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This Week in Merida – April 30 to May 6

Learn to Speak Mayan Online

Have a little extra time on your hands? Want to think up a really good name for your house or your boat? – or even for your newly rescued Yucateco dog or cat? Want to be able to actually hold a conversation with your Mayan friends, neighbors, or coworkers? Sometimes, Spanish just doesn’t fill the bill and you have no clue where, or how, to learn enough Mayan to do any of the above.

Now, you can take a complete online course in the Mayan language that is spoken in Yucatan. The course includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons, plus audio support and is FREE to the public. UADY, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, presents Curso de Maya Yucateco. We hope you enjoy it as much as we are. Now, co’ox!

The 12th National Congress of Criminology

Congratulations to UADY’s Department of Criminology on having been chosen to host the 12th National Congress of Criminology, May 2nd through 5th. This event will take place at Fiesta Americana and is testament to the national and international prestige of both UADY and the Department of Criminology. The convention is dedicated to the memory of Don Ernesto Abreu Gomez, who was an outstanding criminologist, teacher, citizen, and political icon in the State of Yucatan. This favorite son of Merida passed away just last year. We extend Yucatan Living’s best wishes for a successful week to the Department of Criminology and to all who attend the 12th National Congress of Criminology.

Vote for Chichén Itzá! Time is running out!

Voting for the Seven New Wonders of the Modern World ends Friday, May 4, at 7:00 PM, our time. Please support Chichén Itzá by voting, this week, at: http://www.new7wonders.com/

Note: Some of the events this week are listed as TBA (to be announced), and I do not yet have information concerning the schedule for the Olimpo. The calendars are in the process of changing over from April to May, so it may be a day or two before I can get all of the information about some of these events to you. Please be patient and check back often.

April 30 Monday

VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet – Members of the Jaranera Orchestra perform for this event, which includes music, dancing and costumes.

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

Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Conversations with Friends (Conversaciones con Amigos). 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.

May 1 Tuesday

Remembrance Musicals – LIve Big Band Music outdoors in the park. Dancing is encouraged! If you don’t want to dance, just come and listen and watch the others.

Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59

Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM

Admission: free

May 2 Wednesday

The Theater: Regional Plays are performed by local actors.

Location: various parks and colonias in the City of Merida. Check Calendar for location.

Time: Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Admission: free

Echale un ojo a la danza (Keep An Eye on the Dance… literally, Throw An Eye At the Dance!)

Training Program of the Scholars in Classic Dance of the ESAY, Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan.
This is a recital and these scholars in classical dance are well worth coming to see! You can check their website http://www.esay.edu.mx/

Location: TBA

Time: TBA

Admission: TBA

Jamaica Inn

(England, 1939)

The Last Movie of the Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective

Tonight (Wed. May 2) and Tomorrow night (Thur. May 3)

With: Charles Laughton (Sir. Humphrey Pengallan), Leslie Banks (Joss Merlyn) and Maureen ÓHara (Mary Yelland)

Synopsis: The action takes place at the end of the 18th century. A young, Irish, orphan girl, Mary Yelland, wants to visit her Aunt Patience, who is married to Joss Merlyn, proprietor of Jamaica Inn. During the trip, Mary meets a Justice of the Peace, Sir Humphrey Pengaltan, who feels strongly attracted to her. Once in Jamaica Inn, Mary realizes, little by little, that the inn is sheltering one of the smugglers and that the go-between is Joss Merlyn. This revelation puts Mary in enormous danger and causes both treason and death to arrive at "Jamaica Inn". Duration: 100 min.

Location: Teatro Mérida, Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 general admission, $15 students, INAPAM and ISSTEY

Tribute to the poet and composer Manuel Montes De Oca

Ricardo Palmerin Artistic Society

Under the Direction of Prof. Luis Pérez Sabido

Location: "Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado" Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

May 3 Thursday

Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan

Second Anniversary Concert

Location: TBA

Time: TBA

Admission: TBA

Classic Thursday -
A voice and piano recital featuring Mía Monforte y Alberto Álvarez

Location: "Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado" Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

“To Remember is to Live” – Live music under the trees in one of Merida’s oldest parks.

Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes

When: 4:00 PM

Admission: free

Yucatecan Serenade – Live performers, often including trova singers, on stage in the park.

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

When: 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Jamaica Inn

(England, 1939)

The Last Movie of the Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective

Synopsis above (on Wed. night performance)

Location: Teatro Mérida: Cineteca Nacional

Time: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: $30 general admission, $15 students, INAPAM and ISSTEY

May 4 Friday

Documentary Cinema: The Last Days (United States, 1998)

Directed by James Moll, Produced by Stephen Spielberg.

The movie is about five Hungarian Jews who share their most painful memories. These Holocaust Survivors are Renee Firestone, Irene Zisblatt, Bill Basch, Alice Lok Cahana and Tom Lantos.

Commentary by Lic. Mario Helguera Bolio

Location: Videosala. In the Olimpo

For: Adolescents and Adults

Times: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Tiempo de Tango (Time of the Tango) by the Centro de Expresión “Liberdanza”

Under the Direction of Raúl Ramos

Location: "Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado" Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: General: $60 MN

Baila Mérida (Merida Dances)

Location: Various Parks and Colonias around the city, check Calendar for location.

