What's happening in Taos? A lot ...

All sorts of things are happening in town. Check it out

By Tempo staff
Posted 10/11/18

There's a lot going in Taos this week, and this is but a sample. For more, including coverage of the "Dreaming the Land" exhibit and the Taos Storytelling Festival ...

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What's happening in Taos? A lot ...

All sorts of things are happening in town. Check it out


There's a lot going in Taos this week, and this is but a sample. For more, including coverage of the "Dreaming the Land" exhibit and the Taos Storytelling Festival, check out the print edition of Tempo magazine on newsstands now along with The Taos News. Until you get your hands on a copy, here's a sample of what's going on ...

Noche de Cultura

A free cultural event titled "Noche de Cultura" is planned Monday (Oct. 15), 6-8 p.m., at the University of New Mexico-Taos Klauer Campus, 1157 County Road 110, south of Ranchos de Taos. The "Noche de Cultura" will culminate Hispanic Heritage Month activities. Readings are planned by María Dolores Gonzales, Joanna Vidaurre-Trujillo and Rosa Padilla. Vidaurre-Trujillo will also read a one-act play she wrote titled, "Doña Lengua y Doña Cultura." There will be food and refreshments. For more information, contact Bonavita Quinto MacCallum at bquintomaccallum@unm.edu or (505) 737-6215.

'Divas in Danger' at Harwood

An unusual theatrical performance is planned at the Harwood's Arthur Bell Auditorium Sunday (Oct. 14), 4-6 p.m. It's titled "Divas in Danger: Three True Tales of Escape, Betrayal and Budget Plastic Surgery." While it sounds like the stuff of lurid fiction, all the stories are true and told on-stage by the women who experienced them.

Actress-author Debra Ehrhardt knows "Jamaica Farewell" is more than a song. With the unwitting help of a CIA Agent, she risked her life escaping her home in Jamaica during a violent revolution, to fulfill her dream of becoming an American.

Actress Brenda Adelman's mother was shot and killed by her father and then her father quickly took a new bride, her aunt (her mother's sister). Her life lesson was to learn, then teach, forgiveness. Her performance is taken from her one-person show, "My Brooklyn Hamlet."

Comic relief is delivered too. On a less dramatic scale, although equally shocking, author-storyteller Mariana Williams undergoes budget plastic surgery with a doctor practicing out of his suburban home in Park City, Utah.

Tickets are $20, $16 for museum members. The Harwood is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 758-9826.

Witches' New Year Fashions

Parse Seco and Kizza Lillitu present "Yvng Hag" in celebration of the "Wild Women & Season of the Crone" Saturday (Oct. 13), 6-10 p.m. This fall fashion show is a tribute to the coming witches' new year. There will be homemade masks, accessories, puppets and live music by New Orleans artist Josh Cvit. Costumes are encouraged. It's all happening at Parse Seco, 487 State Road 150 in Arroyo Seco. Admission is free. Call (609) 575-5561.

Space-grass jam band at The Mothership

The Moves Collective are a funk heavy space-grass jam band based in Ocean Beach, California. They have turned heads by touring hard and sharing clubs, festival stages and amphitheaters all over the country with musical greats, such as Leftover Salmon, Hot Buttered Rum, Fruition, Midnight North, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Dustbowl Revival, Joe Marcinek Band among many more.

The Moves Collective will appear Friday (Oct. 12), 7 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Cover is $7.

Founded in early 2014, The Moves quickly developed a reputation for timeless songwriting, high energy shows, exciting collaborations and constant touring. The band strives to remind everyone to "Move in the Moment" through improvisation, sharing their unique stories, songs and experiences each night with each crowd. The band's music creates a synergistic environment between the audience where musical risk, exploration and celebration thrives.

The current lineup features Tim Norton on guitar, Josh Smathan on lums and sinks, Isaac Lopez on bass and dangerous Paul Chuey on saxophone, flute, clarinet and slide guitar. With notable nominations in both 2016 and 2018, TMC took home an award for the San Diego Music Awards with Best Americana Act in 2017.

For more, call (575) 779-7977 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.

'Sondheim's Follies' at TCA

The National Theatre of London in HD series will present "Sondheim's Follies" Saturday (Oct. 13), 11 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast in video to cinemas.

"New York, 1971. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves," a press release reads. "Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21."

Runtime is approximately three hours including an intermission for lunch. An a la carte selection will be available in the lobby, or patrons may bring a sack lunch. Please note: this production includes the use of strobe lights.

Tickets are $18, $15 for Taos Center for the Arts members, and $10 for youth 17 and under. They may be purchased in advance by calling (575)758-2052. Tickets will also be available at the box office, 45 minutes before the screening.

'Shoot Me Jesus' book signing

Author Brian Allan Skinner will be signing and discussing his book, "Shoot Me Jesus" Saturday (Oct. 13), 2-3:30 p.m. at Op. Cit. Books, 124A Bent Street. Admission is free.

