Arts & Entertainment Calendar

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~The Angela Peralta Theater~

[The Angela Peralta is located on Carnaval, in the Plazuela Machado, Centro. The box office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For many events expect to pay in pesos, not a credit card. It’s best to call ahead – 982 4446, press #103. Even if an event is free, either in the Angela Peralta or at Casa Haas, you must get a ticket from the box office. Tickets for the fall Cultura series[Dec 14,15,16] are now also available in the Gran Plaza, every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. [near Carl’s Junior]. Tickets are non-refundable; if you wish to exchange your ticket for an upgrade, it has to be on the same day as you bought it.]

Thursday December 14, Friday December 15 and Saturday December 16 all @ 8 p.m. Gala Navideña, Nothing says happy holidays like the annual Christmas Concert which closes the fall season. Always a joyful production with a cast of thousands: Coro Angela Peralta, Camerata Mazatlan, Escuela Municipal de Ballet, and Compañia de Ballet de Mazatlan. Oh, there’s Santa singing Jingle Bells, and Santa Claus is coming to Town. There are always last-minute guest surprises.Be sure to watch out for elves scaling balconies. Every night after the show, you are invited to join the Mexican Christmas fiesta in the lobby. $100 – $350.

Sunday January 7: Hard Travelin’ with Woody Guthrie: Gordon Campbell is launching his Sunday concert series with Randy Noojin’s one-man show. Maestro has collaborated with Marshall Mason [who brought this show to Mazatlan two years ago at the Antonio Haas Theatre] – if you missed it then, now you’ll have the chance to experience this funny, heartfelt, sad and  uplifting performance. Randy Noojin has done hard travelin’ all over Canada and the U.S with his critically acclaimed solo play. He combines the music, the multi-media backdrop along with his narration. Some reviews: “captures the spirit of Woody, this is solid , entertaining work that should travel far and wide in these hard times, just like Guthrie himself”…”blows the dust off Guthrie standards, restoring their intended sting and deepening their soulfulness.” Marshall’s synopsis: “Woody uses his wit and greatest songs to rally a union meeting of mineworkers striking for a living wage. Hop a fast-rattler through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune with the spirit, stories and songs of America’s greatest saint-of-the-workingman and poet-of-the people.” Noon, $300, or $2,040,00 for all eight concerts, a $360 savings, cash only.[ all listed below and in Around Town.]

Sunday January 21: Water Music by G.F. Händel/Música acuática de Händel: The Water Music composed by George Händel, premiered in 1717 because it was a request from King George 1. The Camerata will interpret the first two suites. Noon, $300, cash only. [A Gordon Campbell Sunday Concert Series]

Sunday January 28: Come Sing with Us/Ven a cantar con nosotros – Mozart, Haydn y Händel: Today’s program features Regina Coeli K 276; “a bright joyful work by Mozart…Rejoice Queen of Heaven is traditionally sung from Easter Sunday through to the Saturday before Pentecost. The choral portion of the work is in Latin with each voice on a separate staff including solos, pianos and the orchestra.”  Te Deum Laudamus de Haydn; under pressure and a special request to Haydn, Empress Maria Therese [wife of Franz 1] pressed Haydn into writing “sacred pieces” for a popular soprano as the Empress deemed his voice to be “pleasant but weak!”. On stage will be: soprano Perla Azucena Orrantia Durán; mezzosoprano Lucia del Carmen Ramierez Casillas; tenor Jesús Miguel Holguin Blancas; bass Mario Vega; the impressive volunteer singers from Coro de la Comunidad de Culiacan and the talented Camerata Campbell. Noon, $300, cash only. [A Gordon Campbell Sunday Concert Series.]

Sunday February 18: The Soprano Virtuoso/La Soprano Virtuosa featuring soprano Scherezada Cruz: Gordon Campbell has this to say: “Scherezada Cruz was born in Sinaloa and is on the cusp of an international career in my estimation. I find her voice flexible and full. Although she works and studies in Germany, I took advantage of her visit to Sinaloa as I wanted to share her astounding virtuosity with our concert-goers in Mazatlan and show her and everyone else that she’s ready for the big leagues.” She’ll be featuring songs from composers Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Händel and Broschi. Noon, $300, cash only.[A Gordon Campbell Sunday Concert Series.]

Sunday February 25: The Great Serenades for Strings/Las mejores serenatas para cuerdas by/de Dvorak and/y Tchaikovsky: Dvorak’s The Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 was composed in 1875. It remains one of the composer’s more popular orchestral works to this days. “There is so much pure goodness in it.” Tchaikovsky’s The Serenade for Strings in C major Op. 48 “is thrilling and was composed in 1880. The stirring 36 bar Andante introduction is marked ‘sempre marcatissimo’ – stopping in the violins and violas, forming towering chordal structures.” Noon, $300, cash only. [A Gordon Campbell Sunday Concert Series.]

