february 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 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.


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.

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 Pat Riley 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.

Live music around town:  Bars and restaurants around La Paz are home turf to some great local musicians. There are too many events to include in the calendar. But I’ve listed several venues on a new page called LiveMusic on this site, along with information to point you to their live music events. Click on the the link at the top of this page.

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.


Dine and groove at BueyCup cafe: The concert features The Blues Band, The Toscos and Bluz Explozión (with me on harmonica joining singer-bass player Sheft-Hat Khenemu Ra and the gang. Special invited guest is drummer “Biffeaux Bull” from England. Chef Marie Fimbres is making a variety of gourmet sandwiches. The event is 6-10 p.m.; cost is $120 pesos. BueyCup cafe is on Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. For reservations and information, call 1220029. (postponed from Feb. 18 because of rain)

Drawing workshop begins: A workshop for drawing the human figure runs Feb. 21-23, 5-9 p.m. in La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635. Fee is 2500, including materials. For information and enrolment, call 612 1296635.


Carnaval La Paz begins: The city’s Carnaval festival Feb. 23-28 is a whopper of a street party — colourful, crowded, raucous and entertaining. Fans of the annual 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. There are parades along the Malecón starting late afternoon on the last three days (Feb. 26, 27 and 28). There is free live entertainment every evening along the Malecón. With one exception, the stage for headline performers is, as always, the kiosko on the Malecón at the foot of 16 de Septiembre. The exception is the performance of Marco Antonio Solís, El “Buki, Saturday, 25 de febrero. His concert is at a special Malecón stage on calle Vicente Guerrero, where he is expected to draw some 40,000 people (600 VIP tickets for $1,000 pesos each sold out in less than two days, with funds going to charity). More information: Click here on “Carnaval” or on the Carnaval link at the top of this page for an overview. The online publication Baja Insider has more schedule information on its website at http://www.bajainsider.com/article/carnaval-la-paz-february-23-28-2017


Art show opens: An exhibition of watercolours of La Paz by artist Martha María Mendieta Cuadra has its opening at 8:30 p.m. at the Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez. Admission is free. Closing date is unknown.


In El Triunfo, “Gypsy Night” fundraiser: Tarde Gitana is a performance of live music and flamenco dance with Francisco Alatorre and Bailaora Aide Carreño. Wine-tasting, cheeses, tapas and paellas will be served as part of this benefit for the restoration of El Triunfo’s historic structure “La Ramona” . The event at El Minero Cafe, Calle Progreso near the corner of Ayuntamiento, begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are $750 pesos. I hear tickets are going fast. (One of the posters says Feb. 24, but Facebook says Feb.  25).  For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1842424009362912/.


First of three Carnaval parades: Parades are Feb. 26, 27 and 28, starting at about 5 p.m. The route follows the Malecón, between Márquez de León and el Molinito (the little windmill at the north end of town, on the Malecón at Ejido). You’ll see the same floats and participants each day, but the parade switches direction. The first and third parade usually begin at Márquez de León; the second parade begins at el Molinito.

In Los Barriles, dog show: According to the organizers, the Los Barriles Dog Show is expected to draw 200 participant dogs and 1,000 spectators. It starts at 11 a.m. and all dogs are welcome to participate; it’s not a professional show. The event is to raise funds for spaying, neutering & fostering activity in East Cape. For more information, contact www.bajakennelclub.com or Facebook https://goo.gl/vIMhd4 or email emma@bajakennelclub.com.


Carnaval parade: see listing under Sunday, Feb. 27.


In El Triunfo, pianist Christian Schleifer in concert: The 11 a.m. performance celebrates the opening of the El Triunfo Music Museum’s new concert hall. The show also features guest jazz quartet the “Picante Jazz Cats” with pianist Steve Abrams. Admission is 150-peso donation at the door.

Carnaval masquerade ball: The grand “Baile de facha y fantasía” begins at 9 p.m. at the convention centre Centro de Convenciones del Estado features live music from “Sonora Santanera” and the group “Los Panchos”. Tickets are on sale at offices of DIF Municipal, Nayarit at the corner of Ignacio Ramírez.

Carnaval parade: see listing under Sunday, Feb. 27.


Todos Santos film festival begins: Most of the events and film showings for the 14th Festival de Cine March 1-5 are in Todos Santos, but the festival also screens some films in La Paz. Showings in La Paz are listed by date in the calendar below. The film festival program says all films have English subtitles.  The festival program lists these places to buy tickets in La Paz: Costa Baja (Apertura), Cinemex at Plaza Punto La Paz, Bob Marlín on Calle Ignacio Allende at the corner of Madero (Tel. 127-7846); Sake Sushi, Plaza Punto La Paz (612-146-3414). For more information, visit the festival website at todossantoscine.org and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FestivalCineTodosSantos/. You can download a PDF with the entire schedule of events from the festival’s website.

