March 10 – 11 there were performances by Mac Morison at one of the most beautiful properties you might see. AsMac and Carol Bedord sang, we were swept back in time to the romantic song era of years ago, not that long ago, but the favorites we all know and sway to when we hear them. Their “Come Fly with Me” program is a guaranteed good performance. Mac knows his music and has the deep resonant tones that blend so well with a vocal range like that of Carol Bedford and only few others can sing.
On March 14, Niños Incapacitados Rode the Orient-Express at the Real de Chapala, Ajijic. There was a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions with a wide range of items, including a week in a two-bedroom penthouse in the Turks & Caicos Islands, a private tour for eight at the Ground Zero site in New York City, stays in luxurious hotels, delicious dinners and much, much more. An excellent group called Black Swan with Diamonds provided music. All proceeds go to Niños Incapacitados. But let’s start at the beginning.
Early in the evening 400 people held their breath as spots of rain began to fall. It couldn’t be happening! And it didn’t, much to everyone’s relief. The rain stopped sprinkling and it turned into a great evening. The decorations were outstanding, guests really got into the spirit of the glamour days of the Orient Express in elegant outfits, and the live and silent auctions saw spirited bidding. Claudia Blum’s belly dancing was much admired and Ryan Rigozzi’s singing much appreciated. Once again, the wine-serving team of Purely Canadian International imbued everyone with a sense of fun in their Chinese costumes and make-up. An amazing team of volunteers, organized by the indefatigable Kari Higgins, made the whole event a great success.
March 21, La Bodega hosted the Doo Wops, reviving songs from the 50s & 60s American Bandstand. Jerry Morse, Jack Fallon & Luci Merrit sang some of our most beloved songs. Can you do the dances from back then. Come next time and bring a few friends. You’ll all have a good time.
March 27 Zofia Barisas held a book presentation at the Oasis Cloud Café in Riberas, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Woman Who Thought She Loved Men is now available on Amazon, including the Kindle version. It is also available in Ajijic at Diane Pearl’s, Oasis Cloud Café, La Prensa Francesa, Coffee & Bagel, La Nueva Posada, the Plaza Bugambilias bookstore, and in Jocotepec at the Café Arrañaga on the plaza and Rochata’s Pasteleria Fina (lovely desserts if you’re in Joco).
One critic says: “Barisas is a masterful weaver of plots that shuttle us in and out of time, person and place. Her voice is unique, fresh, lyrical and compelling, a joy to read simply for the way she turns a phrase.” The Woman Who Thought She Loved Men can also be bought directly by contacting the author by email at or phone (01 – 387) 763 – 1791.
April 6, 1 p.m. start time, American Legion Post 9 will host a fundraiser for Tepehua Centro Comunitario, $200 pesos (map & directions with ticket). The local community is involved with this event and desires a better place for children.They are poor, and the fundraiser will help with food, clothing, medical, dental care, and training to improve their lives. Choice of chicken or pork meal. Music by Eduardo (for tips). Cash bar (Moonie King in charge). Tour of facilities, meet and talk to the people who run this wonderful enterprise. This is a hand up, not a hand out charity. Tepehua men will be parking attendants. Tepehua women will cook and serve. Get tickets from American Legion members: Vince 765 – 7299, Al King 737 – 0859, Perry King 763 – 5126, Don Lott 766 – 2521, Joe Loutey 765 – 2814, Bob Hundtmark 765 – 2739.
April 11 at 11:15 a.m. Maria Di Paola will host a “Meet the Author” event for Ojo editor Alejandro Grattan, author of the historical novel, The Dark Side of the Dream. In case you don’t know about the story, it’s riveting. It’s about the 2nd migration of Mexicans into America during war years (WWII is the focus of this book), their struggles and their contributions. These are wonderfully crafted characters. The author is Irish-American and Mexican. Galeria Di Paola (766-1010) is located at Colon #11 in Ajijic. Wine and Snacks will be served. The public is cordially invited.
April 11, 9 a.m. sharp, don’t forget “The Return of the Amigo Cup” golf tourney at the Country Club de Chapala Golf Tournament. Tickets at CCC and Chula Vista Pro Shops, $1000 pesos for CCC members, $1200 pesos for non-members. Green fee, cart rental, Continental breakfast, and pig roast or fish dinner all included. Dinner / Awards ticket only $250 pesos. Lots of great prizes: closest-to-the-pin, longest drive, straightest drive, etc. Register at the CCC Pro Shop before April 9.
The alliance of Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) and CCC for this joint fund-raiser marks a turning point in supporting all our bright but needy youngsters. Together NCA and CCC are sponsoring more than 265 young Mexicans, Kindergarten through University. All maintain exceptionally high marks. With our help, they will make a tremendous difference to their own futures, their families and their community. Come on out, have a great time, and help spread the ripples!
April 19, 20 & 21 The Naked Stage presents Boston Marriage, a 1999 play by American playwright David Mamet. The play concerns two women at the turn of the 20th century who are in a Boston Marriage, a relationship between two females that may involve both physical and emotional intimacy independent of support from a man. After widespread belief that Mamet could write only for men, the playwright released this play which centers exclusively on women. The reading will be directed by Phyllis Silverman with Jeritza McCarter, Betty Lloyd Robinson, Diana Rowland.
For reservations email or call Michelle Boudreau at 765-6408. Naked Stage presents minimalistic play readings for adult theatre lovers at 4 p.m., donation $80 pesos. Bar opens at 3 p.m., box office at 3:15 p.m. Prior to or after the Reading, Daniel’s is open for lunch and dinner. After the Readings, the manager Daniel is offering 2 x 1 Dinners and 2 x 1 Margaritas.
