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t the Vallarta Tribune we want you to have the best experience possible while you explore Puerto Vallarta, the Bay of Banderas and Riviera Nayarit. Here are some helpful tips for traveling. TIME ZONE: The entire state of Jalisco and the southern part Nayarit are on Central time – if you’re heading further north than Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, remember the time change so you don’t miss your flight. BUSES: A system of urban buses can bring you from El Tuito in the south to San Pancho in the north and all the spots in between. Fares vary according to distances travelled, but the base fare is 10 pesos. If you’re going further than San Pancho, head to the main bus terminal to catch a ‘Pacifico’ bus. TAXIS: There are set fares within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver. Make a note of the taxi number in case you leave something behind. Drivers typically do not carry change. UBER: New in 2017 to Puerto Vallarta, Uber is still experiencing some growing pains particularly in the state of Nayarit. Uber is cheaper than a taxi usually. GETTING AROUND: In many places such as Centro Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta there are paths for bikes and pedestrians. Please be respectful of these designations. MONEY EXCHANGE: The most hassle-free way to exchange money is to use your debit card in the ATM to withdraw pesos. Exchange houses offer higher rates and banks are remiss to change dollars to pesos if you don’t hold an account with them. Best to use ATM’s that are affiliated with a reputable bank located in well lit secure areas. TIPPING: In general you should tip 10-20% in restaurants and bars. Taxi or Uber drivers – 10-20 pesos. The person who bags your groceries or helps load your car – 10-20 pesos. Don’t forget to tip

your maid, bell boy, masseuse, the band, the entertainment on your tour. And by all means, tip more if you want, wages are extremely low in Mexico. DRINKING WATER: While Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for the past two decades, the quality of the water tested at the source varies greatly from what comes out of the tap at the other end. Don’t wreck your holiday – buy bottle water. EXPORTING PETS: Falling in love with the street dog outside your hotel is easy to do and it’s also easy to bring them home with you. The process is inexpensive and only takes a day or two. You only need a certificate of health from a local vet and check with your airline for additional requirements. COMMON SENSE: Just as you wouldn’t walk around your hometown drunk and belligerent, it is not acceptable to do that here. While Mexico is a tolerant culture, politeness is paramont. Don’t pee in the streets. Don’t flash your money or expensive gadgets. Pay attention to your surroundings. Know where you are going. Pay your bills (and don’t forget to tip). And have fun! DRINKING AND DRIVING: First off – just don’t. The consequences are not worth it. Taxis or Ubers are cheap and plentiful. Fines are very expensive. You can go to jail and your vehicle impounded. There are many checkstops on the weekends, and you will be asked to take a breathalizer test if they suspect you have been drinking. LEGAL SYSTEM: Not knowing the law is not a valid excuse in Mexico, or anywhere. If you find yourself caught in a legal situation be aware that often guilt is presumed until your innocence can be proven. This is a very difficult lesson to learn if you are visiting from the United States or Canada. Immediately contact your consulate for assistance.

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CALLING IN MEXICO Calling phones in Mexico can be tricky. There are different codes you need to use depending if you are calling landlines or cellular phones and if they are local or long distance. LONG-DISTANCE CALLS FROM WITHIN MEXICO For national long-distance calls (within Mexico) the code is 01 plus the area code and phone number. For international long-distance calls, first dial 00, then the country code (U.S. and Canada country code is 1), so you would dial 00 + 1 + area code + 7 digit number. CALLING CELL PHONES (FROM A LAND LINE) If you are calling from a landline within the area code of the Mexican cell phone number dial 044, the 10 digit number. Outside of the area code (but still within Mexico) dial 045 and then the 10 digit phone number. Cell phone to cell phone only requires the 10 digit number.  CALLING TOLL-FREE NUMBERS Some toll free numbers work from Mexico to the US and Canada, but many do not.  Those that do work are often not toll-free. You need to dial a different prefix. To call the following toll free prefixes, dial as follows: 800 numbers Dial 001-880-then the number  866 numbers Dial 001-883-then the number  877 numbers Dial 001-882-then the number  888 numbers Dial 001-881-then the number

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allarta Pride is in full swing with the parade happening tonight (Thursday, May 23). If it’s not too late, head to the Malecon to watch the spectacle! Friday afternoon starting at 4 pm is the Pulpito Drag Derby which is now being organized by SETAC, and they have a bunch of new events and things happening including a food court, a fashion show, and new games. This is always a ton of fun to watch. Get there early to find the best spot to see it all go down! The City of Puerto Vallarta continues with its MayoFest events through to the end of the month. Probably the most exciting

event is the free concert on the Malecon on May 31 featuring Los Azules Angeles, a very popular cumbia band. Expect large crowds! Restaurant week continues through June, and you can find details and more event information in the pages of the Tribune. Starting on May 25, the 3rd Theater Festival of Puerto Vallarta is taking place at the Tercera Llamada Theater across the street from Macroplaza. The event spans six days and offers six different plays/theater productions – all in Spanish – but the language of theater is universal! Finally, we are inching ever closer to the massive summer storms - I’ve seen several bets taking place with people predicting they come as early as this weekend. I’m no meteorologist, but what I do know is they eventually arrive and with them, a deluge of water that washes everything in its way into the rivers and ultimately the ocean. There are a couple of things you can do to help. 1. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. 2. Pack a bag with you when you’re out and about so you can pick up the garbage that is all around you. 3. Follow FB group Limpia Tu Barrio PV for information on upcoming community sponsored clean-ups. 4. Read John Warren’s latest summer series – Vanishing Earth/Vanishing Home Have a great week. Safe travels, Madeline

Markets and Weekly Events Updated for the month of May Wednesday - Vallarta Artwalk 6-10pm Thursday - Marina Vallarta Night Market 6-10pm Friday - Marsol Market by the Pier from 9:30 - 1:30pm

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Vallarta recognizes the contribution of local LGBTQ leaders

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o kick-off the 7th Annual Vallarta Price celebration Friday, May 17 Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña recognized LGBTQ community leaders for their contributions to the social and economic growth of Puerto Vallarta. Through the contributions of the LGBTQ community Puerto Vallarta is now recognized internationally as one of the world’s important destinations for the gay community. Mayor Davalos explained that Puerto Vallarta is a world leader in the fight against homophobia, and works hard in the promotion of LGBTQ tourism, respecting human rights, creating awareness of the issues of this community, and working to eradicate those issues. “This is an important point because the success of the LGBTQ community in Puerto Vallarta represents economic income, more tourism, more employment, and, above all, the fact that this city is inclusive of all,” he said. The Mayor thanked the LGBT community for having chosen him as their ambassador, saying he was proud of that trust, which has enabled the team to join forces and align objectives. Paul Crist, the founder of Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida AC., was recognized for being one

of the city’s advocates for AIDS prevention; Ed Thomas, the founder of SETAC; Francisco Arjona, the current director of SETAC and William Hevener, the first organizer of Vallarta Pride and to LGBTQ Colectivo Vallarta coordinator, Héctor Gabriel Ramírez Betancourt. Vidal Meza Peña, the

president of the LGBT Trade and Tourism Association (ACT LGBT A.C.) highlighted that Puerto Vallarta has become a beacon for gay tourism, with Playa Los Muertos recently recognized as the second-best Gay Friendly Beach in the world, after Hilton Beach in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Government announces funding for Pueblos Mágicos

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State and federal governments will contribute 302.5 million pesos

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he Pueblos Mágicos program will once again receive government funding after it was suspended late last year, to the relief of many in the local governments and tourism departments. At a tourism fair in the city of Zacatecas last week, Tourism Secretary Miguel Torruco Marqués announced that each of Mexico’s 121 Pueblos Mágicos — or magical towns — will receive 2.5 million pesos (US $131,000) from state and federal governments over the next year. The funding, which will be split between the two levels of government, totals 302.5 million pesos (US $15.8 million), rather less than the 586 million pesos provided by the government in 2018. The funds are intended to improve buildings and roads, as well as for beautification efforts like street sweeping and painting. Torruco said that the funding will start in the middle of this year. “We’re going to paint all of the Pueblos Mágicos in coordination with state and municipal governments, and you will see our Pueblos Mágicos become more beautiful over the course of this year and the first half of next year,” he said. “And we are also working on other projects, like complementary tourism products. There will be good news very soon.” Torruco added that based on the

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H first 150 days of the López Obrador administration, Mexico is the seventh-most-visited country by international tourists, and that between January and March of this year, 11.1 million tourists visited Mexico, a 4.8% increase compared with the same period in 2018. As part of the federal government’s austerity policy, funding was suspended late last year for the Program for Sustainable Regional Tourism Development and Pueblos Mágicos, provoking complaints from local authorities who rely on the funds for infrastructure maintenance and improvement. The designation of new magical towns was also suspended.

