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This week: Comedy and cinema

Chris D’Elia prefers stand-up comedy to a TV series.

His reasoning is simple.

“Stand-up – it’s always just you,” he says in a recent phone interview. “TV is playing a character. Sure, it’s fun, but I enjoy when I get to be myself on stage.”

The 37-year-old comedian got his start on the stage while going to high school in Los Angeles.

For the better part of a decade, D’Elia has toured the country performing his comedy.

He’s made the jump to the small screen, getting cast in the sitcoms “Whitney” and “Undateable,” both which aired on NBC.

His most recent comedy special, “Man on Fire,” was released on Netflix this month. But he’s looking to be challenged, as he was in the coming film “Life in a Year.”

“I never want to do the same thing over and over,” he says. “I want to challenge myself with each role and project.”

D’Elia will be in the Duke City for a show at the Historic El Rey Theater on Saturday, July 15.

Calling all cinephiles. It’s time for the Jewish Film Festival. Beginning Thursday, July 20, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque will host the annual event. Five films will be shown, and a few events are planned in conjunction with the screenings.

Looking for a cool event this week? Check out the “Page to Stage” series at the Albuquerque Museum. The program has been in existence for eight years, and this month’s event will feature a staging of the pilot episode of “Breaking Bad,” by the Fusion Theatre Company.

Staff writer Rozanna M. Martinez has all the details on the Lavender Festival in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque this weekend.

Another week and another potential blockbuster opens with the latest installment of the “Planet of the Apes” series.