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Ribera Arts Review - May 15, 2021

Concerts in the Park

• Effie Passero, a recent American Idol semi-finalist, presents two shows at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) on Sunday, May 16, 3:30 and 6 p.m.

“Passero has one of the most amazing voices you’ll ever hear,” says LCS President Steve Balfour.  “She often tells stories to accompany each song and will play many of your all-time favorites and some of her own originals.”

This is her third performance at LCS. Tickets are 350 and 500 pesos.

• Michael Reason’s new revue, “Back to Broadway,” featuring Amaranta Santos, Laura Medina and Doug Voet, is sold out for the performances on May 20, 21 and 22 at the Unitarian/Bare Stage facility in Riberas. However, due to the overwhelming demand, an encore performance has been added to the Lake Chapala Society’s Concerts in the Park Series, on Sunday, May 30, 6 p.m.

Complete with virtual orchestra backing, you can enjoy songs from musicals such as “Wicked,” “A Chorus Line,” Kiss Me Kate,” “Follies” and many more – all in the beautiful garden setting of LCS.  Tickets are 300 pesos.

• The Three Tenors Vallarta shows will be held on Sunday, June 13, 3:30 and 6 p.m.

This trio, which debuted at Incanto to rave reviews in December 2020, is reminiscent of internationally popular vocal groups Il Divo and Il Volo, and comprises Freddy Otelo from Venezuela, Armando Chakam from Colima and Pedro Islas from Mexico City. Their repertoire inlcudes exquisite interpretations of familiar contemporary pop and operatic ballads in English, Spanish and Italian

“This is a Latino group that audiences love,” says Balfour.

Tickets are 350 and 500 pesos.

Concerts in the Park tickets can be purchased at the Lake Chapala Society offices, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or on the LCS website.

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Ajijic Readers Theatre

Lakeside Little Theatre’s Ajijic Readers Theatre (ART) presents “Marjorie Prime” by Jordan Harrison, Friday to Sunday, May 28 to 30, on the Angel Terrace. All shows are at 4 p.m.

Lynn Gutstadt directs Mark Donaldson, Peggy Lord Chilton, Debra Bowers and Brian Fuqua

In this futuristic story surrounding the love and tragedy of a deeply committed family and the themes of loss and memory. The 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Harrison asks us about the limits of our interaction with technology, and how we shape and retain our identities in a world where artificial intelligence can be more reliable than our own memories. It is also a wonderfully moving, human drama about the fear of aging and obsolescence, and our inability to let go of the past.

Tickets, 150 pesos, can be purchased and paid for by credit card at lakesidelittletheatre.com or by visiting LLT’s box office Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, or one hour before show time on performance days.

Covid-19 protocols will be in place, including socially distanced seating and masks.

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Music this week

FRIDAY: Sopa de Piedra plays El BarCo, 9 p.m.

Old Souls at Scallion Ajijic Bistro, 7 p.m.

Grupo 4/19 and Edgardo Lopez perform norteño music at Scallion Ajijic Bistro, 9 p.m.

Kristina Trejo performs at Pasta Trenta, 7 to 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: The Time Machine plays rock hits at Ajijic Pub House, 7 p.m.

Tequila Blues is on at Meraki Bistro Mx, 6 p.m.

Flashback is on at El BarCo, 2:30 p.m.

Traficantes del Ritmo play Scallion Ajijic Bistro, 7:30 p.m.

Black String plays Casa Linda, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Catharsis rock band is at the Iron Horse, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY: Grizz Piña and the Blues Machine play El BarCo rooftop bar, 4 p.m.

Daniel Cordero performs at Iron Horse, 3 to 6 p.m.

TUESDAY: Gargamel cover band is at Ajijic Pub House, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Charlie Cook Variety Dance Band plays El Patio’s outdoor terrace in Chapala, 7:30 p.m.

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