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: free

Noches Románticas en La Ermita (Romantic Nights in the Hermitage)

Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel

Time: 1st and 3rd Fridays at 9:00 PM

Admission: free

The Party Formerly Known as NAFTA

Always held on the first Friday of the month. Odd numbered months meet outside the Library, even numbered months at the Library.

Location: Do NOT meet at La Hach” bar in the Fiesta Americana Hotel.

We will post the place as soon as we find out.

Time: 7:30 PM

Need more information? Call M.E.L.: 924-8401

Check here for You’ve Got MEL Newsletter: http://www.meridaenglishlibrary.com/resources.htm

Circo, Maroma y Teatro….Contra el hastío matrimonial

(Circus, Rope and Theater… Against the Weariness of Matrimony)

Directed by Álvaro Carcaño

Synopsis: Silvia Káter and Alvaro Carcaño give life to a couple who has been married for several years. They are now looking for a way to continue a sex life that has become routine. This is an humorous glimpse into the anguish, the cruelty and the impossibility of communication between these two. I have seen pictures of this production and it really looks as if it is going to be great!

Location: Daniel Ayala Perez Theater

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: TBA

Inauguration! Paintings by Ralf Walter in the Gallery of the Jose Peon Contreras Theater (downstairs).
The exhibit will be open every Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 9 PM, every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Dates: Now until June 3
Admission:Free

May 5 Saturday

8th Offering of the International Avant Garde Festival, Trickster Theatre (a cross between myth and fable):
Rhapsody for Giants

Under the direction of Cristina Galbiati

This is theater for open spaces. The piece lasts 50 minutes and has no words.

Two giants, from the past, dance back through the pages of time to find forgiveness, understanding, and love.
Comment: This performance should be a very nice change of pace, since it is different from anything we have seen recently. Also, since it is a silent performance, a good understanding of Spanish is NOT required!

Location: The Patio of the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: General: $50 MN

Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)

Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49, at

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: free

En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida) – live music from jazz to salsa to whatever 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.

Location: Centro

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

Admission: free

Circo, Maroma y Teatro….Contra el hastío matrimonial

(Circus, Rope and Theater… Against the Weariness of Matrimony)

Directed by Álvaro Carcaño

Synopsis: (See Friday Night’s description)

Location: Daniel Ayala Perez Theater

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: TBA

May 6 Sunday

7th Mexican Short Film Festival
with special guests, the administrators of ICY, Institut de Cultura de Yucatan. This is a program of Short Films called More than a Moment that is being presented by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography. There will be a different Program every night!
Location: Teatro Mérida: Cineteca Nacional
When: From the 6th to the 13th of May, 2007
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Documentary Video:
The Ultimate Guide to Whales

Learn their past, discover their successes and failures, and marvel at the size and speed of these enormous living creatures.

Location: Museum of Natural History

Calle 59 No. 648 between 84 y 84 A , just north of Parque Zoológico de "El Centenario (The Zoo)

For: The entire family

Time: 12:00 PM

Admission: Free

Between Pigs and Gorillas
Theater Group: Bird of Dreams

Under the Direction of René Avila

The family sees itself through the eyes and imagination of their children. This work is based on two stories by Anthony Browne.

Location: "Dr Silvio Zavala Vallado" Auditorium in the Olimpo

For: The entire family

Time: 1:00 PM

Admission: $30 MN

8th Offering of the International Avant Garde Festival, Trickster Theatre (a cross between myth and fable): Rhapsody for Giants (see description on Saturday)

Location: The Patio of the Olimpo

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: General: $50 MN

Matinees Infantiles (Children’s Matinees)

Location: Teatro Merida

National Cineteca: Charlotte’s Web

Sala de Arte: Avatar, the Legend of Aang, Libro 1: Water. Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4

Why do I get the feeling that every small child on the planet knows just what that movie is about – and you and I probably never will? They have a whole subculture about these avatars, and are even selling the action figures in online auctions!

Admission: Free but space is limited.

When: 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM

“Rinconete y Cortadillo”

A theater version, by José Ramón Enríquez, of a novella written by Miguel de Cervantes. Rinconete and Cortadillo are children of the streets, just trying to survive in an unjust world.

Director: Francisco Marín

Location: Central Patio of Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 between 64 and 66 next to the Templo de Monjas (Nun’s temple).

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Mérida en Domingo

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, tshirts… everything made by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream, fruit, drinks, etc.

Location: Centro, Plaza Grande

Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Don’t forget the Bici-Ruta (Click on Programa de Actividades). There’s something for everyone on bikes in Merida on Sunday! Don’t have a bike? Go anyway and walk. The Paseo Montejo has a lovely outdoor sculpture exhibit.

See you next week!


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2 Responses to “This Week in Merida – April 30 to May 6”

  1. Thank you for the great and informative weekly ‘to do’s’ in town-what a bonus addition to the already great web site! In case I am not seeing the information, or if it is indeed missing, would you please add the information if performances are in spanish or like the Hitchcock movies-in english with spanish subtitles?

  2. great idea… we will do our best. we don’t always KNOW, of course, but when we do, we’ll make a note of it.

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