'Adriana Lecouvreur' to be screened at TCASoprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on--for the first time at the Met--the title role …
Taos is certainly rolling along with 2019, along with the hopes for a brighter future and the tenacity to meet whatever challenges rising in our paths. There's a lot going on this week, so here's a brief rundown of what's going on. Of course, this is just a sample. For much more, check out the print edition of Tempo inside The Taos News when it hits newsstands bright and early Thursday morning.
Local reggae stars at Mothership
Taos band Iriebellion, with special guests Outstanding Citizen Collective and Irv Wanueka, will play a New Year New Roots Party Saturday (Jan. 5), 8 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Tickets are $7.
Speaking of reggae, Jah Kings – world class, socially conscious, highly danceable, funk-infused roots reggae band supreme – will be playing Jan. 11, also at the Mothership. Tickets for this show are $10, so get them now.
With acclaim spanning from the Chicago Music Awards, to Ghanaian National Television, the Jah Kings project earns recognition everywhere it travels for the steadfast delivery of compelling, socially conscious and highly danceable funk-infused roots reggae performances. Led by former world-class track-star (songwriter/founding member) Alexander "Kofi" Washington, and long-steeped in powerful alchemical fires, Jah Kings are now primed to take the project's cathartic musical medicine to the global stage.
For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
'Adriana Lecouvreur' to be screened at TCA
Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé and Renata Scotto, taking on – for the first time at the Met – the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on and offstage passion.
Make plans to see this production, which will be screened as part of The Met: Live in HD series Jan. 12, 11 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana's lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar's staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where The Guardian praised the "elegant production, sumptuously designed ... The spectacle guarantees a good night out." Runtime is 3 hours 33 minutes including two intermissions.
Tickets are $25, $20 for Taos Center for the Arts members, and free for youth 17 and under, thanks to Taos Opera Guild. They may be purchased in advance by calling (575) 758-2052. Tickets will also be available at the box office, which opens 45 minutes before the screening begins.
Taos Chamber Music Group presents Good Company with Chatter
The Taos Chamber Music Group brings a Chatter-style program that includes music, poetry and two minutes of silence. Make plans for this program, which takes place Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., in the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St.
In keeping with Chatter's morning programs in Albuquerque and at SITE Santa Fe, there will be a morning performance at the Harwood Museum in addition to the 5:30 p.m. show. (No Sunday concert.)
Emblematic of its adventuresome programming, the Chatter string quartet will play Meredith Monk's "StringSongs," Philip Glass's "Company String Quartet No. 2" and Gabriela Lena Frank's "Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout."
TCMG flutist Nancy Laupheimer joins them for Andrew Norman's "Light Screens," and Taos poet Olivia Romo will perform. Also featured are David Felberg on violin/viola, Megan Holland on violin, Kim Fredenburgh on viola, James Holland on cello and Nancy Laupheimer on flute,
Tickets are $25, $20 museum members, and $12 for students. Visit taoschambermusicgroup.org for more information.
Don’t forget First Saturday Arts Walk
The first Saturday of each month, many galleries in Taos feature demonstrations, receptions with new works, and meet-the-artist events from 4-6 p.m. Regular hours are often extended to be open later than usual. Taos is unique in its high concentration of galleries, studios, historic sites and museums within easy walking distance of each other, not to mention the hidden gems outside of the Historic District. Many stores of all kinds also extend their hours. Take a break from the slopes and rest those quads (both muscles and chairlifts). Thoughout downtown Taos Historic District. Free. (575) 770-5733.
Poets DiBella Seluja and Nethercott to read
Katherine DiBella Seluja and GennaRose Nethercott will read from their published works Tuesday (Jan. 8) from 7-8:30 p.m. The reading will be given at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos. Admission is free. Call (575) 758-0081.
DiBella Seluja is a poet and a nurse practitioner. She is author of “Gather the Night” (UNM Press, 2018), her first poetry collection. It focuses on the effects of mental illness.
Winner of the Southwest Writers poetry award, her work has appeared in "Bosque," "Broadsided Press," "Claudius Speaks," "Literary Orphans" and "Intima," among others. Her poem, “Letter to My Suegra from Artesia, New Mexico” won honorable mention in the Santa Ana River Review contest, judged by then U.S. poet laureate, Juan Felipé Herrera. A collaborative poetry collection, “We Are Meant to Carry Water,” written with Tina Carlson and Stella Reed, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press in 2019.
