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Coolness at the Cocteau

September 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm
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We had a great event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema last week, when Dennis Lehane came by to present his new movie, THE DROP.   A fun interview, a busy booksigning, and a sold-out screening… everybody went away smiling, and Dennis seemed to enjoy his first visit to the Land of Enchantment, and promises to come back one of these days.  He also signed a lot of stock for us, so if any of you out there are looking for an autographed copy of MYSTIC RIVER, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE GIVEN DAY, THE DROP, or any of Lehane's titles, contact the cinema.

The Cocteau schedule for this week will be even more exciting.  On Sunday night, September 21, our friends NEIL GAIMAN and AMANDA PALMER will be paying us another visit, for an evening of singing, signing, and storytelling.  The fun starts at 7pm… but, alas, if you don't have tickets yet, you're probably out of luck, since that event sold out within hours of us announcing it on our email newsletter.  (Don't get our newsletter?  Easily fixed.  Go to the website at http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/ and sign up.  Newsletter subscribers get first crack at all of our coolest events).

The Cocteau will also be presenting THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, director Neil Jordan's twisted take on Little Red Riding Hood, based on the classic story by Angela Carter.  Neil Gaiman picked this film for us, and we've asked him to introduce it.  The movie starts at 9:20.

Our bar will be serving The Deflowering, a specialty cocktail designed for us by Amanda Palmer.

All in all, a busy Sunday.  That's just the start, however.

Come Wednesday, September 24, we have another very special event scheduled: a special advance screening of COPENHAGEN, a film by Mark Raso, fresh off the festival circuit and well in advance of its North American release.  Here's the trailer:

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Director MARK RASO and star GETHIN ANTHONY will both be on hand for the COPENHAGEN screening, to introduce the film and answer your questions afterwards.  Gethin, of course, is well known to GAME OF THRONES fans as the late, great Renly Baratheon,  brother to Robert and Stannis, husband to Margaery Tyrell, lover of her brother Loras.    Come meet him at the Jean Cocteau… advance tickets to the screening are still available at the Cocteau website.

See you at the movies.

Hot Night on Montezuma

October 2, 2013 at 10:20 am
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The Neil and Amanda Show last Sunday night was a great success.  (Sorry if you missed it).

Neil Gaiman read stories, Amanda Palmer sang her hits and played her ukelele, and from time to time the they did duets.  They opened the night with a memorable version of "Makin' Whoopee" and Amanda closed it with "The Ukelele Song," bringing the whole audience to its feet.   After the concert Amanda and Neil adjoined to the concessions lobby to sign books and CDs… and sign, and sign, and sign.  Strong wrists, those two.  And good hearts.

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Every seat was filled.  No surprise there.  The concert sold out within hours of our announcing it.  "I need a larger theatre," as I wrote to Neil and Amanda, after tickets had been on sale for a few hours, "at least when you two come to town."

All box receipts went to two worthy Santa Fe charities, Warehouse 21 and the Food Depot.   Warehouse 21 works with local youth, while the Food Depot feeds the homeless and the hungry.  The concert raised more than $9000, which will be split between them.  To find out more about their work, go here http://www.warehouse21.org/ and here http://www.thefooddepot.org/    And CONTRIBUTE!

Neil and Amanda regularly fill large halls and auditoriums with thousands of fans.  It was incredibly kind of them to take time out of their busy schedule to visit Santa Fe and play our modest venue.  Though I am delighted to report that they thought the Jean Cocteau was cool.  (It is).

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For those locals who could not get tickets to the show (sorry for that, they sold out very quickly)… well, Neil signed large stacks of his books and comics for us before he took off, and we have Amanda's CDs in stock as well.  So drop by the Jean Cocteau at 418 Montezuma, and you too can score an autographed Neil Gaiman book, or the latest CD from Amanda.  But come soon… stocks are limited.

(We also have a handful of signed copies of Michael Chabon's KAVALIER AND CLAY left, from his visit here, as well as autographed copies of many of my own books).

(Sorry, we are not set up to do mail orders)

Lots more cool stuff coming up at the Cocteau: movies, author appearances and booksignings, live music, magic, comedy.  If you want to keep on top of that, signed up for our weekly email newsletter.  It's free.  Go here:

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See you at the movies!