Magic Times Three
If you're a fan of magic, we have some great shows in store for you these next few months, right here in
River City Santa Fe.
First up, at the Jean Cocteau, the amazing FRANCIS MENOTTI will be returning for three more shows. Francis is the guy who stumped Penn & Teller, and he'll be performing the "stumper" for us as well, along with a host of other tricks, on Friday April 21 and Saturday, April 22.
Next up, all the way from Down Under, will be a pair of young Aussie lads who call themselves... yes... THE NAKED MAGICIANS! The Jean Cocteau is co-sponsoring this one with the Lensic, since our stage is way too small (and way too close) to hold an act as... revealing... as the Naked Magicians. The Lensic, with its big auditorium and huge stage, will do just fine.
The boys from down under will be in town for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY on Tuesday, May 30. For tickets, you will need to go to the Lensic website at http://tickets.ticketssantafe.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=3965
Last, but far from least, one of our favorites returns to the Jean Cocteau for her third time: MISTY LEE, straight from LA's famous Magic Castle. Catch her at the JCC June 9-10, for three shows.
For this visit, Misty has promised to STAB an audience member!
Tickets for Misty Lee and Francis Menotti can be purchased from the Jean Cocteau Cinema website, at http://jeancocteaucinema.com/
Don't miss you, or we'll turn you into a toad!
Wild Cards Gets Wilder
A couple of cool new additions to our Wild Cards website went up today.
On the blog, John Jos. Miller talks about gaming in the Wild Cards universe... and his own life story. Check it out at: http://www.wildcardsworld.com/the-secret-origins-of-the-wild-card-universe/
And over in our video section, our own March Madness... in August. Which is to say, the highlights from the Wild Cards Cage Matches from MidAmericon II:
((The Amazing Bubbles still insists that she was robbed)).
I am no fan of what passes for journalism on the internet, but I've got to admit, I have been taken aback by the sheer amount of bullshit that's been proliferating all over the web about our Stagecoach Foundation initiative... some of it posted on what I would have previously regarded as reputable news outlets with familiar names, but almost all of it off-base and, well... wrong.
There seems to be some sort of grotesque echo chamber effect going on here. These stories are not only full of errors, but they are the same errors. Rather than checking facts with the primary sources, the writers here (I will not call them 'reporters') are just copying from one another.
When I was in journalism school at Northwestern, we were drilled in the head every day with Joseph Pulitzer's famous maxim, "Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy." That seems to have gone out of favor, at least on the internet.
Instead I am put in mind of Jonathan Swift, who said, "Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it."
So please allow me to come limping up long enough to say:
-- the Stagecoach building is not 30,000 square feet. Someone pulled that number out of their ass, and dozens of other reports have repeated it. That's a rough approximate figure for MEOW WOLF, an entirely different place on the other side of Santa Fe. The Stagecoach building is perhaps a third that size,
-- I did not "build" Stagecoach. David Weininger did that in 1999, as the headquarters for his compnay, Daylight Chemical Information Systems,
-- I am not "opening a film studio." Stagecoach is a non-profit foundation dedicated to bringing more film and television production to Santa Fe, it is not a film studio,
-- there are no sound stages at Stagecoach (though there are several here in town, at the Santa Fe Studios and the Greer Garson Studios). It's an office building, and will be used primarily for pre- and post-production purposes,
-- I am not going to be "running" a foundation, much less a studio. That task I've given to a dynamic young lady named Marisa X. Jimenez, who helped open Santa Fe Studios here in town, and who will have total charge of the day-to-day operations of Stagecoach, under a board of directors.
If there are any real journalists out there who would like to do an accurate story about the Stagecoach Foundation and our plans for it, Marisa is the person to contact, at Marisa@stagecoachfdn.org. She'll be glad to send you our press release and answer your questions. In the meantime, hey, can people please stop making shit up?
Meow Wolf at One
Meow Wolf celebrates its first anniversary today.
What an amazing year it's been.
When we opened on March 18, 2016, the hope was that we would draw 100,000 visitors to the attraction annually. Instead Meow Wolf drew more than 400,000 visitors during its first year, and became one of Santa Fe's leading attractions, revitalizing an entire neighborhood.
