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!
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!
Español debajo. Beautiful two-story property with great potential located in a selective and small community of houses on the hill of Mismaloya beach, with beautiful ocean view and the Sierra Madre. Second level has the master bedroom and a second bedroom, both with full bathroom and finished at one hundred percent. The first level is not completely finished but this is the perfect opportunity to give the house that personal and unique touch to turn it completely into a home. Just ten minutes walking from the beautiful beach of Mismaloya this is a unique opportunity to become the owner of a beautiful house in a great location.
Hermosa propiedad de dos pisos con increíble potencial ubicada en una selectiva y pequeña comunidad de casas en la loma de la playa Mismaloya, con hermosa vista al mar y a la hermosa Sierra Madre. En el segundo piso cuenta con la recámara principal y una segunda recámara, ambas con baño completo y terminadas al cien por ciento. El primer nivel no esta terminado por completo pero esta es la perfecta oportunidad de darle a la casa ese toque personal y único para convertirla por completo en un hogar. A tan sólo diez minutos de distancia de la hermosa playa de Mismaloya esta es una oportunidad única de convertirte en el dueño de una hermosa casa en una excelente ubicación.
Going to the beach or the water parks are the first considered options for most of the people during this season, specially if we talk about a destination such as Puerto Vallarta. However, there are some other alternatives for freshen yourself and spending incredible moments full of adventures and fun with your family, friends or couple.
This time we will bring you three waterfalls and rivers that you can try, for walking, enjoying the fresh air and swim.
If you consider yourself an adventurous spirit, and you like challenges and ecotourism a good option for you is to go Palo Santa Maria. There, you will find small waterfalls while you hike through the Sierra Madre Occidental. The only way to arrive to this place is by walking one path that will challenge you, because you will have to hike trough the middle of the jungle over rocky pathways, with small cascades and some shallow rivers. It could be tempting to stay in one of these small rivers, but if you continue walking, every step you make will be worthy. Just imagine that in the middle of the trees, there is a great waterfall that falls on a natural deep clear water pool where you can high dive and peacefully settle there. It is advised to bring food, because you won’t find any restaurants nearby once you start this journey.
The road to Paso Ancho demands less physical effort, because it is a known Puerto Vallarta’s neighborhood. There you will find more constructions as you pass by a rustic path that will take you to one of the most popular rivers of the city. You can walk or use a vehicle to arrive. At the beginning of the journey you will notice the presence of some buildings, but as long as you continue and approach the river you will see less constructions and more nature. Once you see the river, it will be your decision keep walking for a better location or just go there and jump into the water. Inside the river you will find some small cascades and big stones. An also fresh, clear and shallow waters.
Paso Ancho is an ideal place to see rustic and pictorial landscapes, where the human being and the nature can harmoniously coexist. It is optional to bring food, because during the journey you will find some restaurants and food vendors.
Foto por Canopy River
If you like to explore new places and be surrounded by nature without leaving the comfort, El Eden would be the perfect place for you. To this paradise you can arrive by vehicle or walking through a rustic long well defined path, where you will be able to fill your lungs with the pure and fresh air.
Once you arrive you will see the helicopter used on the movie “The Predator” and even it will be possible for you to closely admire the figure that was used as the terrible creature. This is because this was the scenario for some of the action shoots of the film.
Beside this, at El Eden you could admire some watercourses sliding among huge stones that create a shallow natural pool with nature around it. Activate your senses by walking through the place, let your self go in the crystal clear water of this paradise and conclude your day tasting the delicious gastronomy that the place’s restaurant has for you. This is an ideal site to take a break and fill yourself with the nature’s good vibes.
AVENUE Q is a delightful, laugh-out-loud American musical that was performed on Broadway from 2003 to 2009. The play was a resounding hit with Vallarta audiences in the past and this week it returns to Act II Entertainment. Make sure to see this utterly delightful musical, that will grace the Main Stage of Act II on May 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 & 25 at 7 pm.
Audiences will once again be enchanted by this fresh and funny story, that won the prestigious 2004 “Triple Crown” for Tony Awards…. BEST MUSIC, BEST SCORE and BESTBOOK! The story of AVENUE Q takes place in New York City and the street is Avenue Q. This is the only address you can afford when you’re fresh out of college, out of a job, or adrift looking for your purpose in life. The story is a coming-of-age parable that satirizes the issues and anxieties of entering adulthood. Filled with humor, a catchy score and full-sized puppets brought to life by cast members, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that quickly became a favorite for Vallarta audiences and now returns for the month of May!
