A glimpse at the stories and songs locked away in our nation's prisons. A unique rehabilitation effort in a Virginia jail encourages inmates to write and record original music. Four men collaborate to produce an album with Grammy-winner Speech Thomas (Arrested Development). These artists must confront the traumas of their past, and the music becomes the key to unlocking a new chapter in their lives.
Join Jeffe Kennedy as she discusses the latest book from her Forgotten Empires series, The Fiery Crown.
ABOUT THE FIERY CROWN (Forgotten Empires #2):
A queen and her rebel prince turn from enemies to lovers while evil forces plot to destroy them in this lush romantic fantasy.
A desperate alliance. A struggle for survival. And a marriage of convenience with an epic twist of fate. . .
WILL THEIR LOVE STAND THE TEST OF TIME
Queen Euthalia has reigned over her island kingdom of Calanthe with determination, grace, and her magical, undying orchid ring. After she defied an empire to wed Conrí, the former Crown Prince of Oriel—a man of disgraced origins with vengeance in his heart—Lia expected the wizard’s prophecy to come true: Claim the hand that wears the ring and the empire falls. But Lia’s dangerous bid to save her realm doesn’t lead to immediate victory. Instead, destiny hurls her and Conrí towards a future neither could predict…
OR TEAR THEIR WHOLE WORLD APART?
Con has never healed after the death of his family and the destruction of his kingdom—he’s been carefully plotting his revenge against his greatest enemy, Emperor Anure, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When Lia’s spies gather intelligence suggesting that Anure is planning an attack against Calanthe, Con faces an agonizing choice: Can he sacrifice Lia and all she holds dear to destroy the empire? Or does his true loyalty exist in the arms of his beguiling, passionate wife—’til death do they part?
Join us for another amazing author event with Lavie Tidhar!
A retelling of Arthurian myth for the age of Brexit and Trump, from World Fantasy Award-winner Lavie Tidhar, By Force Alone.
Everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.
The fact is they don't know sh*t.
Arthur? An over-promoted gangster. Merlin? An eldritch parasite. Excalibur? A shady deal with a watery arms dealer. Britain? A clogged sewer that Rome abandoned just as soon as it could.
A savage and cutting epic fantasy, equally poetic and profane, By Force Alone is at once a timely political satire, a magical adventure, and a subversive masterwork.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lavie Tidhar’s most recent novels are By Force Alone (Tor) and The Escapement (Tachyon), both out in 2020. He is the author of the World Fantasy Award winning Osama (2011), the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), the Campbell and Neukom awards winning Central Station (2016), and many others, including children's book The Candy Mafia (Scholastic UK 2018; Peachtree 2020) and comics mini-series Adler (out now). As editor he published the ground-breaking Apex Book of World SF series of international speculative fiction, and he is currently a book columnist for The Washington Post. Lavie grew up in Israel and South Africa, lived in Vanuatu and Laos, and currently resides in London.
Join Matthew Shindell, curator of planetary science and exploration at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, for a talk on Harold C. Urey.
Harold C. Urey (1893–1981), whose discoveries lie at the foundation of modern science, was one of the most famous American scientists of the twentieth century. Born in rural Indiana, his evolution from small-town farm boy to scientific celebrity made him a symbol and spokesman for American scientific authority. Because he rose to fame alongside the prestige of American science, the story of his life reflects broader changes in the social and intellectual landscape of twentieth-century America. In this, the first ever biography of the chemist, Matthew Shindell shines new light on Urey’s struggles and achievements in a thoughtful exploration of the science, politics, and society of the Cold War era.
From Urey’s orthodox religious upbringing to his death in 1981, Shindell follows the scientist through nearly a century of American history: his discovery of deuterium and heavy water earned him the Nobel Prize in 1934, his work on the Manhattan Project helped usher in the atomic age, he initiated a generation of American scientists into the world of quantum physics and chemistry, and he took on the origin of the Moon in NASA’s lunar exploration program. Despite his success, however, Urey had difficulty navigating the nuclear age. In later years he lived in the shadow of the bomb he helped create, plagued by the uncertainties unleashed by the rise of American science and unable to reconcile the consequences of scientific progress with the morality of religion.
