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Ribera Arts Review - February 17, 2018

Northern Lights

Beginning Friday, February 16, La Nueva Posada will no longer be selling tickets for the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero.

pg24aAll tickets will be immediately sold before and after all Festival Series concerts at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Many of the concert series are almost sold out.

Don’t miss Colombian opera star soprano Amilia Avilan, of whom Opera Wire said “her voice was a radiant beam of sound.” She’ll team up with countertenor Daniel Moody and pianist David Fung in the Married to the Job concert Wednesday, February 28, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Featuring music from Marriage of Fígaro, La Boheme, Otello and more. See more at www.festivaldefebrero.com

Elvis 

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.

LLT musical

Lakeside Little Theatre will present a musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” 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. 

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.

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That’s Entertainment Ajijic brings back Levi Kreis’ over-the-top performance of “Piano Men,” playing his own versions of works by Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Billy Joel, Peter Allen, Stevie Wonder and others.  Two shows run Tuesday, February 20, 3 and 7 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl, Jose Melendrez, Wildes or via email 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..

Bravo!

An encore production of “I, Claudia,” starring Jayme Littlejohn in a one-woman show playing four different characters, will be held at the Bravo Theatre, Friday, February 23 and Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 25, Wednesday, February 28 and Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. It is a touching and funny look at a pre-adolescent’s view and experience of life and family that reminds us of our youth (and how lucky we are to be past it!). The original production was directed by Lynn Phelan. This encore is directed by David Wharff. Reserve 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..

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 absurdism.

Directed by Randy Warren, the cast includes Jean Llewellyn, Stan Rawson, Suki O’Brien and Fred Koesling. 

Reservations can be make vial email 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.. Tickets, 100 pesos, are available at the box office, which along with the bar opens at 3 p.m. on the day of the show.

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.

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.

pg25aSaturday, 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.

Celebration of Life

Richard Francis Anthony Warmowski, 86, a long-time lakeside resident and celebrated for his dedicated volunteer work since the late 1990s with the Lake Chapala Society’s Children’s Art program, passed away last month. A celebration of his life will be held at the Lake Chapala Society Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m. on the Neill James Patio. His wife Arlene and daughter Lorraine from Chicago will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

Lakeside Singers

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.

Puppetry magic

The Famous PEOPLE Players from Toronto will be coming to Ajijic on March 6 and 7 in their first show in Mexico.  

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Utilizing black light imagery, with life-size puppets, the show is an extraordinary combination of colors, music, choreography and movement, all performed by artists with developmental disabilities.

Tickets, 350 and 400 pesos, for the two 7:30 p.m. performances at the Auditorio are now on sale at the facility’s box office. All the net proceeds from the performances will be donated to The School for Special Children.

Founded by Diane Dupuy in 1974, this non-profit theater company uses puppets guided by adults with different abilities. The professionalism and enthusiasm of the company has brought opportunities to perform with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, in a CBC TV special, at Radio City Music Hall and on Broadway.

The Famous PEOPLE Players also took part in Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. 

Dupuy says the gratitude from the players is what makes the real difference. “They look forward to greeting the audiences. They can’t wait until the school kids arrive for the school show. You don’t have to be a genius. Our philosophy is that a grateful mind is a great mind.”

Not only will the cast have a wonderful experience in Mexico, but local children at lakeside will be treated to a very different theater experience. Also, it is hoped that the general community will be inspired to see the potential in all children and help to open new employment opportunities for people with different talents.

Los Cantantes

Los Cantantes del Lago will present their Spring concert, Musical Madness, Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 14, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. The Cantantes will sing a wide range of material from theatre medleys to a Bugs Bunny tune to a political song about one of the emperors of Mexico. Director Timothy G. Ruff Welch conceived of this interesting review. Joining Los Cantantes are the Klezmer Jazz band Sherele from Guadalajara. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available from Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique www.loscantantesdellago.com or any chorister.

Red Cross art auction

An art auction to genefit Cruz Roja Chapala  will be held Saturday, March 17 at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo. A preview of the art, much of it by famed national artists, begins at 3 p.m. with the auction at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are 150 pesos.  Wine, soda, and hors d’oeuvres are included in admission, Tickets are available at Diane Pearl, Yoly’s Salon and Cosmopolitan Bazaar in Riberas del Pilar. Art donations are being accepted at Yoli’s and Cosmopolitan.

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