When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Friday, April 26, 6pm—Cowboy movie night: “Tom Mix and Ranch Life in the Great Southwest,” with journalist and film critic Jon Bowman. Besides the 1910 Ranch Life, see a showing of the 1915 short, Local Color, filmed in New Mexico. Free.
Friday, May 17, 6pm—Cowboy movie night: “An Introduction to The Hi-Lo County,” with Max Evans. Jim Harris, director of the Lea County Museum, talks with Evans about his storied career, including the making of movies from his works, with a showing The Hi Lo Country (1998). Free.
Friday, July 19, 6pm—Cowboy movie night: “Edward Abbey and Lonely Are the Brave,” with oral historian Jack Loeffler. Loeffler discusses his friendship with author Edward Abbey and the transformation of Abbey’s novel The Brave Cowboy into a 1962 icon of Western movies, filmed in and around Albuquerque. Free.
Sunday, August 4, 2pm—“Pride in the Saddle in New Mexico: The Story of Gay Rodeo,” by Out West producer Gregory Hinton and photographer Blake Little. Hinton and Little talk about the history of gay rodeo in New Mexico and Little’s rare collection of gay rodeo photographs taken from 1988-1992, when he was a champion bull rider in the International Gay Rodeo Association. Free with admission (Sundays free to NM residents).
Friday, August 9, 6pm—“Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys,” by music historians Mark Lee Gardner and Rex Rideout. Gardner and Rideout perform and discuss the cowboy ballads collected by New Mexico cowboy, rancher, surveyor, and state cattle inspector N. Howard “Jack” Thorp, who published the very first book of cowboy songs at Estancia, NM, in 1908. The Palace Press this year debuts a fine-press reprint of the book with illustrations by Ron Kil. Gardner and Rideout use vintage instruments and historic playing styles to present a close approximation of how this music sounded. Free.
Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, 10am to 4pm—“Wild West Weekend.” Two days of family fun celebrating the heritage of cowboys (and gals!) with singing cowboys, saddle makers, trick ropers, boot makers, poets, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, and more. Mark Lee Gardner and Rex Rideout will lead a one-hour workshop for families on traditional cowboy songs and discuss the New Mexico cowboy lifestyle and culture as represented in music. Free with admission (Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily).
Friday, September 20, 6pm—Cowboy movie night: “On the Trail of The Cowboys,” with journalist and film critic Robert Nott. Filmed at various locations in New Mexico and elsewhere, The Cowboys (1972) is considered one of John Wayne’s greatest movies. Based on the William Dale Jennings’ novel, the movie follows a cattle drive from Montana to South Dakota with real “boys,” after the grown-up cowboys flee the range in search of gold. Free.
Friday, November 15, 6pm—Cowboy movie night: “Oh, to be a Cowboy,” with best-selling author David Morrell. Based on Frank Harris’s My Reminiscences as a Cowboy, the 1958 movie Cowboy stars Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon. A Chicago hotel clerk dreams of life as a cowboy and gets his shot in a cattle-driving outfit. Not surprisingly, the tenderfoot finds out life on the range is neither what he expected nor what he's been looking for. Considered the father of modern action novels, Morrell’s works include First Blood and the Rambo series, along with essays like "John Wayne: The Westerns." Free.
Friday, January 17, 6pm—Cowboy movie night: “Revisiting City Slickers,” with author Johnny Boggs. Six-time Spur Award-winning author Boggs introduces this 1991 comedy in which a mid-life crisis plagues a man and his friends, who find renewal and purpose on a cattle-driving vacation, filmed at various locations in New Mexico. Starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance. Free.