The Pueblos Mágicos program was founded in 2001 to promote tourism in the cities and towns recognized as having unique cultural and historical attributes. Pueblo Magicos in Jalisco and Nayarit include: Tequila, Jalisco San Sebastián del Oeste, Jalisco Talpa de Allende, Jalisco Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco Mazamitla, Jalisco Mascota, Jalisco Tapalpa, Jalisco Tlaquepaque, Jalisco Jala, Nayarit Sayulita, Nayarit Compostela, Nayarit

ow would you feel if you knew that your savings/ investment account would drop by 12.5% over the next few years and that it would never, ever recover? Would you try to change the future? That’s what’s happening to all of the birds, the bees, the plants and the fishes in the ocean. One million out of the eight million species that exist now are vanishing. They won’t be here for our grandchildren or our greats to enjoy. A few of the recent extinctions include the West African Black Rhino, Pyrenean Ibex, Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon, and the master word for scrabble payers the Quagga. All wiped out by us. The report by the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services was published on May 6, 2019. Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, it assesses changes over the past five decades and provides a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development and its impact on nature. The bottom line? “Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history –

and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world.” Should we care about what we are all doing to Mother Earth? From a purely selfish point of view, would we not like the next generations to see elephants in Africa, tigers in India or Mexico’s scarlet macaw? Tell your descendants not to hold their breath because those three and thousand of other species of living organisms are sliding towards extinction. There are people who don’t care if they never see another hummingbird, fireflies at night amongst the trees or discover, with their grandchildren, wiggly things in a tidal pool on the beach. So, are eight million species better than seven? Do we care if we lose a million or so? Well we should! A healthy biodiversity provides a number of natural services for everyone. A multitude of plants, insects, marine animals, birds, animals and reptiles keeps our planet together so that humans, the ultimate consumers, can live here. Ecosystems provide protection of water resources, soils formation and protection, nutrient storage and recycling. They break down and absorb pollution, contribute to climate stability and help the planet recover from natural disasters like

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07 forest fires and floods. The zillions of biological resources give us food, medicinal resources and pharmaceutical drugs, breeding stocks, population reservoirs and diversity in genes. Without biological diversity the planet dies. Think of how agriculture has changed in the past seventy years. Food and fibre productivity has soared due to new technologies, mechanization, increased chemical use, specialization, and government policies that favoured maximizing production and reducing food prices. These changes have allowed fewer farmers to produce more food and fibre at lower prices. Although these developments have had many positive effects and reduced some financial risks to farmers, they also have significant costs, including air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, the decline of family farms, neglect of the living and working conditions of farm labourers, new threats to human health and safety due to the spread of new pathogens, economic concentration in food and agricultural industries, and disintegration of rural communities. Maybe the worst one of all is the drainage of wetlands and the destructions of woodlands, which means the destruction of habitat for millions of birds, bees, insects and other species. Cheap food and huge profits may be good in the short term: in the long term they are killing us. In Puerto Vallarta there are many examples of ways we are adding to the destruction of our part of the planet but, thankfully it’s not all bad news here. We have the Vallarta Botanical Gardens within a 30-minute bus ride that will restore your sense of well-being. It provides an unprecedented opportunity for anyone here to share the wonder of the vast diversity of Mexico’s plant species, dozens of species of birds and not a few insects. The VBG has assembled botanical collections in a safe environment with viewing trails and has built the most-visited public collection of orchids in all of Mexico. It’s a wonderful place to visit and to support. You can donate money, purchase a membership, or join the team as a volunteer. Donations help support its educational programs and environmental awareness in the community. If this planet has any hope of survival, education about the environment is vital and the VBG could use your help to do that. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2019/05/nature-decline-unprecedented-report/.

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Bronwen White, originally from London, England, has moved here from the United States where she lived in many of its great cities. Having always loved Mexico, she has now moved to Puerto Vallarta and is embarking on her journey of discovering the delights of the local culinary scene. Email: walesbw@gmail.com

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veryone loves a lover, right? And in Puerto Vallarta certainly everyone loves the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton story. They certainly did have a wonderful love affair. I have read some of Burton’s diaries and that he was obsessed is an understatement. Their story here started with John Huston, miraculous director whose work embodies some of the finest American films ever made (e.g. The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Moby-Dick). He “discovered” Vallarta, cast Burton in The Night of the Iguana and sold him Casa Kimberly which Burton gave to Taylor in 1964. So the stage was set for the celebrated drinking, lovemaking (and fighting) that ensued. Now the casa is a beautiful boutique hotel, redolent of an Italian palazzo. Enter through the portals past a sweet sculpture of the couple by famed local sculptor Jim Demetro who has contributed so much to Puerto Vallarta’s aesthetic. Then up the beautiful tiled stairs and past a very arresting painting of Liz, her famed violet eyes here rendered deep deep blue. Pose for a photograph on the little bridge (La Puente de Amor) that connects Casa Kimberly’s two casitas. And then the fun begins as you enter the dining room where the tables are starting to fill and guests are rushing about oohing and aahing over the palatial nature of their surroundings and the wondrous view. The executive chef is also the chef at sister hotel Hacienda San Angel and he is a whiz at marrying his fare with Mexican staples such as squash blossoms, huitlachoche, and all manner of chiles. I adore gazpacho, what a perfect soup on a warm evening, here it is finished with a green apple julienne. The lobster tacos are fantastic, piled high with lovely tender lobster. I also recommend the salad of

baked Portobello with chevre. As a Mexican pork lover I really enjoy the Chamorro de Puerco, it is a hearty dish though, I warn you! As is the Angus steak wrapped in hojas santa leaves or the large filet on the bone served with grilled cactus. All the fish dishes are delicious, sea bass served with hibiscus and chipotle, salmon a la parilla with a jalapeño cream, the ever-popular shrimp Diablo. A friend enjoyed the grilled Cornish game hen served with chayote gratin and a tamarindo glaze. Everywhere are these Mexican flourishes which enhance but do not overwhelm the dishes. Now is a particularly good time to try The Iguana as now until June 10th they are in the midst of their restaurant week(s) offerings, a choice of one of three apps, entrees or desserts. Speaking of the latter they’ve a rompope flan, a crème brulee made with mamey fruit, goat cheese mousse with marinated strawberries. I am weak when it comes to chocolate - the tart made with two different chocolates with lots of berries atop is my favorite. The 12 piece mariachi musicians, La Joya de Mexico, contribute to the nightly drama, it is almost a floorshow and very thrilling. After dinner you can choose from a dazzling array of mescals and tequilas for a nightcap and, if the Taylor/Burton magic has cast its spell on you, you could opt to stay in one of their luxurious suites. It will add a few more zeros to your cuenta but it might just be worth it!

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Paradise and Parenting

Roberto Ortiz de Montellano Farias

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Roberto Ortiz de Montellano is a Mexican-Licensed Attorney at Law with over twenty years of professional legal experience. He started his own practice in Puerto Vallarta five years ago. His areas of expertise focus mostly on Real Estate Law, Business Law, HOAs and Estate Planning

I am the preschool coordinator and nursery teacher at the American School of Puerto Vallarta. I am also both unsurprised and not a bit sorry that this list of my favorites is mostly about places to eat. If you can live in Vallarta without appreciating some of the good eatin’ around here, you have to be at least half Vulcan.

