The season of giving is certainly underway, which means various celebrations are underway. Whether it's something rooted in New Mexico's venerable cultures, buying gifts, or just simply enjoying some fine music and works of art, Taos has it going on. Here's a little sample of happenings in and around town:
The season of giving is certainly underway, which means various celebrations are underway. Whether it's something rooted in New Mexico's venerable cultures, buying gifts, or just simply enjoying some fine music and works of art, Taos has it going on. Here's a little sample of happenings in and around town, but for more be sure to check out Tempo inside the Taos News when it comes out bright and early Thursday morning.
‘Tough Pioneer Women’ at Sage Fine Art
A series of new paintings by British artist in Taos Elizabeth Jose features the strong women of the Southwest set against the gorgeous New Mexico scenery and light. Check out the reception on Friday (Dec. 13) from 4 to 6 p.m. Sage Fine Art Gallery is located at 115 East Plaza. Contact the artist at (575) 758- 9396 or elizabethjose.net.
‘Taos Style’ tea and concert
St. James Episcopal Church presents “A Christmas Tea and Candlelight Concert, Taos Style” on Saturday (Dec. 14). Concert musicians include Julie Greer and Billy Archuleta, plus the Taos Community Chorus Troubadours under the direction of Mark Jackson. There will be one seating only for tea at 4 p.m. The concert is at 5:45 p.m. The holiday gift shop will be open from 3:30-7 p.m. Tickets for the tea and concert are $60. This event is a fundraiser to support the church’s outreach programs serving Taos. Tickets may be purchased online at stjamestaos.com. The church is located at 208 Santiago Street, Taos. Call (575) 758-2790.
Arroyo Seco holiday stroll
Join the community of Arroyo Seco for warming bonfires, refreshments, shopping and visiting on Saturday (Dec. 14) from 3 to 6 p.m. The village will host Santa Claus at the Arroyo Seco Mercantile Christmas Party, 480 State Road 150. Then, stay and stroll through town for holiday shopping and cheer. Enjoy musical entertainment by John Archuleta and Audrey Davis and the inspiring beauty of this little village in wintertime. Merchants are keeping their doors open later for your pleasure. For more information, visit secolive.org.
Dance winter showcase
Celebrate the holiday season with the Academy of Performing Arts at its “Winter Dance Showcase: A Charlie Brown Christmas.” the show will take place Friday (Dec. 13), 6 p.m., and Saturday (Dec. 14), 2 p.m., at Enos Garcia Elementary School Auditorium, 305 Don Fernando Street. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call the academy at (575) 770-0189.
Soundscapes holiday fundraiser
Enjoy holiday musical favorites, a silent auction, food, drink and more at the special fundraising concert event Friday (Dec. 13), 4:30 p.m., at Studio 107B Art Gallery, 107B North Taos Plaza. Musical selections include traditional carols and holiday music. Sing along if you like. Listen to performances by Mark Jackson, Claire Detels, Tom Weber and Suzanne Schwartz, Lee Harvey and Rebecca Carón. Tickets are $25. Make your reservations by calling (505) 363-0265 or visit taossoundscapes.com.
Author Hampton Sides at Op. Cit. Books
Acclaimed author Hampton Sides (“Blood and Thunder”) will appear in person to sign and discuss the softcover copy of his new book, “On Desperate Ground,” the epic story of Chosin Reservoir, called the greatest battle of the Korean War. “This is the story of one of the most heroic and harrowing operations in American military history and one of the classic battles of all time,” according to a press release. The book signing will be Saturday (Dec. 14), 2-3:30 p.m., at Op. Cit. Books, 124A Bent Street. Admission is free. Call (575) 751-1999.
Build a gingerbread house
On Saturday (Dec. 14) at 1-3 p.m. join the folks at Taos First Baptist Church for a Gingerbread House-Building Party. They provide the graham crackers and the icing, so just bring your favorite candy decorations to share. Families can work as a team or each person can make their own. Taos First Baptist Church is located at 220 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Free admission. Contact Miranda L. Evans at (575) 758-3354.
• Taos Folk, the famous pop-up store, is taking place at the TCA Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, daily through Tuesday, Dec. 24. It is open every day and showcasing over 75 local artists and authors working in a variety of media and offers affordable gifts by Taos hands, as a creative and unique alternative to traditional buying ideas.
• “Artists in the Schools” goes on at Town of Taos Town Hall through Jan.10. Sponsored by the Taos Arts Council. Exhibition is at Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita.
• TCA exhibits: Alison Robbenhaar and Barbara Barrett are showing work at the Historic Taos Inn, through Jan. 27. And “40 Under 40” is happening at the Encore Gallery, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, through Jan. 12.
• At the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, “Marjorie Eaton: A Life in Pictures,” is showing through Sunday, March 1. At 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Contact (575) 758-2690.
• Millicent Rogers Museum exhibits: “Majestic Owls,” through Feb. 16; “Millicent, an Icon of American Style” through April 30; and “The Faithful,” through Sunday, Jan. 26,.
• “Exhibition: Taos Moderns in Santa Fe” takes place at 203 Fine Art, on Gusdorf Road, daily through Jan. 1.
• “Three New Mexico Photographers,” Jeremy G. Landau, Jim Cox and Michael Gorman, showing at Michael Gorman Gallery, 103 East Taos Plaza, through Dec. 30. Contact (575) 224-6911.
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