In recognition of Day of the Dead and Halloween, Potter Productions presents Spoon River Anthology, written in 1915 by Edgar Lee Masters. It’s directed by Rosann Balbontin, with musical direction by Don Beaudreault. The cast also includes (from left to right) Terry Gibbard, Cindy Paul, Sharon Lowry, and Michael Warren.
The story: Through musical interludes, played and sung by Don Beaudreault and Cindy Paul, we are introduced to the ghosts of those who were inhabitants of the fictional town of Spoon River, Illinois, USA, whose secrets have gone with them to the grave.
Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10 am is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.
October 14 Eleanor Roosevelt, One Shrewd Lady
Presented by Kathleen Durham
Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader extraordinaire and fervent defender of human and civil rights. J. Edgar Hoover called her “that old hoot and a dangerous person.” She considered her greatest achievement to be the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will be 70 years old on December 10. As the world turns today, what would Eleanor say about the effectiveness of this document? Has the world moved forward or regressed in the practice of human and civil rights?
Prior to moving to Ajijic, Kathleen Durham served as Executive Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill in Hyde Park, New York, where she provided leadership training as practiced by Eleanor Roosevelt in the areas of social justice, human rights and socially conscious leadership.
October 21 Recovering in Chaos Part II
Presented by Pete Soderman
Last fall, Pete addressed Open Circle on his new project, “Recovering in Chaos,” in which he explored the then current situation in the US and explained why the environment makes recovery from self-defeating behaviors, such as drug abuse, so difficult. In this presentation, Pete will discuss how the situation has worsened in the past year, some attempts to mitigate the problem, and where his research is suggesting some solutions may lie. It turns out that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t an oncoming train.
Pete has nearly thirty years of experience in the recovery field, and is the author of Powerless No Longer, Reprogramming Your Addictive Behavior, and Thinking Recovery, A Cognitive Approach to Self-defeating Behaviors. His website is petesoderman.com.
October 28 The Dimensions of the Universe and You
Presented by Kenneth Hunt
The real miracle of the existence of the universe is that the whole manifestation—everything that is knowable—emerges from inherent properties of the very stuff of which it all consists. It might be helpful for us to have a sharpened sense of where we stand in the scale of things that have emerged from the turmoil of the Big Bang. Before we can do that, however, we need to increase our understanding of millions, billions, and trillions and their relative sizes.
Ken is a science nerd. He has been reading and thinking about stuff like this for a long time and has learned a lot. He wants to interest you in it too.
November 4 Wise Guys
Presented by John Stokdyjk
What is wisdom? What is the difference between wisdom and common sense? What is the difference between wisdom and intelligence? Can inexperienced youth be wise? Can artificial intelligence be wise? Where in the world are the wise guys today? And dare we ask the question “Where are the gals?” and dare we hear the answer?
John will share his personal experience in pursuit of wisdom. He will also prove beyond doubt that he himself is not wise. John has spoken previously at Open Circle about his spiritual journey and his mental health challenges.
DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON
Come to an informal conversation about dying, not that we want to think of ourselves as mortal. The hosts will be experienced volunteers Wendy Jane Carrel and Darryl Painter. The date is Tuesday, October 9 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. Preregistration is necessary
COLD HAIL AND WARM HEARTS
Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos was hit with a disastrous hail storm in July. Hailstones up to five centimeters fell and destroyed cars and roofs. A child was killed and more than 40 people were injured.
Some local residents got together and held a fundraiser for families in Ixtlahuacan who needed help from the hail storm on July 28. Their mission was to help them pay for medical bills, roofs and car repairs.
They called the fundraiser the Ixtlahuacan Hail Storm Fundraiser. The main three organizers were Jose Juan Vazquez (owner of JJ’s Hair Salon), Karen McConnaughey and Michele Lococo, who came up with the idea of the fund raiser, planned the menu and volunteered her services and most of the food.
A GREAT YEAR TO COME
The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation was the venue recently for an open house and fall preview party of doings for the new year. A good time was had by all, as the old saying goes. One delight was getting to check out the Congregation’s beautiful new garden, created by Tiena DuBois Gottesman.
Membership Committee, left to right: Mel Goldberg, Joe Gottesman
Betty Shiffman and Tom Nussbaum.
VIVA LA MUSICA AND “LIVE AT THE MET”
Here are the fall bus trips planned by Viva for opera at the Teatro Diana.
Saturday October 13 Aida by Verdi. Set in ancient Egypt, the tragic story of a captive Ethiopian princess in love with an enemy general, with Anna Netrebko in the title role (216 minutes). The bus leaves at 10:30 for the noon show.
Saturday November 3 Samson and Delilah by Saint Saens, the biblical story of seduction an betrayal, with Elinaa Garanca as Delilah and Roberto Alagna as Samson (184 minutes). The bus leaves at 10:30 for the noon show.
Saturday December 15 La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) by Verdi. The famous opera of love and misunderstanding, set in Paris with Diana Damrau as Violeta and Juan Diego Florez as Alfredo (187 minutes). The bus leaves at 10:30 for the noon show.
Viva bus trips to the Met Opera are $450 and $550 for non-members. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket area Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.
