JoAnna (aka Joe Perry) is taking the stage at The Red Room for four shows only at 9:30 pm on April 17, 21, 24 & 28. Having just completed another hugely successful season with Chi Chi Rones in Dueling Drag Divas at Act II, audiences will be thrilled to see this creative and amazingly talented entertainer once again at The Red Room before the season winds down.

JoAnna sings LIVE with her own voices (no lip sync) and a soaring range. Her infamous and uncanny celebrity impersonations are legendary and make for a night of great entertainment! Her show features everything from pop to rock to jazz standards. She’ll amaze you with numbers from Adele, Patsy, Cyndi, Judy, Cher Eartha, Amy and many more! You’ll hear clever versions of favorite songs that JoAnna delivers with side-splitting humor and fabulous parodies.

JoAnna is celebrating her 13th season as a headline performer in Puerto Vallarta! She started out in NYC, and has won numerous awards, including “The Best Patsy Cline Singer” at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She is well-known for her amazing impressions, and can do amazing impersonations of our favorite musical stars, past and present! In addition to PV, JoAnna has enjoyed 6 successful performance seasons in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and 8 spectacular summers in Ogunquit, Maine! The New York Times has hailed her as “One of the Best!” and the Florida Sun writes that she is “Beyond impressions, Parody and Burlesque.”

Danny Mininni, Act II’s founder recently shared this about JoAnna. “13 years ago when I first moved to Puerto Vallarta, I was on the beach and this man walked up to me and said hey you want to see a show. We chatted a bit and he told me he did this show at Peter Deep’s Club Mañana, they had a small showroom back then. This was my FIRST introduction to PV Cabaret, well really the first time I had ever seen this sort of show. ALL LIVE SINGING DRAG QUEEN SHOW. I will never forget it. It was Aunt JoAnna back than and she shared the show with Kim Kuzma and I thought ohhhh they need to have their own shows. I call her the longest living PV Draq Queen, Join us this Wednesday when Joanna returns as a solo act reliving all her crazy shenanigans”

So don’t miss this limited engagement of ‘The Very Breast of JoAnna,’ The Gal With a Gazillion Voices on Wednesdays and Sundays for ONLY 2 weeks. Come see a true star of Drag and enjoy the incredible talent of JoAnna!



The Riviera Nayarit has confirmed its participation in Restaurant Week, a gourmet festival that will be held from May 15th through June 10th with the inclusion of 12 of the destination’s restaurants—double the number of registrants from 2018.

Generally speaking, this is the second year in a row the record for participating restaurants has been broken with 62 restaurants preparing for the 2019 event(the previous record was established in 2018 with 59 participants).

The event is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto VallartaTourism Trust. Restaurant week is one of several top culinary events held in the region.

Participants comprise a wide range of types of cuisine and are located all along Banderas Bay, providing local and foreign diners with the opportunity to taste the varied flavors of the destination at reduced prices.

Throughout the event, these venues will offer innovative, three-course menus (with three different options each) and will be grouped into three price categories: $289, $399 y $466 MXN per person, which in some cases represent a discount up to 50 %. Note that tips and beverages are not included in these prices.

This year’s 62 participating restaurants are: Amadeo’s Bistró, Archie’s Wok, Azafrán, Barcelona Tapas, Barrio Bistro, Bistro Limón, Bistro Teresa, Bistro Orgánico (Hotel Cielo Rojo), Blanca Blue, Boccon di Vino, Boquería Hidalgo, Café des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick’s, Di Vino Dante, Eclecticos, El Arrayán, El Dorado, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Gaviotas, Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Kaiser Maximilian, La Cappella, La Cigale, La Leche, La Palapa, Layla’s Restaurante, Le Bistro Café, Le Kliff, Lobster Paradise, Lupita Mexican & Seafood, Mark’s Bar & Grill, Mérida Grill, Mikado, Nicksan, No Way José!, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Pezlimon, Pizzeria La Dolce, Porto Bello, Restaurante Icú, River Café, Sapori di Sicilia, Seasons PV, Serrano’s Meat House, Si Señor Beach, Sonora House, Spice Market, The Blue Shrimp, The Iguana, Tintoque, Trio Mediterranean, Tuna Blanca, Umai, Venazu and Vitea.

