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Ribera Arts Review - April 22, 2017

Art Auction

Efrén González and Rigoberto Navarro have organized an art auction to benefit a young Ajijic dancer and escaramuza rider who recently suffered a terrible equestrian accident.

The auction is Friday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. on the Ajijic Plaza, and will include oils, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture and photography. 

World Premier

Art Xik Xik and the Teatro CoyolliIzel present Ehécatl, an original puppet theater production based on an Aztec legend, Saturday, April 22, 5-8 p.m. in a private residence in upper Ajijic.

The eclectic and creative presentation uses original, pre-Hispanic style puppets and is a fundraiser for Butterflies en Mexico (BEM). 

Admission is 500 pesos and includes valet parking, music, catered appetizers, one complimentary drink ticket and the show. Tickets (only 50 are available) are on sale at Diane Pearl.

BEM is a local, not-for-profit charity that empowers youth to make healthy life choices. Go to gomariposa.org for more information.

Beatles tribute

El BarCo in Ajijic hosts “Ticket to Ride,” a 1962-1966 tribute to The Beatles performed by Lara Gallardo, Joel Barker, Olivia Sith and Gilberto Rios, Sunday, April 23, 5 p.m. There is a 50-peso cover charge. Reservations at 766-0452.

Benefit dinner

La Bodega owners Javier and Martha host a dinner to benefit one of their workers, Raul Hugo, who needs a knee operation. The event is Tuesday, April 25, 1-10 p.m. Amy Santos and the Lakesiders will be entertaining from 7:30 p.m. Reservations at 766-1002.

Ballet de Jalisco

The Lakeside Friends of Ballet de Jalisco hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 26, 4-7 p.m., at the Ajijic home of Blair Ferguson. 

All proceeds of this elegant affair will be used to bring in a visiting master coach to work with the members of Jalisco’s only professional classical dance troupe for an entire week. 

The Jalisco government does not provide funds for this valuable additional training – a common feature of most major dance companies throughout the world. 

This event will offer attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with the dancers, their director and teachers, while sipping champagne to a background of live music. There will be a demonstration of a ballet practice called barre – part of the daily routine of these talented dancers. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the company and its future goals. 

The afternoon will end with a silent auction of gifts from artists, restaurants and local merchants, as well as a raffle. Tickets, 450 pesos, are available at Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl. Contact Suzanne Salimbene at (376) 108-1621 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations and additional information.

Recitals

A series of free recitals is scheduled each Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo (old train station) in Chapala. 

April 27: Piano concert, Vers la flamme Op.72. 

May 4: Nikolai Medtner, Sonata Romántica Op.54 No.1 I. Romanza (Andantino con moto, ma sempre espressivo) II. Scherzo (Allegro – Presto leggiero) III. Meditazione (Andante con moto) IV. Finale (Allegro non troppo).

May 11: Pianist Mauricio Allera Malo plays Bach, Chopin and Debussy.

Naked Stage

“Four Places” by Joel Drake Johnson is the next production of The Naked Stage Readers’ Theatre.

When Peggy’s two adult children take her out for lunch, they quietly begin to take apart her life. With excruciating patience, the playwright lets two middle-aged siblings and their elderly mother lead one another – with the best intentions – to a place where forgiveness, understanding, and even love may no longer be possible. 

The play is directed by Pierre Blackburn and cast members are Pam Pettis, Chris L’Ecluse, Deanne Barber and Clay McAdam. Performances are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 28, 29 and 30, 4 p.m. A donation of 100 pesos is welcomed. The box office and bar open at 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended 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 Naked Stage is located at Hidalgo 261 on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

JPO bus trip

Viva la Musica’s last bus trip to see the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra at the Degollado Theater this season is on Friday, May 12. 

As part of Guadalajara’s May Cultural Festival, the orchestra will present Sibelius’ Violin Concerto featuring Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtma. 

The bus departs 6:30 p.m. on the Carretera, near Farmacias Guadalajara.

Tickets, 600 pesos (700 pesos for non-Viva members), must be purchased at least one week in advance. They are available at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon.

Met Opera bus trip

Viva la Musica’s final bus trip of the season to Live from the Met Opera screenings at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara is on Saturday, May 13.

“Der Rosencavalier” by Richard Strauss, starring Renee Fleming and Elina Garenca, will be presented in a new production. 

The bus departs 10:30 a.m. on the Carretera, near Farmacias Guadalajara.

Met Opera bus trip tickets, 450 pesos (550 for non-Viva members), must be purchased at least one week in advance. They are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.

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