ongoing activities

This is a directory of ongoing arts and cultural activities around La Paz. Listings range from painting workshops and film clubs to live music and dance classes. Many activities take a summer break. Schedules change, and — unless noted otherwise — the entire list was last updated spring 2013, so get in touch directly with activity organizers to confirm information.

ART WORKSHOP — Casa de la Cultura: Artist Francisco Merino leads a drawing and painting club Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at La Casa de la Cultura, on Madero at the corner of Salvatierra. For more information, call  122-9040. (updated February 2016)

ART WORKSHOP — Jardín Velasco: Raúl Escobedo offers a drawing workshop at 4 p.m. Monday to Sunday in Jardín Velasco. Admission is free. For information, call 12 2 87 80. (updated April 2014).

ART WORKSHOP — Marina de La Paz: The group meets in the Vista Room at Marina de La Paz Mondays from 1:30 to 4 p.m.. For more information, contact Patricia Solem at patencasa117@yahoo.com. (updated March 2017)

BOOK GROUP — Palabra por Palabra book group: The group meets monthly to discuss a book picked in advance for that session. During summer months, there is no assigned book, but participants share information about books they have read and recommend. Meetings are at the centrally located home of one of its members, generally at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. For more information,  contact Allende Books on Independencia #518, between Serdan and Prieto, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Allende Books’ phone number is (612)125 9114. (updated October 2016)

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES — AbraPalabra library:  Stories, crafts and other activities are offered at AbraPalabra, a non-profit children’s library on the grounds of the Galería Galería art gallery on Revolución at the corner of Juárez. The library is for newborns to 12-year-olds. Admission is free to the library.  AbraPalabra is open from Monday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m with activities every weekday at 5 p.m. For more information, visit AbraPalabra or call 612-108-9820. (Updated February 2015).

COOKING CLASSES — El Nopal Spanish language school:  In addition to Spanish language classes, El Nopal offers cooking sessions, where participants learn the history behind each plate and help prepare and eat the dinner. For more information, e-mail info@elnopalspanish.com or visit the website at www.elnopalspanish.com or phone 612 177 40 98. (updated November 2015)

COOKING CLASSES — Mi Cocina en La Paz:  The focus is on small groups and the preparation of traditional Mexican dishes. Mi Cocina en La Paz offers classes in Spanish and English. “Margarita time” and a complete cena are part of the experience. Class schedule is adapted to participants’ needs. For information, e-mail beraguji@hotmail.com or call Bernardo Aguado at 612 2171017.

ECOLOGY ACTIVITIES — Ecology Project International: EPI has projects, workshops and field trips. EPI is located on Guillermo Prieto #1038 between Navarro and Encinas. Visit the office for more information or go to the website at http://www.ecologyproject.org

FILMS — Alianza Francesa film club: The film club has showings with different themes at Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck, Gomez Farias 525, between República and Guerrero. Admission is free. For more information, contact Alianza Francesa de La Paz, 122-2888. (updated December 2012)

FILMS — Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Cultural Populares film series: The centre has showings as part of an evening film series. For more information, visit the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Cultural Populares de BCS on Madero and 5 de Mayo facing Jardín Velasco.

FILMS — Cine Club at Centro Cultural La Paz: Centro Cultural La Paz shows free films as part of an ongoing cine club. Visit the centre on 16 de Septiembre near Belisario Dominguez for more information.

FILMS — commercial movie theatres in La Paz: There are three multiplex movie theatres in the city: Cinépolis La Paz (in the original Soriana shopping centre), Cinépolis Paseo La Paz (near the new Soriana and Home Depot) and Cinemex (a multi-screen theatre and the more luxurious Platino theatre in the Mega shopping centre on Abasolo). To find out what’s playing at the two Cinépolis theatres, go to the website http://www.cinepolis.com.mx/index.aspx and for Cinemex, go to the website http://www.cinemex.com/. For both websites, follow the links to La Paz.

FRENCH CLASSES — Alianza Francesa: Alianza Francesa offers classes in French at its cultural centre, Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck. Classes are offered for more than one level; there are also groups for reading, conversation and seminars. The French cultural centre is at Gomez Farias 525, between República and Guerrero. Hours of the centre are listed as Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 21:00. Phone number is 612-122-2888. E-mail address is alianzafrancesalapaz@yahoo.com.mx. Website is http://www.alianzafrancesa.org.mx/La-Paz. (updated October 2014)

GARDENING — Raíz de Fondo community gardening activities: Raíz de Fondo in La Paz offers workshops and activities at its organic gardening sites. For information, visit the project’s website at www.raizdefondo.org. You can contact the group at raizdefondo@gmail.com. (updated January 2014)

MARKET TUESDAY AND SATURDAY— Madero Street: Vendors sell organic produce, baked goods, other home-made foods and some crafts on Madero Street between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, clustered around Pan d’Les Bakery . The market is Tuesday and Saturday from about 9 a.m. to noon. (updated November 2015).

