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Ribera Arts Review - December 01, 2018

‘Noises Off’

Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) presents “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn and directed by Dave McIntosh, running currently through December 9.

“Noises Off” is a play within a play in three acts, with only one intermission, each act ostensibly showing the first act of a typical British sex farce called Nothing On, being performed by a decidedly down-at-heel traveling theatrical company in three provincial British towns. The cast is Donna Burroughs, Taylor Shouldice, Mark Donaldson, Pamela Johnson, Linda Freeman, Fred Koesling, Keith Donner, Suki O’Brien and Wayne Willis Waterman.

pg23aThe first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees, 4 p.m., and the evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 250 pesos, available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday and one hour before curtain. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766-0954.

Jazz in the garden

Art Xik Xik and Huerto Cafe in Riberas del Pilar host an evening of food and jazz Saturday, December 1, to benefit the Brigadistas de San Pedro Itzican, a group of young volunteer firefighters in the small lakeside villages of La Peña, Agua Caliente, La Cuesta, Chalpicote, La Zapatera, San Sebastian and Santa Maria de la Joya. More than 1,600 children are enrolled in a program headed by 45 Brigadista leaders, who teach them new skills.

Huerto Cafe will show off its new kitchen and menu at this event, starting with appetizers at 6 p.m. Trialogo will perform at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. while Yannin and Gil play. At 8:30 p.m., Tom Banks and The Soul Investors will take the stage to cap off the evening. Artwork in the garden is by Julie Mignard and sculpture by Rigoberto Navarro.

Tickets, 500 pesos, include valet parking, appetizers, dinner and music and are available at Huerto Cafe or at (376) 108-0843. Only 50 will be available.

Spotlight Club

Bohemia Viva bring their Kaleidoscope show to The Spotlight Club Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 1, 2 and 3, 7 p.m. Singing in Spanish, English and Italian, the group blends vocals and guitar to create unique musical versions of songs from many eras.

The Mama “Triple D” show is on December 11 and 12.


Shades of Soul with Denita Asberry singing music of the divas through the decades plays December 18 to 20.

Miss Conception’s hilarious “Twas the Night Before” show is on December 22 and 23.

Us Two and the Band features a tribute to Abba and Elton John December 27 to 29.

Reservations for these shows: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 331-845-1523.

Klezmer Jazz

Sherele Klezmer Jazz band presents a concert Sunday, December 2, 4 p.m., at El Jardin Restaurant on the Ajijic Plaza. The concert is sponsored by the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation.

Tickets, 350 pesos, general admission, and 550 pesos, patron seating, available at Diane Pearl and at the door.

Lake Chapala Chorale

The Lake Chapala Chorale, under dynamic new director, Denning Chambers, will present its third annual holiday program in December.

Performances of some of your favorite music will take place on the following dates: Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. at Southern Sisters Restaurant in West Ajijic; Saturday, December 8, 4 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Ajijic and Saturday, December 15, 4 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Riberas del Pilar. Suggested donation for these performances is 100 pesos.

The Chorale’s third annual holiday dinner show will be Sunday, December 23, 4-7 p.m. at Casa Linda Restaurant, Rio Bravo 7 in West Ajijic. Cocktails from the cash bar will be served at 4 p.m. and guests will place their dinner orders.

pg24aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." />Guests can choose from various items on the menu including gluten-free and vegetarian. Tickets for the dinner show, 350 pesos, can be purchased at Diane Pearl. 

Los Cantantes del Lago

Los Cantantes del Lago, under the direction of Timothy G. Ruff Welch and with Nathalie Braux and the Jazz Hawks, present “A Jazzy Christmas” concert Tuesday, December 4, 7 p.m., and Wednesday, December 5, 4 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera. The concert also features the Orquesta Filarmonica Infantil de la Ribera de Chapala.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique, the Auditorio and at loscantantesdellago.com.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m. December 6, “Black Klansman” (2018, United States) will be screened. An African American police officer successfully manages to infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. This film, directed by Spike Lee, is based on a true story and is a leading contender for an Academy Award.

