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Ribera Arts Review - July 5, 2014

Art openings

The  Casa de Cultura de Jocotepec opens two exhibits on Friday, July 11, 8 p.m.

Showing their work will be Virginia Abúndiz and DePaul Durham.

Abúndiz’s exhibit is titled “Mis Ellas y Yo” and Durham’s “La Magia y Otras Abstracciones.”

The Dueto Trilce will perform during the inauguration. Cocktails will be served. Everyone is invited.


Art party

Join in a fun art party and sale at La Bodega de Ajijic on Saturday, July 19, from 5-11 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Lake Chapala Painting Guild, will feature paintings at reduced prices and the chance to “draw from a model.”

A reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m., while Ricardo & Blanca play from 7-11 p.m.

Guild members exhibiting will be Lois Schroff, Efren Gonzalez, MaryAnn Linhart,  Cynthia duBois, Winnie Hunt, Carol Ann Owers and Varn. Other artists showing include Jesus Lopez Vega and Salvador Ortiz.

La Bodega is at 16 de Septiembre 124, Ajijic. For more information call 766-5606.



The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala has scheduled a full program of activities during July for the public to enjoy.

A guitar recital on Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m. features Jose Alberto Castellanos, who will play pieces by John Dowland, Mauro Giulliani, Fernando Sor, Manuel M. Ponce, Agustín Barrios Mangore and Jacques Casterede, as well as a homage to legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

The graduation ceremony for the first generation of students in the INBA artistic initiation course held at the center will be open to the public on Friday, July 11, 5 p.m. There will be performances by some of the students.

Guitar recitals are also scheduled on Thursday, July 24 (with Juan Pablo Garcia Velazco) and Thursday, July 31 (with   Nicolae Ionescu). Both start at 7 p.m.

The Centro Cultural González Gallo is located in the old Chapala train station at Avenida González Gallo 1500. Call (376) 765-7424 for further information.


Lakeside Little Theatre

The Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) is planning two summer offerings in July.  On Monday, July 7 there will be a “Volunteer Expo” coordinated by LLT Production Manager Kathleen Neal.  Then, starting on Wednesday, July 9, there will be a three-week “Actors’ Workshop” coordinated by Roseann Wilshere.

The Volunteer Expo is intended for those who would like to be a crew member or otherwise help backstage.  The free three-hour session will be followed by a theater tour and a chance for participants to visit with department coordinators on the terrace afterwards.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the door, starting at 9.30 a.m.

The Actors’ Workshop will consist of lectures, experiential exercises, scene run-throughs with feedback from the facilitator, and independent work on scenes and rehearsals.  Roseann Wilshere will teach techniques based on the book “Audition” by Michael Shurtleff.  (This book is a must-read for all would-be actors.) 

Wilshere worked as an actress, publicist and director in Toronto before becoming artistic director of her own theater, known as Solar Stage.  She was an original member of the Theatreworks Actors Studio which has become very well known for its work in the Michael Shurtleff technique.  She has conducted many classes in this technique for professional actors and directors.  

Teams of participants will either choose or be assigned a two-person scene of approximately ten minutes.  After rehearsals the intensive workshop will culminate in on-stage performances for the friends and families of the actors on July 26 and 27.

Preregistration is requested for the Actors’ Workshop – email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and enter Preregistration on the Subject line, or call Collette Clavadetscher at 766-5317.

Enrollment will take place from 10-11 a.m. on July 9.  The cost of 150 pesos includes lunch on the first day and LLT membership. Current LLT members pay only 50 pesos.


Photography Classes

Save Wednesdays in July and August for two new Photography and Photoshop courses taught by award-winning photo artist Jill Flyer, who is also an accomplished wedding and portrait photographer.   She will teach four classes of camera basics and composition combined with travel photography (sights, scenes and people portraits).  The classes will be held at at 2 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays: July 9, 16, 23 and 30.  The cost for all four classes will be 550 pesos. 

For those  interested in a follow-up course on photo adjustments, Flyer is giving three classes on Photoshop, also on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. on August 6, 13 and 20.  The first two classes will center on the basic tools of Photoshop and the third will be on getting unusual effects with filters and plug-ins.  The cost of this three-week course is 450 pesos.  To teach Photoshop, Flyer projects the images from her computer onto a large screen so everyone can see what she is doing.  Students can bring their laptops and follow along with the projected image.

For information email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 766-3025.


Number Four

Chill out to solo jazz guitar stylings with Juan Castanon every Sunday in July, from 5 p.m. at Restaurant Number Four in Ajijic. There is no cover.  The eatery offers a prix fare meal on Sundays from 2 p.m. for 350 pesos.

Also listen to sexy, retro jazz from Saul Milton and company on Fridays and Saturdays, with Kim Everest on vocals on the Saturday.  A cover charge of only 30 pesos goes straight to the band.

Number Four is at Donato Guerra 4, Ajijic. Call (376) 766-1360 for information and reservations. Seasonal opening hours: from 6 p.m. Fridays and Mondays; from 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.