Sunday March 4: The National Champion Rondalla/La mejor rondalla de Mexico: Gordon Campbell has this to say: “I discovered by chance in Culiacan this talented group that is named Rondalla. All the members are teachers in Culiacan but it turns out they have won every competition and award for their genre in Mexico for the last 20 years. It will be my honour to present this outstanding group of National Champions.” The group of 15 will perform homages to Pedro Infante, and variety of Huapangos and Mexican songs as well as Besame Mucho, Sh Boom and El Milagro de tus ojoa ++. Noon, $300, cash only. [The last concert in A Gordon Campbell Sunday Concert Series.]

~Around Town~

(The CMA is the Centro Municipal de las Artes, the school beside the Angela Peralta Theatre. There are three inside spaces: Foro Experimental, Museo de la Música and the small movie theatre, Cinematógrafo, (seats about 50). Casa Haas is located on the corner of Heriberto Frias and Mariano Escobedo – all tickets for all events, even if they are free, must be obtained at the Angela Peralta box office. The Antonio Haas Theatre is located on the Avenida del Mar, across from the Fisherman’s Monument; it’s often referred to as the IMSS theatre and has its own box office.

Wednesday December 13 and Thursday December 14: The Buddy Holly Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Starring Jeff Scott “the spirit of Buddy Holly.” 6 p.m., $850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets on sale now, please contact twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Thursday December 14: Antonio López Saenz’s art exhibit @ Museo de Arte, 11 a.m., free everyone is welcome. Antonio López Saenz was born in Mazatlan in 1936. He is perhaps Sinaloa’s most famous living artist and sculptor. The famous “Family Monument” for instance. Antonio still paints every day.

An Antonio López Saenz painting.

His advice to all young artists: “travel, be open, surround yourself with culture and keep on being inspired.” If you like to watch a video in Spanish with Antonio and Museo de Arte director, Cecilia Sánchez Duarte please click here. The Maestro requested an early opening and a cerveza for all! Please join him and enjoy his absolutely warm and wonderful paintings of Mazatlan.

Friday December 15: Discover the real meaning of a Posada @ Museo de Arte. A lively presentation in English with a knowledgable speaker – who will share the meaning surrounding this ancient Mexican Christmas tradition. Spoiler alert! Posada in Spanish means inn or shelter, but there’s so much more to this special time. The talk will be at 5 p.m. followed by the traditional Posada including La Peregrinación, food, drinks, piñatas and special desserts. Believe it or not, piñatas are expensive! The cost is $300 for the evening, cash, please reserve at the Museo [Sixto Osuna #71, opposite Macaws, Monday to Friday in the office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; be sure to leave your e mail and phone number] from November 28  to December 12. If there are enough people interested in the Posada it’s a “go”, if not, you’ll be given a full refund. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this important [and fun] Mexican tradition.

Saturday December 16: Los Güeros Dice Roll Run! Starts at noon at the Shrimp Factory and goes onto to four other bars/restaurants. Entry is $100 and you are encourage to buy a beverage at each stop. Everyone welcome from motorcycles, to bikes, to taxis

Sunday December 17: Spanish Sunday Flamenco @ Gaia Bistrot:  Chef Gilberto del Toro has created another fabulous flamenco Sunday. This afternoon’s entertainment features the talented Suncai Gitano Group [have a listen] AND the Citali Iglesis flamenco dancers. The haunting voice of Ana Elena Morales and their beautiful Spanish guitar music will alternate with the Citali Iglesis  flamenco dances. Outstanding entertainment meets divine food. Not only do you see an amazing show, you will also be treated to a four course authentic Spanish lunch. The starter is an assortment of tapas – a tuna with empanada gallega, pan tomate with roasted vegetables, shrimp salad pintxo and red pepper tortilla; followed by a Spanish lobster bisque with paprika infused olive oil and fennel croutons. Two choices for mains – beef tenderloin steak with Spanish/Arabic sauces [salsa verde and salsa roja] served with rustic mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley OR a fish fillet and shrimp medallion with tomato and olives vizcaina style served with saffron Spanish rice. The dessert is included too and it’s a creamy chocolate flan served with hot churros with a raspberry and blueberry sauces. The delicious lunch starts at2 p.m., $480, [does not include beverages or a tip] reservations are essential, please rsvp: 112 2525. Wow! Olé.

Sunday December 17: Banda Los Recoditos @ Plazuela República [town hall square], free, for the “Hora Municipal, 5 p.m.

Sunday December 17: Los Apson tribute show by Los Cryps @ Friends Diner, 8 p.m.

