What's happening in Taos this week?

Here's a quick rundown on what to see, do, hear and celebrate

By Tempo staff
Posted 5/3/19

This week, Tempo magazine is full of music news for the summer months, but that's not all. Here's a rundown of some the other events happening in and around Taos to keep you intrigued and entertained.

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What's happening in Taos this week?

Here's a quick rundown on what to see, do, hear and celebrate


This week, Tempo magazine is full of music news for the summer months, but that's not all. Here's a rundown of some the other events happening in and around Taos to keep you intrigued and entertained. Always remember, there's a whole lot more in this week's Tempo print edition on sale right now inside The Taos News.

Circus Saurus comes to Taos

“The 2019 edition of Carson & Barnes Circus Saurus is a mythological adventure with plenty of daredevil artistry and big animals, too,” an announcement states. It takes place Saturday (May 4), at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday (May 5), at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Children and adults will be “transported to a whimsical world where mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. New heights of imagination will be reached as the elusive unicorn prances through the center ring to delight the audience. Dinosaurs shake the ground as we travel back millions of years and have your heart captivated by our majestic Asian elephants. See the elephant bath at 3 p.m. on Saturday. And be thrilled by daredevils on the Wheel of Destiny – tumbling acrobats, high-speed jugglers, hilarious clowns and aerial artists who will soar to new heights at the apex of The Big Top.”

Location is the LULAC Field, 926 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Tickets $20, $12 children at the door. Advance tickets online $18, $8 children. For more information and tickets visit bigtopshow.com or call (580) 743-7292.

Vagrant Heart One-Year-Anniversary Celebration

Vagrant Heart Gallery strives to provide opportunity for community involvement with the gallery space. "As an alternative art gallery, we aim to break the mold of the traditional art gallery business model," a press release states. "We feature over 50 artists local to Taos and the surrounding areas."

This weekend, Vagrant Heart is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The event is planned Saturday (May 4) from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Location is 216 Pasel del Cañon East, across the street from Vista Grande High. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

Expect to see live graffiti painting and street art, pony rides, live DJs, hip hop performances by Zecon, Neight Larsen and much more."At our gallery, we showcase the alternative arts such as street art, graffiti, lowbrow and avant-garde artwork of a wide variety of mediums including though not limited to fine art, jewelry, sculpture and unique apparel and accessories. More importantly ... we aim to provide a safe and creative space to involve the community in workshops, seminars and classes. We provide a location for the youth to engage with the arts and to help create an outlet that contributes to the community."

Contact (575) 737-5112.

Taos Academy’s Spring Music show

The talented youth at Taos Academy Charter School are putting on their Spring Music Show today (May 2), 6 p.m., at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Students will be performing in three different bands: Iconic 1’s, Trade Marked and Bad Pill. “These kids are seriously amazing, but with a teacher like Jimmy Stadler that is no surprise,” an announcement states. Free admission, but donations support the Taos Academy Music Program. Call (575) 758-5826 or visit ktaos.com.

Taos Youth Ensemble

A zany clown whodunnit. “Suffer Fools Gladly,” written by Mark Aloysius Kenneally, is a rollicking combination of clown noir meets the spirit of vaudeville. They all made it out of the clown car, except for one. Who killed poor Bubbles? Join hard-boiled detectives Nick and Artie as they scramble to crack the case before the clowns get the last laugh. This Taos Youth Ensemble show takes place Saturday (May 4), 6-8 p.m. at the Taos Academy of Performing Arts, 1027 Salazar Road. Free admission. Contact John Biscello at johnbiscello@gmail.com.

