What's happening in Taos?

Music, arts and entertainment blossom in the Enchanted Circle this week

By Tempo staff
Posted 6/19/19

Music, art and entertainment abounds this week as we roll toward the official start of summer. For a taste, here's a brief rundown of what's going down in Taos ...

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What's happening in Taos?

Music, arts and entertainment blossom in the Enchanted Circle this week


Music, art and entertainment abounds this week as we roll toward the official start of summer. For a taste, here's a brief rundown of what's going down in Taos. If you're looking for a more detailed look, be sure to pick up a copy of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Alice Wallace at Old Martina’s

California country music artist Alice Wallace’s topical songwriting hits on such themes as immigration, #MeToo, wildfires while her Americana sound nods to the vintage vibe of California music of the ‘70s. Linda Ronstadt is a huge influence. Wallace will be performing Sunday (June 23), from 6-9 p.m., at Old Martina’s Hall, 4140 State Road 68 in Ranchos de Taos. Cover is $15 at the door.

Wallace is a promising star and a great vocalist and yodeler. She has premiered songs in The Bluegrass Situation and The Boot, and has been featured in No Depression and Buzzbands L.A. The first video for her “Santa Ana Winds” premiered in Paste Magazine.

Rodeo Dance at KTAOS

After a day of watching the riding and roping at the 52nd annual Rodeo de Taos, cowfolk are invited to scoot-a-boot with Robert Parsons and his Swing Dusters at the Rodeo Dance on Saturday (June 22), 9 p.m. until midnight at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Cover charge is $10.

The rodeo, which takes place Saturday and Sunday (June 22-23) at the Taos Sheriff’s Posse Arena, at the corner of Paseo del Medio and Salazar Road, will feature a full schedule of bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and more, plus youth events between noon and 1:30 p.m. daily.

Watch for the Rodeo Parade on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. along Paseo del Pueblo Norte y Sur from the Taos post office to the Taos County Adminstrative-Judicial Complex at Albright Street. This event is sponsored by the Taos County Sheriff’s Posse and local merchants, sanctioned by the New Mexico Rodeo Association.

Crooked Creek concerts coming your way

The Crooked Creek concerts take place on Sunday afternoons over the next four weeks and are free – set outdoors in a beautiful high mountain meadow at 5 Crooked Creek Trail in Valle Escondido via U.S. 64 east. The first of the 2019 Crooked Creek concerts is Sunday (June 23) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and features Higher Ground Bluegrass of Albuquerque.

Voted Best Folk/Americana Band in the 2019 Best of Burque Event, and nominated for eight 2019 New Mexico Music Awards, the ensemble includes Ken Weddington (banjo, guitar), Dave Devlin (mandolin, dobro), Fred Bolton (guitar), Pat Mahoney (fiddle), and Laura Leach-Devlin (bass). (More info about Higher Ground is at highergroundbluegrass.com.) Bring your own chair, rain jacket and a snack to share during intermission. Water, some beer and wine provided (or BYO). Contact Dave Wasserman at davewass1948@gmail.com or (575) 758-4332.

Fun times at the Solar Center

They don’t call it the “community backyard” for nothing. There’s a lot going on at the KTAOS Solar Center and here’s just a sample:

Friday (June 21), it’s the PPC Solar 40-year Anniversary Party and Summer Solstice Celebration. Come celebrate PPC Solar bringing solar power to Taos for the past four decades. There will be a “Real Deal Crawfish Boil,” volleyball and more. The party gets started at 5 p.m.

Then, as with every Monday, The KTAOS Solar Center will be hosting the music series titled “Off the Cuff Live.” Music begins at 7 p.m. sharp and there’s a $5 cover. The show will be recorded live for broadcast at a later date on KTAO-FM 101.9. “Off the Cuff Live” features local artists performing music from different chart-topping musicians. This is an all ages show. Stop by for a Santana tribute on Monday (June 24), with Jimmy Stadler, Bob Andrews and Brent Berry.

Of course, tonight and every Thursday, Cullen Winter’s Rhythm and Bluesmobile returns to performing in Taos after a hiatus. Consisting of Cullen Winter on guitar and vocals, Dan Lizdas on piano and Hammond B3, Rick Halterman on Bass and Matt Billinger on drums, the band pumps out inspired blues shuffles, swings, rhumbas, funky fusion, and gritty soul grooves. Check ‘em out from 7-9 p.m. Cover is $5.

Movies on the Green continues

The town of Taos-sponsored Movies on the Green continues with a free screening of the suspenseful “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” on Wednesday (June 26), 7 p.m., at the Taos Youth and Family Center Skating Rink, 407 Paseo del Cañon East.

