July 2017 - Cover Story: Picking the Brain of Cindy Pickett

On a cool January morning, I got to meet the mother of all movie mothers. Known as the matriarch to the mischievous fellow Ferris Bueller, Cindy Pickett solidified her place in 80s cult movie history as Katie Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. As excited as I was to meet the woman who played one of the coolest movie characters on the planet, I also appreciated Pickett’s work as another mother in a made-for-television movie that still touches my heart to this day, I Know My First Name Is Steven. Even though these two movies (released in 1986, and 1989, respectively) truly showcase Pickett’s acting chops, the acting bug bit her years before. The daughter of director and drama teacher Cecil P

July 2017 - Let Us Entertain You: Funny Money

Henry Perkins is a mild mannered accountant who—up to now—has lived a pretty routine life. It’s his birthday, and he is looking forward to a quiet dinner with his wife, Jean, and their good friends Vic and Betty Johnson. Just a nice, simple celebration perfectly suited to a man who has little excitement in his life. That plan goes right out the window, though, when Henry discovers the briefcase he is carrying is not full of his papers, pencils, memos, etc., but stuffed with cash—lots and lots of cash! That’s the setup for Ray Cooney’s wonderful comedic play, Funny Money. The show that delighted London audiences for two solid years, and then charmed audiences in France for over three years mo

July 2017 - Make 'Em Laugh: Rusty Rutherford

Where did your love of comedy come from? I grew up in a family that laughed a lot. My dad has always been quiet and serious, but very clever when does make jokes. My mom is very warm and often accidently funny. Since I can remember I’ve always enjoyed making people laugh. I was voted “class clown” in high school, as well as “most likely to start a cult.” I was pretty proud of both of those. When I realized that through comedy I had the power to make someone’s day a little bit better, I decided it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Do you remember your first gig? What was it like? My first time doing comedy in front of a live audience was my sophomore year of high school.

July 2017 - Between the Pages: Cooking with Kids & The Adventures of Spike & Jeremiah

This cookbook is for adults and kids who cook together and learn together. The NM organization Cooking With Kids, founded in Santa Fe, produced a wonderful book that celebrates over two decades of educating school kids about growing and cooking healthful food. The authors have put their cumulative knowledge and souls into this book—a true gift to us all. As a bookseller, I once sold children’s cookbooks—this one take the “cake”. The spiral spine opens flat and can turn back on itself to save space, and the pages are sturdy enough to wipe clean. My grand-daughter Kate (10) who cooks enjoys the illustrations drawn by her peers. Our favorite is the banana hugging a carrot. There is a helpful gl

July 2017 - The Cut: There's a New Chef in Town: Chef Marc Quiñones

Want the recipe for taking something great and making it even better? We know just the guy to ask! Chef Marc Quiñones, who was named Executive Chef of Hotel Andaluz earlier this year, is bringing his own flavor to the already established MÁS – Tapas y Vino, located inside Albuquerque's boutique hotel. The full-service restaurant and tapas bar—small plates, for those who are wondering—has been thriving since it opened in 2013, bringing traditional Spanish cuisine to the downtown area. With bold flavors, locally-sourced ingredients, and a thoughtfully crafted menu and wine list, MÁS had proven its success and left very little room, if any, for improvement. Enter Chef Marc Quiñones. Well-known

July 2017 - Extras: Garden Brothers Circus

Garden Brothers Circus gives their audiences the best circus at the best prices. Garden Brothers Circus celebrates 100 years of entertaining families throughout North America, and they are bringing an “all new, fast- paced, totally exciting show to town!” See elephants live! Watch the daredevils of Motorcycle Madness somersault and spin in the giant Globe of Doom. Be amazed by the Chinese Acrobats, the Human Slingshot, and Camels, Llamas, Horses, and Buffalo all performing together for the first time! Enjoy crazy comedy with Circus Clowns and hold your breath as daring aerialists and cirque artists of all walks perform for your entertainment. Come and experience 1½ hours of excitement and f

The New Mexico Film Office Announces "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" to Film in New Mexico

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the feature length series of Westerns, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," produced by Annapurna Pictures, will begin principal photography mid-July through the end of September, largely in the Santa Fe area. "To have filmmakers with the distinction of the Coen Brothers return for a third time is a testament to the quality of our crews, our support services, our infrastructure, our communities and our significant work to let filmmakers know they're welcome in New Mexico," said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. The production will employ approximately 188 New Mexico crew members, 16 New Mexico actors and 800 New Mexic

