What's happening in Taos?

Autumn brings a harvest of fun events

By Tempo staff
Posted 10/18/18

As the shimmering aspens in the mountains attest, autumn is in full swing. That's doesn't mean the arts and entertainment activities have showed down in Taos. There's still a lot going on and here we have a sampling. For more ...

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What's happening in Taos?

Autumn brings a harvest of fun events


As the shimmering aspens in the mountains attest, autumn is in full swing. That's doesn't mean the arts and entertainment activities have showed down in Taos. There's still a lot going on and here we have a sampling. For more, of course, check out the latest issue of Tempo magazine inside this week's edition of The Taos News on sale right now.

Met Live presents biblical epic

The Met Live in HD presents a screening of Saint Saens' "Samson Et Dalila," performed by mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and tenor Roberto Alagna Saturday (Oct. 20), 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Metropolitan Opera production of the work in 20 years. Saint-Saëns' biblical epic stars Garanca and Alagna in the title roles. The pair was last seen together by Live in HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet's "Carmen."

Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award-winning director of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years.

Tickets are $25, $20 for Taos Center for the Arts members, free to youth under 17 thanks to the Taos Opera Guild. For more information, call (575) 758-2052.

Pipe organ recital

Musician Mary Gates will give a pipe organ recital Sunday (Oct. 21), 4 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de la Santiago. Admission is free. Gates will present a program of baroque music, American folk and a Halloween musical treat. For more information, call (575) 758-2790.

Taos filmmaker's doc to debut at Santa Fe Indie Film Fest

"Hiro's Table, a feature-length documentary from award-winning director Lynn Hamrick, will make its World Premiere at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Friday (Oct. 19).

"Hiro's Table" follows master sushi chef Hiroji Obayashi and his wife Yasuyo over a 16-year period as they manage their mom-and-pop restaurant, Hirozen Gourmet, which is nestled in an unlikely corner of a West Hollywood strip mall. The film is an intimate portrait of the subtleties of Hiro's unique culinary vision and the perseverance it took for his family to transition from immigrant business owners to established L.A. restaurateurs.

Director's Guild of America Award-winning director Lynn Hamrick, a longtime resident of Taos, returns to documentary filmmaking for the first time since her critically acclaimed PBS doc "Chess Kids." By chance "Hiro's Table" began filming on Sept. 11, 2001 -- when the United States changed forever -- and Hamrick spent the next 16 years returning to the restaurant to capture the Obayashis' inspiring and touching story as it unfolded.

In addition to its World Premiere at 2 p.m. Friday at the Center for Contemporary Arts Main Theatre at 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, "Hiro's Table" will also play the festival on Sunday (Oct. 21) at 2:40 p.m. at the CCA Screen.

After its premiere in Santa Fe, "Hiro's Table will screen at the 2018 Portland Film Festival Oct. 27, and the Napa Valley Film Festival Nov. 10.

For more information about "Hiro's Table", visit hiros-table.com. To interview director Lynn Hamrick or request a review copy of the film, email lynn@lightheartedfilms.com or call (310) 266-2655.

AMP Productions presents Anda Union

Anda Union is back in the USA. AMP Productions presents the popular nine-member band playing an addictive combination of Mongolian musical styles. The band's music is a reflection of their roots. Hailing from differing ethnic nomadic cultures, the nine-strong band unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia. Anda Union brings a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles together in a fusion that Genghis Khan himself would have been proud of.

Experience this musical phenomenon Friday (Oct. 19), 7:30 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

"Keenly aware of the threat to the grasslands and their age old Mongolian culture, Anda Union are [sic] driven by their fight for the survival of this endangered way of life, by keeping the essence of the music alive," press materials state. "Anda Union (members) all trained in traditional Mongolian music from a young age, many coming from musical families. They are part of a musical movement that is finding inspiration in old and forgotten songs. As a group they hold on to the essence of Mongolian music whilst creating a form of music that is new. Anda Union combine different traditions and styles of Mongolian music, developing an innovation previously unheard of. Driven by their thirst to discover the power and magic of the rich and powerful Mongol traditions and culture, they have been stunning people all over the world with their music for the last 15 years."

