Special Events

Stand Up Comedy!

Jan 30
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

18+ and $10 cash!!

Some of NM's best comics all on one stage all for YOU!!! We have an amazing line up including Joe Quesada, Genevieve García De Müeller, Rusty Rutherford, AJ Martinez and your host Matt Peterson !

Its going to be a great night of Stand Up so don't miss it!!

 

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Jeff Berg's Made In NM series - Indian Country

Feb 1
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

1897 to 2013 - 100m approx - All Seats $7

Movies tend to show us American Indians that white people have created. Although the people of New Mexico's tribes and pueblos have long been involved in movie-making,  most often these works are ignored or overlooked.  

In over 4000 films (not just those shot in NM), Hollywood has shaped the often negative image of Native Americans. Classic Westerns like They Died with Their Boots On created stereotypes. Later blockbusters like Little Big Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest and Dances with Wolves (sort of) began to dispel them. Not until a renaissance in Native American cinema did films like Once Were Warriors and Smoke Signals portray Native people as human beings.

In his newest compilation of film clips from New Mexico made movies, Santa Fe based film historian, Jeff Berg, will take us on a unique 'tour' of New Mexico's 'Indian Country' by showing clips with live narration, of New Mexico made films where  pueblo and tribal people are featured, in both positive ways or in negative ways. 

Included in the screening is information from an interview that Jeff did with director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, A Thief of Time) who is of Cheyenne/Arapaho descent and currently the chair of the film department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

The screening contains 17 clips from movies shot at least in part in New Mexico and covers the time period of 1897-2013. The show will last about 100 minutes and audience participation is strongly encouraged. 

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The Stuart Hall Project

Feb 7
Saturday 1pm

Dir. John Akomfrah - 2013 - 93m - Special thanks to the Media Literacy Project! All Seats $7

Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of his generation. A thinker and commentator, his is one of the intellectual giants of the last sixty years. John Akomfrah's sweeping and majestic feature length documentary THE STUART HALL PROJECT takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the most important period of global political change to date. THE STUART HALL PROJECT is a documentary told through the ideas of Stuart Hall and heard through the sonic landscape of the music of Miles Davis.

"Akomfrah finds an imaginative way of telling Hall's story." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"It's a rare and welcome film that devotes itself to the life of a British public intellectual, especially a man as intriguing as Hall." - David Gritten, Daily Telegraph

"An absorbing account." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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A Place At The Table

Feb 8
Sunday 2pm

Dir. Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush - 2013 - 84m - Suggest donations greatly appreciated!

Sponsored by the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee (NMBHOC) building coalitions, leveraging resources and developing programs for the enrichment of African American people. Watch and learn.

“A Place at the Table” illustrates the serious economic, social and cultural implications of hunger in America and the importance of making healthy food available and affordable. As part of a larger program, The Taste of Soul Week, this exhibition and dialogue serves to cultivate innovations in food production, preparation and consumption. 

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

“AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY. It could prove a vital tool in the campaign toward a widespread solution.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times

“***** TERRIFIC. AS IMPORTANT AND EYE-OPENING A DOCUMENTARY AS YOU’LL SEE THIS YEAR” Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

“A valuable documentary. I sat down to watch this film not expecting new insights about a problem that has come to be seen as an intractable constant in American life. I was wrong.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A true companion piece to FOOD, INC. It specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis, but also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children—in short, the American dream.” – Mary Pols, Time Magazine

“3½ out of 4 stars—POWERFUL, AND POWERFULLY PERSUASIVE. Advocacy journalism at its best.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“3½ out of 4 stars. IT DELIVERS A POWERFUL PUNCH. Trenchant, intelligent, sharply argued. It deserves to be seen along with FOOD, INC.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

“3 ½ out of 4 stars. MOVING. So many of the words spoken will haunt you long after the film is over.

”A film that should make you furious.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

“COMPELLING. The focus is on people, who make the statistics painfully real.” – Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle

‘The documentary proves its worth most by how it treats the moral and political issues around the hunger crisis.” – Tomas Hachard, Slant

“POWERFUL. More than an eye-opening portrayal of hunger in America, it’s also a call to action.” – Boston Globe

“A BEAUTIFULLY SHOT, POIGNANT FILM.” – Roger Moore, Chicago Tribune

“Makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all.” – Billy Tatum, Paste

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Drunktown's Finest - A SECOND (!) ENCORE SCREENING

Feb 8
Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Sydney Freeland - 2014 - 92m - No Matinees

ADVANCE TICKETS FOR THIS SPECIAL SECOND (!) ENCORE SCREENING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT OUR BOX OFFICE STARTING WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28 AT 6PM!

PLUS:  THERE'S A THIRD ENCORE SCREENING THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15 AT 4PM!  VISIT HERE FOR MORE INFO ON ADVANCE TICKETS!

Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

About the production - Navajo writer/director Sydney Freeland began the journey to create Drunktown’s Finest in 2005, when she decided to take up the task of crafting an on-screen story that would accurately represent the variety of lifestyles present on the reservation she called home. Inspired by films such as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros, Sydney chose to create characters that reflected three dissimilar cultures found in her backyard – the macho, the LGBT, and the religious. Mentored by Legend Group Studios’ Ben Caswell, Sydney submitted an early version of the Drunktown script to Bird Runningwater with the Sundance Native Lab in 2009. When she was accepted into the Sundance Director’s Lab in 2010, Sydney shared the script with Robert Redford, who responded well to the material and, in early 2011, signed on as Executive Producer of the film.

The three storylines present in Drunktown were written and rewritten over the course of six years. When Sundance gave the script a thumbs-up in the spring of 2013, Sydney knew it was time to start shooting. Producer Chad Burris procured the necessary funding, and production began in July.

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The 2015 New Mexico Italian Film Festival

Feb 9 to Feb 15
Monday to Friday & Sunday

2015 - An Italian Festivals of New Mexico Presentation

To purchase advance tickets, visit here.  For a full schedule of events & screenings, visit here.

The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival has been delighting audiences and gathering fans since 2007 when its founder, Ronaldo Patrizio-Steiner staged a four day celebration of Italian film as a benefit for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. That first festival featured 12 films and a buffet. It was declared a huge success both as an artistic and a fundraising endeavor. It became Ronaldo’s passion and his annual gift to the community.

When Ronaldo moved out of state after the 2012 festival, he left it in the hands of Italian Festivals of New Mexico, the nonprofit organization he established a year before. Members of that organization, all dedicated to the cause of the Children’s Hospital and to showcasing Italian cinema and culture in New Mexico, stepped forward to continue and expand the festival.

Now in its 8th year, the 2014 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment a great line-up of recent, award-winning and highly acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. 

Italian Festivals of New Mexico proudly celebrates the 8th edition of the NM Italian Film & Culture Festival with a dynamic program of contemporary Italian cinema and special events in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the best of Italian cinema, food, music, wine and tradition. Italian hospitality is legendary. And so, to one and all we extend a warm invitation to join us. The Consul General of Italy also sends his warm welcome from Los Angeles.

FESTIVAL TICKETS GO ON SALE DEC. 15

AT THE GUILD CINEMA - 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 9 at 7pmChe Strano Chiamarsi Federico

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10 at 7pm - The Red and the Blue (Il Rosso e il Blu)

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11 at 7pm - Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi)

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 at 7pm - Out Of The Blue (Buongiorno Papà)

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13 at 7pm - Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15 at 12 NOON - We Can Do That (Si Può Fare)

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Nightmare in Las Cruces Part 2

Feb 10
Tuesday 4:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Charlie Minn - 2015 - 80m - No Matinees

A newly finished & updated documentary marking the 25 year memorial on the unsolved tragic mass murders 

On February 10, 1990 two cowards walked into the Las Cruces Bowl and changed the lives of many people. Seven people inside the bowling alley were forced at gunpoint to the floor and told to put their heads down. After stealing thousands of dollars from the safe, the killers shot all seven multiple times at close range, execution-style. The shooters then started a fire on the desk and fled. Dead at the scene were Amy Houser, Steven Teran, and his step-daughter Paula. Steven's daughter Valerie died 45 minutes later at the hospital. Incredibly, Melissia Repass, Stephanie C. Senac, and Ida Holguin survived the brutal attack. Repass, just twelve at the time, made the heroic 911 call despite being shot in the head, which saved three lives.  Four out of the seven shot were children, including a two and six year old. For almost twenty years, the two remaining survivors (Senac died in 1999), family members, and friends have had to live with this unspeakable event. The case is unsolved after twenty years and the Las Cruces Police Dept., the FBI, and Crimestoppers plead for your help.

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Bonnie & Clyde - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Feb 14
Saturday 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1967 - 111m

The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s!

Starring a great Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, directed by Arthur Penn, this is one of the sixties' most talked-about, volatile, controversial crime/gangster films combining comedy, terror, love, and ferocious violence.  The story of Clyde's rise and self-destructive fall as an anti-authoritarian criminal gangster is clearly depicted. Both tragic outlaw figures exemplify 'innocents on the run' who cling to each other and try to function as a family. The film, with many opposing moods and shifts in tone (from serious to comical), is a cross between a gangster film, tragic-romantic traditions, a road film and buddy film, and screwball comedy. It exemplified many of the characteristics of experimental film-making from the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) movement. [Originally, the film was intended to be directed by Jean-Luc Godard or Francois Truffaut, who opted out and made Fahrenheit 451 (1966) instead.] The film's major poster about the infamous couple romanticized violence and proclaimed: "They're young...they're in love...and they kill people."

