Popular lakeside crooner Mac Morrison recently had open-heart surgery. A Go-Fund-Me page has been opened to help with the $US40,000 hospital bill.
Mac has given his time and talent to many charitable foundations, groups and people over the years and now needs lakeside to help him out. A CD with some of his favorite songs is being produced and, in addition, talented performers are creating a variety show with music, dance, comedy and more. All proceeds will go toward the “Miracle Mac” Fund.
Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) will hold a celebration of the life of Pat Carroll, who passed away July 24 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, September 8. He was 81 years old.
Carroll was the theater’s longest serving president (2002-2013). He directed three plays and starred in many others. Call (376) 766-0954 for more information and the time of the celebration.
George Rauch exhibit
The works of longtime lakeside resident Georg Rauch (1924-2006) are going up at the Jocotepec Casa de Cultura, Hidalgo Sur 38, September 8-28. Titled “El Austriaco Mas Mexicano,” the show opens Saturday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Rauch began painting seriously in Vienna in 1949. Strongly influenced by the Viennese artists, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, he held his first one-man show in 1952 at the Wiener Konzerthaus, also becoming a member of the prestigious “Wiener Secession.” Rauch later exhibited widely, in Paris, London, Dusseldorf, Munich, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City and many other cities in Mexico.
In 1976, he settled with his wife Phyllis in Jocotepec, where he lived until his death in 2006.
The 13 members of the Mariachi Nuevo Chapala will perform at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 100 pesos, are available at the door.
Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m. On September 13, “Run Lola Run” (1998, Germany) will be shown. After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. This Sundance Festival winner is dazzling, creative, and exhilarating. (77 minutes).
LLT season opener
Collette Clavadetscher directs Lakeside Little Theatre’s 2018-2019 season opener, “Clever Little Lies,” by Joe DiPietro.
Billed as a comedy of sex, love and secrets, both shattering and hilarious, “Clever Little Lies” is a laugh-filled story of long-term love and marriage, for better … and for worse. When Alice notices her beloved husband, Bill, has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son and daughter-in-law for drinks and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more honesty than anyone expected.
The cast is Barbara Pruitt, Zane Pumiglia, Donny Bryant and M.A. Bruneau. Show dates are September 14-23.
A Dinner-Murder Mystery theater event will be held at Bobby’s La Terraza Restaurant Sunday, September 16, and Monday, September 17, from 6-9 p.m. The restaurant’s fictional owner Pepi Roni has been murdered. A gathering of the family and friends over a traditional Italian meal takes place, where the patrons will try to figure out who murdered Pepi.
Cast members are Clay McAdam, Jon Deyoung, Deanne Barber, Donna Blackburn, Pam Pettus and Pierre Blackburn.
Dinner will be a Italian specialty of the Tuscan region. Tickets, 300 pesos, are on sale at Diane Pearl and La Terraza.
AryaTara ensemble performs once again at the Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m. Musicians Mari Camarena, Eddie Lara, Ravi Daniel Rangel and Noe Castro will offer a concert including all its original music, spiced with influences of classical, Indian and world music. Tickets, 150 pesos, are available at the door.
Friday, September 21, Sergio Parra, a scholarship student of Viva La Musica 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 as part of Viva’s summer concert series, Romance in the Village.
The show will commence with a champagne and canape reception in the garden at 3:30 p.m. Tickets, 400 pesos, are available from Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique and the Lake Chapala Society on Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to noon.
Super arts event
Poets, writers, dancers, musicians, singers, painters, sculptors and other artistic types are asked to participate in lakeside’s contribution to the “100 Thousand Poets/Artists for Change” event Saturday, September 29.
Two locations are open for free performances from 4-8 p.m. They are the studio of Pat Apt at Ramon Carona 5-B in Ajijic, and the studio of Miguel Nuñez (Casa Michin), at the corner of San Diego and Los Angeles in Riberas del Pilar.
“If you want to see the world change for the better, it will take the efforts of those dedicated to cultural activities to organize around subjects such as peace, sustainability, justice, equality, freedom, love and tolerance,” says local artist and event promotor Lois Schroff.
This event began in 2011 and is now held worldwide.
Enrique and Belva Velazquez invite the public to the 26th annual opening of their “Our Beloved Mexico” calendar Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 4-8 p.m. at their gallery at 16 de Septiembre 7 in Ajijic.
The original paintings used in the calendar will be on display and for sale and calendars will be signed by the artists.
Art classes at LCS
Fall Viva bus trips
Viva plans three “Live at the Met” bus trips to see opera on the big screen at the Teatro Diana Saturdays in Guadalajara.
October 13: “Aida” by Verdi; November 3: “Samson and Delilah” by Saint Saens; and December 15: “La Traviata” (The Fallen Woman) by Verdi.
Tickets, 450 pesos for members, 550 pesos non-members, are available at the LCS ticket area, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon or by calling (376) 766-1801.
Also this fall, Viva will make eight trips to performances by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), the Ballet de Jalisco and a live opera presentation. September 23: “Carmen” and “Bolero” with the Ballet de Jalisco; October 7: Piazolla’s “Four Seasons” (JPO); October 14: Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 (JPO); October 25: Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (JPO); November 4: Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 (JPO); November 27: Live opera, “Turandot” by Puccini, featuring Oksana Kramereva, Riccardo Massi and the Zapopan Municipal Choir and JPO; December 9: JPO puts on a Baroque Fest with music by Vivaldi, Geminiani, Gabrieli, Bach and Lully; December 13: Ballet de Jalisco performs the “Nutcracker.”
Information on times and ticket prices available at the LCS ticket area, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling, (376) 766-1801.