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Afro-Colombian Fusion at Shelter

By David Johanssen

Surprising to many, Colombia has coastal areas with large African-descendant communities. The music in these communities is a passionate blend of African roots mixed with sizzling Colombian salsa. Shelter Theater is proud to bring such sounds to our stage with Timka! a duo from the Colombian Pacific coast, featuring songs from their album, A Cultural Expression Through Music.

Live Concert
TIMKA! Afro-Colombian Rhythms
Fri, Dec 15 and 22, 7pm
200 pesos

Concert on Screen
The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary
Sat, Dec 16, 6pm
120 pesos

Live Music/Variety
Open Mic
Tue, Dec 19, 7:30pm
50 pesos (includes drink)

Live Concert
Ensemble San Miguel in Concert
Wed, Dec 20, 7pm
200 pesos

Play Reading
Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory
Sun, Dec 24, 4pm
120 pesos

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Nelo and Stephi, from the dance capital of Cali, will have you grooving to their sensuous merging of African and Latin sounds with Alberto Arana backing them on drums. One fan raves, “Phenomenal rhythms … truly an evening to remember!” Don’t miss “Timka!”—unlike anything you’ve heard before! Tickets are available at La Biblioteca and online at

Wednesday, Dec 20, at 7pm, Ensemble San Miguel, with its fusion of Mexican and Latin-American music, is sure to bring down the house when the group hits Shelter. Featuring Liliana Gutiérrez on piano and voice; Xavier Hernández on flute/guitar/voice; Israel Chávez on percussion/violin/voice; and Federico Azuz on bass guitar and voice, the musicians have decades of experience in genres like huapango, son cubano, danzon, samba, and tango. Check out their sound on YouTube; then get your tickets at the Biblioteca or online at You won’t want to miss this spicy taste of Mexico!

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm: Open Mic. Here’s your chance for your ten minutes of fame on our warm and welcoming stage! Regulars call it the “Cheers Bar” of San Miguel. So get up and strut your stuff: music, dance, acting, comedy—you can do (almost!) anything you like—or just sit back and enjoy the fun. Ticket prices are 50 pesos audience/30 pesos for performers (includes drink).

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 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.


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