Two more showcase presentations of Roseann Wilshere’s Actor’s Studio are scheduled at Bravo Theatre on Friday, August 11, 4 p.m. and Saturday, August 12, 7:30 p.m.
For the past three years, actors get together every Monday afternoon to study the craft of acting with Wilshere, a retired professional director. They study scenes and work on them until they feel they are presentation-ready and then perform them for the public.
Each short playlet is about ten minutes long and most are funny, although one or two scenes touch on the dramatic — providing the audience with a smorgasbord of theater.
Adriana Erwin teaches Arabian-style belly dancing at Dance and Fitness Studio Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.
Benefits are proclaimed to include toning abdominal and pelvic areas, weight loss, improved self esteem, better digestion, posture correction, increased sensuality and happiness. For more information, call (376) 106-1707.
Expo Chapala Artesanal ECA 28 will kick off three days of fun, live music and great shopping August 18-20, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Malecon in Chapala. Exhibitors from around the state will be offering their arts and crafts.
EnArt, a major exhibition of decorative Mexican arts and crafts with more than 200 exhibitors, will be held next weekend at the Centro Cultural El Refugio in Tlaquepaque.
Chapala will host an extension of Guadalajara´s 16th annual Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional with a free concert Saturday, August 19, 7 p.m., at the open-air forum on the east leg of the waterfront Malecón.
Traditional mariachi bands are string ensembles, distinct from more modern troupes that include trumpet players and dress in charro style outfits. Two groups from different parts of the country will perform at the Chapala appearance.
Guadalajara tenor Ernesto Ramirez and his wife, distinguished Canadian mezzo-soprano Michèle Bogdanowicz, will present a selection of beloved opera and show music in Ajijic, Thursday, August 24, 4 p.m., in the Auditorio de la Ribera in La Floresta. Accompanying the duo will be pianist and choral director Timothy G. Ruff Welch.
The musicians will begin with compositions by María Grever and go on to perform favorites from operas such as “Carmen,” “Rigoletto” and “Les Troyens,” as well as show music from “Porgy and Bess,” “West Side Story,” “Les Misérables,” “Evita” and “Dick Tracy.”
This performance is Viva La Música’s final presentation in its Summer in the Village series.
Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the Lake Chapala Society from 10 a.m. to noon, Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique.
The Lake Chapala Society is putting on a fun festival, Saturday, August 26, featuring Mike the the Suspects, the Funky Drivers, La Catrina and Roll up. Food will be provided from Alex’s Pasta Bar and sweets and treats from the Café Corazon. A cash bar and Corazon de Malta craft beer will be available.
Tickets, 120 pesos for LCS members, 170 pesos for non-members and 200 pesos at the door, are available at LCS, Que Ganga and Diane Pearl.
The Ballet de Jalisco will perform “Romeo and Juliet” at the Degollado Theater in Guadalajara September 22, 8:30 p.m., September 23, 7:30 p.m. and September 24, 12:30 p.m.
As a special service to Lakeside residents wishing to attend any of these performances and provide their own transportation, Suzanne Salimbene, founder of Lakeside Friends of Ballet de Jalisco, has arranged to take reservations and payment for tickets.
Salimbene says she is offering this service because she has heard that many Lakeside residents have reported having difficulties purchasing tickets online from Ticketmaster.
Those wishing to attend the September 22 performance of “Romeo and Juliet” on the Viva La Musica! bus trip should contact Rosemary Keeling, (376) 766-1801.
Neill James’ inspiration
The efforts of 38 children and Ajijic-based teachers were showcased in the performance of “Los Sueños de Axixic – en Palabras e Imágenes” (The Dreams of Axixic – in Words and Images) held at the Ajijic Cultural Center, Sunday, August 6. The show drew from the experiences and products of a one-week camp and reflected the amazing energy and versatility that characterized the interaction between the children and their teachers.
This was the third project in three years that La Cochera Cultural has facilitated to support local children and teachers through workshops and activities that focus on building bridges between children and art, and between culture and community. This work is undertaken in the memory of the late benefactor Neill James and takes its inspiration from her legacy.
This year, the Sueños project gathered children between the ages of 5 and 12 who experimented with writing, painting, photography, dance, singing, playing traditional Mexican instruments, print-making and creating dream catchers. In addition to the performance, the camp also resulted in an edited volume of the children’s inspiring creations.