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Ribera Arts Review - December 14, 2019

Bravo Theatre

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told,” Bravo! Theatre’s take on a Christmas play to end all Christmas plays, runs this weekend through Sunday, December 15. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show is at 4 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Mia’s Boutique or via 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..

Local youth concert

The CREM Regional Center for Music Studies is presenting their “Winter Concert” Saturday, December 14, 7 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. The school’s choir and orchestra under the direction of Emmanuel Medeles will perform. Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl, Dental del Lago and the Auditorio.

pg22aLLT main stage event

Lakeside Little Theatre continues with its presentation of two one-act comedies, “The Real Inspector Hound” and “After Magritte,” through Sunday, December 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.

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!

Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 15, 4 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the LLT box office one hour before curtain, except Sunday. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 376-766-0954.

Spotlight Club

Sultry singer Denita Asberry brings the kind of charisma portrayed only by a real legend to her performance as Aretha Franklin in her Shades of Soul concert, Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, 7 p.m. Asberry will give form to divas through the decades from Franklin to Tina Turner. Tickets are 300 pesos.

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Queen tribute band, Live Forever, plays two shows Friday, December 27, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are 350 pesos.

The Dirty Black Beans play a blend of rockabilly, blues and swing three hours on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are 500 pesos.

Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 331-845-1523.

Piano recital

See three local young pianists, under the direction of instructor Cecilia Garduño Ochoa, perform a free concert at the Centro Cultural Ajijic Saturday, December 14, 5 p.m. The students are Maria Jose Parra Marquez, Estefania Oviedo Negrete and Haydel Sophie Wolf Magaña.

Choral concert

The Juan Sebastian Bach Chorus gives a free concert at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Sunday, December 15, 5 p.m.. The Mision Cristiana Bautista Agua Viva sponsors the concert.

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.

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Who Done it?

Christmas will never be the same. There has been a murder at the Mid-Trimming Manor, otherwise known as Janelle’s Garden Restaurant in Ajijic. Who did it? Cast members are Zane Pumiglia, Chris L’Ecluse, Donna Blackburn, Kelly Morrow, Pam Pettus and Mark Gulko. This murder mystery is presented in an old-style radio show format, and Christmas music, sometimes off-key, is performed by the Mid-Trimming Carol Singers. It may be a good idea to have your vocal cords at the ready. Shows are Wednesday, December 18, and Thursday, December 19, and include a sumptuous Christmas dinner, all for 350 pesos. Tickets are available at Janelle’s, Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl.

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings. Thursday, December 19, 2 p.m. “My Neighbor Totoro,” (1918, Japan) will be shown.

Two young girls move to the countryside with their father to be near their ailing mother. This animation feature is done by Hayao Miyazaki, the most brilliant of all animation artists. He has created a story that will win your heart. (86 minutes.) LCS members only.

Dance performance

pg24aFour regional dance groups will perform at the Auditorio de la Ribera Friday, December 20, 5 p.m. Arabic dance is by Ballet Raqs Sharqui from Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos; Tahitian dance is by Ballet Ori Varua The Here from Chapala; classical ballet is by Studio Dance from Atequizqa; and air dance is by Ateles from Ajijic. Tickets, 150 pesos, are available at the Auditorio. Information: 331-310-9937 or 331-723-3440.

Christmas chorale concerts

Freedom Chorale performs two free “All-Christmas Christmas Concerts,” Friday, December 20 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church and Saturday, December 21 at the Ajijic Cultural Center, both 5 to 6 p.m.

A dinner/show matinee on Christmas Eve will be held at Sunrise Restaurant, 2 p.m., with a special dinner featuring arrachera, shrimp or chicken. Tickets, 300 pesos, are all-inclusive, and available only at the door from 1-2 p.m., on a first-come, first-seated basis. Information: 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..

Art auction

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.

Strings at LLT

pg24bThe Kin Quartett, four young musicians from Guadalajara, perform a concert of classical Christmas music, including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Bach’s “Violin Concerto in A minor,” Saturday December 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 22, 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT). Playing first violin is Marianna Hermosillo; Brenda Galvan Gonzalez is second violin; the viola is played by Juan Carlos Munez; and Areli Medelez is on cello. All these musicians attended the Festival del Lago Academy last summer. Their teacher and coach, Christopher Wilshire, will perform the solo for the Bach concerto. There will also be traditional popular Mexican music and Christmas carols. Proceeds from these concerts will be shared with the Festival del Lago Academy. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday and every day for the run of the December Mainstage show one hour before curtain, except Sunday. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 376-766-0954.

Talent Shows

The Chapala Talent Show, a benefit for the School for Special children, will hold performances Sundays at 7 p.m. on December 22 and January 12 and 26 at The Spotlight Club in San Antonio Tlayacapan. First prize is 25,000 pesos. A finale will be held February 16. For tickets or to enter contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Good and evil onstage

Bare Stage Theatre presents “Paradise Lost,” by Erin Shields, Friday to Sunday, December 27 to 29.

What is good, what is evil and what lies in between? “Paradise Lost” is inspired by John Milton’s epic tale of the battle between good and evil. This 21st century adaptation is an exploration of gender, patriarchy and notions of original sin.

pg24cThis 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.

Reserve your tickets, 150 pesos, 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..

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.

Exhibition

New paintings by Sunny Sorensen, Steve Achs and Cynthia Du Bois are up at the exhibition “Crossing Borders” at Galeria Sol Mexicano, Colon 13, Ajijic.

‘One Man, Two Govnors’ postponed

Because of technical difficulties, Lakeside Little Theatre was unable to present the National Theatre Live performance of “One Man, Two Govnors.” This show will now be presented January 4 and 5, 2020. If you wish to see the performance on one of the new dates, bring your ticket/stub and/or a copy of your email order to the LLT box office. To receive a refund, go to the LLT box office, open 10 a.m. to noon through Saturday, December 14. 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..

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