Puerto Vallarta Mardis Gras


The glitter and glow of the 2015 Mardi Gras season has officially begun. The OFFICIAL city-sponsored glittery, bead-hurling parade hits the streets on Tuesday night, February 17th. 20,000 spectators and dozens of crowd-wowing entries are anticipated to revel in the fun along the world-famous malecon to ‘Old Town’. Puerto Vallarta Mardi Gras is our time as we come together to celebrate and showcase our diversity. facebook.com/events/593705484040374/

 The parade will start just south of the Sheraton (across from the Municipal Stadium) and will travel south along the malecon, through “Old Town” to Olas Altas.

Mardi Gras is a time for celebration and to show the city’s diversity. It is an occasion that unites the advanced with the conventional, the straight with the gay, gratification with religion, and the adolescent with the old. 20,000 spectators enjoyed last year’s parade which featured dozens of crowd-wowing entries. With your continued support, we anticipate even more participation this year.

ACT II’s Voice of Vallarta contestants will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshalls and kick-off the 3.5 kilometer route. Non-profit organizations are able to participate for free and businesses can take part for a nominal $200 peso entry fee. This year, we are offering a $5,000 peso cash prize to the most inventive parade entry so it is time to get creative.

El brillo y el resplandor de la temporada 2015 del carnaval Mardi Gras han comenzado oficialmente. El brillante, desfile de perlas OFICIALMENTE patrocinado por la ciudad sale a la calle la noche del martes, 17 de febrero. 20.000 espectadores y docenas de entradas de multitudes-espectaculares se anticipan para deleitarse con la diversión a lo largo del malecón de fama mundial para “Viejo Vallarta “. El Desfile de Carnaval Mardi Gras es nuestro momento de brillar como nos reunimos para celebrar y mostrar nuestra diversidad.

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Coco Peru Coming to the Palm

coco peru gay puerto vallarta




 The Palm Cabaret and Bar is excited to announce the return of popular comedienne, monologist and film and television personality, Miss Coco Peru, in Coco Peru Live!, February 2 -15.


Recognizable by her trademark copper-toned flip hairdo, Miss Coco is the iconic drag persona of American actor and comedian Clinton Leupp. He is a native of City Island, New York and a 1983 graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, New York.

For more than twenty years, Miss Coco Peru has starred in various one-woman shows across the U.S. and other countries, including Puerto Vallarta, where audiences fell in love with her last season. Coco has also hosted numerous LGBT events, and is well-known for her many hilarious movie roles and her series of live theater performances. She starred in Richard Day’s ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ and was one of six performers featured in the Logo original stand-up comedy series, Wisecrack.

Coco has also appeared in a number of other supporting and guest-starring roles in film and television, including a memorable and hilarious appearance in the 1999 independent film, Trick. Other supporting and guest-starring roles include Will & Grace, Arrested Development, and Twins. She also appeared in the Bravo network’s reality series Boy Meets Boy, Welcome to the Parker, Wigstock, and the very successful film To Wong Foo – Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar with Hollywood heavyweights Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo. Coco also voiced the role of ‘Mama Hippo’ in the 2006 Disney animated feature The Wild, and appeared in an Orbitz TV commercial that was later nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Since 2005, Coco has hosted the ‘Conversations with Coco’ series in which she interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of some of the LGBT community’s favorite icons including Bea Arthur, Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Black, Lily Tomlin, Liza Minnelli and Jane Fonda.

In Coco Peru Live!, she performs some of her favorite monologues and songs spanning her long career, as well as some new material. Whether you’ve heard all or some of these stories, or if you’re a Coco virgin, come see why Lily Tomlin called Coco “one of the last great storytellers” and experience the trailblazing Queen who elevated drag, whilst still wearing sensible heels. It’s sure to be hysterical! Online tickets may be purchased at The Palm’s website, please see link below.

Also playing at The Palm is Vallarta favorite Spencer Day, who is back for a second engagement beginning Jan. 30 – Feb. 8. Hot Argentinian duo Bohemia Viva! is also appearing through Feb.3rd, along with popular strings and vocals quartet Well-Strung, now playing through Feb. 6th.

Returning in February to The Palm is Dragapella QuartetThe Kinsey Sicks with two new shows beginning Feb 9 – Mar. 1st., and making her Palm debut will be drag comedienne Miss Richfield 1981, Feb. 11 – 24 (see calendar for more information and showtimes).


The Palm is well-known for bringing top notch, cutting-edge entertainment to Vallarta. Inside you’ll find an intimate, completely refurbished 90-seat cabaret with outstanding sound and lighting, creating the ambiance of cabarets from days gone by. Shows are scheduled seven days per week with two different shows nightly through April, 2015. The Palm also offers matinees at 4:00 p.m. on selected shows.

The Palm is non-smoking (a patio is provided for smokers) and is located at Olas Altas #508, in Zona Romantica. Tickets may be purchased online 24 hours a day, and at The Palm’s Box Office, open at 11:00 a.m. daily. A full calendar of performances, information and online tickets are available at www.ThePalmPV.com. Box Office opens at 11:00 a.m. daily. You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.

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Puerto Vallarta BEEF DIP Gay Bears 2015


J.S. Buczek’s 12th Annual
Bear Week
Beef Dip 2015
January 25th – February 1st
This years event will take place from
January 25th – February 1st 2015 in sunny Puerto Vallarta.

Our two Host Hotels this year will be Torre De Oro (formally The Abbey Hotel ) and Blue Chairs Resort By The Sea

We have planed exciting events for the week and have worked close with our travel partners to arrange for affordable air and hotel fares.  MORE  INFO

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Gay Puerto Vallarta – Always Improving


My first time in Puerto Vallarta  was 1998…I think  there were a couple gay bars but many LGBT people were slowly discovering  PV.

NOW, my gosh!  It just keeps growing and growing and getting gayer than ever!

The Romantic Zone, which is where all the action is, now has 5 gay hotels, 17 gay bars, 80 restaurants, three gay beach clubs three gay boat cruises, three dance clubs, two adult entertainment venues and one spa! 

And PV is in the midst of an unprecedented array of upgrades and renovations with many new LGBTQ attractions, activities and hotels. It’s amazing to see the growth here over the last 15 years!

I know several Americans that have packed up from the US  and moved here full time now. And you see more rainbow flags flying here every year!

It’s obvious the locals here are making this a great place to live, work and play in. It’s not  just  “gay friendly” – it’s gay inclusive and celebrates gay people with 100%  acceptance.  Everyone is welcome with open arms.




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Spencer Day in Puerto Vallarta


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

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.


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Grand Opening at Di Vino Dante November 22nd!

Friday, November 22nd
Basilio Badillo 269 A

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


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

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!

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!


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

“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

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,
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
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

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


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

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

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
  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. 


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.

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
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
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
Badillo 269, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico 48380

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