This Week… starting May 18, 2009
Notice: Events Sponsored by Estado de Yucatan
The Events Calendar for the State of Yucatan still reports that their sponsored events, during the month of May, have all been postponed until a later date. They apologize for the inconvenience and ask for our understanding.
Notice: Events Sponsored by the Ayuntamiento de Merida
All of the regularly scheduled events listed on our Ongoing Events pages will be held as usual. It is only the special events that continue to be postponed until they can be rescheduled.
In the City This Week
Monday (Lunes) May 18, 2009
See our ongoing events page here.
Tuesday (Martes) May 19, 2009
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 Tuesday
Tuesday of Trova: Trio Romance
This is one of the regularly scheduled events in Merida. We report it here because the performers change weekly and always give their audiences one of the best shows in the city. Trio Romance, under the direction of Daniel Ayuso, is all about trova and not to be missed.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Wednesday (Miercoles) May 20, 2009
Wednesday in Concert: A tribute to Alberto Cortez
This tribute is to author, composer, and interpreter Alberto Cortez. Soloists will be Ileana Cortes and Carlos Sansores. Wednesday in Concert is another of the regularly scheduled events in Merida that has different performers each week. They are always special and we are pleased to announce their performances on Yucatan Living.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Thursday (Jueves) May 21, 2009
Museum of the City of Merida: Inauguration of the Exposition
The collective exhibition known as "Identities" will open in the Museum of Merida. We are so pleased to see this museum, along with all of the other museums in our area, finally have a cultural calendar of their own! The Museum of the City of Merida is one of the most active and engaged museums in the city and we look for great things to come from this museum for many many years to come.
Location: Gallery of Municipal Arts of Merida in the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
May 21, 22, & 23 The Sacred Mayan Journey 2009
The annual Sacred Mayan Journey will take place this year on May 21, 22, and 23. The voyage will be carried out in traditional Mayan canoes starting in Polé, today Xcaret, to the island of Cozumel, and then on to Playa del Carmen (former Xamanhá part). 25 handmade canoes have been made according to the traditional Mayan model, and 300 rowers from the communities of Xcaret, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen are trained for their navigation. The journey is to give thanks to the godess Ixchel. This will be a "Trade Days" -type event that showcases the history of the Mayans, as well as offers a look into their lives today. Follow this link to the complete 3 day schedule of events and to find out more about what has come to be a very successful anual event.
Jazzin’ Merida: The Yucatones
The Yucatones will take the stage at Jazzin’ Merida this Thursday, May 21, with clean shirts, tuned guitars, and hearts full of soul. They’ll even stick to beer and wine to insure a strong finish… and maybe even a post-gig acoustic table jam with David "Toots" Abhari on harmonica, followed by an open forum with the players to discuss their musical influences and their feelings about the long-term effects of Mutually Assured Destruction on global foreign policy. Well, probably not the foreign policy part, but the rest almost for sure.
Location: Jazzin Merida, Calle 56 x 53
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos
Friday (Viernes) May 22, 2009
May 22th – 25th: Yoga Goddess Weekend Getaway
This invitation is especially to women over 40 who would like to relax deeply and be nurtured in an environment that will support you to feel your best. Your teacher will be Arielle Newman, of Yoga By the Sea and More Than Yoga. No prior yoga experience necessary for this rejuvenating weekend of yoga, massage, meditation, and fun.
Location: Alhambra Hotel, Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
Admission: Single: $665 USD; Double: $542;
More information: Visit their website.
Centro Virya "You are the Light" Photography Workshop Begins
See "Coming Soon" (below) for complete listing of activities and classes.
Saturday (Sábado) May 23, 2009
Poetry Reading and Sharing
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.
Location: Cafe Chocolate, Back Patio, Calle 60 x 49
Time: All Saturdays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Website: Here. http://www.jkpublishing.org/dsm_index.php
Documentary: Science is Culture: "We Play With Colors"
This documentary emphasizes that everything we, as humans, become involved in ultimately has a component of color associated with it.
Location: Museum of Natural History, on 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM Saturday
Quoi de Neuf Invites You to "White Night"
This is an event that is a little different than most for QdN. Tonight’s little party is a "bring a covered dish" for the buffet and BYOB event. You are also asked to dress in white, if possible. For those who are not familiar with this group, QdN is the new and very popular French-speaking group in Merida, including their friends and those who wish they could speak French.. View photos of previous meetings to see how much fun these folks are having.
Location: This event is in the home of Carolina and Denis Mazeran, located at Calle 22 # 118 x 3 y 5 Colonia García Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Bring a dish and BYOD (Buy your Own Drinks)
Sunday (Domingo) May 24, 2009
Documentary: Diving in the Deep Sea
This is a wonderful documentary in which the viewer is submerged in the sea with a quite likeable little globe named Spin. Watch and learn as Spin tells you all about the land forms under the sea, the great whales, the playful dolphins, and the frightening sharks.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Centro Virya "You are the Light" Activities in May
(1) Photography Workshop in which students take their own photos with newer photography equipment.
Facilitator: Marta Sanz, Professional Photographer
Dates/Times: May 22: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, plus other dates sufficient to make up a 10 hour workshop.
Admission: through May 15: $600 pesos; after May 15: $750 pesos
(2) Yoga Lecture and Practice (History of Yoga and multilevel practice)
Instructor: Alejandra Cruz
Date/Time: May 29: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos per person
(3) Arabian Dance Workshop (single and double circular veil)
Date/Time: May 30: 10:00 AM to Noon or 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos per person
(4) Yoga and Meditation by the Sea
Date and Time: TBA
Location: Calle 20 No. 101 La casa del Flamboyán x 21 y 25 Colonia Itzimná. Around the corner of the Nextel across from the Church.
May 27 – A Must See Event
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
Admission: $10 pesos. The theater only holds 400, so get your tickets early!
May 29 & 31; June 2, 4, & 6: 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
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: $150, $100, $80, and $60 pesos (students & INAPAM 50% discount)
May 29: 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.
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
Sunday June 7: Los Juglares in Concert: Two Performances
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!)