Lots of activities at the Shelter

By YaYa Silva and BC May

Show
ThoughtControl show
With mentalist Thomas Baxter
Fri, Feb 7, 7pm
Sun, Feb 9, 5pm
The Shelter
Vicente Guerrero 4
120 pesos
Concert
Wendy and the Lost Boys
Sat, Feb 8, 7pm
The Shelter
Vicente Guerrero 4
120 pesos
Concert
Folk music: Kim Beggs and The Blue Warblers
Featuring George McConkey
Thu, Feb 13, 7pm
The Shelter
Vicente Guerrero 4
120 pesos
Theater
Love Letters
Fri, Feb 14, 7:30pm
The Shelter
Vicente Guerrero 4
100 pesos
Concert
“Besame mucho…mas”
Sat, Feb 15, 4pm
The Shelter
Vicente Guerrero 4
150 pesos

Thomas Baxter

ThoughtControl is a funny, fascinating—and at times a little disconcerting—series of experiments in human nature, all presented in a light-hearted and entertaining way. It isn’t hypnosis (Baxter won’t make you quack like a duck or think you’re Michael Jackson), nor is it a lecture on science. It’s an entertaining reminder of how connected we all are as human beings in the ways we think, react and in the choices we make.

Baxter’s skills have been used by Hollywood films and for television, teaching his techniques to actors like Colin Farrell, and by such organizations as the National Ballet of Canada and the Stratford Festival (where, among other shows, he worked with Robertson Davies to create a stage adaptation of Davies’ World of Wonders). This is his first time in San Miguel de Allende. February 7 and 9, 7pm.

Wendy and the Lost Boys

Wendy and the Lost Boys present the gamut of Americana music featuring folk, blues, rock, pop, country, and even a little jazz at 7pm, Saturday, February 8, at the Shelter Theater. Formed last year, the band features Wendy Sievert, Wade Ashley, and Tom Driscoll on vocals and acoustic guitars, George McConkey on harmonica, and Ron Incontro on bass. The repertoire includes songs by artists as varied as Van Morrison, Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, Sonny and Cher, Sons of the Pioneers, the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, the Everly Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Jimmy Reed, the Beatles, Randy Newman, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Robert Earl Keene, and Bob Dylan.

Kim Beggs and The Blue Warblers

The blue warblers perfomance photo

Tweet-Tweet! The Blue Warblers have once again been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award! After earning a 2012 CFMA nod in the Traditional Singer of the Year category for their debut album, Pretty Good, the duo of esteemed Yukoners Kim Beggs and Natalie Edelson has landed in the same category again with their June release, Birds.

The latest in a series of brilliant old-time projects from the Yukon, The Blue Warblers feel like an edgy back-porch sing-along in which Beggs’ sweet, girlish vocals grind

with Edelson’s more rough-hewn alto over a backdrop of old-timey guitar, clawhammer banjo, and skin-and-bone percussion. The result is a sweet and savory mix: warm yet unaffected, like silk worn under wool. The Blue Warblers duo is a celebration of the spirit of vocally driven old time music that highlights beautiful fractures in more than just the written word, but also in the vocal explorations of two campfire girls who have lived and grown in the Yukon for more than 20 years. February 13, 7pm.

Love Letters

Shelter Theater presents the perfect Valentine’s Day program with A.R. Gurney’s classic American play Love Letters, February 14, 15 and 16. The New York Times said “surprisingly rich, poignant and funny.” The Wall Street Journal called it “exhilarating, funny and very moving”. USA Today said “…a mini epic, dialogue this fine speaks for itself.” Tracing the lifelong correspondence of a staid, dutiful lawyer and a lively, unstable artist this is the story of their bittersweet relationship as it gradually unfolds from what is written in their letters and what is left unsaid. This play has been a smash hit on Broadway and all over the world. Some of theater and film’s most celebrated actors including Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones have performed it. Robert Wagner and Jill St. John have done it more than 300 times.

Andrea Dovner and BC May are featured in the Shelter Theater production. Andrea Dovner has played leading roles in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Her highly acclaimed one-woman show Hannah Sennesh toured the United States to rave reviews. She was last seen in San Miguel in Spoon River Anthology and Full Gallop (directed by BC May). She trained at Circle in the Square, New York University and the High School for Performing Arts. BC May is the former associate producer of the Washington (DC) Theater Club which won the Margo Jones Award for the introduction of new plays. At the Smithsonian Institute he produced more than 600 programs. He is a veteran actor and director having worked on more than 50 productions in professional, community and University Theater.

Bésame mucho….mas

Three absolutely fabulous musicians will perform together in San Miguel on February 15. Rosa Guadalupe lives here, Remy Fenoy is from Mexico City and Freddy Perez is from Cuba. All three virtuosos, all three a little different combining to create wonderful music filling your senses, satisfying and fulfilling the desires we all hope to have touched when attending a musical performance. I have heard Rosa Guadalupe sing and play many times. I always feel privileged to sit and listen to her extraordinary voice and magical touch on the guitar. She will sing numerous love songs for the celebration of Valentine’s Day sure to titillate amorous feelings towards anyone sitting close to you. Freddy is a classical guitarist who studied at the famous La Escuela Cubana de Guitarra. An example of the songs will be Besame Mucho, Como Fue, Piensa en Mi. All of these songs Rosa Guadalupe has taken from the original and turned into her own, creating a unique and beautiful interpretation.

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