Tracing Urey’s life through two world wars and the Cold War not only conveys the complex historical relationship between science and religion in the twentieth century, but it also illustrates how these complexities spilled over into the early days of space science. More than a life story, this book immerses readers in the trials and triumphs of an extraordinary man and his extraordinary times.
Join S.M. Stirling as he discusses his latest novel SHADOWS OF ANNIHILATION. Interviewed by Emily Mah!
The third novel in a World War I alternate history series where America's greatest weapon against Germany is Black Chamber secret agent Luz O'Malley and technical genius Ciara Whelan. Only they can protect America's best hope of winning the war.
The Great War is at a stalemate, and the only thing stopping Germany from striking America is the threat of the United States using their own Annihilation Gas against them. But America's supply is quickly decaying and the Central Powers know it.
A plant is under construction in the remote highlands of Mexico so that America can make their own supply. President Teddy Roosevelt assigns crack agent Luz O'Malley and her technical genius Ciara Whelan to watch over the plant operating under cover identities.
But German agent Horst von Duckler has escaped from the POW camp in El Paso, and he's heading in the same direction—bent on revenge against Luz, and sabotage that will deprive America of its deterrent and kill tens of thousands.
S.M. Stirling is a writer by trade, born in France, Canadian by origin, American by naturalization, who lives in New Mexico at present. His hobbies are mostly related to the craft. He loves history, anthropology and archaeology, and is interested in the sciences. The martial arts are his main physical hobby.
Join native New Mexican brothers and co-authors, Carlos and Paul Meyer, along with illustrator Margaret Hardy, as they talk about Under the Cottonwood Tree: El Susto de la Curandera, a fairy tale adventure based on real New Mexican folklore. In addition to the talk, there will be a brief film about the brothers, as well as a signing.
Set in Algodones in 1949, UNDER THE COTTONWOOD TREE tells the tale of a curandera living in the bosque who casts a spell on a village boy turning him into a calf. His older brother must then set out to find a way to change him back. The journey unravels many secrets of the forest, touches upon friendship, forgiveness and the true meaning of El Susto de la Curandera!
As Mark Twain highlighted the culture of his time, the Meyer brothers hope to highlight our culture in a similar manner through their graphic novel.
“The Meyer brothers have woven a charming adventure story, lovingly depicting the power of familia, forgiveness, and redemption– all while crafting a cuento that is uniquely New Mexican. Each page is brought to life with stunning, whimsical art by Margaret Hardy, beautifully showcasing the distinct Nuevomexicano landscape. So bite into a bizcochito and journey into the bosque with Under the Cottonwood Tree— when you return home once again, you’ll be all the better for it… que no?” —Sebastian Kadlecik, creator IPPY award winning Quince comic book
“It’s a winner that deserves an award in and of itself and is a standout among graphic novels, no matter what age group is being targeted.” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
The "Juan" Cocteau Cinema Presents
Carlos Medina's Comedy Show
Hosted with Live Music by Carlos Medina
**DINNER AND A MOVIE**
Dinner | 6:15pm - 7pm
Movie | 7pm
You are always welcome to take your meal into the auditorium with you!
Join the Jean Cocteau Cinema staff as we celebrate “Dinner and a Movie” with a screening of “Chocolat”, starring Johnny Depp! The film will be paired with a menu reminiscent of the film! Don’t miss out, buy your tickets today!
**Tickets will go fast, so reserve yours today!**
When mysterious Vianne and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter of 1959, no one could have imagined the impact that she and her spirited daughter would have on the community stubbornly rooted in tradition. Within days, she opens an unusual chocolate shop, across the square from the church. Her ability to perceive her customers' desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation -- just as Lent begins.
Join us at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in support of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary as we screen “Furthest From The Wild, The Series”!
As the fate of mankind's spreading influence clashes with that of the raw and often unforgiving animal kingdom, we find ourselves at the front lines of a dramatic struggle where the animals desperately call for help. Thankfully there are those that fight to give sanctuary to the afflicted and in doing so we see first hand the powerful stories of the ones Furthest from the Wild.
