Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, the Jocotepec Casa de Cultura, Municipal Library and the main plaza will be the stage for poetry, workshops on cartoons and puppets for children, book presentations, artists discussing their vision and marketing, and storytelling.
Lila Wells directs the cast of Don Beaudreau, Mark Donaldson, Robbin Moore and Darlene Sherwood, two of which will play multiple roles, in the comedy “Later Life” by A.R. Gurney.
The New York Times calls this play “charmingly clever yet immeasurably touching.”
Austin has spent his entire life convinced that something terrible is bound to happen to him. One night, at a party, overlooking Boston harbor, he has the pleasure of rekindling a romance begun almost 30 years ago with Ruth. Comically, and sometimes painfully, these two people rediscover each other and themselves while a bevy of free-spirited other guests rally behind them. A.R. Gurney’s penchant for painful human comedy is on full display.
Beaudreau debuted with Bare Stage in the December show, “Christmas at Pemberley;” Donaldson also appeared in Pemberley, and two others in 2022. Moore performed in October’s “Garage Sale” and Sherwood performed in November’s “Assisted Living: and made her directorial debut this January with “Marion Bridge.”
Bare Stage is 261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar across from the Catholic Church. Door and bar open at 3 p.m. Seats are held until 3:50 p.m. The auditorium curtains will be open for air flow. Facebook/barestagetheatre2018, but use the gmail address above for reservations.
The 21st Encuentro de Arpas, Salteros y Mas free, all-day music festival to be held June 7 at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo, will hold a fundraiser Wednesday, April 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the rehearsal space for the Orquesta Tipica de Chapala, located at the corner of Flavio Romero de Velaco and Privada de Degollado. A supper of pozole will be served and beer and soda will be available.
An early 20th-century piano (above photo) will be raffled off (for decoration purposes only). Although the piano doesn’t work and would need exhaustive restoration, it is a beautiful piece of furniture with bronze candle holders and lion head handles at its side. The raffle ticket is only 50 pesos. Other raffle items include historic books, T-shirts, cups and memorabilia from previous Harp encounters.
These funds are used to pay for lodging and meals for the many musicians who arrive from around Mexico and beyond to participate in this yearly musical event and keep it free to the public, explains Javier Raygoza, director of the Orquesta Tipica and host and founder of the event.
Raffle tickets are available from orchestra members, and the offices of the weekly newspaper PAGINA Que sí se lee! in Chapala, located above the OXXO Superior.
Auditions at LLT
Int’l Jazz Day
International Jazz Day brings together jazz communities, schools, artists, historians, scholars and enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and strengthen international cooperation and communication.
Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue between cultures, diversity and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; fostering gender equality; and promoting freedom of expression.
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role in bringing people from all corners of the globe together.
Celebrate this day with a concert at La Cochera Cultural (Javier Mina 49, in Ajijic) with resident artists and their special guests, Sunday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. The musicians are Ari Loyola on vocals, Arne Wernink on trumpet, Sofía Ramírez on piano, Eleazar Soto on saxophone, Gilberto Ríos on bass and Miguel Soto on drums.
Concerts in the Park
Sunday, April 30, “Troubadours” starring Postmodern Jukebox Burlesque Queen Ariana Savalas nd modern jazz singer songwriter Spencer Day, is on 5 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society.
Sunday, May 21, Monaco by Daniel Celis takes the stage with shows at 3:30 and 6”30 p.m. Come ready to dance.
Tikckets, are available at the LCS office Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 pm. or at the LCS website.
Sunday, April 30, a program for children on Dia del Niño will include workshops of literature, cartoons, painting, puppets, dance and weaving beginning 11 a.m. The Ballet Folklorico Infantil will perform.
Lake Chapala Orchestra
The May 6 performance is sold out, but a few tickets are available for the May 5 concert.