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Ribera Arts Review – October 29, 2011

Dark comedy

“Abundance,” a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Beth Henley, comes to the Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago in La Floresta this weekend, playing Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m.

Ribera Arts Review – October 22, 2011


Next week VIVA la Musica! presents another fall season concert featuring Guadalajara-based husband and wife team Rosalinda Preciaso and Guillermo Salvador, who use their four hands at the same piano.

The program includes sonatas by Mozart and Diabelli, as waell as a brilliant “Sonata for Right Hands” by Franco Margola and the Mother Goose Suite by Ravel. The grand finale will be “Fugue and Mystery” by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

The concert is scheduled Thursday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. at Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago in Ajijic.  Tickets are 250 pesos for VIVA members and 300 pesos for non-members. They are on sale now at the Lake Chapala Society, Diane Pearl’s Colecciones, Charter Club Tours and the Auditorium.

Ribera Arts Review – October 15, 2011

New space

Beautician Jim Coolidge officially opens his luxury salon, “Gloriosa,” on Saturday, October 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with a new art space.

The first exhibitor in the space will be contemporary sculptor Rainer Gocksch. For more information call 766-3372 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Rainer’s exhibition runs until November 15. Gloriosa is located at Libramiento Plaza Interlago.

Ribera Arts Review – October 8, 2011

Ultimate guitar

Virtuoso Mexican guitarist Paco Renteria and his band “Free Play” entertain at the Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago in La Floresta on Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 p.m., as part of Pro-Auditorio Autumn Arts Festival. Tickets are 150 to 250 pesos and are on sale at the Lake Chapala Society, Charter Club Tours, Diane Pearl’s Colecciones and the Auditorium. Proceeds from this performance will go toward the renovation of the auditorium that will begin in April 2012.

Ribera Arts Review – October 1, 2011


VIVA la Musica has authorized scholarships of 10,000 pesos each to five outstanding Mexican music students.

They include Ajijic’s Emmanuel Medeles, the conductor and teacher of the CREM orchestra, who will be able to continue his studies at the University of Guadalajara.

Other University of Guadalajara recipients are Areli Medeles of Ajijic and Ivan Morales of Guadalajara, who study the cello and piano respectively.  Awards have also gone to Eduardo Garcia of San Antonio Tlayacapan towards the purchase of a professional cello and Francisco Bedoy of Autlan to continue voice performance studies at the University of Kentucky. (Bedoy will perform at the VIVA la Musica! membership party in December.)

VIVA la Musica! also donates 18,000 pesos annually to CREM to support the teaching faculty.

RIbera Arts Review - September 24, 2011


Congratulations to Arturo Aceves, owner and operator of Los Crotos Posada in the village of San Luis Soyotlan on the south side of Lake Chapala. The recent art exhibition held there (the first ever in that village) was spectacular and so was the crowd. Hopefully Aceves will see his way clear in the near future for another such event. Featured artists at the event were Cornelio Garcia, Antonio Lopez Vega, Jesus Lopez Vega, Isidro Xilonxochitl, Pat Apt, DePaul Durham and Kathy Seaboyer.

Get dressed up

A new community project, “Facharte,” is hoping to turn Ajijic into an internationally known “living museum.”

Jaime Barbiery invites residents of Ajijic to participate by having their house facades, doors, doorways, garage doors, rocks, nearby utility poles or even trees painted or decorated, so that when folks are here for the Pan Am Games – or just to visit our town – and are meandering through village streets, they’ll be impressed by its beauty.

Artists from the community will be on hand to help bring your ideas to fruition – or you can come up with your own simple or extravagant designs.

Ribera Arts Review – September 17, 2011

Naughty but nice

Billed as the “first ever official exhibition of erotic art in Ajijic,” the work of local artist Luz Preciado is set to adorn the walls of the Ajijic Cultural Center later this month.

“Sin Tabues” (Without Taboos) opens with a cocktail reception on Saturday, September 24.

Twenty-two multi-media pop-art style works will range from the mildly titillating to the blush producing.

Also showing is Ajijic jewelry designer Jose Melendrez, who will be erecting an installation entitled “Art in the Public Bathroom.”

The exhibition has been approved by municipal authorities and remains in place until October 10. Be sure to take it in – if you dare.