Wonderful World Trio
The trio of Jim Barto on trumpet and flugelhorn, Cindy Paul on vocals and Roberto Cerda on vocals and guitar are reuniting to play a concert at La Bodega, Friday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets, 150 pesos in advance and 200 at the door, are available at La Bodega. No reservations. Call 766-1002 for more information.
Bus trip to ballet
Friday, April 13, Viva La Musica offers a bus trip to the performance of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by the talented Ballet de Jalisco at the Cabañas Cultural Institute in Guadalajara.
The bus departs at 6:30 p.m. for the performance at 8 p.m. Tickets, 500 pesos for Viva members, 600 for non-members, are available at the Lake Chapala Society, Friday 10 a.m. to noon.
Call Rosemary Keeling, 766-1801, to reserve.
Arya Tara, a band of musicians from Guadalajara with very distinct musical roots, will play the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Arya Tara members Mari Camarena, Ravi Daniel Rangel, Noe Castro and Eddie Lara bring a synergy consisting of Bel Canto, flamenco sounds, Indian influences, classic guitar, a passion for the accordion and percussion that makes you want to dance.
Tickets, 120 pesos, are available at the Centro Cultural Ajijic.
Bus trips to opera
Viva La Musica hosts the last two bus trips to see live screenings of the Met Opera at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara.
Saturday April 14, “Luisa Miller” by Verdi, starring Placido Domingo in this rarely performed gem. It is a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love, which also features Sonia Yoncheva in the title role opposite Pietr Bezala. The opera runs three and half hours. The bus departs at 9:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. show.
Saturday April 28, “Cinderella,” by Massenet is the final showing of the season. This masterpiece stars Joyce DiDonato in the title role, with Kathleen Kim, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, and Laurent Naoui as Pandolfe. The opera is just over three hours. The bus departs at 10 a.m. for the noon show.
Viva bus trips cost 450 pesos, 550 for non-members. Tickets are available at the Lake Chapala Society, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to noon or by calling Rosemary Keeling, 766-1801.
The works of 20 local women who participate in the ongoing course of artistic embroidery, or thread painting, sponsored by the Lake Chapala Society and conducted by Maria Lupita Vega Velásquez, will be on display Monday to Wednesday, April 16-18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Lake Chapala Society.
Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday at 2 p.m. On April 19, “The Foreigner” will be shown. A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice after his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism in London. Pierce Brosnan stars in a terrific role and the incomparable Jackie Chan, still doing his own stunts, is the aggrieved father. (107 minutes). This film was in Guadalajara movie theaters only two weeks ago.
Rock and Roll at Perry’s
The Time Machine, a classic rock band from Guadalajara, will play Perry’s Pizza, Friday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. Reservations at 766-2841.
Corn husk doll making
Genaro Reyes will host a class to make Mexican corn husk dolls Wednesday to Friday, April 25-27, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) south campus board room. Learn the history of the corn husk dolls and how to create them with your own hands in the Mexican tradition. Reyes is a professional in this craft and an activist who aims to keep the tradition alive. For LCS members only, the cost is 550 pesos (non-members who wish to participate will be assessed a monthly membership fee to cover the required period). Enrollment ends April 20.
Bravo Theatre is presenting the fifth Actor’s Showcase Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. at Bravo Theatre, Rio Bravo 10 in Ajijic.
Every Monday afternoon for the past four years, actors study the craft of acting with retired professional director Roseann Wilshere at The Bravo Theatre. They work on scenes until they feel they are presentation-ready and then perform these short playlets for the public. Each play is about ten minutes long, providing their audience with a smorgasbord of theater.
Some of the scenes in this year’s showcase are from longer plays, including the funny scene with the psychic from “Blythe Spirit,” a beautiful romantic scene from “The Rainmaker,” a crazy fight scene from “Ladies at the Alamo,” a sweet condensed version of the one-act play “Graceland,” and a short scene form “Kramer vs. Kramer.” All of the other six scenes are stand-alone short funny plays.
Tickets, 100 pesos, are available from the cast, Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl.