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The Palm Cabaret welcomes new and returning artists for new season!

Press Release
Contact: Tracy Parks
Phone: (322) 168-9950
November 9, 2011
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Mark Rome and Tracy Parks, co-directors of the Palm Cabaret, have announced the cast for the coming season at the popular cabaret, which begins performances on November 18, 2011 with the return of singer Mark Alan Smith, a comedian and live vocal impressionist who played to standing ovations last season in Vallarta.

Opening November 20, 2011 is a new face in Vallarta, Randall Powell, who will lead his own colorful stage show on Sunday nights and emcee “The Lady Bunch” on Thursdays starring Vallarta’s own Diva, Angelica and Cristian. Randall will also accompany Alberto Mejia, from Mexico City, as he sings his Mexican and American standards for the US Thanksgiving crowds at The Palm. Sol Rose, the popular owner of La Bohemia Restaurant and a Vallarta legend, will do his holiday Broadway themed show on November 28: Swingin’ Sol II.

Los Bambinos, Vallarta’s “Favorite Local Musicians” (Virtual Vallarta’s Reader’s Choice), will return on Tuesday nights at 7pm during the season.

“We’re very excited to have so much talent here for the US Thanksgiving week. Your entertainment options this year are plenty,” says Mark Rome, who began the current cabaret concept at The Palm and has been associated with the club for most of the last ten years.

Kim Kuzma, the very popular Canadian singer who has become a favorite among Vallartans, returns in December along with the always funny Joanna, “The Gal with a Gazillion Voices”, another Vallarta favorite who keeps the crowds coming back for more each year!

Over Christmas week, “Chi Chi Rones” a singer from Los Angeles who has won an Emmy for his work writing for Disney, joins the cast and is sure to be a hit with his hilarious and often touching take on Mexican and American culture. Chi Chi’s New Year’s Eve show is going to start early and then join the street festival that is a tradition on Olas Altas each year on Dec. 31st.

The Kinsey Sicks, a four-part “Dragapella” singing group with a twisted sense of humor, bring not only their current show, but will launch their new show, “Electile Dysfunction”, at The Palm in January.

The super popular duo of Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allan of Chicago return to the Palm (after many years) in February for 5 shows only. Also in February, look for Michael Holmes’ “The Judy Show”, in which he impersonates Judy Garland and Pearl Bailey, among others, with stunning live vocals and humor. Wendy Ho, a popular parody artist, comedian and singer arrives in late March for two weeks.

“This year, with our new online ticketing option, guests can reserve seats securely through our website at Our full calendar and links to our artists pages will help ticket buyers make their choices,” adds Tracy Parks, who joined Rome this summer after producing shows last season in Vallarta.
“Shows often sold out in the past so patrons are encouraged to buy online this year. Seats will be held until 10 minutes before curtain.

The Palm is located at Olas Altas 508, just two doors south of La Piazetta Restaurant. You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar. You may also phone the club at 322 222 0277 starting at 6pm nightly.


Exciting New Season at the Palm Cabaret and Bar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

A few months ago, Mark Rome, who has been the show director at the Palm for many years, asked me to join forces and help bring new talent (to add to the already fantastic line-up of regulars) and ideas to the Palm in Puerto Vallarta.  I was thrilled and accepted the invitation immediately.  So, for the last few weeks, we’ve been meeting and collaborating with entertainers near and far to put together a season that will be the best yet at the Palm.  I must say, I’ve had a blast with it so far, and am really looking forward to the opening of the season mid November.  Most shows are already set thru April but a few surprises are in store that are still pending.  

Work has been going on inside the Palm also to create a better space for viewing the shows.  The two poles in the center of the show room have been “trimmed” and are skinnier, providing better sight lines.  The piano will be put to use much more this year.  It’s getting a good tune up and the DJ booth getting some new equipment.

So check out the website for the Palm at and click on the shows and take a look at what’s in store.  I think you’ll be happy and want to come back again and again to see your favorites and our new entertainment options!  See you at the Palm for Season 2011-2012!


Latin Flavor at the Palm Show Bar this Summer!

Jacobo (left) and company will present Latin Flavor at the Palm this summer starting June 27, 2011! The show will run each Monday at 9pm.

A few days ago, I ran into Jacobo, the director of Darudha Productions, a local dance troupe.  In our conversation he mentioned that he is working on a new show at the Palm for this summer called Latin Flavor.  He says the new show is full of latin dance, music, vocals and spectacular costumes including lots of his signature feathers and stilettos!

This should be a very sexy show!  Many will know Jacobo from his dance numbers at Paco’s Ranch, Blue Chairs, La Noche and several of the major resorts in town.  In fact, this troupe has performed for years all over Mexico and are well trained and super creative.

Below is the poster.  The first show is June 27 at 9pm.  The ticket price includes an open bar so you can pay once and enjoy the show and drinks, all for 350 pesos.  Several great dining establishments are in the same vicinity so you can enjoy dinner beforehand and make it a great evening out!