If you haven't been yet, you really don't know what you're missing.
And rest assured... the best is yet to come.
No, I'm not talking about basketball. I'm a football guy, mostly. A little baseball on the side. But I don't follow basketball, or hockey, or soccer, or tennis, or golf.
My own March has been pretty damned mad, however. Hard to believe half the month is gone already.
We had two great nights at the JCC with Leeman Kessler and ASK LOVECRAFT. His YouTube videos are a lot of fun, but he's even better in person. If you have a chance to see him at a con, don't miss it. Some of his bits are funny, but he also has moments (as HPL) that are moving and profound.
The HAP & LEONARD premiere was also terrific. It's always great to see Joe Lansdale, and the second season of the show looks to be even better than the first.
And of course on Tuesday we brought together the Santa Fe film community up on the hill, and rolled out the Stagecoach Foundation. That was exciting as well.
(Though I have to confess, reading some of the various reports about Stagecoach on line makes me want to bang my head against the desk and bewail what passes for journalism in this age of the internet. Back when I was a journalism student at Northwestern, some of these clowns would have gotten themselves a "Medill F." They don't even get basic facts right. mutter mutter mutter)
Besides all that, there's been the huge new Wild Cards deal, the Wild Cards reread, lots of stuff with HBO that I cannot talk about yet, and of course -- always, always -- WINDS OF WINTER.
So much to do. And the days go by so quickly. I love my work, all my work, all my projects, all my children, but sometimes it seems as if the harder I work, the further behind I get.
Maybe things will calm down soon. But I am not holding my breath.
Stagecoach Rolls Out
Now it can be told.
On Tuesday everybody who is anybody in the Santa Fe film community gathered up the hill at the former headquarters of the Daylight Chemical Information Systems for the official rollout of the Stagecoach Foundation, dedicated to bring more film and television production to the City Different and the Land of Enchantment. We're very excited.
Stagecoach will be a non-profit foundation. Our dream is to bring more jobs to the people of Santa Fe, and to help train the young people of the city for careers in the entertainment industry, through internships, mentoring, and education.
Once upon a time, before airplanes, before railroads, it was the stagecoachs that brought people to Santa Fe. Our hope is that Stagecoach will do the same.
And none of this would be possible without the generosity and visions of the late David Weininger, who passed away in November... but whose legacy will live on.
The Clock Is Ticking
Hugo nominations need to be in before March 18.
Only a few days left to let your voice be heard.
This is fandom's own award, the oldest and most prestigious of my myriad awards for science fiction and fantasy... but it is only as important as we make it.
You don't have to nominate in every category, or fill every slot... but if you're read any books or stories that you liked last year, or watched any television and film, you should be part of this.
Go ye forth and NOMINATE.
For all those of you benighted souls who do dwell in the Land of Enchantment, and therefore could not be on hand for Carrie Vaughn's recent to the Jean Cocteau... here 'tis, in the living color.
Autographed copies of MARTIANS ABROAD and many of Carrie's other novels are available via mail order from the Jean Cocteau. Check out our website for a full listing, prices, and shipping costs.
HPL at the JCC
Yes, it is true.
That which is dead does not eternal lie, and with strange decades even HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT may rise!
And we'll have him Thursday and Friday at the Jean Cocteau Cinema
Learn the secrets the Mad Arab knew, and gaze into the face of Azathoth, the blind idiot god at the center of our universe.
And have some popcorn too! It comes to us strait from Leng!
Hap, Leonard, and Joe
JOE LANSDALE will be returning to Santa Fe on Monday, and we'll be having fun times at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.
We'll be doing an advance screening of the second season premiere of HAP & LEONARD, starring (as one of my fans pointed out) Mark Antony and Omar. Mucho Mojo! The first season was great fun, and I expect the second season will be as well.
But don't take my word for it. Come see for yourself. Admission is FREE.
Joe will introduce the episode, and take questions afterwards.
And hey, OF COURSE he will be signing books as well.
Should be a hoot and a half. Don't miss it.
(And keep an eye out for our forthcoming author events as well -- John Scalzi, Connie Willis, John Nichols, and H.P. LOVECRAFT! Getcha tickets now!)
Did I mention that admission is FREE?