LCS Fiesta Latina
The LCS Fiesta Latina was a smashing success, raising more than $100,000 pesos. This money supplements the LCS Community Education Program which includes Children’s Art, the Wilkes Education Center, English as a Second Language classes, the Neill James Biblioteca Publica of Ajijic, located inside the Wilkes Education Center, and the more than 40 students in our student aid program.
Over a half dozen of the students that receive aid from LCS volunteered at the event: preparing decorations, serving appetizers, and assisting with clean up. It allowed the students to meet and greet LCS members who support them. It truly was a wonderful day. As things would have it, at 5:30 pm the skies decided to send down a quick shower that sent almost everyone home, but the drawing for the 50-50 raffle still held an audience.
LCS thanks all of the participants, volunteers, staff, local artists, businesses including Roberto’s restaurant, and students who helped make this event a success, especially the LCS Fund Development Committee, chaired by Lois Cugini, whose year’s worth of work culminated in a great success. Pictured is Fiesta Latina committee members Patricia Duran, Lois Cugini and Mary Bruce.
Through March 18, a major exhibit of 50 photographs of Photographer Terry Pitzner is at Galeria Quattro. Terry spent 7 years in Afghanistan, as the head of the U.N. office in Kabul for repatriation and providing durable solutions for refugees and Afghan communities. His was an extraordinary experience and the public has a unique opportunity to see his photos from that time. Come and view his photos of the young people, old people, the children and soldiers, the abandoned streets and crumbling buildings, and the portraits of a people, full of hope and despair. They are stunning, and, at times, emotionally wrenching. Galeria Quattro is located at Colon #9, one half block down from the plaza in Ajijic.
Photo Exhibit at Galeria Quattro
The Tuesday Organic Market has changed their name to Lake Chapala Farmers Market. Fifty-five vendors, some from as far away as La Primavera, sell their local natural or organic products each Tuesday from 10 to 12:30 at the Centro Laguna Plaza in Ajijic drawing from 200 to 300 Lakeside customers each week. Celebrating their second anniversary in March, the market has grown from a small fledging endeavor to the place to go to purchase healthy organic and natural products at Lakeside. Vendors offer a wide range of delicious food products; examples are farm fresh carrots, beets, spinach, chard, mushrooms, 5 colors of tomatoes and choices of lettuces, organic eggs and chicken, whole grain baked goods, honey, teas, chocolate, artisan cheeses plus a variety of healthy prepared foods.
Lake Chapala Farmers Market Founders
Pictured are three of the Mexican founders, Espiridon Eventes Anles (better known as Paye), Rafael Hernandaz and Ezequiel Macios Ochaa. Ezequiel started the Eco Mercado in Guadalajara in 1996. Paye teaches organic farming at the RASA farm in Ixtlahuacán. His next class is in April and covers a multitude of topics from using natural pesticides and fungicides to foliar fertilizing. Classes are in Spanish. Find him at the market for more information. For more information about RASA, go to their website: .
Vendors at Lake Chapala Farmers Market
If you need to purchase tickets for an event from the LCS ticket booth, Diane Pearl, Charter Club, or the Auditorio de la Ribera, you can find the hours that they are open under “Ticket Info,” at the end of this column.
Fridays in March, Lake Chapala Hospice presents a second series of thought-provoking documentaries! The remaining films in this series are Facing Death by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on March 9; Choosing to Die by Terry Pratchett on March 16, The Last Days of extraordinary lives on March 23, and Gen Silent by Stu Maddux on March 30. The documentaries will be shown at the LCS Sala at 2:30pm. Please reserve your seats by sending a request to: . For more information about the documentaries, visit their website: www. .
Viva Musica has some wonderful offerings for Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra performances in Guadalajara: March 2 – Friday Evening, March 11 – Sunday Matinee, March 16 – Friday Evening, March 25 – Sunday Matinee, April 1- Sunday Matinee. For complete program information, go to the Philharmonic website: .
The Friday concerts depart Ajijic at 4:30 pm and include a stop for dinner at a choice of restaurants. The Sunday concerts depart Ajijic at 10:30 am with food options at the theater. Prices are $250 pesos for Viva Members, and $350 pesos for non members. To reserve , e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 766-2834.
March 8 at 6 pm, Latin Dance Show is at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Fernando Serna and his Danza con Clase, 23 dancers from Centro Cultura Danza, con will perform an Anthology of Danzon in the first part of the program. This will be followed by performances by 6 dancers from the Ballet Neo Clasico. The second half of the program includes Latin dances such as salsa, cumbia, bachata, son, tango and west coast swing.
Fernando Serna was born in Guadalajara in 1970. He worked with the Ballet Folklorico for many years, before leaving to form his own academy and dance company in 2007. He has appeared with his dancers in numerous Danzon competitions in major national Danzon congresses, most recently in 2011 at the Teatro Degollado with Arturo Marquez, to great acclaim. Tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth, Charter Club Tours, Diane Pearl and the Auditorio for $250 pesos for Viva members and $300 pesos for non members.
March 15, 5:30 pm at the Hotel Real de Chapala, come and walk the red carpet with Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, a.k.a. Rhett Butler hosted by Niños Incapacitados del Lago. You can even have your photo taken with the stars! Come as a Hollywood star, a director, a cinematographer or an extra, but please come. The children in our program need your help. We can accept more kids if you’ll make up a table, dress to the nines, bid for the exciting items in our live and silent auctions and much more. There will be surprises, and we guarantee a lively and entertaining evening with and beneath the stars. Tickets are $450 pesos each and are available at the LCS ticket booth. Each table seats 10 people. If you want to come in a smaller group, we’ll be happy to seat you at an open table.
