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Season 5 in Santa Fe

April 1, 2015 at 10:07 am
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We had a great time at the GAME OF THRONES season five premiere at the Jean Cocteau.

No Iron Throne this year, alas, but we partied before the episode, and partied after the episode, and in between enjoyed the show, our famous popcorn, and some great specialty cocktails — including the fabulous White Walker, which may become a new favorite.

Santa Fe's mayor joined us, along with a state representative and three members of the city council… and some of the cast and crew of RIDICULOUS SIX, presently shooting just north of the city, came down to join the fun.

Eleven days to air…

This Week at the Cocteau

March 20, 2015 at 5:30 pm
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A  cool new documentary opening tonight at the Cocteau: THE WRECKING CREW.

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Now that's MY kind of music.

See you at the movies.

LATER:  Just got back from THE WRECKING CREW.  Great, just great.  Made me want to put on my old albums.

Say what you want, old codgers from the Greatest Gen.  Say what you want, Generation Xers and Millenials.  The truth cannot be denied.  Us Boomers had the best music.

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Creepy Dolls and Ellen Datlow Invade Santa Fe

March 19, 2015 at 8:30 am
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We had a great time at the release of Ellen Daltow’s newest collection of horror stories THE DOLL COLLECTION.  In honor of Ellen’s appearance at the Jean Cocteau we held our Creepy Doll contest, and boy did we get some creepy dolls!


If you happened to miss out on all the fun the Jean Cocteau still has signed copies of THE DOLL COLLECTION and other titles collected and edited by Ellen available at their online Bookstore.  Get your copy while supplies last.

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ADDENDUM:  We had twenty-six entries, from all over the country, for our Creepy Doll Contest.  Some truly creative, original, and disturbing visions.  Ellen Datlow, Jeff Ford, and Stephen Graham Jones served as judges, no easy task.  Here are the three winners.


Second place: OPHELIA by DONNA KIDBY

And of course our first place winner, MELINDA by DAVID JESSUP.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who took part.

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Signed Books

March 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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We had a pleasant surprise last night at the Jean Cocteau when Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch dropped by for a short visit.

Of course, we immediately took advantage of their presence by making them sign books.

So… for as long as the supply lasts, which will not be long… we have hardcovers of ROGUES signed by Scott, and hardcovers of OLD VENUS signed by Elizabeth.

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Of course, I've autographed both of these as well… and the copies of ROGUES on hand also have signatures from another contributor, Walter Jon Williams.

Also, from the day before, we have copies of THE DOLL COLLECTION, autographed by editor Ellen Datlow and contributors Jeffrey Ford and Stephan Graham Jones.


All of these, and many other titles, can be ordered from the Jean Cocteau bookshop at:

Happy reading.

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At the Cocteau

March 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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This will be a great weekend at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

PETER S. BEAGLE and his travelling show return tonight, with THE LAST UNICORN.

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We have one screening tonight (Friday) at 6:00, and two tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Peter will be introducing each screening personally, and fielding your questions afterwards. He’ll also be on hand to sign copies of his original novel, and many of other classic works. If you missed him last year when he passed through, don’t make the same mistake again. And if you were here last year, well, come again.

In between the two Saturday screenings of THE LAST UNICORN, we’ll be showing THE SALVATION a new western in the classic tradition, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green.

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Come Sunday, ELLEN DATLOW will be here with new anthology, THE DOLL COLLECTION.

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Ellen will be joined by two of her authors, Jeffrey Ford and Stephen Graham Jones. We’ll have readings from the book, an interview, a question-and-answer, and of course Ellen, Jeff, and Stephen will all be available to sign their books.

All that… and our CREEPY DOLL CONTEST! Check back here on Monday to see the winners.


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March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am
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We had such a great time at Janis Ians performance at the Jean Cocteau!  Thanks again Janis for fitting Santa Fe into your tour. DSC_0874

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LISA SEE Signed Books

March 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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Another successful authors event at the Jean Cocteau.  This time with the magnificent Lisa See New York Times best selling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy and China Dolls.


