Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, begins another series of contemporary Spanish films this Thursday, Oct. 24, and continuing through December 5. Every other Thursday, the NHCC’s Bank of America Theater will screen a modern, Spanish-language film from a variety of genres. All films will be subtitled in English and will start at 7pm. This Thursday, the film will be the 2011 drama Arriya (The Stone). Set in a small Basque border town, this film chronicles two families whose long-standing bet (over whose mule can lug a heavier rock) threatens to destroy a young love affair. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets will be issued one hour prior to start time. For a complete schedule of films, go to nationalhispaniccenter.org.
App on tap
Its creators describe it as a mix of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Sex and the City.” “The Man-App” is a romantic comedy/fantasy written, directed and produced by local auteur Holly Adams. The bawdy web series tells the story of a jaded bombshell who creates the Man-App, a smart phone application that instantly delivers the man of your dreams at the touch of a button. It stars local actors Jessica Osbourne, Ron Weisberg and Elizabeth Dwyer-Sandlin. Dean Eldon Squibb and Bradd Howard of Albuquerque drag troupe The Dolls make a special appearance. Producers will be screening a special 40-minute compilation of the series on Friday, Oct. 25, at Aux Dog Theatre starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $7. A portion of the proceeds will go toward shooting the complete, feature-length version of “The Man-App.” Go to theman-app.com for more info.
Early Hitch picks up again at the KiMo Theatre with a collection of Alfred Hitchcock’s early spellbinding cinema. On Friday, Oct. 25, it’s 1948’s killer drama Rope starring James Stewart and Farley Granger. The tense, claustrophobic thriller concentrates on two intellectual young men who conspire to commit the “perfect” murder, strangling a classmate and hiding the body in their apartment. But that’s not the only offering in this lineup. November starts out with 1951’s Strangers on a Train (Nov. 1) and closes out with 1954’s Dial M for Murder (Nov. 22). That’s three shining examples of the fine art of murder for your viewing pleasure. All films in the series start at 8pm. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 seniors. You can pick them up now at kimotickets.com.