Out on the ghost town
Betsy Burke’s much-anticipated film Season of Starlings gets an audible airing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at a most appropriate place: the Engine House Theatre in Madrid (2846 NM 14, 505-473-0743). There, Lenore Armijo, Jenny Gabrielle, Gary Farmer, and others from the movie’s cast perform a staged reading of its script. Burke’s screenplay tells the story of a tomboy transplanted to a New Mexico ghost town, where she encounters spirits and other frightening occurrences. The film’s developing horrors, as sampled in its trailer (at www.seasonofstarlings.com), are largely visual, but its spare narrative and tension-filled plot keep issues of domestic abuse, feminine ideals, and collective psychology hovering in the background. The suggested donation is $5-$10. Next door, on the deck of the Old West Saloon, Armijo provides music before the reading at 6 p.m. Farmer and his band, the Troublemakers, play nearby at the Mine Shaft Tavern at 8:30 p.m. — B.K.