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Mark Twain, An Evening of Wit and Wisdom

By David Johanssen

By his 60th birthday, Mark Twain had reached a celebrity status previously reserved for presidents, generals, and barn-burning preachers. He was an author, critic, humorist, lecturer, and in today’s vernacular the first “American Superstar.” He was the “toast of the town” in Europe as well as America and responded to this notoriety by speaking and lecturing worldwide. Rediscover “America’s first super-star”—in his own words! West Lowe performs Mark Twain: An Evening of Wit and Wisdom at Shelter Theater on Jan 26 and 27.

Live Comedy
“The Dirty Joke Show” with Geechy Guy
Fri and Sat, Jan 19 and 20, 7pm
250 pesos

Live Concert
Blues Master Paul Segal
Wed, Jan 24, 7pm
150 pesos

Live Concert
Continental Blues Band: Tom Driscoll & Dave Bingham
Thu, Jan 25, 7pm
200 pesos

Live Theater
“Mark Twain” Starring West Lowe
Fri and Sat, Jan 26 and 27, 7pm
200 pesos

All events are in Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4

West Lowe has been portraying Mark Twain for more than thirty years. His theatrical impersonation captures the wit and wisdom, the cynicism and pathos, the drawl and timing of Twain with practiced proficiency. Scripted from Twain’s own words, West’s portrayal will take you from rolling in the aisles to being stunned by his insights. West captures the man, the times, the humor, and the pathos that is Mark Twain incarnate. It’s all there: the white suit, the bountiful mustache, cigar smoke accentuating restless white hair—an American icon.

Portraying the famous author in his seventies, West critiques the follies of humanity: his politics, his religion, and his misdirected ambitions—all with the humorous anecdotes that are pure Twain. As the American icon would have put it, “The trouble begins at 7pm.” Tickets available at La Biblioteca and online at

Thursday, Jan 25, at 7pm: Continental Blues Band: Tom Driscoll & Dave Bingham. Tom and Dave have been performing in San Miguel since their inspired jam in 2014. They have a combined total of over 45 years in the music biz, opening for acts like The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and The Beach Boys. Shelter is honored to have them onstage this week. Tickets available at La Biblioteca and online at

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? Nearby—an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardín! Google us or find our logo on the Qué Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. See our calendar at for dates and online tickets.


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