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Merida Events: Time for Dance

This Week… starting May 30, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week

There are no municipal festivals or fiestas beginning in Yucatan this week – however, that does not mean we are without celebrations…

Yucatan Living Progreso: Dia de la Marina (Navy Day)
On the night of May 31, there is always a concert by the Banda de Marina that includes marches in Plaza Militar. The next morning, June 1, there is a procession of private and Navy boats from the dock to Chicxulub Puerto, where they lay a wreath, in the water, to fallen marines. The procession then returns to the dock where it began.

In the City of Merida

Yucatan Living UNAM Summer Workshop: Italian Cinema
For any movie buffs looking for a good way to practice their listening and reading comprehension in Spanish, here’s a great opportunity. UNAM is giving a summer workshop on Italian cinema. The course runs for 3 weeks. There are 6 classes, divided as follows: 1) Faschism, 2) Second World War, 3) Postwar, the economic boom, and internal migration, 4) the 60s and the youth rebellion 5) Period of Political repression…the 70s and the beginnings of the 80s 6) up to today. It will be taught by two different teachers; one will cover the history of the period and the other will cover the cinematography, direction, and other aspects of the film itself. The last part of each evening will feature a film from that period, in Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Inscriptions are at the CEPHICS in the Rendon Peniche, Calle 43 on the east side of 50, in front of the train museum.  lenguas [dot] cephcis [at] gmail [dot] com 923 4273. Actual classes are at their school just next to Santa Lucia park
Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: All 6 courses cost 520 pesos. If you want to come to individual sessions they are 100 each.

Dance Season 2011

Monday (Lunes) May 30, 2011

Yucatan Living Gran Temporada de Danza 2011: Compania Danzart
This Jazz dance performance is under the direction of Abril Ferraez.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office


Tuesday (Martes) May 31, 2011

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Romanticos
This performance is under the direction of Josue Burgos
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Che: The Guerrilla
This is a 2008 Steven Soderbergh film, starring Benico del Toro, Franka Potente and Damian Bichir. In 1967, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Children / Music / Dance: Know Your TraditionsOrquesta Jaranera del Mayab
This will be a multidisciplinary artistic performance that includes Orquesta jaranera del Mayab and the Ballet Folklorico of the State.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Space is limited, please call for reservations: 942-3800, exts. 54012, 54018, or 54019

Yucatan Living The Rescue of the Sounds of Yucatan
Expositor: Paul Rodriguez
Location: Sala de arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan: End of School Performances
Tonight, we will see the Talented Youth of the Felipe Carrillo Puerto School
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gran Temporada de Danza 2011: Compania Cressida Danza
This contemporary dance group is under the direction of Lourdes Luna
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available in the box office



Wednesday (Miercoles) June 01, 2011

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Museum: Noche de Trova
This is a beautiful venue from which to hear the signature music of Yucatan.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free


Thursday (Jueves) June 02, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living El Grupo ObáGrupo Obá
Alejandro Pinzón, violin, Antonio Vázquez, guitar, Jonathan Vázquez, percussion
El Grupo Obá includes popular songs from different eras, making a tour through the traditional Yucatecan Trova, Son Cubano, Bolero, Mambo, Cumbia, Rumba Flamenca, among other genres. After several years of absence from the stage Yucatan, El Grupo Obá members meet once more to share their unique musical approach. We recommend this event because Alejandro Pinzón will be leaving for the U.S. soon and this may be your last chance to hear this group for a while.
Location: Bistro Bohemio (across from Plaza Fiesta), Calle 6 No. 421-A x 1 y 17-A. Col. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz
Time: 9:00 PM

Admission: $50 pesos. Reservations: (91) 65-64-00 y al (91) 27-24-67


Friday (Viernes) June 03, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Denis LaFoy’s TGIF Gathering
This is a perfect place to get together with other expats.
Location: La Choperia, Calle 56 #456 x 53 y 51, Centro
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Dance: Hunak Ku
This performance is under the direction of Tobias Ojeda
Location: Auditorium of the Olympo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free


Saturday (Sabado) June 04, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Lady of the Assassins (La Virgen de los Sicarios)The Lady of the Assassins
This is part of the Latin American cinema series. The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capitol hometown of Medellin, Colombia and the gun-happy 16-year-old assassin Alexis, who murders all too easily. When Alexis himself is fatally gunned down, grief-stricken Fernando hunts for his young lover’s killer in the Medellin slums, but instead encounters Wilmar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Alexis.
Location: Audiovisual, Centro Cultural Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 and 7:00 pm, Saturday
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) June 05, 2011

Yucatan Living Movie: The Rose Seller (La Vendedora de Rosas)
This is part of the Latin American cinema series. 13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother beats her.
This is an Adults Only film.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM SundayJewels of the Caribbean
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Jewels of the Caribbean
This documentary shows beautiful footage of reefs throughout the Caribbean, along with the wildlife that lives in some of the most beautiful water in the world.
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Women’s Championship: June 13 – 18
Participants: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States and Venezuela, with two countries from the Central American and Caribbean sub-zone also to be announced later in the Spring. The top three placed teams from both championships will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships in France.
Location: Ciudad de la Paz Stadium
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Summer Arts School for Kids: July 11 – Aug. 4
This is a four-week international bilingual program for local and international students ages 8-13. The summer course will be taught in both English and Spanish by an array of educators and teaching artists from the United States and Mexico. This extraordinary team of teachers will offer the students a multi-disciplinary exploration of the theme of "Beneath the Surface" through the visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing. Students will read a variety of books–in Spanish and English–and will create public performances and exhibits each week of the program. Contact Habla through their website,
Location: Habla, Calle 26 No. 99 B x 19 y 21 Col. México Shakira in Merida
Time: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Yucatan Living Shakira in Merida, City of Peace: July 16,2011
This will be a massive free concert by a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and Colombian, who sings pop rock in Spanish and English. Shakira can easily be called one of the most influential entertainers, worldwide, of the 21st century! Juanes’ concert saw a 26% increase in tourism in the city. We can only imagine the effect this international wonder will have on Merida’s hotel industry alone. Mark your calendars and make your plans to be in Merida on July 16 for this internationally acclaimed event.
Location: La Plancha (the former train station)
Time: TBA
Admission: Free !!!

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