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Merida Events: Openings & Beginnings

This Week… starting May 25, 2009

Hang on just one more week. We are almost through the month of May. After that, the H1N1 tragedy will be behind us and events will be in full swing again. We have seen advance copies of the local events and June will be spectacular in Merida! In the meantime, there is plenty still going on in Yucatan, so take advantage of the smaller crowds while you can!

Fiestas This Week

Valladolid Foundation Fiesta 1 Day Event
We don’t have a lot of information about this particular fiesta, but Valladolid is turning into one of the premier destinations in all of Yucatan and, indeed, in all of the Mayan world, so we heartily recommend any event that is held there.

Featured Fiesta This Week: 50 Years Akumal
May 29 through May 31
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Akumal will host a 3 day Festival to commemorate the 50 years since Pablo Bush Romero first arrived in Akumal on an expedition to the Matanceros Shipwreck. From that grew the Fundacion de Akumal and all that they do to help to support the culture and people in their area. The lineup of events for this fiesta are non-stop throughout the weekend and a complete listing is available on Sac-Be.

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) May 25, 2009

Yucatan Living Today is Memorial Day in the U.S.
This is a time to remember the soldiers who gave their lives in defense of freedom throughout the ages.
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tuesday (Martes) May 26, 2009

Yucatan Living Remembranzas Musicales
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 Jarana 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: Santiago Park, C. 72 x 59
Time: 8:30PM TuesdayTrova Yucateca
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova:Trio los Andariegos
Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Renan J. Gamboa Castillo
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: Tarzan, El Hombre Mono
This performance is brought to us straight from Broadway by the producers of Beauty and the Beast. Look for an excellent evening at the theater here.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office and Farmacias Ahorro (Aleman location)
Information: 924-0040 or 924-9990 or cell: (999) 102-1820

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Comic Alternative: Ghost World
This is the story of Enid and Rebecca after they finish the high school. Both have problems with relatives that are creepy and bothersome. When they met Seymour who is a social outsider who loves to collect old vinyl records, the life of Enid will change forever.
Location: Centro Cultural JoseMarti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 27, 2009

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert
Tonight’s performance features Rudy Vallado
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM WednesdayConference at the MACAY
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living At the MACAY: Beber y Pintar Solo es Empezar…
(To Drink and to Paint are only to begin…) This is a representation of "the drink" (alcohol) in the visual arts, and the presentation will be by Maria Teresa Mezquilta Sanchez.
Location: MACAY, Calle 60 x Pasaje Revolución, Next to the Cathedral
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: A Tribute to the Composers
Tonight’s performance will be one of the best you will ever see. It will be provided by Trio Ensueño and other invited guests and is a tribute to Yucatan’s composers. One of the best things about this event, next to the marvelous Trio Ensueño, is the location. Don’t miss this one!
Location: The Terraza-escenario in the Museo de la Cancion, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos. The theater only holds 400, so get your tickets early!


