Laleside Living – November 2014



Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


November 2014




The upcoming show at Lakeside Little Theatre is Betrayal by Nobel Prize-winning author Harold Pinter. It’s an intense drama about adultery and lies and the misremembered memories of love.


From left: Dave McIntosh, Jacinta Stringer, Richard Varney, Geoff Long


Directed by Neal Checkoway, the play stars veteran Dave McIntosh as the husband and introduces two newcomers to the LLT stage – Jacinta Stringer as his cheating wife Emma, and Richard Varney as his best friend and Emma’s lover. Geoff Long also features as an Italian waiter. You will not want to miss this fascinating play, with what is rumored to be an unusual set design.

The show opens on November 7 and runs through November 16 except for Monday, November 10, when the theater is closed.

Tickets are 225 pesos. Box Office hours are 10 am to noon every day except Sunday beginning November 5, and also one hour before each performance. Alternatively, you can reserve tickets by calling the box office at 376-766-0954, or Email


This coming Sunday, November 9 at 4, there will be a voice and guitar concert at the  Old Train Station in Chapala. You won’t want to miss this one. 

Soloist Katia Sanchez has a beautiful soprano voice that blends extremely well with the classical guitar. She has been a soloist with the Jalisco State Opera Chorus for nearly 15 years. Katia also is the principal soloist with the Ensamble Siglos Pasados.  Her accompanist Jim Byers has been involved with early music for a long time.



They will perform songs of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The Train Station is a great venue for this type of intimate music. The acoustics are wonderful. Admission is 100 pesos.


The video premiere of “In the Shadow of Mount Garcia” will be at the Bugambilia Plaza Theater in Ajijic at 4 and 7 on Tuesday, November 11. This is a benefit for the LCS Children’s Art Program. The price of admission is 150 pesos. Tickets may be purchased at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at the theater.


A collection of works of a talented selection of artists will show at Galeria de Arte AXIXIC this Friday, November 7, from 3 to 8 at Rio Zula 1 and Ocampo in West Ajijic. This is a great chance to see some of our talented artists in one place. And cocktails! Botanas! Music!


We heard from John Keeling, Viva Musica President, about exciting musical offerings from now to the end of the year.

Thursday, November 13, at 7.00 p.m. The Revueltas String Quartet with Diego Rojas and Cesar Huizar, violins, Manuel  Olivares, viola, and Yalissa Cruz, cello. Program includes Rudo by Domingo Lobato, Five Novelettes by Glazunov and American Quartet by Dvorak.

Thursday, December 18, at 7.00 p.m.  Christmas Concert with the Hermosillo family singers and their friends Hector Lopez and Paty Hernandez , back by popular demand.

These concerts will be in the Auditorium at 4.00 p.m. Tickets are 200 pesos and will be on sale at the Auditorium, Diane Pearl Colecciones, and LCS ticket booth Thursdays & Fridays 10-12.




 Viva will also be running a bus trip to each concert in the fall season of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, alternately on Fridays (departure 4:30 p.m. with a stop at a nice restaurant), and on Sundays (departure 10:30 am).

Friday, November 14, Opera: Carmen

Sunday, November 30, Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore

Note: prices may be higher for the two operas.

Friday, December 12, Homage to Richard Strauss, Marco Parisotto, Conductor; Strauss: Salome op.54: Dance of the Seven Veils; Concerto for Horn No.2 in E-flat Major (Horn: Stefan Dohr of the Berlín Philharmonic); Ein Heldenleben, op.40 

 Tickets are $300 pesos for Viva members, and $400 pesos non-members, obtainable at the LCS Thursday and Friday, 10 to noon. For information phone Marshall Krantz 766-2834.

MICHICIHUALLI—CAN YOU PRONOUNCE IT? This year the Feria Maestros del Arte theme is “Celebrating the Alebrije.” It will take place November 14-16. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4, at the Club de Yates de Chapala.