MARKET SUNDAYS — in the parking lot of city hall: The city of La Paz hosts the Entrepreneurs, Producers and Artisan Market, featuring dozens of local producers and artisans. The market is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The Ayuntamiento de La Paz is located across the road from the Soriana shopping centre, on Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio between Avenida de los Deportistas and Calle Carabineros. (Updated March 2015)

MUSIC LIVE — Acoustic jam session: There may be an acoustic jam session Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse of Club Cruceros in Marina de la Paz. Check with the marina to see if it’s still happening. (updated March 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — Blue Marlin restaurant and bar: There are live performances some nights at the Blue Marlin, (Carretera Transpeninsular Norte Km 14.5) in El Centenario. For information, call 612-124-6050. (updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — Cava Sur Restaurant and Wine Bar: There are sometimes performances of live music at Cava Sur, Calle Ignacio Allende #940, between Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez and Licenciado Primo Verdad. For reservations and more information, call 612 129 6326. (updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — El Faro Café and Gallery: There is the occasional concert of live music, as well as art exhibitions, at El Faro, Forjadores between Cuauhtémoc and 5 de Febrero. It’s a cozy gathering place, well worth checking out. Phone number: 612 157 9895.To learn more about El Faro, check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/elfaro.cafegaleria. (updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — Galería de Arte Tonantzin: Tonantzin is an art gallery with concerts of live music in the gallery’s courtyard. Location: Constitución 320 (between Aquiles Serdán and Revolución), the same block as the post office. You can get on the mailing list to to be notified of upcoming events.  Phone number: 044-612-154-8136. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galer%C3%ADa-de-Arte-Tonantzin/148852761851062?fref=ts. (updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — Hyatt Place La Paz: The hotel is at Costa Baja, Km. 7.5 on the road to Pichilingue. Phone number is 612-123-1234. Some evenings there is live music, including trumpeter Terry Townson, who plays twice a month. (updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — La Costa Restaurant: Plan B, a classic rock-and-roll band that will get you dancing, has been playing Wednesdays 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at this seaside restaurant one block from Marina de La Paz on Topete and Antonio Navarro. Check directly with the restaurant for up-to-date information. (Updated December 2012)

MUSIC LIVE — La Meramente: There are performances of live music at this bar some evenings. It’s located near La Perla and the Malecón on Antonio Mijares and Sebastián, behind Burger King. For reservations, contact the office 122-5516. (Updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — La Morante Art Bar: This is the liveliest night spot in La Paz for music and other events. La Morante is at Revolución de 1910 #635 between Guadalupe Victoria and Morelos. For more information and for reservations, call 612 129 6635. (Updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — La Perla Negra bar: If you’re a night owl, La Perla Negra is a great venue for live music performances. The bar is in Centro, one block off the Malecón on Mutualismo between Bravo and Rosales. Performances start around 10 p.m. Check with the bar about upcoming events. Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/perlanegralapaz?fref=ts (updated May 2015)

MUSIC LIVE — La Miserable mezcaleria: There are live performances some evenings at the bar at Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. For more information, call 612 129 7037. (updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE — Sala de Conciertos La Paz: The concert hall is a modern, comfortable venue for mainly classical performances. It’s on the grounds of Escuela de Música del Estado, Morelos 1055 at the corner of Marcelo Rubio. For more information, contact the music school at 12 22286 or e-mail direccion@escuelademusicabcs.com. (updated October 2016)

MUSIC LIVE AND CLASSES — Escuela de Música del Estado: Rehearsals of the Orquesta Juvenil de la Escuela de Música del Estado, 1055 Morelos on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, are free and open to the public at Sala de Conciertos La Paz. A fall 2015 schedule says rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., but you may want to double-check with the school for current dates and times. The school offers classes for students of classical music. For information, call 129-4199 or e-mail  sconlapaz@gmail.com.

SALSA AND TANGO CLASSES — Verónica Arte y Diseño:  Verónica Pérez García gives group and private lessons in her studio or in your home. Call land-line (612) 12 26022 or cellphone 6121589755, or find her on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tangosalsa.lapazbcs (updated January 2014)

SALSA CLASSES — Stella’s restaurant: There are classes some Friday evenings at Stella restaurant-bar on the Malecón at Márquez de León. Check with the restaurant for more information. (updated February 2014)

SPANISH CLASSES — El Nopal Spanish Language School: El Nopal describes its approach as providing personalized services that guarantee students will learn Spanish in a practical and fun way. Through the classes and packages offered, the goal is for the student to learn the language, live the culture and enjoy the exotic nature of La Paz. Register online or call (612) 188 05 77. Visit the school’s website at www.elnopalspanish.com

SPANISH CLASSES — Instituto de Inglés América La Paz: Inglés América gives lessons one-on-one, offering a flexible schedule and online support.The school is at Heroes de Independencia No. 1935 between Bravo and Rosales, one block from the Telmex building. Telephone: (612) 122-4387 (Please ask for Teacher Aviles); email: teacher.aviles@gmail.com; Facebook: California Language Club.

