What's happening in Taos?

Plenty. Here's a quick rundown of arts and entertainment events in the area

By Tempo staff
Posted 11/14/18

With our first blast of winter weather, locals are excited about the positive outlook it means for the community. Some of that will be reflected in the ...

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What's happening in Taos?

Plenty. Here's a quick rundown of arts and entertainment events in the area


With our first blast of winter weather, locals are excited about the positive outlook it means for the community. Some of that will be reflected in the events planned this week in Taos and the area. For more, of course, check this week's Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale Thursday morning bright and early.

‘Julius Caesar’ in HD

Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony in the National Theatre in HD production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” which was recorded at The Bridge Theatre, London and will be screened Saturday (Nov. 17), 11 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Runtime is two hours 45 minutes, including a lunch intermission. A la carte menu available, or bring your own sack lunch.

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, or to buy online at tcataos.org.

For a deeper dive into Shakespeare’s play, SOMOS and the Taos Center for the Arts have partnered to offer lecture and discussion evenings at SOMOS prior to selected National Theatre of London production screenings presented at the Taos Community Auditorium this season. All discussions are free and open to the public.

The first discussion is planned Thursday (Nov. 15), 5-6 p.m. at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Taos theater and literature experts Carol and David Farmer discuss Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” prior to Saturday’s screening.

Light refreshments will be provided. Advance tickets to the National Theatre screenings will be available at each of the five lectures and discussions.

Wurlitzer Women at Magpie

Georgia Gersh, owner of Magpie Gallery in El Prado, is inviting the public to “our third poetry reading in the gallery annex. This room has proven to be the perfect space for readings, a wonderfully intimate and acoustically magical space. I am delighted to welcome these two women to read. I recognized them immediately as kindred spirits.”

The readings will feature two poets who are Wurlitzer Foundation fellows. They are Jia Oak Baker and Devreaux Baker. The reading will start promptly at 4:15 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 18). This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Contact Georgia Gersh at (781) 248-0166 or email geoergiagersh@hotmail.com.

Jia Oak Baker is a poet from Arizona and a current Wurlitzer fellow. She is the author of the chapbooks “Crash Landing in the Plaza of an Unknown City” (Dancing Girl Press) and “Well Enough to Travel” (Five Oaks Press). She is the recipient of the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award as well as a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which allowed her to return to Korea to conduct research for an upcoming collection. Her poetry seeks to investigate themes of immigration, identity, and family.

Devreaux Baker will be reading new work including poems from her newest publication, highly acclaimed “Hungry Ghosts.” She has published four collections of poetry prior to this, “Light at the Edge” (Pygmy Forest Press, 1993), “Beyond the Circumstance of Sight” (Wild Ocean Press, 2009), “Red Willow People” (Wild Ocean Press, 2011) and “out of the bones of earth” (Wild Ocean Press, 2015). She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2017 Joe Gouveia Outermost National Poetry Prize, the 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelley Poetry Peace Prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the 2012 Poetry Prize from the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, and the 2011 PenOakland Josephine Miles award for poetry. “Hungry Ghosts” places Baker in the top rank of the most important poets of our time. This is her third Wurlitzer residency for poetry.

Devreaux Baker states, “The first time I came for a residency I felt such a strong connection with this landscape and the people living here that I wrote the book, ‘Red Willow People,’ which went on to win the PEN/Oakland Poetry Award. I have always been inspired by the land and by all the artists, musicians, and writers who call Taos home. I am very grateful to the Wurlitzer Foundation for providing me a place to create in such an amazing environment as Taos.”

Magpie Gallery is located in the Overland Compound at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado.

‘Good Old Days in Taos’

A public conversation titled “The Good Old Days in Taos” is planned Thursday (Nov. 15), 5 p.m., at SOMOS, 108-B Civic Plaza Drive. Admission is free. The panel discussion will feature Anita Rodríguez, Bernadette Tracks, Bill Whaley, Enriqueta Vasquez, Patricia Michaels and Tom McCarthy.

Rodríguez grew up on Taos Plaza, and has witnessed seven decades of change. She is a painter, writer, adobe expert and storyteller. Tracks practices and teaches traditional pottery and abstract painting. Her education in performing and visual arts impacts her personal healing journey. Vasquez is an activist, writer and artist. She has been involved in writing, editing and publishing Viva La Raza, El Grito del Norte and Women of La Raza.

Michaels of Taos Pueblo is a world-renowned fashion and textile designer. She serves on the Taos Historical Museum board of directors and her fashions are in museums, museum shops and boutique galleries throughout the United States. McCarthy has been a Taos merchant whose family has been in business in Taos since 1904. Whaley is the author of “Gringo Lessons: Twenty Years of Terror in Taos: (2014), and publisher of the Horse Fly blog. He teaches writing at University of New Mexico-Taos and community culture courses at the Taos Historic Museums. For more on this and other SOMOS events, visit somostaos.org.

Furedi exhibits ‘Flowerscapes’

“Flowerscapes” by Ron Furedi opens with a reception on Friday (Nov. 16), from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Farmhouse Café & Bakery, located at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado. The exhibit will hang though the month of November. Admission is free. Call (914) 659-8572.

Schultz shows at Sage

Meet Taos resident Carrie Schultz at an opening reception Saturday (Nov. 17) from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sage Fine Art in McCarthy Plaza, 115 C, in the southeast corner of Taos Plaza. Featured artist for the month of November, Schultz’s work includes plein air paintings of landscapes and architecture, watercolor/ink illustrations and still-life oil paintings. For more info, call (575) 758-9396.

Holiday bazaar

Join St. James Episcopal Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 17-18) for their pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Bazaar, featuring gourmet delights, baked goods and jams, holiday gifts, decor, holiday clothes and winter coats. A light lunch will be served both days. St. James is loated at 208 Camino de Santiago. All are welcome and admission is free. For more, call (575) 770-9103.

Hopi artist plans carving demo

Millicent Rogers Museum presents Gerry Quotskaya demonstrating “Hopi Kachina Carving” starting at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 18) at the museum. Quotskaya is an award-winning artist and member of the Bear Trap Clan of the Hopi Second Mesa village of Shungopavi. MRM is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in Taos. Admission is free. For information, call (575) 758-2462.

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. Throughout the years artists have taken on creating retablos with new styles, visions, expressions, meanings, and so on while also continuing with the traditional. What do you see? 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 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 exhibits

Webber in Cali. “Ocean’s Call” by Taos artist Kimberly Webber hangs in Aquarium of the Bay’s Farallon Room in San Francisco. The painting depicts a life-size newborn baby humpback whale loaned by collector Thomas Eddington to be exhibited at Pier 39, San Francisco. Webber’s studies include Nihonga-style painting which migrated from China to Japan in the 7th century AD; she combines the Asian techniques with her classical oil paintings, and media includes vine charcoal, powdered mineral pigments, Asian calligraphy ink, handmade oil formulas and rice paper.

Soskin’s Hillcrest Bank exhibits. 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, 2019; “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 and surrounding areas. It will be on display until Jan. 2. Soskin uses creativity as an outlet for her health challenges, whether through song, cooking, writing, photography, poetry, prayers, painting or counseling, she says she’s been blessed to have wonderful teachers and mentors – after being bedridden for over two years her doctor suggested she start painting. 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.

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

Fine Art Atelier 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.


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