Michicihualli by Artist Jesus Lopez Vega


The theme for 2014 will be Michicihualli, the Goddess of Lake Chapala. The Feria entered a giant alebrije of the goddess in the parade in Mexico City in October 2013.  Michicihualli will be here in Chapala on November 14. The Feria parade starts around 7 pm on Madero Street in Chapala.  Here’s your chance to participate locally.


“ROCK AND MORE” is a fundraiser on behalf of Hope for Abandoned Children, a home in Chapala that provides shelter and a family environment to seven children and youth ranging in ages from 6 to 23.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19 at La Huerta, (location of the Tuesday organic market). It kicks off the high season with great music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, dance contests, raffles and awards for best hippie costumes. A cash bar and food for purchase will be available.



The main objective of Hope for Abandoned Children is to provide a stable environment for the children while striving to keep them in school so they can become self-sufficient once they reach adulthood.   Their housemother, Elvia Martinez, provides meals, laundry, personal hygiene instruction and, most important, the structure, emotional support and love these children need in order to thrive. 

Tickets for the event are 150 pesos and are available at Diane Pearl’s, ISHOP & Mail (formerly Mail Boxes, Etc.), weekly markets, or by contacting Graciela Ducet at


The next show at Galeria Sol Mexicano, Colon 13 in Ajijic, on November 21, will feature three artists: master sculptor  Robert Burns Wilson, painter and print maker Pat Apt, and photographer Paul Hart.


Sculptor Robert Burns Wilson and Sol Mexicano Owner Lorraine Farrow


Robert Burns Wilson is a sculptor of note whose bronze work is highly sought after. He is returning for what may be his final show. The intricate processes and detailed work involved are becoming more difficult to achieve, he claims.

Pat Apt has been in Ajijic for over 20 yrs and has a distinctly unique style, in both her oil paintings and her linoleum cut hand-pulled prints. Paul Hart is a retired Canadian who now lives in Ajijic. His photographic work portrays his love of nature, in combination with extensive travel. This show will predominantly show his landscapes scenes of Mexico.

The opening reception will be on Friday, November 21, from 4 until 6. The show will be on display for three weeks. Don’t miss this chance to see a varied yet distinguished collection of art.

NAKED STAGE presents Ancestral Voices on November 21, 22 and 23. It is directed by Liz White. The short play is staged as a concert work, with five performers sitting on chairs in front of music stands, where they’ve laid their scripts. The five are playing members—grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, son—of a rich WASP family in Buffalo NY between 1935 and 1942, with a brief coda from the 1960s.

Cast members are Allen McGill, Caroline McCormack, Fred Koesling, Amy Friend, Don Challoner, Dick Yanko and Doreen Challoner

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 office opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00 p.m.

The email address for reservations: Reservations guarantee a seat until 3:50, after which seats will be sold to those waiting without reservations.


Ajijic CARES is launching the first local World AIDS Day on December 1. The committee, headed by Bobby Lancaster and Dan Blackburn, has cited two primary goals for Ajijic World AIDS Day.  The first is to remember those friends of Lakeside residents who have died of this disease.  The second goal is to provide information on the threat and prevention of AIDS and to encourage the development of educational and support programs at Lakeside. 


Ajijic CARES World AIDS Day Committee: Front row from left: Ken Jones, Diana Ayala and Bob Lewis.  Back row from left: Bobby Lancaster, Larry Simpson, Robin Lawrason, Jim Lloyd, Dan Blackburn, Dario Márquez and Bill Orovan.  Absent: Estella Hidalgo and Jaime Barbiery.


Additional volunteers are needed to help with this first Ajijic World AIDS Day event.  For more information on World AIDS Day in Ajijic or to volunteer to assist, contact Bobby Lancaster at or Diana Ayala at


The news is that “everything old will be new again” (tell that to my mirror) on December 3 at noon. That’s when The School for Special Children will be auctioning gently-worn or new clothing and footwear and accessories at a luncheon/ fashion show held in a beautiful private home on the mountainside in West Ajijic. Many new designer samples are included on the runway and in an auction.

