ABOVE, exhibition on corn & the sacred cornfield: through March at Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares (“continuing events” below)
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.
La Paz has so many good musicians playing in bars and clubs around town, I can’t list them all on this website. However, on the LiveMusic page of this website, there is a directory of bars and restaurants that feature live music. And on my Rozinlapaz Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/rozinlapaz, I share musicians’ posts on their current club dates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Rozinlapaz page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rozinlapaz.
CONTINUING EVENTS: Listings of art exhibitions and other continuing events are now at the bottom of the page.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Club Cruceros’ St. Patrick’s Day dinner: The event starts at 5 p.m. at La Costa Restaurant, down the street from Marina de La Paz. An Elvis Presley impersonator provides the entertainment. Cost is $300 pesos. The corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and side dishes are not to be missed. For more information, visit www.clubcruceros.net.
Women’s cycling event: Ellas en Bici invites women for a bike ride along the Malecón. Registration is 4:30 p.m. at the Muelle Fiscal (the dock with the small lighthouse). The 5-km. ride starts at 5:30 p.m. Suggested clothing is pink and black with high heels. There will be music and raffles following the ride. The event is free.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18
In Los Barriles, arts festival: The 25th Annual Festival de Artes is at the “Hotel Palmas de Cortez” in Los Barriles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Sponsored by the Asociación de Artes, the festival is a showcase for Baja Sur artists to display and sell original art and designs. More than 140 vendors exhibit works in oil, acrylic, water colour, fabric, pottery, wood and glass. There is a food court and throughout the day there will be live entertainment, including traditional folkloric dancing by children from local schools in Los Barriles. Proceeds support children’s arts programs and school supplies. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit the website www.eastcapearts.com.
“Flavours of my City” food tasting: Raíz de Fondo presents a family event from 1 to 5 p.m. at Raiz Del Fondo, Legaspy between G. Prieto and Aquiles Serdán. The event features regional and international dishes, raffles, live music, and activities for children. It’s a chance to discover what the organization does, including cooking classes, gardening workshops and information on making your own natural makeup and bug repellent. You’re invited to bring your own plate, glass and fork to reduce garbage. For more information, visit the group’s website at www.raizdefondo.org.
MONDAY, MARCH 19
National holiday: The birthday of Benito Juárez (Natalicio de Benito Juárez) is observed as a national holiday in Mexico on the third Monday in March. Banks, government offices and some businesses will be closed today. Benito Juárez is a national hero and one of the country’s greatest presidents, known for making reforms to create a democratic federal republic. He was born March 21, 1806. For more information, read this feature from the BajaInsider online publication at http://www.bajainsider.com/article/benito-ju%C3%A1rez-birthday-%E2%80%93-march-21?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BajaInsider+Update+-+March+9%2C+2018&utm_source=YMLP.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21
Symphony orchestra concert: A concert to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the university UABCS is at 6 p.m. in the university’s Poliforo Cultural Universitario UABCS. The symphonic orchestra of the state school of music, under the direction of Luis Peláez, is performing in Building AD3, between UABCS / Departamento de Servicios Estudiantiles and UABCS Centro de Radio y Televisión Universitario. Courtesy passes to the concert are at the offices of the university’s Difusión Cultural.
Spring concert: The BCS symphonic orchestra of woodwinds performs at 7 p.m. in the Sala de Conciertos, next door to the state School of Music on Morelos at the corner of Marcelo Rubio. Admission is by courtesy pass. For more information, contact the office of the Escuela de Música, (612) 125-55-19 and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY, MARCH 23
Donation drop-off of used books: A La Paz high school is seeking used English and Spanish books for its new library. Donations are being accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parque Revolucion, which is just behind Chedraui Palacio on Felix Ortega. For more information, contact Gari-Ellen through The Baja Citizen Facebook page.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
Semana Santa begins: This is the week leading up to Easter Sunday, April 1. Semana Santa is a big time for family vacations. Schools are closed for Easter break, and many families will be on holidays. Expect government offices, banks and businesses to close on the Thursday or Friday before Easter; some will close for the entire week. Beaches, highways and hotels will be at their busiest. The vacation for many continues through the week after Easter, too. You can read more about Semana Santa in a BajaInsider feature at http://www.bajainsider.com/article/semana-santa-mexico?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BajaInsider+Update+-+March+9%2C+2018&utm_source=YMLP
In El Triunfo, piano concert: Pianist Christian Schleifer performs with guitarists Dal Farias and Mario Abaroa at 11 a.m. in the Concert Hall of the Museum of Music in El Triunfo. Admission is 250 pesos at the door.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Blues Fest La Paz 2018: It’s an evening of blues on the beach featuring five bands: Soul Sisters, Deep Sensation, The Toscos, Blues Band Mx, and Damiana Conde with Ruben Barranco and Ros Oberlyn. The show is at Marea La Paz, the beach at the foot of Sinaloa. Advance discount tickets are on sale at BueyCup & Johnny Cat (Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución) and at Tailhunter Restaurant (Calle Obregón on the Malecón between Torre Iglesias and Salvatierra). General admission (bring your own chair) is $150 pesos; VIP admission (chair, table and food service up front) is $350. I’ll be playing harmonica. Hope to see ya there! For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Blues Fest La Paz.
April 1, Daylight Savings Time begins in most of Mexico: Set your clocks forward one hour today — for example, from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.. The U.S. and Canada shifted to Daylight Savings Time on March 11, along with some Mexican border towns (Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada, Playa Rosarito and Tecate in Baja California).
April 20, Original Fest LPZ: Twelve bands are already on the lineup for this festival that features all local musicians playing a wide variety of music. The show is 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Marea La Paz, the beach at the foot of Calle Sinaloa. For more information, visit the Facebook page Original Fest LPZ.
May 11, benefit concert: Pianist Marta Lledo, originally from Argentina, performs at Teatro de la Ciudad in a concert to benefit the children’s charity FANLAP. More information on the concert and how to get tickets are still to come. Meanwhile, you can learn more about Lledo, who has been called “the Latin Liberace”, at her website at www.martalledo.com.
Opened March 15: Fusion, an exhibition of art work by Anne Pivron, is at the restaurant Nim, Revolución 1110 at the corner of Hidalgo. Closing date unknown.
Opened March 10, Collective photography exhibition: ”Nuestra Tierra” (our land) features work by 10 photographers. The show is at the café/gallery The Coffee House, Altamirano on the corner of 5 de Febrero, Local 11. Participating photographers: Andrés Meza, Iselda Cuevas, Diana Arcigas, Jorge Aguirre, Denise Núñez, Jorge Bengoa, Eduardo Lara, J.R. Fernández, Héctor Antuna and Omar Rodríguez. Closing date unknown.
Opened in March, photography exhibition: Mikel Archila Martínez’s photo show and installation, ¡No me olvides, por favor! (don’t forget me, please), is at Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez. Content is not appropriate for children. Closing date unknown.
Through March, exhibition on corn: La Milpa Tiempo and Espacio Sagrados (the cycle of the cornfield and sacred space) is the title of this exhibition of grains of corn, texts about planting and harvesting, pieces of art and products. The exhibition shows the importance of corn to Mexico. The display is at the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares de BCS in the Antigua Casa de Gobierno, across the street from Jardín Velasco on Calle Madero between Independencia and 5 de Mayo.
Opened March 8, collective art show: “Desde Adentro”, an exhibition by women artists, is at El Faro coffee shop and art gallery, Navarro 511 between Ramirez and G.Prieto. Participating artists include Liliana Kleiner, Marcia María, Elizabeth Moreno, Socorro Paura, Gabriela Jiménez, Lissania Saskia. Closing date unknown.
Opened March 9, art show: Paisaje Mar y Color, an exhibition of work by artist Mario Fonseca, is at Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS, Calle Madero #825 between Manuel Torre y Iglesias and Salvatierra. Closing date unknown.
Opened Feb. 9, wood sculpture show: A retrospective of work by wood sculptor Homero Martinez Chairez is at Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea. Entitled Desiertos Mares, it features old woods and new. Closing date unknown.
Opened Feb. 8, photography show: An exhibition of photos from La Paz’s past is in the “Galería La Pintada” at the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Title of the show is “La Paz en retrospectiva, una mirada al pasado” (La Paz in retrospect, a look at the past). Admission is free. For more information, call (612) 122 90 40. Closing date unknown.
Opened Feb. 8, photography show: “Salvajes” is the title of an exhibition of photos by Patricia Del Valle in the upstairs gallery of the Bagel Shop La Paz, Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. The photographs are striking and beautiful. Closing date unknown.
Opened Feb. 8, art exhibition: A show of work by Fernando Arrabal is at Centro Cultural Roger de Conynk, the cultural centre of Alianza Francesa. The centre is on Gomez Farias 525, between República and Guerrero. Admission is free. Closing date unknown.
Every second Saturday, alternative marketplace and cultural space: “Vendimia entre amigos” is an alternative market for local products and crafts. It’s held every two weeks from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Teatro al Aire Libre, on the grounds of Teatro de la Ciudad at Altamirano between LeGaspi and Navarro. Community organizations can spread the word about their causes and sell items to support their work. It’s a place to exchange ideas and services. Also, it is becoming a performance space for the arts — music, dance and literature. Scheduled dates: Feb. 17, March 3, March 17 and March 31. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1550228495068205/permalink/1554044338019954/.
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
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 Jan. 12, art show: An exhibition of paintings by Arturo Medillín at Galería Carlos Olachea, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad. Closing date unknown.
Opened Jan. 11, art show: Novum, a solo exhibition of printmaking and paintings by Daniel Amora, at NIM Restaurant, Calle Hidalgo on the corner of Revolución. Closing date unknown.
Opened in January, Mexican cinema through movie posters: An exhibition of posters from 1939 to 1992 is at Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre near the corner of Belisario Dominguez. Admission is free. Scheduled closing date was Feb. 7.
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