Lakeside Living – February 2018


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

February 2018



Lorraine Farrow will host a show and reception at her gallery Sol Mexicano on Friday, February 9 for sculptor Robert Burns Wilson, painter Adriana Perez and photographer Karen Spencer.

The gallery is at Colon #13. The reception will be held from 3 to 6 pm.  The show will run until March 4.

Artist Bob Wilson and Lorraine Farrow



Here is the lineup for the next Viva la Musica Live from the Met bus trips.

Saturday February 10, 11 am. Elixir of Love by G. Donizetti (2.59 hours) Bus departs at 9.30 am

Saturday February 24, 11.30 am. La Boheme by G. Puccini (3.16 hours) Bus departs at 10 am

Saturday March 10, noon. Semiramide by G. Rossini (3.50 hours) Bus departs at 10.30 am

Saturday March 31, 11 am Cosi Fan Tutte by W. A. Mozart (3.56 hours) Bus departs at 9.30 am

Trips to the opera at Teatro Diana are 450 pesos (550 for non-members) and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.  Buses leave from the carretera near the Farmacia Guadalajara.


Sunday February 11: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2; Conductor Case Scaglione; Sunday February 18: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1; Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4; Conductor Marco Parisotto

Sunday February 25; Mahler Symphony No. 5; Conductor Marco Parisotto

Sunday March 11: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Serenade for Strings; Conductor Marco Parisotto

Sunday March 18: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

Sunday March 25: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist Abdiel Vázquez) and Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances; Conductor Marco Parisotto

Viva bus trips to the symphony at the Degollado Theater are 450 pesos (550 for non-members). and are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursday and Friday from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.  Buses leave from the carretera near the Farmacia Guadalajara at 10:30 for the 12:30 performance.


Ajijic Society of the Arts will present its Open Studio 2018 on February 10 and 11.  This is your chance to visit more than 50 local artists, who will be showing their work in their studios and in local venues, such as the Lake Chapala Society.

Admission booklets, priced at 50 pesos, are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones,  Ken Gosh Gallery and Studio and at the Lake Chapala Society on Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the ticket area by the front entrance.

Artist Robina Nicol



Once again Lakeside residents are gifted with fascinating Sunday afternoon films sponsored by the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation,

February 11 THE WOMEN‘S BALCONY (Israel 2017)

This Israeli hit is a warm comedy. The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultra traditionalist beliefs, while raising money to repair the “women’s balcony” in the synagogue.

February 18 PAST LIFE (Israel, Poland 2016)

Past Life tracks the daring late 1970’s odyssey of two sisters—an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist—as they unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives.

February 25 TO BE OR NOT TO BE (USA 1942)

Starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard ( in her final screen appearance) as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. They become caught up in a dangerous spy plot.

Tickets are 80 pesos. The films are shown at 1:30 at the Cinemas del Lago, Bugambilias Plaza.  A portion of sales goes to benefit a selected Lakeside charity.


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 am is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30.

February 11 The Love Poetry of Jim Tipton

Jim Tipton


Presented by Roseann Wilshere, Tony Wilshere, and Cindy Paul. Directed by Rosann Balbontin.

A long tradition at Open Circle has been to feature the love poetry of Jim Tipton during St. Valentine’s week. This year, owing to health challenges, the reading has been lovingly assumed by distinguished professional actors Roseann and Tony Wilshere and Cindy Paul.

Jim Tipton has published in The Nation, Esquire, American Literary Review, and countless other journals and anthologies. His book Letters from a Stranger  (1998) won the Colorado Book Award. Other books include Proposing to the Woman in the Rear View Mirror (2008); Washing Dishes in the Ancient Village (2009); To Love for a Thousand Years (2012); and All the Horses of Heaven (2009/2015). Books written in the Japanese forms of Haiku and Tanka have been translated into a dozen languages.

February 18  DNA: The Operating System of Life

Presented by Dr. Morris Schwarzblat

DNA has the instructions to determine the behavior of every cell of all living organisms. Technology to edit and change these instructions has fantastic implications for our health and well-being. Dr. Schwarzblat will discuss the changes and implications that these technologies will bring in the near future.

Dr. Schwarzblat is a nuclear physicist with ample experience in academia, research and industry in Mexico and in Canada. He is currently Director General of Science and Technology Development at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology of Jalisco.

February 25 Opera As You Like It

Presenter: Ad Líbitum Compañía de Ópera de Guadalajara

Opera Ad Líbitum from Guadalajara is one of Open Circle’s annual favorites. This year’s program will pay tribute to the classical opera repertoire as well as to Mexican music. The singers are María de Jesús Cárdenas (soprano); Teresa Banderas (mezzosoprano); José Maria López Valencia (tenor); and Ricardo Lavín (baritone). These vocalists have received multiple awards and have established a name for themselves nationally and internationally. They will be accompanied by an ensemble of musicians: Juan Pablo García (piano), Monserat Velázquez (bassoon), José Luis García (violin) and Juan Fernando Magdaleno (violin).

March 4  Annual Update on the Condition of Lake Chapala and Surrounding Communities  

Presented by Dr. Todd Stong

He will tell us about the level of the lake and the long-term prognosis of the regional water supply. In addition, he will speak about the very serious matter of children dying from kidney disease related to unidentified environmental pollutants in villages to the east of Mezcala.

