december 2018

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.

.FRIDAY, NOV. 30

Traditional Christmas Bazaar: The event is from 4 to 9 p.m. at Calle Revolucón on the corner of Juárez. Poster highlights: entertainment, delicious food, jewelry, toys, Christmas photos, a raffle for presents, letters to Santa by balloon, a costume contest for your dog and surprises.

Concert: Soprano Loyda Vázquez and pianist Cruz de la paz Garía Hale  perform a tribute to Mtr. Luis Peláez García at 7 p.m. at Escuela de Música del Estado/Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Calle José María Morelos y Pavón 1055. They are accompanied by the chamber music quartet of the orchestra of the state music school: Manuel Cardena Gómez (violin), Juan Carlos García Robles (clarinet), Lindsey Carlson (viola) and Jeanneth Armendaríz (cello). The concert is free and the combination of musicians promises a treat.

Toy exhibition opens: 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. The opening is at 7 p.m.

XPO Música BCS: Starting 6 p.m., live performances and an exchange and sale of musical instruments at this free stage to encourage new local talent. It’s at the open-air theatre Rosaura Zapata Cano on the grounds of Teatro de la Ciudad, between Altamirano and Heroes de Independencia and between Navarro and Legaspi.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

Fundraising concert  for La Levedad del Ser: The creators of Galería de Arte Tonantzin are launching a new cultural project with a concert at 7 p.m. at Morelos 512, between Ignacio Ramírez and Guillermo Prieto. Admission is by donation. You can reserve a seat seat by calling 612-154-8136. On the program, so many good performers: Darío Norzagaray, Mirna Trasviña, Paulo Piña, Nanuq, Consuelo Martínez, Gabriel García Paredes and Esteban Tudor — and I’ll be there with my harmonicas! The name of the new venue is “La Levedad del Ser” — The lightness of being.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

Classic auto display: The 13th Annual Fall Classic and Antique Auto Show is at the kiosco on the Malecón at the foot of 16 de Septiembre from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. There will be an assortment of classic autos on display. Contact Manuel Amarillas at (612) 141 8554 for more info. (originally posted by The Baja Citizen)

Christmas tree lighting: The city of La Paz invites you to the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree is at 5:30 p.m. at the kiosko on the Malecón at the foot of 16 de Septiembre. It’s an event for the family.

In Todos Santos, Blues Fest Todos Santos 2018: Blues bands perform from 2 to 10 pm. at La Posta del Oasis Restaurant Bar on Calle Zaragoza at the corner of Calle Rangel. On the bill: Mike O’Neill & Offcourse Blues Band, Terry Townson, The Toscos, Fire River Band, Soul Sisters, Blues Band Mx and Divier. I’ll be playing harmonica as part of Mike O’Neill’s band. Advance tickets are $150 pesos (general admission) and $350 (VIP). At the door: $250 general admission and $500 VIP. For information, call 612-154-9859 or visit Facebook page BluesFestTodosSantos. There are discount tickets at La Posta del Oasis in Todos Santos. If you’re in La Paz and want to reserve an advance ticket, call 612-154-9859.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

Art show opening and big band concert: An exhibition of work by the artist Jonn Izzik has its opening at 7 p.m. at Galería La Pintada in the Casa de Cultura de BCS, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesia. Admission is free. There is a performance by jazz trumpet player and the the La Paz community Big Band. Izzik was born in Belgium and spent some time in Canada before moving to La Paz in 2013. The show continues until Jan. 24, 2019.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

Christmas carol event: There is a performance and award presentation of choral groups participating in the Concurso de Villancicos (Christmas carol contest) at 5 p.m. at the Casa de Cultura del Estado, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias.

Piano concert: Fernanda del Peón and Gerardo Williams present Estampas Románticas, a program of Mexican concert music for soloist and two pianists. The performance is at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos la Paz, Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio next door to the Escuela de Música del Estado. Admission is free.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

Jazz Fest La Paz: A night of live jazz on the beach from 6 to 11 p.m. at Marea La Paz, the foot of Calle Sinaloa. Performing are The Moon Jazz, Terry Townson Quartet, La Musette, JazSur and Cienfuegos. Advance tickets are $150 pesos (general admission) and $350 pesos (VIP).  Discount tickets available at NIM and at Azul Marino in Costa Baja. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit Facebook page Jazz Fest La Paz.

SUNDAY, DEC. 9

Christmas Bazaar: Club Cruceros’ Christmas Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marina de La Paz, Topete and Legaspi. There will be crafts and art work for sale, raffles and breakfast and pictures with Santa. Admission is free. For more information, email lapazchristmasbazaar@gmail.com.

