Just as the snow from the last storm was almost melted, a new one dumps a load of white goodness all over Northern New Mexico. We love it. And, we also love all the ...
Just as the snow from the last storm was almost melted, a new one dumps a load of white goodness all over Northern New Mexico. We love it. And, we also love all the art and entertainment events happening all over our area. Here's a quick glimpse of what's going on. For more, of course, check out this week's Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale right now.
Two big acts at The Mothership
Cold? You won’t be if you check out the two big events happening up at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road off U.S. 64 west.
First up is the La’tin Go Party Friday (Feb. 8) starting at 8 p.m. Cover for this show is $8. Opening act is Taos’s own Sol Connection followed by the hot and highly danceable Albuquerque Latin band Nosotros.
Nosotros seamlessly combines Latin rhythms with the elements of flamenco, jazz, salsa, and rock, creating an original sound that is unmistakably Nosotros. But M.E. Schenck of Hyperactive Music Magazine may have interpreted their sound best by saying “Nosotros’ music is not to be explained, it is to be felt in the pit of our souls.”
The award-winning ensemble began as a guitar trio in 1994 and was based in the southern New Mexico town of Las Cruces. The band gained an almost immediate following while playing every venue the town had to offer. Nosotros successfully self-produced two albums, “Palomo” and “Pico,” both of which received excellent reviews and sold very well. In early 2001, Nosotros combined its line up with the local jazz trio Quantum.
By September 2001, Nosotros was selling out shows and relocated to the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands in New Mexico.
Then, on Saturday (Feb. 9), starting at 8 p.m., it’s Orgone, live and on stage. This band is described as “dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feel and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor.” Cover is $15.
It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. That friendship sparked a movement, and Orgone has been delivering nothing but gold to the funk faithful ever since.
“We intend our music to have an inhibition canceling effect,” founding guitarist Sergio Rios explains. “It speaks to those who may have wallflower tendencies encouraging everyone to own the freakiness that lives inside them, and enjoy the spotlight for a little while. Sometimes it takes a nudge to let go and get on the dance floor. And sometimes it takes a big 'ol push... a love shove, if you will. And we're well versed in those."
Fearless vocalist Adryon de León elevates the octet’s soulfulness to intoxicating new levels on Orgone's latest studio album, Beyond The Sun. Dubbed "stank face inducing glory" by Okayplayer, the record is a lightning rod of inspiration for a new generation of funk music lovers. Following the standalone release of “Do What You Came To Do”, Orgone plans to drip steamy new singles one-by-one into the world throughout the summer of 2016.
For more, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
One Billion Rising next Thursday
This Valentine’s Day is time for Taoseños and Taoseñass to take to the streets once again for the annual One Billion Rising "global day of action" against violence toward women and girls. The event is planned Thursday (Feb. 14), 3-5:30 p.m., at Taos Plaza in downtown Taos. There is no charge to attend or participate.
“For this year's rising,” a press release states, “we will be doing a community march from Taos Plaza to Bent Street and back. We will have speakers, poets, our annual ‘Break The Chain’ dance, finishing with a free dance-rising celebration at the end for the whole community. If you would like to learn the One Billion Rising's ‘Break The Chain’ dance, visit facebook.com/events/573130326431459/. We are looking forward to seeing you for the 6th annual One Billion Rising! It has been so powerful to be with you all each of the past years and we can't wait to RISE with you again. Join the global movement to end violence against women and girls!”
There will also be a wellness event at 3 p.m. with tables on self-care, self-defense, art and letter writing. For more information, contact Lorenne Gavish of Community Against Violence at email@example.com or (575) 758-8082.
Mandrell and Wertheimer at Goddess Fest
Infused with the elements of the world cultures from which they draw their inspiration, Benjy Wertheimer and Michael Mandrell create an expansive, universal sound that has found a dedicated audience in the acoustic world fusion genre. Together they have released two well-received collaborative recordings, “Anjali” and “Notes from Celtistan.”
Both artists will perform live at the first Goddess Fest event for 2019. The concert is planned for Friday (Feb. 8), 6 p.m., at Unity of Taos, 69 Blueberry Hill Road in Taos. Tickets are at the door. Refreshments will be served.
