What's happening in Taos?

Festivals, music, art and more keep Taoseños hopping as we make the slow slide into autumn

By Tempo staff
Posted 9/3/19

September is a busy month for locals and visitors with such a wide variety of music, art and more filling our calendars. Here's a brief rundown ...

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What's happening in Taos?

Festivals, music, art and more keep Taoseños hopping as we make the slow slide into autumn


September is a busy month for locals and visitors with such a wide variety of music, art and more filling our calendars. Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in and around Taos. For more, of course, check out this week's print edition of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Barn dance gallery stroll

Join Southwest Americana music artist Michael Hearne and friends as they embark on their annual Taos Art Gallery Stroll Wednesday (Sept. 4) in advance of the Big Barn Dance Music Festival.

Along with a few musicians from the festival, Hearne plans to sing his way through several art galleries from Kit Carson Road down to the Taos Plaza stoplight starting around 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The stroll is set to begin at 4 p.m. at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road. Then, at 4:45 p.m., they will mosey across the street to Wilder Nightingale Fine Art at 119 Kit Carson Road. At 5:30 p.m., they’ll make an appearance at Michael McCormick Fine Art near the plaza stoplight at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Then, at 6 p.m., they’ll sidle over to the Ed Sandoval Gallery next to the plaza stoplight at 102 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The tour wraps up with a visit to Heritage Fine Arts and Parsons Gallery of the West at 6:30 p.m. at 122 Kit Carson Road.

The next day, the Big Barn Dance Music Festival gets underway  through Saturday (Sept. 5-7) in Kit Carson Park. See Tempo’s cover story inside The Taos News on newsstands Thursday for full details.

‘A Blumy Inspiration ‘

The Taos Historic Museums is hosting a juried exhibition and sale in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Blumenschein Home and Museum. It’s called “A Blumy Inspiration – Taos Artists Today 100 Years.”

Artists have painted the grounds and home of the Blumenschein for over 100 years. Over 30 artists submitted for this no-entry-fee exhibition and sale.

Come see what these artists have done at the opening reception Saturday (Sept. 7), 4-6 p.m., at the Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux Street in Taos. Admission is free. For more information, call (575) 758-0505 or email info@wnightingale.com.

Navajo Code Talkers legacy art show

“Coming Together” tells the story of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II who subsequently dedicated their lives to art. They used their art to share beauty with the world. Some of it may have been healing for them, and some helped open the doors for Navajo artists today to carry on traditional arts and explore new ideas and mediums.

Now, 74 years after the end of World War II, a few of these descendants are coming together to showcase their talents and honor their elders who fought and paved the way for the next generations to be free to explore these creative avenues.

The show will feature the original artwork of two Navajo Code Talkers, Chester Nez and Carl N. Gorman, as well as the art of Teddy Draper III, April Kristine Tsosie, R.C. Gorman and Michael Gorman, among others. There will be an artists’ reception for this show and other artists in the gallery on Friday (Sept. 6) from 4-7 p.m. at the Michael Gorman Gallery located at 103 East Taos Plaza. Contact MichaelGormanGallery@gmail.com.

New show of surreal handmade paper collages

Local writer Johanna DeBiase will premiere her exhibit of surreal handmade paper collages at Paseo Pottery, 122 B Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos on Friday (Sept. 6) with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The opening will include an ekphrasis event at 6 p.m., featuring local writers reading original prose and poetry inspired by the art.

DeBiase is best known for her literary activities, including her New Mexico-based fabulist novella “Mama & the Hungry Hole,” her work at SOMOS with the Young Writers program and currently as curator for Prose Month, as well as her role as book reviewer for the Tempo. Her artwork, she notes, is another kind of narrative – “I enjoy creating fantasy worlds filled with giants, visitors from outer space, colossal horticulture, intergalactic playgrounds, mythic creatures and portals to other dimensions.” While writing can be arduous, collaging gave her an immediate reaction: “Instagram was my inspiration for my current identity as Paper Prankster. I quickly amassed a following and received immediate positive feedback, so I knew I was onto something good.” This is DeBiase’s first solo show. 