"The most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it." - Pauline Kael, New Yorker

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry - Valentine's Day Encore Screening!

Feb 14
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Mary Dore - 2014 - 92m - No Matinees

“Brilliant!!!  The most powerful and definitive documentary of the modern women's movement.” - Ruth Rosen, author of “The World Split Open” 

The buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation;  from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). 

Remarkably, there has never been a theatrical documentary about the early days of women’s liberation. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL aims not to romanticize the early movement, but to dramatize it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.

The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.  SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

Produced and Directed by MARY DORE, maker of the award-winning film The Good Fight-The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and NY Film Fest premiere Children of Labor.

“ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST FILMS.  An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is THE BEST FILMED ACCOUNT OF HOW THAT HAPPENED YOU COULD EVER EXPECT TO SEE.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“I LOVED IT.  I watched it with my daughter. Thank you so much for this film because it manages to do all the history but also be fun. Provides historical context for today’s push for gender equality.” – Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

“This STIRRING and INFORMATIVE documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips and interviews. There’s a WARM, WISE, PASSIONATE GLOW to … a great political success story. VISIONARY and HEROIC.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Drunktown's Finest - A THIRD (!) ENCORE SCREENING

Feb 15
Sunday 4pm ONLY!

Dir. Sydney Freeland - 2014 - 92m

ADVANCE TICKETS FOR THIS SPECIAL THIRD (!) ENCORE SCREENING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT OUR BOX OFFICE STARTING SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8 AT 4:45PM!

Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

About the production - Navajo writer/director Sydney Freeland began the journey to create Drunktown’s Finest in 2005, when she decided to take up the task of crafting an on-screen story that would accurately represent the variety of lifestyles present on the reservation she called home. Inspired by films such as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros, Sydney chose to create characters that reflected three dissimilar cultures found in her backyard – the macho, the LGBT, and the religious. Mentored by Legend Group Studios’ Ben Caswell, Sydney submitted an early version of the Drunktown script to Bird Runningwater with the Sundance Native Lab in 2009. When she was accepted into the Sundance Director’s Lab in 2010, Sydney shared the script with Robert Redford, who responded well to the material and, in early 2011, signed on as Executive Producer of the film.

The three storylines present in Drunktown were written and rewritten over the course of six years. When Sundance gave the script a thumbs-up in the spring of 2013, Sydney knew it was time to start shooting. Producer Chad Burris procured the necessary funding, and production began in July.

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SIN FRONTERAS FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 20 to Feb 22
Friday to Sunday

FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED - ARRIVE EARLY!

An Annual Latin American Film Festival hosted by the student organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) on the University of New Mexico Campus.   Reserve tickets online here!

Friday February 20th

5:30    El vals de los inútiles - The tale of two parallel stories narrates the student movement in Chile. A teenager immersed in the political climate in his school and a former political prisoner of the Pinochet dictatorship find in the social and student's movement the sense to their own history. Darío (17) and Miguel Ángel (58) both join the “1800 hours for free education”- marathon, one of the most important expressions of the Chilean student movement in the past years. Together with the viewer they share their different experiences and points of view, connecting history with the current capital of Chile

8:00    O palhaço - In this lighthearted and nostalgic tale, Valdemar and Benjamin are the fabulous father/son clown duo of Puro Sangue (Thoroughbred) and Pangaré (Mangy Horse). They make their living travelling the Brazilian countryside with the Circo Esperança (Hope Circus). They have no fixed address. Benjamin begins to grow tired of the road and worries he is no longer funny. With only his birth certificate in hand, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery to claim a life he has for so long only dreamed of knowing. Brazil’s submission to the 2013 Oscar’s.  (Brazil, 2011, 90m)

Saturday February 21st

1:00    Sigo SiendoMore than a celebration of Peru’s rich musical heritage. Through these musicians’ personal stories (some of them filmed for the first time) and their music, Corcuera explores issues of identity and nationality. Divided in three parts –Lima, Ayacucho and the Amazon– “I’m Still (Kachkaniraqmi)” captures the country’s most beautiful and distant spots without turning its back to some of its most pressing social and economic problems.  (Peru, 2013, 120m)

3:30    Mosquita y Mari - This coming of age tale follows a pair of Latina teens who fall gradually in love against the backdrop of East L.A. When straight A student Yolanda aka Mosquita decides to help struggling tough girl Mari with her homework, an intense attraction evolves between the two. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces.  (USA, 2012, 86m)

