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Merida Events: Mother’s Day & Yucatones




Cinco de Mayo, Día de la Madre and a Note about the Symphony


First of all… there will be no Symphony Orchestra Performance this week. The Symphony will be back next week, with four more performances in the last two weeks of May.

And of course… today is Cinco de Mayo, the day that the Mexican Army defeated the French in Puebla in 1862. We were surprised when we moved to the Yucatan that this holiday is not much celebrated here, because they sure make a big deal about it back home in California. Whether it is because it was a defeat of the French, and the Yucatecans like France, or because it wasn’t important… quien sabe? All we know is it isn’t a big holiday here. Even Wikipedia quotes a scholarly paper that says "The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico." It goes on to say that the holiday has taken on Cinco de Mayo battle at Pueblaadditional meaning in California. To show you how important Mexico thinks it is, let’s just say the banks are open all day.

And most importantly… Saturday is Mother’s Day in Mexico. Regardless of the day of the week, Mother’s Day is always May 10 here. If you want to eat out with your mother or someone else’s on Saturday night, be sure to make reservations earlier in the week. It’s a very busy day for restaurants!

Monday (Lunes) May 5, 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 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) May 6, 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 yucatones in Merida
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Yucatones!
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. Don’t miss your chance to become their biggest fan!
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: Civilian Victims: Butterfly’s Tongue
This Spanish movie was directed by Jose Luis Cuerda in 1999. Commentator: Mario Helguera Bolio and Raul H. Perez Navarette. It’s a magical coming-of-age story about a little boy in Spain during the Spanish Revolution. It won many awards in Spain and other countries when it came out in 2000.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Trio los Bohemios
Under the direction of Armando Carrillo… yet another night of lovely trova music!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Guitar Recital: Eduardo Cervera and Martha Colin
This young guitarist won an award as the best guitarist in Mexico. You can read more about him in Spanish on this article. Martha Colin is a well know flute player from the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.
Location: Daniel Ayala Theater, Calle 60 x 61 and 59
Time: 9 PM
Admission: Unknown

Yucatan Living Concert: Chamin Correa and Los Juglares
This is a young quartet that has been playing music together for almost 20 years – since they were small children, initially encouraged by their parents. Today, they are the most internationally traveled of all the musical groups in Yucatan. Chamin Correa is a very famous singer and guitar player. Listen to his music here.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 63 and 59
Time: 9 PM
Admission: Unknown

Wednesday (Miércoles) May 7, 2008

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: Flores de Otono (Flowers of Autumn)
Under the direction of Rosa Maria Herrera Sosa
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mercer Cigar Jazz Nite
This Wednesnay at Mercer Cigar, Jazz Jam Session.
Location:Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8 PM

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite, Romeo Rodriguez Band. Don’t miss this fabulous Jazz Trio.
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 8, 2008

Yucatan Living 100th Anniversary of the Ex- Federal Palace and the Post Office
We now know this lovely old building in its new life as the Museum of the City of Merida. However, it has a long and illustrious history and everyone is invited to come and share in celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Tonight, the opening of the photographic exhibit: Historic Panorama will take place and visitors will be treated to a performance of “Tertulia 1908" by the Provincial Ballet Company, under the direction of Victor Salas.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 at Calle 58
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 PMWitches

Yucatan Living Classic Foreign Language Cinema Double Feature
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Admission: Free

First Feature: Lili Marleen
(Germany, 1980) The story of love and intrigue in Nazi Germany is one of the most famous from that time. The cast includes Mel Ferrer, Hanna Schygulla, and the movie’s director is Ranier Werner Fassbinder.
Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: Las Brujas (The Witches)
(Italy, 1967) This film consists of five stories about witches, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vittorio de Sica and others. Mostly Italian actors, with one notable exception: Clint Eastwood. Probably in Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Time: 8:00 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’s performance is by Sergio Aguilar and the Fusion Power Quartet.
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

Friday (Viernes) May 9, 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 The Children’s Choir of Wallis sings “These Voices are for You”
This performance is by a children’s choir that we usually see only in the Spring and early Summer. Their talent makes this the “must see” event for the night.
Location: Jose Marti Cultural Center / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 at Avenida Colon
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Three Kings of BelizeThree Kings of Belize
(Canada-Belize, 2007) In a small Central American country with a population of 270,000, three veteran musicians share moments of their daily lives with us.
Paul Nabor, 79 year old fisherman and legendary Garifuna composer has played the same guitar for 53 years. Even though he has forgotten most of his songs, his spirit remains strong. Florencio Mess, a Maya harp player, spends his solitude making traditional violins, guitars and harps as he awaits for his next trip outside his small village. Creole accordionist, Wilfred Peters, is proud to have played for the Queen of England, his ineffable charm and humor is his ideal antidote for the old age.
Location: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Rio Bravo
(United States, 1959) Famous Western starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson. A small town sheriff enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a kid.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 10, 2008Children's Story Hour at MEL in Merida

Yucatan Living Mother’s Day
Today is Mother’s Day in Mexico, where it always falls on May 10, regardless of the day of the week. Look for everyone carrying flowers to give to every mother they know, not just their own. And if you want to eat out tonite, we hope you made reservations earlier in the week!

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 Children’s Art Show and Contest
Today, as part of this week’s 100th Anniversary festivities, the Museum of the City of Merida is hosting a children’s art show and contest. These works are described as drawings. We have been to other children’s drawing expositions and they were spectacular.
Location: Museum of the City, Calle 65 at Calle 58
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El Dorado
(United States, 1967) Another great Western movie, starring (who else?) John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and James Caan. A veteran gun-for-hire drifts into a small town to work for the local cattle rancher. Instead, he decides to team up with the local sheriff, who is an old friend of his.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sister Helen
(EUA, 2003) Sister Helen is not your average nun. In fact, there is nothing average about this story. After the death of her husband and two sons, Helen got herself sober and joined the Benedictine order of nuns. Though in her late sixties, she opened a private home for recovering addicts and alcoholics in the South Bronx, where she lives, along with twenty-one men.
Location: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM
Admission: $20 pesos




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 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 11, 2008

Yucatan Living A Play Date for DogsDog Park in Merida
The popular play date for dogs is getting very popular! Last week, we had eight dogs all getting to know each other (we call that ‘socializing’ and it’s very important for dogs… ) Come and join us, and of course, bring your four-legged and most loyal friend. Have a neighbor with a dog that is shut in all the time? Offer to bring the dog (and the neighbor!). 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

 


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