Spencer Day in Puerto Vallarta

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Acclaimed pop/jazz singer/songwriter Spencer Day will be performing at The Palms in Vallarta  A LOT  in the coming weeks!

Check 2014/2015 dates and tickets!

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Spencer Day returns to his musical roots with his fifth full-length album Daybreak, and his first independent album in seven years. His past two albums were released on the legendary Concord/Jazz label. With Daybreak, Spencer has created an album of signature interpretations of well-loved songs from the 1960’s along with five brand-new compositions written in homage of these classic American tunes.


There was a time, a sound, a feel, and a sensibility that defined the California mid-century experience. Spencer calls Daybreak his “top-down Chevy convertible on the Pacific Coast Highway” album, evoking the breezy feel of a sunny Southern California afternoon. Classics including Groovin, A World Without Love, and Never My Love have been re-imagined and interpreted in Spencer’s trademark honey baritone voice.

Spencer Day is widely regarded for his original songs that blend compelling melodies, smart lyrics and lush arrangements. For Daybreak, Spencer has crafted five new works that blend seamlessly with the cover tunes to create a moving tribute to that special time and place that gave rise to so many musical gems. Audiences around the world have enthusiastically supported Spencer for over ten years at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Feinstein’s in San Francisco, Tanglewood, the Craig Ferguson Show and at music venues and festivals across the U.S. and worldwide. Spencer has a widely diverse and enthusiastic fan base in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Missing Tonight is the first single from Daybreak to be released to radio, and it reflects Spencer’s roots in the Great American Songbook, with a contemporary, upbeat twist that has become Spencer’s signature sound. Written with legendary composers Bill DeMain and Larry Goldings, Missing, with its jazzy feel and persuasive lyrics, evokes the excitement of a new relationship and the universal allure of limitless possibilities.


The album’s first single Missing Tonight debuted tied for # 3 most added on Billboard Magazine’s Smooth Jazz chart the week of its release.


Visit Spencer Day’s Website or Social Media pages for more information about this release and future tour dates. www.spencerday.com

 

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Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride May 22-26, 2014

“Orgullo Vallarta Pride” is a new annual event
celebrated  in May in Puerto Vallarta. It
was launched in 2013 to celebrate the diverse LGBT community that both lives in
and visits Puerto Vallarta, and that over the years has positively influenced
and formed part of its culture, heritage and history.

The LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on
the weekend of May 22 to 26, 2014. Previously it was a 2-day celebration and
will now be expanding into a week-long cultural celebration. Celebrate Puerto
Vallarta and its international population with 
music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, parade, and activities in
participating bars and clubs. Puerto Vallarta is the number one Mexican travel
destination for LGBT tourists.

Puerto Vallarta offers an LGBT inclusive atmosphere in the
Romantic Zone area, in the heart of downtown, which is home to many businesses
that are LGBT-owned and/or target the consumer, including beaches, tours,
activities and restaurants bars and clubs to choose from. LGBT travelers have
the option of choosing from gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges, bed and
breakfasts and guest houses. One of my favorites is Hotel Mercurio. Nuevo
Vallarta is 20-30 minutes further north and that is where you find the sterile big
chain resorts and this is where the cruise ships dock. I highly suggest you
stay in Romantic Zone to get the true feeling of Mexico and skip the big chain
resorts.

In the Fall of 2013 the state of Jalisco, where Puerto
Vallarta is located, approved a civil union law that allows couples co-habiting
to register their union with the state and allowing for certain rights,
including that of inheritance, property ownership, and medical rights among
others. Puerto Vallarta provides a perfect backdrop for a wedding and a
honeymoon all in one. During the week of pride events there will be a mass
commitment ceremony.

Updates will be posted on their facebook page as the
schedule is announced.

www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride

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Grand Opening at Di Vino Dante November 22nd!


GRAND OPENING!
 
Friday, November 22nd
 
Basilio Badillo 269 A

 
50% off wine by the glass and tapas 5-7pm

and

20% off wine by the glass and tapas 7-11pm


Hours:
4-11 pm, Monday thru Saturday – Closed Sundays
Email: info.divinodante@gmail.com   
Phone: (322) 223.3734

 

Please keep in mind that were are currently
only accepting cash or
American Express.

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Fun Parties at Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Mercurio!

LET’S GET SOAKING WET!   
What better time to escape the cold Midwest  and head to Puerto Vallarta for sun and fun!
OUR FAVORITE HOTEL – Hotel Mercurio  has a great location, with a gorgeous pool and a friendly staff!  
Hotel Mercurio now has  a pool party each Wednesday, 4-6 PM, “Wet Wednesday” (or, in Spanish, Miercoles Mojados)… with water balloons, squirt guns, pool games and prizes (bar tabs at local gay bars, clothing from local men’s boutiques, massage and spa services, etc.). 
It’s basically a bunch of adult gay men acting like crazy kids and having lots of fun! It’s great because we get a fun mix of locals and visitors of all ages, and nobody gets to be a wallflower… it’s wild, wet, and crazy, and our hosts Joey and Isaac make sure everybody gets in the spirit!”  says  owner  Paul. 

On Sundays, they have just launched “Beers, Boys & Burgers” from 4-7 PM, with all the beers you can drink and all the burgers you want, for only $150 pesos (about $12 USD at current exchange rates). 
Our sexy Burger Boys are on the grill – with not much more than an apron and a smile on. And Jorge is serving up the beers and his famous margaritas. It’s a great place to stop in after a day of sun and sand at the gay beach, which is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.”

Locals and tourists all love Hotel Mercurio! Stop by and say HI!
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PVR Vallarta Fever Thanksgiving 2013


It was Latin Fever…then Vallarta  Fever….now it’s 

THE PVR 2013 Music + Culture Festival!  It’s still an amazing weekend!  Bigger and better than ever!

OFFICIAL LINE-UP

November 27th to December 1st 2013

Wednesday, Nov 27 SUNSET KICK-OFF @ Blue Chairs Rooftop 6pm-10pm

Wednesday, Nov 27 HOLA P.V. @ Paco’s Ranch 10pm-6am

Thursday, Nov 28 THANKSGIVING BASH! @ Enter Nightclub with DJ Hector Fonseca 10pm-6am

Friday, Nov 29 RIPTIDE @ Almar Beach Resort with DJ Manny Lehman 9pm-3am

Friday, Nov 29 AFTER-GLO @ Enter Nightclub with DJ Kidd Madonny décor by 3DX 3am-late (afterhours)*

Saturday, Nov 30 SQUIRT PARTY @ Blue Chairs Rooftop with DJ Kidd Madonny 4pm-9pm

Saturday, Nov 30 THE LEGENDARY WHITE PARTY @ OSCAR’s with DJ Isaac Escalante 10pm-3am

Saturday, Nov 30 WHITE-AFTER @ Enter nightclub 3am-late (afterhours)*

Sunday, Dec 1 ADIOS PVR! Party @ CC Slaughters 10pm-5am

* afterhours events are not included in the weekend pass

To purchase PVR 2013 tickets and weekend passes visit www.viptkts.com/pvr-2013 or for more information visit www.willgorges.com. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pvrfestival



This posting sponsored by:  Hotel Mercurio!

“Our management and staff are working hard to make HOTEL MERCURIO
the best vacation value in Puerto Vallarta. This means offering
excellent accommodations services, and “extra” perks to help make your
vacation unforgettable, all at an unbeatable price.

So we work with
local Puerto Vallarta businesses that we think will be of interest to
our guests: restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, etc… to put together
special hotel packages that are more than just your basic hotel stay.”


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Puerto Vallarta Lifeguard FireFighter Calendar for 2014

Puerto Vallarta Lifeguards and Firefighters are turning up the heat
by releasing a 2014 calendar that will be instrumental in raising funds
for their projects. The calendar was launched at a private party with
live entertainment, raffles and more. Several calendar ‘models’ were in
hand as a token of gratitude for all the efforts to make their programs
possible.

“This event serves as a reminder of the enormous risks taken by
emergency responders on a daily basis”  remarked Elroy Quenroe who
graciously donated his winnings back from the 50/50 raffle “We are
grateful for your life-saving efforts and public service to all of us in
Puerto Vallarta and throughout Banderas Bay.”     Carol Clarke was one
of the first to purchase the $200 peso 14-month calendars, adding “First
responders are the unsung heroes who respond day and night to life
threatening situations without hesitation or delay and deserve tonight’s
recognition.”

Calendars are available for purchase at Salud Super Food, PVRPV.com
office and Deja New Consignment in Emiliano Zapata; and The Coffee Cup
and Alexander A Salon in Marina Vallarta. Calendars cost $200 pesos
each, with 100% of the proceeds for the Puerto Vallarta Fire
Department’s training and education programs. 

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Gay Pride in Puerto Vallarta May 24-26

Gay Pride in Puerto Vallarta! 

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on the weekend of May 24th,
2013. 
Events will start with a cocktail kick-off at Puerto Vallarta’s
Casa Cupula Hotel Boutique and continue for three days, celebrating LGBT
culture and Puerto Vallarta’s welcoming community with music festivals,
beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities
in participating bars and clubs.
 

A member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association,
Puerto Vallarta has been a preferred LGBT friendly destination in the
Americas for over 60 years.
 
