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.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Art show opening: “Yo Soy,” an exhibition of work by Rosario Núñez Avilés, has its opening at 7 p.m. at Galería La Pintada at the Casa de Cultura, Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Admission is free. Closing date unknown.
FRIDAY, 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; students up to 18, only $50 pesos. Discount Tickets at Restaurante Nim La Paz Bcs y R PLACE. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Jazz Fest La Paz. On the program: Big Band La Paz, Le Musette, JazSur and Terry Townson Quartet. Grammy Winner Terry Townson will close the night with his tribute to Miles Davis “Kind of Blue to Devil´s Brew.”
Photography exhibition opening: “Viaje al Mar”, work by Alfredo Martínez, has its opening at 8 p.m. at Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad. Admission is free. For information, call 122-9196. Closing date unknown.
State music school youth orchestra in concert: The Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de la Escuela de Música del Estado performs at 7 p.m. at Sala de Conciertos La Paz, next door to the school of music. Tickets are $50 pesos. They are on sale at the Escuela de Música del Estado Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The school and concert hall are at Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. For more information, call 122 22 86 or 125 55 19.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
“Dreams are Forever” concert: the Escuela de Música del Estado performs at 7 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, on the grounds of the state music school at Morelos y Pavón 1055. Tickets are 100 pesos.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Daylight Savings Time begins in Mexico Sunday at 2 a.m.: Most parts of the US and Canada switched to Daylight Savings Time March 10. Spring forward, fall back. Lose an hour of sleep in the spring, get an extra hour in the fall.
Youth orchestra concert at the cathedral: The Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil celebrates Spring with a performance of baroque works at 12:30 p.m. at the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz, across the street from Jardín Velasco on Revolución at the corner of 5 de Mayo. Admission is free. On the program are works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Pachelbel, Caccini, Bach, Telemann and more. For more information, call 612-122-2286.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
Concert: The Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca BCS performs an anniversary concert at 7:30 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Tickets are $130 pesos.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
Theatre: Los Ausentes, a work by Federico Lozano and produced by Rielen Pineda, takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the historic theatre Teatro Juárez, Belisario Dominguez between 16 de Septiembre and Independencia. Admission is $80 pesos. A woman, completely alone, is confronted by the ghosts of the missing after a tragedy. For tickets, call 612-167-0813.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Jazz Fest Todos Santos: Live jazz from 5 to 11 p.m. at Gallo Azul Pizza Bar in Todos Santos. It’s a benefit for the environmental group, MarLibre. Jazz Fest La Paz earlier this month sold out with more than 400 people attending, and this show features the same talent. On the program: Electrik Sax Proyect, Baja Latin Jazz Ensamble, JazSur and Terry Townson Quartet. Townson’s quartet will close the night with a tribute to Miles Davis “Kind of Blue to Devil’s Brew.” Pre-sale: $250 pesos; at the door $350 pesos. Tickets are available at Gallo Azul. For more information and tickets in La Paz, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page Jazz Fest Todos Santos.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
Semana Santa begins: This is the week leading up to Easter Sunday, April 21. Semana Santa is a big time for family vacations. Most schools are closed for Easter break April 15-26, and many families will be on holidays. Expect government offices, banks and businesses to close on the Thursday or Friday before Easter; some will close for the entire week. Beaches, highways and hotels will be at their busiest. The vacation for many continues through the week after Easter, too.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Original Fest: Original Fest LPZ features Baja California Sur musicians playing their original tunes. Among the groups performing: Lúnula, No Polution, Gabo Ponce, Flip Ska, Kartage, Terrorista Indigo, Nautes and Duck Fizz. Location is Saulo’s Ristorante. Live music from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. For more information call 612-154-9859. Visit the FaceBook page for more information.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
Gala concert: Los Huizapoles and Rúben Baranco are joined by the Conde sisters — Duna, Balandra and Damiana Conde — in this concert to benefit their mother’s operation. Their dad, Raúl Conde Peraza, is one-half of Los Huizapoles (the other half is Armando Sepúlveda. The duo is known for their razor-sharp Paceño humour and guitar tunes. The show is at 8 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Tickets are $100 pesos. Visit Damiana Conde’s Facebook page for more information about tickets or call 612-118-1743.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Book festival: The city of La Paz celebrates Día Internacional del Libro (International Day of the Book) with a sale and exchange of new and used books, music, art work, workshops and more. The event is at from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Jardín Velasco, Madero between Independencia and 5 de Mayo. For more information, call 1294872.
“Battle of the bands” free concert: The show starts at 5 p.m. at Jardín Velasco, across the street from Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz on Revolución at the corner of 5 de Mayo. Admission is free. For information, call 612-122-0065
Children’s Day festival: The Festival del Día del Niño del Centro Cultural La Paz starts at 6 p.m. in the patio of Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre near the corner of Belisario Dominguez. There will be clowns, a juggler and more entertainment for children at this 90-minute family show, which is free. For more information, call 612-122-0065. Children’s Day is April 30.
