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Merida Events: Music Fills the Tropical Air!



Big Trova Week

This week, Merida is winding down a bit from two very busy weeks of Semana Santa. Don’t miss a great Symphony performance, though! It sounds like it’s going to be a particularly good one. AND, there is a LOT of Trova this week… something every single night. All the events are free, but seating is limited.It is best to call ahead to make certain you have a ticket.

The numbers to call are:
Information: 930-4700 Extensions 54025 and 54041
Teatro Jose Peon Contreras: 923-7354 and 924-2954
Teatro Merida: 924-0040 and 924-9990
Teatro Daniel Ayala: 924-0277
Auditorium of the Olimpo: 942-0000 extensions 80122 and 80125
Centro Cultural Mejorada: 923-9662

 

Monday (Lunes) March 31, 2008

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 LivingVaqueria 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 1, 2008

Yucatan Living 66th Anniversary Gala
Come celebrate teh 66th Anniversary of this great orchestra: Orquestra Tipica Yukalpeten, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 and Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just good conversation and a chance to learn more about life in Yucatan. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Speakers are often invited.
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, a half block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly known as the “Burger King Circle.”
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 AM Los Tres Yucatecos Play in Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Tres Yucatecos

More great trova music in the capital city of Trova!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 60
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) April 2, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
At press time, the performer for tonite was unknown… but they’ll probably be famous by the time Wednesday rolls around! So plan on checking out the good jazz and enjoy the surprise!
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 Enamorada (Enamored)
A not to be missed trova concert by Marilu Basulto.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Pura Trova (Pure Trova)
Trio Ensueno, Trio Trovanova, and Trio Romance… all in one place. Does it get any better than this? Keep reading the rest of the week. These performances defy imagination!
Location: Centro Cultural Mejorada, Calle 59 at Calle 50
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noches de Trova (Nights of Trova)
Carlos Gil, Trio del Sureste, Trio Los Trovadores de Siempre, Trio Los Embajadores, and Ensamble Folklorico de Deyanira Agular …and this is on the same night with “Pure Trova”!!!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Joven Ballet de Yucatan (Young ballet of Yucatan)

Part of a state-sponsored plethora of dance events this week. These are the youngsters in ballet… it is sure to be fun, and an audience full of adoring parents.

Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday In Concert
This week, Dueto Agua Luna (The Water Moon Duet) is performed by Aida Maria Borges and Hugo Alejandro Borges. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PMWonder Woman and her conflicts of love
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Illustrious Case of the Wonder Woman and Her Conflicts with Love
Come see an original play by Alex Pulido Cayón. Adaptated and directed by Aurora Aceves Azcárate. We’re sure it is in Spanish, but it be entertaining and a good way to learn if you aren’t fluent already!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 MXP, Students and INAPAM: $30 MXP

Thursday (Jueves) April 3, 2008

Yucatan Living Circuito Universitario de Trova (University Circuit of Trova)
11:00 AM in the Facultad de Contaduria
Trio Los Embajadores, Sibila Hasse, and Chacho Siller
1:00 PM in Preparatoria 2
Trio Los Clarineros, Hugo Borges, and Andres Tinoco
6:00 PM in the Facultad de Contaduria
Trio Madrigal, Felipe Alexander and Maria San Felipe
6:00 PM in the Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana
Trio Los Embajadores, Lazaro Uzcanga, and Aida Borges
7:30 PM at Universidad Modelo
Trio Los Mensajeros, Luis F. Avila, and Gina Osorno

Yucatan Living Matizados de mi Pueblo (My Town of Matizados)
An exposition of works by Mtra. Leticia Roche opens tonite.
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque de las Américas
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ballet Folklorico Lol-ixi’im and Folkloric dance company Kaambal
Part of a state-sponsored plethora of dance events this week. Local folkloric ballet groups.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 7:00 PM(Lol-ixi’im) and 9:00 PM (Kaambal)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trovadanza
With Fito Haro and Grupo Propuesta. This should be loads of fun and is not to be missed!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan 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 Presentation of Disco
A Tribute to Silvio Rodríguez and Reverenda Funk,
whoever they are, under the direction of Guillermo Calderón. We’re not sure what this is about, but we’re pretty sure you would have fun finding out!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Illustrious Case of the Wonder Woman and Her Conflicts with Love
Come see an original play by Alex Pulido Cayón. Adaptated and directed by Aurora Aceves Azcárate. We’re sure it is in Spanish, but it be entertaining and a good way to learn if you aren’t fluent already!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 MXP, Students and INAPAM: $30 MXP

