Centro Cultural Ajijic
Figuraciones, a collective show of contemporary art, opens Saturday, July 8, 5 to 8 p.m., with a cocktail reception at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, standing on the north side of the plaza.
The exhibit, set to run for four weeks, features works by 20 accomplished Jalisco artists from Guadalajara and points beyond.
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. and 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 Midwestern family with a very dark secret.
Directed by Scott Elliott, “Buried Child” casts Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Paul Sparks, Rich Commer, Nat Wolff and Taissa Farmiga.
“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 dance and improvisation with audience involvement.
Performers include Esteban Oetling Ramirez, Amaranta Santos, Millicent Brandow, Mary Hunt, Kathleen Carlson, David de la Mora, Barbara Pruitt, John Ward, the Lakeside Tappers, Val Jones, Judy Hendrick, Wanda White and Jayme Littlejohn among others.
Oaxaca fest in Poncitlán
The town of Poncitlan is hosting a week-long festival of Oaxacan culture, culminating Sunday, July 9, with a presentation of La Guelaguetza, the acclaimed summer celebration of traditional music, dance, costumes and foods representing the state’s eight regions.
The colorful stage show will take place at Poncitlán’s central plaza, starting at 7 p.m. The full June 30 through July 11 program also encompasses a series of free craft workshops being offered daily, 5 p.m., at the same location. Poncitlan is located about 30 kilometers east of the Santa Rosa junction of the Chapala and Guadalajara –Ocotlan highways.
Guelaguetza is the word for “offering” in the Zapotec language, referring the ancient custom of sharing bounty in family and religious celebrations. At the end of the festival show, participants shower the audience with typical products from their respective communities.
La Guelaguetza of modern times derives from pre-hispanic rituals honoring the corn goddess Centeotl fused with the Catholic feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel introduced with the Spanish conquest. Also known among the indigenous people as “Los Lunes del Cerro” (Mondays on the Hill), this festival is held in the state capital on two consecutive Mondays in the latter half of July.
LLT Actors Studio
Auditioning: learn to overcome the FEAR and have some fun at the next Lakeside Little Theatre Play house Actors Studio series entitled, “How to Successfully Audition for Live Theatre.” Want to audition for a play, but don’t know how? Auditioned before, but never been cast? Looking to improve your audition techniques? Then join this fun workshop.
The workshop will cover: auditioning – the process; tips and how to prepare; practical exercises – you will get to practice an audition; after the audition – what next?; how are casting decisions made?; observations and a question and answer period.
Participants need have no prior acting or audition experience, but should come with a willingness to learn and participate.
The workshop, Tuesday, July 18, 2-5 p.m., is led by Collette Clavadetscher and Candace Luciano.
The Mariachi Real Axixic and the Centro Cultural Ajijic present Mariachi Sinfonico, Friday, July 21, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Ajijic. The Mariachi Real team up with the Orchesta Filarmonica Infantil de la Ribera and Lola La Tequilera - all under the direction of Daniel Medeles Cordova - to present “a fun, unique emotional and unforgettable musical and visual experience.” This event is to raise funds for the Center. The cost is 120 pesos.
Cindy Paul and Pancho Martinez (aka, aQuarius Duo) take everybody on their magical mystery tour back to the 60s and early 70s with iconic songs like “Get Together,” “Country Roads” and “Imagine.” Get in the spirit by wearing your best tie-dye or fringe; you might just win the Coolest Hippie Garb prize for the evening! aQuarius Duo plays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday at La Bodega Restaurant. There’s no cover charge, but be sure to make reservations: 376-766-1002.
Viva la Musica’s Summer in the Village Concert series’ next performance is a solo piano concert with Sergio Parra, in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, July 27.
Art Songs and Arias with soprano Canadian mezzo-soprano Michele Bogdanowicz and 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.