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Ribera Arts Review - January 18, 2020

LLT auditions

Peggy Lord Chilton will direct Lakeside Little Theatre’s production of “The Actress” by Peter Quilter, with show dates March 27 to April 5.

Auditions are Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18, 9:30 a.m. at LLT. Two men and five women are needed. For scripts and information, contact Chilton 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..

Bravo! Theatre

pg22a“Lettice and Lovage,” a comedic and satire by Peter Shaffer, continues at Bravo! Theatre, Thursdays to Sundays through January 26. The play is centered around a flamboyant tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind an English country house and who butts heads with a fact-conscious official at the house.

Cast members are Venessa McCaffrey, Monnie King, Peggy Lord Chilton and Peter King.

Bravo Theatre is at Hidalgo 441 (on the Carretera) in Riberas del Pilar, Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at 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..

Spotlight Club

• Branden and James perform “Rock the Opera,” in a benefit for the Lake Chapala Society, with shows Friday, January 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.

pg22b• 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.

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

LLT main stage event

“20th Century Blues” by Susan Miller is the next production of the Lakeside Little Theatre, set for Friday, January 17, to Sunday, January 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 Nicholás 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. This is the story of a group of four women whose annual photo shoot ritual keeps them together, until it threatens to tear them apart.

pg23aThe first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees, 4 p.m., and the evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday and every day during the run of the show one hour before curtain – except Sunday. 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..

LCS mariachi fest

The Lake Chapala Society presents its fifth annual international mariachi festival, 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 are 300 pesos at the door.

Art Battle returns

Art Battle returns to the Hotel Real de Chapala Saturday, January 18, 6 to 10 p.m. for a live painting competition with both local and regional artists painting live in front of an audience that is allowed to rate their work and determine who wins the prize.

Art Battle invites culture enthusiasts, painters, art collectors, art party lovers, and the entire Chapala community to join the experience and vote for the next Art Battle Champion.

Jewish Film Fest

Ajijic’s 11th annual Jewish Film Fest continues at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias Sunday, January 19 with “Bye Bye Germany” (Germany, 2017), 1:30 p.m.

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to his goal, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past.

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“Without Barriers” is an exhibition featuring the work of 30 artists, opening at Art Studio Gecko, Ocampo 61 in Ajijc, Sunday, January 19, 6 p.m. In addition to the art and a cocktail party, there will be music, dance and poetry. All are welcome.

Oaxaca cancellation

The Centro Cultural Ajijic laments that the Oaxaca en Ajijic festival, including the Guelaguetza dance presentation, has been canceled.

Acrylic painting workshop

Zoe Armiger will conduct a “Paint Your Heart Out” acrylic painting workshop at her studio in Ajijic, Monday, January 20 through Friday, January 31. Classes take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday in the first week, and Monday to Friday in the second week. Class size is limited to five. Information and reservations: 333-452-4894, 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..

Cantantes del Lago

Los Cantantes del Lago is looking for choral singers for its upcoming Spring Concert, titled “Hispanic Roots: Music of Latin Composers.” They need all voice parts – with a special welcome to tenors and basses. Experience in choral singing and reading music is helpful. The first rehearsal is Tuesday, January 21. Information: 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..

Tango Show

Anita and Juan Rosa will perform a special tango amid a dinner show at Manix Restaurant, Wednesday, January 22, 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations: 376-766-0061 or 331-065-0725.

Ukulele sing

Sing! Play! Enjoy! Ukulele! Always free, always casual, always fun. Every Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. at The Cocktail Bar, Constitution 32 in Ajijic.  Singers, uke players, string instrument players welcome. Come for the music, stay for the food, drinks and fun.

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Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings. Thursday, January 23, 2 p.m. “La Traviata” (1982, Italy) will be shown.

Franco Zefferelli directs this Metropolitan Opera production starring Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas and a magnificent Cornell MacNeil. Shown in honor of Zefferelli, who recently passed away. A tragic love story with glorious music and spectacular dancing. (112 minutes.)

LCS members only.

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 her 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 grass fire. Will Maggie get cold feet when she learns that her sister knows the groom all too well?

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The cast is Greg Custer, Mark Donaldson, Tina Leonard, Alison Palmer, Roxanne Rosenblatt and Ed Tasca.

Reserve your tickets, 150 pesos, 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.. 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.

Talent show

The last performance of the Chapala Talent Show, a benefit for the School for Special Children, is Sunday, January 26, 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Club in San Antonio Tlayacapan. First prize is 25,000 pesos. A finale to pick teh winners will be held February 16.  Tickets: 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..

Oil workshop

Efren Gonzalez offers an oil painting workshop at his studio, Tuesday, January 28 to Friday, January 31, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All supplies are included and the goal is one painting each day. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-703-3943.

Art, design & gourmet food

Some 60 artists, designers, artisans and chefs will come together for a bazaar at La Huerta Serna events center in West Ajjic Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LLT Playhouse

“All My Sons” is the next Playhouse Series presentation by Lakeside Little Theatre Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2, 4 p.m.

Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winners Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

This is Miller’s 1947 examination of loss, honor and betrayal in one middle-class Ohio family in the aftermath of the World War II. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Running time is 2 hours 45 minutes. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at the box office every Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon or 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..

Anton Belov

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A Bravissimo! classical concert of voice and piano with Russian baritone Anton Belov and Timothy G. Ruff 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 to create a magical concert.

Tickets 350 pesos, are available at Mia’s Boutique or 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..

Master class

Belov will offer a master class in voice at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Monday, February 3, 4 p.m. The class is limited to six to eight students with whom Anton will work directly, plus an audience of others who want to learn from this master of voice by watching him work with others. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an audition.

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