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Ribera Arts Review - November 09, 2019

Feria Maestros del Arte

Outstanding artisans coming from far around Mexico will showcase high-quality handicrafts and folk art at the 18th annual Feria Maestros del Arte, Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 at Chapala’s Club de Yates, located at the east end of Paseo Ramón Corona.

The event supports the livelihoods of hundreds of families, while fostering regional and international awareness to the plight of the nation’s endangered arts.

pg22aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A cocktail will be served after the concert." class="caption" style="float: right;" width="470" height="296" />This year the fair is bringing in 45 new artists from various parts of the country, as well as a Jalisco Pavilion where artists from this state will be concentrated. At that pavilion there will be tequila tasting on all three days and salsa samplings presented by Agustín of Viva Mexico Restaurant in San Juan Cosalá, at 2:30 p.m.

Entertainment includes local; duo Black String, who will open the fair Saturday at 9:30 a.m. A fashion show takes the stage at 11:30 a.m., Mariachi Mujer Mexicana performs at 12:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Guadalupana dances at 1:30 and Estaban Olivera will play classical guitar at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Olivera plays at 10 a.m., Marimba Bahia at noon, The Ballet at 2 p.m. and Black String at 3 p.m.

Manuel de la Peña will give a presentation on “The Cutting Edge of Paper: traditions and contemporary techniques, Saturday at 10:30 p.m. in Tent One. Carlos Barrera Reyes will explain backstrap loom weaving and brocade at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Barrera will speak on the rescue and exhibition of Na Bolom’s textile collection.

Gates open daily at 9:30 a.m., closing at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and an hour earlier on Sunday. The visitor admission fee is 80 pesos. Look for full profiles of the guest artists at mexicoartshow.com and additional fair details on Facebook.

pg22bThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." class="caption" style="float: right;" width="469" height="321" />Cultural Diversity

Chapala is holding two jam-packed days of free cultural events at the Vela (Sail) on the west end of the malecon, Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10. Musical performances, dance, live painting, photography, story-telling, workshops, theater, traditional crafts take the stage beginning about 11 a.m. each day and ending in the evening.

There is something for everyone. A few highlights include: “Son de Tule,” played by harps and salterio Saturday, 2:30 p.m.; a blues concert by Tren Nocturno Sunday, 3 p.m.; followed by flamenco fusion by Veronica Reyes-Cermantes and Estibaliz Moguel Canto, 3:40 p.m.

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.

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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.

Choral concert

The Voces de Chapala Coro celebrates its 45th anniversary with a free concert, Saturday, November 9, noon at the Auditorio del Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala.

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..

Film Aficionados

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

November 14, the film “Not One Less” (1999, China) will be screened. The plot centers on a 13-year-old substitute teacher who will be paid only if there’s not one student less at the end of the term. Winner of many prizes at film festivals around the world. (105 minutes.)  LCS members only.

pg23cBare Auditions

The Bare Stage Theatre 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 a 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.

Orquesta Tipica de Chapala

The Orquesta Tipica de Chapala will hold a concert celebrating its 9th anniversary, Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m. at La Bodega Ajijic. Special guest star is harpist Roberto Diaz. The dinner/show is 350 pesos. Tickets are available at the offices of Spanish-language weekly newspaper, Pagina, Avenida Madero 415-1, Chapala, or from orchestra members.

Bare Stage Theatre

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

pg23bThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. Future Met Live simulcasts are “Akhnaten” November 23; “Wozzeck” January 11; “Porgy and Bess,” February 1; “Agrippina” February 29; “Der Fliegende Holländer” March 14; “Tosca” April 11 and “Maria Stuarda” May 9." class="caption" width="460" height="338" style="float: right;" />

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 II, 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.

Bare Stage Theatre is at Hidalgo 261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar. (Please, no parking in the Baptist Church parking lot.) Also see Facebook/barestagetheatre2018.

LLT auditions

Lakeside Little Theatre 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. For scripts, email 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 welcomes and encourages everyone interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions.

LLT Playhouse Series

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“One Man, Two Guvnors” by Richard Bean and directed by Nichola Hytner is the first of the National Theatre Live productions to be screened in LLT’s Playhouse Series this season, Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, 4 p.m.

This is a classic Italian comedy, where sex, food and money are high on the agenda. The show is based on Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century Italian commedia dell’arte piece, “The Servant of Two Masters.” It’s pretty funny in its original form, but Bean has transformed it into a delirious English carry-on set in Brighton in 1963, creating scenes and dialogue that often leave the audience helpless with hilarity.

London papers give it rave reviews: “A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National’s history” – The Guardian; “Slapstick, satire and gags galore: a classic comedy hilariously updated” – The Times; “An evening of riotous delight” — The Daily Telegraph.

Running time is three hours. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available (temporarily) by email only 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.. The box office opens every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, as of November 13.

pg25bThis 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="294" height="422" />ASA themed show

Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) continues with their annual themed show, “Imagine,” at the Centro Cultural Ajijic on the Plaza. ASA hosts will be available daily through November 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Orchestra

The Lake Chapala Community Orchestra’s performance on 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 are paired with works by local artists. The orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Borodin and Tchaikovsky and local vocalist Abby Rivera will perform much loved songs including “Memory” and “The Look of Love”. In addition the concert will feature the talented students of “Violines de Casa” coached by LCCO violinist Christopher Martin.

Tickets, 250 pesos (150 pesos for 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..

The 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 to protect the works on display. Call the Friends of Centro Cultural de Ajijic at 331-837-9466, 376-766-2373 for more information.

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