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Ribera arts review - January 31, 2014

An exposition by three Jocotepec artists: Anabel Ibarra, Chenlla and Eduardo Xilozochitl opens Friday, January 31, 6 p.m. at the Chapala City Hall.

The free event is hosted jointly by the Chapala and Jocotepec muncipal cultural departments and will include an opening toast. The art will be up for viewing through February 21.

Watercolor workshop

There are a few spaces still left for Lois Schroff’s watercolor workshop February 18, 19, 20, 21 in Ajijic. Schroff was awarded Best In Show in the 2012 Ajijic Society of Artists judged show and First In Watercolor in their 2013 show. To view examples of her paintings, go to  Price of the four-day workshop is 2,500 pesos. For more details and to register: 766-5606 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Art exhibition and theater

The Gallery at #10, located at Rio Bravo 10 in Ajijic will be having a special two week show starting February 6, with an opening reception that coincides with opening night of “The Cemetery Club” being put on by My, My, How Nice, Productions.  The show will be up for a couple of weeks and can be viewed during normal hours of operation of Daniel’s restaurant, and also during the hours of the theatrical production.

The Gallery will be featuring new works by Kathy Fallon, Linzy Roberts, Andriana PerezDan Williams, Dona Johnson, Jean Mullenaux, Libby Townsed, and others to be announced.

The Cemetery Club is a comedy about three Jewish widows moving on with their lives. The cast includes Roseann Wilshere, Diana Rowland, Jayme Littlejohn, Mark Bennett, and Candace Luciano. Bernadette Jones is directing the production.

Performances of “The Cemetery Club and special showings at The Gallery will be February 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on February 9 and 13 and evening performances on February 14, and 15.

If you would like to eat at Daniel's restaurant please make reservations as early as possible, and give yourselves plenty of time to eat, performances start promptly at the given times. The bar will open one hour before performances.

My, My, How Nice Productions is proud to support an on going program of training for local young people interested in pursuing a career in Dramatic Arts.

The Gallery will be conducting an auction with proceeds going to a local Charity.

Mariachi gala

If you’re up for an evening of lively Mexican music, you won’t want to miss the ninth annual Gala de del Mariachi scheduled for Friday, February 7, 7 p.m., at the Hotel Real de Chapala in lower La Floresta. The program will feature acclaimed ranchera singer Azucena performing with Mariachi Mi Jalisco.

The event is a benefit to support restoration and upkeep of Ajijic’s San Andrés parish church, built in 1749.  Tickets, going for a 250 peso donation, are available at the church office, located off the interior patio, open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., or by calling Trish at 766-5233.

Piano Rojo

Bonnie Kilroe returns for her one-woman musical comedy show Divas: Vegas Meets Vaudeville on Friday, January 31, Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2. Part Vaudevillian comic, torch singer and sexy siren all packed into a parade of parody, Kilroe is equipped with extravagant costumes, authentic wigs and a remarkable ability to emulate so it will be hard to tell the difference. Her Show is an edgy cabaret with the class and elegance of an old supper club. See for showtimes.

Next week the Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet turn their considerable talents and dreadful personal experience to the phenomenon of reality television in a new musical celebrating their 20th Anniversary. “America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild,” an over-the-top musical, will play at El Piano Rojo February 7, 8 and 9. This show combines the group’s biting wit, over-the-top drag and award-winning a cappella singing. In this brilliant reality TV send-up, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina in the jungle, trying their best to score at challenges that involve singing, dancing, dating, dieting and, of course, large insects. This new musical brings the group’s firsthand knowledge of the reality show experience to bear, poking fun at the onstage unreality and backstage surreality of the genre, all in glorious four-part harmony. The musical boasts some of The Kinsey Sicks best music of these last two decades – wicked parodies and objectionable originals – plus some brilliant new songs about stardom, contentment and the hunger for fame. See for showtimes. Call 376 766 2876 for reservations. El Piano Rojo is located at Morelos 14, Ajijic.

Rondalla Romance

La Rondalla de Chapala will appear at the Auditorio de la Ribera Friday, February 14, 7 p.m., sharing the stage with the Rondalla Romántica de Guadalajara in the aptly entitled Concierto para Enamorados (Concert for Lovers).

The local all-male vocal and acoustic string instrument ensemble was revived last spring after a 15 year hiatus from the cultural circuit, with a new generation of young musicians joining forces with a dozen of the troupe’s original artists.

The cost of admission is set at 100 pesos, with proceeds earmarked for the acquisition of new matching outfits for the group. Outlets for tickets include the Arbol de Café, Hidalgo 236 in downtown Chapala; Ferreteria Hernández on the highway in San Antonio Tlayacapan; Restaurant Sazón at the Centro Cultural de Ajijic and the auditorium box office.