Arts and Entertainment Calendar

Around Town, Daily Music,Galleries and Ongoing.

~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 at Casa Haas, you still need to get your ticket at Angela Peralta 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 new Cultura team is “massaging” the website and the online feature. On April 23, 2019 the new Director of Cultura, Marsol Quiñónez Castro, was announced.]

Saturday August 31: Jazzeando, “Homenaje a Alberto López – this concert is a celebration of life of Mazatleco bass player Alberto López who was a graduate of our local music school, Centro Municipal de las Artes. On stage will be the following – some of the best, if not THE best jazz musicians in Mexico -Victor Patrón [ pianist and composer] , Daniel Perry, Giovanni Figuero [exceptional drummer from Guadalajara], Ignacio Chávez [you know him as Nacho from RIO, he’s the “I” in RIO], Manuel Cazares, and Héctor Infanzón [pianist and composer].  8 p.m., $100 – $200.

Sunday September 8: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán:  6 p.m., $400 – $1000.

Thursday September 12: Arte con Cause, Pipas Medias Largas: students from our local art and music school, Centro Municipal de las Artes, compete to perform on the Angela Peralta stage under the umbrella name of Arte con Cause. Tonight the winners will appear in  the ballet Pippi Longstocking, where students will have a chance to dance solos and in a group. The production lasts about 45 minutes. 8 p.m. $100 to $200.

Wednesday September 18: Concierto Mexicanisimo: The Camerata Mazatlan [under the badon of Héctor Javier Reyes] pay tribute to the glorious music of Mexico. The evening also includes music from Ecuador and Russia 8 p.m., $100-$200

Thursday September 19: Arte con Cause, Mago de Oz: students from our local art and music school, Centro Municipal de las Artes, compete to perform on the Angela Peralta stage under the umbrella name of Arte con Cause. The winners will appear in this theatre performance of the Wizard of Oz. [all in Spanish] 8 p.m. $100- $200.

Saturday September 21: Arte con Cause, Nuestras Raices: students from our local art and music school, Centro Municipal de las Artes, compete to perform on the Angela Peralta stage under the umbrella name of Arte con Cause. The winners of “discovering their roots” will be accompanied by the Ballet Folclórico and the Mariachi Continental. 8 p.m. $100 – $200.

Tuesday October 1: Arte con Cause, Ecos…Sistema: students from our local art and music school, Centro Municipal de las Artes, compete to perform on the Angela Peralta stage under the umbrella name of Arte con Cause. In this case, the director of this dance performance is Victor Ruiz co-director of the famous Delfos Contemporary Dance group – so his team may have a wider lens searching for possible future contemporary dancers. Students will be joined by seasoned Delfos dancers: Xitali Piña, Jhony Millán, Renato González and Daniel Martin. Ecos…Sistema is a new work and like all performances that Delfos touches it will be outside the box and probably nothing like you’ve ever seen before. 8 p.m. $100-$200.

Wednesday October 2: La Tercera es la Vencida, “third time’s a charm!” concert by Camerata Mazatlan celebrating various composers such as Beethoven and Mendelssohn.  8 p.m., $100-$200

Friday October 4: Jazz concert featuring DANTOR/ Sinestesia-DANTOR – this popular Mexican jazz band incorporates music from Argentina, the US, and Mexico and also features Mexican guitarist, Daniel Torres. 8 p.m. free with ticket.

Saturday October 5: Concierto de la Orquesta Sinfónica del Noroeste: this group of musicians have banded together to form the “north/west” orchestra from regions such as Mazatlan, Culiacan, Los Mochis and Hermosillo. Tonight they celebrate important composers and music from Mexico – Carlos Chávez, Arturo Márquez, Silvestre Revueltas, Pablo Moncayo and many others. “The 20th century is abundant with historical Mexican music” and the orchestra wants to share with you all the iconic compositions. 8 p.m., free.

Wednesday October 9 and Thursday October 10: Opera y Ballet, featuring the classical ballet company of Sinaloa, Bailarines de la Compañia de Ballet Clásico de Sinaloa, directed by Guillermo Carrillo. 8 p.m. $100-$200

Friday October 11: Soprano Penélope Luna in concert – this award winning Mazatleca soprano [a student of Maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda] has prepared an evening of popular Mexican composers. 8 p.m, free with ticket.