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he concept of a family has evolved worldwide and Mexico is no exception to this. Gay marriage is now recognized and performed all over our territory. However, we still face some rejection and reluctance. Some states like Yucatán and Sonora, still refuse to marry same-sex couples, even though they are required by law to do so. In these cases, an injunction or amparo must be obtained so that a judge orders the officer of the Civil Registry to perform the same-sex wedding. This reluctance has also affected the rights of gay couples here in Mexico to adopt a child and form a family. Many states still refuse to recognize this right to same-sex couples. However, our Mexican Supreme Court issued a ruling on January of 2017, recognizing all over the country the right of same-sex couples to adopt a child. So can a same-sex couple adopt a child in Puerto Vallarta? The legislators of the State of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is located, still refuse to recognize in the state laws, the right of same-sex couples to adopt a child. However, due to the ruling from our Federal Supreme Court, the state government authorities that deal with adoptions must process an application from a same-sex couple if the applicants file an injunction or amparo for this proceeding. Once the injunction is filed and the application is submitted, the government authorities from the State of Jalisco that deal with this matter, must process the request in the same terms of any other heterosexual couple. You should know however that the neighboring state of Nayarit, fully recognizes adoption by same-sex couples and therefore

if the papers for adoption are filed in that state, there won’t be any need for the injunction (amparo). And what about adoption by non-Mexican citizens that live here in Mexico or abroad? If the couple requesting the adoption are non-Mexican but are residents of Mexico, the process will take place like with any Mexican national. The papers must be filed before the state government office here in Vallarta that deals with adoption called Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia or DIF. This office will review the case and issue a certificate of eligibility stating that the couple is suitable to be adoptive parents. After that certificate is obtained, a proceeding in court must be followed so that a Judge legally grants the adoption. In case of non-Mexican citizens who are not residents of Mexico, the adoption would be considered an international adoption and the process must be started in their home country, where they must obtain the certificate of eligibility from the competent authority, and then finish the procedure here in Mexico before a Mexican judge. In Mexico, a large segment of our society still opposes adoption by same-sex couples. Luckily for us, most of our jurists recognize the right to form a family as a human right. Same-sex couples have been granted that right and there is no way to debate that. The conservative way of thinking of our society still has to catch up with our changing laws. That is still to be seen, but in the meantime, adoption by same-sex couples is a fact in our country and this is something to be proud and joyful. By the way, happy Vallarta Pride!

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I never thought I’d look back on the days when my children were small fry and actually say “Wow did I ever have it easy!” I mean, if anyone would have attempted let me know how simple my life was, I probably would have abandoned my pacifistic principles. Because, let’s face it, little kids are complex, sleepless, exhausting people who think it’s great to flush special keepsakes down the toilet. They are often disrespectful, mostly loud, and have an unrelenting fashion sense that involves rubber boots, crinoline, a Tigger bath cape, and a whole lotta attitude. Certainly it’s all very cute, but that’s pretty much because evolution intuited that the survival of the species depended on cuteness. But the thing is, they are up for family time ALL the time. If you tell them they are going to the beach for the day, they really want to go. They want to swim with you, have a picnic with you, and even lay on the towel (very briefly) with you. Sure, you go home completely wiped out, but so do they. They will even fall asleep in the car so you can talk to your spouse. Teenagers are different. If it’s your idea to go to the beach,

there has never been a worse or more tiresome proposal. Suddenly they have Other Plans which they cannot specify. They may even admit to having homework, which seems unfathomable. However, when faced with an entire afternoon WITH THEIR PARENTS, what choice do they have? Today my husband and I decided that we needed a bit of time together as a family. The high season is drawing to a close, so my husband had the entire day free for us. We hadn’t been to a beach in awhile, and this seemed really silly when you think about the fact that we live in Puerto Vallarta. Apparently we were the only ones to think this might be a fun Sunday activity. But we managed to get everyone in the car with only a few eye rolls and longsuffering sighs. The car ride was very quiet, which I admit can be nice when you are a parent, but this quiet was a bit ominous. It was a bit grumpy. It was a quiet born of TV shows left behind and abandoned Playstation controllers. My husband and I pretended not to notice and chatted each other up, wondering if we had made an error in judgment.

When we got to the beach, we all sat huddled under the umbrella and pretended to nap (pretty sure Gilberto wasn’t pretending). But then a few things happened to turn the day around, and I will list them here for you in case you have your own teen and, like us, you are as uncool as the Macarena (the good news is that the Macarena has been in style at least twice in the last twenty-five years). 1) The henna tattoo guy, once considered part of the beach backdrop, is now a great person to turn to when everyone keeps asking to go home and finish their geography projects. The tattoo subject (aka your child) has to sit still for at least thirty minutes for the drawing and the drying. After that, you can count on another twenty minutes for selfies with the new henna dragon tattoo before they ask to go home again. 2) The dogs – it’s hard to be mad when the beloved family pet keeps scampering around wanting to chase birds, save random people from drowning, and to steal other beach-goers’ snacks. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s distracting. 3) The snacks – There are always vendors coming by with bags of chips and other goodies that are doused in fiery hot sauce, which your teen now enjoys (and your surprised face as they munch on spicy chips is very satisfying for them). So get out there and enjoy the beach with your teen! We all went home sandy and giggly and actually REALLY liking each other again. The dogs were the only ones who fell asleep on the way home. With all the joking and laughing it wasn’t quiet at all. It was wonderful.


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Movement as Medicine

Medical Matters Pam Thompson

By Via Anderson

Pamela Thompson operates HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that is here for your total health and well-being. We offer assistance to help find a physician, hospital and diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. www.healthcareresourcespv.com

Via Anderson, E-RYT, is a Yoga and movement coach and teaches the Intelligent Movement Forever system of healthy movement in a weekly online class, in private sessions, and at Yoga Vallarta during the high season. This 77-year-old grandmother practices what she preaches and teaches. She is the author of “How to Move Without Pain: A Compendium of Intelligent Movement”, to be released in 2019. www.intelligentmovementforever.com

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e are so very lucky to have a large amount of extremely qualified nurses in the area. Not too many are bilingual, though that is improving. One of the most respected women I know is Adriana who I am so proud to call my friend, and my co-worker (and she is bilingual). Adriana was the nursing supervisor at one of our local private hospitals for many years and a few years ago, she decided to head out on her own to open a homecare business. I bet she had no idea how much of a demand there would be, how busy she would be or how quickly her company would grow (and continue to grow!). Adriana’s company is called Proviquer and currently has 50 employees, nurses to provide homecare, a nurse coordinator, administrative staff, accountant, secretary and webmaster. This also includes a medical supply store with another to open soon. A few questions for Adriana: Where did you go to nursing school? I went to the Army and Air Force University (Mexico) and specialized in intensive care nursing and later, in wound and ostomy care. Why did you choose nursing? Nursing conceptualizes the person in an integral way, so that being able to help people in their recovery goes beyond medical treatment and surgery. Nursing care is what makes recovery a success or failure but we also accompany the patient at the end of life stage, when everyone else says ‘no more can be done’. Nurses know that there is still much to do until the very end. I observed as a child that the doctor arrived after a few minutes but the nurses were in charge of making me feel safe and cared for. What do you find much more different in what you are doing now and nursing in hospital? The advantage of nursing is that it adapts to the environment where it is practiced. The difference is that

when you care at home, you have the opportunity to know more about the patient, their family, customs, habits, preferences. This allows me to personalize the care in a more flexible environment. What is your wish, your vision for nurses in the Puerto Vallarta area? Nursing is in professional development with an excellent growth expectation. We have more nursing schools and there is good response to continuous education. The number of nurses in Puerto Vallarta is still insufficient to satisfy the needs in both the private and the public health sectors. The situation is not only in Vallarta but throughout Mexico. We are working to improve this. In Vallarta we have the Professional College of Nurses to which I belong. It is an important entity to promote professional growth and as well, determine the guidelines of the professional practice of nursing. Adriana is extremely active in continuing education programs because she is convinced that this is the core point - to improve professional development, increase leadership and empower nurses. Her future plans include expanding on wound and ostomy clinics to the northern bay, opening her second medical supply store and (to me) the most exciting, to offer the services of Adult Day Health Care Facility, providing skilled and memory care and post-op care. I have personally seen Adriana ‘cure’ a bedsore that anyone else would have practically given up on. Open to the bone. Highly respected physicians in the area call Adriana for wound care and ostomy care. Adriana is one of Puerto Vallarta’s “VIP’s”, unsung heroes along with her staff. I could not be more proud to call her my friend. For any further information her services, please just send me an email! Here’s to a bountiful week!

