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Merida Events: LOTS of Music this week!

This Week… starting April 19, 2010

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Events in the following municipalities this week are related to honoring their patron saints. Look for religious processions and church services, along with good food and cultural events, rather than a “county fair” atmosphere. If you are a visitor or potential new resident, these are the events you want to attend in order to answer the ever-present question “Yes – but what is life really like in most of the State of Yucatan?” We think you will be as surprised as we were!

Yucatan Living Yaxcaba Fiesta  Last Weekend in AprilApril 24 & 25
This is the annual fiesta in honor of Santa Cruz. Yaxcaba is located 90 km southeast of Merida, just this side of Sotuta. For anyone looking for the "land of the Mayans" – you just found it. This is a great agricultural area and well worth visiting. Here is a Maplandia map of the area that shows how easy it is to get to Yaxcaba. If you are a history and archaeology buff, this is the trip for you!

Yucatan LivingTeya Fiesta   7 Day EventLast Week in April (Begins on April 25th this year)
This fiesta is in honor of San Bernabe, patron saint of the people. This is a tiny municipality that is near, but not on the center of the coast of Yucatan. It is bordered on the north by Cansahcab, which is just south of Yobain and Sinache. For anyone who wants to live near the beach, but avoid the constant sand, places like Teya are well worth checking out. Maplandia has an excellent map of the area!

 

In the City of Merida

Monday (Lunes) April 19, 2010

Yucatan LivingConcert: Rondalla Yucateca, with Pepe Dominguez Saldivar Union de Trovadores
This is going to be a wonderful beginning to a week of excellent performances in every theater in Merida. Listen as Rondalla Yucateca sings Peregrina.
Location:Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: Monday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingCairo Cinema Cafe: Democratic Monday
Monday night films are chosen by audience vote.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Monday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) April 20, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: La Cena (Dinner)
(1998 Italy) An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in — large and small, young and old, regulars and tourists, married and single  — to dine, converse, argue, celebrate, make confessions; to overhear other people’s discussions, to interrupt them, to sing, listen to music, and enjoy life.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Tuesday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Trio Romance
This performance is under the direction of Daniel Ayuso. While there are several videos of the smooth, romantic sounds of Trio Romance on YouTube, take a look at this for just plain skill and talent. We can’t imagine missing a chance to see this very young trio in action.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Our Poems and Songs of the Revolution
This is a performance by Yucatan’s beloved Ramon Triay. There’s no one else who can bring a smile to the heart of an audience like Ramon Triay. Watch him as he sings Fly Me To The Moon and you’ll know exactly what we mean. We are willing to bet that you too cannot watch that video without smiling.
Location:Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: Tuesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Mexico and Manuel M. Ponce
Performing tonight will be guitarist Rodrigo Argaez, along with string quartet Cuarteto Vivace. These astonishingly talented musicians prove that the future of musical expression belongs to the young and they are more than worthy of the challenge. Through YouTube, you can preview the amazing talent of young Rodrigo Argaez and the exceptionally talented Cuarteto Vivace.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x Calle 59 y 57
Time: Tuesday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert and Dance: Asi el mi Tierra (So is My Land)
This is going to be one of the best events of the week. Come to see the Orfeon Choir, under the direction of Victor Manuel Rubio, and the Dance Group from Primary Escuela Modelo, under the direction of Deyanira Aguilar Pacheco.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Tuesday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 21, 2010

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Sergio EsquivelSergio Esquivel
The title of this performance is Songs of Yesterday and Today. It seems as if this week is getting better with each passing evening. Wouldn’t you love to watch Sergio Esquivel sing a ballad like this live? Señor Esquivel is a world-renowned ballad singer born right here in Ticul, Yucatan. He has won awards in Brazil, Jamaica, Chile and more. Tonight’s performance is under the artistic direction of Mtro. Pedro Carlos Herrera. More about Sergio Esquivel.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Orquesta de Guitarras
This group of artists study at UADY and we are so lucky to have one of the few classical guitar orchestras in the world. The orchestra interprets classical works on not one, but many, many classical guitars. Get downtown and take advantage of the opportunity to see this performance… we’ve heard lots of great comments from people that went to the previous events.
Location: Hall of the University Council (Salon del Consejo Universitario), Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Wednesday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Re-Evolucion
This is a concert by Felipe de la Cruz. Listen as Felipe de la Cruz sings “La Milpa.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
Time: Wednesday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Brothers Bloom at Cairo Cinema in Merida Yucatan

