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.  On Friday September 6, the mayor announced that José Angel Tostado Quevedo is the new Director of Cultura. Unfortunately, tickets can still not be purchased online.]

Wednesday October 23: SOLD OUT!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.

Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26: An opera “workshop” from China – they will present two operas “Backstage” and “Fighting for an Umbrella” [luchando por un paraguas]. The Spring Glory Cantonese Opera will perform two stories that reveal the richness and tradition of Chinese opera. Most of the dialogue will be in English, while the singing will be in Cantonese with Spanish subtitles. Organizers promise spectacular costumes, “mysterious” makeup, acrobatics and the story, as most operas, revolve around love, passion and humour. It’s general admission, $100, 8 p.m.

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

Wednesday November 6: 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, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., $100-$20

Saturday November 9: Oscar Gómez in Concert, Gala Lirica Mexicana: special guest soloists have been invited, as well as the Coro Angel Peralta and pianists Antonio Gonzalez, and Sergio Castellano. $100 – $220, 8 p.m.

Sunday November 10: José Manuel Lopez Velarde’s musical Mentiras, 6 p.m. and again at 9 p.m., $250 – $800. Musical, in Spanish, featuring music from 80s – four women who were in love with the same man try to discover who the murderer is.

Sunday November 17: 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 has 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~

 Day of the Dead celebrations in the Golden Zone

On now until Sunday November 3: Walk the Route of the Altars in the Golden Zone. For the first time ever, 13 businesses in the Golden Zone [boutiques, shops, restaurants and hotels] have come together to celebrate and honour the Day of the Dead/Dia de Muertos and they hope to inspire you to visit all their carefully designed altars. Each altar is dedicated to a different person and has a theme that is significant and reflects diversity and respect for those who have passed. Everything is within walking distance and you can begin visiting the various altars on October 20. [for the route please click here.] Starting October 24, each business/altar will offer you something special – a drink, typical food, a souvenir, a coffee, a discount – please be sure to read the calendar of events, click here. You’ll find the printed version of calendar/brochures in the Golden Zone at: Rico’s, Onilikan, El Cid, F.I.S.H, Michael’s Gallery, Marimba, The Inn at Mazatlan, Mazatlan4Sale, Royal Villas, Vendado’s, Panama, Senior Frog’s and Casa Maya. The special gifts and discounts will be given out during the store hours – be sure to check on FB for the various hours. If you live in Centro, you can pick up a calendar at Rico’s on Olas Altas, Michael’s Gallery on Angel Flores and Senior Frogs on Benito Juárez. There are more prizes and announcements to come during these 15 days –  an exciting final draw will be announced on November 4- location and the grand prizes are a surprise! These altars have been created for your visual pleasure with love and respect and  “we invite you to live our traditions.”

Tuesday October 22: Guitarist Jorge Birrueta in concert/Paisaje Latinoamericano con Guitarra!: Jorge is 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: SOLD OUT! 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 October 25: Concert:  AfroPerú, Plazuela Machado, 8 p.m.

Friday October 25: Vol. 2 Tablao & Azar: a night of Spanish flamenco, singing and guitar- a wonderful intimate evening @ La Bohemia, 8 p.m. $250, best to reserve 669 136 0866. Three dancers, singer Coral Morena from Málaga and on the guitar [and also singing], Fernando Martinez and Liz Aguilar.

Friday October 25: Tribute Panteón Rococó + Mandrake & the Magics La Juana, 10 p.m. $100 cover.

Sunday October 27: Daylight savings, fall back one hour.

Wednesday October 30: Music with Vox Fractal, in front of the Museo de Arte on Venustiano Carranza, 8 p.m.

Thursday October 31: Dance performance with Danza Joven de Sinaloa, Museo de Arte, 8 p.m. free. [Venustaniano Carranza and Sixto Osuna.]

Saturday November 2[typically in years past it’s been celebrated on November 1, for 2019 Cultura has changed the date to Saturday November 2]: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 7 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.

