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Ribera Arts Review - January 26, 2019

Spotlight Club

Joe Posa stars as Joan Rivers, Friday to Sunday, January 25 to 27, at The Spotlight Club.

pg22aDue to a sold out show last week, Stacey Joy performs again Wednesday, January 30. This time she is singing the best of Joni Mitchell and mixing it up with some all-time favorites and her original work. 

Us Two return with an encore ABBA/Elton John show, Friday, February 1, 4 p.m.; a premier of their incredible Country show Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m., and a special dance show Friday, February 1, 7 p.m.

Mentalist duo the Evasons presents “The finest act of its kind in the world” (according to NBC) Friday, February 8, 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 10, 6 p.m.

All Spotlight Club shows are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 331-845-1523.

Harps & such

The Orquesta Tipica de Chapala will perform at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m. Tickets, 100 pesos, are available at the offices of the weekly news magazine PAGINA, Av. Madero 415-A in Chapala.

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On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Benedict Andrews’ “thrilling revival” (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

An HD recording of the live production at the National Theatre in London of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be presented Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Little Theatre.

pg22bTickets, 250 pesos, are available at the LLT box office 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Thursday and 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.. LLT’s Angel Terrace Bar opens one hour before showtime.

Jewish Film Fest

The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation presents the 10th annual Ajijic Jewish Film Festival, with screenings Sundays at 1:30 p.m., through February 24, at the CineMagic.

“The Producers” screens January 27. This startling, stunning, outrageous, and breathtaking movie by writer and director Mel Brooks, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Tickets, 100 pesos, are available at the theater. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a Lakeside charity.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 1 p.m. On January 31, “Puzzle” (2018 United States) will be screened. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), taken for granted as a suburban housewife and mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world. (97 minutes).

pg23aBare Stage Theatre

“Albertine In Five Times” by Michel Tremblay is on at the Bare Stage Theatre, Friday through Sunday, January 25, 26 and 27. This award-winning play tells the story of one woman, Albertine, at five different times in her life. The older Albertines warn the younger ones of what is to come: “Our fate depends on you,” Albertine at 70 says to Albertine at 30. Together, these five Albertines provide a moving portrait of the extraordinary life of an “ordinary” woman.

Directed by Lynn Phelan, the cast includes Michele Lococo, Peggy Lord-Chilton, Jayme Littlejohn, Barbara Pruitt, Diana Rowland and Roseann Wilshere.

Tickets are 100 pesos. Reservations: 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.. The show time is 4 p.m., the box office opens at 3 p.m. Seats are held until 3:50 p.m.

Bare Stage Theatre is at Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 261 on the mountain side in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church.

Information: Facebook/barestagetheatre2018.

Will Durst

U.S. political satirist Will Durst will perform live at the Lakeside Little Theatre Thursday to Saturday, January 31, February 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 3, 4 p.m. A five-time pg23cEmmy nominee and host/co-producer of the PBS series “Livelyhood,” he is also a regular commentator on NPR, CNN, and C-SPAN. He has appeared on television more than 800 times, including Late Night with David Letterman, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime. He received seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up Comedian of the Year. His show is billed as political comedy for people who don’t like politics.

Tickets, 500 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, and one hour before curtain. Also 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..

Shakespeare workshop

“Will Power or Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a workshop on Shakespeare looking at the Bard’s works with a director’s eye. 

A series of three hands-on workshops will look at the many and varied choices a director can make, and how those choices affect the audience’s experience and the very meaning of the play itself. The workshops will be led by Lynn Phelan, a director and lifelong Shakespeare enthusiast. 

They will be held at the new Bravo! Theatre Sunday afternoons in February (3, 10 and 17). Contact Phelan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign up.

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 ticket counter sales are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. at the LCS café.

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Proceeds from the booklets benefit the artists of ASA, the Lake Chapala Society Children’s Art Program and the LCS Children’s Summer Art Camp.

World-class performers

The 17th edition of Ajijic’s vibrant music festival, the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero, is slated for February 9-24 at ten venues in Ajijic and Guadalajara. The festival offers concerts with renowned international musicians, workshops, collaborations and classes for young music students.

Among festival favorites returning this year are David Fung, Susan Hoeppner, Amalia Avilan, The Gryphon Trio, the Manhattan Chamber Players, Patricia O’Callaghan and violinists Grace Park and Luke Fleming. New blood includes conductor Bradley Thachuk, virtuoso guitarist and arranger Raffi Altounian and cabaret singer and songwriter Bryce Kulak.

A special event for the first time this year is the Rising Stars Concert featuring the Walden Trio and the Janus Quartet, which are made up of students from The Festival del Lago, an intensive two-week summer academy for advanced students. They will be in residence during this year’s Festival, receiving coaching and lessons from international star musicians.

Individual festival tickets went on sale January 21 at La Nueva Posada Hotel, and you may reserve them in advance 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..

Packages are available from Louise Morel, the Patron’s Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (376) 766-2680.

For more details about the performers and concerts, see festivaldefebrero.com.

Beatles anniversary

El BarCo will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Beatles first performance in North America on the Ed Sullivan Show, Sunday, February 9. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the Niños Incapacitados program.

No cover, donations only. DJ Carlos will play music by the Beatles and two U.S. bands that influenced them: the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons. Dig out your Beatles wig or Beach Boys surfin’ outfit and have a ball. Reservations: (376) 766-0452.

Cabaret show

The Freedom Group and La Bodega Restaurant present a one-hour live “Cabaret! Dinner Show” with music, dance and comedy on Thursday, February 14, 5 p.m. (Valentine’s Day) and a matinee performance Sunday, February 17, 3 p.m. The show features Freedom Chorale, Cindy Paul, Jim Barto and Starfire. Tickets, 300 pesos (350 pesos at the door), are available at La Bodega, Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Ranch Animal Rescue Center. No reservations – first come, first seated. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or La Bodega, (376) 766-1002.

Community Orchestra

Rehearsals have begun at the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra for the Spring Concert slated for March 31 with a theme of music of the movies. Conductor Michael Reason extends an invitation to all orchestral instrument players of all levels to join the sessions at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Riberas del Pilar, every Saturday, 2 p.m.

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