Ribera Arts Review - October 12, 2019

Michel Giglia

Take a casual stroll through the streets of Paris with French entertainer Michel Giglia performing music from Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and more, at The Spotlight Club Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. Accompaniment is from Jorge Hernandez on guitar and Leon Hernandez on accordion.

The Friday performance includes a dinner featuring Coq au Vin and dessert by Abue Linada’s Cusine. The next night is a show only. Tickets are 500 pesos for the dinner/show and 300 pesos for the pg17aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523." class="caption" style="float: right;" width="349" height="334" />show only. Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523.

Nature paintings

Guadalajara artist Cynthia Real will exhibit two collections of nature paintings opening Friday, October 11, 7 p.m. at Jocotepec’s Casa de la Cultura, located adjacent to the central plaza.  The works tied together under the title “Primavera Mágica” are acrylic paintings with touches of gold representing the beauty of Spring. The second series, called “Entre Flores,” is made up of pencil and ink sketches reflecting concepts of internal transformation.

Met Opera in Ajijic

The Chapala Opera Guild, an informal non-profit association, that together with interest from local opera fans and in conjunction with Movie Space Cinemas, will screen this season’s ten live MET transmissions in Ajijic.

Movie Space Cinema has agreed to show the live Met transmissions in two theaters, one with English subtitles and one with Spanish subtitltes.

Season tickets and individual performance tickets are for sale on the Guild’s website at chapalaoperaguild.org and, beginning in early October, at Movie Space Cinemas. Email Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

The MET simulcasts begin Saturday, October 12, 11:55 a.m. with Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot.” Thrilling dramatic soprano Christine Goerke brings her fierce portrayal of the title princess to the cinema, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium for Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece. Tenor Roberto Aronica is the mysterious prince Calàf, alongside soprano Eleonora Buratto as Liù and bass-baritone James Morris as Timur.

pg17dThe other nine performances are “Manon” October 26;  “Madama Butterfly” November 9; “Akhnaten” November 23; “Wozzeck” January 11; “Porgy and Bess,” February 1; “Agrippina” February 29; “Der Fliegende Holländer” March 14; “Tosca” April 11 and “Maria Stuarda” May 9.

Photo exhibit

A selection of works by photographer Xill Fessenden will show at the Casa Luna, Ocampo 22, Ajijic, through November 23. The inauguration is Saturday, October 12, 5 p.m.

Theater for kids

Kids will enjoy the theater production of “De Niños, Peces y Otros Monstruos Lunaticos” at the Foro Jesus Pescador malecon in Chapala on Saturday, October 12, 6 p.m.

Disco fever

Relive the disco era with a set of songs interpreted by Abby y Rocia at Janelle’s Garden, Wednesday, October 16, and Thursday, October 17, 6-9 p.m. This exciting dinner/dance evening will also include line dancing.

A limited number of tickets are available from Diane Pearl’s, Mia Boutique and Janelle’s Garden. This cost for music and the meal is 350 pesos.

Film Aficionados

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

On October 17, the film “In Bloom” (Georgia, 2014) will be screened. Set in the Georgian capital of Tblisi in 1992, this coming-of-age story sculpts warmth and pathos out of a bleak socio-political climate. (95 minutes.)

LCS members only.

Art show

The Lake Chapala society will host a showing of work by  members of the Ajijic Society of the Arts Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Centro Cultural de Ajijic



Acrylic paintings and ceramic sculptures by Marcia de la Garza Diez, and large format images of birds by wildlife photographer Miguel Lasa (Mansukh) are on exhibit on the second floor of the Centro Cultural de Ajijichrough the end of this week.

Loteria collective exhibit

La Loteria, a collective exhibit revolving around the theme of the Mexican version of bingo, opening Saturday, October 19, 5 p.m., at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic, will feature paintings and sculptures by 11 artists from Guadalajara, with music performed by Aveparadiso. The show is set to run through October 30.