Friday November 8: The 14th Annual ArtWalk returns! Every year people look forward to meeting and greeting artists and being invited inside their art studios. As always, it’s in Centro, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and you can easily walk from gallery to gallery. Or split it up and have a drink in your favourite bar. The artists are thrilled to meet you,[ as many as 40 artists, 28 galleries] but there is never any pressure to buy. You’ll see all types of media – oil, acrylic, water colours, photography, sculptures, jewellery, local crafts – it’s all about the art and an easy walk – and meeting friends along the way and getting to know our resident artists. [maps with all the galleries and addresses will be distributed soon!]

Saturday November 9: Damas trabajando por Mazatlan annual Christmas Bazar Breakfast: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Los Tapices room in Hotel El Cid. Tickets cost $350 and are available at the Club House in El Cit, at the Pacific Pearl offices, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Av. Camarón Sábalo # 2601. The ladies and tables are loaded down with Christmas gifts, food and all sort of things for you to buy – almost always sold out.

Saturday November 9: Tony Meléndez in Concert – celebrating Sharp Hospital’s 25 years. This special event will take place in Parque Ciudades Hermanas [at Zaragoza and the Malecon] and entrance is free, the concert starts at 7 p.m. If you are not familiar with this musical artist here are a few words from his website.

“It was an unforgettable moment when, on September 15, 1987, he played his guitar for Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles. Born without arms, he performed a touching song entitled Never Be The Same. When the Pope approached him from the stage to kiss him in appreciation, it seemed to reflect the sentiments of the entire country. Never Be the Same was an appropriate song, for those few moments changed Tony Melendez’ life and brought his unrestrained abilities as a guitarist into national attention. It seems to be a fitting place for a man who has spent his life putting personal confidence above his handicap….he was brought to the Los Angeles area from Nicaragua to be fitted with artificial arms. He wore them until he was ten, when he disposed of them. “I didn’t feel comfortable,” he explains, “I could use my feet so much more…. he considered becoming a priest but couldn’t, because priests were required to have an index finger and thumb. The news disappointed him but he persevered in his church activities, using his talents as a guitarist and composer for masses and church related events… Tony has traveled across the United States and forty foreign countries, making countless television appearances…currently, Tony resides in Branson, Missouri…music has opened the door to my dreams and I will keep singing, continue to share my life, and keep making’ music for all who will listen.”

Sunday November 10: the 27th Annual Rotary Club Gastronomy event: always fun, lots of different kind of food under the tents [please bring small change for the volunteers when you pay for your food] plus there are games for the kids and many other activities. It’s always an enjoyable event where Mexicans and the expats mix and mingle and taste and sip. Plaza Zaragoza, noon. Small entry fee.

Friday November 15 to Monday November 18it’s Buen Fin time, deep discount sales – in most stores to kick-start the Christmas season spending. Not just clothes and shoes, but the discounts often apply to furniture, appliances – just look for the red Buen Fin signs:)

Friday November 15: Devotional’ tribute to The Depeche MODE, Life en Español GZ, – tickets available at the Gran Plaza box office in front of Cinepolis or www.tickestar.com.mx

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 $100,  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 are on sale now, 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 November 17: Tribute to Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Diego’s, 6 p.m.

Thursday November 21: BBQ & Beer Fest @ Diegos: it’s the annual all-you-can-eat for $199 [fish and chips, wings, bbq ribs] fest with Diego’s house bands [The Truth, The Bandits, KraKen] providing all their great music. Noon to 6 p.m.

Thursday November 21: The Decadette’s!  rock the house with songs of the 60s, Life en Español Centro. $250, 7 p.m. Let’s get this party started! https://www.facebook.com/decadettes/paypal.me/thedecadettes for tickets

Monday November 25: Cats! You know the story, you know the music, perhaps you’d enjoy this Spanish version. Pop singer Yuri stars as Grizabella. MIC [Mazatlan International Centre] 6 p.m., 9 p.m. tickets available at: www.boletomovil.com, call 669 989 6060, 669 262 5253.

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.

Thursday November 28: Tribute to Red Hot Chilli Peppers by The Maverick’s Band, Life en Español GZ, 10 p.m.

