Zombie Puppet Musical TV Pilot Premiere @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
Jean Cocteau Cinema will host the world premiere of The Love That Would Not Die, a locally produced zombie puppet musical written and directed by Santa Fe puppeteer Devon Hawks Ludlow. Scheduled for Sunday, May 29th, at 5pm, the first public screening will feature live musical renditions of songs from the original soundtrack, a red carpet star-studded with puppets, and photo ops for fans.  TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!   Shot almost entirely on an iPhone on a less than zero budget, this 27-minute pilot is a DIY labor of love created by a local team of puppeteers, costume and set designers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and karaoke stars. Set in a post-apocalyptic puppet world, The Love That Would Not Die is a futuristic tale about letting go of the past. Zombie apocalypse survivor Stan, his Dog, and a mysterious time traveling Kid, must together face a new world order where anything that could happen does—including puppets shooting flamethrowers. Is it a family film? Sure! Everyone will love the unlikely trio of lovelorn, zombie-bashing Stan, his faithful Dog, and the loveable but untrustworthy Kid, as they unite to face a sinister new breed of singing, dancing, pop star zombies! Writer/director/puppeteer/composer Devon Hawks Ludlow, a veteran of the downtown New York performance scene, has brought together a talented team of local collaborators including production designer Brandee Caoba, puppeteers Damon and Sabrina Griffith (of local band Cloacas), costume designer Eva Ghazi, writer/producer Granville Greene, karaoke star/ singer Andy Kirkpatrick, and cinematographer Keith Ryan-Riggs. ‘The Love That Would Not Die’ trailer from Devon Hawkes Ludlow on Vimeo.
Jun 2 @ 5:30 PM – Jul 6 @ 6:30 PM
Featured Artist: Chris Merlyn @ Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery
Artist Christopher Merlyn will show a selection of his works in a new art exhibition called Faith City Funk. The show will be on view from June 2nd until July 6th. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30 PM! Come meet the artist and enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres. BIOGRAPHY Christopher Merlyn was born in London, England and grew up in San Diego, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He’s been painting seriously since the age of 17 and his work is displayed in homes across the country as well as in Europe. In 2003, he was the youngest finalist to be selected in a national competition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  He has strived to be an active member of the art community ever since. He has curated several exhibitions, worked with a wide variety of artists and was recognized by Santa Fean magazine’s annual Art Issue as “an artist to watch”. Also inspired by music, literature, and movies, he has co-produced music for nationally syndicated television, worked with the New Mexico film industry doing set painting and is currently working towards publishing his first book. EXHIBITIONS 2015 – “Indelible”, Pop Up Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2014 – Group exhibition, Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, NM 2014 – Group exhibition, Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, NM 2013 – “Ferus”, Eggman & Walrus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2012 – “Stunners”, Koi, Santa Fe, NM 2011 – “Through the Looking Glass”, Mirador Gallery, curatorial project, Santa Fe, NM 2011 – “Raw” Mirador Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2010 – Solo exhibition, Mirador Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2010 – “Four Rooms”, Casa Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 2010 – “Against The Grain”, La Tienda Gallery, curatorial Project, Santa Fe, NM 2009 – “Off The Record”, Private Collections Gallery, curatorial Project, Santa Fe, NM 2009 – “Levels Of Inquiry”, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2009 – “Sliced Bread”, Private Collections Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2008 – “Evoke”, Private Collections Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2007 – “Double Dare You”, Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2006 – “Kaleidoscope”, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006 – “Street Struck″, The Canvas, San Francisco, CA 2005 – “The Future Of Fine Art: Emerging Young Artists Of New Mexico”, Gerald Peters  Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2005 – Solo exhibition, Club 222, San Francisco, CA 2005 – Solo Studio exhibition, San Francisco, CA 2004 – Collaborative exhibition, CD Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2003 – Solo exhibition, Axis Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Jun 6 @ 7:00 PM
Julesworks Follies #45 @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
