Chuck Pattinian and his wife, Carol, hosted a luncheon last January 30 to celebrate the re-publication of Alejandro Grattan’s historical novel, The Dark Side of the Dream.
The author fielded many questions about his career as a screenwriter/director in Los Angeles, as well as the genesis of the novel. In a recent promotion on www.amazon.com, 1,038 people downloaded the book.
SQUEAKY WHEEL READINGS
La Rueda (the wheel), a new coffee/gallery in San Juan Cosala, staged the first of a monthly reading series in English, to be held the first Wednesday of each month.
Kay Davis in the Open Reading
The inaugural reading was on Wednesday, February 5. Featured readers were Mel Goldberg, Larry Reeves and Judy Dykstra-Brown. Readers in March will be Patricia Hemingway and Michael Warren. Each month there will be six places for open readings.
Directions to La Rueda: at the only stop light in San Juan Cosala, turn towards the lake. Go one block and turn right at the plaza (on Porfirio Diaz.) Drive two blocks or so, past Viva Mexico restaurant on your right.
A TOUCHING MEMOIR--AND IT’S FREE
Bobby Johns, long-time favorite with the Ajijic Writer’s Group, has written a deeply touching memoir called The Adventures of a Young Cornishman. “For years,” our Ojo editor says, “Bobby has been wowing audiences with his stories for many years, and now they are in a marvelous book in stores all over Lakeside--and it’s free!”
The Lake Chapala Painting Guild presents Artistic Insights at a reception and show on Friday, March 7, from 4 to 6, at the Sol Mexicano Gallery. The works will be on display through March 25.
Spirit Creating Blossoms By Lois Schroff
The featured artists are Betty Petersen, Carol Ann Owers, Geraldine Classen, Joan Lowndes, Lois Schroff, Steve Achs, Varn, Winnie Hunt, Cynthia DuBois, Ina Gieysztor, Helen Marie Krustev, Nancy Gran and Mary Ann Linhart.
THE PASSION OF CHRIST
To support the April Easter Passion Play, Ninos Incapacitados will host a Mexican fiesta and art auction at the Hotel Nueva Posada, Ajijic, on Friday, March 7, at 3 pm.
The fiesta starts with a cash bar and music followed by lunch and the art auction.
VIVA MUSICA BUS TRIPS TO THE PHILHARMONIC
The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra has now announced its spring season:
Friday March 7 Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2, Beethoven Fourth Symphony, 250 pesos
Sunday March 16 Beethoven Sixth Symphony, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3, 250 pesos
Friday March 28 Mozart Symphony #35, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #4, Brahms Fourth Symphony, 250 pesos.
Tickets are available at LCS Thursdays & Fridays 10-12. Sunday trips leave at 10.30 and Friday trips leave at 4.30 and stop at a better restaurant for dinner before the concert.
LET’S HELP STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Jaltepec Centro Educativo is once again presenting one of their gourmet dinners to the Lakeside public. Your attendance and support will help the more needy students of this Technical Universario’s curriculum in Hotel and Hospitality Management. You can make a difference, not only to these young ladies but also so they can help educate their siblings and support their parents.
The evening begins on Wednesday, March 12, with a no host bar at 6 pm, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktail music from Timothy G. Ruff Welch.
It would be of help to the bar service if those who wish to order a bottle of wine (Santa Alicia Reserva, merlot or chardonnay), do so when they RSVP.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING!
On Thursday, March 13 at 5:30, Ninos Incapacitados will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the “British invasion,” at a dinner dance at the Real de Chapala Hotel.
A delicious buffet dinner and live and silent auctions will be followed by dancing to numbers from The Stones, The Animals, and other favorite groups of the era.
Tickets are also available at The Bagel Place (south of the carretera to the west of Juarez), Mostly Chocolate (Constitución 39 opposite Tom’s Bar), Century 21 (north side of the carretera opposite the Sunrise Café in San Antonio) and Opus Boutique on Colon.
Los Tangueros del Lago is a group of locals who have been studying Argentine tango for the last four years. They’re inviting the public to celebrate Cine Tango with a series of two intoxicating and exuberant film presentations. The schedule:
Monday, March 17, La Puta y La Ballena at El Piano Rojo, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18, Tango de Carlos Saura at El Piano Rojo, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are 100 pesos, plus a two drinks minimum.
Please call (376) 766-2876, www.elpianorojo.com.
BRUSH UP ON YOUR SPANISH
The Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo is presenting films dedicated to thoughtful consideration: What is Mexico? and Who are Mexicans? The following movies will be shown at the Old Train Station in Chapala. The admission is twenty pesos. All films are shown at 6:30 pm.
