Mardi Gras celebrations are just some of the entertainment and arts options awaiting Taoseños and visitors alike this week. Here are some highlights:
Interstate Aztec dance gathering
Hosts Danza Azteca de Anahuac will be performing in celebration of the 27th Dia de Cuauhtémoc – Cuauhtémoc was the last Aztec general defender of the Aztecs – on Taos Plaza on Saturday (Feb. 22) from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This interstate Aztec dance gathering is a free event and all are invited to attend. Call Linda Velarde at (575) 776-0303.
Mardi Gras weekend events
Both Angel Fire and Red River do up the holiday (Feb. 21-25) in style. In Angel Fire, enjoy a themed weekend of events and activities for families and adults sure to heat up the winter – such as hot and spicy gumbo, beads, a kick-off party, live music, a Mardi Gras parade and kids zone. Visit angelfireresort.com.
Check out Fat Tuesday concert with Gyth Rigdon on Feb. 25 from 6-9 p.m. at Angel Fire Community Center, 10 Miller Lane, Angel Fire. Rigdon is an American singer/songwriter from Louisiana, best known for having been a contestant in season 16 of “The Voice,” which premiered a year ago. Tickets (benefit Music from Angel Fire) are $20 at holdmyticket.com.
And in Red River, visit the Mardi Gras in the Mountains “50 Shades of Red” weekend party, featuring a street parade, kreme krawl, burning of the Tchoupitoulas, costume contest, children’s ball and lots of music. Go to redriverchamber.org or call (575) 754-2366.
Or, nearby, you can always spend the blowout evening of Fat Tuesday (Feb. 25) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with Bob Andrews at the Taos Inn. Nobody knows New Orleans blues and soul like this virtuoso pianist. Homegrown fave Craig Williams warm things up at 4 p.m. There is no cover. Adobe Bar at The Taos Inn is located at 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2233.
How to tell stories to children
A free workshop taking place on Saturday (Feb. 22) from 2-4 p.m. by the authors of “How to Tell Stories to Children” combines the science of storytelling with a step-by-step method for parents, grandparents, educators, and anyone interested in a relationship with children. Authors Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy emphasize that storytelling is an old as the cave paintings, but it’s not just for fun. It is a cognitive tool humans evolved to share information, retain attention and build trust – between speaker and listener, parent and child. The free workshop takes place from 2-4 p.m. at High Frequency Loft, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite Q. Donations are appreciated. Call Alana Lee at (575) 425-0709.
Lyla June Johnston speaks at Unity of Taos
On Sunday (Feb. 23) from 10-11:30 a.m. as part of the Sunday service at Unity of Taos, Lyla June Johnston, a poet and self-avowed water protector who is running for New Mexico House of Representatives District 47 seat, will be speaking on the theme “Spiritual Activism.” She is pursuing a PhD with a focus on sustainable food systems and has a strong background in community organizing, such as during the Standing Rock movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is a free event, open to all. Unity of Taos is located at 69 Blueberry Hill Road. Call (575) 751-1452.
Artist talk with Dean Pulver
On Saturday (Feb. 22) from 2-4 p.m. at the Harwood Museum, artist Dean Pulver will discuss his monumental sculptural work showcased currently in the Harwood titled “Elemental Resonance.” Pulver, according to an artist statement, is interested in making pieces that are resonate and reflective. To resonate – meaning to evoke or suggest images, memories and emotions. And reflective – meaning being brought into deep thought and contemplation.
“I find that in using forms that are basic and elemental, there becomes an openness for the viewer to creating multireferential relationships to the pieces,” he states. Come hear what he means.
This program is free with admission, and free to members. Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call the museum at (575) 758-9826.
Call for entries and volunteers
• Harwood Museum needs volunteer docents. Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call Suzie Crowley at (575) 758-9826, ext. 104.
* Taos Fall Arts Festival seeks volunteers for Sept. 25–Oct. 4. Needs are marketing/promotion, setup and break-down art show, receive and place art works, install art and greet visitors daily. Contact Tracy Ivy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 770-6996.
• 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; the theme is “Transformations.” 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.
• Harwood Museum invites artists living and working in Taos as well as those who may have moved away but have deep roots in the area to apply for a contemporary art juried exhibition. All entries must be submitted digitally to harwoodmuseum.org by midnight on March 1 free of charge. Artists will be notified of the decision in mid-April. Each artist will have the opportunity to submit three works of art (six images total) created in the past three years as well as a biography and CV. Jury will consist of Harwood’s curator, Nicole Dial-Kay, and Douglas Dreishpoon and Dakota Hoska. Visit the website for specifications.
Barbara Bartels exhibits landscapes of Ghost Ranch area, Río Grande Gorge, rivers including the Chama in autumn at Sage Fine Art Gallery, 115 East Plaza. Call the venue at (575) 758-9396.
Taos Town Hall presents autistic artist Jesse – “Taos Celebrates Diversity” by Taos Arts Council Art in Public Spaces through March 27. At 400 Camino de la Placita. Contact email@example.com.
Blumenschein Home and Museum of Taos Historical Museums continues to exhibit group show “A Winter in Taos” through March 1. At 222 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 758-0505.
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.
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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