What's happening in Taos?

Here's a brief sampling of what's going on

By Tempo staff
Posted 1/15/20

There's a lot going on this week as the new year zooms along. What follows is a brief look at what's happening in Taos in the arts and entertainment scene. For more, of course, check out this week's edition of Tempo magazine inside the Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

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What's happening in Taos?

Here's a brief sampling of what's going on


There's a lot going on this week as the new year zooms along. What follows is a brief look at what's happening in Taos in the arts and entertainment scene. For more, of course, check out this week's edition of Tempo magazine inside the Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Free screening of ‘The First Rainbow Coalition’

On Saturday (Jan. 18) at 6:30-8:30 p.m., New Mexico PBS and Embudo Valley Library present a preview screening of “The First Rainbow Coalition,” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Ray Santisteban. The film charts the history and enduring legacy of a groundbreaking multiethnic coalition that rocked Chicago in the 1960s. The event is free but RSVP is requested. The Embudo Valley Library is located at 217A State Road 75, Dixon, south of Taos via State Road 68. Call (505) 579-9181.

Join Taos Community Chorus’ first rehearsal

Taos Community Chorus’ spring season begins in May, and their first rehearsal is Monday (Jan. 20) at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo del Norte, just north of Kit Carson Park. The chorus will be singing Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and conductor Erick Brunner and accompanist Martha Shepp will once again be at the helm. There are no auditions, but being able to read music is essential. Rehearsals take place subsequent Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Member fee is $65 (or pay what you can). All are welcome. Contact Debbie Branomat at debranom@gmail.com.

Talk on ‘Hamlet’

Glean some keen insight into Shakespeare’s masterpiece in actor and director Karla Eoff’s talk on “Hamlet” on Jan. 23 at 5-6 p.m. at SOMOS Book Salon, Civic Plaza Drive. This is a free event, open to the public – and a preview of the upcoming National Theatre HD presentation of “Hamlet” that will take place on Jan. 26 at the Taos Community Auditorium. Call Irene Loy at (575) 758-0081 for more information.

Contra dance lessons on the sly

Get your dancing boots on and come out and try some contra dancing “with a touch of English.” Next Thursday (Jan. 23) at 7-9 p.m. at Old Martina’s Hall, Ellen Brodsky, Laurie Bender and Rebecca Hall will be offering lessons, accompanied to live music with Jimmy Killingsworth, Tina Hahn and more. Local musicians and callers. Cover is just $5. Come with or without a partner. Old Martina’s Hall is located at 4140 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos. Call Ayla Shipley at (575) 758-3003.

Foot stompin’ music

Looking for a place to have fun and show off your dance moves? Well, here are a few quick suggestions:

Check out rising country music star Matt Castillo. High energy from start to finish, Castillo and his band are providing audiences with original country music. You’ll find him playing Friday (Jan. 17), 9 p.m., at the Motherlode Saloon, 406 East Main Street in Red River. For more information, call (575) 754-6280.

If you find yourself in Taos Ski Valley, slide on over to Hotel St. Bernard’s Rathskeller bar for a taste of the Chris Dracup Trio. Dracup is a lifelong New Mexico musician. He has been a singer, songwriter and lead guitarist with some of the state’s most popular musical groups. Hear the band play Saturday (Jan. 18), 8-11 p.m. at 112 Sutton Place in Taos Ski Valley. Call (505) 569-3242.

If it’s more of a mellow Texas- style country sound you want, there’s no better proprietor than the legendary Bill Hearne, who will be playing his country honky-tonk Tuesday (Jan. 21), 6:30-9:30 p.m., in the Adobe Bar at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2233.

