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Merida Events: Trova, Comedy & Cinema


It is interesting to realize that, with all these events and more, this is a "quiet week" in Merida. It is amazing how much we take for granted. Please try to attend these events and show your support for the wonderful artists and musicians who provide us with a cultural experience that others cannot even imagine.

Monday (Lunes) February 25, 2008

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary. The library really needs English-speaking participants, as word is getting out that this is a great place to learn English. Come and participate!
Location: Merida English Library , Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan Living Vaqueria Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, 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) February 26, 2008

Yucatan Living Movie: Stand By Me (United States, 1986)
A coming of age movie written by Stephen King, directed by Rob Reiner and starring River Phoenix and Kiefer Sutherland.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon and Calle 21, Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: with Trio Nova
Under the direction of Juan Jamie Rosado. Tuesday of Trova has got to be one of the best performances of the week in Merida. This is a wonderful experience, especially if you have visitors and want to show them the real music of Yucatan.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
Dance to the Big Band sound of the 40’s, played by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Sit with the crowd in the park, at one of the restaurants that look out over the "dance floor" and eat dinner, or get out there and dance!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 by Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for about 1.5 hours
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) February 27, 2008

Yucatan LivingViva Latinoamerica with Augusto Lara and Christina Campos
This is the "must see" performance of the evening. Sweet music from two of Merida’s finest. Not to be missed!
Location:
Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 MXP

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
Conducted by Keith Heitke for the benefit of M.E.L.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at Calle 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Wednesday night is poker night at Mercer Cigars. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location: Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Phone: 944-3647

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week. Tonite’s music is provided by Sergio Aguilar and the Fusion Power Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Wednesday through Saturday. Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Thursday (Jueves) February 28, 2008

Yucatan Living An Alberto Alvarez Concert!
It is amazing to see an event like this as a one-liner in a simple listing of events for the week. It is hard not to type "Do you know who this man is???!!!" Alberto Alvarez is a pianist at UADY and teacher to world famous vocal stars. "Just a little something" in Merida’s bevy of artists… but astounding to those of us who aren’t used to "world famous" artists and musicians at every turn. This is the "pick of the night" so be sure not to miss it.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free!

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week. Tonite’s performer is a virtuoso jazz pianist, Rene Monte Rosa.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Wednesday through Saturday. Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: Charlie Chaplin Short Anthology (1917 – 1919)
Starring Charlie Chaplin
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema: Steamboat Bill, Jr (U.S., 1928)
Starring Buster Keaton Willie, the effete son of riverboat captain "Steamboat Bill," rescues his father and his future father-in-law from the river during a hurricane; thus proving his manhood.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music Concert
This musical program includes works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Prokofiev performed by Francesco Fabris on piano, the string quartet Quo Vadis and Paolo Dorlo on clarinet.
Location: Felipe Carrillo Puerto Theatre on Calle 60 between Calle 59 and Calle 57
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living


To Remember is to LiveLive 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: Free

Friday (Viernes) February 29, 2008

Yucatan Living Movie: The Agony and the Ecstasy (U.S. 1965)
Starring Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, and Diane Cilento. The biographical story of Michelangelo’s trials and tribulations while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.
Location:
Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week. Tonite listen to JaTin Lazz with Mauricio Bonfiglio.Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Wednesday through Saturday. Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Ballet Folklorico Presents Este Es Mexico (This is Mexico)
To mark the end of the UADY Anniversary celebration, the UADY Folkloric Ballet Company presents a dance program about Mexico.
Location: Calle 60 at Calle 57 in the courtyard of the UADY Building
Time: 9 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) March 1, 2008

Yucatan Living Korean Dance Festival Mugwonwa
The school of the Association of Korean Descendants here in Merida is holding a celebration and traditional dance festival.
Location: City Museum, Pasaje Portal de Granos (Calle 65 between the City Museum and the Pasillo with the arches)
Time: 6-8 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour
Reading to children in both Spanish and English. Volunteers always welcome!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: Every Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
The new home for jazz in Merida. Jazzin’ Merida has food, drinks (no alcohol yet, but soon!) and great live music every week.

Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Wednesday through Saturday. Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

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 there is 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 Merida and to our tourists from all over the world.
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
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
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) March 2, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary (Title yet to be Announced)
There is always a documentary at noon at the Museum of Natural History. Since this is the beginning of the month, announcements have not yet arrived. We will post the name of the documentary as soon as it is sent to us.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 #648 x 84 y 84A
Time: At Noon
Admission: Free

Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaYucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Back in full swing this week, the Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. The route usually begins in Ermita, but there is construction there right now, so we’re guessing it starts in San Juan, passes through the Centro up Calle 60 and then travels down Paseo de Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de 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 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 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. If the crowd starts to get to you, 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 Art on Paseo de Montejo
Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Colon, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Serenade Night in Merida
Four different trios serenade the city of Merida.
Location: the Olimpo, corner of Calle 61 and Calle 62
Time: 8 PM
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

March 7, 9, 14, & 16: The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Programs are listed on their website through June. These are "must see" events!

March 8 – 17: The Expo Fair in Muna Mark your calendars for this "shop til you drop" occasion. Fashion footwear, crafts, pottery, woodwork and clothes, including guayaberas and huipiles, will all be available at far better prices than in the city. Remember, Muna is famous for its reproductions of ancient Mayan ceramics, so bring plenty of money to buy all those beautiful things you may never be able to find anywhere else.

March 19, 20 and 21: Maya Cosmic University This new school for Maya studies kicks off with a trio of events celebrating the equinox. On Wednesday, the 19th, The Passion of Maya Chocolate teaches about the role of chocolate in the Mayan world, with lessons on preparing the chocolate (and tasting it too!). Thursday is Sacred Symbolism of Kukuulkaan, explaining the meaning behind the seven triangles of light created by the sun on the pyramid at this time of year in Chichen Itza. Friday, Sacred Ceremonies of the Equinox and the Full Moon, a special day of ceremony celebrating this special year when the Full Moon falls on the Equinox. For more information, contact Trudy at www.iluminado-tours.com or email trudy [at] iluminado-tours [dot] com.

 


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3 Responses to “Merida Events: Trova, Comedy & Cinema”

  1. ¡Superior, como siempre!

  2. Your website has been a great way to get to know Merida. I will be visiting next week and staying at La Cascada.
    I would love to meet you both and will try to get in touch.
    Sincerely,
    Maria

  3. Hello;
    We just returned from the beautiful Yucan area last night, and truly enjoyed it, and cannot wait to return. The one thing , other than the beauty of the area, is the fantastic people that live, and work in the area, they were all very friendly and always had a smile on their faces. They made us feel very welcome and appreciated.

    We felt as though we could live there, but know nothing about Meridia, did not have time to get over there. I did not see many Americans living in the areas that we traveled.

    We spent a day in Chichen Itza and it was wonderful as well, the Myan people were also very friendly, and it was a thrill to visit the Pyramids, and to learn about their history.

    Thanks again for all of your hospitality, and if God willing we will be back!!!

    Chuck & Eb

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