Yucatan LivingLive Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite marks the Jazzin’ Merida debut of the 4 Teens Jazz Quartet, a band that consists of four young local jazz musicians. Kudos to David, the owner of the club, for sponsoring and supporting young local talent.
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 Quise Hacerte Una Cancion (I want to do a song for you)
A concert presentation of the CD by Beatriz Cervera and Trio Ensueno. How wonderful!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucateca Serenade of Santa Lucia
Tonight’s performances feature Banda del Ayuntamiento, Sergio Camara, Ballet del Ayuntamiento, Trio Los Galanes, and the Bingo Show.
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 at Calle 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

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

Friday (Viernes) April 4, 2008Jasmine in Merida

Yucatan Living The Symphony of Yucatan Presents "The Fragrance of Jasmine"
Wherever you are, stop whatever you are doing and make your way to Merida for this performance. Not only will you experience the Symphony of Yucatan, under the expert direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido, but you will also see and hear Maria Medina, Addalberto, Eduardo Rosado, Maricarmen Perez, Angelica Balado, Beatriz Cervera, Trio Ensueno, and the Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Any one of these performers would be spectacular alone but as a group, they defy imagination!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: Friday: 9:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 PM, and Sunday at Noon

Admission: $100, $80, $60, & $40 MXP Admission is half price for teachers, students, the disabled, and those of us who have INAPAM cards.

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 Café Pena K’AAY T’AAN
Trio Despertar, Trio Los Romanticos, and Trio Tres de Corazon
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, C. 63 No. 503-A x 64 y 66 Centro
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dramatango
Part of a state-sponsored plethora of dance events this week. Local tango dancers.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM (2 performances)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tormento, El Misterio de un amor (Torment, the mystery of love)
Come listen to an original opera by Nelson Cepeda with sopranos Mia Monforte and Patricia Achach, Tenor Hugo Pinto, Actress Silvia Kater and Pianist Alberto Alvarez.

Location:Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music features pianist Rene Monte Rosa, who is quickly developing quite a following for his smooth jazz piano. This virtuoso performer who backs up many local artists, plays here as a soloist.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) April 5, 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

Yucatan Living The Symphony of Yucatan Presents "The Fragrance of Jasmine"
Wherever you are, stop whatever you are doing and make your way to Merida for this performance. Not only will you experience the Symphony of Yucatan, under the expert direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido, but you will also see and hear Maria Medina, Addalberto, Eduardo Rosado, Maricarmen Perez, Angelica Balado, Beatriz Cervera, Trio Ensueno, and the Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Any one of these performers would be spectacular alone but as a group, they defy imagination!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: Friday: 9:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 PM, and Sunday at Noon
Admission: $100, $80, $60, & $40 MXP Admission is half price for teachers, students, the disabled, and those of us who have INAPAM cards.

Yucatan Living Revista Musical Yucateca (Musical Magazine of Yucatan)
A tribute to Enrique “Coki” Navarro, with performances by Maru Boeta, Orquestra Jaranera del Mayab, Ballet Folklorico del Estado, Mario III, Los Juglares, Carlos Gil, Maricarmen Perez, and Tony Espinosa. This would have to be my personal “pick of the night.”
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Call for ticket prices

Yucatan Living Tormento, El Misterio de un amor (Torment, the mystery of love)
Come listen to an original opera by Nelson Cepeda with sopranos Mia Monforte and Patricia Achach, Tenor Hugo Pinto, Actress Silvia Kater and Pianist Alberto Alvarez.
Location:Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance
Part of a state-sponsored plethora of dance events this week. Baatsil at 7 and Garrabadanza at 9. Both local modern dance companies.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM (2 performances)
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 Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite and every Saturday in March features the Tom Kubin Quartet. Tom is an Austrian jazz guitarist who lives here in Merida and teaches jazz guitar when he isn’t performing.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) April 6, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Future is Savage
Not necessarily something we like to think about but should be an excellent movie.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 just east of Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 Noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony of Yucatan Presents "The Fragrance of Jasmine"
Wherever you are, stop whatever you are doing and make your way to Merida for this performance. Not only will you experience the Symphony of Yucatan, under the expert direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido, but you will also see and hear Maria Medina, Addalberto, Eduardo Rosado, Maricarmen Perez, Angelica Balado, Beatriz Cervera, Trio Ensueno, and the Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Any one of these performers would be spectacular alone but as a group, they defy imagination!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: Friday: 9:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 PM, and Sunday at Noon

Admission: $100, $80, $60, & $40 MXP Admission is half price for teachers, students, the disabled, and those of us who have INAPAM cards.

