december 2016 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 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.

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CONTINUING

Recently opened, art show: An exhibition of work by Juan González de León opened Dec. 10 at the Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea. “La Mirada Suspendida” (the suspended gaze) features drawings and graphics that shift between concrete and abstract. His work has been described as visual writing, a pictorial code. Exhibition closing date not known. The gallery is on Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia (next door to Teatro de la Ciudad). Admission is free. Closing date unknown.

Until Dec. 24, Christmas shoppers’ street market: The Traditional Tianguis market, which opened Dec. 2, surrounds Jardín Velasco on Revolución between 5 de Mayo and Independencia. This annual cluster of tents of merchandise for Christmas shoppers continues until Christmas Eve. You might find that parking in this area is scarce this time of year and traffic congested. Madero Street and Constitución adjoining Jardín Velasco are blocked to cars.

Recently reopened, Mexican native art gallery/store: Casa Parra has moved to its new location at Independencia 413 between Serdan and Revolución, across the street from the side entrance of the Cathedral. Owner Claudia Parra specializes in traditionally crafted, handmade pieces by Mexican artists. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call Cel (612) 170-4779 or visit the website at www.casaparra.com.mx.

Thursdays through January, watercolour workshop with model: Amado Colado’s workshop beginning Dec. 8 is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at La Morante Bar and Restaurant, Calle Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. The workshop is for participants older than 18. Enrolment is $150 pesos and classes are $150 pesos. For more information, call 612-129-6635.

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, DEC. 4

Big Band jazz concert: The big band community of La Paz performs at 8 p.m. in the courtyard of Galería de Arte Tonantzin. The band, with jazz trumpet player Terry Townson, is made up of local and extranjero musicians. Singer Damiana Conde is a special invited guest. The gallery is at Constitución 320 (between Revolución and Aquiles Serdán, the same block as the post office). There is a 60-peso cover. Seating is first-come, first-served. There will be a second concert Dec. 15 at the Casa de Cultura. See listing below,

MONDAY, DEC. 5

Christmas concert: Esperanza Azteca symphony orchestra performs at 8 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad, Calle Navarro between Altamirano and H. de Independencia. Some 200 young people on stage as part of the OSEA BCS orchestra and choir. They’ll perform works by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Strausse, Bach, Beethoven and more. For more information, contact Adriana Pérez at 612-141-9580 or visit Facebook OSEA BCS or e-mail oseabcs@gmail.com. Tickets are for sale at the theatre box office before the performance.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7

Ballet performance: Cuba’s national ballet company performs at 8 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the direction of company founder Alicia Alonso, will present a program of classics at world-class level. The box office of Teatro de la Ciudad says the performance is already sold out. Ni modo. For more program information, go to http://culturabcs.gob.mx/evento/2016/11/gala-extraordinaria-ballet-nacional-de-cuba/2640.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8

Christmas event: Musicanto Navideño is at 6 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. Admission is free.

Concert of Latin American music: Tenor José Manuel Romero and the Ensable Tangozando perform at 8:30 p.m. at the French Cultural Centre’s Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. The program features tangos and boleros from Mexico, Cuba and Argentina. Admission, including cocktail, is 80 pesos. For more information contact Alianza por la Lengua Frances at 12-2-28-88.

The musical legend of John Lennon: the live performance at La MeraMente features Gabriel Velázquez Castro, Armando Alejandro Elizalde Grajeda, Willy De Ibarra, Ruben Dario Barranco and invited guest Damiana Conde Ramos. The bar La MeraMente is on Antonio Mijares and Sebastián, behind Burger King, close to the old La Perla site. Concerts usually start at 9 p.m. or later. Check with La MeraMente for more information about start time and cover charge.

Noche de Rock en español: Rock with Ivan Cordero and a performance of “La muerte del palomo” with poetry, song and dramatization with Lupita Nuño and Gina Avilés. Admission is by donation at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar,  Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. For reservations, call 612-129-6635.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9

Christmas festival and carol competition: Concurso 2016 de Villancios begins at 5 p.m. with group presentations and awards at Casa de Cultura del Estado, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. It’s part of  a Christmas festival with live entertainment and theatre.

Design festival begins: A Baja design collective presents the first Festival del Diseño en Baja California Sur to exhibit the work of some 30 interior designers, industrial designers, graphic artists and achitects. The two-day show is 6-10 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 10. Location is Callejón Cabezud. That’s the small plaza with the sculpture of the seashell musicians — it’s across from the Malecón at the Muelle Fiscal with the watchtower. For more information, visit Facebook BACA Diseño Paceño.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10

Design festival continues: The event, which features work by interior designers, industrial designers, graphic artists and achitects, is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Callejón Cabezud. Seen Dec. 9 listing for more details.

