Lakeside Living – September 2015




Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


September 2015



Last month the Lakeside Little Theatre hosted the childrens theatrical performance of “The Legend of Queen Xochitl-Mich-Cihualli.” Local artist Antonio Lopez Vega authored and narrated the legend of the naming of Ajijic. He was inspired by his grandmother’s story.

Over the past year, 48 volunteers were joined by Ce-Olin, a professional pre-Hispanic dance troop from Chiapas, and puppet maestra Abril Iñiguez. The two-week theatre camp was co-sponsored by LLT and LCS; 34 children participated.



Only volunteers, families and a few lucky ones were able to see this show, but it will be reprised on October 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Auditorio.

Tickets will be on sale at Diane Pearl Colecciones and at the Audiorio, 200 pesos in advance and 250 at the door. Check for more information


Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle. A social hour with coffee and snacks  at 10 is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. Here’s the program for the next month.

September 6 David Bryen. “Brothers and Sisters: Inside the Intricate Tangle of Love, Duty, and Resentment”. David will explore how the complicated relationships between siblings shape our lives, our loves, and the way we relate to the world.

September 13 Manu & Meryl. Two powerful women from New Zealand, Manu and Meryl, will share their knowledge of healing, harmony, and passion.

September 20 Rachel McMillen. “And to all my relations . . .” That greeting is part of every welcome and every introduction in every native tribe or band that she visited in her thirty-plus years of sailing the Northwest coast.

September 27 Mahadevi Prem. Mantra, the Power of Sound and Words. Every element of the universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound and energy.


The September Bravo! production will feature two plays: The Way of All Fish by Elaine May and Two Sisters by Caroline Harding. They’re dark comedies about power, passion and possibly more than one murder.


From left: Bernadette Jones, Director, and Actors Roseann Wilshere and Jayme Littlejohn


Dates are September 10-13 and September 17-20.  Thursday-Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays are at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are 250 pesos and are available at Mia’s boutique, Diane Pearl Colecciones or by emailing  The Bravo! Theatre is at Rio Bravo #10.


is the new anthology  of 21 stories, plus poetry, by eight Lakeside women writers: Patricia Hemingway, Zofia Barisas, Carol Bradley, Margaret Van Every, Janice Kimball, Rachel McMillen, Ilsa Picazo and Glenda Roman.



These are well crafted stories that speak to a womans experience “from the inside out.”  Patricia Hemingway says, “The writer reaches inside herself—into her own memories and emotional experience—to create authentic stories, both fiction and creative nonfiction.”

The book launch is set for Thursday, September 17, during Maria Isabels Happy Hour (3:30 – 5:30 pm), with 2 x 1 drinks. You’re are invited to enjoy this reading and to meet the writers. The anthology will be for sale for 200 pesos. After the launch it’ll be on sale at Yves’ Restaurant.


Season tickets are now available for the LLT 2015-16 season, which also promises to be exciting. The plays are as follows:

October 2-11 Murder by Misadventure

November 6-15  Stepping Out

December 4-12  Rumors

January 15-24  Good People

February 19-March 6 Nunsense

March 25-April 3  Other Desert Cities

To reserve season tickets, email or contact the Box Office at (376) 766-0954. The 1100 peso prices includes an annual membership and a reserved seat at each of the six shows.


We heard from Linda Buckthorp, Community Facilitator of Jaltepec Centro Educativo. “Today I witnessed the graduation of nine students who attained their Preparatoria in one year, passing the 22 exams required by the Secretariat of Public Education.”



Jaltepec hired five teachers and condensed the three year program, equivalent of Grades 10 through 12, into one year. Now students in this program who want to attain a Technical Degree en Hoteleria can do it in three years, Preparatoria and the two-year Jaltepec program., and can enter the work force two years earlier.

This is just one of the changes taking place at Jaltepec. For more information, contact Linda at 766-1631 or email her at


Here are upcoming activities from Viva Musica.

Thursday September 24  The Russian State Ballet at the Diana, (bus leaves at 6.30 p.m.) Double bill: Carmen by Plisetskaya, banned by the Soviet Union because of its eroticism, and Bolero by Ravel: two lovers in high voltage action.

The bus leaves at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are 550 pesos, 650 for non-members, and are available at the LCS Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to noon.

 The Metropolitan Opera at the Diana

Viva will run bus trips to the following “Live at the Met” offerings:

Saturday October 3 Il Trovatore (The Troubador) by Verdi; with world renowned Anna Netrebko as Leonora. This popular opera has been performed by the Met 615 times. Bus departs 10.30 a.m.

Saturday October 17, Otello by Verdi, featuring tenor Aleksandr Antonenko in the title role in this tragic opera based on Shakespeare’s play. Bus departs 10.30 a.m.

Saturday October 31, Tannhauser by Wagner; with Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha in the title role and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth in this most understandable of Wagner’s great operas. (4.5 hours).  Bus departs 8.30 a.m.