Puerto Vallarta offers an LGBT inclusive atmosphere in is Romantic Zone
area
which is home to many businesses that are LGBT-owned and/or target
the consumer, including beaches, tours, activities and restaurants bars
and clubs to choose from. LGBT travelers have the option of choosing
from gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and guest
houses. (Many first time  travelers make the mistake and stay out in Nuevo Vallarta. While there are many great places to stay out there, the LGBT community is in Romantic Zone – Old Vallarta).
 

The City’s Tourism Department at City Hall, led by Director Carlos
Gerard and Sub-Director Enrique Tovar, aims to increase tourism to the
city.

The 3-day event was created to celebrate the unique and
all-inclusive culture that has flourished in Puerto Vallarta,
successfully integrating the rich traditions of the Mexican culture with
the varied ideas that have been introduced to the local community from
its large expatriate community from all corners of the world including
the US and Canada, and as far afield as Asia, Russia and Europe. The
LGBT community is just one of the many communities that thrives in
Vallarta organizers explained.

Confirmed events for Vallarta Pride 2013
 
• Opening Reception Vallarta Pride 2013
Friday May 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm
Taste Restaurant at Casa Cupula

• Commitment Ceremony
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 11:00 am
Lido – Beach Club
 
• Vallarta Pride Fashion Show
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Blue Chairs Beach Club
 
• “HEAT” – Tea Dance
Saturday May 25, 2013 from 4:00 pm
Lido / Blue Chairs
 
• Vallarta Pride 2013 @Night
Themed Nights at participating bars/lounges/clubs
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm
 
• Vallarta Pride Parade 2013
Sunday May 26, 2013 from 4:00 pm
Romantic Zone
 
• Vallarta Pride Festival 2013
Sunday May 26, 2013 from 5:00 pm
Lazaro Cardenas Park / Romantic Zone
 
For more information visit media partner www.gaypv.mx or the official Puerto Vallarta website www.visitpuertovallarta.com
 
To win a trip to Puerto Vallarta, please visit: www.winatriptopuertovallarta.com/lgbt
For Pueto Vallarta’s LGBT destination brochure, please click here.

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Municipal Office to Attend and Assist Puerto Vallartan Foreign Tourists and Residents

In an effort to further assist the foreign tourists, the Puerto Vallarta municipality has opened the Oficina Municipal de Atención y Asistencia al Turista y Residente Extranjero (OAATRE), or Municipal Office to Attend and Assist Foreign Tourists and Residents. The office is conveniently located at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, in colonia Emiliano Zapata, and is staffed by specially trained, French- and English-speaking staff.
Puerto Vallarta Mayor Ramón Guerrero was present at the opening ceremony, along with US and Canadian Consular Agents Kelly Trainor and Lyne Benoit, respectively. “What matters the most,” Guerrero commented, “is that we want foreign visitors to know that, when they visit Puerto Vallarta, they will have access to a support system that includes professional staff, ready and eager to ensure that their time spent here is truly spectacular.”
The office is open 24-7. 
Reach the OAATRE by telephone, you can dial (322) 222-2224.
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Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week 2013

IT’S BACK!  

Puerto Vallarta 
Restaurant Week 2013! 
From coast to coast, from New York to London, dining events in which participating
restaurants offer a special, fixed price menu during a week or two, draw locals as well as tourists.
 
Known in
most places as Restaurant Week, these dining events encourage visitors
and locals to experience restaurants’ exquisite offerings at reduced
prices.

Following the trend of other influential fine dining destinations
around the world, Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group established
Restaurant Week in 2005 through a two-week festival that takes place
every year from May 15 – 31. 

Restaurant Week features many of Puerto
Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s most coveted restaurants. Participating
establishments offer innovative three-course menus, with three options
available for each course. Since the prices are often discounted by up
to 50%, dining out during Restaurant Week is not only more fun, but also
much more affordable. Presently, participating restaurants can choose
to offer their special, Restaurant Week menu at $189 or $299 pesos per
person, tips and beverages not included.

Restaurant Week is highly anticipated by locals and gourmet
aficionados from around the world, who plan an annual vacation in Puerto
Vallarta specifically for this delicious dining festival. In addition to other
important festivities that take place during the month of May, such as
the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta’s foundation as a city and as a
municipality, Restaurant Week has become an important event that
encourages visitors to choose the month of May as an attractive time of
year to explore Banderas Bay.

Information for Visitors and Locals

Vallarta Lifestyles publishes the menus of participating restaurants
in a special, Restaurant Week Menu Guide section of the May issue of
Vallarta Lifestyles magazine, featuring the special menus offered by all
the restaurants. The Menu Guide is also printed separately, and is made
available for distribution at participating restaurants. And for those
with a tablet or smart phone at their disposal, the Menu Guide can also
be viewed online (here’s last year’s menu guide).

