Movies about cowboys and talks from and about real cowboys are featured in year long event by the Museum of New Mexico and the Palace of the Governors. Taking items and photos from tons of great collections and loans from 100 plus private owners and museums, a special event, “Cowboys Real and Imagined”, set for 4-14-2013 to 3-16-2014 tells the story mixed together with chronological history of the cowboys in the Southwest and the story telling version via books and movies as seen in real life, on city streets and in the stockyards throughout places like New Mexico. The event schedule is as follows and description is as follows:
Friday, April 26 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, May 17 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, July 19 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, September 20 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, November 15 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, January 17 • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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.
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.