Saturday October 12: Todavia…Siempre: the well-regarded theatre group Ciertos Habitantes performs this play [all in Spanish] about two young lovers who part ways then meet again when they are adults. 8 p.m. free with ticket

Wednesday October 16: Desde el Nuevo Mundo, The Camerata Mazatlan under the direction of Héctor Javier Reyes bring you an evening of Baroque music and other great music – from Mexico and Russia. 8 p.m. $130-$200

Thursday October 17: Componiendo el Plural – the dance group Pájaro Mosca will entertain you with breakdancing, Butoh [a form of Japanese dance- “dance of darkness”], contemporary dance and experimental dance. Led by Elisa Medina and Noemi Sánchez they have invited dancers from the US, Guatemala, Guanajuato, the Baja, Morelos and Sinaloa. 8 p.m., free with ticket.

Friday October 18: Ensamble Nodus: that’s the name of the musical group, Grupo Ensamble Nodus, they will play excerpts from Stravinsky, The John Cage Five [“This is one of Cage’s early so-called “number” pieces, scored for five voices or instruments. Pitches and dynamics are set, and while instrumentation is free, performers must be able to play or sing the tones within the given ranges. There is no overall score, only 5 parts, each consisting of 5 lines, each line containing a maximum of 3 notes, placed within a time-bracket notation system”]and four Mexican composers. 8 p.m., free with ticket.

Saturday October 19: Concierto de Música de la Nueva España: the group Antiqva Metropoli explore all types of music- from the indigenous people to composers such as Hernando Franco plus traditional Mexican and Spanish music. 8 p.m., free with ticket.

Wednesday October 23: Abdicación – actor and director Alfredo Vergara performs [in Spanish] the journey and history of Joan of Arc. 8 p.m., free with ticket.

Thursday October 24: Esamble Templum: this concert is collective group of Mexican musicians who enjoy exposing their audiences to all kinds of music. They perform in the streets, in living rooms and in theatres – all for the love of sharing music. 8 p.m. free with ticket.

Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27: Anatomia del Amor, Victor Ruiz from Delfos directs this “adult only” dance performance – a little flamenco a little contemporary and a lot creative. Poems will be presented [does God exist?] as well. Two shows, limited to 50 people per performance, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $100-$200

Wednesday October 30: Arte con Causa: Concierto Musical :students from our local art and music school, Centro Municipal de las Artes, compete to perform on the Angela Peralta stage under the umbrella name of Arte con Cause.Director Héctor Javier Reyes has chosen “winning” musical students very carefully – to bring you a varied program. 8 p.m. $100 – $200.

Monday November 4: Réquiem de Mozart, Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the talented Guillermo Sarabia choral group conducted by Maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda. 8 p.m. $100-$200

Saturday November 16: Gala Peralta II, ballet dancers from Ballet Clásico de Sinaloa will perform a varied program selected by director Guillermo Carrillo. 8 p.m., $100-$200

Saturday November 23, Al Son de Mariachi, Director Javier Arcadia and brought together two popular groups to provide  you with an exciting evening of Mexican culture and music: Ballet Folclórico del Instituto de Cultura and Mariachi Continental.  8 p.m., $100 – $200

Friday November 29 and Sunday December 1: El Barbero de Sevilla, Barber of Seville opera or “The Useless Precaution is an opera buffa [Italian comic opera] in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s French comedy Le Barbier de Séville.The story follows the escapades of a barber, Figaro, as he assists Count Almaviva in prising the beautiful Rosina away from her lecherous guardian, Dr Bartolo.”  Maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda conducts the Camerata Mazatlan.  8 p.m. $100-$200

Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7: El Cascaneuces, The Nutcracker Ballet. This seasonal ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s music has always been a Christmas favourite around the world. The Mazatlecos really embrace these performances – parents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, grandparents all attend to watch their relatives perform – be they a twitching mouse or have the starring role of Clara. [if you are not familiar with the ballet…”The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcraker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. It is Christmas Eve 1830, in the home of a European city official, President Stahlbaum. He and his wife and children, Clara and Fritz, welcome their guests to the annual Christmas party…” ] 8 p.m. $100-$200 [this always sells out early – hola extended Mexican families!]

