Autumn is in the air, and along with it are the aspens turning the mountains a beautiful carpet of shimmering gold. There's a lot happening in Taos as the fall season settles in Northern New Mexico and Tempo magazine, your arts and entertainment resource, has a rundown of what's going on. Here's a sample. Of course, for more, check out our print edition inside The Taos News on sale right now.

KTAOS keeps on keepin' on

You can always count on a boot scootin' good time whenever The Rifters are in town. Get down with some legendary Taos-style country music when Don Richmond, Jim Bradley and Rod Taylor take the stage Friday (Sept. 28), 8 p.m., at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Cover is $10. This trio is well-known in these parts for offering beautiful three-part harmonies and the music to back it up. The Rifters keep the crowd moving, so when you come out be sure to bring you dancing shoes.

If you've been part of or at least follow the KTAOS Solar Volleyball League, make plans to turn out for the End-of-Season Tournament Sunday (Sept. 30) at the KTAOS court. Doors open at 10 a.m. and games commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $50 per team. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams and a trophy will be awarded to the champs. See the Facebook Event Page for the rules at For more information or to sign up, contact Rushan at (575) 770-5473 or Sponsored by PPC SOLAR.

Check out the KTAOS website for information on the upcoming Wintervention Ski Swap.

Call (575) 758-5826 or visit

Music and fire at Vagrant Heart

Get down with fiery bands On the Water from Philly and local bands Desert Ratt and Poorman's Blood Friday (Sept. 28), 6-10 p.m., at Vagrant Heart, 216 Paseo del Cañon East. There's no cover, but donations will be muy appreciated. (The date was incorrectly listed in Tempo's print edition.)

That's not all. A variety of fire arts will be displayed Saturday (Sept. 29), 1-8 p.m. “Fun With Fire" includes live glassblowing, jewelry casting, fire dancing and a fashion show that will be undoubtedly hot. Music by Stones & Bones Sound System featuring Bendo & Madaro DJing downtempo, dub, hip-hop and jungle beats. Stick around for the after-party! This day will be loaded with live art and creativity, don't miss it.

For more information, call (575) 737-5112 or email

Kay Odyssey at Parse Seco

Parse Seco will present Kay Odyssey Sunday (Sept. 30). Doors open at 7 p.m. "Four-piece Kay Odyssey's hazy, low-key psychedelia is thick with a slick dreaminess, stemming from the tangled vocal harmonies of guitarist, Kristina Boswell and bassist Kelsey Wickliffe. The eeriness of the studio work dissipates into a powerful, rockin' live set," writes Libby Webster of the Austin Chronicle. For more, check out Also featured will be Empty Altar playing "soft dark lofi drone punk." Check for more. No cover, but donations greatly appreciated. Parse Seco is located at 487 State Road 150 in the village of Arroyo Seco 20 minutes north of Taos. Hosted by Parse Seco and The Cosmic Clash. Visit Parse Seco on Facebook.

Reggae dance at the Mothership

Mista Kali with special guest Iriebellion play a reggae dance Friday (Sept. 28), 8 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Cover is $7. This is an all ages show, bar with ID. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Mister Kali from Santa Fe brings a high-energy performance with his blend of modern roots and conscious dance hall. He has toured nationally with Reggae Souljahs Worldwide and is a founding member of Santa Fe's reggae/hip-hop conglomerate Boomroots Collective. After a two-year hiatus from music, he is in the studio completing his upcoming EP.

Iriebellion is a conscious roots reggae band from Taos. Catchy hooks, memorable progressions with energetic bass lines and electrified guitar solos along with gritty vocals and hip-hop lyrics with a positive message. This is a Dread I Arts and Taos Mesa Brewing presentation.

Call (575) 758-1900 for info.

San Geronimo Day at Taos Pueblo

The annual San Geronimo Feast Day is Sunday (Sept. 30), 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Taos Pueblo.

St. Jerome is the patron saint of Taos Pueblo. This feast day event honors this Catholic saint while also observing a Pueblo Indian tradition.

"This is the most significant event for the Taos Pueblo people," press materials at state. "A colorful mix of culture and tradition stemming from time immemorial come together in a matter of hours. The day begins with traditional footraces and continues with an all-day open-air market with artisans from different tribal communities coming from near and far. The afternoon is a bundle of laughter and humbling from the (lack of better term or explanation) traditional clowns. As a community coming and walking a fine line of maintaining our cultural beginnings and traditions of trade and sharing in a modern context, we open our home to the world to come and experience a day of who we are as Taos Pueblo people. We ask visitors to come with respect and understanding. All are welcome."

Due to the cultural relevance to the community, there is absolutely no photography, filming, and/or recording of any kind. All devices pertaining to these acts are subject to automatic confiscation by Taos Pueblo Tribal Government, Taos Pueblo Tribal Police and Taos Pueblo Tourism.

