Ajijic’s 11th annual Jewish Film Fest kicks off at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias Sunday, January 5 with “The Last Suit,” a 2017 Argentine film in which an elderly Holocaust survivor leaves Buenos Aries to revisit Poland for unfinished business. All films are on Sundays and begin at 1:30 p.m.
Upcoming titles are “Maktub” (Israel 2017) January 12, “Bye Bye Germany” (Germany, 2017) January 19, “Tel Aviv on Fire” (Israel 2018) January 26, “The Wedding Plan” (Israel, 2016) February 2, “The Farewell Party (Israel, 2014) February 9, “The Cakemaker (Israel 2017) February 16, and “The Last Mentsch” (Germany 2014) February 23. Tickets are 100 pesos.
This festival is presented by the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation and a portion of the proceeds benefit a selected Lakeside charity. Information: lakechapalajewishcongregation.com/jewish-film-festival-2020.
Michael Koch speak at the next meeting of the Ajijic Society of the Arts, Monday, January 6. Koch has used scanners as an additional tool in his photography arsenal since the late 1990s. His presentation will demonstrate how to use a scanner to capture images and the many aspects of scanner software that enable creative alteration and enhancement of scanned images. His live demonstration will be projected onto a screen along with a variety examples of images he has generated using the scanner, many of which are floral and botanical, some of which have been modified or merged other images or photos using Photoshop.
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings. Thursday, January 9, 2 p.m. “Honeyland” (2004, France) will be shown.
The last female beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland. This docu-drama will get plenty of attention during awards season. (89 minutes.)
LCS members only.
The 12th annual Lip Sync show returns to the Auditorio de la Ribera under the direction of Michael McLaughlin, with more than 50 volunteers and performers on stage, to raise money for improvements to the Auditorio.
The shows are Thursday, January 9, 4 p.m.; Friday, January 10, 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 12, 2 p.m. The bar opens one hour before each show.
Learn how to dance salsa every Friday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sports Bar 69, Hidalgo 17 in Ajijic. Practice with a DJ from 8 p.m.
Opera HD Live
The Chapala Talent Show, a benefit for the School for Special children, will hold performances Sundays at 7 p.m. on 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.
Jocotepec Electric Fest
In a tribute to Mexican band Los Angeles Azules’ popular cumbia sinfonica musical style, various musicians and singers will perform a free concert at the Jocotepec Plaza Monday, January 13, 8 p.m.
“Lettice and Lovage” by Peter Shaffer opens at Bravo! Theatre January 16, and runs Thursdays to Sundays, through January 26. Cast members are Venessa McCaffrey, Monnie King, Peggy Lord Chilton and Peter King.
• Branden and James perform “Rock the Opera,” in a benefit for the Lake Chapala Society, with three shows Thursday and Friday, January 16 and 17, 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. Local band Linaje Bohemio opens each set. VIP tickets, 500 pesos; and side seating, 400 pesos; are available at the Lake Chapala Society front office, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.
• Levi Kreis returns with a new show, “Broadway at the Keys,” with two performances on Tuesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m. VIP tickets, 500 pesos; side seating, 400 pesos.
• Jason Antone sings the music of Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Josh Groban and others, Wednesday, January 29 and Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. Tickets 350 pesos.
LLT main stage event
“20th Century Blues” by Susan Miller is the next production of the Lakeside Little Theatre, set for January 17 to 26.
Director Kevin Cook and Assistant Director Russell Mack lead the cast of Chris L’Ecluse, Debra Bowers, Georgette Richmond, Collette Clavadetscher, Connie Davis and Nicolas Cumplido in this smart, funny and touching ode to friendship and aging.
“20th Century Blues” follows four 60-something friends as they confront the downsides of being an adult, primarily aging and ageism. The story of a group of four women whose annual photo shoot ritual keeps them together, until it threatens to tear them apart. Touching on themes of friendship and art-making, “20th Century Blues” is mostly a charming and feeling comedy about aging.
Four women. Forty years of friendship. One afternoon that could end it all. And a bond that connects these women who meet once a year to have their pictures taken in a ritual that chronicles their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate through love, careers, children, and the complications of history. But, when these private photographs have the potential to go public, relationships are strained, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they’ve become, and how they’ll deal with whatever lies ahead.
From Bach to Jobim
World-class classical guitarist Alfredo Muro joins with cellist Mikhail Rovinski for a special concert to benefit Opera Guanajuato, Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. The program includes pieces by Bach, Falu, Piazzolla, Jobim, Powell, Celedonio Romero, Cartola, Pixiguinha and others.
Tickets, 250 pesos, are available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Saturday at the Auditorio box office as of Wednesday, January 8.
LCS mariachi fest
The Lake Chapala Society presents its fifth annual international mariachi concert, Saturday, January 18, 3 to 6 p.m. The program features the debut of Mariachi Torres and return performances from Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista and Grupo Bella. All are award-winning groups from the United States. Tickets, 250 pesos in advance and 300 pesos at the door, are available at the LCS ticket office or at TheLakeChapalaSociety.com.
Los Cantantes del Lago
Bare Stage Theatre
Bare Stage Theatre presents “Maggie’s Getting Married” by Norm Foster, directed by Roseann Wilshere, Friday to Sunday, January 24 to 26.
The Duncan family prepare for the wedding of their daughter, Maggie, but things go haywire and the dream begins to crumble. It’s the night before the wedding to Russell, a realtor who wooed her in a whirlwind romance. Unfortunately, she’s the only one excited about it! Her father is afraid that his baby girl may be marrying the wrong man for the wrong reasons. Her bombshell sister, Wanda, is home for the big day with her latest boy toy. And her mother is pondering the future (post-wedding) as part of a couple whose passion has diminished from a forest fire to a small grassfire. Will Maggie get cold feet when she learns that her sister knows the groom all too well?
The cast is Mark Donaldson, Tina Leonard, Ali McFarland, Alison Palmer, Roxanne Rosenblatt and Ed Tasca.
Box office and bar open at 3 p.m. Showtime is 4 p.m. Seats are held till 3:50 p.m.
The Bare Stage Theatre is located on the mountain side of the Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 261 in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. There is no parking inside the Baptist Church lot.
A Bravissimo! classical concert of voice and piano with Russian baritone Anton Belov and Welch as collaborative pianist takes place Sunday, February 2, 4 p.m. at St Andrew’s Anglican Church. The concert is presented by the Bravo! Theatre.
Belov’s voice has been called “rich and mellifluous” by the New York Times. He will sing pieces by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Santoliquido in Russian, Italian, Spanish and English.
Those who saw Belov the last time he performed at Lakeside know he is a consummate and passionate performer. Belov and Welch join forces again to create a magical and memorable concert.