Cultural Bytes for 30 May, 2012

- May 30, 2012

"A Reading from 'Ethel and Lillian' at Collected Works next week..."

Cultural Bytes for 30 May, 2012

Collected Works presents a reading from "Ethel and Lillian", a play by Doreen Dunn on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m., as noted actors Alaina Zachary and Barbara Hatch hit the stage for a two-person reading form the acclaimed play.

Ethel and Lillian follows Ethel Rosenberg and Lillian Hellman, two notorious women of the 1950s who just so happen to meet inside a New York jail as Rosenberg awaits execution and Hellman has been jailed because she refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. This gripping play details their chance encounter and the exploits that follow.

Guess who’s coming to dinner?
No, not the movie, but the imaginative fundraising event presented by the Santa Fe Community Foundation on June 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The event has all of the intimacy of a private dinner party mixed with the spirit of world-class cuisine. If you are lucky enough to get one (or a pair) of the few remaining tickets you will enjoy inspired meals hosted in the homes, gardens and studios of some of Santa Fe’s most gracious and notable community members. Be prepared for an unforgettable gastronomic experience!

The “Good news, good news” aspect of this event is that your attendance will support the community leadership work of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Reserve your seat at the table today, because seating is limited and last year’s inaugural event sold out quickly.

Comedy and Films in Eldorado
The Performance Space in Eldorado will host both comedy and films in upcoming weeks. This intimate venue at La Tienda is a perfect place to catch a group of standup comedians, as Stephen Ha Ha Hunt and his team bring you an evening of laughs on June 9 at 8 p.m.

Ticket are $15 in advance at and $20 at the door.

Reel New Mexico
Reel New Mexico, a monthly series at the Performance Space at La Tienda showcasing independent films with a New Mexico connection, presents three short films on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m., with the filmmakers present at the screening to discuss their works. Two of the films "Eighty Years through the Lens" and "The Road to Tantura," are premieres. The third, "A Piece of Pie," has won multiple festival awards.
In "The Road to Tartura" Hala Gabriel, a Los Angeles resident currently working in Santa Fe, seeks to reconstruct what happened in 1948 in Tantura, when she and her parents were forced to leave their small village as the State of Israel was being created. Through interviews with the now scattered villagers and the Israeli soldiers whose orders were to wipe Tantura off the map, Gabriel seeks to reconstruct what happened, "so forgotten voices can be heard and all of us can heal and move forward." "The Road to Tantura" will be screened as an unfinished film for audience feedback.

"Eighty Years Through the Lens" is the work of Santa Fean Kevin J. Kelly who, after a career as a clinical psychologist, began making films four years ago. The film explores the life and work of 89-year-old George T. Henry, who has been the official photographer at a small Midwestern college for the past 68 years. Henry's other accomplishments include flying B-24 bombers in World War II, serving as a white-water river guide for 45 years and, recently, photographing wild black bears in northern Minnesota. Kelly will be present to discuss the film.

Janet Davidson directed "A Piece of Pie", a short narrative comedy about a contest for a piece of pie that escalates into a gunfight. Inspired by early Clint Eastwood westerns, it pits the old, Wild West against the new, citified West. After its debut at the Santa Fe Film Festival, where its script won the prestigious Governor's Cup, it went on to take numerous other awards and honors, including Best Short Comedy at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Audience Award at the New Mexico Filmmakers Festival and a regional win for International Women's Day.

There is a suggested admission of five dollars at the door.