december 2019

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. 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.

Until Dec. 24, street market: The tianguis are open for business to Christmas shoppers on Madero going toward Jardín Velasco from 16 de Septiembre. This annual cluster of tents of merchandise for Christmas shoppers usually continues until Christmas Eve.

Opened Nov. 8, crafts exhibition: Memorias Sudcaliforniana features artisans of Baja California Sur. It’s at the Museo Regional at Altamirano and 5 de Mayo. Admission is free. Research, Claudia Parra; photography, Paulina Cortés; curator, Erika Contreras. Closing date not known.

Tuesdays and Saturdays, organic street markets: There are two markets with fresh fruit, vegetables, prepared foods and arts and crafts from about 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Saturdays. One market is in the park Piedras y Pájaros, on Constitución between Madero and Belisario Dominguez; a second market is on Rosales near the old Los Arcos hotel. There’s also a market in the park across the street from El Molinito at the north end of the Malecón (not sure of its hours).

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

In El Triunfo, piano concert: Angela Zanevsky performs at 1 p.m. in El Triunfo Piano Museum. Admission is 200 pesos. Tickets are available at the door.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11

In El Centenario, house concert: A night of Flamenco with guitarist Jesús Gallo 7-9 p.m. at the home of Karen and Celia, Calle 13 #135. E-mail karenlynnedeal@gmail.com for details and reservations.

Orchestra concert: Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca BCS performs at 7:30 p.m. at Teatro de la Ciudad. Tickets are $130 pesos.

THURSDAY, 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.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

Christmas concert with Mexican music: The IBO Coro de la Comunidad La Paz and soloists under the direction of José Manuel Romero with pianist Fernanda Del Peón Pacheco and Gerardo Steve M. Williams perform in celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 8 p.m. at Parroquia Sagrado Corazón De Jesus. Cost is $100 pesos.

End-of-term presentation: Students of workshops in visual arts, crafts, music and art present their work at 5 p.m. at Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS. Admission is free. For information, call 612-122-9040.

Christmas festival: Theatre and music are featured at the Festival Navideño at Centro Cultural La Paz in the outdoor patio at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Boat parade: The second annual parade of boats decorated with Christmas lights floats in a procession along the Malecón. Watch at about 6 p.m. in the area of the kiosko of the Malecón, the foot of 16 de Septiembre.

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 6 p.m. at the anthropology museum, Altamirano and 5 de Mayo. Admission is free.

Surf music festival: Baja Surf Stomp features Frankie & The Poolboys (San Francisco), The Centellas (Mexico City), Mexican Weirdoh’s (BCS) , T.D.R.S. (BCS) and Martini on the Beach DJ set (Mexico City). Admission is free.  The Stomp Fest goes to La Ventana (Thursday, Dec. 12) and Todos Santos (Friday, Dec. 13). More details, including cost of La Ventana and Todos Santos events, to come.

Rockfest: It’s a night of rock music from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Marea beach, the foot of Sinaloa. On the program: Dizzy Rollers, Ambar, Tokes, Phantom Lord, Tarrohead, The Underdogs and Whiskey Drinkers. Advance tickets are $100 pesos (general) and $250 pesos (lounge zone). Tickets at the door: $150 and $300 pesos. Advance tickets are for sale at El Dalí, Jack Bar and Marea. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or go to Facebook RockFest LPZ.

MONDAY, DEC. 16

Christmas recital: The chamber orchestra Luz de las Naciones with  musical director Félix Manuel Terrón Gutiérrez performs at 6 p.m. at Casa Santa Brígada, Manuel Márquez de León #1745. Admission is free, but attendance is limited to 150 people.

Christmas night out: Velada Navideña features the sale of books, readings and entertainment at 5 p.m. at Ágora de la Paz, the courtyard of the anthropology museum, Altamirano and 5 de Mayo. Admission is free. For information, call 612-122-1116.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17

Christmas recital: Piano and voice students perform at 4 p.m. at a Christmas recital at Baja Music & Piano Studio, Meliton Albañez 1720A between Ocampo and Degollado. Admission is free. For information, call 125-0465.

