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Ribera Arts Review - January 27, 2024

Exhibits

• Artful Codgers Art Show, an exhibit by and celebration of Lakeside residents and snowbirds over the age of 60, will open with a “All Out Rock’n” reception Saturday, February 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ajijic Cultural Center on the Ajijic plaza.

All show proceeds and donations go to support the Ajijic Cultural Center. For detailed information and entry forms, contact Melody via whatsapp 331-112-4076 or email 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..

• “Identidades,” an exhibition of contemporary art from Chiapas and Oaxaca by Blanca Ricci, Ines Lara, Jesus Cuevas and Patricio Santiago, is up 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.

• “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 show 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).

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A look back on Jalisco

A large exhibit of paintings in Jalisco from the last 200 years, “Tierra Pródiga” (perhaps best translated as Lavish Land), is showing at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. The earliest dated painting in the impressive show is from 1828 and its most recent work is from the present year.

Probably few of us have considered Jalisco’s role in the context of Mexican art. But after all, Guadalajara is a cultural capital second only to Mexico City. And state authorities don’t want us to forget that, as Jalisco celebrates 200 years since its founding. 

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Arturo Camacho, a state history specialist in the Colegio de Jalisco. Among the show’s outstanding qualities are that it is not only inclusive and large, but gives us a look at breathtaking gems from private collections rarely or never shown in public.

This exhibit was previously shown at the Ex Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara in October 2023.

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Live Music

• 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 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.

• Concerts in the Park presents Ada Vox from American Idol, Sunday, January 28, 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. 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.

The Original Tall Boys will perform Tuesday, January 30, 4 to 6 p.m. at Latitude Margaritaville Lake Chapala as part of its National Escape Day celebration. Don’t miss an opportunity to win one of three trips to Orlando, Spa days in Chapala and more gifts. RSVP: 331-218-7860.

The Rooftop Romeos present a third show of their Beatles’ “Get Back” concert at El Bar Co in Ajijic on Wednesday, January 31. The first and second concerts are now 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..

The concert is a benefit for Niños Incapacitados, a nonprofit, volunteer group that helps qualified 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.

Joel Tallboy and Louie Pavao perform at La Bella Vida’s first Friday of the month fiesta, February 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ardelle Holden will be signing her new book, “Killing Imaginary Friends.” Constitucion 6 in Ajijic.

• In a presentation by Concerts at the Lake,  Brandon and James will 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 much more. New York City pianist to the opera stars, Danny Zelibor will be joining them on the keys. Tickets, 500 pesos VIP and 350 pesos general seating, are available at the LCS website or at the Lake Chapala Society office.

• Vocalist Wanda White and Timothy G. Ruff Welch on piano present “Loves Me….Loves Me Not” 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..

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Dance and mariachi

Friday, February 2, 5 p.m. The Raquet Club will hold 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 their costumes and props. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available at the Raquet Club clubhouse.

Festival supports Niños

As part of the Festival de Febrero performances, Kerson Leong, one of the world’s finest violinists, will present a concert of solo works by Bach and Ysaÿe, followed by a selection of virtuosic Fritz Kreisler pieces for violin and piano Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera as a fundraiser for Niños Incapacitados on their 50th anniversary. Tickets, 650 pesos center and 500 pesos side, are available at the Auditorio Box office or at festivaldefebrero.com.

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