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 6th: The 14th Annual ArtWalk returns! Every year people look forward to meeting and greeting artists and being invited inside their art studios. As always, it’s in Centro, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and you can easily walk from gallery to gallery. Or split it up and have a drink in your favourite bar. The artists are thrilled to meet you,[as many as 40 artists, 28 galleries] but there is never any pressure to buy. You’ll see all types of media – oil, acrylic, water colours, photography, sculptures, jewellery, local crafts – it’s all about the art and an easy walk – and meeting friends along the way and getting to know our resident artists. Printed maps listings all the galleries are available throughout Centro.

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 are on sale now, 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 performances, 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.

 Saturday December 21:   Los Güeros Poker Run, starts at noon, followed by four other bars/restaurants. As always, everyone is welcome – bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, taxis, cars, wheelchairs, walking, do it YOUR way – $100 entry and a purchase at each establishment is a must for a roll of the dice – a bottle of water will do it, or something stronger if you desire. Help support the host restaurants, plus there’s a 50/50 raffle.

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.

Tuesday December 31: New Year’s Eve: celebrations from Centro to Cerritos and beyond. It’s never too early to book the Brenster at La Catrina [only 200 tickets, it sells out every year]; this year it costs $975 pesos and that includes a choice of three different entrees, all-you-can-drink, party favours, midnight champagne and the Brenster’s show – the award-winning singer/songwriter will perform new songs from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. To reserve stop by La Catrina or e mail: sugheyvg@hotmail.com. Reservations must be made and paid for by December 10. Practically sold out, 50+ tickets left…

Wednesday January 8 and Thursday January 9: Twisted Mama’s Tribute Show – featuring John Fogerty, starring Jeff Brewer. 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

Friday January 10: Tribute to Zoë by Maverik’s Band, La Juana, 9 p.m., $100 cover

Saturday January 18: Los Güeros Poker Run, starts at noon, followed by four other bars/restaurants. As always, everyone is welcome – bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, taxis, cars, wheelchairs, walking, do it YOUR way – $100 entry and a purchase at each establishment is a must for a roll of the dice – a bottle of water will do it, or something stronger if you desire. Help support the host restaurants, plus there’s a 50/50 raffle.alert]

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 now, 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.] [/alert]

Wednesday January 22, Thursday January 23 and Friday January 24: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring Soul Brothers starring Chris and Geoff Dahl.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 starring The Danckert Jones. Tribute shows have never been more popular and Cindy and her team have worked hard to bring you the very best. People say this duo is “the definitive California sound…vocals and guitar playing that are right on the money.”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

Friday February 7 and Saturday February 8: Second Annual Wine Festival/Segundo Festival del Noroeste de Vinos. Once again, organizer Justo Molachino has gathered together many of the best wine merchants and wineries of Mexico. This two day wine fest takes place at the Museo de Arte [on Venustiano Carranza and Sixto Osuna] from noon until 8 p.m. Although the tasting starts at noon, it’s best to arrive around around 1:30 or 2 p.m. so merchants can chill their wine and open their reds to breath. Entry fee is $300 or $200 for the two days and you can buy tickets at the door of the Museo. You’ll be given the option of a plastic tasting glass for $50 or “real” stemware for $100 that you carry with you from booth to booth. There are proper “spitting/spilling” buckets throughout the space as well as a cheese table; probably ideal to have a bite to eat before you sample all the wonderful wines – there could be more than 25 booths. If you fancy a certain wine you can buy a bottle at the back of the Museo in its conference room. Please have pesos ready, credit cards are not accepted. It was the opinion of many tasters last year that the winners were the wines from Chihuahua, but who knows which will be your favourites this year? It’s a beautifully organized wine festival complete with musical entertainment. Salud!

Wednesday February 12, Thursday February 13 and Friday February 14: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring The Rocket Man starring Jeffery Scott.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

Saturday February 15: Los Güeros Poker Run, starts at noon, followed by four other bars/restaurants. As always, everyone is welcome – bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, taxis, cars, wheelchairs, walking, do it YOUR way – $100 entry and a purchase at each establishment is a must for a roll of the dice – a bottle of water will do it, or something stronger if you desire. Help support the host restaurants, plus there’s a 50/50 raffle.