Why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo: a historical view

On Sunday (May 5), at 11 a.m. to noon, Rev. Gary Kowalski gives a fascinating historical view of why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. He explores the history and the religious beliefs of Benito Juárez, the man who is remembered for saying that “respect for the rights of others is peace.” Kowalski writes about the holiday: “Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of Juárez’s forces over a French battalion twice its size in the small town of la Puebla in 1862. The French were trying to impose a monarchy on the Mexican people, who had already elected President Juárez, representing a new popular constitution that guaranteed freedom of speech, religion and association, along with an end to debtor’s prison, which kept many peons in mortgaged bondage to rich landowners ... Had Juárez lost on Cinco de Mayo, New Mexico might today be a slave state. History would have been different, and not for the better.”

At Unitarian Congregation of Taos, 124 Camino de Santiago (Bent Lodge of the Masons), Taos. The talk is free. Contact finaleyes@icloud.com or (877) 214-8754.

Art inspires pianists to offer free concert at Fechin House

Members of Piano Taos will peruse the collection of the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House in search of inspiration. What they emerge with will be interpreted in music at a special concert Sunday (May 5) at 1 p.m. This is the third performance by Piano Taos.

Performers will include pianists Martha Grossman, Susannah Ambler, Martha Shepp, Ginger Mongiello, with Suzie Schwartz on violin and viola. Works performed will include Beethoven, Debussy, Rebecca Clarke, Cecile Chaminade and Massenet.

This is a free concert Piano Taos gives twice of a year. Contact Martha Shepp for more information at (575) 776-7579 or sheppmartha@gmail.com. The room will fill up fast so reserve a seat at (575) 758.2690 ex. 101 or email frontdesk@taosartmuseum.org. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-2690.

Hoot for the owls

“The Owls of Taos: Hooo Cares? We Do!” is an elucidating talk that happens on Sunday (May 5) from 2-4 p.m., at Millicent Rogers Museum. Learn about owls in New Mexico with Jay Gatlin and Derrick Olinger of the Forest Service, Carson National Forest and Camino Real Ranger District to discuss owl feathers, habitats, behavior and how to identify owls found in New Mexico. Free with admission, open to the public. Contact Kathryn Ritter at coordinator@millicentrogers.org or (575) 758-2462.

Film delineates the wild, scenic Gila River

On Friday (May 3), from 7-10 p.m., the Harwood Museum screens the film “Heart of the Gila.” Take a journey down the Gila River – protecting New Mexico’s last wild river. Discussion of protection of the wild, scenic Gila and a Q&A with the director, Albuquerque filmmaker David Garcia. At the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Tickets $10; $8 museum members. Contact Patrice Mutchnick at heartofthegila@gmail.com or (575) 536-3879.

Coming soon: ‘Who Will Write Our History’

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon — the truth — and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

The new film “Who Will Write Our History” is their story. Sponsored by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival and the Taos Jewish Center, this film will be screened May 11, 7 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Admission is free.

The screening is in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day. For more information, call (575) 770-6948.

This event is sponsored by Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival underwriters Abigail Davidson and Paddy Rawal with additional support from film sponsors Connie and David Girard-diCarlo and Noreen and David Perlmutter.

Poster Art Reception at Town Hall

Taos Arts Council offers a free, public reception for the “Taos Is Art Banners, 2019” on Friday (May 3), from 5 to 7 p.m., at Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita. The 66 selected artists for the 2019 competition will be displayed through poster-sized reproductions available for purchase. A new feature is the display of 19 poems inspired by the visual imagery of the banners in partnership with SOMOS and National Poetry Month, in April. Lawrence Gregory, who participated in this project, will provide a reading at the beginning of the reception. The exhibition continues through July 26 and is supported by the Grace Family Foundation, secolive.org and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, contact Paul Figueroa at pcf1947@yahoo.com or (575) 779-8579.

Tera Muskrat’s eccentrically painted clay works at Paseo Pottery

Original works and collaborative sculptures by iconic Taos painter Tera Muskrat are on exhibit at Paseo Pottery Taos May through June. Opening reception is Friday (May 3), 5-7pm, an evening with the artist and refreshments. Be sure to reserve your spot for Burlesque-a-Sketch Events for May 18, from 5-7 p.m., and June 23, 5-7 p.m. Includes a performance and live model. Paseo Pottery Taos is located at 122 B Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos.