Wednesday December 11 and Thursday December 12: En Algún Lugar: Victor Ruiz co-director of Delfos, has created a contemporary dance performance especially for children. Delfos’ outreach program takes older dancers into the poorer communities and shows them through dance how they can achieve better communication, harmony and often problem solving with neighbours. Over the past 10 years dance has shown many of these people a way, a light, an alternative to being a victim. Victor has taken all these experiences and hopes to give the children in the audience, well, hope through dance. 10 a.m. free with ticket.

Friday December 20 and Saturday December 21: La Gala Navideña, The Annual Christmas Concert  Nothing says Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays like Mazatlan’s annual concert – it’s always full of surprises – elves swinging from the balconies, Santa doing an Elvis number – but we do know the talented volunteers from the Angela Peralta Choral group will be on stage,[you may enjoy an short article on what it takes to be a member of the choir] as well as tenors Carlos Osuna, and Adán Pérez [both home for the holidays] plus Carla Muñoz, Georgina Valdez, Jesús Medina, Radha Murillo, Patricia Pérez and Fernando Martinez. $150 – $250, AND Sunday December 22, 7:30 p.m., $150-$250.

~Around Town~

Friday August 30: Jazz Greats at 8: La Mona del Astillero has graciously offered to host this Jazz Greats evening. FREE @ 8 p.m. Simon Lynds is the organizer and he had the good fortune to hear some of these musicians at a private party and that party inspired Lynds to arrange for this evening. Simon says “these are possibly some of the BEST jazz musicians in Mexico, the drummer, Giovanni is one of the world’s greatest drummers.” The men have come together to celebrate the life of bass player Alberto López; you’ll see some of them perform in the formal setting at the Angela Peralta on Saturday August 31 – but tonight, you’ll be introduced to additional superb Mexican musicians in an informal jazz session. Do things go better with pizza, tequila and beer? Yes! These pros have banded together to share their passion for music: Marcos Herrera [ piano], Giovanni Figueroa [exceptional drummer from Guadalajara], Ignacio Chávez [you know him as Nacho from RIO, he’s the “I” in RIO, guitar] and Robert Falcón [bass.]++ surprise musical guests.This is an exciting evening with all-star performers so  be sure to arrive early and secure a table for you and your friends. [Mona del Astillero is located on Vicente Guerrero #213 – go east on Constitución, south, right, on Carvajal, and one block down is Vicente Guerrero across from La Ruta Vegana.]

Friday August 30: Tribute to Zoë, El Fish Market Olas Altas, 9 p.m.

Friday August 30: Tribute to Juan Gabriel + Mariachi Continental, El Mil Amores, 9 p.m., call for reservations 669 918 1085

Friday August 30: The Doors Tribute, by Strange Days, Life en Español, 10 p.m., 669 159 0161

Monday September 2: “Jam con Eddu” – “experimental” music with Eduardo Dueñas Esparza @ the Museo de Arte [Venustiano Carranza and Sixto Osuna], 7:30 p.m. in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio salon,[limited seating] price tbc.

Tuesday September 3: Temblar el Corazón –  featuring fabric/fibre artists Daniela Herrera and Mayra Kuri -Galeria Rubio [street level, beside the Angela Peralta Theatre], 7 p.m. free, everyone is welcome.

Friday September 6: Calle Canvas – group show featuring “street” artists: Jhonny Gunshot, Payra, Lesor, Bocse, Veos, Stous, Senk, Boyone, Wonk, Remy, Carlos Z and Ter – in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio @ Museo de Arte, Venustiano Carranza and Sixto Osuna, 7 p.m. Free, everyone is welcome, the show goes on until October 9.

Saturday September 7: Resistencia – group art show, featuring Italian artists Francesca Vitale, David Fagioli Claudia Bellocchi and Daniele Villa Zorn – Casa Haas, 7:30 p.m. free, everyone is welcome.

Saturday September 7: Opera and Zarzuela- with Athenea Reyes and Fernando Landeros @ Museo de Arte, [Venustiano Carranza and Sixto Osuna] in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio [limited seating], 7 p.m., $200. Zarzuela is a form of Spanish operetta…Encyclopedia Britannica defines zarzuela as “a Spanish musical play consisting of spoken passages, songs, choruses and dances.” (The word can also mean a sort of a stew, as in zarzuela de mariscos, a Spanish variant of the French bouillabaisse.)