How I am Healing My Thoracic Compression Fractures: Part I

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’m home from LA. My trip there took an unexpected turn. I ended up in the Emergency Room with two thoracic (mid-back) compression fractures. Probably from pulling and pushing heavy suitcases. I left the ER with a thoracic brace, a walker, and a Vicodin prescription. I extended my stay four days until I could get medical travel clearance to fly back to PV (NO lifting!). An angel friend flew with me and lugged my suitcases. Now I am mostly in bed. Resting my precious thoracic spine. When I am out of bed, seated or standing, I wear a beautiful Frida Kahlo brace.   This amazing device stabilizes my thoracic vertebrae while they heal. Like a cast on a broken arm. I would like to share some of my journey with you this week and next. That fact that I injured myself in this way at all was

quite a surprise to me. I am very active, fit, and strong. I did not fall. I did put too much pressure on my thoracic spine. It was a silent injury at first, with the pain showing up about 24 hours later. The whole experience has humbled me. I now know first hand that being active is no guarantee that I will not be injured. And I am learning patience. And how to move my body when some parts of me cannot move. After I left the ER, a physical therapist came to my house. She showed me how to use my brace and ordered NO “BLT.” No

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bending, lifting, and twisting. Could I move my arms? Yes. Could I move my legs? Yes. This was very good news. Because I knew that I could continue to move, with intelligence, as long as I did not BLT my upper, mid and lower back. I want to emphasize that my story and my journey may not look like yours. Thoracic vertebral fractures can be slight, medium or severe. In each case, the options for moving and the prescriptions for not moving will be different. If you have a compression fracture, please listen to your own doctor and your own body. I am able to do many movements that help keep my cells happy and my spirits up. I can do any supine arm and leg move that does not involve a spinal twist or rotation. I can do any standing movement as long as I am braced and maintain good posture and don’t bend, lift or twist. I love practicing squats (braced) with my hands on a shelf or counter for support. Here is a flat back hip hinge that I do with my walker.

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Seated Flat Back Hip Hinge With A Walker Sit in a chair in Good Posture, braced, with your walker in front of you. Breath in. Breath out. Take a few minutes to become aware of your breath. Place your hands on the cross-bar in the middle of the walker. Hinge forward at your hips without rounding your spine. Imagine that your spine is a broomstick or PVC pipe that cannot bend. Fold your spine forward without moving the pelvis. Keep the chest open. Keep the back of the neck (cervical) long. Let your arms and the walker support your hip hinge and forward fold. Go as far as you can and maintain good form. Stay for 3, 6, 9 breaths. Listen to your inner athlete. When you are ready to return to seated Good Posture, bring the walker back toward you while you maintain a flat back. Summing Up: Thoracic compression fractures need the same TLC that a broken arm does and more. They take time to heal. Listen to your body. Check with your doctor. Move what you can without bending, lifting, or twisting your upper, mid, and lower back. More next week!


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Orlando Gotay, Tax Attorney

Sheryl Novak

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Orlando Gotay is a California licensed tax attorney (with a Master of Laws in Taxation) admitted to practice before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court and other taxing agencies. His love of things Mexican has led him to devote part of his practice to federal and state tax matters of U.S. expats in Mexico. He can be reached at tax@orlandogotay.com or Facebook: GotayTaxLawyer. This is just a most general outline. It is informational only and not meant as legal advice.

Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico. She is an expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.

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he request by a committee of Congress for the president’s tax returns is causing pangs and headaches to various persons out there. But as I chomped down on a taco at my favorite corner stand, I said “maybe people want to know how “safe” their returns are from prying eyes”. Chances are Congress is not going to be interested in your returns, so we can put that aside. Originally, tax return information wasn’t private at all. Tax collectors would post lists of collections from each person. Being on the list was a source of great pride, since you made enough to pay tax. All that’s long gone and there are restrictions in place to safeguard both tax returns and return information. It is very strict in actuality— but there are some exceptions. The most important one allows state (and some local) tax administrators to access your federal return information. There is a wide range of information that is very valuable to the states in figuring if you are or should be, one of their “customers”. Some states have detailed agreements with the IRS specifying what info is released and how. The vast amount of the information exchange is ongoing and automatic. That’s how a state knows you’ve filed a federal return

with an in state address, but alas, they don’t have a matching state return for you. Hence a state “love letter” to you, asking you to clarify. States tell the IRS stuff about you, too, from one taxman to another. Naturally, if a tax administrator needs additional specific information about you, that can be requested as well and your permission is not required. Again, that’s all limited to tax administration purposes and cannot be used for anything else. If the information sought relates to a criminal investigation, it could be released to federal officials, for example, but only if a federal judge orders it. So “regular” investigators can’t be digging up tax information from the IRS unless there is good reason to. The law also allows IRS disclosure of your tax information to foreign governments with a treaty or convention that authorizes information sharing. Those are also highly detailed and are generally not automatic. There are individual ones (like the U.S.-Mexico tax convention) plus an international convention that provides mutual “administrative assistance” for tax administration to which they are both signatories. So if they really want your stuff, it could be had. Now you know!

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id you know that approximately one-third of adults suffer from some degree of insomnia? Good sleep is one of the main elements when it comes to achieving a good quality of life. When furnishing a new home in Mexico for a client, I have a checklist I follow that helps create a relaxing bedroom. Here are some of the things I consider. There is only one thing we should do in our bedrooms. (OK, well maybe two…but due to the nature of this media and my conservative nature, I will focus on just one!) Bedrooms are the room we should go to when we want to shut down from the “noise” of life. So, it is essential that we remove anything that is not needed for rest. A bedroom should have no clutter. Clutter causes anxiety and stress. I recommend nightstands that have drawers rather than open shelving. Although the bedroom is a room that tends to have extra space, avoid putting a desk in. If you have no other option, make sure to get a desk with drawers so you can put away paperwork. Just seeing it creates anxiety and makes your brain subliminally aware that you have things you need to do, instead of sleeping. Electronics, including smartphones, TVs, modems, and cable boxes, are a sure-fire sleep killer. They are distracting, and numerous studies indicate this type of light negatively impacts sleep patterns. Give yourself a mini vacation from the social media world every night, and you will be far more productive the following day. Paint your bedroom a cool color or neutral shade. Avoid reds and purples in your bedroom. Numerous studies have shown that the color of your environment affects your stress level. If you like color, keep it in the living, dining room, and kitchen. Unless you are renting out your home in Mexico, opt for a flat or matte finish rather than glossy to keep the room

looking softer. Invest in the best mattress you can afford. Since we spend one-third of every day on it, buying the right mattress should be a high priority. Don’t buy one from a big box store that you have not tried out. Go to the big box mattress stores in Mexico that display them. You will be sure of getting the right

one and the cost of the mattress at the colchones store (colchones is Spanish for mattresses) is usually less than what you would pay at a big box store. Many will even deliver your mattress for free. Some mattresses offer memory foam tops with a cooling gel that will regulate your body temperature while you sleep. This is a fantastic solution during the humid season here in Mexico. A cool, dark room provides the best sleep, so get black-out shades. I like to add heavy drapery panels on each end. Not only do they soften the room, but they will also block out the light that sneaks through at the end of the roller blinds. Drapery will also help to diffuse sound, keeping it nice and quiet. New condo? Contact me at sa. novak@solutionsmexico.com for a free furniture consultation.


