Lakeside Living – April 2015


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529


April 2016



Visiting Mr. Green is the next offering at The Bravo! Theatre. It is directed by Jayme Littlejohn and stars Roger Larson and Ken Yakiwchuk. Mr. Green, 86, is almost hit by a car driven by young executive Ross Gardiner. Found guilty of reckless driving, Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into drama, as family secrets are revealed and old wounds are opened.

This show runs April 8-10 and 14-17, Sundays at 4 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. all other days. The Bravo! Theatre address is Rio Bravo #10B. Tickets are 200 pesos and are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique or by emailing


Viva la Musica is offering bus trips to all the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra spring concerts at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Tickets are 350 pesos, (450 for non-members), available at the LCS box office Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m.- noon. Buses depart from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic. Here are the concerts in April.

Viva bus trips, call Rosemary at 376 766-1801.

Viva la Musica offers bus trips to Live from the Metropolitan Opera at the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara. Tickets are 350 pesos, (450 for non-members), available at the LCS box office Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to noon. Buses depart from the carretera, just east of Farmacia Guadalajara in Ajijic.

Saturday April 9: Madame Butterfly by Puccini; featuring outstanding soprano Kristine Opolais as Butterfly the young geisha, and Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton the American navy officer. Bus departs 9:30 a.m.

Saturday April 16 Roberto Devereux by Donizetti, featuring Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Queen Elizabeth I and tenor Matthew Polenzani as Robert Devereux. Bus departs at 10.30 am.

Thursday, April 21 Liszt and Mozart. Guadalajara tenor Cesar Delgado singing Mozart arias and Liszt Faust Symphony.  Marco Parisotto, conductor. Bus departs 4:00 pm for a restaurant. The concert starts at 8.30 pm.

Saturday April 30 Elektra by Strauss; soprano Nina Stemme, unmatched today in heroic female roles, portrays Elektra in a primal quest for vengeance, and legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier as Elektra’s fearsome mother. The bus departs at 10.30 am.

For more information call Rosemary Keeling at 376 766-1801

Viva is also sponsoring trips to the Jalisco Philharmonic at Teatro Degollado.

Thursday April 7 “Jalisco Talents” – Schubert, Symphony No. 8, Ponce, Mexican Balad with piano soloist Santiago Lomelin; conductor Jose Kamuel Zepeda. The bus departs at 4.00 p.m. with a stop at a fine restaurant. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday April 17 “The Art of Mendelsohn” – Mendelsohn, Violin Concerto with violin soloist Leticia Moreno; and Symphony No. 5.  Bus departs at 10.30 a.m. The concert starts 12.30.

Symphony bus tickets are 350 pesos, (450 for non-members), and are available at the LCS Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 to noon.


Democrats Abroad once again is sponsoring a series of interesting movies at the Cinema del Lago, Bugambilias Plaza. The shows are listed below.



April 10 Climate Refugees Mass migrations are expected by scientists, politicians and even the US military. The film shows current migrations and projects future changes.

April 17 Crossing Mexico’s Other Border Central American migrants are forced to battle drug cartels, corrupt police officers and human traffickers. Also War on Whistle-blowers. They take to the media to expose the fraud and abuse.

April 24 Standing Army Since WWII, the US has silently encircled the world with a web of military bases, an irritant to many.

May 1 The Great Debaters Denzel Washington portrays Melvin Tolson, a professor who inspires students in 1938 to form a debate team.

Showtime on Sundays is at 1:30 p.m. The entrance fee is 50 pesos. For more information, contact


Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.



Directing this ongoing event are David Bryen, Director, and Margaret Van Every, Program Coordinator. Here’s the program for the month. 

April 10 Syrian Refugees. Presented by Kelly Hayes-Raitt

12 million people—half of Syria’s population—have fled their homes since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war four years ago. Kelly, who spent the summer of 2008 living in Damascus and helping Iraqi refugees, was in Berlin last September right after Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany’s borders to 800,000 Syrian refugees. She will update us on this crisis with her recent experiences.

April 17 Calling Dr. Google Presented by Santiago Hernandez, MD.

Dr. Hernandez will tell us when and how to use the Internet as a tool when it comes to our health. Dr. Hernandez grew up in Chicago since the age of two after his family emigrated from Michoacan. He currently practices in Chapala.

April 24 Saving the Brain. Presented by Beatriz Gallagher, CNS, PhD

In over thirty years of practice, she has continued studying diverse aspects of clinical nutrition. Dr. Bea will tell us what promotes optimal function, what nutrients keep it healthy, and strategies to sharpen memory and recover some lost abilities.

May 1 Conquest of the Americas by Sword and Cross

Presented by David Greenstein

The discovery of the “New World” was arguably the most important event of the prior thousand years. After Columbus arrived, within a relatively short period of time, a few hundred Spaniards warriors had taken the Caribbean and conquered the Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of Peru, peoples numbering into the millions. How was this possible?


Azucena la de Jalisco, star of Channel Four’s Noche a Noche TV program is giving a performance April 14 to benefit La Ola Orphanage in Jocotepec.  La Ola Casa Hogar is a family atmosphere orphanage, currently housing 20 children.  The website to learn more is



She will be accompanied by her band, Alas de Mexico Mariachi.   Opening for Azucena is Lulu del Lago. The event will be at La Palapa Del Guayabo restaurant in Chapala, Paseo Ramon Corona No. 24 (at the end of the Chapala malecon).  

