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Merida Events: May Day & Children’s Day




Cinco de Mayo

This Wednesday is the official Children’s Day, which is not an official holiday and everything should still be open. International Worker’s Day is May 1 and it is a big day in Mexico. All schools, banks, government offices and many stores will be closed. Actually, school is closed all week!

The three event notices just below have not, as yet, listed performance dates. Sometimes, these announcements come just days before the events take place. We also roll over into a new month this week, so it will be mid-week before state and city announcements reach us. We will make dates and times available as soon as we know them, so please check back often for updates.

May 1 – June 1: Music Festival of May: A Tribute to Luis Demetrio Este
Concerts will be held throughout the state and will include Rock, Jazz, Sacred, and Alternative Music. While you might think you do not know this award winning Yucateco songwriter, think again. His work was a favorite of Eydie Gorme, Billy Vaughn, and Dean Martin. Demetrio began his musical career playing the harmonica at the age of 3 and was a nationally recognized composer at the age of 12. After that, there were 50 years of songs and international awards. This festival should give us some wonderful memories of this most talented favorite son of Merida and Estado de Yucatan.

May 1 – May 5: 14th Seminario Latinoamericano de Educacion Musical (LatinAmerican Seminary of Music Education)
This conference is about the integration of Latin American music into musical education, with the citizens and visitors of Yucatan as the beneficiaries of several wonderful performances. In addition to workshops and conferences, there will also be free concerts from the 1st through the 5th of May in cultural theaters and centers throughout the state.

May: XIV International Festival of Avant Garde Contemporary Dance
This festival is designed for the creation and presentation of the many styles and expressions of contemporary dance both in Mexico and throughout the world. Performances will take place throughout the month of May.

Monday (Lunes) April 28, 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 Living Live Trova at Restaurante Amaro
This restaurant serves food for everyone, including vegetarians. Enjoy live trova performances all week long. Best of all – great food and no cover charge! Tonite, Luis Caballero sings.
Location: Calle 59 x 60 and 62La Decada Rock and Roll band in Yucatan
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Son, Bolero and Rock and Roll
What is it? We’re not sure! But it must be big, because it’s at the Peon Contreras. And it must be fun, judging by the poster. Are you up for an adventure?
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9 PM
Admission: $70 and $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Vaqueria 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 29, 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 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 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

Yucatan Living Live Trova at Restaurante Amaro

Tonite Luis Caballero serenades the diners at Restaurante Amaro. but you don’t have to eat to enjoy it. This restaurant serves food for everyone, including vegetarians. Enjoy live trova performances all week long.
Location: Calle 59 x 60 and 62
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trova Nova

Always a favorite, Trio Trova Nova can be expected to provide audiences with an excellent evening of
entertainment.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) April 30, 2008

Yucatan Living Children’s Day
Today is the actual Children’s Day, but if you live here, you’ve already been seeing activities put on by the city and state for entertaining the little ones. We expect they will go on all this week and throughout next weekend too.

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 Wednesday in Concert: Trio Sur (Jazz)
This trio is under the direction of Carlos Rodriguez, whose name is synonymous with Jazz in Yucatan. To give you a hint of what is in store for you tonight, the slogan on this band’s website is "It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!" Their schedule can be found here.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Trova at Restaurante Amaro
Tonite, Fito Haro brings live trova to the outdoor courtyard. This restaurant serves food for everyone, including vegetarians.
Location:Calle 59 between 60 and 62
Time: 9 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite, Jazzbe, a local trio with Jeff Kipperman and Arturo Guzman. Don’t miss it!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Thursday (Jueves) May 1, 2008

Yucatan Living Worker’s Day
The United States celebrates Labor Day. The rest of the world celebrates International Worker’s Day, or May Day. The celebration of this day, which is halfway between a solstice and an equinox, has been celebrated since ancient times with rituals such as Beltane in the Celtic world and Walpurgis Night in Germany. Now, as International Worker’s Day, the celebration originally commemorated the winning of the 8-hour day for workers in Chicago, but the United States gave up celebrating May 1 when the day was appropriated by the Soviet Union (or so they felt…). You can read more about it on Wikipedia and here. Mexico celebrates Workers Day mostly by not working. We just love this country!

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 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

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Performer TBA
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at 62
Time: 9:00 PM

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer CigarsPoker 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 Hugo Gutierrez and Romeo Rodriguez play together for the first time. They are both pianists and will play the best of their music together.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

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 Live Trova at Restaurante Amaro

Tonite Fito Haro serenades in the central courtyard. This restaurant serves food for everyone, including vegetarians. Enjoy live trova performances all week long.
Location:Calle 59 x 60 and 62
Time: 9 PM
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) May 2, 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 Denis Lafoy’s TGIF
This is the party sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency that is held in La Hach Bar in Fiesta Americana on even numbered first Friday nights. It is a time to see old friends and meet new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan. Don’t miss this!
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, at the corner of Calle 60 at Ave. Colón
Time: Happy Hour is 6-9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Live Trova at Restaurante Amaro

Tonite Angelica Balado and Melina Ruz bring their female energy and beautiful voices for your listening pleasure.
Location: Calle 59 x 60 and 62
Time: 10 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Segundo Siglo (Second Century)Second Century Movie
A comedy about a crew of Mexican filmmakers who make a pilgrimage through the Southern Highlands of Scotland, while carrying all their film equipment on their backs. Segundo Siglo includes an ironic touch with its own "making of" and reflections about the fleetingness of life, the sadness of death and the state of filmmaking as it moves into its second century. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Gala concert: Venezuela en si (Venezuela Itself)

This special concert is part of the Musical Festival of May. Anatoli Zatin and Vlada Vassileva (pianist) present a tour of percussion instruments and dance from Venezuela. Tickets are on sale at the theater.

