Veteran filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s latest documentary Chinese Couplets will screen this Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 3pm at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology’s Hibben Center on the University of New Mexico campus. The film is described as “part memoir, part history, part investigation.” It spans two centuries, three countries and four generations of women in an intimate story that reveals the impact of America’s Chinese Exclusion Act (signed into law in 1882 and not repealed until 1943) on Lowe’s own family. Lowe will be there in person for a post-film Q&A session. This timely examination of America’s thorny history of immigration is being presented by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reserve your seats now by going to eventbrite.com.
Goats Love Movies
The Old Windmill Dairy is bringing back Baby Goat Cuddling and Movie Night Under the Stars. This month’s event will take place Saturday, Oct. 21 starting at 6pm. A reception with refreshments (hot dogs, popcorn, macaroni and cheese, ice tea, lemonade) gets underway 30 minutes prior to showtime. The movie will start at sunset, complete with “soft, adorable baby goats” in attendance. This month’s family-friendly theme is Halloween movies. Blankets, chairs, flashlights and picnic baskets are encouraged. The movie will be screened in the barn or outside, depending on weather conditions. Tickets are $10 to $26 and are available in advance at theoldwindmilldairy.com/
As part of the ongoing Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (Oct. 18 through 22), cult film director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Crybaby, Hairspray, Serial Mom) will be presenting his one-man show John Waters—This Filthy World: Dirtier and Filthier on Saturday, Oct. 21. The show starts at 7pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco). Waters will speak about his eclectic film career and his own peculiar, perverse taste. A book signing for Waters’ newest non-fiction work, Role Models, will follow the 90-minute show. Tickets ($28 to $100) are available now at santafeindependentfilmfestival.com.
To the Max
Ol’ Max Evans: The First Thousand Years is a new documentary, tracing the life and times of renowned New Mexico author Max Evans. Evans’ bestselling Western novels The Rounders and The Hi-Lo Country were both turned into successful Hollywood films. Friends of Evans—including Sam Peckinpah, Sam Elliot and Peter Coyote—lend their voices to the film. You can catch it this Sunday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 6pm at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). Admission is free and open to the public.
Beer + Fear
Tractor Brewing Co. is getting into the movie biz for Halloween. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 8 to 10pm, you can have a brew and watch the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a live musical score by cellist Tom Foe. The classic chiller tells the eerie story of a mad hypnotist who sends a mesmerized “somnambulist” to do his dark bidding. This one takes place at the Wells Park Tap Room (1800 Fourth Street NW). Admission is free. Beers are not.