Arts
Fine art

Airstream love

Paintings of Southwestern landscapes along Route 66 are featured in “Elizabeth Jose, an Artist’s Reflections,” which opens with a reception Saturday (Feb. 18), 5-7 p.m., at Sage Fine Art, 115 E. Taos Plaza.
Visual arts

Taos group helps kids stay warm

Of the nine Taoseña needleworkers at the table last week, not one would be a self-described fiber artist. They do, however, make up the Hands and Hearts group that creates soft goods for youngsters and elders in need.
Fine art

Compact creativity at Taos museum

As usual, it started with an open call for all Taos County artists to submit works that met the museum curators’ strict criteria for acceptance — all pieces must be “miniature” (or 100 square inches), original, less than a year old and not have been shown in any other exhibit.
Fashion

Taos represented at New York Fashion Week

Patricia Michaels, of Taos Pueblo, plans to present 25 original designs the opening day of New York Fashion Week, which is today (Feb. 9).
Fine art

Taos art benefit aids men's shelter

Taos Men’s Shelter houses between 15 and 20 men each night and provides a range of other services to men who are homeless in Taos County. “Hearts and Stars” is the main annual fundraising event that benefits the shelter.
Fine art

Sublime to surreal

Sometimes collaborations are on purpose. There’s a plan and a structure and two or more people band together to achieve a goal. Other collaborations seem to come from an inspiration that is given life in another world.
Music
Music

Paper Bird lands in Taos

What is sweet like honey and sounds like harmony set on fire by a Rocky Mountain sunrise? It’s a Paper Bird, a band – and it’s here to sing us something velvety smooth
Music

Taos music promoters celebrate 20th anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Roots and Wires, Taos’ beloved concert and local radio show producer.
Music

Taos venue offers music for 'strike'

When Craig and Laurie Dunn of Black Mesa Winery found out Friday (Feb. 17) has been designated as the day for a “General Strike Against Trump,” instead of closing their doors, they decided to stay open in the spirit of the demonstration.
Music

Musical journey through time

‘Legends of the Celtic Harp” is a rich tapestry of music and storytelling by three renowned harp players: Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter. The trio has collaborated for about five years, bringing together unique musical experience with the harp, as well as Frankfurter’s Swedish nyckelharpa (“keyed fiddle”), Lynne’s Irish bouzouki and Ball’s storytelling.
Music

Laid back jams in Taos

Drawing on influences from Bob Dylan and Parliament Funkadelic to Chicago R&B, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood released an album, “Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel,” and its companion EP, “If You Lived Here You Would be Home by Now,” at the middle and end of 2016, respectively. If you like jam bands, potent lyrics and a laid-back vibe, you’re in for a treat.
Film
Movie review

Movies: 'The Space Between Us'

There is a lot of vastness in the space between planets, but probably none as big as the plot holes in this manipulative teen romance.
Movies

Taos Shortz Film Festival announces 'Fare Thee Well'

The 10th annual Taos Shortz Film Festival will be the final edition, according to executive director-founder Anna Cosentine.
Movie reviews

'La La Land' cute, catchy but not perfect

Right off the bat, I’m going to say what needs to be said: “La La Land” is flawed. Despite its mountain of accolades, it is not the best musical ever made. It does, however, accomplish what any serviceable musical must do: It dazzles. It excites. And, it will make you shrug off the grimy overcoat of today’s contentious reality to embrace a deliciously candy-colored cinematic fantasy as soon as that now-famous freeway traffic jam dance sequence hits the screen.
Movie review

Movies: Ain't got nothing but love

Ron Howard's new documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," is sure to be a treat for anyone who admires the artistry and magic of the British rock quartet that captured the world's attention in the 1960s.

Movies: 'Hidden Figures' based on true-life stories

The following were compiled from press materials. Hell or High Water MPAA rating: R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality Movies at the TCA Director David Mackenzie, working from a script by Taylor Sheridan, …
Books
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.
Literary arts

Transformative experiences

Searches are big in this week’s books. The first, a nonfiction book, is what the author calls “an invitation to consider a new perspective on how to navigate your life.” The second, a dystopian novel for young adults, has characters that find a way to escape a miserable existence.
Literary arts

Writers series focuses on youth

Wednesday (Feb. 1), SOMOS continues its 2017 Winter Writers Series with a reading featuring works for or about youth with authors Nasario Garcia, Robert Wilder and Estelle Laure.

A Southern road trip and border crossing

Journeys figure big in the books reviewed for this column. Rough-sawn characters go on a wild ride through the Deep South in the first while in the second, a Mexican boy and his family make their way in the United States. The Substance of Things …

Power of the pen: writers use MLK Day to speak freely

Writers Resist is a national and international exercise in freedom of expression. On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), writers across the United States and internationally will gather at local Writers Resist events for what national …

Classically shaken, not stirred

Last year’s Taos presentation by conductor and educator Oliver Prezant on opera arias was met with an enthusiastic reception. The Taos Opera Guild brings Prezant back for another entertaining presentation on opera this January. Working with the …
Culture
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.

Resolutions: Hopes and dreams

The end of the year is a time for reflection — a symbolic road marker to pause and look back on the journey and to set a course for the year ahead. We asked friends and neighbors to share their resolutions, hopes and dreams for 2017. Here are …

Peace Chanukah marks 15th year

This year marks the 15th year that Taos has celebrated peace across cultures and faiths through its interfaith Peace Chanukah celebration. By lighting candles, singing songs and listening to words of peace from the world’s great religious …

Hidden treasures in Taos museum stores

Hands down, Taos has some of the best museum shops in the Southwest. Tempo checked in with the museum folks to see what’s what in some of our favorite places for holiday shopping. All but two of the museums are a short walk from Taos Plaza. The …
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