The countdown has started for the holidays, and it's not just the specials suddenly popping up in all the stores and TV commercials. It's a feeling in the air as the weather cools, snow begins appearing on mountain peaks and the scent of wood smoke permeates the atmosphere. Whatever your vision of this time of year, it's certainly begun. In Taos, the arts and entertainment scene continues with lots of opportunities for enlightenment and just plain fun.
The countdown has started for the holidays, and it’s not just the specials suddenly popping up in all the stores and TV commercials. It’s a feeling in the air as the weather cools, snow begins appearing on mountain peaks and the scent of wood smoke permeates the atmosphere. Whatever your vision of this time of year, it’s certainly begun. In Taos, the arts and entertainment scene continues with lots of opportunities for enlightenment and just plain fun. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on, and, of course, you’ll be able to find much more in Tempo Magazine, inside this week’s edition of the Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.
Out Loud reading series
An actress with a disturbed past comes to a deserted theater to regain her reasoning (and perhaps liberation from her demons), only to find she is not the only one on this quest. That’s the subject of a play-within-a-play that exposes the hidden psyches of two characters who find themselves in a deserted theater late one night.
The play is titled “Come Again” and it is being presented as part of the Out Loud play-reading series Thursday (Nov. 14), 7 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Admission is free.
Brenda Iovino, author of “Come Again,” has lived in Taos County since 2006 and was living in New York City before that. She was at the theater one night in the mid 1970s and discovered how easy it would be to sneak onstage to the wings while the audience filed out to the street of the theater district. For more information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.
Watercolor demonstration at Town Hall
A Golden Water Media Lecture-Demo will be given by visual artist Phil Garrett Friday (Nov. 15) from 1-3 p.m. in the Training Room at the Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita. The talk is sponsored by the Taos Watercolor Society. Garrett will demonstrate mediums and grounds that push the boundaries of traditional water media and offer samples of paint and gels to all those who attend. The demo is free, however, seating is limited. Call Karen McCurtainblair at (575) 224-9855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
‘40 Under 40’ artists show
An opening reception for the exhibit, “40 Under 40” is planned Thursday (Nov. 21), 4-6 p.m., in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Curated by Sarah Hart, with assistance from Grace Lawrie, the exhibition features invited artists under 40 years old, and these artists were then asked to invite 20 others to participate. Admission is free. For more information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.
Classic French, Spanish and English songs
Come to Sabroso, an oasis in Arroyo Seco, where you can enjoy classic New Mexico ambiance as Charley Bensusen plays the beautiful French, Spanish, Italian and English songs you may never have heard. Hear songs by Jacques Brel, Francis Cabrel, Serge Gainsbourg, Fito Paez, Max Gazzi, Sylvio Rodriguez, Buena Vista Social Club and the best English-language songwriters out there. It’s all happening Friday (Nov. 15), 6:30 p.m., at Sabroso Restaurant, 470 State Road 150, in Arroyo Seco, a short 15-minute drive north of Taos on the way to the ski valley. No cover. Call (575) 776-3333.
‘Roots Rising’ coming up
Make plans for the AMP Concerts presentation of Roots Rising! Featuring Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno and Liz Vice on Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. This is an all ages concert with a special priced ticket for youth.
“Artists from across the roots musical landscape gather for a night showcasing some of our best young, contemporary talent,” a press release states.
Andersen is described as “a powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice, blues in his bones and commanding stage presence.” Since moving to the United States from her native Guatemala, Moreno has achieved remarkable success – she won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, was nominated for an Emmy and has shared the stage with music luminaries such as Bono and Andrea Bocelli. Vice has drawn comparisons to some of the greatest female soul singers of all time and both her albums debuted on Billboard’s gospel chart.
Tickets $27 (tier 1); $17 (tier 2); and $10 youth under age 25. Go to ampconcerts.org or purchase by phone through Hold My Ticket at (505) 886-1251. For additional information, call the Taos Center for the Arts at (575) 758-2052.
A parents morning out
Parents can enjoy a free morning out on Saturday (Nov. 16) from 10 a.m. to noon to do Christmas shopping, go on a date or just enjoy a quiet breakfast while kids play games, make a craft, play ping-pong, have a snack and more. RSVP to Miranda Evans at (575) 758-3354 so they we can be ready for a fun-filled morning. Free. At the Taos First Baptist Church, 220 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.
Heads-up for holiday arts fairs
As the holidays swiftly bear down, head out to some of the vibrant crafts festivals around town for those precious, one-of-a-kind gifts that only can be found locally. This Saturday (Nov. 16), from noon-5 p.m. Vagrant Heart gallery is hosting an art market featuring local artists and craftspeople. Enjoy music, snacks and a craft table for what promises to be a fun event. Admission is free. Vagrant Heart is located at 216 Paseo del Cañón East. Contact email@example.com.
At the Talpa Community Center and Library on Dec. 7-8, there will be the 19th annual Arts & Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-4:30 pm. Santa and Ms. Claus will be in the library to greet the children on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 1 p.m. with a bag of goodies and stuffed animals until all is gone. Free lunch both days. Live music by Toby; 16 vendors on hand. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014.
Taos Mesa Arts’ Holiday Show on Dec. 7-8 features seven regional artists, working in a variety of media, coming together to show and sell their art at the studios and gallery of Dean Pulver and Abby Salsbury. The doors will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Come on by for a visual feast, unique, handmade holiday gifts, refreshments and some pretty great views. The artists include Jane Burke, Julie Lake, Lindsay Locatelli, Dean Pulver, Abby Salsbury, Tracy Turner Sheppard and Alice Watterson. Taos Mesa Arts gallery is located at 319 Tune Drive, El Prado. Contact Abby Salsbury at (575) 770-8366.
The Oo-oo-nah Art & Cultural Center is hosting a a holiday Arts & Crafts Fair on Dec. 14-15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the center next to Tiwa Kitchen on Veteran’s Hwy. (the main road to the Pueblo). There will be concessions and a raffle. Vendors are needed. For vendor information, contact Marie Reyna at (575) 779-6294. Everyone is welcome.
And the annual Taos Winter Market at the Guadalupe Church gym gets going on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Local artisans are selling their furniture, pottery, stone knives, jewelry, weaving, sculpture, creams, among lots of other stuff, and there promises to be a host of food. The gym is located at 205 Don Fernando Street. Contact (575) 737-5111.
The Ernest and Virginia Couse Leavitt Art Collection exhibits until the end of November. Check out the Leavitts’ “Taos Treasures” comprising their collected work between the 1990s and the early 2000s – priced to sell. Proceeds will benefit the new Lunder Research Center of The Taos Society of Artists at Couse-Sharp Historic Site, opening in 2021. Collection includes works by Melissa Zink, Larry Bell, Michio Takayama, Ben Wade, Earl Stroh, Jan & Irv Janiero, Randall LaGro and many more. No entry fee. At David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renate Collins Hume (whose work is pictured above) is showing botanicals, mandalas and abstracts daily until December at the Farmhouse Café, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, in El Prado. The café is located in the Overland Sheepskin Compound. Contact the artist at (805) 914-4923.
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