Mexican street artist Misael Ivan Lopez speaks at ‘Ted Talk’ Vallarta

A visionary Mexican street artist is the second speaker in the Boutique Dinner Theatre’s 2017-18 schedule.

Muralist Misael Ivan Lopez was born in 1987 in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. When he was 2, his family moved to Minnesota in search of better work opportunities. His time in the United States reflects in his work, with a touch of graffiti and pop art that underlines his American roots.

In 2010, he was deported back to Mexico, where he found himself displaced in culture shock. He discovered his love for Mexican indigenous and ancient art, like the Huichol people and the Mayan culture. The fusion of these cultures makes for a style of his own, projecting ideas of spirituality and the universe in a direct way with vivid imagery. He recently opened his own gallery in Puerto Vallarta, and his work in community projects has restored spaces in neglected neighborhoods. “Cultural Fusion: A Muralist’s Artistic Journey” is his topic, on Tuesday, December 5.

“TED Talk Tuesdays” will be presented from 9-11 a.m. on alternating Tuesdays through the 2017-2018 season.

Each week, an “interesting person” living in Puerto Vallarta shares his or her expertise and insights, on a variety of socially relevant topics.

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.

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. 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 remaining “TED Talk Tuesdays” schedule:

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 Naomi Atkins and Todd Atkins—New Owners, XocoDiva Chocolates.
“Chocolates: A Valentine’s Day Love Story.” Admission includes chocolate samples!

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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