February 13 there was a performance of House, a dark and hilariously funny one-man show written by one of Canada’s most accomplished playwrights and film directors, Daniel MacIvor. It was performed by award-winning Canadian actor, Alan Jordan, whose credits include many top TV shows. House recently premiered in San Miguel de Allende and the show will also tour in Guanajuato, Leon and Mexico City.
Alan Jordan in House
Donations can be made at Viva Mexico Restaurant in San Juan Cosala, where the show was presented, by contacting Arni or Rosie Mogseth at 376 – 766 – 2516, or by going to the website for Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities where payment can be made by credit card or PayPal. The website is . Checks can also be made out to the Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities (write on check: for Operation Feed) and mailed to APDO #847, Ajijic, Jalisco 45920. The Foundation for Lake Chapala Charities is a U.S. 501C3 recognized charity and, therefore, tax deductible for US citizens.
The wacky, wonderful Vicky Banning, a novel by Allen McGill, centers on a new Auntie Mame character who returns a little older, certainly wiser and undeniably more outrageous. From posh Newport, entertaining on luxury liners to war-threatened Europe, smuggling children to safety, Vicky is a force majeure. Political skullduggery is foiled, a strip tease for charity succeeds, and her entertaining in a gay bar during a Halloween costume party nearly gets her arrested.
Novel by Allen McGill
Winner of El Ojo Del Lago’s “Pamala L. Hall Award forBest Novel of the Year in paperback, Vicky has charmed her way on-line to debut, newly polished, covered and invigorated. Minnie, another of Allen’s works, won the same award for Best Short Story of the (following) Year. Both are now available on-line in all formats at Amazon.com, B&N.com (Barnes & Noble), Smashwords.com, GoodReads.com and JMSbooks.com. Price $2.99 USD. Praise the author at .
March 1 at 7:30, March 2 at 7:30, March 3 at 3p.m., March 4 at 3p.m. AND 7:30, and March 5 at 7:30 The Fantasticks reappear by popular demand. My, My, How Nice! Productions simply had to bring it back while the delightful original cast was still available. Audiences were enchanted. Sixteen year old Marie Claire Figadere, and seventeen year old Christian Garcia Duran play the young couple, and Guadalajara singing sensation Lalo Muñoz-Zúñiga plays El Gallo. Rounding out the cast are Ken Yakiwchuk, Roger Larson, Fred Koesling, John Ward and Valerie Jones. Roger Larson, Timothy G. Ruff Welch and Judy Hendrick comprise the team of directors. Shows are at Plaza de la Ribera (with more comfortable but limited seating). Tickets $250 pesos at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, or by emailing .
March 12, 7 p.m. and March 13, 4 p.m. Los Cantantes del Lago’s Spring Concert Americana features the Mexican premiere of The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by American composer Carol Barnett. A bluegrass band has been assembled, using musicians from Mexico City, Guadalajara and Ajijic. Concerts will be at the newly renovated Auditorio de la Ribera, bar one hour before each performance. Tickets $250 pesos at Diane Pearl Colecciones, Mia’s Boutique, from Cantantes members or by emailing .
Americana, A Bluegrass Mass
March 19, 7:30 p.m. at La Bodega the Doo Wops will perform another concert, singing some of our most beloved songs. Call early for reservations at 766 – 1002. The last two shows have been sellouts. Relive the songs from the 50s and 60s with Jerry Morse, Jack Fallon and Luci Merritt. Listen, dance, or just swing and sway, enjoy all.
March 21, 6:30 p.m. Jaltepec Centro Educativo offers a three course dinner by its gracious cooks/hostesses in training. Cost is $350 pesos which goes to the training of young women from homes that cannot afford to provide the girls with higher education. This training literally alters their lives and those of their families. No host bar at 6:30, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktail music by Tim Welch. Dinner at 7:30: gazpacho soup, chicken stuffed with spinach and broccoli or pork filet with mustard and pineapple. RSVP by March 13 to Linda Buckthorp at 766 – 1631 or email . Ask about wine. Pick up tickets at Multiva (bank side) from Monica as of March 14.
March 15, 16 and 17 Naked Stage presents The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, directed by Jim Lloyd. The Normal Heart is a largely autobiographical play by the author. It focuses on the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City 1981 – 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Joseph Papp, who produced the original production of The Normal Heart in 1985, says of the play, “…it reveals its origins in the theater of Sophocles, Euripides, and Shakespeare. In his moralistic fervor, Larry Kramer is a first cousin to nineteenth-century Ibsen and twentieth-century Odets and other radical writers of the 1930s. Yet, at the heart of The Normal Heart, the element that gives this powerful political play its essence, is love – love holding firm under fire, put to the ultimate test, facing and overcoming our greatest fear: death.” The play won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival on Broadway. The Reading will be directed by Jim Lloyd.
The Naked Stage is located at #10A Rio Bravo. West on the carretera from Ajijic, south on Rio Bravo, about 2 blocks down behind Daniel’s Restaurant on the east side. Daniel’s is open for lunch and dinner with a no host bar available at 3p.m. Box Office opens at 3:15 and the show starts at 4 p.m. Reservations guarantee a seat. EMail: or phone Michelle: 765 – 6408.
March 10 – 11, 5 p.m. across from the El Dorado complex on the Libramiento, there will be a Concert by Mac Morison with popular guest star Carol Bedford, providing romantic music to enchant and delight you. The concert is to benefit the Tepehua Comunitario Centro AC and will be held in a gorgeous private home. Parking, hors d’houvres, and no host wine bar will be provided for $350 pesos per person. Invitations may be picked up at Diane Pearl Colecciones on Colon. For more information, email or call 766 – 3865.