Thursday (Jueves) April 22, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: The Brothers Bloom
(2008 Romania) The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. Stars Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Robbie Coltrane, and Maximilian Schell.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: The Lady Vanishes
(1938  US) Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: The Twelve Chairs
(1970 US) Director: Mel Brooks. Starring: Ron Moody, Frank Langella and Dom DeLuise. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately to Moscow to find the hidden fortune and a wild chase to find the fortune is on. Classic, funny Mel Brooks.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 at Calle 62
Time: Thursday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: The Sounds of Mexico
This is a performance by Cuarteto Vivace. If you did not get a chance to hear them earlier in the week, try to make it to this performance. Click Here to preview the exceptionally talented Cuarteto Vivace.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 between Calle 59 x 57
Time: Thursday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Presentation of the CD: My Liberty
This is a presentation of the newest CD of Alina Campos, one of a number of Cuban musical artists who now make their homes in Merida. Preview the sounds of this new CD and don’t miss an opportunity to hear this young lady sing in person.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Cuba and Yucatan Bring a Song
This is a performance by Trio Sentimiento. Hear Trio Sentimiento performing Cuban trova at Yucatan’s Museum of Song. They are exceptionally good performers to be as young as they are.
Location: Centro Cultural Juan Acereto
Time: Thursday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: The Rules of Attraction
(2002 US). Stars include: James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel, and Kate Bosworth, with Faye Dunaway and Swoosie Kurtz. The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 at Avenida Colon
Time: Thursday, 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) April 23, 2010

Yucatan LivingConcert: The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
This performance will present works of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others. It is under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featured performer will be violinist Shari Mason.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, corner of Calle 60 and Calle 57
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $150, $100, and $80 pesos, with a 25% discount for INAPAM, children and students.

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: The Brothers Bloom
(2008 Romania) The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. Stars Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Robbie Coltrane, and Maximilian Schell.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Friday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: ManderlayManderlay movie showing in Merida Yucatan
(2005 Denmark). Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Lauren Bacall, Virgile Bramly, and Jeremy Davies. In 1933, after leaving Dogville, while traveling with her father and his gangsters to the south of USA, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave ready to be punished in a property called Manderlay. The slavery had been abolished seventy years ago, and Grace becomes revolted with the attitude of the owners of Manderlay, keeping slaves in their cotton fields and following predetermined despicable rules called "Mam’s Law". Grace decides to stay with some gangsters in Manderlay and give notions of democracy to the slaves and to the white family. When harvest time comes, Grace sees the social and economical reality of Manderlay.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: Friday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Trio Los Provincianos
This too is a performance by one of the young groups interpreting the new trova for a new generation. By the time they reach this level, they have shown themselves to be outstanding performers and will be the stars of the future in Yucatan and throughout Mexico and the world.
Location: Teatro Cesareo Chan Blanco in Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, Prolongacion Paseo de Montejo, across from Cordemex and Liverpool.
Time: Friday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sábado) April 24, 2010

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Reservoir Dogs
(1992 U.S.) Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. They were six strangers assembled to pull off the perfect crime but after what should have been a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. Stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, and Quentin Tarantino.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Saturday, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Night With The Beatles
They are a legend in any language. A Beatles cover group called The Wigs will be performing Beatles music here in Merida… don’t miss it!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Tel: 925-0298/99
Admission: Can’t tell from the poster… call for information

Yucatan Living Slow Food Market Moves to Saturdays
The beginning of the Slow Food Market was a rousing success! In order to serve the needs of those who work on weekdays, the market has been permanently moved to Saturdays.
Location: Calle 31 x 60, Chuburna de Hidalgo, catty-cornered to the Super Faraon (turn at the light across the street from the OXXO).
Time: Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free – but please consider becoming a member (and encourage others to do so as well)! Membership is only $100 pesos per year and directly supports keeping the market going, as well as providing assistance to sustainable and organic production in Yucatan. There is a membership sign-up table on the porch on market day.

