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Ribera Arts Review - July 21, 2018

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday at 2 p.m.


On July 26, “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story 2018 USA” (2018, United States) will be shown. The film covers the life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and under-appreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr (88 minutes).

The Naked Stage

The next production of The Naked Stage Readers Theatre is “Church and State” by Jason Odell Williams, Friday to Sunday, July 27-29.

Collette Clavadetscher directs a cast comprising Harry McFadden, Val Jones, Carolyn Cothran and John Ward.

“Church and State” is a fast-paced dramedy about faith, politics and “The Twitter.”

Three days before his bid for reelection, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, the play looks at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion. It is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting.

Press reviews are impressive: LA Times: “[“Church and State”] is surprisingly subtle and gripping entertainment … a sophisticated dialectic that presents both sides of the gun debate … Williams avoids demonizing his conservative Southerners, who are winning, strikingly intelligent, and above all, sincere in their beliefs.”


National Public Radio: “Feels very of the moment. An enjoyable, thought-provoking and, I promise, humorous piece of theater. I wish every member of Congress would see it!”

Time Out NY: “Williams is adept at jacking up the tension, and he leavens potentially leaden debates with plenty of humor.”

Tickets are 100 pesos, reservations are by e-mail 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 is on the Carretera in Riberas, across from the Catholic church and in front of the Baptist church. Parking available in the lot of the Baptist church.

Curtain rises 4 p.m. Box office and bar open at 3 p.m. 

LCS Art Camp

The Lake Chapala Society’s most popular community project, the Children’s Art Program, observes its sixth annual Art Camp, July 30-August 3, 10 a.m. to noon daily on the LCS patio. The Camp, replete with instructors from the Ajijic Society of the Arts, will accommodate 130 children this year. Registration at LCS offices ends July 28.

Saturday, August 4, LCS holds the Children’s Art Sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds going to the artist and the remainder to support the program.

To make a financial or material contribution or volunteer for this program, contact Danielle Page, 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 Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) will not meet in August. Diane Pearl will demonstrate her adult coloring book concept at the September meeting, Monday, September 3, 10 a.m. at La Bodega Ajijic.


Deborah Kruger’s solo exhibition, “Turbulence: Birds, Beauty, Language & Loss,” opens at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala (old town hall) Saturday, August 4, 5-8 p.m. Her unusual work uses fused plastic bags and screen-printed images of endangered birds and languages. This exhibition is both beautiful and compelling as it challenges viewers to consider the plight of declining bird populations and disappearing indigenous languages.

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.

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 canapes 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.

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