Monday December 18, Dick Damron is @ La Catrina, 7 p.m.

Wednesday December 20 and Thursday 21: 7th Annual Christmas Caroling @ Macaws: Rob Lamonica on the piano and the young [16!] talented Flor Soto vocals plus the Children’s Choir from the Salvation Army [ on Dec. 21] 6 p.m. Just bring your voices and Rob will have song sheets for you all. Drinks and regular menu items available. Perhaps best to reserve – 981 6180.

Thursday December 21: Vecinos con Cariño [neighbours who care] Annual Christmas show takes place a Coco’s Beach Club. This year organizers have arranged for the volunteers of Beauty with a Cause to perform and help raise money. These female impersonators put on an amazing, joyful show – and oh, the costumes and glitter! All the money these performers raise goes to pay for medical expenses in the poorest areas of Mazatlan. The info is above, please rsvp to Sue Parker 913 4532.

Saturday December 23: Chef Gilberto del Toro [Gaia Bistrot] is @ The Farmer’s Market: cooking demo at 9:30 a.m., the market opens at 8 a.m.on Plazuela Zaragoza.

Saturday December 30: Culinary Curator, Ana Paola Osuna is @ The Farmer’s Market: with part 2 of “real Mexican food”, market opens at 8 a.m., cooking demo at 9:30 p.m., Plazuela Zaragoza.

Monday December 31: New Year’s Eve! There are celebrations from Centro to Cerritos and beyond. A few are: The Brenster at La Catrina [only 50 tickets left as of Dec. 3, hurry!]; Tanya Carrum at Water’s Edge Bistro; Lucky B’s; Gaia Bistrot; El Presidio;  Each restaurant has a difference time and price, please contact directly.

 

Wednesday January 3 and Thursday January 4: The Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Starring the King of Margaritaville, Will Chalmers. 6 p.m.,$850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets are on sale now, please contact twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Friday January 5 :ArtWalk. Artists [48!] and studios[ 27!] in Centro invite you in to see their latest photographs, paintings, jewelry, all things creative. There’s never any pressure to buy and it’s a chance to see the creative side of Centro from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. For map and participating artists check online: 

Saturday January 6: Fireworks/Festival de la Luz, 8 p.m., on the beach of Playa Norte at Olas Altas Inn. This was scheduled for December[ Pacific Marathon] but due to the Malecon construction was postponed. The city now believes the area will be complete by this time, and have rescheduled the event for January 6. It’s one of the most spectacular firework displays [almost rivals Carnaval] so reserve seats or find friends in high places.

Tuesday January 9: Hola @ Museo de Arte! Start the New Year off by learning [a little or a lot] of Spanish!  Two professors two classrooms – one for beginners, one for intermediate/advanced levels. The classes will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon, and it’s $800 for a month; 8 classes, $100. This is an all or nothing deal, no drop- ins! At the end of your session you will have the opportunity to practice your conversational Spanish with an artist in residence. To join and pay, please be at Museo de Arte at 10 a.m. on Tuesday January 9. Professors are standing by to assess your Spanish skills and then you’ll be assigned a teacher and classroom. For an optimum learning environment student numbers will be limited. [Museo de Arte is located on Sixto Osuna #71, opposite Macaws.] Gracias Museo de Arte!

Saturday January 13: The 10th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament. Entry fee is $2,200 and there are amazing prizes to won along with a yummy lunch by El Presidio. To register please call: Bob Terell, 198 6519 or Dave Croly, 147 1567.

Sunday January 14: The Virtuoso Trumpet/El virtuoso trumpet: in this second concert of Gordon Campbell’s concert series Maestro introduces us to 36 year-old Héctor Thomás. Héctor was recently chosen for an international brass symposium in Albania to represent Mexico and the virtuoso trumpet of the Mixe culture. [The Mixe nation is an indigenous group inhabiting the Eastern highlands of the Mexican state of Oaxaca]. He will be joined on stage with Laura Elizabeth Hauer, piano; Oscar Corral, contrabass and Fernando Correa on percussion. Casa Haas, noon and 5 p.m., $300. [A Gordon Campbell Sunday Concert Series.]

Wednesday January 17 and Thursday January 18: The Roy Oribson Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Starring Michael Danckert.  6 p.m., $850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets are on sale now, please contact twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Thursday January 18: Carlos Zeta Exhibit: Carlos Z is a multi-talented Mazatleco artist. This special exhibit is a 25 year retrospective – showcasing all his different styles. 7 p.m., Museo de Arte, Galeria Antonio López Saenz salon, free, everyone is welcome! [Museo de Arte is located on Sixto Osuna #71, across from Macaws.]

