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Merida Events – October 15-21, 2007

Fellini Festival in MeridaFor Art-Related Events, please see Art in Merida.

Fellini Festival

Federico Fellini “The Magic of Sleep”.
An entire month of Fellini movies for your enjoyment. Some of these were directed by Fellini, and some were written by him.
Remaining this month:
October 14 & 16: 8 ½ …
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies
October 17 & 18: Satyricon…
In first century Rome, two student friends, Encolpio and Ascilto, argue about ownership of the boy, Gitone.
October 21 & 23: Roma…
A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.
October 24 & 25: Amarcord…
A year in the life of a small Italian coastal town in the nineteen-thirties, as is recalled by a director…

Location: Cinoteca Nacional in the Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between 61 y 59.
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Monday (Lunes) October 15, 2007

Yucatan Living 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. There are always a few English and Spanish native speakers, helping each other with pronunciation, vocabulary and learning each other’s customs.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: small donation

Yucatan Living Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football in MeridaDo you like to watch football? Do you like to drink a beer and smoke a cigar while you do? Mercer Cigars, Merida’s only quality cigar store and smokeshop is holding Monday Night Football evenings for the next fourteen weeks. Complimentary alitas fritas (chicken wings) will be served in case you get hungry.
Location: Mercer Cigars, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Colonia Mexico
Tel: 999-944-3647 for information
Time: 7:30 PM until its over
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet

Since the 18th century, when cattle ranching was at its peak and the main source of wealth in Yucatan, at roundup time, the cattle rancher would invite all of his friends and neighbors to a fiesta, so he could show off his wealth. At these events, the wives of the vaqueros (the men who worked the cattle) would dance. Thus, the name Vaquería. There are vaquerias all over the Yucatan during different fiestas and holidays, but Merida continues to support the Vaquería on a weekly basis. It is a spectacular and unique form of dance, 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) October 16, 2007

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club

Would you like to join an informal group with no dues, no officers and where the sole purpose is camaraderie ? The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group here in Merida that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Speakers are invited to address the group on subjects of general and local interest. The venue often changes, although lately they have been meeting at the Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, a half block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly known as the “Burger King Circle.”

This Tuesday, October 16, the Merida Men’s Club’s guest speaker will be Dr. Hector Gastro, who will discuss the state of medical care and treatment here in Merida. This should be an interesting and informative presentation, so please plan to participate and bring a friend.

To learn more and to put your name on the email list, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792).
You can also contact Dan via email at bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:00 AM

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Orquesta Típica Yucalpetén: "Clásicos y Contemporáneos de la Trova"

Tonight, Maricarmen Pérez, one of our new generation of vocalists. It isn’t often we get to see a lady associated with Trova music, but now we have several right here in Merida. I suspect that Maricarmen Pérez is destined for great things, so we all need to support her as she becomes more popular than ever before.
Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Orquesta Típica Yukalpetén

Performs Classical and Contemporary Trova
This is a “must see” event. Not only do you get to enjoy the Orquestra Tipica Yukalpeten, but you also get to enjoy a “Who’s Who” list of vocalists, the likes of which I have not seen performing together for a while now. Maricarmen Perez, Jesus Armando, Nancy Maas, and Edwardo Rosado. It just really doesn’t get better than that!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $40

Yucatan Living A Mime Workshop!

Now just how fun is this! You have to be 18 years of age and the class runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the same time, through the end of November. The name of the class is Workshop: Theater of the Gesture (Conteur Mimeur). It is being taught by Maestra Elidé Soberanis.
Location: Cultural José Martí, Parque de Las Américas (Avenida Colon at Calle 20 in Garcia Gineres)
For: Adults only (over 18)
Time:4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Tuesdays and Thursdays through November)
Admission (This is the best part!): Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals

This is a weekly dance, held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. There is plenty of space in the park for dancing and food vendors are on hand. The original band was the Band of Memory and the first song played here was "Musical Workers.” Today, we listen to the Big Band sounds of the forties, provided 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 (Miercoles) October 17, 2007

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden TourMerida's House and Garden Tour

These marvelous tours are conducted by local resident Keith Heitke. Didn’t you ever wonder what lies hidden behind those doors? This is your chance to find out. These tours are for our visitors as well as for our residents.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68
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 Miércoles del Peón (Wednesday at the Peon): Traditions and Customs of Yucatán

This week, there will be a tribute to Rubén Abel Balam Baeza, in recognition of his 24 years of service to the development of Art and Culture in Yucatan, and certainly for his outstanding artistic work with the Folkloric Ballet of the State. Performing tonight will be the Folkloric Ballet of the State, the Infantile Folkloric Ballet, and the Jaranera Orchestra of the Mayab.The program is outstanding and includes:

  • Los pregoneros (The Town Criers)
  • El gremio (The traditional processional)
  • Viva Cristo Rey, Danza de la Cabeza de Cochino (Dance with the Head of the Pork)
  • Jaranas de Juan Nic (Traditional dances)
  • Hermanos Palomino, Esmeralda, Ayuntamiento de Tecoh, Leydi Teresita, Alma Inés, María Elizabeth. Vaquería regional (Traditional dances)
  • Linda Cansacabeña, Angaripola, Aires yucatecos, Mestiza, Danza de las Cintas, Las Mujeres que se pintan, Teresa de la Cruz, Suertes sobre Almudes, Suerte con Botellas, Suerte con Charolas, Toro Grande.
  • Baxal toro: la fiesta de la corrida (Celebration of the bullfight)
  • Paso doble, El Torito, Dianas (More dancing)

Can you imagine a night when the Vaqueria is only one of the things on the program? This is a must see spectacular show!

Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
For: the whole family
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission:

General: $50; students, teachers, & INAPAM: $30

Yucatan Living Wednesday Regional Theater

Location this week: Fraccionamiento Magnolias, Calle 56 x 50 at the Park
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Serpiente Emplumada, Pop Rock

Celebrating 10 years. We have noticed that more and more of these types of groups are being included in the cultural offerings of Merida lately. The groups are all some form of Rock, but all with a bit of a Mayan twist and that makes for a perfect combination to produce a fun evening for all.

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) October 18, 2007

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature

Location:Videosala del Olimpo
Admission: Free

First Feature: "The Incredible Shrinking Man " , (USA 1957)
Starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, and Helene Marshall.
When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: "A Girl in Black" (Greece, 1956)
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis (of Zorba the Greek fame). This movie is one of his earliest. A callow young author is attracted to the daughter of the once-proud family he boards with…shocking tragedy follows. Surprising look at provincial Greek life. Stars Ellie Lambeti, Dimitris Horn and plays for 120 min. In Greek with English subtitles. Won Best Foreign Language Film in 1956.

Time: 8:00 P.M.

Yucatan Living Yucatan Sings and Dances

Singers from all the countries of Latin America, who are now in the City of Merida, perform with the Folkloric Ballet of the Mexican Institute of Art. The occasion this week is Columbus Day, also known as Día de la Raza (Day of the Race), and is the celebration of the Hispanic heritage of Latin America.

Location: Theater Carlos Acereto, Calle 40-A #485 x 38 y 40 in the Centro
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Thursday with a Cuban Twist

Performed by the Choir of the City of Mérida, under the artistic direction of Maestra Nidia Góngora. Just the beginning of a season full of choir performances

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Corner of Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living To Remember is to Live

Live music under the trees in one of Merida ‘s oldest parks. What we really love about this dance, next to the fact that it starts early and ends at a reasonable hour, is that members of the Jaranara Orchestra play for this one too! These musicians have a range that is unbelievable! Come on down and enjoy the Big Band sound, something you’re not likely to hear anywhere other than in Merida.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
When: 4:00 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 is Free

Friday(Viernes) October 19, 2007

Yucatan Living Opening Night at the MACAY

Tonight is the night when the works of Yucateco painters from 1916 until today go on display in the MACAY. The Governor will be there to open the show, in honor of this exquisite sample of works from artists throughout the State of Yucatan. For more information about the artists, go to our Art in Merida listings.

Location: Museo MACAY. (next to the Cathedral on the Plaza Grande)
Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day except closed on Tuesday
The GodfatherAdmission: Free

Yucatan LivingMovie: The Godfather

(United States, 1972). Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan – and many others! If you haven’t seen it in awhile, see it again! It keeps getting better the older you get. There will be commentary by Lic. Mario Helguera Bolio.

Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Corner of Calle 60 x 61
For: Adults Only
Hours: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan

Tonight, Sinfonía Inconclusa (Unfinished Symphony) under the direction of our esteemed guest, Maestro Roberto Tello. Soloists will include: José Eduardo Canto Arce, Violín; Yohuali Rosas, Guitarra, and Ana Isabel Chan Flores, Chelo. The artistic program will include Las Ranas by G. Río Escalante,
First movement for Violin by Bruch, Primer Mov. Concierto del sur (First Movement from the Concert of the South)by M. Ponce,
First Movement for Cello by Haydn, and the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.

Location: Teatro Peón Contreras at Calle 60 and Calle 57.
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, $40

Yucatan Living Viernes Cultural (Cultural Friday)
Opening of the exhibit Puntos de Partida (Starting Points). Presided over by the Governor.

Location: The MACAY
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMEL-O Evening

MEL-O Nites in Merida happen on the third Friday of every month. This is a chance for the local extranjeros to meet the newcomers in a casual setting in the gardens at the Merida English Library. There is a cash bar and great botanas (snacks). Please join us for this sociable evening, meeting old friends and making new ones! Things generally get underway at about 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar – Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21st. If you want to know more, call the Library at 924-8401

Location: The Merida English Library, Calle 53 between Calle 66 and 68, Centro.
Time: 7:30 PM

Yucatan Living Baila Merida (Merida Dances)

This dance moves around the city, so you need to check with Yucatan Living to find out where it will be every week. It is a dance that was designed with the older crowd in mind, but should give younger visitors quite a show. At the very least, we can teach the young folks to dance and, at best, visitors can regale the folks back home with tales of dancing in the park with old people to the music of a world renowned orchestra. Now where else can you get that combination of experiences for free?
Location this week: Parque San Sebastian, Calle 77 x 70 y 72
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Lady of My Dreams