Live demos and festivities at Michael Gorman Gallery

On Friday (May 3) from 4-7 p.m., check out live artist demos featuring cut paper by Patricio “Tlacaelel” Trujillo y Fuentes and ceramics by Michael Gorman. Tunes and refreshments. Free. Michael Gorman Gallery, 103 East Plaza, Suite B, Taos. Contact MichaelGormanGallery@gmail.com or (575) 224-6911.

Afton Love exhibits at Studio 238

Afton Love presents her graphite and beeswax creations for the May/June Studio 238 exhibition at the Harwood Museum. Love is known for work that explores landscape and human relationship to time and scale. Her immersive installation-sized drawings and exploratory sculpture reference the body in environment. She writes in a statement: “My influence comes from time spent in the vast landscapes of the American West ... These depictions of erosional landscapes invite the viewer to step in, consider themselves in relation to a formation and recognize that all around us, and within us, life is in flux.”

The artist reception is Friday (May 3), from 4-6 p.m. Free. Studio 238 at the Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Her gallery talk is June 9 at 1 p.m., in the museum’s Peter & Madeleine Martin Gallery.

Two new artists of the month at Taos Co-op

Taos Community Artist Co-op is featuring two of their artists through the month of May. Ruby Mondragon, is a painter and also artist of wire crochet jewelry; and Reta Fitch works with recycled objects to create her singular art. These ladies will be in the Old County Courthouse Shop at North Plaza from 5-7 p.m., on May 4 for the first Saturday night Art Walk on the Plaza. Stop in and visit with them and enjoy light refreshments. Free. The Taos Co-op shows 24-25 local artists throughout the year. For more information, contact Effie at (575) 751-1014.

‘Precious Water’ exhibit opens at Elevation Coffee

The nonjuried art show with the pertinent theme “Precious Water” takes place in the month of May just as the spring runoff begins. Ten percent of each sale will go to the Taos Water Protectors. The reception will be held on Sunday (May 5) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Elevation Coffee is located at 1110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Contact Janet Boccelli at janetintaos@gmail.com or (575) 741-1323.

Lynda Benglis panel discussion at the Harwood Museum

Five of the Lynda Benglis’ Bird’s Nest wall sculptures are on exhibit at the Harwood Museum of Art until May 12. In conjunction with the show, the museum is planning a panel discussion titled “Anatomy of an Art Collaboration: Benglis’s Bird’s Nests.” It will take place Saturday (May 4), starting at 3 p.m. in the museum’s Arthur Bell Auditorium. The museum is located at 238 Ledoux Street in Taos.

This panel discussion will be open to the public for free with museum admission. Attendees will learn the process, which included 3D scanning, stereolithographic printing and ceramic slip casting, to turn Benglis’ paper and wire sculpture into an edition of ceramics without destroying the original artwork. The discussion will include all Lynda Benglis’s collaborators in the Bird’s Nest edition: publisher Paul Limperopulos, ceramic artist/fabricator Hank Saxe, digital consultant Alex Sanchez and project manager Cynthia Patterson. The discussion will be moderated by Garth Clark, founder and editor of Cfile.Daily. For more information, call (575) 758-9826 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.

Turquoise Gala fundraiser

The Millicent Rogers Museum is gearing up for its 2019 Turquoise Gala. This year’s gala will be given August 3 at El Monte Sagrado Resort. The event is billed as “a fun-filled night with fabulous auction items, fine dining and dancing in a gorgeous setting.” See the museum’s website (millicentrogers.org) to select your Turquoise Gala patron level. Last year, the gala sold out quickly, so patrons are encouraged to reserve space now. Individual tickets will be offered (if still available) at a later date and donations of any amount are appreciated. For more information, call the museum at (575) 758-2462.


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