From Here by Marcia Blondin

The moon was gigantic last week; I shot this photo just before it dipped into the sea around 6:30 am.

Stopped by to say hi to the vendors at Three Hens Market last Saturday. Go and load up on Gloria Sue’s fab fried chicken and great salads. There’s coffee and peanut brittle, too.

Last week about twenty-five “Friends of Rodolfo” gathered for a three-hour songfest starring the tenor himself. We feasted on Brie, fresh fruit, and pastries while the wine flowed as sweetly as Rodolfo’s songs. His voice coach, Jean-Guy Comeau will be pleased, I think, at Rodolfo’s improvement. He has been practicing, that’s a given. We are currently in negotiations with a couple of well-known restaurants and hotels in Vallarta to get Rodolfo off the streets permanently and into a safer, more suitable environment so he can shine even brighter. If you are interested and have not heard Rodolfo’s voice, email me, and I will get some recordings to you. Thanks go to Skip and Nancy for having us over and keeping Rodolfo’s future high on everyone’s list.

Had lunch at Incanto’s Piano Bar a couple of days ago with Alain Perreault just back from Lagos de Moreno’s state-wide cultural competition. His production company Perro Bravo won two significant awards: People’s Choice for best play – Princesas Desesperadas and Alain’s partner, Cesar Bravo, for best costumes. I had the best arrachera pizza ever and nearly ate the whole thing. Alain is now off to New York City trying to see every single show on and off-Broadway in less than a week. He’s been known to do three/day.

Teatro Vallarta, just a little closer to home, had a family extravaganza last Saturday night. The theatre was full of parents bearing roses for their onstage dancing daughters. The Orchestra School played well, and the little, medium-sized and older girls and women danced to Spanish rhythms in lovely, elaborate costumes. The highlight was “La Boquita” – Paolo on guitar and Sylvia on cajon and singing in her strong lilting voice. I could watch and listen to the two of them for days.

Coming up this weekend at Teatro Vallarta – a musical/opera based on Herman Hesse’s book “Siddhartha.” I am so intrigued by the whole premise, I can’t wait for Friday, July 6th at 8:30 pm to see what this company from Mexico City will do. Full report next week, I promise! Then, on Sunday night at 7:30, Vallarta’s Gay Men’s Chorus, who we all know and love under the direction of Alfonso Lopez, take the stage along with “Coro Gay” from Mexico City and New York City’s Gay Men’s Chorus, to present “Dreaming Together.” There’ll be over a hundred voices onstage – gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

Canada Day has come and gone, and July 4th will be history by the time you hold this paper in your hands. Mexico has a new and -clearly beloved – President and this country has done exceptionally well in the World Cup. It’s a brand new day, people; embrace the changes with love and kindness, From Here.

Marcia Blondin