It’s gift-giving time, and if you’re on the hunt for something special to present to that local film lover on you list, I have a suggestion. The owners of the Guild Cinema, Albuquerque’s last remaining independent movie theater have just produced a limited number of Guild T-shirts. The shirts, the very first of their kind, come in three colors and feature two different designs. One is the classic Guild logo and the other spotlights the Guild’s iconic marquee. You can purchase one of these T-shirts at the Guild box office (3405 Central Ave. NE) for $25. The Guild is raising money to upgrade its digital projection system; so all money raised will go toward making your moviegoing experience at the Guild even better. Win, win!
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) presents a screening of the Hispanic comedy-drama Tortilla Soup on Thursday, Nov. 29 starting at 7pm. Inspired by the Taiwanese film Eat Drink Man Woman, the film concentrates on a widower and former chef-owner of a gourmet restaurant who shares a home with his three single adult daughters. The cast of this 2001 film includes Hector Elizando, Elizabeth Peña, Paul Rodriguez and Raquel Welch. This is a free ticketed event. Tickets can be picked up at the NHCC’s Bank of America Theater box office starting one hour before showtime.
New Mexico Women in Film and UNM Continuing Education presents “The Power of Story: Part 2—Expect the Unexpected” on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 6pm at the UNMCE Theatre and lobby (1634 University Blvd. NE). Documentary filmmakers Barbara Bentree and Jilann Spitzmiller are on hand to share clips and conversations concerning their recent productions. (Spitzmiller, for example, just co-directed Meow Wolf: Origin Story, hitting theaters this Thursday, Nov. 29.) Storyteller/host Ramona King is also there to guide audience members through this afternoon of conversation and learning. Admission is $5 for NMWIF members and students and $10 general admission. For more info go to nmwif.com.
New Mexico PBS presents a special sneak preview screening of Masterpiece Theater’s Season 3 premiere of “Victoria.” Jenna Coleman returns as the young but fearless British monarch, facing down a revolution in Europe. The event gets started 7pm on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe (211 W. San Francisco Street). Tickets are free, but seating is limited. To secure your spot in advance, go to lensic.org/events. Victorian costumes are encouraged!