Arts and Culture

Su Teatro's XicanIndie Thursday examines three views of the local storytelling culture

Even if the year the world was supposed to end is barely out of sight, people still don't know much about Mesoamerican mythology and the workings of the Mayan calendar, or what that heritage means to us in modern times.

But Westsider Tony Shearer did. The late activist, poet and storyteller espoused the gospel of ancient Mayan spirituality to Denver's Chicano community for decades. New-agey or not, Shearer influenced those around him with his gift for passing on old stories; he's now the subject of a documentary film by Daniel Salazar.

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Salazar's film, The Poetic Myth of Tony Shearer, will be featured at tonight's XicanIndie Thursday screening at Su Teatro; check out the following trailer for a taste.

In keeping with the storytelling thread of tonight's presentation, a short video on another Denver storyteller -- the late Opalanga Pugh -- will also be shown, and special guest Clarissa Pinkola Estes will be on hand to share her own way with words. And incredibly, the price of the entire evening, which starts at 6:30 p.m. is only $5 -- a real deal. Visit Su Teatro online for details.

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