What's goin' on?

Thanksgiving week offers a lot of opportunities for fun, food and gettin' funky

By Tempo staff
Posted 11/20/18

Tempo, of course, will be focusing on coverage of holiday themed events starting this week. But that doesn't mean there's a lot of other things happening ...

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What's goin' on?

Thanksgiving week offers a lot of opportunities for fun, food and gettin' funky


Tempo, of course, will be focusing on coverage of holiday themed events starting this week. But that doesn't mean there's a lot of other things happening in Taos that deserve your attention. Here's a brief rundown of what else is going down ...

TAOSFOLK celebrates 10 years

TAOSFOLK is bursting with creative energy this year with over 70 Taos artists and 10 Taos authors.

The famous holiday pop-up store is celebrating its 10th year offering affordable gifts by Taos hands. Located in the historic Stables Gallery at 133 Paseo de3l Pueblo Norte, TAOSFOLK will show the handcrafted work of artists and authors – many of whom show only once a year at TAOSFOLK. The store opens Friday (Nov. 23) at 11 a.m. and stays open daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. Admission, as always, is free. Please join the many artists and authors for an opening celebration with food and libations on Friday from 5-7 p.m. Find that one-of-a-kind handmade gift. For more information, contact Cathleen Lambridis at cathleenlambridis@gmail.com or (773) 595-8065. Also visit taosfolk.com.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author to read

Caroline Fraser will read from her biography, “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” on Thursday (Dec. 13), 7 p.m., at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. The appearance by this Pulitzer Prize-winning author is co-hosted by SOMOS.

Fraser who is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books and the author of three works of nonfiction, “God’s Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church” (Metropolitan, 1999), “Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution” (Metropolitan, 2009), and “Prairie Fires” (Metropolitan, 2017).

One of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of the Year, “Prairie Fires” won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. It was also the winner of BIO International’s 2018 Plutarch Award and the finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize, given by the Columbia Journalism School.

Fraser has given talks on Wilder and other topics to groups large and small, at schools, public libraries, conferences and universities. Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. She lives in Santa Fe.

Tickets are $10, $8 Harwood Alliance members. For reserve tickets, call the Harwood at (575) 758-9826.

Music and more at KTAOS

The KTAOS Solar Center hosts the always entertaining music series, “Off the Cuff Live,” in which local artists perform music from different chart-topping artists. A “Randy Newman Tribute” featuring Jimmy Stadler, Bob Andrews and special guests will take place Monday (Nov. 26) starting at 7 p.m. sharp. There is a $5 cover. The show is recorded live, so it can be broadcast the following Sunday (Dec. 3) at 6 p.m. on KTAO-FM 101.9 right after a new live radio show with Jimmy Stadler and the following week’s “Off the Cuff” guest musicians at 5 p.m. The show is sponsored by Dr. Kellie Harris and Bull O’ The Woods Saloon in Red River.

Don’t forget, every Monday football fans can enjoy the big game at the KTAOS Solar Center. There’s no cover charge. Happy Hour for guests in football gear. Lots of screens and great food specials.

Also, for art lovers, every Wednesday at 6 p.m., it’s Art n’ a Glass with a special guest teacher. Paint away those Hump Day blues for a night of painting in a social setting. No experience required. Learn the fundamentals of painting with local professional special guest artist. Templates are available. Take your painting home. Limited space available. Tickets are $20 per event. Admission includes: Canvas, paint, brushes, and extended Happy Hour pricing. On Wednesday (Nov. 26), work with Carol Shrader of the University of New Mexico.

Then on Friday (Nov. 23), bring the kids for a special movie at the KTAOS Solar Cinema. “We will be showing a family movie on a giant 20-foot screen with theater quality audio. Bring blankets, pillows and pajamas and get comfortable. This is a no-babysitter-needed kind of evening so bring the whole family. Admission is free. This week’s movie is the hilarious classic, “The Goonies.”

Swan to read

This year Gladys Swan has published four novels of her “Carnival Quintet,” emanating from her first novel, “Carnival for the Gods,” first published in the Vintage Contemporaries Series. Swan will give a reading from her work Saturday (Nov. 24), 4 p.m., at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive.

Swan has also published a trilogy set in New Mexico, titled “Ghost Dance: A Play of Voices” (LSU Press, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award); “A Dark Gamble, a Western Epic” and “Ancestors,” from Serving House Books. She has also published eight collections of short fiction, of which the most recent is “Jungle,” published in the Sewanee Review.

The title story received the Lytle Prize for the best fiction published in the magazine for 2015. She was a guest writer at the Vermont Studio Center in April. She is also a visual artist and has done the cover paintings for a number of her books as well as those of other writers. Admission is free. For more, visit somostaos.org

Make plans for the H.E.A.R.T. of Taos fundraiser

The third annual H.E.A.R.T. for the Holidays gala is planned Friday, Dec. 7 at Old Martina’s Hall, 4140 State Road 68 in Ranchos de Taos.

The acronym H.E.A.R.T. represents Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy, Respect and Transitional housing. H.E.A.R.T. of Taos is funded by community support and helps Taos women and children (and their beloved pets) facing involuntary homelessness. The benefit will be raising funds to provide critical services to women and their families in these situations.

These services include emergency housing through H.E.A.R.T.’s private housing partner, rental/security deposit assistance, food and other critical needs necessary for Taos women to survive this winter. The event includes dinner, dance, live auction and the drawing for a weeklong vacation for two.

Michael Hearne and South by Southwest plus The Rifters with Bill Hearne will headline the event featuring Northern New Mexico’s listening and dancing favorites. Dinner precedes the dance and a live auction of art, adventure experiences and travel packages. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., a dance and auction at 7:30 p.m., then a raffle drawing at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are tables for 10: $1,000 to $1,500; individual dinner and dance: $100; dance and auction only for $40. Purchase or reserve online at heartoftaos.org or call (575) 224-3153.

