What's happening in Taos?

It may be 'Vortex' weekend, but there's a whole lot of other things happening this weekend too

By Tempo staff
Posted 8/15/19

It isn't called a 'Vortex' for nothing, but even if you aren't being mesmerized by the sights and sounds in Kit Carson Park this weekend Taos is still the center ...

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What's happening in Taos?

It may be 'Vortex' weekend, but there's a whole lot of other things happening this weekend too


It isn't called a 'Vortex' for nothing, but even if you aren't being mesmerized by the sights and sounds in Kit Carson Park this weekend Taos is still the center of a whirlwind of activity. Here's a quick rundown of lots of other activities to check out. For more, of course, check out this week's issue of Tempo magazine, your arts and entertainment resource inside the Taos News, on sale right now.

Vagrant Heart’s first ever ‘Street Art Market’

On Friday and Saturday (Aug. 16-17), from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. some 20-plus notable street artists from Taos and from all over the nation are coming to paint the outside of Vagrant Heart gallery’s two warehouses top to bottom in two days with huge murals, along with selling pieces of their art to take home. There will also be dozens of vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, custom-painted food trucks, music and fun for the whole family. Everyone is invited; free. Vagrant Heart gallery is located at 216 Paseo del Cañon East, Taos. Contact Breezy at vagranthearttaos@gmail.com or (575) 737-5112.

Final show of Improv Medicine’s summer comedy show

Improv Medicine will perform its third and final comedy show of the summer Saturday (Aug. 17), 7 p.m., at Taos Onstage, 101-A Camino de la Placita, next to Tuesday Morning. Improv Medicine has sold out the two previous shows and had a considerable waitlist both times.

The shows are a blend of improv games and scenes that are inspired by suggestions from the audience. No two shows are alike as they involve different actors and are not scripted.

This next show will include musical improv brought forth by its director, Shelby Geitner. During Geitner ’s improv studies she became particularly drawn to the incorporation of music into the games and scenes.

“We knew Taos wanted to laugh, so we gave them something to laugh about,” Jason Pfeifer, founder of Improv Medicine said. "The shows have been so much fun for us and our audience. We are really excited for the musical improv which adds such an exciting new element. And the collaboration with Taos Onstage has been incredible. What a great space to see live theater in Taos.”

Since July 2016, Improv Medicine has brought improvisation classes, workshops and performances to the Taos area and around New Mexico. And now, Improv Medicine is excited to become a Taos staple with regularly scheduled improv shows throughout the year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/4309330 or by calling (575) 613-4855.

Taos Watercolor Society hosts glorious annual show

The Taos Watercolor Society’s annual show and sale at the Taos Center for the Arts’ Stables Gallery takes place this week, Thursday-Wednesday (Aug. 15-21), with a free opening reception on Friday (Aug. 16) from 4-6 p.m. The society has juried in several new members which will add even more exquisite water media art to the well-attended event. Cher McMacken, Gayle Weisfield, Jennifer Ortega, Barbara Bracken and Robert Murray all add beauty and diversity to this professional group, which includes Diane Binder, Carol Doughty, Linda Grams-Henderson, Diane Nelson-Scott, Marilyn Price-Reinbolt, Lonnie Shan, Diana Smith and Jinx Wright. Co-vice presidents Nelson-Scott and Binder chair this show, and the TCA has installed new lighting at the Stables, making each piece shine to its best advantage. Contact Carol at (575) 224-3166 or Cher at (808) 651-4508 and visit taoswatercolor.org.

Award-winning poet plans Taos book-signing

Albuquerque native Marcial Delgado plans to present excerpts and sign copies of his book “Sell Me Insanity” Saturday (Aug. 17), 7 p.m., at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte, 1219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado.

The poet, a devoted husband and construction worker, hosts and organizes the vibrant and welcoming space Voices of the Barrio Open Mic Poetry at El Chante Casa de Cultura in Albuquerque. In 2017, Delgado won the distinction of Albuquerque Slams City Champion. The same year, Delgado and his Albuquerque slam team traveled to Laredo, Texas, and took honors as the Southwest Shootout Region Group Piece Champions.

Earlier this year, he traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina with his Mindwell Slam Team for the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam. The Albuquerque Journal and La Bloga featured the poet and his book, “Sell Me Insanity" released in 2019 by Swimming with Elephants Publications. According to Delgado’s publicity release, “Marcial Delgado is just a vato from the barrio who fell in love with writing and poetry.” The event is free of charge.

Todd Christensen exhibits his ‘Trees Talk’

Recently appointed as the new director of the New Mexico Film Office, Todd Christensen has spent the past couple of decades as a location scout. He is no stranger to trees, traveling most of the year, taking breaks on location to make a sketch at every opportunity. “Trees Talk” allows us to see Christensen’s trees in every light and season, each with a distinct personality. The work is certainly whimsical, but has a depth that comes from being a seasoned appreciator of nature.

“I grew up in the small town of Yankton, South Dakota, which is situated next to the Missouri River,” Christensen states. “There were always so many kinds of trees to admire. Throughout my life I have felt a connection to trees, in all their wondrous diversity and resilience... What causes some to fall and others to strive forward? ...Trees talk and listen and continue. They are my political statement, my climate change statement and solution; they delight me always in all their shapes and configurations.” Artist reception is Saturday (Aug. 17) from 5-7 p.m. at Magpie gallery at Overland Ranch, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Contact Georgia Gersh at georgiagersh@hotmail.com or (781) 248-0166

Silver Q&A

Author Robert J. Silver will speak on his book, “Keepin’ On: Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease,” followed by a Q&A and book-signing today (Aug. 15), 3 p.m., at the Shuter Library of Angel Fire, 11 South Angel Fire Road, Angel Fire. Free. Contact Bob Silver at rsilver65@gmail.com or (575) 770-2020.

‘Farming with Rocks’

Glenna Dean presents 'Farming with Rocks' on Friday (Aug. 16), 6:30 p.m., at the Kit Carson Home and Museum, 113 Kit Carson Road. Dean is a former New Mexico state archaeologist and holds advanced degrees in archaeology and botany. Now retired, she enjoys making color every day by dyeing churro-wool colcha embroidery yarns with natural dyes that she grows and collects off the roadside. Her talk involves the native farming techniques of the indigenous settlers living north of Santa Fe that impressed the Spanish explorers traveling north from Mexico who wandered through New Mexico beginning in 1539. Clothed in woven cotton garments of high quality, the indigenous Tewa people were farming crops of corn, bean, squash and cotton on seemingly barren hillsides away from surface water. Dean's talk explores farming technology as well as botanical, biological, ecological, archaeological and cultural aspects of farming in Northern New Mexico before 1492. Free. Call (575) 758-4082.

Mystery book

Op. cit. books Taos Mystery Book Club hosts J. Courtney White whose book "The Sun" is an entertaining mystery and earnest look at the many crises confronting the American West. Free; lunch on your own. Stella's Italian Restaurant, 112 Camino de la Placita, Taos. Contact Betty Palmer at opcitbooks@gmail.com or (575) 751-1999.


Writers Night community reading is Wednesday (Aug. 21), 7 p.m. Everyone invited to create, stay to share, listen. Free. Studio 107-B, 107-B North Taos Plaza, Taos. Contact Scott Adair at fsadair@gmail.com or (205) 790-7974.


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