Petite Fleur y La Mamba Negra play their “Pulp Fiction” concert Friday, December 6, 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Club.
Pairing the intellectual academic with the popular, Excelsior Musica – violin, guitar, cello and drums – performs an eclectic mix of tunes, Thursday, December 19. Tickets are 300 pesos.
The Kinsy Sicks, America’s favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, is back with a rollicking show, “Oy Vey in a Manger,” Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21, 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.
World famous Peruvian classical guitarist Alfredo Muro performs pieces by Albeniz, Bach, Montes, Jobim, Paulinho Nogueira, Baden, Powell and others, at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala, Friday, December 6, 7 p.m. Tickets, 150 pesos, are available at the center.
LLT main stage event
Lakeside Little Theatre continues with its presentation of two one-act comedies, “The Real Inspector Hound” and “After Magritte,” December 6-15. The plays, by Tom Stoppard, are directed by Randy Warren and assisted by Suki O’Brien.
The first comedy, “The Real Inspector Hound,” is a play within a play merging two second-rate critics and a cliché-ridden whodunit filled with multiple surprises, murderous lunatics, and melodramatic lechery. A classic of the English comic tradition, this play weaves together parody, pastiche and punning to create a wonderfully entertaining and ingenious one-act comedy. It’s part send-up of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” and part dig at the pomposity and self-importance of theater critics.
The second play, “After Magritte,” is an absurdist, surrealist and comic one-act play with a kooky trio: Scotland Yard, a minstrel show and a tuba!
The sixth annual ukulele Christmas singalong will be a fiesta of singing and strumming, Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m. at La Bodega restaurant in Ajijic. Come and singalong to your favorite holiday secular and commercial songs and carols. Some of the children in the ukulele program will be performing along with the adults. There is no admission fee, but there will be a collection at intermission. All donations go to benefit the children’s program: the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera. There are currently 40 children, ages 7 to 17, receiving free instruments and free professional instruction under the auspices of the Academia.
Sinatra for the kids
Thomas Banks will sing favorite tunes of Frank Sinatra on the occasion of the crooner’s 104th birthday, Thursday, December 12 at El BarCo. Doors open 6 p.m. and Banks takes the stage from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Then the No Borders Band joins Banks for some great rock and roll and rhythm and blues. There is no cover fee for the Sinatra segment, but your donations are appreciated, as they all go to support Niños Incapacitados, the lakeside charity that helps handicapped children. Enjoy table seating at the stage front and a special menu of New York Italian style pizza and salad for 200 pesos. Reservations: 376-766-0452 daily after 1 p.m.
Legion Christmas show
The Crooners are putting on a Christmas show at American Legion Post 7 in Chapala, Thursday, December 12, 1 p.m. Along with Christmas carols, there will be a lunch of BBQ chicken, coleslaw, pasta salad and dessert.
Tickets, 200 pesos, will be sold at the Legion until Monday, December 9, 6 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door.
This event is a fundraiser for two causes: a barbecue smoker for the Legion and funding for the Crooner’s mother’s charity work with the needy elderly in the area. Those who wish to help with that may optionally bring a sweater or a blanket (or another item) to the Legion that day.
Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings. Thursday, December 12, 2 p.m. “The Panama Papers,” (2018, United States) will be shown.
This is a documentary about the biggest global corruption scandal in history and the journalists who risked their lives to break the story. (96 minutes.) LCS members only.
New paintings by Sunny Sorensen, Steve Achs and Cynthia Du Bois will be up at the exhibition “Crossing Borders” Friday, December 13, 4 to 6 p.m. at Galeria Sol Mexicano, Colon 13, Ajijic. Come and meet the artists.
Americana singer-songwriter Dan Webber performs at the new Doverlaff House Concert series, hosted by recent Portland, Oregon transplants Dan and Cheryl Dover. For the past ten years, the Dovers, who moved to Lakeside four months ago, hosted a few concerts each month at their Portland home. They are looking to continue their musical events, starting off with the concert by Webber on their terrace Friday, December 13, 3 p.m. A 200-peso donation is suggested, with all the money going to the artist. They also plan a monthly Doverlaff Singers and Songwriters Circle. Questions, directions or reservations: 376-765-2330.
Ballroom & Latin dance
A special free class for Lake Chapala
Society members will be offered at the LCS gazebo Wednesday, December 18, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Instructor Benna Miller and her partner were the ballroom dance team for 11 years on Crystal Cruises. Class size is limited to 15 couples. Singles welcome.
Efren Gonzalez will gavel an art auction on the north side of the Ajijic plaza, Saturday, December 21, 3 p.m. Get great deals on oils, watercolors, etchings, photographs, sculptures, etcetera, by 17 local artists.
Good and evil onstage
Bare Stage Theatre presents “Paradise Lost,” by Erin Shields, Friday to Sunday, December 27 to 29.
This script is brilliant, cheeky, irreverent and fiercely engaging. The cast of characters includes God, his Son, the archangels, Adam and Eve, Satan and a host of devils. It is a profound and thought-provoking exploration of Adam and Eve’s decision to eat that apple.
Directed by Lynn Phelan, the cast is comprised of Ron Mikulicic, Graham Miller, Alison Palmer, Barbara Pruitt, Diana Rowland, Darlene Sherwood, James Viers, Claudine Weinfeld and Tony Wilshere.
Box office and bar open at 3 p.m. Showtime is 4 p.m. Seats are held till 3:50 p.m.
The Bare Stage Theatre is located on the mountain side of the Carretera Chapala-Ajijic 261 in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. There is no parking inside the Baptist Church lot.
‘One Man, Two Govnors’ postponed