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Ribera Arts Review - February 29, 2020

‘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.”

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The show runs daily through Wednesday, March 4. Sunday is a matinee at 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 during the run of the show every day but Sunday and one hour before curtain.

Spotlight Club

• Bob Steadman, Arnold Polanco, Jorge Orendain and Doug Friend showcase the best of Pink Floyd, Saturday, February 29, 7 p.m. Their set will include material from “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and “The Wall,” plus earlier tracks from “Meddle” and “Obscured by Clouds.” Tickets are 300 pesos.

• Michael Walters plays Dame Edna in his “The Marvelous Mrs. Megastar,” a Broadway music and comedy extravaganza, Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 and 400 pesos.

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

Chopin

Concert pianist Samuel Armas presents a homage to Fryderyk Chopin Saturday, 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.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings.

The special showing of the five-part miniseries “Chernobyl” continues Wednesday, March 4, 2 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.

pg22bOn Thursday, March 5, 2 p.m., see “The Farewell” (2019, USA). A Chinese family discovers that their grandmother has only a short while left to live. They decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding as an excuse to gather before she dies. (94 minutes.)

Flamenco Jazz

Flamenco Jazz, a show by Ray Velvet, debuts at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Wednesday, March 4, 5 p.m. Flamenco dancer Angel Rodriguez takes the stage with singer Julio de la Isla and musicians Gilberto Rios, Carlos Iván de León, Emilia Gálvez, Willy Zavala, Eleazar Soto and Alvaro Rubio for this fusion of flamenco and jazz. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s, Casa Domenech and the Auditorio.

Exhibit

Twelve of Lakesides master artists will show their work in an homage to the Ribera de Chapala precursors of art Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala.

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; 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.

pg23aDoors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, 350 and 400 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique. Information: 332-617-5965 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..

LLT HD Live

The Lakeside Little Theatre presents a National Theatre Live HD recording of “All About Eve” Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, 4 p.m.

The play is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 20th Century Fox film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950) 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.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Thursdays, and every day except Sunday during the run of the show and one hour before screening. Also 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.. LLT’s Angel Terrace Bar opens one hour before showtime.

Mujeres

In honor of International Women’s Day, an exhibition of the works of 11 women painters, all students of Javier Ramos, will open at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m. Cocktails will be served.

LLT auditions

Auditions for “The Play’s The Thing,” a staged reading of scenes and monologues celebrating the works of William Shakespeare, including comedies, histories, tragedies and even a sonnet or two, will be held Saturday, March 7 at Lakeside Little Theatre.

Registration is 9:30 a.m., auditions at 10 a.m.

Director David Goldman is looking for three men and three women. Performance dates are April 16 to 19. 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..

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Sinatra’s Sinatra

Enjoy the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes at an 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..

Los Cantantes del Lago

Lakeside’s premier choral group, Los Cantantes del Lago, has prepared a stunning concert for the spring: “Hispanic Roots,” featuring work by Latin composers all sung in Spanish.

The concert’s standout piece will be the “Misa Criolla,” the first mass not sung in Latin, written by Ariel Ramírez of Argentina. Ramírez was inspired to write this “spiritual piece” after meeting Elisabeth and Regina Brückner, German sisters who regularly risked their lives bringing food to Nazi prisoners during World War II.  Ramírez believes the work should not be seen as a strictly Catholic message, but as the expression of a universal feeling, linked to the desire for peace that exists in all cultures.

The Misa is a 16-minute Mass with choir, soloist(s) and traditional folk instruments based on the rhythms of genres such as chaser, carnavalitol and still pampeano.

pg24aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523." class="caption" style="float: right;" width="411" height="306" />The Los Cantantes will be joined by Grupo Karaya, who have been performing the Misa for many years and work to preserve the music of Latin America, as well as soloist tenor Ricardo Calderón from Mexico City.

Music from other genres includes songs such as “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,”  “Te Quiero” and “La Bamba.”

Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Mia’s Boutique, It’s Kinda BAZAR ... and Kinda Not, or via email to 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..

Mega art auction

Look for great deals on a selection of oils, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photographs, sculptures and other works at the first annual maga art auction organized to benefit  the Ajijic branch of the Cetac technological high school.

The works by 19 lakeside artists will go on the block 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 will begin at 10 a.m. Auction proceeds will support ongoing improvements at the facility.

BRAVO! Theatre

“The Book of Will” opens Thursday, March 12 at the BRAVO! Theatre. This is the story of William Shakespeare’s friends, who after his death gathered the pieces of his plays together and put them into folios which were formally printed into his plays. Without his friends, we would never have even known who Shakespeare was, much less have been exposed to the beauty of his plays and sonnets.

Lynn Phelan directs a stellar cast. Show dates are March 12 to 15 and March 19 to 22. Thursdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Mia’s Boutique, It’s Kinda BAZAR ... and Kinda Not or 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..

LCS Blues Fest

pg24b“Day of the Blues,” the Lake Chapala Society’s second annual Blues Fest, runs Saturday, March 21, 2:30-6:30 p.m. at the LCS grounds.

The event features Blue Jay Slim and The Blues Machine, and Tommy Banks and The Soul Investors. Food is courtesy of the Smoke House and La Paceña. Book ice-cream will be on sale.

Tickets are 300 pesos pre-sale, and 350 pesos at door. Available at the LCS office.

Community Orchestra

The Lake Chapala Community Orchestra will perform another exciting concert Sunday, March 29, and Monday, March 30, 3 p.m.at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

Entitled “Pages From History,” the concert will feature orchestral works written to commemorate famous historical events.

“Before film music gave us a musical background to history, composers such as Beethoven and Tchaikovsky composed orchestra works depicting significant historical events” says Michael Reason, the orchestra’s conductor. “1812” by Tchaikovsky is perhaps the most famous of these but “Finlandia” by Sibelius and Egmont Overture by Beethoven are equally appropriate in their respective appraisal of history.

Reason believes that an orchestral concert should appeal to a wide audience and his ability to program concerts with works from diverse musical genres is a hallmark of the orchestra’s presentations.

Guest artists include local vocalist Judy Roberts singing a World War II song medley and the orchestra’s principal clarinetist, Susanne Bullock, in Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto.”

Music from the cinema will feature prominently, with James Horner’s magnificent score to “Apollo 13” and John Williams moving theme to Oliver Stone’s “JFK,” and all music being complimented with video projections.

Tickets, 250 pesos (150 students), can be reserved/purchased 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..

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