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Merida Events – Sept 10 to 17, 2007

New shows in the Museums and Galleries around Merida

Earlier work of Reynaldo Bolio Suarez in woodSculptural Reliefs of Heroes of the Country

The work of sculptor Reynaldo Bolio Suárez, depicting 14 heroes of Independence and the Mexican Revolution, including Miguel Hidalgo, Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, Vicente Guerrero, Agustín Iturbide, Andrés Quintana Roo, Benito Juárez, Emiliano Zapata and Francisco Villa, as well as the national shield, will be on display in the Central Patio of the Olimpo until October 6. These bronze over fiberglass and resin reliefs are stunning and this is a must see showing.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo (corner of Calle 61 and 62)
Admission: Free

Fantastic Creatures by Pilar Varas Gómez:
Paintings and Sculptures

32 Classic paintings, pictures, self-portraits, and 9 sculptures. This is the artist’s first individual exhibition. Location: Gallery of the University Cultural Center (in the main UADY building at the corner of Calle 60 and Calle 57)
Time: September 6 through October 15
Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM; and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Monday (Lunes) September 10, 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 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. Merida continues to support the Vaquería, a spectacular ballet, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) September 11, 2007

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: "Noche Mexicana en Martes de Trova"
Tonight, you will hear Sergio Cámara Gurbiel, declamador; Tony Espinosa, soloist and the music of the Mariachi Real de mi Tierra. If you don’t know who Tony Espinosa is, you are certainly in for a treat. He just so happens to be “El Señor Amor” ("Mr. Love") of the Trova of Yucatan. This is guaranteed to be a wonderful performance..
Location: The Patio of the Olimpo
Time: 8:30 PM
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Admission: Free
Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
This is a weekly dance, held since every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. There is plenty of space in the park for dancing and food vendors. 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) September 12, 2007

Yucatan Living Wednesday’s at Peon Contreras Theater:
Vamos de Gallo

Performing tonight will be the Folkloric Ballet of the State and the Mariachi Real Mi Tierra. These Wednesday at Peon Contreras productions all promise to be spectacular events.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 General Admission, $30 for teachers, students, ISSTEY and INAPAM
Yucatan Living Miercoles en Concierto: “El Otro México” (The Other Mexico)
A performance by Angélica Balado.
Location: The Auditorium of the Olimpo (Calle 61 and 62)
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: General: $50, Students & INAPAM: $30

Yucatan Living Wednesday’s Regional Theater
This week’s Location: Comisaría Dzununcán, on the Basketball field.
For the entire family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) September 13, 2007

Yucatan Living Jazz is Back at UADY
The new season is getting underway with all of our favorite performances back again! Tonight: The voice of Charo Nieto, with Edgar Boffill at the piano, Jeffrey Kipperman plays bass, and Arturo Guzman is the drummer. What a night!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto at the University Cultural Center
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free
Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature!
For: Adolescents and Adults
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo (Calle 61 and 62)
Admission: Free

First Show: Pete Kelly’s Blues (United States, 1955)
Directed by and starring Jack Webb. This movie’s got it all. Janet Leigh is featured as party girl Ivy Conrad, and Peggy Lee portrays alcoholic jazz singer Rose Hopkins. Ella Fitzgerald makes a memorable cameo as singer Maggie Jackson (a character played by a white actress in the radio series). Lee Marvin, Martin Milner and a very young Jayne Mansfield also make early career appearances in minor roles. This is “the” quintessential classic movie!
Time: 6:00 PM
Second Feature: Goldfinger (United States, 1964)
Directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Sean Connery. Out of 7 nominations, this movie won 4 Oscars. Investigating a gold magnate’s gold smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Time: 8:00 PM

 

Yucatan Living Yucatán Sings and Dances
Presentation of the Folkloric Ballet of the Mexican Institute of Art with the participation of the cantantes Luis Alfonso Castillo, Carlos Antonio Villegas and Vicente González.
Location: Teatro Carlos Acereto
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free
Yucatan Living Añoranzas Mexicanas (Mexican Nostalgia)
A spectacular comic – poetic – musical performance under the direction of Maestra Nancy Roche
Location: The Auditorium of the Olimpo (Corner of Calle 61 and 62)
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: General: $50, Students and INAPAM: $30
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 else but in Merida these days. And unwind beneath the big trees.
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) September 14, 2007

