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Ribera Arts Review - September 9, 2017

LLT playhouse series

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant, he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband.

But in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT), in affiliation with National Theatre Live, presents high-definition screenings of the production “Obsession” September 9 and 10.

Jude Law stars in this production, recorded live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove directs this adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1942 film.

Showings are Saturday, September 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 3 p.m.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon.



Rehearsals for the Thrill the World Ajijic 2017 zombie dance fundraiser will start Saturday, September 9, 1-3 p.m.  at the Centro Cultural Ajijic. They will continue each Saturday, 1-3 p.m., and Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., at the same venue until the show on October 28. No zombie or dancing experience is necessary. This year, Tepehua Community Center and the School for Special Needs will be the recipients of the funds generated by this fun event. Last year, 103 locals joined thousands around the world in the dance and raised 200,000 pesos for the Red Cross. For more information, contact Val Jones or Dee Grant 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..

Poetry at the kiosk

San Antonio Tlayacapan Gallery “La 133” inaugurates the exhibition “Emergencias-Resurgencias” featuring the works of Jorge Esquinca, Mario Heredia and Francisco Magaña, Saturday, September 9.

The event will also include poetry readings by Luis Armenta Malpica, Luis Fernando Ortega, Víctor Ortiz Partida,
Luis Alberto Navarro, Carmen Villoro, Karla Sandomingo, Álvaro Luquín
Fernando Carrera, Federico de la Vega (Querétaro), Luis Vicente de Aguinaga, Octavio Ignacio Perez, Luz Preciado, Evelia Lara (Antonio Tlayacapan),
Nury Vázquez Hernández (Tabasco), Ángela Filigrana Rosique (Tabasco),
Gustavo Íñiguez, Mario Heredia, Gabriel Magaña and Jorge Esquinca.  Live music will grace the event.

Train Station culture

The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo (old train station) in Chapala has several events planned for this month.

The Ballet Folklorico Tierra en Movimiento performs Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m.

The Mozaretta Camara Orchestra takes the stage with a presentation of “Mexico de Antaño” Friday, September 22, 7 p.m.

Cabaret encore

Back by popular demand, Christine Deaver returns for an additonal “Hot and Spanx-less” show at The Cave on Saturday, September 16, 7 p.m.  Come see what the Los Angeles times calls, “Outrageously funny ... a tidal wave of talent” and the Seattle Times, “Powerhouse vocals that can loosen the mortar.”  Don’t miss your chance to see her and if you’re lucky, the Gringo Temptations, before she heads back to Los Angeles. Limited tickets can be purchased at Diane Pearl.

Orchestra bus trips

Viva La Musica is sponsoring bus trips to Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra concerts and a ballet performance at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Except for the ballet performance, the bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. with a stop at a good restaurant. Tickets (premium orchestra seats), 450 pesos (550 for non-members), are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.

Thursday, September 14: “Mexico Sinfonico,” conducted by Marco Parisotto, features “Mariachitlan” by Contreras, “Huapango” by Moncayo, a cello concerto by Marquez with soloist Carlos Prieto and “La Noche de las Mayas” by Revueltas.

Friday, September 22: The talented Ballet de Jalisco performs “Romeo and Juliet” by Sergei Prokofiev. The bus leaves at 6 p.m. Tickets for this trip are 650 pesos (750 pesos for non-members).

Thursday, October 19: “Hungarian Impressions,” conducted by Marco Parisotto, features “Suite” by Kodaly, “Piano Concerto No.1” by Liszt, with Daniela Liebman on piano, “Hungarian Dances” by Brahms and “Mandarin Suite” by Bartok.

Thursday, October 26: Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony No. 3,” conducted by Marco Parisotto.


Singing on a Star

The Lake Chapala Chorale, founded last summer by Cindy Paul, is putting on a two-act Broadway review called “Singing on A Star.” The program, held on four consecutive Sundays, presents world-famous musical theater hits sung by some of Lakeside’s best performers at La Bodega Restaurant. The Chorale will perform hits from “Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler,” “Phantom,” “Cats,” and many other shows.

“This isn’t just a bunch of people singing in rows,” says Paul. “You’re going to see some of the best performers ever to come to our area, and a lot of energetic choreography as well.”

Show dates are September 24, October 1, 8 and 15, 4-6 p.m. Tickets, 150 pesos (200 pesos at the door), are available at Mia’s Boutique, Diane Pearl and the American Legion in Chapala.

Opera bus trips

Viva La Musica hosts Saturday trips to HD live screenings of Live from the Met opera at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara. Buses depart at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets, 450 pesos for members and 550 for non-members, are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.

October 7: “Norma” by Bellini,” with Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma and Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa. The tragic role of Norma includes so many beautiful arias, it has been a launching pad for many distinguished sopranos.

October 14: “The Magic Flute,” by Mozart with Golda Schultz as Pamina and Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night. This is one of Mozart’s most popular operas, both moving and witty.

November 18: “The Exterminating Angel,” by Thomas Ades, the third opera by this British composer, based on a famous surrealist movie, with Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar and Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile. It has an “urgent and apocalyptic intensity.”

Singers wanted

Los Cantantes de Lago, the premier community choir of Lakeside, is accepting new singers for their annual holiday concert, December 5 and 6.  Los Cantantes will perform holiday classics, as well as Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with orchestra and a children’s choir.  The choir is also preparing for a Showstoppers concert to be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church October 22, 4 p.m.

If you are interested in singing with Los Cantantes and working under Maestro Timothy G. Ruff Welch, see loscantantesdellago.com and click on the “Come Sing With Us!” tab and then click on “Join Us” at the bottom of that page.  Welch will be in touch with you. Rehearsals for this choir, with members of all ages and many nationalities, start September 26.

Tickets for Showstoppers #15 and the Viva Vivaldi Holiday Concert, 250 pesos, are on sale at Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl. They will soon be on sale on Los Cantantes website at loscantantesdellago.com.



Next up at The Naked Stage Readers’ Theatre is a presentation of “Private Lives” By Noël Coward, directed by Fred Koesling. Show dates are Friday to Sunday, September 22-24, 4 p.m. In the cast (above, L-R) are Pierre Blackburn, Liz White, Rosann Balbontin and Don Beaudreault.  This classic and hilarious 1930s comedy of manners (and errors!) was Noel Coward’s greatest success and marked the peak of his career.  Amanda and Elyot, a flamboyant and dazzling divorced couple discover, while honeymooning with their mousy new partners, that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Old sparks fly and their perpetually stormy relationship reignites ... much to their current spouses’ dismay.  Coward’s biographer, Philip Hoare, wrote, “Of all Coward’s plays, ‘Private Lives’ remains the most pristine, elegant example of his art … one whose dark amusements still ring as clear as a chilled Martini today.”

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