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In a few years there may be a crop of filmmakers and astrophysicists who found the magic of storytelling with film in a Taos classroom. This summer a group of fourth and fifth graders alongside a local filmmaker and seasoned theater veteran came together and made a movie based on the pan-Hellenic myth of Jason and the Argonauts.

The production/mentorship team included Karen Thibodeau (she adapted the script) director of Taos Children's Theatre (TCT), Nikki Cane coordinator of the after school program at Enos Garcia Elementary (Enos), and filmmaker Kiki Shatki supported by True Kids 1, a media-literacy and training nonprofit for students in grades K-12, who "promote digital leadership and open career paths for kids."

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The “big screen” is back. The Taos Center for the Arts has just announced the reopening of its Taos Community Auditorium after more than a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “We’re really excited about it,” the Center’s director Colette LaBouff said. Chelsea Reidy, theater and programs manager, echoed the enthusiasm, likening the reopening to a car being restarted after sitting for a long time. “You gotta get it started. You gotta get it running.”

Putting the pedal to the metal is just what will be happening come Friday (June 11) at 7:30 p.m. when the venue screens the 1921 Charlie Chaplin silent masterpiece “The Kid” on the TCA’s big screen indoors. Following that will be the hilarious 1933 Marx Brothers comedy “Duck Soup” Saturday night (June 12) also at 7:30 p.m. Both are being screened in black-and-white from pristine digital sources.

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After more than a year, Equine Spirit Sanctuary is finally open to the public. The horses are brushed and literally chomping at the bit. The trainers are on their toes. Now all they need are some people to do some riding.

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Dennis Hopper's birthday is Monday (May 17), declared by proclamation (by then Governor Bill Richardson) in 2010, as Dennis Hopper Day in New Mexico, and the Taos Community Auditorium will do a pop-up drive-in screening in TCA's backlot of "Easy Rider" at 8:30 p.m., honoring Hopper's life and legacy in Taos.

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KidSight had their first successful event of 2021 last week when they provided eye care screenings for the students at Taos Charter School on May 3.

"KidSight gives free eye screenings to Taos County students, focusing on children Pre-K through third grade and any older students whose teachers/parents express concerns regarding their vision. KidSight can also cover the costs of exams and eyeglasses for uninsured students unable to pay," said the Lions Club, who is hosting the event, in an email.

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This Earth Day, as COVID nears its end, events have been organized throughout the county to help get the community into action. There will be screenings of "Kiss The Ground" - a movie about regenerative agriculture - at several locations, as well as organized trash pickups.

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Local movie fans can thank the safety consciousness of their family, friends and neighbors for pushing our COVID-19 status to "green." It's for that reason the Mitchell Theatre chain is finally able to reopen its Storyteller Cinema 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road, in Taos.

Opening day is Friday (March 5). That's when seven features will light up the big screens. The movies will be "The Croods: A New Age," "The Little Things," "News of the World" (shot in New Mexico), "Nomadland," "Tom and Jerry," "Chaos Walking" and the Disney animated feature "Raya and the Last Dragon" (see sidebar online for descriptions).

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For Taos Ski Valley, having a plan that synergized COVID-19 screening (inquiring about possible COVID symptoms) and testing (confirming a COVI…