Oct.-Nov. 2018

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 LiveMusic page is a directory of bars and restaurants that feature live music. 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.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12

Singer Mirna Trasviña in concert: Accompanied by guitarist Darío Norz, this award-winning singer performs with an open heart. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Casa Parra, Constitución between Revolución and Serdán (across the street from the church). For more information, visit Casa Parra.

MONDAY, OCT. 15

International classical music festival begins: The Ninth Festival Internacional de Música de Concierto presents concerts through Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos and Marcelo Rubio. Participating musicians are from Poland, Israel, Mexico, the U.S., Russia and Azerbaján. Artistic director is Jozef Olechowski. For more information, call 122-2286 or go to culturabcs.gob.mx. Tonight’s program: works by Polish and Mexican composers with pianists Fernando García Torres (Mexico) and Jozef Olechowski (Poland).

Documentary film festival begins: Alianza por la Lengua Francesa is offering a Mexican documentary film series at its cultural centre, Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. Admission is free. Showings are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.. Films include: Hasta Los Dientes (Oct. 15); Mujer. Se va la vida compañera (Oct. 16); Ayotzinapa. El Paso de la Tortuga (Oct. 17); Rita. El documental (Oct. 18); La ley del monte (Oct. 19).  For more information, including on whether there are English subtitles, contact Alianza por la Lengua Francesa La Paz BCS through its Facebook page or call 12-2-28-88.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16

Tribute to Sheft-Hat Khnemu Ra: Musicians and friends gather to celebrate the life of this extraordinary musician, who passed away a few days ago. Clyde Cole, Sheft-Hat’s brother, will play Sheft-Hat’s bass at the gathering, which begins at 7 p.m. at Centro Cultural El Huevo, Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución.

International classical music festival continues: Tonight’s program: “Discovering Brahms” with compositions for mezzosoprano, viola and piano with Wojciech Nycz (Poland), Maria Vakorina (Russia), Chingiz Mamedov (Azerbajan) and Rosa Muñez (Mexico). See Oct. 15 listing for more information.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17

International classical music festival continues: Tonight’s program: “The Unforgettable songs of the cinema” with Ana de la Vega (México), Sebastian Kwapisz (Poland), Pawel Sliwinski (Poland), Chingiz Mamedov (Azerbajan), Asaf Kolerstein (Israel), Dwight Bryan (U.S.), Alberto Delgado (Mexico) and Jozef Olechowski (Poland).  See Oct. 15 listing for more information.

THURSDAY, OCT. 18

International classical music festival continues: Tonight’s program: A tribute to the music of the cinema with violin accompanied by an instrumental ensemble with Sebastian Kwapisz (Poland), Pawel Sliwinski (Poland), Chingiz Mamedov (Azerbajan), Asaf Kolerstein (Israel), Dwight Bryan (U.S.) and Jozef Olechowski (Poland).  See Oct. 15 listing for more information.

FRIDAY, OCT. 19

Original Fest LPZUnique to La Paz, this concert on the beach features all local bands, all original music. You’ll hear rock, reggae, jazz, blues, hard rock and pop with songs in English and Spanish. Discount tickets are available in BueyCup & Johnny Cat (Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución), Nomada Organics & Gourmet La Paz (Francisco Madero between 5 de Mayo and Constitución) or full price at the door at Marea La Paz, which is at the foot of Calle Sinaloa on the beach. The lineup includes Vape Mx, Classic Version, JazSur, Lola, Javier Wok, Lost No Name, Sincronía, Whiskey Drinkers, Sonica and The Jonkies. Tickets are $200 pesos at the box office. For information and advance tickets, call 6120154-9859 or visit the FaceBook page Original Fest LPZ.

International classical music festival concludes: Tonight’s program: The fusion of popular music from North American and British rock with arrangements for classical instruments such as piano and cello with Wojciech Nycz (Poland) and Asaf Klerstein (Israel). See Oct. 15 listing for more information.

Watercolour exhibition opens: A show of works by Sandra Fiol Collins and Edna Duran Lucero has its opening at 8 p.m. at Alianza Francesa – Centro Cultural Roger De Conynck, the French Cultural Centre at Gomez Farias 525. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition continues until Nov. 3. Hours of the cultural centre are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m.; the centre is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone number is 12-2-28-88.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24

Blues band performs: Off-Course Blues Band with Mike O’Neill (guitar and voice), Mario Abaroa (bass), Beto Sepúlveda (drums) and special guest Dennis West (piano, keyboards and voice) play at 8 p.m. at La Morante Arts Bar, Revolución between Morelos and Guadalupe Victoria. Cover is $50 pesos.