Beach cleanup: Rescatando Nuestros Arrecifes y Manglares gathers from 9 a.m. to noon to clean up the mangrove beach at Mogote. For more information, contact the environmental group or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rescatando-Nuestros-Arrecifes-y-Manglares-1427941930867030/.

Pacifica fest music festival: Live music will rock El Coromuel acuatic park from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.. The lineup: Doppler (5 p.m.), Stamina Band (6 p.m.), Drunkn Ninjs (7 p.m.), Los Malqueridos (8 p.m.), Mexican Weirdoh’s (9 p.m.), Bluz Explozión (10 p.m.), Technicolor Fabrics (11 p.m.). I’m staying up late for this one — playing blues with Sheft-Hat Khnemu Ra and Bluz Explozión band mates! Advance tickets are $150 pesos, sold through La Morante Art Bar, among other locations. EcoBaja tours is providing free transportation to Coromuel from Jardin Velasco. For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pazificafest/.

Christmas concert on the Malecón: A free family Christmas concert starts at 7 p.m. at the kiosko of the Malecón at the foot of 16 de Septiembre. The choir Coro Esperanza Azteca and the dance school Carmen Taller de Baile perform. There will be aerial dance and other Christmas festivities.

Mirna Trasviña in concert: One of La Paz’s most passionate singers presents “Voz y Romance” (voice and romance) at 8 p.m. in the courtyard of Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 320 (between Revolución and Aquiles Serdán, the same block as the post office). Trasviña will be accompanied by guitarist Dario Norzagaray for a program songs by Latin American composers. There is an 80-peso cover. Seating is limited. Call  612 154 81 36 for information and reservations.

Jazz night with Terry Townson: Trumpet player Terry Townson performs at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar,  Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. For reservations, call 612-129-6635.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11

In San Antonio, Festival del Arte y Expo Artesanal: The one-day festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. features entertainment, workshops for children, book presentations, the display and sale of arts and crafts and regional dishes. There is a Cabalgata procession from El Triunfo to San Antonio.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14

Holiday treats fundraiser class: Chefs from Raíz de Fondo, the city’s community gardens organization, present a vegan desserts class 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Raíz de Fondo Community Garden Guamúchil, Colegio Militar between Ramirez and Altamirano. Tickets (includes class, desserts and drinks) are $50 USD, plus a $20 US donation. Reserve your spot by contacting cocinadeljardin@gmail.com. RSVP to eliza@icfdn.org. This event supports Raiz de Fondo’s healthy cooking classes for the local community and school children. For more information, visit www.raizdefondo.org.

Student Christmas recitals begin: There are student recitals at 6 p.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 16 in the large lecture hall at the Escuela de Música del Estado, Morelos at the corner of Marcelo Rubio. Admission is free. Check with the school for details.

Live jazz: Trumpet player Terry Townson performs for a night of jazz and wine in the open air at Hyatt Place Le Paz from 7 to 9 p.m. at Costa Baja.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15

Exhibition opens: A show of work by students of Francisco Marino’s nude drawing workshop has its opening at 7:30 p.m. at Galería Pintada, the Casa de Cultura del Estado, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. For more information, call (612) 122-9040.

Alegría del Mundo Christmas recital: Opera soloists from France, Germany and Mexico will be at this year’s Christmas musical recital. The performance is 8 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Featured are soprano Emilie Bry (Paris and Lyon operas), tenor Mikkel Fjeld Skorppen (Berlin and Lyon operas) and conductor Lanfranco Marcelletti. Information on ticket cost and sale will be announced soon. For more information, visit www.culturabcs.gob.mx or phone 122-5011.

Big Band jazz concert: The big band community of La Paz performs at 8 p.m. in the courtyard of the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Admission is free. For more information, call 122-9040.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

Piano concert: Juan Pablo Bautista Cano presents a piano recital that is a retrospective in tribute to Chaverán at 8 p.m. in the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos 1055 on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the Escuela de Música del Estado. Tickets are 100 pesos. The program includes works by Jan Krtitel Vanhal, L.V. Beethoven, Franz Liszt, C. Debussy, M.M. Ponce and A. Scriabine. For more information, contact the office of the Escuela de Música del Estado.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

Art bazaar: Original art pieces and crafts are on offer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635 between Morelos and Guadalupe Victoria. There will also be live music, food and drink. This is the first of three dates for the bazaar: Dec. 17, 24 and 31. For more information, contact La Morante at 6121296635.

