Dating, rock 'n' roll, and a whole lot more in Taos this week

By Tempo staff
Posted 1/16/19

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Dating, rock 'n' roll, and a whole lot more in Taos this week


Looking for something to do this week? You can start here, and then check out this week's Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Town hosts ‘friend speed dating’ at library

“Come and meet a new friend in a fun and retro setting,” an announcement reads. “Join us for a round of old-fashioned ‘friend speed dating’ and make a new friend. Stick around for some free coffee, chatting and games. Get to know your neighbors, learn what you have in common with a new friend, have some coffee and share a story or two.” It’s all happening today (Jan. 17), from 3-5 p.m., at the Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita. Admission is free. For more information, call (575) 737-2594 or email kalderete@taosgov.com.

Red Not Chili Peppers live at The Alley

The Red Not Chili Peppers are appearing live Saturday (Jan. 19), 10 p.m., at The Alley Cantina, 121 Teresina Lane, just off the northwest corner of Taos Plaza. Mixing LA and international talent, the Red Nots recreate the hits and high-energy performance of the world’s most famous funk rockers.

“For the past decade the Red Not Chili Peppers have been working to spread our love for the Chilis to fans across the U.S. and abroad,” a press release states. “We are fans first, and our beginnings came from nothing but a lifelong admiration for a band and their music, which for some of us, were the sole reason we became musicians in the first place. That sincere gratitude, the life-changing gift of music, led us to begin this endeavor and since we have been blessed to reach fans from as far as Japan and Korea to Mexico and across the United States. Over the years we have been comprised of musicians from Italy, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and our shared homeland of Los Angeles. Like music, there are no borders or boundaries, just a shared passion for the gift given to us all by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-2121.

Country music artist Aaron McDonnell performs two nights at The Motherlode

Country music singer-songwriter Aaron McDonnell from Oregon’s rural Willamette Valley will perform Friday-Saturday (Jan. 18-19), 9-11:30 p.m., at the legendary Motherlode Saloon, 406 E. Main Street in Red River.

McDonnell was born to “a mill-working father and a God-fearing mother,” according to a press release. “He bought his first guitar, a knock-off Telecaster, when he was 15 years old and proceeded to learn everything from Garth Brooks to Nirvana, however it was the sound of the older generation that captured his imagination. George Jones, Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty songs drifted from the radios and turntables of his grandmothers’ kitchens and living rooms. This heritage is alive and well in McDonnell’s earnest and straightforward songs, and strong, clear baritone.”

Call (575) 754-6280.

Local filmmaker makes good

Taos-based Kiki Love Productions has announced that both the short film “Palaio Faliro,” and the science-fiction music video for the band Society Burning titled “Deleting Me Again (Official Music Video)” will be screening as official selections of the Jaipur International Film Festival taking place in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

The Indian/Asian Premiere of “Palaio Faliro” is Sunday (Jan. 20) at Golcha Cinema, near New Gate (Ajmeri Gate). And, the Indian-Asian premiere of “Deleting Me Again (Official Music Video)” will be screened Monday (Jan. 21) at Gem Cinema, Sanganeri Gate, near SBI.

Also, these movies have been added to a special screening “Life and Time for Short Films” on Sunday (Jan. 20) at Gem Cinema. Filmmaker Kiki Shakti will be in attendance at all screenings.

Having had its World Premiere at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival this past October, “Palaio Faliro” is an experimental short film shot in Athens, Greece “about an American woman who casts her dad’s ashes into the Mediterranean,” a press release states. “The story is universal, simple and sweet. It is heartfelt and relatable.” “Palaio Faliro” is a collaboration with Themistocles Lambridis of Jagged Melon Productions, makers of “Redneck,” which premiered at the Taos Shortz Film Festival in 2013.

A collaboration between Dave Mansfield (of the internationally known industrial band Society Burning and animation studio Studio Peligroso) and filmmaker Kiki Shakti became Two-Fisted Films. Their first project, “Deleting Me Again (Official Music Video),” is “a sci-fi, gender-bending excursion into cyberpunk that rhythmically twists to the end,” according to a press release. “Deleting Me Again (Official Music Video)” had its world premiere at the Berlin Short Film Festival in July of 2016.

Kiki Love Productions, founded by Kiki Shakti (daughter of renowned scholar and activist Yvette Ram Rani Rosser) in 2015, is a small production company based in Taos “dedicated to bringing ever more international film production to Northern New Mexico,” the release continues. “As an artist of many mediums, Kiki Shakti delivers eclectic expressions of love unchained by social norms, limited thought or dogmatic beliefs. Her broad and inclusive worldview is much needed in this age of xenophobia, as is her wry humor and dry wit.