The 16 restaurants joining Restaurant Week for the very first time are: Amadeo’s Bistro, Bistro Limon, Boquería Hidalgo, Eclécticos, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Lobster Paradise, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Sonora House, Spice Market, Umai and Venazu.

Vallarta is Planning Semana Santa Activities

Vallarta is Planning Semana Santa Activities

Semana Santa is fast approaching! The municipal government in Puerto Vallarta is busy preparing family friendly events to be enjoyed over the two-week holiday.

The city will set up four stages on the Malecón, where people will be able to enjoy free entertainment, including traditional Mexican dance, live music, circus shows and more.

Municipal tourism director Ramón González Lomelí says that the city’s two ‘Turicletos,’ pedal-powered by as many as 20 people at a time, as well as a train will be put on the Malecón during semana Santa.

To promote tourism and encourage visitors to check out the city centre, González Lomelí said that these are just some of the activities that the city has planned.

The celebrations will continue into the month of May with other events including the 13th Festival Vallarta Azteca del Folclor from April 28 through May 5 with a week of shows around the city, the Puerto Vallarta Open ATP Tennis Tournament from April 29 through May 5 held across from Villa del Palmar in the Hotel Zone, and the 2019 Down Puerto Vallarta Extreme Bike Race is on again on May 18 & 19.

Salud! National Tequila Day is coming up on Saturday

Next Saturday is National Tequila Day.Next Saturday is National Tequila Day.

Salud! National Tequila Day is coming up on Saturday

The celebration begins today in Guadalajara with Tequila Cocktail Week

Restaurants and tequila producers in Guadalajara, Jalisco, are preparing to say “Salud!” and celebrate the first-ever Tequila Cocktail Week.

Following the approval last year by the federal Congress to celebrate National Tequila Day on the third Saturday of March, 25 “iconic” restaurants and 15 tequila producers have joined together to celebrate for an entire week, starting today and concluding on Saturday.

The president of the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry (CNIT) said that special tequila-based cocktails will be prepared in the restaurants with 40 different brands provided by producers.

Twenty-four amateur mixologists from around the country will also get the chance to show their prowess in a cocktail contest.

Visitors to the capital of Jalisco will have the opportunity to visit the Tequila Route and the Altos de Jalisco, the two main tequila-producing regions in the state.

“The celebration of this date makes the industry and the whole country proud; our beverage is found in over 120 countries, and at least 70,000 people are involved in its production, a sign of its importance in the cultural and economic development of our country,” said Rodolfo González González.

National tequila production last year was 300 million liters, 222 million of which were exported. It has been predicted that tequila will be the second fastest growing alcoholic beverage in terms of sales growth internationally by 2021, behind whisky.

Source: El Economista (sp)

Check out Kathleen Carrillo at Southside Shuffle!

Check out Kathleen Carrillo at Southside Shuffle!

This Friday, February 8, 6-10 check out the show in her gallery (Calle Constitucion 325) featuring seventeen of Kathleen Carrillo’s new works soon to be mounted at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta de Mita.

Her latest collection “Speakeasy/Cabaret” shares works about nightlife, Jazz, dancing and a bit of the dark side. These can be seen at her gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

Kathleen has just opened her second Gallery in Carlsbad, California, in North San Diego County.  She will be spending most of the summer months in this new gallery while continuing to be dedicated to her patrons in the winter months in the Puerto Vallarta gallery.

Watch her latest episode of Colour In Your Life, a PBS affiliated series about artist and their lives, which aired in Australia and Europe last week.  Find it on YouTube: Colour In Your Life, Kathleen Carrillo.

