What's happening in Taos this week?

With the Christmas holiday, seasonal activities are taking center stage

By Tempo staff
Posted 12/19/18

The holidays are finally upon us and with them comes the influx of family, friends and celebration. Here's a brief rundown of what's happening this week in Taos. For much more ...

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What's happening in Taos this week?

With the Christmas holiday, seasonal activities are taking center stage


The holidays are finally upon us and with them comes the influx of family, friends and celebration. Here's a brief rundown of what's happening this week in Taos. For much more, check out this week's Tempo magazine inside The Taos News. Happy holidays from our family to all of yours.

Taos Pueblo Christmas

Attending the Christmas Eve Procession of the Virgin at Taos Pueblo is very special. For one, there is the emotional connection that is rooted in a celebration among people of so many different backgrounds being brought together. For another, there is the sense they are all part of something that taps into ancient ritual, and even though many will not — or cannot — understand all of it, the intuitive nature permeates the very smoke-filled air above them all.

The Christmas Eve procession begins after vespers in the San Geronimo Church. Best to get to the village before 4 p.m. Parking attendants will direct traffic. The procession will emerge from the church following a group of men carrying torches and high-powered rifles, which they will fire from time to time. In the meantime, bonfires are burning throughout the village plaza, some of which can be very large.

The next day, while many families will be opening presents under their Christmas tree, tribal members will be preparing to enact the time-honored Deer Dance.

This ceremonial shares a vital relationship with history. It’s a blend of Christian and Native beliefs and traditions that can only be said to have evolved as part of the unique quality of this region. As such, some things can be talked about openly, while others — those specifically having to do with Native religion — cannot.

For instance, the Deer Dance is a sacred ceremonial filled with meaning and vital importance for the world, but details about it are not shared with outsiders. So, while watching the dance, please refrain from asking “what the significance is” regarding its symbolism.

The village will be closed in the morning but will be open for visitors to view the dance in the afternoon.

Over the past few years some confusion has arisen about what Christmastime dances can and can’t be photographed. Here is what you need to know: The Deer Dance is part of the tribe’s native religion, so all photography and recording, even with cell phones and iPads, is strictly prohibited. Violators risk having their equipment confiscated by tribal officials. This also includes the Christmas Eve Procession.

Periodically, however, tribal leaders choose to do the Matachines Dance. This is a dance with roots that go all the way back to the Moors and was used as a device by Spanish colonizers to teach certain Christian concepts. This dance is not considered part of Native religion and so, depending on the tribal administration, photography may be allowed, even during the procession — but, as always, check first to avoid embarrassing encounters.

This year, it’s the Deer Dance, so leave your camera at home; otherwise, the clowns will get you. The sacred clowns help ensure proper behavior. Those that misbehave risk getting thrown in the river, ice notwithstanding.

In addition to the Christmastime ceremonials, Taos Pueblo will also be conducting the Turtle Dance on New Year’s Day and the Buffalo Dance on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6, for both of which the same rules apply.

For more information, call the Taos Pueblo Tourism Office at (575) 758-1028 or visit taospueblo.com.

McFadden and Friends at The Mothership

Acclaimed guitarist Eric McFadden, supporting his new album “Pain By Numbers” (Whiskey Bayou Records) is on tour and performing locally as Eric McFadden & Friends Wednesday (Dec. 26), 8 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Tickets are $10.

The six-string virtuoso caps a great 2018 with an L.A. Music Critic Awards nomination in the “Best Rock Artist” category as well as a nod from Rockwired Magazine as one of “20 Bands & Artists Who Made 2018 Rock.”

Guitar Player Magazine writes, “If San Francisco is home to anyone approaching the abilities of a modern Jimi Hendrix, it’s Eric McFadden.” Produced by famed musician (and Whiskey Bayou Records co-owner) Tab Benoit, “Pain by Numbers” is 12 tracks of dark gospel, compelling rock and dirty blues. His command of so many genres is accentuated with meticulously crafted songs.

McFadden is well-known as a virtuoso of the six-string. He has toured the world both as a solo artist and traveling with funk legend George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic) and rock legend Eric Burdon (The Animals). McFadden is a member of the new supergroup, TEN (TEN-music.com), alongside Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone). Eric and Norwood have also been cultivating a new band project with Jane’s Addiction drummer, Stephen Perkins.

