october 2017

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 OR REPEATING

Oct. 4, 14 & 18, live music with trumpet player Terry Townson: Wednesdays, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18, Terry Townson performs for an evening of jazz and wine in the open air at Hyatt Place Le Paz from 7 to 9 p.m. at Costa Baja. Saturday, Oct. 14, he performs at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria.

Oct. 7-28, Saturday morning children’s workshops: The workshops are 10:30-12:30 at Abra Palabra children’s library, Revolución at the corner of Juárez. Oct. 7 Brujas (witches); Oct. 14 Calaveritas (little skeletons); Oct. 21 surprise; Oct. 28, shining in the dark. Fee is $90 pesos.

Oct. 7-28, organic gardening events: Raíz de Fondo offers several activities this month, including cooking classes, talks and gardening workshops. For details, visit the website at www.raizdefondo.org.

Oct. 14 & 28, 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 Oct. 14 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 two locations: Oct. 14, Agora de La Paz (on Altamirano between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, outside the anthropology museum); Oct. 28, the outdoor area near Teatro de la Ciudad (Navarro between Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia).

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.

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, OCT. 15

In El Triunfo, pianist performs: Christian Schleifer presents a concert at 11 a.m. at the Museo de La Musica in El Triunfo. Admission is 100 pesos at the door. A portion of the money raised goes to restoration of the piano museum.

MONDAY, OCT. 16

Classical music festival begins: Festival Internacional de Música de Concierto Otoño de 2017 presents concerts through Oct. 20 featuring musicians from Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Romania, Israel, Poland, Canada, The United States and Mexico. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Tonight’s opening gala performance: Guadalupe Parrondo (Piano) and Adrián Justus (Violín). The program is Beethoven’s sonatas II op. 12 N°2, V op. 24 “Primavera” and IX op. 47 “Kreutzer”. Tickets are 50 pesos and are sold through la Escuela de Música del Estado. For more information, call 122-2286. The Sala de Conciertos La Paz is on the grounds of the music school at Morelos and Marcelo Rubio.

TUESDAY, OCT. 17

Classical music festival continues: Festival Internacional de Música de Concierto Otoño de 2017 presents concerts through Oct. 20. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Tickets ($50 pesos) can be purchased through la Escuela de Música del Estado. For more information, call 122-2286. Tonight’s program: Recital for cello and piano with works by Debussy, Granados, Schumann and C. Frank. Musicians are Oscar Alabau (Spain; cello)) and Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula (piano; Switzerland).

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18

Classical music festival continues: Festival Internacional de Música de Concierto Otoño de 2017 presents concerts through Oct. 20. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Tickets ($50 pesos) can be purchased through la Escuela de Música del Estado. For more information, call 122-2286. Tonight’s program: Olivia Gorra; (Soprano) with a tribute to Gina María Hidalgo. Gorra celebrates her 30-year career with this concert, accompanied by guitars.

THURSDAY, OCT. 19

Classical music festival continues: Festival Internacional de Música de Concierto Otoño de 2017 presents concerts through Oct. 20. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Tickets ($50 pesos) can be purchased through la Escuela de Música del Estado. For more information, call 122-2286. Tonight’s program: Arias with tenor Víctor Campos Leal (México-Germany), Patricia Santos (México-Romania) and the ensemble Jozef Olechowski (piano-Poland), Sebastian Kwapisz (concert master-Poland), violinist Guillem Errando (Spain), Paul Abbott (viola-Canada), Oscar Alabau (cello-Spain) and Dwyght Bryan (double bass-U.S.)

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

Classical music festival concludes: The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Tickets ($50 pesos) can be purchased through la Escuela de Música del Estado. For more information, call 122-2286. Tonight’s program: Women in music with the Cuarteto Aurora (Russia). Tickets ($50 pesos) can be purchased through la Escuela de Música del Estado. For more information, call 122-2286.

Cultural festival: “Festival Mejor Cultura” begins at 7 p.m. at Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez. It’s a family event with entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 612-122-0065.

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

Rock ‘n’ roll performance: ¡Rock en tu Idioma! (Rock in your language) is on stage in the courtyard of Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución between Serdán and Revolución. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call 612-154-8136. $50-peso admission.

FRIDAY, OCT. 27

Rotary Club fundraiser: Noche Bohemia is an evening under the stars with dinner, complementary free drink and live music. The event is from 8 pm to 2 am at Marina Fonatour in Fidepaz. Solo guitarist Jesus Gallo plays classical and flamenco guitar during dinner; Dúo de Mús (Dulce Martinez and Arturo Garrido) play music for dancing after dinner. Tickets are $300 pesos. Money raised will support several Rotary Club projects, including equipment and training for municipal firefighters, construction of rural schools, a water filtration systems for schools and school breakfast programs. Tickets sold through CECOM Dental Clinic, Licenciado Primo Verdad 2010 esq. Rosales, or call 6121577101. A Google map showing the location of the marina is at https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Marina+Fonatur/@24.125202,-110.3485216,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86ae2cdb2462eba9:0xd060fc34f6363998!8m2!3d24.1251971!4d-110.3463276?hl=en.

SUNDAY, OCT. 29

Daylight Savings Time ends in La Paz and most of the rest of Mexico: Set your clocks back one hour (i.e., from 3 a.m. to 2 a.m.) and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 5 in the U.S., Canada and cities in areas of Mexico that border the U.S..

LOOKING AHEAD

Nov. 1-2, Festival de Día de Muertos: The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember those who have died and to help support their spiritual journey. Traditions include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. In La Paz. there 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. No details yet on this year’s event, but past festivals started at about  6 p.m. both nights and picked 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).

Nov. 3, Reggae Fest: Performers including Ganja and and Effecto Dopamina from Mexico City, The Why’s, Classic Version and Nopolution. The festival is at Marea La Paz, ZOFEMAT 3230 (end of Sinaloa Street in Colonia El Manglito). For more information, visit the Facebook page Baja Stage.

Nov. 20, Mexico’s Revolution Day: 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. It usually starts at 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.

Dec. 12, Día de Guadalupe: The Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de 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.

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: 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.

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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