The third annual Ixtlahuacan Music Festival will be held at the historic theater in Atequiza, Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1. Friday, four different regional orchestras will play a half-hour of music starting at 7 p.m. The line-up is: The Zapopan Symphonic Band, the San Felipe Municipal Band, Cuerdas de Janacatlan and the Tlajomulco Municipal Band. Saturday, five groups take the stage beginning with the Estudiantina de the Casa de la Cultura from Ixlahacan del Rio at 7 p.m., followed by Canto y Musico from Zapotlanejo, two children’s traditional mariachis from El Salto and Tonala, and the Tipical Orchestra from Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos. The program is free of charge. Atequiza is about a 25-minute drive from Chapala on the state highway 35 headed toward La Barca.
“Song, Dance, Improv, Comedy — My Favorite Things” is a variety show extravaganza being performed by local and Guadalajara artists at The Bravo! Theatre in July. Performers range in age from kids to seniors. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Timothy G. Ruff Welch accompanies the singers and there will be tap and Latin dance and improvisation with audience involvement.
Performers include Justin Flores Cogswell, Esteban Oetling Ramirez, Amaranta Santos, Tim Tillman, Millicent Brandow, Mary Hunt, Kathleen Carlson, David de la Mora, Barbara Pruitt, John Ward, the Lakeside Tappers, Val Jones, Judy Roberts, Judy Hendrick, Ricardo & Angela, Wanda White & Jayme Littlejohn among others.
A collective exhibit “Tarde de Perros” is now hung at La Peña de Santos Rico, Constitucion 16 in Ajijic. Painters, sculptors and graphic artists participating include Antonio Lopez Vega, Daniel Palma, Gabriel Mariscal, Isidro Xilonzochilt, Jesus Lopez Vega and Polo. Open Wednesday to Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Chez Manu Cafe in Chapala is hosting “An Evening with Alvaro Cuevas,” Saturday, July 1, 7 to 9 p.m. Cuevas is considered one of the major up and coming artists in Mexico. His paintings are created one fingerprint at a time. He also creates bronze and ceramic sculpture, and a new signature line of home décor. As he has in several cities in Mexico, Cuevas will be installing four 10-foot ceramic sculptures in Chapala soon. A special menu and entertainment are planned for the event at Chez Manu, located at Degollado 223, near Cristiania Park. For more information, call Manu at (376)108-1252.
Lazaro Luna exhibits clay sculpture in a show called “El Hijo de Maiz”, at Casa Luna, Ocampo 22 in Ajijic. The exhibit is up through August 5.
Viva Bus trips
Viva La Musica sponsors bus trips to concerts by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) at the Teatro Degollado.
Sunday, July 2, guest conductor Sacha Goetzel presents “1001 Arabian Nights,” with soloist Philippe Quint on violin. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Barber’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” and Rimski-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” The bus departs at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets, 450 pesos (550 pesos for non-Viva members), are available at the Lake Chapala Society Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or though Rosemary Keeling, 766-1801.
Arts Society meets
The Ajijic Society of the Arts holds its monthly meeting Monday, July 3, 10 a.m. at La Bodega Restaurant. Ted Shaw will give a talk entitled “It all begins with wonder — three easy steps to creating the life of your dreams,” 10:30 a.m. Shaw is passionate about helping people attain a greater level of success in their lives, relationships, careers and businesses.
Concert pianist Patricia Garcia-Torres presents “Impetuoso Amanecer” (Impetuous Dawn) Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. The program includes pieces by Arturo Márquez, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
LLT Broadway HD
The Lakeside Little Theatre will present the screening of the Broadway play “Buried Child,” by Sam Shepard Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 3 p.m.
Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play returns 20 years after its last major New York production. In this highly acclaimed three-act play, Shepard takes a look at one American Midwestern family with a very dark secret.
This poetic and cutting funny take on the American family drama gleefully pulls apart the threadbare delusions that characterize our family life.
Directed by Scott Elliott, “Buried Child” casts Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Paul Sparks, Rich Commer, Nat Wolff and Taissa Farmiga.
Viva la Musica’s Summer in the Village Concert series next performance is a piano solo concert with Sergio Parra in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church July 27. Art Songs and Arias with soprano Canadian mezzo-soprano Michele Bogdanowicz and her Mexican American husband, tenor Ernesto Ramirez will perform at the Auditorium in la Floresta August 24.
Tickets for either performance, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl. Mia’s and the Lake Chapala Society Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.