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Ribera Arts Review - January 20, 2024

Exhibits

• “Identidades,” an exhibition of contemporary art from Chiapas and Oaxaca by Blanca Ricci, Ines Lara, Jesus Cuevas and Patricio Santiago, opens  Saturday, January 20, 5 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, on the Ajijic Plaza.

• Artists Hana Jiang and Denise McFarlane present their work in the exhibit “Dos Almas,” at Nomad Gallery, Hidalgo 81 in Riberas del Pilar, with an opening on Saturday, January 20, 3 p.m.

• “Tierra Prodiga,” 200 years of painting in Jalisco from the 21st century, opens Sunday, January 21, 1:30 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Arturo Camacho.

pg17a• “No Hablo Español,” an exhibition of a series of photographs by Phillip Malyard, inspired by Mexico’s magic realism and surrealism, is up at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera.

• Art by Daniel Rueffert is on exhibit at Galeria La Manzanilla on the coast this month. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See artinmexico.com.

• Beth Myers’ quirky faces on canvas are on exhibit at Casa del Sol Inn (Javier Mina 7, Ajijic).

• Artwork by Gwynne Lott and Marcia Mlynek is up at Elegante Restaurant, Constitution 56 in Ajijic through January 26.

Theatre

BRAVO! Theatre is rehearsing for Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children,” the type of play that BRAVO! does best: Topical, human, a play where instead of leaving humming a tune, you leave having a conversation after having also been entertained.

The play focuses on three friends reminiscing about when 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. Show dates are 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. 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

pg17b 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 will present 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.

• Fifty-five years on, the Rooftop Romeos revisit the historic, final Beatles “rooftop”performance at the Apple Studio on London’s Savile Row at El Bar Co in Ajijic Wednesday, January 31. This will be the third concert, as both the first and second ones have sold out. 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..

Doors open 2 p.m., and the concert starts at 3 p.m. The event is a benefit for Niños Incapacitados, a nonprofit, volunteer group that helps Mexican families pay ongoing and one-time, major medical expenses for children with severe disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. It serves families living throughout Lakeside, from Chapala to Jocotepec.

• In a presentation by Concerts at the Lake, Brandon and James perform at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera Saturday, February 3, 6 p.m.

They are joined by superstar vocalist Effie Passero from American Idol and Postmodern Jukebox as they present “Music of The Night.” A real tour de force of epic music making featuring duets and collaborations from “Phantom of The Opera,” “Les Miserables,” Judy Garland, The Eagles, The Beatles, Andrea Bocelli and  more.

New York City pianist to the opera stars, Danny Zelibor will join them on the keys. Tickets, 500 pesos VIP and 350 pesos general seating, are available from the LCS website or at the Lake Chapala Society office.

pg17cThe Hi-Stakes Rhythm ‘n Blues band from the Netherlands perform at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera (CCAR) Tuesday, February 6, 6 p.m. Tickets, 300 pesos presale and 350 pesos on the day of the event, are available at the CCAR box office or via voayalteatro.com.

• “Loves M … Loves Me Not,” a cabaret featuring vocalist Wanda White and Timothy G. Ruff Welch on piano, takes place at BRAVO! Theatre February 10 and 11, 4 p.m. White will tell charming stories and sing about her journey through love of all kinds. Tickets, 400 pesos, are available at It’s Kinda Bazaar, Mia’s Boutique and 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..

Dance and mariachi

Friday, February 2, 5 p.m., the Raquet Club holds a traditional Candelaria feast at the Club House with a gala performance and dinner to raise funds for the Children’s Folk Ballet Son de Mexico of San Juan Cosala.

Enjoy live mariachi and eat delicious tamales and other Mexican treats while watching the children perform traditional Mexican dances. A painting by Efren Gonzalez will be raffled. All the proceeds go to fund the troupe’s costumes and props. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at the Raquet Club clubhouse.

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