What's happening this week in Taos?

Even though we are getting a touch of winter (finally), there's still a lot going on

By Tempo staff
Posted 2/22/18

As this is being posted Thursday morning (Feb. 22) the snow is falling and locals are sighing with relief, hoping this might add to much needed moisture in the mountains. This won't stop several events from happening this week. Here's a little rundown of what's planned ...

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What's happening this week in Taos?

Even though we are getting a touch of winter (finally), there's still a lot going on


As this is being posted Thursday morning (Feb. 22) the snow is falling and locals are sighing with relief, hoping this might add to much needed moisture in the mountains. This won't stop several events from happening this week. Here's a little rundown of what's planned ...

Aztecan ceremony on Taos Plaza

El Día de Cuauhtémoc Aztec Dance Ceremony will take place Saturday (Feb. 24), 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Taos Plaza.

This Aztec dance gathering hosted by Danza Azteca de Anahuac, celebrates the last king of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan. The event also makes note of the recognition and naming of Guillermo Chávez Rosette as Capitán General and Linda Marie Velarde, Capitana Malintzín, and importantly the recognition of the group’s estandarte: Danza Azteca de Anahuac, Union, Conformidad y Conquista.

These generals are from Mexico City, Generala Esperanza Aranda and General Miguel Angel Pineda, whose fathers were well-known generals in Mexico City with a history of over 375 years of the Danza Azteca in Mexico, General Felipe Aranda, and General Manuel Pineda,” a press release states. “These palabras are well-known and recognized in Mexico as one of the oldest families carrying on the Danza Azteca tradition. These recognitions and naming, come by way of proving merit, leadership, trajectory, discipline and historic development of Danza Azteca in Aztlan.

“All of which was proved through documentation and participation for many years at the international, national and local levels in the Americas. Danza Azteca de Anahuac is honoring our young Grandfather Cuauhtémoc, on his 525th birthday, and our 25th Dia de Cuauhtémoc Azteca Dance Gathering in Taos. He is our recognized spiritual leader, last Aztec king, and defender of the Americas against the invasion, colonization and genocide of the indigenous peoples of Anahuac. He died at the young age of 28, defending his people.

“Danza Azteca de Anahuac is honoring three young boys (named in the proclamation) for their seven-year Telpochtli Tonal ceremony. Also, we are honoring two young Xilonen girls (named in the proclamation) for their right of passage to womanhood. We are also honoring Francisco ‘El Comanche’ Gonzales, a genizaro descendant of Comanches de la Serna, in Ranchos de Taos, a leader in preserving and maintaining his cultural heritage and the Comanche dance and songs of the genizaro Comanche heritage. He is well-known for his support of the 1782 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and continues the struggle for recognition of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at the New Mexico State Legislature, yearly.

No drugs or alcohol allowed. Admission is free. For more information, call (575) 776-0303 or 770-4399.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ to be performed in Taos

Billed as a “V-Day Benefit” to end sexual and domestic violence in Taos, Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play, “The Vagina Monologues,” will be performed Wednesday (Feb. 28), 7 p.m., in the Mural Room of the Historic Taos County Courthouse on the northside of Taos Plaza. Enter from John Dunn parking lot. Tickets are $12.

In conjunction with One Billion Rising, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, local women of Taos will be performing the smart, personal, shocking and deeply personal monologues. All proceeds from performances go to organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence in Taos.

“A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In this stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Eve Ensler gives us real women’s stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery,” a press release states.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online via Eventbrite (a convenience charge applies) or at the door.

Please note: This show deals with sensitive material (sexually explicit language, graphic description of sexual violence) and is not censored.

See ‘La Bohème’ at the TCA

The next opera in The Met: Live in HD series is Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème, “ which will be presented on the big screen Saturday (Feb. 24), 10:30 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Called the world’s most popular opera, “La Bohème  returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

“‘La Bohème,’ the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression (even to those new to opera) and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, ‘La Bohème’ is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it explores the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor that make up our everyday lives. Following the breakthrough success of ‘Manon Lescaut’ three years earlier, ‘La Bohème’ established Puccini as the leading Italian opera composer of his generation,” the program notes state.

Tickets are $25, $20 Taos Center for the Arts members, free to youth 18 and under (thanks to Taos Opera Guild). Call (575) 758-2052.

‘Off the Map’ continues

Presented by Taos Onstage, Joan Ackermann’s play “Off the Map” continues with performances today through Saturday (Feb. 22-24) at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday (Feb. 25) at 2 p.m. In this offbeat, evocative comedy, Bo Groden reminisces about an unusual childhood spent in the wilds of Northern New Mexico, where her enterprising parents forged a rich life off the land and the local dump. Venue is the Kachina Lodge, 413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Tickets are $15. Get tickets at taosonstage.com or call (575) 224-4587.

