What's happening in Taos?

Here's a brief rundown of arts and entertainment in Taos this week

By Tempo staff
Posted 10/16/19

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What's happening in Taos?

Here's a brief rundown of arts and entertainment in Taos this week


Have you gotten your Halloween costume yet? That's something on the minds of a lot of locals — kids and adults — as that spooky time of year approaches. We'll certainly be on our toes for all the wild and crazy events happening in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, there's a lot of happenings going on in Taos this week. To whet your appetite, here's a brief rundown. Of course, for more consult Tempo magazine, your arts and entertainment resource inside the Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Taos Pride hosts 'Rocky Horror'

Taos Pride has spent the last three years presenting the 1975 cult classic movie “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Taos Mesa Brewing’s Mothership. This year’s event is planned Friday (Oct. 18) starting at 7 p.m.

The night of events is a mix of musical acts and a screening of the film. Bands include Chi Chi Les Fleurs, Wives with Knives and Babelshack. Hosts for the evening are Xine and Spanki. The event is a fundraiser for Taos Pride.

There will be a costume contest with prizes. The movie, which starts at 9 p.m., opens up with audience participation. To expand on the audience participation, there will be Prop Bags available to the first 100 guests. These are bags filled with a mix of items, from water squirters, party hats — to bread and rice to throw at specific times of the movie.

It is a night of bawdy boundary pushing in cinematic, sonic, and social good taste. Tickets are $10

Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is at 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Call the venue at (575) 758-1900.

Concert at Santuario de Chimayó

The final event of Nuevo Mexico Profundo’s 2019 season is planned Saturday (Oct. 19), 4 p.m., at the Santuario de Chimayó, 15 Santuario Drive, in the Village of Chimayó. The innovative program was designed by Santa Fe Symphony and ProMusica musicians Kimberly Fredenburgh and Kevin Vigneau, and includes Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel's Oboe” from The Mission, traditional and pilgrimage songs, and an amazing arrangement of Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The performance benefits the historic churches in Córdova, Truchas and Las Trampas. Tickets are $35 and available online at nuevo-mexico-profundo.com. Call (505) 351-9961.

Sci-fi feminist rock opera

By popular demand, performance art-pop psychedelic performance art duo Princess (Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill) will launch a second tour of performances in support of the audio visual release of their sci-fi feminist rock opera “Out There.” Their recent 40-city museum tour included sold out events at the Andy Warhol Museum, New Museum, DePaul Art Museum and many others.

Now, you can see them today (Oct. 17), 7 p.m., at Revolt Gallery, 222 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Admission is free.

“Out There" is a concept video album and live performance piece by the band Princess. “It explores toxic masculinity and the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny,” a press release states. “The video’s science fiction narrative explores the power of the Divine Feminine … Princess is a performance art duo that explores queerness and the concept of masculinity. Simultaneously gay, straight, queer, masculine and feminine, Princess embodies the fluidity and coherence between the seemingly contradictory. Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill are platonic soul mates, unified in their bond of not quite fitting in, who have been creating conceptual performances since 1999.”

Lawrence J. Wheeler, former Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, is quoted in press materials stating “Out There” is “an extraordinary work of art… I couldn’t help but see Matthew Barney and the ideas there. I couldn’t help but hear David Byrne in some of the music. I couldn’t help but see, obviously, Warhol and shifting silk screen techniques. I couldn’t help but see Rauschenberg … an entirely fresh approach by using those influences to say something completely fresh and new about our time.”

Princess is stopping in Taos on its fall tour. Its next stop is SITE Santa Fe Friday (Oct. 18). Call (575) 770-9247.

Write a letter to God

On Sunday (Oct. 20) at 3:30-5 p.m. at SOMOS, spiritual director Eileen Wiard is leading a workshop called "Letters to God: A Spiritual Journal-Writing Practice for Everyone." The event is designed to introduce people to a spiritual journaling practice, regardless of one's personal beliefs and/or religious tradition. "In this tumultuous world where bad news is broadcast all day long on multiple channels, it is more important than ever to listen deeply to our own inner wisdom, to reach in and connect with our spiritual essence and mainstay, whatever name we give that entity," notes Wiard.