Blues Fest in Todos Santos: Live music from 5 to 11 p.m. at this benefit for the firefighters — Bomberos Todos Santos. Performers include The Toscos, Firewater Band, Deep Sensation, Divier and Brian Flynn Band. Pre-sale tickets are $250 pesos; at the door, $350 pesos. For more information, call 612-154-9859 and visit the Facebook page BluesFest Todos Santos. Location of the show is Gallo Azul Pizza Bar Art.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Benefit concert: Paella & Live Music is a fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. for the community program, Es Posible BCS. Performing are FAS Luna And Aureos Ensemble. Tickets are $25 USF and include a glass of wine. Location is Salón Camila, México between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. For more information, call 612-141-3523.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Día Del Niño: This is the day when children are honored in Mexico. Children’s Day in Mexico started in 1925 with origins in Álvaro Obregón‘s presidency after the country joined the Geneva Conventions, focusing on the wellness of the vulnerable children affected by World War I. There are special activities for children in schools, parks and sports centers. Sometimes children receive presents from their families. They wear bright colors to celebrate their youth and the coming of Spring. (from Wikipedia)
Wednesday, May 1, International Labour Day: In Mexico this is a day rest for the workers. Be aware that many government offices, banks, schools, some stores and offices will be closed May 1st (Primero de Mayo) in all of Mexico.
Friday, May 3, gastronomic festival: “La Pazión por el Sabor”, the 9th annual Festival Gastronómico, is at the golf club at Paraiso del Mar from 7 p.m. till midnight. Tickets are $1,200 pesos. This is an annual event sponsored by the restaurant association, CANIRAC. The price includes all you can eat of samples from 80 restaurants from La Paz, Los Barriles, los Cabos and Mulege. Also included are soft drinks, wine, beer or tequila. Entertainment is provided by Kika Edgar. How to get there: From the parking lot behind Liverpool, buses will leave regularly to the venue at Paraiso del Mar (organizers say the ride will take 30 minutes). In addition, organizers say ferries will leave from the Vista Coral dock every 10 minutes starting 6 p.m. If you purchase tickets from Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C. (FANLAP), half the ticket price supports FANLAP’s programs to help children from impoverished areas on the outskirts of La Paz. For tickets, contact Judy Peterson at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 9, Pink Floyd tribute concert: “Wish you were here” pays tribute to the best of the music of Pink Floyd. The show features Durga McBroom, U.S. singer, songwriter and actress who has performed backing vocals for Pink Floyd. With her are The Echoes, La Paz’s tribute band. The free concert is at 8 p.m. at the Kiosko at the foot of 16 de Septiembre. It’s part of the 484th anniversary of the founding of La Paz.
Friday, May 10, Mother’s Day in Mexico: Día de las Madres is always celebrated May 10. Some employers give working mothers the day off, or at least treat them to lunch or flowers. To learn more about how Mother’s Day is celebrated here, go to http://www.bajainsider.com/baja-life/holidays/mothersdaymexico.html. Our northern neighbours celebrate Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May — this year it’s May 12.
June 1, music festival: Pacifica Fest is back starting 5 p.m. at Parque Acuático Coromuel. On the program: Señor Kino, Corner DJs, Outsiders, Classic Version, Napoleón and Jauzz.
CONTINUING: Check directly with venue on status of the shows below
Opened April 4, art show: “Yo Soy,” an exhibition of work by Rosario Núñez Avilés, is at Galería La Pintada at the Casa de Cultura, Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Admission is free. Closing date unknown.
Opened March 29, collective art show: An exhibition of work by participants in Francisco Merino’s drawing workshop is at the Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez. Artists include Carlos Moreno, Rocío García, Antonio Talamantes, Marisol de Jesús Contreras, Daniela Quevedo Ornelas, Rosario Núñez and maestro Francisco Merino. Closing date unknown.
Opened March 8, art show: “Horizontes”, an exhibition of pictures by Anahi Galindo, is at Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea, on Navarro between Altamirano and Heroes de la Independencia. Admission is free. Closing date unknown.
Opened Feb. 28, exhibition of Carnaval masks and photos: Masks and photographs of the Carnaval in Venice are on display at Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, the cultural centre for Alianza por la Lengua Francesa, Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero. Admission is free. The centre is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 – 9 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Opened Feb. 22, art show: An exhibition of work by Pat Solem and Ulla Behn is at the Bagel Shop (upstairs gallery) at Belisario Dominguez 291, between Constitution and 5 de Mayo. Closing date unknown.
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.
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.
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