PLAYS! OPERA! BALLET!
After a fine start last season through its collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live, Lakeside Little Theatre has broadened its Playhouse Series, to be a key offering throughout the year. Also, an agreement with London’s Royal Opera House will enable the theatre to present several operas and ballets. Here are scheduled performances in March through August.
Romeo & Juliet ballet, created by Kenneth MacMillan, March 5-6
A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller, with Mark Strong, April 16-17
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, April 30-May 1
Everyman, a play by Carol Ann Duffy with Chiwetel Ejiofor, May 14-15
Giselle by Marius Petipa, May 28-29, The Royal Ballet
As You Like It by William Shakespeare with Rosalie Craig, June 18-19
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, July 16-17
Cavalliera Rusticana/Pagliacci, Pietro Mascagni/Ruggero Leoncavallo, August 13-14
Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets (200 pesos) can be purchased at the LLT box office every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
CELEBRATION OF WOMEN
Sunday, March 6 will mark the beginning of the 38th annual world-wide celebration of the International Women’s Day, bringing attention to women’s issues, health, freedom, rights and contributions to their communities across the globe.
As part of Rotary International, the Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club will present a weeklong series of special events in the Lakeside area from March 6 to March 12, each celebrating a different aspect of women’s lives here in México and around the world. To learn more, check: http://chapalarotary.org/event/2016-international-women-s-week-celebration
In connection with International Women’s Week, Lake Chapala Painting Guild will mount an exhibition of related paintings at the Cultural Center Ajijic on March 6, to run through March 10. The paintings will be juried by well-known Ajijic/Guadalajara photographer, Xill Fessenden.
Participating artists are Lois Schroff, Inak Gleysztor, Cynthia DuBois, Carol Ann Owers, Winnie Hunt, Geraldine Classen, Anita Lee, Nancy Gray, Sonia Mocnik, Gwynne Lott.
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 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. Here’s the program for the month.
March 6 The Birth of an Idea
Presented by Janice Kimball
This talk explores how the creative mind works, where ideas come from, and how to jump start the creative process.
Janice is a visual artist, weaver, author, and retired college instructor. She is author of Three in a Cage and The Joy of Art. You can read more about her history and current endeavors on her website . She invites you to join her for a reception following Open Circle, venue to be announced.
March 13 The Psychology of Investing - Making Better Financial Decisions by Understanding the Way We Think Presented by Yann Kostic, MBA, and Tom Zachystal, CFA, CFP
March 20 Living in an Indian Ashram
Presented by Patricia Hemingway
Patricia will share her experience of living two and a half years in an ashram in a small village an hour outside Mumbai, which was Bombay in 1986 when she arrived there. Find out what got her there, what made her return two more times, and how the experience affects her now, 25 years later.
March 27 Beating Breast Cancer without Surgery, Chemo, or Radiation
Presented by Sheryl Malin
Everyone lives in fear of a cancer diagnosis. The diagnosis brings with it the horror of being subjected to terrifying surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy, all of which can have side effects as bad as or worse than the disease. This is the story of how Sheryl beat cancer without surgery, chemo, or radiation.
April 3. The Unseen Heroes of the Stage
Presented by Elves You May Know
Before a theater production ever makes it to the Lakeside Little Theatre or Bravo! Theatre, a dedicated crew works behind the scenes to develop the magical sets that bring the play to life. This program will demonstrate how these theater sets are constructed in the real-time building of a set on the Open Circle stage—all in 45 minutes.
GROW YOUR OWN…..
……..vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 in the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7. In February John McWilliams discussed and demonstrated how to set up a worm composting bin, and we’re sure that was fascinating.
The next meeting will be on March 9. There is always a plant exchange ad a “show and tell” of what’s going on with each person’s garden.
New members are welcome. They can contact John at or by phone at 376.766.0620. There are two websites that gardeners will find very informative: growingyourgreens.com and smilinggardener.com/introductions/why-grow-a-garden.
VIVA MUSICA’S SPRING SEASON…
…at the Teatro Degollado
Thursday March 10: “Haydn Plus – Cello Extravaganza” – Haydn, Paganini, Faure, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky; conductor Seikyo Kim. The bus departs at 4.00 p.m. with a stop at a fine restaurant in Guadalajara. (A lot of people are talking of going to this one.)
Thursday April 7: “Jalisco Talents” – Schubert, Symphony No. 8, Ponce, Mexican Balad with piano soloist Santiago Lomelin; conductor Jose Kamuel Zepeda. The bus departs at 4 p.m. with a stop at a fine restaurant in Guadalajara.
Sunday April 17: “The Art of Mendelsohn” – Mendelsohn, Violin Concerto with violin soloist Leticia Moreno; and Symphony No. 5. The bus departs at 4.00 p.m. The concert starts 6.00 p.m.
Symphony and Met opera bus tickets are $350 pesos, ($450 for non-members), available at the LCS Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon. All Viva buses depart from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic.
ANOTHER VIVA OFFERING
“Live From the Met” at Teatro Diana
Saturday April 9 Madame Butterfly by Puccini; featuring outstanding soprano Kristine Opolais as Butterfly and Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton. Bus departs 9.30 am.
SAINT PADDY’S DAY
The folks at the American Legion know how to throw a party and this time it’s a St. Patrick’s Day event, needless to say on March 17 (but I said it anyway).