You can call Kathleen at the gallery 322 222 9879, or her US phone 858 261-8129.  Gallery located at Calle Constitucion 325 in Old Town!  See you there.

Painting Credit: “Mixed Signals At The Cabaret”

The Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Fair, Coming Feb 16, 2019!

Please save the date for our Annual Real Estate Fair!

There are several speakers, about immigration, taxes and health care.

Of course, there will be 20 realtors there, a mortgage broker, as well as several other service providers for our market here.

The hours are from 9 am to 2 pm, February 16, 2019 at the Rivera Molino Plaza, Ignacio Vallarta 130, just past the bridge into Old Town.

Of course, all of the presenters will be offering information, hand-outs and most importantly, be there to answer any and all questions you may have.

All are invited!

Gracias,  Todd Bates.



Dinner & a Show @ The Boutique Community Theater

Dinner & a Show @ The Boutique Community Theater

I´ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting English-language theater to be a huge thing in this coastal Mexican town when I first stepped off the plane at PVR all those months ago. Regardless, anyone who has spent more than a week in the city is aware of the local emphasis on the arts in all forms, and part of this ever-expanding creative community is the Boutique Theater, perched above that temple of sports fans and jazz lovers known as Nacho Daddy on Basilio Badillo. 

The Vibes: Advised of the 6pm sharp curtain time, I strolled in off the strip and up the stairs to the theater itself just in time to snag one of the preferred tables in the rear of the hall…if theater plays to the back of the house, I was going to park myself where they were aiming their act. 

The presentation for the evening, a production of Pulitzer Prize finalist ¨The Clean House,¨ centered on Matilde, a Brazilian comedienne whose career path led her up through the Americas to serve as a maid. Without giving too much of the goods away, she doesn’t really enjoy cleaning all that much. Common issue among us creatives. 

Not that lady of the house Lane is in love with the idea either. You see, by her own admission she doesn’t want anybody interesting cleaning her house, which is exactly why you hire a hilarious woman from another hemisphere to do the job. Lane’s sister Virginia, no less irrational, believes that anyone who gives up the privilege of cleaning their own house is insane.

As is the case in some of the most interesting stories, the only party that seemed pleased with the situation was the audience. 

The Vices: According to Matilde, the perfect joke is not written by one person, which kinda sucks to hear for a guy who sorta writes them for a living. Fortunately she went on to say that such a novel association could make the listener ¨forget life,¨ and that’s a sentiment I can more enthusiastically appreciate. 

You see, part of the enduring appeal of exhibitions such as theater shows and sporting events is that they offer an easy and appealing opportunity to strive for presence, to actually exist in and engage with your current surroundings…to be where you are.  

The unfolding drama had this effect on its spectators. The sickly blue glow of individual indifference was not to be seen anywhere in the room, and so I respectfully took analog notes by the light of my Pax.  

The trance was only broken by the arrival of dinner, a perfectly medium filet mignon served with garlic mashed potatoes. The meal also featured a surprise cameo from bacon, which was wrapped around the steak because people appreciate initiative. 

As the tale came to a conclusion and the cast took their triumphant bows, I couldn’t help but to feel a strong appreciation for being a part of this moment of collective involvement. If only for a couple of hours, it didn’t matter what was going on outside or online…and indeed, a present mind can be the cleanest house of all. 

The Verdict: I´ve always had a particular appreciation for the acting skill set…hell, a lot of people can’t even portray themselves convincingly, let alone playing anyone else in front of everyone else. The Boutique Community Theater gives the inspired a platform for expressing what moves them, and share their dedication with an appreciative assembly. If you´re looking for something different to do this weekend, why not go and be a part of the experience…maybe I´ll catch you there. 



