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Ribera Arts Review - April 29, 2023

Bare Stage

Lila Wells directs the cast of Don Beaudreau, Mark Donaldson, Robbin Moore and Darlene Sherwood - two of whom 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 in November’s “Assisted Living,” and made her directorial debut in January with “Marion Bridge.”

Show dates are Friday, April 28, Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. Curtain rises at 4 p.m. Tickets, 200 pesos, are available 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..

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.

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Int’l Jazz Day

This weekend, Lakeside celebrates International Jazz Day at many venues.

• Friday, April 28, 6 p.m., The Organ Trio performs at Romeo and Julieta, Ramon Corona 12 in Chapala. Marc Fabricatore on organ, Juan Castañon on guitar and Armando Curiel on drums. Cover 100 pesos.

• Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m., Saxophonist Diego Franco and pianist Willy Zavala play the Casa de Ray, Zaragoza 109 in West Ajijic. Tickets, 150 pesos, at the restaurant or via paypal.me/rayvelvetpro.

• Saturday, April 29, 1:30 p.m., the Carolina Mercado Quintet with Mercado on sax, Roberto Verastegui on piano, Juan Castaon on guitar, Saul Ojeda on bass and Alex Medeles on drums, at Huerto Café. Reservations, 376-108-0843. Cover: 150 pesos. Hidalgo 212 in Riberas del Pilar.

• Sunday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., La Cochera Cultural (Javier Mina 49, in Ajijic) presents a concert with resident artists and their special guests, 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.

Tickets are 200 pesos. Reservations: 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..

• The International Jazz Trio comprised of Ronald Rivero (Cuba)on piano, Juan Castañon (Mexico) on guitar and Freddy Adrian (Venezuela) on bass, perform Sunday, April 30, at the Casa Musica Studio, Tepetate, S/N, Cielo Vista. Tickets, 500 pesos, include a glass of wine. Reception is at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins 6 p.m. Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 331-118-2130.

Concerts in the Park

Sunday, April 30, “Troubadours” starring Postmodern Jukebox Burlesque Queen Ariana Savalas and 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.

Tickets are available at the LCS office Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from the LCS website.

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Auditorium program

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.

A taste of Cuba

Tito Gonzales brings his Zona Cuba club act to Mama’s Musical Bar in San Antonio Tlaycapan Wednesday, May 3, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Included in the 500-peso ticket price is  authentic Cuban cuisine prepared by Cuban chefs “El Puro” and Juan Carlos Magaña. The menu includes ropa vieja (beef), picadilla a la Habanero (ground beef with special spices), fricase de pollo (chicken), arroz congris (Cuban black beans and rice), salad, sweet plantains, and a vegetarian option upon request.

For tickets, stop at Mama’s or contact Bonnie Gonzalez, 510-927-0908 or 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..

Graffiti workshop

Learn how to use spray paint to create urban art at a workshop Saturday, May 6 with @Bardos Collective. Learn color theory, composition, how to mix colors, how to transfer your sketch to a wall and other themes. On Sunday, May 7, take what you’ve learned to create art at the skate park ramps on the malecon. The cost of 1,500 pesos includes food and drink both days, drawing materials, six spray paint cans of different colors and 6 valves, an official certification and souvenirs. To sign up, contact whatsapp 333-970-8504.

ASA notes

Ajijic Society of the Arts holds its monthly Art Market Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ASA Third Thursday meeting for members and friends, where there is no agenda, just fun, is Thursday, May 18, 4 to 6 p.m. at La Bodega

The ASA Spring Show theme is Water. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 19 at Casa del Sol Inn. The show runs through June 4.

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