La Bohème: This is the one not to miss!

(español abajo) UPDATE: I will offer a free, introductory lecture prior to this broadcast at 10:15 am, at Teatro Vallarta. See you there! If you’ve been on the fence about attending the Live from The Met opera broadcasts presented at Teatro Vallarta through the season (on Saturdays), this is the one you don’t want to…

The Best Tips for Pulling an Event or Festival Out of a Hat (EFOH)

(español abajo) Out-of-nowhere events and cultural Festivals in Puerto Vallarta are all the rage. At least eight or ten major ones are organized throughout Banderas Bay over the course of any given year, not to mention a myriad parties, shows, plays, exhibitions and so forth. Of course, you wouldn’t know it, since the most successful…

Seis Ejemplos A Seguir de Dionisio Grupo de Teatro

Después de haber disfrutado del estreno de la obra de teatro Las Anécdotas del Miembro, presentada por Dionisio Grupo de Teatro, una compañía local, se me ocurre destacar algunas cosas que hacen de este grupo algo verdaderamente singular y digno de ser apoyado. Otras compañías locales mas establecidas podrían tomarlas en cuenta, como ejemplos a…

Six Reasons Why You Should Not Miss Jaramar Soto’s Performance

(español abajo) Wow! I just came home from listening to the talented Mexican vocalist Jaramar Soto perform her latest project, Caída Libre. In town for just a couple more performances, Caída Libre is Jaramar, in a jazz trio setting, accompanied by Eliud Ernandes on acoustic bass and Alejandro Alfaro on electric guitar. If the name…

“Ten Great Songs” Music Appreciation Lecture Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2014 CONTACT: Paco Ojeda • paco@paco-ojeda.com • (322) 135-0791 “Ten Great Songs” Music Appreciation Lecture Announced After the successful presentation of “Bossa Nova, Kim Kuzma and Other Musical Musings,” local music enthusiast Paco Ojeda has just announced a follow-up lecture, titled “Ten Great Songs and Their Stories.” The one-time,…

Some Thoughts on Daniel Portela

My favorite moment from Daniel Portela’s debut last night was the wardrobe malfunction. After singing a number from Rocky Horror Show in which he performed the lead role in a local production last year, he was down to his undies—true to the original character—in the process of getting dressed onstage while singing the following number….

Kim Kuzma Music Appreciation Lecture Announced

(español abajo) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2014 CONTACT: Paco Ojeda • paco@paco-ojeda.com • (322) 135-0791 Kim Kuzma Music Appreciation Lecture Announced In an effort to encourage mindful listening among local concertgoers, Paco Ojeda has developed a new music appreciation lecture around popular Canadian singer/songwriter Kim Kuzma’s “Acústico” CD. The lecture, titled “Bossa Nova,…

My Take on Kim Kuzma

(español abajo) I went to listen to Kim Kuzma’s Acústico performance at The Red Room a couple weekends ago. Despite the fact that she’s been performing seasonally in town for quite a few years, I hadn’t gotten around to attending any of her performances. And although we had met socially a few times, we hadn’t…

BohemiaViva at The Palm: “You have to see this,” he said.

(español abajo) With so much stuff going on around me, I love when my friends actually take the time to nudge me in the direction of things they think I shouldn’t miss. “You really have to see this,” said Tracy Parks from The Palm the other day, referring to Bohemia Viva, an Argentinean duo performing…

Puerto Vallarta Men's Chorus Christmas Concert: Business as Usual

In many ways, the sophomore Christmas Concert at Teatro Vallarta by the Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus was very similar to their freshman effort. The ensemble, smaller than last year, delivered a variety of holiday favorites, and some lesser known selections—accompanied with piano and the occasional rhythm section—to a slightly smaller audience. Like last year, special…