To be considered for “Creative Edge,” please send your request to forum@taosnews.com. For Que Pasa, visit portal.cityspark.com/EventEntry/EventEntry/TaosNews.


In a story titled “Art for the people, by the people” that appeared in the Thursday (Feb. 15) edition of Tempo, an incorrect attribution was given with regard to the book, ‘Owl in a Straw Hat” by Rudolfo Anaya. The correct name of the publisher is Museum of New Mexico Press.

Last week for Ed Sandoval print show

It’s the last week for Ed Sandoval’s giclée exhibit, “Retrospective of Favorite Paintings,” on display at Centinel Bank, 512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Running through February 28, this exhibit features more than a dozen of Sandoval’s most beloved paintings as giclées (prints on canvas enhanced with paint to give them texture). For more information, email edsandovalart@gmail.com or call (575) 770-6360.

Calls for entry

The 44th annual Taos Fall Arts Festival is announcing its 2018 Call for Poster Artist. All Taos County artists and artists exhibiting work in a Taos gallery are invited to submit their work online for this year’s poster award. The winning artist will receive $500 and have his or her art printed on all advertising and collateral promotional materials, which will also include other images selected from the submissions. The show theme is “Beyond the Horizon, Más Alla del Horizonte.” The poster submission is open to all styles and media. For information and guidelines, go to TaosFallArts.com. Deadline is March 31, 5 p.m.

Taos Artist Collective is interviewing new artist members for this gallery located at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call Lois Fernandez (575) 770-9950.

Taos Center for he Arts is calling for entries to its Members Open. Submitted work must be 20-inch square, finished or framed with a math and music theme, which can be interpreted literally or abstractly. It can combine math and music as integrated concepts or two separate concepts. Shared ideas and completed projects to date promise for an exhibition not to miss. All media is eligible. Delivery date is Monday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-noon. All works will be exhibited in the Encore Gallery.

New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists invites entries to Celebration of Clay 2018, “Contemporary Ceramics: Informed by Tradition.” The show is set for May1-30 in Kit Carson Road galleries: Copper Moon, Total Arts, David Anthony Fine Art and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art. For more information, to enter this self-juried members show, or to join NMPCA, go to nmpotters.org., contact coc@nmpotters.org or call Seri Kotowski (575) 758-7029.

Taos Center for the Arts in partnership with The Gender Sexuality Alliance of Taos High School and The Dreamtree Project announces a call for entries for youth ages 19 and under for an LGBTQ+ Youth Art Exhibition titled, “Love Who You Are, Love Who You Want.” This juried pop-up exhibition will be in The Encore Gallery April 2-5. The jury is seeking works of art that express feelings about loving yourself, loving others, identity, diversity and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. Exhibition is open to all two-dimensional media forms, and entrants may submit up to three works of art. Art must be professionally mounted or framed and ready to hang (support for framing is available), and no wider than 30 inches framed. For more information and to submit entries, go to tcataos.org/entries/add_entry.

Taos Art Insurgency is a national juried show that poses the questions: Who will be the artists that lead the way for the new millennium? What will be the movements and issues they champion? David Anthony Fine Art, Wider Nightingale Fine Art, and Greg Moon Art of Taos host this national show in conjunction with the Taos Spring Arts Festival. The show will run April 2-May 12 with an opening reception on April 21. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight April 5. View details online at gregmoonart.com/links. All entries must be entered through the callforentry.org platform.

The Harwood Museum of Art’s Spring 2018 Exhibition titled ‘Works by Women’ that opened Feb. 10 will include a “Selfie Project.” The museum is asking women in the arts who are residents, visitors and lovers of Northern New Mexico and who are 18 years or old to submit their selfies before May 13 to be included in an  online gallery. Take the photo with a cell phone, computer, camera, tablet and send up to 5, jpg images to HarwoodSelfies@gmail.com. For more information, email info@harwoodmuseum.org or call (575) 758-9826 ext.109.

Taos Community Center’s co-op located in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on Taos Plaza seeks a new clay artist. The co-op carries 22 artists at this time and wants to add a potter to the group. The co-op is located at 121 North Taos Plaza. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014 for details.

Ongoing exhibits

The Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House are showcasing the Taos Masters from the museum collection on both floors of the historic house. Viewers will savor the talent of the members of The Taos Society of Artists and the early Taos art colony.  The art is settled on the walls of the home, which gives an immediate sense of authenticity of the art culture of Northern New Mexico. Ashley Anna Rolshoven is the special guest curator. Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte,Taos. