~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 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please call ahead to be sure it’s open – 982 4444 ext. 103. Tickets for Casa Haas must be bought at the box office – even if an event is free. Unfortunately, tickets can still not be purchased online.
Tuesday September 15:Independence Day, the evening. Mexico celebrates 210 years of independence. The coronavirus will have an impact on tonight’s annual fiesta – and plans could be cancelled, or at the very least social distancing will be in force. One imagines the government encouraging people to stay at home and watch a live celebration online. The background: it’s always celebrated in the Plazuela República, Town Hall Square. El Grito, the cry of independence, is yelled across the square by all the people, and it’s led by Mayor Luis Guillermo “El Quimico” Benitez Torres. The famous Grito de Dolores is a massive synchronized call that dates back to 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla cried out to his parish in the small town of Dolores – cried out against the Spanish colonial rule after 300 years. There is usually a headline signer [last year it was Alicia Villarreal] accompanied by local talent such as: Ballet Folclórico del Centro Municipal de las Artes, Cuarteto los Osuna, Mariachi Continental and Banda La Mazatleca. WednesdaySeptember 16th “is the real date of Mexican independence” and continues with more parties [probably at home] and the annual commemorative parade that usually goes along the Malecon and begins around 8 a.m. Wednesday is a national holiday – banks, schools, government offices etc. will be closed. If there is a parade, expect road closures when/if the route is determined. Last year government officials claimed there were 2000 in the parade and as many as from 5000 spectators. It’s a new world order for this September but all Mexicans take tremendous pride in this special day of independence.
Sunday November 1 or Monday November 2: Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead: With so many deaths from the coronavirus and the pandemic still wreaking havoc in the world, we don’t know how this sacred tradition, over 3000 years old, will be honoured in Mazatlan. Many families are grieving and will build their altars in their homes and apartments. If public spaces are open, please do pay your respects to their altars. Of all nights, this is a night when everyone quietly utters “we see you.” If you are new to Mazatlan perhaps you would like to read an in-depth article on the history of Dia de Muertos. There is also a fascinating article on a group of women, “the paper flower artists”, who create divine paper flowers, only for Dia de Muertos. Of all the traditions in Mexico, Dia de Muertos may offer some peace of mind to those celebrating the lives of their loved ones.
Thursday February 11 to Tuesday February 16: Carnaval 2021. Mazatlan’s city slogan is “donde se rompen las olas, la ciudad del Carnaval” – where the waves break, the city of Carnaval. The coronavirus will still be a clear and present danger and Carnaval masks will not be helpful; only cubrebocas, proper masks and social distancing are the solutions to containing this wildly contagious virus. Given the city tag line, it’s highly unlikely the government will cancel the 123rd annual Carnaval festivities. Depending on how you feel about Covid-19 save the dates – to stay at home.
~DAILY MUSIC NOTES~
THE NOT-AT-ALL ACCURATE MUSIC SCHEDULE
Due the coronavirus, the city is discouraging large social gatherings and is encouraging social distancing – it’s entirely up to the venues and how individuals feel about getting together. Fans of Rob Lamonica and other bands can find them live streaming – to connect, check their FB page. Mostly likely, the bands will return to their regular gigs once the “all clear” has been given. Most of the restaurants and bars are listed in The Directory, click here for address, opening hours and phone numbers – or, if you prefer, check out the venue’s FB page. Many of your groups are on The Bandstand, please click here to listen.
[Brenster’s Beach Bash, RETURNS IN NOVEMBER. have a listen, or read Brenster’s profile where you can hear his original jingle] [$80 cover, drinks not included; $200, non- alcoholic drinks included; $340, all-you-can-drink. Bloggers, Kashlee and Trevor who have attended the Bash four times have this to say]
~ GALLERIES ~
Angela Peralta Theatre Galleries: CLOSED until further notice…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.
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 Made, Miquel Aleman #927 [almost at the docks], open Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The hours reflect this is a not-for-profit gallery. Made is owned and operated by three artists: Cristiano Gabrielli [he has the Italian influence], Vanya Saavedra [dancer for Delfos] and Germán Torres. Call 669 129 1683.
