ABOVE: Sarape on show, Centro Artes Populares BCS
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.
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Until Oct. 13, French film festival: The festival, which opened in La Paz Sept. 30, is a showcase of French films, starting with L’Avenir (several showings Sept. 30 and Oct. 1). There is also a varied and rich lineup of Mexican shorts. The venue is Cinépolis La Paz. I’m guessing films are in French with Spanish subtitles. Check the schedule online and visit the festival site at http://www.tourdecinefrances.com/ for details and a full list of films.
Until Oct. 18, art exhibition: The show “Retrospectiva”, by Socorro Paura, is on display in the lobby of Teatro de la Ciudad.
Until Oct. 21, photography exhibition: “Nuestra Tragedia: Testimonio Fotográfico” (our tragedy: photographic testimony) documents the impact of Cyclón Liza in September 1985. The exhibition, by Efrén Olalde, is on until Oct. 21 at the Centro Cultural La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez. Admission is free.
Wednesdays through Oct. 26, film series: Mexican films are on show at 7 p.m. at Casa del Libro Sudcaliforniano, Ágora de La Paz, on Altamirano between Constitución and 5 de Mayo. Admission is free. Oct. 12: “Alicia más alla del Abismo” (2015), directed by Abril Schmucler. Oct. 19: “Viento aparte” (2015), directed by Alejandro Gerber Bicecci. Oct. 26: “Los Bañistas” (2014), directed by Max Zunino. There is no mention of English subtitles.
Until the end of October, two cultural exhibitions: Mexican sarapes and popular dance costumes are on display throughout October at Centro Artes Populares BCS (the Antigua Casa de Gobierno), Calle Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia. One exhibition, “El Sarape Nacionalista”, features sarapes from 1830 through 1940. The other exhibition is “Bajo Los Puntos Suspensivos de Tus Pies”, from Maestro Marco Antonio Ojeda Garcia’s collection of popular dance costumes worn by indigenous women. The popular arts centre is on Calle Madero between 5 de Mayo and Independencia. Admission is free. The centre’s hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call 612-122-8980.
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.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5
Live jazz: Trumpet player Terry Townson performs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Costa Baja’s Hyatt Place La Paz. It’s a night of jazz and wine under the stars.
THURSDAY, OCT. 6
Theatre: There is a free performance of “Más Encima. . .el Cielo”, written by Sergio Galindo and directed by Lázaro Fernando Rodríguez, at 8 p.m. at Teatro Juarez, Belisario Dominguez between 16 de Septiembre and Independencia.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
Beer festival: Festival Cultural Cervecero features local, Mexican and foreign beers along with dishes from major local restaurants. There will be live music during the event and sales of regional products and crafts. The festival is 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. General admission is $50 pesos. Location is CANACO, Calle México between Ignacio Allende and Nicolas Bravo.
Stage production: “Voces de Africa” is a show of music and dance at 7 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Admission is $85 pesos. For more information, call (612) 159-2655 or visit artepolis on Facebook.
History, drama and legend of Salvatierra Hospital: Theatre director Mario Rey presents what is described as a multisensory production at 8 p.m. at Casa de Cultura del Estado, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Admission is limited, so you may want to reserve your spot in advance. For more information, drop by the Casa de Cultura del Estado or phone (612) 122 90 40. There are also performances Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.
Nanuq in concert: Singer-songwriter Nanuq performs at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Galería de Arte Tonantzin, Constitución 320, between Revolución and Aquíles Serdán (same block as the post office). Special guest is Tonatiuh. Nanuq’s style is has been called “music for the soul from the heart that makes us think and feel.” You can hear a preview of his music on YouTube: “El día que esperamos” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyriIXuFwL8. Concert admission is $50 pesos. For reservations and more information, call 612-154-8136.
Chet Baker tribute: Jazz trumpet player Terry Townson performs in a multidisciplinary tribute to Chet Baker at 9 p.m. at Mexcaleria La Miserable, 274 Belisario Dominguez, between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. There is no cover charge.
SUNDAY, OCT. 16
JateFest: It’s a fundraiser for the fire department billed as the first annual “Festival del Hot Dog”. There will be more than two dozen different music performances from noon to 2 a.m. at Playa el Coromuel. Admission is $50 pesos, with children younger than 6 admitted free. Free transportation to the event leaves every 40 minutes from Jardín Velasco.
