Wag the Dog

By John Johanssen

“Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail; if the tail was smarter, the tail would wag the dog.” This old joke inspired the 1997 comedy Wag the Dog about the use of war as political distraction. Today, with the most unpopular president-elect in modern American history eager to change focus, the theme of making trouble abroad to distract from troubles domestic is back in the news. Will war be the next “bright shiny thing” used to distract the American public from its real concerns?

Dance Concert

East of Suez: Dances of the Veil
Fri, Nov 18, 7pm
150 pesos

Film
Wag the Dog
Sat, Nov 19, 5pm
100 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Before the Flood: Leonardo DiCaprio
Wed, Nov 23, 5pm
100 pesos (includes drink)

Live Concert
Nathan Rivera Band
Fri, Nov 25, 7pm
150 pesos

Live Concert
Nathan Rivera Band
Sat, Nov 26, 7pm
150 pesos

All events are at Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Join us Saturday, November 18, at 5pm for this hilarious dark comedy of how a Hollywood producer helps a randy president create a fake war after he is caught with a Girl Scout. The LA Times calls it, “A wicked smart satire on the interlocking worlds of politics and show business … confirms every awful thought you’ve ever had about media manipulation and the gullibility of the American public.” We’ll discuss how real the issue may be today after the film.

LIVE! East of Suez: Dances of the Veil, Friday, November 18, at 7pm and Friday, December 9, at 7pm. Don’t miss a night of passion with Frida Chacón, Federico Azus on guitar and harmonica, and Israel Cháves on violin and percussion. Fridha’s style of Arabic belly-dance is lively and playful, with an energy you won’t find elsewhere, featuring her hypnotic use of finger cymbals.

If you care what kind of planet you leave your children, you won’t want to miss Before the Flood, the award-winning account of the existential threat of climate change. Hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio and produced by Martin Scorsese, this detailed account of what awaits us is chilling and undeniable. Discussion of what can be done will follow. Wed, Nov. 23, 5pm.

Good times a’coming as The Nathan Rivera Band returns to San Miguel next weekend! These California minstrels will fill our stage with their happy “gypsy blues” LIVE, Friday, November 25, at 7pm and Saturday, November 26, at 7 pm. Hailing from the streets of New Orleans, the gypsy-folk friends of Nathan Rivera have traveled the world with him to share their gift of good-time music: “Spreading positivity and joy one note at a time!”

 

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