Friday September 6: Gloria Trevi in Concert: 9:30 p.m. MIC, 669 989 6060, $520 – $2820

Friday September 13:Las Cosas Simples” – starring the award-winning dancer and founder of Delfos, Claudia Lavista, from the Delfos Contemporary Dance Company @ Museo de Arte,[ Venustiano Carranza and Sixto Osuna] 8 p.m. in the patio, price tbc.

Friday September 13, and Saturday September 14: Tequila Tasting!/Primera Muestra del Noroeste del Tequila: Organizer, Justo Molachino, has brought together tequila makers/sellers to offer you sipping samples over two days. The tasting takes place at the Baupres Gallery [Heriberto Frias #1506, across from Héctor’s Bistro in Centro], and is open to the public from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are $220 per person, and you can purchase tickets at the gallery. If you are unfamiliar with the nuances of the various tequilas, owners will be delighted to discuss “scents of caramel, agave, honey and white pepper… spicy and sweet at the same time, touches of earthy agave, hints of vanilla and honey caramel sweetness”…all those tasting notes that connoisseurs live to apply to tequila.This is a wonderful opportunity to find your favourite flavour without paying “bar” prices. [if you like to read a short snap shot on how tequila is made or take a look at some peoples’ preferences click here.]

Sunday September 15:Independence Day, the evening. Mexico celebrates 209 years of independence, with a grand fiesta 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. The music and performers so far: headliner singer Alicia Villarreal will lead the “cry for independence” [she’s a Mexican singer songwriter], Ballet Folclórico del Centro Municipal de las Artes, Cuarteto los Osuna, Mariachi Continental, Banda La Mazatleca…way more to come!Monday,September 16th “is the real date of Mexican independence” and continues with more parties and the annual commemorative parade that usually goes along the Malecon [parade route could change] and begins around 8 a.m. Monday will be a national holiday – banks, schools, government offices etc. will be closed.

Saturday September 21: Guitar and Piano Concert: with Rodolfo Pérez @ Museo de Arte [Venustiano Carranza and Sixto Osuna], 7 p.m. in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio salon [limited seating], price tbc.

Friday October 4: Arte sin Frontera – group photography exhibit, Galeria Rubio [street level, beside the Angela Peralta Theatre], 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., free, everyone is welcome.

Monday October 7: Concierto Musical el Chelo, su Voz en el Siglo XX1/ a cello concert/ the voice of the 21st Century. For Natalia Pérez Turner playing the cello is her life. She will play excerpts from the music of Jorge Calleja, Gustavo Jacob and Alex Otaola. Casa Haas, 8 p.m., free, but you must get your free ticket at the Angela Peralta box office.

Wednesday October 9: Concierto de Música “Filias/Fobias” – the trio addresses through music the theme of what do you love? It’s a varied program featuring Carmina Escobar, Natalia Pérez Turner and Wilfrido Terrazas. Casa Haas, 8 p.m, free, but you must get your free ticket at the Angela Peralta box office.

Saturday October 12: Hip Hop como Cultura with Sick Toys Crew: 70 years ago hip hop became popular in the streets of New York and this evening the Sick Toys Crew bring the four elements of hip hop together for you: dance, MCs, Djs and graffiti artists. Parque Lineal, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday October 15: Xilitla, Eusebio Sánchez: this play in Spanish tells the story of the British poet, Sir Edward James, meeting San Luis Potosi in the small Mexican town of Xilitla. You’ll hear how James created the Garden of Eden through ramps, plants, sculptures and other “green” friendly products. The poet had to sell his entire art collection to create this Garden of Eden. Casa Haas, 8 p.m., free with ticket at the Angela Peralta box office.

Wednesday October 16: Supernova de Silencio: “the miracle of life is always silence” and Alejandro de la Garza shares music, poems and personal observations in this very personal concert. Casa Haas, 8 p.m. free with ticket from the Angela Peralta box office.

Tuesday October 22: Guitarist Jorge Birrueta in concert: he’s sooo popular and he’s back! Jorge offers you another wonderful musical evening. Casa Haas, 8 p.m., free with ticket from the box office at the Angela Peralta.

