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A Return to Latin Roots

By David Johanssen

“A troubadour is a poet with a guitar” –Pepe Sánchez (the father of the “trova” style and the creator of the Cuban bolero). It was the late 1970s when Rosa Guadalupe (or Rosita Valdés, as she was then known) was first introduced to “nuevo canto” and trova music, a movement that swept Latin America in the mid-’60s characterized by poetic and passionate ballads. As a serious musician and an award-winning classical guitarist, Rosa was intrigued by the possibilities. Today, with her sultry stage presence and alluring voice, Rosa Guadalupe represents the essence of the Nuevo Canto style of musical Latin romance.

Documentary and Discussion
Cuba the Beautiful
Fri, Jul 22, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Policing the Police
Sat, Jul 23, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
The Trouble with Islam Today
Wed, Jul 27, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Concert
Rosa Guadalupe: Return to Latin Roots
Fri, Jul 29, 7:30pm
200 pesos

All events at the Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

On July 29 at 7:30pm, Rosa returns to her Latin roots with a concert celebrating classic songs from across Latin America: from Peru, “Todos Vuelven;” from Chile, “Gracias a la Vida;” from Argentina, “Alfonsina y el Mar;” from Venezuela, “Madrugada Llanera;” and from her native Mexico, “Deja que Salga la Luna.” Tickets are available at the Biblioteca and online at

Friday, July 22, at 5pm, Cuba the Beautiful. Twenty-first century Cuba promises to be like nowhere else you’ve ever visited: economically poor, but culturally rich; visibly mildewed, but architecturally magnificent. Cuba has been restricted economically, but its isolation has left its island wildlife untouched. Come see what Cuba is today and what it is destined to become! 50 pesos. Discussion follows.

Policing the Police, on Saturday, July 23, at 5pm. How do you change a troubled police department? What changes are appropriate—if any? Although activists have called for an end to enforcing minor offenses, many black residents have actually called for more aggressive policing since they are the primary victims of urban violence. A balanced discussion will follow the documentary. 50 pesos.

The Trouble with Islam Today, on Wednesday, July 27, at 5pm. This recent documentary by Al-Jazeera is a thought-provoking examination of some of the most consequential issues facing our world today. In the wake of increasing terrorist attacks, the core values of this ancient religion have come under intense scrutiny. A discussion of Islam’s place in the modern world follows our documentary. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a short walk from the Jardín down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent.


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