Thursday (Jueves) May 28, 2009

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Arte Nuevo Interactiva: Bienal International Merida MX
This exposition is opening in the Museum of the City. If you haven’t been there, this is the time to go!
Location: Salas Temporales in the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Habla: Invitation to a Conference
Habla is the Center for Language and Culture in Merida. Visit their website, in English, here. The title of this conference is “Coexistence: The Idea of Social Harmony through the Centuries”. It will be presented in both English and in Spanish. The speaker is Dr. James McLaughlin, Head of the Department of Curriculum, Culture and Educative Investigation at Florida Atlantic University. His work is concentrated around the study of global experiences of education, the work of teachers with Latin immigrants and their families, life in rural Mexican schools, and the integration of the arts. This is an important conference that is well worth attending.
Location: at Habla, Calle 26 # 99-B x 19 y 21
Time:  6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: On the Waterfront
Terry Malloy (played by Marlon Brando in one of his most famous performances) dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny’s thugs, and later meets the dead man’s sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the Stagecoachdock racketeers. The movie was directed by Elia Kazan in 1954.
Location: Video Sala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Stagecoach
A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area. The passengers on the coach include a a drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who has taken off with his client’s money, and the famous Ringo Kid, among others. This 1939 movie was directed by the famous John Ford, and stars John Wayne.
Location: Video Sala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: Bodas de Sangre (Weddings of Blood)
This is a presentation by the Centro de Capacitacion Artistica: Xpresion
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: The Choir of the City of Merida
The Sounds of Music (The Rebellious Beginner) The Choir of the City of Merida is always a "must see" event.Maria Medina in Concert
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maria Medina
This is a "must see" for this evening. Watch here as Maria Medina sings on YouTube.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The LEGENDARY Yucatones
Piggly Phloo be damned, The LEGENDARY Yucatones will be back at Jazzin’ Merida Thursday night! Dan and Gary have been eating a steady diet of Pork and Pork Biproducts to combat the virus, and are confident they can give you a show without the threat of outbreak. Sometimeatone Alfred Rordame, Sitar Master and SaxophonisYucatones in Merida Extraordinaire, will be joining the boys for both sets on both intruments (although not at the same time), giving the proceedings a sense of professionalism that the boys never seem to achieve on their own. There won’t be many more shows during the summer months due to Dan’s travel schedule and the limitations of Gary’s parole requirements, so come on down Thursday for some of the best Rock,Country, Blues and Swing.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 x 53
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos


Friday (Viernes) May 29, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: Contemporary Cinema: Brother (El Capo)
Abandoned by the brotherhood of his yazuka clan, gangster Yamamoto flees a crime war in Tokyo and ends up in Los Angeles looking for his long lost brother. Alone and with a new identity, Yamamoto finds himself frustrated by foreign surroundings but soon strikes up a friendship with Denny, an up-and-coming black hustler, with whom he had an earlier violent run-in. This movie was made by Sony Pictures in Japan, and had a limited run in the United States. If you go, prepare yourself for violence.
Location: Video Sala of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM, FridayBrother, El Capo
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: Short Works
This performance is under the direction of Miguel Garcia Minaburo, with performances by Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colón x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Works of Teatro La Kech del Candidato
This performance is under the direction of Raul Nino
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $80 pesos; students and INAPAM: $60 pesos

Yucatan Living In Concert: Alejandro FilioAlejandro Filio in Concert
Alejandro Filo was born into a talented, artistic family in Mexico City and was already becoming recognized for his own talent by the time he was 16. This Mexican trovador is sponsored by AeroMexico and has built a successful career throughout Latin America and in Spain. When a born poet sings trova, you can be certain this is a "must see" event. Visit the website of Alejandro Filio to learn more about the talented Mexican trovador.
Location: Centro Cultural Dante, Prol. Montejo just past the railroad tracks
Time: call: 926-4566 or 927-7441 or Cell: (999) 900-6890
Admission: Tickets available at the box office and Farmacias del Ahorro (Aleman location)

Yucatan Living Jazz Sensitive with Mauricio Bonfiglio
Look for a new weekly event in Merida. Jazz Sensitive is unter the direction of Mauricio Bonfiglio, with Gaby Ruz on the alto sax, Alberto Palomo on the electric base, Sol Castillo on guitar, and Edgar Boffill on piano. Check them out on Mauricio Bonfiglio’s MySpace.
Location: Patio Bar at T.G.I. Friday’s, at Altabrisa Shopping Center
Days and Times: Wednesday through Saturday: 9:30 PM
Admission: FreeThe Barber of Seville Opera in Merida

Yucatan Living The Barber of Seville
The stars are already gathering in Merida for their performances on May 29 & 31, so mark your calendars and purchase your tickets today. The Symphony season is drawing to a close and each performance gets better than the last. Don’t miss "The Barber of Seville," with music provided by the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan and some pretty fine baritone singing by one of Mexico’s own, José Adan Pérez.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Times: May 29 & 31: 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM; June 2, 4, & 6: 9:00 PM
Admission: $400, $350, $300 (students & INAPAM 50% discount)

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Music Under the Stars: The Golden Era of Rock & Roll
Bring along your Blue suede shoes and rock the night away to the best of Rock & Roll from the 50s, 60s & 70s.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72, Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Starts at 8:00 PM, Dinner Buffet at 8:30 PM
Admission: $90 pesos per person, seating limited to 50 Rock & Rollers. Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to arrange for seating and catering.


