In case you missed it, there’s another bit of news this week on Agent Gomez. Steven Michael Quezada is running for the Albuquerque school board in the newly created District 5. Three of his children are students at the Public Academy for the Performing Arts charter school.
Two movies that were shot in New Mexico will debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The Rambler, filmed in Roswell and starring Dermot Mulroney, is about a man released from prison who embarks on a surreal journey to find his long-lost brother, and features local actors including Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada. Another Sundance pick is the Western Sweetwater, which stars Ed Harris and Mad Men’s January Jones as struggling newlyweds. Harris is no stranger to New Mexico productions. Part of the HBO political drama Game Change was filmed here, and Harris also is working on Frontera in our state, along with Eva Longoria and Michael Peña.
La Mitotera thinks it’s time for a Catching Fire update. Wouldn’t you agree? This week, even more photos were leaked from the filming of the Hunger Games’ Quarter Quell in Hawaii. (Avert your eyes from the rest of this paragraph if you still have not read the second book and don’t want to be even mildly spoiled.) The stills include our first look at Jena Malone as the ax-loving District 7 bad girl Johanna Mason, plus more peeks at Katniss, Peeta and Finnick in their futuristic, water-appropriate battle suits. That’s cool and all … but any chance we can get a glimpse of the parade costumes? Specifically, one involving golden fishing net?
Around this time of year, there are several things likely on everyone’s minds: renewal, what with the New Year and resolutions yet to be broken … and getting warm! Ojo Caliente has you covered for both. Today, monks will bless the waters in a special ceremony that’s free to attend with entrance to the springs, and will perform a puja ceremony to burn away upcoming challenges. If you feel like venturing a shorter distance, La Mitotera suggests hitting The Teahouse on Canyon Road for a hot drink in one of Santa Fe’s coziest spots, or warming your bones with a sweaty vinyasa session at Body. Just make sure to drive safely on those icy roads. And while it won’t exactly keep you warm, remember the Christmas Eve Farolito Walk, an annual tradition and a great time to catch up with neighbors.
The New York Times recently reviewed Stand Up Guys, an aging gangsters movie starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Santa Fean Alan Arkin, who plays a onetime getaway driver who gets busted out of a nursing home to revisit wilder times with his lowlife buddies. The film doesn’t open in wide release until February, so put this one on your calendar. It sounds like a depraved delight.
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