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Ribera Arts Review - December 18, 2021

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.

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LLT Main Stage show

The last two performances of “This Random World” at Lakeside Little Theatre are on Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, 4 p.m. 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.

Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at lakesidelittletheatre.com or at the LLT box office one hour before curtain on performance days, or Wednesday and Thursday, 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.

Art exhibit

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

LLT sings

pg17bThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All proceeds go toward instruction for these aspiring young string musicians." />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.

Art auction

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.

The Met Opera

The next performance of The Met Opera Live in HD at Movie  Space Cinemas will be “Cinderella” produced by Jules Massenet, January 8, 11:55 p.m. Tickets at Movie Space Cinemas. Information at chapalaoperaguild.org; FB/The Met Opera en Ajijic.

Concerts in the Park

The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) hosts three special events in January: Boy Band Project, January 9, with shows at 2:30 and 5 p.m.; Maru Prado Conti,  with a one-concert tribute to Lady Gaga, January 16, 6 p.m., and Dwight Bake giving a Motown tribute January 23, with concerts at 2:30 and 5 p.m.

Upcoming music


Daniel Cordero is at Bruno’s Steak House, 5:30 p.m.

Friday jazz nights are back at Domenech at the LCS, 5:30 p.m.


Abby Ribera presents The Ladies of Country at Manix, 6 p.m.

Pilla Jazz Trio are on at Dharma in West Ajijic, 6 p.m.

Old Souls are at Scallion Bistro, 6:30 p.m.

Wesley Fields entertains at the Lucky Bar, Carretera 25E in Ajijic

Christy, Elmo and the Little Big Band perform at Villa Monet Hotel on the Chapala Malecon, 7 to 9 p.m.

Mike and the Suspects celebrate Mike’s 65th birthday with a show comprised of Motown, blues and rock, Santana and Latin dance at El BarCo, 8 p.m.

The Space Cowboys rock band are at the Iron Horse, 8:30 p.m.

The Ultima Bala band rock out at Bar Camaleon in Ajijic, 9 p.m.


Black String performs at Huerto Café in Riberas del Pilar, 11:15 a.m.

Flashback brings the tunes from the past to El BarCo, 2:30 p.m.

Barbara Sagrey is at Domenech at the LCS, 5 p.m.

Traficantes Rock ‘N’ Latin will keep you dancing with cumbia, sala, bailongo, rock and funk at Scallion Bistro, 6:30 p.m.

Black Sapphire jazz plays at Café La Serenata, 8 p.m.

Tekila Blues rocks out Bar Camaleon, 9 p.m.


Jesus and Juan Pablo Medeles make your brunch that much more enjoyable at Casa del Sol Inn, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Four groups are at an “Acoustic Sunday” event 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aquiles Serdan 9 in Ajijic. Flamenco with Leonor Zertuche, jazz with Blue Velvet, folk rock with The Cobblestones and traditional Mexican tunes from Son Del Lago.

Blue Jay Slim and the Blues Machine are on at El BarCo, 3 p.m.

Daniel Cordero is at Iron Horse, 3 p.m.

Mariana Vegueras performs at La Bodega, 4 to 6 p.m.

Biomigrant plays at Punta Mirasol’s sunset Latin groove event, Riberas del Pilar 10, 4 p.m.

Black Swan with Diamonds perform tunes by Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf, 5 p.m. at Oui Oui, Independencia 2 in Ajijic.

Gary Lanz Band with David Calvario and Alex Medeles rocks out at Scallion Ajijic Bistro 7 p.m.


Los Niñitos Santos de Maria Sabina play salsa, reggae, ska and rock at a special dinner event with invited chef Jorge Moreno from Baja Norte at Mel’s Restaurant Bar, Zaragoza 44 in Ajijic. Presale only: 332-518-0325.


Blue Jay Slim and the Blues Machine join special guest Gricelda Piña at 4tro Sentido Restaurant in Chula Vista, 3 to 5 p.m.


The Charlie Cook Band plays classic rock, country and blues at El Patio in Chapala 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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