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
Part of a state-sponsored plethora of dance events this week. Danza libre contemporanea at 7 and Magadanza at 9. Both local modern dance companies.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 between Calle 59 and 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM (2 performances)
Admission: Free

Coming Next Week (and not to be missed…)

On Tuesday, April 15th, at Jazzin’ Merida, the RETURN of The Legendary Yucatones!! Back from their triumphant tour of the Balkans and the Kapitals of The Former Soviet Republics, Cleetus X and Client # 9 (aka Dan Prescher & Gary DeRose) will be giving the first of many one-time-only, last-time-ever-together, farewell reunion performances. Working as an acoustic duo (because they still haven’t found a bass player and drummer), you won’t want to miss this musical journey through the width and breath of American Roots Music. More like a musical history lesson than a concert, there will be a test given at the end of the show. Veterans of too many musical groups in the U.S. to mention here, (including the Men’s Glee Club of The California Correctional Facility at San Quentin), these two have suffered for their "art" for years. Now it’s your turn. You’ll want to be able to tell your children that you were there! as the boys butcher some of your favorite songs. Of course as always, they will accept any and all requests, but will play none of them. You heard it here first…

 


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9 Responses to “Merida Events: Music Fills the Tropical Air!”

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  3. your website makes want to run away to merida and never leave.
    I am counting the years until I can retire and live in make Merida my home.
    I LOVE THIS WEBSITE.
    MUCHO GRACIAS FROM AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN KOREA.

  4. I was one of the lucky fans in Philadelphia to see the impromptu one night only performance by the Legendary – and I do mean legendary – Yucatones. In fact, it was during their lay-over from the Balkans tour. What an incredible concert that was. If I had a current passport my flight would already be booked! When are they touring the States again????

  5. I opened for these guys back in the sixties when they played in Lubbock, and was sadden to here that all the members but Cleetus X and Client # 9 had died in a group spelunking accident. They do such a great cover of my song BLUE BAYOU, I’m thinking of coming back from the dead myself to see their show.

  6. I have a little background on the legendary Yucatones that I think your readers might be interested in. After opening a few times for the supergroup Process during their late eighties foray into the Far East Bay, The Mukatones decided to adopt the name the crowds had christened them with: The YouSuckatones. With the timely (the only time they were) passing (they are now playing their roots music from six feet under the ground) of drummer Ollie “Snare-ily Breathing” Simbol and Ulises “Floor-bored” Knotts, Clete and Cli were able to start anew. By just removing the departed’s initials from their name they were able to form the Yucatones.

  7. This is just perfect. I’m taking 3 co-workers/friends for their first Yucatan peninsula tour next March and Merida is a 3 day stop. YucatanLiving is an integral part of my planning for them to have a short but intensive Meridan experience. I scour, cut and paste and paraphrase (yet accredit) each article of your ezine. Muchas, muchas gracias. It wouldn’t be half as good without YL.

  8. Being the son of the Legendary Client #9 I have dealt with the burden of my fathers musical passion. This is what ultimately drove me to join the military and take up a life-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. I am deep undercover on a co-op mission so I am unfortunately not able to release many details. But I remember when I was on tour with the LEGENDARY YUCATONES in Bosnia when I was 8 years old. On this tour, my father had another close call with death. He ate a poison fruit imported from El Salvador, by an individual who did not like his controversial original material and thought the world would be better without him. But the attempt on his life failed we are all so lucky that he remains with us to lift our spirits and hurt our ears today!

  9. I just found your web-site after living in Paamul, Q. Roo for 13 years. My wife and I frequently visit Merida and look forward to learning about everything we seem to miss. Thanks, j

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