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Ribera Arts Review – July 4, 2015

Art Xik Xik

Art Xik Xik is sponsoring a special event on Saturday, July 4, 5 p.m. at the Casa Cultural de Ajijic.  Some of the area’s favorite artists will be exhibiting their newest works, along with pieces from the early days of their career, alongside the work of their protégés. Among those on board are Pat Apt, Jesus Lopez Vega, Efren Gonzalez and Javier Zaragoza.

Musicians, folkloric dancers from Chiapas and spoken-word artists will perform on the stage of the cultural center’s new Teatro Pueblo, while artists can be seen at work, as  an in-house mural is completed.

Tickets are 50 pesos and available from the center’s gift shop and at Diane Pearl Colecciones.

CREM Concert

Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (CREM), the dynamic Ajijic music school, has scheduled its traditional summer concert for Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m. in the Auditorio de la Ribera.

The Children’s Choir and Orchestra is combining forces with the Victor Manuel Medeles Orchestra to present a delightful Disney-themed concert featuring original arrangements from some of the entertainment company’s newer movies.

Also taking the stage for a number will be the 30 students from the Academia de Ukulele de Ajijic, founded in February this year.

Improv Classes

John Ward and Jayme Littlejohn are presenting Improv classes on Saturdays, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Bravo! Theatre. Those interested can attend just one class or return for more in the series. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Casting Call

Seven women wanted!  My, My, How Nice! Productions will hold auditions at Bravo! Theatre for the all-female cast of David Mamet’s play “Glengarry Glen Ross,” to be directed by Bernadette Jones and presented in early January.

Women wishing to audition must send a photo (it does not have to be a professional shot) and a resume or bio to Bernadette Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before July 15. Jones will then send scenes for the women to read, and communicate a day and time for an audition. Prepared monologues are not necessary.

Photo & Art

Jocotepec’s Direccion de Arte, Cultura y Tradicion will inaugurate an art show on Friday, July 10, 7 p.m. in the Casa de Cultura de Jocotepec. All are welcome.

The show includes two exhibits. “Naturaleza Humana” features the oil and acrylic paintings of Maria de Jesus and “La Habana: Dia de un Año” showcases the photographs of Daniela Romero.

Summer Music

A summer music festival highlighting the popular music of the Tallboys Band, Black Swan and Diamonds and a new reggae band, Smokey Dub, is planned for Saturday, July 11, 12:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).  Organizers also promise some radical musical surprises throughout the day!

Partygoers can participate in a 50/50 raffle and enjoy an array of fine food provided by Restaurant 4 and Just Chillin’. Cocinart will be serving desserts. There will be an open bar.

Advance tickets at 120 pesos – covering admittance and live music – are available at the LCS or Diane Pearl Colecciones. When purchased at the door, they will cost 150 pesos.

Music Documentary

Nothing could take away the iconic sound of the voices of Elvis, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher, but without the backup music on their albums many of their hit songs would have fallen flat instead of soaring to the top of the heap.

The Wrecking Crew, a top-notch group of anonymous musicians, put the doo in the doo wop and the rock with the roll. Their backbeat, riffs, counter melodies and bridges rounded out the sketched melody lines of the songs that many lakesiders grew up dancing to.

To preserve this important piece of 1960s and 1970s music, Denny Tedesco, the son of the group’s lead guitarist, directed and produced the international award-winning documentary “The Wrecking Crew,” a chronicle of the group and the music of the times. There will be four showings of the film at the Lakeside Little Theatre between Friday, July 17 and Sunday, July 19.

Tickets for the event, which includes a live Q&A session with Tedesco, are 200 pesos and available at the theater box office from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday, July 6; Tuesday, July 7; Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14.


‘Embracing the Fog’ is the just published volume of 18 stories by popular Lake Chapala area authors Robert Bruce Drynan, Mel Goldberg, Antonio Rambles and James Tipton. The book is available from the writers, at Diane Pearl Colecciones or Yves’ Restaurant for 200 pesos. It can be purchased from Amazon in either print or digital version.

New Patron

Megacable, metro-area Guadalajara’s largest cable and internet service, has donated 280,000 pesos in in-kind advertising to the 2015 November Feria de Arte. Commercial advertising for the Feria will be seen on A&E, Discovery, Fox, History, Sony, TLC, Universal channels and others.

As part of their promotional effort, Megacable will print hundreds of carry-all bags featuring their logo and the fair’s for attendees.
This promotional support should help the Feria attendance grow dramatically and draw additional Mexicans from Guadalajara and other areas to the show.

Megacable will be the fair’s number one Mexican patron, together with its leading U.S. sponsor, the arts and crafts group Los Amigos del Arte Popular.