january 2019

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.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17

In El Triunfo, piano concert: Composer and pianist Michael Zanevsky performs at 11 a.m. at El Triunfo Piano Museum. In the program: ancient and contemporary arrangements of folk music. Admission: 200 peso. Tickets are available at the door.

FRIDAY, JAN. 18

Piano concert in the park: Fasluna performs at a free concert at 8 p.m. at Parque Piedras y Pájaros, Constitución between F. Madero and Belisario Dominguez. Bring your own chair.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19

Charity beach party: Club Cruceros de La Paz invites everybody, including the family dog, to be part of the festivities at this charity beach party. The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are games with prizes ($50 pesos donation per game), a silent auction and a bake auction. Recipients of the Club Cruceros Charity Fund are: FANLAP, Care for Kids, Villas de Guadalupe, Elder Care Facility, Rotary, K9 Rancho Perro and Mama Benita’s. Live music and dancing start at 4 p.m. with Mike O’Neil and his Off-Course Band (including me on harmonica) at La Costa Restaurant, Navarro & Topete.For more information, contact Jody on Ranier, VHF 22. You are asked to sign up in advance for the games at the clubhouse or at Marina Palmira cruisers lounge.

Gypsy jazz concert: Le Musette with Darío Norzagaray, Raziel Ramírez (guitar) and Sandra Uzcanga (dance) perform at 7 p.m. at La Levedad del Ser, Morelos 512 between Ramírez and Prieto. This is the first event at the new venue launched by the owners of Galería de Arte Tonantzin. For reservations, call 612-154-8136. Admission is by donation.

John Davidson tickets: Tickets go on sale for performances by celebrity singer John Davidson. For details, see Feb. 1 listing.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20

In El Triunfo, classical concert: Pianist Katrina Angela Zanevsky performs at 11 a.m. at the El Triunfo Piano Museum. In the program: Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata, Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Zanevsky. Admission: 200 peso. Tickets are available at the door.

Total eclipse of the moon: La Paz city hall invites you to observe the eclipse in the civic plaza of the Palacio Municipal, Colosio between Av. de los Deportistas and Carabineros. The event is coordinated by the planetarium “Joaquín Velázquez de León”.  The moon enters the phase of its total eclipse at 10:12 p.m. — beginning this phase at 9:41 p.m. and ending at 10:43 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23

Film showing: The new cineclub Madero opens with a showing of the film “Sueño en otro idioma” at 6 p.m. in the passageway Madero, which runs between the streets Belisario Domínguez and Francisco Madero. The film, by Mexican director Ernesto Contreras, deals with the disappearance of indigenous languages. Admission is free. I don’t know if there are English subtitles.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1

Celebrity Singer John Davidson performs: There are performances Feb. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., and performances Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Casa Del Arbol, Calle Constitución between Serdán and Revolución. Tickets are $300 pesos, including a glass of wine.  A cheese board will be available for purchase when you buy your tickets. Tickets go on sale in front of Casa Del Arbol Jan. 19 and and Jan. 26, 9am-1pm.. If you cannot purchase tickets in person, contact Claudia at 612 18 32183 or e-mail John Jr. at thevipcoach@gmail.com. The program includes songs and stories that will bring back memories. The evening may make you laugh and cry. John Davidson’s career on television includes That’s Incredible, Hollywood Squares and ”The John Davidson show”. He was the first stand-in host for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. His film and TV appearances spanned 40 years and he held leading roles in theatre productions of the Music Man, State Fair and Oklahoma. For more on his background, watch the YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEwXPujMl_k&fbclid=IwAR2F6Oh7N5rT8jXkvmGcHA1vL0f0ZO8YC4ylqraiH5ym3n85_CqEdufneTY.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2

Carnaval royal court vote: The final vote for the election of the Corte Real del Carnaval La Paz 2019 “Grandes Navegantes”  is at 6 p.m. at the kiosk of the Malecón. You’re invited to come and support your favourite candidate for Carnaval’s royal court. The event is free. Carnaval 2019 is Feb. 28 – March 5.

Traveling and blues jam comes to town: Baja Blues Tour is a food drive and a travelling jam session that tours the Baja Peninsula with shows Feb. 2, Feb. 3 and Feb. 8. Feb. 2, the show is at 5 p.m. at La Costa restaurant. Feb. 3, the show is at noon to 3 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar. Feb. 8, the show is at 5 p.m. at R-Place in El Centenario. Double-check dates and times, as there have been some changes. For updates, visit the organization’s websites at www.bluesagainsthunger.org and www.bajablues.com .  Host band Sweet Sixx & The Wild Pack Band with special guest Miguel Korsa invites musicians to join the jams: For Feb. 2 jam, sign up to play by going to events.eventzilla.net/e/la-paz–2019-baja-blues-tour–2138705706. For Feb. 8 jam in El Centenario, sign up to play by going to events.eventzilla.net/e/el-centenario–2019-baja-blues-tour–2138729372.

