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Ribera Arts Review - June 25, 2016

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage presents “Bakersfield Mist” by Stephen Sachs from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26.  Directed by Diana Rowland, the play features Roseann and Tony Wilshere. 

The Naked Stage Theatre is located at Hidalgo 261 in Riberas del Pilar. Box office opens 3:15 p.m. and the show begins at 4 p.m. 

The Dog House bar serves up cocktails, beer and soft drinks, and benefits local animal shelters.

Ajijic Music Fest

A music festival will be held on the service road along the Carretera in Ajijic between Donas Donuts and El Barco Sunday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Music, dancing, food and drink are the order of the day. The cost is 20 pesos per person to pay the musicians. Children under five enter free.

Special event

An evening of music, comedy and drama in support of Ajijic’s gay community will be held at La Bodega, Thursday, June 30, 5 p.m. 

Sidney Gay will perform “A Girl Named Gay.” La Bodega will transform into a theater for the event. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the music of Sergio Casas.


A quintet interprets the baroque music of Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Bach at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala on Thursday, June 30. The concert begins 7 p.m. and entrance is 100 pesos.

LLT auditions

Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) auditions for “Mark Twain, Uncensored” will be held Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, at the theater. Registration is 9:30 a.m. each day with auditions at 10 a.m. 

LLT is looking for one girl and three boys, aged 12 to 15, all English-speaking, and four men (small roles) and for women (dancers). For script info, contact Sandy McKoy at 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..  Show dates are August 23 to 28. 

ASA meets

Ajijic Society of the Arts  (ASA) meets Monday, July 4, at La Bodega. Coffee is at 9:30 and the meeting starts 10 a.m. A field trip to see murals by Linda Fossi at her home a few doors away is set for 10:30 a.m.

Set against brilliant Mexican yellow high walls, the exterior features many original pieces of art.  On the east wall, there is a 25-foot high exotic beach/jungle scene complete with colorful palms with hidden tree frogs and a monkey swinging from one palm to another. The murals were painted with brilliant color using sponges.

The coup de grace is the 400-square-foot glass tile mermaids/merman and giant octopus which is wrapped around the merman in his pursuit for a tasty meal and 179 fish and other various underwater sea life and ocean fish, seaweed, and currents.

LLT playhouse

The Lakeside Little Theatre offers an HD screening presentation via its affiliation with London’s Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. On Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, LLT Showcase presents the Royal Opera House’s HD screening of Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece “Lucia di Lammermoor.” 

Acclaimed director Katie Mitchell’s production of Donizetti’s tragedy relates the descent of Lucia, compelled by her brother to abandon her betrothed, and tricked into a loveless marriage, into grief, madness and murder.

The title role is sung by Diana Damrau, an expert in the coloratura repertory, while U.S. tenor Charles Castronovo plays her secret lover, the reckless and passionate Edgardo.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, 200 pesos, are available at the LLT box office Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon or one hour before curtain. Seats can be reserved at time of purchase. The Angel Terrace Bar is open one hour before show time and during intermission.

Bravo! Theatre

“Extravaganza – a Variety Show” will be presented at the Bravo! Theatre in July.  As the name implies there will be a variety of entertainment from sing-a-longs with the Ukelele Club, to improv comedy with audience participation, to tap dance numbers (group and solo) to twisted fairy tales a la Shakespeare and some singing thrown in for good measure, accompanied by Timothy G. Ruff Welch. It will be a fun evening out with friends. 

The shows are on Thursday, July 21, 4 p.m.; Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, 4 p.m.  Tickets are 200 pesos and can be reserved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by stopping by Mia’s Boutique or Diane Pearl.

Belle Epoque

Viva la Musica presents Belle Epoque, an evening of turn-of-the-century French Art Song (referred to as “melodies”), featuring Portuguese soprano Laeticia Grimaldi, accompanied by South African pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz. The performance is Thursday, July 28, 5 p.m. at Villa Lucerna. The evening will begin with a champagne reception served in the beautiful garden of this private estate, followed by a concert in the elegant salon of the lakefront home. Attendance is limited to 60 people. 

Tickets (advance only) are available at the LCS box office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is 450 pesos for Viva Members and 500 pesos for non-members. 

For further information and tickets, contact Sonia Breeze at 766-4400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to July 5. After this date, contact Joyce Noriega at 766-1804 or 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..

LCS Music Fest

A dy-no-mite Rock Retrospective is planned for Saturday, July 30 at the Lake Chapala Society. Woodstock Band is back by popular demand and there will be surprise entertainment. The event is being catered by Alex´s Pasta Bar and Number 4 Restaurant. Purchase tickets at LCS: 100 pesos members, 150 pesos non-members and 180 pesos at the door. 

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