Yucatan Living Concert: Rondalla de la Iberica
This is really a “must see” performance. Rondalla de la Iberica is a group of senior citizens, 95% of whom learned to play or sing in classes at Iberica. It took them two years to refine their performance and now they are in the mainstream entertainment world of Yucatan. Please try to make it to this performance and show your support for not only their hard work, but their exceptional talent as well.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and 59
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jewels of the Big Bands: Night Club Orchestra
Yucatan loves trova best, but the sound of a big band is a close runner up and tonight we will see a special performance by Night Club Orchestra. Turn your clock back a few generations and listen to the sounds of Night Club Orchestra.
Location: Parque de los Cantaritos, Calle 45 No.301 y 165 x 52 y 54, Francisco de Montejo Cantaritos
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rubi in Concert!
Rubi is a romantic soloist who is a long-time favorite in Merida. This will be an excellent performance, as always.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce, in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ruben Arjona
This is a name that we often hear in concert with other well known Yucateco entertainers. We think it is high time we had a taste of Ruben Arjona on his own and in full concert.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce, in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: The Aviator
(2004 US). Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, and more. A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: Saturday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Virya Yoga Center in Merida: Workshop in April
On April 24, the theme is ‘The philosophy behind the positions’. Please bring a mat with a towel and a cushion or bench.
Instructors: Donald Niedermayer and Paola Giovine
Location: Calle 20 no. 101 x 21 y 25, Itzimná
Time: Saturday, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Admission: $450 pesos, 10% discount if paid by April 19
Information: Visit the Virya Yoga Center Website to see May and June workshops.

 

Sunday (Domingo) April 25, 2010

Yucatan Living Theater and Music: Puppets and Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Yucatan
This theatrical puppet show, Music of Freedom, is under the direction of the quite famous Wilberth Herrera. The Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Yucatan Daniel Ayala Perez is under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
Location:Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Times: Sunday, 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
This performance will present works of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others. It is under the direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featured performer will be violinist Shari Mason.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Sunday, 12:00 PM
Admission: $150, $100, and $80 pesos, with a 25% discount for INAPAM, children and students.

Yucatan Living Concert: Free and Sovereign
Belen in Concert. This young lady is known for songs of liberty. Visit Belen on MySpace.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and 59
Time: Sunday, 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ruben Arjona

This is a name that we often hear in concert with other well known Yucateco entertainers. We think it is high time we had a taste of Ruben Arjona on his own and in full concert.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce, in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Time: Sunday, 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Travel to Latin America
This is a performance by Grupo Los Chaques. We are not familiar with their work, but hear that they are young and give an excellent performance.
Location:  Teatro Cesareo Chan Blanco in Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez, Prolongacion Paseo de Montejo, across from Cordemex and Liverpool.
Time: Sunday, 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe: Blindness
(2008 U.S.) A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Stars Danny Glover.
Location: Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17
Time: Sunday, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

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 The End of the Legendary Yucatones? Yucatones in Merida Yucatan
Hardly the end Yucafans, but it is your last chance to catch The LEGENDARY Yucatones for quite a while. Next Thursday, April 29th at 9 PM at El Hoyo will be the Tone’s last show until September, as the boys take the summer off from their grueling schedule. Dan will be in India having his chakras rotated and resurfaced, while Gary, after abusing the conditions of his parole, must perform three months of community service for various past transgressions. As has been their M.O. of late, the boys promise the second half of the show will be ALL BEATLES, while the first half will be more of their usual crap. No cover, great food and full bar. Be there or what?

Yucatan Living Box Azteca
Impacto Total! Boxing comes to Merida at the Inalambrica Stadium (on Jacinto Canek, west of downtown). Saturday, May 1 at 8 PM, Omar Chavez vs. Arelis Lopez, and Barretas Pinzon vs. El Indo, Jaime Barboza. We have no idea who these guys are, but if you want to catch a boxing match, apparently, there’s a big one coming here soon! There will be other boxers, too, in four explosive fights (so says the poster). For tickets, go to Asis Tu Vestir Centro and Juega Juega, two stores. Tickets start at $100 pesos up to VIP tickets at $500 pesos.

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.

 

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