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Beat the Heat with the Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza

Shelter Skelter

By John Wharton

It’s sooooo hot this time of year; we at the Shelter Theater get it. That’s why we think you should escape the weather and come hide out in our comfortable dark theater and do absolutely nothing with us—nothing except bask in quality entertainment, perhaps while sipping on a refreshing beverage.

Leslie Beam’s extraordinary series, the Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza, is back Friday, June 21, with nine all-new 10-minute stories. Shelter Skelter continues to amuse and surprise audiences with its eclectic array of storytellers and genres, from comedy, drama, and mythology to the spooky and the undefinable. California guitarist Doug Pulfer will provide live musical accompaniment. And on the off-chance one of the tales doesn’t suit your taste, just wait a few minutes, and you’ll be on to the next.

So what inspired Leslie Beam to create this storytelling series? It was a hole in the San Miguel de Allende arts scene crying out to be filled. You may have noticed in the last decade that there’s been huge growth in storytelling’s popularity around the world. Storytellers want to perform, and audiences want to hear them. San Miguel is packed with interesting people who bring to the table a wealth of compelling stories. Plus there’s the fact that Leslie loves to tell stories and that she’s a big fan of the Shelter Theater, its owner, John, and its manager, David, who are partners in all of this.

After audiences’ enthusiastic reception to the pilot show last August, it was clear to all of us that we had to do more. The audiences kept coming, and the storytellers kept stepping up. We’re now on our ninth show! We couldn’t be more proud or grateful for what Shelter Skelter has become.

Tickets are available on our website and in person at the Biblioteca gift shop, Tesoros.

Every Tuesday at 7:00pm, Open Mic: Want your 10 minutes of fame? Then this is the place for you! Different amateurs and professionals perform each week. Locals call it the “Cheers Bar” of San Miguel.

You can do almost anything you want for your 10 minutes. Admission is 80 pesos for the audience and 60 pesos for performers. Your admission includes a complimentary drink.

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! Visit for map, events and online tickets. Send questions and comments to Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. Please respect our artists: no-show tickets may be released at showtime.


Documentary and Discussion

México: The Train to the Promised Land

Fri, Jun 14, 5pm

70 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jun 18, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)


Live Storytelling

“Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza”

Fri, Jun 21, 6pm

150 pesos


All events are at the Shelter Theater



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