WANT TO STAY IN TOWN….
Viva la Musica announces events coming to the Auditorio
Thursday, October 18 The Janus Quartet playing Shostakovich, Dvorak, Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart
Friday, November 9 The Nath Quintet playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet op. 115, followed by the Schumann Piano Quintet op. 44
Thursday, December 6 The Jalisco Ballet Gala
BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET ON A BUS….
Viva is running bus trips to the following events.
Sunday October 14 Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist Alexei Volodin) and Schuman Symphony No. 2. The bus leaves at 10:30 for the 12:30 performance.
Thursday October 25 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 (soloist Vladimir Petrov) and Stravinsky Rite of Spring. The bus leaves at 4:30 with a stop for dinner in a better restaurant area of Guadalajara. The performance is at 8:30.
Sunday November 4 Mahler Symphony No. 7 The bus leaves at 10:30 for the 12:30 performance.
Tuesday November 27 Live Opera: Turandot by Puccini, featuring Oksana Kramareva as Turandot, Riccardo Massi as Calaf, and the Zapopan Municipal Choir. The bus leaves at 5:30 for the 8:00 performance (($900, $1000 for non-members).
Sunday December 9 Baroque Fest: Vivaldi, Geminiani, Gabrieli, Bach, Lully. The bus leaves at 10:30 for the 12:30 performance.
Thursday December 13 Ballet: Nutcracker by the Ballet de Jalisco. This plays to sell-out audiences every December. The bus leaves at 6:00 for the 8:30 performance. ($700, $800 for non-members).
Viva bus trips to the Jalisco Philharmonic concerts are $450 ($550 for non-members). The opera and ballet performances are individually priced above. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket area Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon, or by calling Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.
GENIUS AND MENTAL ILLNESS
The next production of Lakeside Little Theatre will be Proof. It’s directed by Randy Warren. Show dates are October 19-28. Proof was winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.
The play concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness.
Tickets are $250 and are available at LLT’s Box Office from 10 to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. The evening shows are at 7:30 pm and matinees are at 4 pm. The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.
Cast: Tony Wilshere, Collette Clavedetscher, Wayne Willis Waterman, Devin Van Domelin
BARE STAGE THEATRE
Check out the new readers` theatre opening on October 1. The first show will be Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro. It is directed by Arleen Pace and runs October 26, 27 and 28. Cast members are Kathleen Morris, Jon de Young, Tina Leon, and John Ward.
Here’s a review: “…a kind of comedy-mystery with a thin overlay of chat about the more ruthless aspects of the art industry…”
Committee members are, left to right: back row, Emily Crocker and Roseann Wilshere Front row, Johan Dirkes, Suki O’Brien, Arleen Pace. Not pictured, Kathleen Morris
The theatre is at Hidalgo #261 on the mountain side of the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church. Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church, behind the theater.
TRANSCEND THE MIND TO MINDFULNESS
Yoga teacher Latika Pierrette is presenting, for the sixth consecutive year, a retreat dedicated to “healing the body and the mind with gentle yoga practices.” The dates are November 1-6. It takes place at the Hotel Montecarlo in Chapala.
Activities beyond different yoga practices will include introduction to breathing techniques, a one hour private Theater Healing session and an introduction to ayurveda, the sister healing science of yoga.
The cost of the retreat is $450.00 US per person, $575.00 CN or 8,900 MX pesos. Local residents who prefer to stay at home can deduct $2600 MX for the hotel room cost.
THE LITTLE SPARROW
Edith Piaf’s musical career spanned four decades, from the 30’s to the 60’s.
Her signature “La Vie en Rose” is still among the most popular songs in the world.
France’s greatest singer’s life and times and songs will entertain all who come to a dinner show on Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9. Linda Freeman will be doing the storytelling as Simone Berteaut, Edith’s lifelong friend, and Abby Rivera will sing as Edith Piaf. The show starts at 6 pm. The venue is Hacienda Don Pedro.
Tickets will be sold at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique and at the Pasteleria Francese for 350 pesos.
IT’S COMING UP SOON
We’ve heard from the planners of Feria 2018, which is November 9-11 this year.
The theme is “The Colors of Nature” and artist lectures will be toward that theme.
Check Feria Maestros del Arte’s website www.mexicoartshow.com for information on the individual artists, plus information on all aspects of the Feria - even hosting.
New hours are 9:30 to 5;30 Friday and Saturday and 9:30 to 4:30 on Sunday. Admission will be $80. The venue is Club de Yates on Ramon Corona just past the fish restaurants.
Column: Lakeside Living
Sandy Olson is a typical San Franciscan, and that’s enough about that. As a career, she was a community college instructor, first as a parent education specialist, though she has no talent with children, and later as an ESL instructor, getting hired with no knowledge of automotive mechanics. Somehow the administration never found her out. She’s hoping that the Editor of the Ojo del Lago doesn’t find out, too, that all the notices in Lakeside Living are fiction that she makes up while she sits in the Ajijic Plaza all day.
Sandy has moved to Mexico forever four times at last count and now she has a driver’s license and DIF card and is going for permanent residency soon. Lakeside is home and she can’t imagine living anywhere else.