jan. & feb. 2018


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.


In El Triunfo, piano concert: Pianist Christian Schleifer presents a winter concert featuring young pianist Jorge Ignacio Espinosa at 11 a.m. in the concert hall of the Museo de la Música (the music museum) in El Triunfo. Admission is $100 pesos at the door.


Jazz recital: Jazz 101, whose members are music students and teachers, performs a recital at 6:30 p.m. in the main lecture hall of the Escuela de Música del Estado B.C.S., the music school at 1055 Morelos on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. The band will play classics of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and more. Admission is free. The school’s phone number is (612) 125-55-19 and the e-mail address is serv_escolares@escuelademusicabcs.com


Art show: El Faro Café/Galería presents an exhibition of paintings. The theme is stopping violence against women. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the cafe/gallery at Navarro #511 between Ramírez and Guillermo Prieto. For more information, call 125-8514.


Barter festival: Festival del Trueque begins at 2 p.m. in the open-air theatre “Rosaura Zapata Cano” (on the grounds of Teatro de La Ciudad).


Benefit concert: The Canadian band Bradley McGillivray plays jazz-inspired blues, funk and soul. The show starts at 8 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar. Band members are Ruth McGillivray (vocal), Sheldon Bradley (guitar), Paul Freeman (bass) and Hoto (drums and vocal). Trumpet player Terry Townson is a special guest. The concert is a fundraiser for FANE de La Paz, a foundation supporting special-needs children. Tickets are $120 pesos. To reserve, call 612-140-2454. You can learn more about the band from its website at http://bradmcg.com/


Día de la Candelaria: Day of the Candles or Candle Mass falls 40 days after Christmas. The day is celebrated by Catholics as the “Feast of Purification” or as the “Presentation of Christ at the Temple.”  Feb. 2 also marks the mid-way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. Día de la Candelaria is a follow-up to the festivities of Kings’ Day and tamales are the food of choice.


Fashion show: “All you need is love . . . and a great fashion show” is a Club Cruceros fundraiser for a children’s library in the colonia Villa de  Guadeloupe. The event is at 12:30 p.m. at La Costa Restaurant, Navarro and Topete. Tickets are $400 pesos, and they must be purchased in advance. For tickets and information, contact Teri at soliefun@yahoo.com or en español call Christy at 612-348-5534. Price includes lunch. Women are encouraged to wear hats and/or scarves.


Día de la Constitución: The national holiday commemorates Mexico’s constitution. Schools, banks and government offices will be closed.


Carnaval La Paz 2018 begins: Dates for the 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 generally on the Malecón, which is closed to traffic by late afternoon. There may be some adjustment this year, depending on progress of Malecón renewal.


In Todos Santos, art studio tour begins: The 9th Annual Todos Santos Open Studio is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb 10 and 11. All proceeds benefit the children’s art programs at the Palapa Society of Todos Santos. Advance ticket sales begin Jan 28th at $200 pesos and can be purchased in Todos Santos at the Tecolote Book Store located on Calle Juarez, or ordered online at ts.studiotour@gmail.com or  www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased on event days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cleo’s in Las Tunas and The Palapa Learning Center (PLC) on del Huerto in town. For more information, contact Anne Hebebrand ts.studio@gmail.com or annehebebrand.com/events/


Chinese New Year Festival: Pax Cultura presents this event from 6 to 11 p.m. on the Malecón at the foot of Constitución. There will be Chinese food for purchase, workshops, the art of caligraphy, martial arts and Tai Chi exhibition, drum and dragon dance performance by Dragón Negro and music, performances and jazz by Wen Lei from Hong Kong. For more information, call 612-141-2324.


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


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, arts festival in El Triunfo: sale and exhibition of regional arts and crafts, live entertainment, regional foods, photography exhibition, ballet folklórico and a piano concert will be part of the XI Festival Artesanal de El Triunfo. Check back closer to the date for more information.


Opened Jan. 12, art show: An exhibition of paintings by Arturo Medillín opened Jan. 12 at Galería Carlos Olachea, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad.

Opened Jan. 11, art show: Novum, a solo exhibition of printmaking and paintings by Daniel Amora, opened Jan. 11 at NIM Restaurant, Calle Hidalgo on the corner of Revolución.

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 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.

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.


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.