Arts
Performance

Showcase for talented Taos youth

Our community has watched a generation of talented Taos kids grow up onstage performing in the “Night of 1,000 Stars,” founded by local theater legend Cindy Valerio. This week, the 12th annual event returns to the Taos Community Auditorium (TCA), 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, for four shows, each one comprised of different acts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday (March 23-25), with a 1 p.m. matinee on Sunday (March 26).
Fine art

Legendary expressions

‘Show us how it feels instead of rolling out the details of what it looks like.” This was the command answered by artists in the early and mid-20th century after a millennia of trying to capture how something looked. Artists were drawing from inside rather than outside.
Fine art

Art collectors: A rare breed

The unsung heroes of art in Taos are the collectors. Taos has a number of collectors who immerse their homes in art.
Fine art

Taos arts in brief

Here's a brief rundown of some of the arts events happening in Taos this week. For more, pick up a copy of the print edition of Tempo magazine, inside The Taos News, on sale early Thursday morning (March 16).
Fine art

‘From Pen to Paint’

Making bold choices day after day can be exciting, or terrifying, but certainly not boring. That’s what Ken O’Neil’s oeuvre communicates, oddly enough with almost inexplicable beauty.
Film

Another side to Agnes

Now that the documentary film about abstract expressionist artist Agnes Martin has been out for a few months, how has it been received?
Music
Music

The sound of mythical ‘neosoul’

In Slavic mythology, Kikimora is a feminine house spirit. According to Wikipedia, Kikimora lives behind the stove or in the cellar and makes noises that sound like a hungry mouse. When a home is kept tidy, Kikimora watches over the chickens and housework. Otherwise, she is a menace: breaking dishes, whistling and making other nightly noises.
Music

Ten-finger tapper

Andreas Kapsalis, the talented 10-finger tapping guitarist, is returning to town with his latest music. He is touring with his live album, which was recorded at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.
Music

Bill Hearne plays for real

Bill Hearne has been a part of the local country music scene for decades. Gliding through our collective honky-tonk memories are two-step dancers circling the floor and falling in and out of love like cycles of the moon.
Music

Music to shake the snakes away

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership will not be the usual salute to corned beef and cabbage, green-tinted beer and mournful Irish melodies.
Music

Not the usual 'piano man' stuff

Bob Andrews is not a contrived hipster with a direction dialed into a particular period of nostalgia, and he isn’t seriously invested in playing meticulous and academic renderings of pop tunes of bygone eras. He decides how far and how deep to reach into his extensive repertoire. It all depends on who is listening.
Film
Film

Movie review: 'Kong: Skull Island'

When Peter Jackson did “King Kong” back in 2005, it was a lovingly made homage to the original 1933 Merian C. Cooper-Ernest B. Schoedsack black-and-white classic, which had a clear beginning, middle and rather conclusive end.
Film review

Movie review: 'Logan'

The song “Hurt,” written by Trent Reznor and sung by the late Johnny Cash, kept running through my head as I watched the opening sequences of the new “X-Men” film, “Logan.”
Film

Movie review: 'Moonlight'

What is it that defines a man, a real man? Aside from the obvious symbols that ultimately mean nothing, can a man just be? Can a man honestly respond to his deep-down nature because it is who he is?
Film

A family’s troubling legacy

An official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” follows Katrina Browne, the filmmaker, and nine of her cousins in their discovery that their ancestors belonged to the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.
Film

Training the visual storytellers of tomorrow

Taos Pueblo filmmaker and playwright James Lujan has been teaching film classes at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) since 2012. Lujan is chair of the IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, where he teaches business of movies and screenwriting courses.
Books
Literary arts

Book reviews: Learning from the past

The focus of this week’s books is on history. The first uses vintage images and essays to document the Río Grande while the second entices hikers to reach interesting historic sites.
Books

Book reviews: True believers

This week’s books have a religious theme. In the first, a woman finds inspiration from the Black Madonna. The second explores Santa Fe’s spiritual history.
Literary arts

Taos performers to read 'SEVEN'

"SEVEN," is described as "a riveting piece of documentary theater [that] tells the stories of seven courageous women from seven different countries who made significant social justice changes toward the well-being of women, families, and children in their respective countries."
Literary arts

Unleash the inner voice

Organized and hosted by the Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS), the Taos Writers Conference is planned to shine a light on the many talented writers, writing teachers and publishers in Taos County.
Books

Books: Diving into the underground

This week’s books were borrowed from Taos Public Library’s new releases section. The first is a ranger’s memoir about his experiences at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The second is a novel about the women married to the men working in Los Alamos during World War II.
Books

SOMOS Winter Writers Series wraps for season

SOMOS wraps up its 2017 Winter Writers Series with “Local Writers Night” Wednesday (Feb. 8), 7 p.m., at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive in Taos. Writers who will be reading from their work include Katy Grabel, Brinn Colenda and Rick Haltermann.
Culture
Culture

Video: Día de Cuauhtémoc

During this year’s Aztec dance and music ceremony, women, water and Anne Lujan, of Taos Pueblo, were honored.
Culture

Día de Cuauhtémoc

During this year’s Aztec dance and music ceremony, women, water and Anne Lujan, of Taos Pueblo, were honored.
Social justice

Strength in numbers

Taoseñas and Taoseños alike took to the streets to demonstrate against violence against women on the annual day of love (Feb. 14).
On the scene

Thrill seekers

Angel Fire Ski Resort hosted the 38th annual “World Championship Shovel Races” Friday and Saturday (Feb. 3-4).
Benefit

To inform and transform

Mardi Gras is still a few weeks away, but Roots and Wings Community School is offering an opportunity to put on a festive mask and dance for a good cause at the school’s “Winter Masquerade Ball” fundraiser. The gala benefit is planned Saturday (Feb. 11), 4-8 p.m., at Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.
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