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Ribera Arts Review - February 24, 2018

Bravo!

An encore production of “I, Claudia,” starring Jayme Littlejohn in a one-woman show playing four different characters, is on 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..

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The Naked Stage

“Seascape” by Edward Albee is the next production of The Naked Stage Readers Theatre. Show dates are 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.

The play 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 made 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.. 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.

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LLT musical

Lakeside Little Theatre continues with its musical production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” through March 1. 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.

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.

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Lakeside Singers

This month’s Sing-a-long will be Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 p.m. at OHANA’s in San Juan Cosala (La Paz 6).  Some who want to eat out after the event suggest Viva Mexico! in San Juan Cosala. All welcome.

Kiim Kazma

Kim Kuzma, an award-winning recording artist and vocalist from British Columbia with more than a decade performing on stages in Puerto Vallarta, brings her new show, “Evolution,” to

to the Auditorio de la Ribera Saturday, March 3, with shows at 3 and 7 p.m.

Joining Kazuma are accomplished guitarists Eduardo Leon and Fernando Gonzalez.

Evolution will feature music and composers that influenced Kazuma while growing up, including tunes by Shirley Bassey, Michel Legrand, Celine Dion, Edith Piaf and more, all performed with a Latin twist

Tickets can be purchased at Jose Melendrez in the Ajijic plaza, Diane Pearl and The Dildoria. Group reservations can be made by emailing 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..

Fiber Art show

The Tangled Threads Fiber Collective will hold its fifth annual Fiber Art Show Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paseo de los Veleros 73 in lower La Floresta. Designer clothing, Indian clothes, art quilts, accessories, fabric and bed quilts will be available.

LLT Live

Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is next up at the Lakeside Little Theatre’s National Theatre Live screening.

Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots are cast in James Macdonald’s new production of this landmark play. Show times are Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at the LLT box office Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am. to noon.

Puppetry magic

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

Founded by Diane Dupuy in 1974, this non-profit theater company uses 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.

Red Cross art auction

An art auction to benefit 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.

Painting workshop

Efren Gonzalez will hold his last paining workshop of the season Monday to Thursday, March 19-22. One painting will be done each day. All materials are included. Call 331-703-3942 for more information.

Jeffery Straker

Canadian singing sensation Jeffery Straker will return to Ajijic, Wednesday, March 21 for two shows at the Auditorio de la Ribera. He will perform originals and classic covers from Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Elton John, Billy Joel and others.

Tickets are available at Diane Pearl, Jose Melendrez and Wildes, or by 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.. The show times are 3 and 7 p.m.

Painting Guild

The opening reception for the Lake Chapala Paining Guild will be Friday, March 23, 5-7 p.m. at Calli, Ocampo 30 in Ajijic.

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