Connect Beyond Club 2023

Join Us For a New Season of Connect Beyond Club

This year’s Connect Beyond Club will focus on the core values that inspire and influence the events we program throughout the year and during the festival.

We have curated a variety of books, films, music, and more to help us facilitate  thoughtful and meaningful conversations. We’ll be meeting virtually every third Wednesday at 6:30 PM. We’ll focus on each core value for 3 meetings with a different piece of curated material as the focus for that meeting.

We’re working on securing some of the creators of the material we are using to be a part of our conversations as well. Below are the topics we’ll be discussing and the dates for each one.

We’ve decided to make Connect Club free so that it can be accessible to everyone. For those of you who have contributed through Patreon, thank you for doing so.  If it’s a challenge for you to do so, please don’t feel obligated to. If you would like to support us, you can do so through Patreon or you can do so by donating through Paypal.


When: Mar 1, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Curiosity – We’re starting the year by revisiting this theme from last year. After all, it’s important to stay curious throughout life!

March 1st – Film: Daisies (Free Link To Watch on Youtube)

Boredom, bikinis ,and a blistering critique of the beauty myth. From its first seconds, Vera Chytilova’s  Daisies follows the misadventures of two young women both called Marie (played by Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová), who rebelliously scam rich dates, cut off their own heads and wreck an official feast. The film’s anarchic attitude saw it banned by the Czech authorities and it stayed under wraps for years. An innovative and brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the ’60s Czech New Wave., Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.

March 22nd – Book: Amoralman: A True Story and Other Lies

Truth and lies are two sides of the same coin. But who’s flipping it? A thought-provoking and brilliantly entertaining work of nonfiction from one of the world’s leading deceivers, the creator and star of the astonishing theater show and forthcoming film In & Of Itself.

Derek DelGaudio believed he was a decent, honest man. But when irrefutable evidence to the contrary is found in an old journal, his memories are reawakened and Derek is forced to confront–and try to understand–his role in a significant act of deception from his past.

Using his youthful notebook entries as a road map, Derek embarks on a soulful, often funny, sometimes dark journey, retracing the path that led him to a world populated by charlatans, card cheats, and con artists. As stories are peeled away and artifices are revealed, Derek examines the mystery behind his father’s vanishing act, the secret he inherited from his mother, the obsession he developed with sleight-of-hand that shaped his future, and the affinity he felt for the professional swindlers who taught him how to deceive others. And once he finds himself working as a crooked dealer in a big-money Hollywood card game, Derek begins to question his own sense of morality, and discovers that even a master of deception can find himself trapped inside an illusion.

A M O R A L M A N is a wildly engaging exploration of the fictions we live as truths. It is ultimately a book about the lies we tell ourselves and the realities we manufacture in others.

April 12th – TBA

Innovation and Creativity

May 3rd Gremlin Symphony from Meow Wolf with Reggie Watts (6 min video)

Meow Wolf: Origin Story  – Available on Amazon,Google Play and Vudu

When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion, and tenacity. Within just a few short years – and with a little help from George R.R. Martin – this group called Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return.

*Joining us for this conversation will be Charlie Huguenard, creator of the Meow Wolf sound department.

May 24th

June 14th

Purpose and Meaning

July 5th

July 26th

August 16th

Connection and Collaboration

Sept 6th

Sept 27th

October 18th

Sustainability and Resilience

November 8th

November 29th

December 20th