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Ribera Arts Review - December 11, 2021

ASA show

A holiday edition of the Ajijic Society of the Arts 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, etc.


Los Cantantes del Lago

Lakeside’s premier choral group has sold out its concerts at Bravo! Theatre in Riberas del Pilar. Well done!

LLT Main Stage show

The curtain rises on “This Random World” at Lakeside Little Theatre Friday, December 10. Performances run through December 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.

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, “This Random World” asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

pg16cMatinees are on December 11, 12, 18, and 19, at 4 p.m. All other shows are at 7:30 p.m. There is no show scheduled on Monday, December 13.

Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at lakesidelittletheatre.com or at the LLT box office one hour before curtain on performance days or Wednesdays and Thursdays, December 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to noon.

All Covid-19 precautions will be in place.

The Bar on The Angel Terrace is open one hour before show time and during the intermission.

Ballet at Lakeside

The Joven Ballet HH, featuring ballet students aged 9 to 16 from all over Jalisco, under the direction of Hector Hernandez, perform a gala at Chapinaya Jardin de Eventos, on the Carretera in La Canacinta, Sunday, December 12, 4:30 p.m.

Tickets, 400 pesos, include a beverage and are available at at Lago Travel, Panchos Deli Market (cashiers) and via ballet teacher Ariana Espinoza de los Monteros, 331-088-2546.

Art exhibits

• Open Art, an art event with music, drinks and works by 13 Lakeside artists, runs Friday, and Saturday, December 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Voz al Viento Espacio de Arte y Cultura, Porfirio Diaz 120 in San Juan Cosala. The children from the cultural project “Colores que Dan Vida San Juan Cosala” will also be displaying their art.


• A Christmas celebration at Yves’ Restaurant featuring artworks by Glenda Rogers and Louise Neal Pedroza will run Friday to Sunday, December 17-19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art auctions

• An art exhibition and auction by local artists to benefit the restoration of the Ajijic Chapel on the plaza will be on Tuesday, December 14, 5 p.m. at La Bodega de Ajijic.

• Efren Gonzalez holds an art auction to benefit the Ajijic Museo de Arte Wednesday, December 29, 3:30 p.m. on the Ajijic Plaza. Find excellent oils, watercolors, pastels, sculpture, etchings and more. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 331-703-3942.

Bare Theatre

Bare Stage Theatre makes a comeback with everyone’s holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as you’ve never seen, or heard it before. This timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist staged as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Shows are December 17, 18, and 19, 4 p.m. Sound maestro James Jack is joined by Rosann Balbontin and Graham Miller, Jeff Kingsbury, Florette Schnelle, Mark Donaldson and Greg Custer. All give voice to Bedford Falls’ memorable residents, accompanied by sound effects and music. Balbontin directs this production, adapted for the stage by Joe Landry. Reserve tickets, 200 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.. pg17b

LLT sings

Join Lakeside Little Theatre for “Songs for the Holidays,” a joyous concert directed and staged by Robert Theme Wednesday, December 22, 4 p.m. This year, the ensemble will explore the many holidays of the season. Celebrate the joys that this time of year brings us, and be part of the always popular sing-along. 

Emcee Peter Luciano will entertain and introduce the cast of musicians, who include singers Marsha Heaton, Mark Heaton, Catharine Thieme and (new to LLT) Doug Botnick. Susanne Bullock will delight with her clarinet, and Thieme will accompany and round it all out on the piano.

Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at lakesidelittletheatre.com and the LLT box office. 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Thursday, December 15 and 16, and one hour before each performance Seating will be socially distanced in the McIntosh Auditorium


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