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he final details are in place to kick-off the Festival of Theater in Puerto Vallarta on May 25, with six productions that aim to promote and enhance theater culture in the city. In an interview with Sr. Víctor Jiménez, the director of the Festival of theater for the third year he explains his motivation in creating this event, “I like intelligent theater, one that moves your ideas, makes you think and brings out with a new way of looking at life.” Víctor Jiménez began his theater career at an early age (15) in Mexico City, performing in small plays and shows around the city working with theater coaches from whom he learned a lot, among those who stood out in his life were: Roberto Souza, Delia Casanova, Hector Bonilla. The first work in which he participated was “ El circo de pepino, naranja y calabaza” as a presenter. He has was in short films, participated in a telenovela called “ La casa al final de la calle “, under the production of Juan Osorio. Focusing on intellegent theater, this year’s Theater Festival Jiménez presents six works of which he invites the public to enjoy each one. The productions deal with varied themes, including comedy, drama, melodramas and musicals. The first play on May 25, “ Entonces ¿qué somos?”; is a love story seen through the lense of social networks and how falling in love has evolved. “ Lobos por corderos” presents on day two, by playwright Reynols Robledo and directed by Víctor Jiménez, which talks about the values ​​ of everyday life, and the double standards of people. This story is unleashed after the accident of a school bus and how to deal with a proposal to keep all misfortune hidden. On the 27th and 28th of May, coming directly from Mexico City, the entire cast of, “ Y llegaron las brujas”, a work of comedy, which has been shown in CDMX for the past 25 years and promises to make the people of Vallarta cry with laughter. On Wednesday, May 29, “El marqués de Sade” is presented, the story tells of the 27 years that the Marquis de Sade spent in jail

and how he managed to make his writings become a book despite being locked up. This play will be the only one that has two showings on the same day, one at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 pm. “Historias de Cabaret” is presented with Coral Arroyo, on May 30, representing “La Gata forum cafe”, where political issues will be discussed with humor and social satire. To close with the festival, “El amor a los 40” is presented on June 1 at 8:30 pm. This story tells of two divorcees who seek to remake their love life with other people, but who on the way face the judgement of their family and society. While the plays are presented in Spanish, the emotion and passion are universal languages. Experience something new and different and immerse yourself in Vallarta’s rich local theater scene. Tickets can be purchades at Optics OCI, located on Av. Francisco Villa # 1319, News Karina and online at www.ticketopolis.com/ tercerallamadapv All productions will be performed at Tercera Llamada on González Gallo Street # 103, across from Macroplaza.


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Incanto Celebrates Pride with The Legendary Gouda Gabor

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ocalist Enrique de Allende, and Naked Boys Singing! Presents Final Shows. Legendary Canadian television and stage drag personality, Gouda Gabor, presents three nights of comedy and song debuting her all-new show during Pride Week, May 21, 23, 25 at 9:30pm in the piano bar. She’ll be accompanied by the talented Derek Carkner at the piano for an evening of hilarious comedy, Broadway classics and pop favorites... with a twist! Gouda will also share her challenges with dating, dieting, drinking and the “gringa-life” in Mexico where she became the lost Gabor sister who is famous only as the “Bingo Babe of Bucerias”. “Gouda is a legendary West Coast drag performer, renowned for her razor-sharp wit, lightning fast comebacks, and sexily outrageous persona. Queens want to be her, boys want to be with her... Everybody wants a slice of Gouda!” - Adrian Chamberlin, Theatre Critic. Times Colonist. Back by popular demand, former soccer star and classically trained vocalist Enrique de Allende returns for an encore performance for one night only, Friday, May 24 at 8pm. Described by iconic music producer David Foster as having “a very sweet but powerful voice”, Enrique sings many well-known favorites by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, as well as breathtaking versions of opera’s Caruso and Nessun Dorma. He will be accompanied by Nate Buccieri at the piano. After a very successful sevenmonth run, Incanto is now presenting their final performances of Naked Boys Singing! This wildly popular show features six young local actors who sing and dance completely nude in this fun, sassy, clever musical comedy that is celebrating twenty-years off-Broadway. Directed by original conceiver/director, Robert Schrock. Presented in English. Final performances now playing through May 29. Visit Incanto’s website for

more information and online tickets. Incanto’s ongoing Pride Week celebration features special film screenings with host Dennis Crow. On Thursday, May 23 at 7:30pm he presents the 2006 animated Showtime comedy, Queer Duck, voiced by Jim J. Bullock. On Sunday, May 26, he will host the Original Broadway Cast Production of the hit musical-comedy ‘Victor Victoria’ starring Julie Andrews and Tony Roberts. Watch for more weekly movies to be added soon, all shown on a big screen with state of the art sound in the comfortable air-conditioned theatre. A special menu is also available for casual dining during the show. Visit Incanto’s website and Facebook page, Incanto Vallarta, for more details. Breakfast is served until 2pm on the riverside terrace. Casual dining is available riverside and in the air-conditioned piano bar 4-11pm. Happy Hour is 4-6pm. Incanto Insurgentes 109 (at the Rio Cuale) Tues – Sun 9am-11:30pm Incantopv@gmail.com 322 223-9756 www.IncantoVallarta.com for tickets and details.

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icking off on May 19, the weeklong festival of love and acceptance offers dozens of events in Vallarta’s Zona Romantica in support of LGBTQ rights. Attracting over 10,000 visitors this years events are open to non-profit associations, local businesses, the LGBTQ community and the general public. Thursday, May 23 is the highlight of the week with the hugely popular Pride Parade starting at 5pm in front of the Sheraton Hotel on Avenida Francisco Medina Ascencio where it will wind its way through Centro, along the Malecon and continue to Lazaro Cardenas street where the Vallarta Pride Block Party will commence with area bars offering music, drinks, DJ’s, Drag Shows and more until 2am or later. (Or is that earlier?) Recover with a pool party at Mantamar Beach Club on Friday, May 24 from 11am – 9pm. On Friday beginning at 4pm the ‘running of

the drag queens’ the Pulpito Drag Derby will commence. Top Sky Bar will host a sunset cocktail party from 8pm – 1am. The Pink & Proud women only party will be held at El Sonador’s rooftop bar and Industry Night Club will throw their ‘After hours’ party until 5am. Saturday, May 25 Mantamar has another pool party from 11am – 5pm and Casa Cupola gets in the fun with a Vallarta Bear Pool

Party from 1pm – 10pm. Head to Lazaro Cardenas park from 3-8pm for the Health Fair hosted by SETAC with free rapid HIV testing, counseling, condoms and lots of great info. And on Sunday, May 26 wrap up with a farewell pool party at Mantamar from 11am – 9pm. For the most up to date information check out the Vallarta Pride 2019 Facebook page!

SETAC takes over the popular Pulpito Drag Derby Púlpito Drag Derby Friday May 24, 4pm-8pm Along Pulpito Street and Olas Altas This year’s Vallarta Pride Festival will once again feature the Púlpito Drag Derby, one of the most unique block parties in the world! After several years of being organized by the Amapas Neighborhood Association, 2019 will mark a “changing of the guard,” and SETAC, Vallarta’s LGBT Community Wellness Center, is taking over the reins of the event. They have made several major changes and additions to the event, designed to make it bigger, better and more fun than ever before! New features! 1) Food Court. This year’s Púlpito Drag Derby will feature food stands for the first time ever! Several local restaurants and eateries, including some long-time participants at the Saturday Tianguis at Lázaro Cárdenas Park, will have a tent and sell their food items. Participants confirmed so far are Ché Vallarta, selling Argentine empanadas; Sabores Helados, selling gourmet ice cream; Perros Locos, selling

gourmet hot dogs; Hotel Mercurio’s famous sliders from Beers, Boys, and Burgers; Charlie’s Tacos selling tacos al pastor, and Mr. Cabos selling their fish tacos. 2) Men’s Swimwear Fashion Show. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., several local male models will start strutting their stuff on the main stage, wearing swimsuits designed by Mercurio Swim, Zuppos, Amsterdam, and Andrew Christian. 3) New Challenges for the Drag Contestants. They have arranged for several new contests, taking advantage of the presence of male models! These include, among others, an arm-wrestling challenge against the models, a “dunk the model” booth, and a toilet toss! Each of the challenges will once again be sponsored by a local business.

4) Closed-Circuit Video. Designed to address one of the bigger attendee complaints from previous years, this year’s event will feature several cameras capturing all the action from the stage and the various challenges and display it live on a large LCD screen behind the main stage. Schedule of Events 4:00 PM Gates Open 5:00 PM Men’s Swimwear Fashion Show 5:45 PM Main Drag Show 6:30 PM Drag Challenges 7:40 PM - 8:00 PM “Lip Synch for Your Life” and Winner Announced!


