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Ribera Arts Review - March 09, 2024

Cultural Festival

The third annual Michicihualli festival celebrating Ajijic and its pre-Hispanic traditions will be held at La Cochera Cultural, Friday to Sunday, March 15 to 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

pg17aEnjoy pre-Hispanic dance presentations and ceremonies by Ce-Olin; an exhibition of pre-Hispanic treasures of the region and group exhibition of local artists, a screening of La Cochera’s documentary and experimental short film “Encontrando La Mich-Cihualli”; a dialogue table where Jesús López Vega will present his book in progress and talk about his ongoing work to rescue the rich past of his people; pre-Hispanic dance and music workshops; a new dance collaboration between Sergio Hernández and Marien Luévano; and live music and delicious food offerings.

All this at Javier Mina 49 in Ajijic. Voluntary contributions are welcome to defray the costs. This is part of La Cochera Cultural’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Exhibits

• The Lake Chapala Fine Artists Guild is holding an opening reception for their Spring Art Show Saturday, March 9, 5 to 7 p.m. at Sol y Luna Hotel Boutique. Gallery hours are daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Veronica Fierros opens an exhibition of her bronze sculptures, “Mis Visiones del Mundo,” Saturday, March 9, 6 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia, corner of Madero and Hidalgo in Chapala.

• A centennial exhibit honoring watercolorist Lois Schroff is up at Casa del Sol Inn, Javier Mina 7, in Ajijic.

• A meet-the-artist event for acrylic textured and layered paintings by Christina Krisman is Friday, March 15, 2 p.m. at Elegante Restaurant, Calle Constitucion 59, Ajijic,

• A collective exhibition of work by Lakeside artists is up through March 14 at the Centro Cultural Ajijic.

Art fairs

pg17b The Lake Chapala Society Art Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with art and crafts from more than 70 local artists and artisans, as well as art cards from the LCS Children’s Art Program.

• Expo Venta Ajijic-San Cris brings art from Jalisco, Chiapas and Zacatecas for sale on the Ajijic Plaza, Friday to Sunday, March 8 to 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Classes

• Eliseo Estrada teaches creation of Shamanic Drums Saturday, March 9, 3 to 7 p.m. at Diane Pearl Gallery Arts and Activity Center, Santa Margarita 23 in Riberas del Pilar. Cost is 2,200 pesos, including all materials. Reservations: 376-766-5683.

• Efren Gonzalez offers a watercolor workshop, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The cost is 8,000 pesos, all materials included. Call 331-703-3942.

• Karen Spencer leads a class in her innovative pen and ink tracing technique at Diane Pearl Gallery in Riberas del Pilar Wednesday, March 13 and Friday, March 15, beginning 2 p.m.

Starting with a photograph, adding tracing paper, taking up the pen and “drawing what you see,” produces a unique and unusual work of art. Cost is 500 pesos for both classes and all materials. Reservations are required: 376-766-3229 or 376-766-5683.

Auditions

Lakeside’s community chorus, Las Voces del Lago, presents a Spring Concert June 13 to 15 at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Riberas del Pilar. Auditions for the chorus will be on Wednesday, March 13. Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

Contact Ken Turner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an audition.

Live Music

FRIDAY

• Songs from the Tapestry album of Carole King will be sung by Suzanna, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Casa del Sol Inn. Reservations: 376-766-0050.

• Peter Moore performs music by The Beatles, John Prine, Tom Petty, Cat Stevens, Leonard Cohen and others, 6 to 8 p.m. at Chatterley’s, Zaragoza 307B, in Chapala. Reservations: 333-228-4656.

SATURDAY

• Local jazz musicians Marc Fabbricatore, Diego Franco, Juan Castañon, Richye Vega and Rodrigo Barbosa perform a tribute concert to Bill Evens at Huerto Café in Riberas del Pilar, 1:30 p.m. Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at 376-108-0843.

• Lago Rhythms play dance music, 6:30 p.m. at La Bodega de Ajijic, Reservations: 376-766-1002.

• Black Sapphire Jazz performs 6 p.m. at Isa Vella, Encarnacion Rosas 34-1 in Ajijic.

• Brian Mathers plays piano with Kristine Leigh on vocals at La Estacion’s Piano Bar, 6 to 8 p.m. Above Pancho’s in Riberas del Pilar.

• Victor Valdes sings 8 to 10 p.m. at El Patio in Chapala.

• The Pretty Boys perform at the Iron Horse, 5 to 8 p.m. No cover.

SUNDAY

• Roy Cruz performs The Epic Freddie Mercury tribute concert, 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. Tickets, 500 pesos VIP table seating and 350 pesos general seating, available at the LCS office and lakechapalasociety.com.

• Daniel Cordero plays at the Iron Horse, Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m.

• Blue Jay Slim and the Blues Machine take the stage at El BarCo, 3 p.m. 100 pesos cover.

• Juan Castañon plays solo guitar at Pasta Trenta, 5 p.m.

• The Gary Lanz Band is on at Scallion Ajijic Bistro, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

COMING UP

• Andrea Perez Romero is the guest vocalist at the Lake Chapala Orchestra Pops Spectacular concert presented Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 17, 4:30 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets, 350 pesos, are available 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..

• La Escarabajo Blues Band pays tribute to BB King at the Blues Supper Club dinner concert, Friday, March 22 at Casa del Sol Inn, Javier Mina 7 in Ajijic. Reservations: 376-766-0050.

Theater

• Lakeside Little Theatre continues with “The Price” by Arthur Miller, directed by Monnie King and Peter King, Friday March 8, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, 4 p.m.

This gripping play by one of America’s greatest Tony award-winning playwrights is a trenchant study of family dynamics gone awry—two brothers with an equal start in life end up in very different places and with a strained relationship clouded by desire and history. The play witnesses the brothers’ reunion while they face their family secrets, their personal regrets, and their moral dilemmas.

This timeless masterpiece moves from serious to lighthearted drama, and offers intense dialogue, complex characters, and a realistic setting.

The play also offers insights into the divisions that Miller saw developing in 1968, as a response to the cultural upheaval prompted by the Vietnam War.

The production’s producers, Monnie and Peter King met in London. After they both retired, they decided to pursue their mutual passion and enrolled in theatre arts schools. After starring in both live theater and TV productions in London, the couple moved to Florida where they began to direct and produce their own theater productions. Today, they’re continuing their passion at Lakeside Little Theatre.

Ticket sales at lakesidelittletheatre.com or at the box office one hour before show time.

• “Visiting Mr. Green” is on at The BRAVO! Theatre. It is next to impossible not to laugh out loud at the irascible Mr. Green, and equally impossible not to shed a tear at both of these very human characters as you watch their journey together.  This play never seems to fail to touch the audiences deeply.  You don’t have to be Jewish to end up charmed by Mr. Green, nor to understand Ross’s desire of just wanting to be loved for who he is. The themes are eternal.

Performances are March 9, 10, 11, 12.. 14, 15, 16 and 17 at 4 p.m. Tickets, 400 pesos, are available at It’s Kinda Bazaar, Mia’s Boutique or via 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..

• Many aspects of friendship and marriage are explored with humor and pathos in Bare Stage’s production of playwright Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize winning play “Dinner with Friends.”

When one of two couples who are long-time friends divorces, it has a seismic effect on each of the four individuals and starts them on personal journeys that lead them to new revelations about themselves, their marriages, and their friendships.

Roseann Wilshere and Roxanne Rosenblatt direct the cast, which includes Debra Bowers, Bob Henderson, Peter James, and Kathleen Pharis.

Show dates are Friday, March 29, Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31. All shows are at 4 p.m.

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