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Merida Events – Week of May 21, 2007

Flamboyanes in bloomWow!

Before we even tell you about the events, we think one of the most important events this week is the bloomin’ trees! The flamboyanes are bursting with color and the lluvia de oro (rain of gold) are dripping with blossoms. Some of the most spectacular places to see them are along Avenida Itzaes and in the parks, where they are often planted alternately for the most dramatic effect. But you never know where you are going to find one… they are everywhere! Add to that the most suprising cleanup of the Centro that we’ve seen in a long time. Two days ago, posters for last Sunday’s election were hanging off of every possible light and telephone pole, falling off in the wind and generally making quite a mess. ( "Democracy is messy", right?) This morning, it seemed that the vast majority of those signs had disappeared overnight. Three cheers for the hombres with the orange garbage cans and their trusty escobas (brooms)!

Chemistry

Cross your fingers and think good thoughts for two of
our UADY Chemistry students. There are six spots open on the National Olympic Team to go to the International Olympic Competition in either Moscow or Rio de Janerio. We have 2 students, at UADY, who will compete, Monday (May 21st) and Wednesday (23rd) first against each other; then the winner will go on to compete for one of the six open slots on the National Olympic Team. We’ve got a good school here, folks. Its been around for a while now (since 1624) and it is turning out the cream of the crop. Congratulations, from Yucatan Living, to both students
for having come this far and all our best wishes for their futures!

So Much To Choose From

If you are looking for entertainment, this week is so packed with wonderful events that it is almost impossible to choose between them. For example, how does one choose between a Latin Jazz Concert, presenting the work of the most beloved of all the historical jazz figures; and seeing a presentation of the works of Orlando Jacinto García, with the composer actually there? Its impossible! Buena suerte (good luck)!

Monday May 21, 2007

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.

Folkloric Band of the YucatanTime: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Admission: small donation

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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

Tuesday May 22, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Attention Beatles Fans!Imagine a film with John Lennon

A Documentary: Imagine: John Lennon
(United States, 1988)

Directed by Andrew Solt, with appearances by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, Elliot Mintz, and others. It even has some of the Lennon home movies in it!
Commentary afterwards (in Spanish) by Lic. Mario Helguera Bolio and Gabriel Chacon

For: Adults and Adolescents

Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de Las Americas

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Tuesday of Trova: Los Romanticos

Third place winner in the Concurso de Trios organized by Camara Nacional de Comercio, Servicios, and Tourismo de Merida (CANACO – SERVYTUR).

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 – The Band of Memory is composed of members of the Jaranera Orchestra. They also play for “To Remember is to Live,” at the Zoo on Thursday. This means you have two chances, every single week, to dance to the Big Band sound produced by an orchestra that most people only see in concert! This dance has taken place every Tuesday since Valentine’s Day, 1984. It has a neighborhood flavor and is something worthy of supporting. Its Big Band sound leaves everyone with a good feeling that can’t be found anywhere else. 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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Chamber Music Concert by Cuarteo Genesis

Gocha Skhirtladze, violín, Tim Myall, violín, Suzanne Evans, viola, and Jonathan Hennessey-Brown, violoncello. Performing works by Schubert, Haydn, Revueltas, and Piazzola.
I have read the program for this performance and it is really going to be good! If you were forced to pick one performance to see for the week, this is it!

Location: Felipe Carrillo Puerto Theater, Calle 60 x 57 y 59

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Katrin’s Photography

The photography of Katrin Schikora, an accomplished ceramic artist, will continue to be on display until Sunday, May 27. You can see more of her work at her website.

Location: Centro de Artes Visuales,
Calle 60 # 411 between 45 and 47 (across from Parque Santa Ana)

Time: Tue. – Fri. 10 AM to 8 PM, Sat. & Sun. 10 AM to 7 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Illusiones Trotantes The Photography of Socorro Chablé
and Taller de Gráfica del Centro de Artes Visuales.

Wouldn’t you just love to see what the Graphics Studio/Workshop of the Centro de Artes Visuales is doing these days? These shows are both at the same place you will find Katrin’s Photography, so this trip will be a triple treat. All three showings go on through Sunday, May 27, 2007.

Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 # 411 between 45 and 47

Time: Tue. – Fri. 10 AM to 8 PM, Sat. & Sun. 10 AM to 7 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Ralf Walter, Paintings

This exhibition continues through June 3

Location: Gallery of Jose Peon Contreras Theater
(downstairs, to the left as you face the lobby stairs)

Time: Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM,
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Simultaneous Births

Records and Drawings of Miguel Ángel Reyes. This exhibition continues only through May 26, Saturday of this week.

