Lakeside Living – September 2017


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

September 2017



That is to say, Lakeside Little Theatre season tickets go on sale NOW. Get them on September 6 and 7 from 10 am to 1 pm at the theatre, or call 376-766-0954, or email  They will also be available later if you have missed this notification.


Lakeside Little Theatre is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Playhouse Series.  This will be the fourth season of collaboration with London’s National Theatre Live.

All of these are actual performances recorded in stunning high definition before live audiences and shown on LLT’s 14×8 foot screen.  Still to come are:

September 9-10              Obsession by Jan Peter Gerrits, Simon Stephens

Jude Law stars in the stage production of Obsession, recorded live from the Barbican Theatre in London.


Jude Law

October 14-15                Peter Pan by JN Barrie

November 18-19            Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Anthony Burgess

 December 2-3               Il Volo with Placido Domingo Notte Magica

January 27-28                Angels in America 1&2 by Tony Kushner

March 3-4                       Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

April 7-8                         Yerma by Simon Stone, Federico Garcia Lorca

Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm.  Tickets (250 pesos) for the upcoming shows can be purchased two weeks prior and the week of the show at the LLT box office Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until noon, and one hour before curtain.


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.

September 10 Discover Ayurveda, India’s Traditional Health System

Presented by Mahadevi Prem


Mahadevi Prem


Ayurveda teaches us that we are all unique and that our path toward perfect health is equally unique. Vibrant health is our natural state, the result of harmonious living.  Ayurveda involves nutrition, herbs, massage, and lifestyle. And because the five senses are gateways into the body, mind and consciousness, it also involves aromas, sounds, and color. Maha will share the principles of this ancient wisdom and provide a simple guide to staying healthy and happy by adjusting our daily habits.

Mahadevi has spent more than ten years learning Ayurveda and experiencing the benefits of incorporating its practice into her life in keeping with the California Ayurveda Colleges programs and her personal process with an Ayurveda medical doctor. She is a Thai massage therapist, Theta healer, Moon Mother, Magdala priestess, energy healer and devotional singer. She gives individual sessions and leads ancient ceremonies, healing circles, classes and workshops.   

September 17   Karma

Presented by Victor Youcha

Last year Victor spoke to us about spiritual law—the law of karma and parallel perceptions of spiritual law in various belief systems. Today he will elaborate more fully on this topic. He has had an interesting year since the last talk. His wife Linda had a very serious stroke following surgery to correct an aneurism and is now in a nursing home. Victor himself recently underwent heart catheterization, with stents inserted in two arteries. Thus, pondering the lessons of karma is foremost in Victor’s mind.  

A life-long spiritual seeker, Victor has studied with Lakota medicine men and has been a student of the spiritual teachings of ECKANKAR for the last 18 years. A licensed chiropractor, he still practices part time and has been giving seminars to students and faculty of the chiropractic colleges in Mexico. Victor and Linda arrived in Ajijic in 2010.

September 24 Clarifying Cross-Cultural Conundrums

Presented by Dr. Linda Sonna

Psychologist and author Dr. Linda Sonna will discuss the differences in Mexican and North-of-the-Border world views, values, attitudes, beliefs, and customs that commonly confound intercultural encounters. 

Dr. Sonna served as professor of multicultural counseling at Canada’s Yorkville University for ten years and was a nationally self-syndicated columnist. She authored ten parenting books and recently released a memoir of her mother’s years in Mexico entitled Tortilla & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Smuggler. Dr. Sonna immigrated to Mexico in 2005, where she lived in San Miguel de Allende until moving to Lakeside this month.

October 1 Why I Call It Yoga

Presented by Dean Niles

Dean will tell us his philosophy of Yoga and explain the difference between classical yoga and modern yoga. He will discuss the different modalities he has borrowed from and provide examples of exercises the audience can do at home. He will demonstrate how to release the tension we carry in our shoulders and explain the importance of doing this intermittently throughout the day. He will lead us in some breathing exercises, also explaining their importance, and conclude with a deep relaxation exercise.

Dean has lived 22 years in Mexico and taught both regular yoga and chair yoga. He lived almost 11 years in the Kripala Yoga Center studying many different types of yoga. He is 87 years old and his good health and vigor attest to the value of practicing yoga and staying flexible.




……that’s if you join in the annual “Thrill the World” dance event at the Ajijic Plaza on Saturday, October 28.

Rehearsals start on September 9 and continue up until the event. You can join in at any time at the Ajijic Cultural Center from 1-3 pm. Rehearsals will continue each Saturday until the October 28 event.  There are also Wednesday rehearsals starting on September 13 from 5-7 pm.

Event planners have chosen Tepehua and The School for Special Children, AKA School for the Deaf (located in Jocotepec) as the beneficiaries of this year’s event.

Val Jones tells us that Cortlandt Jones is the dance captain this year.  He is featured in the original “Thriller” video and can be seen dancing just off of Michael Jackson’s right shoulder!  She says, “It’s VERY cool to have him as dance captain teaching the choreography and performing with our Ajijic group.”



The Cast (left to right): Pierre Blackburn, Liz White, Rosann Balbontin, Don Beaudreault


 The next production from Naked Stage is Private Lives, by Noel Coward. It’s directed byFred Koesling. Performance dates are September 22, 23, and 24  at 4 pm.

As the play opens, we meet Amanda and Elyot.  A flamboyant and dazzling  divorced couple, they discover, while honeymooning with their mousy new partners, that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel.  Old sparks fly and their perpetually stormy relationship reignites…much to their current spouses’ dismay!  After everything, is it possible that they are still in love with each other? 

Naked Stage is at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.  Reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, email For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates.


