Mars Rover Update Talk @ Museum

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Update: A Decade of Roving on Mars – a Talk by Dr. Larry Crumpler at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science

7:00-8:30 pm Thursday, January 23, 2014
$6.00 admission ($5.00 members, $4.00 students)
Purchase in advance online to guarantee your seats – go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org (linked to BrownPaperTickets.com), or purchase tickets at the Admissions desk the night of the event. Doors open at 6:15 pm

January 2014 is the 10th Anniversary of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission. The mission just keeps getting better and better, and it is always standing-room only in the DynaTheater when Dr. Crumpler talks about the latest mission results. Don’t miss this presentation of the new information, images, and discoveries from the ongoing “21st Century Natural History Expedition” to the surface of Mars. Includes a special tour of the new expanded rover exhibit after the lecture.

Dr. Larry Crumpler is Research Curator of Volcanology and Space Science at the NMMNHS. He is a scientist on the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission, served on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and is Co-I on an instrument proposal for the 2020 rover. He continues to serve as long-term planning lead (LTP) for the daily telecons that define the ongoing activities of the Opportunity Rover, and to have a great time being a “field geologist” on Mars. He earned his M.S. in Geology from UNM, Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

The NM Museum of Natural History & Science is located at 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800 

Visit: www.nmnaturalhistory.org

Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission with special events. The NMMNHS is one of only two museums nationwide with a direct connection to this mission through a science team member – and the other museum is the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  Join us for the celebration!

• Opens January 23 (to mid-April)
Special expanded exhibit in the Space Science Wing
“Mars Exploration Rover Mission: A Decade on Mars”
Images and panoramas of the surface of Mars taken by the MER Rovers
Free (with Museum Admission)

• January 25 • 6-9 pm
Starry Night… Themed to Mars
Hands-on Activities for families, Observatory open (weather permitting), Planetarium show, Special Short Talk about Mars.
Cost: $8.00 ($6.00 members & seniors, $4.00 children)

Knights of Badassdom at Guild

Knights of Badassdom at the Guild Cinema

Friday & Saturday, February 7-8 – 10:00 pm only!

Directed by Joe Lynch – 2013 – 85m, rated R – Horror Comedy.
An Alibi Midnight Madness Presentation – All seats $8.00, cash only
Door Prizes courtesy of Stranger Factory and Bubonicon 46

Knights of Badassdom follows three best friends (Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus, from the pits of hell.

Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?” Also features Danny Pudi of Community and Summer Glau of Firefly.

This LARPing comedy killed at Comic Con – Badass Digest

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill area.

Website: www.guildcinema.com

Dr. Lao at the Guild

George Pal’s The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao at the Guild Cinema

Saturday & Sunday, January 25-26 – 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Directed by George Pal – 1964 – 100m.
A Mom’s Matinee Presentation – All seats just $5.00

Tony Randall has the showcase of a lifetime in the marvelous George Pal production The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao. We first see Randall as Dr. Lao, an enigmatic Chinese medicine-show impresario. The doctor brings his travelling show into the frontier town of Abalone, which is chafing under the oppression of land-hungry Clint Stark (Arthur O’Connell). Newspaper editor Ed Cunningham (John Ericson) is conducting a campaign of words against Stark, but he is no match for the land baron’s money, power, and hulking henchmen. Nonetheless, Cunningham continues his crusade, all the while attempting to romance icy young widow Angela Benedict (Barbara Eden). All of this is observed with bemusement by Dr. Lao, who has already established himself as a man of many talents by alternating between pidgin-English and eloquent articulation, depending on the circumstances. Each of the townspeople–including the three already mentioned–learn a great many truths about themselves when they attend Dr. Lao’s unusual circus. In the course of straightening out everyone’s problems, Lao metamorphoses into (1) Merlin the Magician, (2) Pan, (3) Medusa, (4) The Abominable Snowman, (5) Apollonius of Tyana and (6) a Talking Serpent. The combined talents of Randall, puppeteer Pal and make-up wizard William J. Tuttle (who won two Special Oscars) resulted in this captivatingly unique entertainment experience.

“Tony Randall’s best–a whimsical western” – Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan  

“A delightful, imaginative curio” – James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill area.

Website: www.guildcinema.com

Coraline at the Guild

Coraline (animated) at the Guild Cinema

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 12:30 pm only

Directed by Henry Selick – 2009 – 100m.
Free on a first come/first served basis!
An ABC LIBRARY & FRIENDS FOR THE PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTATION!

AS PART OF THE ABC LIBRARY’S BOOKS TO THE BIG SCREEN SERIES!

Combining the visionary imaginations of two premier fantasists, director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and author Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Coraline is a wondrous and thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure that honors and redefines two moviemaking traditions. It is a stop-motion animated feature – and, as the first one to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3-D, unlike anything moviegoers have ever experienced before.

Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. She is befriended – or, as she sees it, is annoyed – by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.); and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Forcible (Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French) as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane). After these encounters, Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her…but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence. On the surface, this parallel reality is similar to her real life – only much better. The adults, including the solicitous Other Mother (also voiced by Teri Hatcher), seem much more welcoming to her. Coraline is more the center of attention there – even from the mysterious Cat (Keith David). She begins to think that this Other World might be where she belongs.

