Jul 7 @ 5:30 PM – Aug 3 @ 5:00 PM
Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery will feature the fantasy realist paintings of Grant Kosh from July 7th until August 3rd. There will be an opening reception celebrating this new exhibition on Thursday, July 7th at 5:30 PM. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Grant Kosh is a photo realist portrait artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He moved from the rocky mountains of Colorado to the high desert, at an early age with his family. His artistic process began with a simple box of crayons and a coloring book, and flourished when he started attending Santa fe’s Waldorf school. Not discovering the airbrush till his early teenage years, Mr. Kosh found comfort with pencils and brushes. Sitting next to his mother while she studied iconography, Mr. Kosh discovered his appreciation for painting portraits. Once the airbrush came into his life, Mr. Kosh began seeking out airbrush masters like Jurek, Noah, Steve Driscoll, Michael Casy, and more, in California and Las Vegas workshops. While attending the University of Hawaii, Mr. Kosh began selling commissioned portraits of Bob Marley to all of his friends. Once back in Santa Fe, Mr. Kosh was allowed to hang his art in the “Atomic Grill” downtown. it was there that Mr. Kosh’s Airbrushed Portraits were seen by the masses of locals and tourists, and thus started the private commission business for Grant Kosh. He now has over 30 private collectors all over the country. ARTIST STATEMENT I feel comfort when I’m painting portraits. It relaxes me just like swinging in a hammock next to an ocean or babbling brook. Before paint touches the canvas, I use my training from art history, photography, film, graphic and type design, to make decisions about chiaroscuro, proportions, negative space, focal points, and juxtaposition of all the elements. I then use my training as an actor and I become my subject, diving into who they are (or were) discovering their likes and dislikes, researching any history of physical or emotional scars and I ask some questions: • What state of mind or are they in at the time? • Were they happy and warm? With a cold and uncomfortable? • What were they thinking about when the photo was taken? • Where they in the moment, or was their mind somewhere else? • And more. Many factors will affect the facial muscles. It’s up to me to answer these questions so I can make it unique, put life into the canvus, and separate myself from a photocopy machine. Eyes truly are the windows to the soul. They are the most important features for recognizing someone, and will always be my favorite thing to paint.
Jul 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
We will welcome the critically acclaimed and award-winning authors, Thomas Olde Heuvelt and Lucy Taylor, to the Jean Cocteau Cinema on July 25th at 7:00 PM! Heuvelt will read from his latest novel, Hex, and sign copies of the book afterward. This book is seriously creepy, horror fans, and you will not want to miss this stop on Heuvelt’s book tour! Lucy Taylor will read from read from the story, “Moth Frenzy,” from the anthology, Peel Back the Skin, published by Grey Matter Press. ABOUT THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT: Dutch novelist Thomas Olde Heuvelt (1983) is the author of five novels and many short stories. His work has appeared in many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French. In 2015, his story The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the first ever translated work to win a Hugo Award. His other stories have been nominated for both Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2016, Olde Heuvelt’s critically acclaimed horror novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, was launched in the US, the UK and Australia, followed by a six week US promotional tour in June-July. Ten publishers in fourteen countries have obtained the rights for the book, and Warner Bros. is currently developing a TV series based on the novel. ABOUT HEX: Whoever is born here is doomed to stay ‘til death. Whoever settles, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated by being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past…. This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy. “Totally, brilliantly original.” — Stephen King “Spielbergian in the way Olde Heuvelt shows supernatural goings-on in the midst of everyday life . . . It’s a fabulous, unforgettable conceit and Olde Heuvelt makes the most of it.”—The Guardian “Thomas is a great writer, the next genre superstar.” —Paul Cornell, author of The Witches of Lychford ABOUT LUCY TAYLOR: Taylor was born in Richmond, VA, and never really got the South out of her system, as evidenced by the flavor of Southern Gothic in many of her works. She’s the author of seven novels, including Dancing with Demons, Spree, Nailed, Saving Souls, Eternal Hearts, and the Stoker-award winning The Safety of Unknown Cities. Her stories have appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book of Historical Erotica, The Best[...]
Jul 26 @ 7:00 PM
Jean Cocteau Cinema hosted the sold out 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. Now we’ve scheduled another public screening in support of the next episode! The screening will occur on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00 PM. Please attend the screening and see why you’ll want to help. All of the fundraising efforts will go toward production and distribution of the full-length two episode pilot. Click here for more information about our fundraising and our set of rewards for our contributors. 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.