Lakeside ladies will model during the luncheon and auction and encourage the audience to up their bidding.  The ticket price is 250 pesos, which includes a complimentary glass of wine, some surprising door prizes, and a delicious lunch catered by Leslie Martin and her staff in a lush garden setting with spectacular views.


Chef Leslie Martin with Assistant Roscia


This fundraiser will help raise much needed money to build extra classrooms, buy supplies, and provide money for maintenance and for the education of 80 additional children with special physical and/or learning problems.

To reserve seating at the “Everything Old is New Again” fashion show luncheon and live auction, contact Leslie Martin at (376) 766-3853 or Patricia Doran at

Tickets will go on sale for 300 pesos on Monday, December 1 at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique. They go fast, so get them early.


There are some nice events happening at Jaltepec Centro Educativo in December.  Christmas is celebrated with food prepared and served by students who are fortunate to be enrolled in this Tecnico Universitario en Hoteleria.  A dinner and luncheon are fundraisers for the benefit of these students.


Linda Buckthorp and Student Veronica Zoyla


On Wednesday, December 3 the school hosts a dinner: a no host bar at 6 pm and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  At 7:15 Timothy G. Ruff Welch directs “A Taste of Los Cantantes del Lago.” Dinner is served at 8. An auction follows. Donation is 600 pesos per person.

The next day, Thursday, December 4 at noon, the luncheon starts with a no host bar at noon and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Los Cantantes perform at 1:15. Lunch is served at 2. There will also be a raffle. The donation for the luncheon is 500 pesos.

Linda Buckthorp is the Community Facilitator for Jaltepec Centro Educativo.  Reservations can be made through or by calling Linda at 766-1631. 


OasisCloud Café hosts “Meet the Writers Luncheons”and other special events at their café in Riberas del Pilar at Calle San Luis #330.

On December 3 Helena Romero will read fromSpirits In The Shadows…Intriguing Ghosts Of Mexico. The bookis a collection of ghost stories from various parts of Mexico.

The social starts at 11:30, the readings at 12.  Lunch follows. For reservations call 376-765-3516 or email


The Los Cantantes del Lago holiday concert “Lakeside for the Holidays” will be presented at the Auditorio de la Ribera on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 pm and Wednesday, December 10 at 4 pm. 


Director Timothy G. Ruff Welch


The concert will feature a wide variety of holiday music, including a selection of classic carols arranged by Hermann Schroeder, Hanukkah songs and two arrangements by Mark Hayes – “Gloria” and “Variations on Jingle Bells.”  Accompaniment will be piano, oboe, cello and violin. 

Tickets reservations can now be made on their new website, or you can purchase them directly from Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique or any Cantantes member. The ticket price is 250 pesos.




…vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 at Azul Frida Restaurant, Carretera #61 in West Ajijic. The next meeting will be on November 12. New members are welcome. They can contact John McWilliams at  or by phone at 376-766-0620.


Starting in October there will be an art show every third Sunday of the month on the Ajijic Plaza from 10 to 3, hosted by Ajijic Society of the Arts. What a nice way to spend the afternoon.


The Funny Dog Art Studio in Ajijic is holding open houses on Saturdays in October through December, from 12-2.  It’slocated in the “comedic sculptured gardens” of San Juan de Las Colinas #38, three blocks up the hill on Calle Revolucíon.  It’s a studio for music, art and theater. Tel. 766-4442.


La Rueda, a coffee gallery in San Juan Cosala, stages monthly readings in English. They are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30.


Writer Jeremy Monroe


Readers in October were Jeremy Monroe, Margie Keane, Sandi Gelles-Cole, Jacqui Treinen, Kenneth Salzman and Mario Tello.

Those who want to read, or get more information, can contact Judy at 387-761-0281 or email her at  The next reading will be on December 3.


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