Screens Special screenings

Cómo Vives?: John Pilson

A Trial is the finished product of a three-month workshop in which video artist and photographer John Pilson collaborated with students from St. Anthony Catholic School and The Circle School. Premiere and reception, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 15, at Artpace, 445 N. Main. Admission is free. For more info, call 212-4900 or visit

17th-century feasting

Dir. Roland Joffé (2000)

As an enticing appetizer for the Realm of Illusion exhibit, the McNay Art Museum presents Vatel, the tale of a famous French chef (reportedly the distant ancestor of Bistro Vatel’s Damien Watel) who woos Louis XIV, and his favorite attendant. Admission is free. 7:15 p.m. Thursday, December 15, at the McNay, 6000 N. New Braunfels. For more info, call 824-5368.

Juarez: Stages of Fear
Dir. Cesar Alejandro III (2005)

This 98-minute independent feature film, produced in El Paso, captures the fear and brutality of the Juarez murders, in which almost 400 women have been killed over the past1 2 years. Ruben Blades, Little Joe, and other Latin music stars appear in a video for the original song “De Mariposa a Cruz,” at film’s end. Juarez premieres in San Antonio Friday, December 16 at the AMC Huebner Oaks. For show times and ticket prices, check local listings.