Lakeside Living – January 2018


Sandy Olson
Phone: 331-283-8529

January 2018


Mac Morison returns  on January 10 with his sixth annual benefit concert.

This year’s show is called “I Wish You Love” and includes an all star cast highlighting Judy Hendrick, Cindy Paul, Kristine Moily and featuring Mike “Scatman” Fortier
Mac croons jazz standards in a smooth baritone that brings back memories of the many greats of the past—Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett and others.
The performance will be at “The Cave,” #159 Carretera, next door to Fenix Real Estate. The doors will open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique and Jose Melendrez Tienda on the Ajijic Plaza.
This year’s show benefits the Lakeside Little Theatre to help with much needed technical upgrades and renovations. For more information call Barbara at 766.2489.
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.
January 7 The Dance of Life
Presented by Susan Weeks
Nothing remains static in the universe or in nature—and there is a rhythm to everything.  All too often we hold on to the notion that nothing can change in our lives while the evidence, the reality, points in an entirely different direction. With humor and compassion, Susan Weeks leads us away from the fear of change or loss by opening the door to possibilities and a new way of thinking.  
January 14  Foreign Retirement to Lake Chapala: The New Cycle of Boom and Bust
Presented by David Truly

David Truly

In 1997 Dr. Truly conducted a multi-method study on retirement migration to the Lake Chapala area, which became a benchmark for examining the motivations and impacts of foreign retirees to Mexico. He continued to visit the area over the next few years and then in 2010 moved to the area with this family. Since that time he has conducted numerous studies for public and private agencies, and is currently duplicating his ‘97 study.
This lecture focuses on the recent boom in foreign migration, the profile and potential impacts of today’s migrants, and the preliminary results of his ongoing 20 year follow-up study. 
January 21 World Class Music in Ajijic
Presented by Chris Wilshere & Northern Lights
Christopher Wilshere, founder and artistic director of the Northern Lights Festival of Febrero and director of the Palcco School of Music in Guadalajara, will talk about exciting upcoming projects involving the festival’s student scholarship program. Alongside Chris will be a string quartet made up of some of this and last year’s scholarship students. The students will tell us about their experiences at the 2017 festival as well as their aspirations and goals for the 2018 season.
January 28  The Five Wishes
Presented by Loretta Downs

Loretta Downs

Advance Healthcare Planning has evolved from being a casual part of an estate plan to becoming a lifelong practice and medical necessity. It is a personally transformative process that increases the likelihood of having a gentle death. The Five Wishes is a helpful tool for exercising control over your end-of-life care. These wishes will clarify who and what matters most to you when you reach the end of the life line.
Loretta Downs has a Masters Degree in Gerontology. She is Past-president of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition and is a Certified Senior Advisor, Advance Care Planning Facilitator and Death Doula.
February 4  Eleventh Annual Update on Global Warming, 
Climate Change, and Renewable Energy in Mexico
Presented by Dr. Donald Aitken
This Powerpoint lecture will continue Dr. Aitken’s annual look at what has happened and what he has learned about global warming and climate change since Feb. 2017. He will also discuss the growth of solar energy in Mexico.  
Dr. Donald Aitken has been in renewable energy and policy since 1973, having chaired two US national conferences, served twice as President of the American Solar Energy Society, and served as Secretary and  Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society.
Please note that this talk will take place at the Club Exotica from 10:30-12:00.

The next Lakeside Little Theatre production is Agnes of God. It’s directed by Paul Kloegman, Cast members are Jacinta Springer, Deborah Spitz, and Johanna Labadie. Show dates are January 12 – 21.
The play: A young nun is accused of murdering an infant she gave birth to in a cloistered convent. The psychiatrist assigned to her case meets opposition in the convent’s Mother Superior, and all three women explore questions of faith, memory, and the meaning of sainthood.
The performances are at 7:30 pm and 3 pm. First Saturday and both Sundays are matinees. 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. 
Once again Lakeside residents are gifted with fascinating Sunday afternoon films sponsored by the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation.
Here’s the lineup  for January:
January 7 The Zookeeper’s Wife
January 14 The Frisco Kid
January 21  Denial
January 28  Orchestra of Exiles
February 4  Oy Vey My Son is Gay
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.
The Bravo! Theatre is presenting concerts by singers from Guadalajara, Mexico City and Lakeside.  
January 14 music lovers will hear local favorite Amaranta Santos with her concert Storytellers
February 5 brings us tenor David de la Mora with Canciones del Mundo – Songs of the World. 
March 18 tenor Ricardo Calderon, winner of several national awards, brings a selection of composers from Spain, in his concert, Con amore…a España.   
Timothy G. Ruff Welch is the collaborative pianist for all of these concerts.  Welch is the Maestro of the Coro Municipal de Zapopan, Los Cantantes del Lago and Minister of Music at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. 
Tickets for these concerts are 300 pesos and are available at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique or  All concerts will be presented at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church.
Centro Educativo Jaltepec will hold an open house on Tuesday, January 23 at 11 am.  It starts with a presentation of the history of this institute, and the academic program along with their scholarship Program.  This will follow with a tour of the facilities and a question and answer period. 
A complimentary lunch will be served at 1:30. Seating is limited to 60 guests, including current sponsors.  Please contact Linda Buckthorp, Community Facilitator, at 766-1631 or email for further information or to make a reservation to attend the open house.

