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Ribera Arts Review - December 28, 2019

Good and evil

Bare Stage Theatre presents “Paradise Lost,” by Erin Shields, Friday to Sunday, December 27 to 29.

pg22What is good, what is evil and what lies in between? “Paradise Lost” is inspired by John Milton’s epic tale of the battle between good and evil. This 21st century adaptation is an exploration of gender, patriarchy and notions of original sin.

This script is brilliant, cheeky, irreverent and fiercely engaging. The cast of characters includes God, his Son, the archangels, Adam and Eve, Satan and a host of devils. It is a profound and thought-provoking exploration of Adam and Eve’s decision to eat that apple.

Directed by Lynn Phelan, the cast is comprised of Ron Mikulicic, Graham Miller, Alison Palmer, Barbara Pruitt, Diana Rowland, Darlene Sherwood, James Viers, Claudine Weinfeld and Tony Wilshere.

Reserve your tickets, 150 pesos, 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..

Box office and bar open at 3 p.m. Showtime is 4 p.m. Seats are held till 3:50 p.m.

The Bare Stage Theatre is located on the mountain side of the Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 261 in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. There is no parking inside the Baptist Church lot.

Spotlight Club

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The Dirty Black Beans play a blend of rockabilly, blues and swing for three hours on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31. Tickets are 500 pesos.

Mike and the Suspects, including local musicians Mike Fortier, Andrew McCechnie, Cris Cuevas, Rod Struss and Yohai Trejo, play January 4, 7 p.m. Tickets only 100 pesos.

Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523.

Cuban party

Casa Las Rocas is puting on a Cuban-style posada with music by Kubania Saturday, December 28, 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. On the menu is roast pork, mojitos and an after party that will go until dawn. Zaragoza 92 in West Ajijic. Reservations: 376-109-1306.

Jazz

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Rezzonante performs Monday, December 30 at Casa Domenech, Zaragoza 109 in West Ajijic. The performance is combined with a special five-course menu. Seatings are at 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets, 500 pesos are available at the Casa Domenech. Reservations: 333-150-6940 and 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..

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings. Thursday, January 2, 2 p.m. “The Silence of the Sea” (2004, France) will be shown.

In a small town in the western part of France during the German occupation, a room is requisitioned by a Wehrmacht captain who meets with unusual resistance. (91 minutes.) LCS members only.

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Centro Cultural Ajijic

Ajijic artist Jesus Lopez Vega opens an exhibition of his work titled “Fantastic Imagery” at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, Januar

LLT Playhousey 4, 3-7 p.m. Live music, libations and botanas will be on tap.

The National Theatre Live production of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” posponed in October, will premier Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5, 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Little Theatre. Tickets are 250 pesos.

ASA

Michael Koch will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Ajijic Society of the Arts, Monday, January 6. “Softly Pink” (see above) is a photograph by Koch enhanced by using a scanner and Photoshop. Koch has used scanners as an additional tool in his photography arsenal since the late 1990s. His presentation will demonstrate how to use a scanner to capture images and the many aspects of scanner software that enable creative alteration and enhancement of scanned images. His live demonstration will be projected onto a screen along with a variety examples of images he has generated using the scanner, many of which are floral and botanical, some of which have been modified or merged other images or photos using Photoshop.  

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He will provide technical information on the scanner he uses to anyone who wants it – and gift a digital version of any of the images shown in his presentation to attendees who request them.

Lip Sync

The 12th annual Lip Sync show returns to the Auditorio de la Ribera under the direction of Michael McLaughlin, with more than 50 volunteers and performers onstage to raise money for improvements to the Auditorio.

This year’s show features dances from “Riverdance,” “A Chorus Line” and many more.

The shows are Thursday, January 9, 4 p.m.; Friday, January 10, 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 12, 2 p.m. The bar opens one hour before each show.

Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique, online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Auditorio box office, 10 a.m. ro 3 p.m. as of January 8, or at the door prior to the show.

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Opera HD Live

The Chapala Opera Guild presents the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission “Wozzeck” by Austrian composer Alban Berg, Saturday, January 11, 11:55 a.m. at MovieSpace Cinemas in Ajijic. 

Screenings will be held in three theaters, two with English subtitles and one with Spanish subtitles.  Tickets are for sale on the Guild’s website at chapalaoperaguild.org and at MovieSpace Cinemas. Email Howard Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Talent Shows

The Chapala Talent Show, a benefit for the School for Special children, will hold performances Sundays at 7 p.m. on January 12 and 26 at the Spotlight Club in San Antonio Tlayacapan. First prize is 25,000 pesos. A finale will be held February 16.

For tickets or to enter contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bravo! Theatre

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Bravo Theatre is at 441 Hidalgo (on the carretera) in Riberas del Pilar, Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Mia’s Boutique or via 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..

From Bach to Jobim

World-class classical guitarist Alfredo Muro joins with cellist Mikhail Rovinski for a special concert to benefit Opera Guanajuato, Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. The program includes pieces by Bach, Falu, Piazzolla, Jobim, Powell, Celedonio Romero, Cartola, Pixiguinha and others.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Saturday at the Auditorio box office as of January 8.

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