Bad News and Good News

By John Warren

IFC has got some really bad news for you. The IFC Home Tours that that started on 17th November are available for only three more weeks and you certainly don’t want to miss them. The air-conditioned, docent-guided buses leave the Sea Monkey Restaurant at 10:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, take you to four beautiful homes in town and as far south as Mismaloya. You’ll be back at the Sea Monkey by 1:00ish. Tickets are limited and its best to book a day or two before either at our office (address above) or online at www.toursforvallarta.com. The tours are consistently rated as “Excellent” on Trip Advisor.
All of profits from the Home Tours, your entrance fees to the movies and lectures (see Events at www.ifcvallarta.com) and other club activities are used by IFC to pay for our cleft palate program for children, our dental program in Boca de Tomatlan and to fund food programs and educational initiatives provided by many different registered charities in P.V.
The good news is that we have a wonderful selection of Leading Ladies being screened at the IFC Clubhouse. The movies involved are classics that have stood the test of time. We are featuring many excellent actresses of the past including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak and Ava Gardner. Some of the mere males involved with these ladies are James Stewart, Cary Grant, Harry Belafonte and Richard Burton. They’re not too shabby either.
Carmen Jones, a Broadway musical from 1953 leads the list on 29th February. The music is by George Bizet and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein ll. Conceptually, it is Bizet’s opera Carmen updated to a World War II-era African-American setting and I’ll bet you come out of there humming “Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum.”
The next week’s choice is Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. Rotten Tomatoes rates this movie at 95% and says “It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades, as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly”.
On March 14th we show an Audrey Hepburn comedy from 1954, Sabrina. Wealthy brothers, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart, compete for the affections of their chauffeur’s innocent daughter in this seductive Cinderella story. How can you not enjoy Audrey Hepburn?
Vertigo will be shown on March 21st. Heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s finest movies, released in 1958 and starring Kim Novak and James Stewart, it weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit.
Two excellent actresses star in our selection for March 28th, “Suddenly Last Summer”, the 1959 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. The film is based on the play by Tennessee Williams with screenplay by Williams and Gore Vidal and is rated 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
If you have never seen The Night of the Iguana with Ava Gardner, Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr and you spend any time at all in Puerto Vallarta, you must see it now. Not only was Elizabeth Taylor lurking around town during the movie’s production but the movie launched P.V. from being a small fishing village to the city on the bay that we all love and enjoy. It’s our finale of 2016 and runs on 4th April.
The movies will be shown at the IFC clubhouse, located at the corner of Libertad and Insurgentes (above the HSBC bank) beside the Rio Cuale in downtown.
The club holds its movie night every Monday evening. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00. The cost of 50 pesos is laughably modest and includes free popcorn. More bad news. The IFC lecture series will finish next Friday.On Thursday at 7:00pm, John Warren will be discussing the availability of a physician assisted death for residents of Canada and the USA in a talk titled Dying with Dignity: Perspectives on the Right to Die movement.
On Friday at 10:30 am Dan Grippo’s book review of Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America provides a disturbing new understanding of a war that has spiraled out of control–one that people across the political spectrum need to confront now.
Are you stretched out at the pool or the beach paging through the Tribune? After you’re done with that come on down for a IFC Home Tour and/or some intellectual stimulation. Everyone is welcome.

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John Warren
John Warren is in charge of Publicity for the International Friendship Club (IFC). His articles describe the programs and charities that IFC supports, the sources of income of IFC and the social experiences, lectures and classes that members can enjoy.
He splits his time between Puerto Vallarta and Lethbridge, Alberta. In the winter months he writes for the IFC, this summer he’s focusing his writing on the environment.