Yucatan Living In Remembrance of the 50 th Anniversary of the Death of Poet Antonio Mediz Bolio
Orquesta Típica Yukalpetén le Canta a México performs under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. Soloists will include Jesús Armando, Maricarmen Pérez, Nancy Maas and Eduardo Rosado. We have not heard several of these soloists, but Jesús Armando is absolutely spectacular. We are certain that the others will be as well.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras (Calle 60 at Calle 57)
Time: 8:00 PM

 

 

Yucatan LivingThe Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan

In its Eighth Season, the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan is back and better with each passing year. Tonight’s performance is “Viva México” under the direction of Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz. In addition to the Orchestra, you will have the pleasure of listening to the voices of soprano Claudia Rodríguez, as well as two of the most talented choral groups in the world, the Coro de Cámara de Yucatán and the Coro Polifónico del ICY.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 No. 495 x 59 y 61, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM

 

 

Yucatan Living Alegría Mexicana
A performance by the Ballet Infantil of the City Council of Merida. These children are between the ages of 8 and 12 and they are just so talented. We all need to go out and support them any time we have the opportunity.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de Las Americas (Avenida Colon and Calle 30, Garcia Gineres)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Las Tortugas pueden Volar (Turtles can Fly)
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi and starring Soran Ebrahim and Saddam Hossein Feysal. This film’s story is about the history that is being made on the border between Turkey and Iraq . The children who live there develop an incredible instinct for survival.
Location: Videosala of the University Cultural Center
Time: 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

 

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
Yucatan Living Baila Merida (Dance Merida)
Ok, all you folks from Louisiana … They’ve got a little chachachá going on here, but there’s a whole lot of double timing with a Caribbean flavor. Sounds like home to me! This dance moves around the city, so always check back to see where it is this week.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana (Calle 60 and Calle 47)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
Yucatan Living Art Opening: Semblanza Indigeno (Profile of the indigenous)

A painter named Carol Acereto opens a show tonite of her lovely and colorful paintings of locals, idealized in fantasy colors and spaces. The show will be open for one month from tonite.
Location: Galeria Picheta (next to the Governor’s Palace)
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) September 15, 2007

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 it’s 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 our own backyard here in Merida.
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 even the 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) September 16, 2007

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
In its Eighth Season, the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan is back and better with each passing year. Tonight’s performance is “Viva México” under the direction of Juan Felipe Molano Muñoz. In addition to the Orchestra, you will have the pleasure of listening to the voices of soprano Claudia Rodríguez, as well as two of the most talented choral groups in the world, the Coro de Cámara de Yucatán and the Coro Polifónico del ICY.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 12:00 Noon
Yucatan Living Orquestra Típica Yukalpetén
The local orchestra which plays typical Yucatecan music, dressed in all white guayaberas and huipiles, is playing tonite as well. Tonight’s performance feaures songs about Mexico, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. For more information, you can call 930-4708
Location: The Casa de Cultura in Progreso, Calle 25 x 30 & 32 OR Calle 80 x 21… We aren’t sure!
Time: 8:00 PM
Dogs in Merida Mexico
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. An informal group has started meeting 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 is part of a national plan to get people out for physical exercise, as well as for community building activities and it’s alive and well, even in the middle of summertime. It begins early, at 8:00 AM, and ends at noon. There is a set route that 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!
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
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 Dancing at Santa Lucia Park on Sunday morningeverything 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. There’s also usually a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the 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. Or 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 food, live music and lots of dancing. The dancing and music is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
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 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

 

Coming Soon!

Yucatan Living National Fencing Championship to be held in Merida!
The National Fencing Championship matches will take place at Yucatan ‘s Century XXI Convention and Exhibition Center from September 22 to 24. We have two Yucateco students who will compete for a slot to represent Mexico at the world championship in Beijing , China . Our participants are Ángela Bacelis Rivero (in photo) and Alvaro Dorantes Gutiérrez-Zamora.

Yucatan Living The State Fair
The 33 rd Fair Yucatan de Xmatkuil will begin Friday, November 9 th and will end on Sunday, December 2. This is the first time the State Fair has been extended into December. This is a great opportunity for many of the Snowbirds who don’t get here early enough to see this event. We understand that many of the spectaculars from last year, including dolphins and shark exhibits, will be returning. This is a wonderful slice of life in Yucatan and we encourage everyone to put the State Fair of Yucatan on your calendar as a must see event.