It starts at 1 p.m. with a social hour, to be followed at 2 p.m. with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and dessert. Music is furnished by Noe and The Men in Black. The cost is 150 pesos per person.
AND HERE’S ANOTHER PARTY…
You still have time to make a reservation for one of the fine dinners at Jaltepec Centro Educativo on March 17 as well, a fundraiser to help culinary students in the program. There will be a no host bar at 6 p.m. and dinner follows at 7:30.
To reserve places, call Linda Buckthorp at 766.1631 or email her at . Tickets are 400 pesos per person; they can be picked up at Multiva Bank on the financial side after March 10. The chefs need a head count by March 15, so don’t delay!
AND—FINALLY--ON MARCH 17 (WHAT A BUSY DAY)
Viva Musica presents a concert by pianist Jorge Verdin and his jazz group: Jesus Eleazar, saxophone; Gilberto Rios, bass; Angel Madrigal, drums, playing a program of jazz standards and some of their own compositions. It’s at 7 p.m. in the Auditorio.
CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN
“The Sound of Music” is the theme of the musical lunch and fashion show on March 19 at 12:30, to benefit the Villa Infantil Orphanage. The children will sing selections from the movie, along with local lights Mac Morison and Judy Hendrck.
Cugini’s Boutique will offer a fashion show as well and attendees will have a gourmet lunch too
The event is at Las Caballerizas at the Racquet Club on March 19 at 12:30 p.m. The ticket price is 300 pesos for person. They can be found at Yoly’s, Cugini’s Boutique, and Mia’s.
You’re invited to bring also a non perishable food item. All proceeds from the event go to villa Infantil orphanage..
MAYBE THERE’LL BE RUGELACH
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. On Thursday, March 24 at 3 p.m. the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation will celebrate with a community party. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the entertainment and the traditional festival buffet.
The price for members is 70 pesos and 100 pesos for non-members.
SEE BEHIND THE WALLS…
Now see beautiful homes on Behind the Walls Home Tours to benefit children at the School for Special Children in Jocotopec. The next tours are March 24 and April 14.
Tickets are 200 pesos. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at Charter Club Tours at the Plaza Montana. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the Pier. Tours leave at 10:30 a.m. For more information call Jessie Wynant at 766-1438, Kathy Baker at 766-0420, or Leslie Martin at 766-2274.
SHE SHATTERED THAT FRAGILE HARMONY
The Lakeside Little Theatre presents Other Desert Cities on March 25 through April 3 (There is no show on Monday, March 28). It is directed by Russell Mack.
This award-winning play is about a family with secrets, conflict and compassion, just like the families we left up north. The fragile harmony of Christmas is shattered when daughter Brooke arrives bearing a soon-to-be-published memoir full of family secrets.
Tickets are on sale at the Box Office on March 16 and 17, then on March 23 through the run of the show, from 10 to noon, except Sunday. Purchase tickets online: or call 766 0954. They are also available one hour before the curtain.
NAKED STAGE HAS MOVED!
Here’s a nifty failure-proof map…..
The address is Hidalgo (the carretera) #261 in Riberas del Pilar, on the mountain side, across from the Catholic church and near the corner of Calle San Lucas.
Look for the LTH sign just beyond Car City on the left when approaching from Ajijic .
Naked Stage’s next production is scheduled for April 1-3. Broadway Bound by Neil Simon reintroduces us to the Jerome family whom we first met about five years ago in his Brighton Beach Memoirs. The two sons--Eugene and Stanley-- are now trying to break into big time comedy writing. The show is directed by Phyllis Silverman.
Find more Information about The Naked Stage on their Facebook page (The Naked Stage, Riberas del Pilar) or . For reservations, email
BAGPIPES AND KILTS
What a grand night and what a great birthday celebration was enjoyed by the 235 guests at the Niños Incapacitados’ annual Robbie Burns Supper last month.
Bagpipes played Scottish tunes to welcome the guests, many of whom wore tartans: men in dress kilts, ladies in tartan dresses, skirts or tartan plaidies. Scottish Country Dancing was led by Phyl Gaskell and her Scottish Country Dancers.
The traditional Grand March piped everyone in to dinner.
All proceeds from this successful event went to provide needed medical aid to more than 160 children in the Lakeside.
DOES YOUR DINNER TABLE LOOK LIKE THIS?
Mine doesn’t either. This beautiful setting was created by the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic’s culinary team, which donated a dinner for eight as a prize in Niños Incapacitados’ last fundraising gala. The floral centerpiece was done by the Lakeside Garden Guild. CASA is planning a similar donation for Niños’ “Diamonds and Denim” gala this month (undoubtedly sold out by now).
CASA celebrated its 30th anniversary at the awards banquet on March 1. Top winner this year, measured in points and three first places (a Bing Award) is Rick Feldmann.
THEY WERE TREATED LIKE ROYALTY
Last month 46 members of the Ajijic Society of the Arts went to Tonalá, on a bus trip organized by John McWilliams and Megan Tingen. John says, “We were met at the overpass before entering Tonalá by two tourist bureau representatives and three policemen who escorted us around for the day and cleared traffic for the bus. We were treated like royalty.”
They visited a glass blowing studio and were able to blow glass themselves, then visited the Galeria Bernabe and an artists’ museum. The day ended with a good restaurant meal. A good day, to be sure.
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.