december 2017

ABOVE: GALA CHRISTMAS CONCERT DEC. 15 IN THE CATHEDRAL

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 EVENTS: Listings of art exhibitions and other continuing events are now at the bottom of the page.

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; Christmas music proveded by trumpet trio featuring Terry Townson, Phil Eager and Paul Tate.

Special eclectic Christmas concert: Guitarist Ruben Barranco and singer Damiana Conde perform at 7 p.m. in the courtyard of Galeria de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 320 between Aquiles Serdán and Revolución (same block as the post office). With them are invited guests Francisco Javier Davila (tenor) and Ros Oberlyn (harmonica). Here you have a powerful vocalist who can sing everything from blues and rock ‘n’ roll to opera, a great guitarist, a skilled tenor and a blues harmonica player (that’s me, Rozinlapaz). Sounds like the makings of a special evening!  Cover is 80 pesos. For information and reservations, call 612-154-8136.

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.

THURSDAY, DEC.14

Christmas concert: The Orquesta Sinfónica de la Escuela de Música del Estado presents El Casanueces (The Nutcracker) at 7 p.m. in the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. Tickets are $100 pesos. Contact the music school office more information (contact information is on the Venues page of this website).

FRIDAY, DEC. 15

Book launch and music: The book “Baja Rock”, the history of rock in Baja California Sur, by Francisco Javier Galvan Gutierrez, will be presented at Las Varitas nightclub, Independencia between Belisario Dominguez and the Malecón. Admission is free. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. Bands have been invited to participate.

Gala Christmas concert: Alegría del Mundo, La Paz’s grand Christmas recital, is a free performance at 8 p.m. in the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz, on Calle Revolución between Independencia and 5 de Mayo, across from Jardín Velasco. Participants are a multinational Chamber Orchestra with musicians from Poland, the U.S., Azerbajan, Canada, Italy and France. Guest soloists Alán Pingarrón (tenor) and Patricia Santos (soprano) have won several international prizes. They are joined by mezzosoprano Rosa Muñoz and baritone Amed Liévanos. The program includes musical selections from the Baroque era through the early 20th Century. This is a free event. To get seats you likely will need to arrive very early. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page Facebook.com. Phone number for information is 122 89 80.

Christmas festival at Centro Cultural La Paz: This free family event begins at 6 p.m. and features “Show Navideño” from dancers from Carmen Taller de Baile and “Pastorela Choyera” from the theatre troupe Grupo de Teatro Ollin. The cultural centre is on 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez.

Jazz festival: The event will be at Marea La Paz, an outdoor site on the beach at the foot of Calle Sinaloa. Performers for Jazzfest: JazSur Bill Levine Sabina, Terry Townson Cuarteto, Carlo Josué Alfonso Quinteto, Dario Norzagaray and more. Advance tickets are $150 pesos general admission (bring your own chair) or $350 pesos VIP. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Jazz Fest La Paz.

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

Olaf Oren in concert: The young Sudcaliforniano singer-songwriter performs at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 328 between Revolución and Serdán (a few doors from the post office). Olaf Oren, who now makes his home in Xalapa Veracruz, brings to his music a unique folk-jazz fusion and lyrics that are intelligent and provocative.  Tickets are $70 pesos. For reservations, call 6121548136.

Veggie posada: Casa Cultural El Huevo and Opciones veganas en La Paz BCS present an evening of musical surprises, vegetarian dishes and good vibes starting 6 p.m. at the cultural centre on Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. Bring clothes in good condition, books and other objects to donate to El Huevo in support of its cultural projects.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

Art show at Casa Parra: “Ultramar”, an exhibition of recent work by artist Francisco Merino, is at Casa Parra, Independencia 413 (between Revolución and Serdan) from 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

Pichilingue cleanup project: The end-of-year cleanup is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free pangas will get participants to Punta Nepomuceno y Punta Colorado. For more information, contact MarLibre. Visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MAR-LIBRE-Rescatando-Nuestros-Arrecifes-y-Manglares-1427941930867030/.

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.

CONTINUING EVENTS

Until Dec. 24, street market: 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.

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

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.

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.

HOW TO REACH ME

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.