I decided to help Jacobo launch this project by doing some promotion for him and I’ve written a press release that I hope the local media will run.  So, don’t miss Latin Flavor at the Palm starting June 27th!  The Palm is located at Olas Altas 508 in Zona Romantica, (Old town/Southside) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


Mark Alan Smith returns to Vallarta!

After selling out seats for his 3 night Thanksgiving visit to Vallarta, Mark Alan Smith will be returning to Paco’s Ranch from Feb. 24 to March 6, 2011.

Mark will have new characters and songs (even a spanish number or two is in the works!). It’s never the same show twice, and I’ve been a fan for 20 years!  His recent interpretation of Judy Garland in Vallarta was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen him do.  The voice, the characterization was chillingly spot on!

Tickets may be purchased online HERE.

Tom and Luis (left) of Bar Frida and Carlos and John (right) of Paco’s Ranch with Mark Alan Smith (center)


Thanksgiving Dinner Theatre: Eat at David’s and laugh with Mark Alan Smith!

For those wondering where to go for the upcoming American Thanksgiving Dinner, try this fun, money-saving dinner theatre package offered by Eat at David’s Restaurant and the folks at Mingo Mexico Productions and their upcoming show:  Mark Alan Smith Live!

Your evening starts on November 25 at 6pm at  Eat at Davids on Aquiles Serdan 380 just east of Insurgentes.  Enjoy a full 4 course Thanksgiving Dinner featuring Turkey and all the trimmings and dessert.  David is famous in Vallarta for his homestyle cooking.  The complete menu will include the following:  (note: Eat at David’s is byob.  No corkage fees.  Soft drinks and iced tea available.)

a cold pumpkin or carrot soup
antipasto plate of artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, marinated asparagus,
olives and pate

The main course:  turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy,
green bean casserole, scalloped corn, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce

Dessert: Carrot Cake and Milk Brandy Punch 

then at about 7:30 pm:  Walk with us to Paco’s Ranch (2 blocks west and 1 block south) to see the live vocal impressions of Mark Alan Smith. You’ll be treated to VIP seating.  Showtime is 8pm. (90 mins duration).  You’ll laugh and sing along as Mark keeps you on the edge of your seat with his dynamic stage presence and vocal range.  A real treat to see and it’s his first time in Vallarta!  Cocktail service begins at 7:30pm. Showtime is 8pm.

For reservations email David at eatatdavid’  (seating limited to 24 for the dinner theatre package).  You may also make reservations by stopping by Eat at David’s restaurant at Aquiles Serdan 380.  Dinner Theatre and regular tickets for the Mark Alan Smith LIVE! show may be bought online as well.  Visit or call 322 168 9950 for more information.


Vocal Impressionist, Singer and Comedian Mark Alan Smith in Vallarta For Thanksgiving Week

“That’s the best me I’ve ever heard!”

Eartha Kitt

“There is no one like him!”

– Sordid Lives writer/director Del Shores

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, October 24, 2010:  Mingo Mexico Productions announces the Puerto Vallarta debut of Mark Alan Smith, singing live at Paco’s Ranch, in a three-night engagement during the US Thanksgiving week: November 24, 25 and 26, 2010 at 8pm each night.    

Mark’s LIVE vocal impressions (there is no lip sync in this show) of Cher, Bette Midler, Patti LaBelle, Judy Garland, Liza Manelli, Patsy Cline, Carol Channing, Louis Armstrong and many others leave his standing-room-only audiences begging for more.  His stage presence and vocal range make this performer a must see!

For more than 20 years, Mark Alan Smith has traveled the US and other parts of the world selling out theatres, nightclubs and showrooms.  He has performed with some of the greatest entertainers of our time including the legendary Eartha Kitt, Tiffany, The Weather Girls, Martha Wash, Thelma Houston and Sir Elton John, to name a few.  A documentary about Mark, From a Jack to a Queen, directed by Erik Hayes, ran in short film festivals in 2003, winning an “Audience Favorite Award”. 

Performances will be at the all-new Paco’s Ranch (Ignacio L. Vallarta 237 next to Club Roxy) in Vallarta’s old town/southside on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 24, 25 and 26, 2010 at 8pm each night.  Tickets for VIP seating near the stage are 150 pesos.  General admission tickets are 100 pesos.  VIP tickets are encouraged for guaranteed seating. Groups of 6 or more qualify for discounted seating. 

Tickets may be purchased at Bar Frida, Hotel Mercurio, VES Offices and online at (note: there is no extra service fee online).

Opening Night, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 is a special show to benefit VES, Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, A.C.  Proceeds from this performance will help VES continue their HIV education and outreach work in the Vallarta area.