Location: Galería del Callejón del Congreso, Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM,
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Wednesday May 23, 2007



Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Wednesday Theater

Regional Theater is brought to various parks and colonias in the City of Merida

Location: This week, it will be in Comisaria Tixcuytun (on the basketball field)

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission is free.

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Wednesday in Concert

Grupo Flores de Otoño.
12th Anniversary of the Founding of the Association "Flores de Otoño" under the direction of Rosa María Herrera Sosa.

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

For: Adults and children over the age of 6

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Miércoles del Peón Contreras (Wednesday at Peón Contreras)

Yucatan de fiesta en fiesta (In Celebration of Celebration)

Under the direction of Wilfrido Pool Ojeda and Performed by the Ballet Folklórico Lol-ixi’im (Flor de Maíz), an independent group of relatively young Yucatecan dancers who have shown outstanding talent at both the national and international levels. This is a celebration of what we might call “the good old days” and promises to be an outstanding performance.

Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: General: $50 (discounts for students, maestros, INAPAM and ISSTEY)

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Recital of Popular Guitar

Ricardo López Méndez, Alumnus of Centro Cultural

Directed by Ricardo Herrera Ojeda

Location: Teatro Mérida

Time: 5:00 PM

Admission: Free

Thursday May 24, 2007

High Noon with Gary CooperYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Classic Cinema:
High Noon (United States, 1952)

Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, plus Lon Chaney, Jr., Lloyd Bridges and Henry Morgan

In this 4 time Oscar winner about a retiring lawman about to leave town with his new bride. He seeks allies among the frightened townspeople when an outlaw he put in prison returns with his gang to take revenge.

Location: Videosala, at the Olimpo

For: Adolescents and Adults

Time: 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Classical Thursday:
The 10th Anniversary of Camerata Academica de Merida.

A special concerto under the direction of Merida’s own Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
This is a huge event that will include the Chorus of the City, under the direction of Nidia Gongora Cervera. There will be at least four special guests singing for this event

Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium, in The Olimpo.

For: Adults and children over the age of six

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events “To Remember is to Live” – Live music under the trees in one of Merida’s oldest parks. Don’t forget – it is members of the Jaranera Orchestra who make up the Band of Memory for this weekly event. How wonderful it is to see them in concert, but oh what fun to be able to actually dance to their music! Ok. So this dance was designed with us “old folks” in mind – but it gives everybody a chance to practice our mambo and our chachachá – and still get home at a reasonable hour! Do support this dance. It is a treasure that we often take for granted.

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 THE romantic serenade of the week, in Merida, and is always well attended. I recently saw a publicity picture of Santa Lucia Park, with no people in it. It was beautiful, but I can’t imagine such a thing! This is the place where you will find El Altar de la Trova and, sooner or later, everyone in all of Yucatan will make their way to Santa Lucia Park. This is not a dance. It 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 park and this serenade are the center of Merida’s romantic heart.

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

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission is free.

Friday May 25, 2007

Andy Warhol in SuperstarYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Documentary: Superstar (United States, 1990)

The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, staring Chuck Workman

Well – he was certainly unique, wasn’t he? There can be no doubt that there will never be another one like him. Promises to be a very interesting movie.

Commentary afterwards by Lic. Mario Helguera Bolio

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

For: Adolescents and Adults

Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Admission: Free

 

 

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatán

In their Seventh Season.
Always a special evening. This orchestra is becoming one of the most talented in the world, with an international group of talented musicians.
Tonight’s program is Poema Francés (French Poem).

Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: Friday: 9:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 PM

Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living brings you Merida EventsTiempo Muerto, Diverse Options of the Types of Installation

Teacher Carlos Blas Galindo presents an exhibition of the book: “Time of Death” at 7 PM and then Humberto Chavez Myol does his presentation at 8:00 PM. Very mysterious. Very modern. Very art.

Location: Galería Manolo Rivero, in the Trinidad Galeria Hotel at Calle 60 x 51

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Baila Mérida (Merida Dances). Every Friday night, you can dance to music in the park under the stars and the ancient trees. Does life get any better than that?

Location: Parque Santa Ana at
Calle 60 x 47 y 45

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Noches Románticas en La Ermita (Romantic Nights in the Hermitage)

Are there any other kind?
Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel

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

Admission: free

Saturday May 26, 2007

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatán,
Ciclo de Musicarte

Location: Poder Joven of INJUVY on Calle 66 #502 between 61 and 63

Time: 6:30 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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 it’s often standing room only. Booths selling food and handcrafts are set up in the park.