Friday January 19: Ranch Fiesta! Once again the 150 year-old Rancho Los Limones is hosting this wonderful afternoon filled with: music by Kannon, food by El Presidio’s chef, Diego Becerra, plus a mariachi band, dancing horses and what’s an afternoon on a ranch without an open bar? The ticket is $1000 [non refundable] and please book asap with: Marcela 669 116 9798; Romi 669 176 1849; Manuel 669 116 0829. The bus leaves from Olas Altas at noon by the sea pool, Soriana [the old Mega], and Walmart in the Marina.

Sunday January 21: Mazatlan Comedy Club presents Dean Austin and Cynthia Levin. Dean Austin is an actor known for the 2011 “Balls to the Wall.” He traded the medical field [dreams of becoming a doctor] when his a friend dared him to do stand up. ” It’s my fiber. It’s who I am. Comedy is my wife because comedy is my life.” Cynthia hails from Chicago where she trained at the famous Second City, at age 15! “When you watch her, you see an act that is distinguished by a palpable honesty. Her delivery is polished and she can weave in and out of characters with easy. This is a performer both self-assured and smart.” The Mazatlan Comedy Club’s home is the Venado Showroom at Hotel Playa Mazatlan. Your ticket of $600 includes a delicious buffet and an-all-you-can-drink open bar. Tickets are on sale now, cash only please but you can reserve by e mailing Elizabeth – concierge@hotelplayamazatlan.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the laughs start at 7 p.m.

Friday January 26 and Saturday January 27: 9th Annual Mardi Gras Party featuring Cats ‘n Jammers: It’s that time of year for foot- stomping, joyous, New Orleans Dixieland jazz. The popular group, Cats ‘n Jammers, [have a listen] will once again be rockin’ it at the Shrimp Bucket. Some say it’s the party of the year! Your $650 ticket includes dinner [a choice between Cajun shrimp with pasta or Cajun chicken fusilli] and all-you-can-drink: beer, wine and margaritas. And just drink in all that jazz. The band starts exactly at 6 p.m. and you won’t want to miss a single dance number. Tickets will be on sale soon at the Shrimp Bucket [at the north end of Olas Altas], but do go in and add your name for your New Orleans evening – ask for Marco Polo he’s the new manager. It’s not every day Mazatlan gets to hear great Dixieland jazz!

Friday January 26, Saturday January 27, Sunday January 28: Trópico Sur – an exciting art fair featuring five towns:  For the first time ever, artists from Concordia, Escuinapa, Rosario and San Ignacio will be displaying their artwork and artisan crafts; of course, local Mazatlan artists will be included too. The art fair is designed to bring these four areas to you so you can experience the different regional styles. The Museo de Arte Mazatlan manages the small museums and art galleries in these towns, so chances are their art and crafts may be new for you. And most everything will be for sale if something catches your eye. The opening is on Friday January 26 at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. entry is free! [Museo de Arte is located on Sixto Osuna #71, opposite Macaws.]

Sunday January 28: The 4th Annual Farm to Table Event: “A culinary celebration of organic harvest” at Chuy Lizarraga’s farm. Save the date, and tickets will be available soon [ but do drop in and add your name to the list] at Water’s Edge Bistro.$1600, and if you require bus transportation it’s another $200. One of the best descriptions of this elegant event is written by Dianne Hofner Saphiere. on her VidaMaz blog.

Sunday January 28: New Orleans Jazz in the Plazuela Machado @ Gaia Bistrot! Cats ‘n Jammers Dixieland Jazz band are travellin’ to Gaia where you’ll be treated to all that jazz [have a listen] and a four course New Orleans’ style lunch.

Everyone whooped- it -up last year [just look at the short video above] and were dancing in the street in true Mardi Gras style. Expect more whoopin’- it- up and the best of New Orleans flavours. Details to follow, but reservations are essential: 2 p.m., 112 2525. [for those you that were planning on the Gordon Campbell concert, “Come sing with Us”, you can do both, as the New Orleans/Gumbo/Mardi Gras event does not begin until 2 p.m. ]

Monday January 29: Mazatlan Rocks the Beach final REALLY BIG BASH! This time it will take place at Sumbawa [next to Valentino’s] and once again you’ll hear the best six local bands in one concert – doors open at 11:45 a.m. , music from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The talented cabaret singer, Melissa Burridge is your MC and she kicks it off at 12:30 p.m. It’s an epic line-up, here we go: 1 p.m. Cloakas; 2 p.m. KraKen; 3 p.m. ZaZ; 4 p.m. Beggars Banquet; 5 p.m. Adiccion; 6 p.m. Finale super-jam session.   Drinks and food are available at Sumbawa so please don’t bring food or drinks inside the venue. You will also have access to the swimming pool. Free parking next door. Advance tickets are $200 and are on sale now :@ Twisted Mama’s, closed Mondays; Macaws, the corner of Venustiano Carranza and Sixto Osuna, closed Tuesdays; the office of the Pacific Pearl, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Camarón Sábalo #2601L-11; Reasons Salon Spa, Marina Mazatlan, closed Sundays’ Surf’s Up, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – or $230 at the door on the day of.

