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Merida Events: Trova, Trova & More Trova


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This week, Yucatan’s Tribute to the Trovadors continues. All events associated with this special, month-long tribute are free. If you would like a preview of some of the performers you can hear this week, just look for the links throughout this page. Some will take you to videos, while others lead directly to home pages. In either case, explore the links and you will be treated to some of the best music in all the world.

The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan will not perform in Merida again until April 4. However, they continue to improve on their already quite wonderful website. Click here to find programs through June, ticket prices, and a telephone number you can call or fax. We hope you will bookmark that page and use it to help you plan your nights out or, if you don’t live here, your next trip to Merida.

This week, we also learned two new words: requinto and callejoneada. Read on to discover their meanings. Requinto is explained on Monday and callejoneada on Thursday.

 

Monday (Lunes) March 24, 2008Seth Montfort

Yucatan Living Live! From San Franciso… Seth Montfort on Piano
For a donation of $200 pesos, which will go to Oasis de San Juan de Dios & Brazos Abiertos, you can attend a concert at Villa Maria Restaurant of the pianist and composer Seth Montfort. Seth will be visiting from San Francisco, where is the the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and of the 4-month-old Russian River Performing Arts Center. Seth made his debut at 16 years old performing Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the Denver Symphony. He has won dozens of prizes and awards, and now he comes to Merida! Don’t miss this chance to see him!
Location:a href=”http://www.villamariamerida.com” target=”_blank”>Villa Maria, corner of Calle 59 and Calle 68
Time: Cash bar opens at 7 PM, Concert starts at 8:30 PM
Admission: $200 pesos

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.Requinto guitar in Merida
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan Living A Yucateco Requinto Workshop: Techniques and Style in the Yucateco Requinto.
Requintos are the guitars invented in Mexico for use in guitar orchestras. They are about 18% smaller than regular guitars and produce a slightly different tone. The workshop will be conducted by Renan Lopez Quintal.
Location: Centro Cultural Mejorada, Calle 59 at Calle 50
Time: Monday, March 24, through Friday, March 28, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Brief History of Trova Yucateca
A chat with Luis Pérez Sabido. Featuring the Orquesta Típica Yukalpetén, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. There will also be a presentation of the Pastor Cervera Medal. If you would like to hear some of the compositions by Pastor Cervera, just click here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingVaqueria 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) March 25, 2008

Yucatan Living The History of Love
Featuring Lenny Sanchez, one of our exceptionally talented cantautores (rough translation: folk singer).
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between 61 and 59
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Bolero Heart
Featuring Trio Los Decanos, who will be presenting their new CD, along with Las Maya International (seen here on YouTube) at Motul’s 135th anniversary last year. Now, who could pass that up?
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trova Without Borders
Tonight, trova comes to us from throughout the region. We will hear Trio Los Tachos (Valladolid), Trio Presentimiento (Campeche), Trio Los Jilgueros (Merida), as well as Addalberto and Trovafusion. This should certainly be a performance to remember.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: FreeSin City plays in Merida

Yucatan Living Movie: Sin City
Starring Jessica Alba, Alexis Bledel, and Powers Boothe. A film that explores the dark and miserable town Basin City and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in the violent corruption of the city.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti/Parque de las Americas, Calle 20 at Avenida Colon, García Ginéres
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
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 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 (Miércoles) March 26, 2008

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
These marvelous tours are conducted by local resident Keith Heitke.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 #517 x 66 y 68 and ends at Calle 59 #572 x 72 y 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 Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performer is Sergio Aguilar adn the Fustion Power Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living A Photography Exposition: Juan Magana
Featuring Trio Trova Tres.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: FreeMariCarmen Perez

Yucatan Living Wednesday In Concert: Maricarmen Perez
If Jesus Armando is the King of Trova in Yucatan, then Angelica Balado and Maricarmen Perez are the Queens. Maricarmen is rapidly becoming an international ambassador for not only trova, but for Yucatan as well. This will be an event well worth the trip into the city.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembering the Composers
A tribute to Victor Esquivel Ancona, Ricardo Duarte Esquivel, and Jose Esquivel Pren. Performances by Trio Los Tres Yucatecos and Rondalla Yucatan, two of the most talented and beloved musical groups in our entire state.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca (Museum of Yucateco Song), Calle 57 x Calle 50 and Calle 48
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 pesos

Yucatan Living Songs of Buenfilin
An evening with Jorge Buenfil performing for your enjoyment.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) March 27, 2008

