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Ribera Arts Review – February 15, 2020

Judged art show

Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) invites one and all to its 37th Annual Judged Show, Saturday, February 15, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Ajijic. Participate in the people’s choice award while getting to know the artists. The show runs through February 28, with ASA hosts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spotlight Club

• Los Villanos Blues Band with vocalist Griselda Piña takes the stage Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m. Tickets are 200 pesos.

• Dwight Blake and Denita Asbury play Soul Town hits from the 1960s to the present, Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.

• Kim Kuzma teams up with musicians Eduardo Leon, Roberto Falcon and Luis Rascon to present “British Invasion,” with tunes by Annie Lennox, the Spice Girls, Adele and more, Wednesday and Thursday, February 19 and 20, 7 p.m. Tickets are 400 pesos.

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

Portraits

Strom GALA exhibit copy

G.A.L.A. Galería al Aire Libre Axixic presents “Las Zayacas,” a series of portraits of local residents in Zacaya costumes taken by photographer Dane Strom – all with an Ajijic Carnaval theme. The works will be on exhibit around the town’s central plaza as of February 15. Also, the Centro Cultural Ajijic hosts a Zayacos competition on “Dia de Carnaval,” Tuesday, February 25. Couples must use traditional wooden or papier mache masks and show off their dance skills in the Carnaval parade beginning 10 a.m. Prize money totals 5,000 pesos in both adult and children’s categories. For more information, call 376-766-3338.

Jazz trio

The Fab Jazz Trio play at La Cochera Cultural, Javier Mina 49, Ajijic, Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 250 pesos, include your first drink.

Exhibit

The fourth annual Jocotepec International Art Exhibition opens Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m. and runs through March 13 at the town’s Casa de Cultura. Find works in pastel and ink, pencil, pen and ink, as well as examples of photography, portraiture and wood working.

Festival de Febrero

The Grande Finale Orchestra concert is on Saturday, February 15, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Featured are Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto in A minor.”

The Rising Stars Concert, Sunday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Haus Der Musik is a special event to raise scholarship money for students attending the Festival de Lago summer music academy. It will feature students who have been in residence at this festival.

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Jewish Film Fest

Ajijic’s 11th annual Jewish Film Fest continues at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias Sunday, February 16, 1:30 p.m. with a screening of “The Cakemaker” (2017, Israel).

A German pastry maker travels to Jerusalem in search of the wife and son of his dead lover.

Talent Show finale

Don’t miss the Talent Show Finale Sunday, February 16, 7 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera, where the top winner will receive a 25,000-peso prize. This fund-raiser for the School for Special Children in Jocotepec will feature the six semifinalists: violinist Victor Garcia, Freddie Mercury impersonator Roy Cruz, and singers Luis Sanchez, Yanen Saavedra, Mariana Vigueras Gibran Lopez and Laura Medina. Tickets, 350 and 300 pesos, are available at the Spotlight Club.

Rockin’ Soul Show

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Debby Holiday puts on her Rockin’ Soul Show with the ten Top-10 Billboard dance hits, Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Club. Tickets are 300 pesos. Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523.

Turtulia

The Centro Cultural Ajijic (CCA) presents the Ballet Folklorico Infantil Axixic, Lola la Tequilera and the Floreo de Reata Sunday, February 16, 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets, 120 pesos, include one margarita and are available at the CCA. The proceeds benefit the children’s ballet folklorico program.

Acrylic painting workshop

Zoe Armiger will conduct “Paint Your Heart Out” – two acrylic painting workshops – at her studio in Ajijic, Monday to Thursday, February 17 to 20 and February 24 to 27. Classes take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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..">.

Benefit

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Cine Music, beloved songs from the movies, featuring mezzosoprano Christy Caldwell (above), David Reyes Diaz, Jorge Gonzalez Reynoso, Carlos Torres Alvarez, Jonathan Omar Guzman and the children’s choir Voces del Lago takes the stage at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Sunday, March 8, 5 p.m. This is a benefit for Musica Para Crecer, a community music school in San Juan Cosala. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the Auditorio, Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl.

Exhibit

See paintings by Vicki Sclisizzi at an exhibit opening at Bruno’s Restaurant in Ajijic, Monday, February 17, 3 p.m. Also showing are works by Sandra Golden and handmade jewelry and crafts by Kathy Falon. Margaritas and munchies by Bruno’s.

