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The Hero’s Journey

The Hero´s Journey Joseph-Campell

By David Johanssen

The folktales, myths, and fairytales that have been passed down from generation to generation tell a single grand story. The Hero’s Journey is a story that is told across cultures. Even the oldest existing text, The Epic of Gilgamesh, has the structure of The Hero’s Journey. The story is of a man or woman who, through great suffering, reaches an experience of the eternal source and returns with gifts powerful enough to set their society free.

The Hero’s Journey
Fri, Jul 3, 5pm
50 pesos
Live Concert
Cubano y Boleros: Rosa Guadalupe
Sat, Jul 4, 7:30pm
150 pesos
Documentary and Discussion
Narco Cultura
Tue, Jul 7, 4pm
50 pesos (In English)
Live Music
Open Mic
Tues, Jul 7, 7:30pm
30 pesos (Includes Drink)

Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Joseph Campbell was a scholar, writer, and lecturer who became known as an American mythologist. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. Campbell’s concept of monomyth refers to the theory that sees all mythic narratives as variations of a single great story. The theory is based on the observation that a common pattern exists beneath the narrative elements of most great myths, regardless of their origin. These stories point to the heart of human nature. Campbell says, “Follow your bliss and doors will open for you that would not have opened for anyone else.”

Friday, July 3, at 5pm, David Johanssen will host a documentary: The Hero’s Journey. The documentary contains intimate interviews with Joseph Campbell. Afterwards, we will discuss Campbell’s work and the application of monomyth structure to novels and film scripts. 50 pesos.

Join us Saturday, July 4, at 7:30 pm, for a live concert: Cubano y Boleros with Rosa Guadalupe, guitar and voice, accompanied by Remy Fenoy playing the Cuban tres (guitar). The son cubano (Cuban sound) merges an adapted Spanish tres, harmony, and lyrical traditions with Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. The Cuban bolero tradition originated in Santiago de Cuba in the 19th century and soon made its way to Mexico and Latin America. 150 pesos.

Tuesday, July 7, at 4 pm, we present a documentary and discussion, Narco Cultura. The documentary is an explosive look at the drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juárez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service is available to and from the theater.


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