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Star Wars (The Hero’s Journey)

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By David Johanssen

According to Joseph Campbell, the folktales, myths, and fairy tales that have been passed down from generation to generation tell a single grand story: “The Hero’s Journey.” George Lucas had already written two drafts of Star Wars when he rediscovered Campbell’s book Hero with a Thousand Faces in 1975. This blueprint for “The Hero’s Journey” gave Lucas the focus he needed to draw his sprawling imaginary universe into a single story.

Come learn the deeper meaning of the Star Wars saga as revealed by Campbell’s insights into timeless storytelling, hosted by a noted author and historian who will supply observations and commentary throughout the three original films.

Since 1988, Kathryn Gillett has studied the motifs and archetypes of “The Hero’s Journey.” She has identified 50 international novels and films sharing these same motifs and archetypes—what Gillett calls “The Ancient Bones of Story”­—that seem deeply ingrained in our psyche. You’ll never see Luke (or his father) the same way again!

The Star Wars trilogy starts with Star Wars on Friday, Jul 13, at 5pm, continuing with The Empire Strikes Back on Friday, Jul 20, at 5pm and The Return of the Jedi on Friday, Jul 27, at 5pm.

Saturday, Jul 14, at 6pm: Bee Gees Live in Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss the Bee Gees’s last live concert, “One Night Only,” when the Brothers Gibb pulled out all the stops on their unique vocalizations. Come and shake your booty with the boys on our big screen, wrapped in our surround-sound stereo for the best concert experience in San Miguel!

Wednesday, Jul 18, at 5pm: Life in the Shadow of the Wall. In this insightful new documentary, we travel the entire length of the Mexico-United States border to get a sense of the practical challenges and human costs associated with this massive endeavor. The film offers a valuable representation of what’s at stake and considers whether a wall is really the answer to US immigration woes.

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.



Star Wars

Fri, Jul 13, 5pm

100 pesos

Concert on Screen

Bee Gees Live in Las Vegas

Sat, Jul 14, 6pm

120 pesos

Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jul 17, 7:30pm

70 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion

Life in the Shadow of the Wall

Wed, Jul 18, 5pm

70 pesos


The Empire Strikes Back

Friday, Jul 20, 5pm

100 pesos

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4



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