Spotlight Club

pg18aPast Modern Jukebox, starring Lollipop, swings into Lakeside with two shows at The Spotlight Club Wednesday, October 23 (show only) and Thursday, October 24 (dinner/show). This talented, five-member band puts a unique spin on beloved classics from the 1970s and 80s, with hits from Queen, Journey, Eric Clapton, Kiss, Chicago, Police, Creedence, the Bee Gees and more, and converts them into the vintage big band (Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Count Basie) sounds of the past. From jazz to funk and ragtime to swing, this group of musicians represents the style and craftsmanship that typified the music of past generations.

The October 23 shows starts at 7 p.m. The dinner show kicks off at 6 p.m. with roasted chicken, mac and cheese, salad, rolls and dessert, with the show at 7 p.m. Cost of show only, 300 pesos; dinner/show, 500 pesos.

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Bare Stage

The Bare Stage Theatre opens its second season with a performance of Noel Coward’s comedy “Blithe Spirit” Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27.

The director is Roseann Wilshere, assisted by Kathleen Morris.  The cast features Rosann Balbontin, Anne Drake, Dennis McCary, Arleen Pace, Cindy Paul, Roxanne Rosenblat and Tony Wilshere.

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist wishing to research the occult, arranges a séance at his home. The eccentric medium, Madame Arcate, inadvertently summons Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only he can hear or see her, causing his present wife, Ruth, much consternation as Elvira attempts to sabotage the marriage by all means necessary.

pg18bTickets are 150 pesos and may 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.. The box office and bar open at 3 p.m.; showtime is 4 p.m.

Bare Stage is located at Carretera 261 on the mountain side in Riberas del Pilar across from Catholic Church.

Zombie dance rehearsals

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

Come and learn the dance. Information: facebook/TTWAjijic or ThrillTheWorldAjijic.com.

Gallery opening

Penthouse Gallery, formerly Aztec Studios, will host the opening of their recently transformed space on Thursday, October 24, from 3-6 p.m.

Janice Kimball, an accomplished abstract artist, and Francisco Urzua, master weaver, are taking Mexican weaving in a radical new direction. Urzua turns Kimball’s very non-traditional, free-form designs into stunning works of abstract fabric art on ancient looms. Watching him is akin to hearing a very talented jazz musician transform a traditional melody into something familiar and yet utterly new. They are masters of rhythm, in execution and visual results, collaborating at a level at which they become one creator.

There is no charge for this event. Everyone is cordially invited to the opening of the gallery located in West Ajijic, Carretera Pte. 232, near Yves Restaurant and Dental Express. Wine and botanas will be served. A slide/video presentation of Kimball and Urzua’s collaborative weaving process, produced by documentary filmmaker Allan MacGregor, will play in the sala. 

See janicekimball.com for more information.

Frank Sinatra

Support the General Scholarship Fund of the Centro Educativo Jaltepec, lakeside’s hospitality university, by attending another Frank Sinatra event planned for Sunday, November 3.

Timothy G. Ruff Welch will provide a piano prelude to a cocktail hour with alumni serving hors d’oeuvres and bottomless glasses of wine, followed by a three-course sit-down lunch and Bill Dingwall’s presentation of Frank Sinatra’s 12 favorite songs and the stories that explain their significance.

Seating is limited to 30 guests an the donation is 1,200 pesos.  Contact Linda Buckthorp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 376-766-1631.


“Change of Seasons,” billed as “a love story told in dance,” showcases the delightful Argentinean tango. Presented by Ray Velvet, the show takes place at the Auditorio de la Ribera, Sunday, November 3, 5 p.m.  Tickets, 350 pesos, available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique, Casa Domenech and the Auditorio.

Rock legends

Bar El Camaleon, Constitución 25, Ajijic, hosts a “Rock Legends” evening Saturday, November 2, 9 p.m., featuring the music of the Doors, Janise Joplin and others. Prizes for the best three Day of the Dead disguises.