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Fentanyl’s Deadly Grip

By David Johanssen

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug that is approximately 100 times more powerful than morphine. An opioid all too commonly prescribed for those suffering from severe chronic pain or undergoing a surgical procedure, it is now one of the most abused substances on the street, even more dangerous than heroin or morphine. In recent years, the deaths attributed to this killer have skyrocketed as it has become the nation’s largest health-care crisis.

Our documentary on Wednesday, June 6, at 5pm, Fentanyl’s Deadly Grip introduces a host of addicts—some of them as young as 14—whose lives have spiraled out of control. Many are homeless and hopeless. As the drug’s effects only last a brief period of time, they spend every waking minute in search of their next fix. In the wake of their addiction lie dashed dreams, ruined relationships, and diminished potential.

Where did this new and devastating problem come from, and what can our society do to tame it? Discussion about this deadly drug will follow this important but heartbreaking video.

On Friday, June 1, at 5pm, Shelter Theater presents the documentary, Cuba, the Accidental Eden. Not everything about the US trade embargo hurt that pristine island. Raising the embargo likely will result in changes that may threaten Cuba’s ecological riches. Even though most Americans want open travel and trade policies with Cuba, it may be detrimental to Cuba’s environment. How will Cuba’s ecology as well as its economy change as it rejoins the West? What can be done to protect its untouched wild side? Discussion to follow.

On Friday, Jun 8 at 5pm we offer Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick’s blackest of black comedies. An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop—or enjoy. The Chicago Reader raves, “Kubrick’s brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.” It’s Peter Sellers’ tour-de-force!

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! See our calendar at for dates and online tickets. Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. We reserve the right to refuse service due to our limited handicapped access. Write for details.



Cuba: The Accidental Eden

Fri, Jun 1, 5pm

100 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jun 5, 7:30pm

70 pesos (inc drink)

Documentary and Discussion

Fentanyl’s Deadly Grip

Wed, Jun 6, 5pm

100 pesos



Dr. Strangelove

Fri, Jun 8, 5pm

100 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4




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