Antonio López Saenz was born in Mazatlan in 1936. He’s perhaps Sinaloa’s most famous living artist and sculptor. If you’d like to watch an interview with this wonderful artist in Spanish
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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 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.)
(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.)
Monday August 8th: Hot Summer Nights – Havana Style! Dani Borrego and his Rumba Kings will have you dancing the night away at El Shrimp Bucket. The evening starts at 6 p.m. and your $200 price includes: an appetizer of back bean and mango salsa with chips; main is mojo pork or vegetable kabob with sides of white rice and beans or fried plantains and flan for dessert. Wrist bands are available at El Shrimp Bucket, on Olas Altas, open every day at 7:30 a.m. or: e mail Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org; Brenda at email@example.com or Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org [if you want to see how sizzling hot Dani’s music is click here for a short video.]
Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29: Mazatlan Beer Fest/Festival de Cerveza Artesanal
Tuesday November 1: Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead: Celebrated throughout Mazatlan [and Mexico] especially in Centro with the parade [callejoneada] and the 200 artists and organizers who create an unforgettable evening back-stage at the Angela Peralta.
Thursday February 23 – Tuesday February 28: Carnaval!
This is the 119th year for Carnaval in Mazatlan. The 2017 theme will be unveiled in mid December. Based on previous years, below is a guideline for all the events. Times may vary, even some dates may change, and prices are purely for your budgeting purposes. All will be confirmed in December. Usually, there are ten candidates for queens (Reina del Carnaval), and the rules are: born in Mazatlan or lived in Mazatlan for three years, can’t be a mother, nor pregnant, nor married and you must be between the ages of 17 – 25 on the day of the election; five candidates for kings (Rey de La Alegria) and two for child queen (Reina Infantial). Candidates, friends and family spend months (and money) on the campaigns. You may find this video below interesting. It’s an interview with two ex –queens; mother, Lupita Bernal and daughter, Lissy Bernal.
The street party in Centro begins on Thursday February 23 and goes for six nights, with the final night being Tuesday February 28. Music stages compete for your listening and dancing pleasure. The beer is flowing, the Malecon is jam packed, so travel lightly. Tickets for all events are purchased at the Angela Peralta box office, even for the baseball stadium. Box office hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The kiosk, outside the theatre, is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Gran Plaza, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance fee to the party on Olas Altas is $40. In 2016, the line-ups at serveral entrances were long, some people waited two hours to enter the Malecon/Olas Altas, plan ahead!
Friday January 27: Manifestación de Mazatlan/Carnaval Parade Preview: this is not the full parade, it’s designed to create excitement and give you a taste for the “really big parade” on February 26. The Mexican children adore this preview. The parade route is along the “back streets” – it starts at the Aquarium, goes along Ejército Mexicano, then Juan Carrasco, Aquiles Serdán, to Miguel Alemán, a brief appearance on Olas Altas and turns on Angel Flores to the Town Hall Square, Plazuela República. Start time is around 4 p.m.
Friday February 3: Cómputo final, the final computer tally for queens. Music and celebration in the Plazuela República (Town Hall Square) around 6 p.m. Tonight all the candidates, via votes, are narrowed down to a precious few. All free with tons of music and guest singers.
Saturday February 11: Elección de reinas, the election of the queens. Always an exciting evening at the Angela Peralta. It has great musical numbers and the candidates have many costume changes (in sky-high heels) as well as answering important questions from the judges. It’s a serious process and like all beauty pageants, tension and excitement is in the air. Angela Peralta, 7 p.m., $250-$450
Friday February 17: Velada de las Artes/ The evening of the Arts. Cultura always offers a star-studded evening with special guest artists. Often Maestro Enrique Patrón conducts the la Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa [OSSLA].8 p.m., $250-$500. (Traditionally there will be a special presentation for the annual literature prize so plan on listening to a few speeches. Be patient, the show is worth the wait!)
Thursday February 23: Inauguración de la muestra gastronónmica/food fair exhibition in Plazuela Machado. Mingle with kings and queens and sample special foods prepared by restaurants surrounding the square. There will be regional dishes and delicious desserts served every day during Carnaval starting at 2 p.m. Lots of activities will also take place in the bandstand for children.
Thursday February 23: Coronation of the King of Happiness/ Coronación del Rey de la Alegria, Always set to a backdrop popular regional music. Free. 7:00 p.m. along Olas Altas. Around 11:30 p.m.
