ABQ Arts Hub is planning for its first annual Albuquerque Funny Fest this June 14 through 15 at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. Producers are currently searching for stand-up comics, improv performers and short films—basically anything that generates a laugh. If you’ve got a locally made short film you’d like to submit (10 minutes max in length), you have until this Friday, March 15, to get it in to the folks at abqartshub.com/funny. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Mountain Classic Film series continues this Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 4pm at the East Mountain Library’s Meeting Room (487 NM-33 in Tijeras). Film historian and founder of the American Vaudeville Museum Frank Cullen hosts a screening of George Cukor’s 1933 classic Dinner at Eight. Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Billie Burke and Jean Harlow star in this ensemble comedy about an affluent couple who throw a dinner party for their wealthy friends—all of whom end up getting a bit too drunk and sharing a bit too much. Admission is free and open to the public.
KiMo in the Spotlight
The historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown is offering free, docent-led guided tours of the building throughout the month of March. The gorgeous, Pueblo Deco motion picture palace opened in 1927 and remains a jewel of the Albuquerque skyline. The first tour, covering both the building’s historical and architectural significance, takes place Wednesday, March 13. The next is Wednesday, March 20. Sunday, March 24, Wednesday, March 27 and Sunday, March 31 round out the available touring dates. All tours start at noon. To get one of the limited spaces on these tours, go to kimotickets.com.
The New Mexico Film Foundation hosts its annual New Mexico Actors Showcase this Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 5pm at the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium (1634 University Blvd. NE). For the sixth year in a row, the nonprofit organization offers up tons of local talent live on stage. Four actors from five different age/experience categories are scheduled to perform a monologue or dialogue and be directed by an on-stage director. Local casting agents will be on hand to check out the skills on display. Awards will be handed out to the best performers at the end of the evening. If you’re interested in checking out the best in local acting talent yourself, tickets are $10 at the door.
Join New Mexico PBS and Keshet Center for the Arts for a celebration of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” this Wednesday, March 20, starting at 6pm. Famed children’s entertainer and educator Fred Rogers would have turned 91 on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, there will be birthday cake and a free Indie Lens PopUp screening of the 2018 PBS documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a sweater (how approriate) for the “Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive” benefiting APS Clothing Bank. To guarantee a seat, RSVP at mr-rogers-birthday-party.eventbrite.com. Keshet Center for the Arts is located at 4121 Cutler Ave. NE.