Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Boutique Dinner Theater continues its wildly popular educational discussions for a second season. "TED Talk Tuesdays" will be presented from 9-11 am on alternating Tuesdays throughout the 2017-2018 season.
Each week, an "interesting person" living in Puerto Vallarta will share his or her expertise and insights, on a variety of socially relevant topics.
Catherine Caldera, Publicity Director for the Boutique, is producing this year's all-new line-up. "Norma Schuh did such a fantastic job creating and launching the program last year," Caldera said. "The talks were one of our best attended programs, bringing together an audience community of thinkers, learners, and visionaries. The Boutique is excited to continue the tradition."
Each talk concludes with a half-hour interactive discussion, in which audience members may make comments and ask questions of the speaker. Most presentations will be accompanied by slide illustrations and other media.
"Come play with us is the Boutique Theatre's slogan," Caldera said. "Now we're extending that to Come learn with us."
Audience-goers are encouraged to remain after the presentations, to cultivate friendships and continue discussions, during a no-host lunch. The Boutique Theater is located upstairs at Nacho Daddy, a popular restaurant, bar and music venue, at 287 Basilio Badillo on Vallarta's south side. Its "Mex-Tex" menu includes such favorites as Tortilla Soup, Steak Nachos, and Chicken Fajitas.
Tickets cost $250 pesos each. While tickets may be remaining at the door for presentations, some ticket-seekers had to be turned away last year. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, from btpv.org, or at the box office.
Here is the 2017-18 "TED Talk Tuesday" schedule:
November 21: Howard Johns - Historian, TV Personality, Author
"I interviewed many people," Johns said, "but the best sources of information were the stars themselves, people such as Elizabeth Taylor and the family and friends of John Huston, who shared interesting stories."
Johns doesn't apologize for the reactions people may have to his material. "I like controversy. Without controversy there would be no attention focused on important events. Issues would not be discussed. Problems would not be resolved."
Johns discusses how the movie put PV under a worldwide spotlight it had never experienced before, and the results of the media circus. And, how could one forget, the sizzling affair between the movie's star, Richard Burton, and the legendary beauty Elizabeth Taylor.
"This is a book of many parts," Johns said. "It's modern history. It's allegory. It's celebrity. Most of all it's a reflection of life."
While living in Palm Springs, California, Johns wrote "Palm Springs Confidential: Playground of the Stars." He now lives in Puerto Vallarta.
December 5: Misael Ivan Lopez - Muralist, Gallery Owner
"Cultural Fusion: A Muralist's Artistic Journey"
December 19: Marcella Castellanos - Health Coach, Activist, Workshop Facilitator
"Revitalize Your Energy, Recharge Your Life: Five ways to lose weight, feel great, and look 10 years younger"
January 9: Michael Lindner - CEO, Palliative Care Nurse, Classical Musician
"Dementia, You're Not the Boss of Me!"
January 23: Petr Myska - Photographer, Biologist, Author
"Nature: Puerto Vallarta's Greatest Asset"
February 6: Kathleen and Todd - New Owners, XocoDiva Chocolates
"Chocolates: A Valentine's Day Love Story"
February 20: Sol Rose - Restaurateur, Singer, Stage Star
"From Melodies to Meatloaf: How To Succeed in Business WITH Really Trying"
March 6: Dr. Marcia Hootman - Writer, Minister, Musician
"How Much Does a Grudge Weigh?"
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