Restaurant Week enthusiasts frequently take the opportunity to
schedule dining events with friends and loved ones, checking out new
eateries together, and comparing notes with one another, adding a
memorable social element to the experience of enjoying some of our
destination’s finest establishments.

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Travel Warning in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Is it safe to travel to

Puerto Vallarta?

In a word, the answer is BIG yes! It is safe to travel to Puerto
Vallarta.

PV is part of the very diverse and large Mexican state of
Jalisco. Some sensational news outlets have incorrectly reported that the US State
Department is warning against all travel to Jalisco. NOT TRUE.

The US Department of State   said for  Puerto Vallarta –  There is no recommendation
against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto
Vallarta.
  There is also no recommendation against travel on principal
highways in
Jalisco between Guadalajara including the
portions that cross in to the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.

Also – Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect.

Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Board has commissioned a study from the security consulting firm Thomas Dale and Associates (TDA).
The firm found that “the number of negative events involving foreigners
or non‐foreigners is fractional compared to the large ex‐pat resident
population and the millions of visitors that come to vacation each year
in Puerto Vallarta.”

you can read more at Visit Puerto Vallarta.

Unless you were under a rock the last few years, you could not help but hear how
dangerous  parts of  Mexico has become, and yes, it’s true drug wars have
escalated violence in parts of Mexico. “Collateral damage” the news calls it – which really means  that innocent people
have been robbed, hurt or killed. 

THIS IS NOT HAPPENING IN PUERTO VALLARTA!!

When I went to Vallarta last Spring, a friend told me , “OH MY GOD, I won’t go there any more because of all the kidnapping and robberies!” – I called some friends in PV and they assured me it was NOT happening there. And that is mostly all happening near the border. 

   

So I went for a week. And everything was fine. Just as it always
was.  I walked the streets Vallarta  alone day or night. I never felt
uncomfortable or scared.  Gay people are welcomed with open arms and can freely walk down the streets, hand in hand. Every year Puerto Vallarta seems to become more popular as a gay vacation spot. I actually have a friend here in Chicago, trying to sell his condo in Chicago, so he can retire early and live PV.
I’ve been living here for 11 years. And have had ZERO problems
or run-ins with bad guys or police (well, there was that ticket for
using my cellphone while driving…), ” says Paul who owns Hotel Mercurio

“Many cities in the US have much more security problems than PV…or many other Mexican cities, for that matter.

             

Puerto Vallarta is the most visited gay destination in Mexico.

With a great climate, beautiful ocean bay, beaches, mountains and lush
tropical jungle as the setting, Puerto Vallarta is a small city devoted
to serving the visiting traveler. While retaining much of its old style
Mexican charm, Vallarta has over the years built up the infrastructure
of a modern resort community. Internet cafes, ATM machines, great
restaurants in all price ranges, a beautiful airport, modern medical services, drinkable water
supply, and a safe, tolerant environment are now all part of the
Vallarta scene. 

See  Gay Guide Vallarta for more gay information.

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Jacobo and María Angeles wood carvers at Colectika

 

Colectika is featuring two legendary Oaxaca wood carvers, Jacobo and
María del Carmen Angeles
, on Wednesday, February 27, 6 – 10 pm. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet two of the most successful, most collected folk
artists in Mexico.

Collectors from around the world have learned to appreciate the
primitive art created in small villages by a number of ethnic groups
around Mexico. New infrastructure, cellular technology and the internet are now connecting these villages—previously completely
isolated—with the outside world, resulting with a myriad of new,
artistic ideas and art forms.

Many of these can be grouped in a specific trend, known as Ancestral
Contemporary, a movement headed by a handful of artists who are taking
the traditional folk art that their ancestors have done for years, and
making it modern. Undoubtedly one of the best examples today of the
Ancestral Contemporary movement is Jacobo Angeles and his wife Maria del
Carmen. Together they have single-handedly taken the traditional
Oaxacan wood carving to a whole new level.

Manuel Jimenez may be considered the founder of the wood carving
tradition in Oaxaca but it was Jacobo and Maria who took the primitive
carvings and turned them into what can only be considered fine art
because of the amazing detail in their painting.

Jacobo and Maria live in San Martin Tilcajete, a Zapotec Indian
village about 45min. from the city of Oaxaca. When a baby is born in the
village, they are given a small animal that is their totem. Today’s
wood carvings, according to Jacobo, evolved out of this tradition.
Jacobo began carving with his father. But he was catapulted into the
limelight at age 12, with his father’s passing. This forced the young
man to go out on his own to provide for his family.

