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Entertainment Guide - April 30, 2016

Romeo & Juliet

In honor of the 400th anniversary of the death of English literary great William Shakespeare and International Dance Day, the Ballet Jalisco and the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra team up for a special presentation of this famous classical dance work telling the familiar tale of two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts, set to Prokofiev’s soaring score.

Teatro Degollado, Friday, April 29, 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Live from the Met

The Metropolitan Opera House season ends with live transmission of Richard Strauss’s “Elektra,” conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

Teatro Diana, Saturday, April 30, 11:55 a.m.  100-250 pesos.

Tuesday recitals

The Martes de Música y Ópera series sponsored by the Jalisco Culture Department attracts some truly stellar classical performers and it’s all free!  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. On May 3 classical guitar duo Sergio Medina and Hugo Gracián will play a concert of late 19th and early 20th century music from Isacc Cordoba, Carmen from Georte Bizet, Piazzola’s “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas” and three Brasilian pieces by Ernesto Nazareth 

Teatro Alarife Martin Casillas. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Thursday Dance

Free Thursday Contemporary dance groups featured in May are N.E.A. 2016 on May 12, Danza Capital on May 19 and Bruja Danza on May 26.

Teatro Alarife Martin Casillas, Thursdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Progressive folk/rock

The next Alternative Wednesday concert features Loli Molina, one of Argentina’s most important alternative voices, singing Jazz, indie rock and pop from her new album. She is accompanied by pianist Roberto Verastegui and bassist Hernan Hecht.

Teatro Vivian Blumenthal (Tomas V. Gomez 125), Wednesday, May 4, 8:30 p.m.  160 pesos.

Magic Bubble Show

Russian artist Victor Artamonov creates a mind-blowing show of bubble magic, including gigantic soap bubbles that can hold a person inside. Kids and adults will be impressed.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, May 7, 6  p.m. 200-400 pesos.


MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL. Talented French mimes Patrice Thibaud and Philippe Leygnac put on a show for kids (and adults with a sense of humor), Cocorico.  

Teatro Degollado, Monday, May 9, 6 p.m. 170 pesos.

The Legend of Zelda

The latest edition of The Legend of Zelda symphony will add brand-new music and visuals from the new The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. These scores and game play images from the new game will join the show’s classic repertoire from seasons past, maintaining the beloved experience fans have come to expect.

Teatro Diana, Wednesday, May 11, 8:30 p.m.  450-1,300 pesos.

Piano recital

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL. Hungarian pianist Gergely Boganyi performs works by Franz Schubert, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Bela Bartok and Franz Liszt.  One of the leading pianists of his generation, Boganyi has won a string of awards and is also known for his revolutionary piano designs.

Teatro Degollado, Wednesday, May 11, 8:30 p.m. 200 pesos.

Jazz concert

The New York Jazz All Stars series, sponsored by the Universidad de Guadalajara in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center, presents Clarence Pen and Penn Station. Famed drummer Clarence Penn is the leader of multiple bands, a composer, a prolific producer, and an educator. Expect an evening of explosive, yet nuanced jazz with Penn and his quartet.

Teatro Vivian Blumenthal (Tomás V. Gómez 125, Colonia Ladron de Guevara), Thursday, May 12, 8:30 p.m.


MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL.  German pianist Lilya Zilberstein joins the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra to interpret the works of Sergei Rachmaninov, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. In addition to her orchestral appearances, Zilberstein has presented recitals in many of the world’s musical capitals. Several of her recordings made for Deutsche Grammophon have drawn enthusiastic reviews. 

Teatro Degollado, Friday, May 13, 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. 120-270 pesos.

Glen Miller Orchestra

Nostalgic concert of 1940s music and wartime chart toppers. Featuring classic hits such as “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and “Pennsylvania 6500.”

Teatro Diana, Wednesday, May 18, 9 p.m.  500-1,400 pesos.


MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL.  British jazz singer Zara McFarlane shows off her talents. She released her debut album, Until Tomorrow, in 2011. Named one of Los Angeles Times’ “Faces to Watch” in 2013,  she has already shared stages with Gregory Porter and Dianne Reeves. 

Teatro Degollado, Saturday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. 200-350 pesos.

Dance from Russia

The St. Petersburg Classic Ballet presents “Giselle,” considered one of the finest works in classical dance. 

Teatro Diana, Sunday, May 22, 6 p.m.  250-500 pesos.


MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL.   Internationally acclaimed Mexican baritone Alfredo Daza accompanies the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (with invited conductor Ivan Lopez Reynoso) in pieces by composers Ruggero Leoncavallo, Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Ricardo Castro and Maria Grever. 

Teatro Degollado, Sunday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. 300-450 pesos.

Modern dance

Quebec contemporary dance company, Cas Public, present “Symphonie Dramatique,” featuring the music of Berlioz, Gounod, Tchaikovsky  and Prokofiev and choreography by founder Hélène Blackburn. 

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL. Teatro Degollado, Wednesday, May 25, 8:30 p.m.  100-200 pesos.

God Save the Queen

Top tribute band to British rockers Queen in concert.

Auditorio Telmex, Friday, May 27, 9 p.m. 400-800 pesos.

Circus arts

MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL.  Contemporary circus arts group Les 7 Doigts de la Main from Quebec close the festival with their acclaimed show, “Traces,” described by the New York Times as “a dose of pure urban adrenaline.” 

Palacio de la Cultural y la Communication (Palcco), Saturday, May 28, 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 29, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 300-600 pesos. 

Pied Piper

The Ballet Jalisco, the state’s only professional dance troupe, presents “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” based on the version of the famous legend penned by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1816.

Teatro Degollado, Friday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 4, 5 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Isaac Hernandez

World-renowned Tapatio comes home with an all-star cast for ballet gala.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, July 30, 8:30 p.m. 250-850 pesos.


The May Cultural festival opens with the Antonio Gades Company from Spain giving two presentations of the famous ballet “Carmen,” with music by Bizet.  

Teatro Degollado, Saturday, May 7, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. 300-450 pesos.


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