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Ribera Arts Review - September 2-8 2023

Collective exhibit

The 12th edition of Foto Ajijic Septiembre 2023 opens at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Saturday, September 2, 5 p.m. Meet local photographers and see their art. Showing will be Yolanda Elizondo, Alejandro Aguilera, Amanda Murray, Arturo Ortega, Cathy Chalvignac, Edgard Alcazar, Farid Bak, Hunter Johnson, Jaime Barbieri, Jill Flyer, Maria Di Paola, Monica Cardenas, Pablo Gernandez Del Valle, Rebecca Ford, Luis Caball, David Lorenz Winston, Rocio Lojero, Ricardo Hinojosa, Victor Hugo Salcedo, Xill Fessenden, Daniel Alejandro Rosales, Gaal D. Cohen and Yazkara Denez.

The exhibition runs through September 28.

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Fernando Guadarrama, accompanied by an ensemble of musical talent, performs at La Boedga Ajijic, Sunday, September 3, 6 p.m. Guadarrama is a poet, singer, historian and a figure dedicated to the music of son jarocho. A versatile performer, just a few months ago he won a Latin Grammy, together with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra of Arturo O’Farrill and the Colectivo Conga Patria Son Jarocho, for the album “Fandango at the Wall,” in the category “Best Latin Jazz Album.”

Cover is 150 pesos. Reservations: 376-766-1002.

AMA new exhibition

Ajijic Museo de Arte (AMA) is preparing for a new opening Sunday September 3, 3 p.m. Several new paintings either on loan or acquired for our permanent collection will be on display for the first time.

The museum will also have a temporary exhibit of works by several local artists, including  Isidro Xilonxochitl, Maloy Otis Murdock, and Elaines Frenett.

Come to this special event and support AMA’s efforts to promote art and culture in Ajijic.

AMA is located on the west end of the village at Calle Privada Flores Magon 3, between Calles Zaragoza and Ocampo. Open daily except Mondays. The entry fee is 40 pesos.

CCA Mexican Night

September, Mexico’s patriotic month, is the time of the year when we celebrate Mexican culture with the most enthusiasm. Mexican music, a fundamental element of it, has multiple variants. Tenor Ezequiel Ojeda and pianist Rafael Bucio share their interpretation of a selection of songs that will turn Centro Cultural Ajijic’s Mexican Night (Saturday, September 9, 5 p.m.) into something very special. Tickets, 150 pesos, are available at the CCA’s office. A cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Dance and mariachi

La Barca ballet folkloric dance company Yolhua-Axcan and Mariachi Nuevo La Barca perform a homage to Jalisco’s 200 years, Saturday, September 9, 7 p.m. at the Centro Para La Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera. Tickets are 100 pesos at the door or at voyalteatro.com.

Guerrero trip


You are invited to a reception/informational meeting to learn about a unique opportunity to travel to the Mountains of Guerrero. On the trip, you’ll meet some of the finest artisans of Mexico and attend the Annual Juried Craft Fair in Olinala, Guerrero, home of the famed lacquerware tradition and the Cajitas de Olinala. Thursday, September 7, 5:30 p.m. at El Sombrero Restaurant in Ajijic. RSVP, if possible, to 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..

Traditional mariachi

Traditional mariachis headline a free concert dedicated to the flora and fauna of Western Mexico, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera.

Lakeside Jazz

Huerto Café in Riberas del Pilar will hold a John Coltrane anniversary concert Sunday, September 23, 1:30 p.m. Musicians include Diego Franco on sax, Marc Fabricatore on piano, Juan Castañon on guitar, Freddy Adrian on bass and Giovanni Figueroa on drums. Tickets are 150 pesos. Reservations: 376-108-0843.

Art in the Garden

The Lake Chapala Society’s popular art shows are returning this fall. The first will be a massive two-day show on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). There will not be a November show due to previous bookings at LCS.

The LCS Christmas Fair featuring holiday art and handicrafts will be held on December 8 and 9.

In 2024, LCS Art in the Garden shows will be held on January 13 and February 10, and the LCS Art Fair is scheduled for March 9 and 10.

If you have any questions, email Danielle Pagé 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.. 



This photo from a series of models is part of “The Soulful Illusions,” a retrospective exhibit by photographer Monica Cardenas, up at Casa del Sol Inn, Javier Mina 7 in Ajijic.

LLT 59th season

Lakeside Little Theatre has season tickets on sale now to see five plays in the 2023-2024 main stage theatre season.

• October 20-29, “Red” by Jon Logan, directed by Dave McIntosh.

• December 8-17, “The Little Dog Laughed” by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Randy Warren.

• January 26 to February 6, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Ann Swiston and Dave McIntosh; with Gary Wayne Young as music director and Roy Haynes as choreographer.

• March 1 to 10, Monnie King and Peter King will direct “The Price” by Arthur Miller.

• April 5 to 14, Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” translated by Christopher Hampton, and directed by Lynn Phelan.

Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 4 p.m. Season tickets are 1,600 pesos with a credit card at lakesidelittletheatre.com. Email: lakesidelittletheatre.com.

Soul Divas


Well-known Panamanian singer Diana Villamonte performs “Soul Divas” at the Lake Chapala Society, Sunday, September 17, 5:30 p.m. Tickets, 350 pesos general, 500 pesos VIP, are available at lakechapalasociety.com.

San Antonio art


An exhibition of paintings by Victoria Corona Vega (shown here at work in her studio) is up at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala. The exhibit is titled “San Antonio Tlayacapan un trocito de Mexico.”



Three local romantic instrumental and singing sensations, the Rondalla de Chapala, the Rondalla Femenil de Chapala and the Rondalla Generaciones, will perform at a romantic festival of music at the Auditorium of the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala, Saturday, October 14, 6 p.m. Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at the venue. These concerts are always a sellout, so get your tickets early. Corner of Hidalgo and Madero; open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.



“The Shrink,” a drama/comedy about a psychiatrist who needs a psychiatrist, plays Saturday, September 23, 5 p.m. at the Centro para La Cultura y Las Artes. This one-man, seven-role, one-act show is a benefit for Mama Cleo’s Boys Home. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the door or at the theater, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 to 7 p.m.

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