Wednesday October 23: Concierto Musical LatinoAmericana: the Tico Tico Trio enjoy “awaken your heart” with music from Latin America – tango, samba etc. Casa Haas, 8 p.m. free with ticket from the Angela Peralta box office.

Friday November 1:Callejoneada del Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead parade: the celebration of this important night (research claims this day has been honoured for 3000 years in Mexico) begins in the Plazuela Machado and the annual parade, callejoneada, beings around 8 p.m.You’ll see people dressed as skulls, skeletons and Catrinas or giant puppets. Create a costume, apply that all-important make-up and join the parade! Many of the shops and galleries in Centro remain open so you can pay respect to the altars they have built. This is a night when everyone quietly utters, “we see you.” [perhaps you’d like to read a more in-depth article on the history of Dia de Muertos.] There will be constant surprises on the streets, in the Machado, in the Angela Peralta Theatre [Galeria Rubio will be featuring a Catrina exhibition, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. free] and in the Museo de Arte.

Saturday November 2: Réquiem de Mozart, Mozart’s Requiem – this performance takes place in our Cathedral in Centro – the sound is absolutely unbelievable and if you enjoy this type of concert, it’s not to be missed featuring the talented Guillermo Sarabia choral group conducted by Enrique Patrón de Rueda. 7:30 p.m., there is general seating [closer to the front the better!] and you must buy your tickets at the Angela Peralta box office. Price tbd.

Saturday November 16: Los Tenores del Norte: these four tenors will perform at the Antonio Haas Theatre [opposite the fisherman’s monument] at 8 p.m. They are: Jorge Echeagaray [Sinaloa]; Héctor Cóvi, [Nuevo Leon]; Ezequiel Cervantes [DF]; Carlos Velazquez, Chihuahua. Call for tickets and more information: 669 179 7460.

Sunday November 17: Mike Siegle and Murray Valeriano are at the Mazatlan Comedy Club. It’s season six and the laughs just keep getting bigger and better every year. Cheryl Gaudet and her team at Playa Mazatlan have created another hilarious season for you in the Venado Salon. Mike Siegel – his bio says it all: comedian, tv host, actor. He’s performed on Last Comic Standing, The Late, Late Show, and Friday Night. Mike has acted in Jag, Rules of Engagement, Traffic and Freeloaders. Mike’s other passion is travel and he currently hosts his own travel podcast, Travel Tales. The talent continues with Murray Valeriano – he’s a standup comedian, writer and podcaster. His stories from life on the road will have you in tears – from laughter. Tickets go on sale October 1, please reserve via e mail with Ana Ramos: website@hotelplayamazatlan.com, or call 989 0555, or outside of Mexico call, 01 152 669 989 0555. Tickets this season are $700 pesos which include the delicious buffet that the Playa always serves up, an open bar, and of course, the comedy show. Doors open at 5:30 the laughs begin at 7 p.m. [Hotel Playa Mazatlan is located in the Golden Zone on Av. Playa Gaviotas #202, lots of parking, handicap accessible.]

Friday November 29: Amanda & Diego with the Mariachi Orchestra: MIC [Mazatlan International Centre] 9 p.m. tickets available at: www.boletomovil.com, call 669 989 6060, 669 262 5253.

Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1: Pacific Marathon/Gran Maraton Pacifico. It’s rated as one of the top ten marathons in the world due to our landscape and climate. Running routes have not been established but expect road closures and detours. Usually there is an amazing fire works displays at 8 p.m.on Saturday. Some years it’s on the Malecon, last year it was inland at Parque Central, all tbd.

Friday December 6: Encendido de Luz; the Christmas lights turn on the Plazuela Machado: at 7 p.m. the square is turned into a Christmas fairly land. Always so pretty and always the decorations are a surprise. This ceremony ushers in the holiday spirit and families smile the evening away. Plazuela Machado, 7 p.m.

