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Merida Events: Yucatones, Movies & Dance

This week…

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!

This week, we’re splitting up the events to make it easier for all of you and all of us. On the regular weekly Events page, you will now find only those events that are unique to this week. Performances, movies, festivals and other events can all be found here.

On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week.

When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!

As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.

New Classes Added This Week

Check out the Ongoing Events page to learn about upcoming Sculpture Classes and Alebrijes Classes. There is also a Cardboard Engraving Class and a Manga Drawing class and Children’s Summer Camp coming up soon with sign-ups this week.


Panaba Fiesta: Last Day Monday, June 30
Panaba’s annual fiesta honoring San Pedro and San Pablo. See map here.
Location: Town of Panaba
Dates: Thursday, June 26 through Monday, June 30
Admission: Free

Samahil Fiesta: 9 Day Event
The Samahil Fiesta began on Sunday, June 29. This fiesta will continue for 9 days, in honor of San Pedro Abad, patrono del pueblo. It can easily be found by zooming in on this map. Samahil is in a busy area, with plenty of artisans and craftsmen.
Location: Town of Samahil
Dates: Sunday, June 29 through Monday, July 7
Admission: Free


Monday (Lunes) June 30, 2008

FYI: Last day to register for Cardboard Engraving Class (see ongoing and classes page)


Tuesday (Martes) July 1, 2008

FYI: Lobster Season Begins Today

Yucatan Living The Merida Men’s Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday and last Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: TBD
This event always showcases the best of the best of all the trova voices in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61Ambulante 2008 in Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cine Al Aire Libre (Outdoor Cinema): Mi Vida Dentro (My Life Inside)
A special documentary by Lucia Gaja (who will be at the performance) and the participation of Patricia Fortuny, investigator with CIESAS-Peninsular. This movie is the story of a young girl who illegally enters the U.S. and is ultimately tried and convicted of a murder 5 years later. It explores the American judicial process, the verdict, Rosa’s separation from home and family, as well as her sense of impotence in the face of a judicial system and culture she does not understand.
Location: Casa de la Cultura Elena Poniatowska, Calle 68 # 470-A x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) July 2, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: TBA
These concerts are either recitals by some of the best musicians and voices in Yucatan, or are performances by chamber orchestras, quartets, or singers. Whatever the show, Wednesday in Concert is always worth the trip into the city.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Recital of Classical Jewish Music
Husband and wife violinists, Joseph Gold and Bebbie Dare, are coming to Yucatan after performances in Germany and Austria. The program includes: Mendelssohn’s "Opus 44 No. 1," Giacomo Meyerbeer’s "Marcha de la Coronacion de El Profeta," Leopold Godowski’s "All Wien," Max Bruch’s "Kol Nidre," Anton Rubinstein’s "Melodia en Fa," Charles Miller’s "Yiskor," Shalom Secunda’s "Dona Dona," Naomi Shemer’s "Golden Jerusalem," and traditional Jewish music such as "Hava Naguila."
Location: Cineteca National in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) July 3, 2008

Yucatan Living Cuarteto Orpheus in ConcertOrpheus Cuartet in Yucatan
This is a not to be missed event. The quartet’s members are Irina Decheva, piano, Ileana Stefanova, violin, Nikolay Dimitrov, viola, and Veselin Dechev, cello. Come and enjoy an evening of the music of Strauss and Mozart. It has been months since Merida has had a quartet of this caliber, and we all need to attend this event to show how important this type of performance is to us.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Photographic Exposition: Merida: Where the Birds Come Together
This should be one of the most beautiful photographic expositions of the year. It is the beginning of the lead in to the 7th Annual Yucatan Bird Festival and the 15th Anniversary of the Cuxtal Reserve.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Opens 11:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 22 Free Jazz Concerts!
This week, Merida opens its doors to 22 free Jazz concerts during the First Festival of Free Improvisation and Noise "Cha’ ak’ ab Paaxil" (Mayan for Free Music). This festival will be celebrated from Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6. During these four days, the public will enjoy the sounds of free jazz, electric acustical guitars, and free improvisation. Over the course of 4 nights, 22 mini-concerts will be performed.
Location: Thursday: Elena Poniatowska House of Culture, Calle 68 x 55. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Gallery 341-A, Calle 60 x 37
Time: Thursday and Friday at 8:00 PM; Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 6:00 PM
Admission: If you purchase tickets for individual nights, admission is $100 MXP for Adults and $50 MXP for Students. If you purchase a ticket for all four nights, then there is a discount. A 4 night adult ticket is $300 MXP and a 4 night student ticket is $150 MXP.
For more information, call: (999) 924-9540

