Looking for something to do? There's plenty going on in Taos as we swing into spring. From annual Easter Egg hunts to lively nightlife, Taos has it all ...
Looking for something to do? There's plenty going on in Taos as we swing into spring. From annual Easter Egg hunts to lively nightlife, Taos has it all. Here's a brief rundown of what's going on, but for more be sure to check out this week's Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.
All children are invited to help color eggs on Saturday (April 20) starting at 9 a.m. at the Juan I. Gonzales Agriculture Building, 202 Chamisa Road, Taos. Volunteers are also welcome to help at the event. Admission is free. The creations are used for the Easter egg hunt following at Kit Carson Park. For information, contact Orlando Vigil at (575) 770-6162.
The annual Taos community Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday (April 21) starting at 1 p.m. at Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. All children and youth are invited. Participants divided by age, up to 10-plus. The hunt offers edible treats plus prizes for the participants. Some of the prizes include filled baskets. Admission is free. Sponsored by Taos LULAC. For information, contact Orlando Vigil at (575) 770-6162.
4/20 party at Parse Seco
Sad Bug and Nate Mays venture over to Parse Seco for one of the first stops on their U.S. tour. See them at a special 4/20 Party on Saturday (April 20), 8 p.m., at Parse Seco, 487 State Road 150 in Arroyo Seco, 15 minutes north of Taos.
Enjoy goodies and live music by the likes of this mescaline punk-emo three-piece band from Boulder, Colorado, playing never heard releases from their new mix tape, “Kratom Crawler,” produced by Casual Crust Records. Check out local opener Akiliano Ukulele.
Interact with sought-after blown art pieces by glass artist Troy Aldredge of Albuquerque. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more, call (312) 593-3948 or visit parseseco.com.
‘I’m Not Running’ lecture and play screening this week
The National Theatre in HD production of “I’m Not Running,” an explosive new play by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare, will be screened Saturday (April 20), 11 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
Playwright Hare as recently described by The Washington Post as ‘‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” His play is about a British junior doctor, Pauline Gibson (Siân Brooke), who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the National Health Service to becoming an independent Member of Parliament. In the Houses of Parliament, she crosses paths with her university boyfriend, Jack Gould (Alex Hassell), a stalwart Labour loyalist, climbing the ranks of the party.
As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonizing decision.
Admission is $18; $15 for members, and $10 for youth. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052.
Karla Eoff will give an overview of the production, review the dramatic elements and background and host a discussion today (April 18), 5-6:30 p.m., at the SOMOS Bookshop at 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Call (575) 758-0081. This is a free event presented in collaboration from SOMOS and the Taos Center for the Arts.
Coming soon: ‘Pinocchio’ onstage
The Academy of Performing Arts continues its 14th anniversary season with the return of the classic children’s story “Pinocchio.” The ballet production will be staged April 27 at 6 p.m., and April 28 at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., all at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
This is an AP Arts adaptation of the world-renowned novel by Italian children’s writer Carlo Collodi. Originally penned as a serial in 1881, “Le avventure di Pinocchio” (The Adventures of Pinocchio) tells the story of a rascally wooden character who would grow to be a time-honored favorite.
Over 200 dancers as young as 2 years old and up to 40 years old will play a host of witty characters throughout the production. Watch for more in Tempo.
Lecture on historic printmakers’ guild at Fechin Studio
David Farmer will offer an illuminating lecture on “Taos Treasures – the Printmakers’ Guild, 1939-1965” on Wednesday (April 24), 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Fechin Studio at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The talk will be about a group of female printmakers and educators who formed their own organization to circulate their art throughout the United States. This was unique in the annals of American printmaking. A good number of these artists had connections in Taos, coming for the summers and forming lasting friendships with artists like Gene Kloss, Ila McAfee Turner and others. Tickets are $10; free to museum members. For more information, contact Katy Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 758-2690.
