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Friday Venue

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Aliens & Outlaws It may be a scaled down affair, but it’s back. For the fourth year, The Albuquerque Film Festival will screen some New Mexico-made films as well as some big screen classics. The festival begins Thursday, Aug. 16 and runs through Aug. 19 at the KiMo Theatre.

But there’s more music and entertainment inside:

  • Ghost hunting Albuquerque’s drag troupe — The Dolls — are tackling Noel Coward’s famous 1941 comedy “Blithe Spirit.” The comedy will be staged beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at Albuquerque Little Theatre. The show will run Fridays-Sundays through Aug. 19.
  • Always Maiden After nearly 30 years in the music industry, Iron Maiden has found a new audience thanks to video games using the band’s songs. The legendary heavy-metal band will perform with Coheed & Cambria at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque presents The Pavilion.
  • Get there on time Hank3 pulled off releasing four albums simultaneously in 2011 without a hitch. For the past year, he’s been touring in support of the music and will make a stop at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Sunshine Theater.
  • Trifecta Singer/songwriter Shannon McNally returns to New Mexico for three concerts on Sunday, Aug. 12-Tuesday, Aug. 14. McNally will perform for free at the Santa Fe Railyard Plaza at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, then she opens for Buffy Sainte-Marie at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the KiMo Theatre and then 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Low Spirits.
  • A new era Matt Damon is out of the Bourne franchise and Jeremy Renner picks up with “The Bourne Legacy.” Does Renner hold his own in the new film? Critic Roger Ebert weighs in on the new spy thriller.