Sunday morning finds 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.
August 11 Homelands
Presented by Alfredo Corchado
The border is not just a geographical place, but a mindset. It’s not a no-man’s land overrun by criminals necessitating a wall to separate us from them. For millions it’s a dynamic, vibrant place surrounded by some of the safest communities anywhere. It’s also a piñata for politicians, whether with regard to demographics or economic integration. Join us for a conversation with Alfredo Corchado, a renowned author and correspondent, about the epicenter of our homelands, the border. Moderated by journalist Angela Kocherga
Corchado is the Mexico-Border correspondent for “The Dallas Morning News.” He is a Nieman, Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller, Lannan, USMEX and IOP fellow, and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism. He is the author of Midnight in Mexico and Homelands. All are welcome to a book signing with Mr. Corchado in the patio of La Nueva Posada following the presentation
August 18 Breaking Children out of the Cycle of Poverty
Presented by Rich Clucas
Located in Compton, an impoverished, crime-infested area of Southern California, Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) uses airplanes to help children avoid gangs and escape poverty. Children as young as seven are taken for a flight and given the controls of an airplane. The shock of having flown an airplane–something so far from their concept of what is possible – they begin to understand that they can be or do anything. Using consistent messaging and targeted mentoring, the program guides, motivates and inspires the students. TAM participants excel in school, become doctors, gourmet chefs and airline pilots. The lessons from TAM can be applied to students anywhere to help them achieve their dreams.
Clucas spent 40 years in marketing communications, advertising and public relations. He holds a Masters degree in Communications and a Masters and PhD in Education.
August 25 Nine Romantic Songs in Two Romance Languages Plus Russian & English
Presented by Olga Kaplounenko
Our favorite Russian chanteuse will enchant us with nine romantic songs from different countries sung in Russian, Italian, English and Spanish.
Olga is a Muscovite who earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering as well as a degree in music and jazz vocals from the Moscow Jazz College. She was a guest researcher in Denmark, Sweden, and later in Silicon Valley, where she worked for 16 years. While in the US, she sang solo and in different choirs. When her husband (recently deceased) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, they moved to Lakeside, where she’s been involved with Los Cantantes and has participated in the LLT productions “Drowsy Chaperone” and “Tickle Your Fancy.” She also plays piano and guitar, but singing is her passion.
September 1 BOOM! The Next 10 Years!
Presented by Ken Corbin
Ken Corbin will discuss the exciting trends on the horizon including how:
Artificial intelligence will drive our personal experience
Live interaction will embrace social media
Generation Z will outnumber millennials and become the generation
Ajijic resident Ken Corbin averages 30 weeks a year traveling throughout North America and Europe. A three-time recipient of the Professional Speaker of the Year Award, he’s addressed over 2,000 organizations. Ken has an MBA from the University of Michigan and is a former advisory consultant to The American Graduate School of International Management. He’s on the board of trustees of Habitat for Humanity and is a Certified Management Consultant. Author of eight books on sales growth and personal and business management, his newest audio book is Selling the American Dream of Home Ownership.
HERE’S A WAY TO HELP
We hear from Bob Foster, a good friend of Caro Lopez, a beautiful lady with a heartrending life story, starting with a bicycle accident at age 12. Caro needs financial help to cover medical and surgical expenses, an estimate of $8000 US.
From Best of Lake Chapala: “After 25 years crippled and in pain, modern surgical techniques offer hope to a local woman…..Every so often a person of truly extraordinary character crosses our path, someone who has faced life’s most daunting obstacles with rare grace, courage and optimism.”
A fundraiser will be held at Adelita’s restaurant in San Antonio, a dinner with live auction, music and dancing and more, on Thursday, August 29, from 5 to 8 pm.
THE WHEELS ROTATE
New 2019-20 Rotary President Carole Wolff was installed recently by outgoing President Santiago Hernandez, MD.
The Rotary Club of Ajijic is a English-speaking club in Mexico, and has been serving the Lake Chapala area since 2002.
The club meets on Tuesdays at 12:30 at Hotel Real de Chapala on Paseo del Prado #20 in Lower La Floresta. All are welcome.
Carole Wolffe and Santiago Hernandez, MD
DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, MOM
Old Wives’ Talesis the August Bare Stage production. It runs August 30, 31 and September 1,
The play is a no-holds barred comic examination of a mother-daughter relationship, complete with squabbles, sarcasm and unsolicited motherly advice. Three funny vignettes each highlight a different stage in their lives, from the night before the daughter’s wedding, to the mother’s birthday luncheon years later and finally to the rewriting of the mother’s will after the death of her husband.
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.
Left to right: James Viers. Director Arleen Pace and Tina Dawn Leon. Missing from photo: Kathleen Morris
LLT NEW SEASON
We hear from Lakeside Little Theatre about Season 55. It starts a bit later, on November 8, on account of construction and revision activities.
