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This Week at the Shelter Theater

By John Wharton


The magic flute girls

At just 20 years of age, Betty Joan Perske had her name changed by director Howard Hawks, making her the now-famous Lauren Bacall. Already known as a model, she was paired with Hollywood heartthrob Humphrey Bogart, whom she eventually married, another victim of her sultry, cat-like grace and husky purr.

Big-screen classics
Magic Flute
Sun, Aug 31, 5pm

The Islamic State
Tue, Sep 2, 5pm

The Big Sleep
Wed, Sep 3, 5pm

Murder on the Orient Express
Wed, Sep 3, 7:30pm

Gypsy dance by Joanna Gea
Sat, Sep 6, 7pm

All events at the Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col. Santa Julia

This week, Shelter Theater remembers Bacall, who died August 12, with two of her finest films. Wednesday, September 3, at 5pm, Shelter Theater will present perhaps her best-loved film, the film-noir masterpiece, The Big Sleep, from 1946. At 7:30pm, we show her later work, the 1974 star-packed classic, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

Shown on the big screen, Bacall’s smoldering sensuality can be enjoyed as Hollywood intended her to be seen with the power to sweep even Bogie off his feet.

Sunday, August 31, at 5pm, Shelter continues with its weekend of big-screen classics with Kenneth Branagh’s sweeping Magic Flute by Mozart, called by The Financial Times “fresh and spectacular.”

Intriguingly set on the hellish battlefields of World War 1, the 2006-filmed opera finally does justice to Mozart’s majestic work. It’s an epic opera intended by master filmmaker Branagh to be seen in all its glory, easily understood in English.

On Tuesday, September 2, at 5pm, you will learn the frightening truth about The Islamic State, the ferocious and deadly army of radical religious conservatives now sweeping across the Middle East, terrorizing its people. Our documentary discusses its rise and spread and what danger it might pose to the West as it recreates the ancient Caliphate. A discussion about ISIS’ sudden and deadly drive through the Islamic world will follow.

That same evening at 7pm, we invite you to join the area’s best performing talent for Open Mic as dancers, singers, guitarists, and actors gather to present their latest work in a supportive, casual setting. Support local talent; support Open Mic!

Finally, on Saturday, September 6, at 7pm, get ready for Joanna Gea and her Gypsy Dance. Hailing from Granada, Spain, Joanna is a celebrated performer of ethnic dances from throughout the world. Make plans now to join her at Shelter for a fiery night of gypsy dance! Reservations recommended.


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