Yucatan Living Do you need Music?
Guitar Season is over, but we can still hear the music. Desde Merida, by Anthony Lamont Garcia, is available for sale at UADY, along with many other CDs that represent the best of the music of Yucatan .
Location: Coordinación de Arte y Cultura , Calle 64 # 411 x 47-A y 49 Centro, and Libreria Universitaria , 57 X 60, Centro
Price: $100.


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14 Responses to “Merida Events – Sept 10 to 17, 2007”

  1. [...] long now before we have to include what’s going on in Umán in Yucatan Living’s weekly Calendar of Events! We cannot tell you how pleased we are to see formal cultural development in the smaller cities of [...]

  2. Can you tell me where is the ‘University Cultural Center’?

    Thanks

  3. WOW! We’re considering relocating to Merida & we’ve found this FANTASTIC Website to help guide us to the right decision. We did not know there were so many great cultural activities to partake of. What a difference to the PLASTIC CANCUN! And Progreso beaches are sooooooo close. Keep twistin’ our arms!

  4. To Deb,
    I had the same question… just looked it up and added it to the listing. It’s their name for the UADY building at the corner of Calle 60 and Calle 57.

    To Roddrigo,
    There’s a reason that Merida is one of the top cities to live in in Mexico! Glad you like the website…

  5. Now lets get Serious… Looking for nice house for Rent/Buy Central Historic District, or North Side on the way to Progresso… Any Ideas out there?

  6. Roddrigo,

    Sometimes, I am obviously prejudiced in favor of Yucatan. My apologies in advance if this comparison offends anyone in another state. As I see it – There are several differences between cultural events for Yucatan and those in other states. First, some other states design their “cultural” events as tourist attractions, while Yucatan’s cultural events are a labor of love for our own state and people. If tourists want to come, fine. If not, we will still have these same events. Second, some other states charge tourist prices (big dollars) for everything, thus making it impossible for their own people to attend. In some other states, the poor in outlying villages couldn’t save up enough in a lifetime to attend most of the events in their own state. I have seen some other states that actually charge tourist prices to get into their State parks. That would never happen in Yucatan. Here, if villagers can’t get to the city, we bring even our world renowned symphony to them – free. But – you must remember that some of the “plastic” cities were developed quite recently and solely as tourist attractions. We have none of that in Yucatan. Oddly enough, we are a better tourist attraction many other places because we don’t have many “tourist attractions” – everything here is “for real.”

  7. Do you need to purchase tickets in advance for the Symphonic Orchestra´s performance? Thanks!

  8. The answer to that, Emma, is “sometimes”. In our experience, most of the time, you can get a ticket right before the performance. But sometimes there are special performances or popular evenings where they do sell out. This early in the season, you are probably okay buying tickets the same day as the performance.

  9. What about the commerce and business events? I cannot find a calendar of events at the Siglo XXI Conventions Center or the events at the main hotels anywhere. Do you know where to find it? I know there is an event by the Camara Nacional de Comercio de Merida, but do not know exactly when.

  10. We’ll see what we can find out and will endeavor to include business and commerce events when we know about them. Thank you for the suggestion!

  11. Siglo XXI is hard to find – now almost hidden on an inside page of the state site. The address is at this link. There are dates for the Expo Feria de Comercio 2007 salón Uxmal y Chichén Itzá (El foro comercial más importante del año!) Sept. 27 to 30 – but nothing more listed. Hope that helps.

  12. Roddrigo – no one answered your real estate question… but here is a resource…

    Open both of the following sections of el diario

    First: Go to el Diario’s real estate section:
    Front page: http://www.yucatan.com.mx/
    Click Avisos económicos drop down box on right
    Click on Bienes Raices
    Then you should be able to navigate the choices bar across the top.

    Second, open the real estate zone map (goes right down to street level): http://www.yucatan.com.mx/mapa.htm

    Get familiar with those two over a period of time and you’ll be better able to figure out where you are and how much things “really” should cost.

  13. alguien puede ayudarme a conseguir direccion telefono y wedsite de confecciones gil guayaberas

  14. Im trying to find the newspaper El Gallo local to Merida. I stayed with the family who owns it for a month and I would love to contact them. I googled it and got nothing. Have you heard of this paper?

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