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Ribera Arts Review - March 16, 2023

Bare Stage

Bare Stage Theatre presents “Looking” by Norm Foster Friday, March 29, Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31. All shows are at 4 p.m.

pg17aThis hilarious, touching, and so very true to life play is directed by Roseann Wilshere and Roxanne Rosenblatt. The cast comprises Deborah Bowers, Bob Henderson, Peter James, and Kathleen Pharis.

Foster is considered Canada’s most produced playwright. His characters come to life as ordinary people identifiable to his audience. “Looking” is just that: four people trying to find love, romance and sex, and having a hard time finding it. Val is an O.R. nurse, Andy is in the storage business, Nina is a police officer, and Matt is the host of a morning radio show. They’re middle-aged, single, and looking. Val agrees to meet Andy after answering his personal ad in the newspaper, and Nina and Matt are coaxed into joining their friends for support.

Bare Stage is now at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, San Lucas 19, in Riberas del Pilar. Door and bar open 3 p.m., Seats are held until 3:50 p.m. Tickets, 200 pesos, can be reserved 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..

Exhibits

pg17b The Lake Chapala Fine Artists Guild’s Spring Art Show is up at Sol y Luna Hotel Boutique. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• Veronica Fierros’ exhibition of her bronze sculptures, “Mis Visiones del Mundo,” is on display 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.

Live Music

• Zande performs at the  Centro para la Cultura y las Artes (Auditorio de la Ribera) Friday, March 15, 6 p.m. The mixture of music and songs from different places in the world always results in an unimaginable work, and even more so when the musicians are extraordinarily virtuoso in projecting vibrations, musical notes, songs, resonances and feelings to achieve an enveloping atmosphere that transports us in an intense travel around the planet through the senses.

• 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..

• Echoes: a Pink Floyd tribute experience is a collaboration of local musicians in the Lake Chapala area presenting the best of Pink Floyd Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m. at the Centro para la Cultura y Las Artes de la Ribera. The band members are Arnold Polanco on guitar and lead vocals, Jorge Orendain on keyboards and backing vocals, Doug Friend on drums and backing vocals, Bob Steadman on bass guitar and backing vocals, Todd Jones on saxophone and keyboards and Sofi Orendain as soloist and on backing vocals. Tickets are available at voyalteatro.com.

• Shanti Shivani performs Hindustan ragas and sacred world chants on a sitar, Sunday, March 17, 12:30 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. She is accompanied by Alvaro Rubio on tabla, Gil Rios on bass and Victor Garcia on violin.

• 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.

Cultural Festival

pg20aThe 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.

Enjoy 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 short film “Encontrando La Mich-Cihualli”; pre-Hispanic dance and music workshops; a 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.

Opera

Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Forza Del Destino” is showing at Lakeside Little Theatre Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19 at 4 p.m. Sung in Italian, with Met titles in English. Time: three hours 50 minutes.   Tickets available online at lakesidelittletheatre.com or at the LLT box office.

Artists Together Salon

pg17c360 Xochi Quetzal Residency for Creatives is hosting a salon series, Artistas Juntos — Artists Together, Saturday, March 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.

For over ten years artists, writers and musicians have been coming to Lake Chapala to find connection and community as a part of the residency program. This series was created to introduce them to local art enthusiasts and give them a chance to share their work, process and inspirations.

Featured at this salon will be Val Armstrong from Suffolk, England, Gloria Daly from Duncan, British Columbia and Pam Holnback from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Enjoy a discussion and beverages with them on the scenic mirador of Cielito Azul at Constitución 116.

LCS Art Camp raffle

Raffle tickets are still on sale at LCS inside the main entrance. They are being sold Monday to Saturday (except holidays) from 10 a.m. to noon, through Friday April 5. Tickets are 100 pesos each, or 10 for 900 pesos. The winner need not be present at the draw to win.
Proceeds from this raffle will help fund the annual LCS Children’s Art Program Summer Art Camp, where each year about 120 local children attend five days of workshops in various art mediums – the classes and all materials are provided to the children free of charge.
A beautifully framed and matted original watercolor by Ricardo Sánchez Corona has been donated by the artist as a raffle prize. This work is titled, “La Vuelta del Jefe (sobre ejidos de Anenecuilco),” is framed in a modern black frame with a white mat, and the size of the painting (including frame) is 67x85cm (26” x 33”). This masterpiece is valued at 30,000 pesos!
You can see a reproduction of this painting near where the raffle tickets are being sold at LCS (16 de septiembre #16A in Ajijic). The original is much more impressive!
See more details on the raffle, plus a bio of the artist, visit this web page: LakeChapalaSociety .com/public/CAP_Raffle.php.

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