MONDAY, OCT. 17
7th International October Concert Music Festival begins: Musicians from eight countries perform in this series of concerts. Jozef Olechowski is the artistic director of the festival. Performances start at 8 p.m. at Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos and Marcelo Rubio on the grounds of the Escuela de Música del Estado. For tickets, inquire at the Escuela de Música del Estado. For more information, call 129-4199 or 122-2286. You can also visit the festival website at http://culturabcs.gob.mx/evento/2016/10/vii-festival-internacional-de-musica-de-concierto/2548. The opening performance of this festival is “Ode to Claude Bolling” with guitar, violin and trumpet, featuring soloists Christopher Avilez (México), Luis Vital (Guatemala), John Urness (USA), and the trio D. Bryan (USA), Luis Huerta (México) and Jozef Olechowski (Poland).
Theatre mask workshop begins: Joan Alexis Robles from Chiapas is presenting a two-part workshop on the construction of theatre masks and performance with them. Part 1 (construction of masks): Oct. 17-22; Part 2 (performance with masks) Oct. 24-28. Each part is $500 pesos (both for $700 pesos). The workshop is at Centro Cultural La Paz. For information and to reserve your place, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-15 71705.
TUESDAY, OCT. 18
7th International October Concert Music Festival continues: Tonight’s program: “From Beethoven to Berstein” with music by Beethoven, E. Chausson, Prokofiev, Scott Joplin, and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Soloist: Kazimierz Olechowski (France) Ensemble: Sebastian Kwapisz (Poland), Asaf Kolerstein (Israel), Aleksandr Nazaryan (Armenia) and D. Bryan (USA). See Oct. 17 listing for more information.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
Theatre: There are performances of “3 Días en Mayo” (3 days in May) at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Teatro de La Ciudad. The touring production, directed by Lorena Maza, is a political and human drama that focuses on the decision by the British cabinet on whether to continue the war against Germany or to surrender. Three Days in May refers to a period in the late spring of 1940, when Churchill had been PM of the newly formed coalition for a matter of days. Tickets are $450 pesos, on sale at the box office of Teatro de La Ciudad, Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia. For more information, call 1250486.
7th International October Concert Music Festival continues: Tonight’s program: Part I is a musical tribute to William Shakespeare with music from The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Musicians are Jozef Olechowski (Poland), Kazimierz Olechowski (France), Sebastian Kwapisz (Poland), Asaf Kolerstein (Israel), Aleksandr Nazaryan (Armenia) and D. Bryan (USA). Part II is a selection of opera arias with Soprano Anabel de la Mora (México). See Oct. 17 listing for more information.
Live jazz: Trumpet player Terry Townson performs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Costa Baja’s Hyatt Place La Paz. It’s a night of jazz and wine under the stars.
THURSDAY, OCT. 20
7th International October Concert Music Festival continues: Tonight’s program: “Three Generations” with works by Händel, Schubert and Faurè. Soloists are: Wojciech Nycz (Poland), Shari Mason (México) and
Asaf Kolerstein (Israel). See Oct. 17 listing for more information.
FRIDAY, OCT. 21
7th International October Concert Music Festival concludes: Tonight’s program: “The Richness of Bandoneón (accordian)” with music by Astor Piazzola and celebrated tangos. Soloist is César Olguín (Argentina), accompanied by Kazimierz Olechowski (France), Sebastian Kwapisz (Poland), Asaf Kolerstein (Israel) and Aleksandr Nazaryan (Armenia). See Oct. 17 listing for more information.
Photography exhibition opens: Part of the Fotosensible 2016 festival, the opening of the show “Ojo Creative y La Luz” is at 8 p.m. at Galería Carlos Olachea, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad. Come and see the winning entries to this year’s photography competition. Admission is free. For the complete list of winners, visit Fotosensible’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fotosensiblefest/
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
“Vivaldi Extreme” concert: Horacio Franco, flautist, La Cappela Barroca de México, performs at 7:30 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. For more Information: 125 02 07.
History, drama and legend of Salvatierra Hospital: Theatre director Mario Rey presents what is described as a multisensory production at 8 p.m. at Casa de Cultura del Estado, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Admission is limited, so you may want to reserve your spot in advance. For more information, drop by the Casa de Cultura del Estado or phone (612) 122 90 40. There is also a performance and Oct. 29.