Sunday December 17: Maureen Langan and Bobby Tessel are at the Mazatlan Comedy Club. It’s season six and the laughs just keep getting bigger and better every year. Cheryl Gaudet and her team at Playa Mazatlan have created another hilarious season for you in the Venado Salon.Jerry Stiller says “Maureen is to comedy what James Brown was to soul.” She’s an award-winning standup comic and radio talk show host known for her quick witt and honest rants on life’s absurdities. Bobby doesn’t boast about it, but he’s one of the few comedians to appear on both The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Thirty years of experience brought four “yes” votes from the judges on American’s got Talent. How lucky are we to see “the most like-able comic” here in Mazatlan. Tickets go on sale October 1, please reserve via e mail with Ana Ramos: website@hotelplayamazatlan.com, or call 989 0555, or outside of Mexico call, 01 152 669 989 0555. Tickets this season are $700 pesos which include the delicious buffet that the Playa always serves up, an open bar, and of course, the comedy show. Doors open at 5:30 the laughs begin at 7 p.m. [Hotel Playa Mazatlan is located in the Golden Zone on Av. Playa Gaviotas #202, lots of parking, handicap accessible.]

Sunday December 15: Una Estrella de Navidad – the star of Christmas is a joyful combination of music, arias, even comedic peformances, and lots of Christmas music to warm your heart. Enrique Patrón de Rueda is directing this extravaganza so expect the very best and many special guests. Plazuela República, 7 p.m. free.

Monday December 23: Festejando en Navidad: Mexicans love to celebrate Christmas and Cultura is spreading that Christmas cheer with a free event – many musicians, dancers, artists ++ will perform – all created to bring joy to Mexican families. Plazuela Machado, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday December 31: Festejo de Fin de Año: New Year’s Eve on Olas Altas – join the party on the Malecon and ring in the new year overlooking the Pacific. Last year tables and chairs were provided [for a small fee] and people brought their food, more details to come.

Wednesday January 8 and Thursday January 9: Twisted Mama’s Tribute Show – featuring John Fogerty. Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. Tickets are $850 and included a tasty buffet, open bar and of course, the show – the bar opens at 5:45 p.m. There are package deals being offered – so to reserve and ask about a possible savings, it’s best to e mail Ocean at: twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Sunday January 19: Jeff Capri and Julie Kidd are at the Mazatlan Comedy Club.It’s season six and the laughs just keep getting bigger and better every year. Cheryl Gaudet and her team at Playa Mazatlan have created another hilarious season for you in the Venado Salon. This is a return engagement for Jeff. With over 18 years of experience Capri “has sparkling takes on pop -culture, political twists”…the Los Angeles Times calls him “consistently fun, spontaneous, smart and witty”.Just ask Ellen DeGeneres, Joy Behar and Bill Burr, they’ve all worked with Jeff. Julie Kidd was recently crowned the Hilarious Housewife on The View. Besides standup; Julie is involved in a musical [Single Mom] and has written a cookbook, Time for a Quickie. Julie was/is also a tap dancer, so get ready for a loving, funny look at life and children.Tickets go on sale October 1, please reserve via e mail with Ana Ramos: website@hotelplayamazatlan.com, or call 989 0555, or outside of Mexico call, 01 152 669 989 0555. Tickets this season are $700 pesos which include the delicious buffet that the Playa always serves up, an open bar, and of course, the comedy show. Doors open at 5:30 the laughs begin at 7 p.m. [Hotel Playa Mazatlan is located in the Golden Zone on Av. Playa Gaviotas #202, lots of parking, handicap accessible.]

Wednesday January 22, Thursday January 23 and Friday January 24: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring Soul Brothers.Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. Tickets are $850 and included a tasty buffet, open bar and of course, the show – the bar opens at 5:45 p.m. There are package deals being offered – so to reserve and ask about a possible savings, it’s best to e mail Ocean at: twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Monday January 27: Mazatlan Rocks the Beach Returns! It really never left because people can’t get enough of the rock n’roll line-up that Simon Lynds offers you – so many great local bands at one low price. Save the dates, still at Sumbawa. [Simon Lynds is the founder, creator and organizer of this popular event and he’s busy talking to and negotiating with bands that will rock you.]