Musicanto Navideño: Voices of Christmas with chorus, soloists and invited guests. Musical coordinator is Omar Ramirez Hernández. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Admission is free.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18

Tango workshop: “Vive la experiencia tango” is an intensive four-hour workshop, beginning 5 p.m. at La Levedad del Ser, Morelos 512 between Ignacio Ramírez and Guillermo Prieto. Enrolment is limited. Cost is $400 pesos. For reservations, call 612-154-8136. Also for information, visit the website valesarivera.com.

Christmas concert with flute and piano: Aureos Ensamble performs at 8 p.m. at Parroquia Asuncion de Maria, Calle Baja California between Márquez de León and Benito Juárez.. Tickets sold at the parroquia: $120 adults and $80 children.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

Winter concert for community orchestra: The Orquesta filarmónica comunitaria de Baja California Sur (OFILCO BCS) presents its first anniversary concert at 7 p.m. in the Auditorio del Colegio Anáhuac, Guillermo Prieto and República. Tickets are available at Colegio Anáhuac office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the store El Uniforme (Márquez de León on the corner of Isabel La Católica), Escuela Primaria Ignacio Zaragoza 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Márquez de León on the corner of Félix Ortega) and with members of the orchestra. OFILCO BCS director José Luis Díaz De León Álvarez will be selling tickets Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Bazar Dock activity. For information, call 612-120-2249.

Evening with Arturo Garrido: “En concierto-Un viaje personal” with the singer-guitarist begins at 7 p.m. at Levedad del Ser, Morelos 512 between Ignacio Ramírez and Guillermo Prieto.  For reservations, call 612-154-8136. Admission is by donation.

Sing Noel!: El Ensamble Vocal Yubart is a nine-member vocal ensemble under the direction of Soprano Lidia Calderón de la Barca that performs choral music from various countries, often a capella. The performance is at 7 p.m. at Teatro Juárez, Belisario Dominguez between 16 de Septiembre and Independencia. Tickets are $100 pesos in advance and $130 at the door.

Youth orchestra concert: The Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de la Escuela de Música del Estado presents “De Vivaldi a Ponce” at 7 p.m. at the Sala de Conciertos La Paz. Admission is $50 pesos.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20

Christmas concert: A Classic and Jazz Christmas features LuxOr Ensamble and the Conde sisters, Damiana and Balandra. The show starts at 7:30 at Teatro del Imss, Paseo Alvaro Obregon 430 near El Molinito. Tickets are $130 pesos (four tickets for $400 pesos in advance). Advance tickets are available from Marsel Gourmet and Baja Music & Piano Studio.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

Christmas carols concert: La Paz tenor Enrique Astorga presents “Navidad Hispana”, a performance of Christmas carols, at 5 p.m. at IMSS Theatre, Paseo Álvaro Obregón at the corner of Héroes del 47, near the Molinito end of the Malecón. Accompanying Astorga are Miguel Ángel Norzagaray (guitar), Jesús Gallo (guitar), Rubén Barranco (guitar), Darío Norzagary (bass) and Kátsica Mayoral (percussions). Special invited guest is singer Balandra Conde. Ticks are $200 pesos For information and ticket sales, call 612-154-2211 or Whatsapp 612-127-1469. Please note, the venue has no parking lot.

Orchestra Christmas concert cancelled: This performance of the Orquesta Filamónica Comunitario BCS has been cancelled. Come to the orchestra’s Dec. 19th concert. (see listing above).

.SATURDAY, 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.

La Cultura es Ya: It’s an evening of music, dance, theatre and visual arts for the family. La Cultura es Ya is a free event held THE last Saturday of the month starting 5 p.m. on one side of the Muelle Fiscal of the Malecón. For more information, call 612-170-4564.

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, 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.

Jan. 15-19, 2020, Tropic of Cancer concert series in Todos Santos: There’s a big linup of BCS and international performers. For details, visit the website https://www.tropicofcancerconcertseries.com/

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, 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 the next Carnaval will be Feb. 20-25, 2020. Thank you, Baja Citizen, for the information.

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); 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