Lakeside Living – January 2014



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

January 2014



The Lake Chapala Painting Guild presented New Works at a reception on January 4. The show is at the Ajijic Cultural Centre and continues to January 16.

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 fifth annual show for the continuing restoration of the Ajijic Auditorio kicks off the new year with the usual eclectic mix of songs.



This year songs are by Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, Adele, The Mamas and the Papas, Shakira, Peggy Lee, Leonard Cohen and Shirley Bassey.  The dates of the show are January 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and January 10 at 4 p.m.

Always an exciting show full of song and dance, colorful costumes and surprises, this rendition promises to be all that and more. Michael McLaughlin, who has produced the shows, is at it again. He is adding more dance numbers to enhance his great selection of songs.

As with the last two renditions, all the money raised will be going toward the remodeling and upgrading of the Riberas Auditorio, which  hasn’t happened since it was built in the 1970s.

Tickets are on sale now at the Auditorio, Diane Pearl’s, and will be available at LCS from January 2-9, 10-noon. The premium seats in the center section are 200 pesos and include one drink. The seats in the side sections are 150 pesos and do not include a drink. We hope to see you there supporting the cast of more than 40 performers and this worthy cause.  Cameras are encouraged. 


Starting on January 10, there will be an art walk organized by ten galleries in Ajijic. The events will be held every second Friday.  All the galleries involved will be open for visitors from 2 pm through 6 pm. Refreshments will be served at each gallery. Pick up a map in your nearest gallery.


Niños Incapacitados presents the internationally acclaimed Guido Basso Quartet, with smoky-voiced guest singer Molly Johnson, who will perform two benefit concerts at the Auditorio in Ajijic on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 12 at 2:30.


Guido Basso on Trumpet


The other members of the Guido Basso Quartet are Mike Murley on saxophone, Reg Schwager on guitar and Steve Wallace on bass. 

There aren’t many seats left for the Saturday performance and Sunday tickets are moving steadily.  Now that Guido Basso has told us that they’ll be performing two totally different concerts, some jazz lovers are buying tickets for both!  They know that at $300 pesos, for these world-class performers, the tickets are a steal.

The bar will be open one hour before each performance. All proceeds from the concerts will go to benefit the children in the Ninos Incapacitados program. Tickets are 300 pesos.


Join John McWilliams, Francine Britton and others every third Wednesday of the month, starting January 15 at 10, to share your expertise on growing vegetables and herbs in the Lake Chapala area.  Learn about seasons for growing, soils, and sources, from the experiences of others. 


Rooftop Veggie and Herb Garden


This brand new club plans to start a seed sharing program, as well as take field trips to gardens.  We will also invite area experts to speak at the meetings. 

Join our group of like-minded people who are interested in sustainability and growing vegetables and herbs in containers or in gardens.

Contact John McWilliams at  or by phone at 376-766-0620 for directions and to reserve a spot at the first meeting, to be held in Rancho del Oro.


Sol Mexicana features two artists–Robina Nichol and Frank Howell—at a reception on Friday, January 17 from 4 to 7.  Refreshments will be served. The show will continue through February 8.

Robina Nichol is a recent newcomer to Ajijic from Canada. She is an accomplished artist. Her imagery is always striking, an explosion of color and intensity.

Frank Howell, an experienced master ceramicist, will be showing his lesser known wall art sculptures and raku ikebanas. The raku technique gives an interesting metallic finish to the glazes, rendering each into a unique piece of art.

Sol Mexicano is located at Colon 13 in Centro Ajijic. Opening times are 10:30- 4:30 Monday through Saturday (closed Wednesdays) and Sundays 12-5. Tel. (376) 766-0734. Email:


Blood Relations, the fourth play of the season, opens on Friday, January 17 and runs through January 26 at the Lakeside Little Theatre. The play is a suspenseful psycho-drama based on the story of Lizzie Borden, who in 1892 was acquitted of the brutal murders of her father and stepmother.


Seated, left to right:  Dave McIntosh,  Fred Koesling, Russell Mack, Greg Clarke.
Standing:  Patti Simpson, Debbie Bowers, Lizzie Borden, Collette Clavadetscher, Liz White.


The play was written in 1980 by Canadian playwright Sharon Pollock, and was honored with the Governor-General’s Award for Drama in 1981. “Lizzie Borden took an axe…” Did she or didn’t she?  It is directed by Lynn Phelan.

Tickets are 200 pesos and can be obtained at the LLT Box Office from 10 to 12 on the Wednesday and Thursday before opening and every day during the run of the show – or one hour before curtain time for each performance.

Future Plays

February 21-March 4    Hooray for Hollywood!

March 28-April 6            Social Security


Astrologer Barbara Schermer will present Cosmic Trends 2014: Tuning Into Natural Rhythms, her fifth annual Cosmic Trends program, at the LCS Open Circle gathering on Sunday, January 19.  She says: “Life consists of cycles and patterns that are hidden but knowable.”


Meet the Writers Luncheons are held at the Oasis Cloud Cafe in Riberas del Pilar. Social time is 11:30 and the readings begin at noon.

On January 22 Robert Bruce Drynan will read excerpts from the title story of his newest book, Mirage of El Dorado, and will follow with a short fiction. The readings will be in English.


Author Robert Bruce Drynan


Advance reservations for Meet the Writers Luncheons are necessary.  Email Duane at or call (376) 765-3516. OasisCloud Café is at Calle San Luis #330, Riberas del Pilar.


