nov.-dec. 2017

ABOVE: GALA DANCE PERFORMANCE NOV. 30 AT TEATRO DE LA CIUDAD

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.

CONTINUING

Opened Nov. 3, photography exhibition: Abstracciones, an exhibition of photos by Jorge Peón, is at Central Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre near the corner of Belisario Dominguez.

Opened Nov. 15, art show: An exhibition of work by Andrés Vázquez and Francisco Merino is at the Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, Alianza Francesa’s community centre, Gomez Farias 525, between República and Guerrero. Phone number is 612-122-2888 or 612-122-1514. Website is http://www.alianzafrancesa.org.mx/La-Paz.

Opened Nov. 16, photography show:  Leonardo Gonzalez’s exhibition of marine life photography entitled “En un respiro” is at NIM Restaurant, 1110 Revolución on the corner of Hidalgo. Admission is free. There is an auction in support of the conservation of the Archipelago Espíritu Santo. Closing date unknown.

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.

SUNDAY, NOV. 19

In El Triunfo, food festival: The second annual gastronomic festival starts at 2 p.m. at El Minero Café-Bar in El Triunfo. Advance tickets are $850 pesos; $1,000 pesos the day of the event (children under 10 half-price). Tickets are available at El Minero or at Marina La Paz – Costa Baja. Eleven restaurants are participating. The event begins with tasting of wines and food; at 4:30 p.m. there is a concert and Balet Folklórico with Maestro Marco Antonio Ojeda, El Mariachi Baja Sur singer Jorge Murat.

MONDAY, NOV. 20

Mexico’s Revolution Day: Día de la Revolución is a national public holiday that marks 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.Banks, government offices, schools and many businesses are closed. This year, about 2,700 people will participate in the civic parade, which begins at 9 a.m. at Isabel la Católica and runs from Allende to 5 de Mayo, where students will put on a display and competition of gymnastics. Twenty schools are competing. The route is different this year because of renovations taking place on the Malecón. Top of the page: detail of a photo from the Casasola Archive, a collection of close to 500,000 images that document the history and culture of modern Mexico. To learn more, read “Witness to  History” on the Features archives of this website.

FRIDAY, NOV. 24 

Mexican film festival begins: Semana de Cine Mexicano en tu Ciudad (a week of Mexican cinema in your city) features free films Nov. 24-29 at Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre and Belisario Dominguez. For the complete schedule, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SemanaCineMXLP/?fref=gs&hc_location=group_dialog or consult the program online at www.gob.mx/culture/imcine.

SATURDAY, NOV. 25

Symphonic concert: Festival Sinfónico Noroeste has its gala concert at 7 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Participants are the youth orchestras from the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Baja California and, of course, Baja California Sur. Admission is free. For more information, call 612-125-0251.

SUNDAY, NOV. 26

Balandra anniversary celebration: Balandra marks its fifth anniversary as a protected area (Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna) with educational and recreational activities, including guided tours, sports and cultural activities and children’s activities. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the parking lot of Balandra Beach.

Mogote beach cleanup: Volunteers take on the job of cleaning up around the mangroves on the shore of El Mogote 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Gather at Marea La Paz, the foot of Calle Sinaloa on the beach for a free panga ride to Mogote.

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.

Theatre: “La Rebelión de los Nonatos”, by Aletse Almada, takes the stage at 6 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Tickets are $100 pesos.

THURSDAY, NOV. 30

Gala dance performance: Iberomérica Danza features three international dance companies at 8 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Tickets are $100 pesos. Dancers from Spain, Argentina and Mexico present three distinct styles: Flamenco, tango and Zapateado Huasteco. For information, call 125-0207.

FRIDAY, DEC. 1

Street market opens: The tianguis are open for business to Christmas shoppers Dec. 1-24 at Jardín Velasco on Revolución between 5 de Mayo and Independencia  and adjoining streets. This annual cluster of tents of merchandise for Christmas shoppers continues until Christmas Eve. Posted hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.. You might find that parking in this area is scarce this time of year and traffic congested. Madero Street and Constitución adjoining Jardín Velasco may be blocked to cars.

