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This Week in Merida

Merida was blessed with the foresight of some city fathers and mothers who imported an Italian architect to design and build the Jose Peon Contreras Theatre, located on Calle 60 at Calle 57. Many of this week’s (and every week’s!) events take place there, which reminds us how lucky we are to have this cultural center in the Yucatan.

We also remind you to please check our weekly Cultural Calendar often, as we are continuously getting phone calls and e-mails concerning upcoming events. We will post them as quickly as they come to us, so this calendar is always likely to have some wonderful new additions.

Note: If you go to Teatro Jose Peon Contreras this week, be sure and take the time to visit the gallery there. The gallery is downstairs on the left as you are facing the central stairs inside the building. It has become one of Merida’s premiere art exhibition spaces in the last few years and almost always has an exhibit of real interest. The current showing is put on by an artist in residence at the Gruber Jez Foundation in Cholul, a center of fine art pottery. More about this during the week.

April 23, Monday

Conversations with Friends (Conversaciones con Amigos) at the Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: small donation
This is a weekly event. You do not have to be a member to attend. People come to practice Spanish or English… and always end up meeting someone new!

A dramatic presentation of the book, Ofelia Zapata, Petrona.
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Admission: Free

April 24, Tuesday

The Montessori Foundation’s Centennial Celebration is graced with a performance by the Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan, under the direction of José Luis Chan Sabido.
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Admission: $30 pesos

April 25, Wednesday

The Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective (1926 to 1939) is still going on. This week’s offering is The Lady Vanishes (England, 1938). The movie was remade in 1979, but this is the original, adapted from a book called The Wheel Spins. The movie takes place in pre-WWII Europe in an “uncivilized” area of Eastern Europe. Look for the director’s cameo appearance at Victoria Station.

The movie stars Margaret Lockwood (Iris Henderson), Michael Redgrave (Gilbert Redman) and Paul Lukas (Doctor Hartz).
Place: Teatro Merida National Cinema.
Showtimes: 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos general admission; $15 pesos for students, INAPAM and ISSTEY card holders.

Also on Wednesday night, a dance Concert called Diversity and Contrasts, Compania de Danza. Performed by Folklorica Kaambal.
Time: 9:00 PM
Place: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Admission: $50 pesos

April 26, Thursday

Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten Celebrates its 65th Anniversary! With Pedro Carlos Herrera, Director.
Time: 9:00 PM
Place: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Admission: Free

Clownclusiones: Especatulo Clown (Clown Spectacle) . With Izmir Gallardo. All the world, but especially Mexico, loves a clown!
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab
General Admission: $60 pesos

Classic Cinema: Double Feature, just like the Old Days!

First up, The White Zombie (United States, 1932) one of the first horror films ever. It was independently released and believed to be the first film to deal with zombies. It has a rock band named after it, so you know it must be good. Directed by Victor Halperin with Bela Lugosi in bizarre makeup and one of his best performances.
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Videosala, The Olimpo
Admission: Free

Second Act: Dimentia 13 (United States, 1963). Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Stars: Susan Strasberg, Christopher Lee, and Ann Todd. Warning: This one’s got a little ax-murdering going on in it – so careful if you’re squeamish.
Time: 9:00 PM
Place: Videosala, The Olimpo
Admission: Free

April 27, Friday

If you’re looking for an antique of any kind, you won’t want to miss Dr. Guzman’s Bazaar, which starts today. This is a twelve-day antique extravaganza where more than 40 different people (including many private collectors) will be exhibiting jewelry, furniture, art and other wonderful things… and it’s all for sale. The Bazaar starts today, Friday, at 9 AM and lasts until May 9, every day from 9 AM to 9 PM. Dr. Guzman’s store is in his beautiful home in Garcia Gineres at Calle 19 #201D x 22 and 24, just one block off of the Parque de Las Americas.

The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan will be performing Beethoven at Teatro Jose
Peon Contreras. Francisco Savin is the guest director, with Joaquin Melo on Flute. They will be starting out with Franz Llizt’s 3rd Prelude from the Poema Sinfonico. Then, Mozart’s Concerto in G for the flute. And lastly, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The concerts are at 9 PM on Friday nights and 12 Noon on Sundays.

April 28, Saturday

Turix Blue -Vocal Jazz, with Romeo Rodríguez, Director.
Time: 9:00 PM
Place: Teatro Merida
Admission: $30 pesos

April 20, Sunday

Another wonderful performance by the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan at Teatro Jose Peon Contreras (see program on Friday).

And of course, all day Sunday is Merida en Domingo in the Plaza Grande. Disfrutales! (Enjoy yourselves!)


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12 Responses to “This Week in Merida”

  1. This is a very nice and cultural article.

  2. Hey WG”s,

    Thanks for doing this. It is really helpful for us campesinos to get the city life calendar so we can plan our trips into town to include some events when possible.

    Emily in Izamal

  3. I enjoy reading your website. Keep up the good work.!

  4. I like the organisation of the events by day.

    I was listening to Cafe medio manana on Radio Universidad this morning and they mentioned some films showing at the video sala there this week but I didn’t catch the details. I went looking on line for info but came up empty handed. Maybe you could get them to send you press releases about their activities. There are often lectures and films but I often don’t hear about them in time.

  5. Part of the reason we are providing this calendar is linked to the difficulty (for most of us) in sorting out the events on both the City and State sites. If you are looking for anything that is happening at the Olimpo, you can find it here: http://www.merida.gob.mx/capitalcultural/

    BUT – once there, (a) you have to be able to read Spanish and (b) you have to know where to look.

    There is a weekly calendar right in the middle of the first page – and an interactive calendar that can be reached by clicking on Cartelera de Eventos. – and even these are subject to change – often.

    The Classic Cinema does not have a page of its own, so any information about the movies, or other VideoSala offerings, will be on the calendars.

    The phone numbers for the Olimpo are: 9 42 00 00 Ext: 80121, 80122, 80125, 80124 y 80126

    We try to update Yucatan Living’s calendar as quickly as we receive new information so – again – please do check back often for updates.

  6. i love Merida

  7. please provide costs to see CARMINA BURNANA, your add does not say whether the costs are in Peso’s or US dollars.

  8. Richard,
    our prices for local events will always be in pesos. Its hard to believe that you could get tickets to such great performances for so little money, but that’s the way it is here!

  9. If possible, could you please add the address of each event.

    i.e. where is the Teatro Merida National Cinema?

    Thank you!!!!

  10. Are there movie listings and descriptions for LA68 anywhere, could you please provide link.
    In English?

  11. Jason, we used to do this and apparently we have been forgetting. We will start again!

  12. Yes, LA68 has a website, but it is not in English. That is why we provide the listings each week in English! (we take the time to translate them for you…)

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