The RiffTrax crew returns Thursday, May 5, to smear their comedy all over the ridiculous 1994 sci-fi non-epic Time Chasers. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (several of the guys behind “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” of course) will be riffing on the film live at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Tenn. The event will be simulcast to theaters across America, including the Century Rio 24 (4901 Pan American Freeway NE) and the Downtown 14 (100 Central SW) here in Albuquerque. Tickets are $12.50 adults, $11.50 students/seniors and $10.50 children and are available now through fathomevents.com. The show starts at 7pm.
Return of the Moon Beast
Speaking of cheesy movies, there will be a very special screening of the notorious 1972 shot-in-New-Mexico monster movie Track of the Moon Beast (which was also famously roasted on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) this Friday, May 6, at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). This cheapjack drive-in filler was one of the first independent films shot in our state and holds a special place in the hearts of bad movie lovers. Mike Smith and Ty Bannerman of the City on the Edge podcast have tireless researched the film’s history and are proud to bring it back to the Duke City for a one-night-only tribute. Members of the original cast will be on hand to share their memories of the shoot. Musician Frank Larrabee, who provided the film’s memorable signature tune “California Lady” (so lovingly spoofed on “MST3K”), is also coming back to town for the event. Festivities begin at 10:30pm. Sadly, it will not be a full moon that night. Tickets are available at the Guild box office for $10.
Don’t go changing
Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) will be at the CCA Cinematheque (1050 Old Pecos Trail) this Saturday, May 7, hosting a special fundraiser for the local nonprofit environmental organization New Energy Economy. Fox is currently on a 100-city tour visiting hotbeds of fossil fuel production and showing off his new documentary How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. For the film Fox traveled to 12 countries on six continents investigating climate change and asking what on our planet is so indelible that climate change can’t destroy? The film begins at 7pm. Admission is $20 and includes a post-film reception with dessert (and the filmmaker, of course). For more info go to ccasantafe.org/
A daughter’s documentary
The New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln in Santa Fe) will host a screening of the documentary Citizen Min in New Mexico by Holly Yasui on Friday, May 6, starting at 5:30pm. This work-in-progress commemorates a little-known hero of the Japanese-American civil rights movement. Yasui is the daughter of Minoru Yasui, who was recently awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mr. Yasui was an Oregon lawyer who challenged the constitutionality of laws targeting Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants in the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombing. This event will include a screening of selected scenes from the film, readings from Yasui’s biographical play about her father, and an audience discussion. Admission is free.