Saturday (Sábado) May 30, 2009

Yucatan Living Poetry Reading and SharingPoetry Reading at Cafe Chocolate
Come one! Come all! New readers welcome! Every Saturday, for at least the next 3 months, there is going to be an open mike poetry reading at Cafe Chocolate. You can read your own poems or the poetry of someone else. This sounds like great fun so please do go out and support it. It is not only new, but it helps to round out the cultural experiences we are so fortunate to have here in Merida. Be sure and read the website (see link below). It is guaranteed to make you smile and will certainly make you feel as if you must stop by. This week’s reading dedicated to Mario Beneditti (Uruguay, 1920 – 2009), who just died this past week.
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Back Patio, Calle 60 x 49
Time: All Saturdays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Cinema: City of God
The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well…too well. 1970′s: Li’l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him sane. Rocket has watched his friends get more powerful, and he wants no part of it. All he wants to do is take pictures. This movie debuted in 2002 and was nominated for four Oscars. Groundbreaking direction, cinematography and a great story. Originally shot in Portuguese, so possibly showing without English subtitles.
Location: Video Sala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free – This is an adult only film

Yucatan Living Live Theater at the Olimpo
This is a monologue performed by Hugo Altez Alberti, who graduated from Escuela Municipal de Artes Dramatico Margarita Xirgu de Montevideo, Uruguay with the title of Actor. He is in the Guiness Record Book for having performed in La Leccion de Anatomia for 27 years without interruption. This performance is Track: 5 People in Search of Love. Altez Alberti plays 5 completely different characters. The obsessions and madness of each of them shows us, with humor, the difficulties associated with the attempt to find love in a society that is filled with deceit.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $100 pesos

Sunday (Domingo) May 31, 2009

Yucatan Living Museums: The Magic of the Train
This event will mark the closing of the Month of the Museums in Merida. It will take place in the Museo del Ferrocarril (Museum of the Train) and will include a short trip in a train, along with painting workshops and guided tours. The program is billed as a fair that takes the visitor on a trip through time by railroad. the object is to bring the magic of the railroad to new generations.
Location: Museo del Ferrocarril, Calle 43 x 46 y 48
Time: 9:00 AM Sunday

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Secret Weapons and Great Escapes
This documentary is about the ways in which animals and insects protect themselves and make their escape in time of danger.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Barber of Seville The Barber of Seville, Opera in Merida
The stars are already gathering in Merida for their performances on May 29 & 31, so mark your calendars and purchase your tickets today. The Symphony season is drawing to a close and each performance gets better than the last. Don’t miss "The Barber of Seville," with music provided by the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan. Three more performances in the first week of June, and then it’s over! Read more about it in our article about the young man who plays Figaro, José Adán Pérez.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Times: May 29 & 31: 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM; June 2, 4, & 6: 9:00 PM
Admission:$400, $350, $300 (students & INAPAM 50% discount)


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living For those of you who heard the rumours that Cirque du Soleil is coming to Merida, we investigated! We called around and finally talked to the intended venue. They told us that the event was scheduled but has been canceled. Qué dommage!  (That means “too bad” for those of you who don’t speak French…)

Yucatan Living Centro Virya "You are the Light" Activities in MayYoga Classes in Merida
Yoga Lecture and Practice (History of Yoga and multilevel practice)
Instructor: Alejandra Cruz
Arabian Dance Workshop (single and double circular veil)
Instructor: Manisha
Yoga and Meditation by the Sea
Location: Chelem
Find out more at their website:

Yucatan Living June 5: Judging for 4th Handicraft Competition in Merida
The featured media in this competition includes cotton and linen textiles, woodwork, fiber arts, jewelry made from indigineous seeds, stonework, pottery, traditional toys and more! There are some "big money" prizes for this event, so expect the best of the best. Mark this date on your calendars now!
Location: At the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: TBA
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday June 7: Los Juglares in Concert: Two PerformancesLos Juglares
This beloved group consists of two sets of brothers: Fernando and Jose Vadillo Vázquez, and Caesar and Jose Marrufo Ore. On this day, they will present two concerts in honor of their new CD, dedicated to the mothers of Yucatan. The name of the CD is Para la reina de reinas (For the Queen of Queens) and no one can sing these ballads better than Los Juglares
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos (do get your tickets early!)

