Rooting Out Evil in the Aftermath

Rooting Out Evil in the Aftermath

Live Concert
“The Fred Haas Trio”
Fri, Feb 28, 5pm
200 pesos

Live Concert
“The Continental Blues Band”
Sat, Feb 29, 5pm
300 pesos

Live Storytelling
“Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza”
Sun, Mar 1, 3pm
150 pesos

Live Music/Variety
Open Mic
Tue, Mar 3, 5pm
80 pesos (Inc Drink)

Play Reading
Taking Sides
Thu-Sun, Mar 5-8, 3pm
150 pesos

All events are in Shelter Theater

By John Wharton

The time is 1946 and Berlin is in rubble. For the victorious Americans, the hardest part lies ahead: how to rid Germany of the hideous Nazi ideology. This “de-Nazification” is the job of an American officer tasked with digging out Nazis in hiding who now, predictably, all deny any participation in Hitler’s evil.

One such closet monster may be Germany’s most respected conductor, a man of immense dignity who swears his only allegiance is to his music. Herr Furtwengler insists his honor is intact despite the Nazi elites’ best efforts to seduce him. But Major Arnold thinks he smells a Nazi rat and is determined to get him to confess his sins and blackball him from Germany’s reconstruction.

You won’t want to miss a major theatrical event as the play reading of Taking Sides, which features San Miguel de Allende stars John Wharton and Jim Wright as the American prosecutor and his beleaguered German foe in Ronald Harwood’s masterpiece on March 5-8, at 3pm. It’s a powerful post-mortem of the Holocaust showing another aspect of how decency was restored to war-torn Europe, showcasing some of San Miguel’s finest talent as the actors alternate days and roles.

Says Curtain Up, Taking Sides is “satisfying because it fully engages its audience, leaving them with food for thought and discussion that should extend well beyond the evening’s proceedings.” Who you see as the victim and who as the bully will depend on whom you believe!

Friday, February 28, at 5pm: “The Fred Haas Trio.” Inspired, joyful, and swingin’! A performance that will have you tapping your toes or dancing in the aisle as these artists perform and share their love of jazz, swing, and blues.

Saturday, February 29, at 5pm: “The Continental Blues Band ” is back! Hailing from across North America, including Canada, the United States, and Mexico,stars Tom Driscoll and Dave Bingham who have been rocking San Miguel since their first inspired jam back in 2014.

Shelter is honored to have the guys onstage, this time with ace rock-n-roller Chuy Sanchez. With combined experience of over 45 years in the music biz, the show is sure to be a solid blues-tastic evening!

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