Here is the lineup, plot descriptions and starting dates:
Lunenburg, comedy/drama by Norm Foster. November 8-17
American widow Iris Oulette has inherited a home in Nova Scotia from her recently deceased husband. Surprisingly, it is a home Iris knew nothing about. So she and her best friend Natalie travel to Lunenburg to see the home and to find out as much as she can about her husband’s mysterious dealings in the lovely coastal village. What follows is a series of twists and turns and a meeting with a winsome neighbor named Charlie.
The Real Inspector Hound and After Magritte, two comedies by Tom Stoppard. December 6-15
1) The Real Inspector Hound weaves together parody, pastiche and punning to create an entertaining and ingenious one act comedy. The play is about two theatre critics, Moon and Birdboot, who are watching a ludicrous setup of a country house murder mystery.
2) After Magritte centers around Harris, his mother and his wife. Enters the forceful inspector from Scotland Yard with his constable. The offers place the three under arrest. It is not clear why: something about a parked car, a bunch of .22 calibre shells in the wastebasket and a robbery of the box office of a minstrel show.
20th Century Blues, comedy/drama by Susan Miller. January 17-26
Four young women, Danny, Sil, Mac and Gabby met in lockup. Danny, a photographer, took a behind bars snapshot and for the next four decades she reconvened the women for annual portraits. Along the way the women had children and shed lovers, earned degrees and fought for stature. Their faces changed, their minds and hearts altered less. Now the Museum of Modern Art has offered Danny a retrospective, and she wants to show the photos.
My Fair Lady, musical by Lerner & Loewe. February 21-March 3
Professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. (Note: LLT is still waiting for rights approval to stage the play).
The Actress, romantic comedy by Peter Quilter. March 27-April 5
The famous Lydia Martin sweeps in for the final performance of her long and glittering career. Around her in her dressing room are her dresser, her agent, her daughter, her ex-husband, her new fiancé and the company manager, bringing it them a flurry of goodbyes, tears, insults, laughs, recriminations, kisses and regrets.
Ticket prices are $300 for regular shows, and $350 for My Fair Lady. The price of this year’s season ticket will be $1300 for five shows, including a $300 theatre membership. Starting this year, you can now pay for show or season tickets (at the Box Office only) by credit or debit card.
TESLAMAN FIGHTS DIRTY!
Jorge A. Santana has created a superhero whose mission in life is to save Planet Earth from a wide cast of villains who foment pollution, greenhouse emissions and the illegal use of toxics.
Teslaman, along with his partners (Pachi, Windmill Giant and Nerdy Boy), is ready to take on the villains that are destroying Planet Earth (Paul Looter, Stynky, Poysun and Smogman).
NEWS FOR BALLET LOVERS
Here is the Jalisco Ballet schedule until the end of the year (all performances are at the Degollado):
Carmen September 6 (8:30), 7 (7:30), 8 (12:30) CANCELED
Nutcracker December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 (8:30)
December 14, 21 (7:30)
December 15, 22 (12:30)
Swan Lake will be scheduled for sometime in the fall before the Nutcracker. It will be performed at the Parque Metropolitan.
LADIES ONLY (SORRY, GUYS)
Ladies of Lakeside enjoyed a “Legally Blond” luncheon and a “What a Girl Wants” silent auction last month at La Nueva Posada. The event was a benefit for the shoe project of Operation Feed in San Juan Cosala.
The special guest speaker was Judy King, author of Echoes from the Wall. Moringa Madres sold cosmetics, also handmade articles from the women of San Juan Cosala were available for sale.
FERIA MAESTRO DEL ARTE
It’s not too soon to think about the 18th Annual Feria Maestro del Arte, held on November 8-10 at the Chapala Yacht Club.
Returning and new artists from all over Mexico will demonstrate and sell their works. Buyers also travel from all over Mexico; we are lucky to have such an important event here at Lakeside.
Cuarto Suspiro is a workshop for the design and production of contemporary ceramics. The workshop is located in the town of San Andres Huayapam, Oaxaca, a magical place 25 minutes from the center of the city of Oaxaca.
TALK ABOUT PLANNING AHEAD…..
Ninos Incapacitados is gearing up for high season.
Here are the dates for their exciting events coming up:
Trivia Night. January 14
Burns Supper January 24
Masquerade Masked Gala March 19
So mark the dates on your 2020 calendar if you can find one.
A FAMOUS ARTIST LIVES HERE
Robert Burns Wilson, sculptor, has had gallery showings and sales all over the US and Mexico in his long career—starting at age 10 with playing with clay—and culminating in his final (this time he means it) show in Sol Mexicano on Calle Colon next February.
Even though he’s preparing for that show now, with works in bronze and clay, he found time to organize his own 90th birthday celebration last month, for some 24 family members and friends.
Bob says that if he lives until February the show will be a retrospective; and if he doesn’t, it’ll be a memorial. We’re looking ahead to the event, whichever one it is!
Robert Burns Wilson
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.