Ribera Arts Review - July 07, 2018


Actors Roger Larson and Ken Yakiwchuk reprise their successful roles in “Visiting Mr. Green,” a funny, emotional and compelling story presented at Bravo Theatre July 7, 8, 14 and 15.

Directed by Jayme Littlejohn, the actors have brought this show to life twice before and this time the performance is in loving memory of Roger’s partner Phil Shepherd, as a benefit to help defray medical expenses.  The show got a rave review comparing it to an off-Broadway production.

pg17“The play is a little different this time around, as the actors have had the luxury of going into more depth with their character’s relationship,” Littlejohn says.

Ruth Kear has designed a new set for this production. She has a restaurant design background and earlier this year designed the set for LLT’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Curtain rises Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 4 p.m. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique or via 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..


A presentation of flamenco with dancers Diana Leon and Aida Morales, singer Julio de la Isla and guitarist Edgar Gonzalez can be seen at Ocampo 71,  Ajijic, Friday, July 6, 8 p.m.

LLT auditions

Auditions for Lakeside Little Theatre’s next production, “Clever Little Lies,” will be held Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Show dates are September 14 and 23. Interested backstage volunteers are also welcome to attend to get a grasp of the play’s content, needs and requirements. You may ask the director questions after the reading.


The Snow Trio returns to Ajijic – with guest Gilberto Riòs on the double bass – to give a concert in the Centro Cultural Ajijic Saturday, July 7, 6-8 p.m. It will be a night full of improvisation featuring golden jazz standards, as well as pieces by contemporary composers. The Snow Trio is comprised of Sofia Ramirez on piano, Darko Palacios Cardenas on drums and vocalist Kary Garnica.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday at 2 p.m. On July 12, “Saraband” (2005 Sweden) will be shown. This is Ingmar Bergman’s final film and an absolute gem. Marianne (Liv Ullman) and Johan (Erland Josephson) meet after 30 years of no contact since their divorce. Bergman’s penetrating psychological insights have never been sharper than this. (108 minutes.)

Piano concert

Pianists Efrain Daniel Ulloa and Everado Rojas Silva perform works by Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart and Debussy at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala, Friday, July 13, 8 p.m. Entrance is 100 pesos.

LCS Music Fest

Lake Chapala Society (LCS) head honcho Terry Vidal and his wife Amalia Garcia enjoyed the first Summer Music Fest in 2014. You can dance with other groovy folks at the next event, Saturday, July 14, 2:30-7 p.m., featuring the one and only Woodstock Band and The Crooners, a duet of brothers who sing ballads and pop music from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s in English and Spanish, accompanied by their big band … and other musicial surprises. Summer food fare, including hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob and cakes, will be available. A cash bar will operate.  Tickets, 150 pesos for members and 180 pesos for non-members, are on sale at LCS and Diane Pearl. Tickets at the gate on the day of the event are 200 pesos. Food and drink are not included in the entry price.

pg18cJPO bus trips

Viva la Musica offers summer trips to Guadalajara’s Teatro Degollado to hear the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sunday, July 15, the JPO presents Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with virtuoso Korean-American Esther Yoo, and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, with Marco Parisotto conducting. Bus departs at 10:30 a.m. for the 12:30 p.m. performance, leaving from the Carretera near Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic.

Tickets, 450 pesos (550 for non-members), are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at (376) 766-1801.

Viva summer concerts

This summer, Viva La Musica is sponsoring a concert series titled “Romance in the Village,” featuring chamber music concerts held in private homes and small concert halls at lakeside.

Friday, July 20, the Galatea Early Music Ensemble presents “Renaissance Romance,” a musical journey through Europe using ancient instruments popular during the Renaissance, including lutes, baroque violins, guitars and a viola de gamba. The ensamble is accompanied by a talented soprano soloist and guest baritone. This concert will take place in a private home in Rancho del Oro.

The “Opera Romance” gala on Thursday, August 30 features soprano Jessica Alcala, mezzosoprano Mayela Lou and baritone Jose Manuel Gonzalez, with piano accompanist Rodrigo Sierra Moncayo. Romantic music by Donizetti, Rossini, Wagner and Lehar will be performed.

Friday, September 21, Sergio Parra, a scholarship student of Viva’s for many years, will play a program of Chopin, Messiaen, Iberia and beautiful Debussy preludes in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar.

Tickets cost 500 pesos and include champagne and canapés served at 3:30 p.m. before the 4 p.m. concerts.

The location is disclosed on the back of each ticket, which are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique and the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) ticket booth, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.