february 2018

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 rozinlapaz@yahoo.com 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.


Children’s Carnaval: Carnavalito Infantil 2018, the last of this year’s Carnaval events, is a day especially for children. Events on the Malecón get underway at about 2:30 p.m.. Here’s the tentative schedule: 3:30 p.m., show entitled Chacharito and the Happy Family; 4:00 p.m., parade of floats; 5:00 p.m., singer Roman García, “the Sudcaliforniano diamond”; 5:15 p.m., reception of the Royal Court; 5:30 p.m., costume competition; 6:30 p.m., Strawberry Clowns.


Flag Day: Día de la Bandera is a national holiday in Mexico.

Baja Blues Against Hunger performance and jam: The food drive and concert tour, which is travelling from San Felipe to Cabo, arrives in La Paz to perform at 6 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución between Guadalupe Victoria and Morelos. The host band is “Sweet Sixx and The Wild Pack”. Admission is 60 pesos,  first-come, first-served seating. La Paz musicians at all levels are invited to join the jam (no cover); if you want to jam, e-mail bluesagainsthunger@gmail.com Bring an instrument and non-perishable food to contribute. For more information, visit the website  www.bluesagainsthunger.org and the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1631335646942622/. The contact phone number is 928-256-9108 (ask for Rachel).


In El Triunfo, piano concert: Pianist Christian Schleifer performs with harpist Regino “Rex” Payan at 11 a.m. in the Concert Hall of the Museum of Music in El Triunfo. Admission is 200 pesos at the door.


Los Huizapoles in the Teatro de La Ciudad: The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the theatre on Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia. Los Huizapoles — Armando Sepúlveda and Raúl Conde — are musical icons well known for their razor-sharp Paceño humor.

Chamber music concert: Ensamble Sudcaliforniano performs at 8 p.m.in the main lecture hall of the Escuela de Música, Calle José María Morelos on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. It is a recital of flute (Rubén Ramírez) and oboe (Lorena Varela). Joining the duo as a special guest is cellist Rodrigo Cadena. Ensamble Sudcaliforniano was created by maestros originally from Cuba, Spain and Mexico who have a close connection to the city of La Paz and a passion for the teaching of music. Advance tickets are 90 pesos; day-of-sale tickets are 100 pesos. Tickets are on sale at Clínica Dental CECOM, Lic. Prima Verdad on the corner of Rosales. For information, call Cel. 612-111-9351 or office 125-8630.


March 3, dine-and-dance benefit: The Club Rotario Bahía de La Paz is sponsoring this “Noche de Salsa” event at La Costa Restaurant to raise funds to upgrade La Paz firefighters’ equipment. The Salsa Band (from Stella’s) performs. Admission is a $150-peso donation at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music is from 7 to 10 p.m.. Food and drink can be ordered from La Costa, which is on Antonio Navarro near Marina de La Paz. Call Maureen for tickets at 612-157-7101 or email morene4@yahoo.com.

March 3, Jazz on the beach: Jazzfest La Paz is selling advance tickets for its concert. The show is 4 to 11 p.m. at Marea La Paz, at the foot of Sinaloa on the beach. Performers include JazSur, Bill Levine, Sabina, Communidad Big Band La Paz, Dario Norzagaray, JamJazz, Soul Sisters and Terry Townson. General admission is $150 pesos (bring your own chair). VIP admission is $350 pesos (chair and table at the front and a waiter to take your food order). Advance tickets can be purchased at BueyCup & Johnny Cat on Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, at Marea La Paz and at Mi Cantina – Restaurante Familiar in El Centenario.  For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Jazz Fest La Paz.

March 4, historic home tour in Todos Santos: Historic homes will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in this annual event to raise funds for charity. For more information, e-mail paul@boominenterprises.com, phone 858-735-3538 or visit the web page http://www.palapasociety.org.

March 7, film festival begins: The 15th Festival Cine March 7-15 has showings mainly in Todos Santos and Pescadero, but some films make it to La Paz. Check back closer to the date for more information or google the festival online.

March 11, Festival Artesanal en El Triunfo: The 11th annual arts and handcrafts festival in El Triunfo starts at 11 a.m.. On the program: show and sale of regional handcrafts, regional foods, live performances, crafts competition, photography exhibition, piano concert and ballet folklórico. Check back for more information closer to the date or follow the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Triunfobcs/.

March 31, Blues Fest La Paz: Invited bands include Fire River Band, The Toscos, Mike O´Neill and Offcourse Band, The Blues Band and Frida Rivas, among others. Check back for more details closer to the date.


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 Feb. 10, Art and book exhibition: Work by artist Liliana Kleiner is on show at El Faro – Café / Galería. You will find her original art work and richly illustrated book, “The Song of Inanna / El Canto de Inanna”, which tells the story of the ancient goddess Innana. Closing date unknown. El Faro is a gem of a coffee house, lunch spot and gallery two blocks from the Santuario. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Facebook page elfaro.cafegaleria.

Opened Feb. 9, wood sculpture showA 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.


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.


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.