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Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza Returns with Nine New Stories

By John Wharton

It’s either sizzling hot or raining gatos y perros this time of year. We at the Shelter Theater get it. That’s why we think you should escape the weather and 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 and munching on the best popcorn in town.
Leslie Beam’s extraordinary series, the Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza, is back Sunday, Aug 4, at 3pm, with nine all-new 10-minute stories. Shelter Skelter continues to amuse and surprise audiences with its eclectic array of storytellers and genres of stories, from comedy to drama to mythology to the spooky to the undefinable. And on the off-off chance one of the tales doesn’t suit your taste, just wait a few minutes, and you’re on to the next.

As if that weren’t enough, live musical accompaniment will be provided by California guitarist Doug Pulfer. Stay cool and dry in a jazzy place!

Friday, Aug 2, at 7pm and Saturday, Aug 3, at 3pm: A Bench in the Sun. Harold’s legacy is three failed marriages, five ruined businesses, and children who won’t talk to him. But one thing that has not failed him is his preoccupation with women! This week Marjorie Burren and the Shelter Theater present a tribute to the joys and trials of aging.

Joined at their arthritic hips, lifelong friends Burt and Harold are residing at Valley View Gardens—where there is no valley, no view, and not much in the way of a garden. They spend their days bickering about nearly everything. When retired actress Adrienne Bliss moves in, a heated rivalry develops as the pair vie for Adrienne’s attention. Part Grumpy Old Men, part The Odd Couple, this play is rich with one-liners, tender moments, musings about the sacrifices one makes in life, and reflections on the way the world is changing. Mel Brooks calls the play “very wise, very moving but, most of all, very funny.”

Get your tickets for all these events at Tesoros and at our website,, where you will also find a map and a full list of events. Send ticketing questions and comments to

Note that you do not need to print your online tickets. Just tell us your name when you arrive at the event. Find our logo in the upper left-hand corner of Que Pasa’s map.


Staged Reading

A Bench in the Sun

Fri, Aug 2, 7pm

Sat, Aug 3, 3pm

100 pesos


Live Storytelling

Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza

Sun, Aug 4, 3pm

150 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Aug 6, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)


All events are in Shelter Theater




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