Kicking off Gay Pride Month in grand style is PRIDE & Equality Magazine’s Big Gay Movie Night at Guild Cinema. Starting at 7:30pm on Friday, June 1, the Guild screens a double feature of dragtastic films: 1996’s The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane and 1994’s The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp. The show is hosted by Best of Burque “Best Drag Performer” winner Chastity Belt-Off from The Dolls and will feature live drag performances throughout the evening, including one by diva extraordinaire Jacquesán Taylor Stratton. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered in advance by going to myprideonline.com/pe-movie-night. Doors at the Guild (3405 Central Ave. NE) open at 7pm with preshow performances and giveaways.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers presents the Full Draw Film Festival this Saturday, June 2, at KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). Doors open at 5pm, movies start at 7pm. This touring film fest, focusing entirely on films about bowhunting, is described as “the premiere event for all hunters to gather, share stories and make plans while witnessing the best films in live hunting entertainment.” Tickets are $8 to $15 and can be purchased by going to kimotickets.com. For more info on the fest, go to fulldrawfilmtour.com.
Come explore New Mexico history and art with a “¡COLORES!” double feature at the Special Collections Library (423 Central Ave. NE). Starting at 2pm on Saturday, June 2 the library shows the locally produced PBS “¡COLORES!” documentaries “Beaumont Newhall: The History of Photography” and “Hands of a Craftsman, Heart of an Artist: Gustave Baumann.” Admission is free and open to the public.
Every spring the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience returns to inundate our city with arts, both cinematic and aural. This year’s sixth annual fest runs Monday, June 4 through Sunday, June 10 and features a curated selection of domestic and international movies, industry panels and workshops, networking events and parties, plus plenty of live music. Opening night festivities start at 5:30pm with a reception at Tucanos Brazilian Grill (110 Central Ave. SW). At 7:30pm the KiMo Theatre will screen the opening night movie The Bikes of Wrath. This documentary adventure charts the course of two Australian friends who attempt to recreate the Joad family’s impoverished journey from Oklahoma to California in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath—on bicycles. From 10pm to midnight, there will be an “unofficial” after party at Marble Brewery (111 Marble Ave. NW). Events continue throughout the week, including an entire day of made-in-New-Mexico films (Tuesday, June 5), a free screening of Marvel’s The Avengers on Civic Plaza (Wednesday, June 6), a special tribute to Prince (Thursday, June 7) featuring the film Purple Rain and a concert headlined by Dez Dickerson (The Revolution), Micki Free (Shalimar) and Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and the 30th anniversary screening of There’s Something About Mary with actor W. Earl Brown (he played Mary’s brother Warren) in attendance (Saturday, June 9). Screenings take place at KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave, NW), Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE) and Hiland Theater (4820 Central Ave. SE). For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, go to abqfilmx.com.