What's happening in Taos County?

From art, entertainment and culture, there's a lot going on

By Tempo staff
Posted 7/10/19

The dust has settled after the big Fourth of July celebrations and now focus has moved to the Taos Pueblo Powwow Grounds near El Prado ...

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What's happening in Taos County?

From art, entertainment and culture, there's a lot going on


The dust has settled after the big Fourth of July celebrations and now focus has moved to the Taos Pueblo Powwow Grounds near El Prado for this weekend's big Native American culture event. But, that's not all. There's a lot of events happening in the area and here's but a sample. For more, see the print edition of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale Thursday morning.

Final Crooked Creek concert features classical quartet

Cellist Rebecca Caron along with violinists Thomas Weber and Suzanne Schwartz and violist Cory McBride of Taos Soundscapes present the final concert at Crooked Creek this summer on Sunday (July 14), 3:30 p.m. Musical selections include J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Beethoven’s String Quartet No 1 in F Major. In addition tenor Ryan Allais and pianist Claire Detels will join in performing Ralph Vaughn Williams “On Wenlock Edge.” The concert will conclude with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera,” featuring Mark Jackson, baritone. More information about Taos Soundscapes can be found at taossoundscapes.com.

The concerts are free and outdoors in a beautiful high mountain meadow. Bring your own chair and rain jacket. Water, some beer and wine provided (or BYO). Ten miles east of Taos on U.S. 64, turn south into Valle Escondido, follow the main road two miles past the golf course, and look left into the meadow (please drive slowly on the dirt roads). Contact Dave Wasserman at davewass1948@gmail.com or (575) 758-4332.

‘Late Bloomers’ launches at Questa Public Library

“Late Bloomers: the Movement – Literary Gems by Taos Boomers in their Prime” will launch Saturday (July 13), 7 p.m., at the Questa Public Library, 6 1/2 Municipal Park Road in Questa, and in Taos on Saturday (July 20) at SOMOS Bookshop and Salon, 108B Civic Plaza Drive. Taos News’ own columnist Ellen Wood edits this collection of poetry and prose by eight gifted Taoseños aged 57 to 82. This book gives voice to a movement happening nationwide by inspiring and encouraging others 50-plus to pick up pen or paintbrush or tap shoes or cooking utensils or whatever is handy and begin expressing without regard to ageism. For more information, contact Wood at ellenwoodspeaks.com.

Tours of historic Mission churches

On Saturday (July 13) there will be two tours, at 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. departing from the Santuario de Chimayó to the historic churches in Córdova, Truchas and Las Trampas. These churches, which are rarely seen by nonparishioners, are particularly outstanding for their historical and cultural importance and their conservation of santero altar screens. Each tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and is guided by Frank Graziano, author of “Historic Churches of New Mexico Today” (Oxford University Press, 2019). Limited to 24 participants.

Transportation is by self-drive caravans (in your own car) that line up near the RTD Blue Bus stop, in the lower parking area of the Santuario de Chimayó. The santuario itself is not included in this tour. Before or after the tour be sure to see the Santuario’s main (Cristo de Esquipulas) chapel and the adjacent rooms with votive offerings and the pocito of holy dirt; the Santo Niño de Atocha chapel; the prayer portal; and the museum/store called Rincón de Don Bernardo Abeyta, where staff can answer questions. Also of note are San Lorenzo at Picuris Pueblo and Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, Placita, though not visited.

Tickets $25 per person can be purchased at nuevo-mexico-profundo.com or by contacting fgraz@nuevo-mexico-profundo.com. Ticket purchases support the maintenance and restoration of New Mexico’s historic churches.

Bull O’ the Woods Saloon celebrates anniversary

The Red River tavern looked a lot different when it opened 80 years ago as the Silver Spruce Tavern. Illegal gambling was the primary draw at the time, attracting a pretty squirrelly clientele looking for a boom that the old mining town of Red River could never provide. While no one really knows how much the Silver Spruce paid out, the legend lives on about the rowdy nature of the historic institution.