Historical Society plans Christmas luncheon

Buy your ticket before the deadline Friday (Nov. 23) for the Taos County Historical Society’s annual Christmas luncheon and silent auction at Old Martina’s Hall Dec. 2 with guest speaker, New Mexico historian Robert Torrez. He will speak on “The Presidio of Santa Fe: Two Centuries of Service to New Mexico.”

The presidio, or military garrison of Santa Fe, played a critical role in the history of New Mexico.

For nearly two centuries this military unit not only defended the territory but were vital economic and social institutions. The lecture and slide presentation will review the formal structure of the garrison, the soldier’s duties, how they were paid, how military campaigns were organized and how the presidio changed Santa Fe’s physical landscape through the U. S. occupation of New Mexico in August of 1846.

Torrez is a native New Mexican and the former New Mexico state historian. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico. For more than four decades he has mined the documentary treasures in the state’s Spanish, Mexican and territorial archives to find material for hundreds of columns published under his “Voices From the Past” byline in Round the Roundhouse.

He has also published dozens of articles in regional and national publications and contributed to more than two dozen anthologies, including a recent New Mexican history textbook. He has a special interest in the judicial systems of Spanish and territorial-era New Mexico, Spanish-Indian relations and land grant issues. He is an author of six books, including “Rio Arriba, A New Mexico County” (with co-author Robert Trapp), “Myth of the Hanging Tree: Stories of Crime and Punishment in Territorial New Mexico” and his most recent, “Voices From the Past, The Comanche Raid of 1776.”

Luncheon cost is $35, $30 for members with a reservation deadline of Friday (Nov. 23). A silent auction featuring locally donated items begins at 11 a.m. Auction items may be viewed at tasocountyhistoricalsociety.org. Lunch will be served at noon.

The buffet menu is a full fiesta style: chicken and beef fajitas or cheese-stuffed chile rellenos with beans and rice, a vegetable and green salad, Flan for dessert and tea and coffee. Mail reservations and payment to TCHS, P.O. Box 2447, Taos, NM 87571. For additional information or questions please call Ernestina Cordova at (575) 770-0681.

Brian Shields exhibits in L.A. and Barcelona

“Under the Surface, Beyond the Edge,” a selection of paintings and works on paper by Brian Shields was on display at a pop-up show at his studio in Los Angeles Nov. 17-18. Meanwhile, one of his paintings was chosen for the XXXI Muestra Internacional in Barcelona, Spain, which will be on display in the Sala Pere Casaldáliga and is curated by Arbatium and Circuit Artistic. The exhibition runs from Dec. 12 to Jan. 12, 2019. Shields’ work was recently exhibited at the Encore Gallery in Taos with work by William Stewart in “Dreaming the Land.”

Calls for entry

• The Taos Historic Museums Hacienda de los Martinez is hosting a “Retablo Show.” A traditional retablo is a votive offering made in the form of a religious picture typically portraying Christian saints, painted on a panel, and hung in a church or chapel, especially in Spain and Mexico. Two retablos per artist. Must be ready to hang. No entry fee. Can be for sale or not. Eighty percent of sale price goes to the artist; 20 percent goes to benefit the Taos Historic Museums. Deliver your entry between Monday and Wednesday (Nov. 26-28) between noon-4 p.m., at the Hacienda de los Martinez, 708 Hacienda Way, Taos. The opening reception will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 and the exhibition will run through Jan. 7. Call (575) 758-1000 or email info@wnightingale.com for more information.

• 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.

• The Taos Center for the Arts’ Self-Portrait Exhibition is back for its ninth year. Various media will be accepted, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Artists are encouraged to create works that reflect personality, life stories and feelings. Deadline for submissions is Monday (Nov. 26) at midnight. To submit, go to tcataos.org/entries/add_entry.

Ongoing art exhibits

‘Flowerscapes’ by Ron Furedi. The exhibit continues at The Farmhouse Café & Bakery, located at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado. The exhibit will hang through November. Admission is free. Call (914) 659-8572.

Sage Fine Art. Taos resident Carrie Schultz displays her plein air paintings at Sage Fine Art in McCarthy Plaza, 115 C, in the southeast corner of Taos Plaza until Nov. 30. Schultz’s work includes watercolor/ink illustrations and still-life oil paintings. For more info, call (575) 758-9396.

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; “Beauty and Spirit of the World” opened at the Hillcrest Bank south side location, 1356 Paseo del Pueblo Sur and includes paintings, giclee prints and greeting cards of New Mexico until Jan. 2. For more, see katherinesoskin.com.

Paintings by Vermont artist, Frank DeAngelis, grace the walls of Taos Studio Works, 110-A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. In his artist’s statement, DeAngelis writes, “My mediums are acrylic, oil, spray paint, water, kombucha, hardware store items, and stuff from dumpsters. I rarely use a paintbrush and chopsticks are a favorite for paint application. It’s all a wild experiment and I call my studio a laboratory.” Call (802) 578-2641.

Fine Art Atelier & Gallery celebrates its first year in business in Taos with an exhibit by the Taos Plein Air Painters through the month of November, located at 108 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Call (719) 338-0081.

The Taos Center for the Arts exhibit of Gary David Suazo’s paintings that depict his home of Taos Pueblo will be displayed throughout the public spaces of The Historic Taos Inn through Jan. 28. 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, this phenomenological approach exposes consumerism and our objectified perspective of land. For more information visit matthewthomas.com or call (575) 758-2052.


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