Symphony orchestra concert: The Escuela de Música del Estado’s Christmas concert is at 7 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Tickets are 100 pesos. The performance, entitled Texturas Musicales, is with founding director Luis Peláez García and guest director José Luis Rivera Ávalos.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18

In San Bartolo, Buen Provecho posada event: Mexican Holiday Posada celebration begins at 11 am with an optional walk about the property, where you can see the gardens, the orchard, and the process for making organic composted soil. At noon, there is an authentic rancho lunch by Yadi , who was raised in a rancho outside of San Bartolo and for awhile, had a local restaurant. Two talented dancers from the La Paz Ballet Folklorico Nimbé will entertain with regional dances of the Baja California peninsula. Maximum of 18 guests, 1,200 pesos per person. Reserve at info@buenprovechobaja.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 24

Art bazaar: Original art pieces and crafts are on offer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635 between Morelos and Guadalupe Victoria. There will also be live music, food and drink. There is also a bazaar Dec. 31. For more information, contact La Morante at 6121296.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

Live jazz: Trumpet player Terry Townson performs for a night of jazz and wine in the open air at Hyatt Place Le Paz from 7 to 9 p.m. at Costa Baja.

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

Electric bass workshop and recital: Electric bass jazz musician and composer Carlos Orozco leads a workshop, followed that night by a recital at 10 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635. Orozco, originally from León, Guanajuato, is part of Fender’s team of clinicians in Mexico. The clinic covers techniques and methods for beginner-intermediates and advanced levels. Enrolment is limited to 15. Cost is $150 pesos. For more information, contact Carlos Castillo. Facebook (karlostcastillo), 612-13-13-918, karlostcastillo@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

Art bazaar: Original art pieces and crafts are on offer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635 between Morelos and Guadalupe Victoria. There will also be live music, food and drink. For more information, contact La Morante at 6121296.

LOOKING AHEAD

Feb. 11-12, 2017, art studio tour in Todos Santos: The 8th annual Todos Santos Open Studio Tour  is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. More than 40 artists are participating this year. Proceeds benefit the children’s art program at The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Advance tickets sales begin Jan 28th, for $200 pesos and can be purchased in Todos Santos at Tecolote Book Store, Calle Juarez, or ordered online at ts.studiotour@gmail.com. Day-of-event tickets can also be purchased at Cafelix from 9 – 3. Maps are included with purchase and posted signs streamline the self-guided tour.

Feb. 23-28, 2017, Carnaval La Paz: The city’s annual Carnaval festival is a whopper of a street party — colourful, crowded, raucous and entertaining. Fans of the six-day festival relish the live music, the midway games, the people-watching, the food and the festivities. The action is on the Malecón, which is closed to traffic by late afternoon. The theme for Carnaval 2017 is “El Juego de la Vida” — the game of life.

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.

Watercolour workshop with model: Amado Colado’s workshop began Dec. 1 at La Morante Bar and Restaurant, Calle Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. For information, call 612-129-6635.

Through November, historical photo exhibition: “Jefes, Héroes y Caudillos” (bosses, heroes and military leaders) is a show of photographs from 1900 to 1924 from the Casasola archives. The display, which opened Nov. 1, is at the Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia de Baja California Sur. The anthropology museum at the corner of Altamirano and 5 de Mayo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to this exhibition is free. General admission to the museum is 40 pesos.

Through November, two beautiful textile exhibitions: Mexican sarapes and popular dance costumes are on display at Centro Artes Populares BCS (the Antigua Casa de Gobierno), Calle Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia. “El Sarape Nacionalista”, features sarapes from 1830 through 1940. These include rare, beautifully woven works, and all feature Mexican patriotic themes. The other exhibition is “Bajo Los Puntos Suspensivos de Tus Pies”, popular dance costumes worn by indigenous women. These dresses are richly coloured and muy mexicano. Some new costumes will be added to the display later this month.  Admission is free and the rooms are air conditioned. The  centre is on Calle Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call 612-122-8980.

Until Nov. 30, art show: Éremos, an exhibition of paintings by Alejandro Curiel, opened Nov. 4 at Galería de Arte “Carlos Olachea Boucsiéquez” on Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia (next door to Teatro de la Ciudad). Admission is free. Curiel’s work has been described as a blend of desert landscape and biblical texts — highlighting the Baja Sur ambiance with a contemporary approach.

Opened Nov. 16, collective art show: “Fin de año”, the end-of-the-year exhibition of work by BCS artists, is in the lobby of Teatro de la Ciudad. Admission is free. For more information, call 125 02 07. Closing date unknown.

Painting exhibition: An show of paintings by Japanese artist Hiro Yoshida, which opened Oct. 20, is at Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez. Closing date unknown.