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Viva Villa!

Pancho

By David Johanssen

Francisco “Pancho” Villa was a Mexican revolutionary leader who advocated for the poor and promised agrarian reform. Though he was also a ruthless bandit and opportunist, many Mexicans remember him fondly as their Robin Hood, fighting the dictator Porfirio Diaz. In 1909, Villa was portrayed as a hero in the US media, too, until Woodrow Wilson withdrew his support in 1916. Outraged, Villa led an army across the border and staged a brutal raid against Columbus, New Mexico. Bandito or hero? You decide as we explore Hollywood’s love affair with Francisco “Pancho” Villa.

We begin with Viva Villa! on Friday, September 15, at 5pm. A screenplay written by legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht tells of a young “Pancho” Villa taking to the hills after killing an overseer in revenge for his father’s death. There, a meeting with visionary leader Francisco Madero transforms Villa from an avenging bandit to revolutionary general. TV Guide says, “A sparky Hecht screenplay enlivens this high-gloss western.”

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself on Friday, September 22, at 5pm. Filmed almost entirely in and around San Miguel, this HBO film recounts the odd story of “Pancho” Villa’s film career when he invited American filmmakers to film his heroic battles against the Mexican government. What results is a surreal film-within-a-film as silent film stars compete with Pancho’s outsized ego (as magnificently portrayed by Antonio Banderas) for the camera’s affection. You are sure to see faces and places you know in this one!

On Wednesday, September 20, at 5pm we present Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse. Traditionally, “universe” has meant, “all there is.” However, we may actually live in an expanding sea of multiplying universes—a “multiverse.” This program explains some of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics: uncertainty and entanglement. Despite the absurdity of these behaviors, they have been confirmed time and again. We will discuss how the impossible is real!

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? Nearby. Our logo’s on the Qué Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner, an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardín. See our calendar at sheltervg4.com for dates and online tickets. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for private events. Like us on Facebook, Trip Advisor, and look for us on Lokkal/SM Events.

 

Film

Viva Villa!

Fri, Sep 15, 5pm

100 pesos (English)

 

Concert on Screen

Michael Jackson Live in Munich

Sat, Sep 16, 6pm

120 pesos

 

Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Sep 19, 7:30pm

50 pesos (inc drink)

 

Documentary and Discussion

Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse

Wed, Sep 20, 5pm

100 pesos

 

Film

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

Fri, Sep 22, 5pm

100 pesos (English)

 

Concert on Screen

Sting Live in Berlin

Sat, Sep 23, 6pm

120 pesos

 

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

 

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