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Lila Downs-Voice of Mexican Tradition and Soul

From Here

Christie Seeley

Marcia Blondin

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From Oakland, California to Puerto Vallarta…lured by music of guitars and sounds of the sea. vallartasounds.com

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y first exposure to Mexican American singer Lila Downs was in 2010, on my first visit to the City of Oaxaca. In the bar of Casa Oaxaca, a wonderful restaurant near the beautiful Santo Domingo de Guzman temple, I enjoyed my very first mezcal before being seated for dinner. They were playing some incredible music and I asked the waiter who was singing. “Lila Downs!” he exclaimed with obvious pride as Oaxaca was very proud of her and with good reason. On that trip I bought her latest CD called La Sandunga and played it non stop for a long time afterward. My family has made a point of seeing her concerts each time she visits our area. I visited Oakland last week to attend her concert for the 2019 San Francisco Jazz Festival with them. San Francisco has an

impressive Jazz Foundation with devoted supporters and followers. Seven years ago they funded and built the first free standing auditorium in America exclusively dedicated to Jazz. The design created by Mark Cavagnero feels intimate while accommodating a large audience of up to 700 people and the acoustics provided by the sound system designed by Meyer Sound Laboratories are fabulous. The band was made up of a wonderful selection of musicians on guitar, bass, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums, cajón and African percussion representing areas as distant as New York, Seattle, Jamaica, Chile and of course Mexico. Lila’s presentation was outstanding in costume, expression and style and her operatically trained voice was clear and forceful. She radiated her

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Mexican heritage and pride. Beginning with a spirited version of the Peruvian Cumbia by Anibal Rosado, Cariñito, and the moving Las Marmotas that paid tribute to a music director who was victim of violence in which she asked us to rise above adversity putting vengeance aside and soar like the eagle, she moved on to a jocular jarocho favorite La Iguana with the traditional instruments of Veracruz including accompaniment on the jawbone of burro, jaranas and the inspired zapateado dance. She brought the audience to tears with her moving rendition of Oaxacan La Sandunga singing “daughter, when I die, don’t cry, sing to me a Sandunga and I will live on forever”. When she presented the folkloric La Llorona, I understood the cultural influences from the Spanish and indigenous peoples for the first time. In a plea for respect and justice for her brave people in her poignant cover of Manu Chao’s Clandestino she urged us to save the children at the border and in her interpretation of Los Caminos de la Vida by Vicentico, she sang of resignation to life, much of it in her indigenous language. Both were moving and full of love. She celebrated her native Oaxaca with its chile and mezcal with El Son del Chile Frito and Dos Botellas de Mezcal giving rise to spirited dancing and participation from an ecstatic crowd of admirers who demanded an extended encore creating a frenzied party atmosphere for a finale. Lila is definitely a great ambassador for her native land spreading a poignant message filled with joy and pride. Watch for this talented artist’s performances in Mexico, Canada and the US. She is absolutely in a class of her own. Purposely avoiding a “mainstream” image, she spreads her message in her own way. Her new CD Al Chile is available on iTunes as well as other sources. For further details visit my website vallartasounds.com

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he incredible State Ballet of Jalisco  is coming this week for one performance of ‘Carmen’ at  Teatro Vallarta. Thursday, May 23 at 8 pm, Sher Producciones presents the rousing music of Bizet and 40 brilliant dancers onstage under the guidance of  Director Dariusz Blajer. I’ll have a full report next column. My sister Patrice and I bussed out to the  Vallarta Botanical Garden  last week for lunch, to see the  Garden  of course, and to present Founder, Curator and dear friend,  Bob Price  his two winning certificates from the  Tribune’s recent  Best of Banderas Bay  People’s Choice Awards. The  VBG  won for ‘Best View  Restaurant’ in Puerto Vallarta and ‘Best Kept Secret’ in the entire Bay of Banderas. The ‘secret’ was evidently out when we were there – full restaurant, lots of happy diners, hikers, birders, and nature lovers. A sublime relief to sit for moments at a time and hear nothing but natural sounds. I also saw some good friends way the hell out there that I rarely see in town although we live blocks apart. A heavenly place the  Botanical Garden  for sure, and the resto just keeps getting better! I had a spectacular shrimp-stuffed avocado and my mango smoothie was so thick it defeated the grownin-the-Garden bamboo straw. Patrice  and I kicked

off Restaurant Week(s) at Nathalie Herling’s Eclectico’s  on Pulpito, just off Olas Altas. I promised myself a couple of months ago, I would have the duck and did even though it is not on their Resto Week’s special menu. So very, very good; I will get back soon to try more great food prepared by Chef Ruben Iniguez. At the beginning of my sister’s three-week stay, she decided that we should tile my floor; so we did. She did the lion’s share; I was busy moving everything I own from place to place while she tiled. The problem with a gorgeous new floor is that EVERYTHING that sits on it now looks like crap, so the dings in the walls have to be painted; the rusting chairs and tables need to be sanded and repainted. Furniture needs to be moved around to better utilize space, and often the very first place you put things is the only place they can really go. So, lots of movement. THEN, everything has to be cleaned. So, that’s what I’ve been doing since she left. And, every time I think I’m getting close to finishing, I see one more thing that just doesn’t fly on the fabulous new floor. So, thanks a lot,  Patrice  for spending your three-week vacation tiling my wretched cement. By Christmas 2020, I’ll be done cleaning, and then I am going to YOUR house! Keep the hugs coming and going and smile when you pass strangers on the street; you will brighten their day, From Here. 


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Vibes & Vices: Blind-Tiger

AJ Freeman

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AJ Freeman is an adventurous spirit, serial friendmaker, and general enthusiast. He lives his everyday life hoping to demonstrate the nearly infinite potential for discovery and wonder on this small wet rock orbiting a dim yellow star in the backwoods of the Milky

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an you even believe Prohibition actually happened? Imagine if tomorrow the government of whatever country you listen to handed down a mandate that stated that nobody could drink alcohol any more, under any circumstances, ever, because blank you that’s why. No seriously, take a good 10 seconds to understand how far left that would go. Happily, society as a whole has gotten significantly more subversive since the early 1920s, but places like Blind Tiger stand as monuments to a time when most people could be easily told what to do and the rest would meet up at the cool kids’ table. The Vibes: Even the name itself reflects the clandestine capers that made the Prohibition period a time to enjoy life without permission. A “Blind Tiger” was one of the many fictitious exhibitions that underground community living rooms claimed to offer guests in order to obfuscate their true purpose: facilitating the search for the greatest truths in life, one drink at a time. Immediately, the style of Blind Tiger sets itself apart from the tackiness that dominates the area around the Malecon. “Polished” is a word that definitely defines the intimate space, with a leisurely leather sectional the color of claret welcoming guests in off Calle Pipila and rich wooden shelving framed by copper supports showcasing a selection of domestic and imported bottles that may be unsurpassed in the city. It’s what I imagine a 1920s-era jazz bar looked like, bearing in mind that I turned 31 in 2019 and really have next to no idea. I had arrived that evening in the company of a few friends, who settled in on the comfortable couch before partaking in the speakeasy’s signature snack, caramel-cheese popcorn which is every bit as strangely addictive as it sounds. It even arrived to the table in a jar with a lid as proof of the establishment’s attention to detail.

The Vices: Feeling quite fancy indeed, I started off with a classic combination known as The Godfather, bringing together silky amaretto with fine Scotch whisky for a perfect complement to the sweet and salty bar munchies...and that’s when modern times made themselves most apparent in this anachronistic attraction. After a few drinks, a debatable topic came up, the type I don’t really discuss in the newspaper, and we were able to settle the matter with a search engine within 30 seconds. T-Top, a member of our party, lamented the fact that what could have been an hours-long exchange of ideas was reduced to a simple googling, and opined that bar discussions were better before the sum total of human knowledge was conveniently placed at our fingertips. He was right to an extent...after all, in case being named directly after a famous brand of beer doesn’t give the gimmick away, the Guinness Book of World Records was invented mostly to settle debates among barflies in the hope of starting others. However, our dear T-Top had failed to consider the human element, that of perspective...the driving force behind half of humanity’s recent quest to determine whether a dress was white and gold or blue and black. Simply put, the objective is objective...but opinion has never

been more opinionated. Just to prove a point, I ordered up my next drink--an intriguing blend of bourbon, absinthe, lemon, and grenadine--and prepared a topic worth arguing over...if you want to know what it was, we’ll just have to hang out and the drinks are on you. I can say the topic had plenty of room for opinion, and over the next hour or so all the assembled passionately pleaded their cases, and no one’s stupid smartphone made an appearance for quite some time. I literally ate popcorn as I watched three grown men bellow their opinions at each other like they actually mattered outside the room. Dance, puppets, dance. Eventually everyone was able to come to a reasonably agreement on the “facts” at hand, and courtesy of Jesùs, another of our number, we celebrated with a round of the bar’s signature sip, The Blind Tiger. True to the spirit of its namesake, this cocktail was almost as much of a show as a drink, sealing the deal under a glass dome filled with cinnamon smoke before arriving spectactularly on the scene in 5 crystal glasses. The star of the bar did nothing less than impress, delivering rushes of carefully balanced flavor with a distinctively potent punch. The drinks and debates had taken up most of the evening, and before any of us knew it it was 2am, well after the bar’s posted closing time... in case this needs to be typed, it was time well spent. The Verdict: In a section of the city that’s a bit lacking for uniqueness, Blind Tiger more than fills the bill. With an almost overwhelming range of cocktails--and the new possibilities that come in the bottom of every glass--it’s a damn good choice for bending an elbow and the rules with a few friends. Maybe I’ll catch you there.