Meet Rhett Butler March 15
We’ll also be honoring some of Tinsel Town’s leading lights – The Rat Pack – by naming special tables after them. For $7,500 pesos for a table of 10 you can enjoy an array of scrumptious extras such as a 750 ml bottle of Siete Leguas tequila, three bottles of Reserva wine, your photograph taken with Marilyn and/or Rhett, chocolates, coffee and liqueurs and other premium items. You get to choose the name of your table. Someone is already bidding for Frank Sinatra so don’t delay! If Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop are snapped up, we can name tables after the “Rat Pack Mascots” who included Shirley MacLaine, Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson and Juliet Prowse.
Rhett Butler may famously have said “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,” but we do and we know you do too because of your previous and much-appreciated support. We sincerely hope you will join us for a star-studded evening at Hollywood on the Lake. Please contact Kari Higgins at 766-3651 or e-mail for reservations.
Raffle for the Arts is being held by Los Cantantes del Lago to benefit the Pro Auditorio fund. Over 30 prizes will be raffled off to include event tickets for LLT, My, My How Nice! Productions, MAS, and certificates for Go Restaurant, Ajijic Tango, La Nueva Posada and many more items listed on . Raffle tickets are 200 pesos and the drawing will be at the last Los Cantantes del Lago Spring Concert on March 28th. One need not be present to win.
March 10, 4 pm My My How Nice Productions! presents Hebrew Melodies: A Musical Journey Through the World performed by Budapest Native Madalina Nicolescu and Timothy G. Ruff Welch, pianist and Music Director of Los Cantantes del Lago at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. Tickets are 200 pesos, available by emailing or at Mia’s Boutique and Diane Pearl Colecciones.
March 13, 7:30 pm – MAS Musica proudly presents Viva Flamenco, voted the Best Flamenco Company by the National Association of Broadcasters of Mexico. Viva Flamenco arrives from Mexico City to perform Pasiones En Rojo at the Auditorio de la Ribera. Under the direction of Leticia Cosio, this sensational Flamenco Company, has electrified audiences through the US, Spain, and Latin America since 2003. The 350 peso tickets can be purchased at the LCS ticket booth, Charter Club Tours, and at MAS’ new ticket venue on the Guadalupe Victoria Walkway near the Ajijic Plaza on Sundays, March 4 and 11 from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, contact Kathleen Phelps at 766-0010.
March 17, 5 to 7 pm, ASA’s Annual Judged Show and Reception will be held at the Ajijic Cultural Center. Following the judging, works entered in the show, to include jewelry, sculpture, textiles, drawings, paintings and photographs, will be available for purchase. The exhibit will be at the Cultural Center through the 29th.
March 20, 6 pm, Jaltepec Centro Educativo invites you to their last dinner of the season. The event starts with a No Host Bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students. Enjoy a beautiful cocktail hour watching the sun set over the lake along with Tim Welch playing cocktail music. Donation is $350 pesos per person which includes hors d’oeuvres, and a three course dinner along with tea or coffee, regular or decaf. The funds raised benefit the students of this Tecnico Universario en Hoteleria. Please RSVP by March 13 to Linda Buckthorp at or call 766-1631 to make reservations or for menu information.
Jaltepec Centro Educativo Students
March 23, 7 pm, the Festival of Music Song and Dance will be at the Auditorio de la Ribera and feature prominent musicians from the Lakeside area. Tickets are 100 pesos and sold at the Auditorio.
March 23, 24 and 25, at 4 pm, Shirley Appelbaum directs Nuts written by Tom Topor. The play is a courtroom drama with a great sense of comedy. It is a suspense, psychological, and courtroom drama that explores abuse issues, family and social power dynamics, and aspects of the criminal court system. It was staged off-off-Broadway in 1979 and transferred to Broadway the following year. A 1987 film adaptation stars Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss. Ticket prices are donations of 80 pesos. The Naked Stage is located in the Plaza de la Ribera on Rio Bravo. Reservations are required.To make reservations, call 766-5986. If you need to cancel, please do so a day in advance. Box Office opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4:00pm.
March 27, 7 pm, and March 28 at 4 pm, the Los Cantantes del Lago Spring concert “Prisms” is at the Auditorio de la Ribera. You can purchase 250 peso tickets at the LCS ticket booth and from any Los Cantantes member or email . This is our 10th anniversary concert year with a mix of old and new and lots of fun.
April 7 – 16, Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) presents a farce about sex and aging in the time of little blue pills:Sex Please, We Are Sixty. Written by Susan and Michael Parker, and directed by Pat Carroll.”A newly developed, little blue pill, just for menopausal women gets in the wrong hands and the prim and proper Rose Cottage Inn will never be the same… and neither will Bud the Stud.” Purchase tickets at the Theatre from 10 to noon starting Thursday, April 5. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, and the bar opens at 6:30 pm. Sunday matinees at 3 pm. For more information, visit their website: .
You can purchase tickets from the LCS ticket booth, Diane Pearl, Charter Club and the Auditorio as follows:
The LCS (Lake Chapala Society) ticket booth is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to Noon.
Diane Pearl Colecciones is located at corner of Colon and Ocampo in Ajijic, and tickets can be purchased 10 to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and noon to 3 pm on Sunday.
Charter Club Tours is located in Plaza Montana, on the main street and Colon. Tickets can be purchased from 10 to 5 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 to 1pm.
Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago is located on the lake side of the Carretera in La Floresta and tickets can be purchased from 9 to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.
Sex Please, We Are Sixty
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com