Here's a look at some of the entertainment events happening in Taos.
Zion I, plus Wake Self and Po.10.Cee at the brewery
The Oakland, California-based emcee and producer Zion I (aka Zumbi) is in the top echelon of conscious, party-rocking hip-hop artists. You can see what Zumbi has been up to, along with hip-hop artists Wake Self, Po.10.Cee, N8 Larcen and DJ Elements on Saturday (Oct. 14), 8 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Hosted by 3eye and Dynamic, with live painting by Jisk, this show is billed as high-energy conscious rap music with a party vibe. Tickets are $13 in advance, $17 at the door.
With more than two dozen albums, mix tapes, EPs and vibrant collaborations with notables such as Amp Live and DJ K-Genius under his belt, Zion I has transcended the hip-hop world and evolved into an independent touring artist who appeals to a broad spectrum of the live music community. Zion I’s progressive, stay-true-to-the-core lyricism and soulful delivery have ignited the audiences of artists across many genres, according to press materials.
“If misogyny and materialism have kept you away from rap music, it’s time to give it another shot with Albuquerque based artist Wake Self, a man who represents a growing social conscience in hip hop,” a press release states. “The complicated and driven MC is self-made when it comes to his career, and when he reaches inevitable success, he’ll be taking his beloved home state with him.”
Locals are well aware of Taos Pueblo’s Po.10.Cee. “Inspired by the mid-’90s golden era, their sound is versatile; a mixture of soul and hip-hop with a Native American influence. The group began producing beats, writing rhymes, recording and promoting in 2004. Through comedic raps and melodic vocals, they convey political and controversial messages, while also promoting their movement of truth, art and unity. Po.10.Cee has shared the stage with hip-hop legends, including Oddisee, Murs, One be Lo, LuckyIam, Afu-Ra and Blueprint.”
The last 15 years, N8 Larcen began rapping and producing at the age of 12, which spawned into a career in the hip-hop industry. He has played shows and shared stages with many legends, such as Public Enemy, Pharcyde, Wu Tang, Solillaquists of Sound, Sleep, Qwel, Grayskul, Brother Ali, Del and George Clinton.
For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
German version of ‘Magic Flute’ to be screened
The next installment of The Met: Live in HD at the Taos Community Auditorium is a screening of a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”) by The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The screening is planned Saturday (Oct. 14) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism,” according to Metropolitan Opera press notes. “The story is told in a singspiel (’song-play’) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons — the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals — and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.”
Taos Community Auditorium is located at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $25, $20 for Taos Center for the Arts members. Ask about special tickets for youth. Call (575) 758-2052.
Taos filmmaker at Santa Fe film fest
As cosmic luck would have it, “Retirement Planning,” a new short film comedy by Taos filmmaker Jody McNicholas, has been selected to screen at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. The festival runs Wednesday (Oct. 18) through Oct. 22. “Retirement Planning” will screen Oct. 20, a Friday, at 8:10 p.m. and Oct. 22, a Sunday, at 3 p.m.
In the 2016 festival, McNicholas, owner of Walk-In Productions in Taos, won best New Mexico feature documentary for her film, “Longshotsville,” a documentary about young actors and their mentors at Metta Theatre in El Prado.
“It’s pure magic when an intergalactic social worker arrives at a retirement planning office.” That’s the tagline and premise of this new film, which is both quirky and thought-provoking. It is also the filmmaker’s first foray into comedy. Moving away from her mainstay genre of documentary, “Retirement Planning” explores a deep-rooted belief around aging and retirement — and also has some fun along the way. McNicholas said she hopes to screen “Retirement Planning” in Taos this coming spring, “probably during tax season.”
Archaeology Day at Millicent Rogers
This Saturday (Oct. 14), Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, will present New Mexico Archaeology Day activities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities that relate to Southwest archaeology. Activities for kids include making pinch pottery and digging for artifacts. For the day, admission is free to the activities and the museum. Call (575) 758-2462.
On Saturday (Oct. 14), 2-3 p.m., artist Jami Porter Lara will talk about her work featured in “Divergent/ Works,” a current exhibition. The talk and exhibition are at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. According to jamiporterlara.com, the artist makes “objects that resemble a ubiquitous icon of modern life – the plastic bottle. ... Using these found objects as source, her purpose is to reconceptualize the plastic bottle to better represent its function as a precious object – a vessel – capable of sustaining human life.” Call (575) 758-9826.
