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Ribera arts review - January 24, 2014


Photographer Jill Flyer informs us that the cost of her tours are 100 U.S. dollars with 20 U.S. dollars for each additional person. The cost was incorrectly put in pesos in last week’s column. Flyer stresses that the price is still excellent value for money.


An arts show featuring more than 40 paintings opens at the Salavdor Ortiz Gallery on the second floor of Ajijic’s Plaza Bugambilias on Friday, January 24, 4 p.m. Snacks and drinks are provided. 

San Juan Cosala

Artist Jesus Tadeo Vega puts on an open-air exhibit of is work in the San Juan Cosala bandstand (kiosk) on Friday, January 24, 7 p.m.

Red Cross benefit

Comic actor and octogenarian John Fraser “celebrates aging disgracefully” at the Piano Rojo on Sunday, January 26, 5 p.m. in  benefit for the Cruz Roja Chapala.  Reservations at 766-2876.  Information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Violinist Christopher Wilshere will be performing with Gabriela Flores – professor of piano at the University of Guadalajara – at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar on Friday, January 31, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. They will feature the two famous “Romances” for violin by Ludwig van Beethoven and works by Kreisler, Sarasate, Ravel and Vitali. Tickets are 200 pesos at the door on the day of the concert.

Ajijic Pueblo Magico

Javier Zaragoza (right) will exhibit more than two dozen oil paintings depicting images of local people and village scenery  in Ajijic Pueblo Magico, the one-man show opening Saturday, February 1, 4 p.m. at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic.

Naked Stage

The reading at the Naked Stage Theater on Friday, January 31; Saturday, February 1, and Sunday, February 2 is “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” by Paul Zindel, directed by Phyllis Silverman.

This is a touching dramatic comedy in which three sisters try to resolve their relationships.

The cast features Doreen Chaloner, Grace Holman, Maryanne Gibbard, Clay McAdam, Janice Taylor, Patricia Eyre and Bob Doiron.

The Naked Stage is located at Rio Bravo 10A in Ajijic, about two blocks behind Daniel’s Restaurant. The box office opens at 3:15 p.m. and the shows start at 4 p.m.

Reservations guarantee a seat until 3:50 p.m.; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Michelle: 765-6408.


The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 3, 10 a.m. at La Bodega Restaurant (16 de Septiembre 124, Ajijic).

This month there will be no guest speaker. The meeting will focus on questions and comments about the upcoming  Open Studio Event on February 8 and 9, from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Participating will be 58 artists at 18 different locations. The event will benefit ASA artists and the Children’s Art Program at the Lake Chapala Society.

To enter the venues you must purchase a “passport” which will list all the artists and participating venues, with locations on a map. The price of the passport is 50 pesos and is good for one person. They will be available for purchase January 20 through February 7 at Diane Pearl Colecciones or the Lake Chapala Society.

JPO bus trips

Viva la Musica! has announced its schedule of bus trips to see the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in Guadalajara during February and March (see page 3 for full schedule).

Trips are scheduled for Sunday, February 16; Friday, February 21; Sunday, March 2; Friday, March 7; Sunday, March 16 and Friday, March 28.

All the trips cost 250 pesos, with the exception of February 16 (Beethoven Ninth Symphony), when the price is 350 pesos.

Tickets are available at the Lake Chapala Society on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.  Sunday trips leave at 10.30 a.m. Friday trips leave at 4.30 p.m. and stop at a restaurant for dinner before the concert.

Viva elections

John Keeling was elected Viva la Musica! president and will continue to serve as treasurer. Continuing board members are: Roberta Hilleman, secretary; Ann Barry, membership director; Ingrid Goodridge, box office director; Barbara Hildt, publicity director; Rosemary Keeling, program director; Marshall Krantz, travel director; Liz Sellars, hospitality director. Other volunteers are Georgina Russell, web master and Allan McGregor, photographer.