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Famous Mosaics - Philly’s Fabulous Magic Gardens By Emily Murray This summer the Tile Park is taking the show on the road! We’re paying a virtual visit to the most famous mosaics of the world... from China to Spain to the US... tile parks, record-breaking installations, ancient murals, points of interest and so much more. Join us! ack your bags, virtual travelers! This week’s trip is truly special. We’re headed to Philadelphia PA, and a place called the Magic Gardens. Why so special? Because this is the artist whom Natasha learned from: Isaiah Zagar. In the early 1990’s, what is now a tourist destination drawing more than 150,000 visitors annually, was nothing but an abandoned lot near his studio. Isaiah had been perfecting his own style of outsider art, a mosaic technique incorporating found objects such as bottles, plates, bicycle tires, and whatever else might look interesting. So he began applying his method here, in the abandoned lot near his studio at 1020 South Street. It would be years of work, and not without some drama, but in 2008 Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens would finally open to the public. I talked to Isaiah about the apprenticeships he offered in the 90’s, allowing budding artists a chance to immerse in his process. He mentioned that he loved doing them because they “allowed for such possibilities”. Natasha took advantage of one such opportunity, and the knowledge imparted

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on her has changed the face of Vallarta. So yes, possibilities. I’ve seen some of them with my own eyes, and you likely have too. The Magic Gardens consists of an outdoor portion, and two indoor galleries. Everywhere you look, there is something interesting to see. Using hand-painted tiles, found objects, and things to tell his story as an artist, bit by bit the Gardens came together. A true labor of love and a clear demonstration of Isaiah’s need to set himself apart as an artist. These days, this nonprofit museum known as Magic Gardens brings in more than 150,000 visitors each year, and employs 26 people. Though Isaiah is now retired he says he goes there often, “to sit”. He and his wife Julia have deep roots in this neighborhood. Way back in 1968 they opened Eye’s Gallery (still run by Julia), a showcase of Peruvian crafts and Latin American folk art. South Street was a pretty rough part of town at the time, but they settled there anyway… they saw possibilities… and over the years the area has blossomed around them. They are true urban pioneers, Isaiah and Julia, blazing their own trail. I like to think a bit of that rubbed off on Nat, and that we’re all part of an artistic trailblazing, right here in Vallarta. You can learn more about the Magic Gardens here:phillymagicgardens.org Check out Eye’s Gallery here: eyesgallery.com


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Marsol Friday Market by the Pier by Marcia Blondin

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atty Jo makes “Care Packages” that she donates to kids battling cancer. Sick children living in Vallarta often have to travel to Guadalajara by bus to receive treatments. The five-hour-long ride can be dull and boring, so Patty Jo’s gift bags ease that pain, at least. All profits from her sales at Marsol Market go to buy small but useful items for her goodie bags. They include crayons and educational coloring books; some simple hygiene products including toothbrush and kid’s toothpaste, Kleenex, lip

balm, anti-bacterial gel and a small bar of hypoallergenic soap. Also, every bag has a stuffed animal suitable for hugging before, during and after the long trip. Visit Patty Jo’s table every Friday for fun art, hand-painted cards and remember, every peso goes to help kids with cancer. Bratwurst is coming to Market! See Barbara’s table for freshly made sausage right alongside the best tasting pickled beets in the world! Come early to Market if you love chocolate! Real, handmade Mexican chocolate infused with Ricardo’s extracts and tinc-

tures. Medicine has never tasted so good! Beach Booty expands its inventory! Recent hauls of sea glass have been tremendous and what they do with their new-found beauties has to be seen in person. Visit Marsol Market for additional items, including new and used clothing, shoes, handmade leather bags, and much more; different each week. Marsol is also welcoming new artisans every Friday. The Marsol Friday Market by the Pier is open yearround from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

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URGENT: Flyers to VANCOUVER needed! Are you flying AirTransat? We could use your help.

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ummer time means low season in Vallarta and therefore a lot less tourists and fewer available flights. This is a tough time for us, who adopt most of our dogs to Canada and the US and rely on the help of volunteers, tourists who are kind enough to take a dog or two to their home destination. Right now WESTJET has already started their heat embargo, they will not take any pets in cargo until October. So we are urgently seeking AIR TRANSAT flyers to Vancouver who can help us take our dogs to their new families who are

already anxiously waiting for their new babies. We

make it very easy for you, have staff who will help you

MURPHY’S IRISH PUB Located on the Historic Malecon across from the lighthouse statue (El Faro) - beautiful sunset views every night! Delicious traditional pub menu. Live Rock Music - Thurs - Sat @10:30pm Watch all sports w 2 satellites. Pool Table. Happy Hour Daily 3 to 6 pm. 2 x 1 Corona or Pacifico. 50 pesos Well Drinks.

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check the dogs in, at the PV airport, and you will meet up with a staff member at Vancouver customs who will clear the dog. All it will take you is a little more time on both ends to help us. If you can help, please email us: spcapv@gmail.com If you are interested in visiting and giving our dogs some cuddles, walks or just receiving puppy kisses at our state of the art sanctuary outside of town, contact us at spcapv@ gmail.com to schedule a tour. Tours leave from the Costco parking lot only on Thursdays during low season and reservations are required. Get involved…rescue, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate or educate. You can learn more about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta by checking us out at www.spcapv.com/ home or on Facebook.

Adorable Dog in the Spotlight: DAGGER

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hat wrinkled forehead and those ears… everyone falls in love with this little boy. Dagger is a Chihuahua puppy just 5 months old currently weighing almost 6 pounds. He is the smallest in this litter of pups rescued in February. Dagger is a social puppy and loves playing with his litter-

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mates and all his human visitors. We think he will make a wonderful lap dog just like his mommy. Dagger has been neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. We know there is the most perfect home out there for this young boy and are accepting applications for his adoption at spcapv@ gmail.com.

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The best month of the year to be in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit with many events open to the public including: Vive Vallarta (May 10 – June 2) Artisan market with venders from around the country and Latin America held in the grounds of Puerto de Luna at the entrance to Fluvial in conjunction with Mayofest events.

Season’s Final Shows at Act II This Week!

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fter a whirlwind season of over 800 shows, Act II will present its final shows on Monday, May 27! Diana Villamonte, the #1 performer in Vallarta will present a special farewell concert at 7:30 pm, featuring a selection of songs from each of her other shows… Motown & Beyond, Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. That same evening, Mama Tits (winner of “Best Drag Show”) closes her 5-star show, “Triple D” at 9:30 pm. Also, Vallarta’s #1 Hit musical, Avenue Q, presents its final show on Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 pm. This delightful, laugh-out-loud American musical was performed on Broadway from 2003 to 2009. Audiences everywhere have been captivated by its fresh and funny story, and it won the prestigious 2004 “Triple Crown” for Tony Awards…. best music, best score and best book! This slightly bawdy (and very funny) show deals with adult issues (and is not recommended for children), but it is very similar to a beloved children's show -- a place where puppets are friends. Don’t miss it! Hedda Lettuce, winner of “Best Drag Show” closes her season on Friday, May 24, at 9:30 pm with her award-winning show, “Gringa in Paradise.” And the #1 musical duo, Us Two (winner of “Best Musical Group”) presents their mega-hit, “Best of ABBA and Elton John” on Sunday, May 26 at 7:30 pm. Act II also welcomes Kim LaRue with a one-night only special production of the spectacular “Encuentros de Danza” (Dance Encounters) on Sunday, May 26 at 8:00 pm. For the first time in its existence, Act II will be completely closed for vacation from May 28 to June 24! It will re-open on Tuesday, June 25, with the popular Act II Karaoke Party every Tuesday evening, as well as the return of the ABBA/ ELTON show and the “Sleeper” hit of the season... Twist

