Miss Conception presents her “Twas the Night Before” show Saturday and Sunday, December 22 and 23.
Cathy Young’s “Come Get Boxed” show features a live band Wednesday, December 26. Young, a Canadian music icon and Juno award winner, brings her unique, energized show to Ajijic. Expect songs served up with a dollop of comedy that will be sure to satisfy your soul.
Us Two and the Band features a tribute to Abba and Elton John Thursday, December 27 through Saturday, December 29. “Mama Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Chiquitita,” “Sad Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Rocket Man,” and more are on the docket.
ASA at LCS
The Ajijic Society of the Arts has a showing at the Lake Chapala Society Saturday, December 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Take this opportunity to get that special gift from artists Gwynne Lott, Jodi Burke, Inak Gieysztor, Jane Woolsey, Debbie Holms, Ardelle Holden, Johan Dirkes and from students of the LCS Children’s Art Program.
Lake Chapala Chorale
The Lake Chapala Chorale, under dynamic new director Denning Chambers, presents the Chorale’s third annual holiday dinner show Sunday, December 23, 4 to 7 p.m. at Casa Linda Restaurant, Rio Bravo 7 in West Ajijic.
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.
Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m.
December 27, “The Singing Revolution” (2006, Estonia/USA) will be screened. Most people do not think of singing when they think about revolutions. But song was the weapon of choice when the Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet domination. Shown here several years ago, LCS repeat this film screening in honor of freedom everywhere. (97 minutes)
Bare Stage Theatre
“Scrooge!” is the next production of the Bare State Theatre, December 28 to 30. Roseann Wilshere directs a cast of Anne Drake, Emily Crocker, Sharon Jarvis, Lynn Phelan, Rob Stupple, Peter James, Paul Kloegman and Tony Wilshire.
A little Christmas magic unfolds as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
Mariachi at LCS
Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista from San Diego, California, and Grupo Bella from Los Angeles, California return to the Lake Chapala Society for the fourth annual International Mariachi Concert, Saturday, January 5, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista began as a high school mariachi band under the direction of Mark Fogelquist. Now, many years later, they remain together, reigning as San Diego’s finest mariachi band. Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista has won numerous awards, including being two-time Grand Champions at the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular.
1Made up of Grammy Award winning musicians, Grupo Bella from Los Angeles, is an almost all-female group that uses mariachi instrumentation to perform many different styles of music adding a modern twist to mariachi music while still preserving its essence.
The Lake Chapala Painting Guild will host the opening of their first show of 2019 “Art Matters” with all new works by the 18 members, Saturday January 5. The reception and show is 4 to 6 p.m. in the first-floor gallery of the Ajijic Cultural Center. The Painting Guild invites you to come by to view the art, have a glass of wine, refreshments and enjoy the smooth guitar sounds of Richard Royce. The show will be up for viewing through January 16. Information: lakechapalapaintingguild.org.
Spirits at LLT
Peter King will direct Ken Yakiwchuk, Roger Larson, Johanna Labadie and Moonie King in “Ghosts,” Lakeside Little Theatre’s next production with curtains rising January 11 to 20.
Considering it was written in 1881, it is amazing how Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” can still shock. Dealing with such issues as free love, euthanasia, sibling incest, religious hypocrisy and venereal disease, it is no wonder that the drama was greeted in its early years of production with such damning descriptions as “a dirty deed done in public.” Richard Eyre’s new adaptation thrillingly conveys the play’s devastating power.
“Ghosts” is an attack on conventional morality and on the results of hypocrisy. Ostensibly a discussion of congenital venereal disease, “Ghosts” also deals with the power of ingrained moral contamination to undermine the most determined idealism. Although the lecherous Captain Alving is in his grave, his ghost will not be laid to rest. The memorial that Helen, his conventionally minded widow, has erected to his memory burns down even as his son Oswald goes insane from inherited syphilis and his illegitimate daughter slips inexorably toward her destiny in a brothel.