Featured Artist: ALBERTO ELIAS ZALMA @ Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery
Jean Cocteau Cinema will show the collages and paintings of Alberto Elias Zalma from May 5th until May 31st. We will host an exhibition reception on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM! Come meet the artist! A Santa Fe native, Alberto Elias Zalma has been involved in art since a very early age. Zalma’s formal studies began as a high school freshman when he attended senior-level art classes at the Brunn School. He continued his education with classes in painting, silk screening, and two-dimensional design at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Art. Zalma’s early exposure to the street art of New York, particularly that of the Bronx (the birthplace of his father), was a defining influence in his own work. Zalma says his style is a unique combination, with new world urban graffiti and murals mixing with old world European painting. Zalma has progressed from cartoon-like painting to more serious figurative works incorporating the imagery of many different religions. He intends the use of this imagery as a reflection of the universal unity and interpersonal connection. Zalma has been featured in countless group shows in Santa Fe, as well as two in Miami, Florida. Recently a Maui resident, Zalma continued to use his urban background to create a unique style not traditionally found in the tropical paradise. While in Maui, Zalma landed in a gallery run by the Wyland Co. called Surf Art. He also painted a number of murals in restaurants and store fronts. Missing the Land of Enchantment, Zalma decided to move back to New Mexico and continue his vision of mixing traditional and contemporary styles to tell his stories. Zalma has always had a touch of political standpoint aspiring to spread the word of tolerance, unity and peace.  
Stephen Graham Jones: Author Event @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
Author Stephen Graham Jones will read from his latest novel, Mongrels, at the Cocteau on May 7th at 7:00 PM! Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $35 for Admission and a copy of Mongrels. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES is the author of fifteen novels and six story collections. He has received numerous awards including the NEA Fellowship in Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, the This is Horror Award, as well as making Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Novels of the Year. Stephen was raised in West Texas. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and children. ABOUT THE BOOK: MONGRELS “You know how you once wished you were a werewolf? How you stood in front of the mirror and wanted to see a transformation? Mongrels takes you by the hand, guides you down that road, finally, to that change…Stephen Graham Jones is as powerful as the monsters herein.” — Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixedblood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks. For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change. A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, MONGRELS is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.  
Native Spirits in Concert
The contemporary Native trio of Sky Redhawk, Ken Estrada, and Tommy Vihil, AKA “Native Spirits” returns to the Jean Cocteau Cinema on May 16th at 7:00 PM with their hypnotic sounds of flute, guitar, and drums. This time, the group will feature the keyboard sounds of special guest, Sebastien Marconato. Join them for an evening of music, designed to open your consciousness to The Great Spirit, through their melodies.
Author Event—and Contest—with Joe Hill @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
On Monday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM, author Joe Hill will join us at the Cocteau to celebrate the release of his latest book, The Fireman, and participate in an interview/Q&A facilitated by George R.R. Martin. There will also be a meet-and-greet contest for you out-of-towners! Simply enter your email here! ABOUT JOE HILL: Joe Hill is the author of three novels, Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2, as well as a prize-winning collection of stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He also wrote a pair of comics: Locke & Key and Wraith (which ties into the world of NOS4A2). Some nice people gave him an Eisner Award for his work in funny books, which is a great honor, even if “funny” probably doesn’t do a good job of describing the kinds of things that happen in the comics. Come to think of it, his comics aren’t very comic either. ABOUT THE BOOK: From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman. The fireman is coming. Stay cool. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe. Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child. Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as[...]
Tim’s Vermeer: An Evening with Tim Jenison @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
Talon de Gato presents a special screening of Tim’s Vermeer: An Evening with Tim Jenison. This special event is a benefit for the Drug Policy Alliance of New Mexico. Tickets are $50.00 and include a cocktail reception! EVENT TIMELINE: • Cocktail and appetizer reception at 6:00 PM. • Screening at 7:00 PM. • Q&A with Tim Jenison and Jason Silverman at 8:30 PM. ABOUT THE FILM: PG-13/2013 Directed by Teller Written by Penn Jillette, Teller Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. Watch the trailer below! ABOUT TIM JENISON: Tim Jenison grew up in Belmond, Iowa (pop: 2,500), a farm town with a large grain elevator and a small movie theater. From an early age, Tim was fascinated by how light and images were transduced from the physical world to electronic media. After an intense university freshman year where he spent much of his time tinkering with electronics in his dorm room and running a pirate low-power FM radio station, Tim invented the Video Toaster, a computer hardware/software device for high-quality low-cost video editing that revolutionized local television station video production. The company he founded, NewTek, remains an industry leader.Tim’s lifelong work with video imaging made him aware of the marked differences between the way light is reflected by objects and the way that the human brain perceives and understands that image. He became intrigued with the theory, prominently espoused by Philip Steadman and David Hockney, that the Dutch painter Vermeer may have used a camera obscura to accurately reproduce on canvas colors that the human brain would perceive (and reproduce) incorrectly. Without any painting experience, and using a camera obscura, Tim set out to reproduce Vermeer’s painting “The Music Lesson”. A perpetual favorite and worth seeing a second – and even third time – Tim’s Vermeer is narrated by Tim’s friend Penn Jillette and directed by his performing partner Teller. Featuring conversations with David Hockney, Philip Steadman and Martin Mull, Tim’s Vermeer presents one man’s quest to better understand the visible world through a deeply personal and meticulous examination. Come join us on Tuesday, May 24th at the Jean Cocteau Cinema for a screening of Tim’s Vermeer with a special chance to meet Tim Jenison in person. Tim will be hosted by his cousin and lifelong friend, Dr. Steve Jenison, drug policy reform advocate and first Medical Director of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. Stay for a Q&A with Tim and Jason Silverman, CCA Cinematheque Director, after the screening. A cocktail reception with Tim will precede the screening and all proceeds will benefit the Drug Policy Alliance of New Mexico.
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 are the least bit concerned, 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 Nuclear Weapons[...]

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