and Shout! Act II will also introduce an all-new Vallarta Concert Series which highlights a different popular PV Band every week! (Watch for more information!) Tickets are available at www. act2pv.com, or at our box office, which opens at 3pm on show days. Act II Shows Week of May 24 - May 27 (Act II closes May 28-June 24) FABULOUS FRIDAY - May 24 7:30 - (FINAL SHOW!) Diana Villamonte - “I Will Always Love You,” a Whitney Houston Tribute (Winner, Best Solo Red Room Show) 9:30 - (FINAL SHOW!) Hedda Lettuce, starring in “Gringa in Paradise” (Winner, Best Drag Show 2018/2019) SPECTACULAR SATURDAY May 25 7:00 - (CLOSING NIGHT!) Avenue Q, the #1 Musical Ever Presented in Vallarta! 9:30 - Mama Tits, starring in “Triple D!” (Winner, Best Musical Drag Show!) SUPER SUNDAY - May 26 7:30 - (FINAL SHOW!) “Best of ABBA & Elton,” starring Us Two and their LIVE BAND (Winner, Best Musical Group) 8:00 - (ONE NIGHT ONLY!) “Encuentros de Danza,” A Dance Extravaganza, featuring Kimberly LaRue and dancers from her NYC studio & Puerto Vallarta Dancers Monday, May 27 CLOSING SHOWS OF THE SEASON 7:30 - FAREWELL CONCERT - Diana Villamonte, singing songs from her three shows, More Motown & Beyond, Whitney Houston & Tina Turner - the #1 PERFORMER in Puerto Vallarta for TWO YEARS! (Winner, Best Red Room Solo Show) 9:30 - (FINAL SHOW!) Mama Tits, starring in “Triple D” (Winner, Best Musical Drag Show) Have a great summer, Everyone! See you at Act II’s Karaoke party on June 25!!

Restaurant Week (May 15- June 10) This restaurant celebration goes on for nearly a month in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, during which over 60 local eateries offer three-course prix fixe menus. More information: restaurantweekpv.com/ Puerto Vallarta Pride (May 20-27) For the sixth consecutive year Puerto Vallarta will welcome the largest LGBT Pride event in the region: Vallarta Pride. Associations, companies and the entire LGBT community have

joined together again to organize this event that celebrates the lifestyle diversity of our city in a 7-day festival that will offer arts and culture events, concerts, entertainment, films, fun, lots of partying and our fabulous Pride Parade. facebook.com/ orgullovallartapride/ Mexican Beach VolleyBall Open (May 25-27) The best national ranked players will compete at Camarones beach from May 25th till 27th, and the access is free. A total of 104 teams will participate. Women and men teams divided between 3 different categories prolarx.com/amvpvallarta/ convocatoria/ Riviera Nayarit Mountain Bike (May 25) The top draws of the Riviera Nayarit MTB Race include a gorgeous destination and a

demanding route with plenty of single-track trails. This is the fourth edition of the race that takes place in Litibú. It’s a fantastic option for mountain bike lovers. http://www.velobikepv.com/es/eventos Surf Fishing Tournament 2019 (May 25 – 26) The Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on May 25-26, 2019 in Sayulita. This family tournament is organized by the Nayarit Surf Fishing. 14th Motofiesta Guayabitos (May 31– June 2) Everything is ready for the fourteenth edition of the Motofiesta Guayabitos 2019 from May 31stthrough June 2nd. Hundreds of motorcyclists and thousands of attendees will come together in Rincón de Guayabitos to enjoy this event and its flashy main street parade, concerts, and contests.


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This listing features bars and restaurants that may have live music and ongoing acts, if there are no acts listed, check with the venue as they may still have events planned. Schedules can change without notice. We do not take responsibity for misinformation. Email editor@vallartatribune.com to update or add listings.

VALLARTA Babel Bar (Aquiles Serdán 437, Isla del Cuale)  Fri: Faralae 7-9 pm Sat: Moruno 1 – 3 pm Sat: Oscar & Raul 7-9 pm Sun: Esau & Lobo 1 - 3 pm

Bistro Teresa (Zaragoza 160 4th floor) Blakes Restaurant and Bar (Plaza Los Glorias #16)

Café Roma (Encino 287 near flea market) Captain Don’s (Honduras 126) Fri: Tequila Rush 8 - 11 pm Sat: Da Crew 8 - 11 pm

Cuates y Cuetes (Francisca Rodriquez 101)

Daquiri Dick’s (Malecon and Lazaro Cardenas) El Oasis de Holi (River mouth by La Isla Mall) Sat: Dr. Groove 6 pm El Rio BBQ, (Paso Ancho) Sun: The Cheko Ruiz Band at 3 p.m.

Incanto (Insurgentes 109) Sun: Joby & Tongo at 5 pm Sun: The Red Suitcases Band at 7:30pm. Tues: Victor and Anais at 5pm. Tues: Luis Villanueva ‘80s music at 7:30pm. Wed: Jean-Guy Comeau, piano at 5pm. Wed: The Renteria Bros at 7:30pm Thurs: Edgar Roxha at 5pm. Thurs: Open Mic at 7:30pm Fri: The Joan Houston Show at 5pm Fri: Zoe & Leon with The Renteria Bros. at 7:30pm. Sat: Zarapes de Neón at 7:30pm Pianist Dennis Crow - most evenings at 9:30pm.

Kelly’s Pour Favor Saloon and Cookhouse (Lazaro Cardenas 245) Mon: Hoochie Coochie Men 8 - 11 pm Wed: Tequila Rush 8 – 11 pm Thurs: 3Tones 8 – 11 pm Fri: Dr. Groove 8 – 11 pm Sat: Soul Trip 8 – 11 pm Sun: No music during low season

La Casa de La Hugo (Hamburgo 146, Versalles)

BUCERIAS

McCarthy’s Irish Pub (Francisco Medina)

Buzzos (In front of Bungalows Princess | Bucerias) 

La Ingrata (Abasolo 169)

Encore Restaurant & Lounge (51 Lazaro Cardenas | Bucerias)

Murphy’s Irish Pub (484 Morelos, Malecon) Thur: The Others at 10 pm Fri: The Others at 10 pm Sat: The Others at 10 pm Special: Fri: June 7 La Trez Cuartoz

El Chivero (Avenida Pacifico 9, Centro | Bucerias)

Nacho Daddy (287 Basilio Badillo) Tue: Cat Daddy’s 8:30 pm Wed: Joker Band 8:30 pm Fri: Texas Embassy Blues Band 8:30 pm Que/Pasa (625 Aquiles Serdan) Tues: The Change at 7-10pm Sun: Sylvie&The Zippers 7 – 10 pm Revolution Restaurant & Bar (Matamoros #235, Col. Centro)

Roxy Rockhouse (Ignacio L Vallarta 275) Nightly music after 11 pm with house band Winston’s Bar and Grill (Calle Peru) Wed: The Slassics 3 – 6 pm Fri: Paranoia 3-6 pm Sun: The Change 3 – 6 pm

NUEVO VALLARTA

Chasers Sports Bar (Avenida Mexico 570A) Fri: Gecko Band 8 – 11 pm Dona Tere Restaurant (Boulevard Nayarit) Eddies (Boulevard Nayarit 70) Weekly – Live music 6:30 – 9:30

El Barracuda (Boulevard Nayarit 70-8)

Ernestos Good Grub (Calle Perra,Jarretaderas) Estudio Café (Paseo de la Marina 31)

Drunken Duck (Avenida Mexico, Centro | Bucerias) Wed: The Gecko Band 9 pm  Sun: The Gecko Band 5pm JAX Bar and Grill (Avenida Mexico 17, Bucerias)

LA CRUZ Ana Bananas (Tiburón #42 | La Cruz) Sun: Live Music 7 pm

Greene Tomato (Town Square, La Cruz) OSO’s Oyster Bar ( La Cruz Marina) Sat: The Remedy 7 pm Britannia (Coral, La Cruz) Tues: Open mic with The Turn 7pm La Cruz Inn (36 Calle Marlin | La Cruz)

SAYULITA & SAN PANCHO El Atico Hookah (Sayulita)

Jack’s Cantina (Sayulita beside bus terminal) Faro Mita (Higuera Blanca)

Jardin Montenegro Restaurant Blvd. Nuevo Vallarta #220 – Nuevo Vallarta

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