The Festival de las Artes de Jalisco (FESTA) kicks off with an inaugural concert by Leiden, a 29-year-old Cuban-Mexican folk-rock singer.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, July 28, 8 p.m. Free. Tickets distributed at theater box office two hours before show, two per person.
“La del manojo de rosas,” an opera in two acts, with words by Francisco Ramos de Castro and Anselmo C. Carreño, and music by Pablo Sorozábal. Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance.
Palcco, Friday, August 4, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 5, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 6, 6 p.m. 250-400 pesos
The Jalisco Culture Secretariat’s “Martes de Música y Ópera” series showcases talented classical musicians at free-of-charge Tuesday evening recitals. August 8: Baritone Alejandro Lazzarini is accompanied by pianist Sergio Hernández. Hear operatic classics by Mozart in the first half of the recital; Mexican classics (Agustín Lara, Manuel M. Ponce, María Grever) in the second. August 15: Guitarist Hugo Gracian and flautist Eduardo Arambula interpret works dating from ancient Greece to the 20th century. August 22: The Orquesta de Cámara Elga performs suites by Warlock, Janacek, Holst and Grieg. August 29: Pianist Kamuel Zepeda plays an assortment of Mexican music.
Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free.
Disney on Ice
Kids and adults can meet up with their favorite cartoon characters in this annual show that is hard not to love.
Auditorio Telmex, Friday August 4, 6 p.m.; Saturday, August 5, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 6, noon and 4 p.m. 250-1,000 pesos.
Weekly performances by a variety of modern and classic dance troupes. August 10: Mandinga Mar Compañía. August 17: Belly dancers. August 24: The Danza con Clase Fernando Serna company interpret various bailes de salón (Danzón, Son Cubano, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Cumbia and Salsa). August 31: Escuela de Danza Doris Topete.
Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Thursday, 8 p.m. Free.
Concert by well-known pop/rock band from California much loved by teens.
Teatro Diana, Saturday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. 590-950 pesos.
Orquesta Típica de Guadalajara
Municipal group swap Plaza de Armas bandstand for regal theater.The concert marks the 38th anniversary of this orchestra. Invited artists will include Alberto Ángel “El Cuervo”, Lucha y Jorge, Coro Amaral and the municipal ballet folklorico.
Teatro Degollado, Thursday, August 10, 8 p.m. 40-100 pesos.
Batería al Frente
Dozens of drummers from the Academia de Batería Francisco Molina play pop and rock from various eras.
Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Friday, August 18, 8 p.m. 100 pesos.
The duo LaSolFaReMi present a program titled “Tres siglos de dúos para flauta de pico” (Three centuries of duos for piccolo flute), with works by Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Morley, Hotterterre, Telemann and Ernst Krämer.
Ex Convento del Carmen, Saturday, August 19, 8 p.m. Free.
Guatemalan singer-songwriter enjoys a big following in Mexico. His music ranges from ballads to Latin pop, rock, pop rock, Cuban music, and more recently a cappella performances and a mixture of Tejano music and Norteño music.
Auditorio Telmex, Thursday August 24 and Saturday, August 26, 9 p.m. 550-2,650 pesos.
The splashy and emotional evening galas are the big-ticket item at the 24th Guadalajara International Mariachi Festival. The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra lines up alongside the biggest names in the genre: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi de América de Don Jesús Rodríguez de Hijar, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and Mariachi Sol de América.
Teatro Degollado, August 25, 26, 29, 30 31 and September 1, 8 p.m. 500-2,250 pesos. Tickets also available at Camera de Comercio (Vallarta 4095, corner Niño Obrero).
One of Mexico’s most iconic rock bands in concert.
Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, August 19, 9 p.m. 450-1,000 pesos.
Presentation by U.S. trumpeter and composer who started to gain fame in 2001 with the recording of his “Night Sessions” album. In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for the album “Impressions.” He was also nominated in 2008 for his album “Italia” and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album “Chris Botti In Boston.”
Teatro Diana, Tuesday, August 29, 9 p.m. 350-1,200 pesos.
God Save the Queen
Acclaimed Queen tribute band from Argentina have picked up rave reviews for their shows over the past decade.
Auditorio Telmex, Wednesday August 30, 9 p.m. 400-800 pesos.
U.S. violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer performs electronic, classical crossover and dubstep. This show supports her “Brave Enough” album.
Teatro Diana, Thursday, August 31, 9 p.m. 480-1,300 pesos.
GR RECOMMENDS: UdG Ballet
Universally regarded as the best folk dance troupe in Mexico, the Ballet Folklorico of the Universidad de Guadalajara is back with yet another season of stunning summer shows on Sunday evenings. See dances from all over the country, as well as emotive local favorites, such as the “Jarabe Tapatio” and “La Culebra.” Not to be missed!
Teatro Degollado, Sundays: August 6, 13 and 20; September 3, 10 and 17. All start at 6 p.m. 100-420 pesos.