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.
“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.
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.
Classical guitarist Eddie Lara performs at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, July 28, 6 p.m. Tickets, 100 pesos.
The Ol Country Boys play the Spotlight Club (formerly The Cave) in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, August 25. Both shows at 8 p.m. Cover, 80 pesos. Call 331-845-1523.
LCS Art Camp
The Lake Chapala Society’s most popular community project, the Children’s Art Program, observes its sixth annual Art Camp, Monday, July 30 to Friday, 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.
LCS Prueba Mexico
The Lake Chapala Society is offering courses on Mexican traditions. Thursday, August 10, the Mexican Hat Dance Made Easy will be given by Griselda Alcantar. The Deer Dance will also be taught. The class runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is 300 pesos. A minimum of 12 students will need to sign up by August 3.
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.
Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m. On August 2, “Blue” (1993, France) will be shown. The start of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy on France’s national motto – Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.
“Blue” is the story of Julie who loses her husband and daughter in a car accident. The theme of liberty is manifested in Julie’s attempt to start life anew (95 minutes).
The other two films of the trilogy will be shown August 9 and 16.
Festival del Lago
The Festival del Lago music fest will run August 11-26, with a priority on the training and development of advanced classical music students.
During the August festival, four one-hour “Master Series” concerts will be held at the Auditorio de la Ribera, featuring the faculty members of the festival. There will also be evening student recitals and masterclasses held at the beautiful Haus Der Musik. All performances are open to the public.
Viva summer concerts
This summer, Viva la Musica continues with the “Romance in the Village” concert series 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 Viva scholarship student, will play a program of Chopin, Messiaen, Iberia and Debussy 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 ticket booth, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.