What's happening in Taos?

With winter-style weather clawing at the door, there's still a lot to see and do in Taos before the snow flies

By Tempo staff
Posted 10/9/19

This week the weather is predicted to give locals a taste of cooler temps, but that doesn't mean there's any stop to a wide variety of arts and entertainment happenings going on in and around Taos ...

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What's happening in Taos?

With winter-style weather clawing at the door, there's still a lot to see and do in Taos before the snow flies


This week the weather is predicted to give locals a taste of cooler temps, but that doesn't mean there's any stop to a wide variety of arts and entertainment happenings going on in and around Taos. What follows is a brief rundown of what's going on. Of course, for more, check out this week's edition of Tempo magazine inside Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

A day to learn about maintaining healthy soil

On Saturday (Oct. 12) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., take a field day to learn from holistic manager experts why soil health is so critical to productivity. Meet longtime holistic management practitioner George Whitten of the San Juan Ranch, a certified organic, grass-fed beef ranch, and hear how he has used regenerative practices to revive the health of his soil. Hear from park land manager Ben Wright about his experiments in soil health to restore parts of the Río Fernando Park property.

Tour Río Fernando Park and learn about cover cropping and biological monitoring. Discuss management techniques for wildlife habitat. See different methods of erosion control and water retention. Enjoy lunch featuring bread made from the wheat grown at Regenerative Agriculture Learning Day. The fee is $30 – discounts for veterans. Río Fernando Park is at 410 La Posta Road, Taos. Contact Stephanie von Ancken at stephv@holisticmanagement.org or (505) 917-6606.

A talk about the first psychedelic: mescaline

In an elucidating book talk on Saturday (Oct. 12) from 7 to 9 p.m., cultural historian Mike Jay, author of “Mescaline: a Global History of the First Psychedelic,” traces its story through the traditional use of peyote in Mexico, its adoption by the Plains tribes during their forced captivity on the reservations and its discovery by Western science in the 1890s. Jay examines the mescaline experiences of figures from William James to Jean-Paul Sartre, Carlos Castaneda and Hunter S. Thompson, and how Taos features in the story, as peyote worship was fiercely contested within both Indian and white cultures. Free. Talk takes place at SOMOS Salon and Bookstore, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos. Call (575) 758-0081.

‘Icons and Symbols of the Borderlands’

On Saturday (Oct. 12) from 2:30-3:30 p.m., join artist and lecturer Diana Molina for a visual presentation including photos and artwork of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Pancho Villa and the monarch butterfly, among the “borderlands” images throughout tradition, history, contemporary culture and nature. Free. Taos Public Library, Taos. Contact Kate Anne Alderete at kalderete@taosgov.com or (575) 737-2590.

Why is pollen so important?

The October meeting of Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico on Wednesday (Oct. 16) at 6-7:30 p.m. will feature Ken Bower speaking on “Pollen: What is it? How does it affect our lives?” How can something so small be so important to life on this planet? Join this free talk, open to all. Kit Carson Electric Coop Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta, Taos. Contact Jan Martenson at taosnps@gmail.com or (575) 751-0511.

Heads up: ‘Life Sucks’

Aaron Posner’s contemporary reworking of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” is a lighthearted, life-affirming examination of the ways in which we try to tell ourselves and the world that we actually matter. Gathered in a country home, a group of old friends and enemies grapples with life’s thorniest questions – and each other. Directed by Charlotte Keefe, the play features local actors Jeff Spicer, Savannah Holden, Elena Trujillo, Kristen Woolf, Blair Jackson, Steve Moser and Karen Thibodeau. Tickets are $15. There will be eight performances on Oct. 17-20 and 24-27. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Taos Onstage Theatre, 101-A Camino de la Placita in Taos. For more, see taosinstage.com.

Exhibit by artists who teach in the schools

A new exhibition “The Importance of Art and Arts Education” features the local Taos artists who visit and instruct a wide range of art workshops in Taos Municipal Schools. The show is on view from Oct. 10 (reception today 4 to 6 p.m.) through Jan. 10, 2020 as part of the Taos Arts Council’s art in public spaces program. Kindergarten through fifth grade students are exposed to jewelry, fused glass, tin smithing, mosaic murals, felting, clay and raku pottery. Among the professional artists in the show are Kimberly Pollis, Debi and Christopher Taylor, Ramsey Scott, Lydia Hawley, Rob Hawley, Edna Sturscman and Leah Trujillo. At Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos. Contact Paul Figueroa at paulcfigueroa@gmail.com or (575) 779-8579.

Meet the silversmith at the Fechin Studio

Artisan Lyle Wright is a noted silversmith from the Taos Pueblo whose unique style draws inspiration from his ancient culture. He weaves together silver and turquoise to create intricate jewelry, combining the beauty of materials with an inner vision steeped in his native roots. Wright has been working as a silversmith for nearly three decades, knowledge he acquired early on by learning the basics from his brother and a good friend. He enjoys working and sharing his passion with Taos Pueblo youth, the next generation. Come meet him on Saturday (Oct. 12) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fechin Studio, Taos Art Museum, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Free. Contact fechinhouse@gmail.com.

Big Brothers Big Sisters get free admission

The Harwood Museum of Art Education in a collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region will now offer free admission for Bigs when they visit the museum with their Littles. Littles are always free up to age 18. Our new Family Guides provide the perfect activity to explore the museum for our treasures and spark conversations together. The Harwood Museum is located at 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Contact Jayne Schell education@harwoodmuseum.org for any questions.

Abiquiú Studio Tour this weekend

Discover all day Saturday-Monday (Oct. 12-14) the world of Abiquiú artists as they open their studios to friends, old and new, during one of the most beautiful times of the year in Northern New Mexico – autumn. The Abiquiú Studio Tour is a self-guided, driving tour that takes visitors and collectors through the village of Abiquiú and the surrounding Chama River Valley – a landscape of imposing mountains, spectacular rock formations and the glorious rivers of the Piedra Lumbra basin. Complimentary maps are available at all the studios, local businesses and online for download. Visit abiquiustudiotour.org.

Ongoing exhibits

The Taos Community Artist Co-op will be featuring two of their artists for the months of October, in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on the northside of Taos Plaza. Priscilla Visarraga uses discarded metal and decoupage technique to create fantastic artwork, fabric creations in pillows and aprons. Genevieve Benevides’ offers oil paintings large and small, and cards of her paintings. The co-op also shows artwork of 22 local artists, who also work in the shop a few days a month. Contact Effie or Luzita at (575) 751-1014.


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