VIVA LA MUSICA “LIVE AT THE MET” OPERA
Here’s something to look forward to in 2017.
Saturday January 7 Romeo and Juliet by Gounod. This is originally a La Scala production, featuring Diana Damrau as Juliet.
Saturday January 21 Rusalka by Dvorak. This tragic story of water nymphs stars Kristine Opolais as Rusalka, and Brandon Jovanovich as the prince who captures her heart.
Saturday March 11 La Traviata by Verdi. A modernized production starring Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, and Thomas Hampson.
Saturday March 25 Idomeneo by Mozart. Set in the Trojan Wars, the production stars Matthew Polenzani and Elza van den Heever.
Saturday April 22 Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky. Anna Netrebko stars once again in one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana.
Bus trip tickets are available at the LCS ticket booth on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to noon. The cost for members is 400 pesos and 500 for non-members.
FOR YOU FILM BUFFS OUT THERE
Every Sunday afternoon in January and February, Lakeside residents look forward to the annual Jewish Film Festival sponsored by the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation. We hear that this year a portion of the proceeds will go to Mision San Pablo Orphanage in Ixtlahuacan.
The festival premieres on Sunday, January 8 at the Cinemas del Lago at the Bugambilias Mall in Ajijic. The films begin at 1 pm (except for Judgment at Nuremberg on January 29).
January 8 Remember (2015, Canada/Germany) An award winning thriller, with stellar performances by acting greats Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. The film follows a dementia-stricken Holocaust survivor on his own war criminal hunt.
January 15 Dough (2015, UK) This is a cross-culture comedy about a failing kosher baker who takes on a young Muslim apprentice to help build sales and save his business.
January 22 Defiance (2008, USA) Based on the true story of brothers leading a guerrilla movement against the Nazi’s in 1941 Belarus, “The Bielski Partisans” represented the war’s largest and most successful group of Jewish resisters.
January 29 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961 USA) PLEASE NOTE AN EARLY START TIME. This film runs three hours. The performance starts at 11:30 a.m. and will have one intermission.
This film won six Oscars and has a star-studded cast. It tracks the war crimes trial in 1948 Germany of four Nazi judges who used the legal system to condemn innocent Jews to death.
February 5 Baba Joon (2015, Israel) A first! Israeli film, Iranian cast, speaking Farsi. Semi-autobiographical, this family story of Jewish Iranians explores the age-old conflict between a father and his young son, who wants something more than to inherit the family turkey farm.
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.
January 8 The Power of Forgiveness
Presented by Susan Weeks
We’ve all had some life experiences that were not as we would have wished them to be. Through humor, philosophy, and science Susan will explore how we might change our perspective on our past. Susan believes we can create our “reality” through our own thinking—through forgiveness.
January 15 Yoshida’s Sword
Presented by Neil McKinnon
In 1859 a Japanese samurai named Yoshida Shoin was beheaded by the ruling Shogun. Before his execution, he gave his sword to his pupil. While researching the story of the sword, Neil McKinnon turned up a number of coincidences, some right here in Ajijic.
Neil lived in Japan for six years. He has been published in the U.S. and Canada, and his book, Tuckahoe Slidebottle, was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the Alberta Award for Short Fiction. His novel, The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday, was published last year. He has taught university in Canada and Japan.
January 22 Retirement Migration to Mexico: 20 years of Research and Reflection
Presented by David Truly
In 1997 David Truly came to Ajijic to conduct research for his dissertation in Geography on international retirement migration. His study shed new light on the types of people that migrate outside of their home country and the impacts of these migrants on local communities. January 29 The Mysterious Metamorphosis at the End of Life
Presented by Loretta Downs, MA, CSA
Loretta returns to Open Circle with new material from her TED talk, “The Mysterious Metamorphosis at the End of Life.”
With more than 30 years as a companion to AIDS patients, nursing home patients, hospice patients, and friends and family nearing the end of life, Loretta developed an informed and compassionate perspective on quality of death. Online resources are available at:
February 5 The Career Project: Opening Windows to a Better Future
Presented by Glorine Barnhardt
Glorine will talk about The Career Project, which she initiated in early 2015 to help fulfill the Lake Chapala Society’s expanded mission to “become more active in the Mexican community.” The Career Project’s mission is to encourage students to stay in school, to visualize chosen careers, and to identify appropriate educational pathways to realize their ambitions.
GET READY FOR AN EXPLOSIVE THRILLER
The next show in the Lakeside Little Theatre’s season is Death and the Maiden. It is directed by LB Hamilton. It will be on stage January 13 to 22.
Set in a post-revolution South American country that has only recently returned to democracy, this explosively provocative, award-winning psychological thriller stars Russell Mack, Jacinta Stringer, and Paul Kloegman.
After being named to head a commission to investigate crimes committed by the recently ousted military regime, Gerardo finds himself stranded by a flat tire. Good Samaritan, Dr. Roberto Miranda, offers the lawyer a ride home. Upon hearing Miranda’s voice, Gerardo’s reclusive wife, Paulina, believes him to be the monster who degraded and tortured her years before.
Make sure you get your tickets early – this is an excellent way to kick off the New Year! Tickets will be on sale at LLT’s box office during the usual hours. Check details at .
FOR YOU JAZZ LOVERS OUT THERE
Niños Incapacitados is announcing the return of jazz great Guido Basso, legendary trumpet and flugelhorn player, vocalist Heather Bambrick, and acclaimed jazz musicians.
PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church is hosting four seminars relating to life and death at Lakeside. Here they are:
January 14 Sheila Paul will speak on the public medical clinics at Lakeside and what they have to offer
January 21 Dr. Nena Echeveste will describe the services of the Red Cross and will make available forms to assist the Red Cross should they need to be called in an emergency.
January 28 Cynthia Guzman, Chapala Funeral Director, will advise on what steps need to be taken in advance of the unexpected.
February 4 Lawyer Azucena Bateman will speak regarding the laws we need to know in Mexico.
The seminars run from 10:30 to noon. There is no cost other than reimbursement for printed materials.
Contact Bernice Parris for further information. 766-4270
St. Andrew’s Church, Calle San Lucas 19, Riberas del Pilar
TIME TO JOIN
If you’ve enjoyed Viva la Musica presentations in the past you have the chance for even more enjoyment on Sunday, January 15. Viva’s Annual General Meeting is at 3 pm, at the lakeshore home of Tony and Roseann Wilshere, #35 Nicolas Bravo. The meeting will be followed by the membership renewal party at 4 pm with a concert, champagne and finger food to follow at 4:30.
All this is free with a 2017 membership if you join Viva at the event. Viva membership is 300 pesos. Non-member guests may attend for 100 pesos. Attendees will be entertained by Juan Pablo Medeles (violin) and Rodrigo Leal (piano), both past Viva scholarshp winners and fabulous musicians.
PAINTING WHILE YOU WATCH
Members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild have been offering demos in various media at Sol Mexicano. The artist in the final demonstration is Carol Ann Owers, on January 19 and 20.
Each session will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until at least 1 p.m. There is no charge and reservations aren’t necessary. Everyone is invited.
Sol Mexicano is located on Colon #13 in Ajijic, a half block south of the plaza.
THE BACKLASH BEGINS!
The Women’s March on Washington on January 21, the day after the US presidential inauguration, has galvanized some here in Ajijic to have a protest march on the same day at the Ajijic Plaza at 2 pm. Local activist Jill Flyer is organizing the event. Several speakers are scheduled, and then the group will then march down Calle Colon to the Lake. For more information, call 766.3025 or 331.140.1171.
“COME AWA BEN THE HOOSE…..
….we’d be fair glad tae see ye”.
He Promises He Will Be There
That’s a welcome and offer to come and join in celebrating Scotland’s greatest bard, Robert Burns, and also to support Niños Incapacitados’ children.
This is a lively evening and will include dancing, bagpipe music, tributes and toasts….a traditional dinner with a bite of haggis….a wee dram of scotch….singing and a no-host bar. Don’t miss it.
WE’RE READY FOR A LOVELY CONCERT
Thursday January 26 Viva la Musica presents Michael Tsalka, international pianist, who will perform a lovely concert: “Dancing in the Moonlight.”
The concert will cost 450 pesos for members and 500 for non members. It will take place in the afternoon at a champagne reception in a private home. For more information, contact Viva President Rosemary Keeling at or phone her at 766 1801.
PUBLIC VIOLENCE AND QUIET GRIEF
The December Man is the January Naked Stage production. It is directed by Lynn Phelan. It runs January 27, 28 and 29.
Director Lynn Phelan
In the aftermath of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, Benoit and Kathleen do everything they can to help their beloved son cope with his guilt and rage... but Jean’s young life becomes unglued. This searing drama on courage, heroism and despair explores the long private shadow that public violence casts. It’sa tragedy in which the humanity of the characters gives the play a surprising buoyancy.
The Naked Stage is in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church.
DOWN WITH SMALLPOX
The Ajijic Book Club will meet at La Mision, Rio Bravo No. 7, on Tuesday, January 31 at 4 pm. The focus of the meeting will be Searching for Sitala Mata: Eradicating Smallpox in India, written by ABC member Connie Davis.
She worked for the World Health Organization, and faced many challenges as she traveled throughout India on a campaign which ultimately was successful. Everyone with an interest in this topic or in ABC is welcome.
ABC is available on the website at
Kenneth Salzmann, one of our favorite poets, has been nominated for inclusion in this year’s PUSHCART PRIZE anthology. His poem is titled “What But the Music.” Congratulations, Ken!
SHARPEN THOSE WITS
Here’s something to look forward to—Niños Incapacitados’ annual Trivia Quizzes.
This year the event will be on Tuesday, February 7 and will take place at the Hotel Real de Chapala, Ajijic. The afternoon session, 2 pm to 5 pm, is 250 pesos per person. The evening session, 6:30 pm to 10 pm, is 300 pesos per person.
Brain-teasers, creative costumes, colorful table arrangements and delicious food treats will make for a festive, fun-filled afternoon and evening.
Column: Lakeside Living
Sandy Olson is a typical San Franciscan, and that’s enough about that. As a career, she was a community college instructor, first as a parent education specialist, though she has no talent with children, and later as an ESL instructor, getting hired with no knowledge of automotive mechanics. Somehow the administration never found her out. She’s hoping that the Editor of the Ojo del Lago doesn’t find out, too, that all the notices in Lakeside Living are fiction that she makes up while she sits in the Ajijic Plaza all day.
Sandy has moved to Mexico forever four times at last count and now she has a driver’s license and DIF card and is going for permanent residency soon. Lakeside is home and she can’t imagine living anywhere else.