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FILM FESTIVAL: Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, 516 Arts

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Thursday, October 22

Just Us

The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and the ACLU join forces for an online screening of Shontina Vernon’s powerful short film triptych “Grrrl Justice” on Oct. 22 starting at 7pm. By following three characters stuck at three very different places in the American criminal justice system, the film examines how traumatic backgrounds including family violence, racism, poverty, sexual abuse, homophobia, and transphobia attach young people to systems that criminalize them. Following the screening is an open conversation with “system-impacted folxs” and members of the ACLU Smart Justice team. For more info, including a free link to the screening, go to sanitarytortillafactory.org/film-screening-grrrl-justice/. (Devin D. O’Leary) [ ]

A Stand Up Gal

Local comic Sarah Kennedy hosts Sarah Kennedy and Friends! every second and fourth Thursday of the month. It’s a talk show. It’s a comedy show. There are games and bits and it’s totally free to watch on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook Live courtesy of The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre. Catch it live this Thursday, Oct. 22, starting at 7pm. This week, Sarah welcomes Calvin Cato, Brett Hiker and Candice Neu. (Devin D. O’Leary) [ ]

Saturday, October 24

Feminism + Film

Guild Cinema and 516 Arts bring the Feminist Border Film Festival to a computer near you. The festival is presented annually by New Mexico State University’s Gender & Sexuality Studies department and “celebrates the power of cinema as a creative platform for filmmakers and viewers to confront urgent social issues.” The festival features a selection of short films, including live-action narrative, documentary and animation—all of which explore gender, identity, race, sexuality, class, transnationality, migration, refugees, dis/ability and more. The presentation is tied to 516’s current Feminisms exhibit, and you can purchase $10 tickets—which will give you digital streaming access to all the films from Saturday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 25—by going to 516arts.org/programs/events/film-festival-feminist-border-arts-film-festival. (Devin D. O’Leary) [ ]

All Aboard!

In the spirit of covering bipartisan events, we present the Trump Train. Don your truck flags, blast some Ted Nugent and join the Trump/Back the Blue (shouldn’t it be red?) caravan event Saturday, Oct. 24 at 12:30pm. The hoot n’ hollerin’ starts at the Home Depot (7700 US 550) in Rio Rancho. Maybe you’re undecided (seriously?), or maybe you’ve decided that Trump’s the man to get us through another four years of absolute insanity culminating in a total meltdown. Again, in the spirit of bipartisanship, or maybe in the spirit of “What the f&%$”, go join the community-organized brigade celebrating our esteemed leader, or as one supporter put it “Making Liberals Cry Again.” (Tierna Unruh-Enos) [ ]

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