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Ribera Arts Review January 19, 2019

Flamenco

The Colectivo con Aire Flamenco will give a presentation at the Cochera Cultural Center Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.

The group consists of Fernando Martinez Macias on guitar, dancers Nelsy Garcia Caldera and Ana de La Peza, singer Santiago Maisterra Bru and Emilia Galvez on the cajon. Table reservations: 331-330-8705.

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LLT’s ‘Ghosts’

This weekend is the last chance to see Richard Eyre’s new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1881 play “Ghosts” at the Lakeside Little Theatre (see review page 33). The play runs Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 4 p.m. Directed by Peter King, the cast comprises Ken Yakiwchuk, Roger Larson, Johanna Labadie and Monnie King.

“Ghosts” is an attack on conventional morality and on the results of hypocrisy. Ostensibly a discussion of congenital venereal disease, it also deals with the power of ingrained moral contamination to undermine the most determined idealism.

Tickets, 250 pesos, available at the LLT box office one hour before curtain.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766-0954.

The Spotlight Club

The Ol’ Country Boys play Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m.

Sutton Lee Semour performs his Dragflix show Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3.

Mentalist duo the Evasons presents “The finest act of its kind in the world” (according to NBC) Friday, February 8, 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 10, 6 p.m.

All Spotlight Club shows are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 331-845-1523.

Jewish Film Fest

The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation presents the 10th annual Ajijic Jewish Film Festival, with screenings Sundays at 1:30 p.m., through February 24, at the CineMagic.

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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” is about the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues. As a great first baseman with the Detroit Tigers, Greenberg endured antisemitism and became a hero and source of inspiration throughout the Jewish community, not incidentally leading the Tigers to Major League dominance in the 1930s.

Tickets, 100 pesos, are available at the theater. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a Lakeside charity.

Guitar and flute concert

Viva La Musica presents Trio Concertante in a concert of two guitars with flute performed by David Mosqueda, Winfried Kellner and Nury Ulate, Thursday, January 24, at a private home in Rancho del Oro.

The group will perform pieces by Barrios, Turina, Cardoso and Sagreras. A champagne reception is at 3:30 p.m. and the concert at 4 p.m.

The street address of the venue is on the back of the tickets, 500 pesos, available at Diane Pearl and Mia’s Boutique, and Thursdays and Fridays at the Lake Chapala Society ticket booth, 10 a.m. to noon.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 1 p.m. On January 24, “The Seven Samurai” (1954 Japan) will be screened. Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece. Due to the length of this movie, it will begin at 1 p.m. and will have an intermission. This is the first time this has been shown at the LCS (197 minutes).

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“Albertine In Five Times” by Michel Tremblay is the first show of 2019 for the Bare Stage Theatre, running Friday through Sunday, January 25, 26 and 27. This will be the Lakeside premiere of a play by Tremblay, Canada´s most celebrated and produced playwright.

This award-winning play tells the story of one woman, Albertine, at five different times in her life. The older Albertines warn the younger ones of what is to come: “Our fate depends on you,” Albertine at 70 says to Albertine at 30. Together, these five Albertines provide a moving portrait of the extraordinary life of an “ordinary” woman.

Directed by Lynn Phelan, the cast includes Michele Lococo, Peggy Lord-Chilton, Jayme Littlejohn, Barbara Pruitt, Diana Rowland and Roseann Wilshere.

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Bare Stage Theatre is Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 261 on the mountain side in Riberas del Pilar, across from Catholic Church.

Information: Facebook/barestagetheatre2018.

Playhouse Series

A telecast of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be presented Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Little Theatre.

This National Theatre Live screening of the Tennessee Williams play, directed by Benedict Andrews, is a production of the Young Vic and The Young Ones.

Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at the LLT box office 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday and Thursday. 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..

Harps & such

pg29cThe Orqesta Tipica de Chapala will perform at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m. Tickets, 100 pesos, are available at the offices of the weekly news magazine PAGINA, Av. Madero 415-A in Chapala.