Friday February 2: ArtWalk. Artists [48!] and studios[ 27!] in Centro invite you in to see their latest photographs, paintings, jewelry, all things creative. There’s never any pressure to buy and it’s a chance to see the creative side of Centro from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. For map and participating artists check online:

Sunday February 4: Death and the Maiden de Schubert/La Muerte y la Doncella: “Composed in 1824, after Schubert suffered a serious illness and realized he was dying, it’s considered not only his testament to death but one of the pillars of chamber music repertoire.” On stage: Olena Bogaychuck, concertino; Olga Khodoblayak, violin; Virna Cornejo, viola; Octavio Hidalgo, viola. Casa Haas, noon and 5 p.m., $300, cash only. [A Gordon Campbell Sunday Concert Series.]

Wednesday February 7 and Thursday February 8: The Neil Diamond Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. “Will Chalmers is proof that for many Neil Diamond is forever.” 6 p.m., $850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets are on sale now, please contact twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Thursday February 8 to Tuesday February 13: Carnaval 2018! “Save the dates” are all here.

Friday February 16: Ranch Fiesta! Once again the 150 year-old Rancho Los Limones is hosting this wonderful afternoon filled with: music by Kannon, food by El Presidio’s chef, Diego Becerra, plus a mariachi band, dancing horses and what’s an afternoon on a ranch without an open bar? The ticket is $1000 [non refundable] and please book asap with: Marcela 669 116 9798; Romi 669 176 1849; Manuel 669 116 0829. The bus leaves from Olas Altas at noon by the sea pool, Soriana [the old Mega], and Walmart in the Marina.

Sunday February 18: Mazatlan Comedy Club presents the one and only Corny Rempel as Elvis! Corny is an award-winning Elvis tribute artist. He’s back in Mazatlan by popular demand. “The thing that makes his show unique is Corny’s humorous twist. He loves entertaining and it shows in his non-stop, highly energized, hilarious performances!”.The Mazatlan Comedy Club’s home is the Venado Showroom at Hotel Playa Mazatlan. Your ticket of $600 includes a delicious buffet and an-all-you-can-drink open bar. Tickets are on sale now, cash only please but you can reserve by e mailing Elizabeth – concierge@hotelplayamazatlan.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the laughs start at 7 p.m.

Wednesday February 21 and Thursday February 22: The Blues Brothers Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Back by popular demand it’s the real-life soul brothers, Geoff and Chris Dahl. 6 p.m.,$850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200.Tickets are on sale now, please contact twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Sunday February 25: The Joan Kennedy Band in Concert! Playa Mazatlan is proud to host this award-wining Canadian singer in the Vendado Showroom. Tickets are $600, and as always, include a delicious buffet and open bar. Tickets on sale with the concierge at the Playa. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the show is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday March 2: ArtWalk. Artists [48!] and studios[ 27!] in Centro invite you in to see their latest photographs, paintings, jewelry, all things creative. There’s never any pressure to buy and it’s a chance to see the creative side of Centro from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. For map and participating artists check online:

Wednesday March 7 and Thursday March 8: The Patsy Cline Tribute Show@ Twisted Mama’s.  6 p.m., price,$850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200.Tickets are on sale now, please contact twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com.

Friday March 16: Ranch Fiesta! Once again the 150 year-old Rancho Los Limones is hosting this wonderful afternoon filled with: music by Kannon, food by El Presidio’s chef, Diego Becerra, plus a mariachi band, dancing horses and what’s an afternoon on a ranch without an open bar? The ticket is $1000 [non refundable] and please book asap with: Marcela 669 116 9798; Romi 669 176 1849; Manuel 669 116 0829. The bus leaves from Olas Altas at noon by the sea pool, Soriana [the old Mega], and Walmart in the Marina.

