, you can watch every storm roll off the west coast of Africa and monitor its progress through the Atlantic. This hurricane season is predicted to be an active one, so please add these two sites to your favorites list and check them often.

Límonada for a Hot Afternoon

Its awfully hot outside. So Yucatan Living thought you might need a little afternoon pick-me-up. How about a tall glass of ice cold límonada? If you would like a little something different, here’s a lemonade that adds both limes and oranges to the mix. Here in the Yucatan, you can substitute limones for those lemons and limes. We hope you enjoy it!

16 servings

You’ll need 6 lemons, 5 limes, 4 sweet oranges, 3 quarts water, 1 1/2-2 cups sugar

  • Squeeze the juice from lemons, limes and oranges. Reserving one lemon for garnish.
  • Pour into a gallon container.
  • Add water and sugar.
  • Mix well.
  • Chill.
  • Garnish with lemon slices.

BailadoraGallery en La’Kech

There is a beautiful little art gallery, in Merida, just waiting to provide you with a wonderful viewing experience. With an added plus, they are open to accepting the work of both new and established artists. This is a non-profit organization and looks as if it is going to be a wonderful addition to the cultural life of Merida. Do visit their website and go by to visit the gallery. The current show is just wonderful and samples are on their website. Location: Calle 60 #595A between 73 and 75.
Hours: variable. Knock on window or contact them at their website.

Disculpa La Molestia

Whenever you go somewhere in the Yucatan (or Mexico) where there’s some official construction going on, you will often see a sign saying Disculpa La Molestia. It means Forgive the Annoyance, basically. This week, we too beg your forgiveness. The Events column is late and it’s not at chock-full as it usually is. Last weekend, the new governor and mayor took over the reigns in Yucatan and Merida. And not just new officials, but a new party, the PRI (taking over from the PAN). This caused a lot of ruffled feathers and downed websites. Various calendars that we check were either not updated or taken off the web completely. We’re sure it will all be back to fairly normal in the next few weeks.

Monday (Lunes) July 2, 2007

Elizabeth MezaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Elizabeth Meza in Concert

Soul and Blues – this gold record singer from Veracruz is a pure delight. Check out her website even if you missed her concert.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Check at the box office

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Exhibition of a multidiciplinary collection: “Between Sky and Earth”

Opens tonite and will be open until the 14th of July

Location: Center of Visual Arts on Calle 60 across from Parque Santa Ana

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Scene Practice for Classic Theater:
Las Paredes Oyen (The Walls Hear)


This is yet another performance by one of the classes from Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan (ESAY). These students are working toward a degree in Theater and have just finished their 6th semester. Come out and watch these young people work their craft. Pick your favorite and follow his or her work. You just may find yourself in on the beginning of the careers of any number of great stars of tomorrow!

Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab (Calle 63 entrance between 64 and 66, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Bienal de Arte Nuevo Interactiva 07

The multimedia exposition will continue to remain open through July 15. Participating artists hail from around the world and their work ranges from video to performance art… the art of the future! For more information about the participants and their offerings, check their website.

Location: The Galería of Teatro José Peón Contreras, Trinidad Galeria’s Manolo Rivera Gallery and the gallery at UADY

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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 brings you Merida Events 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 spectacular ballet, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.

Location: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)

Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) July 3, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Divine Creature

The Erotic Film Festival continues with Divine Creature (Italy, 1975), directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. The film stars Laura Antonelli, Marcello Mastroianni and Terence Stamp. In this story, Duke Dany of Bagnasco, young and brilliant leader of high society in Rome, during the 1920s, falls in love with a beautiful young girl of inferior social class. Soon, he finds out that the girl is a prostitute. He confronts her in the house of “appointments.” Complete with spectacular reconstruction of the era, and excellent interpretation, this film soon gained notoriety, which probably had a good deal to do with the nude scenes of Laura Antonelli. Duration: 115 min. On the 3rd and 4th of July, the short film, before the movie, will be "Registries of Videoperformance" by Débora Carnevali (Prize of the Jury).

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Tuesday of Trova

Maru Boeta: Remembering Luis Felipe Castillo

Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 8:30 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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 are available. 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 (Miercoles) July 4, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Divine Creature

Divine Creature (Italy, 1975), directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. (see Tuesday for description)

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Happy Fourth of July, USA
Usually a day of fireworks and celebration for gringos in the States , we usually celebrate this day when we’re in the Yucatan by doing nothing in particular. We hear there is sometimes a picnic in Progreso. If we find out more, we’ll let you know!