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

Visit Angel Fire Studio Tour

The second annual Angel Fire Studio Tour is Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 29 – 30). The tour is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The self-guided tour includes 35 artists, selling their artwork at 19 different locations. The tour begins at the bottom of Taos Canyon, travels to Valle Escondido, back through Taos Canyon to Angel Fire and finishes in beautiful Black Lake. Artwork includes, pottery, painting, photography, hand made fly rods, children’s books, art quilts, turned wood bowls, stained glass, wood sculpture and much more. A map/brochure is available at the Visitor Centers in Taos, and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Blvd. in Angel Fire. Take a road trip and enjoy the stunning beauty of the fall colors in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

Last weekend for High Road Studio Tour

The High Road Art Tour is a destination and an event. Each fall in Northern New Mexico artists on the High Road to Taos open their studios and galleries for the High Road Art Tour. This is when the trees turn yellow and the autumn sky deepens to cobalt, so the tour offers one of the loveliest drives in the loveliest of seasons. It is also an historic trip that winds through tiny, old Land Grant villages and rural countryside. The third annual High Road Youth Art Show also will be held as part of the High Road Artisans Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 29-30). From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the Peñasco USFS District Station. There will be a people’s vote throughout the exhibition and cash awards from $25 - $100 will be given out at by Smokey Bear. Call Blair Brown, HRA Youth Art coordinator for the location. (830) 708-4822. To get to the High Road from Taos, go south on State Road 68 to State Road 518, make a left until you get to Peñasco, then make a right and follow the signs to Trampas, Truchas, Chimayo and Española.

Reed Street Studios host open house

An open studio event will be held Saturday (Sept. 29) from 1-6 p.m. at the Reed Street Studios, 1022 Reed St., Taos. Artists whose work will be on display include Nathaniel Lowe, T.J. Mabrey, Peter Chinni, Ann Landi and Jivan Lee. Lemonade, nuts and chocolate will be served. Call (575) 613-3269.

Calls for entry

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

• Doel Reed Center for the Arts (Oklahoma State University’s Northern New Mexico location) offers students, alumni, friends and national/international visiting artists and scholars an opportunity to experience the unique historic, cultural, and physical environment of Taos and the surrounding area. Each July the Center offers noncredit continuing education classes for adult learners. These courses are arts, academic and/or skill-based and incorporate relevant local activities and visits to museums and galleries. Interested instructors and artisans should contact Judi Baker or Hollye Goddard for additional information and class proposal application procedures. Proposals for summer 2019 courses are due October 10.

• Ammann Gallery in the John Dunn Shops has an opening for an artist who can work one day a week plus commission, rent. Ceramics, wearables, leather, wood, and so on are welcome. Bring samples on Fridays and speak with owner, Susan or email images to (575) 758-7450 next to Bent Street Deli.

• TAOSFOLK, a pop-up store in the Stables Gallery from Nov. 23 until Dec. 24, is inviting artists and crafts people to apply for the TAOSFOLK 2018 show. Go to the website and click on “participate” to request an information packet. TAOSFOLK offers for sale only high-end handmade items such as hand-painted scarves, knitted wear, pottery, jewelry as well as natural soaps, salves and skin creams and more. TAOSFOLK does not offer any items to hang on the wall. Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte No. D, Taos. Call Cathleen Lambridis at (773) 595-8065.

• The Taos Center for the Arts’ Self-Portrait Exhibition is back for its ninth year. Various media will be accepted, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Artists are encouraged to create works that reflect personality, life stories and feelings. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 26 at midnight. To submit, go to

• Taos Center for the Arts announces a call for exhibitions for the “TCA Presents” program at the Encore Gallery and The Taos Inn for 2019. Proposals will be accepted through Oct. 12. Submissions may be for solo or partnered shows and are open to emerging or established artists living in or represented in Taos, who have not exhibited with “TCA Presents” within the past three years. Accepted media includes drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography or a combination of wall and sculptural works. Visit

Ongoing art exhibits

A group exhibition titled “Luminance” continues at Untitled Fine Art. The exhibition features the bio-photonic paintings of KC Tebbutt, Kimberly Webber, Randall LaGro, Antonio Arellanes, Xaverio and fused glass artist Peggy Griffey. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibition through Oct. 22. (575) 758-3969.

An exhibit of artwork by Barbara Zaring and Melinda Littlejohn continues at Total Arts Gallery,122 Kit Carson Rd, Taos. “A study in contrast with two long standing Taos Artists Melinda Littlejohn and Barbara Zaring,” a press release states. “These two could not be more different in their artistic styles and we think this dynamic will be something beautiful to behold hung in our show room at Total Arts Gallery.” The show can be previewed online at The exhibit will be on view until Oct. 12. Call (575) 758-4667.

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