Calls for entry
• Taos Center for the Arts announces a call for solo exhibitions for The Encore Gallery and The Taos Inn. The call is open to emerging and established artists residing or represented in Taos County who have not exhibited with “TCA Exhibits” within the last three years. Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography or a combination of wall and sculptural works as deemed suitable to the venues are acceptable media. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. Visit tcataos.org for more information and to apply.
Ongoing art exhibits
• “Divergent/ Works” features “artists pursuing very different styles ... while subscribing to this subtending Taos aesthetic. ... These are divergent works that converge in the unique high desert aesthetic of Taos and Northern New Mexico.” The show will be at Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. in Taos, through Jan. 14, 2018.
• Through October at Taos Artist Collective, 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Jan Nelson and Debra Villalobos “enter a world of seeing beauty in those things discarded and bring it to the world of the finer arts.” Call (575) 751-7122.
• “Staged Time” is an exhibition of ceramic and mixed-media works by Alex Kurtz and Abby Salsbury on display through Oct. 15 at Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 770-8366.
• “On the Square” features works in paper by T.J. Mabrey at Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. It will be on display through Oct. 30. Call (575) 758-9826.
• “Rebels Without a Pause: New Mexi-Low 6” is a show of lowbrow/pop-surrealist art at Greg Moon Art, 109-A Kit Carson Road. The work will be on display through Oct. 28. Call (575) 770-4463.
• J. Matthew Thomas, a mixed-media artist, has works on display at magpie, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Overland Compound, El Prado, through Nov. 5. Call (781) 248-0166.
• A collection of Caren Lorber assemblages is on display at Peoples Bank, 1356 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, throughout the month of October. Call (575) 779-9437 or visit carenlorber.com.
• In “In Comparison,” 203 Fine Art, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite I, works from the 1930s-2017 will be on display for comparison through Oct. 29. Call (575) 751-1262.
• Atrium Gallery, at University of New Mexico-Taos Klauer Campus, along County Road 110 in Ranchos de Taos, is showing works by Gigi Gatewood. The photographs on display are a mixture of two bodies of work “dealing with the spiritual landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.” The show will be on display through mid-October.
• Shari Ubechel’s paintings are influenced by master artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. Ubechel revisits their paintings and subject matter in her own 3-D style. Earth and Spirit Gallery, 132 Bent St., shows her works. Call (575) 770-3390.
• “The Art of Walt Gonske: A Retrospective,” through Jan. 7 at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, features the art of a man whose work “has embodied the Southwest for four decades.” Call (575) 758-2690, ext. 101.
• “Havana Hallelujah” features the photography of David Smith-Soto, who captured images of Cuba and the people there. The work is up at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, through Oct. 28. Call (575) 758-7113.
• “New Mexico Churches: An Elemental Phenomenon” (photography by Mark Goebel) will be on display through Jan. 15 at the Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-2052.
• Seamus Berkeley’s new show of oil paintings will be on display through Oct. 31 at Black Mesa Winery - Taos Tasting Room. Call (575) 758-1969.
• Taos Plein Air Painters will host an annual fall exhibition and sale of artwork through Oct. 31 at Trading Post Café, 4179 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• “Paper, Paper, Paper” features works created with various forms of paper as the medium at Encore Gallery at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2052.
• Millicent Rogers Museum features an exhibit highlighting the significance of corn in Southwest Native American art through Feb. 18. Call (575) 758-87571.
• “Trees of Life,” a collection of paintings by Lucy Herrman, is on display at ACEQ, 480 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco. Call (575) 776-0900.
• LED light-illuminated paintings by Kathryn Tatum will be on display through October at Untitled Annex, 125 Kit Carson Road. The LED lights, which are mounted behind the canvas, slowly move through the color spectrum, exposing various paint layers containing hid den images and symbols. Call (970) 708-1331.
• David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, hosts “Taxonomy of Memories: Chronicles in Clay” with ceramics and works in clay by Deborah Rael-Buckley through Oct. 28. Call (575) 758-7113.