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May the Force (of Story) Be with You

By David Johanssen

Do you want to write a bestselling novel or a blockbuster script? Then follow “The Hero’s Journey.” That’s exactly what George Lucas did when he created the original Star Wars series. According to Joseph Campbell, the folktales and fairytales that have been passed down from generation to generation tell a single grand story he calls “The Hero’s Journey.”

Come learn the deep meaning of “The Ancient Bones of Story” by watching Lucas’s original Star Wars films, hosted by Kathryn Gillett. Kathryn will supply expert commentary on “The Hero’s Journey” during the showings.

Since 1988, Kathryn Gillett has studied the motifs and archetypes of Campbell’s work. She has analyzed 50 international bestselling novels and blockbuster movies and has always found these same motifs and archetypes—what Kathryn calls “The Ancient Bones of Story.”

We present the original Star Wars trilogy, starting with Star Wars on Friday, July 13, at 5pm, continuing with The Empire Strikes Back on Friday, July 20, at 5pm and The Return of the Jedi on Friday, July 27, at 5pm.

Friday, July 6, at 5pm: Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Local classic film buff Edward Verona hosts John Huston’s 1948 treasure-hunt classic starring Humphrey Bogart as a drifter who is down and out in Tampico. As Roger Ebert noted, “The movie has never really been about gold but about character. Bogart fearlessly portrays a pathetic, frightened, selfish man.”

Saturday, July 7, at 6pm: Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back. In 1965, a filmmaker accompanied Bob Dylan to England to make a film about the singer’s British tour. Roger Ebert praises, “Unencumbered by voiceover or forced narrative, the result is an intimate and riveting look at Dylan unfiltered, a portrait of the artist as a 24-year-old superstar.”

Wednesday, July 11, at 5pm, join us for one of the most romantic movies of all time: Casablanca. According to the Chicago Tribune, “The reason Casablanca endures is that it’s a timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller, written with such wit and meaning that it’s still quoted decades later.”

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 Qué Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. We reserve the right to refuse service due to our limited handicapped access. Write for details.


Classic Film

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Fri, Jul 6, 5pm

100 pesos


Documentary and Discussion

Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back

Sat, Jul 7, 6pm

100 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jul 10, 7:30pm

70 pesos (inc drink)




Wed, Jul 11, 5pm

100 pesos



Star Wars

Fri, Jul 13, 5pm

100 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4


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