Saturday, Dec. 12, is Family Movie Night at the Lomas Tramway Library (908 Eastridge NE). From 4 to 6pm, the library will be screening the much-loved 2003 holiday comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Admission is free and open to the public. The film is rated PG. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by and adult. For more information, please call 291-6295.
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The Lockheed Martin DynaTheater at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science gets in the holiday spirit with several screenings of the 2004 computer-animated film The Polar Express. The film—about a magical railway trip to the North Pole—debuts on the DynaTheater’s massive five-story screen on Sunday, Dec. 13, starting at 6:30pm. On Saturday, Dec. 19, there will be a special 3D screening at 6:30pm. The final show is Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6:30pm. Kids are encouraged to attend in their pajamas. (Adults not so much, I guess.) Admission is $10 adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com.
Congratulations are in order for Albuquerque’s homegrown comedy duo done good, Pajama Men. Surreal sketch comedy kings Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez have been spending a lot of time in England lately, working on their various hit stage shows and touring Europe. (Last month found them in Sweden and Norway!) The Pajama Men will be returning to Albuquerque soon, however, to shoot their very first TV series. In the past the Men have been commissioned by HBO, the BBC and others to develop potential television pilots, but nothing has panned out in the long run. So now they’re taking matters into their own hands. The sitcom “Brothers in Law” is described as “Arrested Development” meets “Bob’s Burgers” with the mysterious slant of “Twin Peaks”—which sounds about right for Pajama Men. The plot concerns the publisher of a weekly newspaper (hmm. We’re listening) that is failing so badly he’s forced to run operations out of his own home. Can his criminal brother-in-law help him make his business work? In a word: No. The project just met its initial crowdfunding goal of $25,000 on Kickstarter, ensuring that the pilot will get made. There’s still a week or so left in the fundraising campaign and Allen and Chavez are hoping to lock down funding for several additional episodes. In a recent conversation, Allen promised, “We’re bringing a bunch of great folks back to the Land of Enchantment with us” to work on the project. Among the creative team is animator—and former Alibi graphic designer—Jeff Drew. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see the results. For more info on the project, check out pajama-men.com.