Viva Musica sponsors Latin Rhythms with the Amalgame String Quartet on Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 in the Auditorio.  George Anthony Figueroa and his group will play intricate rhythms and musical forms from various Caribbean and Latin American countries. Tickets cost $200 pesos from Diane Pearl Colecciones, at the Auditorio, and at LCS on Thursday and Friday mornings. Students attend free.

Contact Rosemary Keeling at rosemarykeeling for information.


Two movies that local author Alejandro Grattan wrote and directed have recently been added to the prestigious Turner Classic Movies TV inventory.  No specific screening date/times have been set.



The films are No Return Address andOnly Once in a Lifetime, the latter starring the late well-known actress Sheree North and Mexico’s famous Claudio Brook, who won an Ariel, Mexico’s equivalent of an Academy Award.  Alex is also Editor-in-Chief of Ojo del Lago.


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 first of these house tours took place on November 21 and it was a great success.

Three more dates have been set: January 23, February 27, and 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.


Jaltepec Centro Educativo will host an open house for the public on Wednesday, 

January 29.

Starting at 11 am, Linda Buckthorp, Jaltepec’s Community Facilitator, will present a history of Jaltepec Centro Educativo–A Technical Universitario en Hoteleria–and describe the academic and scholarship program.  A tour of the Institute will be followed by lunch prepared and served by the students. 



Reservations are a MUST as the students need to know how many to prepare lunch for and set the dining room accordingly. Contact or call Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631


And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little is a dramatic comedy by Paul Zindel and directed by Phyllis Silverman, which will be coming to Naked Stage on January 31, February 1 and 2.  It is a biting, touching, and wildly funny play exploring the relationships of three sisters whose simmering resentments of many years finally burst out to a shattering conclusion.


Director Phyllis Silverman


Save these dates for upcoming Naked Stage productions:

March 21, 22 and 23                    Breaking the Code

April 25, 26 and 27                       Taking Leave 

The e-mail address for future reservations: or phone Michelle at 765-6408. 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 opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00 p.m.


Ninos Incapacitados will host Trivia Quizzes on February 4 at 2:00 & 7:00, at Real de Chapala. Entry fee is 250 pesos at 2:00 p.m. and 300 pesos at 7:00 p.m.  

The venue is booked, they’re hunting down the best questions, and contestants are already reserving tables.  It’s not too early to start putting your team of eight together and giving yourselves a name.  Or you can come with a friend and join a partial team.   A cash bar will open an hour before each concert.

To reserve tickets and tables please contact Dawn McGinnis at 766-3408, or Kathy Dingwall at 766-5829,

 The Trivia Quizzes grow more popular every year, and the high demand means that everyone needs to have paid for the tickets by January 17.  You can pay for and pick up reserved tickets at the Riviera Alta gatehouse on Wednesday, January 15 and Friday, January 17 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.


My, My, How Nice! Productions will present The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell, in February. The stellar cast:  Mark Bennett, Diana Rowland, Roseanne Wilshere and Jayme Littlejohn. It is directed by Bernadette Jones, a professional director and acting coach from Toronto, CA. 

“This is a gem of a show…that will make you glad you went to the theatre.”  In it, three widows visit their deceased husbands’ graves every month. They discover that their lives and friendships are changing as a man enters their “cemetery club.”

The performances will be February 6-9 and 13-15 at the Plaza de la Ribera (formerly Sol y Luna), Rio Bravo 10. Donation is 200 pesos. The bar opens one hour before all shows.  For ticket information email


Viva Musica sponsors bus trips to operas in Guadalajara. The coming operas are:

Saturday, February 8 at noon Dvorak, Rusalka. Bus leaves 10.30 a.m.

Saturday, March 1 at 11.00 a.m. Borodin, Prince Igor. Bus leaves 9.30 a.m.

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.

Contact Marshall at to reserve. Tickets can be purchased at LCS Thursday and Friday 10-12 250 pesos for members, 350 pesos non-members.


Hold February 26-28 for the tenth anniversary of the Lake Chapala Writers’ Conference. This yearly event starts with a no-host cocktail party Wednesday, February 26. The venue will be Danza del Sol in West Ajijic.   


Committee members, left to right: Carol Bowman, Harriet Hart, Victoria Schmidt, Herbert Piekow, and Sandy Olson.


Lawrence Hill, prominent Canadian author of The Book of Negroes and other works, will be one of the featured speakers. His book is available in the USA and on under the title Somebody Knows My Name. Hill’s latest book is Blood: The Stuff of Life.

Early bird registration for the weekend conference will be 1300 pesos through January 31. After that the cost will be 1500 pesos. For further information, contact Victoria Schmidt at


The Viva la Musica concert will take place in the Auditorium Ribera on the 23 January at 6,00 pm.

The artists are a group called SSSoprani El Arte de las Musas and is composed of three sopranos : Dolores Moreno, Berenice Barragan and Viviana Baez  from Guadalajara. They will be interpreting arrangements of vocal music solos and together. Tickets will cost 200 pesos and will be available at LCS Thursday-Friday 10-12 – at Diane Pearl Colecciones and at the Auditorium.  Students are admitted free of charge.



American Legion in Chapala

Saturdays:      3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Fish Fry

Sundays:         Burgers & Dogs 12 – 3 p.m.

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 January 19.



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