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill area.
Website: www.guildcinema.com

Joe Lansdale Signing in Santa Fe

Joe Lansdale Signing & Film Screening in Santa Fe
Starts at 6:30 pm Friday, December 13

* Book Signing 6:30 pm at op.cit. books in Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma, Suite 101

* Film Screening of Christmas with the Dead (based on a Lansdale story, directed by T.L. Lankford, 88 mins) 11:00 pm at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.
(The film repeats 11:00 pm Saturday, Dec 14.)

Joe Lansdale is the winner of an Edgar Award, British Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award. His short story, Bubba Ho-Tep, served as the basis for the movie of the same name with Bruce Campbell. He will talk and sign books 6:30 pm Friday, Dec 13.

In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever, in 2012’s Christmas with the Dead. If only it weren’t June, and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn’t returned from the dead as flesh-eating snappers in search of hot human lunches, he’d be in pretty good shape. Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calvin teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It’s Christmas in June. And snappers be damned… The lights and decorations are going up.

The Jean Cocteau Cinema is located at 418 Montezuma Avenue, north end of Rail Yard District, in Santa Fe, NM.  For more information: 505-466-5528 or www.jeancocteaucinema.com.

op.cit Books is across from the Jean Cocteau in the Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma Street, Suite 101 in Santa Fe.  For more information: www.opcit.com.

Dangerous Women Mass Signing in Santa Fe

Dangerous Women Book Release Panel & Book Signing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema

7:00 pm Monday, December 9

Admission Free with the Purchase of a Hardcover copy of Dangerous Women – or $5.00 with the Purchase of a Paperback Book from one of the participating authors!
You MUST purchase a book in order to gain entry to this reading/signing event…

Attending Authors:  George RR Martin (co-editor), Gardner Dozois (co-editor), Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb, Diana Gabaldon, Diana Rowland, Melinda Snodgrass, Carrie Vaughn, Sam Sykes and more!

They all will take part in a panel discussion and mass signing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Monday, December 9.  The theater also plans to screen Aliens, Scarlet Street and Coffy during the day (separate admittance).

The Jean Cocteau Cinema is located at 418 Montezuma Avenue, north end of Rail Yard District, in Santa Fe, NM.

Reservations are recommended.  For more information: 505-466-5528 or www.jeancocteaucinema.com.

Connie Willis Traditonal Visit

Colorado author (and Bubonicon friend) Connie Willis returns to Albuquerque on November 26 to start off the Holiday Season with a talk on her story collection, The Best of Connie Willis, plus updates on her forthcoming books and stories.  Plus, of course, the signing of any of her books people bring with them or buy at the bookstore!  Page One especially is proud to offer copies of Willis’ The Best of Connie Willis, Miracle & Other Christmas Stories, and more.

Come join Willis 7:15 pm Tuesday, November 26, at Page One Bookstore, 11018 Montgomery Blvd NE (southwest corner of Montgomery & Juan Tabo).

For more information, check out www.page1book.com…

Airplane 2 Celebrates 2014 at Guild

Airplane 2: The Sequel at the Guild Cinema

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 31-January 1 – 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Directed by Ken Finkleman – 1983 – 85m.

There’s a mad bomber on board, the first lunar shuttle is about to self-destruct, the engines are not working, and – worst of all – the flight crew discovers they are completely out of coffee! It’s the high flying lunacy of Airplane! all over again as Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty fly totally out of the ozone to recreate their hilarious original roles. The crew of crazies include Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Chad Everett, Sonny Bono, Raymond Burr and many others. Can Hays save the day again – without caffeine? Fasten you seatbelts for a ride you’ll never forget – Airplane II: The Sequel.

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill area.

Website: www.guildcinema.com

Airplane 2 Rings in Guild’s New Year

Airplane 2: The Sequel at the Guild Cinema

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 31-January 1 – 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Directed by Ken Finkleman – 1983 – 85m.

There’s a mad bomber on board, the first lunar shuttle is about to self-destruct, the engines are not working, and – worst of all – the flight crew discovers they are completely out of coffee! It’s the high flying lunacy of Airplane! all over again as Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty fly totally out of the ozone to recreate their hilarious original roles. The crew of crazies include Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Chad Everett, Sonny Bono, Raymond Burr and many others. Can Hays save the day again – without caffeine? Fasten you seatbelts for a ride you’ll never forget – Airplane II: The Sequel.

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill area.

Website: www.guildcinema.com

Tom Thumb Exits Guild

George Pal’s Tom Thumb at the Guild Cinema

Saturday & Sunday, December 28-29 – 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Directed by George Pal – 1958 – 98m.
A Mom’s Matinee Presentation – All seats just $5.00

When the 2-inch-tall Tom Thumb arrives at a childless couple’s door, it seems like the perfect family has been created. But a chance meeting with a pair of devious robbers soon has Tom acting as an unwitting accomplice in a robbery, thereby threatening his family’s happiness. Only Tom (Russ Tamblyn of West Side Story) and his friend Woody (Alan Young) can prove the innocence of Tom’s parents and bring the robbers to justice. This 1958 presentation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale won an Oscar® for its innovative special effects. Timeless scenes include the famous dancing shoes and the painted boy who peels himself off of a pad of paper to dance around the room. Peggy Lee and Fred Spielman provide a wealth of catchy songs that have Tamblyn, Young, and Peter Sellers singing, dancing, and performing impressive gymnastic feats. This fanciful tale will appeal to the entire family.

The Guild Cinema is located at 3405 Central Avenue NE, in the Nob Hill area.

Website: www.guildcinema.com