New Mexico PBS returns to the Special Collections Library (423 Central NE) on Saturday, April 6 for another double-feature of local history featuring KNME’s documentary series “¡Colores!” April’s screening celebrates National Poetry Month and will include the documentaries “Summon the Fire” (which looks into Albuquerque’s community of slam poetry readings) and “My Words Are Power” (which examines how poetry promotes self-esteem and self-discovery among teens). Admission to this event, which runs 2 to 3pm inside the Special Collections Library’s Botts Hall, is free and open to the public.
The New Mexico Film Office offers another behind-the-scenes career training this coming Saturday, April 6. This week’s training focuses on a film’s art department. The art department is responsible for creating all of the scenery that is seen on camera. Production designers, art directors, set designers, model makers, graphic designers and prop builders are just a few of the jobs that fall under the umbrella of the art department. Marisa Frantz will speak about the hierarchy of the art department, the design process and the specific skills involved. If you’re curious about a career in film and TV, this might be just the thing to kick-start your life in show biz. It all takes place from 10:30am to 1pm at the Special Collections Library (423 Central Ave. NE). This training/lecture is free; but due to the popularity of these events, you need to sign up in advance at eventbrite.com to guarantee a seat. For more info go to nmfilm.com/nmfo-events/#Trainings.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience present another classic film on the big screen of the museum’s DynaTheater. This Saturday, April 6, at 7pm, it’s George Lucas’ classic coming-of-age comedy American Graffiti. Set in Modesto, Calif. in 1962, the ensemble cast film looks in on a group of teenagers on their final night of high school as they cruise around listening to rock ’n’ roll and engaging in various adventures over the course of a single night. Among the cast of this 1973 classic are Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark and Harrison Ford. Tickets are $10 general admission or $7.50 for Museum Foundation members and AFME sponsors. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is located at 1801 Mountain Road NW. For more info go to abqfilmx.com.
New Mexico Women in Film presents part three of its Power of Story series. This month’s installment is titled “The Power of Story: Storytellers Game Show.” It’s made up of local writers, actors and directors. The writers write a three-to-five-minute story, the actors tell the story and the directors direct them. Sounds simple enough, right? The twist? Some of the actors will tell a true story, while others will tell a fictional story. Only the writers know what’s what. It’s up to the audience to deduce what’s real and what’s fiction. You can even ask questions of the characters before making your decision. “The Storytellers Game Show” is a great way to highlight the different approaches that a story can take—and how writing, acting and directing affect them. Tickets to this event are $10 for non-NMWIF members and free for members. The game gets underway at 3pm at the UNM Continuing Education Theater Auditorium (1634 University Blvd. NE). For more info go to nmwif.com.