Sunday March 18: Mazatlan Comedy Clubs presents Diane Nichols and Keith Ross Nelson. Diane is from San Francisco and Newsweek Magazine called her “the heroine fo the 9 to 5 crowd.” She’s famous for her HBO performance of Women of the Night plus she’s toured in America, Canada, Denmark and Sweden. As a Haight Ashbury flower child Diane uses her comedy to chronicle their adventures and struggles to accept growing older. “Keith Ross Nelson has been headlining rooms for 20 years. He has appeared in the films Mobsters and Mormons, The R.N and Jack and Cocaine. He’s a former winner of the Portland Comedy Competition. He is a former World record holder in Masters High Jump and he had a second degree Black Belt in Kung Fu.” The Mazatlan Comedy Club’s home is the Venado Showroom at Hotel Playa Mazatlan. Your ticket of $600 includes a delicious buffet and an-all-you-can-drink open bar. Tickets are on sale now, cash only please but you can reserve by e mailing Elizabeth – concierge@hotelplayamazatlan.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the laughs start at 7 p.m.

Sunday March 25 to Saturday March 31: Semana Santa 2018

Wednesday April 4 – Sunday April 8: The 23rd Annual Moto Week!

Friday April 6: ArtWalk. Artists [48!] and studios[ 27!] in Centro invite you in to see their latest photographs, paintings, jewelry, all things creative. There’s never any pressure to buy and it’s a chance to see the creative side of Centro from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. For map and participating artists check online:

Monday April 16 to Thursday April 19: El Tianguis Turistico. The city is expecting 10,000 visitors [tour operators, travel agents, airlines, journalists] with a spend of 40 million pesos. This is in addition to remodeling spend of El Faro, Centro and Playa Norte.

~DAILY MUSIC NOTES~

THE FAIRLY ACCURATE DAILY MUSIC SCHEDULE

Mazatlan doesn’t have four seasons, it has two – the slow simmering summer season, moving into the high season which brings events and holidays such as: Day of the Dead, marathons, Christmas, Carnaval, Moto Week and Semana Santa/Easter. There are approximately 40 school and National holidays during the year which many Mazatlecos observe. The majority of them lead to”bridge holidays”/long weekends resulting in restaurants and bars that spontaneously close or open – always best to double check to avoid disappointment. All restaurants and bars are listed in The Directory, click here for address, opening hours and phone numbers – it’s fairly accurate! Or if you prefer, check out the venue’s FB page. Many of your groups are on The Bandstand, please click here to listen.

Mondays: The Truth [  r ‘n r ” a little of everything”, with Chuck on the bass, Jose Luis on the drums, Nancho lead guitar , Mark Dodson vocals and guitar], Shrimp Bucket, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wingin’ It, [Rob Lamonica and Lori Davidson [have a listen], Via Condotti, 6 p.m. Rafael Rodriguez, (easy/mixed), Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7:00 p.m.(have a listen) Dualgorhythm [“genuine live jazz with Nacho on the guitar and Howard Anderson on the sax], La Fábula, 7 p.m. Kannon [r ‘n r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: Brenster’s Beach Bash, doors open at 1 p.m, the show is at 2 p.m.[have a listen, or read Brenster’s profile where you can hear his original jingle] [$300 all you can drink or $80 cover] Kannon, Coco’s, 2 p.m.  Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], La Palapa at Hotel Torres, 6 p.m ♦ La magia del Sax, Sergio Avila,[have a listen and/or read his profile.] Emerald Bay, Pueblo Bonito, 6 p.m. for “steak” night  ZaZ, [ have a listen]Twisted Mama’s, 7 p.m. Rezaka [ r ‘n r], La Catrina, 7 p.m. Adiccion, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m. Rob Lamonica’s Jazz Jam, La Bohemia, 7:00 p.m.  Kannon (r ‘n r, have a listen) GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: The Truth [ r ‘n r, “a little of everything” – with Chuck on the bass, Jose Luis on the drums, Nancho lead guitar , Mark Dodson vocals and guitar], Diego’s, 3 p.m. ♦ Kannon,  La Corriente, 3 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Hotel Torres’s La Palapa, 6 p.m La magia del Sax, Sergio Avila,[have a listen and/or read his profileTopolo, 6:30 p.m.  Flor Soto,[have a listenMacaws, 6:30 a.m. Tanya Carrum, [have a listenLa Catrina, 6:30 p.m.♦ Mundo Sánchez, Kafe-Denda,[have a listen] 7 p.m. ZaZ, [have a listenTwisted Mama’s, 7 p.m. Rex Rocks, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m. RIO – Rob Lamonica, Nacho [Ignacio Chavez] and Omar Rios,[have a listen] La Bohemia, 7 p.m. Suki & Ebano, Friend’s Diner, 6 p.m.  Kannon, GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. (r ‘n r, have a listen) Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. Los Brownies, Hoy Toca Sport Bar, 9:30  p.m.