Wednesday January 29, Thursday January 30 and Friday January 31: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring The Eagles.Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. Tickets are $850 and included a tasty buffet, open bar and of course, the show – the bar opens at 5:45 p.m. There are package deals being offered – so to reserve and ask about a possible savings, it’s best to e mail Ocean at: twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Wednesday February 12, Thursday February 13 and Friday February 14: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring The Rocket Man.Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. Tickets are $850 and included a tasty buffet, open bar and of course, the show – the bar opens at 5:45 p.m. There are package deals being offered – so to reserve and ask about a possible savings, it’s best to e mail Ocean at: twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Sunday February 16: Corny Rempel, aka ELVIS, is back and in the house at the Mazatlan Comedy Club.It’s season six and the laughs just keep getting bigger and better every year. Cheryl Gaudet and her team at Playa Mazatlan have created another hilarious season for you in the Venado Salon. Corny’s fans never tire of his first-class performance and his show usually sells out VERY fast – reserve soon because Corny continues to wow the audience. Let’s face it, one can never get enough of Elvis! Tickets go on sale October 1, please reserve via e mail with Ana Ramos: website@hotelplayamazatlan.com, or call 989 0555, or outside of Mexico call, 01 152 669 989 0555. Tickets this season are $700 pesos which include the delicious buffet that the Playa always serves up, an open bar, and of course, the comedy show. Doors open at 5:30 the laughs begin at 7 p.m. [Hotel Playa Mazatlan is located in the Golden Zone on Av. Playa Gaviotas #202, lots of parking, handicap accessible.]

Thursday February 20 – Tuesday February 25: Carnaval, 2020! Here are some early details for your budgeting and planning purposes.

Thursday February 27 and Friday February 28: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring Shania Twain.Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. Tickets are $850 and included a tasty buffet, open bar and of course, the show – the bar opens at 5:45 p.m. There are package deals being offered – so to reserve and ask about a possible savings, it’s best to e mail Ocean at: twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Monday March 2: Mazatlan Rocks the Beach Returns!  It really never left because people can’t get enough of the rock n’roll line-up that Simon Lynds offers you – so many great local bands at one low price. Save the dates, still at Sumbawa. [Simon Lynds is the founder, creator and organizer of this popular event and he’s busy talking to and negotiating with bands that will rock you.]

Friday March 6, Saturday March 7, and Sunday March 8: The Second Annual San Francisco Quilt Shop Festival/Art Craft and Quilt Festival/ International Quilt Festival!  Call it what you will, last year’s festival was a great success and this year promises to be bigger and better. It takes place in Venados baseball stadium – lots of parking, handicap accessible, and a wonderful space to display all the gorgeous quilts that Linda Hannawalt and her team [plus invited guests] will be displaying. Many will be for sale too. Save the dates!

Wednesday March 11 and Thursday March 12: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring Elvis 1956.Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. Tickets are $850 and included a tasty buffet, open bar and of course, the show – the bar opens at 5:45 p.m. There are package deals being offered – so to reserve and ask about a possible savings, it’s best to e mail Ocean at: twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

Sunday March 15: Michael Mancini and Christine Little are at the Mazatlan Comedy Club. It’s season six and the laughs just keep getting bigger and better every year. Cheryl Gaudet and her team at Playa Mazatlan have created another hilarious season for you in the Venado Salon. Our favourite ex-cop returns to Comedy Club stage; Michael Mancini is billed as the “world’s funniest cop.” With a background in law enforcement Michaels serves up a high energy, action packed show full of real life experience.”If you want a hug …call a fireman.” Christine Little says [from Voyage LA] ” … I would describe my comedy as easy-going, animated, and authentic. I’m playful with an edge. I’m pretty silly, but can say things that catch you off-guard. I’m not sure how other people would describe it, hopefully as “funny” “. Comedy festivals all over the US keep asking her to perform so her assessment must be true! Tickets go on sale October 1, please reserve via e mail with Ana Ramos: website@hotelplayamazatlan.com, or call 989 0555, or outside of Mexico call, 01 152 669 989 0555. Tickets this season are $700 pesos which include the delicious buffet that the Playa always serves up, an open bar, and of course, the comedy show. Doors open at 5:30 the laughs begin at 7 p.m. [Hotel Playa Mazatlan is located in the Golden Zone on Av. Playa Gaviotas #202, lots of parking, handicap accessible.]

