january 2017 events

Above: Pelican Theatre performances start Jan. 31. Jon Wood photo

Welcome to Rozinlapaz – This website is devoted to arts and cultural happenings in La Paz, BCS, México. The listings on this page are updated as new information comes in, so check back often. Schedules can change, so if your heart is set on a particular event, best to double-check place and time. Expect to hear mainly Spanish spoken at most of these events.

For directions on how to find event venues, go to the Venues page. The Ongoing Activities page is a directory of ongoing and repeating arts and cultural activities around La Paz (for example, regularly scheduled drawing and writing groups, live music venues, Spanish schools and movie theatres are listed here). The Links page points you to other English-language sites and sources of information about La Paz and Baja California Sur. The website’s  Features archives have several stories from past years about artists and musicians.

I welcome your feedback. You can reach me by e-mail with your comments, corrections and calendar additions at rozinlapaz@yahoo.com or through the Rozinlapaz page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rozinlapaz.


Through Jan. 22, rock concert series in Todos Santos: The Tropic of Cancer Concert Series has a variety of performances scheduled for Jan. 12-17 and Jan. 19-22 at several venues. For more information, visit https://tropicofcancerconcertseries.com/schedule/.

January and February, popular culture exhibition: “Luz de las Naciones” (light of nations) is a collection of Christmas scenes and artistic pieces from five continents. It’s on display at the Centro de Artes Tradiciones y Culturas Populares on Francisco Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia. The exhibition is free. Centre hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The show has already drawn more than 700 visitors. Handmade pieces are created from clay, wood, glass, textiles and painted materials.

Live music at Big Ruby’s Restaurant and Bar: The Rucky’s band plays Wednesdays 7-10 p.m., and the duo Damiana Conde and Ruben Barranco perform Saturdays 7-10:30 p.m. Grammy award-winning trumpet player Terry Townson performs Jan. 26. There is no cover charge, but reservations are recommended. Call 612 141 7850. Big Ruby’s is at Km 15 Carretera al Norte in El Centenario.

Live music at Blue Marlin Club: Damiana Conde and Ruben Barranco perform Thursdays at 8 p.m., and La Orden Sagrada performs Saturdays. There is no cover charge. A blues/jazz/funk band from Mexico City performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 3. Blue Marlin Club is at Km 14.5 in El Centenario. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/restaurantbluemarlinclub/.

Live music at La Morante Art Bar: There is often live music at La Morante, Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe Victoria. Rockers Pepe Payén and Mike Armenta perform Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m. Trumpet player Terry Townson performs Jan. 14 and 20. For information what else is happening, visit La Morante’s Facebook page or call 612 1296635.

Live music with trumpet player Terry Townson: Wednesdays, Jan. 11 & 25, Townson performs for a night of jazz and wine in the open air at Hyatt Place Le Paz from 7 to 9 p.m. at Costa Baja. Saturday, Jan. 14, he performs at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. Friday, Jan. 20, he  performs a Tribute to Chet Baker at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar. Thursday, Jan. 26, he plays at Big Ruby’s Restaurant and Bar in El Centenario.

Thursdays through January, watercolour workshop with model: Amado Colado’s workshop beginning Dec. 8 is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at La Morante Bar and Restaurant, Calle Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. The workshop is for participants older than 18. Enrolment is $150 pesos and classes are $150 pesos. For more information, call 612-129-6635.

On permanent display, cultural display: The collective exhibition, “Hombre, Naturaleza y Cultura” (man, nature and culture), in the CÓDEX Península salon of the Centro Cultural La Paz is a permanent photography show that highlights the special characteristics that make up the cultural identity of Baja California Sur. A video showcasing BCS complements the photographs. Photographers are Elizabeth Moreno Damm, Enrique Hambleton, Alejandro Rivas Sánchez, Carlos Navarro Serment, Carlos Aguilera Calderón, Miguel Ángel de la Cueva and Fernando Sánchez Bernal. Text is in English and Spanish. Admission is free.

Recently reopened, Mexican native art gallery/store: Casa Parra has moved to its new location at Independencia 413 between Serdan and Revolución, across the street from the side entrance of the Cathedral. Owner Claudia Parra specializes in traditionally crafted, handmade pieces by Mexican artists. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call Cel (612) 170-4779 or visit the website at www.casaparra.com.mx.

Catch before closing: You’ll find more listings near the bottom of this page under the heading “Catch before closing”. These are exhibitions that opened awhile ago with no posted closing date or shows that may have been extended beyond their closing date. Check with the venue on whether the exhibition is still happening.


Rolling Stones tribute: The band Rolling Papers performs classics like Sympathy for the devil, Paint it black, Under my thumb, Jumpin’ jack flash and Let it bleed at this concert at Perla Negra Bar. The opening act is “The Blues Band” at 9:30 p.m. The bar is in Centro, one block off the Malecón on Mutualismo between Bravo and Rosales. Cover is 50 pesos.


Classical guitar courtyard concert: Guitarist Jaime Mora performs in a recital of classical guitar at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 320 between Revolución and Aquiles Serdán. Admission is 80 pesos. For information and reservations, call 612-154-8136.


