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Ribera Arts Review - February 09, 2019

ASA art walk

The Ajijic Society of the Arts’ 8th annual Open Studios Art Walk showcasing 75 artists at some 30 locations takes place Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Find mixed media, oils, acrylics, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, photography, handicrafts and more. Admission booklets, 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 ticket counter Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m. at the LCS café. Part of the proceeds helps fund the LCS Children’s Art Program.

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. Some of the concerts include:

• The Richard Underhill Quartet plays a classic jazz program at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.

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• The Manhattan Chamber Players play Strauss and Shostakovich at the Haus Der Musik, Wednesday, February 13, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• An Orchestra Gala focuses on Bach’s “E Major Violin Concerto” and Suk’s “Serenade for Strings,” Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorio.

• Operatic stars, soprano Amalia Avilan, countertenor Daniel Moody, tenor Andrew Fuchs and bass Alex Rosen, put on a concert of opera favorites, Sunday, February 17, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio.

• Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak perform cabaret classics from Weill, Satie, Poulenc, Piaf and Dietrich, Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera.

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Spotlight Club

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.

The Ol’ Country Boys get the crowd to dance Saturday, February 9.

Guadalajara-based Les Femmes des Serge play a special Valentine’s Day show, Thursday, February 14.


Latin Grammy Award Winner Jaramar Soto plays love songs of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Friday, February 15 accompanied by Luis Javier Ochoa on Guitar and Alex Fernandez Figueroa on violin

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

“Three Identical Strangers” screens February 10. Three strangers are reunited by astonishing circumstances after being born identical triplets.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.

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

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 1 p.m. On February 14, “Won’t you be my neighbor” (2018 – USA) will be screened. An exploration of the life, lessons and legacy of the iconic children’s TV host, Fred Rogers. Academy Award for Best Documentary is very possible here. (92 minutes.)

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Calli Intra Muros gallery of art, antiques, home decor and furniture design is holding an exhibit for Lila Dipp, Craig Strong, Lizette Aguilar and Macario Covarrubias, Thursday, February 14, with a coctail opening from 3 to 6 p.m. Calli is located at Ocampo 30 in Ajijic.

The works of Conrado Contreras will be shown at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, February 16, in an exhibit titled “ Arte para la oficina, la Sala y el WC” (Art for the office, living room and bathroom). A coctail opening begins 6 p.m. and the exhibit will hang until March 1.

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Fundraiser for Victor

The Iron Horse Bar in Riberas del Pilar hosts a fundraiser Sunday, February 17, from 1-10 p.m. to help with costs of thyroid cancer treatments for local violinist Victor Garcia. The event will include the following groups and performers: Daniel Cordero, Lots of Trouble, Morbida, Luka, Sopa de Piedra, Bryan James Band, Psychostasia, Lake of Death, Mandlaguna, Charales-K and Cala. All are appearing for free, so all the proceeds from the 200-peso cover charge will go directly to Victor. Funds raised through the cover charge, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will allow Victor to be able to take care of his family while he recovers and not have to go back to work right away. If you would like to contribute or have an item to donate, contact Becky Johns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Iron Horse Chapala on Facebook, or stop by the Iron Horse.

Community Orchestra

Rehearsals have begun at the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra for the Spring Concert slated for March 31 with a theme of music of the movies. Conductor Michael Reason extends an invitation to orchestral instrument players of all levels to join the sessions at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Riberas del Pilar, every Saturday, 2 p.m.

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