Dr. Stong, a Licensed Professional Engineer, is in his 16th season of volunteer service to county governments and villages surrounding Lake Chapala, with a focus on water supply, wastewater treatment, and job creation. He was a CNN Heroes nominee in 2016.

Please note that Dr. Stong’s presentation will adjourn at noon.


Catch a very special Valentine’s Dinner Show this February 14! “It Had to Be You” is a collection of favorite standards presented by a remarkable trio with Cindy Paul on vocals, Jorge Verdin on keyboard, and Jim Barto on trumpet, and accompanied by a nice dinner at La Bodega.

Dance your heart away on Feb. 14 from 6 to 8 pm, one night only. Get reservations and tickets from La Bodega for 300 pesos or 350 at the door, if available. Tickets include dinner and the show. For information call 376-766-100.



Lakeside Little Theatre’s latest production is Fiddler on the Roof, one of the great musicals of our era.. It’s directed by  Dave McIntosh. Show dates are February 16-27.

The Cast: Zion Dutro, Katie Hartup, Beth Leitch, Kina Dutro, Helena Feldstein, Gavo Casillas, Kathleen Pharis, Don Chaloner, Bob Hendrick, Olivia Reeser, Carol Kaufman, Trinity Dutro, Garry Peerless, Robbin Del Nagro, Patrick DuMouchel, Mark Donaldson, Trinity Dutro, Julian Labadie, Joy Cook, Greg Clarke, Allyson De Jong, Dan Cook, Connie Davis, Zane Pumiglia, Dennis McCary, Greg Custer, Jeff Kingsbury.  The Band: Judy Hendrick, Daniel Medeles, Chuco Soto, Gilberto Rios, Jorge Verdin



The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees at 3 pm. Evening shows are at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are 300 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. 


It’s an encore production ofI, Claudia starring Jayme Littlejohn in a one woman show playing four different characters. .  This encore is being directed by David Wharff.  It is a touching and very funny look at a 12 year old’s view and experience of life and family that reminds us of our youth (and how lucky we are to be past it!).

Jayme Littlejohn


Tickets are 250 pesos and will be on sale at Diane Pearl Colecciones and Mia’s Boutique.  Show dates are February 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm and February 18, 21 and 25 at 4 pm.  Or email


The next Naked Stage production is Seascape, by Edward Albee. It’s directed by Randy Warren.

This is one of Albee’s most cherished plays, a fantastic story of what it means to be alive It’s the winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The show runs February 22. 23 and 24 at 4 pm. Donation is 100 pesos.  The Box Office and Bar open at 3 pm. Reservations are by email at:

The Cast: Jean Llewellyn, Stan Rawson, Suki O’Brien, Fred Koesling


The Naked Stage is on the carretera in Riberas del Pilar, across from the Catholic Church and in front of the Baptist Church.  Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist Church.


Northern Lights Festival de Febrero has a date change for one of their concerts.

“Married to the Job” will now be presented on February 28 at 4 pm at the Auditorio in La Floresta instead as previously advertised.  Please check their website for update.


Snowbirds and other Lakesiders who missed the Lake Chapala Chorale’s big Broadway revue “Singing on a Star” last October will be thrilled to know that the group is doing an encore presentation this March, with favorites and new numbers. Pick up advance tickets at Diane Pearl Colecciones for 300 pesos or 350 at the door, if available.

The price includes a mouthwatering grilled chicken dinner as well as the show. Show dates are March 9, 11, 16 and 18, all from 5:45 pm to 8 pm, with dinner service beginning at 5:30 pm.



 The Lake Chapala Shrine Club will be hosting their Twelfth Annual Ribfest Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 7 starting at 1 pm.  The event is at the beautiful Cumbres Garden Event center located high above Chula Vista Norte Colonos.  Ample parking will be available for up to 350 cars and there will also be shuttle buses providing transportation from Black Coffee, located across the road from Wal-Mart, starting at 12:45 pm.

Funds raised from the 500 peso Ribfest ticket donation will be used to provide physical examination of Lakeside children under 18 years of age, to determine if they qualify for treatment locally or for transportation to the Mexico City Shrine Hospital.

Tickets are available from any Shriner, at Diane Pearl Colecciones, O & A Investments or by emailing or David at 331.017.1724 or telephone 763.5126.

CASA Table for the 2017 Winners



A beautiful table service, and a gourmet meal cooked and served by members of CASA, is a highlight of the live auction at “White Night, White Lights,” the Ninos Incapacitados annual gala/dinner dance.

The event is on Thursday, March 22, from 5 to 10 pm, at the Hotel Real de Chapala. Organizers suggest a dress code of white, either festive attire or business casual.  They say, “Be prepared for a lovely evening under the stars, and a gala full of light, sparkle and enjoyment.”

Musical entertainment is by Great American Songbook Francis Dryden, Paul Brier and Jimmy Bardo.

The ticket cost is 550 pesos. For tickets contact Sue Williams at 766-0487 or email


He says, This is the haiku and photo that won in the 7th Setouchi Matsuyama International Photo-Haiku Contest:  


“the sea 

silent as lips of men

sleeping in its depths”

More from Mel next month….


Many of you visit La Manzanilla in the winter months. Just a little north of La Manz is Boca de Iguana and the fabulous restaurant/B&B, Chantli Mare by the Sea. When you are there for one of their fine meals, please be aware that the paintings on the walls are the works of members of Ajijic’s Lake Chapala Painting Guild. The paintings and their prices will be in place from mid-December to mid-March.

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