MONDAY, OCT. 24
Arts and cultural festival begins: Festival Internacional de Arte y Cultura por La Pax is an annual festival with events through Oct. 28. Today: At Buey Cup Café, Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, there is a festival news conference and performance by the Cuban songwriter Frank Delgado at 5 p.m. For the complete schedule of events, visit the festival’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/paxenlapaz/?rc=p.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27
Noche de Ekobios: As part of the Festival Internacional de Arte y Cultura por La Pax, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. there is a cultural and culinary exchange, directed by Cuba’s Juan Ángel Mena. Admission is $120 pesos, including dinner. The program includes theatre, body painting and live music. There are a dozen performers listed, among them Dailine Jones, Frank Delgado and Jarabe Mexicano. The location is Instituto Milton H. Erickson La Paz, Brecha California on the corner of Guaycura 1015 on the beach. For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/paxenlapaz/?rc=p.
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
Drummer Gustavo Nandayapa: The performance is at 6 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz, Morelos 1055 on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. Nandayapa has performed with Iraida Noriega, Susana Harp, Saúl Hernández, as well as festivals such as the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. Tickets are $50 pesos. For information, call 612 15 6 58 52.
Cuarteto Alianza Ensamble performs: Cuban and Mexican musicians present a concert that combines classical music and popular song with a Cuban flavour. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at Alianza Francesa’s Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, the French Cultural Centre on Revolución between Morelos and Guadalupe Victoria. It’s a program of cello, violin, viola, bassoon and vocals. For more information, call 612 122 2888.
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
Live jazz: Trumpet player Terry Townson performs at 7 p.m. on the Malecón for the Festival del Centro Histórico, opposite the muelle fiscal in the Callejón Ignacio Bañuelos Cabezud. He plays at 9 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Revolución 635 between Morelos and Gpe. Victoria (cover charge usually 60 pesos).
History, drama and legend of Salvatierra Hospital: Theatre director Mario Rey presents what is described as a multisensory production at 8 p.m. at Casa de Cultura del Estado, Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Admission is limited, so you may want to reserve your spot in advance. For more information, drop by the Casa de Cultura del Estado or phone (612) 122 90 40.
SUNDAY, OCT. 30
Daylight Savings Time ends in La Paz: It’s “Spring forward, fall back,” so enjoy an extra hour of sleep as the clock rolls back from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. this morning in most parts of Mexico. Most of the U.S. and Canada — along with Mexican communities that border the U.S. — change the clocks Sunday, Nov. 6.
Nov. 1-2, Festival de Día de Muertos: This two-evening festival celebrates The Day of the Dead. Both nights there will be a display of altars to the dead, a competition for those dressed as Catrinas and Calaveras, children’s workshops, traditional foods, graphics exhibition and entertainment all evening on stage. It’s a huge family event, a great La Paz tradition, and it’s free. The festival gets underway at 6 p.m. and picks up speed during the evening at the Esplanada de la Unidad Cultural Prof. Jesús Castro Agúndez, which is between Altamirano and Heroes de Independencia, and between Navarro and Legaspi (the same site as Teatro de la Ciudad).
Program for Tuesday, Nov. 1:
18:00 Compañía Danza Allegro, Huapango de Pablo Moncayo
18:10 Ballet Folklorico Cadet and musicians La Cochi Con Livais
18:40 Theatre group Ollin presents “Pan de Muerto”
19:00 Runway walk: “Vivas las Catrinas”
19:30 Rock band Námesti
20:15 Headliners: Los Músicos de José, award-winning Mexico City jazz and blues band.
Program for Wednesday, Nov. 2:
18:00 BCS musicians La Cochí con Levis
18:20 Theatre group Ollin presents “Asustame Panteón”
18:50 Runway walk “Vivas las Catrinas”
19:20 Multidisciplinary show with poetry recital and music “Fragmentos de Muerte”, Alejandra Moreno
20:15 Headliners: La Sonora Dinamita de Lucho Argain
21:00 Prize-winners announced for Catrinas, altars, etc.
21:45 La Sonora Dinamita de Lucho Argain, long-established cumbia band. Visit YouTube for a sample of the band’s 50th anniversary show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp1G8dkSmE8.
Nov. 6, DST ends for our northern neighbours: The clock rolls back from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. this morning in most parts of the U.S. and Canada. DST ended in most parts of Mexico, including La Paz, a week ago (Oct. 30).
Nov. 20, Miss Latina BCS gala: The finale and coronation of Miss Latina BCS is 8 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Tickets are $100 pesos in advance and $120 pesos at the box office. For more information, call 612-111-7354 or 612-154-7797, or visit Facebook Miss Latina Baja California Sur.
Feb. 23-28, 2017, Carnaval La Paz: The city’s annual Carnaval festival is a whopper of a street party — colourful, crowded, raucous and entertaining. Fans of the 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.