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

Time: 7:00 PM

Admission: free

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events 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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events III Ciclo de Jazz, JaTinLazz (Latin Jazz)

Directed by Mauricio Bonfiglio from Argentina.
Check out who’s playing: Alaberto Palomo, Romeo Rodríguez, Humberto Casanova, Bill Muntz, Alain Hernández, and a surprise guest! …and they’ll be playing music by Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Mauricio Bonfiglio, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane. It doesn’t get any better than this!!!

Location: Teatro Mérida

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: General: $30

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Concierto Sequenza Sur

Invited artist: Orlando Jacinto García

You can read Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s biography on his website . He was brought to the USA from Cuba as a child. He grew up to be one of the most important composers of his era. We are so fortunate to have Orlando Jacinto Garcia accept an invitation to lecture and present his work at the National Conservatory in Merida, which includes the presentation of his works by the Sequenza Sur ensemble.

Location: ESAY – Old Train Station of Mérida (Calle 55 entre 46 y 48).

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free to the General Public

Sunday May 27, 2007

If you’re having guests in town, and wondering what to do on Sunday, why not start with the Bici-Ruta and move on to Mérida en Domingo? If your guests aren’t the outdoors type, everyone can breakfast at leisure, then make it to the encore performance of French Poem, by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan at noon. After that, see a little of Mérida en Domingo and have dinner in one of the fine restaurants in Centro. Never think that Mérida en Domingo is all there is in Centro on Sunday. Merida always has something for everyone and you can plan a wonderful day for you and your guests, without having to even step foot in a car.

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. This is the 4th Sunday of the month, so don’t miss the street dancing in front of the Ayuntamiento!

Location: Centro, Plaza Grande

Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Don’t forget the Bici-Ruta (Here is the official website. Click on Programa de Actividades). The Bici-Ruta starts early, 8:00 AM, and finishes up at noon. There’s something for everyone on bikes in Merida on Sunday! Don’t have a bike? Go anyway and walk. Or rent one down at the Monumento de La Bandera (Monument of the Flag, on Paseo Montejo by McDonalds). The Paseo Montejo always has a lovely outdoor sculpture exhibit. When you’re done, go find a sidewalk café on Paseo Montejo and watch the people stroll by – or a sidewalk café on the Plaza Grande and watch the goings on at Mérida en Domingo. What a lovely way to spend a leisurely Sunday!

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatán

In their Seventh Season. Always a special evening. This orchestra is becoming one of the most talented in the world, with an international group of very talented musicians.

Tonight’s program is Poema Francés (French Poem).

Location: Teatro Jose Peón Contreras

Time: Friday: 9:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 PM

Admission: TBA

Judy Berlin with Edie FalcoYucatan Living brings you Merida Events Cinema International: Judy Berlin (United States, 1999)

Starring Edie Falco, Madeleine Kahn, Aaron Harnick and Bob Dishy.

Directed by Eric Mendelsohn (not rated, 90 minutes).
Twilight Zone genre. Takes place on Long Island during the longest solar eclipse in history. B&W

Location: Videosala at the Olimpo

For: Adolescents and Adults

Time: 5:00 PM

Admission: Free

 

 

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Rinconete y CortadilloRinconete 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

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Children’s Matineé

In the Cineteca Nacional: Pokemon 3: The Film

In the Sala de Arte: Avatar, the legend of Aang Libro 1: Water. Chapters 13, 14, 15, & 16. Is that book going on forever??? All of these shows are important to children – so, if you have a few favorite kids in your neighborhood, why not bring them on down?

Location: Teatro Mérida

Time: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Admission: Free

Speaking of things for children, one hardly knows where to even start on Sunday in Merida. There’s the Bici-Ruta and Merida en Domingo, of course – but – then there are weekends like this one, when there is a dizzying array of things to do, from seeing a documentary about snakes (at the Museum of Natural History at noon) to building electric lights (on the patio at the Olimpo at 3:00 PM). Or you could take the kids to see a version of theater they will just love. Take a look at what’s at 1:00 PM:

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Entre Cerdos y Gorilas (Between Pigs and Gorillas)

The Ave de Suenos Group Theater under the direction of Rene Avila

This is a play 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

Even if you don’t have your own children or grandchildren in Yucatan with you, try to make a special effort to see to it that your neighborhood children have the opportunity to experience some of the wonders of their own city. You will have a wonderful time (making memories we would all like to hear about), and you know their parents will appreciate the peace and quiet of a couple of hours without them! Only someone who lives here can fully appreciate the humor in the last part of the sentence before this one!