Yucatan Living Last Chance til August to Catch the Yucatones!Yucatones in Merida
The LEGENDARY Yucatones will only be appearing one time at Jazzin’ Merida for July, as Dan will be traveling all month on business. (They’ll be back every Thursday in August and also will be doing another special dinner, music and cocktails show at The Hotel Zamna on August 15th. For tix call: 924 0103). So come on down Thursday the 3rd for their pre-fourth of July "Down with the British, Up with the Colonies" farewell-for-now performance. It promises to be a very special evening, as it’s also Dan’s Birthday! A free drink to anyone who correctly guesses Dan’s age, weight, height or shoe size. Gary’s weight is a well kept secret for obvious reasons, and you will be none-too-politely asked to leave should you hazard a guess at that largish number. As always, no air horns or laser pointers and children under twelve must wear a helmet.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: The doors open at 8pm, music starts around 9:30 Thursday
Phone: 924-5628


Friday (Viernes) July 4, 2008A Thousand Months Movie

Yucatan Living Feliz Cumpleaños, America!

Yucatan Living UADY Movie: Mille mois (A Thousand Months)
(France, Morocco, Belgium, 2004) The setting is a poor village in the Atlas Mountains during the month of Ramadan. In 1981, 8-year old Mehdi is preparing for his first fast. His father is in jail, his friend is in the morgue, and he has been left to guard the schoolmaster’s chair – all of which combine to make it difficult for the boy to keep his mind on holy matters. This movie is slow moving and full of obscure subplots, but still offers valuable insight into a dying way of life. (BBC)
Location: Videosala of the UADY Cultural Center, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Denis Lafoy’s TGIF (First Friday)
This is the party sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency and held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana every first Friday night. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided. Friday.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is TBDUADY Folkloric Ballet
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Folkloric Ballet of UADY

This ballet, under the direction of Carlos Acereto Canto, is one of the most beautiful ballets in all of Mexico. The costumes are worth going to see all by themselves, but the talent is exceptional.
Location: Central Patio of the University; Calle 60 x 57
Dates and Time: 9:00 PM; July 4, 11, 18, & 25
Admission: $50 MXP

Yucatan Living Movie:Chano Pozo: The Legacy Of Chano Pozo
This wonderful release tells the story of conga drummer Chano Pozo, a true legend of both Cuban and jazz music. The descendant of West African slaves brought to Cuba in the 18th century, Pozo grew up in a communal apartment complex that had been a slave quarter. He practiced the Yoruba religion, was schooled in Lucumí chants, and participated in a secret Abakua brotherhood, the Cuban "leopard society", founded to preserve the values and beliefs of Africans from Cameroon and Nigeria.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Saturday (Sabado) July 5, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is TBD
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM SaturdayThe Story of the Weeping Camel
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Movie: The Story of the Weeping Camel
Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt’s life.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) July 6, 2008

Yucatan Living UADY Movie: Regreso del Todopoderoso (Evan Almighty) Evan Almighty
(United States, 2007) In the tradition of Bruce Almighty, God (Morgan Freeman) contacts former news anchor – now Congressman Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood. With the addition of Lauren Graham and John Goodman to the cast, one can well imagine that this movie is absolutely tongue in cheek and guaranteed to delight the viewer.
Location: Videosala of the University Cultural Center, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 10:30 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Museum of Natural History Documentary: TBA
These documentaries are always wonderful and a great way to get out of the noontime heat.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living UADY: Folkloric Ballet 
The stunning costumes of this folkloric ballet are award winners in and of themselves. If you have never seen this performance, it takes place all Sundays and is well worth the price of admission.
Location: Patio Central Universitario, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30 MXP

Other Events in July

International Women’s Club Breakfast
Each month, the IWC holds a non-host breakfast that is open to both members and to potential members. You can read about the IWC here and check their calendar for dates, times, and locations here.

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar

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