Jul 28 @ 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Journalist, traveler, producer, and novelist Will Everett will read from his latest novel about an American in Afghanistan, titled We’ll Live Tomorrow, at Jean Cocteau Cinema on Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 PM. Afterward, there will be a discussion about “America’s Conflicted Role in Afghanistan.” Tickets are $10.00, and there will be copies of We’ll Live Tomorrow available for purchase at the event! “Everett has produced a novel that, in its own way, sums up his time as a foreign correspondent and later an employee of several large, U.S.-backed development programs. We’ll Live Tomorrow reflects some of his own cynicism about the usefulness of short-term projects paired with military objectives.” — Houston Chronicle ABOUT THE AUTHOR: As a journalist, Will Everett has reported from the Middle East, South Asia and West Africa for National Public Radio, the BBC, Voice of America and other outlets. With Walter Cronkite he wrote and produced the 2006 documentary World War One Living History Project, the only media project to honor the last surviving veterans of WWI. He also collaborated with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on a program for the National Campaign to Stop Violence. For ten years he was the creator and host of the syndicated NPR program Theme and Variations. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, the New York Festivals, the National Headliner Awards and the Poynter Institute. His novel We’ll Live Tomorrow was published in October 2015. He also provided lyrics for a choral collaboration with Joseph Martin, “The Message,” published by Hal Leonard. Will holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. A native of Texas, he currently lives and works in Afghanistan. ABOUT THE BOOK: In an aid compound in southern Afghanistan, under the watchful eyes of the Taliban, lives Hunter Ames, an American grappling with a dark family history and a growing midlife malaise. As he tries to find meaning in the chaos, he meets the mysterious Karimullah, a former bacha bazi sex slave hunted by his master. We’ll Live Tomorrow follows the unusual friendship the develops between the two. But menacing forces surround them, imbuing their friendship with the promise of salvation and the prospect of tragedy. “Will Everett leads us into the hidden world of Afghanistan society — exotic, tawdry, calculating, dangerous and personal and human, as his American worker in Kabul learns. Everett’s sensitive writing reflects his intimate knowledge of the land and its people while immersing us in an intriguing tale of questing for meaning and love. This is an important book for our one-world times.” — Jan Seale, 2012 Texas Poet Laureate
Aug 8 @ 7:00 PM
GRYGRDNS, a wonderful and unique musical experience based in Santa Fe, will celebrate their latest music video premiere at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Monday, August 8th at 7:00 PM. The cover is $8.00. PERFORMANCES BY: GRYGRDNS Poacher Poacher Jacob Bird Axolotol SCREENING WOMBBOX MUSIC VIDEOS FEATURING: GRYGRDNS The Maya Spectra Thieves and Gypsys
Aug 15 @ 6:00 PM
Buy Tickets Monday, August 15th at 6:00 pm, Jean Cocteau Cinema presents Shubhraji, Vedanta teacher and author of In the Lotus of the Heart: The Essence of Relationships. A rare opportunity to understand why our approaches to relationship often leave us frustrated. General Admission is $10.00, and Admission and signed copy of In the Lotus of the Heart is $25.00. Do you yearn to become a more loving partner? Are you in a relationship you would like to transform or searching for better ways to handle conflict? Come and hear Shubhraji share wisdom from her book because “people everywhere talk to me about the same relationship issues. Many feel lonely and cut off from loved ones because of apparent unresolvable conflicts or communication problems, or they suffer in stale, loveless, or even abusive relationships.” Shubhraji will show us how we can connect more deeply with our beloveds, family members, friends and co-workers. Book talk followed by a Q&A session. “Everything you need to create healthy, fulfilling relationships, using ancient wisdom, beautiful stories, tools, and exercises. This book is a must read …” —Arielle Ford, author of Wabi Sabi Love and The Soulmate Secret. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shubhraji, a contemporary Vedanta teacher with an international following, began her spiritual work at age fourteen as a disciple of the renowned Vedanta master H. H. Swami Chinmayananda. Originally from India, she took an early interest in the ancient nondualistic philosophy of Vedanta and now teaches and travels throughout the US, Asia and Europe. Using Sanskrit texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, she conducts programs for both Eastern and Western audiences, and offers weekend intensives that include yoga asanas. You can learn more about In the Lotus of the Heart and Shubhraji on her website at www.inthelotusoftheheart.com.
Aug 29 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sep 15 @ 7:00 PM
Magic Society Presents… Super Duper Video on September 15th at 7 PM. The one and only Sid Krofft will Skype into the theatre to answer the questions of all you children-at-heart! <3 A psychedelic puppet and video show hosted by Buddy and Friday Hangs. Come out for a very special night of rare, unseen and weird puppet television shows, films and videos from around the world! Brace yourself for an unforgettable evening of live puppetry, music, prizes, and special guests. “Cool shit!” -Bob Odenkirk www.magicsocietyproductions.com
Sep 16 @ 6:00 PM – Sep 18 @ 5:00 PM
What do you get when you combine burlesque dancers, comedians, and the most popular book series and television show of the decade? Burlesque is Coming, the only burlesque tribute personally approved by author George R. R. Martin. PERFORMANCE TIMES: Friday, September 16th at 8:00 PM Saturday, September 17th at 7:00 PM Saturday, September 17th at 10:00 PM Sunday, September 18th at 5:00 PM Don’t miss this rare chance to see the houses of Richmonde, DeeCee and Bawlmer as they invade Cambridge with tantalizing teases, farcical follies and more. STARRING: Allen Ryde Bella La Blanc Cherie Sweetbottom Dante the Inferno Ego Von Hubris Mina Corbeau Moxie LaBouche Xander Lovecraft No one will be seated during the harrowing Mountain vs Red Viper duel sequence. This is an all-new show from the Blacklist Burlesque presentations last September at the Jean Cocteau. Burlesque is Coming 2016 Teaser from Blacklist Burlesque on Vimeo.