By Liliana Perez, with Silva Káter and Tanicho. Under the direction of Marín Alpaca.
This is an historical melodrama, in which the Empress Carlota, already old and beginning to show signs of mental deterioration, looks back over the failures of the monarchy in Mexico during the 19th century with her faithful employee, Bernadine.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 60 x 61
For: Adults and Adolescents
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: General: $50; Students and INAPAM: $30

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

Are there any other kind? And remember – this is free musical expression with a romantic theme. This particular park, with it’s central gazebo, it’s cobbled streets, the colonial facades surrounding the park and the lovely little church at one side is romantic, even without the music!
Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel (Calle 66 and 77)
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) October 20, 2007

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour

Reading to children in both Spanish and English. Volunteers always welcome!

Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: Every Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Seven Samurai
Japan, 1954). Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
This movie is billed as one of the most beloved of all movie epics of all time.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Irish Dance and national folklore

This show is being put on by the Cultural Trust, which is raising additional money to provide scholarships to the Mexico-Argentina Contemporary Dance Program.
Location: Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: General: $30

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Monologue

Teresa Panza: A monologue by Brígido Redondo, under the direction of Nancy Roche and accompanied by the theater group “La Farándula”.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $50; Students and INAPAM: $30

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Cultural Caravan

A Music, Theater, and Dance Spectacular, as part of the Programa Rescate Espacios Públicos 2007 (Program for Rescuing Public Spaces).
These events are in coordination with the Secretary of Social Development.
Location: This week: Parque El Pañuelo, Calle 21 x 8 B y 8 A 1, Col. San Antonio Kaua II
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ritual a la Muerte Maya (Ritual of Mayan Death) in Valladolid

This event is part of a 3 year program that includes a total of 11 different theater groups. The purpose is to dispel inaccuracies in the stories often told about ritual killing by Mayans. These performances themselves will become part of the history of the Maya and should not be missed.
The State listed no address in Valladolid for this performance, nor did it list a time. We assume the program is free. If any of our readers know anything about this program, please leave us information in the Comments section.

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

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

Sunday (Domingo) October 21, 2007

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan

See Friday night for program.

Location: Teatro Peón Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $100, $80, $60, $40

Yucatan Living A REAL Puppet Show!

The group known as El guiñol de Tito y Tita will present “Here We Are: The Puppets!” every Sunday in October. The founders of this group are a husband and wife team from Mexico City. They have been in Merida since 1989 and have, by their account, made approximately 800 puppets during their 18 years here. This is a show that is guaranteed to please every member of the family, so be sure to go to see this marvelously done professional puppet show.

Location: Cineteca Nacional del Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 between 59 y 61
Time: 12:00 PM (noon)
Admission: $10

Yucatan Living Documentary at the Museum of Natural History
This week: Asteroides, impacto mortal (Asteroids: Mortal Impact). Every Sunday the Museum of Natural History has a documentary at noon. The topics are usually related to science, ecology, the environment, and/or animals. They are always interesting, even if some of them are a bit on the scary side for smaller children. Always check the topic here on Yucatan Living before you take a little one, just in case.

Location: Calle 59 # 648 x 84 y 84 A on the north side of the Zoo.
For: the whole family
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living La Corrida (The Bullfight)
There will be a bullfight today at the Plaza de Toros (Bullring) in Merida. This is a Novillada, which means the younger and less experienced toreadors will be fighting. While the Working Gringos have been to some spectacular and moving corridas, we believe that the Novilladas are to be avoided. These are toreadors (bullfighters), not matadors (killers)… and the difference is vast. Tickets can be purchased either at the Plaza de Toros ticket office (credit cards accepted), or at the Cafe Merida, across from Teatro Merida on Calle 62 between Calle 61 and 59. This is the beginning of the bullfighting season here in Merida, and there will probably be better corridas to come in the next few months.

Location: Avenida Reforma and Calle 37
For: You decide… it’s not for everyone.
Time: 4:30 PM
Admission: $60 to $100 pesos, depending on your age and whether you choose Sol (sun) or Sombra (shade)

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs


If you are a dog owner (or owned by a dog…), come join the rest of us for an hour of running and playing in a safe place. We meet on Sunday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM in the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel. Get there by going north on Calle 60 and turning right on Calle 35, just after the Siqueff restaurant. The parking lot entrance will be on your left. Bring water for you AND your dog. If there aren’t a lot of dogs, it isn’t as much fun… so come and bring your pups for a little bit of old-fashioned running around.

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaThe Bici-Ruta continues into the fall and winter. Every Sunday, it begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. Last week, they were setting up for a live concert when we were walking the dogs on Paseo Montejo. The route begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through Centro and then travels down Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo 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, out Paseo Montejo, 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

Dancing at Santa Lucia Park on Sunday morning

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. Take the time to wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, 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)
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Classic Sunday with a Cuban Twist

Performed by the Choir of the City of Mérida, under the artistic direction of Maestra Nidia Góngora (same as the program on Thursday). Just the beginning of a season full of choir performances.

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Corner of Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 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, Calle 60 between 61 and 63)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free


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