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Ribera Arts Review - September 21, 2019

Exhibit opening

“Impermanencia,” a collection of mixed media works by Jocotepec artist Luis Felipe Chávez González opens Friday, September 20, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic, and hang for just three days.

The exhibit showcases six portraits of deceased people the artist knew in life, their faces painted onto a piece of personal apparel affixed to a wood frame. The faces of three men are superimposed on shirts they wore in everyday life. Each of three women is portrayed on the surface of a favorite rebozo, blouse and dress.

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Los Cantantes del Lago

If you love to sing, love to be part of a choral group and perform, join Los Cantantes del Lago community choir for their 2019 Holiday Concert, “A Rose in Winter.” All singers are welcome; the ability to read music is preferable. Men are especially welcome.

Go to loscantantesdellago.com and click on the “Come Sing With Us” link.  At the bottom of the page click on “Join Us,” fill out all fields in the form and then “Submit.” Submissions must be completed by September 20.

Auditions are mandatory but casual. Rehearsals are twice a week starting in October. Concerts are December 3 and 4.

Many musicians on stage

Pianist Jorge Verdin brings together a host of lakeside musician friends for a concert at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m. Participants include the CREM music school choir directed by Emmanuel Medeles, saxophonist Chuko Eleazar, bassist Jonathan Barocio, trumpeter Wayne Watson, percussionist Archi Salcedo, violinist Juan Pablo Medeles and dancer Leonor Zertuche. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the Auditorio.

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Spotlight Club

Echoes, a collaboration of Lake Chapala area-based musicians, presents a timeless tribute to the best of Pink Floyd Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Club.

Texan Arnold Polanco (guitar and lead vocals), Tapatio Jorge Orendain (keyboards), Canadians Bob Steadman (bass) and Doug Friend (drums) are all Floyd fans who are having a great time rehearsing their favorite tunes for this show. Cost: 250 pesos.

Gary Lanz presents “LOVE, a Tribute to John Lennon on his Birthday” Wednesday, October 9, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are 250 pesos.

Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523.

Zombie dance rehearsals

Rehearsals for Thrill the World Ajijic 2019 continue at the Cultural Center on the Ajijic Plaza Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., until the show on Saturday, October 26.

Everyone is invited to come and learn the dance. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook/TTWAjijic or ThrillTheWorldAjijic.com.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m.

On September 26, “Birds of Passage” (Colombia, 2019) will be screened. (120 minutes.)  During the decade of violence that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, an indigenous family get involved in a war that threatens to destroy their lives and their culture.

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Calendar party

Artists Belva and Enrique Velazquez hold their 27th annual Our Beloved Mexico calendar party at the Arte Estudio Velazquez, Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, 4 to 8 p.m.

Original paintings for the 2020 Calendar will be on display and available for purchase. Enjoy refreshments, live music and have your calendar signed by the artists. See mymexicoart.com for more details.

Bare Stage Theatre

“Mrs. Warren’s Profession” by George Bernard Shaw is the next production of the Bare Stage Theatre, Friday to Sunday, September 27 to 29.

Mrs. Kitty Warren has worked hard to provide for her daughter, but when Vivie learns the truth about her mother’s profession, the stage is set for a battle royal between mother and daughter about love, sex, money and morality. It’s Shaw at his wicked best.

Shaw’s 1894 play was deemed too scandalous for public performance in Great Britain and was banned by the Lord Chamberlain until 1925. Its New York premiere in 1905 caused such outrage that the cast were arrested. Its offense was that Shaw was writing about the world’s oldest profession, prostitution, and alluded to a possible incestuous coupling. His greatest crime, though, was the play’s attack on Victorian hypocrisy.

Directed by Roseann Wilshere, the cast members are Emily Crocker, Mark Donaldson, Fred Koesling, Allen McGill, Barbara Pruitt and Michael Warren.

Tickets are 150 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.. Box office and bar open 3 p.m. Seats are held until 3:50 p.m.

Bare Stage Theatre is located at Hidalgo 261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pillar across from the Catholic Church. See facebook.com/barestagetheatre2018 for further details.

Rondalla fest

Four rondallas (groups of serenaders) perform at the Antigua Presidencia de Chapala as part of the Second Encuentro de Rondallas Guadalajara 2019 on Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. Tickets, 100 pesos, at 331-342-0097 or 331-246-6112.

Free concert

The Guadalajara-based Cuarteto Libre presents an evening of good music Friday, September 27, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. Clarinetist Patricia Arambula, transversal flautist Natalia Monserrat, violinist Uriel Rodriguez and cellist Andres Gutierrez will present a program consisting of music by Vivaldi, Mozart and Handel. After intermission they change course with “Danzon Juarez,” “Serenata Huasteca,” “Yo Vendo Unos Ojos,” “Yesterday” and “Plink Plank Plunk.” No charge.

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Ukulele singalong

Club Ukulele de Laguna has slated a singalong, together with a “Feeling Groovy” concert by the kids of the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera, Saturday, September 28, 2 p.m. at El Sombrero Restaurant (formerly Blue Moon, next to El BarCo) in Ajijic. There is no admission fee, but they will pass the hat to benefit the kids in the Academia, where some 40 children are receiving free ukuleles and instruction (beginner, intermediate and advanced). Classes are also provided at two home shelters: Love in Action and Hope House. The teachers are Mexican professionals: Marcos Rayas and Alejandra Aguayo (a graduate of the Academia).

Ukulele players from all over are invited to participate in these fundraisers. Club Ukulele offers songs that everyone knows – but just in case, they provide lyrics for the audience, and a few instruments like maracas, kazoos, and tambourines for audience participation.

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Flamenco Weekend Axixic

A flamenco concert at the Auditorio de la Ribera October 5, is preceded by two events at the Cochera Cultural, Javier Mina 49 in Ajijic.

Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m., enjoy a flamenco behind the scenes workshop. Find out how to integrate flamenco singing, guitar playing and flamenco dancing, how to produce a flamenco show and learn more about the language of flamenco, the artists and the creative process. Open to non-performers. At the event will be vocalist Julio de la Isla, guitarist Dari Muñoz and dancer Elena Barbosa. Tickets are 100 pesos.

Friday, October 4, 8 p.m. gather for a flamenco tertulia at the Cochera Cultural to learn more about flamenco, drink wine, eat tapas and enjoy a performance by Isla, Muñoz and guest dancers. Tickets: 150 pesos.

The main concert is Saturday, October 5, 6 p.m. at Auditorio de la Ribera. Dancers Aida Morales, Paulina Ruiz, Elena Barbosa and Leonor Zertuche move to the rhythms of Isla, Muñoz, bassist Gil Rios and percussionist Emilia Galvez.

General tickets are 250 pesos, center seating is 350 pesos and a VIP seat (500 pesos) in the first four rows includes a free drink and admission to the two previously mentioned events at Cochera Cultural

Tickets at Diane Pearl, Mia’s, the Auditorio, La Cochera Cultural and Casa Domenech.

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