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Ribera Arts Review - January 25, 2019

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.

Although the show has been sold out for a week, there is a waiting list, which you can get on by emailing 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.

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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.

Spotlight Club

• Dueling Drag Divas Jo Anna and Chi Chi Rones bring their special talents to their Queen of Thrones presentation Friday, January 24, 7 p.m. Impersonations of Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Cher, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse will keep you enthralled. Tickets are 300 pesos.

• Jeffery Straker, singer-songwriter and pianist, presents “88 Keys,” classic covers of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Billy Joel and award-winning originals. Tickets are 400 pesos, center, and 300 pesos, side tables.]

Open Studio

Claudia Nery will show her most recent paintings Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, noon to 6 p.m. at San Luis 305 in Riberas del Pilar.

Bravo! Theatre

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“Lettice and Lovage,” a comedic and satire by Peter Shaffer, continues at Bravo! Theatre through Sunday 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..

LLT main stage event

“20th Century Blues” by Susan Miller continues at Lakeside Little Theatre, though 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.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday the curtain rises at 4 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..

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Jewish Film Fest

Ajijic’s 11th annual Jewish Film Fest continues at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias Sunday, January 26, 1:30 p.m. with a screening of “Tel-Aviv on Fire” (2018, Israel).

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

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 the 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.

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An art auction to benefit March’s 7th annual Sangre Viva cultural festival will be held Friday, January 31, at the La Cochera Cultural, Javier Mina 49, Ajijic.

Bid on works by Ernesto Barba, Antonio Lopez Vega, Rigoberto Navarro, Cithlali RG, J. E. Lopez Garcia, LHOBO, Salvador Rodriguez, Cathy Chalvignac, Polo Gutierrez, Xill Fessenden, Robert Vallem, Jesus Lopez Vega, David Estupiñan, Eli Bugarin, Rocio Vera, David Chacon, Carlos Paz “Totol” and others.

Doors open 4 p.m. with a cash and taco bar; the auction begins 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. there will be live jazz with Chuco Soto, Gil Rios, Miguel Soto and Irepan Rojas, a special guest from Morelia, Michoacan. Tickets are 50 pesos.

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.

Porgy and Bess

The Chapala Opera Guild presents the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission of George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,”, Saturday, February 1, 11:55 a.m. at Movie Space Cinemas in Ajijic. Screenings will be held in three theaters, two with English subtitles and one with Spanish subtitles.

One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants.

David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Janai Brugger, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker, and Donovan Singletary.

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Tickets are for sale on the Guild’s website at chapalaoperaguild.org and at Movie Space Cinemas. Email Howard Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Creative Image

A collective exhibit featuring 30 local artists opens Saturday, February 1, 4p.m. at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic with cocktails, music and botanas.

Northern Lights

The Festival de Febrero Northern Lights Music Festival begins Sunday, February 2, 4 p.m. with a concert by Sonic Escape at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

The Richard Underhill Quartet presents classic songs from the jazz tradition with a sprinkling of melodic original tunes, along with some great string arrangements, Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorio.

The Festival Gala Orchestra, with Gemma New directing, performs “Eine Kleine Nachtmusick,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Bela Bartok’s, “Divertimento” for String Orchestra Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorio.

Tickets for these concerts are 400 pesos each, obtained from 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..

Flamenco Cajon

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La Cochera Cultural offers classes on the Cajon Flamenco each Tuesday in February, beginning February 4, 5 p.m. Address: Javier Mina 49, Ajijic. Information: 331-330-8705.

For lovers 
Studio Art Walk

The Rondalla de Chapala brings its smooth voices and romantic, melodic guitars to the Auditorio de la Ribera Friday, February 14, 6 p.m. for its 7th Para Los Enamorados (For Those in Love) Valentine’s Day concert. The Rondalla Feminil de Chapala will also make an appearance. Tickets for this usually sold-out concert, 180 pesos, are available at 333-106-7164.

The 9th annual Ajijic Society of the Arts Studio Art Walk will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 22 to 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists and craftspeople will display their most recent work at more than 30 locations throughout Lakeside. Some locations will include the work of several artists.  Your admission “ticket” to enter the venues is actually booklet containing maps to each location.  It also has a directory with a photo of a work by each of the participating artists and their contact information.

Purchase of the booklets helps support the Lake Chapala Society Children’s Art Program. The booklets are available at Diane Pearl, Ken Gosh Gallery, SuperLake, Art Connection, the LCS ticket area and café. Information: ASAartWalk.com.

Earthquake emergency practice

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Heeding a warning call broadcast by Civil Protection personnel, approximately 200 people vacated the premises of Chapala City Hall at 11 a.m., Monday, January 20 as part of the earthquake emergency reaction practice carried out simultaneously across the nation. Government employees, surprised taxpayers and other visitors were directed to the median strip, known as the Plazoleta de Hermandad, across the street in an orderly evacuation completed in just over three minutes.

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