His indigenous or Zapotec style has been heavily influenced by the
patterns found in Mitla, the ancient Zapotec city famous for its
geometric patterns. The copal wood that Jacobo uses for all of his
carvings has always been considered sacred. Large trunks are used to
make big carvings but Jacobo prefers branches because he can use the
natural curves to bring his carvings to life.

Virtually everyone in the village is in the wood carving business but
it’s Jacobo and Maria’s natural paints and incredible attention to
detail, however, that makes their pieces even more attractive to
collectors. It is absolutely incredible to watch Jacobo demonstrate how
some of the natural pigments are created. From the bark of the copal
tree he can create yellow by adding lime and honey. Black is created by
adding calcium and purple by adding baking soda. The most important and
probably best recognized natural pigment is the cochinilla, an insect
that grows on the nopal cactus, over 60 shades of red can be created
using this insect.

Jacobo and Maria’s pieces are prominently displayed in galleries and
museums including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the
Smithsonian Native American Museum and the Santa Fe International Museum
of Folk Art to name just a few.

Colectika is located at Guadalupe Sánchez 858, in El Centro.

Source: Kevin Simpson

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Puerto Vallarta Bird Festival 2013

The Vallarta Bird Conservancy announced this year’s Bird Festival, to take place from March 7-10.

 It’s mission, to promote conservation, education and awareness of tropical and migratory birds in Banderas Bay and Cabo Corrientes areas of Jalisco, Mexico for the benefit of locals and visitors from around the world. Hosted by the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, this 4 day event will feature guided tours, presentations, and lectures for a wonderful opportunity to view, learn and enjoy the wonderful birds in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Corrientes area. 
 The Banderas Bay Region is home to over 300 species of different birds!
Fin out more   Vallarta Bird Festival
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New Years Eve Dinner AT Cafe des Artistes

Christmas dinner
This holiday season is magical at the Gourmet Tradition of Puerto
Vallarta. Enjoy a 5 course menu designed by Chef Thierry. Feel a warmest
atmosphere with our staff, your friends and family.



New Years Eve 2012
This holiday season is magical at the Gourmet Tradition of Puerto
Vallarta. Enjoy a 6 course menu designed by Chef Thierry. Feel a warmest
atmosphere with our staff,
 your friends and family.
 Café des Artistes, with 20 years of experience, offers exclusiveness,
elegance and comfort in outstanding natural surroundings, that are adorn
by the exquisite menu; carefully created under the direction of the
acclaim Chef Thierry Blouet.
BOOK NOW!!


This restaurant is AMAZING!

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November is Gay Gay Gay in Puerto Vallarta!

THOUSANDS will flock to Puerto Vallarta in November to catch some Latin Fever! What is know known as Vallarta Fever, will happen 21 – 25 Nov 2012.


Vallarta Fever is Puerto Vallarta’s incredible gay  party week.
Vallarta Fever is the ONLY fever party that includes Club Mañana and the
famous White Party of Puerto Vallarta.
 Besides the main events listed at Vallarta Fever, there will beach partys happening as well.  Men Men Men from all over Mexico come in, plus a large contingency of men from Europe and the US! This is a great event week, and we’re glad to see it come back.
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The Rocky Horror Show opens live, on stage at The Palm on Halloween at midnight!

Act II Entertainment, Vallarta’s new theatrical troupe, opens their season with THE ROCKY
HORROR SHOW, directed by David Restivo, with musical direction by Rhonda
Padmos, vocal coaching by Elizabeth Ensor and choreography by Alejandro Balcazar.
The stage version of the cinema cult classic opens at midnight on Halloween at The
Palm Cabaret and Bar on Olas Altas 508 in the Zona Romantica and will run through
the end of December on weekends at 7:30. Exact performance dates are listed at
thepalmpv.com.
The musical follows the misadventures of two Vallarta kids, Brad Martinez and Janet
Weiss, who seek refuge in a strange villa by the sea after their car breaks down on a
rainy night. The inhabitants of the villa are a bizarre group of aliens led by the sweet
transvestite, Dr. Frank N. Furter. Brad and Janet are swept up into Frank’s luscious
decadence on a night that they would remember for a very long time.
The talented cast of American and Canadian expats and locals include Alain Perreault
(Dr. Frank N. Furter), Alberto Mejia (Riff Raff), Joan Houston (Magenta), Linsi Gomez
(Columbia), Aggie Unda (Janet), Jesus Salcedo (Brad), Roger Uscila (Dr. Scott), Juan
Pablo Hernández (Eddie), Danny Mininni (Criminologist) and Elizabeth Ensor
(Usherette). Chorus members include Juan Carlos Ramírez, Catalina Medina, Esteisy
Enriquez, Jaime Coates and Alejandro Lamas.
The 4-piece live band, The Sonic Transducers, include Rhonda Padmos (piano and
bass) Don Pope (electric guitar), Jesus Estrada (drums) and Oscar Terrazas
(saxophone).
Tickets are $250 pesos and can be purchased at No Way, José! Restaurant at 5 de
Febrero 260, on-line at thepalmpv.com or through the Act II Entertainment box
office, 322.200.9461.
ACT II ENTERTAINMENT invites the public to LIKE their Facebook Page to stay
up to date with information on upcoming productions.
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Galleria Dante Gallery Voted BEST in Puerto Vallarta