Film festival opening night in La Paz: The 14th Festival de Cine has its opening in La Paz at 6 p.m. in the amphitheatre at CostaBaja Resort with a screening of the docudrama “Pancho Villa: Se busca Vivo o Muerto” by director Carlos Bolado and starring Enoc Leaño as Pancho Villa. NOTE: the program says “no English subtitles” for this event, but it’s worth double-checking. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased in advance online at http://bit.ly/AperturaLaPaz and on the film festival’s Facebook page. Filmed in the Mexican state of Durango and supported by realistic dramatizations and the collaboration of historians and experts, the docudrama features the before and after of the Columbus raid, where the troops of Mexican revolutionary General Villa fought the United Sates army. The production questions the real motives behind the attack and analyzes the theories related to the origins of the confrontation, was it revenge or a military strategy? The piece also addresses the Punitive Expedition, the United States military campaign aimed to capture its worst enemy at the time. Most festival events take place in Todos Santos, but there are some showings in La Paz. Visit todossantoscine.org for more information.

Film festival — La Paz screening: Noche de Cortos (short films) at 9:30 p.m. at Bob Marlín, Calle Ignacio Allende at the corner of Madero. Tel: 127-7846. Visit todossantoscine.org for more information.


Film festival — La Paz screening:  : “Bajo California Limite del Tiempo” (1998, Dir. Carlos Bolado; 96 minutes) with question-and-answer period is shown at noon in the university UABCS’s Auditorio de Ciencias Sociales Edificio B. Damian is a married artist living in Los Angeles with his wife. After he accidentally hits a woman with his car and flees the scene, he seeks atonement and travels alone to Mexico, both to find peace and to reconnect with his family roots. Visit todossantoscine.org for more information.

Film festival — La Paz screening: : At 5 p.m., La Habitación/ Tales of Mexico (118 minutes) with question-and-answer period plays at Cinemex La Paz: “Eight stories created by eight directors, the film is a collective story of the transformation of Mexico in the last 100 years”. Also at Cinemex, Odile (85 minutes) with question-and-answer period is shown at 8 p.m.. It’s a documentary by director Gabriel Fonseca Verdugo about the September 2014 hurricane. Visit todossantoscine.org for more information about the festival.


Art show opens with jazz: An exhibition of work by artist John Izzik has its opening at 7:30 p.m. at Galería la Pintada in the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS, Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. There is a performance of blues, jazz and big band music with Terry Townson. Izzik’s exhibition continues until March 29. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..


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. The show opens at 6 p.m. at Centro Cultural La Paz. The event is free and family-friendly. Centro Cultural La Paz is on 16 de Septiembre at Belisario Dominguez.

Chamber music concert: The performance features Rubén Ramirez on flute, Lorena Varela on oboe, Víctor Soto on double bass and special guest soprano Lidia Calderón. The performance is at 6 p.m. in the Sala de Conciertos de la Ciudad de La Paz, Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school. Admission is 95 pesos. For more information, call 122 22 86 y 125 55 19.


Carnivalito for children: This post-Carnaval event is a day of festivities for kids. The children’s Carnaval In past years, the kids’ carnaval included a parade in the morning and live performances — dance, theatre and shows. There is usually a Disfraces Carnavalito (children’s costume contest); last year it was at 13:00. Entertainment generally continues throughout the afternoon and early evening. Events are on the Malecón.


Ros & friends in concert: I’ll be playing harmonica with a great bunch of musician friends in a concert of blues, jazz and more at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Arte Tonantzin, Calle Constitución #320 between Revolución and Serdán. Save the date! Tickets will go on sale soon at Allende Books, Independencia 518 between Serdán and Prieto.

In El Triunfo, arts festival: The Festival Artesanal 2017 features a display and sale of work by local artists and crafts people, live entertainment and regional foods. The poster doesn’t list festival times, but last year the event was 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Try the Facebook page for El Triunfo BCS for more information.


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.


April 1, 2017, jazz festival: The date has been set for Jazz Fest La Paz 2017. The venue is the water park at Coromuel. Check the Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/Jazz-Fest-La-Paz-286058481760348/

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 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.

Opened in December, “Light of Nations” popular culture exhibition: “Luz de las Naciones” is an extensive collection of Christmas scenes and artistic pieces from five continents. The exhibition was scheduled to close Feb. 2. The display is/was at the Centro de Artes Tradiciones y Culturas Populares, on Francisco Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia. The exhibition is free. Centre hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 612 12 28980.

Opened Nov. 1, 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 was to run through November, 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.