Alexis Velasco

Dec. 20, 2018

We are less than one week away from Christmas Eve, the reason why the Vallarta Lifestyles editorial staff undertook the task of gathering some of the most outstanding options to dine out. Enjoy the flavors of the local restaurants and make this an unforgettable experience. Merry Christmas!


Olas Altas 507, Emiliano Zapata.


Azafran navidad

Café des Artistes

Guadalupe Sánchez 740,

El Centro.

Foie gras montadito, fresh fig and Grana Padano cheese

Apples, beets, nuts, orange, baby leaves mix
Beet vinaigrette
Fresh, marinated and dehydrated tomatoes, wild sorrel, brioche bruschetta, white mushrooms, pistachio vinaigrette

Butter pumpkin foam
Roasted corn foam

Lemon sauce, artichoke foam, confit leek, tapenade
Butter tamal, Brussels cabbage leaves
Short rib lacquered with plum, grilled beef fillet, potato terrine, confit shallot

Dark chocolate mousse, strawberry compote, hazelnut praline cream

MACARON$1,475.00 MXP
PER PERSON Tax included, gratuities not included.

6:00 – 11:00 pm


Da Simone

Basilio Badillo 180, Emiliano Zapata.


De Cántaro

Basilio Badillo #219 Emiliano Zapata.


El Dorado

Pulpito 102, Amapas.

Gaby’s Restaurant

Mina 252, El Centro.


Kaiser Maximilian

Olas Altas #380B, Emiliano Zapata.

La Palapa

Pulpito 105-3, Amapas.


No Way José

5 de Febrero 260, Emiliano Zapata.


The Blue Shrimp

Olas  Altas 336, Emiliano Zapata.


River Café

Isla Río Cuale, El Centro.


TRIO Restaurant Bar

Guerrero 264, El Centro.


Tuna Blanca

Avenida Anclote Lote 5, Punta de Mita.


Foie gras mousse, spices bread, tomatillo and jalapeño jelly

Cucumber and marinated seaweed in chilies paste salad, capers, radish, coriander foam

Grapes and pistachio vinaigrette, epazote pesto, mini brioche
Mixed lettuces, mango and fresh herbs vinaigrette, chili’s oil

Prawn mousse, pumpkin pureé, roasted leek
Confit tomatoes foam, roasted vegetables, Cambray potatoes, perfumed with white truffle

Zucchini and roasted fennel stew, smoked tomato sauce, cauliflower cream, leek flan
Crunchy cottage cheese, mushroom and confit tomatoes cream, orange sauce au chile guajillo
Wood-fired beef tenderloin medallion, green peas mousseline, mille-feuilles of vegetables, roasted baby onions, morel sauce

White chocolate biscuit, light lemon mousse, vanilla whipped cream

MACARON$1,475.00 MXP
PER PERSON Tax included, gratuities not included. 6:00 – 11:00 pm



Malecón y Libertad 2, El Centro.


new year's eve


Puerto Vallarta is an exciting place to be for New Year’s Eve with endless opportunities to fit anyone’s lifestyle and level of adventure. There is certainly too much to wrap up with 3 paragraphs and 4 restaurant recommendations.

Of course, New Year’s Eve dinner is a huge event and just as important to the evening as to where you will be at the stroke of midnight when you give that New Year’s Eve kiss to someone special, or not.

Some people choose a small gathering of friends and family and a home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine as their last dinner of the year, while others plan elaborate dinners at local restaurants in the tourist zone at an average cost of $130 USD per person. Then there is the almighty traditional taco or tamal for only $1 dollar while kicking it into high-gear Mexican style with a street party on the Malecón.

For those looking for an all-inclusive night of food and drinks and staying in one place for the evening, your options will include just about every “high profile” restaurant in Old Town offering packages between $100 – $200 USD per person, and some even more. Included in your all-inclusive night is a meal that ranges between three and five courses, a Champagne toast, and typically live music. These are certainly great options for people who just don’t feel comfortable in large crowded sidewalks and streets.

