With the last few blasts of winter and St. Paddy's day blowing through Taos this week, there's a lot to do while staying warm and cozy. What follows ...
With the last few blasts of winter and St. Paddy's day blowing through Taos this week, there's a lot to do while staying warm and cozy. What follows is a brief rundown of what's going on. Of course, for more, check out this week's print edition of Tempo magazine, your arts and entertainment source inside The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.
Raye Zaragoza in concert for CAV
New Mexico band the Boomroots Collective will open for award-winning singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza Saturday (March 16), 7:30 p.m., at the Sagebrush Inn Convention Center, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. The concert is a benefit for Community Against Violence, a local prevention and advocacy nonprofit for victims of domestic violence.
New York-born Zaragoza was nominated for Best New Artist 2018 for the Indigenous Music Awards presented by SiriusXM. She was also winner of the 2017 Global Music Award for Protest Music and 2017 Honesty Oscar for Activist Anthem. Zaragoza carries an acoustic guitar and a message, a publicist's description reads. Her quiet yet powerful song "In the River," written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video and national media coverage.
Her debut album, "Fight for You," displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. About the record, Zaragoza states, "This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. It's about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose."
Boomroots Collective is a group of musicians linking hip-hop and reggae together in seamless flavor. The Collective is a community of conscious artists bringing a unique mix of two genres for one reason, the love of music. It has been described as "Jamaican funk with New Mexican Soul."
CAV offers a 24-hour confidential crisis hotline at (575) 758-9888. It provides legal and medical advocacy services, counseling and support groups, children's programs, community prevention and outreach programs. It also has an on-site emergency shelter for adults and children, and offers short- and long-term transitional housing programs. All services are free and confidential.
Tickets to the benefit are $20, $16 for ages 14-18, $8 for ages 8-14. Call (575) 770-1375.
Hi-Hazard Hoedown benefits ski patrol
The Taos Ski Patrol's 32nd annual Hi-Hazard Ho-Down party and fundraiser is planned Saturday (March 16), 8 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Featured music act will be Chris Dracup's Funk of the West band playing rock and soul music. Tickets are $20 at the door or available in advance at the patrol office and the brewery. Proceeds benefit the Taos Ski Patrol. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
Native American film screening at Peñasco Theatre
A white author gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and his sidekick. That's the gist of a film titled "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" that will be screened Saturday (March 16), 7 p.m., at the Peñasco Theatre, 15406 State Road 75 in Peñasco. Starring elder Dave Bald Eagle, the film, directed by Steven Lewis Simpson, was adapted from the award-winning book by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn. As April 8 would have been the 100th birthday of Dave Bald Eagle, who died in 2016, the makers of the movie are attempting to show the film at 100 events in theaters, libraries, colleges, etc., around the country. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more, call (605) 454-1073.
'Antony and Cleopatra' discussion and screening planned
A lecture and discussion of the National Theatre of London's production of Shakespeare's play "Antony and Cleopatra" will be presented by Carol and David Farmer today (March 14), 5-6:30 p.m., at the SOMOS Salon and Bookstore, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. With their extensive backgrounds in theater and literature, the Farmers will give an overview of the production, review the dramatic elements and background and facilitate a discussion.This is a free collaborative presentation of SOMOS and the Taos Center for the Arts.
This is designed as a prelude to the National Theatre in HD screening of "Antony and Cleopatra" planned Saturday (March 16), 11 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium. 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare's famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.
"Caesar and his assassins are dead," a synopsis reads. "General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production."
Tickets are $18, $15 for Taos Center for the Arts members and free 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, which opens 45 minutes before the screening.
Author Skinner to read from 'Shoot Me, Jesus'
A book signing and reading by author Brian Allan Skinner in support of his book "Shoot Me, Jesus: Tales of the Old & New Southwest" is planned Sunday (March 17), 2-4 p.m., at the Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado. A Q&A with Skinner will be included.
"Shoot Me, Jesus" is described as "erotic magic realism with a Southwestern spiciness." The 11 linked tales move forward and backward in time in the manner of foreshadowing and flashbacks in a novel. The identities of the characters are malleable. Humor is an essential element of each story.
Admission is free with regular museum admission. Call (575) 758-2462.
Taos Plaza Live application deadline is imminent
Musicians may apply to appear on schedules for Taos Plaza Live and the Taos Lilac Festival until Friday (March 15). Band schedules will be made by March 22. Band contracts will be issued by March 29. If chosen, you will be notified and a contract issued for your performance date. Band selection is made on a point-based rating system. All bands will be rated by individuals in the listening committee for musicality and performance. You must submit a demo CD or web link for the listening committee to hear your band. Applications available at taoschamber.com can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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