Yucatan Living Concert: Camerata Academica de Merida
Program: Works by American Artists. Directed by Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Por Los Caminos de la Trova (The Byways of Trova)
This performance is a recital by Andres Tinoco and Rondalla Juan Acereto. This is a “must see” event.
Location: Centro Cultural Mejorada, Calle 59 at Calle 50
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Serenade and Callejoneada
The callejoneada is a musical tradition imported from Spain. In this case, the associations of trovadors Guty Cardinas, Pepe Dominguez, Armando Manzanero, and a host of independent trovadors will lead the people through a song-guided stroll from the Governor’s Palace to Parque Santa Lucia.
Location: Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembering Luis Demetrio
This event is a performance by Cacho Medina and Jorge Gamboa, guitarist from the Ka’ay ta’an Group. As you can well imagine, this is going to be an excellent performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Thursday 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 Classic Cinema Double Feature
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Admission: FreeThe Stranger film plays in Merida

First Feature: The Stranger (U.S., 1946) With Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young. This 1946 thriller, The Stranger, features Orson Welles as both director and actor. As Frank Kindler, Welles is a Nazi war criminal who has fled to America, where he disguises himself as a small town schoolteacher. Loretta Young stars as Mary, the young woman who falls in love with the devious, yet charming Kindler, while Edward G. Robinson shines as a tenacious Nazi hunter.
Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: The Road Home (China, 1999). Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan LivingLive Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Virtuoso jazz pianist Rene Monte Rosa plays tonite and every Thursday night this month.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628


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

Yucatan Living AA Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM

Friday (Viernes) March 28, 2008

Yucatan Living Las Letres Vestidas
A tribute to Ramon Triay for 42 years of artistic accomplishment. Performances by Ramon Triay, Victor Martinez, Marilu Basulto, Felipe de la Cruz, and the Bingo Show. Each of these performers is well worth spending a night in the city to see.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Long Silence
Directed by Margareth von Trotta in Canada in 1993, this movie depicts the toll taken on the lives of the long-suffering women associated with the Mafia.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music features Jatin Lazz with Mauricio Bonfiglio. Friday night jazz… the best!
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Saturday (Sabado) March 29, 2008

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour
MEL is always in need of additional volunteers for the Children’s Story Hour on Saturday mornings. A time for reading children’s books in English and Spanish.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 10:00 AM Every Saturday morning

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just good conversation and a chance to learn more about life in Yucatan. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Speakers are often invited.
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, a half block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly known as the “Burger King Circle.”
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living My Place is Here
A live singing performance by Felissa Estrada, whose voice has earned her a place in Yucatan’s illustrious group of 21st century singers.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living La Bohemia
Featuring David Haro, Marcial Alejandro, Rafael Mendoza, three cantautores whose work is said to form part of the foundation of popular music and contemporary lyrics in Yucatan. There are several videos from La Bohemia here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Good Work
Directed by Claire Denis in France in 1999, the focus of this film is on a former officer in the Foreign Legion, as he relives his life leading his troops in Africa.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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(In the Heart of Merida)
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, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Emanuel Concert
If you haven’t yet heard Emanuel, there are several of his videos on YouTube. His album "Retro" went gold recently, and he will spend the next three months on the road. He’s coming to Merida, at the Convention Center tonite. Tickets have been on sale all week at the Convention Center. Be sure and reserve your tickets early. This is going to be a packed house event.
Location:Siglo XXI Convention Center, Prolongación de Montejo near the Gran Plaza
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Regular "numbered chair" tickets will be $400, $700, and $1,000 pesos. VIP tickets (for tables) will be $1,300 pesos each.

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite and every Saturday in March features the Junior Jazz Quartet.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 7 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM
Phone: 924-5628

Sunday (Domingo) March 30, 2008

Yucatan Living Afternoon of Trova
Duets by Martha and Nacho, Zazil K’aay, and Guty and Christina.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and Calle 59
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Guty Cardenas in the Voice of Jesus Armando
Jesus Armando is the most well known of all our cantautores. His voice is the sound you hear inside your head and heart when you think of the trova. Do visit his website (www.cantantedelmayab.com) to get a taste of Yucatan’s unique style of music. Tonight’s performance is the “pick of the evening.”
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Camerata Academica de Merida
Program: Works by American Artists, directed by Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Climate
This should be a great documentary, on a subject that is on everyone’s mind.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 just east of Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 Noon
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaThe 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 (at Calle 55), 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


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3 Responses to “Merida Events: Trova, Trova & More Trova”

  1. Once again the Working Gringas team comes up with an outstanding menu of events. Every one sounds satisfying and with so many to choose from you could spend the entire night chasing one fantastic experience after another. This is what makes Merida such a wonderful place to enjoy life. Thanks again.

  2. Hi, I just wanted to tell you that Lenny sanchez is not a cantautora but a singer. Greetings! Keep up with the excelent work! Thanks

  3. Laura – thanks for the correction. I had Lenny Sanchez’s name at the end of a whole list of cantautoras and just kept typing. I plead “rented fingers.” Will be more careful next time.

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