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Merida Events: Muna Fair & Trova Month

Spring Equinox in YucatanSpring Equinox: March 21

For those of our readers who are not familiar with Mayan history and lore, the Spring Equinox is the time of year when crops are planted. It is also the day (this year: March 21) when the shadow of a giant snake appears on the pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza. This is also the day when the sunrise can be seen through the Temple of the Seven Dolls at Dzibilchaltun. We will bring you more of this story as the time draws near, but wanted you to have the date early so you can make plans to see it.

Festival Dedicated to Honoring Merida’s Trovadores

Beginning March 2, there will be 25 days and nights of romantic music, guitars and serenades in Merida – all dedicated to honoring the magical collection of composers and interpreters who have given us the signature music of Yucatan… the Trova. Yucatan Living is proud of just the small part we are privileged to play in bringing our readers a weekly listing of their performances. No other place on Earth has music as beautiful or artists as talented as the State of Yucatan.

Monday (Lunes) March 3, 2008

Mime School in MeridaYucatan Living Mime Workshop: Theater of the Gesture
If you ever thought you might like to go to “mime school,” now’s your chance! And you don’t need to understand Spanish to learn it!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 & Avenida Colon
Time: Mondays and Thursdays, March 3 through June 26; 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingConversaciones 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. 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) March 4, 2008

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Movie Night
The first in what promises to be a weekly favorite. Merida English Library is going to be showing movies every week. They kick it off with Double Indemnity ("It’s Love and Murder At First Sight!"), that famous Film Noir thriller starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred McMurray and Edward G. Robinson. Popcorn and soda will be for sale, benefitting the library, of course.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between Calle 66 and 68
Time: 7:45 PM
Admission: Free

Koreans in MeridaYucatan Living Inauguration: Piece of the Month. Dedicated to Korean Immigration
Location: Museum of the City
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. There is usually a guest speaker. They usually meet at the Café Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, half a block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly knows as the “Burger King Circle.” For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg[at]yahoo[dot]com
Location: Café Bistro Kaapej
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova


Tonight: Soul of the Trovador: A Tribute to Rosita Caballero
Performing tonite will be Maricarmen Perez, Tony Espinosa, and Carlos Gil, Beto Burgos, and Trio Trova Nova. What a performance this will be! This is the “must see” event of the night! And that’s not all… there is also the regular Tuesday of Trova performance. This week: Trio los Trovadores de Siempre (The Three Trovadors Forever), under the direction of Juan Ortiz.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

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

Wednesday (Miércoles) March 5, 2008

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
These marvelous tours are conducted by local resident Keith Heitke.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 #517 x 66 y 68 and ends at Calle 59 #572 x 72 y 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Alberto Palomo and his Little Big Band plays tonite. The band includes local Palomo on guitar, Mauricio Bonfiglio from Argentina on drums, Jeff Kipperman from USA on upright bass, Romeo Rodriguez on piano, Alvaro Mota on trumpet, Bill Muntz from USA on alto sax, Jose Cabrera on tenor sax, Todor Ivanov from Bulgaria on trombone and our good friend Gary DeRose from the USA on vocals. Its the Big Band sound come alive…don’t miss it!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert


"To Begin Anew" with Alfredo Bolio
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) March 6, 2008

Yucatan Living Inauguration of Meridanas Colectiva de Mujeres Artistas (Merida’s Collective of Women Artists)
An exposition of the art of Merida’s women artists begins at the Olimpo on the International Day of Women. In addition, Sacred art will be displayed in Salas 1 and 2 and the work of Fernando Espejo Mendez will be displayed in Sala 3.
Location: The Galleria in the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Poker Night at Mercer CigarsYucatan Living Poker 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 Classical Thursday: Recital of Voice and Piano
Performed by Abigail Coral, Carlos Camacho and Alberto Alvarez
This should be an outstanding performance, as are all performances for which we are graced with the talents of Alberto Alvarez.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade
This 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 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 Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite, virtuoso jazz pianist Rene Monte Rosa will regale us with great piano sounds!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Drag Show at Angeluz Club
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living La Chica Metalizada (The Metalized Girl)

Here’s something you don’t see every day (we’re assuming…). Direct from Mexico City, a live and apparently quite impressive drag performance will be playing for three more nights at a local club called AngeLuz Club.
For more information (as well as what’s going on other nights at the club), check out their very impressive website.
Location: AngeLuz Club, KM 7.5 on the Carretera between Mérida and Umán (head south on Avenida Itzaes past the airport)
Phone: 240-3931
Time: We can’t find a time on the announcement or the website.
Admission: We doubt it’s free, but again, no clue.

Friday (Viernes) March 7, 2008

Yucatan Symphony Performs in MeridaYucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This performance: A los Ángeles Eternos (To the eternal angels), under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido. Featuring the Coro de la Ciudad, Coro Polifonico del ICY, Coro de Camara, Conjunto Vocal Yucatan, Coro Infantil Yidzat II Kay.. in other words, just about every chorus group in Merida and Yucatan State! This is a "must see" performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, & $40 MXP. Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Professor George Grayson
Author of The Mexican Messiah, a book about Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the politics of Mexico, George Grayson will be giving a talk sponsored by the U.S.Consulate. Grayson is also a regular contributor to CNN and promises to be an interesting speaker. For more about him and his book, check out this website.
Location: Tecnológica Turística, Calle 57 #492 x 56 y 58
Time: 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Betty Fisher and Other StoriesYucatan Living Movie: Betty Fisher and Other Histories
This film (France, 2001) was directed by Claude Miller. To help her daughter who grieves over the loss of her son, a mother kidnaps another young boy and the two of them pretend he is theirs. Meanwhile, the boy’s mother is looking for him.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Denis’ TGIF Cocktail Party
Monthly Cocktail Party for the International and National Community of Mérida. Cash Bar and Snacks provided!
Location: "La Hach Lobby Bar" at the Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 at Avenida Colon and Avenida Cupules
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: No Cover. Cash Bar available.