Mark’s show is for adults and contains adult humor. The solo performance is approx 90 minutes with no intermission.  Cocktail service is available before and during the show.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Showtime is 8pm.  For more information call Mingo Mexico Productions at (322)168 9950 or in the USA at (405)240 6675.  Or visit

Register for Mark Alan Smith Live at Paco's Ranch November 24, 25, 26, 2010 at 8pm in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Eventbrite


New Year’s Eve on Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

photos by Victor Irigoyen

These photos, from my friend Victor, taken around New Year’s Eve 2009 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico are some of the most stunning I’ve seen of the scene on Los Muertos Beach and capture some of the hottest bodies in Mexico.  Enjoy. 

Visit Victor’s Blog for more!


Willie and Lobo reunite in La Cruz (one hour north of Vallarta)

Black Forest Restaurant on Jan. 7th. 

Several years ago I disovered this duo during a New Year’s Eve Concert at River Cafe in Puerto Vallarta.  After becoming a huge fan of theirs, they broke my heart by breaking up last year to pursue other things individually.  Now, they are back together momentarily for a concert near Vallarta.  DON’T MISS THIS if you are anywhere near them.

Willie & Lobo Live performance Thursday, January 7th at Black Forest

For this event our Chef Winfried will prepare a three course dinner menu with various choices of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Please check again for more info.
Be the first to reserve your table. Reservation needed.
Please call (329)-295 5203 or email
reservations@ blackforestpv. com


Christmas on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

If you haven’t spent a Christmas in Vallarta, I encourage you to do so.   It’s a party.  For about three weeks!  I love it.  The people are all so wonderful too.  I stole this photo from my friend Oscar.  Thanks! 

Puerto Vallarta December 2009 (photo by Oscar Alberto Cabrera-Mendez)


A place like no other: Casa Isabel in Puerto Vallarta

A few years ago I went to my first “board” meeting at Casa Isabel and immediately fell in love with the house and then, more so with the owners.  About 10 years aga, David and Isabel Manore from Toronto, Canada decided to buy a house in Puerto Vallarta’s Alta Vista neighborhood.  In near storybook fashion, once Isabel and David became interested in buying the home, they learned the original owners of Casa Isabel were also a couple named David and Isabel.  The main house was built 30 years ago by the original couple who also owned and built the very popular Tequilas bar, a legendary hangout for celebrities such as John Huston, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.

David and Isabel (the current ones) started renovations as soon as their purchase was complete.  As longtime owners of Madison’s (which is a complex including two pubs and a boutique hotel) in Toronto, Canada they were used to helping people have a good time and had already been spending some time in Vallarta.  Each year they’d bring their sailboat down and spend a few winter months in Vallarta.  Once you meet Isabel and David though, you’ll realize that they aren’t about sitting around waiting for something to happen.  They MAKE life happen. 

“We’ve been broke and made it back several times in our lives,” Isabel told me only minutes after we’d met.  “We always follow our hearts and get where we need to be though.  We fell in love with this house and never looked back.” 

At that time, Alta Vista, the neighborhood just up the (very steep) hill from Vallarta’s famous Los Muertos beach was considered only residential.  Lots of Mexican families had homes there and the idea of a boutique hotel or bed and breakfast so far up the hill hadn’t been considered yet. 

“Don’t buy that house, nobody will find you,” Isabel said they told her, her famous hat perched upon her silky black, simply stylish hairdo.   For such a classy woman, you’d expect her with a glass of wine in hand or an expensive scotch, right?  “Wine makes me fall right to sleep.”  Her drink of choice: a Dos Equis beer nestled in an elegant “cozy” with a black boa attached.  Isabel’s sweet, velvety voice mixed with New York and English (she’s originally from there) accents makes you just want to listen.  She’s also a marvelous storyteller and has plenty of them to share.   “We added rooms and told people about it and they climbed the hill and found us, ” she added.  Over the years, Dave and Isabel have remodeled this room and that room and consulted each time with the original architect Catchi Perez, famous in Vallarta for his attention to detail in his Villa designs.  Just this past summer (2009) he, with the help of David and Isabel and staff, finished the most spectacular additions to Casa Isabel ever:   a new infinity hot tub, gigantic palapa covered (one of the biggest you’ll ever see) restaurant and new owner’s and honeymoon suites with an extra hot tub on the new upper level.  Casa Isabel’s new chef is receiving rave reviews and the rooms are booked full again for the high season which starts now and ends in May or June.  I have so many wonderful memories from the last two years of attending our board meetings and Halloween parties and theme nights at Casa Isabel.  There really is no place on earth like it (if you find one, tell me…I’m there!).

Take a look at this promotional video which, I’m warning you, will make you want to buy a plane ticket tonight!

If you haven’t been to Casa Isabel, check it out on Saturday nights for the get together of expats and tourists from  Everyone is welcome and there isn’t really a board or officers, it’s just an excuse to get together and have fun and a few cocktails.  The sunsets from Isabel’s will blow you away, if the home hasn’t already.

And say hello to everyone for me!  I plan to spend a few nights at Casa Isabel soon since, if I may brag, I won a gift certificate for 2 free nights after attending their Halloween costume party and bribing the judges into letting me win!  Tequila shots will get you everywhere!

See you there!