With Mandrell on beautiful handmade open-tuned guitars and Wertheimer on the Hindustani tabla, esraj, vocals and guitar, the atmosphere becomes infused with Celtic and Hindustani magic from their original compositions, songs and stories, a press release states.
Known both for their fiery and transcendent guitar and tabla duets and their beautiful ballads inspired by traditional East Indian modalities, they have forged their creative energies into a truly unique blend of world music. These two recording artists have been regularly featured on Public Radio International’s “Echoes” broadcasts, and have an onstage synergy that is not to be missed.
Virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell has performed with and opened for such beloved artists as Nancy Griffith, Lyle Lovett, John Gorka, Kate Wolf, Spyro Gyra, California Guitar Trio, William Ackerman, Shadowfax, Townes Van Zandt and Robert Mirabal. Mandrell has produced and recorded over six albums, and continues to collaborate on numerous projects in film, dance, art and music.
He has the singular ability to take a single guitar and open into a multicultural tapestry of orchestral depth as he takes his audiences on riveting and mesmerizing sonic journeys that defy classification – crossing the boundaries of Celtic, world beat, classical, jazz, folk and traditional. One senses both a deeply playful and serious undercurrent in Mandrell’s compositions, which have an unparalleled sense of lyrical freedom that stand alone as shimmering harmonic works of art.
Mandrell currently makes his home in Portland, Oregon and Taos.
Master musician Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, African percussion, esraj, guitar and keyboards). His extraordinary musical gifts from East and West create a sense of wonder and awe in the listener. He has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy also toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master G.S. Sachdev.
Wertheimer studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). He is also in demand as an audio engineer and producer, having produced 17 CDs since 2000 that receive extensive airplay around the world. Wertheimer also scored music for the NBC “Santa Barbara” series as well as the Emmy-nominated movie “SEED: The Untold Story.”
His CD “Circle of Fire” went to number one on the New Age radio charts, and his duo Shantala (with his wife, Heather) also has a passionate international online following, with hundreds of thousands of YouTube video views, millions of iTunes/Apple Music downloads and 42 million streams on Spotify in 2018 alone.
Wertheimer also lives in Portland.
Oscar shorts to be screened at Harwood
Animated, documentary and live action entries in the Academy Awards Short Film categories will be screened at the Harwood Museum starting Wednesday (Feb. 13).
The first to be screened that day will be animated films, starting at 6 p.m. in the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street. The entire program should run approximately 90 minutes.
“Bao” – Domee Shi and Becky Neimann-Cobb; USA, 8 minutes
“Late Afternoon” – Louise Bagnall and Nuria Gonzalez Blanco; Ireland, 10 minutes
“Animal Behaviour” – Alison Snowden and David Fine: Canada, 14 minutes
“Weekends” – Trevor Jimenez; USA, 16 minutes
“One Small Step” – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas; USA, 8 minutes
Additional animated shorts will also be shown. Tickets are $10; $8 for museum members.
Screenings of other Oscar Shorts programs are planned Feb. 16, Feb. 20 and Feb. 23. For descriptions of individual programs and films, visit harwoodmuseum.org.
Speaker series launches at Taos Ski Valley
The Himalayan Stove Project Speaker Series kicks off Friday (Feb. 8) at Taos Ski Valley with a talk by Dr. Quigley Peterson on “The Evolution of Altitude Sickness Treatment.” The talk will be given at the Martini Tree bar. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. “In a laid-back setting we will learn about some of the physiology, history, and general treatment of altitude sickness in layman’s terms with one our favorite local docs,” a press release states. The event is free; cash bar available.
Then, on Feb. 22 in the Taos Tent on Thunderbird Way: Mountaineering legend and ski patroller Dave Hahn with the international nonprofit The Himalayan Stove Project will share insights and stories from his life in extreme environments. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 4:30 p.m. There is a $10 admission, which will be a direct pass through to the Himalayan Stove Project, which provides clean-burning Envirofit stoves to Himalayan families. Cash bar available.