For those who want to experience everything that Puerto Vallarta offers for the New Year, you probably won’t be interested in choosing a package that confines you to only one experience. If you are a tourist in our area you won’t want to miss a traditional street party Mexican style, you can sit in a restaurant for New Year’s Day or anywhere in your hometown. You can only experience a real Mexican New Year’s Eve street party in Mexico and on the street.

Certainly start your evening around 9 PM on Olas Altas no matter where you choose to dine beforehand. Start with a cocktail or two in the Romantic Zone’s Olas Altas neighborhood-street, while it’s a tourist area on most nights, on New Year’s Eve the street closes and does well at giving visitors the traditional street party experience that can only be done in Mexican style.

Not to worry, you don’t need to be at a restaurant for an all-inclusive night to receive your musical entertainment; it’s free all along the streets during a Mexican street party. Dropping some money into someone’s hat is a nice gestor.

After you have had dinner you might want to consider beginning your night at a local hotspot bar. Try Garbo Piano Bar in the evening. Always a festive atmosphere and a mixed crowd popular with the locals and tourists alike. Or any lively bar in the Romantic Zone will be hopping on this night.

Continue up Olas Altas heading north but don’t push yourself or clock watch, stop for a dance in the middle of the street whenever you feel that urge, it’s a Mexican street party and that’s what we do. You will be able to catch the fireworks from anywhere so don’t try to run to a spot on the map at midnight; you will miss out on the enjoyment of a street party.

Continue north over the river’s bridge, take the time for a photo op with your New Year’s date. The small pier along the bridge is a great place to grab a romantic kiss, preferably with your date, but that’s your choice.

Coming off the bridge heading toward the Malecón the crowd of people will begin to increase and lines of food carts from tacos, tamales, frutas, elote, crepes, hot dogs, and more will be found, along with street vendors selling you all the New Year’s Eve paraphernalia you will need. Things that glow, things that make noise, and oversized glasses welcoming the new year, and fun hats will be your street wears. Stock up here.

Now just on the other side of the river from Old Town, you have a choice to make. This area will be crowded, but not nearly as crowded as the Malecón and Los Arcos areas. Here is a great place to see the fireworks and be in the middle of the street party energy. If you are feeling the crowd energy and want to really be in the midst of everything, continue your walk north towards the Los Arcos de Malecón. There is always something happening in the Los Arcos Theater and in the town square at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

You can continue even more north on the Malecón and ring in the New Year watching the fireworks from a high-energy nightclub.

The street party atmosphere of New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta stretches from the most southern point of Old Town and northward to the Hotel Zone.

Anywhere along these zones will offer the most spectacular view of the fireworks at midnight over the Bay of Banderas. If you are anywhere along the bay on the Malecón, or anywhere else where the bay is visible, you will be able to enjoy the fireworks from Puerto Vallarta and experience the fireworks from other municipalities around the bay in the backdrop. But certainly, you will be able to catch the Puerto Vallarta fireworks from any location around the city.

Are kids part of your New Year’s Eve crew? Not a problem. Cut out the bar stops and start on the street party and work your way up to the Malecón all the same. These streets will be full of kid’s activities, including previous years of bouncy castles. Puerto Vallarta is a very family-friendly place for New Year’s.

Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone, no matter what you choose you are sure to have a fun and safe time in our city while ringing in the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Traditions in Mexico

One thing you cannot forget is the Mexican traditions that you can take part in, like what color is your underwear?

You might notice a lot of yellow and red underwear displays popping up in some retail clothing stores around town as the new year approaches. Don’t worry, it’s not just a Puerto Vallarta underwear fetish, it’s actually a New Year’s Eve tradition in Mexico.

Those who choose to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve are believed to have luck in love in the coming year, while those who wear yellow are believed to have luck with money in the coming year. But don’t pick out a yellow or red pair of underwear from the drawers; tradition is they must be worn for the first time on New Year’s Eve.

