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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!


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.


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!


Casa Naranjo: better than ever

Sometimes your perceived bad luck can be a blessing in disguise.  It was for my friend Ricardo and I on a recent trip to check out Uncommon Grounds.  We found it closed.  Not surprising in September in Vallarta.  So we u-turned and headed back up Lazaro Cardenas to the corner of Naranjo where we had passed Casa Naranjo and remarked, “Oh I love this little restaurant, if Uncommon Grounds is closed, we’ll come back here.”  As I said, they were and so we did.

casanaranjoCasa Naranjo stands out a bit on this very modest corner of Vallarta’s southside.  It is like a lighthouse beacon when lit up, calling you into its warm glow with the cozy, simple, elegant, air conditioned interior and open concept kitchen seen clearly from the wood framed windows as you pass.  Once inside, you’re treated like family.  Dad is the owner/boss.  Son is the waiter.  His brother is the chef (along with the Dad I think) and Mom is the cashier.  Or something like this…but you get the point.  The elegant surroundings feel more like you’re dining in one of those swanky beach or riverfront spots, not in this mostly working class Mexican neighborhood. 

We were seated in the dining room where a table of 4 other guests was already ordering.  As we dined, friends of ours took another two topper.  These appeared to be the only guests for the evening as they closed as we left.  When your family owns the building, its easier to make ends meet during low season, particularly this low season when everyone is scrambling to stay…not so much busy, but open.

We ordered drinks and I don’t know what they do to them but the dirty gin martinis here are among the smoothest I’ve ever had.  So perfect.  Ricardo ordered a bottle of fancy water and our waiter brought a complimentary appetizer of marlin turnovers which really hit the spot.  Super fresh and delicate and cooked to perfection, flaky and hot.

The menu at Casa Naranjo has something for everyone.  From pasta to fish to steak (and duck if I recall), you’ll be happy.  The 200 peso range entrees (give or take 40 pesos) are interesting and creative but standard enough to appeal to everyone.  Nothing too mysterious here.  We shared a delicious and super fresh mixed salad as an appetizer (which they brought on two plates instead of making us do the splitting at the table).

For our entree, we both settled on the Country Style Beef Filet for 180 pesos.  Ricardo had originally ordered the chicken dish but they were out of that one.  I think they buy limited quantities and fresh every day at most places in Vallarta and once they are out, that’s it.  I think it’s a good plan.  I’d rather they do this than to compromise quality.  The beef filet was exactly what I’d hoped for.  Thick, tender, juicy…accompanied by petite size potato balls and a delicious, not too thick or rich, mushroom-ish brown sauce.  Nothing unusual in its description you say?  The taste will change your mind…truly unique and delicious and perfect when you’re hungry because this filet is huge.  Enough for two really but we each finished off every ounce and kept remarking on how delicious everything tasted.  I must add that the small, croissant like bread served with dinner will nearly make you stand and cheer.  That’s good bread.  They kept our basket filled through the meal and I swear I had five of the little guys.  Yummy!

Too full for dessert, we lingered, chatted and said goodnight to our wonderful waiter.  He’s a handsome guy and seems to be the design consultant for the lovely room.  Bold artwork depicting bright naranjas (oranges) fill the otherwise simple, mostly grey and white room.  Watching the chef work has to be part of the charm here too.  It’s all pretty cool.

I highly recommend Casa Naranjo at Naranjo 263, at Lázaro Cárdenas in the
Romantic Zone.  The take Visa and MasterCard.  (322) 222-3518


Pilgrimages (Peregrinos) in Mascota and Talpa de Allende, Mexico

Though popular all year long, the cathedral and statue of Our Lady of Rosary at Talpa de Allende, a neighboring town to Mascota, is the site of one of Mexicos largest pilgramages each March during Semana Santa (Easter). Thousands arrive by bus, bike, car or, for the most healthy, foot. The last of the trek is sometimes done on ones knees, to show devotion.

As my Dad and I passed through Mascota and headed into the moutains near Talpa, we began to see group after group of people walking along the often very dangerous highway curves and inclines. We then started to see camps popping up every few kilometers. In larger towns, as many as 50 busses were parked, allowing the participants to have lunch. For a while, we had no idea what was going on. We felt we had stumbled onto something very special though. Indeed, we had. As we drove the next few hundred miles to Guadalajara, we saw more and more hikers. I understand some of them continue on to Puerto Vallarta after visiting Talpa de Allende. One man even pushed a baby stroller along the edge of a mountain road. What devotion! I turned to my Dad at one point, “Would you participate in something like this if you were a part of this culture?”
“As long as I could ride in my Silverado pickup, sure!” he said.
This experience added to my appreciation of Mexican culture and thier devotion to family and customs. I only wish I hadn’t had to leave Mexico before Easter Sunday, when the real celebrations begin.

New in PV…Mesa 61 Restaurant/Lounge

Mesa 61 (Lazaro Cardenas/Ignacio Vallarta corner next to Paco Paco)
Serving great burgers and fish/chips, etc. Beautiful, large upstairs lounge space. Handsome staff.

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Posted by on February 4, 2008 in restaurants bars Puerto Vallarta Gay