Proverbial lounge lizards

Maybe you’ve heard of them and maybe you haven’t, but Vanilla Pop’s Al Dente and Lester Moore can put on quite a show.

Originally from New York City and a 25-year resident of Taos, Al is an established keyboard player and experienced actor (“Fame,” “Hair,” and several off-Broadway flops). He studied music and drama at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, and continued to refine his talents at the State University of New York for several years afterward. He does regular voice-over work and is really funny.

Hailing from “Hot’lanta,” Georgia, Lester brought his guitar and unique singing ability to New Mexico in the fall of 2000. His previous credits include several indie film scores as well as longstanding local success with his original band “Fancy.” He is without a doubt the best bass player around, many say, with a finely tuned style stolen from many musical influences. His falsetto is ridiculous — he also came up with the name of the band over 15 years ago.

This barely scratches the surface, but you’ll get what we mean when you have a chance to check out Vanilla Pop on Friday (Sept. 6), 10 p.m. to midnight at The Alley Cantina, 121 Teresina Lane, Taos. Contact alley@taosnet.com.

Taos kids fly high

Even though registration is closed, it’s still fun to watch as the Taos Youth Flight Rally takes off Saturday (Sept. 7) at the Taos Regional Airport, off U.S. 64 west. The rally is sponsored by Taos Aviation Services, Taos local pilots, Taos Regional Airport, Taos Community Events and Taos Visitor Center – and gives kids the chance to get an inside look at aviation. For more information, contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or jesquibel@taosgov.com.

Treasures of Chaco Canyon

A presentation given by University of New Mexico professor Dr. Hannah Mattson on Saturday (Sept. 7) from 2-4 p.m. at the Millicent Rogers Museum discusses the dense concentration of jewelry found in archaeological contexts at Chaco Canyon dating between the 9th and early 12th centuries A.D.

The largest and most prominent pueblo in the canyon is Pueblo Bonito, a 650-room structure with elite burial chambers and material imported from across the Southwestern U.S. and Mesoamerica. Excavations conducted at Pueblo Bonito between 1896 and 1927 resulted in the collection of over 100,000 items of personal adornment fashioned from turquoise, marine shell, jet and local stone.

Mattson will discuss her research, including how these objects were produced and what their past social meanings may have been. Admission is $10, includes museum admission. The museum is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado. For more information, contact Kathryn Ritter at coordinator@millicentrogers.org or (575) 758-2462.

Taos First Friday and Saturday Art Walk

A welcoming art market in the pedestrian areas of the historic district of downtown Taos takes place the first Friday and first Saturday of the month, through December. On Sept. 6-7, from 4-8 p.m., artists set up tables displaying their work and perform for the public. Participating stores stay open after normal business hours and downtown bars and restaurants host special events for the night.

Taos First Friday and Saturday Art Walk are movements to empower the artistic economy of Taos while helping artists develop business skills. Art, music and culture, by the people, for the people – Shop Taos First! Historic district and Taos Plaza. Contact Sara Basehart at taosfirstfriday@gmail.com.

Artist Co-op features two new artists

Meet two new featured Taos Co-op artists for the month of September on Saturday (Sept. 7) from 5-7 p.m. They are Kimry Griffin, who will be showing her fabric purses and handbags of all sizes; and Deborah Jernberg, who exhibits her oil on canvas and oil on tiles. Come meet the artists and share a light refreshment. The co-op has 20 other local artists within this shop as an economic effort for Taos County artists. Admission is free. The Taos Co-op is located in the Historic Taos County Courthouse at 121 North Taos Plaza. Contact Effie F. Romero at talpacommunitycenter@yahoo.com or (575) 758-1054.


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