International print presentations

Ambos Lados International Print Exchange presents two engaging presentations on Saturday (Jan. 18) in the Encore Gallery at Taos Community Auditorium. From 2-3 p.m. is the talk “Printing the Future: Graphic Arts in Oaxaca Today” with David Farmer; and at 3-4 p.m. the talk is “Prints Travel Easily, Even Over ‘The Wall’” with Karl Whitaker and Manuel Guerra. Ambos Lados is a print exchange organized from both sides of the United States-Mexican border by Guerra at Horned Toad Prints in El Paso, Texas, and by Adrian Aguirre and Beatriz Rivas of Taller Grafica Libra in Zaachila, Oaxaca. This show includes 158 prints and runs through Feb. 9. The opening reception is Jan. 23 at 4-6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. The Taos Community Auditorium is located at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Contact tcataos.org.

‘Fantastic Fungi’ screenings

The Taos Center for the Arts, in conjunction with Twirl Play and Discovery Space and Chris Pieper of Mudd N Flood, will be hosting a special screening of the documentary “Fantastic Fungi” by Louie Schwartzberg. Screenings will include an immersive art display of “wUNDER Play,” Twirl’s mycelium-inspired installation for the 2019 Paseo. Screenings will run Jan. 19-22 – Sunday at 2 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. While the documentary is aimed more at adults than children and includes references to the psychedelic properties of mushrooms, the message itself is a universal one: mycelium’s multiple talents could provide a model for planetary survival itself. Contact Colette LaBouff at ​colette@tcataos.org​.

Call for entries

• Contemporary Hispanic Market 2020 Rejury. All artists must rejury. Drop off artwork by Saturday (Jan. 18) between 9 a.m. and noon at St. John Church, 1301 Osage Avenue, Santa Fe. For more information, call president Ramona Vigil-Eastwood at (505) 331-2113. Visit contemporaryhispanicmarketinc.com or on Facebook.

• The town of Taos 2020 Banner Competition “Taos Vision 2020 – Return to the Land, Water and Sky” is now open – seeking Taos County artists’ work for a lamppost banner campaign on view from April 1-Oct. 31, in the town. Submissions end Jan. 26 – extended. All entries must be submitted though the CaFE website (callforentry.org). There is a $10 application fee for the submission. For more information regarding image considerations, preparation and submission, contact either the Taos Arts Council (info@taosartscouncil.org) or David Mapes at the Taos Gallery Association (dmapes@davidmapes.com) or (575) 770-5733.

• Are you a Taos County artist who would like to have a piece shown at the 18th Annual Miniatures Show & Sale at the Millicent Rogers Museum? Show takes place Feb. 7- March 1. Contact Kathryn Ritter at coordinator@millicentrogers.org or (575) 758-2462.

• Seventh-annual Paseo Project is scheduled for Sept. 18-19 and will again take over the streets of Taos with projection, installation and performance art. They are currently seeking artists. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 29. Entries are accepted through CaFE with a fee of $15 per entry. Entry for Taos County artists is free. Visit paseoproject.org for all the details.

• Taosfolk, the ingenious winter pop-up store, will pop up this summer at the Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, from July 2-29. Artists are encouraged to have a “green angle” to their art – recycled, upcycled, reloved, repurposed, reimagined. All are encouraged to apply. Go to taosfolk.com, click on “participate.” Submissions end Feb. 7. Call Cathleen Lambridis at (773) 595-8065.

Ongoing events

TCA exhibits: Alison Robbenhaar and Barbara Barrett are showing work at the Historic Taos Inn, through Jan. 27.

At the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, “Marjorie Eaton: A Life in Pictures,” is showing through March 1. At 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Contact (575) 758-2690.

Millicent Rogers Museum, El Prado, exhibits: “Majestic Owls,” through Feb. 16; “Millicent, an Icon of American Style” through April 30; and “The Faithful,” through Jan. 26.

Four major artists exhibit at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, through April 26: Subhankar Banerjee, “Long Environmentalism”; Beatrice Mandelman, “Overflowing with Color”; Dean Pulver, “Elemental Resonance”; and Larry Bell, “Cubic Propositions.” Call (575) 758-9826.


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