Make sure those underwear are not too tight, because at midnight you are expected to eat 12-grapes, each one for good luck during the next 12-months.

If you still don’t feel like underwear and grapes are going to be enough to bring you a good year, there are still plenty of other traditions.

Throwing a glass of water out towards the street represents the expelling of tears and worries for the next year. While you are throwing your water towards the road, grab a broom on the way out and sweep from your door to the street to drive negative energy away from your house in the new year.

There are always the traditional religious approaches to start off the New Year on the right foot, like attending a New Year’s Eve mass, praying the rosary, and lightening candles.


The Palm Cabaret has been at the forefront of entertainment in P.V. for almost 20 years. With a fresh remodel, some new acts and the return of our favorite entertainers, it’s looking like their best season is about to launch on November 21st. With shows every night at 7 pm and 9:30 pm, there’s a wonderful variety of entertainment to choose from.

The Palm is thrilled to welcome back Puerto Vallarta favorites like Miss Conception with her new, original shows, ‘Twas the Night’ and ‘Miss Conception’s TV Land,’ which are sure to be hits! Kim Kuzma, who helped put P.V. entertainment on the map, returns this season on Tuesday nights at 7 pm and 9:30 pm with her all-new show, ‘Dancing Queen,’ featuring the music of ABBA and Cher and backed by some pretty fantastic musicians.

Bohemia Viva, known for their dynamic musical style, incredible stage presence and mind-blowing duets come back to The Palm Cabaret for a Christmas show and in January launch their show, ‘Reflections.’

Luna Rumba Productions headed by creative genius, Geo Uhrich, returns to The Palm with three shows that include, ‘Luna Rumba,’ ‘Duende’ and ‘Arte Puro.’

Coco Peru will once again excite audiences with her marvelous stories and humor. This season she brings us, ‘The Taming of the Tension.’

Gaining worldwide recognition for their breathtaking talent, Branden & James will amaze audiences with their new show, ‘The Phantom of The Greatest Showman.’

Joe Posa will bring the persona of Joan Rivers back to The Palm Cabaret as only he so smoothly knows how to do! Comedy favorite, Varla Merman will entertain with, ‘Under A Big Top.’

Michael Walters brings back his superb Dame Edna in ‘Mouth of the Border’ and The Evasons, a mentalist duo, will astonish you will their magic.

Nate Buccieri, a master of voice and piano, brings you ‘Big, Gay 80’s’ and ‘Nate On The Keys,’ two new highly anticipated shows! He also will be joining Kim Kuzma on Tuesday nights throughout the season.

Page Turner, another Palm favorite will be back with new jokes and lots of laughs!

Piel Canela entertains audiences every Sunday night with their amazing sound! And musician, Eric Michael Krop, returns with a new show, ‘Pop Goes the World.’

New talent this season includes Amy Bishop, Raja Gemni, Jimmy James, Tori Scott, Bonnie Kilroe, Liza Lott, Jesse Luttrel and Denita Asberry.

Nearly two decades ago, The Palm Cabaret and Bar helped launch the stellar entertainment scene in P.V. that we have all come to love and enjoy. They are fresh out of the gate this season with exciting shows that you’ll definitely want to see. The Palm has rolled out the welcome mat, once again, for all its loyal patrons and newbies, alike!

The season opens on November 21, 2018, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it. Entertainment for the opening week includes: Jesse Luttrel’s ‘Show Stopper,’ Miss Conception’s ‘Twas the Night,’ Jimmy James’ ‘Fashionista’, Nate Buccieri’s Big Gay 80’s’ & ‘Nate on the Keys’, Piel Canela and Kim Kuzma’s ‘Dancing Queen.’

The Palm Cabaret and Bar features two shows per night, one at 7:00 pm and the other at 9:30 pm and is located at 508 Olas Altas in the Romantic Zone. For more information and the 2018-2019 season’s complete line-up, visit or call (322) 222-0200.