Yucatan Living Vision of a Fragmented City
Scenic inventions with both acting and dancing
Location: Museum of the City, Calle 65 at Calle 56
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
The Carlos Rodriguez Trio plays live music this Friday night.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living La Chica Metalizada (The Metalized Girl)
Here’s something you don’t see every day (we’re assuming…). Direct from Mexico City, a live and apparently quite impressive drag performance will be playing for three more nights at a local club called AngeLuz Club.
For more information (as well as what’s going on other nights at the club), check out their very impressive website.
Location: AngeLuz Club, KM 7.5 on the Carretera between Mérida and Umán (head south on Avenida Itzaes past the airport)
Phone: 240-3931
Time: We can’t find a time on the announcement or the website.
Admission: We doubt it’s free, but again, no clue.

Saturday (Sabado) March 8, 2008

Yucatan Living Yoga Seminar
Looking for a good yoga class? Local Claudia Guerrero is sponsoring a Yoga Seminar taught by a teacher from Mexico City. Malena Blasini from Sukhavati institute is coming to Merida to demonstrate yoga postures and teach meditation.
Location: Calle 11 #206 x 24 y 26
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Phone: 920-5361 or email claudiacirco [at] gmail [dot] com
Admission: $500 pesos

Yucatan Living March 8 – 17: The Expo Fair in Muna
This is a "shop til you drop" occasion. Fashion footwear, crafts, pottery, woodwork and clothes, including guayaberas and huipiles, will all be available at far better prices than in the city. Remember, Muna is famous for its reproductions of ancient Mayan ceramics, so bring plenty of money to buy all those beautiful things you may never be able to find anywhere else. The town of Muna can be found about 40 minutes due south of Merida on the way to Uxmal.

Yucatan Living 6th Virtual Conference on Celestial Mechanics
Universal concepts will be presented, i.e. gravitation, as well as discussions of major celestial geographical and gaseous systems (in Spanish, of course).
Location: Planetarium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spring Used Book Fair
If you love books, you will love this event.
Location: Centro Cultura Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon and Calle 20
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Lecture on Gaudi

Arturo Campos, a local architect (and Yucatan Living Sponsor!) who spent six years working in Barcelona, gives a talk on the works of the famous Barcelona architect, Antonio Gaudi.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between Calle 66 and 68
Time: 11 AM
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 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 La Chica Metalizada (The Metalized Girl)
Here’s something you don’t see every day (we’re assuming…). Direct from Mexico City, a live and apparently quite impressive drag performance will be playing for three more nights at a local club called AngeLuz Club.
For more information (as well as what’s going on other nights at the club), check out their very impressive website.
Location: AngeLuz Club, KM 7.5 on the Carretera between Mérida and Umán (head south on Avenida Itzaes past the airport)
Phone: 240-3931
Time: We can’t find a time on the announcement or the website.
Admission: We doubt it’s free, but again, no clue.

Sunday (Domingo) March 9, 2008

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Chili Cookoff and Street Fair
This very popular events starts at 9 am, and the chili starts being served at 12 noon. MEL is expecting TWENTY chili cooks this year, so the event is sure to be delicious and well attended. The street fair includes antique dealers and other vendors… it’s great fun and all for a good cause!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between Calle 66 and 68
Time: 9 am until about 2 pm
Admission: $100 pesos for adults, $50 pesos for children. On sale at the Library.

Yucatan Living The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This performance: A los Ángeles Eternos (To the eternal angels), under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido. Featuring the Coro de la Ciudad, Coro Polifonico del ICY, Coro de Camara, Conjunto Vocal Yucatan, Coro Infantil Yidzat II Kay.. in other words, just about every chorus group in Merida and Yucatan State! This is a "must see" performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, & $40 MXP. Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Progreso: English church services continue until Easter Sunday ( March 23 )
You will be greeted at the door and serenaded by wonderful music. Pastor David Correa’s sermons are always interesting and provocative. Attendance varies from 30 to 50 and you are almost guaranteed to recognize at least one person you know.
Location: Iglesia Presbiteriana Jesus in Progreso.
Directions: From Merida, head towards Progreso passing Remos Restaurant, Pemex gasoline station and Bodega Aurerra on the right. Continue towards the Malecon and turn left onto Calle 35. Cross over Calle 80 and the church is on the left corner of Calle 35 and Calle
82 . For more information contact Pastor David Correa iglesiajesus [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Time: All Sundays: 8:30 AM except Easter Sunday: 10:00 AM

Yucatan Living Festival in Honor of the Trovadores
Songwriters of Today with performances by Angelica Balido, Felipe de la Cruz, and Concepcion Garma
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Fury of the Planet: Tornados
Tornados are one of the most frightening weather systems on the planet. This documentary should be outstanding.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 #648 x 84 y 84A
Time: At Noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaBack in full swing this week, the 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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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Muna Fair & Trova Month”

  1. A group of us headed to the Muna Fair today, but there was no fair to be found. We asked a couple locals about the Fair and they had no idea what we were talking about. Muna isn’t so large that we could have missed it. Are the dates listed correct?The day was saved by a great lunch at the Pickled Onion.

  2. Carol – My deepest apologies for this error. It was totally an oversight on my part. The Expo Fair is in Ticul and features the artisans of Muna, not the other way around. Again – I am so sorry for the mixup.

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