SUNDAY, FEB. 3

Traveling and blues jam continues: Baja Blues Tour is a food drive and a travelling jam session that tours the Baja Peninsula with shows Feb. 2, Feb. 3 and Feb. 8. Feb. 3, the show is at noon to 3 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar. See listing Feb. 2 for more information.

Celebrity Singer John Davidson performs: see Feb. 1 listing

FRIDAY, FEB. 8

Traveling and blues jam continues: Baja Blues Tour is a food drive and a travelling jam session that tours the Baja Peninsula with shows Feb. 2, Feb. 3 and Feb. 8. Feb. 8, the show is at 5 p.m. at R-Place in El Centenario. See listing Feb. 2 for more information.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9

Fashion show fundraiser: “All you need is love” is a charity fashion show. It starts at 12:30 p.m. at La Costa Restaurant, Navarro and Topete. Cost is $300 pesos, including lunch. Tickets are limited and sold in advance. The event is to help the colonia Villas de Guadalupe finish construction of a children’s study centre on neighbourhood church property. Contact Teri at soilefun@yahoo.com for more information.

FRIDAY, FEB. 15

Celebrity Singer John Davidson performs: see Feb. 1 listing

SATURDAY, FEB. 16

Celebrity Singer John Davidson performs: see Feb. 1 listing

LOOKING AHEAD

Feb. 28 – March 5, Carnaval: The dates have been set for Carnaval La Paz 2019. The theme is “Grandes Navegantes”.

March 2, charity golf tournament: Paraiso del Mar Golf Club and and the children’s charity, FANLAP, are holding a golf tournament to promote a scholarship program for children in poor neighbourhoods on the outskirts of La Paz. In the last school year, FANLAP donors helped 371 students complete junior high school, 113 students completed senior high school and ten students have received a degree in the university or institute of technology. Cost is $75 USD. For registration and more information, call 612 140 1391 and 612 105 3863 or e-mail golfclub@paraisodelmar.com.

CONTINUING

Opened, Jan. 11, photography show: Exhibition by photographer George Jovanovich is at the Bagel Shop on Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. The theme is “When Chairs Go Bad”,a different take on the subject of everyday objects.

Opened Dec. 6, art show: An exhibition of work by the artist Jonn Izzik is at Galería La Pintada in the Casa de Cultura de BCS, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesia. Admission is free. Izzik was born in Belgium and spent some time in Canada before moving to La Paz in 2013. The show continues until Jan. 24

Opened Nov. 30, toy exhibition: Mundo de Juguete Antiguo is an exhibition of old-fashioned dolls. The private collection of Mayra Alicia Zamudio Gorozave will be on display at the Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez, until Dec. 13.

Opened Nov. 23, art show: The artists’ collective Colectivo Mutante presents “Mutamorfosis” at la Casa cultural “El Huevo”, Calle Belisario Domìnguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. Contributors are Ecatl López, Alejandro Savant, Itzú Martínez, Daniel Olimón, Alberto Ortega. Raúl Cota, Rubén Rivera, Janet Fiol, Abril Ortiz, Alejandro Rubio and Katlin Arce. The program includes graphic arts, performance, video and literature. (Closing date not known)

Opened Nov. 23, collective art exhibition: The big end-of-year show for Baja California Sur artists is in the lobby of Teatro de la Ciudad. There are (50!!!) artists on the poster for the exhibition. (closing date not known)

Opened Nov. 9, art show: Así Somos, an exhibition of works by Ezra Katz, opened Nov. 9 in the Sala de Exposiciones Temporales at the Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at Belisario Dominquez. (closing date unknown).

Opened Nov. 9, art show: Requiem, an exhibition of works by Scarlett González, opened Nov. 9 at Galería “La Pintada” at Casa de Cultura, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. (closing date unknown)

Opened Oct. 29, art exhibition: Casi Una Isla (almost an island) is the title of this show of photographs and paintings by Francisco Merino, Elizabeth Moreno and Alejandro Rivas at the Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia de Baja California Sur at Altamirano and 5 de Mayo . Admission is free. Show closing date unknown.

Art and cultural exhibitions: There are several galleries around La Paz with art shows and cultural displays, among them: Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea (Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad); the lobby of Teatro de la Ciudad; the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares (Calle Madero between Constitución and 5 de Mayo); Centro Cultural La Paz (16 de Septiembre and Belisario Dominguez); Alianza por la Lengua Francesa’s Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck (Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero); Galería La Pintada in the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS (Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias). Admission is free. See the “Venues” page and the organizations’ Facebook pages for more information.

Museums: The anthropology museum, Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia, is at Altamirano and 5 de Mayo — there is a small admission. See the “Venues” page for more information.

Concert halls and theatres: Among the theatres and concert venues in the city are: Sala de Conciertos de la Ciudad de La Paz (at Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school); the music school, Escuela de Música del Estado; Teatro de la Ciudad (Navarro and Héroes de Independencia); Teatro Juárez (on Belisario Dominguez between 16 de Septiembre and Independencia). See the “Venues” page for more information. Visit the venues or check their Facebook pages for information on upcoming concerts.

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.

Live music in restaurants and bars around La Paz: Check out the “Live Music” page on this website for nightspots that have performances.

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.