Galleria Dante specializes in original works by contemporary artists   as well as recasts of well-known bronze statues.  Many  of the artists  are are Mexican, but they also  exhibit works by sculptors from as far away as Pietrasanta, Italy.  And new  artists are being added all the time!

We find it hard to believe that it has been 25 years.  Our first endeavor was a small Italian trattoria called  “Pizza Joe”.  It was funded by securing a loan on the only possession left in Michigan: a seven year old DeLorean.  In a few short weeks we were able to buy our pizza oven, build our work table, scrub the floors with a tooth brush, and watch over our three year old daughter sleeping in the corner.  We were lucky that the third day we opened we had line ups, which was surprising as we had not advertised.  Much of the success was due to the recommendation of locals and tourists.

 But our biggest supporters back then were the Alaska Airlines employees, who also celebrated 20 years of flying to Vallarta this past November. The flight attendants and pilots found us our first day in business and over the next 2 years even announced over the in-flight intercom that their favorite restaurant in PV was “Pizza Joe”. 

So you may ask how we got into the gallery business. We decorated our little restaurant with art that we had collected from Italy and Greece.  It was because of the interest in our art collection that we felt we could successfully open an art gallery.  We started with the sale of classical European and pre-Columbian reproductions, as well as a few local sculptors.  After being a sculpture gallery for many years, we slowly started to add painters.  We have been fortunate to work with many talented artists, so the gallery continues to expand, and paintings and sculptures now equally divide the space.”

 Galleria Dante  is recognized as Vallarta’s largest fine art gallery and sculpture garden.  It is quite a spectacular property and planning on spending time here, roaming the building and grounds. And they are currently adding on….a little bird told me about the possibility of a wine bar on the property this Fall/Winter!




More than 55
artists are represented from Mexico including Guillermo Brockmann, Hector Buiges,
Oscar Capache,
Gabriel Colunga, Rogelio Diaz, Guillermo
Gomez, Jonás Gutiérrez, Juana Cortez Salazar and Rocio Sanchez.

An eclectic and interesting collection
by Claire and Joe Guarniere, two of the most respected members of the local art
community. There is a charming  painting and sculpture garden
and fountains. In my estimation among the most vibrant and best of all
Puerto Vallarta art galleries.

Some of our artists will be traveling to Europe this summer, some are
preparing for major US and European exhibitions.     And we
are making room for some, new and exciting young artists
.

Summer is a time for cleaning and rejuvenation!  We are currently “open by appointment”, in the summer, but are always at the gallery, from 9 am till noon three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). We will reopen our regular hours on October 1st.

We have spent the last few months updating the website and are 95% complete, so we are celebrating by having a Sale, from now until September 30, 2012   

 All artists currently exhibiting in Galleria Dante are offering 20% off list prices. The items with an inventory # are listed on the price list. New works are currently listed by price as we change over our database.”

Artists thumbnails

Extra discounts are being offered by the following artists:

 

25% – Guillermo Brockmann,  Gabriel Colunga, Jorge Coste, Carlos Cuevas, Jonas Gutierrez, Rogelio Diaz, Ann Fitzgerald, Nicolas Gomez, Pepe Gutierrez, Marco Antonio Hernandez,  Josafat, Linda Kauffmann, Jean-Gabriel Lambert, Nino Magaña, David Mata, Azucena Mendez,  Sharon Milligan, Dana O’Donnell, Jesse Reno, Janice Reuland, Leticia Schmidt, Alfonso Soriano, Peter Spataro,  Tellosa, Timoteo, Victor Manuel Villarreal, Javier Zzepda, David Zzepda –

10 – 30% Estate Sale:

20 % on all works AND 25% on works older than 2012:  Yvan Genest, Miguel angel del Campo, Luis Valui, Cherie Sibley, Alvaro Zardoni 

25%:: Edgar Martinez on all small florals

30%: Richard Baker,  Hector Buigues, Andie Hathcote,

30 % plus they are donating an additional 10% to charity: Oscar Capeche & Consuelo 

Insured world-wide shipping via Federal Express!