‘Taos Light’ opens at Encore Gallery of the TCA
The seventh-annual Members Open exhibition will be on view Monday (April 22) through June 2 in The Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. This year’s theme is “Taos Light,” and artists depict this theme literally or figuratively, with the medium of their choice. Meet all the artists at the opening reception Thursday (April 25) from 4-6 p.m. Free. Call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.
‘Wild World’ at Paseo Norte
The opening reception for Madeline Miller’s exhibit, “Wild World,” is planned Saturday (April 20), 4 p.m., at the Paseo Norte Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The exhibit continues through May 11. “I am a child of the earth,” Miller states. “I am created from the same matter that every other creature is created from. I am not made by the genius of man, but from the creative Divine. Through my artwork, I am able to realize this and participate in the creative energy of our world.” Light fare at the reception will be provided by Common Fire. For more information, call (802) 356-3769 or visit paseonortegallery.com.
Calls for entry
• The Paseo 2019 Water Culture call is seeking artists to bring visibility to Northern New Mexico’s water culture and issues. This new call seeks proposals for installations creatively to expand public knowledge and appreciation of the acequia networks downtown. Selected art activations will vary in media, scale and programming. These installations will be featured at the PASEO 2019 festival, September 13-14. Entry is free. The deadline for entries is midnight May 25, and the application can be found at paseoproject.org/call-for-artists.
• Taos Fall Arts Festival 2019 is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee for the Taos Fall Arts exhibition. Time commitment is very light until the weeks preceding the opening of the exhibition on September 20. Contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579 or email@example.com.
• The Questa Studio Arts Tour is seeking new artists to join our art tour. The dates for the tour is August 17-18. There are 14 different hubs with over 43 artists. Hubs cover from Lama north to the Sunshine Valley. For more information, see questaartstour.com.
• Taos Community Foundation (TCF) is seeking local glass artists to submit proposals for a permanent and collective glass art wall at the foundation office. The art will be a permanent art-installation donor recognition wall at the entrance to Taos Community Foundation’s conference room. The selected work will be awarded a flat-rate $10,000 award. Interested artists should request the full RFP specifications via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the specifications at taoscf.org. Deadline for proposals is Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Contact Alix Henry at Taos Community Foundation, 115 La Posta Road, at (575) 737-9300.
• The Taos Community Artist Co-op is accepting applications for a two-shelf artist (shelf space as opposed to wall space). “We are ready for a great tourist season.” Call for an appointment at (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430.
• Elevation Coffee will be hosting a nonjuried art show in the month of May as the spring run-off begins. Start creating a piece embodying the theme “Precious Water.” There is no entry fee, a 10 percent minimum donation of your sale will go to the Taos Water Protectors. Art will be accepted May 3-4 and the opening reception will be May 5 from 2:30- 4:30 p.m. Elevation Coffee is at 1110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Questions? Call (575) 741-1323.
Ongoing art exhibits
• Taos Community Co-op spotlights two artists for the month of April. They are Mario Archuleta from Questa, featuring jewelry; and Richard Mondragón from Ranchos de Taos, featuring copper crosses. Their work is on view daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the month of April. At the Historic Taos County Courthouse, 121 North Taos Plaza. Contact Effie Romero at the Talpa Community Center at (575) 751-1014 or email@example.com.
• An assortment of quilts made by local artists is now on view at the Taos Public Library through May 31. Artists include Violette Alby, Anonymous, Ellen Cirnigliaro, Melissa Larson, Terrie Hancock Mangat, Winter Ross and Starr. At Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita. For more information, contact Melissa Larson at Wholly Rags at (575) 751-9862.
• “Marjorie Eaton: Her Life In Pictures” is ongoing at the Taos Arts Museum at Fechin House. Marjorie Eaton first arrived in Taos, NM in 1928 and declared: “I realized I had found my soul when I arrived in Taos.” This will be the first exhibition to focus on Marjorie Eaton’s vast portfolio of work, not only as a modernist painter, but also as a photographer and actress, as well as offering a glimpse into her personal life as never before. Admission $10; $6 members. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.
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