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Ribera Arts Review - November 02, 2019

Day of the Dead art

The Day of the Dead holiday is the inspiration for dozens of artists whose creations are being showcased in lakeside galleries.

Destino Final (Final Destination) is the title of a collection of works by 21 artists up through November 22 at Chapala’s Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia, Avenida Madero at Hidalgo.  The exhibit is wrapped around the thematic statement “Death is something we should not fear, because as long as we exist, death does not, and when death exists, we do not.”

pg17aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523." class="caption" style="float: right;" width="365" height="383" />Galeria de Arte Axixic opens its doors Saturday, November 2, 3 to 7 p.m., for the inaugural reception of a Dia de Muertos collective show featuring works by both national and foreign resident artists. Guests will enjoy cocktails, botanas and music while viewing paintings, etchings, sculptures and other types of artwork by Ann Engsig, Robert Vallen, Santiago Hernández, Chava Rodríguez, Xill Fesseden, Judy Dykstra Brown, Armando Toscano, Jesús E. López García, De Paul Durham, Pat apt, Isidro Xilonsochitl, Dan William, Jesús López Vaga and Gabriel Mariscal.  The exhibit will run through the end of the month, Calle Rio Zula 1 at Ocampo on the west side of Ajijic, open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dead Days exhibit currently showing at Galeria Sol Mexicano, Colon 13 in Ajijic, includes paintings, photographs and craft items by various artists. The seasonal display and a memorial altar dedicated to pets continues through Thursday, November 3.

ASA themed show

Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) holds the grand opening of their annual themed show, “Imagine,” Friday, November 1, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Ajijic on the Plaza. ASA hosts will be available daily November 2 to 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rock legends

Bar El Camaleon (Constitución 25, Ajijic) hosts a “Rock Legends” evening Saturday, November 2, 9 p.m., featuring the music of The Doors, Janis Joplin and others. There will be prizes for the best three Day of the Dead costumes.

Tango

“Change of Seasons,” billed as “a love story told in dance,” showcases the delightful Argentinean tango. Presented by Ray Velvet, the show takes place at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Sunday, November 3, 5 p.m.  Tickets, 350 pesos, available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique, Casa Domenech and the Auditorio.

pg17bFilm Aficionados

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

November 7, the film “Tigers Are Not Afraid” (2018, Mexico) will be screened. A tough, beautiful, urban fairy tale about how the violence of the cartels impact on the children of Mexico. Director-writer  Issa Lopez’s startling and brilliant film is a story of children stranded in a world of despair. A fairy tale, but not for children. (77 minutes.)  LCS members only.

Spotlight Club

US Two bring a concert of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 7 p.m.  Tickets are 350 pesos.

Spencer Day performs with Eduardo Leon November 14 and 15, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.

Kim Kazuma performs “Look At Me Now,” accompanied by Eduardo Leon on acoustic guitar in a fundraiser for Niños Incapacitados, Tuesday, December 3. Two shows: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets, 400 pesos regular, 500 pesos VIP.

pg18aReservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523.

LLT

Lakeside Little Theatre’s first show of the season scheduled for November 8 through 17, “Lunenburg,” has been canceled due to a variety of factors.

Auditions will be held November 8 and 9, 9:30 a.m. for 20th Century Blues by Susan Miller. Keven Cook will direct. He is looking for one man and five women. Show dates are January 17 to 26.

Auditions for “My Fair Lady” directed by Dave McIntosh will be held November 22 and 23, 9:30 a.m. There are large and small roles for men and women plus a chorus. Show dates are February 21 to March 3.

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LLT welcomes and encourages everyone interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions.

Art auction

More than 20 local artists will put works on the block at the Auction for Independent Journalism set for Saturday, November 9, 4 to 8 p.m., at La Cochera Cultural, Javier Mina 49, Ajijic.

Works going up for bid at average values of 2,000 to 3,000 pesos will include paintings, graphics, sculptures, photographs and mixed media donated by well-known artists such as Isidro Xilonsochitl, Antonio López Vega,  Jesús López Vega, Dionicio Morales, Luis Pinedo, Daniel Palma, Xill Fessenden and Sergio Cuevas Corona, along with a number of new talents.