Location:Jose Peón Contreras Theater, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8 PM

Admission: Unknown

Yucatan Living Musical Ensemble Bells from Barquisimiento
This ensemble consists of players from Barquisimento, Venezuela and has been performing since 2001. They will perform alongside young singer-songwriters Gina Osorno, Maria San Felipe, Andres Tinoco and Hugo Borges, accompanied by the traditional dancers from Casa de la Cultura del Mayab.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 between 64 and 66.
Time: 8:30 PM

Admission: Unknown

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music features Rene Monte Rosa, local jazz pianist that is developing quite a local following. He plays both standards and originals.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) May 3, 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
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 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 Contemporary Dance: Cecilia Colacrai
Dancer, choreographer and contemporary dance professor Cecilia Colacrai graduated from the Instituto Superior de Danza Isabel Taboga (Argentina). She teaches and dances in Spain. Now she is in Mexico has part of the Avant Garde Festival and presents her Dance-Theater show called Sola (Alone).
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 7 PM

Admission: Unknown

Yucatan Living Young Musicians from Artene

These musical children have represented Mexico in an endless number of congresses and artistic events outside of Mexico. They come from Artene Musical School in Mexico City. Tickets on sale at the box office.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8 PM

Admission: Unknown

Yucatan Living Recital: Horacio Franco

Horacio is one of the most successful Mexican classic musicians. Hhe plays old, folkloric, contemporary and popular music with a flute. Learn more about him on his website.
Location: Daniel Ayala Theater, Calle 60 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 9 PM

Admission: Unknown




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 Trova at Restaurante Amaro

Tonite Fito Haro sings again. This restaurant serves food for everyone, including vegetarians. Black Bull
Location: Calle 59 x 60 and 62
Time: 9 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Toro Negro (Black Bull)

Fernando Pacheco, aka El Suicida, is a young bullfighter who doesn’t fight in the great arenas of Mexico, but rather in the popular festivals of the small Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula. With unbelievable, and at times disturbing, closeness, documentary filmmakers González-Rubio and Carlos Armella follow Pacheco’s life in and out of the bullring. In Spanish.
Location: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite Toriya Mareya again graces the stage with her unique brand of Latin Jazz. Don’t miss the chance to see this world-renowned jazz musician who has chosen to spend a few months in Merida… lucky us!!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) May 4, 2008

Yucatan Living A Play Date for DogsDog Park in Merida
The popular play date for dogs is back! …but in a new location. 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, and we have some shade, but 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, that now has a sign…knock!)
Time: 7:30 AM
Admission: Free for now. We’re going to discuss a future dog park!

Yucatan Living Documentary: Title TBA
This week’s documentary is yet to be announced, but each film is always relevant and well worth attending.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just east of Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM
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

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Cecilia Colacrai
Dancer, choreographer and contemporary dance professor graduated from the Instituto Superior de Danza Isabel Taboga (Argentina). She teaches and dances in Spain. Now she is in Mexico has part of the Avant Garde Festival and presents her Dance-Theater show called Sola (Alone).
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 7 PM
Admission: Unknown

Yucatan LivingMusical Ensemble Bells from Barquisimiento
This ensemble consists of players from Barquisimento, Venezuela and has been performing since 2001. They will perform alongside young singer-songwriters Gina Osorno, Maria San Felipe, Andres Tinoco and Hugo Borges, accompanied by the traditional dancers from Casa de la Cultura del Mayab.

Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8 PM
Admission: Unknown

Coming Up Next Weekyucatones

They’re Baaaack! Just in case you didn’t get enough last time (and really, how could you?) The LEGENDARY Yucatones will be appearing again at Jazz In Merida, at 9PM on May 6th. Come celebrate Seis de Mayo with the boys (the traditional "get over the hangover" night from Cinco de Mayo… we just made that up, but we think it’s gonna’ be huge) as Cleetus X and Client #9 (Dan Prescher and Gary DeRose) reek havoc on the music you’ve always loved. The ‘Tones promise both old favorites and new material will be delivered fresh to your table (sorry, no anchovies) within thirty minutes, or your time will be cheerfully refunded. If you missed the last show, you won’t want to be left out this time, because when you think about it, how long can they keep getting away with this? As always, the band will happily ignore song requests. Children under six months of age will be admitted free, but due to the mature content, must be accompanied by an adult. Those of us who attended last time really had fun, and we think the music was good too. Come join the growing Yucatones fan club!

 


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4 Responses to “Merida Events: May Day & Children’s Day”

  1. A1!!!! The part about the Yukatones was outstanding!!! I can’t wait to hear them!!! I have heard wonderful things about them!!!! And they are as cute as the dickens!!

  2. Thanks, mom.

  3. Je suis française, à La Rochelle , et je suis déjà fan des Yucatones!!!
    Un jour je viendrai les écouter à “Jazz in Merida”…Promis!!!!
    Annie.

  4. Thanks for all the info — really helps to get a feel for the atmosphere before arriving for the Festival de Avant Garde!

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