march/april 2017 events

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.

NEW FEATURE: Live music in town:  Bars and restaurants around La Paz are home turf to a wealth of local musicians. There’s too much happening for me to include frequently held events in the calendar. So venues that have one or more events a week are listed on a new page called LiveMusic on this site, along with information to point you to their live music events. One-time events are in the calendar.

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Until March 29, art show: An exhibition of work by artist John Izzik is at Galería la Pintada in the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS, Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. The show opened March 3. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..

Through April, art exhibition at Centro de Artes y Culturas Populares de Baja California Sur: This recently opened show features paintings and sculptures of 21 Mexican artists. The exhibition is expected to run through April. The Centro de Artes y Culturas Populares is the site of the old Casa de Gobierno del Territorio on Madero across from Jardín Velasco, between Independencia and 5 de Mayo.

Through April 5, open-air theatre performances: “Soy Yo”, a free production for young people and adults, is an educational project of theatre director Calafia Piña. The show runs Monday through Fridays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m The location is Unidad Cultural Jesús Castro Agúndez on the grounds of Teatro de la Ciudad.

Through April 10, art show: An exhibition of watercolours by artist Martha María Mendieta Cuadra (opening March 23) is at the French Cultural Centre, Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, at Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. Admission is free. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. The centre is also open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 12-1-28-88 or visit the Facebook page at Alianza por la Lengua Francesa La Paz BCS.

Fridays in March, university film club screenings: As part of the Todos Santos film festival, the UABCS Cine Club El Timpano is showing a series of films at noon: March 10, El Charro de Toluquilla (90 minutes); March 17, Súnu Maiz (80 minutes); March 24, Desierto Indígena (40 minutes); March 31, Atl Tlachinolli (72 minutes). Location is not listed, but try the university UABCS’s Auditorio de Ciencias Sociales Edificio B or check with festival organizers. Visit todossantoscine.org for more information about the festival, including film synopses. The film festival program says all films have English subtitles.

Through March, art show: An exhibition of work by artists Patricia Solem and Ulla Behn is in the upstairs gallery of The Bagel Shop, Belisario Dominguez 291 between Constitución and 5 de Mayo. The show, which opened Feb. 1, will be on display through March.

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, MARCH 19

In Los Barriles, arts festival: The 24th 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 work in oil, acrylic, water color, fabric, pottery, wood and glass. There is a food court and live entertainment throughout the day. Proceeds support children’s arts programs and school supplies. For more information, visit the website at http://www.eastcapearts.com/festival.html.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

Symphonic band’s spring concert: The Banda Sinfónica del Gobierno del Estado, under the direction of Marco A. Hernandez Áviles, performs its spring concert at 7 p.m. in the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school. Admission is free; for courtesy passes, phone 129-4199 or Cel. 612-131-2814. Special gues is the choral group of the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca de BCS with José Manuel Romero as director.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

Art show opening: An exhibition of watercolours by artist Martha María Mendieta Cuadra has its opening at 8:30 p.m. at the French Cultural Centre, Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, at Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. Admission is free. The show continues until April 10. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. The centre is also open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 12-1-28-88 or visit the Facebook page at Alianza por la Lengua Francesa La Paz BCS.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Spring concert with piano and flute: Emmanuel Agúndez (flute) and Fernando del Peón Pacheco (piano) give a performance at 7 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school.The concert, entitled “Pan’s Flute”, is a benefit for the seniors’  home Asilo de Ancianos San Vicente de Paul. Admission is $180 pesos. On the program: Suite of 3 pieces by Benjamin Godard, Fantaisie by Gabriel Fauré, La Flauta de Pan by Jules Mouquet, Sonata for flute and piano by Francis Poulenc and Fantasía Brillante on themes from Ópera Carmen by G.Bizet. For more information, call Baja Music & Piano Studio at 612-348-0943.

In Todos Santos, Apparitions Festival 2017 begins: The live music festival at San Pedrito Beach features three days of electronic music. There are workshops, yoga and beach camping. Early bird tickets are on sale. For more informaton, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/887544494708736 and the webpage at www.apparitionsfestival.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25

In El Triunfo, pianist Christian Schleifer in concert: The 11 a.m. performance is in the El Triunfo Music Museum’s new concert hall. Admission is a 100-peso donation at the door.