Thursday February 23: 5th Annual MasqueradeBall / Baile de Fantasia. This event was created for the expat community; to give them a chance to dress up, to be kings and queens. Men and women from the foreign community spend days planning their costumes and everyone happily competes for various prizes. Winners of the contest will get a chance to ride on one of the floats in the Carnaval parade. You’ll be dancing to live music and eating delicious food. The event is held at Terraza Las Pargos on Chamelta #230 in Playa Sur (behind Farmacia Guadalajara on Carnaval, lots of parking). Doors open at 7:30. Your $500 ticket [price to be confirmed] includes all the entertainment and food, but there is a cash bar. Tickets are available at the Angela Peralta box office, the kiosk in the Machado and at the kiosk at the Gran Plaza when the tickets go on sale, typically in early January.
Friday February 24: Coronation pageant for Queen of the flower games/Coronación Reina de los Juegos Florales: There’s always popular groups booked, and frequently la Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes [OSSLA] and Coro Angela Peralta/ the amazing Angela Peralta choral group join the various bands. Last year the contemporary dance company EPDM, Ballet Folclórico and classical ballet [La Escuela Municipal de Ballet Clásico] were on stage. Estadio Teodoro Mariscal/ Baseball Stadium. 8:30 p.m., $100 – $700.
Saturday February 25: Coronation pageant for the Queen of Carnaval/ Coronación Reina del Carnaval. Usually a famous pop group is booked, Pricing: general admission – $200 – $350 to the zona dorada (gold zone) $1,200. Estadio Teodoro Mariscal/ Baseball Stadium, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday February 25: Burning of the Bad Humour/Quema del mal humor; each year political or “outspoken” people are in the running, and the Mexicans always wonder who will be chosen to burn in effigy. Last year it was Donald Trump! Olas Altas, 9 p.m. Free.
Saturday February 25: Combate Naval/ Naval battle fought on the water (and the shore) with fireworks, Olas Altas, 10:30 p.m. Start thinking about reserving your viewing spot- Casa Lucila’s, The Freeman, a friend’s condo – any place high up, these choreographed fireworks to music are not to be missed. Free.
Sunday February 26: First Carnaval Parade/Primer Desfile de Carnaval, starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Fisherman’s Monument/Monumento al Pescador and goes north to Valentino’s on Rafael Buelna. Themed floats and loads of live music. Unlike any other parade you have ever seen – party like a Mazatleco! Free. Here’s the route with approximate times: 5:30, Av. Rotarismo; 6, Hotel de Cima; 7, Lola Betrán; 7:30 Hotel de Sol; 7:45 Tourism; 8, El Toro Bravo; 8:30 Valentino’s.
Monday February 27: Children’s Costume Ball/Baile Infantil, Salón Spectaculare, 10:00 a.m., on Av. Camaron Sabalo in front of the Hotel Quijote Inn.
Monday February 27: Coronation of the Child Queen of Carnaval/Coronación de la Reina Infantil – Another popular Mexican band will be booked. Estadio Teodoro Mariscal/ Baseball Stadium, 6:30 p.m. $100 – $700.
Monday February 27: Gran Espectáculo de lunes de en Puerto Viejo/Great performances on Monday; A variety of musicians will entertain you beginning at 11:30 p.m Free.
Tuesday February 28: Second Carnaval Parade/Segundo Desfile de Carnaval, 4:30 p.m. from the Aquarium south along the Malecon to Miguel Aleman. It’s a mini version of the Sunday parade, but still has many floats. Here’s the route and the approximate times: 4:30, Av. Universidad; 5, Lola Beltrán; 5:45, Hotel de Cima; 6, Hotel Plaza Marina; 7:15, Av. Zaragoza; and then along Olas Altas. The parade is followed with lots of live music that usually starts at 10 p.m.
Semana Santa 2017 – Sunday April 9 – Sunday April 16, 2017
~DAILY MUSIC NOTES~
THE FAIRLY ACCURATE DAILY MUSIC SCHEDULE
Please confirm if your band is playing – call ahead – musicians move around, gigs get cancelled… 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.
Tuesdays: Brenster’s Beach Bash, Diego’s Beach House, 2 p.m. [ returns November 1, have a listen, if you’d like to read a profile on The Brenster] ♦ Lina’s y su Fiesta Karaoke, El Shrimp Bucket, 6 p.m.♦ Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], La Palapa at Hotel Torres, 9 p.m.♦ Sergio Coppel,[pop, ballads] Barracrudas, 8 p.m. ♦ Kannon (r ‘n r, have a listen) GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. ♦ Live music, Pedro & Lola, 8 ish
Wednesdays: Kannon, La Corriente, 3:30 p.m.♦ Kanta Karaoke, La Mazatleca, 7 p.m.♦ Alexis Felix, Water’s Edge, 7:30 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.♦ Live music, Pedro y Lola, 9 p.m. ♦ The Walrus, [ r’nr have a listen], La Copa de Leche, 9:30 p.m. ♦ Rezaka, La Sabina, 10:30 p.m.
