Art VallARTa

I had a super-informative, long chat with Brett LaMar last week at the Vallarta Cigar Factory; he wisely chose coffee, I had a 2,000 calorie mango smoothie. Brett is an insurance broker specializing (only) in expat health-care needs. He is hosting a get-together/health-care lecture at Vallarta Co-Work tomorrow that I plan on attending. I wanted to get some info for my trip next spring to Canada/Sweden/Russia, but I need to have my dates written in stone first. So, a full report next week on “We Expats Insurance Solutions.”


If you haven’t been up to Art VallARTa lately, you should go, especially this month. The art school has classes on everything imaginable, but particularly during October, the emphasis is on the weirdness and wonder-inducing Day of the Dead with a little Halloween thrown in for imported color. There are classes to make special pan de muertos (bread of the dead…one of my personal faves…); learn how to make sugar skulls and skeletons. If being in the kitchen doesn’t suit you – learn how to make puppets, do stand-up comedy, take part in the International premiere of Mexican-born off/Broadway playwright’s work, right here in Art VallARTa’s new theatre. And there are pottery making classes, silk painting classes and so much more. And, because some of their instructors are so highly trained, they needed to have particular art supplies handy and lots of them so, Art VallARTa now has one of the best-stocked art supply stores outside of Guadalajara. And they deliver. Their big event every October is the masquerade party/street dance with prizes for best costumes, and the little mariachis will be there, too. That takes place on Friday, October 25th, from 6 to 9 pm.


Dennis Crow is showing “The Producers” this Thursday at 7 pm at Incanto; this is Mel Brooks at his funniest. Next week is “Beauty and the Beast.” Remember, these are filmed live performances often quite different from the movie.


BabelBar is kicking off the season with fiery Latin music. Starting at noon this Saturday, October 12th, some of the finest musicians in the Bay of Banderas are coming together for gypsy jazz, rumba, flamenco guitar, some sultry singing all set in one of the most comfortable, tranquil settings of any bar in Vallarta. Next to the river, on the Isla Cuale, where you can hear birds singing and the river moving between sets. Everybody will be there. You, too?


Artist’s Co-op Update: Waiting, waiting, and then waiting a bit more for one last detail to be smoothed out, and then we sign a lease…


Only three more Summer days left at Marsol Friday Market by the Pier before we switch into high gear for the winter. And our first BAZAAR of the season is Tuesday, October 29th, from 10 to 2. Come by for hugs, then pass them on, From Here.

Marcia Blondin