A VIEW FROM A BROAD #8 – The legendary Gouda Gabor has done TV, stage… and probably a few of your husbands. She has been visiting Puerto Vallarta since the Malecon was just a “Mal”, but now she makes her home here and looks forward to sharing her observations of what’s on the stage and what’s on the streets of Vallarta… ..
Happy New Year…Feliz año nuevo to all! December 31 brought back a bittersweet memory of a Vallarta legend, one of my very favourite shady ladies, and a fellow gaypv.com correspondent. I took possession of my Vallarta home in October of 2018…one of the first things I did was track down artist Francine Peters and tell her how much I loved her work and wanted it to be the star of my new home. Over she came to inspect my chosen wall and talk colors and theme…we had met in past years but over a few beers we became fast friends…she decided the work would be about a 5 by 8 foot piece. She promised to deliver it by the new year but she warned me later that she was having a hell of a time getting a canvas of that size made…but on the afternoon of December 31, 2018, as promised, there was Franny below my terrace hollering up to let her and my H U G E new baby in 🙂 As many will realize, this is one of her last works and I am very proud to own it and to cherish memories of this very special gal!
Fall in Vallarta was unusual this year. It took much longer for the hot and humid weather to cool down, and much longer for things to heat up for local businesses. Some blame the fewer incoming flights offered by many airlines, higher costs for the tickets that are available, a glut of new condos on the market sitting empty around their businesses, and one restaurant owner offered his opinion that Vidanta was sucking up thousands of visitors that do not come in to “town”. Although it was lovely to experience Vallarta life in the saneness between American Thanksgiving and Christmas, as my old hooker friend used to say…the money is in the turn- over…not the lay-there. The happy whores…oops I mean happy hordes of visitors arrived just before Christmas and the cash registers seem to be now ringing long and loud for our local theatres, bars, restaurants and shops.
With the arrival of 2020, the entertainment scene in Vallarta is about to explode with amazing international talent. The competition for the visitor dollars will be fierce between shows at Incanto, the Palm, Natcho Daddy and Act 2. Natcho is home base for acts like Vallarta’s sweetheart Amy Armstrong and Kami Desilets very cool new Sunday Night Variety show. The Palm welcomes back favourites like Miss Conception and Kim Kuzma…and don’t forget aboutVallarta’s hardworking local drag stars such as Diva Divine, Miss Peaches and Angie Star whoyou will find in the shows at Chachalaka, La Noche and Demadres….and save some entertainment $$ for other activities such as the FAB GayPV bar tour, Diana’s FAB Gay cruise and the FAB Sunday Beers, Boys & Burgers event at Mecurio Hotel. One of my favourite hidden Vallarta treasures is Aunt Pearl’s Bingo on Saturdays at Incanto where the local Mexican folkloric troupe performs. A beautiful group of dancers, from little kids who will melt your heart, to adult professionals with amazing footwork and lariat skills!
I myself am back for my second season at Incanto Vallarta where I am thrilled to be part of a truly international line up plus a wonderful focus on Mexican artists and their music and culture. Gouda Gabor and her boys hit the stage every Friday and Sunday night in OH BOY a cabaret of song, dance, comedy and male burlesque. My #superGAUPOS hail from CDMX, Veracruz, Panama and Havana. I have four big costume changes, the boys sing and dance in their speedos, in their choir robes, their James Bond spywear plus in numerous various states of undress! �� Come and celebrate with us at the cheekiest show in town!