Thursdays: Beggars Banquet, Surf’s Up Cafe, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. El Grave [rock and pop], Coco’s Beach Club, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Kannon, El Velero [Stone Island] 3 – 7 p.m.  Noche de Karaoke, La Fábula, 6 p.m. Rock Creek [have a listen, ]La Palapa del Mar, 6 p.m.  Wingin’ It [Rob Lamonica and Lori Davidson], Macaws, 6:30 p.m. Adiccion, Twisted Mama’s, 7 p.m.  Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. Rex Rocks, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m Los Cryps [oldies, r ‘n r], La Catrina, 7 p.m. Alexander Halim’s sax, La Barra Gourmet, 7:30 p.m La magia del Sax, Sergio Avila,[ have a listen and/or read his profile.] Agatha’s, 8 p.m.  Live music, Cheers The Pub, 8 p.m. KraKen, [r ‘n r mixed have a listen], Diego’s, 9 p.m. Roosterford [reggae have a listen] F.I.S.H., 9 p.m. Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 9 p.m. Lo que Cantamos Las Mujeres [Heidi Herrera’s band], La Bohemia, 10:30 p.m.

Fridays: “Taco about Friday’s” with Rob Lamonica + friends, [different show, different sounds each week] Surf’s Up,noon – 3 p.m.♦ Los Cryps, Coco’s, 2 p.m. Noche Mexicana,[ free Mexican fiesta show, mariachi, regional dancers, fireworks!] Aca Los Charros, 5 p.m  La Rezaka, Cheers, 6 p.m. ♦ Mundo Sanchez, Kafe-Denda, 6:30 p.m.Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m  Wingin’ It, [Rob Lamonica and Lori Davidson, have a listen], La Fábula, 6:30 p.m. Los Cryps, Friend’s Diner, 6 p.m Kannon, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.Alexander Halim’s sax, La Barra Gourmet, 7:30 p.m. KraKen Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. Everardo Castro [classic Mexican ballads and pop], Los Zarapas, 9 p.m. Iron Deer [reggae], F.I.S.H., 9 p.m. Rootsterford [reggae have a listen], Barracruda’s, 9 p.m.Salty Feet, La Palapa del Mar, 9 p.m. Kathia & Alexis [rock, pop], 28/Venitiocho, 9:30 p.m. Rex Rocks, Coco’s, 9:30 p.m. Nissa Acustico Trio,[have a listen] Diego’s, 10 p.m. 

Saturdays: Flor Soto [have a listen], Macaws, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.♦ Rootsterford, Surf’s Up, 1 p.m. Los Cryps, [oldies, r ‘ r], Coco’s Beach Club, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. La Rezaka, Cheers, 6 p.m.♦ KraKen,[ r’nr, have a listen ] Diego’s Beach House, 4 p.m. The Troubadours,[Rob Lamonica, Dave Oakey] Macaws, 6:30 p.m. Adiccion, Twisted Mama’s, 7 p.m. Tanya Carrum, [have a listenWater’s Edge Bistro, 7 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m Kannon, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.  Alexander Halim’s sax, La Bohemia, 7 p.m. Canto Altano (classical Mexican trio, trova, boleros), Casa Loma, 8 p.m KraKen,[have a listen] Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m Rex Rocks, Coco’s Beach, 9 p.m.   Cloakas, Hoy Toca Sport Bar, 9:30 p.m.

Sundays: La Magia del Sax, Sergio Avila, [have a listen and/or read his profile] Torres, La Palapa, 9 a.m. and then at Vittorio’s, 2 p.m. ♦ Flor Soto,[have a listen] Macaws, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 6 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez, Heriberto Frias, between Gaia Bistrot and Casa Canobbio, 6 p.m. [have a listenReggae, Diego’s Beach House, 6 p.m. The Troubadours [ Rob Lamonica, Dave Oakey and often special musical guests – country, rock a little of everything] Pedro & Lola, 6:30 p.m.♦ Adiccion, Twisted Mama’s, 7 p.m. ♦ Jazz and Blues, La Fábula, 7:30 p.m Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. Live music, 28/Veintiocho, 8:30 p.m.  KraKen [have a listen], Diego’s Beach House, 9 p.m.   Los Brownies, Hoy Toca Sport Bar, 9:30 p.m.

~GALLERIES~

Angela Peralta Theatre Galleries: There are two galleries; the upstairs gallery above the theatre is referred to as the Galeria Angela Peralta and hosts revolving shows as does the downstairs in the gallery, Galeria Rubio. Open week days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but sometimes can be closed due to private events.

On now until January 6: Entretiempos – an art exhibition by Cecilia Sánchez Duarte by appointment only: 669 163 0248 Cecilia is not only a member of the prestigious Salón de la Plastica Mexicana in Mexico City but she’s also the new director of the Museo de Arte in Mazatlan. In addition, she’s a creative, outstanding printmaker. You’ll love her colourful fanciful abstract prints or her bold black and white nudes. Nature is so often her inspiration.  This exhibit has something for everyone and is not to be missed.[Cecilia also had a recent successful show at the famous Casa de Coahuila Gallery in CDMX]. In other words, you’ll be seeing one of the most experienced and popular print makers in Mexico.  If you would like to watch a video of her work and her printmaking press have a look. It’s not for sissies!  [it’s the second video from the top.] Galeria Rubio [downstairs beside the Angela Peralta and the artist will open the gallery by appointment only: 669 163 0248.

