“Lips Together, Teeth Apart” is the next production of the Bare Stage Theatre, Friday to Sunday, February 21 to 23. This 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 comprises JeanMarie Harmon, Joanne Stuart, Greg Custer and Peter James.
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.
‘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 4. 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.
Showstoppers 10-year anniversary show will be held at the Bravo! Theatre Saturday, February 22, Sunday, February 23 and Monday, February 24 at 4 p.m. Doors and the bar open at 3 p.m.
Showstoppers is the bi-annual fundraiser for Los Cantantes del Lago.
The program this year includes songs from musicals and a variety of performances including solos, duets and a grand finale featuring the entire company, all accompanied by Timothy G. Ruff Welch on piano.
Guadalajara-based jazz band Cienfuegos performs material from their new album Natura Elemental 2020 at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Saturday, February 22, 7 p.m. Band members are Sara Ventura on alto sax, Chen Quintero on tenor sax, Paco Pérez-Rul on electric guitar, C. Rolon Bass on electric bass and Esteban Zamora on drums.
Tickets are available at voyalteatro.com and at the Auditorio box office.
• Dance to the Dirty Black Beans’ blend of rockabilly, blues and swing, Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. Tickets are 200 pesos.
• Temple of Onyx presents four male and one female dancer to “Warm Up Your Winter,” Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 and 300 pesos.
• Girls Night Out features the best girl group songs of all time from Kami Desilets, Hanna Brady and Stolie, Friday, February 28, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.
• The music of the Gipsy Kings will emanate from the Cheko Ruiz Band Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.
Jewish Film Fest
The final showing of Ajijic’s 11th annual Jewish Film Fest is “The Last Mentsch” (2014, Germany) Sunday, February 23, 1:30 p.m. at Cinemagic in Plaza Bugambilias. A dying holocaust survivor travels to Hungary to find records proving he is really Jewish. Cost: 100 pesos.
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.
Film Aficionados special
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings.
A special showing of the five-part miniseries “Chernobyl” continues Wednesdays, February 26 and March 4, 2 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.
Thursday, February 27, see “Foxtrot” (2017, Israel), a winner of 19 film festival awards from Athens to Zagreb. A troubled family must face the facts when something goes wrong at their son’s remote military outpost. (106 minutes).
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.
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.
Opera HD Live
The Chapala Opera Guild presents the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission of “Agrippina” by Georg Frideric Handel, Saturday, February 29, 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.
Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate.
Tickets are for sale at Movie Space Cinemas. Enjoy a pre-transmission brunch featuring bloody marys, mimosas, express coffees and pastries from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at Movie Space.
Email Howard Willis at chapalaoperaguild@ gmail.com for more details.
Concert pianist Samuel Armas presents a homage to Fryderyk Chopin Sunday, February 29, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. The recital celebrates 210 years since the birth of one of the greatest exponents of romanticist music. Enjoy waltzes, preludes, scherzos, mazurkas, ballads, nocturnes, polonaises, etudes and transcriptions. Tickets, 150 pesos, are available at the center.
The Ballet Folclorico de Ixtlahuacan presents traditional dances of Mexico with live mariachi at the Auditorio de la Ribera Sunday, March 1, noon. Tickets: 250 pesos center, 200 pesos side, available at Diane Pearl, Pancho’s Deli Market and at the Auditorio.
Mac is back
Mac Morison returns to Club Exotica Friday, March 6, as host and headliner of his seventh benefit concert entitled “Let Me Try Again.”
Morison sings tunes from Sinatra, Torme, Damone, Bennett and many others, accompanied by the Ajijic Showgirls, who will perform a stunning Vegas-style dance routine.
Other performers include Mariana Vigueras singing soul, pop, rock, jazz, Broadway and opera in five languages; Comedy Central comedian Jeff Capri; and Mike “Scatman” Fortier and his band, The Jazz Prophets, playing blues, jazz, rock and ballads.
This year’s show will benefit Turning Point, a non-profit project providing free education to local children in the art of dance, as well as inspiring adults to gain confidence and healthy bodies through studying dance.
LLT HD Live
The Lakeside Little Theatre presents a National Theatre Live HD recording of “All About Eve,” directed by Ivo van Hove, Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, 4 p.m.
The play is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950, 20th Century Fox film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, van Hove asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. Gillian Anderson and Lily James lead.
Art on the block at Cetac
Art lovers can look for great deals on a selection of oils, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photographs, sculptures and other works by 19 lakeside artists that will go on the block at the first annual magna art auction organized in benefit of the Ajijic branch of the Cetac technological high school.
The event will be held Thursday, March 12, 4 p.m. at the school’s campus, located on the Ajijic highway next door to the Auditorio de la Ribera. Viewing of the pieces up for bids will be on display for viewing from 10 a.m. Auction proceeds support ongoing improvements at the facility, including renovation of the main patio, classrooms, rest rooms and green areas.