Sub­texts Two read­ings at Col­lected Works Book­store

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Blaz­ing break­fast: Two read­ings at Col­lected Works

Made­line Kahn, star of stage and screen, best known for her roles in What’s Up, Doc?, Pa­per Moon, and Blaz­ing Sad­dles, pre­ferred the free­dom of act­ing in Santa Fe to the pres­sures of Broad­way. She was in­volved in the Santa Fe Fes­ti­val Theater, a short-lived pro­fes­sional com­pany housed at the Na­tional Guard Ar­mory in the early 1980s, which at­tracted such rec­og­niz­able names as Angela Lans­bury, Vic­tor Gar­ber, and Michael York. De­spite her Os­car nom­i­na­tions and other suc­cesses in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, Kahn, who died from ovar­ian can­cer at age fifty-seven, was per­pet­u­ally in­se­cure and at the mercy of her un­kind and ma­nip­u­la­tive mother. Ac­cord­ing to her bi­og­ra­pher, Wil­liam V. Madison, au­thor of Made­line Kahn: Be­ing the Mu­sic — A Life (Univer­sity Press of Mis­sis­sippi, 2015), Kahn was a pri­vate per­son and sim­ply felt more com­fort­able in Santa Fe, which she con­sid­ered a mys­ti­cal place. Madison’s thor­ough bi­og­ra­phy has been hailed by fans for its un­spar­ing, de­tailed por­trayal of a woman who was rou­tinely cast against type in gre­gar­i­ous, sex­u­ally provoca­tive roles. Madison reads from Be­ing the Mu­sic at 6 p.m. on Mon­day, Aug. 29, at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226).

At 6 p.m. on Thurs­day, Sept. 1, also at Col­lected Works, Craig Carl­son reads from his mem­oir, Pan­cakes in Paris: Liv­ing the Amer­i­can Dream in France (Source­books, 2016). Carl­son worked as a screen­writer and film­maker be­fore he re­lo­cated to France and opened the Break­fast in Amer­ica restau­rant chain, which be­came a more pros­per­ous en­ter­prise than he ever an­tic­i­pated, though his health suf­fered for it. Pan­cakes in Paris is cheer­ful, even when the top­ics — such as Carl­son’s child­hood with a ne­glect­ful, al­co­holic fa­ther and a men­tally ill mother — are grim. He is self-dep­re­cat­ing to a fault, which makes read­ing about his stu­pen­dous suc­cess all the more en­joy­able. — Jen­nifer Levin

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