Concerts in the Park
Saturday, December 18, Enrique de Allende returns with his holiday concerts at 2:30 and 5 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. Tickets, 450 general and 600 pesos VIP, are available from the LCS website using a credit card.
The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) is holding its annual Winter Show at the Ajijic Cultural Center. The opening reception is Saturday, December 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. Over 50 artists will be represented, showing pieces in watercolor, oil, acrylic, sculpture, textiles and jewelry. The show also includes an exhibition of works by Urban Sketchers Ajijic.
A holiday edition of the ASA Garden Show will be held Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. Find jewelry, handicrafts, mugs, glass art, collectibles, ceramics, paintings, t-shirts, fabrics, children’s art Christmas cards, and more.
Free Chopin concert
Pianist-composer Emilio Galindo gives a fee concert of pieces by Chopin and original pieces on Sunday, December 5, 12:30 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala.
Los Cantantes del Lago
Lakeside’s premier choral group is back from Covid seclusion and ready to sing.
Los Cantantes’ next series of concerts are scheduled Tuesdays December 7 and 14, 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, December 8 and 15, 4 p.m., at Bravo! Theatre in Riberas del Pilar.
Music director Tim Welch has selected Christmas favorites with gorgeous arrangements accompanied by piano, harp, flute and clarinet. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available from It’s Kinda Bazaar and Mia’s Boutique, or via Tim Welch and any Cantantes member.
Masks will be required.
An additional performance of the Lake Chapala Community Orchestra (LCCO) Christmas concert has been set for Thursday, December 9, 5:30 p.m.
The concert will feature the LCCO’s 15-piece chamber ensemble and its newly formed Brass Quintet, along with star soprano Mariana Vigueras.
The event is at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, San Jorge 250, Riberas del Pilar.
All members of the ensemble are fully vaccinated and they request that ticket holders have at least one Covid-19 vaccination. Masks, temperature checks and socially distanced seating will be in effect.
The next Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) main stage production is “This Random World,” presented December 10-19. Written by Steven Dietz and directed by M.A. Bruneau, the play features Mark Nichols, Dani Suder, Shawn Sherwood, Barbara Pruitt, Louise Ritchie, Linda Gorman and Roxanne Rosenblatt.
This is a charming, intimate meditation on the power of chance and how we might be closer to each other than we’ll ever know. “This Random World” takes on the biggest question of human life: Are our paths predetermined, or dictated by the connections we make or miss?
Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at lakesidelittletheatre.com or from the LLT box office one hour before curtain on performance days, or Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon December 8, 9, 15 and 16.
The bar will be open on the Angel Terrace one hour before show time and during the intermission. All Covid-19 precautions will be in place.
Ballet at Lakeside
The Joven Ballet HH, featuring talented young people between 9 and 16 years of age from Jalisco ballet schools, will perform a gala at Chapinaya Jardin de Eventos, on the Carretera in La Canacinta, Sunday, December 12, 4:30 p.m.
The show opens with a two-minute presentation by eight pre-ballet students who study under maestro Hector Hernandez (father and coach of his two international ballet star sons, Isaac and Esteban Hernandez). The rest of the program will incorporate most of the 15 Joven Ballet dancers. Tickets, 400 pesos, include a beverage, and an intermission will allow audience members to enjoy a snack and cocktail bar. Valet parking will be available and Covid precautions will be in force.
Tickets at Lago Travel, Panchos Deli Market (cashiers) and via ballet teacher Ariana Espinoza de los Monteros, 331-088-2546.
• PabLola Galeria and contemporary art studies, will hold an art auction by conductor Santiago Baeza, Saturday, December 11, 4 p.m., 16 de Septiember #1, in Ajijic.
• An art exhibition and auction by local artists will benefit the restauration of the Ajijic Chapel on the plaza. The event is Tuesday, December 14, 5 p.m., at La Bodega de Ajijic. The event includes live music by Los Flamingos Trio at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the auction and then music for dancing by Grupo Versatil. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at La Boedga, 376-766-1002.
The plumed serpent god
Mariana Macias, the San Antonio Tlayacapan beauty queen competing for Mexico in this year’s Miss Grand International pageant, appeared in the November 30 national costume segment wearing a spectacular outfit representing the Mayan plumed serpent god Kukulcan, known in other Mesoamerican cultures as Quetzalcoatl. The pageant finale takes place Saturday, December 4.