january & february 2020

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.

CONTINUING

Opened Dec. 14, Photography and print show: Herederos, La Vida en la Siera de San Francisco, is the title of this exposition and projection of photos and prints at the anthropology museum, Altamirano and 5 de Mayo. Admission is free. (closing date unknown)

Opened Dec. 6, exhibition of art competition winners: Congratulations to all the artists honoured in the competition, IX Bienal Sudcaliforniana de Artes Visuales Carlos Olachea Boucsiéguez. The painting “El Muro” by Rafael Chávez and the sculpture “Grupo Grande” by Peter Cole won first place in their categories. Work by participants is on exhibit at the gallery Carlos Olachea, Antonio Navarro between Altamirano and Heroes de Independencia. Admission is free. (show closing date unknown).

Until Feb. 1, 2020, art exhibition: “Viaje hacia la noche” is the title of this exhibition of recent work by Elti Alejandro. The exhibition is at Restaurant Nim, Revolución de 1910 1110 at the corner of Hidalgo. The show opened Nov. 28.

Farmers’ and crafts street markets: In addition to the city’s municipal markets in Centro, there are three farmers’ markets with fresh fruit, vegetables, prepared foods and arts and crafts. Mercado Orgánico y Artesanal de La Paz is open from about 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays in the park Piedras y Pájaros, on Constitución between Madero and Belisario Dominguez.  MOA Mercado Orgánico y Artesanal, also open from about 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, is on Rosales near the old Los Arcos hotel (there is free parking on the corner of Rosales and Madero). Mercado de los Productores is open Friday 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Parque Francisco King, between the Malecón and Madero across from the windmill park.

THURSDAY, JAN. 2

Electric bass in recital: Carlos Orozco returns to La Paz for his fourth annual recital. Orozco is a master bass player, a representative of Fender. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at La Morante Art Bar, Calle Revolución #635. For information, call 612-140-2454.

SATURDAY, JAN. 4

Día de Reyes concert: Aureos Ensemble presents a concert for flute and piano at 8 p.m. at Rectoría Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Calle Prof. Marcelo Rubio Ruiz. Special participants are María José Nuñez, Katia Salgado and Luis Daniel Fiol.

FRIDAY JAN. 10

Celebrity John Davidson starts his concert series at La Morante Art Bar: Show dates are Jan. 10, 15, 23 and 29 and Feb. 6, 13 and 21 at about 7 p.m.. Description on the Facebook post: “John sings some Spanish songs, but his music and comedy show is mostly in English. His Spanish jokes are not funny.” La Morante Art Bar is at Revolución de 1910 #635 entre Guadalupe Victoria y Morelos. Go to John Davidson’s Facebook page for more information. His career on television includes That’s Incredible, Hollywood Squares and ”The John Davidson show”. He was the first stand-in host for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. His film and TV appearances spanned 40 years and he held leading roles in theatre productions of the Music Man, State Fair and Oklahoma.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15

In Todos Santos, Tropic of Cancer concert series begins: There are concerts Jan. 15-19 with a big lineup of BCS and international performers. For details, visit the website https://www.tropicofcancerconcertseries.com/

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

Mutt Strut: Baja Dogs’ 2nd annual Mutt Strut is from 3 to 8 p.m. at Salon de Gastronomico, Calle Sonora 1670. There will be dinner, a raffle, silent auction and a lineup of adoptable dogs. It’s a fundraiser to help buy food, medicine and transportation for dogs. You can buy tickets online at Bajadogslapaz.org/event/MuttStrut  or contact Cindy Crane through Loco La Paz Ex-Pats Facebook group.

TUESDAY, JAN. 21

Pelican Theatre performances begin: The 6th season of Pelican Theatre of La Paz presents “Upside down,” four short comedies. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. sharp Jan. 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 at the Ciudad de Niños y Niñas orphanage between 5 de Febrero and Cuautémoc and between Revolución and Serdan. Tickets are 200 pesos, and they are available at Allende Books (new location, in alley next to Sears) and at two street markets Tuesday and Saturday mornings: the one on Rosales near the Malecón and the one on Constitución between Madero and Belisario Dominguez.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31

Jazz Fest La Paz: Yes! Jazz Fest is back! The place is Playa Marea at the foot of Sinaloa. The show starts at 5 p.m. and this year’s participants will have you swinging all evening long. The lineup: Pargazz, Sinoma & Jose – Quetzalong, JazSur, Terry Townson & Espresso and Yan Roads & Organic Monster. The concert benefits Mar Libre, a group of volunteers who share environmental education in the schools of La Paz all year round and who form brigades to clean up reefs and mangroves every month. Tickets are available now at Tailhunter Restaurant. General Admission $200 Pesos.  VIP $400 Pesos.

TUESDAY, FEB. 4

Blues Against Hunger tour arrives in La Paz:  Blues musicians travel the length of the Baja Peninsula on a tour Jan. 28-Feb. 12 to collect food as part of the 6th Annual Blues Against Hunger Society Baja Tour. The concert and jam session in La Paz is at La Morante Art Bar Feb. 4. If you want to travel the peninsula with the musicians, you can can get more information about how by visiting www.bahsociety.com.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14

Symphonic Rock Evolution: The symphonic rock orchestra is scheduled to perform at Teatro de la Ciudad and also at La Paz Carnaval 2020. Featured guest artists include Las Conde with star vocalist Damiana Conde, jazz trumpet player Terry Townson, and flautist Karen Deal. For more information, visit the Symphonic Rock Evolution Facebook page.

Feb. 20, 2020, Carnaval La Paz begins: The dates for Carnaval are Feb. 20-25.

ONGOING

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, but now closed for renovations); 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.

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.

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