Affair of the Heart
A fundraising performance of music and dance by the children of Villa Infantil Orphanage and the Lake Chapala Chorale will be held at La Huerta Eventos in West Ajijic, Saturday, February 10, 12:30 p.m.
Lunch and a surprise guest gift package and concierge service will be on the menu. Tickets, 350 pesos, or VIP for 1,000 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique
Organizers report that La Huerta now has a professional sound system – eight speakers, stage ambient mikes, etcetera – and guarantee that the show will be very enjoyable.
Miss Conception fundraiser
Kevin Levesque takes his over-the-top creation, Miss Conception, around the world in a fundraiser for the Ajijic Cares Foundation at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Sunday, February 11, 6 p.m. The show promises to be an outstanding musical tribute to Miss Conception’s world travels! Tickets are available at Diane Pearl, The Dildoria and Jose Melendez or at the auditorio on the night of the show.
Ajijic Cares is a non-profit committee that provides HIV/AIDS education, awareness and prevention through its relationship with VIHas de Vida, Guadalajara. For further information on Ajijic Cares, go to Facebook/Ajijic Cares.
Los Cantantes del Lago presents Showstoppers 16, Sunday, February 11, 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. This bi-annual concert is filled with fun and moving songs performed by members and friends of Los Cantantes del Lago. Guest emcee is Kristine Moily. The show includes a song about a Bugle Boy, tunes from musicals old and new, and a song from the Best Animated Movie Golden Globe winner, Coco! Featuring Jimmy Barto on trumpet, guided and accompanied by Timothy G. Ruff Welch.
Tickets, 250 pesos, are available by talking to any Cantantes member or from Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique, or at loscantantesdellago.com.
More than 50 artist members of the Ajijic Society of the Arts will be showing their work at 20 locations Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The society’s 7th annual event of this kind gives lakesiders a chance to see and buy works by local painters, potters, sculptors, jewelry makers and other artists. A 50-peso fee allows admitance to any and all of the studios and includes a map to find them. Part of the proceeds benefit the LCS Children’s Art Program. Tickets are available at all participating locations, the LCS and Diane Pearl.
Ricardo Razo presents a tribute to “The King” with a live band featuring some of Lakeside’s top musicians. The show is Saturday, February 17, 7 p.m. Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at the Auditorio Box office.
Lakeside Little Theatre is preparing for a huge musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” with show dates of February 16 to March 1. Dave MacIntosh directs this play written by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and based on stories by Sholomo Aleichem. Ann Swiston directs the music and Flemming Halby is choreographer.
“Fiddler” is one of the great musicals of our era, full of laughter and tenderness. It captures the essence of history with sentiment and radiance.
Fiddler on the Roof’s Broadway premier became the longest-running Broadway musical in history, a title it maintained for almost ten years. It is a story that captures the essential human longings for love, community, success, freedom, family, and meaning. Fiddler features such iconic songs as the beautiful “Sunrise, Sunset,” the boisterous “If I Were a Rich Man,” and the classic “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”
Although this show is virtually sold out, you may stand by for unclaimed seats at each performance. To do so, arrive at the box office at LLT one hour before curtain, to register and pay for a stand-by ticket (300 pesos). Ticketed seats not claimed by 10 minutes before show time will be allocated to stand-by patrons on a first-come first-served basis. LLT thanks you for your support. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. and matinees are at 3 p.m. First Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.
The Naked Stage
“Seascape” by Edward Albee is the next production of The Naked Stage Readers Theatre, with show dates Friday to Sunday, February 23, 24, and 25, 4 p.m. One of Albee’s most cherished plays, “Seascape” is a fantastic story of what it means to be alive. It was winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
“Seascape” focuses on communication in interpersonal relationships, in this case between couples. It is not strictly a drama but, according to critics, has elements of comedy, fantasy, satire, and/or absurdism.
Directed by Randy Warren, the cast includes Jean Llewellyn, Stan Rawson, Suki O’Brien and Fred Koesling.
The Naked Stage is on the Carretera in Riberas, across from the Catholic church and in front of the Baptist church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist church.
The Naked Stage is looking for directors for 2018. The following play titles have already been approved for production: “In the Next Room” (or The Vibrator Play), by Sarah Ruhl; “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”, by Edward Albee; “Disgraced”, by Ayad Akhtar; “9 Circles”, by Bill Cain; “4,000 Miles”, by Amy Herzog; “Later Life”, by A. R. Gurney; “Mrs. Farnsworth”, by A. R. Gurney; “Marjorie Prime”, by Jordan Harrison; “The Waverly Gallery”, by Kenneth Lonergan; “The Gin Game”, by D. L. Coburn; and “Love Letters”, by A. R. Gurney.
Trips to the opera
Viva La Musica! continues bus trips to see live opera telecasts from the New York Met at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara.
Trips to the opera are 450 pesos (550 for non-members), available at LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling 766-1801.
Saturday, February 24: “La Boheme” by Puccini: this popular opera features some of the most ravishing opera arias and stars Sonya Yoncheva as Mimi and Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo. The show runs three hours. The bus departs at 10 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. show
Saturday, March 10: “Semiramide” by Rossini. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks stars Angela Meade as Semiramide, Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace, and acclaimed Mexican tenor Javier Camarena. The show runs four hours. The bus departs at 10:30 a.m. for the noon show.
This month’s Sing-a-long will be Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 p.m. at OHANA’s in San Juan Cosala at Calle La Paz 6. Some who want to eat out after the event suggest Viva Mexico! in San Juan Cosala. All welcome.