"Shoot Me, Jesus" is described as a novel in short stories. "Humor is an essential element of each story," a press release states. "The 11 linked tales move forward and backward in time in the manner of flashbacks and hints though the plots are always character-driven. It is their realizations, insights and inner changes that move the collection along. While the characters retain their essences from story to story, the details of their lives change with each story. Their identities are hammered into shape, yet who they are remains consistent. They develop slowly by increased additions of collected personality traits. The author wondered how things might have turned out for the protagonist if he liked men instead of women, or was poor rather than comfortable. A mere 10 seconds can mean the difference between life and death. The smallest event can have enormous repercussions down the road. Those are among the concepts explored in this anthology of short stories."

Skinner has written more than 120 published short stories that have appeared in small press and literary magazines in the United States, Canada and Ireland. He is a former poetry and nonfiction reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and a production artist for Scientific American Newsletters in New York City. In 2015, he moved to Taos, which he first visited with his grandmother on a cross-country train trip aboard the Santa Fe Chief in 1960. He quickly settled into the thriving artistic and literary communities of Taos where he draws sustenance and inspiration from his many artist and writer friends.

For more, call (575) 751-1999.

Facing white privilege

A gathering titled "Waking up to Our White Shadow: Contemplative Practices and Facing White Privilege for Anglos" is planned today (Oct. 11), 6-7 p.m., at Unity Church, 69 Blueberry Hill Road. The event is designed for those "willing to be present with feelings of defensiveness and shame that arise as we show up for the work of being good friends and allies to people of color." The "meditative evening exploring injustice" will be facilitated by author Mirabai Starr and mindfulness teacher Julie Tato.

TCA debuts new logo

You may have noticed that Taos Center for the Arts has a new logo. The Taos Center for the Arts has begun applying the impressive, clean design created by Lesley Cox at FEEL Design Associates. Cox worked with the TCA Design Committee to spend time developing a logo for the TCA that would convey “a more contemporary image of the organization — its place and its purpose. “The abstract, three-dimensional shape suggests Taos Mountain and a physical location where our community can come to experience a multiplicity of arts. The solidity of form expresses the TCA’s central place in our community that offers a platform for creative expression and experience,” the announcement reads.

Stay tuned for the new logo during the membership drive, coming up Sunday (Oct. 14) through Oct. 27, and see it on the rack cards for Met Live in HD and National Theatre in HD, as well as on forthcoming exhibition rack cards. On all of these, you’ll find the three letters “TCA,” the way many refer to the Taos Center for the Arts, in view of the mountain that changes with the sun and light, where community members and visitors find compelling, curated exhibitions, watch a range of extraordinary films and see incredible dance and theater performances.

Fall Arts People's Choice Award announced

The People’s Choice Award has been announced for the 2018 Taos Fall Arts Festival, according to board president Paul Figueroa. The winner is Jorge Gallegos for his oil and canvas, 40-by-30 inch painting titled “Dancing in the Sun.” Gallegos was also given a Taos Art Supply Gift Certificate. This year marked the 44th annual festival. The 2018 Taos Open Exhibition was an all-open, all-inclusive show, featuring Taos County artists working in multiple mediums. The exhibition was Sept. 21-30 at the Guadalupe Parish Gymnasium, 205 Don Fernando Road.

Art Car Show at Vagrant Heart

Featured artists Auras and Jisk-27 will be painting vehicles all day Saturday (Oct. 13), 1-6 p.m., at Vagrant Heart Art Gallery and Warehouse, 216 Paseo del Cañón, Suite E. Enjoy visual and audible arts, sound by Stones & Bones and DJ Madaro. Calling out to owners of art cars to come park for display and inspiration. This is an all ages, free event. There is also a raffle to win a free custom paint job.

Business side of art

Native American artists, craftsman and potters of Taos County are invited to sign up for free business marketing and social media training and empowerment sessions to be held in Taos, beginning Oct. 23. The first of nine ArtSmart sessions will be held at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. Participation is limited to 12 on a first come registration basis. Be the first to register via email to Raphael at healthyfuturesinc@gmail, or call/ text (505) 463-3152, with your name, address, email and phone contact information.

Fine Art Atelier showcases local artists 

An opening reception is planned for an exhibit of oils, acrylics, charcoals and pastels Saturday (Oct.13) from 4-7 p.m. at Fine Art Atelier, 108 Kit Carson Road. The show will continue through October. Call (719) 338-0081.

Dixon Studio Tour around the corner

The 37th annual Dixon Studio tour will take place Nov. 3-4, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dixon and its surrounding villages of Embudo, Rinconada, Apodaca, and Canoncito are located 25 miles south of Taos via State Roads 68 and 75. Download maps at dixonarts.org.

Fifty artists, craftspeople, and local businesses will be displaying their wares at 44 stops along the map. In addition three mercados will be set up where numerous local folk will be sharing the fruits of their creative labors. Many of these stops will be offering a variety of food options.

