In honor of Star Wars Day on May 4 (“May the fourth be with you!”), the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will host a special screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in its Lockheed Martin DynaTheater. The film will show at 6pm on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30pm on Friday, May 5, and at 6pm on Saturday, May 6. On Saturday there will be a full day of fun family activities planned in the museum’s atrium starting at 2pm. These activities are free with museum admission. You can learn about space and how it relates to the Star Wars universe at hands-on discovery stations. Build your own straw rocket, construct Star Wars action figures and more. There will be an adult trivia contest from 2:45 to 3:15pm. Stormtroopers and other characters from the 501st Legion will be on hand for photo ops from 2 to 4pm. Dressing up in costumes is “strongly encouraged.” For more info, go to nmnaturalhistory.org.
Holiday With History
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a special screening of the historical epic Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla. This 2013 film, directed by Rafael Lara, recounts the story of the 1862 Battle of Puebla, the most important military conflict in Mexican history. Defending the city, General Ignacio Zaragoza’s army of 2,000 men won an unlikely victory against a supposedly unbeatable French force of over 6,000. This film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles as part of the Bank of America Theatre’s Free Thursday Film Series. Admission is totally gratis. Tickets need to be picked up at the box office starting one hour before showtime, which starts at 7pm.
The Art of Movies
Over the last few years, Alibi’s Midnight Movie Madness screenings at the Guild Cinema have partnered up with several local artists to create limited-edition “tribute” posters for classic cult films. Typically, these posters have only been available at select Guild Screenings. But now local artists Jon Sanchez and Jeremy Montoya are hosting a special exhibit of some of these handmade, screenprinted movie posters at Tractor Brewing Company’s Nob Hill Tap Room (118 Tulane SE). Conveniently enough, it’s right across the street from the Guild Cinema. Among the fan favorite films inspiring these colorful artworks are Labyrinth, The Lost Boys, Mars Attacks!, The Big Lebowski, Maximum Overdrive, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pet Sematary, The Craft, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more. An opening reception will take place Friday, May 5, from 7 to 9pm. Beers will be flowing and live music will come courtesy of Keith Sanchez. If you can’t make it to the opening, the artwork will stay up until June 1, so check it out.