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Call (575) 758-2052.

Balloon Rally coming soon, and still needs volunteers

The 36th annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally will take place this year Friday through Sunday (Oct. 26-28) at the launch field on Albright Street east of the Taos County Courthouse. The free weekend event, which will include three ascensions, food, vendors and entertainment, is expected to draw more than 35 balloons and visitors from all over the southwest.

The event will kick off at 8 a.m. Friday (Oct. 26) with a mini mass ascension and tethered balloon rides for school children at 8:15 a.m. Hotel Don Fernando de Taos will be hosting a free meet and greet from 5-9 p.m. where eventgoers can meet the hot air balloon pilots.

Saturday (Oct. 27) will have a dawn patrol balloon take off at 7:30 a.m. and will feature a full mass ascension at 7:45 a.m. followed by the Balloon Rally Parade at 1 p.m. The parade starts at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Field, travels north along Paseo del Pueblo Norte y Sur, and ends at Kit Carson Park. On Saturday at dusk will be the "Balloomenshine" evening balloon glow event.

Sunday (Oct. 28) will follow the previous days' schedules with dawn patrol at 7:30 a.m. and a mass ascension at 7:45 a.m. to be followed by the closing ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. Each day will feature food, art and crafts vendors at the launch site. Visitors to the balloon rally should be advised that all outdoor events are weather permitting.

Each year, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally happens only because of the hard work of volunteers who make sure all the details are in place to make this a seamless experience for the community and visiting balloonists. To find out how you can become a volunteer for the field, traffic, parade, picnic, etc., call (575) 770-0902 or visit taosballoonrally.com/index.html.

Get zombified at Taos DeathFest 2018

Loud, raucous and totally hard-core, Taos DeathFest 2018 is coming Saturday (Oct. 20) starting at 4:30 p.m. Landing site is the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Cover is $5 for the all ages show (bar with ID).

Brought to you by Dulce Rock Entertainment and Nzhogo Promotions, the show features metal thrash bands Decapatation of a New Day, When Darkness Falls, Warlike Wolves, Unsheathe, Crash Goodbye, Bull Fight, Apollo, Now or Never and 6 Minute Suicide. For more, call the venue at (575) 758-1900.

Taos hosts state museum conference

This year’s New Mexico Association of Museums conference promises to draw a wide range of museum professionals to Taos for a variety of educational, networking and administrative sessions Wednesday (Oct. 24) through Oct. 26, plus weekend excursions. Activities are planned in nearly every museum in town.

This year’s conference will not only focus on cross-sector collaboration and institutional partnerships but also promises to be a magical experience. How many conferences of other associations have you attended at an award-winning luxury resort and spa that you can afford? Come for the conference, stay for the weekend.

This year’s theme, “Trailblazing: New Pathways for New Mexico Museums” will inspire our exploration of how museums, historic sites and cultural heritage centers in New Mexico are innovating and fulfilling roles in their communities as tourist destinations, economic engines, repositories of local histories and centers of community life.

In Taos, among some of the natural wonders of the world, at the meeting place of the high desert and the Great Plains, from the heights of Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Wheeler Peak and Taos Ski Valley, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, museum professionals and community partners will share successful approaches to cross-cultural and cross-sector collaborations.

For much of its history, Taos has been a remote trade outpost and a cultural crossroads whose influence has spread across the West and beyond. Taoseños have learned to work together for their very survival and have forged a unique cultural identity from diverse lineages, including the people of Taos Pueblo, Spanish settlers, French trappers, Basque herders, Anglo artists, counterculture adventurers and others who have followed in their footsteps.

Today, their pioneering spirit is reflected across New Mexico as museums, cultural organizations, local governments, schools, and other seemingly unlikely stakeholders, collaborate toward a common goal: vibrant and sustainable communities.