SUNDAY, OCT. 28

Daylight Savings Time ends in La Paz: Set your clocks back one hour (i.e., from 3 a.m. to 2 a.m.) and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. DST ends today in most parts of Mexico. In the U.S., Canada and Mexican cities that border the U.S., Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 4.

THURSDAY, NOV. 1

La Paz Festival de Día de Muertos begins: This is an annual two-evening festival to celebrate The Day of the Dead. There are displays of altars, a competition for those dressed as Catrinas and Calaveras, children’s workshops, traditional foods and entertainment on stage. It’s a huge family event, a great La Paz tradition, and it’s free. If it’s the same as in past years, the festival gets underway at about 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 and picks up speed during the evening at the Esplanada de la Unidad Cultural Prof. Jesús Castro Agúndez, which is between Altamirano and Heroes de Independencia, and between Navarro and Legaspi (the same site as Teatro de la Ciudad). To learn more about Mexico’s Día de Muertos holiday, you can check out these links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead and https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/mexico/top-ten-day-of-dead-mexico/

FRIDAY, NOV. 16

Blues Fest La PazBlues bands are playing on the beach from 6 to 11 p.m. at this concert at Marea La Paz, the foot of Calle Sinaloa. On the program: Deep Sensation, Blues Band Mx, The Outsiders, Terry Townson, Rubén Barranco & Damiana Conde, The Toscos, and Ros Oberlyn. Advance tickets are $150 pesos (general) and $350 pesos (VIP). For information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Bluesfestlapaz.

MONDAY, NOV. 19

Mexico’s Revolution Day observed: Día de la Revolución is a national public holiday that celebrates the 10-year revolution that began in 1910 to end the struggle against the 30-year reign of President José de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz. From The Baja Citizen: “The usual festivities include a morning parade along the Malecón. School-aged kids will be on floats dressed up as revolutionaries, bands will be playing music and dance troupes will be making choreographed formations. Shouts of ‘Viva la Revolución!’ and ‘Viva México!’ can be heard. If it’s the same as in past years, the parade begins at about 9 a.m. and runs an hour or two, starting at the corner of Allende and the Malecón.” Banks, government offices, schools and many businesses are closed on the Monday; the official holiday is Tuesday, Nov. 20. At the top of the page is a detail of a mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siquieros.

LOOKING AHEAD

Dec. 12, Día de la Virgin de Guadalupe: The Day of The Virgin of Guadalupe marks the beginning of Mexico’s robust Christmas season of celebration. Between now and Jan. 6 (Día de Los Reyes) is a time of posadas, nacimientos, pastorelas and, of course, holiday fiestas. Learn more online at http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/1416-christmas-holidays-in-mexico-festivals-of-light-love-and-peace.

Dec. 28, El Día de los Santos Inocentes: This is a day for pranks, equivalent to April Fool’s Day. Don’t be surprised if you see a few outlandish headlines and stories in the local newspapers today. If you read to the end of the article, you will learn that only “an innocent dove” would believe that story.

2019 Jan. 28 – Feb. 13, traveling blues jam: Baja Blues Tour is a food drive and a travelling jam session that tours the Baja Peninsula. Information still to come about when the tour will come to La Paz. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.bajablues.com

2019 Feb. 28 – March 5, Carnaval: The dates have been set for Carnaval La Paz 2019. The theme is “Grandes Navegantes”.

ONGOING

Art and cultural exhibitions: There are several galleries around La Paz with art shows and cultural displays, among them: Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea (Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad); the lobby of Teatro de la Ciudad; the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares (Calle Madero between Constitución and 5 de Mayo); Centro Cultural La Paz (16 de Septiembre and Belisario Dominguez); Alianza por la Lengua Francesa’s Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck (Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero); Galería La Pintada in the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS (Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias). Admission is free. See the “Venues” page and the organizations’ Facebook pages for more information.

Museums: The anthropology museum, Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia, is at Altamirano and 5 de Mayo — there is a small admission. See the “Venues” page for more information.

Concert halls and theatres: Among the theatres and concert venues in the city are: Sala de Conciertos de la Ciudad de La Paz (at Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school); the music school, Escuela de Música del Estado; Teatro de la Ciudad (Navarro and Héroes de Independencia); Teatro Juárez (on Belisario Dominguez between 16 de Septiembre and Independencia). See the “Venues” page for more information. Visit the venues or check their Facebook pages for information on upcoming concerts.

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.

Live music in restaurants and bars around La Paz: Check out the “Live Music” page on this website for nightspots that have performances.

HOW TO REACH ME

You can reach me by e-mail with your comments and questions at rozinlapaz@yahoo.com or through the Rozinlapaz page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rozinlapaz.