Yucatan Living A Yoga Curriculum by Semilla Yoga
Next Class: June 20
This program has something to offer for students, teachers, and anyone who is interested in learning about the practice of Yoga. The platform is based on the methods of BKS Iyengar. The curriculum will be taught in periods of 3 workshops each. The first group of classes will begin this week, May 23, and continue on June 20 and July 11. The second group of classes will take place on Sept. 10, Oct. 12, and Nov. 14. For complete information on the topics of each workshop and the instructors, please visit the website of Semilla Yoga
Location: Semilla Yoga, Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26 Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: Saturdays – see dates above
Admission: $1,800 per period or $700 per individual workshop

Yucatan Living June 5 through June 14Cultural Festival in Oaxaca
First Ever Cultural Festival in Oaxaca
Sometimes, folks just need a little help to get started. Such was the case in Oaxaca, where they have wonderful artists, sculptors, artisans, and musicians. Their ceramics and textiles are especially sought after, and the food is wonderful. …but nobody ever came to help them put it all together until now. The former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, through his foundation, Centro Fox, has organized and is producing a 10 day cultural extravaganza in Oaxaca. The events are too numerous to list here, but are all listed, complete with locations, times, and admissions, if you just click HERE. Centro Fox has done much to assist Oaxaca in its efforts to get back on its feet after a difficult period in its history and, for that, we know that Centro Fox and its founder are deeply appreciated. By the way – its cooler in Oaxaca so, if the heat starts getting to you, head on up to the first Cultural Festival in Oaxaca and tell us all about it when you get back home!

Yucatan Living Life Long Learning: 2009-2010
This is going to be a banner year for Life Long Learning. Their program is more diversified than ever! they’ll be taking cultural trips that include a week to Tabasco, Chiapas, and Campeche; a photo tour to Chiapas; a week to Morelia, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende; and the International Women’s Club Retreat to Ek Balam, Coba & Valladolid. Workshops will include Mexican cooking with Chef Greg Fryer, personal growth with psychologist Dr. Rainie Bailey, memoir and life writing with Joanne Rosado, digital photography, drawing and sketching with Doug Greenwood, and Spanish classes. In addition, Life Long Learning will participate in a sustainable economic development project in Santa Elena that includes the development of handicrafts, biking, hiking, birding, and nature tours. As if that isn’t enough, Life Long Learning will also be involved in several social activities with the language and tourism students at T.T.T., including an annual Christmas carol concert and an exposition of their unique Christmas cards. All in all, it is an absolute must that you bookmark the website of Life Long Learning and check it regularly for upcoming events. Snowbirds – Hurry Home! There is MUCH to do and Life Long Learning is waiting for you!
Note: Registration is open now and some of these trips and workshops have limited enrollment, so please register soon.
For more information, you can also e-mail ttac [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx or call (999) 928-3515 and ask to speak with Joanna Rosado, Carlos Rosado or Jeanette Borg.


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3 Responses to “Merida Events: Openings & Beginnings”

  1. Just an FYI. I just got tickets to Barber of Seville and they are quadruple of what you are quoting, i.e the $100 peso seats are $400 pesos. INAPAM cards are accepted for 1/2 as you said.

  2. Wonderful website… keep up the good work. I am coming down from Arizona in the middle of June. Hope to see many more events. I am looking for a modest casa to rent in Centro Historico or its surroundings. Too bad about Cirque du Soleil! Maybe I will be able to see the Barber of Seville. How long a run is it having?

  3. The Barber of Seville’s last performance in Merida is June 6. For more information, read our article about one of the star performers.


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