Improvisational tunes

La Cochera Cultural is offering an improvisational musical event, Thursday, December 6, 8 p.m., at its facilities at Javier Mina 49, Ajijic, one and a half blocks north of the Carretera.

pg24bEach of three sets will last about 45 minutes.  First, Patricia “Pilla” Reyes plays the piano with Miguel Soto on drums. Then, Juan Castañon performs on guitar with Cesar Chew “Chacal de Tamborazo” on drums. In the third set Arturo Ortega fuses electronic music with Luciano Sanchez on dr


The Lakeside Little Theatre holds auditions for “The Same Deep Water As Me” by Nick Payne December 7 and 8.

Registration is at 9:30 p.m., auditions at 10 a.m. at the theater. Director Neal Checkoway is looking for five men and six women. For scripts, auditions sides and information, contact him 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.. Show dates are February 15 to 24.

Classical concert

A piano recital by five students of Cecilia Garduño Ochoa is scheduled at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo, Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m. Entrance is free.


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.

Sunday, December 9: JPO puts on a Baroque Fest with music by Vivaldi, Geminiani, Gabrieli, Bach and Lully.

Thursday, December 13: Ballet de Jalisco performs the “Nutcracker.”

Information on times and ticket prices available at the Lake Chapala Society ticket area, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon; or call Rosemary Keeling, (376) 766-1801.

Fiesta de Navidad

La Bella Vida puts on its 10th annual celebration of the Christmas season with artisans, music and refreshments Saturday, December 8, 11 am. to 5 p.m. Find decorations, handcrafted ornaments and manger scenes, English Christmas cards and more. Constitucion 6, in Ajijic.

Sinatra’s B-day

El Bar Co marks the 103rd birthday of the late Frank Sinatra with a fourth annual celebration of “The Man and His Music,” Wednesday, December 12. All the proceeds will be donated to Niños Incapacitados.

Doors open 6 p.m. with Sinatra singing in the background while you enjoy dinner. Thomas Banks will play two sets, 7 and 9 p.m. Lupita Jiminez will play an intermediate set of Mexican tunes. Later, DJ Arlos will play classic rock for late night dancing.


Seating is for 100. Reservations are recommended at (376) 766-0452 after 1 p.m. or at El Bar Co.

There is no cover charge, but consider a cash donation at the door, of which 100 percent will go toward the medical costs of the sick Mexican children supported by Niños Incapacitados.

Art opening

Galeria de Arte Sol Mexicano holds an artists’ reception for Navarro Tadeo and Louise Neal-Pedroza, Friday, December 14, 3 to 6 p.m. Colon 13, Ajijic.

Christmas radio show play

Potter Productions presents “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a holiday favorite as you’ve never seen – or heard – before.

The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when they stage it as a live, 1940’s radio broadcast. Greg Custer, Florette Schnelle, Graham Miller, Terry Gibbard and Barbara Pruitt give voice to all of Bedford Falls’s memorable residents, accompanied by sound effects created live on stage by Maryanne Gibbard.

pg26aRosann Balbontin directs this radio play written by Joe Landry – a timeless tale of a likable fellow down on his luck and ready to end it all, until an Angel Second Class shows him life’s true value.

Two shows will take place at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, both at 4 p.m.

Tickets, 200 pesos, available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique and at the door before each performance.

CREM Winter Concert

Lakeside’s premier music school for local children, CREM, presents a Winter Concert with the CREM Choir and Orchestra, Sunday, December 16, 7 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

Thanks to the support and commitment of the CREM staff and director/conductor Emmanuel Medeles, the repertoire of these gifted, diligent and enthusiastic young musicians becomes more interesting and advanced each year. The program for this concert includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major played by the CREM orchestra. Two students will perform Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, accompanied by the orchestra. The youth choir will interpret a mixed repertoire including various Christmas carols.

Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Dental del Lago, Notaria No. 2 in Chula Vista and the Auditorio. All proceeds support the CREM Music School.

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