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.
Gaia Bistrot Gallery: Plazuela Machado, Heriberto Frias and Sixto Osuna, open every day at noon.
Galeria Baupres: Heriberto Frias #1506 – hours vary [maybe 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and then 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.] call 669 113 0941.
Gandarva Bazar, Constitución #616, 136 0665, open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m.
La Querencia, Belisario Dominguez #1502B, 981 1036, open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m.
Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlan/MUSAM: CLOSED until further notice… 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: CLOSED until further notice…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 slowly this wonderful space has come alive. [to view Cecilia’s own artwork] [During Semana Santa/Easter/Holy Week and other National holidays] the Museo is open by appointment only – please call 669 163 0248. Due to misuse and disrespect of the bathrooms, they are no longer open to the public. You may wish to read a detailed profile on the Museo de Arte.
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 has hosted many videos on Artists Studios, have a look, you’d be surprised by the talent!]
In April: Puentes de Papel, – five artists from Quebec, Canada – Mano Coté, Karine Landerman, Marie-Eve Lontin, Hélèn Raymond Amyot and Cluade Aimée Villenueve and five from Mazatlan – Cecilia Sánchez Duarte, Cecilia Garcia Morales, Manuel Velásquez Carlock, Marysol Galvan Pelayo and Carlos Zazueta. This takes place in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio. In the Galeria Atonio López Saenz gallery there will be a photographic exhibit by Eunice Adorno, Casa estudiantil octubre rojo.
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. MF&T is closed for the season and returns in the fall, if the city grants permission for gatherings in enclosed spaces – it will all be here.
~ ONGOING ~
[“Ongoing” covers events, tours, special stores, that don’t have dates, but days – hence they are ongoing during the season when the stay at home for the coronavirus is over.]
Monday to Friday: Flavor Teller Street Food Tours. Tour leader Maaike Hoekstra will take you on a unique journey of Mazatlan street flavours. [“all safe and clean!” so say all of the participants]. “The Flavor Teller gave us the gift of seeing a side of Mazatlan that not many tourists get to see.” Flavor Teller is approaching its second year and is currently #1 on Trip Advisor in this category. The tour leaves the Plazuela Machado at 10 a.m. and returns around 1 p.m. Be sure to visit the website.Dalila is giving lessons all year round. The venues change, give her a call!
La Catrina Food and Craft Market – RETURNS IN NOVEMBER if the city grants permission for permits and gatherings and if vendors feel comfortable with people approaching their table/booth – every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, Camarón Sábalo #2024, 669 916 0116.
Organic Market: every Saturday until April, Plaza Zaragoza, 8 a.m. until noon. Please bring cloth bags to carry your produce home and small change for the vendors. RETURNS IN NOVEMBER if the city grants a permit for outdoor gatherings and IF vendors feel comfortable with people [really strangers] approaching their booth.
La Beth’s Bazaar & Bohemian Boutique, – open now in Centro on the Corner of Constitución and Benito Juarez [kitty-corner to Topolo Restaurant.]. The hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.[ So what is so special about LaBeth’s Bazaar and Bohemian Boutique? “Besides all the gorgeous new clothes that are as colorful as Mexico, and fun to wear even in warm weather, vintage purses that are all the rage, short kaftans, long kaftans, jeweled kaftans, Palazzo pants that are breezy colorful and ohhh so light, brightly colored wrap skirts that are reversible, ruffled skirts, cotton skirts, wonderful manta crop tops and short jackets… all these things are wonderful, but what makes LaBeth’s really special is the fact that 20% of proceeds go to Hogar San Pablo Boys Home.There was a need to assist the Boys’ Home when the bingo and various pot- luck events ended. I offered to take up the slack and help provide toiletries that are in constant need with 37 boys. My lovely boutique is in its 3rd year – and fortunately, it has provided the Boys’ Home with much needed items. Please come by and shop and donate at the same time; I truly offer feel good shopping!”] RETURNS IN DECEMBER.