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A Night of Mexican Love Songs

By David Johanssen

Join us Saturday, January 21, at 7pm for a nostalgic evening of love ballads of old Mexico, played in the classic style by Luz y Sombra, the popular local acoustic quartet. Made famous by composer Maurice Ravel and artist Toulouse-Lautrec, the bolero is at the heart of most Latin rhythms. You’ll hear all your favorites and even sing along with lyrics in both Spanish and English. It’s an evening of all-time Mexican hits, a chance to relive the romance of Mexico during the country’s unrivaled “Golden Age” of music. Tickets are available at the Biblioteca and online at

Classic Mexican Cinema
Vamonos con Pancho Villa
Fri, Jan 20, 5pm
100 pesos (includes drink)
Spanish with English subtitles

Live Concert
“Noche Romantica: Mexican Love Ballads”
Sat, Jan 21, 7pm
200 pesos

Live Music
“Open Mic”
Tues, Jan 24, 7:30pm
50 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen
Wed, Jan 25, 5pm
60 pesos

Readers Theater, live
Fri and Sat, Jan 27 and 28, 7pm
100 pesos (includes drink)

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4, 154 7524

Vámonos con Pancho Villa on Friday, January 20, at 5pm: It is the story of the Mexican Revolution as told by six brave peasants, “Los Leones de San Pablo,” who join Pancho Villa’s army. The New York Times asserts, “This is the movie where style is at its best as everything just fits nicely with a vision of the Revolution. Vámonos con Pancho Villa was de Fuentes’ true masterpiece about the Mexican Revolution.” English subtitles.

Ladies and Gentlemen: Mr. Leonard Cohen on Wednesday, January 25, at 5pm. This informal black-and-white portrait of Leonard Cohen (RIP) shows him at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal, where the poet, novelist, and songwriter comes “to renew his neurotic affiliations.” The documentary is a great glimpse of this important musician’s formative years. Afterwards, we discuss his life and impact on North American culture.

Join us for a live reading of Disgraced, the play which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, on Friday, January 27, at 7pm and Saturday, January 28, at 7pm. Directed by Sherry Asch, the play is centered on sociopolitical themes, such as Islamophobia and the self-identity of Muslim-American citizens. Variety describes it as a “combustible powder keg of identity politics, [depicting prejudices that] secretly persist in even the most progressive cultural circles.”

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? We’re now on the map—just look in Que Pasa (events section) in the upper left hand corner. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are also available for private events.


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