Artisan hosts wanted
The Feria Maestros del Arte, Friday, November 9, to Sunday, November11, is still looking for hosts to accommodate the artist families who come long distances from Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacan and Guerrero.
Day of the Dead events
Chapala’s Day of the Dead events culminate Friday, November 2, with a display of 70 Dia de Muertos memorial altars set up on Avenida Madero from the Hidalgo intersection to the waterfront, model tombstones set up outside the San Francisco Church on the site of Chapala’s first graveyard,and a seasonal gastronomy fair, open to the public from 4 p.m. Students will also stage an after-dark funeral march tied into the festival’s environmental protection theme, starting at the Madero traffic light, 7 p.m., winding through town via Morelos, Guerrero, Miguel Martinez and back to the main avenue.
On Calle Cinco de Mayo, neighbors customarily mount altars outside their homes in memory of the departed, ready for viewing from 6 p.m.
In Ajijic, back-to-back tours of the Ajijic cemetery led by a bilingual guide will be offered Friday, November 2, starting from the south gate on Calle Ocampo at 3 and 5 p.m. The 200-peso donation for joining the graveyard walkabout will go towards the purchase of Christmas food baskets for families of local police officers.
Ajijic’s November 2 Dia de Muertos Festival will include memorial altars, colorful sawdust carpets and life-size Catrina figures displayed around the village plaza from 2 p.m. Participants in the nighttime Desfile de Muertos will congregate outside the cemetery from 7 p.m. before marching to the plaza for an old fashioned town dance. Artist Efren González will spearhead the illumination of candles on his Skull Wall mural, Calle Marcos Castellanos opposite the church, 8 p.m., preceded and followed by live entertainment.
In Jocotepec, activities on November 2 include the five-kilometer Viva La Muerte race, starting at the waterfront Malecón, 7:30 p.m. and finishing with an open-air concert at the same location.
See more about the four day of Dia de los Muerto festivites in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos on page 23.
Singer-songwriter Becky McGuigan gives a benefit concert for the San Juan Cosala music program Saturday, November 3, 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Riberas del Pilar. Her genre is contemporary folk with humorous lyrics.
Arya Tara represents a new direction in world music, with incredibly diverse global influences. Composed of seasoned, well traveled professional musicians and educators, Arya Tara brings a sound and visual experience unlike anything you have seen. Experience them Friday, November 2, 7 p.m.
Ajijic collective show
Galeria de Arte Axixic opens its annual collective show with a cocktail reception Saturday, November 3, 3-7 p.m. Artists lined up to exhibit paintings, etchings, sculptures, photograph and other works are Pat Apt, Alejandro Camacho, DePaul Durham, Xill Fessenden, Jesús Eduardo López, Antonio López Vega, Jesús López Vega, Gabriel Mariscal, Betty Petersen, Salvador Rodríguez, Dan Williams and Isidro Xilonsochitl. The gallery is at Rio Zula 1 at the corner of Ocampo in West Ajijic.
Fall Viva bus trips
Viva la Musica sponsors trips to performances by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), the Ballet de Jalisco and a live opera presentation.
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 LCS ticket area, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon; or call Rosemary Keeling, (376)766-1801.
Lakeside Little Theatre screens the National Theatre Live performance of “Young Marx” Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, 4 p.m. The play by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman stars Rory Kinnear and centers on 1850 Europe’s most feared terrorist hiding in Soho. Tickets, 250 pesos, are on sale every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon.
Ajijic Society of the Arts meets Monday, November 5, 10 a.m. at La Bodega Ajijic. Manuel de la Pina is the speaker for this meeting. De la Pina’s painting has been influenced by many Mexican artists. He started to work with paper by chance. He was trying to get rid of some sketches using scissors and he realized that those cuts had symmetry and some sort of composition. He has since worked with paper, both amate and cotton, developing a very personal way to express himself.
Currently he is an elementary and junior high school art instructor in Guadalajara.
Juan Rosa presents a night of tango music and dance and song, Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Auditorio del la Ribera in Ajijic. Tickets, 180 pesos, are available at the Auditorio. Information: (33) 3616-5886, Facebook/JuanRosaTango.
Nicola Cavendish has received widespread praise for her portrayal of working-class housewife Shirley Valentine in Willy Russell’s acclaimed one-character play. She will perform readings of the play November 6, 7 and 8 at Lakeside Little Theatre to raise funds for their renovation project, The Third Act.
Says Cavendish: “Shirley Valentine is a remarkable play and a most extraordinary experience for the audience. It’s a day in the life of a funny Liverpool housewife facing ‘empty nest syndrome’ when, suddenly, an opportunity comes along.”
Life & times of Edith Piaf
The life and times of Edith Piaf as told by her lifelong friend Simone Berteaut will be presented as a dinner show Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9, 6 p.m., at Hacienda Don Pedro. The show will feature many of Piaf’s most famous songs, including her signature song “La Vie en Rose.”
The dinner includes salad, chicken Basque, apple pie and a glass of tequila with the meal. Don Pedro’s offers a 10-percent discount on all drinks.
Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia Boutique and at Bakery Pasteleria Francese.
Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m. November 8, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1959, U.K.) will be screened. The greatest comedy ever put on stage. Oscar Wilde’s words are exquisitely spoken by the English cast that made this definitive version of the play.
Jose Alberto Rabago will play the works of Dowland, Bach, Coste, Turina and Bogdanovic on classical guitar Friday, November 9, 7 p.m., at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo. Entrance: 50 pesos.
Bare Stage auditions
Do you enjoy reading and acting out loud? Then bring your voice, imagination and sense of fun and audition for Bare Stage Readers Theatre, Saturday, November 10. Actors are needed for the December show “Scrooge” and the 2019 season.
You will receive the Scrooge script and reading pieces at audition; no memorization needed.
ASA Fall show
Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) will hold the opening reception of their Annual Fall Themed Show Saturday, November 10, 4-6 p.m., at the Ajijic Cultural Center.
ASA has a membership of 160 artists, many of whom will have their work on display using the theme “Light and Dark.” The show will be on display through Wednesday, November 21, with ASA artists there to assist you from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Also, ASA holds Garden Shows this season at the Lake Chapala Society on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April. This is a great opportunity to see original art by local artists in a beautiful garden setting. Not only will ASA artists be there, but young artists from the Children’s Art Program will paint and sell their work. The next show at LCS will be Saturday, November 17.
Ajijic through time
Centro Cultural Ajijic, in coordination with the Chapala municipal government, invites resident artists to submit paintings, drawings, photographs and work in other media for inclusion in the collective exhibit “Ajijic a Través del Tiempo,” to be displayed Saturday, November 24, through Thursday, December 6. Selected participants will be eligible to show one or two pieces reflecting themes of Ajijic, its people, customs, traditions or transformation through time. Information: visit the center on the plaza.