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Ribera Arts Review - August 13, 2022

ASA art market

Ajijic Society of the Arts holds an Art Market, Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden of Dreams Boutique Hotel, Constitucion 105 in Ajijic.

Enjoy live music by Juan Castañon on guitar beginning 10 a.m., delicious food and shop for local art.

Information: ajijicsocietyofthearts.com; Facebook/ajijicsocietyofthearts.

Free sitar concert

pg17aSunday August 14, 12:30 p.m., at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala, the turn is for world music, composed by instruments from the East, accompanied by drums, bass, double bass and some electronic sequences. The Tala Friks group offers musical tessituras to mentally travel to India and places on the other side of the world.

Tala Friks is a project made up of Darko Palacios and Yolihuani Curiel, both members of the RADAID Fusion Music group from Guadalajara (a project with more than 20 years of experience and a career with presence in festivals and forums in Mexico and abroad). Tala Friks fuses Sitar and Indian music with contemporary and electronic elements, such as drums, electronic sequences, DJ, cello.

Party!

Webmaster extraordinaire and hard butt biker queen Ellen Stack is celebrating her 50th birthday with a party at the Iron Horse Saloon, Thursday, August 18. The Mr. Marbles Band is performing.

Selfie Art Show

All artists are invited to participate in the Original Selfie Art Show, a self-portrait exhibition opening at the Ajijic Cultural Center, Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m. Any technique and format are welcome. Your art must be ready to hang and be delivered to the center by Thursday, August 18, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Acting class

pg17bLakeside Little Theater  (LLT) Academy presents “Acting Tips and Techniques” led by Graham Miller, Friday, August 19, – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; sign in starts at 9:30 a.m. at the rehearsal hall.

This free four-hour workshop is focused on tried and true tips and techniques for actors.

Actors at all levels should attend. If you’ve never been on a stage or have years of experience, you will learn something. This workshop will focus on ways that your acting can be more effective, including: acting tips, how to audition, how to mark scripts, stage diction, movement, exercises and readings. There will be handouts to take home. Bring paper and pen to take notes. Participants should bring what they want to eat during the short lunch/snack break.

The instructor, Graham Miller, has worked in 300 shows in over 35 venues. He has a degree in directing from the University of Houston and a social work degree from Adelphi University.

Since moving to Lakeside, Graham has worked with LLT, Naked Stage, Bare Stage and Bravo theaters and has taught classes for five seasons at LLT.

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This fall, LLT Academy will offer more courses for actors, directors and technical crew.

Crafts from the heart

More than 30 Mexican brands of artisan merchandise will be up for sale during the Corazón Artesano festival scheduled for  Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, at the Casa Vieja Jardín Cultural. The cozy garden venue is located in west Ajijic, Carretera Poniente 218, on the service road south of the highway just west of Calle Rio Bravo between Blue Rose Bistro and Yves Restaurant.

The pet-friendly event will showcase an array of hand-crafted clothing and fashion accessories, health and beauty products and gourmet foods, with music to create a festive atmosphere. Doors will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission.

Bare Stage Theatre

Roxanne Rosenblatt directs “A Four Way at Bare Stage—Genesis, Male Dating Rituals, End of Life and Sexual Deviancy,” Show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 26, 27 and 28. The curtain rises on all shows at 4 p.m.

The cast is Ron Mikulicic, Christine L’Ecluse, Pamela Johnson, Gisele Phipps, Mark Donaldson and Arleen Pace.

pg17cTickets, 200 pesos, can be reserved 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.. Bare Stage Theatre is located at Carreterra 261 in Riberas del Pilar. Door and bar open 3 p.m. Seats are held until 3:50 p.m.

Lake Chapala Orchestra

Tickets are still available for the Lake Chapala Orchestra’s “Summer Serenade” concert Thursday, August 25, 3 p.m., at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 250 San Jorge, Riberas del Pilar. The Friday concert has sold out.

The concert features 12 members of the orchestra performing works by Vivaldi, Brahms and Dvorak. Tickets, 300 pesos can be ordered 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..

BRAVO! acting classes

Bernadette Jones will offer acting classes at the BRAVO! Theatre beginning August 30 through the first week of October. Two groups with up to eight participants in each are offered: Tuesdays, noon to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first two classes will be to enhance acting skills through monologue work. The last four classes will focus on scene study. Through this work, each actor will gain in confidence and begin to ‘own the role’ on their terms, while developing the necessary skills for any future acting challenge.

Jones brings a wealth of experience to these classes, drawing from three and a half decades directing, teaching and coaching in the professional theatre and film world. Since residing Lakeside, she has directed many highly praised productions at BRAVO! Theatre and also at Bare Stage Theatre. Many of the local actors who have worked with Jones, have commented that her direction felt more like a “master class in acting”.

All proceeds from this workshop will go to support the BRAVO Theatre and its productions. A total of 15 hours of instruction is priced at 2,400 pesos. Register 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..

ANAVETS goes tropical

Tito Gonzalez and his Son de Cuba band will perform at a Cuban Dance Party, Thursday, September 1, 2 to 6 p.m. at Mama’s Musical Bar. Anavets Mexico Unit 19 is the sponsor.

The menu is Mango pulled pork, black beans and rice, mojo cabbage slaw, bread pudding or a vegetarian four-cheese Tortellini. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Mama’s or 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..

Maestros del Arte

The 2022 Feria Maestro del Arte is scheduled November 11-13 at the Club de Yates de Chapala. The Feria supports the artisans with travel expenses and booth space and does not charge a commission. Each artist provides the Feria with two pieces of their work—one for a charity raffle and the other to be sold at the fair, with the proceeds going toward the following year’s start-up costs.

See the organization’s new website built to expand awareness, knowledge and sales of endangered Mexican folk art: feriamaestros.com.

Feria organizers are looking for hosts for artists coming in from near and far during the event, which over the years has proved to be a memorable experience for both hosts and maestros.

If you host you will be part of an enriching experience to meet and support the hard-working, incredibly talented artisans of Mexico. You help create and promote success stories that build the pride of families and communities. And you offer the maestro an opportunity for a life-changing experience and often a long-lasting friendship. You also support the Feria, a local event for the past 20 years. To participate in hosting or for more information, contact Brenda Byrom: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 332-348-9514.

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