The doors open at 4:30, dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m.  Dinner is included in the price of the ticket, and additional drink tickets will be available. Price is 500 pesos per person.  A limited number of VIP tickets at 1000 pesos are available. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to personally meet Azucena, and get a personalized autographed photo.  

Tickets will be available from 10 am to noon at LCS on March 29, April 5 and 12.  Call 331-336-9340 for more information. (Tickets also available at Diane Pearl’s and Mia’s Boutique– 387 763 0749.


Now see beautiful homes on Behind the Walls Home Tours to benefit children at the School for Special Children in Jocotopec.  Join the last tour on April 14. 

Tickets are 200 pesos. Tickets are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones or at Charter Club Tours at the Plaza Montana.  If not sold out, tickets will be available at the Pier.  The tour leaves at 10:30 a.m.  For more information call Jessie Wynant at 766-1438, Kathy Baker at 766-0420, or  Leslie Martin at 766-2274.


That’s what they call those of us ladies who are enamored of Benedict Cumberbach.

The Lakeside Little Theatre, in its collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live, has broadened its Playhouse Series to be a key offering throughout the year. 

This offering deserves special mention: Academy Award winner Benedict Cumberbach plays Hamlet on April 16 and 17. 



He takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. 

Reserved seat tickets for each performance are 200 pesos each. Show times are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

 Here are other scheduled performances through August.

La Traviata, opera by Giuseppe Verdi, April 30-May 1

Everyman by Carol Ann Duffy, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, May 14-15 

Giselle by Marius Petipa, May 28-29 

As You Like It by William Shakespeare with Rosalie Craig, June 18-19 

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, July 16-17 

Cavalliera Rusticana/Pagliacci,  Pietro Mascagni/Ruggero Leoncavallo, August 13-14

Choose and reserve your seat at the time you purchase and pick up your tickets at the LLT Box Office on a first come, first served basis. Reserved seat tickets for each performance are 200 pesos each. Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.

LLT Box Office Hours: Tickets are available for upcoming two shows at a time at LLT Box Office every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and one hour before curtain. Also reserve tickets at or call (376)766.0954.


The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation is holding a Passover Seder at Roberto’s restaurant on Friday, April 22, at 6 p.m. Passover is one of the major Jewish festivals, relating to the exodus from Egypt after 400 years of slavery.



The dinner is open to the public. Cost is 500 pesos for non-members of the temple and 350 pesos for members. Get tickets at Diane Pearl Colecciones or email


The next Naked Stage show is The Cocktail Hour, by A.R. Gurney. It’s directed by Dick Yanko. Performance dates are April 29, 30, and May 1. “The family sits around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness”–The New York Post.

 The cast from left to right: Director Dick Yanko, Bob (BJ) Jones, Lila Wells, Patrick DuMouchel, Clay McAdam, Debra Bowers 


The cast from left to right: Director Dick Yanko, Bob (BJ) Jones, Lila Wells, Patrick DuMouchel, Clay McAdam, Debra Bowers


THE NEW LOCATION Hidalgo ( the carretera) #261 across from the Catholic Church in Riberas de Pilar just east of the LTH sign on the mountain side. Diana Rowland says, “The bar is being run by animal welfare groups and is called “The Dog House” All profits from the bar go to the animals. The Naked Stage ticket profits for the readings are still donated to Cruz Roja.  We’ve been able to maintain the current suggested donation of 80 pesos but have had a lot of expenses due to the move. Anyone wishing to top off their donation to $100 pesos can be assured that the extra will be kept in a separate fund for Cruz Roja.”

For more information and reservations, email and, for those who use Facebook, to look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.


It was a wonderful evening for members attending the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic’s 30th annual awards banquet.   Roberto’s restaurant did an outstanding job of catering a delicious three course gourmet dinner. President Monica Molloy says, “It was CASA’s Academy Awards night and it truly was a night for us to shine!”


From left: Monica Molloy, President; Rick Feldmann, Top Winner of 2015 Bing Award (three first places and most points in a calendar year); and Lorraine Keefer, the most distinguished, longest serving Board member (now retired), presenting the award



The Niños Incapacitados Diamonds and Denim Ball last month at the Hotel Real de Chapala was a huge success, even with the threat of rain, wind, and cold. The evening’s agenda featured a silent auction, a live auction, raffle of a large TV and tequila, and photo ops by a show horse at the hotel’s entrance and in a western “arena” in the back.


Jane Hainsworth winning a live auction item


With diamonds-and-denim based decorations at the entrance and on the tables, the almost 450 attendees responded in turn with terrific outfits to match the theme., waiters offering to wear western bandanas, and a tasty theme-based menu.


Can you join up and make  it 151?  Judie Keck, the 2016 President of The Chapala Garden Club says, “New members are invited to join one of the most vibrant and fastest growing yet longest established organizations on Lakeside.”


The 2016 Board Members.


Members are heavily involved in community projects and enhancing the area’s good looks. The club meets on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information, visit or talk to Judie Keck at 387.761.0199.

Left to right, front row, Judie Keck, President, Mary O’Leary, Vice President.  Second row,  Sandy Feldman, Outgoing President and Garden Tours, Nancy Seagall, Secretary and Webmaster. Standing, Rosemary Grayson, Public Relations, Karen Rowell, Treasurer, Jean Mare Harmon, Membership, and Joan Ward, Gardens and Programs.

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