You’ll get a chance to try it if you attend the annual Robert Burns supper and fundraiser sponsored by Ninos Incapacitados.
There will be Scottish dancing, bagpipe music, a beautiful supper and a stylish display of kilts. The event is on Thursday, January 25, at the Hotel Real de Chapala. Tickets are 500 pesos. Contact Ann at 766-1609 or email her at
Viva la Musica is presenting its Winter Concert in the Haus der Musik on Thursday, January 25 at 7 pm.
The brilliant Dutch/Israeli pianist Michael Tsalka returns for an evening of Baroque and Romantic music, the first part with music by J.S. Bach and sons entitled Fugue and Fantasy, followed after the intermission by the Mazurkas of Frederic Chopin.
This will be a celebration affair with a champagne and canape reception for an intimate house concert evening. Seating is limited. Tickets are 500 pesos and available at the Lake Chapala Society Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to 12.
The next production from Naked Stage is The Lyons. It’s directed by Pierre Blackburn. You can’t miss this one. It’s  a very funny, black comedy about a standard-issue dysfunctional, middle class, Jewish, suburban family. The basic joke of Silver’s savage comedy is that the characters are given license to speak their private thoughts out loud.

The Cast: Bob Jones, Clay McAdam, Johan Dirkes (back row) Deanne Barber, Chris L’Ecluse, Linda Freeman (front row)

It shows on January 16, 27 and 28 at 4 pm. The Box Office and bar open at 3 pm.  Donation is 100 pesos. 
Naked Stage is at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.  Parking is available in the parking lot of the Baptist 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. 
Remember that line from Casablanca? Come and see the movie on the big screen at the Avocado Club on January 26 at around 6 pm.  Admission is free.
People purchase their own meals. A percentage of the food sales will be donated to The Little Chapel by the Lake for their good works in the village of San Juan Tecomatlan.
Here is the lineup for the next Viva la Musica Live from the Met bus trips.
Saturday January 27, noon. Tosca by G. Puccini (3.18 hours) Bus departs at 10.30 am
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 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.

Lakeside Little Theatre Playhouse Series presents National Theatre Live’s Production of the award-winning two-part play Angels in America.
Set in the U.S. during the 1980s, Angels in America:  A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is presented in two parts.  Part I:  “Millennium Approaches” and Part II:  “Perestroika.”  They combine to present a complex, compelling look at AIDS and homosexuality in America in the midst of the AIDS epidemic.
Part I:  “Millennium Approaches” will be presented Saturday, January 27, at 3 pm.  Part II:  “Perestroika” will be shown Sunday, January 28, also at 3 pm.  
Tickets may be purchased at the LLT Box Office Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and noon. Tickets are 300 pesos per performance, or 500 pesos for both performances when purchased together. For more information, visit
Proceeds from Lakeside Little Theatre’s showings of Tony Kushner’s epic two-part play will be donated to Ajijic Cares, the lakeside volunteer organization dedicated to providing resources and education in the fight against HIV transmission.
Viva is bringing the Ballet de Jalisco to the Auditorio on February 2 at 7.00 pm
A small group of dancers from the Ballet de Jalisco will present a concert of delightful solos, pas de deux and ensemble pieces. Tickets, at 300 pesos, are available at the LCS ticket booth Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to noon, or call Rosemary Keeling at 766-1801.

Artist Robina Nichol

Ajijic Society of the Arts will present its Open Studio 2018 on February 10 and 11.  This is your chance to visit 51 or more local artists, who will be showing 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.
Fifty percent of the ticket price supports the Children’s Art Program, an institution of 61 years and growing, located at LCS. Many of our renowned artists began as local youngsters at CAP.  This is a perfect way to spend an art-filled weekend and support our future young artists.

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