The Art of French Cartoons
Amate Books, on Calle 60 at Calle 51, is hosting a small exhibit about French-language cartoons and comics, called Heroés de Papel (Heroes on Paper). This exhibit was presented earlier at the Alliance Francaise here in Merida and at CENART in Mexico City in the Museo de la Caricatura (Museum of Caricatures). The exhibit will be leaving here soon and going to Saltillo, Toluca, Torreón, La Paz and finally to Guadalajara for the International Festival of Books. There are some lovely original drawings, as well as samples of all different kinds of comic books and cartoons from different eras, including TinTin!
Monday (Lunes) August 6, 2007
Summer Guitar Course: Yucatecan Trova Guitar
Starting tonite and going through September 1st, this course will be taught four nights per week for the next four weeks. Students must bring their own acoustic "trova-style" guitar, be at least 14 years old, have some experience playing the guitar. You must also bring your birth certificate and a small foto of yourself (passport-sized). Classes will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Location: Centro Municipal de Danza, Calle 62 #466 x 55 y 57 in the Centro
Time: Not apparent… best to go there and ask.
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
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
Tuesday (Martes) August 6, 2007
Merida Men’s Group
The Men’s Group meets on the first and third Tuesday mornings of every month. We are often asked, “I’m thinking of moving to Yucatan. Where can I find other gringos who live there?” When ladies first came to Yucatan, most of them want to see grocery stores and the quality of shopping for necessities; but what about the guys? If you think you might want to move to Yucatan, why not plan your reconnaissance vacation so you can catch one of the bimonthly meetings of the Men’s Club? This is a chance to see old friends, meet new ones, and toss around a few ideas for community service projects. Its also an opportunity to share things you have learned about who to call when you need a craftsman or workman, or anything else in Merida. And each meeting features an interesting local resident, speaking about their business or hobby.
Location: Bistro Kaapej (above Benedetti’s Pizza)at
Calle 20 and Prolongation Montejo
Time: 9:00 AM
Admission: Small donation
Hairspray and Movie Info
Tonite is the opening of the movie Hairspray at Cine Hollywood. Well, there’s an Avant Premiere there tonite, held by Cines y Algo Más. We’re not sure what is happening other than the movie, but the movie has gotten good reviews. While we’re on the subject, if you ever need to find out what movies are playing in the area, check the Cartelera section of the Diario de Yucatan’s website. Also opening this week is The Simpsons Movie and Evan Almighty.
Location: Cines Hollywood 2 (at Gran Plaza on Paseo Montejo Prolongación)
Time: 9:30 PM
Admission: The price of the movie, which is usually about $40 pesos
Movie: Barton Fink
(United States, 1991) Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Stars John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, and Michael Lerner. Barton Fink tells the story of a young, intense and rather dislikeable writer of social realist plays in the early 1940s, who’s raison d’etre is to create a theater of the common man, which would be nice if it were not for the fact that he not only suffers from writer’s block – but also does not have even a hint of the ability to relate to “the common man.” As we all know, if it stars John Goodman, its well worth going to see!
Location: Centro Cultural “José Martí”, Av. Colón X C 20 En el Parque de las Américas, Col. García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM
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.
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Wednesday (Miercoles) August 8, 2007
Regional Theater is Back!
This is a regional production that moves from park to park throughout the city. Sometimes it is in Spanish and sometimes in Mayan – but it is always interesting! Its been gone for a few weeks, but its back now. Keep an eye out for when it comes to a park near you!
This Week: Col. Lazaro Cardenas
Location: On the basketball field
Time: 7:00 PM
Thursday (Jueves) August 9, 2007
“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
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. 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) August 10, 2007
Baila Merida (Merida Dances)
Dedicado a los adultos de la 3ra. Edad (Dedicated to adults of the "third age")
Why, I don’t believe I have ever heard anybody say “This is an old people’s dance” quite so respectfully. This is a great dance, even if it has been designed for the over-60 crowd. The park is wonderful and there are food vendors available. So come on down. If you’re over 60, this is for you (big band sound). If you are under 60, you can watch us have a good time and even take a spin or two around the dance area yourself! If you are a visitor – you can tell the folks back home that you danced in the park with the “old folks!” We’ll look for you there!
Location: Parque Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47 y 45, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
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
Saturday (Sabado) August 11, 2007
Ciclo de Guitars 2007
This is a concert by two of Merida’s own: Augusto Tec (before intermission) and Ricardo Castilla (after intermission). We have some of the finest classical guitarists in the world living right here in Merida. Most attend UNAM’s National School of Music, studying classical guitar and play with our very rare Orchestra of Guitars.
This is the first season for solo performances and they are spectacular. We must support this type of cultural event, to help keep classical guitar alive in an era when it could so easily be lost. There will be 14 guitarists this season sharing the sentimental music of our state. The last show will be September 8.
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Mérida (Calle 62 x 59 y 61)
Time: 8:00 PM
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 (Cancelled by rain)
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
Sunday (Domingo) August 12, 2007
Arctic and Antarctic
A great documentary for the kids when it’s hot outside! Explore the lives and legends about polar bears and other arctic animals. Get to know all about animals that prefer the cold.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 near Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 Noon
Sunday mornings 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.
The 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
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 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. 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. There are booths set up selling old books, honey products, huipiles, antiques and great food. And there’s 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
Do you know the name of the new Poet Laureate of the US? Now you do.