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Entertainment Guide - December 14, 2019

Arcano

Instrumental electric fusion trio made up of siblings Erick (piano) and Ericka (violin), plus Sara Victoria (cello), all from Tepic, Nayarit, first made a name for themselves thrilling audiences in Puerto Vallarta.

Their dynamic combination of classical, pop, rock and traditional Mexican music has subsequently brought them wider acclaim and led to many recordings. This show will also feature 50 dancers, making for a memorable and colorful evening of entertainment.

Auditorio Telmex, Friday, December 13, 9 p.m. 650-1,600 pesos.

‘Winter Stories’

The University of Guadalajara’s contemporary dance group, Gineceo, presents “Historias de Invierno” (Winter Stories), a work reflecting on many aspects of the season and the holiday period.

Teatro Experimental de Jalisco (Calzada Independencia Sur, at entrance to Parque Agua Azul), Friday, December 13, 7 p.m. 150 pesos.

Mónica Zuloaga

Well-known and respected Guadalajara-born jazz singer presents an intimate concert with a Christmas flavor – and some added surprises – in the Estudio Diana, the smaller venue located in the basement of the Teatro Diana. Recommended for jazz fans.

Estudio Diana, Friday, December 13, 9 p.m. 200 pesos.

The Nutcracker

A performance by the Classic Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, December 14, 9 p.m. 300-700 pesos.

Folk dance

A performance by the Ballet Folklórico Ciudad de Zapopan Teocalli.

Teatro Galerias, Sunday, December 15, 6 p.m. 150-200 pesos.

The Polar Express

Screening of the Oscar-nominated animated movie “The Polar Express,” accompanied by a live orchestra playing the score. The story involves a young boy on Christmas Eve who boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole.

Teatro Diana, Friday, December 20, 6 p.m.

‘La La Land’

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Screening of the Oscar-winning movie combined with a live show.

Teatro Galerias, Friday, January 10, 8 p.m. 250-280 pesos.

Live from the Met

2020 Met simulcasts kick off with Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck.” After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel. 

Teatro Diana, Saturday, January 11, 11:55 a.m. 120-290 pesos.

EMPO Sinfónico

Adventurous music fans might be curious to see how two completely distinct musical genres – classic electronic songs played by a symphony orchestra – works in practice.  The EMPO Sinfónico is made up of elite Mexican musicians and has earned critical acclaim after performances in Mexico City.  Hear music from Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Safri Duo, Gigi D’agostino, Faithless, DJ Tiestö, Uniderworld, Armin Van Buuren, Eiffel 65, Avicii, Erik Prydz, Swedish House Mafia and Robert Miles, among others.

Teatro Diana, Friday, January 31, 9 p.m. 380-1,150 pesos.

Live from the Met

James Robinson’s stylish production of “Porgy and Bess” transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles plus an all-star ensemble.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, February 1, 11:55 a.m. 120-290 pesos.

Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is a spectacular new staging of the much-loved traditional Irish dance masterpiece. The show stars James Keegan, Morgan Comer, Mathew Smith, Cathal Keaney, Fergal Keaney and Andras Kren as the “Lords of the Dance” and is choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and choreography. With 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers directed by Flatley, and new music by composer Gerard Fahy, this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, February 15, 5 and 8:30 p.m. 390-1,650 pesos.

GR RECOMMENDS: The Nutcracker

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Jalisco’s talented state-supported ballet company, the Ballet de Jalisco, is accompanied by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (first four dates only; recorded music thereafter) in its version of the seasonal classic, The Nutcracker. The performance sees 100 dancers on stage, not only including members of the professional troupe but also talented students from local ballet academies.  In addition, 59 children will also make an appearance. Tickets for shows from December 12-15 have sold out, but are available for the remaining performances.

Teatro Degollado, Wednesday, December 18, Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20, all at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.  and Sunday, December 22, 12:30 p.m.  Ticketmaster y en las taquillas del Teatro Degollado. 100-400 pesos.

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