On Feb. 28, at the Preview Center, Cindy Atkins, board member and head docent for the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House, will speak about “The Life of Nicolai Fechin.” The presentation begins at 4 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception. The event is free, and space is limited. For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 14, Jean and Dadou Mayer will present on “The Esprit de Ski: The History of the Ski Week.” These two brothers will share what the spirit of the mountain means to them. This will be given at the Martini Tree bar. Doors open at 4 p.m., presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. The event is free; cash bar available.
Then, on March 18, Red Willow tribal members Cheryl Romero, Ilona Spruce and Sheryl Romero will offer a presentation on “Our Mountain Provides: A Discussion on Food Sovereignty.” Doors open at 4 p.m., presentation begins at 4:30 p.m, at the Martini Tree bar. For more, call (575) 741-0703 or visit skitaos.com.
Noël Anderson to show at Magpie in March
The show is titled "Broken Boundaries" and it will open with a reception March 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Magpie Gallery in the Overland Ranch compound at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado. Admission is free.
Gallery owner-director Georgia Gersh says in a statement, "I've said it before and I'll say it again, Noël Anderson is a force of imagination. She was one of my original inspirations for opening Magpie because I could not believe that an artist of her creative ability did not have representation. Five years into business, Anderson is one of my best sellers and continues to evolve and inspire. She is one of the most asked about artists at Magpie and is now collected around the globe. I am delighted that Anderson will open the season at Magpie with an incredibly dynamic, magical, three-dimensional exhibit. She is the first artist that I represent to have a second show. The first was a huge success and a wonderful spectacle. I'm looking forward to seeing how she fills the room from her meticulous miniatures to her sculpture."
Anderson herself comments in an artist statement, "The upcoming show, 'Broken Boundaries,' is a retrospective display of my artwork for the last 20 years. Consisting of a wide range of mediums, materials and forms, it is a representation of all the venues I've explored in the art world, and my visual evolution of the past two decades. This includes a collection of framed leather assemblages, mixed-media art, carved and spindled wooden sculptural pieces, suspended 'gravity' installations using folded books, beads, seashells and T-shirt strips, just to name a few … My palette is wide, my experiences and skill sets are many. Being able to integrate and 'use it all' is very satisfying to the soul. Creating has always been a part of me, who I am. I am grateful to have found a 'something' that I love to do. I truly believe everybody should have a 'something.' "
For more, call (781) 248-0166 or visit magpietaos.com.
'Love and #MeToo' just around the corner
Studio 107-B is excited to announce its next show, "Love and #MeToo." Gallery director-owner Maye Torres invited 40 different artists from New Mexico that have works of art that pertain to the important issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Most of the artists are from Taos, and include: Bill Davis, Allegra Sleep, Anderson Kee, Mimi Chen Ting, Jeff Cochran, Sharon Dry Flower Reyna, John Suazo and Christa Marquez.
Other renowned New Mexican artists who will be included are: Miguel Gandert, Michael Bergt, Rose C. Simpson, Toby Morfin and Cruz Lopez. Viewers be advised that this is not an easy topic, and there may be disturbing imagery. Some artists may choose to depict love, some artists may focus on #MeToo. Others may combine the two concepts, though quite opposite.
Isabel O'Hare, writer and activist, will coordinate the spoken word, and poets and writers will be woven into the show, at the opening and at other feature times throughout the duration of the show. Pat McCabe and Lyla June Johnston will also be working on different ideas and solutions to this rampant social problem.
The show will open Feb. 16 from 4-7 p.m. Studio 107-B is located at 107-B North Taos Plaza. For more information, contact Maye Torres at (575) 779-7832.
Call for volunteers
Taos Fall Arts Festival 2019 is looking for people to volunteer, serve on a committee or become board members. The commitment is light until September when there is a flurry of activity preceding and during the TFAF exhibition. In particular, TFAF needs an IT/website manager who can update the website as needed. If you are interested in participating, contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579 or email@example.com.
