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Ribera Arts Review - November 04, 2023

Lip Sync this weekend

The 12th edition of Lip Sync takes to the stage this weekend at the Lakeside Auditorium.

pg17aLip Sync is a show that uses recorded music that elegantly dressed performers “sing” and dance to. This yearly event raises funds for the Auditorio de la Ribera—now called the Centro Para la Cultura y Las Artes de la Ribera.

This year, you’ll experience a duet by Papageno and Pepagena from Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.”

Roy Haynes will dance various numbers solo and with Allyson Dejong, Tanya Beede, Maritza Freyslinger, Olga Kaplovnenko and Peggy Gilchrist.

The teen dance troupe of the Ballet School of Hector Hernandez, father of world-class ballet dancers Isaac and Esteban Hernandez, will perform four ballet numbers.

Other performances are a tribute to the late Tina Turner, “El Mariachi,” “Goldfinger” from the 1965 Bond film and tunes from Rocio Durcal, Jefferson Airplane, Tanya Libertad, Bruno Mars and Eartha Kitt. There’s also a short video of a silent movie with Ed Tasca narrating a “bizarre love story.”

Lip Sync performances are  Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 5, 2:30 p.m.

Entrance price is 250 pesos and tickets can be purchased at the Auditorium box office Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 1:30 p.m.

LCS art in the garden

A one-day Art in the Garden show will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the gardens of the Lake Chapala Society. There’s free admission. Profits from the artist participation fees will benefit the LCS’ community outreach programs.

More than 60 craftspeople showing a variety of fine art and handicrafts, as well as the LCS Children’s Art Program, will be selling original art and art cards.

Artists Aliance

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The monthly meeting of the Artists Alliance of Lake Chapala is Monday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Garden of Dreams Hotel, Constitucion 105 in Ajijic.

Live Music

• The Romeos take the stage for the first time at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, Saturday, November 4, 3 to 6 p.m. 100 pesos cover.

• A Flamenco Jazz performance at Cochera Cultural is slated for Saturday, November 4, 6 p.m. On stage will be dancer Paulina Ruiz, singer Santiago Maisterra, Fernando Martinez on guitar, Eleazar Soto on sax, Gilberto Rios on bass and Emilia Galvez on percussion. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Whatsapp 331-978-0196.

• Chant Your Heart Open with Wenday Demos and her Ajijic trio, Sunday, November 5, 4:30 p.m. Villa del Angel, Zapata 3, Ajijic. Cost: 350 pesos via chantyourheartopen.com.

• Broadway sensation Marty Thomas performs at the Lake Chapala Society as part of Concerts in the Park, Sunday, November 12, 5 p.m. Tickets available at the LCS office or lakechapalasociety.com.

• A signature presentation by Bill Dingwall, with his series of performances focused on the musical career of Frank Sinatra, will take place in the home of Linda Buckthorp on Sunday, November 12, 12:30 p.m. 

Timothy G. Ruff Welch will play piano during cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students of Jaltepec and a three-course lunch following, inclusive of wine and all refreshments for a donation of 1,500 pesos. Reservations: buckthormplm @gmail.com.

• Vancouver/Mexico drummer Cesar Chew performs with Marc Fabbricatore on piano, Juan Castañon on guitar and Frededy Adrián on bass, Saturday, November 18, 1;30 p.m. at Huerto Café in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets, 150 pesos, available at 376-108-0843.

• The Ajijic Cabaret Troupe will perform Tuesday, November 28, 7 p.m. at El BarCo in a benefit for the children of Niños Incapacitados. Tickets, 600 pesos, are available at AjijicToni @gmail.com. Reservations must be made by November 13.

Exhibits

pg17b Original paintings for the 2024 Our Beloved Mexico Calendar by Belva and Enrique Velazquez are now on display at Arte Estudio Velazquez, 16 de Septiembe 7 in Ajijic. The calendars are now available for sale as well.

• A collective art show is on at Galeria de Arte Axixic, featuring four talented young artists from the Neil James Children’s Art Legacy, Orlando, Karina, Bruno and Rosario, as well as 15 Lakeside artists.

• Paintings by Leonardo Gonzalez Galindo and limited screen prints by Tim Mize will be on exhibit at Elegante Restaurant, Constitucion 59 in Ajijic. A meet the artists opening is Thursday, November 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with live music by Juanpi Medeles.

Opera

Tickets are still available for 2023-2024 season Metropolitan Opera performances at Lakeside Little Theatre via LLT’s online ticketing system. Metropolitan Opera performances are pre-recorded from the Met Live in HD and will feature English subtitles in all shows sung in other languages.

November 26-28, 4 p.m.: X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.

Anthony Davis’s groundbreaking opera  arrives at the Met with Robert O’Hara overseeing a new staging that imagines Malcolm as an everyman whose story transcends time and space.

The opera presents 12 vignettes from the life of Malcolm X, from youth to his death: abject poverty in Depression-era Lansing to adolescence in Boston to Mecca (the site of his pivotal hajj, the traditional Muslim pilgrimage), as well as a number of places in New York City, including a mosque, the streets of Harlem, and, finally, the site of his assassination in 1965, the Audubon Ballroom at Broadway and West 165th Street.

December 18-19, 7 p.m.: Florencia en el Amazonas

February 11-12, 4 p.m.: Nabucco

February 24-26, 4 p.m.: Carmen

March 18-19, 4 p.m.: La Forza del Destino

April 20-22, 4 p.m.: Roméo et Juliette

May 4-5, 4 p.m.: La Rondine

May 25-27, 4 p.m.: Madama Butterfly

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