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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Rozinlapaz page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rozinlapaz.
SUNDAY, NOV. 4
Daylight Savings Time ends in U.S. and Canada: Our northern neighbours set back their clocks back one hour (i.e., from 3 a.m. to 2 a.m.) today. DST ended in most parts of Mexico Oct. 28.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7
Special recital of traditional Mexican music: Singer Consuelo Martínez and pianist Gerardo Munguía perform at noon at the university UABCS in the auditorium Auditorio Ciencias Sociales B. Admission is free.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8
Art auction: Amigos del Museo de la Ballena (friends of the whale museum) present Mar Adentro, an fundraising art auction at 8 p.m. at the restaurant Nim, on the corner of Revolución and Hidalgo. There will be works by 21 artists. Admission is $100 pesos, which includes refreshments and a chance to win a whale shark trip.
Monologue festival begins: Alianza por la Lengua Francesa sponsors this international festival of performances Nov. 8 to Dec. 8. Presentations are at 8 p.m. at the Foro-Espacio Angular Esterito, Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. For details on works and schedule of performances, call 122-2888 or visit the Facebook page: Alianza por La Lengua Francsa La Paz BCS.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9
Art show opening: Así Somos, an exhibition of works by Ezra Katz, has its opening at 7 p.m. in the Sala de Exposiciones Temporales at the Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at Belisario Dominquez. (closing date unknown).
Art show opening: Requiem, an exhibition of works by Scarlett González, has its opening at 7 p.m. at Galería “La Pintada” at Casa de Cultura, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. (closing date unknown)
SATURDAY, NOV. 10
Concert: Bass & Treble concert: “Another Bit of Music” is at 7 p.m. at José María Morelos and Pavón 1055. Tickets are $100 pesos. They are available at the Escuela de Música del Estado and at Amazing Comics. The concert is presented by the Escuela de Música del Estado, Sala de Conciertos La Paz and the Instituto Sudcaliforniano de Cultura.
TUESDAY, NOV. 13
Book presentation: “Carlos Olachea: Memoria de las Imágenes” brings together the major works of the late Sudcaliforniano artist Carlos Olachea. The presentation is at 8 p.m. at the gallery that bear his name, Galería Carlos Olachea, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad. Commentators are Juan Cuauhtémoc Murillo, Jorge Fuentes and Aníbal Angulo.
Film festival begins: Festival de Cine La Paz Nov. 13-16 features several film screenings, workshops and conferences in various locations. For details and program schedule, visit the website https://www.cinefestlapaz.com or the Facebook page Festival de Cine La Paz.
FRIDAY, NOV. 16
Blues Fest La Paz: Blues bands are playing on the beach from 6 to 11 p.m. at this concert at Marea La Paz, the foot of Calle Sinaloa. On the program: Deep Sensation, Blues Band Mx, The Outsiders, Terry Townson, Rubén Barranco & Damiana Conde and The Toscos. And I’ll be there with my harmonicias jamming with Blues Band Mx. Advance tickets are $150 pesos (general) and $350 pesos (VIP). Pre-event discount tickets are available at Tailhunter Restaurant (on the Malecón at Paseo Alvaro Obregon #755), BueyCup & Johnny Cat (Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución) and Bob Marlin bar (Allende at the corner of Madero). For information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Bluesfestlapaz.
Carmina Burana: A performance of composer Carl Orff’s scenic cantata is at 8 p.m. at Teatro de La Ciudad. Organized by Clubs Rotario La Paz Bermejo & Los Cabos, it’s a benefit for Albergue Infantil Prof. Francisco Moreno Cota in Todos Santos. This production, under the direction of Karen Lynne Deal, involves more than 100 performers. Featured are soprano Carla Acosta, tenor Christopher Roldán, baritone Luis Castillo and baritone Daniel Cerón. Solo ballerinas are Mariana Varela and Fernanda Bautista. Ballet company is Academia Anna Pavlova under the direction of Lupita Cano. Pianists are Fernanda del Peón and Christina Montero. The percussions ensemble is under the direction of Erik Ferrer. Coro Monumental is under the direction of José Manuel Romero. Tickets are $350 pesos. You can purchase tickets at Baja Music & Piano Studio, Hola Bonita Accesorios y Regalos, Marsel Gourmet and Cortinas Tapices Vanessa. You can also purchase tickets at Teatro de la Ciudad’s production office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at the theatre box office from 4 to 6:30 p.m.. There is also a performance in Cabo San Lucas’ Pabellón Cultural Nov. 17. For more information, visit the Facebook page 2018 Carmina Burana BCS.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
SUNDAY, NOV. 18
In San Antonio, art festival: VI Festival del Arte 2018 features a cavalcade, mass, cultural arts festival, display and sale of regional products, children’s workshops and display and sale of regional dishes. Call 612 129 42 16 or visit https://culturabcs.gob.mx/agenda/event/367 for more information. I don’t have a schedule, but one posting says 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MONDAY, NOV. 19
Mexico’s Revolution Day observed: Día de la Revolución is a national public holiday that celebrates the 10-year revolution that began in 1910 to end the struggle against the 30-year reign of President José de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz. From The Baja Citizen: “The usual festivities include a morning parade along the Malecón. School-aged kids will be on floats dressed up as revolutionaries, bands will be playing music and dance troupes will be making choreographed formations. Shouts of ‘Viva la Revolución!’ and ‘Viva México!’ can be heard. If it’s the same as in past years, the parade begins at about 9 a.m. and runs an hour or two, starting at the corner of Allende and the Malecón.” Banks, government offices, schools and many businesses are closed on the Monday; the official holiday is Tuesday, Nov. 20.
THURSDAY, NOV. 22
Book fair begins: The Feria Sudcaliforniana del Libro y la Lectura 2018 is at Jardín Velasco from Nov. 22 to 24. There will be music, authors, crafts, workshops and regional dishes. Admission is free. Exact times not yet announced. For more information, call 612-122-1116.
FRIDAY, NOV. 23
Sunset live concert: Jazz Tazz Blues Bands performs in a free concert at 5 p.m. in the parking lot across from the beach Marea at the foot of Calle Sinaloa. Band members are Ruben Dario Barranco, Geovan Olachea Estrada (drums), Armando Alejandro Elizalde Grajeda (bass), Damiana Conde Ramos (vocals), Mauri Acuña (keyboards) and Taiki Castro (sax).
Violin demonstration: The Instituto Sudcaliforniano de Cultura and the Escuela de Música del Estado offer a presentation/demonstration on violin at 5 p.m. in the main auditorium of the school of music at Morelos 1055 on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. Admission is free. For information, call 122-2286.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019 Jan. 28 – Feb. 13, traveling blues jam: Baja Blues Tour is a food drive and a travelling jam session that tours the Baja Peninsula. Information still to come about when the tour will come to La Paz. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.bajablues.com
2019 Feb. 28 – March 5, Carnaval: The dates have been set for Carnaval La Paz 2019. The theme is “Grandes Navegantes”.
Until Nov. 30, traditional altar de muertos: Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS honours Rosario (Chayito) Morales Rodríguez, composer of Puerto de Ilusión, emblematic song of La Paz. The cultural centre is on Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Admission is free.
November activities in the open-air theatre Rosaura Zapata Cano: The Teatro al Aire Libre is on the grounds of Teatro de la Ciudad, between Altamirano and Heroes de Independencia and between Navarro and Legaspi. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the month at 5 p.m., classes in ballet folklórico. Saturdays at 4 p.m., the community market Vendimia entre Amigos.
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.
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