Haunting Throat-singing concert a San Miguel first

By John Wharton

Barely known to American and Mexican audiences, Mongolian Tuvan or “throat singing” at first sounds like a fairly conventional human voice, then suddenly shifts into an other-worldly emanation, with two notes splitting out at once in a hypnotic drone. That’s the totally unique effect used by Daniel Torres and Cecilia di Salvo as they blend Latin rhythms with the other-worldly harmonics of the Siberian steppes. “It’s the capacity of the artist to sing in two voices at the same time,” says Torres. “I arrange all the harmonies and put the Tuva singing in the middle, in accord with the other melodies.” See YouTube’s “Overtone y Guitarra” for a sample of his sound. Catch this concert only at Shelter Theater tonight, Friday, August 8 at 7 pm. Tickets are 120 pesos at the door.

This Sunday, August 10, at 5pm, Shelter Theater returns audiences to 19th-century France as Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. In the longest-running and perhaps most lavish musical ever, Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for the factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. Don’t miss seeing this drama and power brought to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping, spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. Doors open at 4:30. 50 pesos.

Shelter celebrates International Youth Day with a documentary, Education, Education, Tuesday, August 12, 5 pm, depicting how education works (and doesn’t) in China, where these days the system only leads to jobs for a few, educating a new generation to unemployment and despair. You’ll meet the “ant-tribe,” the two million newly-graduated Chinese who, every year, find the only job they can find involves selling education to other students destined to pay for their four years of schooling with 60 years of expected income. 40 pesos.

On Wednesday, August 13, at 5pm, Shelter features TED talks. MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.

On the same program, backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes with “The History of the World-in 18 Minutes,” an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. 40 pesos.

“Happy Jueves” continues Thursday, August 14, at 7pm with the Survival film series showing 127 Hours, the true story of a mountain climber fighting to save himself after a fallen boulder traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never-before-experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life. 40 pesos.

And don’t forget Open Mic at its new time, 7pm every Tuesday. Come and catch a rising star in our galaxy of local talent or just sit back and enjoy the show. Sign-up and doors open at 6:30. 30 pesos (includes first drink).

Throat singing
Fri, Aug 8, 7pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
120 pesos

Les Misérables
Sun, Aug 10, 5pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
50 pesos

Education, Education
Tue, Aug 12, 5pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
40 pesos

TED talks
Wed, Aug 13, 5pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
40 pesos

Happy Jueves
127 Hours
Thu, Aug 14, 7pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
40 pesos

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