The film series that continues through Aug. 7 will move to Kit Carson park starting with a screening of “Little Giants” on July 10, weather permitting. The following Wednesdays will see showings of “The Incredibles 2, “The Goonies” and, finally, “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Make sure to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic to make yourself comfortable. No alcohol permitted at either location. Movies on the Green is sponsored in part by The Taos News. For more information, call Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or contact her via email at jesquibel@taosgov.com.

Blumenschein Museum shows contemporary artists

Taking a step back from traditional fare for which the Blumenschein Home and Museum is known, a new exhibition and sale offers three unique contemporary artists and their perspectives and visions of Northern New Mexico. The opening reception is Saturday (June 22) from 4-6 p.m. at the Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux Street, Taos.

Painter Frederick Aragon, of Taos, has a background in graphic design, illustration and animation, and for six years he worked for the largest educational software publisher in the U.S. Before that, he spent 15 years on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, retiring as a conductor in 1989.

Lydia Johnston, formerly of southwestern Vermont, is an oil painter known for her work in rich, vibrant colors.

And photographer George Schaub, formerly of New York and long time affiliated with Taos, creates abstractions, he notes, “by utilizing crafts I have practiced for many years – hand coloring and ‘alternative’ photographic processes, linocuts, and pastel, pencil, and charcoal drawing.”

The reception is free. Contact (575) 758-0505.

Dane Spangler displays photographic vistas of American West

Local photographer Dane Spangler exhibits his photographic works during the month of June – “Vistas of the American West” featuring high-resolution photographic landscapes from New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. The artist’s reception is Saturday (June 22) from 4-7 p.m. at Sage Fine Art Gallery, 115C East Taos Plaza.

Spangler is most noted for a spectacular circular rainbow over Dead Horse Point near Moab Utah shot in 2006 – “Rainbow at Dead Horse Point” was one of 50 images (from 1,931 entries) selected by juror George Lepp for the international exhibit “Art in Nature” at the Center for Fine art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado, in September of 2008.

Benefit for the Harwood Museum at The Blake in Taos Ski Valley

The third annual fundraising gala and auction at The Blake in Taos Ski Valley is coming Saturday (June 22). Surrounded by The Blake’s private collection of Taos art, guests will dine, dance and bid on art, wine and some very special experiences, during both live and silent auctions. Tickets are $175 per person.

The list of auction items is now available. The bash’s schedule is: 3-4 p.m. auction preview; tour of The Blake art collection; 4-5:30 p.m. cocktails, silent auction, live music by Big Swing Theory; 5:30 p.m. live auction with Brad Hockmeyer/KTAO and Juniper Manley. Silent auction closes 15 minutes after live auction ends. And at 6:30 p.m. is dinner. Call the museum at (575) 758-9826.

Taos painter teams up with poet for upcoming book and exhibit

Love brought Taos educational author Jenifer Fox and accomplished Taos painter Chris Morel together – and a shared passion for the Northern New Mexico landscape. Indeed, Morel’s landscape paintings inspired Fox to compose over 30 poems (collectively titled, “One Woman’s Heart”) to accompany Morel’s paintings in his show “One Man’s Home,” opening Saturday (June 22) at the Nedra Metteucci Gallery, 1075 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. The collaboration has produced a book, as well. The two will be present at the opening on Frieday (June 21), 5-7 p.m., and Saturday (June 22), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit jeniferfox.com or write info@morelart.com.

Encore Gallery shows Jeff Baker’s new work

Jeff Baker honed his craft through 35 years of editorial and advertising assignments. Throughout, he’s continually worked on his own projects, including large-format ethnographic studies in South America and Indonesia, landscapes informed by the relationship of man to his surroundings, and still lifes of industrial-age tools that reference the personalities of their inventors.

The latest work on view now through July in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. It looks at urban encryption as a means of communication within a neighborhood’s core population. While embracing photography’s remarkable technological advances, he adheres to its philosophical underpinnings, giving him great confidence in his current direction. Call (575) 758-2052.

Ongoing art exhibits

• The Taos Community Artist Co-op in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on Taos Plaza is featuring two of their artists through June. They are Robert Murrey II, showing oil and water paintings; and Peter Dugan, exhibiting pottery. Stop in and check out the talent of 25 more local artists. The Historic Taos County Courthouse Shops are at 121 North Plaza, Taos. Contact Effie F. Romero at talpacommunitycenter@yahoo.com or (575) 751-1014.

• Taos Watercolor Society is exhibiting the work of their signature members in two venues in Taos simultaneously. At the Taos Visitors Center, at 1139 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, the show is ongoing until June 28, with daily hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. The second venue is the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, where the exhibit runs through June 23. Admission free. Contact Diane Binder at (360) 223-8101.


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