Although the show is very similar to a children’s show where puppets are friends, the story addresses humorous adult issues and is not recommended for children. It is directed by Act II Entertainment’s Musical Director, Alfonso Lopez, and features some of Act II’s superb players. Avenue Q is the perfect choice for those of us who may be wondering how we got to this point in our lives and what our purpose is. You’ll laugh at the serious and rejoice at the marvel of this modern-day musical! Avenue Q is an enjoyable entertainment choice, so make sure to see it in May on The Main Stage!
PUERTO VALLARTA’S BOTANICAL GARDEN PLACES 5TH IN USA TODAY’S BEST GARDENS
The Vallarta Botanical Garden (www.vbgardens.org) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has been voted into the fifth-place spot among all botanical gardens in North America in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2019.
Although the list has been dominated by gardens in the U.S., the Vallarta Botanical Garden has placed twice, first in 2018 when it became the third international botanical garden to place on the list, ranking in at number 4 and this year when it placed at number 5. Montreal’s Botanical Garden also placed in this year’s list coming in at number 10.
“We congratulate the Vallarta Botanical Garden on this honor as it represents part of the grand flora and fauna found in Puerto Vallarta,” said Javier Aranda Pedrero, Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “Puerto Vallarta is a lush destination, green, where we respect the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Bay of Banderas. We invite our visitors to experience the many ecological adventures offered in Puerto Vallarta, including the Estero el Salado and Los Arcos National Park.”
USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2019 Best Botanical Gardens in North America are initially selected by a panel of experts who voted on the top 20 botanical gardens, and then the final top 10 were determined by popular vote at the 10Best website — including Sherry Boswell (Travel Plans in Mom Hands), Cindy Brockway (The Trustees), Abby Meyer (Botanic Gardens Conservation International-U.S.), Nicky Omohundro (Little Family Adventure) and Katy Moss Warner (American Horticultural Society) Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) who has worked with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board to promote the destination’s offering previously.
Vallarta Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit organization started in 2004 with the mission to propagate, study, discover, conserve and display native plants from Mexico and from around the world. The garden sits on 20 acres of land and is home to a vast diversity of Mexican plant species, including the most visited public collection of orchids in Mexico. There are four conservatories showcasing local and exotic flowers from all over the world, plus vanilla, chocolate and coffee plantations; a museum; a rock collection; and a population of hummingbirds and other wild birds. The Los Horcones River, offering breathtaking views, runs alongside the property, which is also home to award-winning restaurant Hacienda de Oro.
THIRTY-YEAR PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT IN COSTALEGRE ANNOUNCED
The tourist area of Costalegre, the second most important beach destination in Jalisco, will undergo a development plan over the next 30 years.
During a working tour of the region this weekend, Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez announced the Master Development Plan for that region, which includes the creation of a governance body that will be integrated by a Social Council and an Economic Council.
“The purpose is that we can have defined this year an agreement with the political, social, economic and academic actors of Costalegre to define the direction of this region,” said Alfaro Ramírez.
According to the governor, the master plan will guarantee the growth and development of the Costalegre region -integrated by the municipalities of Cabo Corrientes, Tomatlán, La Huerta and Cihuatlán- for the next three decades.
“It will start a new stage that will ensure that in 30 years the decisions we make today can guarantee that we live better here, that the environmental capital of this entire region is taken care of, that we can raise the quality of life of the people”, he said.
The master plan includes, among other actions, infrastructure works to improve communication channels, as well as the increase in equipment for social development with new schools and health modules.
The mayor of Tomatlan, Jorge Luis Tello García, demanded that the development plan be built with the help of environmental specialists to guarantee “the full exercise of rights” of its inhabitants.
The tourist project for Costalegre includes an investment of 3.8 million pesos for the construction of the southern highway that will connect Puerto Vallartawith the municipalities of La Huerta and Tomatlán.
According to Alfaro Ramírez, the environmental impact studies and the release of rights of way will be completed shortly, so this year the tender for the project that will unite the International Airport of Puerto Vallarta with Chalacatepec in just 50 minutes could be released.
Similarly, said the governor, the project is expected to consolidate a corridor of economic, social and environmental development in the area, for which, only 1.7% of the 743,300 hectares that make up the region will be urbanized and it would allow the construction of little more than 3,000 hotel rooms, mostly five-star hotels.
PYROTECHNICIANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL MEET IN PUERTO VALLARTA
This week the International Symposium on Fireworks will be held in Puerto Vallarta, where the objective is to address issues related to safety, explained Miguel Zamora Nuño, president of the Union of Pyrotechnics of Jalisco.
As a representative of the country to visitors from 36 nations that will meet in Puerto Vallarta from May 6 to 10, Zamora Nuño explained that they seek to standardize criteria worldwide regarding the safety of manufacturing, transportation, and storage of Mexican pyrotechnics, and create an internal contingency plan to respond in a timely manner to an emergency.
The largest buyer of pyrotechnics in the world is the United States and the intention of Mexican producers is to meet the quality required by the US government, to be able to sell it, the leader of pyrotechnics in Jalisco added.
“The laws that regulate us do not allow us to use certain materials that we need to reach a commercial grade with the United States and that is why we initiated a regulatory reform, because 85% of the product we manufacture stays in Mexico and the pyrotechnicians want to show their products to Latin America and in the United States. ”
He added that the Mexican authorities have demonized the pyrotechnics and do not listen to the producers, but they do allow importing, especially pyrotechnic from China, which is more dangerous and represents about 40% of what is sold in Mexico.
THE ‘GREEN PATROL’ CELEBRATES THREE YEARS OF PROTECTING ANIMALS IN PUERTO VALLARTA
Created for the attention of matters related to the environment and animal protection, the Green Patrol celebrates three years of operation in Puerto Vallarta, where just in the last year they attended to over 1,800 services of animals and environmental issues.
The Green Patrol began operations in 2016 at the initiative of the municipal president Arturo Dávalos Peña, in his first term of office, and to date is the only municipality in Jalisco that has a unit of this nature, attached to the Directorate of Public Safety.
The elements in charge of this unit, monitor and observe compliance with laws and regulations focused on the care of the environment, as well as the care and attention of animals, thus strengthening the ecological awareness that distinguishes this tourist destination.
As part of the activities carried out during the last year, the Green Patrol provided 1,879 services, of which 547 were cases of aggressive dogs, 235 of dogs mistreated, 24 of dogs run over, 89 of abandoned pets on public roads, 45 of dog bite; 42 adoptions of dogs and cats, 89 iguanas outside their habitat and 124 of turtles spawning.
Likewise, 187 services were provided of delivered nests, 49 of alligator outside their area, 24 opossums outside their habitat, 38 snakes outside their habitat, 32 wild ducks outside their habitat, 14 raccoons outside their habitat; 249 garbage burnings, 37 fellings of trees and 54 of loose cattle.
The Green Patrol works in coordination with the subdivision of Animal Welfare, as well as the Control Center, Animal Assistance and Municipal Shelter (CCAAAM).
Every Saturday and Sunday at Jardín Dr. Ignacio Chavez in Mexico City’s Colonia Doctores, the Tianguis de Antigüedades is a laid-back scene.
Crowds meander through the park, thoughtfully surveying the goods as romantic ballads and salsas play from some of the many vintage radios and turntables up for sale.
The merchandise ranges from cheap trinkets to genuine collectible treasures on this stretch of Avenida Cuauhetémoc, a space that only became a park after the Cine Internacional and government building were destroyed in the 1985 earthquake.
Vendors hang out together or with similarly-minded collectors, sharing photos of recent finds on their phones, smoking cigs, and sipping the occasional beer semi-hidden under a table or chair.
There is military paraphernalia from around the world (somewhat disturbing that it’s mostly from the Nazis), coins and pins, train sets and toy collectables, beautiful jewelry and china, vintage magazines and depraved comedic cartoon art.
As I sit taking notes, a vendor chats me up. “Are you writing in English or Spanish?” she asks.
She looks like a protective auntie in her cap with a neck flap and a sensible cotton button-down. She sells these flap hats, along with a hodgepodge of books, candle lanterns, tea sets and toy farming equipment.
“Sales are slow these days,” she says. “When there are people it’s good, but when there’s no one, it’s bad. Everyone’s on vacation right now. It’s usually really full.”
Lidia Huerta, it seems, was searching for someone to chat with. “Foreigners, when they like something, they just buy it. The peso is low for them. For Mexicans, it’s more about the price. People don’t have money to pay for things. Kids want to have fun and parents have to pay for all of it.”
“People with two legs and two arms should work,” she continues. “Mexicans like to work. But some people don’t want to.”
“You know what colonia we’re in?” she asks.
“Doctores?” I say.
“Yeah. This is Doctores. Right over there is Roma,” she says, pointing west across the park.
“This way,” she says, pointing the opposite direction. “It’s not very good over there. A lot of criminals. Be careful in Mexico.”
I dutifully tell her that I’ll watch out for myself and move on through the market.
Three generations sit together behind a row of tables offering vintage shoes and jewelry, expertly cracking pumpkin seeds while they make deals. It’s the kind of place where vendors enjoy the haggle. As far as I can tell, it’s usually padded into the price. You won’t always get the price you want, but sellers enjoy dickering so much that they might just do it for you.
I ask a vendor about his stuffed anteater. It looks like it’s been in a scuffle or two since it was first taxidermied but is in pretty good shape.
“One thousand five hundred,” he tells me. “Because some of the claws are missing. They took some off to make necklaces.” He shows me the animal’s left side, the paws completely bare of claws.
“I’ll think about it,” I say.
