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Ribera Arts Review - November 16, 2019

Bravo Theatre

The final performances BRAVO! Theatre’s musical “Songs for a New World,” by Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown, will be held Friday to Sunday, November 15 to 17. Music Director Tim Welch and Stage Director Bernadette Jones lead a fabulous cast, including 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. 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..

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The #1 Billboard jazz/pop singer and songwriter Spencer Day presents his new show, “From Broadway to Boleros,” performing alongside the Zoe and Leon Trio Friday, November 15, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.

Guadalajara five-piece salsa band Alexis plays Saturday, November 16, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets, 200 pesos.

Female Mariachis Innovacion Mexicana, a top winner on the TV show “Mexico Tiene Talento” (Mexico Has Talent) performs Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. Tickets are 300 pesos.

Kevin Levesque returns as Miss Conception in his Forbidden Dizney Show Saturday, November 23, 7 p.m. All live singing, a-laugh-a minute show, sporting incredible costumes. Tickets are 300 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.

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

Jazz

pg22bThe Marcos Toledo Trio presents music from their new album, “Winter,” at a concert Saturday, November 16, 7 p.m. at La Cochera Cultural, Javier Mina 49 in Ajijic.

The jazz group is comprised of Toledo on guitar, Jose Triay on drums and Luri Monina on counterbass. Tickets, 200 pesos, include your first beverage.

Film Aficionados

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

November 21, the film “Nae Pasaran” (2018, Scotland) will be screened. This documentary is set in a Scottish town in 1974 where factory workers refuse to work on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. (93 minutes.) LCS members only.

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.

pg23aThis 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="488" height="318" />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.

Opera

The Chapala Opera Guild presents the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” Saturday, November 23, 11:55 a.m. in three Movie Space theaters, two with English subtitles and one with Spanish subtitles. Season tickets are available at chapalaoperaguild.org and individual performance tickets are for sale at MovieSpace Cinemas box office. Email Howard Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. Future Met Live simulcasts are “Wozzeck” January 11; “Porgy and Bess,” February 1; “Agrippina” February 29; “Der Fliegende Holländer” March 14; “Tosca” April 11 and “Maria Stuarda” May 9.

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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 farce 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.

Talent Shows

The Chapala Talent Show, a benefit for the School for Special children, will hold performances Sundays at 7 p.m. on November 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..

Piano duo

Italian piano duet Sergio Marchegiani and Marco Schiavo perform works by Mozart and Brahms 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 the Auditorio box office and 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.. A cocktail will be served after the concert.

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.

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 with works by local artists. The orchestra will perform pieces 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.

Los Cantantes del Lago

Los Cantantes del Lago choristers are working hard on the upcoming holiday concert “A Rose in Winter.” Wonderful music fills this concert, including pieces by John Rutter, Eric Whitacre, Craig Hella Johnson and Ola Gjeilo. This season’s concert features the Janus Quartet – which includes former Los Cantantes singer Areli Medeles.

The guest director for this concert, Ken Turner, comes to Lakeside from San Antonio, Texas, where he directed for many years what were considered to be among the finest high school choruses in the state. His program for “A Rose in Winter” is varied and has layers of the symbolism of roses from Aphrodite to the Virgin Mary, to the rose being a symbol of love and hope in today’s world.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique, from any chorister 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..

Concerts are at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Tuesday, December 3, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, December 4, 4 p.m.

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