Music at Ajijic Plaza
Beginning 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, revelers on the Ajijic Plaza will dance and shout to the sounds of the 46th traditional Fiesta de los Musicos (Fidelomus).
On the bill are La Misma Banda, Parrituas Musical, Lola La Tequilera, Mariachi Nuevo San Juan, Banda Estrellas del Lago and Mandlaguna. The cost of this enjoyable festival is 50 pesos. Tickets on sale at Peluqueria Aguayo.
“Atavismos,” an exhibition of works by painter Jesus Lopez Vega, opens Saturday, November 11, 5-8 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala.
Studio 18 Art Gallery hosts the opening of the “Inflorescense,” featuring new floral works by Gwynee Lott, Friday, November 10, 5-7 p.m. The gallery is at Colon 18 in Ajijic.
Old train station
Ad Libitum Orchestra directed by Siliva Avila Arias performs works by Barbosa Mendez, Heinrich Isaac, Beethoven, Handel, Purcell and Teleman, Friday, November 17, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo (former train station) in Chapala.
The venue celebrates the 43rd anniversary of the Voces de Chapala choir Saturday, November 18, 2:30 p.m.
And on Thursday, November 30, Mary Carmen Ortega gives a classical guitar concert.
All events are free.
Vera Lynn tribute
Cindy Paul performs “We’ll Meet Again,” a tribute to Vera Lynn, at an event sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion at La Casa del Musico, La Paz 59 in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, 7-9 p.m.
Lynn is an English singer whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during World War II. In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the U.K. Albums Chart, with “We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn.” She released the album “Vera Lynn 100” earlier this year to commemorate her centennial year, and it was a number three hit, making her the oldest recording artist in the world and first centenarian performer to have an album in the charts.
Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique.
Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof” will be held at Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18.
The upcoming play is being directed by Dave McIntosh, with music direction by Ann Swiston and choreography by Flemming Halby.
LLT welcomes and encourages everyone interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions for any of this season’s plays.
Mariachi gala for Cruz Roja
Enjoy an evening of lively Mexican song, dance and tequila tasting at the Mariachi Gala scheduled for Friday, November 17, 5 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera, La Floresta. The stage show is organized by the lakeside branch of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds going to Cruz Roja Chapala.
Seats are priced at 250 pesos in the center section, 200 pesos for side sections. Tickets are on sale at Yoly’s Unisex Salon, Diane Pearl, Ishop & Mail and the Cruz Roja Clinic. For free home delivery, call Juan Rosales at 33-1564-9620 (cel).
Opera bus trips
On Saturday, November 18, Viva La Musica hosts its final autumn Saturday trip to HD screenings of Live from the Met opera at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara. “The Exterminating Angel” by British composer Thomas Ades is based on a famous surrealist movie, with Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar and Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile.
The bus departs 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.
Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT), in affiliation with Broadway HD, presents screenings of “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand on Saturday, November 18, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m.
The play stars Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner and Daniel Sunjata.
Written in 1897, the play is a fictionalization of the life of the real Cyrano de Bergerac. It opened in Paris that same year, with its first audience applauding for an hour after the curtain fell. Written entirely in verse, in rhyming couplets of 12 syllables per line, the play has been translated from the original French and performed many times, with Anthony Burgess’s 1970 English translation and adaptation used for this production. Light-hearted in nature, this work is full of frivolous pomp and overblown dialogue – sweet but surprisingly potent. And it goes down so easily, you’re drunk and misty-eyed before you know it.
The Kinsey Sicks are back with their new show, “Things You Shouldn’t Say.” Critics have described it as “provocative, delicious, subversive, riotously funny and an absolute must watch.”
Join America’s favorite Dragapella beauty-shop quartet as they lead us in resisting these new dark times with laughter, integrity and heroically high hair in an unforgettable new musical. The sole show is Sunday, November 19, 6 p.m. at the Auditorio de Ribera. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl, Jose Melendez and the Dildoria.
Orchestra bus trips
Viva La Musica is sponsoring bus trips to Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.
Sunday, November 19: Gustav Mahler, “Resurrection Symphony,” conducted by Marco Parisotto, with soprano Nicole Heaston, contralto Cassandra Zoe Velasco, and the Zapopan Municipal Choir. The bus leaves at 3:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert. No dinner stop. Tickets for this concert are 600 pesos for members and 700 pesos for non-members.
Sunday November 26: Operatic Gala directed by Marco Parisotto features pieces from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bellini’s Norma, Puccini’s La Boheme and Turandot. Bus departs 10:30 a.m. Tickets for this concert are 450 pesos for members and 550 pesos for non-members.
“Trying,” by Canadian playwright Joanna Glass is the next production of Bravo Theatre.
Directed by Bernadette Jones, with Roger Larson and Allison Plamondon (see page 14), the play is based on Glass’ experience during 1967-1968 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C. Judge Biddle had been attorney general of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt. After the war, President Truman named him chief judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The play is about a young Canadian girl and an old Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other in Biddle’s final year of his life.
The Naked Stage
“Copenhagen,” by Michael Frayn is the next production of The Naked Stage Readers Theatre, Friday though Sunday, November 24-26, 4 p.m.
Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg famously met at Bohr’s home in Copenhagen in 1941. They were two of the most brilliant physicists of the 20th century. Both of them had been awarded a Nobel Prize (Bohr in 1922 and Heisenberg in 1932), and they had collaborated on the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics. To this day, that set of ideas remains one of the leading ways of thinking about the strange and paradoxical behavior of atomic particles.
In 1941 Denmark was occupied by Hitler’s Third Reich. Bohr was Danish and Heisenberg was German, so from Bohr’s point of view Heisenberg was both a friend and an enemy. No one knows what they said to each other on that day in 1941. After the war, even they couldn’t agree on it.
This play imagines that fateful meeting. If you are concerned about the development of the atomic bomb, and wonder what might happen to our precious world, “Copenhagen” will stir your emotions and evoke your fears.
The Naked Stage is at Carretera 261 in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic church and in front of the Baptist church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist church.
Divas in concert
Mexican divas, including Lupita Jimenez, Gaby Rizo, Lorena Aguilar and Paloma Rio, perform at the Auditorio de la Ribera in a benefit for Operation Smile, Saturday, December 2, 6 p.m. “Ojos Tapatios” will be accompanied by the Amaral Chorus and the International Viva Mexico Mariachi of Francisco Aguilar. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at BarCo and Yoli’s Salon, or by calling Lupita Jimenez, 333-105-0631.
The Lake Chapala Painting Guild presents watercolors, oils, acrylics and impressions at Galeria/Café La 133 in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Saturday, December 9.
Drinks and canapes will be served from 4-6 p.m., as attendees listen to music by Yaeli and Paza Nuñez Arechar, and poetry and stories by members of the Ajijic Writers Group.