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Ribera Arts Review - November 4, 2017

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“Time Stands Still,” Lakeside Little Theatre’s next production, is a poignant contemporary drama written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies.

It centers on Sarah, who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her boyfriend James, who is swamped by guilt after leaving Sarah alone in Iraq. Their friend Richard, a photo editor, introduces them to his new, much younger girlfriend Mandy. The play focuses on their relationships and Sarah and James’ prospects for a more conventional life.

Directed by David Goldman and featuring Don Beaudreault, Johanna Labadie, Greg Custer and Carolyn Cothran, “Time Stands Still” runs November 3-12 at Lakeside Little Theatre. Evenings, the curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. and the first Saturday and both Sunday matinees begin 3 p.m.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at LLT’s box office 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday and one hour before curtain. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766-0954.

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Real de Chapala

An exhibit of paintings will be up at the Salon Camachines in the Hotel Real de Chapala Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5 to benefit the Grupo Ayuda a Nuestros Abuelos de Ajijic (Help for our grandparents of Ajijic).

Community fun

The Day of the Dead festivities continue with an exhibition of catrinas and live jazz music by Lola LA Tequiera and sus Naguales on the Andador Axixic, Saturday, November 4, beginning 6 p.m.

Art and sculpture

Paintings by Georg Rauch and sculptures by Isidoro Xiloxcochitl will be on display at Viva Mexico Restaurant November 4-December 12. Viva Mexico is at Porfirio Díaz 92 in San Juan Cosala.

Death every day

Sunday, November 5, the Centro Cultural Ajijic presents “Muerte de Todos Los Dias” by Carlos Orona, a timely homage to death.

This production features a cast of historical characters taken from Diego Rivera’s famous mural “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Almeda Central Park,” including La Catrina, Frida Kahlo, Diego, and various others.

The curtain rises at 6 p.m. Tickets are 80 pesos in advance and 100 pesos at the door. Come and support community theater and learn some Spanish.

New World Song Cycle

Guadalajara lyric tenor Ricardo Calderon will sing old and new American songs – accompanied on the piano by Timothy Welch – on Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. as part of Viva la Musica’s New World Song Cycle series.

Calderon has sung in operas and as a concert soloist throughout Mexico, and more recently in the United States. He will present a program of songs by U.S. composers Stephen Foster (“Beautiful Dreamer”), Samuel Barber (“Sure on This Shining Night”), Henry Mancini (“Moon River”) and Leonard Bernstein (“Maria” from “West Side Story”).

After the intermission, Calderon will be joined by Canadian soprano Judy Roberts who will sing “What Good Would the Moon Be” and “Lonely House” from “Street Scene” by Kurt Weill.

The concert is being held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets, 300 pesos for adults and 50 pesos for students, are available at Mia’s Boutique, Diane Pearl and the LCS ticket booth on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.

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LLT auditions

Director Paul Kloegman is looking for three women for the Lakeside Little Theatre production of “Agnes of God” to be staged January 12-21, 2018. Auditions are Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, 9:30 a.m. at the theater.

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“Fiddler on the Roof” auditions at LLT are on Friday and Saturday, November 17 are 18, 9:30 a.m. The play is directed by Dave McIntosh, music direction by Ann Swiston and choreography by Flemming Halby. The directors are looking for at least ten males and ten females of all ages, including teens. Singers and non-singers are welcome to audition for a wide variety of roles, from chorus to small parts to principals. For scripts and information, contact McIntosh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. LLT welcomes and encourages everyone interested in acting, new or experienced to attend auditions for any of this season’s plays.

Kids dance

The Ballet Folklorico Infantil Ixtlacateotl presents “El Cascar de la Huesuda,” a presentation with a Calavera theme, Saturday, November 11, 6 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. Admission is free.

Florals

Studio 18 Art Gallery will host the opening of the exhibit “Inflorescense,” with new floral works by Gwynee Lott, Friday, November 10, 5-7 p.m. The gallery is at Colon 18 in Ajijic.

New gallery opens

The Real Deal Antique Art gallery holds its grand opening Friday, November 10, 5 p.m., exhibiting more than 70 pieces from Europe, Mexico and the United States, including originals by Degas, Picasso, Tamayo and Pollock. The gallery is located at Colon 39 in Ajijic. Call 766-0328 for more information.

Classical concert

A concert by the Ad Libitum Orchestra, directed by Siliva Avila Arias, will perform works by Barbosa Mendez, Heinrich Isaac, Beethoven, Handel, Purcell and Teleman, Friday, November 17, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. Admission is free.

Vera Lynn tribute

Cindy Paul will perform “We’ll Meet Again,” a tribute to Vera Lynn, at an event sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion at La Casa del Musico, La Paz 59 in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, 7-9 p.m.

Lynn is an English singer whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during World War II. In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart, with “We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn.” She released the album “Vera Lynn 100” earlier this year to commemorate her centennial year, and it was a number three hit, making her the oldest recording artist in the world and first centenarian performer to have an album in the charts.

Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique.

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Opera bus trips

Viva La Musica hosts Saturday trips to HD live screenings of Live from the Met opera at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara. Buses depart at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets, 450 pesos for members and 550 for non-members, are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.

November 18: “The Exterminating Angel” by British composer Thomas Ades, based on a famous surrealist movie, with Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar and Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile.

Orchestra bus trips

Viva La Musica is sponsoring bus trips to Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.

Sunday November 19: Gustav Mahler, “Resurrection Symphony,” conducted by Marco Parisotto, with soprano Nicole Heaston, contralto Cassandra Zoe Velasco, and the Zapopan Municipal Choir. The bus leaves at 3:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert.  No dinner stop. Tickets for this concert have increased to 600 pesos for members and 700 pesos for non-members.

Sunday November 26: Operatic Gala directed by Marco Parisotto features pieces from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bellini’s Norma, Puccini’s La Boheme and Turandot. Bus departs 10:30 a.m. Tickets for this concert are 450 pesos for members and 550 pesos for non-members.

Bravo Theatre

“Trying,” by Canadian playwright Joanna Glass is the next production of Bravo Theatre.

Directed by Bernadette Jones, with Roger Larson and Allison Plamondon, “Trying” is based on Glass’s experience during 1967-1968 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C. Judge Biddle had been Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt. After the war, President Truman named him Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The play is about a young Canadian girl and an old Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other in Biddle’s final year of his life.

Show dates are November 24 to December 3. Tickets, 250 pesos, from Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Kinsey Sicks: Irreverent provocation

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The Kinsey Sicks are back with their new show “Things You Shouldn’t Say.” In this era of Trumpism, they’re sharing their hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking tale, showing that hatred and deceit can be fought with humor and heart. Critics have described the show as “provocative, delicious, subversive, riotously funny and an absolute must watch.” Join America’s favorite Dragapella beauty-shop quartet as they lead us in resisting these new dark times with laughter, integrity, and heroically high hair in an unforgettable new musical that just finished playing off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival. The sole show is Sunday, November 19, 6 p.m. at the Auditorio de Ribera. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl, Jose Melendez and the Dildoria.

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