Every year Pride & Equality magazine presents a special Halloween screening of the sex-and-sci-fi musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year it will take place Oct. 24 and 25, 10:30pm, at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). Rocky Horror New Mexico will be there providing the mandatory live shadowcast. Other special guests include Albuquerque burlesquers Rex Starchild, General Blackery, Mary Jane Monroe and Ri Ri SynCyr. This sounds like it’s gonna be an epic show. Tickets are $20 apiece and include a bag full of props to play with. Only 100 tickets are available, and they go quick.
One major component of this weekend’s inaugural Santa Fe Comic Con is the newly unearthed Open Wound Film Festival. This timely, horror-based indie film showcase will take place Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26. A total of 11 short films (under 7 minutes), 16 intermediate films (7 to 75 minutes) and 3 features (75 minutes plus) will be screened. There will also be a special collection of seven New Mexico-made shorts. Special guests Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and Ari Lehman (the original Friday the 13th) are scheduled to make appearances. Lehman will participate in a screening/Q&A of 1980’s Friday the 13th on Friday (which is, sadly, not the 13th) starting at 6pm. Blair will present the film festival’s awards on Saturday night. That’s followed by a screening of 1973’s The Exorcist at 8:30pm. Other screenings/parties are scheduled throughout the weekend. Admission to Open Wound Film Festival is included with your admission to the Santa Fe Comic Con. Individual day tickets cost from $10 to $20. Weekend passes are $30 to $35. VIP tickets run $75 to $200. All events take place at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino between Santa Fe and Española.
New Mexico Women in Film, TV & Media hosts its monthly mixer this Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 7pm at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe (228 E. Palace Ave.). This is your opportunity to “rub elbows with the industry movers and shakers in our state” in a fancier-than-usual setting. There will even be live music by John Rangel and door prize giveaways this time around. Tickets are $25, and proceeds will go toward funding next year’s NMWIF scholarships.
Celebrated local author Max Evans (The Hi-Lo Country, The Rounders, Bluefeather Fellini) has just published a new memoir through UNM Press. Goin’ Crazy With Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends recounts the infamy-filled personal life of Evans’ good pal and drinking buddy, legendary Hollywood director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid). Epic artistic battles and infamous drunken benders are just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the man known as “Bloody Sam.” Starting at 3pm on Sunday, Oct. 26, Evans will be at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW) signing copies of his book and talking about his days and nights with Mr. Peckinpah.