What's happening in Taos

Here's a rundown of various events in Taos and the region

By Tempo staff
Posted 4/12/18

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What's happening in Taos

Here's a rundown of various events in Taos and the region


For more on what's happing in Taos, pick up a copy of Tempo magazine, inside this week's edition of The Taos News or visit taosnews.com.

Mariachi Tigre anniversary

Members of the public are invited to celebrate a night of music, culture and dance presented by our community’s talented young musicians at the Children and Youth Mariachi Espectacular Saturday (April 14), 6 p.m., at Taos High School’s Otero Gymnasium, 134 Cervantes Street. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and children.

Performing groups include Mariachi Jaguar from the Enos Garcia Elementary in Taos, Mariachi Los Tigritos Uno, Dos y Tres from Taos Middle School, Mariachi Los Tigritos Uno y Dos, and Taos’ premier Mariachi El Tigre from Taos High School. Master of ceremonies will be Mariachi El Tigre alumni, James Valerio.

All proceeds raised will go toward supporting the mariachi programs at Taos Middle School and High School, plus mariachi student scholarships, student mariachi workshops, Mariachi Trajes, instrument repairs, sheet music and the annual Mariachi Spectacular.

The event also marks the 37th anniversary of Mariachi El Tigre, according to THS teacher Norberto Martínez. Mariachi el Tigre was the very first high school mariachi in the state to receive course credit. For its first 23 years, the mariachi was under the directorship of Nick Branchal. After his retirement, the group tried out several different directors before landing on a good fit.

Norberto Martinez was a member of the very first Mariachi el Tigre in 1981 and considers carrying on the music tradition an honor. In his ninth year as the director of Mariachi el Tigre, he feels fortunate to have the assistance of Nick Branchal and local music teacher Audrey Davis. For the past four years, these 20 high school students have had the privilege of performing for the New Mexico Hispano Music Awards show.

“The mariachi program instills within its students dedication, responsibility, zeal and a sense of family that sustains the students when they embark upon their own lifelong goals,” Martínez said in a statement. “The instructors of Mariachi El Tigre are proud to see their students go on to become music teachers, musicians in the New Mexico music scene and inspirations to those with a passion for music. With the support of family, community, friends and generations of alumni the students can continue growing as a mariachi, as musicians, and continue entertaining the public with the music they love.”

For more, call Taos High School at (575) 751-8000.

Terrance Simien at The Mothership

Roots and Wires Presents is bringing Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience live from Mallet, Louisiana, on Saturday (April 14), 7 p.m., at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Kiko Villamizar and his eight-piece cumbia band from Colombia opens. Tickets are $12 at the door.

“They’re one of the few zydeco artists we’ve never brought to Taos before, so we’re looking forward to it,” said Roots and Wires Presents’ John Henderson. “We have brought many of the artists from the zydeco world of Southwest Louisiana but this is Terrance’s first appearance in Taos. He is a force of nature.”

For nearly 30 years, Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, an eighth generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not, according to promo materials. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed at thousands of concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries.

Simien was born in 1965 (appropriately) into the hippie folk and soul music era that still intrigues him today. He grew artistically being influenced and inspired by all of the music from that period. He was as influenced by Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as he was by Sam Cooke and the Commodores.

Since his family is documented in history books as one of the first Creole families to settle St. Landry Parish. His musical roots are firmly planted alongside the great zydeco pioneers, such as Chenier, Delafose, Chavis, Ardoin and that other Simien, Rockin Sidney, to name a few.

Well-known for his legendary live performances, Simien also helped change the vocabulary for his genre by introducing complex vocal harmonies, diverse repertoire and carefully crafted high quality recordings. Simien has shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few.

Simien’s groundbreaking Creole for Kidz and The History of Zydeco for student, youth and family audiences has reached nearly 500,000 since its debut in 2000. This dynamic program is presented at performing art centers, schools and festivals.

Simien is building a more culturally literate young performing arts patron who is more knowledgeable about zydeco roots music because of his program. Simien he has received countless awards, grants and recognition for his work and artistic contributions as a respected cultural ambassador for his state and country.

For more, check out TerranceSimien.com.

Then, on April 21, Roots and Wires brings Vieux Farka Touré in a return engagement to Taos. Nicknamed “The Hendrix of the Sahara” Vieux Farka Touré is the son of the legendary guitarist Ali Farka Touré from Mali.

‘Luisa Miller’ at TCA

The opera “Luisa Miller” represents a transitional moment in Giuseppe Verdi’s unparalleled career. While reminiscent of the youthful vitality that had made Verdi an international sensation, the opera also looks forward to the dramaturgical discipline and sophistication of the composer’s middle period.

Taos audiences can see a Metropolitan Opera production of the opera Saturday (April 14), 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $25, $20 for Taos Center for the Arts members, and free to youth 17 and under thanks to the Taos Opera Guild.

The story centers on the bond between a father and his daughter as they stand together against a hostile world, and much of the dramatic and psychological acumen that would define the mature Verdi is already fully apparent in this earlier work. It is an opera very much like its title character, one that impresses with genuine virtues rather than superficial flashiness. Sonya Yonceva will sing the title role opposite Piotr Beczala.

The presentation is part of The Met: Live in HD series. For more, call (575) 758-2052.

Verone and Ewert at Bareiss Gallery

Artists Paula Verona and Gretchen Ewert are having an opening reception for an exhibit of their work Saturday (April 14), 4-7 p.m., at the Philip Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, north of El Prado. The exhibition will continue through April 29 and is in conjunction with the Taos Environmental Film Festival.

Reception for TCA Member’s Open

The Taos Center for the Arts will give an opening reception for “Math and Music,” the sixth annual Members Open exhibit Wednesday (April 18) from 4-6 p.m.

