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Ribera Arts Review - September 07, 2019

Monday recitals

Talented musicians of different genres showcased each Monday. September 9: The Juan Castañón jazz trio. September 16: Dans les Arbres, a French-Norwegian jazz/folk combo. September 23: Homage to three Latin American trova greats: Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés and Amaury Pérez.  Interpreted by Tapatia singer Marissa, along with invited musicians. September 30: Ensamble Supercluster (chamber music quintet).

Ribera Arts Review - September 07, 2019

Franz Liszt Romance

A concert of piano and voice by mezzosoprano Valeria Navarro and pianist Samuel Armas will be held at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo, Friday, September 6, 7 p.m. Admission: 150 pesos.

Ribera Arts Review - August 31, 2019

Bare Stage Theatre

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“Old Wives’ Tales” by Kevin Riordan is the next production by Bare Stage Theatre, with curtain dates Friday to Sunday, August 30, August 31 and September 1. All shows are at 4 p.m.

The play is a no-holds barred comic examination of a mother-daughter relationship – complete with squabbles, sarcasm and unsolicited motherly advice. Three funny vignettes each highlighting a different stage in their lives – from the night before the daughter’s wedding, to the mother’s birthday luncheon years later and finally rewriting the mother’s will after her husband passes away.

Arleen Pace directs Tina Dawn Leon, Kathleen Morris and James Viers. Tickets are 150 pesos. Reservations: 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 3 p.m. Seats are held until 3:50 p.m.

Bare Stage Theatre is located at Hidalgo 261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pillar across from the Catholic Church. See facebook.com/barestagetheatre2018 for further details.

Mexican music

Cellist Yalissa Cruz Espino and pianist Rosa Maria Valdez present “XalCul Mexicano,” an emotive concert featuring well-known works by Mexican composers at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala, Friday, August 30, 7 p.m. Cost: 200 pesos.

Flamenco

Lucero Cardenas joins with singer Santiago Maesterra, guitarist Fernando Martinez and percussionist Emilia Galvez for a night of flamenco, Saturday, August 31, 8 p.m. at La Cochera Cultural, Javier Mina 49 in Ajijic. Tickets, 200 pesos, include your first beverage.

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Pop-up art show

Artists Shannon Kilkenny, Jaime Barbiery, Ramon Soto and Victor Alcazar will show their creations Saturday, August 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calle Emiliano Zapata 46 (one block up from Donas Donuts, turn left).

Zombie dance rehearsals

“Thrill the World” unites thousands of people around the globe to celebrate Michael Jackson’s talent by dancing simultaneously to “Thriller,” one of his most popular songs.

Elliott Joachim started the “Thriller” event in Ajijic in 2010 with just seven people. Nine years later, “Thrill the World” has become a major annual event in Ajijic.

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Rehearsals for Thrill the World Ajijic 2019 begin on Saturday, August 31, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center on the Ajijic Plaza. The rehearsals will continue on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., until the show on Saturday, October 26.

Everyone is invited to come and learn the dance. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook/TTWAjijic or ThrillTheWorldAjijic.com.

Talent Show auditions

The School for Special Children is looking for contestants to participate in talent shows to be held at the Spotlight Club during the next high season.

Auditions will be held Sunday, September 1, and Sunday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spotlight Club. Participants must supply a resume, recent photo and any music, props or other things needed for their performance. All ages and nationalities are welcome to apply.

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Two shows per month, each featuring six contestants, will be held November through January. The six top contestants will vie for a 25,000-peso prize at the final talent show to be held at the Auditorio de la Ribera in February. 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..

Artist Society meets

The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) meets Monday, September 2, 10 a.m. at La Bodega Restaurant in Ajijic. Noris Binet will present “Archetypal Images from the Inner World of the Psyche that Foster Healing and Spiritual Growth” at 10:30 a.m.

