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Ribera Arts Review - August 19, 2023

BRAVO! Theatre

BRAVO! Bravura is a collection of “bravura” performances all in one show.  

The line up: Songs by Wanda White and a duet with Jayme Littlejohn—as performing puppets; a performance of the short play “I’m Herbert” with Roger Larson and Roxy Rosenblatt that will leave you with a belly ache from laughing so hard; “The Three Pigs”—a touch of Shakespeare with Mark Donaldson as narrator/wolf and handmade pig costumes on three adorable pigs—identities withheld until showtime; an energy and talent filled dance number by the “meant to be on stage” Roy Haynes with his “girls” Tanya Beede and Maritza Freyslinger.  

Interspersed through the program will be hilarious and touching real letters from real people, including Helen Keller, read by Ken Yakiwchuk, Amy Stackhouse, Kathleen Morris and Sally Jo Bartlett.  

Timothy G. Ruff Welch will be on piano.

pg13aAll of this at BRAVO! Theatre, Saturday, August 19; Sunday, August 20; Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at Mia’s Boutique, It’s Kinda Bazar … and mymytickets@ gmail.com.


• The Kate Unger Quartet performs jazz classics at Casa Domenech inside the Lake Chapala Society, Saturday, August 19, 2 p.m. Tickets 200 pesos, are available at the restaurant or at paypal.me/rayvelvetpro.

• The Latin Matters Quartet performs as part of the Jazz Lakeside Series, Saturday, August 26, 1:30 p.m. at the Huerto Café in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets are 150 pesos. Reservations: 376-108-0843.

Art Market

The Artists Alliance of Lake Chapala will hold its monthly Art Market Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garden of Dreams Boutique Hotel, Constitucion 105, Ajijic.

Sing along

Come join the fun with the revived Lakeside Singers, every other Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. at Christ Church Lakeside, on the Carretera next to the Smokehouse Restaurant. Bring your voice, a friend, an instrument if you play one, a favorite song you’d like to sing. No auditions, no pressure, just fun and fellowship. Next gathering is Thursday August 24, 1-3 p.m. at Christ Church Lakeside. There are lyric books available for purchase at 200 pesos.


The Neil James Legacy Artists will host an exhibition of their art, Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Ajijic. The show will be followed by an auction from 4 to 6 p.m.

Medieval concert

pg13bThe Estudiantina Guadalupana Potosina offers a concert at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera (Auditorio de la Ribera) Friday, August 25, 5 p.m.

Estudiantinas are groups of students in medieval dress who play antique instruments and sing serenades. This tradition originated in Spain and Portugal in the 13th century as a means for students to earn money or food.

The Ballet Folklorico del Ayuntamiento de Chapala will also perform. Tickets, 200 pesos at the offices of weekly newspaper Pagina Que si se lee! or call 332-249-1359 and 333-130-1794.

Bare Stage

Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” is driven by four brilliantly penned characters: George, a recently widowed novelist, Jennie, a level-headed actress, Leo, George’s garrulous but loving younger brother; and Faye, Jennie’s utterly cluelessbut enchanting friend. The plot focuses on George, who has still not moved on from the untimely death of his wife. Meanwhile Leo and Faye are navigating the troubled waters of their own marriages. The connection between the characters is the kind of rocky road journey of quick-witted zingers and compelling plot twists an audience expects from a Neil Simon play.

Sharon Jarvis directs Mark Donaldson, Ron Mikulicic, Maureen O’Hearn and Devin Van Domelin.

Show dates are Friday, August 25, Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27. Tickets are 200 pesos to join in the fun. Reserve now 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 Theatre is at 261 on the mountain side of the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar.

Legendary troubadour

Paco Padilla, a well-known folk singer from Tlaquepaque, gives a concert at the Centro Cultural Ajijic Friday, August 25, 6 p.m. as part of the center’s 18th anniversary celebration.

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