McFadden enlists some renowned musicians on “Pain By Numbers”: Doug Wimbish (from legendary rock band Living Color) on bass; Terrence Higgins (Warren Haynes, Ani DiFranco) on drums; and the aforementioned Tab Benoit on keyboards. “Pain By Numbers” represents an artist exposing his own vulnerability with unmatched expression, style, delivery, and above all, originality.

Who can say what blues really is when the music and lyrics gush out like a river of pain from one’s personal experiences? The blues comes in many shapes and sizes. We often try to put our finger on it, but it easily slips into another form, keeping the music relevant and forever alive. While delivering the goods with the same energy as the Clash and the Ramones, Eric McFadden’s blues seek its own musical footprint on “Pain By Numbers.”

Having the opportunity to play music and benefit from a creative outlet inspired McFadden to co-found the 10-Star Program, alongside his partner in crime, delphine de St.Paër (aka Queen delphine). The 10-Star Program provides avenues for artists to work with troubled youth and communities to encourage personal empowerment through music and the arts.

For more, check out ericmcfadden.com.

Coming soon: ‘Rumble’

New Mexico PBS, True Kids 1, and the Taos Center for the Arts will present a free preview screening of the Independent Lens feature documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” Jan. 14, 2019.

The movie will be screened from 10 a.m. until noon at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. it is open to the public.

Onstage will be an opening performance by Po.10.Cee, a hip-hop group based at Taos Pueblo.

“‘Rumble” brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music: the indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and Taboo, “Rumble” shows how these pioneering Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives,” a press release states.

The film will publicly premier on the Independent Lens television show Jan. 21, 8 p.m., on KNME-TV Channel 5.1. It is sponsored by iTVS, PBS, the MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Artworks, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery hosts holiday opening

Stop by what the locals call “The Rock House” at 122 Paseo del Pueblo Norte to enjoy a holiday opening at the Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery Friday (Dec. 21) from 4-8 p.m.

Woodall is celebrating the opening of an exhibit of his work in five mediums: oil, acrylic, pastel, monotype and watercolor. “Watercolor and India ink was my first medium. Graphite sketches were added next. Then oils. Next came pastels and watercolor and then in 1999 I started producing black and white monotypes. I worked in black and white monotypes until 2011 and then started adding color to black and whites. Full color monotypes started emerging in 2014,” Woodall wrote recently.

The Woodalls have lived in Taos since 1980, but the Rock House gallery is relatively new, opening in September. The house, however, is nearly 100 years old. Woodall and his wife, Carmen, renovated it, and now the bungalow made of river rock houses their gallery and framing business, Southwest Framers. It’s right across from The Taos Inn. Call (575) 770-0393.

‘Bee’ there at Studio 107B

Studio 107-B, would like to invite everyone to its “Artist/Patron Solstice Appreciation Party,” Saturday (Dec. 22), from 3-7 p.m. The venue is located at 107B Taos Plaza North.

“Join us in celebrating our amazingly talented Taos artists and our incredibly supportive patrons,” a press release states. “This symbiotic relationship, artist-patron, is an ancient one. The Renaissance in Europe was made possible by the generous support of ‘Patrons of the Arts.’ With their support, artists like, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, were able to create amazing, authentic masterpieces that still inspire our culture today. Taos is similar, great artists being supported by generous patrons.”

The current exhibit, “To Bee Or Not To Bee,” is still on view, with many original and fabulous works of art relating to the Bee and it’s survival on our planet. “Over 70 Taos artists were invited to submit a work of art relating to the honeybee and its survival. The combination is a powerful group show of individually charged works of art. Perfect for holiday gift giving, art is a unique and long-lasting treasure, that will inspire generations to come. (Prices start at $35),” the release continues.

Maye Torres, Izumi Yokoyama and Isaiah Trujillo from Studio 107-B welcome locals and visitors to join them for posole, chile, cider, music and fun in celebration of our vibrant and creative Taos community.

For more information call Maye Torres at (575) 779-7832.

In honor of Garo Antreasian

Currently on view at the Harwood Museum of Art: “Santa Fe, n.d. Print by Garo Antreasian (1922-2018), Gift of the Collection of Dr. Richard & Susan Streeper.”

“Fine artist and teacher Garo Antreasian was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1922. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from John Herron School of Art (Indianapolis, 1948). During the following two years he studied with Will Barnett at the Art Students League and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York.