NME After Print - Dirty Dancing lives up to its name

If you have seen the hit movie, Dirty Dancing, it isn't far-fetched turning it into a musical. For us die hard "DD" fans, the idea of making this classic "boy meets girl" story with some of the greatest dancing and music put on film left us wondering if it can live up to the hype. The opening night at Popejoy Hall had my friend, Allison, and I taking a seat and preparing ourselves for either an evening of rejoicing or a night of regret. The show opened with a creative staging of "Be My Baby", bringing the memorable opening sequence from the movie live on stage. As the show went on it didn't disappoint. Bronwyn Reed, who plays Francis "Baby" Houseman, WAS "Baby". She brought the awkwardness t

June 2017 - Cover Story: Amber Midthunder

A relaxed Midthunder during our photo shoot. Photo by Michel West of M. West Photography Determination defines actor Amber Midthunder. On a visit home, the day after a snowstorm, Midthunder sat down with me to discuss career, projects, and lessons learned. Born into an acting family, she knew that film would be in her future, and New Mexico, her native home, the backdrop. Even so, Midthunder says she experienced a regular childhood. “I was born on the Navajo reservation, and then we moved away for a little bit and came back when I was 8 or 9,” she shared. “We grew up in the country—a mile and half down a dirt road. We had ducks and horses and dirtbikes and sticks, big brothers, and stuff lik

June 2017 - Let Us Entertain You: Dirty Dancing

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” “She’s Like the Wind.” “Stay.” When these songs play on the radio, only one movie comes to mind: Dirty Dancing, arguably one of the most romantic dance movies of all time. Now fans of the original movie and newcomers, alike, can enjoy the story as a powerfully entertaining, live, musical experience that takes the stage at Popejoy Hall on June 15-18. This classic “boy meets girl” show has touched millions across the globe. Frances “Baby” Houseman (played by Jillian Mueller) is coming into her own, looking for a life-changing experience during her family’s annual vacation. In walks Johnny Castle (played by Christopher Tierney), who turns the young Baby’s world

June 2017 - Extras: Medical Students Learn Life Lessons on a New Mexico Movie Set

When a classmate at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in Las Cruces sent Humza Ahmed, Haris Ahmed, and Harris Ahmed a casting call for movie extras, they took it as more of a joke than anything. Thinking nothing would come of it, they sent an email to the casting director and were almost immediately offered roles that would require them to be on set for four months. That offer didn’t fit into the demanding schedule of first-year medical students, but they managed to negotiate their participation down to two weekends filming in Socorro and Laguna Pueblo. The movie, Horse Soldiers, scheduled for release in January of 2018, stars Chris Hemsworth and is based on the 2010 book of

June 2017 - Turn it Up: The Despots

How did the band come together? Me (Eddie, lead singer, piano, backup guitar) and Danny (lead guitar player) had a vision about a band and started playing at local parties and get-togethers to meet people who shared the same vision. Doing this, we met Zach (rhythm), who shared the same passion for surf guitar and rock-n-roll. We started working together, and we brought on Mark (drummer), who was in a metal band with Danny. Recently, we brought on Steve (stand up bass and electric), who shared the same passion for music as us. What is it about music that drives you? Music is a collaborative art form, where we can create together, as a opposed to most other art forms, where it is an individ

June 2017 - Make 'Em Laugh: Nicolina Nicthe

Where did your love of comedy come from? My love of comedy came to me as a coping skill. I’ve learned to take painful things that have happened in my life and make [them] into something I, myself, can laugh at. You know the Rupaul saying, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going love anybody else?” For me, the same would apply at laughing at painful situations...that have happened in the past….[It] makes it easier to deal with. I find that taking something I could let hold me back [and] making it funny...for me, at least, I can move forward and heal with it. Do you remember your first gig? What was it like? My first gig was an all-female comedy show. Mary Byrd gave me the oppo

June 2017 - The Art World: Jeremy Montoya & Jon Sanchez

We have had the opportunity to get to know the dramatic duo, Jon Sanchez and Jeremy Montoya, after working with them on our Movie Nights, where they created some of the most exciting poster designs that captured our love of film. Just coming off a successful gallery show of their work, Jon and Jeremy sat down with New Mexico Entertainment Magazine to talk about their love of art and where they hope their talent will lead them. Where did you love of art come from? Jeremy: A lot of my time as a child and teen was spent sitting behind my father and studying him as he worked. My father (Jerry Montoya) is a master in many disciplines of art. I sat behind him as he would hand letter a glass door o

June 2017 - Between The Pages: Best Plants of New Mexico Gardens & Landscapes

Did you spend the weekend out in the garden because spring is here and visions of vegetables and flowers are motivating you? I did! You can always use help about what works in New Mexico and what is a waste of time and money. When you go to the nursery, you’ll want to buy anything and everything, but you need some knowledge, first. Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes was first published in 1995 but has since been revised and expanded. It is conveniently organized by major cities, because we all know that Raton and Las Cruces do not have the same weather and plants as, for example, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The book has all kinds of subjects, like recycling, topography, pruning,

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