In Los Barriles, kiteboarding competition begins: The Lord of the Wind annual kiteboarding contest is Jan. 18-22 . There are several professional and open categories for competitors. For more information, visit the webpage at http://lordofthewindbaja.com, go to the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Lord-of-the-Wind-Baja-142026572492055/ or e-mail lordofthewindbaja@gmail.com.


Tribute to Chet Baker with Terry Townson: Trumpet player Terry Townson performs a Tribute to Chet Baker at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar,  Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. For reservations, call 612-129-6635.


Singer-songwriter Paulo Piña performs: Described as a “pop rock neosudcaliforniano”, Piña is back after being absent from the scene for a few months. His show starts at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635. With him is invited guest Gamaliel Reyes. Cover is 50 pesos. For reservations, call 612-129-6635.


In El Triunfo, pianist performs: Christian Schleifer will present a concert at 11 a.m. at the Museo de La Musica in El Triunfo. There is a 100-peso donation per person at the door. The fee goes to the preservation of the museum, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Odile.

Pelican Theatre performances begin: “Love, Death, and other Comedies” is an an English-language production of three short plays. There are shows Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-4. On the program: Bride on the Rocks, by David Wiener, with Celia Devault and Kat Bennett; Signs of Life, by Fred Stroppel, with Pam Pacarar and Wes MacIntosh; an excerpt from The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion, with Kat Bennett. This year’s show is at Ciudad de los Niños, the children’s home adjacent to the Santuario on 5 de Febrero. Tickets are on sale for $150 pesos (cash, no credit cards) at Allende Books in La Paz and El Tecolote Bookstore in Todos Santos. Allende Books is at Independencia #518, between Serdan and G. Prieto. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information about the show, go to the Pelican Theatre’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/PelicanTheatreCoLP as well as their blog, pelicantheatreoflapaz.wordpress.com. Also read The Baja Citizen story: http://www.bajacitizen.com/pelican-theatre-production-is-back-on/)


Feb. 11, charity fashion show: Club Cruceros is sponsoring the event “All you need is love . . .and a great fashion show” to benefit Mama Benita’s shelter for single mothers, children and disabled men. The charity fashion show starts at 1 p.m. at La Posada Hotel, Calle Nueva Reforma and Brecha. Advance tickets are $300 pesos, including lunch. For more information and for tickets, call Terry at 612-104-3290.

Feb. 11-12, 2017, art studio tour in Todos Santos: The 8th annual Todos Santos Open Studio Tour  is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. More than 40 artists are participating this year. Proceeds benefit the children’s art program at The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Advance tickets sales begin Jan 28th, for $200 pesos and can be purchased in Todos Santos at Tecolote Book Store, Calle Juarez, or ordered online at ts.studiotour@gmail.com. Day-of-event tickets can also be purchased at Cafelix from 9 – 3. Maps are included with purchase and posted signs streamline the self-guided tour.

Feb. 23-28, 2017, Carnaval La Paz: The city’s annual Carnaval festival is a whopper of a street party — colourful, crowded, raucous and entertaining. Fans of the six-day festival relish the live music, the midway games, the people-watching, the food and the festivities. The action is on the Malecón, which is closed to traffic by late afternoon. The theme for Carnaval 2017 is “El Juego de la Vida” — the game of life.

March 1-5, film festival in Todos Santos: The 14th annual film festival will also be screening some films in La Paz. For more information, visit the festival Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FestivalCineTodosSantos/.

March 24-2, 2017 in Todos Santos, Apparitions Festival 2017: The live music festival at San Pedrito Beach features three days of electronic music. There are workshops, yoga and beach camping. Early bird tickets are on sale. For more informaton, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/887544494708736 and the webpage at www.apparitionsfestival.com.

April 1, 2017, jazz festival: The date has been set for Jazz Fest La Paz 2017. The venue is the water park at Coromuel. Check the Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/Jazz-Fest-La-Paz-286058481760348/

CATCH BEFORE CLOSING: Exhibitions listed below have no posted closing date; or, they were scheduled to end but may have been extended. Check with the venue on whether they are still happening.

Opened Dec. 10, art show: An exhibition of work by Juan González de León is at the Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea. “La Mirada Suspendida” (the suspended gaze) features drawings and graphics that shift between concrete and abstract. His work has been described as visual writing, a pictorial code. Exhibition closing date not known. The gallery is on Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia (next door to Teatro de la Ciudad). Admission is free. Closing date unknown.

Started Dec. 1, watercolour workshop with model: Amado Colado’s workshop began Dec. 1 at La Morante Bar and Restaurant, Calle Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. For information, call 612-129-6635.

Opened Nov. 1, historical photo exhibition: “Jefes, Héroes y Caudillos” (bosses, heroes and military leaders) is a show of photographs from 1900 to 1924 from the Casasola archives. The display, which was to run through November, is at the Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia de Baja California Sur. The anthropology museum at the corner of Altamirano and 5 de Mayo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to this exhibition is free. General admission to the museum is 40 pesos.