Thursday (Jueves) July 5, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsScene Practice for Classic Theater: “Entre Pan…Carta y Panal…Ganas

The title makes fun of the political scene. Literally, Pan Carta is the name for the large political posters. Panal is the name of a political party. Ganas is "wins". We’re not sure what it means all put together… maybe you have to see the play to get it.

Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab (Calle 63 entrance between 64 and 66, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Classic Cinema Double Feature

Location: Video Sala at the Olimpo

Admission: Free

The Lady Without CameliasAt 6 PM: The Lady without Camelias

Cast: Lucia Bosé (Clara Manni), Gino Cervi (Ercole), Andrea Checchi (Gianni Franchi), Ivan Desny (Nardo Rusconi), Monica Clay (Simonetta), Alain Cuny (Lodi), Anna Carena (Clara’s mother), Enrico Glori (Director), Xenia Valderi (Anna Conti) In Italian, and in B&W. Here’s the story: Clara Manni leaves her parents’ drapers shop in Milan and becomes a film star overnight, thanks to a small role in a film. Her producer, Gianni, is in love with her and quickly derails a promising career. He traps her into marriage and forbids her to appear in another film unless it is worthy of her talents. Gianni finally finds her such a role – as Joan of Arc in his next big budget picture. The film is a disaster and Gianni is ruined. Clara leaves him and goes off with a young diplomat, Nardo, who has come to love her through her films. With Nardo’s Little Caesarencouragement, Clara restarts her acting career, the hard way.

At 8:00 PM: Little Caesar

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Edward G. Robinson, and Glenda Farrell

A gangster movie that has made it to the Smithsonian. This is a more than just a classic. It defined an entire era of movie-going history in the U.S. Never miss a chance to see this one again and again

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsErotic Film Festival Continues with "Melissa P."(Italy-Spain, 2005)

Director: Luca Guadagnino. With: Maria Valverde (Melissa), Fabrizia Sacchi. The story is about Melissa, a 16 year old Sicilian girl, sweet, vulnerable innocent and, on the verge of discovering herself. Like most adolescents, she feels totally remote from her parents. Her father is always traveling and her mother is too absorbed with her own world to notice her daughter’s anguish as she becomes a woman. Then, Melissa discovers sex. For the purpose of discovering the mystery of her own rising sexual nature, she decides to be educated completely. Duration: 108 min. On the 5th and 6th of July, the short film before the movie will be “Three Colors” by Débora Carnevali and Omar Góngora. On the 7th and 8th of July, the short film before the movie will be “White City” by Andrés Palomo Gasca (Prize of the Jury). See more on the IMDB website.

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events“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 brings you Merida Events 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.

Location: Parque Santa Lucía, Calle 60 and 55, Downtown.

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission is Free.

Friday (Viernes) July 6, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 40 Year Retrospective: Georgia Charuhas

Tonight is the opening of this show (see top of this page). If you want to meet the artist, this would be the time to come see it.

Location: MACAY Museum next to the main Cathedral


Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Merida’s Musical Magazine:
Tribute to the Chamber League


Location: Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $50 General Admission; $40 INAPAM

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsScene Practice for Classic Theater: “Entre Pan…Carta y Panal…Ganas”

(See description on Thursday)

Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab (Calle 63 entrance between 64 and 66, Centro)

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsErotic Film Festival Continues: "Melissa P."

(Italy-Spain, 2005) Director: Luca Guadagnino. With: Maria Valverde (Melissa), Fabrizia Sacchi. The short film before the movie will be “Three Colors” by Débora Carnevali and Omar Góngora. (See Thursday’s description or the IMDB description)

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsExpat Cocktail Party – Gathering of the International Community of Merida

Everyone is invited to this bi-monthly get-together. Come and meet new friends in a friendly atmosphere. Happy hour is from 6-9 PM and snacks are provided. Sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency.

Location: Fiesta Americana, La Hach Bar

Time: 7-10 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsNoches 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… who doesn’t enjoy a little romance on a warm summer night?

Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Saturday (Sábado) July 7, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsBig Band Blowout

Finishing up the 3rd season of Jazz here in Merida, the Big Band under the direction of Alberto Palomo will be in concert tonite at 9 pm.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theatre

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events2001 – A Space Odyssey

Starring: Kier Dullea and Gary Lockwood, directed by Stanley Kubrick
2001 is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution. From the dawn-of-man discovery of crude but deadly tools in the film’s opening sequence to the journey of the spaceship Discovery and metaphysical birth of the "star child" at film’s end, Kubrick’s vision is meticulous and precise. The notorious, seemingly omniscient computer HAL 9000 has more warmth and personality than the human astronauts it supposedly is serving. It’s a classic!

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsErotic Film Festival: "Melissa P."

(Italy-Spain, 2005) Director: Luca Guadagnino. With: Maria Valverde (Melissa), Fabrizia Sacchi. On the 7th and 8th of July, the short film before the movie will be “White City” by Andrés Palomo Gasca (Prize of the Jury). (see Thursday’s description)

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsNoche 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

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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: Centro

Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) July 8, 2007

Angel Heart FilmYucatan Living brings you Merida Events International Cinema: Angel Heart

Angel Heart (United States – 1987, but not released until 2004)

This is a horror story starring Robert DeNiro, Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling.
Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. It has its own Wikipedia page and though it was not popular at the box office, it’s become sort of a cult film.

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

For: Adults Only

Time: 5:00 PM

Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsErotic Film Festival: "Melissa P." (Italy-Spain, 2005)

Director: Luca Guadagnino. With: Maria Valverde (Melissa), Fabrizia Sacchi. On the 7 th and 8 th of July, the short film before the movie will be “White City” by Andrés Palomo Gasca (Prize of the Jury). (see Thursday’s description).

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Mérida en Domingo

If you are a “people watcher,” this is the place for you! Sunday downtown is a Spectacular Tradition in Mérida. 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. This is the 1st Sunday of the month, so don’t miss the late afternoon street dance in front of the Ayuntamiento!

Location: Centro, Plaza Grande

Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 3rd Muestra Académica de Danza

(See Friday’s description)

Location: Teatro Mérida

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 for students, teachers, INAPAM, & ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Divine Creature

(See Saturday’s description)

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 ($15 students, INAPAM & ISSTEY)



Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Bici-Ruta


Bici-Ruta in Merida The Bici-Ruta is part of an ambitious national plan to get folks up and out on the weekends. We guess Mexico didn’t know about Merida en Domingo. However, we do admit that, even without bikes, the walking and looking along the Bici-Ruta does do us a bit of good. There are 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. We still want to hear from some of you chess players who can make it to the corner of Science and Intelligence (Paseo Montejo x 43) at 9:00 AM, during the Bici-Ruta on Sunday.

Looking for something fun to do on your computer? Try this website full of crossword puzzles.

Nos vemos next week!

 


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6 Responses to “Merida Events – July 2 to July 8, 2007”

  1. From what we hear, gringos are meeting at Buddy’s on the Malec√≥n in Progreso July 4 at “about dinner time.” So far, no set time – but the management is aware that the gringos are coming and has promised something special for the event. So – wander on over in the direction of Progreso “about dinner time” and enjoy good company, good food, and a good time at Buddy’s.

  2. just in case anyone is still looking for a 4th of July gringo meet-up time: it starts around 5:30-ish at Buddy’s – then, later tonight, on to the new Gringo’s in Chelem. Looks like this party is going to go on well into the night. Have fun!

  3. Hola Amigos W.G.
    From my home in O.C. to you in the heart of “mi Yucatan”…Happy 4th of July, we will be celebrating with hot dogs and
    T-Bone steaks..we are coming soon the first week of August

  4. Again guys, thank you for keeping me updated with the happenings in my “Lindo Yucatan”. We celebrated the 4th of July, with picnics and a 4th of JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, honoring our famous American cowboys. Working Grigos, keep up the good work!

  5. It would be helpful if you would include the website addresses in the articles (Georgia, the gallery, the weather,etc.)which refer to them. It would be an easy link to the information.
    How about the Leone’s website and/or include their games in the schedule of events for the week.

    Thanks.

  6. Hola, Martha. Perhaps we have been hiding our links too well. Whenever you see text in the article that is a brownish color, that is a link. For instance, on the paragraph on the weather, there are two links: one for “Large Map Overview” and one for “map of the Tropical Atlantic”. If you click on those words, you’ll go to another website.

    In fact, we try to link to a lot of different places, in our articles. Often, if you click on a photo, it too is linked somewhere.

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