The show will hang in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. It is made up of 20 inch by 20 inch pieces focused on the theme. The delivery date for art is April 16, so time remains for artists to enter a piece in the exhibit. All media is eligible. For more information, call (575) 758-2052.

Ressler’s work in new monograph

Susan Ressler’s  photographs, now on view in the Harwood Art Museum as part of the “Works by Women” exhibit, have also been included in a new monograph, “Executive Order.” She will sign books and discuss her work Wednesday (April 18) at 2 p.m. in the George E. Foster Jr. Gallery at the Harwood, 238 Ledoux Street. The event is free to museum members.

For more than 40 years, Ressler has been photographing affluence in America. She writes in press materials, “In the era of Trump, we face the dangers that ensue when corporations are deregulated and when profits ‘trump’ people. Visualized to emphasize cool geometric sterility, these photographs critique the underlying social structures enabling wealth and power. They do so with irony, empathy and insight. They show us, that although fortunes may rise and fall, the systems of power and privilege are still fixed firmly in place.” Ressler is a longtime Taos resident. “Executive Order” is the first monograph to feature her artwork.

For more information, call (575) 758-9826.

Whooley donates watercolors

A number of distinctive water colors have been generously donated by artist, Stephanie Woolley, to the Taos Retirement Village. These works will be permanently hung in the dining room and music room.Taos Retirement Village, 414 Camino de la Placitas, main building. Call (575) 758-8248.

Calls for entry

Call for artists interested in local, nonprofit-sponsored, indoor art market, weekends only. Site is a 4,500 square-foot building, one block off Paseo, near major hotels. Booth spaces measuring 10 by 10 or larger start at $40 per space per weekend, some with wall space. Short-or long-term commitment required. Artist keeps all sales. No dealers. Artist must have CRS number and floor coverings. Booth-sharing is allowed and art organizations welcome. Space rental fees for artists will be used to support the NonViolence Works lease of the building for programs during the week. Call Bea (575) 613-3036.

The Taos Artist Organization is taking applications for the Labor Day Weekend Studio Tour 2018.  Information and applications may be obtained from our website: taosartistorg.org or sign up at our monthly meeting, the second Wednesday of the month at SOMOS bookstore.108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos. Email taosartistorganization@gmail.com.

Taos Artist Collective is interviewing new artist members for this gallery located near historic Taos Plaza at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call Lois Fernandez (575) 770-9950.

Arte de Descartes XVIII is calling out to artists for the 18th annual juried recycled art show. Deadline for entries is August 1. To download prospectus go to whollyrags.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wholly Rags P.O. Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Prospectus can also be picked up at Wholly Rags, 1337 Gusdorf Road Suite L. Call Melissa Larson (575) 751-9862 for more information.

New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists invites entries to Celebration of Clay 2018, “Contemporary Ceramics: Informed by Tradition.” The show is set for May1-30 in Kit Carson Road galleries: Copper Moon, Total Arts, David Anthony Fine Art and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art. To enter this self-juried members show, or to join NMPCA, go to nmpotters.org, contact coc@nmpotters.org or call Seri Kotowski (575) 758-7029.

Taos Community Center’s co-op located in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on Taos Plaza seeks a new clay artist. The co-op carries 22 artists at this time and wants to add a potter to the group. The co-op is located at 121 North Taos Plaza. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014 for details.

Ongoing exhibits

Look for poetry everywhere you go in Taos this month. “Poetry in Public Places,” is a poetry installation project sponsored by SOMOS and the Taos Arts Council. Poems written by more than 25 Taos poets will be displayed at Taos Cow, KOKO, Coffee Spot, Elevation, Coffee Cats, Gutiz, Manzanita Market, Taos Visitors Center, Taos Town Hall, Taos Youth & Family Center and Taos Community Auditorium. The Taos Public Library will display poems by Langston Hughes illustrated by fourth-grade students of Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA). Call (575) 758-0081 or visit somostaos.org.

Philadelphia-based artist Ryan Ward’s exhibit, ‘Bit Bad,’ is at the Reed Lockhart Gallery, 107 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos,. The gallery website says Ward, “reimagines past events through painting and large scale installation. Rather than aim for resolution, these reconfigurations pose questions about historical presentation itself.” Call the gallery at (847) 528-0980.

The Stephen Kilborn gallery reports it has improved pottery and art display space and is giving away free posters and limited edition bumper stickers of the “fish paintings” at its Pilar location on State Road 570, off State Road 68, 17 miles south of Taos. Open 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day but Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call (575) 758-0135.

Forty-five UNM art students present their work in “12 x 12 by 45” at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road through April 14. The exhibit includes a variety of media, including paintings, prints, ceramics and small metal construction within the required parameters of 12 inches square. Call (575) 770-5733.

The Taos Art Museum showcases the museum’s collection of Taos Masters. On both floors of the historic Fechin House you will savor the talent of the members of The Taos Society of Artists and the early Taos Art Colony. Call (575) 758-2690.

An art display featuring big cats and ravens is at Elevation Coffee, 1110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Free. Call Ron Duncan (575)741-9460.

Denver artist Sarah Palmeri’s installation piece, “The Magazine Project,” “twists the rules of mass media in favor of feminism,” says a press release. Palmeri’s work will be on display at the UNM-Taos Atrium Gallery April 5-May 7, 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos. For more information, email sstolar@unm.edu.

Rag-made quilts can be seen at Taos Public Library, March 15 - May 31. A quilt talk and artists’ reception will take place April 14  from 1- 2:30 p.m. at the library. The show is sponsored by Wholly Rags, a local nonprofit textile recycler. For more information, call (575)751-9862

“Work by Women” continues at The Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St., Taos until May 13. Included are rarely shown works by women from the museum collection. For more information, call (575) 758-9826 ext. 109.


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