Thursdays: Fairly Honest Jon and The Truth [rock, blues, have a listen], El Shrimp Bucket, 5 p.m. ♦Lina’s y su Fiesta Karaoke, Gringo Longo, 6 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m.♦ Tanya Carrum [rock, pop,oldies, country, have a listen], La Catrina, 9 p.m. ♦ Live music, varies Mil Amores Marina, 8 p.m.♦ Rex Rocks, Cheers The Pub, 8 p.m. ♦ Tecomate jazz trio, [have a listen] Pedro y Lola , 8p.m.♦ Hermanos Barraza [Pancho and Julio, pop, ballads, rock], Rhino Wings, 8 p.m.♦ ZaZ 2.0,[have a listen], Baja Style, 8:30 p.m.♦ Kamaleón [ r ‘n’r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. ♦ Dani Borrego’s Rumba Kings, [have a listen], Papá Chuleta, 9 p.m.♦ Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 9 p.m.♦ Los Cryps, La Copa de Leche, 9 p.m ♦ Lo que Cantamos Las Mujeres [Heidi Herrera’s band], La Bohemia, 10:30 p.m.
Fridays: Chadoma Ensamble [classical “dinner music”, have a listen], Angelina’s Kitchen, 6:30 p.m. ♦Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m.♦ Lina y su Fiesta Karaoke, El Cid Marina, 7 p.m. ♦Alexis Felix,[mixed, have a listen], Water’s Edge, 7:30 p.m.♦ KraKen,[ have a listen.] Las Flores Hotel, 8 p.m.♦ Jazz Fusion, DM 48 [Hotel Cima], 8:30 p.m.♦ Kamaleón, [r ‘n r] GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. ♦ Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. ♦ Tecomate jazz trio,[have a listen] Pedro & Lola, 8:30 p.m.♦ Dani Borrego’s Rumba Kings [have a listen] El Shrimp Bucket, 8 p.m ♦ Los Cryps [oldies, r ‘n r have a listen] Dos de Tres, 9 p.m.♦ Walrus, [r ‘n r have a listen] Cheers, 9 p.m.♦ Rootsterford [reggae have a listen], Barracruda’s, 9 p.m. ♦ Rex Rocks, Baja Style, 9:30 p.m. ♦ La Regadera Electrica, Diego’s, 10 p.m.♦ Sergio Coppel, La Sabina, 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays: KraKen,[ r’nr, have a listen ] Diego’s Beach House, 4 p.m. ♦ Lina y Su Fiesta Karaoke, Mr. Lionso, Playa Bruja, 5 p.m.♦ Tanya Carrum [pop, rock, oldies, country, have a listen ], Macaws, 6:30 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. ♦ Alexis Felix, [mixed, have a listen], Water’s Edge, 7:30 p.m ♦Canto Altano (classical Mexican trio, trova, boleros), Casa Loma, 8 p.m ♦ KraKen,[have a listen] Las Flores Hotel, 8 p.m. ♦ Live music, El Shrimp Bucket, 8 p.m.♦ Mariachi band, El Mil Amores, Marina, 8 p.m.♦ Guest bands, Machado Kiosk, 8 p.m. ♦ Kamaleón [ r n’ r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.♦ Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 ♦ Dani Borrego’s Rumba Kings, [have a listen], Papá Chuleta, 9 p.m.♦ Los Cryps, [oldies, rock, have a listen] Barracruda’s, 9 p.m.♦ Live music [easy, mixed], Pedro & Lola, 9 p.m.♦ Rezaka [classic rock], Cheers, 9 p.m.♦ Rex, ( r ‘n r) Baja Style, 9:30 p.m ♦ Corvus Rock Band, Copa De Leche, 10 p.m. ♦ Group 28, La Sabina, 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: Lina y su Fiesta Karaoke, El Shrimp Bucket, 6 p.m.♦ Los Cryps, La Copa de Leche, 6 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], kiosk in the Plazuela Machado, 7 p.m♦ Kamaleón [r ‘n r, have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.♦ Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 ♦ Alets Malafama, Copa de Leche, 9 p.m. ♦ KraKen [have a listen], Diego’s, 9 p.m. ♦ Alexis Felix, Cheers, 9 p.m.
