What's happening in Taos?

The Harwood Museum invites the public to a special behind-the-scenes preview of its winter exhibitions by Subhankar Banerjee, Larry Bell, Dean Pulver (pictured) and Beatrice Mandelman on Tuesday (Dec. 3). Courtesy photo

Happy Thanksgiving to all! May your week be filled with the joy of friends and family and the warmth of home and hearth. Here's a little sample of arts and entertainment events happening in Taos, as the first real holiday weekend is upon us. For more, of course, check out Tempo magazine inside this week's edition of the Taos News, on sale this week bright and early Wednesday morning.

An open house at Dragonfly Blue

Come join a gathering of like-minded souls to talk what it means to have art and creativity in all its many expressions in this reflective time of winter on Saturday (Nov. 30) at 4-7 p.m. at Dragonfly Blue Gallery, 109 Kit Carson Road Suite B. Stop by and share drink and food and healthy conversation. Featured artists include Lysa Montwill, Elida Hanson-Finelli and Rafael Vega. Learn more about the upcoming ekphrasis solstice event, “A Winter’s Solstice Ekphrasis – Verse Meets Art at the Time of Rebirth,” inviting writers and bards to select a piece of art at the gallery from now through Dec. 13 that inspires a poem or prose. Selected writings will be recited at the event planned Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the annual Kit Carson Road Holiday Celebration. For more, call the gallery at (909) 784-8490.

Winter shows preview at Harwood Museum

The Harwood Museum invites the public to join its members, artists and curators for a special behind-the-scenes preview of their chockablock winter exhibitions by four powerhouses – Subhankar Banerjee, Larry Bell, Dean Pulver and Beatrice Mandelman – on Tuesday (Dec. 3), from 4-6 p.m. at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street. All four exhibits open to the public Dec. 13. Contact (575) 758-9826.

‘Kinky Boots’ screening at TCA

Filmed at the Adelphi Theatre in London, “Kinky Boots,” the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award–winning musical was created by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and legendary playwright Harvey Fierstein, directed and choreographed by Tony Award–winner Jerry Mitchell and based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth.

Inspired by true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common – or so they think. Charlie (played by Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly) is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola (played by Matt Henry, who won an Olivier Award for the role) is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen. But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship.

“Kinky Boots” will be screened Sunday (Dec. 1), 6-9 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $18; $15 Taos Center for the Arts members; and free to youth 17 and under. Call (575) 758-2052.

HEART of Taos benefit canceled

HEART of Taos will be opening HEART House Tuesday (Dec. 3), according to its board of directors. “Because of the imminent opening of the emergency/transitional housing facility, HEART will be concentrating all efforts to ensure HEART House opens. Therefore, the board of directors decided to cancel the ‘HEART for the Holidays’ fundraising event,” a press release states. This year’s event was set for Dec. 14.

“All our time, energy and money will be focused on opening HEART House so that we can be open during the winter for Taos women and children experiencing homelessness,” said Kathryn Herman, founder and president of HEART of Taos. “A special thanks goes to Old Martina’s Hall, Michael Hearne and South by Southwest and Jimmy Stadler for their flexibility and support of this decision.”

HEART supporters who have already purchased tickets to the gala will be contacted so they can either receive a full refund or choose to donate to the opening of HEART House. If you were intending to support HEART House by attending the gala and auction, you are encouraged to donate those funds to operating HEART House. Donations can be made online at heartoftaos.org.

The acronym represents hope, empowerment, advocacy, respect and trust. In addition to housing at HEART House, HEART of Taos provides case management, counseling referrals, job readiness support and other essential services for Taos women to survive. For more information, contact HEART at support@heartoftaos.org or (575) 776-4245.

Call for artists

Town of Taos Lamppost Banner Competition 2020 opens Friday (Nov. 29) and runs through Jan. 15. Complete details can be found at taosartscouncil.org/news-events/2020-banner-information.

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