Feb 2 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
NM’s own, Art of Flying, lands gracefully at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Monday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of atmospheric sonic expression. Their latest recording, I’m Already Crying, has garnered rave reviews in the U.S. and overseas. The Italian music magazine, BLOW UP, calls them “the best-kept secret in American music of the new century.” J.Simpson, on-line record-reviewer at The Equal Ground, gives their analog recorded CD a rating of 4.5 (out of 5) and labels their sound as “shamanic madrigal psychedelia” and “essential”. Find out more about Art of Flying’s music here.
Feb 5 @ 5:30 PM – Feb 7 @ 7:00 PM
Benvenuti Tutti! Welcome All! The 8th Annual New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival, a Benefit for UNM Children’s Hospital, opens with a Cocktail Reception at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Avenue, followed at 6:30PM by the movie, Happy Family (2010), a comedy by Academy Award winning veteran director, Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo). The Festival continues at the Jean Cocteau on Friday evening at 6PM with Salvo (2013), a crime drama set in Sicily, directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, and on Saturday evening at 5PM with Bianca come il latte, Rossa come il sangue (2013), a coming of age dramatic comedy by Giacomo Campiotti. Immediately following the movie, a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction will cap Saturday evening at Osteria d’Assisi, 58 South Federal Place. Tickets for all these events and films are available through the Jean Cocteau cinema at www.jeancocteaucinema.com. The Santa Fe Festival is proudly co-sponsored by The New Mexican and The First National Bank of Santa Fe. The New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival is supported by the Honorary Vice Consuls of the Italian Consulate of Los Angeles, Lino Pertusini of Santa Fe and Rosalba Maniaci of Albuquerque, the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and the Sorrento Sister Cities Association and the Tourist Bureau of Santa Fe. February 5, 2015 has been declared Italian Film and Culture Day by Javier M. Gonzalez, Mayor of the City of Santa Fe. The New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival is produced annually by Italian Festivals of New Mexico, a New Mexico nonprofit corporation benefiting the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. The mission of Italian Festivals of New Mexico is to promote and raise awareness of Italian culture in New Mexico while contributing to a valuable state institution that benefits all New Mexican children. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILMS CLICK HERE! EVENT PURCHASES INCLUDE THAT DAY’S FILM. Reception/film: $30 Film: $10 Film/Benefit $110 Master pass to all 3 evenings: $135 THE NEW MEXICO ITALIAN FILM & CULTURE FESTIVAL IS SPONSORED BY:
Feb 17 @ 5:00 PM – Mar 17 @ 7:00 PM
Artist Jamie Chase will exhibit a series of “Sketches and Faux B-Movie Poster Paintings” at the Jean Cocteau beginning February 17th. The exhibition’s title is Freeze Frame, and there will be an Opening Reception February 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ARTIST STATEMENT I love black and white movies. Without color, the separate elements of an image become abstract rhythms of light and shadow. The best cinematographers played to that strength with strategic lighting and composition. And even the worst had moments of accidental brilliance, where all the moving parts line up in a harmony of form. The drawings in this show are sketches from freeze-frame scenes of old black and white movies and even a few TV shows. I chose scenes that are largely black, where subject elements emerge in slivers of light. I draw the lit areas in black ink washes and then reverse the finished sketch in the computer. The faux posters are a nostalgic nod to the B-movies I grew up with and an abbreviated survey of the art and tropes used in marketing them.
Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM
ONLINE TICKET SALES AVAILABLE: GENERAL ADMISSION $50.00 | SENIOR & STUDENT $35.00 Janis Ian will perform live with a one time opportunity for George R. R. Martin to join her on stage to discuss her experience not only as a singer, songwriter, and musician, but also as an author. Come share the experience – you don’t want to miss it! **** VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE $75.00 **** VIP Ticket Holders receive meet-and-greet with Janis Ian and George R. R. Martin | VIP Seating | Drink Coupon GEORGE R. R. MARTIN WILL CONDUCT A MEET-AND-GREET WITH JANIS IAN FOR VIP TICKET HOLDERS ONLY AT 6:00 PM. TO RESERVE YOUR VIP TICKET, PLEASE CONTACT: JEAN COCTEAU CINEMA AT 505.466.5528 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO JEANCOCTEAUTHEATRE@GMAIL.COM *ONLINE TICKET SALES NOT AVAILABLE FOR VIP TICKETS. YOU NEED TO CALL OR EMAIL TO RESERVE YOUR TICKET. Janis Ian is an essential American songwriter, singer, and musician. Ian first entered the folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Now in 2015, her songwriting has become even more sophisticated and powerful. She has won two Grammy Awards, the first in 1975 for her song “At Seventeen”, and the second in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album, for her autobiography, Society’s Child . Enjoy this incredible artist Sunday, February 22nd, and Monday February 23rd. at the Jean Cocteau. Don’t miss it!
Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
ONLINE PRICING AVAILABLE FOR: General Admission Tickets $50.00 | Senior & Student Tickets $35.00 Janis Ian will perform live with a one time opportunity for George R. R. Martin to join her on stage to discuss her experience not only as a singer, songwriter, and musician, but also as an author. Come share the experience – you don’t want to miss it! ***** VIP Tickets Available $75.00 each ***** VIP Ticket holders receive Meet-and-Greet with Janis Ian and George R. R. Martin | VIP seating | Drink Coupon George R.R. Martin will conduct a Meet-and-Greet with Janis Ian for VIP Ticket Holders only at 6:00 pm. To reserve your VIP Ticket, please contact: Jean Cocteau Cinema at (505) 455 – 5528 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. *Online Ticket Sales not available for VIP Tickets. You need to call or email to reserve tickets. Janis Ian is an essential American songwriter, singer, and musician. Ian first entered the folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Now in 2015, her songwriting has become even more sophisticated and powerful. She has won two Grammy Awards, the first in 1975 for her song “At Seventeen”, and the second in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album, for her autobiography, Society’s Child . Enjoy this incredible artist Sunday, February 22nd, and Monday February 23rd. at the Jean Cocteau. Don’t miss it!
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day
LIVE BROADCAST MARCH 8TH 5TH AND 17TH AS WELL AS APRIL 12TH 19TH, 21ST Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out. Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places. Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the titleLove’s Labour’s Won, a name possibly attributed to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime
Mar 16 @ 6:30 PM
The Jean Cocteau is proud to present acclaimed Horror and Science Fiction editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow. She is the former fiction editor of OMNI, and the former editor of She is currently the editor of SCI FICTION, works as a consulting editor for Tor Books, and is the editor or co-editor of more than 50 anthologies, including two so far this year: The 17th Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and The Faery Reel. She has won the Stoker Award, the Hugo Award, and is a seven-time recipient of the World Fantasy Award. Join us in celebrating Ellen’s newest anthology The Doll Collection. The Doll Collection is exactly what it sounds like: a treasured toy box of all-original dark stories about dolls of all types, including everything from puppets and poppets to mannequins and baby dolls. Featuring everything from life-sized clockwork dolls to all-too-human Betsy Wetsy-type baby dolls, these stories play into the true creepiness of the doll trope, but avoid the clichés that often show up in stories of this type.Master anthologist Ellen Datlow has assembled a list of beautiful and terrifying stories from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Pat Cadigan, Tim Lebbon, Richard Kadrey, Genevieve Valentine, and Jeffrey Ford. The collection is illustrated with photographs of dolls taken by Datlow and other devoted doll collectors from the science fiction and fantasy field. The result is a star-studded collection exploring one of the most primal fears of readers of dark fiction everywhere, and one that every reader will want to add to their own collection. In honor of The Doll Collections Release the Jean Cocteau will be hosting a CREEPY DOLL CONTEST! With grand prizes based on your ability to creep out the queen of creepy Ellen herself. Don’t miss out start your Creepy Doll submission today. Stay Tuned for more details!
Apr 10 – Apr 13 all-day
SHOWTIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED A full time professional magician since 2000, Francis has over 30 years experience practicing sleight of hand. Whether entertaining on six-star cruise lines, U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls or your intimate private events, Francis consistently impresses. He has also earned respect as an international industry leader, inventing, writing and lecturing on new magic for fellow magicians.