Piano Show

Bohemian pianist, composer and showman Rafael Najar teams up with former Jalisco Philharmonic first violinist Jolanta Ewa Michalewicz Brucz, the Preciado sisters sopranos and a ballet troupe, for a musical evening at the Auditorio de la Ribera Wednesday, February 19, 6 p.m. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at voyalteatro.com. or at 333-616-7877.

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 a 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 Thursday, February 20 showing of “A Translator” (2018, Cuba), a film about the Chernobyl child victims who were sent to Cuba for medical care after the Chernobyl disaster.

‘My Fair Lady’

Dave McIntosh directs Lakeside Little Theatre’s production of “My Fair Lady,” the award-winning story of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady.

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, this show is the standard by which all other musicals are measured. Songs include “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Music direction is by Ann Swiston.

Show dates are February 21 to March 3. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees, 4 p.m., and the evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday; during the run of the show every day but Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon and one hour before curtain. Email tickets@ lakesidelittletheatre.com.

Bare Stage

“Lips Together, Teeth Apart” is the next production of the Bare Stage Theatre, Friday to Sunday, February 21 to 23.

A beachside home on Fire Island proves a strange setting for two straight couples – sister and brother Chloe and Sam, and their spouses John and Sally – on the Fourth of July. Upon his recent death from AIDS, Sally’s brother David bequeathed her the Fire Island house, surrounded by friendly, partying gay neighbors on either side of the fence. “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” a dark comedy by Terrence McNally, is a powerful look inside dissolving marriages, lost hopes and dreams, and the looming, capricious nature of death.

Directed by Bernadette Jones, the cast is JeanMarie Harmon, Joanne Stuart, Greg Custer and Peter James.

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.

Jazz

Guadalajara-based jazz band Cienfuegos performs at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Saturday, February 22, 7 p.m. Tickets are available at voyalteatro.com and should be on sale at the Auditorio box office as of Tuesday, February 18.

Showstoppers 20

Los Cantantes del Lago’s fabulous biannual “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 MC and the inimitable Timothy G. Ruff Welch tickles the ivories.

The show will be presented at the Bravo! Theatre at Hidalgo 441 in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets are 300 pesos and available at Mia’s Boutique, Sweets and Treats, It’s Kinda BAZAR ... and Kinda Not or 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..

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.

In this event, local artists and craftspeople 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 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.

Recital

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Concert Pianist Samuel Armas will present a homage to Fryderyk Chopin, as a celebration of 210 years of the birth of one of the greatest exponents of romanticist music, Sunday, February 29, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo (CCGG) in Chapala. Enjoy waltzes, preludes scherzos mazurkas, ballads, nocturnes , polonaises, etudes and transcriptions. Tickets, 150 pesos, are available at the CCGG.

Country Divas

Janelle’s Restaurant presents Abby Rivera singing the Ladies of Country at a dinner-theater production Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. Tunes from Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee and Shanya Twain will get you humming and dancing. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at Mia Boutique, Diane Pearl’s and Janelle’s Restaurant.

Fiber arts

Tangled Threads, the 9th annual Fiber Art Show and Sale, will be held Friday, February 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society South Campus. Find art quilts, embroideries, hand-dyed fabric, upcycled clothing, home décor and more.

Sinatra’s Sinatra

Enjoy the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes at all-inclusive leisurely afternoon benefit for the students of Centro Educativo Jaltepec, lakeside’s hotel and hospitality technical university, Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m. at B&B Casa Tres Leones in Ajijic. Timothy G. Ruff Welch will provide a piano interlude to the cocktail hour with Jaltepec alumni serving hors d’oeuvres before the serving of a three-course luncheon by Chef Rube of Ruben’s Delight.  This will be followed by Bill Dingwall’s presentation of the story line that features the voice of Sinatra and bottomless glasses of wine. Reservations: Linda Buckthorp at 376-766-1631, 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..

Cultural Center wants you!

Friends of Centro Cultural de Ajijic needs volunteers to help visitors appreciate the artwork on display. Information: 331-837-9466, 376-766-2373 or 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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