Ribera Arts Review - March 23, 2019

Viva la Musica

Dutch-Israeli pianist Michael Tsalka performs in the last concert of the Viva la Musica season Thursday March 28, 7 p.m. at the Haus der Musik.


He will be accompanied by mandolin player Alon Sariel.

They will play pieces by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Hummel and more recent works by Mexican composer Leonardo Coral and Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun.

The March 28 concert is also special because it will mark the end of operations of the Viva la Musica organization and will honor its two key benefactors: John and Rosemary Keeling.

The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception with canapes at 6:15 p.m.. Tickets, 500 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s, and the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.

‘Sweet Charity’

Don’t miss Lakeside Little Theatre’s production of “Sweet Charity,” Friday, March 22 through Tuesday, April 2. “Sweet Charity” follows the romantic trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine, “a girl who wanted to be loved.” Charity is a taxi dancer, a dance partner-for-hire at a seedy dance hall in New York City. Though the job may be decidedly undesirable, Charity’s hopeful romanticism and unfailing optimism lift her out of her circumstances and help her reach for a life beyond.

Written by Neil Simon, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, this Bob Fosse musical has exhilarating dance


Tsalka is a versatile musician playing with equal virtuosity on the clavichord, harpsichord, spinet and piano.

 numbers. Barbara Clippinger directs; Patteye Simpson is the music director and the choreography is by Alexis Hoff, Val Jones, Cortlandt Jones and Barbara Clippinger.

The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees, 4 p.m., and the evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 250 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday and 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.

Guitar concert

Guadalajara-based musicians Rene Pelayo Garica and Marco Mondragon Alvarez interpret a program of classical guitar music Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. Tickets 100 pesos.

Cantantes del Lago

Los Cantantes del Lago present a spring concert entitled “Roots: Folk Music of North America,” Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Guest artists are Mariachi Real Axixic. Tickets, 250 pesos are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique, the Auditorio and at loscantantesdellago.com.

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Delightful strains of traditional Mexican music will fill the air when nine local musicians congregate at the kick-off event for the 17th Encuentro de Arpas, Salterios y Mas Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m. at  Cafe Galeria Inspira (Av. Madero 228, Chapala).  Many more harp players from around the country and other nations will be on hand when the Encuentro opens for an full day of music June 5 at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m. On March 28, “Leave No Trace” (2018 United States) will be screened. A father and his teen-age daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives. Debra Granik directs her first film since 2010 when she introduced the world to Jennifer Lawrence. She’s found another young star here in Thomasin McKenzie. (109 minutes.)


Fred Koesling and Roseann Wilshere comprise the cast of the next Bare Stage Theatre production, “Chapatti,” a romantic, poignant and unsentimental comedy by Irish playwright Christian O´Reilly. “Chapatti” unfolds as a sweet and funny look at the lives of two lonely animal lovers, Betty and Dan, as each quietly yearn for human companionship.

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ASA show at LCS

The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) presents an art show on the Lake Chapala Society grounds, Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Featured artists who will be present include Bobby Lancaster, Bruno Mariscal, Maggie Heard, Annie Allen, Gwynne Lott and Jack Irish.

Graphic arts exhibit

A selection of graphic artworks from 47 artists around Mexico will go up next weekend at the Centro Cultural Ajijic. A cocktail inauguration is scheduled Saturday, March 30, 6 p.m.  The exhibit will be on display through April 30.

Plein Air exhibit

This unique art genre will be on display at Galeria Sol Mexicano through April 10. Plein Air, a phrase borrowed from the French, describes the act of painting outdoors, where the painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the work – the artist may have only two to three hours to attempt to capture the overall mood, feeling or essence of the scene.

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Community Orchestra

The 40-member Lake Chapala Community Orchestra takes to the stage Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m. with “The Sound of Movies.” This cinematic journey across some of the best known film scores includes pieces from “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” and some of the most memorable James Bond movies.

Joining the orchestra on stage will be Daniel Arturo Medeles, who will perform the solo violin in John Williams’ haunting theme to “Schindler’s List” and also the beautiful love theme from  Ennio Morricone’s score to “Cinema Paradiso.”

The Children’s Choir of the Orquesta Filármonica Infantil de la Ribera de Chapala will join the Community Orchestra in such favorites as “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” and “Recuerdeme” (Remember Me) from “Coco.”

The concert takes place at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, San Jorge 250, Riberas de Pilar – just two blocks south of Mom’s Restaurant.

Tickets, 200 pesos (100 for students), are available from Diane Pearl and through orchestra members.

ASA show winners

The winners of the Ajijic Society of the Arts 36th Judged Show held March 16 were the following:

Best of show award: Melody Peterson.

People’s choice award: Herschel Clepper.

Acrylics: 1st Maryanne Linhart, 2nd Melody Peterson, 3rd Paula Meyers.

Drawing/pastel/charcoal: 1st Johan Dirkes, 2nd  Inak Gieysztor, 3rd Judy Miller.

Non-metal jewelry: 1st & 2nd Linda Olson, 3rd Marion Leith.

Metal jewelry: 1st Dennis Meloche, 2nd & 3rd Corina Lunita.

Mixed media: 1st Marcia Lavender, 2nd Stephen Foreman, 3rd Monica Petrowitsch.

Oils: 1st Cynthia du Bois, 2nd Jennifer Miller, 3rd Betty Peterson.

Photography/digital art: 1st David Lorenz Winston, 2nd Paul Osadchuck, 3rd Janice Meloche.

Ceramics/pottery/glass: 1st Maggie Heard, 2nd Janice Meloche, 3rd Dennis Meloche.

3-D sculpture: 1st Rigoberto Navarro, 2nd Antonio Loza Hecht, 3rd Herschel Clepper.

Textiles: 1st & 2nd Gail Heinz.

2-D art: 1st Kathryn Thaggard, 2nd Alex Vidal, 3rd Stephany Andrews.

Watercolors: 1st Enrique Velazquez, 2nd Lois Schroff, 3rd Anne Engsig.