Casa Etnika, Sixto Osuna #50, 136 0139, open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Filled with clothes, toys, handicrafts, original art, glass, jewellery, they have it all.

Centro Cultural Univeristario: it’s on Rosales, between Melchor Ocampo and Leandro Valle. A huge white building, with many rooms, patios and outdoor spaces. The famous Mazatleco artist, Antonio López Saenz has his own exhibit room there, filled with drawings, paintings and a few sculptures. It’s open to the public, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is part of the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa. It’s a little out of the way but the space and the views of the city are worth seeing as well as Antonio’s wonderful work.

Galeria Baupres: HeribertoFrias #1506 – hours vary [maybe 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and then 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.] call 669 113 0941.

Galeria Nautilus: An art gallery, a gift shop, have various seasonal exhibits. Constitución, #77. Exhibits change every month.

Gallery Uno: “discover the magic”, on Mariano Escobedo #405, between Athina Spa and Héctor’s Bistro. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. – or by appointment with the owner, JonJuan at 669 120 0239.

Gandarva Bazar, Constitución #616, 136 0665, open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m.

La Guerencia, Belisario Dominguez #1502B, 981 1036, open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m.

LOOK Vintage and Modern Gallery: If you wish to a Mark Jay consultation – 669 149 3911 – “I do it all, I’ll do your garden, your office, your house, your bedroom.” Perhaps you’d enjoy Mark’s six videos on decor tips. [LOOK will be open for ArtWalk, on Romanita de la Peña #29. Mark is available by appointment only.]

Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlan/MUSAM: During the year this space (indoors and outdoors) hosts many different art exhibits and workshops. Located on Sixto Osuna# 76, kitty corner to Macaws. Closed Mondays, open from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. If you wish to call ahead, 669 981 1455

Museo de Arte: There are three galleries – one collection is in the Sala Antonio López Saenz. Changing exhibits are in both the Sala Roberto Perez Rubio, and Sala Carlos Bueno galleries. Cecilia Sánchez Duarte was appointed the new director in January 2017 and in just a few short months this wonderful space has come alive. [to view Cecilia’s own artwork]

On Now until mid January: Puntos Cardinales features the work of artists Sandra Robles, Antonio Rembao, Martha Romero and Mayra Zazueta in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio. Manuel Alencaster’s solo show, Bosque Cósmico y otros Cuentos. in Galeria Carlos Bueno.

The galleries are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is located on Sixto Osuna #71 and Venustiano Carranza, Centro. Call 985 3502 or 981 5592, the phone will be answered in Spanish. [ Cecilia ha hosted many videos on Artists Studios, have a look, you’d be surprised by the talent!]

Nidart, Libertad #45, 985 5991, leather masks, ceramics, jewellery, and much, much more. Open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m. #17 on ArtWalk

Valladolid Gallery: It’s inside the Valladolid College, on Belisario Dominguez #53. Every month there is a different show – it ranges from group art shows, art installations to poetry readings. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

~MAZATLAN FILM AND THEATER AT EL RECREO~

Mazatlan Film and Theater at El Recreo is a not -for- profit community centre, located in Centro on Constitución #209. their calendar just went live! – look for movies, playreadings, special presentations it’s all here.

~WEEKLY ACTIVITIES~

Mondays and Tuesdays: Cooking classes with Chef Alastair of Water’s Edge. Each class cost $1200 per person, and is limited to only eight people. In the intimate setting Chef will take you through the farm-to-table experience creating great meals with a wine pairing with each course. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Learn the secrets of chef inspired meals.” Please call 136 0895 to reserve, or e mail: traceygrantham@hotmail.com
Wednesdays:Organic and Artisan Market, Pacific Food Park, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. ♦  Mercado Organico de Mazatlan/Mazaltan Farmers Market: looking for a new space, stay tuned.

Thursdays:
Water’s Edge Taco Tour, for reservations [in the evening], e mail: traceygrantham@hotmail.com

Fridays:
AA meeting, closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, every Friday at noon, Melville Hotel, contact 981 0149, or 669 107 6931 or e mail: maltese@shaw.ca for more information.

Saturdays: Organic Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Plaza Zaragoza ♦The arts and crafts bazaar in the Plazuela Machado. Original designs,jewellery, purses, – it’s a super shopping spot from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.