Thursday March 19 and Friday March 20: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring ABBA.Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. Tickets are $850 and included a tasty buffet, open bar and of course, the show – the bar opens at 5:45 p.m. There are package deals being offered – so to reserve and ask about a possible savings, it’s best to e mail Ocean at: twisted.ticket.booth@gmail.com

~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. When you phone, ask the restaurant ” a qué hora comienza tu musica? – what time does your music start, as that seems to change too!. Most of the 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:  Mr. Rio, 28/Ventiocho, 7 p.m ♦ Rafael Rodriguez, (easy/mixed), Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7:00 p.m.(have a listen) Kannon [r ‘n r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: Brenster’s Beach Bash, [have a listen, or read Brenster’s profile where you can hear his original jingle] returns November 5, Diego’s, 2 p.m.[ if you book your hotel at Star Palace, Pacific Palace, Oceano Palace or Luna Palace whisper the secret word, “Brenstervip” and you’ll receive a special VIP hotel rate and a free ticket to Brenster’s Beach Bash.]   Kannon, GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.  Alets Malafama, Cheers, 9:30 p.m. 

Wednesdays: The Truth and Friends,[various blues musicians change it up every week] Diego’s, 3 p. Live music, 28/Veintiocho, 7 p.m. ♦ ZaZ,  Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.  Kannon, GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. (r ‘n r, have a listen Live music,  Pedro y Lola, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m Alets Malafama, Cheers, 9:30 p.m.

Break [ pop, acoustic rock with cello]

Thursday: Noche de Karaoke, La Fábula, 6 p.m.♦ Live jazz, Casa Loma, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m.♦ Daniel Garcia [dinner music] Gaia Bistro, 7:30 p.m. Malavista S.C., Pedro y Lola, 8:30 p.m. Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 9 p.m BuenTrip, Cheers, 9:30 p.m..♦  KraKen, Simba Sport Bar, 10 p.m. Lo que Cantamos Las Mujeres [Heidi Herrera’s band], La Bohemia, 10:30 p.m.

Fridays:  Reecuentros [ rock ‘n roll], LM Restobar, 6 p.m. followed by the music of Jose y Zujey  ZaZ,  Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.  Mr. Rio, Veintiocho/28, 7 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m La Cura [dinner music], Gaia Bistrot, 7:30 p.m. ♦ KraKen, [have a listen] Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m.  Break [pop, rock acoustic with cello] Via Condotti, 8:30 p.m.Everardo Castro [classic Mexican ballads and pop], Los Zarapas, 9 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 9 p.m.  Live music, Barracruda’s . Malavista, La Fábula, 9:30 p.m.  Live music Simba Sport Bar, 10 p.m. Vilanova, Diego’s, 10 p.m.

Saturdays: KraKen, Diego’s, 4 p.m. Alets Malafama, Lucky B’s/Pinups, 8 p.m.♦ Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. ♦ Los Cryps,[rock n’ roll] Gaia Bistrot, 8 p.m. ZaZ,[during August] Barracruda’s Marina, 7 p.m.Jazz, Casa Loma, 8;30 p.m KraKen,[have a listen] Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m.♦ Malavista S.C., Via Condotti, 8:30 p.m♦ Live music, Los Zarapes, 9 p.m. Son de Tres,[“music to dance to”] La Catrina, 9:30 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 10 p.m.

Sundays:  Marimba, Gaia Bistro, 2:30 p.m. ♦ Break [pop, rock acoustic with cello] Cafe Pacifico [Plazuela Machado], 7:30 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez, Heriberto Frias, between Gaia Bistrot and Casa Canobbio, 8 p.m. [have a listenReggae, Diego’s Beach House, 5 p.m. Live music,  Pedro & Lola, 7 p.m ♦ Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. Alets Malafama, La Mayahuel, 9:30 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 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.

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.

Escarabajo Azul, Belisario Dominguez #1809, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays. It’s an eclectic gallery with jewellery, and many works of art by the talented and quirky Agustin Castillo. Agustin represents other artists as well.

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.
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: 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 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!]

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 returns in October with many exciting events [movies, house tours, Spanish lessons, special presentations etc. etc. ] – it’s all here.

~ ONGOING ~

[“Ongoing” covers events, tours, special stores, that don’t have dates, but days – hence they are ongoing during the season.]

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.

Learn to tango with Dalila Garcia. Please give Dalila a call [she speaks English] for more information – 644 420 4044.or e mail: d76lila@hotmail.com

Dalila is giving lessons all summer and fall. The venues change, give her a call!

Culinary creator, Paola Osuna recently launched Tomatl – food tours [tacos and mezcal and  Pata Salada] and cooking classes. “Authentic and compelling experiences with local guides”. For days, times and location contact Paola at 669 171 4800, or visit her website.