We all had a great time, and the Jean Cocteau Book Store has signed copies of Lisa’s newest novel China Dolls, which is about a group of Asian-American nightclub performers of the 1930s and 1940s.  As well as a few of her older titles are availabel but only while supplies last.


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Peter Beagle Is Coming Back

March 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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The unicorns are coming! The unicorns are coming! (Back)

Yes, Peter S. Beagle is returning to the Jean Cocteau Cineman this weekend, and he’s bringing THE LAST UNICORN with him once again.

Peter visited us last year, and we had one of our most successful days ever at the Cocteau, with three sold-out screenings and a great signing. So we figured, hell, let’s do it again.

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We’ll be screening THE LAST UNICORN at 6pm on Friday, March 13, and at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, March 14. Advance tickets can be purchased through our website at
And of course Peter will be on hand in person, to answer questions, sign books and posters and videos, and tell his stories. (He tells wonderful stories. In person, and in print).


Come join us!

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Opening Tonight

March 6, 2015 at 11:07 am
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Opening tonight at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, we have KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN, an offbeat crime drama based on a true story and featuring the redoubtable Anthony Hopkins.

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We are also holding over the classic Cocteau BEAUTY AND THE BEAST… the film that helped to inspire the TV show that I wrote for in the 80s, and the name of my theatre as well. Last chance to catch that one. If you’ve never it on the big screen, you’re missing something. The film has been beautifully restored.

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Come to the Forbidden City

March 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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We have another great author event at the Jean Cocteau this Monday, March 9.

Bestselling novelist LISA SEE will be joining us, to talk about her new novel CHINA DOLLS.

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CHINA DOLLS tells the story of three young women who meet at the glamorous and exclusive Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco in 1938.


!œA spellbinding portrait of a time burning with opportunity and mystery.! !”O Magazine

!œIn her impeccably researched and distinctive historical saga of desire and ambition, betrayal and revenge set amid the glitz and debauchery of burlesque entertainment on the !˜chop suey circuit,’ See again lavishly explores the thorny intricacies of female friendships.!!”Booklist

!œ[S]tellar. . . .The depth of See’s characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.! !”Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

!œA welcome spotlight on an overlooked segment of showbiz history.!!”Kirkus Reviews

!œThe Chinese American nightclub era comes to life in See’s latest novel. . . . colorful and fascinating historical touches tie the story together perfectly and form an exquisite backdrop for the adventures of three friends.!!”Library Journal

“Engaging!¦ China Dolls is blessed with characters and story lines that are interesting indeed.”!”USA Today

!œ[A] captivating, profoundly American story!!”Miami Herald

!œ[A] fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese-American woman in the 1930s and !˜40s.!
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!œ[S]uperb. . . . this emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity.! !”Washington Post,

!œSee offers the perfect summer read in this flamboyant, historical novel. “China Dolls” is packed with engaging period details about fashion, food, film and music and also addresses serious gender and geopolitical issues. . . . a sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation.!
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!œLisa See’s latest novel, China Dolls, is her most penetrating since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.!!”Seattle Times

“China Dolls plunges us into a fascinating history and offers an accessible meditation on themes that are still urgent in our contemporary world. The women’s story explores burning questions about the possibilities of friendship, the profound effects of betrayal, the horrors of prejudice and the nature of ambition – especially female ambition. . . . These Asian artists were true pioneers, breaking ground, chasing vast dreams, subverting stereotypes simply by appearing onstage against the odds. Here, in China Dolls, they have found another stage of sorts, another place to rightfully shine.!!”San Francisco Chronicle

!œLisa See loves discovering people and stories that have been forgotten, lost or deliberately hidden away. Through memoir and historical fiction, she recovers those lost stories and breathes new life into them.!!”Orange County Register

The event starts at 7:00 pm. Admission is FREE with the purchase of a hardcover book, $5 with the purchase of a paperback, and $10 without book purchase. In honor of the occasion, our bar will be serving some authentic period cocktails from the Chinese cabarets of San Francisco between the wars.

For more about Lisa See and her work, visit her website at

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