february 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.

SUNDAY, FEB. 17

Fundraiser for Kids Up: It’s a fiesta to raise funds for Kids Up Equinoterapia, the children’s therapy program that involves horseback riding. The money will go toward construction of a barn. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Casabuena Bed and Breakfast, 3065 Belisario Dominguez, between Sonora and Sinaloa. There will be live jazz, children’s entertainment, hamburgers and horses. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 612-149-1832.

Book discussion and signing:  “Do You Really Need That Pill? How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Over-Medication” tackles the epidemic overuse of prescription drugs. The book’s author, Jennifer Jacobs, MD, MPH, is a retired family practice physician and a former member of the La Paz Writer’s Group. The public event is at 7 p.m. in the Vista Room at Marina de La Paz.

THURSDAY, FEB. 21

Reading and discussion with La Paz writer Georges Potvin: La Levedad del Ser presents a bilingual reading and discussion at 7 p.m. with writer Georges Potvin. Learn about his work, career path and inspiration. Free admission. La Levedad del Ser is at Morelos 512, between Guillermo Prieto and Ignacio Ramirez. For information and reservations, call 612-1548136. Directions if you’re driving from the Malecón: Go up 5 de Mayo to Altamirano; turn left on Altamirano, drive three blocks and turn left again on Morelos y Pavon, and drive for a block and a half to Morelos 512. Levedad del Ser is on your right.

FRIDAY, FEB. 22

Art show opening: An exhibition of work by Pat Solem and Ulla Behn has its opening at the BAGEL SHOP (upstairs gallery) 6-8 p.m. at Belisario Dominguez 291, between Constitution and 5 de Mayo.

THURSDAY, FEB. 28

Carnaval La Paz 2019 begins:  The theme for this year’s Carnaval Feb. 28-March 5 is Grandes Navegantes (great navigators), honouring all the sea-going navigators who have discovered the beauty of La Paz. It’s a whopper of a street party – colourful, crowded, raucous and entertaining. Some find the rowdiness of this annual event overwhelming. But fans of the six-day festival relish the live music, the Carnaval games, the people-watching, the food and the festivities. Much of the action is on the Malecón, which is closed to traffic by late afternoon. Featured performers: Feb. 28, imitator Gilberto Gless: March 1, Jorge Muñiz, Francisco Céspedes and Carlos Cuevas; March 2, Sonora Dinamita; March 3, local performers; March 4, Rebel Cats; March 5, Yuridia. There are also performances at other venues in the city. I’ll provide more details as I get the information.

SATURDAY, 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. There is a silent auction and a raffle. Prizes include restaurant dinners, rounds of golf and more.The hole-in-one prize is a golf cart. Forty per cent of registration fees and all the money from the silent auction and raffles will be used in FANLAP’s scholarship program for students who live in impoverished neighborhoods on the outskirts of La Paz. Cost is $75 USD. For registration and more information, call 612 140 1391 and 612 105 3863 or e-mail golfclub@paraisodelmar.com.

Piano recital: Angela Zanevsky performs a program of classical and contemporary pieces at 7 p.m. at El Centro Municipal de las Artes, Calle Cobre on the corner of Hiero. Admission is $100 pesos.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Blues festival: Blues on the Beach Blues Fest is 5 to 10 p.m., on Marea, the beach at the foot of Sinaloa Street. The setting is beautiful and there will be several bands for grooving and dancing. Tickets are on sale at Tailhunter Restaurant and R-Place in El Centenario. The lineup: Outsiders LPZ, Brian Flynn Band, Blues Band MX, Ros Oberlyn, Deep Sensation, and Ruben Baranco and Damiana Conde. General admission tickets are $200 pesos; VIP, $400 pesos. Tickets for students up to 18 are $50 pesos. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Blues Fest La Paz. The event is a benefit for the environmental rescue group, Mar Libre.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

In Los Barriles, Festival de Artes: The event is at Palmas de Cortez Resort from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art sale, traditional music and dancing, lots of food and drink. For more information, visit www.eastcapearts.com.

LOOKING AHEAD

April 5, Jazz Fest La Paz: Live jazz from 5 to 10 p.m. at Hotel Marea La Paz, Calle Sinaloa at the beach. VIP tickets are $400 pesos; general admission is $200 pesos; Tickets for students up to age 18 aare $50 pesos. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Jazz Fest La Paz.

CONTINUING: Check directly with venue on status of the shows below

Opened Feb. 8, photography show: “Alquimia”, an exhibition of photographs by Orso Angulo, is at La Galería El Faro, calle Navarro between Ignacio Ramírez and Guillermo Prieto. Admission is free. (closing date not known)

Opened Jan. 25, sculpture show: An exhibition of sculptures by artists Arturo Caballero, Francisco Camaño and Orso Angulo Campillo is at Centro Cultural La Paz, Av. 16 de septiembre on the corner of Belisario Domínguez. Admission is free. The exhibition Balleno Morfas continues until March 8.

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 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.

Children’s library and activity centre:  Biblioteca Infantil Abrapalabra is on Calle Revolución 590 on the corner of Juárez, inside La Galería. It’s open Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. There are activities daily at 5 p.m.: Monday, stories and playdough; Tuesday, words workshop; Wednesday, storybook characters and activities for baby; Thursday, “The best book  in the world”; Friday, notes for living on planet Earth; Saturday, workshops. Visits are free. Activities cost $10 pesos to restock materials.

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.