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 are on sale now, 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. The theme for 2020 was announced on October 12: “Somos América: Pasión, Alegria y Esperanza” – we are America, passion, joy [happiness] and hope.

Thursday February 27 and Friday February 28: Twisted Mama’s Tribute show – featuring Shania Twain starring Annette Lafond.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 starring Matt Cage.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

Saturday March 14: Los Güeros Poker Run, starts at noon, followed by four other bars/restaurants. As always, everyone is welcome – bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, taxis, cars, wheelchairs, walking, do it YOUR way – $100 entry and a purchase at each establishment is a must for a roll of the dice – a bottle of water will do it, or something stronger if you desire. Help support the host restaurants, plus there’s a 50/50 raffle.

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 are on sale now, 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 starring Jackie and Adrianne.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

Saturday April 9: Los Güeros Poker Run, starts at noon, followed by four other bars/restaurants. As always, everyone is welcome – bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, taxis, cars, wheelchairs, walking, do it YOUR way – $100 entry and a purchase at each establishment is a must for a roll of the dice – a bottle of water will do it, or something stronger if you desire. Help support the host restaurants, plus there’s a 50/50 raffle.

 

~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.  Kannon, LM Restobar, 4:30 p.m.♦ RIO [Rob Lamonica, Ignacio Chavez, Omar Rios – jazz, pop, ballads, “all-of-it”], La Bohemia, 6:30p.m. Rex, [r ‘n r], Lucky B’s, 8 p.m.  Kannon, GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.  Alets Malafama, Cheers, 9:30 p.m. 

Wednesdays: Kannon, La Corriente, 3 p.m. The Truth and Friends,[various blues musicians change it up every week] Diego’s, 3 p.m.RIO [Rob Lamonica, Ignacio Chavez, Omar Rios – jazz, pop, ballads, “all-of-it”], La Bohemia, 6:30p.m. Live music, 28/Veintiocho, 7 p.m. KraKen, [pop, r ‘n r] Lucky B’s, 8 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: RIO [Rob Lamonica, Ignacio Chavez, Omar Rios – jazz, pop, ballads, “all-of-it”], La Corriente, 3 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.♦ Rex [r ‘n r], Lucky B’s, 8 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:  Lori Davidson & Ignacio Chavez “Nacho” [ballads, soft jazzy music, Spanish and English], La Fábula, 6 p.m. ♦Live music [ rock ‘n roll], LM Restobar, 6 p.m. followed by the music of Jose y Zujey  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.♦The GoodFellas, F.I.S.H., 8:30 p.m.Everardo Castro [classic Mexican ballads and pop], Los Zarapas, 9 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 9:30 p.m.  Live music, Barracruda’s . Malavista SC, La Fábula, 9:30 p.m. Te Para Dos /T-42 – Ruido Bar, 9:30 p.m. Adiccion [ r ‘n roll] Simba Sport Bar, 10 p.m. Vilanova, Diego’s, 10 p.m.

Saturdays: KraKen, Diego’s, 4 p.m. Rob Lamonica and Dave O [a touch of country], Macaws, 6:30 p.m. Lori Davidson and Ignacio “Nacho” on the roof,[ballads, soft jazzy music, English and Spanish], Totem, 8:30 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. Rex [ r ‘n r], Lucky B’s, 8 p.m.♦ Los Cryps,[rock n’ roll] Gaia Bistrot, 8 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, 9:30 p.m.

Sundays:  Marimba, Gaia Bistro, 2:30 p.m. Los Brownies, La Tostaderia del Mar, 4 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. Malavista S.C.,  Pedro & Lola, 8:30 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, Mariana Escobedo #405 [between Athina Spa and Héctor’s Bistro] open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sundays. It’s an eclectic gallery with jewellery, and works of art by the talented owner and [sometimes] quirky artist Agustin Castillo.

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 year round. The venues change, give her a call!