5:30    Un asunto de tierras - In 2011, the armed conflict in Colombia entered a new phase with the creation of the Land Restitution Law. The law provides for the return of millions of hectares of land stolen mainly by paramilitary groups, sometimes with the complicity of the security forces. With hope and a certain distrust a community fights to assert their right in the fight towards justice and reparation.  (Columbia, 2012, 80m)

7:30    Heli - *This film contains graphic violence and nudity* Heli is 20 and has sister Estela, twelve-year old girl who fell crazy in love with seventeen-year old Beta. They live in Guanahuatu, where the majority of citizens work in a factory or in a local drug cartel. Guanahuatu is ruled by corrupt police officers, sexual exploitation, guilt and revenge. Estela and Beto want to run away and get married. In an attempt to fulfill a dream, they start a chain of violence that will have immense consequences. “Heli” is the firsthand story about the society in which rule endemic violence, institutionalized crime and corruption. 

Sunday February 22nd

1:00    Defensora - A documentary about a Mayan Q'eqchi' resistance against mining in Guatemala. The story is set along the shores of Lake Izabal in the community of El Estor where a nickel mining company has operated for over 50 years. Tensions run high against a backdrop of pro and anti-mining camps, violence and forced evictions. The film takes audiences into the lives of defenders in the resistance who struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian courts for alleged human rights violations.  (Guatemela, 2013, 39m)

2:00    Cidade CinzaA new way of painting graffiti was born in São Paulo. Hip Hop was replaced by Brazilian regional culture and OsGemeos’ crew works were spread to galleries around the world. However, a new visual pollution combat act made the City Hall cover their paintings in grey in their hometown.  (Brazil, 2013, 80m)

4:00   El evangelio de la carne - Peru's submission to the 2015 Oscars. Three lives in search of redemption intersect in the streets of Lima: undercover cop Gamarra's desperate attempts to save his wife from a terminal illness get him into trouble; bus driver Felix wants to be accepted into a religious sect after his involvement in a tragic traffic accident; and imperiled soccer club leader Narciso tries to secure his younger brother's release from prison. The Gospel of the Flesh does for Lima what Amores Perros did for Mexico City: to present a complex portrait of a socially and financially precarious world.  (Peru, 2013, 110m)

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The Vessel

Feb 22
Sunday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Diana Whitten - 2014 - 86m - All Seats $8

SPECIAL THANKS TO NEW MEXICO RELIGIOUS COALITION FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE!  Some of their representatives will be on hand for a short introduction.

Beginning with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea, Rebecca Gomperts is horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world and felt compelled to challenge this.  Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.

Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockades.  But with each setback comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills.

We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.

“Vessel” is a fascinating film, by turns happy and sad, optimistic and pessimistic and very moving throughout." - NETTA AHITUV, HAARETZ

“Shows a big idea can become something even bigger” - JAMIE WINSTON, SALT LAKE CITY MAGAZINE

“A nuanced, educational and powerful film about activism and its ability to change the world” - CHRIS BINDING, FLICKFEAST

"A fast-paced, heart-thumping adventure... a must see" - EZRA WINTON, ART THREAT

“Vessel tells an extraordinary tale that needs to be seen and discussed” - COURTNEY SMALL, CINEMAAXIS

“Intense, emotional, and inspiring” - JESSICA LUTHER, BITCH MAGAZINE

“A powerful, knock-your-socks-off documentary that will strike fear in your hearts and remind you to get out and fight for what’s right!” - MICHAEL LAVINE, BUST MAGAZINE 

“An intriguing story passionately told, shot through and through with activist zeal” - NDREW BARKER, VARIETY

“Judging by the screaming “Bravos!” at Vessel’s premiere, the SXSW crowd was hungry for a commonsense documentary showing women taking back control of their own health care choices.” - AMY NICHOLSON, LA WEEKLY

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Pains, Complaints and Comedy Clubs!

Feb 26
Thursday 10:15pm

Dir. Bryan Cook & Derek Sheen - Now - 90m approx - All Seats $7 - must be 18 Years or older!

Bryan Cook is a comic out of LA.  He runs the very funny Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction Show where comics write the funniest and dirtiest erotic fanfic they can think of and compete for best story. His stand-up is raw and anger fueled. 

Derek Sheen is described by many as the 'nicest man in comedy." Derek is a regular opener for Patton Oswalt.  His comedy explores is personal and often has tinges of social commentary. 

Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian living in Albuquerque. Genevieve has a bimonthly column called Comedy Matters in the Weekly Alibi and performs all over the country. Bob Odenkirk said “Thank you for quoting me perfectly” and then gave her a high?five. She was on RISK! (Episode 610) and recently opened for Doug Stanhope and Marc Maron. She co-hosts Dead Things Podcast with Will Bolt.

With Bryan and Derek's different but complementary styles this show is going to be awesome and weird. 

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