Arts & Entertainment Calendar

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Daily Music Notes, Galleries and Weekly Activities.

~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 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 May 25: Influencias del Barroco/Baroque influences. Cultura has invited Manuel Ramos Reynoso; he’s a famous violinist that reviewers say “he is both provocative and warmly communicative.” His program will be varied – from Bach to the Brandenburg Concerto no. 4. The program also showcases a 15 year-old Mazatleco boy, César Arturo Penin González, on the piano. $180-$220, 8 p.m.

Friday June 9 and Saturday June 10: Suite Paquita/Paquita Ballet. The graduating students from the Escuela Municipal de Ballet del Instituto de Cultura perform Paquita; this was choreographed in 1846 by Joseph Mazilier for the Paris Opera. The female lead, Paquita, has gypsy blood [or so she thinks] and ends up saving a life of an aristocrat. They fall in love. They discover that Paquita too has royal blood in her veins. They marry and it’s wonderful big wedding celebration. Maestra Zoila Fernández will be directing this happy ballet full of castles, counts and other surprises. $100-$200, 8 p.m.

Thursday June 15: Memorias de Mariposas/Memories of butterflies: graduates from the local theatre school, La Carrera Técnica en Teatro del Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlan, will perform this dramatic play intended to transform the human spirit. In Spanish. $100, 8 p.m.

Saturday July 1: Graduating students from EPDM present Brazos and Sparring Sky. The Escuela Profesional de Danza student live to dance and to perform and they always embrace the opportunity to be on the Angela Peratla stage. Two very different but creative pieces. $100, 8 p.m.

Friday July 14: Carlos Osuna en concierto. Mazatleco tenor Carlos Osuna returns to his home town every summer for a holiday; he gracefully agrees, almost every year, to give a performance at the Angela Peralta. Currently Carlos is studying at the Vienna State Opera. Tonight’s program has not been decided yet, but it’s bound to be passionate and thrilling.8 p.m., $180-$250.

~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.)

Thursday May 25: Kindred Spirits: a romantic early evening concert from the Escuela de Artes featuring soprano Eimy Osuna, Alba Cecilia Rivera, Mariela Angulo and Eduardo Tapia, with Sergio Freeman on the piano. Casa Haas, 6 p.m., $120

Saturday May 27: Preparando el viaje/preparing to travel: contemporary dance performance created by the graduating students of EPDM [Escuela Profesional de Danza]. Always innovative, always creative. Casa Haas, $50, 7 p.m.

Saturday May 27: Aleatorio Flamenco/Flamenco y vino!: a flamenco show produced by Luz Profunda with four dancers, a singer and a guitar player. $180, includes a glass of wine, La Bohemia in the Machado, 8 p.m.

Friday June 2: Summer Time Concert: the third in a series, starring violinist Nina Farvarshchuk and pianist Jesús Eduardo Pérez Franco. The program is summer -light with music from An American in Paris, Porgy and Bess and many other Gershwin and Lerner songs. Casa Haas, $150, 7 p.m.

Saturday June 3: Marcha del Orgullo Gay Mazatlan/LGBTQ Parade: Begins at Valentino’s at 5 p.m.and ends at Glorieta Sánchez Taboada/cliff diver’s square.

Friday June 16: Groups Terricolas and Sonora Dinamita, Coco’s Beach Club, 8 p.m. call to reserve 913 1515

[Dia de la Música/ the day of music. Was scheduled for June 17, but due to the construction on the streets of Centro it has been postponed.]

Saturday June 17: Flor Estrada’s tribute to Chavela Vargas: Museo de Arte, 7 p.m. Isabel Vargas Lizano, aka Chavela Vargas, [1919-2012] was born in Costa Rica but she went on to become a popular Mexican singer famous for her rendition of Mexican rancheras. At 14 Chavela [a pet name for Isabel] left Costa Rica and took refuge in Mexico where the entertainment industry was booming. In her youth she dressed as a man, smoked cigars, drank heavily, carried a gun and was known for her characteristic red jorongo which she continued to wear during her performances. Vargus debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2003 at the age of 83 thanks to her admirer Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar. Ticket price tbd.

Thursday June 22: Tres pasiones/three passions. Mezzosoprano Sarah Holcombe, dramatic mezzosoprano Mariela Angulo and soprano Karla Arce have prepared a passionate evening filled with songs from Germany, Italy and Mexico. Casa Haas, $120, 7 p.m.

Tuesday July 10 – Wednesday July 12: II Festival de Danza y Arte Urbano Mazatlan – this is the second year where organizers Augstin Martinez and Aura Patrón bring dance – in all forms – to Centro Historico. It will be diverse and entertaining on various stages in Centro. Times to be confirmed.

Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3: Gran Pacifico Maratón, Marathon, fireworks, 8 p.m. on December 2,  Playa Norte, Olas Altas Inn.

Carnaval 2018: Thursday February 8 to Tuesday February 13.

Semana Santa 2018: Sunday March 25 to Saturday March 31.



Due to the streets of Centro being dug-up [it started in April] many restaurants and bars have closed temporarily – so you may not find your music – this situation changes from day-to-day – call ahead! 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: Rex, Lucky B’s,  6 p.m.  Rafael Rodriguez, (easy/mixed), Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonita Emerald Bay, 7:00 p.m.(have a listen)  Kannon [r ‘n r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.


