Theatergoers are eagerly awaiting the next production at Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) – Richard Eyre’s new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1881 play “Ghosts,” directed by Peter King, running Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January, 20. The cast comprises Ken Yakiwchuk, Roger Larson, Johanna Labadie and Monnie King.
“Ghosts” is an attack on conventional morality and on the results of hypocrisy. Ostensibly a discussion of congenital venereal disease, it 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.
The 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.
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 reigns as San Diego’s finest mariachi band, having won numerous awards. Grammy Award winning 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.
Exhibitions at CCA
The Lake Chapala Painting Guild hosts the opening of its first show of 2019, “Art Matters,” featuring new works by the 18 members, Saturday, January 5. The reception and show run from 4 to 6 p.m. in the first floor gallery of the Ajijic Cultural Center (CCA). Music is by guitarist Richard Royce. The show will be up for viewing through January 16.
The work of local artist Jesus Lopez Vega will also be hung at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, with a cocktail and music opening reception Saturday, January 5, 3 to 7 p.m. “Rapabilleme” will be displayed through January 19.
Jewish Film Fest
The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation presents the 10th annual Ajijic Jewish Film Festival, with screenings Sundays at 1:30 p.m., January 6 through February 24, at the Cinemas del Lago.
The first screening is “1945” on Sunday, January 6. Ferenc Torok’s lean, suggestive Hungarian feature is about Orthodox Jews who have come to a village at the end of the war. The purpose of their journey is obscure.
Tickets, 100 pesos, are available at the theater. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a Lakeside charity.
Eric Krop performs his “Pop Goes The World spectacle, Wednesday and Thursday, January 16 and 17.Power duo Branden & James present their new show “The Phantom of the Greatest Showman” Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12, all at 7 p.m., with an extra matinee show scheduled January 12, 4 p.m.
Joe Posa stars as Joan Rivers January 25 to 27.Bonnie Kilroe presents Country Queens January 22 to 24.
Sutton Lee Semour performs his Dragflix show, February 2 and 3.
Mentalist duo the Evasons presents “The finest act of its kind in the world,” according to NBC, February 8, 7 p.m. and February 10, 6 p.m.
Guitar and flute concert
Viva La Musica presents Trio Concertante in a concert of guitars with flute performed by David Mosqueda, Winfried Kellner and Nury Ulate, Thursday, January 24, at a private home in Rancho del Oro.
The group will perform pieces by Barrios, Turina, Cardoso and Sagreras. A champagne reception is at 3:30 p.m. and the concert at 4 p.m. The street address of the venue is on the back of the tickets, 500 pesos, available at Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique, and Thursdays and Fridays at the Lake Chapala Society ticket booth, 10 a.m. to noon.
A special production by Ray Velvet featuring authentic Argentine music and dance will be presented at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Sunday, January 27, 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Diane Pearl and Casa Domenech, Zaragoza 109, Ajijic.
ASA art walk
Admission booklets for the Ajijic Society of the Arts’ 8th annual Open Studios Art Walk are now on sale.
The Art Walk sees more than 75 local artists display their work at some 30 locations and takes place Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10.
Participants will find paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and much more. The booklets, costing 50 pesos, admit one person to all of the locations, and include maps to the studios and sponsors. They are available at Diane Pearl, the Ken Gosh Gallery (Guadalupe Victoria 30), Superlake, Nomad Furniture (Hidalgo 81 in Riberas del Pilar) and the Lake Chapala Society (LCS). LCS ticket counter sales are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. at the LCS café.
Proceeds from the booklets benefit the artists of ASA and the Lake Chapala Society Children’s Art Program and the LCS Children’s Summer Art Camp.