March 21 Los Caifanes with Juan Ibáñez, 1966. 95 minutes.
April 4 Rojo Amanecer with Jorge Fons, 1989. 96 minutes
May 2 Como Agua Para Chocolate with Alfonso Arau, 1992. 123 minutes
ALAN TURING: GENIUS AT WORK
Breaking the Code, by Hugh Whitemore, will be directed by Lynn Phelan and performed at The Naked Stage Theatre on March 21, 22 and 23. This is the story of mathematical genius Alan Turing, the man who designed the computer that cracked the German Enigma code. Cast members are Allen McGill, Michael Warren, Ron Knight, Avril Stephenson, Joan Warren, John Ward and Frank Watson.
The Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. Directions: west on the carretera from Ajijic, south on Rio Bravo, about two blocks down behind Daniel’s Restaurant on the east side. Daniel’s is open for lunch and dinner with a no host bar available at 3:00 p.m. The box office opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00 p.m.
Save these dates for the upcoming Naked Stage production: Taking Leave–April 25, 26 and 27.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE BEHIND THE WALLS
The kind people of Ajijic let us look behind the walls of their beautiful homes to help a worthy cause, The Lakeside School for Special Needs Children, formerly the School for the Deaf.
The last tour is March 27. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Charter Club Tours at Plaza Montana. For further information, contact: Cece Girling, 376-766-3964, or Leslie Martin, 376-766-2274, or Shirley West, 376-766-4997.
BOUNTIFUL MOTHER EARTH
Los Cantantes del Lago Spring Concert, Nature’s Music, is coming up on March 25 at 7 pm and March 26 at 4 pm at the Auditorio de la Ribera.
This concert, led by music director Timothy G. Ruff Welch, will pay tribute to Mother Earth’s bounties and have some fun twists that are sure to entertain!
TWO DAYS LATER
Two days later, on March 27 at 7 pm, Viva Musica presents the Catarsis Piano Trio, featuring Diego Rojas, violin, Yalissa Cruz, cello, and Julieta Azalea Beltran, piano. They will perform selections from Beethoven, Schumann, and Astor Piazzolia.
LET’S THINK ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY
Next on stage at the Lakeside Little Theater is the final play of the season, Social Security, which runs March 28-April 6. The play focuses on trendy Manhattan art gallery owners Barbara and David Kahn, whose life is upended when her housewife sister Trudy deposits a surprise guest on the couple’s doorstep.
Cast members left to right are Phyllis Silverman, Pierre Blackburn, Georgette Richmond, Zane Pumiglia, Candace Luciano, and Roger Larson. The director is Phil Shepherd.
The box office opens the Wednesday before opening night (Friday) and from 10-12 every day except Sunday until the show is sold out. It is also open an hour before each performance. Shows are 200 pesos.
LIVE (ALMOST) AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
Viva Musica sponsors bus trips to televised operas in Guadalajara. The coming operas are:
Saturday, March 11 at 11.00 a.m. Massenet, Werther. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.
Saturday, April 5 at 11.00 a.m. Puccini, La Boheme. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.
Saturday, May 3 at noon, Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutti. Bus leaves 10.30 a,m,
Saturday, May 10 at noon, Rossini, La Cenicienta. Bus leaves 10.30 a.m.
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
CAMINARTE DE AXIXIC
An art walk organized by ten galleries in Ajijic started in January. The events will be held every second Friday. All the galleries involved will be open for visitors. Refreshments will be served at each gallery.
Pick up a map in your nearest gallery. The next walk will be March 14. Check www.ajijicnews.com for the times.
AJIJIC SOCIETY OF THE ARTS
Members of ASA will show their art works on the third Sunday of the month through April, on the Ajijic Plaza. The next event will be on March 16.
AMERICAN LEGION IN CHAPALA
Saturdays: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Fish Fry
Sundays: Burgers & Dogs 12 - 3 p.m.
NAKED STAGE AND CRUZ ROJA
Diana Rowland, of The Naked Stage, tells us that “We are a non-profit organization, and at the end of every year we donate any funds we haven’t used in the production of the readings to the Cruz Roja. At the end of last year, which marked our fourth year of existence, we had 10,000 pesos to give them.”
The donation will be handed over next week. Way to go, Naked Stage!
OASIS CLOUD CAFÉ CLOSES
Duane and Mary Ann Hanes have decided not to re-open OasisCloud Café because of the new tax laws that went into effect in Mexico on January 1.