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Is the ISIS Surge a “Tet Offensive”?

By David Johanssen

The ISIS offensive in Syria and Iraq has baffled military strategists and changed public perceptions about the Middle East. Similarly, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968 was technically a defeat for the North Vietnamese, but it caused America’s favorite newscaster, Walter Cronkite, to issue a very pessimistic editorial. As a result, President Lyndon Johnson reportedly commented, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

Recorded concert
“Sting, Live in Berlin,” accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Fri, Oct 3, 8pm
50 pesos
Film
How Vietnam was Lost
Tue, Oct 7, 5pm
40 pesos

Film
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Sun, Oct 5, 5pm

50 pesos
Film
Andrei Rublev
Wed, Oct 8, 7pm
50 pesos

Recorded concert
Fri, Oct 10, 8pm
50 pesos
All events at The Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col. Santa Julia

Today, Jihadists may not ultimately win against the war weary American people, but they are fuelling regional chaos, and this chaos provides an opening for various evil forces. It may be frighteningly similar to the Tet Offensive in Vietnam.

Tuesday, October 7, at 5pm, Shelter Theater looks at the parallels between Vietnam and ISIS with How Vietnam Was Lost (aka “Two days in October”), a film that juxtaposes two battles of the war: one in which the Viet Cong ambushed US forces with catastrophic results, and another in which the student protesters clashed with authorities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. By carefully allowing all sides of the story to be heard—not just war supporters and detractors, but even former Viet Cong soldiers—the film is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking about America’s newest war. We will have a discussion afterwards. 40 pesos.

Friday, October 3, at 8pm the Shelter Theater continues its concert series with “Sting Live in Berlin with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.” Recorded in 2010, according to one reviewer, “This is maybe one of the best concerts ever filmed in full HD. It’s really worth seeing it on a big screen and with the best possible sound equipment. You listen to fantastic arrangements, which are really different from what we know so far from The Police or Sting as a solo artist. A great set-list with a large choice of extremely popular songs.” 50 pesos.

Sunday, October 5, at 5 pm join us for an unforgettable presentation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.This compelling 1966 film of Edward Albee’s classic won 5 Oscars, including best actress for Elizabeth Taylor. You are cordially invited to George and Martha’s for an evening of fun and games, which, many say, perfectly mirrored Taylor’s and Richard Burton’s off-screen romance. 50 pesos.

Please join us every Tuesday at 7:30 pm for the Open Mic. It is always a great show with a different line up of amateurs and professionals week by week. We want you to bring your act to the Open Mic, so come and get your ten minutes of fame in front of a live audience. Come out and support our local talent. 30 pesos (includes drink).

Wednesday, October 8, at 7pm, Shelter’s Art on Film series continues with “Andrei Rublev.” Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, the lush film charts the life of the great icon painter through the turbulence of 15th Century Russia, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions. Said the Chicago Reader, “Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we’ve come to expect from Tarkovsky.” 50 pesos.

Friday, October 10, at 8pm, Shelter burns up our big screen as we present the live concert video, “Sacred Fire: Santana Live in Mexico, 1993”.  Another calls it, “the best Mexican party you can attend with Carlos Santana playing a home game.” 50 pesos.

 

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