Jean Cocteau Cinema presents Julesworks Follies Edition #45 on Monday, June 6th at 7:00 PM. This installment of Julesworks is the Lost Director’s Cuts Edition. Tickets are $10 General Admission or $7 for members of Julesworks. The Core Troupe this show include: Johny Broomdust, Sarah Meadows, Chris Diestler, Greg Lopez, Jessica Reigh Fable, Yvette Michelle Martinez, Andrew Stephen Ferg, Gabe, and Stephen Rommel. The special guest will be Joe West, a performer who has graced the Julesworks troupe previously with his beloved musical stylings, sketches, and more. Joe West is one of Santa Fe’s most cherished performers whose acclaim spreads across the region and beyond. Julesworks welcomes him back with open arms to play his music and read in sketches like Hitchhiker’s Guide and Chatting with God. Other performers include: • Resident Musician Gregg Turner with Kristina Pardue and Amy Johnson. • Dancer Jacqueline Almond. • Resident Story Teller Patrick Chavez. • Musician Stuart Carruthers. • Experimentalist Andy Kirkpatrick. • Puppeteer and Musician Devin Ludlow. Julesworks for you! For more info or to attend contact Stephen Jules Rubin at 505-310-9997 or
Panel Discussion: Breaking Big Money's Grip on New Mexico and America
It has never been more apparent that big money has hijacked our political system. If you also find this issue to be troubling, please join an esteemed panel of guests to discuss Breaking Big Money’s Grip on New Mexico and America on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 PM! Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $24.95 for Admission and a book. The panelists will include Bruce Berlin, author of the book, Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America: Working Together To Revive Our Democracy; Heather Ferguson, Campaign Manager for Common Cause New Mexico; and State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D), who represents Santa Fe District 46.   Bruce Berlin is a retired public sector attorney who worked for the NM Public Education Department and is a former Randolph Jennings Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Berlin is also the founder and former director of The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution. Heather Ferguson manages Common Cause New Mexico’s Money in Politics campaigns, including municipal and statewide initiatives; strategy development and policy initiative campaigns; and coalition building and elected officials outreach. She has extensive political experience on the federal and local levels for the past 17 years. State Rep. Carl Trujillo works as a material science researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has a particular interest in developing new materials for alternative energy use. As a citizen legislator, he is working to create a state government that puts people before politics. His legislative Campaign for Change focuses on funding to create “deep green” jobs that provide a sustainable economy and protect New Mexico’s environment. The panel will use Berlin’s book as a stepping off point for its discussion on how we, the people, can work together to get big money out of politics and revive democracy in New Mexico and our nation. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.   This book is an urgent call to all Americans to focus on a critical issue: huge sums of money unjustly influencing US elections and public policy. Some people see the United States as a plutocracy run by and for the very rich. Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America provides convincing evidence to support this view and explores how a nationwide Democracy Movement can overcome Big Money’s control and convert our government into one that serves the needs of the American people. It also demonstrates why breaking Big Money’s grip is critical to solving other crucial issues like gun violence and income inequality. Whether you are a conservative, moderate, liberal, or progressive, your participation is vital for fixing our broken political system. “A brilliant analysis of where we are and where we need to go. Read this book!” — Thom Hartmann, author and talk radio show host “Berlin makes clear the only force capable of challenging Big Money’s powerful hegemony is a diverse, nonpartisan, grassroots movement for democracy based on a politics of human dignity and equality.” — Randy Kehler, former national coordinator[...]
Darynda Jones: Reading & Q&A @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
Author Darynda Jones will read from and sign copies of her latest fantasy novel, The Curse of Tenth Grave on June 28th at 7:00 PM! Tickets are $10.00 for General Admission, or $37.00 for Admission and a copy of the book.    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.   ABOUT THE BOOK: If one door closes and another one opens, your house is probably haunted.  ―Bumper Sticker As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers? Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

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