The program will include the raffle of a limited edition silk screen print by Manuel Felguérez, a music concert, a welcome drink for guests, free margaritas during the auction, a cash bar and snacks.   

The event is a fund-raiser to support the operation of the Semanario Laguna, a local Spanish-language media outlet that covers news and events in the lakeshore area from Jocotepec to Chapala through a weekly print edition, as well as its website and Facebook page.

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Talent Shows

The Chapala Talent Show, a benefit for the School for Special children will hold performances Sundays 7 p.m., November 10 and 24, December 8 and 22 and January 12 and 26 at the Spotlight Club in San Antonio Tlayacapan. First prize is 25,000 pesos. A Finale will be held February 16. For tickets or to enter contact: 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..

Bravo! Theatre

The new Bravo! Theatre hosts “Songs for a New World,” a musical by Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown, Thursdays through Sundays, November 7 to 10 and November 14 to 17.

Music Director Tim Welch and Stage Director Bernadette Jones lead a fabulous cast: Laura Medina Gómez, Randy Harrison, Jayme Littlejohn, Wanda White and special guest Amaranta Santos. The cast is Laura Medina Gomez, Randy Harrison, Jayme Littlejohn, Wanda White and special guest Amaranta Santos.

“Songs for a New World” isn’t your typical musical; it is a song cycle about the moments of your life that define your life. It is a vibrant production that goes from a Spanish sailing ship to the North Pole and everywhere in between. “It’s about one moment ... that moment you think you know where you stand ...”

Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique or via 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..

Bare Stage Theatre

The Bare Stage Theatre’s next production is “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman, November 22 to 24. Directed by Rosann Balbontin, the cast includes Roseann Wilshere, Johanna Labadie, Greg Custer, John Ward, Andrew McFarlane and Peter James.

Historically accurate, The Lion in Winter combines razor-sharp comedy, drama and tragedy with some of the best dialogue that has ever been spoken. It is a perfect portrayal of some of the most fascinating and complex personalities in recorded history. Henry ll, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lion Heart, King John of Magna Carta fame and their brothers and sisters, make today’s political and royal figures seem like low-rent bumbling hucksters.

Tickets, 150 pesos, can be reserved 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.. Showtime is 4 p.m. Bar opens at 3 p.m.

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Bare Auditions

Auditions for “Paradise Lost” by Erin Shields, will be held Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16 at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. Director Lynn Phelan is looking for four men and three women. Chose an date and time and make and appointment via 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.. You will be sent scenes to be read once you confirm a time. If you are new to the area or have not auditioned for Bare Stage before, bring a photo and resume.

Italian piano stars

Italian piano duet Sergio Marchegiani and Marco Schiavo perform works by Mozart, Brahms and Schubert at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Tuesday, November 26, 7 p.m. They have played hundreds of concerts all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, and are regular guests with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. They teach at the Alessandria and Potenza conservatories. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available 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.. A cocktail will be served after the concert.

Community Orchestra

The Lake Chapala Community Orchestra’s performance Sunday, December 1, 3 p.m. at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church is sold out. There are still some tickets available for the next day’s performance, Monday, December 2, 3 p.m.

This concert, Music for Art, is in association with the Ajijic Society of the Arts and pairs a diverse selection of orchestral music with works by local artists. Special guests are vocalist Abby Rivera and violinist Christopher Martin. Tickets, 250 pesos (150 pesos students), are available 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..

pg21bThe Orchestra is looking for a volunteer stage manager. Contact Director Michel Reason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Centro Cultural

Friends of Centro Cultural de Ajijic needs you as a volunteer. The center is a special space with a constant exchange of arts and exhibitions. It features murals by local artists such as Juan Navarro, Javier Zaragoza, Jesús López Vega and Efrain González and hosts presenters and workshops to promote the arts and culture.

Unfortunately, the CCA does not have personnel to guarantee the security of the artwork on exhibit. That’s why volunteers are needed.

We are requesting two hours per person per shift. The days and hours needed: Monday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call the Friends of Centro Cultural de Ajijic at 331-837-9466, 376-766-2373.

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