Lakeside Living – March 2015




Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


March 2015




The Lake Chapala Painters Guild opens its show of “New Works” on Friday, March 6. The opening reception is at Galeria Sol Mexicano, Colon Centro #13, Ajijic, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The group originally formed in 2011 and focuses on paintings and pastels. The fifteen local artist members are Carolina Owers, Sonia Mocnik, Isabel duBlanc, Anita Lee, Winnie Hunt, Lois Schroff, Antonio Lopez Vega, Efren Gonzalez, Steve Achs, Geraldine Classen, Inak Gieysztor, Maryann Linhart, Marian Decker, and Nancy Gray.


You’re invited to an opening reception on Saturday, March 7 from 3:00 to 7:00. This collective art show features the work of talented artist Richard Stromberg, with his handmade one of a kind art jewelry. Also showing is well-known local artist Jesus Lopez Vega, who started to paint in the early 70s in the Children’s Art Program  at LCS. He works in mixed media, oils acrylics, etchings and sculptures. The show is at Rio Zula 1 and Ocampo (west Ajijic) near Tabarka Restaurante. There will be cocktails, botanas and live music. Come and join them!




“I, Claudia” is a riveting, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey into the raw psyche of an extraordinary girl with a lot on her mind. It’s a one woman Canadian play and is directed by Lynn Phelan with Jayme Littlejohn as the actress. The dates are March 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 3 p.m, and March 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. For information please email Jayme Littlejohn at

The Bravo! Theatre address is Rio Bravo #10B.  It is directly across from The Naked Stage in the old Sol y Luna Complex.  The space will also be the permanent home of My, My, How Nice! Productions, and will be available for other theatrical, music, fundraiser and lecture events.


The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra has a number of exciting productions.



Viva Musica will not only organize buses to all of these concerts, but the price has been reduced to the ridiculously low price of 250 pesos (350 pesos for non-members). As always, the Friday trips will stop for dinner in a restaurant area in the Zona Rosa.

Friday March 6: Tchaikovsky II:  Khatchaturian: Flute Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5. The bus leaves at 4.30 p.m. with a stop for dinner.

Sunday March 15: Tchaikovsky III:   Revueltas: Sensemaya; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1; Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6. The bus leaves at 10.00 a.m.

 Friday March 20: Tchaikovsky IV:  Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Suite; Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4. The bus leaves at 4.30 p.m. with a stop for dinner.

 Sunday April 26: French Virtuosity: D’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air; Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe (complete). The bus leaves at 10.00 a.m.

Get your tickets at LCS Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon; or to make alternate payment arrangements contact Marshall Krantz (766-2834, or Ingrid Goodridge (766-2194, The buses depart from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic.

Viva Concert in the Auditorio de la Ribera

Thursday March 19 Three Sopranos. Berenice Barragan, Patricia Hernandez and Viviana Baez, with piano accompanist Gaby Zepeda, singing a selection of operatic areas and classic Mexican songs. Back by popular demand. Auditorio, 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $200 and are available from Diane Pearl Colecciones, the Auditorio and LCS on Thursday and Fridays from 10.00 – noon  and at the door.

Bus trips to the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD

Saturday March 14: The Lady of the Lake by Rossini with superstars Joyce DiDonato as the “lady of the lake” and Juan Diego Flórez as the king who relentlessly pursues her.  Bus departs at 9:30.

Saturday April 25, Double Bill: Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo. Tenor Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the leading roles in opera’s most enduring tragic double bill. Bus departs at 10:00.


Juan Castañón and the Blue Velvet Jazz Quartet will be playing at several venues in March.


Guitarist Juan Castañón


March 4, 11 and 18 at 7:30: Juan Castañón and the Blue Velvet Jazz Quartet at Ocampo 71 Snack Bar

March 7 at La Rueda Café at 8 p.m: Dúo with Tim Tracey, a great rock /folk singer from Washington, starting at 8pm.  Porfirio Diaz #129, San Juan Cosala

March 12 and 19 at 6 p.m: Solo Jazz Guitar. Jasmine Indian Restaurant, Parroquia #12, Ajijic

March 14 and 28 at 7:30 p.m: Blue Velvet Jazz Quartet at Lago Café, Carretera Poniente #29, Ajijic


Jaltepect Centro Educativo is hosting one of its fabulous dinners, a benefit for the students. The dinner is on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m.  There’s a no host bar from 6:00 p.m., with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktail music provided by everyone’s favorite musician, Timothy G. Ruff Welch. Dinner is at 7:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to attend one of Jaltepec’s events. The donation will be 400 pesos per person. There are probably just a few tickets left so please call Linda Buckthorp at 766-1631 or email for information.


The 11th Annual Lake Chapala Writers’ Conference is scheduled for March 11-13. 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.


Six speakers/workshop presenters have been invited.  They include Diane Hicks-Morrow, a Canadian Poet Laureate, Dennis Stovall, winner of the prestigious 2015 Rittenhouse Lifetime Achievement Award, and best-selling author of The Midwife of Venice Roberta Rich,

Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, will also present, as well as our Lakeside resident Rachel McMillan, with her popular Dan Connor Mystery series, and respected New York editor, Sandi Gelles-Cole, will schedule one on one sessions for writers to have their manuscripts reviewed. (A visit with Sandi the “book doctor” required preregistration by March 1).

Topics range from Writing Basics to Publishing Demystified.  The registration cost is 1500 pesos.  The price includes two lunches and beverages during breaks.

Registration forms are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, or at Hacienda Property Management and Rentals, Hidalgo 27A, Ajijic.