Over the past seven decades the Bull O’ the Woods has seen its fair share of change. No matter who the owner or what moniker, “The Bull” (as it is often referred to today) has remained a stalwart in Red River’s economy. Current owners David and Tammy Maschino believe that has a lot to do with the establishment’s history and consistency as an entertainment venue.

“We have been coming to Red River for 30 years. In that time the Bull was the backdrop for so many happy memories that we made as a family on vacation. We are honored to carry on the incredible legacy of a place that is near and dear to our hearts by offering the best quality food, drinks and entertainment available to our guests,” the Maschinos noted in a statement.

This weekend, Friday through Sunday (July 12-14), Red River guests will be treated to more incredible entertainment by three well-known musicians during the Bull O’ the Woods 80th Anniversary Bash. Western swing legend and New Mexico favorite, Syd Masters, will play Friday, followed by Austin signer/songwriter John McDonough on Saturday afternoon and up-and-coming New Mexico country artist, Ryan and the Resistors on Saturday night.

Learn more about the Bull O’ the Woods 80thAnniversary Bash at BullotheWoods.com and by following @BullOtheWoods on Facebook and Instagram.

Juanita Lavadie gives talk on colcha exhibit

An educator, artist, acequiera and historian, Juanita Lavadie will give an elucidating tour of the current colcha exhibit at the Harwood Museum, “Embroidered History: Colchas and the Stitch that Defined a Region.” The talk takes place on Saturday (July 13) from 2-4 p.m. in the Hispanic Traditions Gallery at the museum, 238 Ledoux Street. It is free to Harwood Museum members and with admission to the museum. Call (575) 758-9826.

A retired public school teacher, oral historian and graphic and fiber artist, Lavadie’s creative and cultural interests are all keyed to the acequia system that supports the land, water and inhabitants of Northern New Mexico in general, and the traditional Hispano and indigenous cultures in particular.

More colcha embroidery

At la Hacienda de Los Martínez, a major colcha exhibit is on view now through Aug. 31. It is titled “Colcha Embroidery: Traditional to Contemporary.” This second biennial exhibit includes new works by 41 artists from Taos, Santa Fe and southern Colorado. A reception is planned for Saturday (July 13) from 3-7 p.m. Admission is free. La Hacienda de Los Martínez is located at 708 Hacienda Road, off Lower Ranchitos Road, Taos. Contact Connie Fernandez at (575) 758-7608.

Artist Jeff Baker discusses his career

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 at the Encore Gallery 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.

Baker plans to give a talk on his work next Thursday (July 18) from 4-5 p.m. in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Q&A to follow. The talk is free and open to the public. For information, contact info@tcataos.org or (575) 758-2052.

Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival

The festival takes place Tuesday-Sunday (July 16-21), showcasing some 80 local artists. While the registration is closed, there is still two scholarships for local folks: one adult and one youth. You can also be placed on the waiting list by emailing at wildriverspleinair@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome to come paint alongside the other artists and watch the demos (just not participate in the competitions).

Paint-outs are taking place all over the place. Have you ever wanted to peek inside the studios of early Taos master artists? Some of the best painters in the world come to Taos to do just that. At the juried Taos Paint-out and Show, painters will get to visit and paint at three museums on July 24, 25 and 26. For more information, and schedule call Peggy at (505) 974-5314 or visit wildriverspleinair.com and QuestaCreative.org.

Two-woman show at Copper Moon exhibits enchanting animals

Abiqiú resident Lori Faye Bock, shown formerly on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and Boulder ceramic artist Caroline Douglas find a breath of fresh air at Copper Moon Gallery, 105 Kit Carson Road. Animals are a favored subject matter for both artists: Douglas has titled her contribution “The Magic of Animals,” while Bock’s collection is called “Sanctuary.”

A Detroit transplant via Los Angeles and Santa Fe, Bock has been residing in the tiny agricultural hamlet of Los Silvestres, just north of Abiquiú along the Chama River, where she has found endless inspiration for three decades on the farm where she lives and works alongside a bevy of sheep, cats, dogs and a multitude of wildlife. Her work features colorful, whimsical and endearing acrylic paintings which portray Bock’s deep affection and connection with creatures both great and small. Call (575) 758-8833 or visit coppermoongallerytaos.com.


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