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Ribera Arts Review - October 08, 2022

Concerts in the Park

Kevin Anthony will sing the hits of Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder, Sunday, October 9, with shows at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. Tickets, 500 pesos VIP and 350 pesos general, are available at the LCS office or via the LCS website.

Coming up Sunday, November 6 as a benefit for Niños Incapacitados is a show by Christopher Faison, “Here and Now,” interpreting the music of Luther Vandross.

Tickets are 600 pesos VIP, and 400 pesos general seating.

pg17aClassical guitar

Marco Álvarez Jiménez is the guest guitarist this Sunday, October 9, 12:30 p.m. at the Centro Cultural González Gallo in Chapala.

Álvarez began studying guitar with his father J. Rosario Álvarez, a classical guitar teacher. Later he entered the Superior School of Music and Dance of Monterrey.

He has been selected to take master classes with internationally renowned teachers: Isaac Bustos (Nicaragua), Oman Kaminsky (Mexico), Duo Melis (Greece-Spain), Duo Katona Twins (Hungary), Ricardo Gallén (Spain), Marco Tamayo (Cuba), Gonzalo Salazar (Mexico), among others.

During the pandemic, Álvarez managed and produced the virtual premiere in Mexico of the Concertino for Five guitars and string orchestra by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin, recording 10 guitars with two movements and collaborating with national and international musicians to create a virtual orchestra.

Álvarez currently works professionally as a classical guitar teacher in the Apodaca Municipal Orchestra System (SOMA). He is a self-taught researcher constantly looking for technical innovations, and studying classical guitar and music based on the neurosciences.

As a performer, his concert program can range from the baroque period, or with influences from it, to contemporary works with Latin American influence and jazz.

Mask creations

La Bella Vida is holding fun and creative fall workshops in their garden, beginning with mask creations with Melody, Thursday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nichos for Day of the Dead, Thursday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve space at 376-766-5131.

Mariachi meets JPO

“Paradise Over the Centuries,” a free concert by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, will take place at the Fuente de Pescadores on the Chapala Malecon, Friday, October 14, 6 p.m.

Calendar originals


Enrique and Belva Velazquez will present the original watercolors from their 30th annual Our Beloved Mexico 2023 calendar at their gallery, Friday, October 14, 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. All 30 years of the couple’s calendars will be on display. Artists’ signings and special dedications are available for your calendars. Address: 16 de Septembre 7, Ajijic.


LLT presents a National Theatre Live transmission of Philip Pullman’s “The Book of Dust” (La Belle Sauvage), adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Nicholas Hytner, Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 4 p.m. Reserved seating in the McIntosh Auditorium. Buy tickets, 300 pesos, online at lakesidelittletheatre.com or at the box office one hour before the show.

Art in the Garden

LCS has been hosting garden art shows during the high season since 2017. Our “Art in the Garden Shows” will be starting up for this high-season in October. The purpose of these shows is to increase LCS’ outreach to the local arts com munity, and improve community life through the arts. These shows include local artists from Ajijic and Chapala only, and are inclusive by not being restricted to members of any art organizations. This lets our shows provide a sales opportunity for local Mexican artisans and artists who, otherwise, don’t have such possibilities.
In addition, these shows will provide a venue for the LCS Children’s Art program to sell cards and original art - an important revenue source for the kids and their families - as well as being a learning opportunity about the “business of art.”
The shows will be held on October 15, November 5, January 14, and February 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be the LCS Annual Christmas Market on December 2 and 3. LCS is also planning on holding a two-day campus-wide Art Fair on March 10 and 11, 2023.

Rondalla concert

As a benefit for the Chapala Municipal Clinic, Restaurant la Palapa de Guayabo will hold a dinner-show featuring some of Mexico’s best rondallas: La Rondalla de Saltillo, La Rondalla Motivos and La Rondalla de Chapala, Saturday, October 15, 7 p.m. Tables for four or six are available. Tickets, 890 pesos, at 333-506-4005 with Javier, 332-667-8915 with Beto, or at 376-765-4180.

Lake Chapala Orchestra

“From Paris to London, a Musical Journey” is the next presentation by the Lake Chapala Orchestra, conducted by Michael Reason, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, San Jorge 250 in Riberas del Pilar. Both shows are at 3 p.m. Tickets, 300 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..

Opera Guild

The first Metropolitan Opera HD Live screening at Movie Space Cinema in Ajijic in league with The Chapala Opera Guild, is the premiere of Luigi Cherubini’s masterpiece, “Medea,” starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Saturday, October 22, 11:55 a.m. The transmission is in Italian, with English subtitles and is a gift of Elizabeth Shepard and Casa del Sol Inn. Reserved season and individual tickets are available daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the box office.

For more information visit chapalaoperaguild.org.

Oil painting class

Laura Villanueva will hold a master class, “Pintura alla prima” (Italian for “paint your first impression”), Saturday, October 29, at the Casa del Sol Inn in Ajijic. The focus is to rapidly paint with oils, wet over wet, with the painting always fresh and spontaneous. The idea is to synthesize form and color without worrying too much about the drawing, detail or the time to dry the layers that traditional oil paintings take. Villanueva has a 25-year career with studies in design, painting and art education and has held ten individual expositions and has shown in some 60 plus collective exhibits in Mexico and abroad. For more information, call Elizabeth Shepard, 333-964-5320.

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