What's happening in Taos this week?

Here's a quick rundown of arts and entertainment events in and around Taos

By Tempo staff
Posted 5/15/19

There is so much to do outside this week in the Taos area. With the weather finally starting to settle down, locals and visitors will be out and about enjoying the beatutiful Taos scenery ...

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What's happening in Taos this week?

Here's a quick rundown of arts and entertainment events in and around Taos


There is so much to do outside this week in the Taos area. With the weather finally starting to settle down, locals and visitors will be out and about enjoying the beatutiful Taos scenery. Here's a brief look at what to see, hear and do, bu of course there's a lot more to be seen in this week's edition of Tempo magazine which you can find inside The Taos News on sale bright and earlt Thursday morning.

Story time at the Hacienda

Taos Historic Museums presents a free community, children’s event called “A Night of Stories and Traditions” at the Hacienda de Los Martínez. It is happening Saturday (May 18) 4-7 p.m., at the Hacienda de los Martínez, 708 Hacienda Way, off Lower Ranchitos in Taos.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Activities include storytelling of long ago, planting flowers, learning traditional songs, quilt making, family trees and much more. Entertainment provided by the students of the Taos International School. Traditional food will be available for purchase by Chef Enoch Montoya. Space is limited so call today (575) 758-1000 to reserve your spot for this fun event.

Brews and Bacon in Red River

“Life seems to be getting busier with each passing year for many families, so when vacation time rolls around, the last thing people want to do is more planning and more juggling of hectic schedules,” said Jenna Grubbs, tourism director for the town of Red River. “Red River offers a dose of serenity, a slower pace of life and small town friendliness. We also celebrate the classic summer traditions and pastimes that are synonymous with fun, quality time and making memories.”

For those dreaming of summers past or simply looking to get away from the stress of planning this summer, a visit to Red River will offer exciting events and relaxing atmosphere. Kicking off the summer fun will be the Bacon & Brews event Friday and Saturday (May 17-18). With local beer and wine from New Mexico breweries and wineries, games, live music, tailgating games like cornhole and giant Jenga and, of course, lots of bacon, the two-day event has some fun for all ages.

Join us in kicking off the summer with the Bacon & Brews event at Brandenburg Park. We will have breweries and wineries from all across New Mexico, including our very own Red River Brewing Company. Poo Live Crew will be playing in the park all day. Come help Red River celebrate from noon until 5 p.m.

Legendary venue reopening in Dixon

The grand reopening of the new-old El Quinto Sol will be celebrated during the Hog Roast and Barbecue Concert happening May 25 in Dixon featuring Taarka.

Taarka has performed at major festivals across the country. Also on the bill is Ry Taylor & The Side Trips. Singer-songwriter Ry Taylor was born and raised on Philmont Boy Scout ranch in Cimarron. He has been playing music professionally since he was 15, in the Enchanted Circle as well as neighboring states.

His genre has been best described as acoustic groove, Americana, Latin jazz, alternative rock and then some.

Plus, there’s Boris McCutcheon and Company. As he is described in a statement, “McCutcheon grew up on a farm in Massachusetts, running through white pine swamps with songs playing in his head. He went north to study poetry. He went east to sing to the oceans. He went west to God’s country and breathed in the redwoods. He backtracked to the mountains of New Mexico and found gardens of mullein and chamisa and then the mother ditch. One clear day under New Mexican skies, he met a stuttering ex-junkie punk reggae drummer from Dallas who challenged him to drop the farmer’s plow and start playing the songs he had in his head. And this is what he did.”

Other artists TBA.

Catering and libations by Vivac Winery. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Free camping with ticket for admission. No BYOB, no weapons, no bad vibes.

Dixon is located south of Taos at the Embudo turnoff from State Road 68.

May is clay month in Taos

Clay artists celebrate the season of mud in a juried exhibition of works by New Mexico and Colorado clay artists on view in galleries around Taos throughout the month. Participating galleries are David Anthony Fine Art, Copper Moon Gallery, Dragonfly Blue, Greg Moon Art, Magpie Taos, Paseo Pottery, Enchanted Circle Pottery, Mary Stratton Gallery, Ron Larimore Gallery and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art. Free to the public. For more information, call Copper Moon Gallery at (575) 758-8833.

Ekphrasis continues in Taos

Gail Russell’s “Floating World – Vacations for the Mind” is showing at the Farmhouse Café and Bakery at Overland Ranch Compound, 1405 del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Writers, poets and local philosophers are invited to stop by and write in the journal that is part of the show. There is a gathering planned Saturday (May 18), from 5-7 p.m. where selected writings and poems will be read. The show runs through May 31. The show is a fundraiser for the Farmhouse Taos Children’s Lunch Program. Call (575) 776-8474.

Cynthia Huff exhibits at The Taos Inn

After about 17 successful years of focusing on clay work, Midwestern-born Huff switched gears midcareer and started painting full time. She traveled extensively in West Africa, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Greece and many of the symbols and inspiration came from her travels.

Moving to New Mexico created an unexpected change from symbolic motifs and historic references to minimal, nonobjective, abstract compositions. Trying to continue in the East Coast mode was not working and the silent, open-big sky spaces of the West had altered her direction. The canvases became larger, 48-by-48 inches and 24-by-24 inches and very minimal. Huff’s studio is in Ranchos de Taos.

A reception is planned Thursday (May 23) from 4-6 p.m. at The Taos Inn, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos. Contact Chelsea Reidy at chelsea@tcataos.org or (575) 758-2052.

Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild show

The Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild show takes place over Memorial Day weekend. The guild started in 2004 with six members and has grown to roughly 30. In 2013, they started their annual Memorial Day show at the Stables Gallery, which continues featuring quilts of every size, along with other hand-made goods. A raffle for a quilt is held each year, with profits for materials used in the Quilts of Valor. Each year, the guild donates at least a dozen quilts to Taos veterans and/or family members. The Stables show is always free, nonjuried and nonjudged. It is open from May 24-26, from 10:10 a.m. to 5 p.m, at the Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The quilts regularly exhibit at other local venues: Taos Public Library, The Trading Post restaurant and Centinel Bank.


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