Viva Las Vegas with the Crazy Bitches female impersonators take the stage 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.
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 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.
LLT ticket sales
Patrons can renew or purchase their reserved seats for Lakeside Little Theatre’s 55th season Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hotel Real de Chapala, Paseo del Prado 20, La Floresta, Ajijic.
Season tickets are 1,300 pesos, while individual show tickets are 300 pesos – 350 pesos for the season’s musical (“My Fair Lady”). Payment is now available by credit or debit card. The season ticket includes reserved seats for five shows (four plays and one musical), as well as annual LLT membership.
The Season 55 productions are:
November 8-17: “Lunenburg” by Norm Foster. Directed by Susan Quiriconi and Johan Dirkes.
December 6-15: “The Real Inspector Hound” and “After Magritte” by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Randy Warren.
January 17-26: “20th Century Blues” by Susan Miller. Directed by Kevin Cook.
February 21-March 3: “My Fair Lady” by Lerner & Lowe. Directed by Dave McIntosh, with music direction by Ann Swiston and choreography by Alexis Hoff and Mary Neill.
March 27-April 5: “The Actress” by Peter Quilter. Directed by Peggy Lord Chilton.
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.
Request for plays, directors
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m.
On August 16, “Cold War” (Poland, 2018) will be screened (88 minutes). In the 1950s a musical director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee Communist Poland for France. Nominated for three Academy awards; also a Cannes Film Festival winner.
The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala hosts a recital by pianist Ivan Hernandez Padilla, interpreting works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Ivan Hernandez, Harold Arlen and Turner Layton, Friday, August 16, 7 p.m. Admission: 120 pesos.
Auditions for the first play of Season 55, “Lunenburg” by Norm Foster, will be held on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. The directors are looking for one man and two women.
“Lunenburg” is a philosophical comedy about healing and coming to understand oneself. There are lots of laughs, but not through humor that shocks. Rather, it is subtle comedy that envelops you in its warmth.
American widow Iris Oulette has inherited a home in Nova Scotia from her recently-deceased husband. Surprisingly, it is a home Iris knew nothing about. So, she and her best friend Natalie travel up to Lunenburg to see the home and to find out as much as she can about her husband’s mysterious dealings in the lovely coastal village. What follows is a series of twists and turns, love and laughter ... and a winsome neighbor named Charlie.
Because of renovations at LLT, the auditions will be held at the Hotel Perico on the Chapala-Ajijic Libramiento. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. Auditions commence at 10 a.m.
Bar Camaleon, Constitucion 29 in Ajijic, is holding a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, Saturday and Sunday, 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. Reservations: 376-108-2588.
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.
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.