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Merida Events: Fencing, Music, Ballet!

Siberian Ballet

Coming Soon! Get your tickets now!
The Siberian Ballet Performing Carmen. We have a feeling that right-now-this-minute is the perfect time to get your tickets to see the Siberian Ballet. They were here last year and performed Romeo and Juliet. This year, they will be performing Carmen. The season started several weeks ago, but it never seems as if it has really begun until one of these world acclaimed performance groups arrives in Merida. If you snowbirds hurry, you might get to see them!
Location: Teatro Mérida
Date: Friday October 5, 2007
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $400 and $500 pesos

 

 

 

 

The Merida English Library Proudly Presents: La Comida de Frida

Join the Merida English Library in the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birth by savoring her favorite dishes right after the first MEL’s symposium: "The Life and Art of Frida Kahlo". There will be a specially chosen menu for you, including the following Frida favorites:

  • Quesadillas with Guacamole
  • Ensalada de Nopalitos
  • Mole Poblano and Pipian Blanco, with chicken or Vegetarian Mexican red rice
  • Ate (guava paste) with cheese
  • Café en Olla
  • To drink: Jamaica or Sour Orange Juice
  • A Full Cash Bar will be available too!

Location: "La Casa de Frida" Restaurant (Calle 61 #526A x 66 & 66A. Centro)
Time and Date: This event will be on Saturday October 13th, 1:30PM
Price: $165 per Ticket (Includes taxes and tip!)
Notice: Tickets must be purchased in advance no later than Monday October 8th, 2007! Please specify if requesting a vegetarian meal.

The Growing Merida Art Scene

There seems to be enough going on in the emerging art scene in Merida to warrant a separate page. From now on, we will be listing the shows at the museums and galleries on the Art in Merida page. If you know of any galleries or museums that are missing from this list, please feel free to email us and we’ll update it right away!

Monday (Lunes) September 24, 2007

Yucatan Living National Fencing Championship
Tonight is the last night of the National Fencing Championship. Yucatan has already won two gold and two silver medals. The fencing team is making a name for themselves worldwide and we are just now becoming aware of how talented and skilled they really are. So if you have the inclination, turn up and support the team!

Location: Salón Progreso del Centro de Convenciones y Exposiciones Yucatán Siglo XXI
Admission: Free

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. 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) September 25, 2007

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova

Addalberto is one of our marvelous cantautores, so you really don’t want to miss this performance. We are seeing more and more of them lately and they are just marvelous. Tonight’s performance is called “Intimate” – which is quite an appropriate adjective for any evening spent with the trova.

Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: 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) September 26, 2007

Yucatan Living Wednesday Regional Theater. This week: Comisaría Cholul.
Cholul is a village where there’s not a thing to really see – except the church… and there’s sure not much to do… but the folks are nicer and the kids are cuter and even the puppies and kittens are sweeter than anyplace else you’ll ever find on this old planet we live on. Do come out for the regional theater in Cholul. You’ll be glad you did.

Location: Take the Cholul exit off the Periferico and just keep to the left at the curve. The show is on the basketball field. Which one? Just ask when you get into town. This is maybe all of 3 minutes past the Periferico, so you aren’t even leaving the city limits.

For: the whole family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: " Mozú….. La Voz"

We have not seen this particular performer. However, we did find a blog, written by a tourist who said, when describing a trip to Merida : “And the second day, ladies and gentlemen, the trova! And Mozú….. La Voz !!!” Well! That just about says it all, doesn’t it? But then, Wednesday in Concert is always a special night. The show tonight is Boleros Para Ti (Boleros for you)

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

Thursday (Jueves) September 27, 2007

Yucatan Living Expo: "Fair of Commerce 2007"

This is the most important Commerce Fair of the Yucatan Peninsula. Over five thousand square feet of the latest products for your home or business. From a notebook sized DVD player to a huge General Electric industrial refrigerator, all in the same place. There will be special offers for those looking for an Air Conditioner… a must have for any ex-pat!