~EL RECREO – MAZATLAN FILM AND THEATER~
El Recreo is a not -for- profit community centre, located in Centro on Constitución #209. For full movie synopsis, or to make a reservation for a special presentation, please go to: http://mazact.com El Recreo returns in high season.
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.
Galeria Baupres: Angel Flores #1506 – hours vary call 669 113 0941. Closed until September.
Galeria Nautilus: An art gallery, a gift shop, have various seasonal exhibits. Constitución, #77. Exhibits change every month.
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 – the permanent collection is in the Sala Antonio López Saenz. Changing exhibits are in both the Sala Roberto Perez Rubio, and Sala Carlos Bueno galleries. Closed Sundays. Monday to Friday open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please be aware that these hours can vary and are not always accurate! Sixto Osuna #71 and Venustiano Carranza, Centro.
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.
(Many of the events in Plazuela Zaragoza are hosted by DIF – Desarrollo Integral de la Familia – a community service that enhances the lives and well-being of Mexicans. Everyone is invited to participate. To read more about DIF and their good work, please click here.
Mondays: Cardio aerobics, Plazuela Zaragoza, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m, $15; yoga,
Plazuela Zaragoza, from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., $20 ♦ Attention to Citizens is run by Lisa Lankins who works for DIF. If you have city complaints such as noise, street lights, garbage (or positive suggestions) Lisa will take your complaint/observation and co-ordinate with various departments. She does not handle CFE reports or problems with private businesses. All free, from 8:30 a.m to noon, Plazuela Zaragoza.
Tuesdays: Cardio aerobics, Plazuela Zaragoza, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m, $15; Plazuela Zaragoza ♦ Attention to Citizens is run by Lisa Lankins who works for DIF. If you have city complaints such as noise, street lights, garbage (or positive suggestions) Lisa will take your complaint/observation and co-ordinate with various departments. She does not handle CFE reports or problems with private businesses. All free, from 8:30 a.m to noon, Plazuela Zaragoza.♦ English Conversation Club – free and for everyone who wishes to practice English. All ages and stages are most welcome, Plazuela Zaragoza, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesdays: Cardio aerobics, Plazuela Zaragoza, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m, $15; yoga, Plazuela Zaragoza, from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., $20 ♦ Attention to Citizens is run by Lisa Lankins who works for DIF. If you have city complaints such as noise, street lights, garbage (or positive suggestions) Lisa will take your complaint/observation and co-ordinate with various departments. She does not handle CFE reports or problems with private businesses. All free, from 8:30 a.m to noon, Plazuela Zaragoza. ♦ Taller de Pintura y Dibujo/ painting and drawing lessons. Teachers are devoting their time to instruct children and adults. Please bring materials – pencils, pens, water colours, $5 for the materials – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Plazuela Zaragoza
Thursdays: Cardio aerobics, Plazuela Zaragoza, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m, $15, Plazuela Zaragoza ♦ Attention to Citizens is run by Lisa Lankins who works for DIF. If you have city complaints such as noise, street lights, garbage (or positive suggestions) Lisa will take your complaint/observation and co-ordinate with various departments. She does not handle CFE reports or problems with private businesses. All free, from 8:30 a.m to noon, Plazuela Zaragoza ♦ Al-Anon meeting from 10 a.m. for one hour, at La Mision ,Camaron Sabolo #306, between the DQ and OXXO store, last door on the left.(call Pam at 669 139 8116 to check meeting hours.) ♦ Singers from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. followed by Tardes de Danzón/dancing evenings) learn, or just dance, free, 5:30 -9 p.m., Plazuela Zaragoza. $7 to rent a chair.
Fridays: Cardio aerobics, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m, $15; yoga, Plazuela Zaragoza, Yogafrom 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. also at Plazuela Zaragoza $20 ♦ Attention to Citizens is run by Lisa Lankins who works for DIF. If you have city complaints such as noise, street lights, garbage (or positive suggestions) Lisa will take your complaint/observation and co-ordinate with various departments. She does not handle CFE reports or problems with private businesses. All free, from 8:30 a.m to noon, Plazuela Zaragoza ♦ AA meeting, closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, every Friday at noon, Melville Hotel, contact 981 0149, or 669 107 6931 or e mail: email@example.com for more information.
Saturdays: 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.
Sundays: Atardecer Musical/Musical afternoons, Plazuela Zaragoza, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (singers bring back-up music) you’ll hear some “amazing voices.” $7 to rent a chair.