For further information, check on Facebook:, email Victoria Schmidt at


Niños Incapacitados presents “Viva Las Vegas,”  their gala dinner dance, on Thursday, March 12 at 5:30, at Hotel Real de Chapala. The festivities include music from Big Band Jazz Guadalajara, two auctions, live and silent, and an incredible dining experience. Tickets are 450 pesos each.  Reserve tickets and tables for 10, or seats at an open table, by contacting Linda Hendy at 376 106-1281,  Visit Niños’ website for more details:


…if you don’t want to miss out on purchasing some great art. The Ajijic Society of the Arts—also known as ASA—is holding its 33rd annual judged show at the Ajijic Cultural Center. The opening reception is on March 14, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The works will display from March 14 through March 28, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.



Membership in ASA has grown steadily and there are now 165 members. The group meets at 10 am the first Monday of each month at La Bodega Restaurant.

At each meeting of ASA there’s a demonstration on different types of art and how to produce it. The picture is of Maryanne Linhart showing her techniques for painting on Yupo paper.

Artist members create a wide range of media: wall art, jewelry, pottery, fabric art, sculpture, photography, and other types of art. New members interested in art are encouraged to join the Society.

ASA sponsors the Children’s Art Program at the Lake Chapala Society, through donating funds for materials, providing volunteers who teach them every Saturday morning. The group does sponsor the more gifted. Says John McWilliams, “Most of the Mexican professional artists in Ajijic today attended these classes as children. Usually there are at least 50 kids who show up and have great time.”


Los Cantantes del Lago’s spring concert “Love & Peace” will be on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera.  The concert will be a mostly a mix of 60s 70s and even 80s music, ranging from the Beatles and Supremes to the haunting Civil War song “The Dying Soldier.” 

This concert is accompanied by Eleanor Stromberg on piano and the Blue Velvet Jazz Trio.  It is directed by Timothy G. Ruff Welch.  Tickets are 250 pesos available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique from any Cantantes member or on their website


Are you struggling with memory loss, or caring for a loved one who is? Come to an introductory meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 10 a.m., at Guadalupe Victoria 101, Ajijic. 

The meeting is for those afflicted by memory loss, their caregivers, and people interested in facilitating support groups. Topics will include, but are not limited to: formation of support groups, distribution of resource material, and brainstorming methods for reaching those affected.  For more information or directions, contact Amara at 765-2629, or email at 


For a mere 250 pesos (for padded center seats) and 150 pesos (for seating on the side rows) you can come out and see your friends and neighbors like you’ve never seen them before, at Lip Sync Seven. The show runs March 20 24 at the Auditorio.


Howard Feldstein from Les Miserables


You’re encouraged to bring your cameras, take all the photos you wish, make as much noise as possible and show your appreciation with whistles, cat calls, and tossed objects. You may even leave your cell phone on.

Tickets will be sold by cast members and LCS, Diane Pearl Colecciones, Casi Nuevo Thrift Shop, Auditorio Riberas, El Granero, Edith’s, Yoly’s, Charter Tours and from cast members. Mark your calendars. Lip Sync Seven is a Lakeside tradition not to be missed.


The next Lakeside Little Theatre production isThe Dixie Swim Club,” shown March 27-April 5. It’s a comedy about five unforgettable women whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team. They meet each year for a long weekend at the same beach cottage on the North Carolina Outer Banks. They catch up, laugh, and meddle in each others lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. It is directed by Barbara Clippinger.


Left to right: Georgette Richmond, Canidice Luciano, Sharon Lowry, Lynn Phelan and Patsi Krakoff


Tickets are 225 pesos, and can be obtained by calling the box office at 376-766-0954, or by email: The Box Office will be open from 10 am to noon on March 25 and 26, and at the same time each day except Sundays during the run of the show.


“Yankee Tavern” is the next Naked Stage production, a dramatic thriller by Steven Dietz. It’s directed by Phyllis Silverman.

A critic says, “Dietz is a master of smart dialogue and wily storytelling. He draws us in with characters that intrigue, but the stories they spin can do a number on our beliefs and leave us shattered.” The production runs March 20, 21, and 22.

Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. 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.


Booze, schmooze and all that jazz!  Come to the Happy Hour at Maria  Isabel (formerly The Old Posada) from 3 to 6 p.m. on  Wednesday, March  25.  There are 2 for 1 drinks, jazz flute from Mike Liesenbach, and poetry from  the Not Yet Dead Poets Society


Judy Dykstra-Brown


Poets include Bill Frayer, Mel Goldberg, Ken Salzmann, Jim Tipton, Margaret Van  Every, Michael Warren, and Judy Dykstra-Brown.


The Lakeside Little Theatre was gifted with a donation of 12,500 pesos from the proceeds from Mac Morison’s December show “Nice and Easy.” Mac and his partner Barbara Clippinger then met with the LLT Board and said they wanted to do more, so then they gave the theatre a donation of 25,000 pesos. 


Barbara Clippinger and Mac Morison


Both Barbara and Mac are aware of LLT’s long overdue renovation and repair of the theatre infrastructure and the benefits of modernizing the stage rigging of the theatre as well.  Both those endeavors will cost many hundreds of thousands of pesos.

Says LLT President Peter Luciano, “They wanted to set the pace for donors interested in supporting these efforts.  I encourage all members to express a heartfelt thanks to them for their generosity and leadership.”


La Rueda (The Wheel), 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.

The next reading will be on Wednesday, April 1.


Writer Mel Goldberg


Readers in February were John Thomas Dodds, Mel Goldberg, Larry Kolczak, Ken Salzmann, Bill Frayer,  Michael Warren, Judy Dykstra-Brown and Becky McGuigan. Writers who want to read, or those needing further information, can contact Judy Dykstra-Brown. Email her at


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