Bring a notebook/journal or paper to write on and a pen. All are welcome. Free, donations appreciated. SOMOS Bookstore & Salon is located at Civic Plaza Drive, Taos. Contact Wiard at (575) 770-0312.

Pick up some pumpkins

This year's San Cristóbal Pumpkin Fest promises to be a good one as there has been ample water and a bumper crop. The weekend events include bluegrass and Chicano rock 'n' roll, food wagons, dessert and coffee treats, among other good stuff for the family, all going down on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 19-20) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for the field adjacent to the farm by the old San Cristóbal Trading Post in San Cristóbal, just off of State Road 522 between Arroyo Hondo and Questa. Give a call to Eric at (575) 737-8955 and check out their website at taosgoji.com or instagram@taosgoji.

Turley gets prestigious blacksmith award

Famed New Mexico blacksmith, teacher and mentor Frank Turley received the prestigious Blacksmith Heritage Award from the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America (ABANA) in ceremonies conducted Saturday (Oct. 12) at the Turley Forge (called the “granddaddy of blacksmithing schools”) in Santa Fe, according to fashion designer Patricia Michaels whose mother Juanita Turley (of Taos Pueblo) is married to him.

Frank Turley has been living at Taos Living Center and was transported to Santa Fe for the award. Michaels said plans are underway to make his forge into the Turley Forge Foundation School of Blacksmithing.

“He also dabbles in high fashion with his stepdaughter [Michaels], who uses his forge to craft metal-and-mica earrings and enlists Turley to make the frames for her water-lily parasols,” according to a 2015 story by Kate Nelson in New Mexico Magazine. “Within the blacksmithing community — an unusually collegial bunch — the benevolent Turley is regarded as a sort of Yoda. He’s exhibited his work in museums, writes articles for trade journals, and, with noted historian Marc Simmons, produced the 1980 book ‘Southwestern Colonial Ironwork.’”

ABANA, based in Jonesborough, Tennessee, is dedicated to perpetuating the noble art of blacksmithing. A blacksmith is one who shapes and forges iron with hammer and anvil. Turley is the founder and operator of Turley Forge Blacksmithing School and a frequent demonstrator at craft schools, regional workshops, and universities. He welcomes the opportunity to present workshops of two days or longer, and will travel to any site that has a forge setup.

The Turley Forge Blacksmithing School is located at 919-A Chicoma Vista, Santa Fe. Call (505) 471-8608.

Monks, Moonstone and Malbec

Wine and jewelry aficionados are in for a treat Saturday (Oct. 19). Starting at 11 a.m., in the courtyard of Millicent Rogers Museum, international wine judge and sommelier Michelle Padberg of Vivác Winery will explore the “fascinating history of wine in New Mexico, beginning with the Franciscan monks.”

“New Mexico actually had wine grapes before California,” MRM Education Coordinator Kathryn Ritter said. “It’s pretty exciting. We really haven’t done anything like this before.”

Ritter notes that the afternoon will reflect on the “influence Millicent Rogers had on fashion and design, which continues to linger on our palates, all the while imbibing five award-winning wines from Vivác Winery along with other tasty treats.”

“Icon: American Style,” the exhibit of Millicent Rogers’ personal designs, drawings, fabricated pieces, are where the vaunted moonstone necklace and other jewelry are on display in the gallery you walk through before the courtyard.

Ritter says. “This is a fun, get-dressed-in-your-favorite Millicent attire. Bring friends to share the fun and enter the raffle to win a Millicent-inspired gift basket.”

A 21-and-over event, seating is limited to 40 participants. Tickets are $50. For tickets or more information, contact Ritter at coordinator@millicentrogers.org, or call (575) 758-2462.


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