Children’s Art Sale
The Lake Chapala Society Children’s Art Program holds its 7th Annual Art Camp Children’s Art Sale in the LCS gazebo Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The variety of art on sale includes acrylics, watercolor, abstract, mosaics, tissue paper flowers, projects with foam, drawing, painting, blankets, wind socks and alebrijes/papel maché.
A performance put on by ballet students who attended Pirouetteando 2019, a one-month intensive workshop in Guadalajara led by major international talents, will take place at the Audiorio de la Ribera Saturday, August 3, 12:30 p.m.
The teachers participating in the course were Hector Hernandez of Centro Releve, A.C. (the father of ballet stars Isaac and Esteban Hernandez), Oliver Oguma of the North West Ballet, Emmanuel Thibault of the Opera de Paris and Elvina Ibraimova of the Munich Ballet.
The Ajijic Cultural Center opens a collective exhibit featuring works by six artists: Lucy Hernandez, Clelia Rios, Amanti Vaca, Ethel Orozco, Frida Carrasco and Laruo Gutierrez Castro. The inauguration on Saturday, August 3, 6 p.m., will include a poetry reading.
Local Parrot heads are having a get-together to enjoy all things Jimmy Buffett, Sunday, August 4, at (of course) 5 p.m. at La Bodega Restaurant, 16 de Septiembre 124 in Ajijic. Come blow out a flip flop dancing to and watching Jimmy Buffett videos with fellow Parrot heads.
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m.
On August 8, “Lucky” (United States, 2007) will be screened (87 minutes). The film tells the story of the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist. This is Harry Dean Stanton’s last film and is the winner of several film festival awards.
Fiber arts classes
Brad Mowers offers six fiber arts classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning August 5 in Chapala.
The 18th annual Encuentro Nacional de Mariachi Tradicional (see story page 22) will extend its program to Chapala this year, with a free public performance at the city’s central plaza scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 6 to 9 p.m. The fandango will take the form of a old-fashioned village fair with typical foods, games and other entertaining activities complementing the live music.
Dwight Blake returns with his birthday show, Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m. Dance to hits from Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and more. Tickets: 250 pesos.
Viva Las Vegas with the Crazy Bitches female impersonators Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m. Tickets: 250 pesos. Cassies Kitchen will be open for pizza, wings, chili and hot dogs.
Raised on rhythms of the Argentinian backwoods, Matias Zundel (aka Lagartijeando) dips his dance tracks in country folk gold, where chacareras, huaynos and vidalas two-step with jungle and electronica. Shaman chant and charango guitar loops are the backbone of Lagartijeando’s signature style. Native voices are the backbeat to percussion and bass tracks, with organ melodies combining cumbia and psychedelic noise. Songs give deference to ritual and maintain respect for tradition while pushing the old into a cosmic space future. Hear Lagartijeando Thursday, August 8, 9 p.m., at La Mezcaleria, Morelos 12, Ajijic. Other artists playing that evening are Oceana y Eros the Fool and Mil Amores.
“Cinco Elementos,” an exhibit of works by Anna Rosa Pelayo “Amaitée,” are on display through August 12 at the Casa de la Cultura Antigua Presidencia Municipal in Chapala.
Jazz saxophonist and composer Gerry Lopez makes his debut at lakeside with the emblematic Mexican jazz band Trialogo at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Thursday, August 15, 6 p.m.
Lopez, originally from New York, lives in France and is currently on tour in Mexico. He is artistic director of Rennes Latin Jazz Ensamble in France and teaches saxophone in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Bar opens 5 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos general and 500 pesos VIP (includes one drink), are available at Diane Pearl, Casa Domenech, La Cochera Cultura and the Auditorio.
Saxophonist Gerry Lopez will also offer an improvisation workshop for musicians and music students, Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15 at La Cochera Cultural. Cost: 500 pesos.
The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala hosts a recital by Pianist Ivan Hernandez Padilla interpret works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Ivan Hernandez, Harold Arlen and Turner Layton at a recital on Friday, August 16, 7 p.m. Admission: 120 pesos.
Bar Camaleon, Constitucion 29 in Ajijic, is holding a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, August 17 and 18, 4 p.m. with Daniel Cordero, Los Bad Hombres and Los Tres Mosqueteros playing the music of Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Credence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Who, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jimmy Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Ten Years After and more. Tomas “Bonny” Hernandez and Leonardo Gonzalez will paint a mural live during the event. Reservations: 376-108-2588.
The School for Special Children is looking for contestants to participate in talent shows to be held at the Spotlight Club during the next high season.
Two shows per month, each featuring six contestants, will be held November through January. The six top contestants will vie for a 25,000-peso prize at the final talent show to be held at the Auditorio de la Ribera in February.
La Ludoketa, Parroquia 1A in Ajijic, is offering free children’s movies in Spanish Saturday, August 10, 17 and 24, 5:30 p.m. The three films are by Japanese animated director, producer, animator and illustrator Hayao Miyazaki, who has been fêted in various film festivals throughout the world during five decades. The films are “Mi Vecino Totoro” (My Neighbor Totoro) on August 10; “Kiki, Entregas a Domicilio” (Kiki’s Delivery Service) on August 17 and “El Viaje de Chihiro” (Spirited Away) on August 24.
Cellist Yalissa Cruz Espino and pianist Rosa Maria Valdez present “XalCul Mexicano,” an emotive concert featuring well-known works by Mexican composers such as Mario Kuri Aldana, Manuel M. Ponce and Arturo Márquez, as well as arrangements of popular Mexican melodies by Jalisciense composer Abraham Calva, including “Cielito Lindo,” ‘La Llorona,’ “El Son de la Negra” and “El Jarabe Tapatio.’
At the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala, Friday, August 30, 7 p.m. Cost: 200 pesos.
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