As usual on the Dixon Studio Tour, it cannot all be experienced in one day. To help choose the stops that are a must-see for each tourgoer, a group show will feature a piece from each artist on the map. Called “Collected Works,” it is located in the Community Center next to the co-op. An opening reception is planned Nov. 2 from 5-7 p.m. with an opportunity to meet the artists and preview the work. The tour runs all weekend.

'Autumn Shawl' unveiled

Exclusively by Mooncat Fiber for last weekend’s (Oct. 6-7) Taos Wool Festival, the original “Autumn in Taos Shawl” by Martha Sykes was unveiled and displayed, among fibers and colors exclusive to the shop. Mooncat Fiber is located at 120B Bent Street at the John Dunn Shops.

The “Autumn in Taos Shawl” incorporates intarsia aspen leaves grown from a ground of autumn colors backed by a brilliant blue Taos sky and stark bare mountains and forest. The crescent-shaped shawl is knitted in Palladio from Theodora’s Pearls. The shawl pattern has been released in hard copy and on Ravelry at Mooncat Fiber, one of the 18 John Dunn House Shops. A kit for the shawl in the colors shown can be special ordered.

Calls for entry

• The Taos Community Centers Artist Co-op is taking applications for a new artist that can work in the shop two and a half days a month, pay small membership fee, and percentage of commission on sales. Please call Effie (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430 for an appointment.

• Doel Reed Center for the Arts (Oklahoma State University’s Northern New Mexico location) offers students, alumni, friends and national/international visiting artists and scholars an opportunity to experience the unique historic, cultural, and physical environment of Taos and the surrounding area. Each July the Center offers noncredit continuing education classes for adult learners. These courses are arts, academic and/or skill-based and incorporate relevant local activities and visits to museums and galleries. Interested instructors and artisans should contact Judi Baker bakerju631@gmail.com or Hollye Goddard hollyesue@cox.net for additional information and class proposal application procedures. Proposals for summer 2019 courses are due October 10.

• 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.

• Taos Center for the Arts announces a call for exhibitions for the “TCA Presents” program at the Encore Gallery and The Taos Inn for 2019. Proposals will be accepted through Oct. 12. Submissions may be for solo or partnered shows and are open to emerging or established artists living in or represented in Taos, who have not exhibited with “TCA Presents” within the past three years. Accepted media includes drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography or a combination of wall and sculptural works. Visit tcataos.org/page/tca-exhibit-proposals.

Ongoing exhibits

Charles Ewing’s work on Claybord, a material he invented, continues at the Copper Moon Gallery, 105 Kit Carson Road, through October. Call (575) 758-8833.

The “Tribal Heart” show, a retrospective collection of photographs by Gail Russell, honoring Native life and culture continues at Russell’s Gallery and Studio, North Star Plaza, State Road 522 Building 65, Suite A4, El Prado, past the intersection with State Road 150. Call (575) 776-8474 or visit gailrussellphotoartist.com.

A group exhibition titled “Luminance” continues at Untitled Fine Art. The exhibition features the bio-photonic paintings of KC Tebbutt, Kimberly Webber, Randall LaGro, Antonio Arellanes, Xaverio and fused glass artist Peggy Griffey. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibition through Oct. 22. (575) 758-3969.

An exhibit of artwork by Barbara Zaring and Melinda Littlejohn continues at Total Arts Gallery,122 Kit Carson Rd, Taos. “A study in contrast with two longstanding Taos Artists Melinda Littlejohn and Barbara Zaring,” a press release states. “These two could not be more different in their artistic styles and we think this dynamic will be something beautiful to behold hung in our show room at Total Arts Gallery.” The show can be previewed online at totalartsgallery.com/new-gallery-1. The exhibit will be on view until Oct. 12. Call (575) 758-4667.

“Bruce Williams: 25 Years of Taos Furniture Design” features 25 pieces from his 25 years of making Northern New Mexico style furniture. On the walls of the Fechin Studio, will be his detailed scale drawings in his handmade frames alongside some of his and Nicolai Fechin’s furniture. Members are free, nonmembers $10. Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Please call (575) 758-2690 ext. 101, or email frontdesk@taosartmuseum.org to reserve your seat.

Taos Plein Air Painters, a group of local artists who paint all over Northern New Mexico, will present their fall show, “From the Outside In,” at the Trading Post Cafe, 4179 State Road 68 in Ranchos de Taos. The show ends Oct. 31. Over 20 members will have work on display in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel. The Trading Post Cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday 11a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Treasured embroidery, quilts, crocheted table coverings and handmade baptismal outfits made by local families, especially large crocheted pictorials by Nancy Vialpando of San Luis, Colorado, will be on exhibit until Oct. 19 at La Hacienda de los Martinez, 708 Hacienda Road off Lower Ranchitos Road, Taos. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (575) 758-1000.


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