spring 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

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, FEB. 20

Carnaval La Paz begins: The dates for Carnaval are Feb. 20-25. Here are the headliners. Almost all the action will be on the Malecón. There are parades along the Malecón the last three days of Carnaval, starting around 5:30 p.m. (According to noticiaslapaz.com, the parade starts near the Molinito Sunday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, Feb. 25; it starts at Marquéz de León Monday, Feb. 24). The detailed program day by day, including entertainment on the alternative stages, is posted on my Facebook page rozinlapaz.
Feb. 20: Quema del Mal Humor (burning of bad humor) in effigy., comedian Mike Salazar
Feb. 21: Margarita La Diosa de la Cumbia, grupo Octubre Doce
Feb. 22: Alta Consigna
Feb. 22: Concert with Emmanuel and Mijares at Estadio Guycura. (Check with the stadium about tickets).
Feb. 23: Mi Banda El Mexicano de Casimirio Zamudi.
Feb. 24: Grandiosas (Maria del Sol, Dulce, Rocio Banquells Manoella Torres)
Feb. 25: Lupillo Rivera
Feb. 25: Masquerade ball: Grupo Cañaveral (Baile de Fantasia) with local group California Brass (tickets costing up to $1,500 pesos, including dinner and drink, is a benefit for the creation of an addiction treatment centre for children and teens. Tickets are sold through the offices of DIF municipal La Paz, on Nayariut and Ramirez).

THURSDAY, FEB. 20

In El Centenario, house concert with Las Conde: Sisters Damiana, Balandra and Duna Conde perform as the group Las Conde. The concert is 7-9 p.m. in the outdoor patio of a private home. Drinks are available for purchase, and there are free chips with homemade salsa. No admission is required but a donation of 100 pesos or more is requested. House Concerts Centenario has concerts featuring Mexican and non-Mexican performers in Spanish and English. They’re held the second and third Thursday of the month. Reservations are requested so the proper number of chairs can be rented. Directions to El Centenario Ampliación Calle 13, #135: From the Malecón, go north past the airport. Continue about 8 miles on the highway to Km 16. Turn left at the Modelarama onto Calle 13. Look for the third house on the right on the corner. For more information and to make reservations, visit the Facebook page House Concerts Centenario or phone  612 288 3469.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

Celebrity John Davidson at La Morante Art Bar: John Davidson’s one-man show combines music and comedy, and some surprises, too. This is the last of a series of shows. The performance starts at 7 p.m. and reservations are recommended.  La Morante Art Bar is at Revolución de 1910 #635 between Guadalupe Victoria y Morelos. You will find more information on John Davidson’s Facebook page. 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.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Charity golf tournament: The 7th Annual FANLAP Charity Golf Tournament at Paraiso del Mar Golf Club is a fundraiser for the FANLAP Scholarship Program. Registration deadline for golfers is March 2. Cost is $90 USF, or $1,800 Mxn. To register, call 612-140-1391 or e-mail golfclub@paraisodelmar.com. There are prizes, raffles and a silent auction. FANLAP is looking for sponsors and donors; those interested should contact call (612) 121-2166 or email fanlap@hotmail.com. Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, (FANLAP) provides uniforms, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, transportation money and scholarships to junior and senior high school students.

FEM FEST music festival: FEM FEST – Mujeres en la Música” at 7 p.m. at La Casa Vieja restaurant features nine groups or more. Thirty-four women musicians will share the stage on the eve of International Women’s Day with a program ranging from original tunes to Mexican folk, and from rock and blues to songs about love and politics. The venue is a large restaurant-bar on Calle Lerdo de Tejada at the corner of Mijares, a block up from the Malecón’s Hotel Seven Crowns. Participating bands include Sylvanas, La Banda Kat’s, Bluseras, Sacbé, Pecam Nuts, Voz de Tierra, Arena de Río, Blunt Bob Heads, Sirenas, and Edith Bañuelos & la Flow music. Tickets are $100 pesos in advance, $150 pesos at the door. Advance tickets are available at La Casa Vieja, El Dalí Snack Bar at Agustín Arreola between Zaragoza and 21 de agosto (up the street from Dax), Jack Bar House of Rock at Callejón Artesanos (the one-block lane between Madero and Zaragoza, around the corner from Dax) and Capuchino Coffee Shop at Mutualismo #314 (between Bravo and Ocampo). For more information, visit the Facebook page “FEM FEST Mujéres en la Música” and give it a Like. A contact phone number for English speakers is Cel. 612-169-7320.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

Blues Fest La Paz: The date is set for Blues Fest on the beach of Playa Marea, at the foot of Sinaloa. The show is 5 to 11 p.m.. On the program: Boogeyman, The Unusual Suspects, Brian Flynn Band, L.A.S.T. Band and Las Bluseras. Advance tickets are on sale at Tailhunter and KM-14. Admission is $200 general, $400 VIP. For more information, call 612-154-9859 or visit the Facebook page BLUES FEST LA PAZ.

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