The Naked Stage is located in Plaza de la Ribera (Formerly Sol y Luna). Drive West on the Carretera from Central Ajijic. Turn South on Rio Bravo. The theatre is behind the Don Pedro Restaurant two blocks down on the left.
– The American Legion post #7 schedule for October:
Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
Apr 5 – 9:00 a.m. – Monthly Bazaar
Apr 11 – 6 p.m. – Hasta La Pasta ($80 pesos, mix of dishes, cocktails at 5)
Apr 24 – 6 p.m. – Steak Olé dinner-dance to sensuous Latin sounds of DJ
Eduardo (arrechera steak, chorizo, brownies for dessert); $130 pesos
Apr 28 – 3 – 6 p.m. – Lone Star (Texan theme)
For information, call 765 – 2259 or
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
The 49th Season plays:
Local Hero – Written and Directed by Lakeside resident Neal Chekoway. A modern day fable, based loosely on a movie of the same name in which an oil company man is sent to Scotland to buy up an entire village for the company’s interests but things don’t go as expected, Oct. 4 – 13.
The Heiress –Directed by Rosann Wilshere, a Period Drama of love and dishonor, Nov. 8 – 17.
Over The River and Through the Woods – Directed by Ann Swiston, a Comedic Drama of family schemes to keep a beloved grandson from moving away, Dec. 6 – 15.
Blood Relations –Directed by Lynn Phelan, A Drama about a dysfunctional family wintered in an isolated mansion, who learn each other’s secrets with surprising results, Jan. 17- 26.
Hooray for Hollywood! Written and Directed by Barbara Clippinger – a Musical, a guaranteed “feel good” evening, Feb. 21 – Mar. 4.
Social Security – Directed by Phil Shepherd, a Comedy about married art dealers, a goody-goody sister, uptight CPA, and a Jewish mother, all of whom want to save the art dealers’ college student daughter from the horrors of living only for sex, Mar. 28 – Apr. 6.
Production dates to be confirmed at or before Annual General Meeting March 20.
Next season, in response to both audience and volunteer wishes, Opening Night will be Friday, as is custom in NY. Each show will start on Friday evening followed by an evening performance on Saturday and a Sunday Matinee. The theatre will be dark (closed) on Mondays, giving cast and crews a rest. Shows will resume Tuesday evenings and run through the following Sunday matinee.
All Current Saturday Opening Night Season Ticket Holders will be contacted soon so they may change to Friday if desired. Monday night season ticket holders will be given first priority for new seats currently unsubscribed on any other day.
Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, $250 for the musical. For full listing of shows, box office and ticket information and to get email updates, go to . Box office hours are 10 – 1 and one hour prior to each performance. Sunday box office access is just prior to a show. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. To call box office: 766 – 0954.
LLT’s Holiday play – Over the River and Through the Woods
The Music Appreciation Society of Ajijic (MAS) announces the 2013 – 2014 season: Memories of the 20th Century
Nov 15 – to the men and women who have served the US, Canada and Mexico, a show in the style of the old fashioned USO, featuring the Boogie Woogie Babies as the Andrews Sisters and Michael Holmes as Judy Garland, Pearl Bailey, Bette Davis and Carol Channing.
Dec 7 – a double program – the Dueto de Moscú: Oleg Vasiliev (cello) and Elena Kuzmina (piano) from Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes de la
Jan 18 – Classical FX returns from the Washington, DC/Kennedy Center Opera Company to wow us again, performing opera, Broadway hits and gospel.
Feb 15 – from New York City, Two on Tap will sing and dance to our favorites throughout the years.
All Saturday evening performances will be at the Auditorio de La Riberas at 7 p.m. The following day, MAS will offer a Brunch Concert at 1 p.m. at El Piano Rojo, Morelos #14 (handicapped entrance on 16th de Septiembre). Season tickets are on sale now at Diane Pearl’s and Charter Club Tours. Center section tickets are $1200 pesos, others at $1100 pesos. Individual tickets are $350 pesos. For more information, contact Kathleen Phelps at MASajijic.com or call 766 – 0010.
VIVA La Musica:
The Ajijic Auditorium appearance and acoustics are much improved thanks to the efforts of Pro Auditorio and the contributions of members of lakeshore musical organizations.
Bus Trip to “Live from the MET” at Teatro Diana
Apr 27 – Julius Caesar – Georg Friedrich Handel, a “not to be missed ending to the Met season”; 300 Mx Pesos members ; 400 Mx Pesos non-members
Viva la Musica 2013 Summer Sunday concert series tickets will be available soon. Plan to attend. All are at St. Andrew’s Church, Riberas del Pilar.
Jun 6, 4 p.m. – Rosa Maria Valdez, Piano – CPE Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, Ponce and Carrasco
Jul 21, 4 p.m. – Cuatemoc Garcia, Flute &Cronopius Chamber Ensemble, classical & Mexican music
Aug 18, 4 p.m. – Isaac Ramirez, Cello & Andres Sarre, Piano – romantic and 20th century music program
Sep 15, 4 p.m. – Nury Ulate, Flute & David Mosqueda, guitar – classical
Oct 13, 4 p.m. – Robert Nelson and friends, piano quartet – chamber music
All buses depart from the Carretera near Farmacia Guadalajara. For Saturday buses to “Live from The Met”, departures may vary; ask the time when buying tickets. Tickets can be purchased at LCS, Th – F, 10 to 12, or email Marshall at . For additional information re departures, call Marshall at 766 – 2834.
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com