Tangozando in concert: Centro Cultural La Paz presents the international quartet as part of its “Mejor Cultura” festival at 8 p.m. in the patio of the centre at 16 de Septiembre and Belisario Domínguez. Tangozando is composed of José Manuel Romero (tenor, México), Guillem Errando (electric violin, Spain), Erik Ferrer (electric marimba, Spain) y Víctor Soto (double bass, Cuba). It’s a family event and admission is free.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29

Bayfest begins: This four-day festival is for cruisers and landlubbers, alike. Bayfest, which continues through April 2, is mostly land-based, featuring seminars, hands-on workshops, parties, dinners, dances, games and sports. Highlights at Bayfest include wine tasting, volleyball games (complete with cheerleaders), chili cook-off, sailboat race, dingy poker run and bocce ball. Most seminars, workshops and games require you to sign up in advance and some have limited seating. Most events take place at La Costa restaurant. For more information, visit the Club Cruceros website at www.clubcruceros.net. The link to the complete schedule is http://www.clubcruceros.net/pdf/Bayfest_Schedule2017.pdf.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

State School of Music spring concert: Students of the Escuela de Música del Estado — including ensembles, choral groups and soloists — perform at 7 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Admission is free. The performance hall is on Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Jazz festival: Ten jazz bands are participating in the Jazz Fest La Paz from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the water park at Playa Coromuel. The bands are from La Paz, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Cuba. The event includes a jam session with members of the 10 groups playing together. Tickets are on sale in Mi Cantina, Beer Box and Perla Negra. Advance general admission is 150 pesos (bring a beach chair); advance VIP admission is 350 pesos. The limited-sale VIP tickets include parking at Coromuel Beach, reserved tables and chairs and waitress service from the bar. Food will be available for sale from five restaurants. Also for sale: craft beer, water, juice, soda and wine. No pets are allowed on this beach.  Bathrooms and shaded areas are available as well as wheelchar access and recycling facilities.  For information, visit Facebook  Jazz Fest La Paz or call 612 154 9859 for information in English.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

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 12, along with some Mexican border towns (Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada, Playa Rosarito and Tecate in Baja California).

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

Semana Santa concert: Misa Criolla, by Ariel Ramírez, features works by Bach, Handel, Biebl and Thompson. The performance is at 8:30 p.m. at the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Blvd 5 De Febrero and Aquiles Serdan. Tickets are 200 pesos; it’s a benefit for the Santuario. The performance features musical director Karen Lynne Deal; soprano Nadia Lamadrid; tenors José Manuel Romero and Christopher Roldán; baritone Daniel Hdz. Cerón; pianist Ma. Fernanda del Peón Pacheco; director César Cornejo of the Ensamble Latinoamericano Sak’Be, coordinator Guillem Errando Simón of Camerata de La Paz, director José Manuel Romero of Coro Monumental and special invited guest trumpet player Federico Sánchez Tamayo. Tickets are on sale at the Santuario and at Marsel Gourmet, Altamirano 2025 between Rosales and Allende. You can also get tickets by phoning one of these numbers: 612 158 5284, 228 128 7775 or 612 119 3836.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Semana Santa begins: This is the week leading up to Easter Sunday, April 16. 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.

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday, May 5, Gourmet food festival: The CANIRAC’s gourmet food festival begins at 7 p.m. at Playa Coromuel. A portion of the proceeds go to FANLAP children’s charity for educational and nutrition programs. The event draws participation by restaurants around Baja California Sur. Details, including ticket price, will come closer to the event. To reserve a spot, email jupete49@hotmail.com or FANLAP at fanlap@hotmail.com. Note: many restaurants will also have tickets for the event, but FANLAP programs benefit from only those tickets sold by FANLAP.

CATCH BEFORE CLOSING: Exhibitions listed below have no posted closing date; or, they were scheduled to end but may have been extended. Check with the venue on whether they are still happening.

Opened March 4, Carnaval queens of La Paz: “Noche de Carnaval 25 años después” (Carnaval night 25 years later) is an event that recognizes past queens of Carnaval. Centro Cultural La Paz is on 16 de Septiembre at Belisario Dominguez. Closing date not known.

Opened Feb. 16, art show: An exhibition of work by Osmar Ramírez has is at Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea B., on the grounds of Teatro de la Ciudad. Admission is free. For information, call 122-9196. Closing date unknown.

Opened Jan. 19, art exhibition: A show of work by artist Aimeé Pérez at Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea Boucsiéguez, Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia (on the grounds of Teatro de la Ciudad). The show was scheduled to last until Feb. 11. Admission is free. About the artist (from her website at http://www.aimeeperez.com): “Pérez is a self-taught artist born in Leon, Guanajuato. Her work is characterized by attention to detail and the development of a unique impeccable technique. The result of her work allows us to take a look at the lives of her models and identify with their emotions and innermost thoughts, inviting those who observe to meditate, think, feel. Although Aimeé uses only brush and colors, her paintings could be confused with the printing of photos on canvas. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, United States and Mexico. She currently lives and works in La Paz, Baja California Sur, México.” For more information about the show, call 122 91 9.

Opened Jan. 19, Venetian carnaval masks on display: Alianza Francesa de La Paz has an exhibition featuring Venetian Carnaval masks. The show, which is scheduled to last about three weeks, is open to the public Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. at the French Cultural Centre on Gomez Farias 525, between República and Guerrero. For more information, call 122-2888.