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
A fourth sala has opened to show George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” Saturday, February 1, 11:55 a.m. at Movie Space Cinemas in Ajijic. The Chapala Opera Guild presents the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission. Screenings will be this week in four theaters, one with Spanish subtitles.
LLT Playhouse Theatre
A collective exhibit featuring 30 local artists opens Saturday, February 1, 4 p.m. at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic with cocktails, music and botanas. Art students of the CCA’s maestro Juan Navarro will also exhibit their work.
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.
Colombian opera star soprano Amalia Avilan teams up with pianist John Wilson to sing works by Bellini, Rossini and Grandos, Monday, February 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Haus der Music, Constitucion 112 in Ajijic.
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. A quintet will offer a Hot Jazz Dinner Concert at La Nueva Posada, Saturday, February, 8, 6 p.m. Tickets for that event (900 pesos) are available at La Nueva Posada.
The Gryphon Trio play Beethoven Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Haus Der Musik.
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.
The Manhattan Chamber Players, perform Dvorak and Schubert, Wednesday, February 12, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio.
The Festival Orchestra featuring violin soloists Alexandra Preucil and Jeremy Bell perform Bach, Vivaldi and Arvo Pärt Thursday, February 13, with concerts at 7:30 p.m. at Haus der Musik.
The Grande Finale Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Saturday, February 15, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio.
Jewish Film Fest
Ajijic’s 11th annual Jewish Film Fest continues at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias Sunday, February 2, 1:30 p.m. with a screening of “The Wedding Plan” (2016, Israel).
When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband … and the clock ticks down.
Baritone Anton Belov performs at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar Sunday, February 2, 4 p.m. singing works by Mozart, three poems by A.S. Pushkin set to music, followed by pieces composed by Balakirev and Rachmaninoff. Belov will sing Santoliquido’s “I Canti Della Sera” and songs from famous musicals. The program includes arias and songs in Italian, Russian, English and Spanish.
Belov will be accompanied on piano by Timothy G. R. Welch, Minister of Music at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, and music director of Los Cantantes del Lago.
A unique opportunity to see Belov at work will be available to the public when he conducts a master class Monday, February 3, 4 p.m. at at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. Come be part of the audience.
Michael Koch, who was not able to speak at the January meeting of the Ajijic Society of the Arts, has rescheduled for Monday, February 3, 10 a.m. at La Bodega Ajijic. Koch enhances photographs by using a scanner and Photoshop. 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.
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings. Thursday, February 6, 2 p.m. “Marriage Story” (2019, United States) will be shown.
An incisive and compassionate examination of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Academy Award possibilities here. (132 minutes.) LCS members only.
Bare Stage Auditions
Bare Stage Theatre is auditioning for two men and four “youngish” women for roles in “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Mamich and directed by Phyllis Silverman. Performances are March 27 to 29.
The plot revolves around the true-life circumstances of women in the 1920s, just newly accepted into the world of work but still considered expendable. It chronicles their strength and determination as well as the joys of friendship.
Film Aficionados special
A special showing of the five-part miniseries, “Chernobyl,” will be shown on three consecutive Wednesdays, February 19, February 26 and March 4, 2 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.
This series has won numerous awards, including the Golden Globe, and has an IMDB rating of 9.5. Each episode is about 55 minutes in duration.
This is shown in conjunction with the regular Thursday showing of “A Translator,” a Cuban film about the Chernobyl child victims that were sent to Cuba for medical care after the Chernobyl disaster. That film will be shown at the LCS on Thursday, February 20.
Studio Art Walk
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 a 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.
Los Cantantes del Lago’s fabulous bi-annual “Showstoppers 20” concert is coming up on February 22, 23 and 24 at 4 p.m. (Bar opens at 3 p.m.)
In this concert, members and friends of Los Cantantes perform solo, duet and small group numbers. This year, Doug Voet is the emcee and the inimitable Timothy G. Ruff Welch tickles the ivories.
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