Galleria Dante
Basilio
Badillo 269, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico 48380

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Best Restaurant Puerto Vallarta – Cafe des Artistes

In a century-old home on the hill overlooking the Malecon in the heart
of Puerto Vallarta, Cafe des Artistes not only offers fine dining at its
most elegant, but has also earned a distinguished reputation as one of
the best Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico.  For 20 years, Chef Thierry Blouet has set the standard for exquisite dining in PV. And he continues to raise the bar of excellence!

 Blouet’s immense energy and enthusiasm for excellence is
reflected in his cuisine, which highlights both his own intuitive
ability to prepare mouth-watering dishes and a uniquely personal gift:
an intense sense of art and beauty.

The daily menu offers an interesting combination of choices including
the innovative bistro menu, where three courses are served for one very reasonable 
price. In addition, over 350 labels (YES!  350!)  of fine wines and other aperitifs
are available in a relaxed atmosphere where the service is always
personal and professional.

First, lets look at the building and the rooms and the views! With artful décor in its outdoor and indoor settings, I have seen this restaurant grow and expand plenty over the last 10 years since I have been coming here.   The outdoor
partition makes for a very intimate and lush ambiance, with lighted
trees covering almost every inch of the ground, dangling white orchards
that occasionally drop in your lap, and violinists that treat you to a
private song. Try the flower pot salad and the prawn and seasonal pumpkin cream
soup.

The interior has several different rooms, each with its own unique feel. And you can choose to dine in the signature Cafe des Artistes restaurant with it’s many intimate rooms, the Pyote Lounge or the amazing and intimate  Thierry Blouet Cocina de Autor, an intimate 40 seat venue,
includes a demonstration kitchen. There, at one seating each evening, he
serves a prix-fixe chef’s signature wine-pairing menu. For after dinner
entertainment, he has converted another dimly lit space into a private
Cognac and Cigar Room with a piano bar. You will be AMAZED at the food you

With the momentum of the vanguard and the renovation P’yote Lounge
arrives to Café des Artistes. A new concept of artistic origins and
ancestries created under the inspiration of the artistic communion of
the famous designer Cristina Cobalin and Studio 3.14.

His name comes from indigenous shamanic traditions of healing and
spiritual, with a ritual that starts from the crop and ends as a tool
for the soul and the body. Hicuri is “the window through which man comes
in contact with the universe.”

Every corner of our new P’yote Lounge is an expression of life and
art huichol, from its structure and furniture to the mystical snack
menu, centerpieces and mezcal that wrap you in a ritual of pleasure.From crafted drinks to mouth watering tapas and to share plates, it’s a perfect way to start your evening.

Within, it is worth mentioning that P´yote Lounge customers will be
able to transport to the Huichol world to appreciate the masterpiece
that houses, “Tatei Aramara”, muse for the creation of the most
beautiful waterfront of Mexico, the waterfront of Puerto Vallarta.

Thierry Blouet, chef owner of Café des Artistes, was – as they say – born to the business. His
paternal grandfather, Max Blouet, spent 30 years as General Manager of
the ultra-elegant George V in Paris. Chef Blouet was born in Puerto
Rico, in 1964, and his French parents educated him in France and Mexico
where haute cuisine is an integral ingredient of the good life.

An extremely visual chef, his dishes are sensual compositions. In
addition to colors that enliven the visual, there’s a harmony of aromas
that tempt the nostrils, subtle textures that excite the mouth feel and
concentrated flavors that enhance the taste. No one will argue with you; this is the best and most romantic restaurant in all of Puerto Vallarta.  They have too many awards to name here, but just read the reviews. Four and Five stars from everyone.

In addition to his own business, Blouet, who is also a member of the
Académie Culinaire de France, brings together chefs from France, Mexico,
Canada and the United States to share and enrich their cooking
techniques while maintaining traditionally high standards. He also
devotes himself to promoting important cultural and “foodie” fiestas in
Puerto Vallarta and Mexico.

CAFE DES ARTISTES
Make your reservation today for an
 evening of pure indulgence!

Located in the heart of the art gallery district.

NOVEMBER 8-18th, 2012  FESTIVAL  GOURMET

“The Gourmet Tradition of Puerto Vallarta” becomes a reality on the
“Festival Gourmet 2012″, event which flood of celebration and allegory
to the “Grupo Café des Artistes”. As every year, Chef Thierry and his
team await the arrival of Chef invited to work together in the culinary
creations that come to the tables of the guests at the Gourmet Festival.
For 10 days, during the “Festival gourmet”, the festive spirit is mixed
with the aromas, colors and flavors, leading to each dish a unique
dining experience.

In Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay there are few long-awaited and
memorable events, the Vallartenses and visitors stand waiting. It is
part of the region’s history from conception of the festival in the
hands of Chef Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes, Heinz Reize and Chef
Roland Menetrey and is an excellent gastronomy window, where every year
discusses important issues of current gastronomy area, such as
biodiversity, identity and sustainability in the kitchen.

So then, verbena, wining and dining make their way to events, that no one who has good taste, can miss.

It is important to note that most events require reservations and
prepayment. For sales and information make contact: 2223228, ext 120.
This “Gourmet Festival 2012″ is for all our guests, we hope to
experience the joy and ecstasy of taste in the “Gourmet Tradition of
Puerto Vallarta”: Café des Artistes!

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Latin Fever Puerto Vallarta November 21-25

Latin Fever / Vallarta Fever / Bear Fever!
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Weekend!


VALLARTA FEVER 6 with BEAR FEVER and LATIN FEVER will be INCREDIBLE!!!!

HOST HOTELS : MORE VENUES : MORE EVENTS : MORE DJs : MORE PAPI BOIZ

Precios especiales para los ciudadanos mexicanos requieren prueba de residencia en la taquilla para llevar los boletos.

Special prices for Mexican Nationals require proof of residency at the box office before tickets will be issued.

THE VIDEO SLIDE SHOW

Puerto vallarta  Gay

Vallarta Fever

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Are Old Peso Bills Worth Anything?

In December 1994, when Ernesto Zedillo took office, he discovered that
the guy who passed the presidency to him had taken off to Ireland with
half of our country’s money. Zedillo, who holds a doctorate in economics
from Yale, decided (in collusion with his predecessor, who holds a
doctorate in economics from Harvard) to hide this devaluation by
demonetizing our currency when he took office.

 As of 1 January 1996,
only the Banco de Mexico has accepted pre-Zedillo pesos, and at one
one-thousandth of their face value. Or, worthless! Well, pennies lets say. Almost worthless.

Zedillo referred to his devaluation as “nuevos pesos”. During his
presidency our prices were often expressed as “NP$200″. He put a
grandfather clause in his devaluation such that “NP” would change to
“peso” with the demonetization. During that period, we took our “old”
pesos to any branch of the Banco de México to exchange them for shiny
New Pesos at the rate of one thousand old ones for one new one.

The Banco de México still maintains this exchange program, albeit in
only four hundred of its branches throughout the country. If you have
hundreds of thousands of old pesos, it might be worth it to you to make
the exchange.

If you hold a bank account anywhere in Mexico, your bank is required by
federal regulations to accept the deposit of your old pesos at 1:1000
and to exchange them for you with the Banco de México.

Old pesos in crisp uncirculated condition can have a numismatic value
far in excess of their demonetized face value. For that you would need
to investigate the collectors’ market by googling a phrase along the
lines of “world banknotes”.

So if your parents have some pesos from that trip they took 50 years ago – throw them away!

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Puerto Vallarta Mens Chorus Pride Concert June 17

Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus (PVMC), the first gay chorus in Latin America, raised in excess of 70,000 pesos as it kicked off its fundraising efforts on Monday, May
14, with a special night of festivities at No Way José!, named Vallarta’s “Best Overall Restaurant” in
2011.

The chorus, already forty-five men strong and consisting of both Mexican Nationals as well as Expatriates from all around the world, performed a special version of Sing-A-Song with beautiful Spanish lyrics written by Vallarta’s own Paco Ojeda who is also a chorus member.

“The community response has been amazing. The money we raised exceeded our expectations
and provided us with the funds we needed to secure our December holiday performance at Teatro
Vallarta,” commented Bob Bruneau, Director of the PVMC. “We could not have done it without the
hard work of all the folks at No Way José! who helped make the night was a spectacular success.
Thank you Alfredo for sharing your birthday bash with us!”

The first PVMC concert will be Sunday, June 17th at the Boutique Theatre. “This is a special concert
to celebrate gay pride that we have named Sing Out Proud! you won’t want to miss!” promises
Director Bruneau. “There will be singing, dancing and other surprises.”

 Tickets to this special performance are available online at Boutiquetheatre.ca and seats are limited. Those wishing to attend are advised to make reservations as soon as possible online or by calling the Boutique Theatre
at 322-728-6878.

The mission of Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus is to present quality male choral music in Spanish
and English using the voices and talent of gay Mexicans and expatriates to entertain, enlighten, and
unify our audience and members while building bridges of greater understanding, acceptance and
love between communities, cultures, families, and friends. More information can be found on their
website at PVmenschorus.org .

For those men out there who would like to become a singing member of the PVMC gay chorus, there  is still time to audition. Simply send an email to info@pvmenschorus.org and Sing Out Proud!


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