april/may 2017 events

Photo – by Serge Trépanier, along the trail to the microwave towers above La Paz.

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.

NEW FEATURE: Live music in town:  Bars and restaurants around La Paz are home turf to a wealth of local musicians. There’s too much happening for me to include frequently held events in the calendar. So venues that have one or more events a week are listed on a new page called LiveMusic on this site, along with information to point you to their live music events. One-time events are in the calendar.

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Until April 27, art show: Transitions, work by Fernando Osmar, is on exhibition at Galería La Pintada in the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. The show, which opened April 6, is on public view and admission is free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Opened April 18, children’s art show: The exhibition of children’s art is in the lobby of the Teatro de la Ciudad, Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia. Admission is free. Closing date for the show is not listed.

Opened April 7, art show: An exhibition of paintings by Bernardo Arellano-Ulises is at Galería Carlos Olachea, on the grounds of Teatro de la Ciudad, Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia. dmission is free. Closing date for the show isn’t listed.

Through April, art exhibition at Centro de Artes y Culturas Populares de Baja California Sur: This recently opened show features paintings and sculptures of 21 Mexican artists. The exhibition is expected to run through April. The Centro de Artes y Culturas Populares is the site of the old Casa de Gobierno del Territorio on Madero across from Jardín Velasco, between Independencia and 5 de Mayo.

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.

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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

Children’s art show opening: “Mostrando mi talento” (showing my talent), an exhibition of children’s drawings, has its opening 5 to 7 p.m. at Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre and Belisario Dominguez. Admission is free. For more information, call 122 00 65. Closing date unknown.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

International Day of Dance festival: Festival I.A.M. Día Internacional de la danza starts at 8 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad, Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia. Tickets are 70 pesos in advance and 80 pesos at the box office.

Collective art show opens: “Con los ojos cerados” (with eyes closed) is the title of this show at Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, the cultural centre for Alianza por la Lengua Francesa. The exhibition’s opening is at 8:30 p.m. at the centre at Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. Admission is free, there will be live music, and refreshments will be served. On display are works by the Aura Nueva art club, a group of young artists. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Exhibition closing date unknown.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Children’s Day festival event at Centro Cultural La Paz: Festival Dia del Niño has a presentation for children entitled “La Familia Feliz” (the happy family) with clowns, jugglers and more. The show starts at 5 p.m. at Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at Belisario Dominguez. Admission is free. For information, call 122-0065.

Children’s Day festival event at Casa de Cultura del Estado: This Festival Dia del Niño event includes a costume competition and other activities at 5:30 p.m. at the Casa de Cultura del Estado at 825 Madero between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias.  Admission is free. For information, call 122-9040.

“In this corner” exhibition opens: The subject is boxing in Baja California Sur with photographs by Carlos Octavio Mendoza Ochoa — plus newspaper clippings, images and recordings — related to the history and popular culture of boxing.  The opening is 8 p.m. in the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares, Calle Madero between Constitución and 5 de Mayo. At 10 p.m., after the opening, there will be three boxing matches on Calle Madero. Admission is free. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. Closing date for the exhibition is unknown.

Collective photo exhibition opens: A show of photographs from the Colectivo Comunitario de El Manglito has its opening 7 p.m. at Centro Cultural El Huevo, Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Costitución. The show continues until May 30.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Art, design and munchies: Toshomoroshi is a gathering of local artists, designers and cooks from 5 to 11 p.m. at the recently opened Centro Cultural el Huevo, Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. Admission is free. For more information, call 6121173783.

Irish folk music concert: It’s “The Elf Party” with Germán Espino (voice), Rodrigo Cadena (cello), Gerardo Gonzales (percussion), Guillermo Avilés (guitar) and Alí Gonzales (fiddle). The show starts at 8:30 p.m at Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 320 between Revolución and Serdán, the same block as the post office. Cover is 80 pesos. For reservations, call 612-154-8136.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30

Children’s Day: It’s not an official holiday, but El Día del Niño honours children with fun activities, gifts and special events.

Chamber music performance: Ensamble Sudcaliforniano gives a concert of Baroque music at 5 p.m. in the church, Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Jesus, Marcelo Rubio #2040 between Rosales and Allende. Tickets are $100 pesos. Musicians are Rubén Ramírez (flute), Lorena Varela (oboe), Victor Soto (double bass) and Lidia Calderón de la Barca (soprano). The program features works by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and Handel. For information on tickets, call 125-8630 or Cel. 612-111-9351. To learn more about the group’s music, visit their Facebook page EnsambleSudcaliforniano.

Liebre Lunar Project in concert: Join Mina Nort (voice), Octavio Aguirre (guitar and voice) and Ros Oberlyn (harmonica) for an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, funk, bossa and rock at 8:30 p.m at Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 320 between Revolución and Serdán, the same block as the post office. Cover is 80 pesos. For reservations, call 612-154-8136.

MONDAY, MAY 1

International Labour Day: Día de Trabajo is a national holiday that honours workers in Mexico.  Banks, many government offices and some businesses will be closed. It’s a long weekend, so there will be lots of people on the beach and enjoying other holiday activities.

FRIDAY, MAY 5

Gourmet food festival: The CANIRAC’s gourmet food festival begins at 7 p.m. at Playa Coromuel. The event draws participation from more than 80 restaurants around Baja California Sur. A portion of the proceeds go to FANLAP children’s charity for educational and nutrition programs. The city’s social programs and the purchase of special wheelchairs are also beneficiaries. Entertainment includes  Mariachi, the versatile group “California Brass” and headliner  Kika Edgar. Ticket price is $800 pesos, which covers food and beverages (wine, tequila and beer) To reserve a spot, you can email jupete49@hotmail.com or FANLAP at fanlap@hotmail.com. Note: many restaurants will also have tickets for the event, but FANLAP programs benefit from only those tickets sold by FANLAP. You can also buy tickets and get information from “El Zarape” restaurant and its affiliates. The event goes on until midnight.

SATURDAY, MAY 6

Flamenco guitarist in concert: Gabriel Paredes performs at 8:30 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard of Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 320 between Revolución and Serdán. Admission is $80 pesos. Special invited guest is Benjamín Perez Robinson.

Marketplace: “Vendimia entro Amigos” is a marketplace where nonprofit organizations and local producers sell new and used products and handcrafted items. You can also learn more about what the nonprofit groups are doing. Location is Agora de La Paz, on Altamirano between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, outside the anthropology museum. Posted hours are from 4 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m. The market is held every two weeks.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

Saxophonist Gerry Lopez performs: Described as one of the most important young musicians of his generation, Gerry Lopez a Mexican saxophonist and composer living in Paris. He is in La Paz June 2 and June 3 as part of a Mexico tour. The performances are at 8 p.m. at Palermo’s Steak House on the Malecón. Cover charge, which includes a three-course dinner, is $999 pesos. Invited guest at the shows is Khnemu Jazz Ensemble. Lopez is a winner of international competitions and has held masterclasses and conferences in Europe and Latin America. He is a founder of the National Jazz Orchestra of Mexico and has represented Mexico in various international jazz festivals. He has three recordings:  “New Generation” 2010, “FRO TRIO” 2012 (that received the title of “jazz revelation in France”), and “Esperanza” released in 2015. For more information on his La Paz performances, call 612-159-2788, 612-157-8499 or 123-1222.

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 March 23: An exhibition of watercolours by artist Martha María Mendieta Cuadra was scheduled to close April 10 at the French Cultural Centre, Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, at Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. Admission is free. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. The centre is also open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 12-1-28-88 or visit the Facebook page at Alianza por la Lengua Francesa La Paz BCS.