Saturday November 21, Lulu by Berg; with soprano Marlis Petersen in the title role of the demented femme fatal; a tale of love and obsession. Bus departs at 10.00 a.m.

Tickets are 300 pesos, 400 for non-members, available at the LCS Thursdays and Fridays, 10.00 a.m. to noon. The buses depart from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic.


Our Ojo del Lago Editor-in-Chief Alejandro Grattan has received notice that the last movie he wrote and directed was recently sold to TCM (Turner Classic Movies). To check this out, go to TCM-Only Once in a Lifetime. He says “Sadly, I sold out my financial interest many years ago, but needless to say I was very happy to hear this news.” The movie premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was later selected as one of four movies to represent the United States at the Deauville Film Festival in France. We might get a chance to see the movie down here. There’s a plan in the works to present it as a charity fundraiser.




An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly, is the next show at Naked Stage. It’s directed by Michael Warren.  Dates are September 25, 26 and 27.

A middle-class English family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole.  He questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman. They are interrogated and revealed to have been responsible for the young woman’s exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, effectively leading to her death.


The Cast (left to right)  Douglas Pinkerton, Rosann Balbontin, Geoff Long, Kevin Leitch, Florette Schnelle, Director Michael Warren and Al Kirkland


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

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.


Medical emergencies happen!  What will you do?  Probably call your personal doctor or  Cruz Roja.  Like water supply and electricity, Cruz Roja is part of the infrastructure that makes living in Lakeside possible. Cruz Roja services are at the ready, 365 days a year, 24/7. 



The CR Chapala Clinic is in greatest use on weekends by families and in response to car accidents.  However, since serious falls, scorpion stings, cardiac and other medical events are both unpredictable and almost inevitable, the Clinic is open all night and all day, every day.  The staff of forty professionals operating in shifts serve all emergency patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Clinic couldn’t offer these services without local support. Costs for staff salaries; medical supplies and equipment such as defibrillators, x-ray services, Jaws of Life, and pharmaceuticals; fuel and maintenance for ambulances average about 10,000 pesos per day. It receives no government subsidies, but does get occasional assistance from Cruz Roja Jalisco, such as a 50% grant towards the purchase of an ambulance.

Few of us could live at Lakeside without water, electricity or ambulance and emergency medical services. Cruz Roja is here . .  . whenever we need it.


This is one talented and busy lady. Jayme Littlejohn,  is well known as an actor and singer, founder of My My How Nice! productions, and also the founder of The Bravo! Theatre. In addition to theatrical performances, she has also organized classes that are open to the pubic. Here’s the current schedule:


Jayme Littlejohn


Tap Dancing with Instructor Val Jones

Monday, 11:00 p.m to Noon

Thursday, 1:00 p,m. to 2 p.m.

Acting/Scene Study Workshop with Instructor Roseann Wilshire

Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Improvisation Workshop with Instructors John Ward and Jayme Littlejohn

Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Coming Soon

Voice Technique for the Stage – Instructor Timothy G. Ruff Welch

Core Training – Instructor Anne Roche

The classes are held at Rio Bravo #10. For information or registration email:  The fee is 50 pesos per class or 250 pesos for six classes. 


And this can happen from taking tango lessons!  Enthusiastic students are talking about other benefits in learning to tango: good posture and alignment, flexibility and creativity.  Not to mention it’s fun.

The class meets on Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Jazz Dance Studio at Cinco de Mayo #260 (upstairs) at the corner of Lopez Cotilla in Chapala.  The group lesson is 60 pesos per person. Private lessons are also available.  For information, email

Upcoming Productions at The Bravo! Theatre

November      Gypsy, a concert version. This is a fundraiser for Los Cantantes del Lago

January            Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet. The all female version.

March               I, Claudia. A reprise performance of the one woman show. Directed by Lyn Phelan.  With Jayme Littlejohn

Next Season   Vanya and Sonia and Masha & Spike by Christopher Durang. Directed by  Lyn Phelan

The Bravo! Theatre is at Rio Bravo #10. For reservations, send an email:


Visitors to the Tuesday Organic Market may do a double-take, thinking they have spotted the enigmatic Mexican artist, revolutionary and feminist Frida Kahlo.

But she is not a ghost. This beautiful lady is Maria del Carmen Salazer Gonzalez, a frequent vendor at the Tuesday market. In addition to sharing Frida’s striking looks, she also had a tumultuous marriage to an artist, filled with the same clamor and passion as that of Frida and Diego.


Photo Courtesy of Bruno Joachim


Frida’s death is an event which still is shrouded in an aura of mystery. Her public cremation became a startling piece of performance art, as the oven exploded causing her body to sit up with ghastly visage and fiery hair—or so they say.


…vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 at the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7.

The next meeting will be on September 9.

New members are welcome. They can contact John at or by phone at 376-766-0620. There are two websites that gardeners will find very informative: and


For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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