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Ribera Arts Review - January 06, 2024

Painting workshops

Efren Gonzalez will hold a watercolor workshop, January 9-12, 9 to 3:30 p.m. at his gallery. All materials are included in the 8,000-peso cost. Information: 331-703-3942.

Art in the Garden

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The next one-day Art in the Garden show will be held  Saturday, January 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gardens of the Lake Chapala Society. There’s free admission and ample parking on the lake front.

Profits from the artist participation fees will benefit the LCS community outreach programs.
The show will cover the entire LCS grounds front and back. Some 70 craftspeople will show a variety of fine art and handicrafts, and the LCS Children’s Art Program will be selling original art, plus their art cards featuring the kids’ work. This provides important income for these young artists and their families, as well as giving them a lesson about the “business of art.”

Exhibits

• The grand opening of the  new Sala de Arte of the Artists Alliance of Lake Chapala scheduled for Saturday, January 6, has been postponed until some modifications of the gallery space can be made.

• “Encaustic Art,” colorful work by local artist Rick Present, is up through January 10 at the new Garden of Dreams Art Gallery. Constitucion 105 in Ajijic.

• The Centro Cultural Ajijic (CCA) is holding a collective exhibit, “Visual Perspectives,” featuring work by 32 artists of the Mexican Society of Authors of Plastic Arts of Jalisco. The inauguration is Saturday, January 6, 1 p.m. The work will be open to the public for viewing until January 18. CCA is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Art by Daniel Rueffert will be up at the Galeria La Manzanilla on the coast this month. A meet-the-artist-reception is January 12, 4 to 7 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See artinmexico.com.

• Two art classes are scheduled this month at the Diane Pearl Gallery in Riberas del Pilar.  January 15, Kathleen Pharis begins Mental Mondays Art Therapy classes. January 23 through 26, Mata

Ortiz Ceramics classes will be giving. Reserve your spot at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 376-766-5683.

Theatre

BRAVO! Theatre is rehearsing for Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children,” with show dates January 27, 28, February 2, 3 and 4 at 4 p.m. and evening shows at 7 p.m. on January 29, 30 and February 1.

Focusing on three friends who get together to reminisce, they were part of a team of nuclear scientists at a nearby plant that recently had a meltdown. “The Children” is directed by Bernadette Jones, with a cast of Kathleen Carlson, Deborah Kloegmand And Paul Kloegman.

Tickets, 400 pesos, are available at Kinda Bazar, Mia’s Boutique 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..

Live Music

pg17cThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." />• The Museo Centro Cultural González Gallo in Chapala will begin its free Sunday concerts performance with a show starring a trio of excellent performers on piano, voice and violin - two from Jalisco and one from Palermo, Italy. They will present a program with pieces by great composers from different parts of the world, as well as their own compositions. Pianist Mauricio Allera Malo is joined by Italian violist and violinist Federico Caleca and soprano and violist Ruth Noemi Gonzalez. Sunday, January 7, 12:30 p.m.

• La Cochera Cultural has two concerts planned for next month, one featuring jazz and the other showcasing flamenco. January 14, the venue offers an evening of jazz featuring the magic of an exceptional ensemble composed of guitar, saxophone, double bass, and drums. Then, on January 21, immerse yourself in the passion of flamenco with their first “tablao.” These two concerts promise to be filled with emotions and surprises that will captivate your senses. More information next week. Reservations 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..

• The Lake Chapala Orchestra (LCO) starts its 2024 season with a program entitled “Winter Serenade” Saturday, January 20. The concert features their acclaimed 13-piece wind ensemble in a concert that features works by Donizetti and Dvorak.

Dvorak’s “Wind Serenade” is one of the pinnacles of 19th century music and is very popular with audiences around the globe. The other major work in the concert is a rarely performed serenade by the Danish composer Emil Hartmann.

LCO conductor Michael Reason says “the Hartmann serenade is a wonderful 4-movement work that deserves much wider recognition. As far as I am aware this will be the Jalisco premiere of the Serenade, a piece that was written in 1888.”

The program is rounded out by a short Sinfonia by the Italian composer Donizetti.

The concert takes place at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar on Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. A few tickets for the 2 p.m. performance are still available at 350 pesos and can be reserved by emailing 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..

• Concerts in the Park will present two concerts in January at the Lake Chapala Society: I Will Always Love You with Diana Villamonte in The Whitney Experience with the Star Boys, Sunday, January 21, 6 p.m.; and Ada Vox from American Idol, Sunday, January 28, 5:30 p.m. Tickets, 500 pesos VIP and 350 pesos general seating, are available from the LCS office, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or via lakechapalasociety.com.

• Stan Foster presents a tribute to Neil Diamond on his 83rd birthday. The show, titled A Diamond Evening, is at Las Palmas Restaurant on the Libramiento, Wednesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. Doors open 5 p.m., Tickets, 150 pesos, available at Las Palmas.

• The Rooftop Romeos revisit The Beatles’ “Get Back” concert, which now has a second show Tuesday, January 30 due to the previous night’s gig selling out.

The concert is at El Bar Co in Ajijic. A full bar and limited menu will be available. A raffle for an original Cavern Club T-shirt will be held. Doors open 2 p.m., concert starts at 3 p.m.

The concert is a benefit for Niños Incapacitados. Tickets, 350 pesos, must be purchased in advance. Contact Bill 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..

• Local jazz band Trialogo performs a concert titled “Scenic Sounds, Vibrant Universes” at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera Saturday, January 27, 6:30 p.m. This 90-minute concert offers an innovative transformative musical proposal combining jazz, improvised sounds and electronic music.

Special artists joining Sophia Ramirez on piano and Eleazar Soto on sax are violinist Alex Fernandez and trumpeter Arne Wernink. Tickets, 200 pesos presale and 220 pesos at the door, are available at the auditorium box office Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at voyalteatro.com. 

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