For details, visit nmmuseums.org.

Mel Scully's 'Love, Death, & Guns' set to debut

The Studio 238 featured artist for November is Mel Scully, the Harwood Museum of Art has announced.

Scully will debut her new body of work, “Love, Death, & Guns” when a reception for the artist is held Nov. 2 from 4-6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Studio 238 is a pop-up gallery exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art offering contemporary local artists an opportunity to show their work. These rotating one-month exhibitions provide a space for new series of works, experimental or traditional, to both established and emerging local artists.

“Through the delicate use of lace, oil paints and powerful imagery, she addresses America’s love story with guns and the vulnerability and heartbreaking fragility of parenting during our age of mass shootings,” a museum press release states.

In her artist statement, Scully states, “I could tell you the statistics about the NRA (National Rifle Association)… I could show you the gore and violence of attacks. But the reality is, we all turn away.”

Instead, she picks up the brush and creates eulogies on canvas, creating a delicate balance of 21st century fears with 20th century beauty. Her works are collages with lacy doilies set within thick impasto oils in shades of fresh whites, grays and creams. A shadow of firearms interrupts the scene, completed with a Hallmark greetings, “I love you.”

For Scully, this is personal. “My daughter is a year younger than the children that died at Sandy Hook,” the artist states. “She is four years younger than the children that died in Parkland. When I was a child I went to a funeral of a child who accidentally shot himself and watched as his family struggled to survive in the following years. Now, we have a whole generation of kids who have suffered the panic of being in a war zone, families who suffer the terrible grief of losing a precious child and the looming fear over all of the next attack.”

This collection of works is a way to process her own grief, fear, confusion and frustration with America’s love affair with guns, while addressing this epidemic with beauty. “They are my way to send love to the families that have suffered so greatly. They are my prayers for the children that fly away from us too soon.”

Scully has earned art degrees from Michigan State University, Utah State University and the University of New Mexico. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the West, including Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico. She was the 2003 recipient of the New Mexico Arts, Art in Public Places Program in Santa Fe, and an Artist in Residence at the Artist Refuge in Basin, Montana, and at the Harwood Museum of Art. Mel Scully lives in Taos with her husband and daughter.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 25.

The Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street. For more information, call (575) 758-9826, ext. 109 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.

Leopold writing program recipient to speak

On Thursday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. at the Harwood Museum of Art, author Laura Pritchett will read from and discuss her novel, “Dirt: A Terra Nova Expedition,” and take questions from the audience.

Pritchett is the third recipient of this year’s Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency program and moved into Leopold’s cabin on U.S. Forest Service land near Tres Piedras. She will live there for the month of October and work on turning what is now a play into the novel, a futuristic drama whose main character is named Estella.

She has won the prestigious USA PEN Award and Milkweed National Fiction Prize for her novels. She has published 10 works of fiction and nonfiction. The play “Dirt” debuted in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Pritchett lives, in an abandoned beet factory that she says was apropos for a play about soil.

Harwood accepts 30 Kloss prints

In late August, the board of the Harwood Museum of Art, accepted 30 prints by Gene Kloss into the Permanent Collection. The Governing Board thanked Richard and Marilyn Shoberg and Patricia Whiteside for their generous gifts. This donation adds to the museum’s holdings of Kloss’ work which total more than 100 paintings and prints.

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.

• 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

An exhibit of oils, acrylics, charcoals and pastels Saturday at Fine Art Atelier, 108 Kit Carson Road, Taos continues through October. Call (719) 338-0081.

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 Magpie Gallery in the Overland Ranch shops is displaying “Clay Then and Now,” work by Claire Haye, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Call (781) 248-0166.

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, 133 Kit Carson Road. The exhibition features the bio-photonic paintings of K.C. 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. Through Monday (Oct. 22). Call (575) 758-3969.

An exhibit of artwork by Barbara Zaring and Melinda Littlejohn continues at Total Arts Gallery,122 Kit Carson Road, 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, 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 Friday (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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