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Ribera Arts Review - April 20, 2024

Theatre on the plaza

Theater companies La Quinta Teatro and Al Rescate will perform the street opera, La Gran Lucha del Mundo, on the Ajijic Plaza in front of the Centro Cultural Ajijic, Friday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Bring you own chair.

Live Music

pg17a• Ajijic Music Sessions presents a jazz quartet evening with Arne Wernink on trumpet, Milton Bass on bass, Miguel Soto on drums and Sofia Ramirez on piano, Saturday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. at Quina Los Caballos, Camino 53, in La Floresta. Tickets are 300 pesos. Reservations: 333-495-5279.

• Los Pretty Boyz play at the Iron Horse, April 20, 8 p.m. Cover is 100 pesos.

• Blue Jay Slim and the Blues Machine play their final gig of the season, Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m. at El BarCo skybar.

• Veracruz saxophonist Alan Villanueva performs with Marc Fabbricatore, Juan Castannon, Freddy Adrian and Rodrigo Barbosa Saturday, April, 27, 1:30 p.m. at Huerto Cafe in Riberas del Pilar. Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at  376-108-0843.

Expo TlaquepArte

Charter Club Tours is heading to Expo Guadalajara April 19 to 22 for the Expo TlaquepArte, where vendors from 16 countries show their creative wares: candles, ceramics wrought iron, pottery, art, blown glass, paintings and jewelry. Free admission, open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 376-766-1777.


pg17bThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." />Lakeside Little Theatre hosts the Met Live screening of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette Saturday through Monday, April 20 to 22, at 4 p.m.  Sung in French, Met titles in English.  Digitally recorded and transmitted during the March 19 and March 23 performances as part of the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions. Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes. Tickets available at lakesidelittletheatre.com or at the LLT box office.

May 4 and 5, La Rondine, Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the sophisticated French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his company debut as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French Riviera. Soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov—both making their Met debuts—complete the cast as Lisette and Prunier. Time: 4 hours.

Celebrating books

To celebrate International Book Day, Sunday, April 21, the Centro Cultural Antigua Presidencia in Chapala will have a book sale from noon to 8 p.m.,  an Indian dance performance at 3 p.m., a violin concert at 5:30 p.m., a writers’ round table at 7 p.m., and more. Free entrance.

CCAR closed this weekend

The box office of the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera (CCAR) will be closed Friday to Sunday, April 19 to 21.


• Joan Franklin’s Watercolor Exhibit is at Independencia 133, San Antonio (Inside Adelita AM, across from the plaza).

Artists forge realignment

Artists and friends of the arts in the Lake Chapala area are moving forward to create a new group to replace the defunct Arts Alliance of Lake Chapala and Ajijic Society for the Arts. An initiative emerging from a meeting of former members on April 1 is the launch of a survey designed to define and broaden the scope of a new organization.

Interested persons are welcome to respond to the two-fold bilingual questionnaire posted at https://forms.gle/6EsYacWhKcsQYcK97. The deadline is Wednesday, April 24. Part 1 requests comments and feedback to be shared with those interested in creating and belonging to this new organization. Part 2 is an optional opportunity to update your personal information, which will be used to provide current contact and interest data to the new organization leadership, and will not be shared as part of the survey results.

Dance at CCAR


Saturday, April 27 is International Day of the Dance and the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera (CCAR) has performances planned:

• A video loop by Karen de Luna will be available to check out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• A movement exploration workshop with Karen de Luna will be held at 10 a.m., 1, 2 and 6 p.m.

• Daryel Romero will give a workshop in folkloric dance to the dance troupes Fandango del Pueblo and Montaña y Lago at noon and 2 p.m.

• La Llorona, a choreography inspired by the celebration of the dead and Buddhism in dance, will be presented by Sandra Soto, 6 p.m. Tickets available at the box office or voyalteatro.com.

Acting Workshop

In May, Bare Stage Theatre presents the workshop “Acting Without Acting,” led by Roxanne Rosenblatt.

Learn how to find your character, your character’s objectives, physicality and the acting techniques used in the readers theater form. During six three-hour sessions you will build on discoveries for all theater forms. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or you have a lot of experience, it’s always a plus to learn or refresh your craft.

Dates are May 14, 16, 17, 21, 23 and 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is 1,800 pesos or 1,500 pesos if you pay before May 1. Classes will be held at the theatre’s new location, at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar, San Lucas 19, one block south of the Catholic Church.

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Film shows

The Chapala Indie Film Festival will show the second of four screenings Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m. on the San Antonio Tlayacapan Malecon.

Other screenings will take place on the last Saturday of May and June, on the Ajijic and San Juan Cosala malecons, also at 7 p.m.

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