This week at the Shelter Theater

By John Wharton

It wasn’t enough that the crowd at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago in 1981 got to see bluesmaster Muddy Waters. Then the Rolling Stones—all of them!—decided to drop in and make their contribution to the evening’s legend.

Recorded live rock concert
The Rolling Stones
Fri, Sep 12, 8pm
50 pesos
Kenneth Branagh’s epic version of Hamlet
Sun, Sep 14, 5pm
Guns, Germs and Steel
Tue, Sep 16, 5pm
Lust for Life
Wed, Sep 17, 7pm
Rosa Guadalupe returns to the Shelter
Fri, Sep 19, 7pm
All events at The Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col. Santa Julia

Friday, Sep 12, at 8 pm, Shelter Theater is proud to share with San Miguel what happened that epic night with an exclusive film recording of those masters of the blues sound, an incredible blending of two genres. Seeing it on the big screen, you’ll understand why those in the audience that night had a once-in-a-lifetime show. It’s all part of Shelter’s Friday Concert series, so stay tuned for more great high-definition streaming events!

Sunday, Sep 14, at 5pm, Shelter concludes Kenneth Branagh’s epic version of “Hamlet” with a star-studded cast and a sweeping cinematic style that made Roger Ebert comment “ it has a visual clarity that is breathtaking” and “made me feel for the first time at home in that doomed royal court.” With this version, said the New York Times, “Branagh gets to the heart of Hamlet.” Don’t miss Part 2 of this exceptional version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

Tuesday, Sep 16, at 5pm, Shelter commemorates Mexican independence with a documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel. In Part One, you’ll see how from the dawn of farming 13,000 years ago, mankind set the stage for the problems we struggle with today, many stemming from the kind of colonial conquest Mexico suffered. In high-definition, Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality.

On Wednesday, Sep 17, at 7pm, Shelter begins its “Art on Film” series with the acclaimed story of the deeply troubled Vincent Van Gogh, portrayed by the great Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life in what many consider his best role ever. Nearly 200 of Van Gogh’s original paintings were borrowed from private collections for brief display in the film about the tormented genius, whose obsessive devotion to his art engulfs, consumes, and finally destroys him.

On Friday, Sep 19, at 7pm, local songstress Rosa Guadalupe returns to the Shelter stage with her heart-stirring show, “Mexico, Lindo y Querido” featuring her favorite songs of her homeland, sung in the warm, assured style they were meant for. It’s an evening “muy Mexicano,” so please join Rosa for a true taste of old Mexico.

Every Tuesday at 7pm is Open Mic night so please join San Miguel’s local talent as they share their latest works with an appreciative audience. It’s always a night full of casual fun and good friends, so even if you’re not ready to take the stage yourself, come out and support your favorite performing artists.


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