“Mexico, Lindo y Querido,” Tonight’s Songs from the Heart of Mexico

By John Wharton

Please join local songstress Rosa Guadalupe tonight, Friday, September 19, at 7pm as Shelter Theater presents her “Mexico, Lindo y Querido” with Remy Fenoy accompanying. It’s a special love letter to Rosa’s beloved homeland, using traditional ‘boleros’ from Mexico’s much-beloved ‘Golden Age’ of the ‘30s and ‘40s. A sound-and-light show will present visual images of the period as well. 150 pesos.

Sunday, September 21, at 3pm, Shelter presents the incomparable Hugh Jackman starring in a rip-snorting London revival of the American classic “Oklahoma!” winner of Outstanding Musical Production, Best Set Designer, Best Choreographer, and Best Supporting Performance (Hensley) at the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards—Britain’s version of the Tony Awards. Says reviewer James Plath, “Though he wasn’t recognized, Jackman beats MacRae and all other Curly’s hands down. [This production] finally makes all of the elements of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical come together.” 50 pesos.

Tuesday, September 23, at 5pm, Shelter continues its three-part documentary of Guns, Germs and Steel, concerning Jared Diamond’s theory on why there is such disparity between those who have advanced technology and those who still live primitively. In this second part, Diamond considers the effects of the developed world’s many conquests of less-developed nations throughout history. 40 pesos.

Wednesday, September 24, at 7pm, Shelter’s ‘Art on Film’ series continues with The Best Offer, about an eccentric genius art-expert, hired by a solitary young heiress, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents while refusing to be seen in person. Film critic Elias Savada calls it an “intricate, multi-layered tale of mystery, deceit, and delicate anxiety.” 50 pesos.

Friday, September 26, at 7:30pm, Mexgitanos is back on the Shelter stage to present its new CD for the movie soundtrack of Todos son mis Hermanos (They are all my brothers) by film director Nicole Opper of San Francisco. The twosome’s gypsy jazz, in the style of ‘30s legends Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de Paris is sure to light up your weekend so don’t miss Almitri Tzigane and Al de Yolanda’s special CD release celebration. 120 pesos.

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