SPANISH CLASSES — Spanish with Sergio: Sergio offers personalized services at school or in the student’s home. There are intensive courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Sergio also has lessons online. He also offers preparation for the Mexican citizenship test. Phone 121-2224 (home), Cel 044-612-137-7058, e-mail spanishwithsergio@yahoo.com.mx or visit Sergio’s web page www.spanishwithsergio.net. for more information. (updated February 2014)

SPANISH CLASSES — with Graciela: For information about Spanish language workshops in El Centenario, contact gracielachagoyan1@yahoo.com.

THEATRE GROUP — Pelican Theatre La Paz: This group, founded in 2013, says its goal is to bring bold, contemporary and edgy English-language comedy to its audience and to create a troupe of professional actors from the Mexican and Gringo communities. David Coxwell is Artistic Director; Cindy Crane is Executive Producer. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, e-mail pelicantheatrelapaz@gmail.com. (updated October 2014)

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES — Agenda Cultural de Baja California Sur listings: The Agenda Cultural de Baja California Sur is published monthly by the Instituto Sudcaliforniano de Cultural. This excellent calendar of events lists several classes and workshops for adults, young people and children. Be prepared to use your Spanish. You can find the most recent Agenda Cultural online: follow the links for “agenda cultural” from the state government’s website at http://culturabcs.gob.mx. You can also get information about what’s in the Agenda Cultural at the tourist offices (see listing on Venues page). In particular, check out listings of workshops at Casa de la Cultura del Estado, the public libraries, the Centro Cultural La Paz and Casa de la Cultura Municipal.

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES — Casa de la Cultura del Estado:  This organization provides a goldmine of courses. There is a wide variety — everything from drawing and painting, formation of musical groups and Hawaiian dancing for mature women, Spanish for foreigners and more. The focus is mainly on classes for children and young people, but some programs are for adults. Admission is open year ’round.  For more information, visit Casa de la Cultura at Madero 825, between Salvatierra y Torre Iglesias (recent posted hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Telephone: 122 90 40 y 122 73 86.

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES — Casa de Cultura Municipal, ongoing: For information on current activities, contact the Casa de la Cultura Municipal, which has moved to Calle Queretaro on the corner of Yucatan #1810. Hours, according to the website: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..  Phone number is 122-8784; Facebook page is CulturaLaPaz. E-mail address is culturaenlapaz@hotmail.com

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES — Centro Cultural La Paz, ongoing: Past workshops have included tango, aerial dance and salsa. For information on current activities, contact the cultural centre at 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez. Posted hours for Centro Cultural La Paz: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Phone number is (612) 122-0065. E-mail address is centroculturallapaz@live.com

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES — Club Cruceros: Club Cruceros started as a resource for sailors, but has expanded into many other areas. The club offers classes and activities for English speakers, including morning yoga class at Marina de La Paz, domino (Méxican train) games at La Costa Restaurant, bridge games at The Dock restaurant at Marina de La Paz, watercolour sessions at the Club Cruceros clubhouse and Spanish classes. Landlubbers, as well as boaters, are welcome to join Club Cruceros for 100 pesos per year. Visit the clubhouse at Marina de La Paz, Topete and Legaspi, during morning coffeehour Monday through Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. to learn more. Or go to the web site at http://www.clubcruceros.net/

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES — Galería, Galería: The gallery has had a variety of workshops and activities, including jewelry making for adults, paper maché, painting for adults, painting for children, cake decorating for adults and cookie and candy decorating for children. There are also activities at the children’s library (see “Children’s Activities” listing above for AbraPalabra). For more information, visit Galería Galería, Revolución 590 at the corner of Juarez, e-mail siritapa@yahoo.com or phone 612-1256973.

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS —The Instituto Municipal de Cultural de La Paz: there is a variety of ongoing workshops, including folkloric dance, circle dances, drawing and painting, children’s workshop in percussions and a workshop in drumming and percussions. There are activities for all ages. For more information, call 12 9 48 72. You can visit the Facebook page for the city’s cultural branch at https://www.facebook.com/culturalapaz/ (updated November 2014)

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES — IMSS Courses: There are a variety of classes at IMSS (El Instututo Mexicano del Seguro Social), on the Malecón at Obregón and Héroes del 47. Classes have ranged from ballroom dance to yoga and tai chi chuan. IMSS is open from 8 a.m. to 20:00 Monday through Friday. To register, you will need a copy of your CURP card, photographs, a utilities receipt as proof of residency, etc. Visit the office for more information or phone 2-367-00 or 12-367-15, extension 31184 or 31717. (updated September 2012)

WRITERS’ GROUP — The Sea of Cortés Writers’ Circle: The group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays in the upstairs room at The Bagel Shop, Belisario Dominguez 291, between Cinco de Mayo and Constitution. Writers read aloud from their English-language work (poetry, prose, fiction or nonfiction pieces) and get feedback from other writers. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, e-mail rudycr1@yahoo.com.mx. (updated October 2016)