Location: Uxmal and Chichén Itzá Halls at Siglo XXI Convention Center

Dates: From September 27 to September 30

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature

Location:Videosala del Olimpo
Admission: Free

First Feature: Marked Woman (United States, 1937)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis. Mary Dwight works as a hostess at the Club Intime run by ruthless gangster Johnny Vanning. When one of her "clients" is murdered prosecutor David Graham questions Mary but she won’t cooperate and Vanning is acquitted. When Mary’s sister Betty is killed by one of Vanning’s thugs she decides to spill the beans and is beaten into disfigurement. At her bedside all the hostesses agree to testify.
Time of First Feature: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: El Bruto (Mexico, 1952 – In Spanish, without English subtitles)

Starring: Pedro Armendáriz, Katy Jurado, Rosita Arenas and Andrés Soler among others.This is a powerful social melodrama which deals with a corrupt landlord who decides he needs a strong-arm man to intimidate his restless tenants. El Bruto, played by Pedro Armendariz, is the thick-headed slaughterhouse worker loyal to the exploiters. Bruto is lusted after by his employer’s frustrated wife and at the same time longs for an innocent girl whose father he unfortunately beat to death.
Time of Second Feature: 8:00 PM

 

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Camerata Académica de Merida – "A Mexican in Paris"
Under the artistic direction of Mtro. José Luis Chan Sabido. If someone asks you what fine art is… take them here. This group of Yucateco classical musicians have a range that extends from baroque through the romantic period and straight into contemporary music.

Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Pre-performance chat: 9:30 PM
Performance: 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) September 28, 2007

Yucatan Living Expo: "Fair of Commerce 2007"

Don’t forget to pay this fair a visit. Three days left only!

Location: Uxmal and Chichén Itzá Halls at Siglo XXI Convention Center
Dates: From September 27 to September 30

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: "Contemporary Theater: Dolores o La Felicidad"

An original Mexican drama by David Olguín,
Directed by Francisco Solis and performed by Compañía de Teatro Del Sueño

Location this week: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $50; Students and INAPAM: $30

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 de la Mejorada Calle 59 x 50, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
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

Saturday (Sabado) September 29, 2007

Yucatan Living Expo: "Fair of Commerce 2007"

Don’t forget to pay this fair a visit. Two days left only!

Location: Uxmal and Chichén Itzá Halls at Siglo XXI Convention Center
Dates: From September 27 to September 30

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Contemporary Theater: Dolores o la Felicidad
An original Mexican drama by David Olguín,
Directed by Francisco Solis and performed by Compañía de Teatro Del Sueño.

Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $50; Students and INAPAM: $30

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 -Featured This Week: Trio Ensueño and Bingo Show

The Trio Ensueño consists of Diego Jesus Cocom, Ricardo Ildefonso Jimenez Vallejos, and Juan Carlos Contreras Carrillo. This is an especially good trio and well suited for a night under the stars in Plaza Grande. There is always 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) September 30, 2007

Yucatan Living Expo: "Fair of Commerce 2007 – Closing Day "

Don’t forget to pay this fair a visit on it’s Closing Day, we’re sure you’ll find amazing offers!

Location: Uxmal and Chichén Itzá Halls at Siglo XXI Convention Center
Dates: From September 27 to September 30

Yucatan Living Documentary at the Museum of Natural History: "A Guide to Sharks"
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 A Movie for all ages at UADY : "The Ant Bully "
Starring the voices of Julia Roberts, Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and many more – with Tom Hanks as one of the producers. This movie was even reproduced by IMAX. The synopsis is: After Lucas Nickle floods an ant colony with his water pistol, he’s magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.

Location: Videosala in the Cultural Center at UADY
Time: 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living In You there is a Genius
This is a didactic musical performance, featuring the clarinet. The director is Mtro. José Luis Chan Sabido. This is a good show for children who like music.

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 12:00 PM (noon)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Camerata Académica de Merida performing: "A Mexican in Paris"
Under the artistic direction of Mtro. José Luis Chan Sabido. If someone asks you what fine art is… take them here. This group of Yucateco classical musicians have a range that extends from baroque through the romantic period and straight into contemporary music. They are just marvelous.

Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Pre-performance chat: 5:00 PM
Performance: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs
Dogs in Merida Mexico

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!
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

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 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 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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One Response to “Merida Events: Fencing, Music, Ballet!”

  1. Note that we just added the Siberian Ballet notice. If you love dance, you won’t want to miss this!

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