Currents New Media is a Santa Fe-based arts festival that has been dazzling spectators and pushing the boundaries of today’s media for 10 years. The annual festival concentrates mostly on small-to-large-scale video exhibitions, while branching off into interactive installations, multimedia performances, VR and AR environments, animation, experimental documentaries—pretty much any alternative way of telling stories in a visual/auditory form. Currents New Media is a spin-off of Santa Fe’s “year-round exhibition and experience space” Parallel Studios. This year’s eye-boggling event is scheduled for June 7 through 23 and will include a rotating roster of exhibitions, pop-up events, mobile projections, film screenings, workshops and more. Chinese artists Miao Jing and Jason Hou are the special guests for opening night. From 7 to 10pm, the innovative duo will perform a multimedia work “based on the concept of future-primitivism.” All events take place at El Museo Cultural in SF’s Railyard Plaza (555 Camino de la Familia). Admission is $5 for guests 21 years and over or free for 20 years and younger. You can also purchase an unlimited Festival Pass, good for the entire run of the event, for $10. For more information, including a complete list of the month’s events, go to currentsnewmedia.org
In remembrance of the historic Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation and the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience have scheduled a screening of director Steven Spielberg’s 1988 Oscar winner Saving Private Ryan. You can see the stirring World War II drama this Thursday, June 6 (that’s D-Day, don’t you know?), starting at 7pm at the NMMNH’s Dynatheater (1801 Mountain Road NW). Tickets are $10 general admission or $7.50 for Museum Foundation members and AFME sponsors.
Are you a massive fan of bowhunting? From what I gather, some people are. Ted Nugent sure as heckfire is! If you’re right there, killin’ ’em and grillin’ ’em with the Motor City Madman, you might want to check out the Full Draw Film Tour 2019, hitting Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). This nationwide tour of outdoor documentary shorts boasts “the best films in live hunting entertainment.” So whether you’re into crossbows or compound bows or some other form of bow with which I am unacquainted, Full Draw Film Tour promises to “truly inspire all who share the passion and pursuit of bowhunting and outdoor films.” Doors open at 6pm. The event starts at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for adults or $8 for children ages 4 to 17. To reserve your seats, got to kimotickets.com.
The classic cartoon/live-action mashup Space Jam screens as part of the Summer Movie Series at the South Valley Public Library this Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 5pm. The PG-rated, 1996 film follows a bunch of Looney Tunes characters (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, The Tasmanian Devil) and their pal, retired NBA great Michael Jordan, as they’re kidnapped by space aliens and forced to compete in an intergalactic basketball game. Admission is free. The South Valley Public Library is located at 3904 Isleta Blvd. SW.