Calls for entry
• "A Heart Needs a Home" photography show celebrates animals in our homes, Feb. 15 - March 22, at Taos Town Hall as part of the Taos Arts Council's art in public spaces initiative. A free, public reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m. at Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos. Artists are invited to respond to this open, nonjuried show by completing entry for your artwork when you present your work. Deliver a work of art, 24-inch maximum width, framed and ready to hang to Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita, Monday, Feb. 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Please bring a bio or artist information for sales. We love our pets and adore photos of pets! We wish to celebrate this while helping Stray Hearts Animal Shelter by donating 50 percent of the Taos Arts Council share of any proceeds from sales to Stray Hearts.
• "After Dark 8" exhibit calls for entries on celebrating darkness, and the varied reactions to the dark (i.e., nighttime, dark humor, dark fantasies, dark matter, and so on). Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed-media, fiber arts, glass, digital printed media and assemblage entries accepted through midnight Feb. 28. All entries must be submitted through callforentry.org. Greg Moon Art of Taos hosts this national juried show with guest jurors, pop-surrealist painter Isabel Samaras and designer/curator/art maven Janet Webb. The show will run March 23-April 13 with an opening reception March 23 at the gallery, 109-A Kit Carson Road. For more info visit blog.gregmoonart.com/group-exhibition or call (575) 770-4463.
• The PASEO 2019 official call for entries opens. Deadline is midnight Feb. 28. Learn more at paseoproject.org/call-for-artists. PASEO 2019 is Sept. 13-14, Taos.
The PASEO is a 100 percent free art festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos. While The PASEO is free to the public, it costs a lot to pull off - for one important reason: all artists are paid for their work. If you are able, please donate to the cause. All contributions are tax deductible. The Paseo Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donate by snail mail: P.O. Box 1075, Taos NM 87571.
• The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is looking for submissions for next year's 11th annual festival. The festival screens over 100 films for over 10,000 attendees each year. Apply online via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox or download and fill out the online application and mail the application and the required materials to: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 418 Montezuma Ave. Suite 22, Santa Fe 87501. Review the submission rules and guidelines before submission of a film. The early bird deadline is March 4; the regular deadline is May 6. Further questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 Romero (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430.
Ongoing art exhibits
• Taos Historic Museums presents the East Studio Art League Winter Exhibition and Sale, highlighting artists under the mentorship of Taos artist Richard Alan Nichols. Nichols mentors three times a week in a classroom or open studio atmosphere. The artists create in the Historic East Studio of one of the Taos Society of Artists, E.L. Blumenschein. Artists bring their own supplies, reference, etc. "There are no lectures, quizzes or comparison in his workshops, only present-minded thinking. Through hands-on experience they learn about composition, color, layout, scale and much more." This exhibit and sale is also a benefit for the Taos historic museums. A small percentage of the sales go the Blumenschein Home and Museum and the Martínez Hacienda. The show is on view through March 31. At the Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux Street. For more information, call (575) 758-0505.
• Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild is showing its skills at the Old Trading Post Cafe/Italian Restaurant in Ranchos de Taos until April. Stunning quilts of all sizes and smaller wall hangings are on display, many for sale. Look for the QUILT SHOW sign. Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At 4179 NM Route 68, Ranchos de Taos. For more information, call (412) 867-7366.
• UNM-Taos Atrium Gallery presents "Devour," a solo exhibition by Heather Marie Bergerson (UNM-Taos Art Department Fine Arts candidate), explores feminist themes including personal agency, motherhood and female empowerment through representational and abstract modes of art making. Through Friday (Feb. 8). UNM-Taos Atrium Gallery is located in Fred Peralta Hall on Klauer Campus, 1157 Country Road, Ranchos de Taos.
• From the Central Valley of Mexico's Texcoco region and the cloud forests of Oaxaca come two distinct, spectacular weaving traditions, closing the "Hispanic and Indigenous Weavings of Old Mexico" series at Tres Estrellas Gallery, 208 Ranchitos Road, Unit A, Taos. The series features examples of distinct groups of historical serapes from Mexico over the course of six openings. Each exhibit will hang for a two-month duration. Call (575) 770-3262.
• "Winter Invitational Exhibition: The Signature and Master Signature Members of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico." The exhibit is open through March 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Fechin Studio at Taos Art Museum, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. $6-$10. Call (575) 758-2690.
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