Two wolf dogs are left without a home after their owner loses his job. Leyton J. Cougar, director of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, puts a team together to rescue them from their temporary home in an otter habitat at an animal rescue in Northern California. The half wolf half dogs are not friendly to strangers and so the team must safely capture them for transport to New Mexico.
Please join the Northern Jaguar Project as we take an illustrated journey to this land of oak- and
palm-dotted perennial streams, jagged cliffs, deep canyons, rough mountains, and raging rivers,
and learn how we can all save a spot for jaguars.
This free event celebrates wild cats and wild places, and will include photographs of recent
Jaguar sightings and screenings of the mini-documentaries “Where Jaguars Roam” and
“Rancheros del Jaguar.”
Rfor language, some violence and sexual content.
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Join the editor and contributing authors of the latest anthology SANTA FE NOIR, as they expand the lens on The City Different through their stories, each of which are set in a distinct neighborhood or location within town.
From the introduction by editor Ariel Gore:
The stories in this collection reflect a fundamental truth about this city: history depends on who’s telling it. Too often the story of Santa Fe has been told only by the conquerors and the tourism PR firms. In Santa Fe Noir, you will hear the voices of the others: locals and Native people, unemployed veterans and queer transplants, the homeless and the paroled-to-here. When I asked the contributors you’ll read in these pages if they had a Santa Fe story to tell, they invariably shrugged and said something to the effect of, “Oh, I’ve got a story all right. But it might not fit the image of Santa Fe you’re looking for.”
I said, “Try me.” They came back with the stories that never make the glossy tour brochures: the working class and the underground, the decolonized and the ever-haunted; the Santa Fe only we know . . . Conquered and reconquered, colonized and commodified, Santa Fe understands—from historical genocide to the murders of family members—the intimacy of violence.
“The book’s diverse group of writers will provide readers with unexpected perspectives on this centuries-old city and its people.” —Publishers Weekly
Participants will include: Ariel Gore, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, Elizabeth Lee, Katie Johnson, and James Reich.
Join us at the Jean Cocteau Cinema for a very special screening of “Some Like It Hot” (1959). Presented by the SF Neighbors!
The mission of SF Neighbors is to support its individual members in achieving our shared goal of aging-in-place for as long as possible. A monthly movie club, featuring classic films that would appeal to seniors, would provide an opportunity for social interaction that would benefit both members and non-members, and would – we hope – encourage more people to join and support the organization as we provide volunteer services to fellow members.
After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band's sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.
First City Comedy- Santa Fe’s newly formed Indigenous comedy company premiers: “The Landlords”! Squatters be warned, we are here to collect the rent! Featuring stand up from: Adrianne Chalepah, Josh Fournier, Deanna Mad and Isiah Yazzie, plus sketches, audience participation and a special guest!
**A MUST SEE**
The Saga of the Shining Emblem is an improvised Adventure unlike anything in this realm! One lucky audience member will be selected to be the hero of a completely made-up story with one actor serving as narrator and playing all the colorful characters they meet along their way. Their quest is a simple one, to seek the Shining Emblem! How they find it (or if they even
bother to quest at all) is totally up to them! All set to a live score! Will you save our world, or join with the darkness?
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
Singer Songwriter Tom Russell is back at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, for another amazing night of music.
2 hours of music and a 20 min interval between each session.
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books: 120 Songs of Tom Russell; Tough Company - Letters with Charles Bukowski; Blue Horse Red Desert: the Art of Tom Russell; Blodsport a crime novel published by Aschehoug, Norway; and - And Then I Wrote: The Songwriter Speaks, with Sylvia Tyson.
Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others.
“Rolling Stone once declared Russell to be “the greatest living folk-country songwriter”. This album offers no reason to disagree.”
On June 4th, 2004, a sixty-three-ton bulldozer, fortified with steel and concrete, systematically destroyed numerous businesses and homes in the small mountain town of Granby, Colorado. The rampage lasted over two hours and resulted in more than eight million dollars in damage. State and local police were incapable of even slowing the machine. Though it was armed with three high-powered firearms, no one but the driver was killed. His name was Marvin Heemeyer. Tread explores the polarizing perspectives on this man, his motives, and what drove him to the breaking point.
Rfor pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use.
From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
PG-13 for suggestive material, some violence and language.
The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…