Tuesdays:  Rex Classic Rock, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.   KraKen [pop, rock, have a listen], La Catrina, 7 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], La Palapa at Hotel Torres, 6 p.m.  Kannon (r ‘n r, have a listen) GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. 


Wednesdays: Kannon, La Corriente, 3 p.m.  Rex Classic Rock, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m. Suki & Ebano, Friends Diner, 6 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Hotel Torres’s La Palapa, 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.


Thursdays:  Kannon, Diego’s, 3:30 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, h ave a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. Tanya Carrum [pop, ballads, English, Spanish, have a listen], Coco’s, 7 p.m. Live music, Cheers The Pub, 8 p.m.  Live music,  Pedro y Lola ,8:30 p.m. Kannon, [have a listen, r ‘n r], Barracrudas, 9 p.m.  ZaZ 2.0,[have a listen], Baja Style, 9:30 p.m. Kamaleón [ r ‘n’r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 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:  Alex Jazz/Blues, Friends Diner, 6 p.m. Kannon, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. KraKen Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m. Jazz Fussion [Manuel Cazares piano; Nacho Chávez guitar; Omar Rios percussion and bass], Cafe Pacifico, 8:30 p.m. Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, Pedro & Lola, 8:30 p.m. Kathia y Alexis Espinoza [acoustic rock/pop], 28 Veintiocho, 9 p.m  Rex Rocks, Baja Style, 9:45 p.m.  Live music, Cheers, 9:30 p.m. Iron Deer [reggae], F.I.S.H., 9 p.m. Rootsterford [reggae have a listen], Barracruda’s, 9 p.m. Live music, Coco’s, 9:30 p.m.  


Saturdays:  KraKen,[ r’nr, have a listen ] Diego’s Beach House, 4 p.m.  Los Cryps, Friends Diner, 6 p.m  Kannon,[rock, have a listenLucky B’s, 7 p.m.  Mundo Sanchez [romantic background music, have a listen] La Bohemia, 8 p.m.  Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. Canto Altano (classical Mexican trio, trova, boleros), Casa Loma, 8 p.m KraKen,[have a listenLas Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m. Rob Lamonica’s musical variety show, always changing, Machado Kiosk, 8 p.m.  Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30  Live music [easy, mixed], Pedro & Lola, 9 p.m. Rex, ( r ‘n r) Baja Style, 9:30 p.m  Corvus Rock Band, Copa De Leche, 10 p.m.


Sundays: Reggae, Diego’s Beach House, 6 p.m.   Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen],  kiosk in the Plazuela Machado, 7 p.m  Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30  Alets Malafama, Copa de Leche, 9 p.m.  KraKen [have a listen], Diego’s Beach House, 9 p.m.


Angela Peralta Theatre Galleries: There are two galleries; the upstairs gallery above the theatre is referred to as the Galeria, 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 Saturday June 17: Dualidades/Dualities: mixed media group art exhibit. Galeria Rubio. Opening night is April 27, 7 p.m. free, everyone is welcome.

On now until Monday June 19: El desnudo en las artes visuals/a group exhibit with a nude theme. This exhibit will be featuring a collection of 40 works – sculpture, photography and paintings all celebrating the human body. The artists are registered with the prestigious gallery in Mexico City – Salón de la Plástica Mexicana – which is dedicated to promoting contemporary Mexican art. Galeria Angela Peralta,

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 closes on April 8 for the summer season. Look for a new LOOK location in November.]

Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlan: 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. 

On now until mid-May: “Recto-Verso: Paris-México” by Sergio Valadez. Based in Paris, this Mexican-born internationally famous artist celebrates everyday life in his “realist” and “expressionist” paintings. This multi-talented painter, sculptor and musician doesn’t paint the Eiffel Tower; he looks at life from a different angle often drawing from his experiences in Paris bars, dance halls and clubs. Similar to Toulouse Lautrec, he introduces you to the busy, joyous and often the sensual side of street life. Valadez’s urban scenes also maintain his Mexican perspective, showing the influence of such artists as José Clemente Orozco.
In 1965 he was inducted into the prestigious Salón de la Plástica Mexicana. Formed in 1949, the Salón in Mexico City is dedicated to the promotion of Mexican contemporary art and currently has over 400 registered artists

The gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours are from 11 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 has 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 is a not -for- profit community centre, located in Centro on Constitución #209. It’s closed until the fall; for “winter” events look for their calendar in October – such as movies, playreadings, special presentations and weekly activities it’s all here. 


Wednesdays:  Mercado Organico de Mazatlan/Mazaltan Farmers Market, Baja Style Restaurant 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.[on Camarón Sábalo #2601, next to Los Zarapes – 16 vendors and growing – honey, cheese, dairy chicken and eggs, Rico’s coffee, chocolates and Baja serves breakfast.] RETURNS IN NOVEMBER.
Thursdays:  Bailes de Salón/ ballroom dancing, really any type of dancing, Plaza Zaragoza, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., music provided, everyone is welcome.

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

Saturdays: Organic Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Plaza Zaragoza, RETURNS IN NOVEMBER ♦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.