Go Tango

A special production by Ray Velvet featuring authentic Argentine music and dance will be presented at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Sunday, January 27, 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Diane Pearl and Casa Domenech, Zaragoza 109, Ajijic.

LCS Blues Festival

Guadalajara-based band La Avenida del Blues takes center stage at the Lake Chapala Society’s First Annual Blues/Rock Festival, Saturday, February 2, 2-6 p.m.

This band is celebrating 30 years with brothers Marco Antonio on lead guitar and Octavio Elizondo Pineada on drums and voice. Jose Alberto Lares plays base, and special guests Edgardo Cedeno and Miguel Angel Lopez are on keyboard and sax.

La Avenida del Blues has jammed with top musicians, including Thomas Tom “Cat” Colvin, Dallas-based guitarist Jack Owens, Mark Cooper, Chuck Barry, the Doobie Brothers Band’s Michael McDonald and Ozzy Osborne.

There will be a cash bar and food for purchase. Tickets, 150 pesos in advance (180 at the door), are available at the LCS office.

Shakespeare workshop

“Will Power or Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a workshop on Shakespeare looking at the Bard’s works with a director’s eye. 

A series of three hands-on workshops will look at the many and varied choices a director can make, and how those choices affect the audience’s experience and the very meaning of the play itself. The workshops will be led by Lynn Phelan, a director and lifelong Shakespeare enthusiast. 

They will be held at the new Bravo! Theatre Sunday afternoons in February (3, 10 and 17). Contact Phelan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign up.

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ASA art walk

Admission booklets for the Ajijic Society of the Arts’ 8th annual Open Studios Art Walk are now on sale.

The Art Walk sees more than 75 local artists display their work at some 30 locations and takes place Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10.

Participants will find paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and much more. The booklets, costing 50 pesos, admit one person to all of the locations, and include maps to the studios and sponsors. They are available at Diane Pearl, the Ken Gosh Gallery (Guadalupe Victoria 30), Superlake, Nomad Furniture (Hidalgo 81 in Riberas del Pilar) and the Lake Chapala Society. LCS ticket counter sales are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. at the LCS café.

Proceeds from the booklets benefit the artists of ASA, the Lake Chapala Society Children’s Art Program and the LCS Children’s Summer Art Camp.

World-class performers

The 17th edition of Ajijic’s vibrant music festival, the Northern Lights Festival de Febrero, is slated for February 9-24 at ten venues in Ajijic and Guadalajara. The festival offers concerts with renowned international musicians, workshops, collaborations and classes for young music students.

Among festival favorites returning this year are David Fung, Susan Hoeppner, Amalia Avilan, The Gryphon Trio, the Manhattan Chamber Players, Patricia O’Callaghan and violinists Grace Park and Luke Fleming. New blood includes conductor Bradley Thachuk, virtuoso guitarist and arranger Raffi Altounian and cabaret singer and songwriter Bryce Kulak.

A special event for the first time this year is the Rising Stars Concert featuring the Walden Trio and the Janus Quartet, which are made up of students from The Festival del Lago, an intensive two-week summer academy for advanced students. They will be in residence during this year’s Festival, receiving coaching and lessons from international star musicians.  Although individual festival tickets do not go on sale until January 21 at La Nueva Posada Hotel, you may reserve them in advance 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..

Packages are already on sale and are available from Louise Morel, the Patron’s Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (376) 766-2680.

For more details about the performers and concerts, see festivaldefebrero.com.

Fiber workshops

Learn the hands-on essentials of spinning, dyeing and weaving fibers with a five-day class held by Brad Mowers. Use a Mayan paddle spinner to turn the wool into yarn on day one; use traditional Mexican natural dyes to color your yarn on day two and the next three days weave the yarn into your own composition. Classes are Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning February 20 in Chapala. For more information, contact Mowers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Singers wanted

Los Cantantes del Lago is starting rehearsals soon for their spring concert – “Roots, Folk Music of North America” – and is looking for singers.  Information: loscantantesdellago.com.

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