Coming up Next Week

Here are some things you might want to plan for!

Yucatan Living brings you Merida Events Wednesday at the Peón Contreras:
Pasiòn de Tango


This may be the last time this production will be presented, so don’t miss it this time!

Date: May 30, 2007

Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras

Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: Free

La Bella Mesa at Villas@MeridaYucatan Living brings you Merida Events La Bella Mesa

2nd International Chef Series with
Chef Paul Lindemuth.

This is going to be a lovely dinner. The theme is "A Taste of Morocco". The dinner will consist of four courses. Cocktails and Appetizers will be served in the courtyard. A 3 course meal will be served in the Dining Room. Finally, desert will be served in the Garden. This degree of elegance is extraordinary, even in a city with the grace and dignity of Merida.

Location: The Villa @ Merida, a lovely urban hacienda hotel located on Calle 59 by Calle 82.

Time:
May 30 and 31, at 7:00 PM

PreSaleTickets: $100 USD

Only 12 people can be accommodated at each meal.


Tickets may be purchased at The Villa @ Merida or by calling 928-8466.

$10 USD of each ticket will go to Brazos Abiertos, Inc. to support their worthy cause.

 


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7 Responses to “Merida Events – Week of May 21, 2007”

  1. [...] Merida Events – Week of May 21, 2007 For example, how does one choose between a Latin Jazz Concert, presenting the work of the most beloved of all the historical jazz figures; and seeing a presentation of the works of Orlando Jacinto García, with the composer actually … [...]

  2. it seems to me like a new merida is on now,maybe is that i never tried to look for events like these but everyitme i had the chance to attend one of them i enjoyed so much,if i was there today i would attend the serenatas is so relaxing,like make your day go away with the listening of the songs,i rememeber there was a duo(duet)next to a church that is situated across the street of burger king in el centro,between the peon contreras and the church there is a “pasaje” i used to go there sundays and listen to them while i or we drink a capuccino or coffe,i used to ask for a song called:NINA CAMBA,i like that song is not very popular but is a good song i really liked it the way these two guys sang it,and there is no charge is on your tip.this is one of the places where sometimes i take my mind back and enjoy it over and over again.

  3. New Museo de La Ciudad to open in June! WOW!
    Exact fecha unknown to me.
    My wife, Working Yucateca, Ariadna Caceres de Gallegos, long faithful and trusted employee is looking forward to the change.
    She does not know much details as of yet.
    Where is the Correos moved to? I don’t know?
    Ariadna has to walk some blocks now from the Chuburna 21 parada. Good exercise verdad?
    I hope the locals, new arrivals, and tourists will enjoy the nuevo Museo.

  4. Carlos, it looks like the museum is moving into the old Post Office and they are closing off Calle 56-A, where it intersects with Calle 65. That whole block is going to be a green area, connecting the buildings on the two sides of the street. I don’t see a separate page for the Museum of the City yet, but pictures of the project were in el Diario on the 13th of May: http://www.yucatan.com.mx/noticia.asp?cx=11$3502000000$3548304&f=20070513 With as much traffic as there is in town – hurry here, hurry there, it can never hurt to have as many more places to relax as we can get!

  5. Muchisimas Gracias! You are so helpful. I´m visiting Merida for 6 weeks, living with friends, and reading about the city on your site beforehand really helped to prepare me. Do you put out a schedule like this every week? There is sooo much to do here- I can see why you moved here! Keep up the good work!

  6. Yes, we publish this events list weekly and add to it during the week. We work very hard to list everything that’s going on… and many things are not publicized well in this city, so it’s real detective work sometimes.

    About the new post office, it looks like they are putting the finishing touches on it now (we just drove by the other day). There will indeed be a walkstreet between it and the arched pasillo. And the building itself is painted pink and white and looks like something straight out of the Disney movie Pollyanna! It’s perfectly gorgeous!

    We encourage ANYONE who has something going on or knows of something coming up to please email us at blog [at] yucatanliving [dot] com with the event info and we’ll add it to our list.

    And Jenna, glad you are finding it useful and we hope you keep reading Yucatan Living!

  7. Jenna – thank you so much for letting us know Yucatan Living helped prepare you for your visit! Yes – we do put out a weekly schedule of events every Monday. Do enjoy the rest of your visit and come back often. It could take vacations forever to make your way through all there is to see and do in Merida and Yucatan! …but, of course, you could always move here and then it would be simple! :)

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