This is exciting news for music and ballet lovers. Here are Viva bus trips to the

Degollado Theater.

Thursday September 14 Mexico Sinfonico conducted by Marco Parisotto, Contreras: Mariachitlan, Moncayo: Huapango, Marquez: Cello Concerto with soloist Carlos Prieto, Revueltas: La Noche de las Mayas. Bus leaves at 4:30 pm with a stop at a good restaurant.

Friday September 22 Ballet: Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the talented Ballet de Jalisco. Bus leaves at 6:00 pm. No dinner stop. 650 pesos (750 for non-members),

Wednesday October 18 Hungarian Impressions, conductor Marco Parisotto, Kodaly: Suite, Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 with Daniela Liebman, piano, Brahms: Hungarian Dances, Bartok: Mandarin Suite. Bus leaves at 4:30 pm with a stop at a good restaurant.

Thursday October 26 Saint-Saens Organ Symphony No. 3 conducted by Marco Parisotto, with Aldo Degadillo, organ; Ivan Perez, cello. Concertó No.1, soloist Eric Picard. Bus leaves at 4:30 pm with a stop at a good restaurant.

Sunday November 19 Gustav Mahler, Resurrection Symphony, conducted by Marco Parisotto, Nicole Heaston Soprano, Cassandra Zoe Velasco Contralto, with the Zapopan Municipal Choir: Director Timothy Ruff Welch. Bus departs at 3:30 pm for 6:00 pm concert.  No dinner stop.

Sunday November 26 Operatic Gala directed by Marco Parisotto, Nicole Heaston, soprano; Lorenzo Decaro, tenor. Mozart, Don Giovanni; Bellini, Norma; Puccini, La Boheme and Turandot. Bus departs at 10:30 am.

Thursday December 14, Ballet: The Nutcracker, conductor Jesus Medina, Ballet de Jalisco: Director Dariusz Blajer. This is an annual sell-out. Bus departs 6:00 pm. No dinner stop. 700 pesos (800 pesos for non-members).

All theater seats are premium orchestra seats. Trips to the Symphony are 450 pesos (550 for non-members). Trips to the Ballet are individually priced. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursdays and Fridays 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.


The Lake Chapala Chorale is back in full swing these days, rehearsing an all-Broadway revue that director Cindy Paul says will be “nothing short of dazzling.”


The Chorale in Rehearsal


“Singing on a Star” premiers on September 24 and will be repeated October 1, 8 and 15, all Sundays, all at 4-6 pm, at La Bodega. The 17-member chorus has had two very successful seasons and is working on a traditional Christmas concert for December as well.

Advance tickets go on sale in mid-August for 150 pesos each at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique , or you can pay 200 pesos at the door, if tickets are still available. La Bodega Restaurant offers a cash bar before the show and during intermission.


Lakeside Little Theatre’s latest production is Ripcord. It’s directed by Collette Clavadetscher.  Show dates are September 29-October 8.  The performances are at 7:30 pm and 3 pm. First Saturday and both Sundays are matinees.


The Cast: Georgette Richmond, Zane Pumiglia, Barbara Pruitt, Linda Freeman, Al Kirkland, Johan Dirkes and Damyn Young.


The plot: “Set in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, this comedy centers around Abby, who takes pride in her residence in one of the most coveted rooms in the rest home. Things turn sour quickly when she must take in Marilyn, a new roommate to share her precious space. This high-stakes comedy examines our expectations of what it means to grow old in twenty-first century America.”

Tickets are 250 pesos and are available at LLT’s Box Office, 10 to noon every Wednesday and Thursday, also one hour before curtain. Email:  or call (376) 766 0954.


No doubt about it, Marilyn Monroe was a beautiful woman—but troubled— and she met with a mysterious end.


Candace Luciano as Marilyn Monroe


The recent LLT mounting of MM.xx, directed very ably by Peggy Lord Chilton, showcased the talents of our Candace Luciano. This critic’s opinion, (with impeccable credentials as a season ticket holder), is that Candace gave a very compelling performance as Marilyn.

And furthermore—how many of us could memorize 51pages of dialogue and also look that good walking around the stage in Marilyn-style underwear?


The performance “Los Sueños de Axixic – en Palabras e Imágenes” (The Dreams of Axixic – in Words and Images) was a performance by 38 children at the Ajijic Cultural Center, the outcome of a one-week camp under the umbrella of La Cochera Cultural. La Cochera says. “Stay tuned as the dream unfolds in future projects.”



The maestros were Antonio Lopez Vega (co-founder), Yolanda Ramirez, Karuna Gomez Mont, Abel Miguel, Emilia Galtes, Krstna Trejo, Xill Fessenden, Luis Caballo, Alesxay Morales, Alejandro Garza Hernandez and Juan Navarro.


Congratulations to Connie Davis, MD, MPH, for achieving a Gold Medal win in the 2017 Global Ebook Awards in the Non-Fiction – Inspirational/Visionary category for Searching for Sitala Mata, Eradication of Smallpox in India. 


Connie Davis



It was a beautiful summer day for the NCA graduation celebration.  There were dancers, speeches from local luminaries, and the awarding of congratulatory certificates. Students from preschool to university levels were honored.   The event ended with a graduation cake and piñata.

NCA assists qualifying, underprivileged children and young adults in the Lake Chapala area (from Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos to Jocotepec) to achieve their maximum educational potential:  supports the cost of school fees, books, supplies and uniforms, and where indicated, provides an income supplement and/or assistance with related medical needs.

Sponsors, volunteers and donations are always welcome. To support this worthy charity, check the website:


For more information about Lake Chapala visit:

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