Binet is a visual artist, author, lecturer and therapeutic counselor and spiritual teacher, originally from the Dominican Republic. She lived in Mexico in her 20s, where she studied art, architecture and sociology at the University of Guadalajara. Binet describes her work as being organic. Her media is acrylic, watercolor on canvas, and paper using airbrush. Her artwork reflects inner exploration and engagement with the mysterious power of symbols, and their transformative process. The vibrant colors and textures of her work have been inspired by the rich nature of the Caribbean Islands and Mexico.

The Ranch fundraiser

A fund-raiser concert/cocktail party will be held Monday, September 2, 5:30 to 8 p.m. for The Ranch, a no-kill dog shelter in Ajijic. This intimate event, located at a private home in upper La Floresta, will feature highly talented local musicians Victor and Ignacio Garcia. Elegant hors d’oeuvres will be served for 45 minutes just prior to the start of the concert, along with a cash bar. After the performance, guests will be offered a glass of Prosecco and chocolates from Chocolac Axixic to top off the evening.

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Tickets, 400 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make other arrangements to purchase your tickets. The exact event location will be printed on your tickets.

Circus arts instruction

Kids from 10 to 17 can learn the circus arts, physical theatre, music, dance and clown arts this fall, every Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Auditorio de la Ribera beginning September 3. To sign up call 334-593-7232 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..

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m.

On September 5, “I Am Not Madame Bovary” (China, 2016) will be screened. (122 minutes.)  An overwhelming sense of despair drives a woman to challenge the Chinese legal system after being swindled by her ex-husband.

Bravo Theatre

The Bravo Theatre is ready for the presentation of “Address Unknown” by Katherine Kressman Taylor – the company’s first show in its new location at Hidalgo 441 (just west of Have Hammers and S&S Auto).

pg19Roger Larson and Ken Yakiwchuk star in this staged reading of a stunningly dramatic correspondence between two friends. Set in 1932, the play manages to give a relevant and uncannily current theme the twisty excitement of a thriller with a gasp-worthy ending.

Jayme Littlejohn and Bernadette Jones direct.

Performances are Fridays through Sundays, September 6, 7 and 14, 7:30 p.m.; September 8, 13 and 15, 3 p.m.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available 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..

Foto Septiembre

The 10th anniversary showing of Foto Septiembre Ajijic will be up at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, with an inauguration on Saturday, September 7, 5 to 8 p.m. This traditional event is organized by the Lagogris artists’ collective.

Photographs to be displayed include work by Farid Bak, Edgard Alcazar, Lauro Gutierrez, Antonio Riquelme, Maria Di Paola Blum, Jill Flyer, Hunter Johnson, Ricardo Hinojosa, Cathy Chalvignac, Jaime Barbiery, Jodi Burke, Henne Schoemaker, Rocio Lojero, Rebecca Ford, David Lorenz, Winston, Conrado III and Xill “Xulia” Fessenden.

Fotoseptiembre began in 1993 under the coordination of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta) in Mexico City, and has had some 3,000 expositions in the last ten years throughout the country.

The photographs will be on display through September 17.

Celebration of life

Pianist Jorge Verdin brings together a host of lakeside musician friends for a concert at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m. Accompanying him are the CREM music school choir under the direction of Emmanuel Medeles, dancer Leonor Zertuche, saxophonist Chuko Eleazar, trumpeter Wayne Watson, violinist Juan Pablo Medeles, percussionist Archi Salcedo and bassist Jonathan Barocio. The concert will include jazz, classical music, original tunes, J.S. Bach and a dance performance. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Ol-Lin Vegan, Casa Libertad, Mia’s Boutique, El Jardin de Ninette, Diane Pearl and the Auditorio. Reservations: 331-210-3201 and 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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Acoustic concert

Sitar player Ravi Daniel Rangel and Guitarist Eddie Lara will give a concert at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo, Friday, August 23, 7 p.m. Voluntary donation.

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Expo Artesanal

Local artisans and artists will show their creations at the Expo Chapala Artesanal 33 in the plaza in Ajijic, through Sunday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Spotlight Club

Viva Las Vegas with the Crazy Bitches female impersonators take the stage Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m. Tickets: 250 pesos. Cassies Kitchen will be open for pizza, wings, chili and hot dogs.