The big holiday season is just around the corner and Taoseños are already getting into the spirit. But, even before that bursts upon the scene locals and visitors have a lot to look forward to in terms of art and entertainment. Here's a brief sample.
The big holiday season is just around the corner and Taoseños are already getting into the spirit. But, even before that bursts upon the scene locals and visitors have a lot to look forward to in terms of art and entertainment. Here's a brief sample. Of course, much more can be seen in this week's issue of Tempo magazine, inside The Taos News on sale Thursday morning.
Phillip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’
Director Phelim McDermott tackles “Akhnaten,” another one of Philip Glass’ operatic masterpieces to be screened as the next Met: Live in HD presentation Saturday (Nov. 23) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut. Tickets are $25; $20 for Taos Center for the Arts members. Contact tcataos.org.
Dance academy benefit
The Academy of Performing Arts (also known as AP Arts) is planning a benefit performance called “Memories of 7,” Saturday (Nov. 23), 6 p.m., at Old Martina’s Hall, 4140 State Road 68 in Ranchos de Taos. This is the school’s annual fundraiser. The evening begins with desserts by Chef Lamendola, followed by a special appearance by The Silver Slippers. Also planned is a raffle with prizes. The AP Arts’ main purpose is to provide quality dance education with a high standard of technique, style and performance. Its goal is to produce a well-rounded dancer, foster growth and creativity, and inspire dancers of all ages and levels. Tickets to the show are $12; $8 for children. For more information or to buy admission or raffle tickets, call (575) 770-0189. Also visit AP Arts on Facebook.
‘40 Under 40’ artists show
An opening reception for the exhibit, “40 Under 40” is planned Thursday (Nov. 21), 4-6 p.m., in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Curated by Sarah Hart, with assistance from Grace Lawrie, the exhibition features invited artists under 40 years old, and these artists were then asked to invite 20 others to participate. Admission is free. For more information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.
Harwood curator candidate presentations
The Harwood Museum of Art is in the process of hiring a new curator of collections and is featuring presentations by the final four being considered for the position. Presentations are planned Thursday (Nov. 21), Monday (Nov. 25), Dec. 2 and Dec. 4, all at 6 p.m. Come see and hear from the individuals who may take charge of the museum’s important and historical collections, and decide how future exhibitions may take shape. Admission is free. The Harwood is located at 238 Ledoux Street. For more information, call (575) 758-9826 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.
The 34th annual Thanksgiving Powwow is planned Thursday (Nov. 28) from 7-11 p.m. at the Taos Pueblo Community Center, 200 Rotten Tree Road, Taos Pueblo. Sponsored by the Taos Day School Parent-Teacher Organization, the intertribal powwow will benefit the school. There will be raffle tickets, concessions and a cake walk. Tickets are $2; $1 for youth 11-17 years old; children under 10 and veterans are free. Dancers and drums groups are invited. Call Kimberly Marcus at (575) 779-8243.
How about Thanksliving Day instead?
Join High Frequency Loft for a healthy alternative to the normal culinary affairs on Thursday (Nov. 28) from 4-8 p.m. This Thanksliving Day Potluck Celebration will be all plant-based. Please bring a dish to share that contains no animal products: dairy (cheese, butter, milk or cream), eggs, meat, fish, poultry, honey, etc. If possible, bring your own plate and silverware and serving utensils for your dish, and label ingredients. This is a nonalcoholic event – free, though donations are appreciated. High Frequency Loft is at 335 Gusdorf Road, Suite Q. Call Alana at (575) 425-0709.
Heads-up for arts and crafts fairs for the holidays
As the holidays swiftly bear down, head out to some of the vibrant crafts festivals around town for those precious, one-of-a-kind gifts that only can be found locally. This Saturday (Nov. 16), from noon-5 p.m. Vagrant Heart gallery is hosting an art market featuring local artists and craftspeople. Enjoy music, snacks and a craft table for what promises to be a fun event. Admission is free. Vagrant Heart is located at 216 Paseo del Cañón East. Contact email@example.com.
At the Talpa Community Center and Library on Dec. 7-8, there will be the 19th annual Arts & Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-4:30 pm. Santa and Ms. Claus will be in the library to greet the children on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 1 p.m. with a bag of goodies and stuffed animals until all is gone. Free lunch both days. Live music by Toby; 16 vendors on hand. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014.
Taos Mesa Arts’ Holiday Show on Dec. 7-8 features seven regional artists, working in a variety of media, coming together to show and sell their art at the studios and gallery of Dean Pulver and Abby Salsbury. The doors will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Come on by for a visual feast, unique, handmade holiday gifts, refreshments and some pretty great views. The artists include Jane Burke, Julie Lake, Lindsay Locatelli, Dean Pulver, Abby Salsbury, Tracy Turner Sheppard and Alice Watterson. Taos Mesa Arts gallery is located at 319 Tune Drive, El Prado. Contact Abby Salsbury at (575) 770-8366.
The Oo-Oo-Nah Art & Cultural Center is hosting a a holiday Arts & Crafts Fair on Dec. 14-15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the center next to Tiwa Kitchen on Veteran’s Hwy. (the main road to the Pueblo). There will be concessions and a raffle. Vendors are needed. For vendor information, contact Marie Reyna at (575) 779-6294. Everyone is welcome.
And the annual Taos Winter Market at the Guadalupe Church gym gets going on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Local artisans are selling their furniture, pottery, stone knives, jewelry, weaving, sculpture, creams, among lots of other stuff, and there promises to be a host of food. The gym is located at 205 Don Fernando Street. Contact (575) 737-5111.
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