“They go for like 2,000 to 3,000 pesos in other places. This one’s African. It’s the smallest of the anteater species. One thousand five hundred is a good deal, on account of the claws.”
“I like it, but I don’t think my girlfriend would like it.”
“Mount your mother-in-law on the wall!” a nearby saleswoman yells to the laughter of the crowd.
“I don’t know. I’ll think about it,” I tell the anteater man.
“You tell me how much,” he says. Then, lowering his voice to a whisper, “Eight hundred. It’s cheap.”
I back out of the situation as another piece catches my eye. And this one is the stereotypical women-hate-it item, the classic “I’m Sam Malone from Cheers watch me toss peanuts into my mouth and talk about bras” kind of artwork: a scene of dogs shooting pool! On a rug!
It’s like a kitsch backflip!
“It’s 1,200,” the man with the rug tells me. “And that’s down from 1,500 because it’s getting to the end of the day. Made in Italy. It’s a collectible. It’s not like I have five or six more of these at home. Look at this stitching. Perfectly made. No stains. Never cleaned. You don’t clean good rugs like this, just beat the dust off them. It’s a great price. Real classic scene, this one. Made in Italy!”
All of this info appears to be true, but I waver. “I’ll think about it,” I say, as I walk away, certain to have baited the trap.
But this guy doesn’t chase me, doesn’t even try to tempt me back with a measly 50-peso reduction. Perhaps he’s better at this than I am.
With a well-tended pushbroom mustache over a handsomely wrinkled face, graying ponytail and bent silver glasses, Francisco Ordulla could certainly be picked out of any police lineup as a vintage LP vendor, and that’s exactly what his position has been here, pretty much since the market’s outset, for 20-something years.
It’s mostly American and British rock from the 60s and 70s on display, but Ordulla doesn’t really specialize in anything. He has classical, jazz, blues and native music from around the world, but most of his returning clients are in search of Mexican rock and psychedelia from the 70s.
“There weren’t as many printed as the American and British stuff, so it’s harder to find,” he says. “Me, I’m always looking for the Italian progressive rock from the 70s.”
He reckons it’s been the last five years or so that LPs have become really collectible in Mexico, so they’re only getting harder to find.
On the north side of the park are some of the larger pieces, big beautiful dressers and mirrors, some of the pricier statues and larger artworks. Lines of old Volkswagen buses, their seats removed for more efficient hauling, watch over their masters on the street behind.
A man with a magnifier stuck in his eye invites me to sit and ask some questions. His name is Javier Gómez and he fixes and sells antique clocks and watches. He’s been at the tianguis nearly every weekend for 25 years. During the week he makes house calls or works out of his house.
While we talk, a man casually hands him a can of New Mix tequila and grapefruit soda. “I owe you one,” Gómez tells him. He says that old stopwatches, watches that chime the hour and wall clocks with moving figures and music are among the hardest to fix. The most expensive pieces he sells are made by the Swiss, of course: Rolex and Patek Philippe.
Across the way, Diego Villegas appears to be one of the youngest and most popular vendors. He’s been selling used video games at the tianguis for five years and says his customers range from 10 to 50 years old.
He deals in most games and consoles, but Super Nintendo cartridges like “Megaman,” “Metroid,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” are the most popular these days, generally ranging from 100 to 1,200 pesos.
He says the Holy Grail for collectors at the moment is the Little Samson game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that can run from 50,000 pesos, without the case, to around 180,000 in mint condition. (There’s a slightly worn one for sale on eBay for 65,500 pesos at the moment.)
It’s often difficult to leave the Tianguis de Antigüedades without making at least one purchase. You can most definitely find something small and old for as little as 20 pesos, and I wet my whistle with a UNAM Pumas pin, a Puma skull and crossbones for 40 pesos.
Yet, I still can’t get the rug off my mind. I devise a plan to start low and get to my price (800) incrementally.
“Seven hundred,” I say to the rug guy, blowing it from the outset.
“No. Look here, man. One thousand two hundred was a good deal. Okay, okay, 1,000.”
I stare ahead sternly, rub my face, look to the sky like a man who knows the price of an authentic Italian rug featuring dogs playing billiards. “Okay. A thousand.”
I fork it over, accepting my place in the world of bargainers. He approaches the vendor next to him to borrow a bag for my rug. She hands him the bag, then eyes me standing there.
“Oh, it’s for this guy?” she says. “If I knew it was for the blondie I would’ve charged you for the bag.”
• Tianguis de Antigüedades Jardín Dr. Ignacio Chavez (alternately called Mercado or Bazar de Cuauhtémoc) runs Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00am to 4:00pm, along Avenida Cuauhetémoc between Dr. Liceaga and Dr. Juan Navarro in Colonia Doctores.