An early interest in printmaking led him to national fame in the technical and artistic potential of fine art lithography. Upon the founding of the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Los Angeles in 1960, he became the first technical director,” a press release from the Harwood states.

“He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1964 to accept a faculty position with the department of art at the University of New Mexico. In 1971, he co-wrote “The Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art and Techniques” with Clinton Adams, which became the definitive text for creative lithography internationally.

His alliance with Tamarind continued until 1972. During his teaching career at UNM, he also lectured nationally until retirement in 1988. During this period he received numerous honors and awards and recognition throughout the world. In his retirement, he devoted himself full time to his art and his legacy, including the publication of his book in 2015 “Garo Z. Antreasian / reflections on life and art “ with an introduction by William Peterson.

His work is included in the permanent collections of many major museums and universities throughout the United States, including the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the University of New Mexico Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Boston Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Library of Congress and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Antreasian, noted painter, lithographer and art educator passed away at the age of 96 on Nov. 3. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, and is survived by his son David Antreasian and wife JoAnn, Albuquerque, his son Thomas Antreasian, Los Lunas, and his brother Dr. Berj Antreasian and wife Dolores of Indianapolis, and many nieces and nephews.

Calls for entry

• After Dark 8 is a show that celebrates darkness and the varied reactions to the dark: nighttime, dark humor, dark fantasies, dark matter, and so on. Greg Moon Art of Taos hosts this national juried show with guest jurors, pop-surrealist painter Isabel Samaras and designer/ curator/ art maven Janet Webb. The show will run March 23- April 13 with an opening reception on March 23. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight Feb. 28. All entries must be submitted through callforentry.org. For additional info visit blog.gregmoonart.com/group-exhibition. The gallery is located at 109A Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 770-4463.

• “Taos is Art” banner competition is open until Jan. 19. Artists who would like to submit work to be considered as one of the dozens of banners that will line Paseo del Pueblo in the spring and summer of 2019 can submit their work. For instructions on how to submit work, go to taosartscouncil.org/town-of-taos-banner-competition.

• The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is looking for submissions for next year’s 11th annual festival. The festival screens over 100 films for over 10,000 attendees each year. Apply online via FilmFreeway or Without a Box or download and fill out the online application and mail the application and the required materials to: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 418 Montezuma Ave. Suite 22, Santa Fe 87501. Review the submission rules and guidelines before submission of a film. The early bird deadline is March 4; the regular deadline is May 6. Further questions contact jena@santafeindependent.com.

• The Taos Community Centers Artist Co-op is taking applications for a new artist who can work in the shop two-and-a-half days a month, pay a small membership fee, and percentage of commission on sales. For an appointment call Effie (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430.

Onoging art exhibits

“The Necklace of Winter” by Lavanya Dawn continues at MoMo Taos, 133 Bent St. Dawn’s fantastical contemporary paintings are the product of her lifetime evolution as an artist. For more information, call (505) 690-7871 or email momotaosnm@gmail.com.

TAOSFOLK continues through the holiday shopping season. Buy affordable gifts by Taos hands. Taosfolk is celebrating its 10th year. Come celebrate with the artisans. Many items under $100. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 24. at Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For more information call (773) 595-8065 or visit taosfolk.com.

Katherine Morris Soskin’s work is on exhibit at both Hillcrest Bank locations in Taos: the northside Hillcrest Bank is exhibiting Soskin’s photographs, prints and giclees from Asia, Australia, Machu Picchu and Hawaii, plus points west, through Jan. 4; “Beauty and Spirit of the World” opened at the Hillcrest Bank south side location, 1356 Paseo del Pueblo Sur and includes paintings, giclee prints and greeting cards of New Mexico until Jan. 2. For more, see katherinesoskin.com.

The Taos Center for the Arts exhibit of Gary David Suazo’s paintings that depict his home of Taos Pueblo will be displayed throughout the public spaces of The Historic Taos Inn through Jan. 28. The Historic Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Free. Call (575) 758-2052.

J. Matthew Thomas’ exhibition “Muted” continues at the Encore Gallery at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Thomas, a Taos-based artist and community organizer, converts discarded consumer waste into constructed landscapes. Read as maps, drawings, or blueprints for the contemporary landscape, this phenomenological approach exposes consumerism and our objectified perspective of land. For more information visit matthewthomas.com or call (575) 758-2052.


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