DiBella Seluja lives in Santa Fe with her husband, her daughter and a cat called Fish.
Nethercott’s book “The Lumberjack’s Dove” (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection “Modern Ballads” and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared in journals, including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing and PANK. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris, the Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.
Calls for entry
• After Dark 8 is a show that celebrates darkness and the varied reactions to the dark: nighttime, dark humor, dark fantasies, dark matter, and so on. Greg Moon Art of Taos hosts this national juried show with guest jurors, pop-surrealist painter Isabel Samaras and designer/ curator/ art maven Janet Webb. The show will run March 23- April 13 with an opening reception on March 23. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight Feb. 28. All entries must be submitted through callforentry.org. For additional info visit blog.gregmoonart.com/group-exhibition. The gallery is located at 109A Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 770-4463.
• “Taos is Art” banner competition is open until Jan. 19. Artists who would like to submit work to be considered as one of the dozens of banners that will line Paseo del Pueblo in the spring and summer of 2019 can submit their work. For instructions on how to submit work, go to taosartscouncil.org/town-of-taos-banner-competition.
• The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is looking for submissions for next year’s 11th annual festival. The festival screens over 100 films for over 10,000 attendees each year. Apply online via FilmFreeway or Without a Box or download and fill out the online application and mail the application and the required materials to: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 418 Montezuma Ave. Suite 22, Santa Fe 87501. Review the submission rules and guidelines before submission of a film. The early bird deadline is March 4; the regular deadline is May 6. Further questions contact email@example.com.
• The Taos Community Centers Artist Co-op is taking applications for a new artist who can work in the shop two-and-a-half days a month, pay a small membership fee, and percentage of commission on sales. For an appointment call Effie (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430.
Ongoing art exhibits
The Michael Gorman Gallery’s newest exhibit includes the work of longtime Taos artist Nicki Marx and Aspen-based artist j. KEO as well as work by gallery owner Michael Gorman. Marx is known for her painting as well as her wearable art, while j. KEO is an abstract painter and Gorman will display ceramics. The gallery is located at 103 East Plaza, Taos. Admission is free. Call (575) 224-6911.
On view at the Harwood Museum of Art: “Santa Fe, n.d. Print by Garo Antreasian (1922-2018), Gift of the Collection of Dr. Richard & Susan Streeper.” An early interest in printmaking led him to national fame in the technical and artistic potential of fine art lithography. Antreasian was technical director of the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Los Angeles in 1960. He moved to Albuquerque to teach at the University of New Mexico, and in 1971, he co-wrote “The Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art and Techniques” with Clinton Adams, which became the definitive text for creative lithography internationally. Antreasian passed away at the age of 96 on Nov. 3. Harwood Museum of Art is at 238 Ledoux St., Taos. Call (575) 758-9826.
Studio 107-B’s exhibit, “To Bee Or Not To Bee,” is still on view, with many original and fabulous works of art relating to the bee and it’s survival on our planet. “Over 70 Taos artists were invited to submit a work of art relating to the honeybee and its survival. The combination is a powerful group show of individually charged works of art. Studio 107-B, is at 107-B Taos Plaza North, Taos. Call (575) 779-7832.
“The Necklace of Winter” by Lavanya Dawn continues at MoMo Taos, 133 Bent St. Dawn’s fantastical contemporary paintings are the product of her lifetime evolution as an artist. For more information, call (505) 690-7871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine Morris Soskin’s work is on exhibit at both Hillcrest Bank locations in Taos: the northside Hillcrest Bank is exhibiting Soskin’s photographs, prints and giclees from Asia, Australia, Machu Picchu and Hawaii, plus points west, through Jan. 4. For more, see katherinesoskin.com.
The Taos Center for the Arts exhibit of Gary David Suazo’s paintings depicting his home at Taos Pueblo will be displayed throughout the public spaces through Jan. 28 at The Historic Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Free. Call (575) 758-2052.
J. Matthew Thomas’ exhibition “Muted” continues at the Encore Gallery at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Thomas, a Taos-based artist and community organizer, converts discarded consumer waste into constructed landscapes. Read as maps, drawings or blueprints for the contemporary landscape, he says "this phenomenological approach exposes consumerism and our objectified perspective of land." For more, visit matthewthomas.com or call (575) 758-2052.
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