Orchestra concert “Concierto de la Hermandad”: The state music school orchestra and Esperanza Azteca) unite to play in concert at 7 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Tickets are $70 pesos. Tickets are on sale Dec. 7 at the music school. There will also be tickets available at the Teatro de la Ciudad on the day of the event. For more information, call 122-2286.

Jazz Fest Todos Santos: Live jazz from 3 to 10 p.m. p.m. at La Posta del Oasis, Calle Zargoza near the corner of Rangel in Todos Santos. Performing are The Moon Jazz, Terry Townson Quartet, La Musette, JazSur, Cienfuegos and Bill Levine. Advance tickets are $150 pesos (general admission) and $350 pesos (VIP).  Discount tickets available at La Posta del Oasis. For more information (including reserving discount seats if you are in La Paz), call 612-154-9859 or visit Facebook page Jazz Fest Todos Santos.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12

Día de la Virgin de Guadalupe: The Day of The Virgin of Guadalupe marks the beginning of Mexico’s robust Christmas season of celebration. 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.

FRIDAY, DEC. 14

Liebre Lunar Project performance: Mina Lizarraga (voice) and Octavio Ugalde (guitar) play blues, jazz and bossa at 8 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635 between Guadalupe Victoria and Morelos. I will playing harmonica on some tunes during the evening. Cover is 60 pesos.

SATURDAY, DEC. 15

Evening of Mexican songs: “Noche de Añoranza” (night of nostalgia) is a performance featuring the duo Consuela Consuelo Martínez Rocha and Gerardo Munguia at 8 p.m. at El Faro Café-Galería, Antonio Navarro 511 entre Ignacio Ramírez y, Guillermo Prieto.

In El Triunfo, piano concert:  Katrina Angela Zanevsky performs a concert of classical music at 1 p.m. at the Museum of the Pianos. Admission: 200 peso. Tickets are available at the door.

SUNDAY, DEC. 16

Gala Christmas concertAlegría del Mundo is a musical recital for Christmas at 7 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Dr. Dee’s & Bythax Ensemble performs a concert of classical music, AfroAmerican spirituals and Gospel with the Orquesta de Cámara Multinacional Luz de las Naciones. There will be 22 singers from 12 countries. Diane White-Clayton “Dr.Dee” is artistic director of the Washington Performing Arts Society and member of Disney Performing Arts Conservatory. Tickets are for sale at the production office of Teatro de la Ciudad Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: orchestra $200 pesos; balcony $150.

Elvis tribute postponed: “Elvis Forever” with impersonator Paul Olachea and the Jazz Tazz Rock ’n’ Roll Band has been postponed until Feb. 17, 2019.

MONDAY, DEC. 17

Benefit for FANLAP children’s charity: Food, drink, live music and dancing begin at 6 p.m. at La Costa restaurant on Rangel between Topete and Navarro. Admission is 100 pesos. The event is to finance the building of a fence around the terrain and new construction at the FANLAP dining room/library located in Laguna Azul. Scott and friends will be playing jazz, blues and rock. There will be a 50/50 raffle.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21

Christmas chamber orchestra concert: Camerata del Pacífico features professional classical musicians from La Paz and the rest of Mexico at this free concert. The event is at 8 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, José María Morelos y Pavón #1055, on the grounds of the Escuela de Música del Estado (state music school). The program includes classical favourites and a selection of seasonal music. Conductor is Karen Lynne Deal. Soloists are Emmanuel Agúndez Encarnación (flute), José Manuel Romero Contreras (tenor) and Ma. Fernanda del Peón Pacheco (piano). For more information, call 122-2286.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22

Boat parade of lights and fireworks: A parade of boats (Desfile Náutico Navideño) decorated with Christmas lights will sail at 6 p.m. from Marina De La Paz. The boats will make their way to Marina Palmira and back, a route that is expected to take about 90 minutes and will give onlookers a good view from the Malecón. There will be additional activities happening on shore. At least 15 sailboats plan to participate. Additional boats can register by emailing daniel@marinalapaz or phoning 612-127-1165

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26

Art show opening: A show of work by Max Uranga opens at 7 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635  between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. For reservations, call 612-140-2454. The artist leads a workshop at La Morante in pastels, acrylic and watercolour Jan. 2-5. See listing below.

FRIDAY, 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.

LOOKING AHEAD

Beginning Jan. 2, art workshop: Max Uranga leads a workshop in pastels, acrylic and watercolour Jan. 2-5 at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635  between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria. Cost is $1,000 pesos ($800 Buen Fin discount) For information, call 612 1402454 or ws 7121353870.

Feb. 3, traveling comedy show and blues jam arrives in town: Baja Blues Tour is a food drive and a travelling jam session that tours the Baja Peninsula. This year, a couple of comedians are part of the tour. There will be more than one event. Details to come. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.bajablues.com

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

CONTINUING

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.