SATURDAY, DEC. 2

Multimedia stage production for families: The show Alicia, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, takes the stage  at 11 a.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. The performance of music, song and dance is directed by Jessica Sandoval and stars Andrea Rivas as Alicia, Ilse Orozco as the Queen of Hearts, Arturo Serrano as the Cheshire Cat, Uriel Ochoa as the White Rabbit and Raúl Mendoza as the Mad Hatter. Tickets are $100 pesos. For more information and reservations, call 612 125 02 07 or 122 50 11.

Marketplace: “Vendimia entro Amigos” is an alternative 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 Dec. 2 is the outdoor area near Teatro de la Ciudad, Navarro between Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia. Posted hours are from 4 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m. The market is held every two weeks, switching between the two locations.

SUNDAY, DEC. 3

In Los Barriles, holiday art show: The December Art Festival features art, music, food and crafts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colina del Sol in Los Barriles. The event is sponsored by the Assoc. de Artes Del Mar de Cortez.

THURSDAY, DEC. 7

Big Band concert: Community Big Band performs a free concert at Casa de la Cultua on Calle Madero. I’ll post more information when it’s available.

SUNDAY, DEC. 10

In San Antonio, art festival: The Festival del Arte in San Antonio begins at 9 a.m. There will be live performances of music, poetry, theatre and dance. A cavalcade on horseback rides from El Triunfo to San Antonio. There will be a show and sale of regional products and workshops for children. The festival is a benefit for the community’s ambulance service.

Christmas bazaar: Club Cruceros holds its annual Christmas bazaar from 10 am to 2 pm at the clubhouse at Marina de La Paz: breakfast and pictures with Santa; gifts, pastries and art work for sale; raffle of a hand-made quilt and other items; local musicians provide Christmas music. Call Teri at 612 104 3290 if you would like to be a vendor.

TUESDAY, DEC. 12

Día de Guadalupe: The Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe marks the beginning of Mexico’s robust Christmas season of celebration. Banks and many government offices will be closed.  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.

FRIDAY, DEC. 15

Jazz festival: The event will be at Marea La Paz, an outdoor site on the beach at the foot of Calle Sinaloa. I’ll post details when I get them. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Jazz Fest La Paz.

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

Marketplace: “Vendimia entro Amigos” is an alternative 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, switching location between two different sites.

THURSDAY, 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.

LOOKING AHEAD

Feb. 8-13, 2018, Carnaval La Paz 2018: Dates for next year’s Carnaval festival are Feb. 8 to 13. The theme is “Tierra de Encanto y Fantasía” (land of enchantment and fantasy). Carnaval is a whopper of a street party. Fans of the six-day festival relish the live music, the Carnaval games, the people-watching, the food and the festivities. The action is on the Malecón, which is closed to traffic by late afternoon.

CATCH BEFORE CLOSING

Below 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.

Opened Oct. 6, photography exhibition: “La Danza de mi Cáncer” (the dance of my cancer) is a photography project by Marcia María Ortega Osuna, a lung cancer survivor. The photographic display invites viewers to see cancer as a complete event and to learn how to detect signs of the illness. The exhibition, which opened Oct. 8, is at the Casa de Cultura del Estado de B.C.S., Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Phone number for more information is 612-122-9040. Closing date unknown.

Opened Oct. 6, art exhibition: Octava Bienal Sudcaliforniana de Artes Visuales, a collective show of work by Sudcaliforniano artists, is at the art gallery Carlos Olachea Boucsiéguez, on Navarro between Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia. Closing date unknown.

Until Oct. 31, art exhibition: Portraits by artist Manuel Gaxiola are on show in the gallery of the Casa del Libro Sudcaliforniano, Ágora de La Paz on Altamirano between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. Closing date unknown.

Photography show: an exhibition of photographs by Alejandro Rivas on display at the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares, Francisco I. Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia, facing Jardín Velasco. The centre is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Admission is free. Closing date unknown.

Photography, text and images: “Men of the Sea” is an exhibition of text, images and objects related to fishing in Baja California Sur. The show is at the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares, Francisco Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia, facing Jardín Velasco. The centre is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Admission is free. Closing date unknown.

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