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Ribera arts review - June 20, 2014

Naked Stage

“Light Sensitive,” Jim Geoghan’s play about the struggles of three New York City losers, is the next production of the Naked Stage Theater.

The cast features Georgette Richmond, Liz White, Jim Ryan and Fred Koesling. The director is Robin Lawrason.

The play runs Friday, June 27; Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. The bar opens at 3 p.m. and the box office at 3:15 p.m. Shows start at 4 p.m.

“Light Sensitive” is a bittersweet comedy where love conquers all. Two lost souls meet in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. Tom, a blind embittered ex-cabbie who has become reclusive, and Edna, a disabled woman who has also isolated herself from the rest of the world, are brought together when Lou, Tom’s only friend, enlists Edna to take care of Tom. An epic battle of wills and wits ensues that proves, once and for all, that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. 

The Naked Stage is located at Rio Bravo 10, Ajijic. Turn left on Rio Bravo and drive about two blocks toward the lake. The theater is behind Daniel’s Restaurant.

Reservations will be held until ten minutes before the performance and must be made by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Viva la Musica concert

Viva la Musica presents talented young pianist Sergio Parra in concert at the Auditorium La Floresta on Sunday, June 29, 4 p.m.

Parra will play Bach’s “Toccato in G major,” Mozart’s “Piano Sonata in F major,” Liszt’s “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca,” Debussy’s “Suite Pour le piano”, Zyman’s “Two Motions in One Movement” and some of his own compositions.

His outstanding performance in Viva la Musica´s 2013 competitive auditions earned Parra a scholarship to work toward a degree in music at the University of Guadalajara (UdG). He is also  the pianist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG).

Parra has taken master classes from great pianists such as Alla von Buch, Michael Markov, and most recently from Anatoly Zatin, in Colima. He has also studied orchestration and composition with Arturo Marquez and Juan Pablo Contreras, instrumental technique with Mario Lavista,  vocal technique with Carmina Escobar and chamber music performance with flautist Miguel Angel Villanueva and violinist Arturo Romero.

Tickets for this concert are 200 pesos. They can be purchased at the Auditorium, at Diane Pearl Colecciones and the LCS box office on Thursday and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. In keeping with its mission to support young Mexican classical musicians, Viva la Musica will give music students free entrance to the concert.


Inak's Women

Art Gallery Studio 18 (Colon 18, Ajijic, two doors from Bancomer) invites one and all to the opening of the exhibit “Inak’s Women” on Saturday, June 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to view Inak Gieysztor’s beautiful pastels while enjoying drinks and snacks. Call 766-3745 for more information.


Summer at LLT

The calendar of the Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) is marked with two special July activities: a volunteer expo and a three-week actors’ workshop.

LLT Production Manager Kathleen Neal will coordinate the expo that will give those who would like to help backstage an intensified three-hour training session. A series of live demonstrations promise to reveal many of the trade secrets of live theatre to the attendees. Prospective volunteers attending the expo will also be treated with a tour of the theatre at the conclusion of the free July 7 event.

Local actor and director Roseann Wilshere is planning a three-week actors’ workshop set to begin on July 9. The workshop will include lectures, experiential exercises, scene run-throughs and independent work on scenes and rehearsals. Wilshere will teach techniques based on Michael Shurtleff’s book, “Audition.”

The workshop will culminate in on-stage performances at the theater on July 26 and 27. Current LLT members will pay just 50 pesos for the workshop. Others will be asked for a donation of 150 pesos, which includes lunch on the first day and LLT membership, as well as the workshop fee. Pre-registration is required. See instructions at the LLT website, lakesidelittletheatre.com  or call Collette at (376) 766-5317.


Indian music

A full concert of Indian classical music featuring sarodist Soumya Chakraverty of Calcutta takes place Saturday, July 5, 2 p.m. at “Jasmine’s Classic India,” located at Parroquia 12A in Ajijic. Tablas, the classical Indian drums, will accompany the performance.

Jasmine’s Classic India Food & Music is operated by Nancy and Michael Robbins, who have been first came to lakeside 20 years ago and have been full-time residents for 14 years.

They are both north Indian classical musicians who studied in Calcutta and previously taught and performed in the San Francisco Bay area. Michael has continued to teach music students here, both in English and Spanish, and says he is proud of their progress.

Donations for the July 5 concert are requested but not essential. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 766-2636.


New mural

A new mural (shown at right) of Lake Chapala by local artist Jesus Lopez Vega at Privada Franco Madero 256 (behind La Bodega Restaurant) will be inaugurated on Tuesday, June 24, 5:30 p.m.


Rock 2014

A giant rockfest, Cutza Rock 2014, will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 at the malecon in San Juan Cosala. The mega concert features a series of bands, including Aero Nueve 12 Estaciones, Creepta, Los Cargas, Guantos Coco Nuts. Renegades Blues, Downfall Broken Halo, Closer From Hell and Charales-K. The free event is produced by Los Pata de Puerco, a San Juan Cosalá community group promoting organization, culture, resistance, non-violence and peace.


Rural Rock

Lauro Brujito will take the stage Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m. to perform his signature rural rock at La Rueda Café Galería, Porfirio Diaz 120 in San Juan Cosala. The cover charge is 25 pesos.


Dance Celebration

The Estudio Olimpia of Jocotepec, a jazz dance center, is presenting a free dance program to include jazz, belly dancing and classic dance on Sunday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. The free event in the Jocotepec plaza is part of the celebration of the Month of the Father.


Book Presentation

La Dirección Municipal de Arte, Cultura and Tradición de Jocotepec is sponsoring a reception to announce the publication of a new book by Octavio Ignacio Pérez. “Deja que Lleguen las Moscas” will be presented at a free cocktail event beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27 in the Jocotepec Casa de Cultura.