Coming soon, ‘Princess Bride’ onstage

The Taos High School Drama department will present “The Princess Bride,” adapted for the stage from the book by William Goldman. The production will express “a fairy-tale adventure of a beautiful young woman and her one true love,” according to an announcement. The production will run Feb. 21, 22, 23, 28, as well as March 1-2 at the Taos High School Little Theater at 134 Cervantes Street, Taos. All performance will be at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $20. Student, senior citizen and military tickets are $15. For any questions, contact Saundra Bouchie at (575) 751-8000, ext.3630 or by email at Saundra.bouchie@taosschools.org.

Benglis and more coming to Harwood

On Feb. 9, the Harwood Museum of Art is planning an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. for two new exhibits: “Lynda Benglis: Bird’s Nest” and “Birds of Appetite: Alchemy and Apparition,” with works by Izumi Yokoyama and Tasha Ostrander. Both exhibits are inspired by the processes of transformative shape-shifting.

In collaboration with Hank Saxe and Cynthia Patterson, the Harwood is will present Lynda Benglis’s “Bird’s Nests,” a project of Benefit Print Project. The colorful ceramic surfaces of the“Bird’s Nests” series evoke the iconic poured works that Benglis made in the late ‘60s with dayglo pigmented latex and polyurethane foam. Benglis explores metaphorical and biomorphic shapes, the physicality of form and how it affects the viewer. Using a wide range of materials, she renders dynamic impressions of mass and surface: soft becomes hard, hard becomes soft and gestures are frozen.

“Birds of Appetite: Alchemy and Apparition” showcases the pen-and-ink drawings and installation from Yokoyama’s series “Mugen – Infinitude and Dreamer on the Mesa” and digital LightJet prints from Ostrander’s “Chemical Spirit” landscape and portrait series. Both artists explore the potency of nature’s transformative powers. Yokoyama lives and works in Taos, with Ostrander living and working in Santa Fe. Dr. Richard Tobin is guest curator.

Tobin writes, “Proceeding from very different perspectives, the imagery of each artist quietly subverts the immediate and palpable perception that ‘life and death are two’ with a vision of nature as the denouement of life with death, the transformation of matter – an alchemy of the spirit.”

The Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 758-9826 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.

Ribbon-cutting fete

“Poppies Collection” is an exhibition of works by Brazilian artist Lairana. A ribbon-cutting and soft-opening fete is planned Thursday (Jan. 17), 4 p.m., at Grande Realty, 226-C Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call Susan Cady at (575) 751-8800 or write susan@taoschamber.com.

Chaco Canyon cacao

The “Chaco Choco” talk by Dr. Patricia Crown (University of New Mexico) explores the discovery of cacao residue on pottery at Chaco Canyon, followed by the drinking of chocolate and other refreshments by Chokola, on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 2-5 p.m. at the Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos. For more information, contact Kathryn Ritter at (575) 758-2462.

Call for volunteers

Taos Fall Arts Festival 2019 is looking for people to volunteer, serve on a committee or become board members. The commitment is light until September when there is a flurry of activity preceding and during the TFAF exhibition. In particular, TFAF needs an IT/website manager who can update the website as needed. If you are interested in participating, please contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779.8579 or paulcfigueroa@gmail.com.

Ongoing art exhibits

• Weekly Saturday group with the model Jenny. Brave the roads and join the group, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tajmagundi Studio, 82 Rim Road (Vista Drive), Arroyo Seco. Model/group fee, $5-9. More information, call (575) 779-2141.

• Charlotte Shroyer’s facial fantasies will be exhibited in two national exhibits: “Figuratively Speaking,” from Jan. 11-Feb. 14 in Pennsylvania at the Art Association of Harrisburg; and in “Resolutions” in Denver, Colorado, at CORE Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District, through Jan. 20. Shroyer’s work may also be viewed at charlotteshroyer.com

• From the Central Valley of Mexico’s Texcoco region and the cloud forests of Oaxaca come two distinct, spectacular weaving traditions, closing the “Hispanic and Indigenous Weavings of Old Mexico” series at Tres Estrellas Gallery, 208 Ranchitos Road, Unit A, Taos. The series features examples of distinct groups of historical serapes from Mexico over the course of six openings. Each exhibit will hang for a two-month duration through 2018 and beyond. Call (575) 770-3262. • Approximately 30 Taos artists express themselves through various media including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and multimedia. This juried exhibition will be on display through March 3 at the Taos Community Auditorium’s Encore Gallery, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-2052.


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