Hear Mac Morison sing, guest star Carol Bedford
Popular local writer James Tipton is the most recent winner of the Penn Cover Literary Award, for his story, “The Lot in Paraíso.” This award (judged by the students) is given each month by the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program for the best short story (or creative non-fiction or poetry) of 1000 words or less. Read his story at .
March 9 the Rotary Club of Ajijic celebrates International Women’s Day with an International Women’s Golf Classic at the Chapala Country Club in Vista del Lago. The tournament is open to amateur lady golfers of all levels. There will be activities for non-players. Participants are limited. Entry fee is $1,200 pesos including green fees, golf cart, beverage cart during play, a Women’s International Golf Classic shirt, and a gift bag with a souvenir cap.
Check-in at 11 a.m., Shot Gun start at 12:30, golf clinics, celebrity picture signing, games for family members, ending with an Awards Banquet featuring a Roast Pig Dinner and music by a local dance band and award presentations for the tournament winners. The highlight will be an auction featuring a week’s stay (up to 5) at the luxurious Royal Cancun beachfront resort.
April 11, 9 a.m. sharp, there will be is a shotgun start for the joint NCA and Country Club de Chapala Golf Tournament. The CCC has decided to reinstate and expand their Amigo Cup Tourney which was last played several years ago. CCC sponsors the children of their employees for school expenses. Entry fee is $1200 pesos ($1000 pesos for members), five people per team (each team can be 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5). All players must register at the CCC Pro Shop. Deadline to register is April 9. Entry fee includes green fee and cart rental, Continental breakfast and Awards dinner (pig roast or fish). Dinner and awards ceremony tickets are $250 pesos. Buy tickets at the Pro Shop, LCS or Diane Pearls Colecciones. Lots of great prizes for hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin. All proceeds to benefit Los Niños de Chapala y Ajijic, AC for kids and their futures.
Poster for NCA – CCC
The American Legion post #7 schedule for October:
Sundays: 12 – 3 p.m. Legion grill burgers
Mar 9 – Fashion Show by Terri’s Tianguis
For information, call 765 – 2259 or
Lakeside Little Theatre news:
Tickets are $200 pesos per seat, $250 for the musical. For full listing of shows, box office and ticket information and to get email updates, go to . Box office hours are 10 – 1 and one hour prior to each performance. Sunday box office access is just prior to a show. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. To call box office: 766 – 0954.
March 23 – 31 the LLT presents Not Now, Darling by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Director: Shirley Appelbaum. A 1960s style fur salon filled with suspicious wives, philandering husbands, mistaken identities and scantily clad girlfriends, all delivered fresh in a saucy, sophisticated style. Enjoy a drink on the Angel Terrace, live piano music in the lobby. Tickets on sale March 21, 10 – 12, then every day except Sunday.
Not Now, Darling
The 49th Season plays at Lakeside Little Theatre:
Local Hero – Written and Directed by Lakeside resident Neal Chekoway. A modern day fable, based loosely on the movie of the same name.
The Heiress –Directed by Rosann Wilshere, a Period Drama
Over The River and Through the Woods – Directed by Ann Swiston, a Comedic Drama
Blood Relations –Directed by Lynn Phelan, A Drama
Hooray for Hollywood! Written and Directed by Barbara Clippinger – a Musical
Social Security – Directed by Phil Shepherd, a Comedy
Production dates to be announced at or before Annual General Meeting March 20.
Next season, in response to both audience and volunteer wishes, Opening Night will be Friday. Each show will start on Friday evening followed by an evening performance on Saturday and a Sunday Matinee. The theatre will be dark (closed) on Mondays, giving cast and crews a rest. Shows will resume Tuesday evenings and run through the following Sunday matinee.
All Current Saturday Opening Night Season Ticket Holders will be contacted soon so they may change to Friday if they wish. Monday night season ticket holders will be given first priority for new seats currently unsubscribed on any other day.
VIVA La Musica:
Bus Trips to “Live from the MET”
Mar 16 – Francesca de Rimini - Riccardo Zandonai (depart early at 9)
Apr 27 – Julius Caesar - Georg Friedrich Handel
300 Mx Pesos members ; 400 Mx Pesos non-members
Bus Trips to Jalisco Filarmonica Spring Season
Mar 8 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 7; Conductor: Leslie Dunner
Mar 15 - De Falla: Interlude and Dance “La Vida Breve”; Rachmaninov:
Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 3; Dvorjak: Symphony No.7;
Conductor : Hector Guzman, Director Emeritus
Soloist: Norman Krieger – piano
Mar 22 - Verdi : Ouverture “ La Forza Del Destino” ;
LALO : Concert for Violoncello and Orchestra;
Tchaikowsky: Symphony No. 2
Conductor: Oriol Sans; Soloist: Alvaro Bitran, violoncello
Tickets 250 Mx Pesos members; 350 Mx Pesos non-members
All buses depart from the Carretera near Farmacia Guadalajara. Sunday buses at 10 a.m.; Friday departures at 4:30 p.m. – supper in Guadalajara before the concert. For Saturday buses to “Live from The Met”, departures may vary; ask the time when buying the ticket. Tickets can be purchased at LCS, Th – F, 10 to 12 ,or email Marshall at . For additional information re departures, call Marshall at 766 – 2834.
Francesca da Rimini
- Riccardo Zandonai