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Come to Scotland...

... with Jean Cocteau.

(Yes, yes, Cocteau was French. But there was lots of back and forth between the Scots and the French, y'know. They called it the Aulde Alliance).

We're having a very special event this week at the Cocteau: a week-long marathon of the entire first season of OUTLANDER, the brilliant television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's bestselling novels. We're showing all sixteen hours, and best of all: admission is FREE.

The marathon is already half over, alas... but you can still catch the second half of the season, tonight, Saturday, and Sunday.

We've had all kinds of fun special events too.

We had Diana Gabaldon herself the first two nights, talking, answering questions, signing books.

We had bagpipers.

We had men in kilts.

We had a tasting of single-malt Scotch.

(No haggis, though. Have to draw the line somewhere).


Aug. 14th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
Haggis is actually quite nice, i live in England and have Scottish family so we eat haggis on burns night. Looks weird, tastes better than you would think.
Gemma Dickson
Aug. 15th, 2015 09:46 am (UTC)
RE: haggis
. I hate haggis and I'm scottish, really can't stand it. I think it's an acquired taste.
Aug. 16th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: haggis
We recently took a family trip to Scotland and were offered haggis. My parental in-laws would not even touch it, but my wife and I quite like it. Though I'm also going to assume that like most recipes, one person's haggis is quite different than another's.
Aug. 15th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
Aug. 15th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
I live in the S.F. Bay Area and we don't have cool events like this.

I always swore if I won one of those three digit lotteries ($100 mill+) I'd open a movie theater in the old style (a la Mann''s Chinese, Egyptian, etc), show new and older classics, including have the occasion sci-fi and fantasy retrospectives, and foreign films without having to traipse all the way into S.F. or hunt for nonexistent parking in Berkeley. Now I know if I do ever hit the jackpot, bring in authors and do events like this too.

Thanks for continuing to inspire my lotto day dreams with fun events like this.
Aug. 15th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
Help choose between books!
Bon dia Mr. Martin. Just finishing a reread of your ASOIAF series. For my next read, I'm conflicted between The Lord of the Rings (Never saw the movies either) and T. H. White's The Once and Future King. Any one you'd suggest more than the other?
Aug. 15th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
This is incredible!
Wow, this is amazing - i wish I had been there to see it and meet Diana. The show is great.

Out of interest George, what do you make of the show's adaptation from the books? Is it how you pictured Diana's Scots?
Sean Hall
Aug. 15th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
Will Diana Gabaldon sign books/answer questions on Saturday or Sunday's showing or is she already gone?

Edited at 2015-08-15 01:01 am (UTC)
Aug. 15th, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
Gone, I am afraid. Other commitments.
Aug. 15th, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
That's awesome George!!
Aug. 15th, 2015 04:27 am (UTC)
Events like this make me wish I lived in Santa Fe. Love "Outlander" -- both the show and the books!
Aug. 15th, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
Haggis tastes better than advertised. There is a gentleman who serves it up at the North Texas Irish Festival and it is very, very nice.
John Nelson
Aug. 15th, 2015 09:46 am (UTC)
Santa Fe flavored Celtic radness
Any country that created Karen Gillan needs to be celebrated and honored regardless of the arts, literature or music honoring the nation, or coming out of it. With that said, I think it's so awesome you promote her works. In fact, it's rather honorable, even if you two aren't really all that similar in content (but believe me, there are many who group you two together in a category as *the same*, even if I group them in a category as *they're dumb*).

Oh wait, no haggis? Well, screw it. I'm not interested in going now. HA. Just joking, I'm glad the Lutefisk of Scotland won't be served.
Aug. 15th, 2015 10:18 am (UTC)
great way to support a fellow author :D

I love the Outlander books as much as I love Game of Thrones and J.V. Jones Sword of Shadow novels. I wish I could come watch the marathon as well, but it's a loooooooong way away from where I live *sadface*
Rebecca Dornsife
Aug. 15th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
Wish I lived much closer. Outlander on the big screen is awesome.
Aug. 15th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
If you had men in kilts, did you have Jennie Breeden and her trusty leaf-blower?
Mary Ellen Wofford
Aug. 15th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
That would have been so much fun to attend.
Aug. 15th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
Last time I was in Scotland I had some vegetarian haggis, which was actually very close to the real stuff.
Aug. 16th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC)
Wow sounds like fun! I love Diana's books and would love to visit Scotland soon.

(anybody ever tell her though that people don't *always* need to shiver despite the heat or sweat despite the cold? or I guess somebody could tell me not to read all of one author's books back to back so I notice things like that...)
Aug. 16th, 2015 01:32 pm (UTC)
No haggis? Haggis is delicious. Tell me you at least had some black pudding. Nothing like a breakfast of pig blood and oatmeal to get you going in the morning.
Aug. 16th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
This is awesome
Being a local patron of the arts is something that is utterly fantastic to see. So often we rely on local or national govt. to fill in those spots with community concerts or series being held in bigger cities. It is a great change to see what you are doing there, in your little corner of the world, to bring a bright spot into the local art scene.

You certainly are doing more than your small part by opening and supporting the Jean Cocteau! Almost wish I lived in New Mexico so I could visit... almost.
Aug. 17th, 2015 01:29 pm (UTC)
Well, looking at the fun from here in Edinburgh it looks like you had a grand old time.

Pity there was no haggis, but I hear it's hard to get the real deal in the States.
Virginia R
Aug. 22nd, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
Wish I could attend
I love, love, LOVE the TV show and I'm definitely going to read the books after the series is done airing. It's wonderful how you organize all the events you do at the Cocteau. I'm pine green with envy. I wish all the attendees a wonderful time. (^_^)


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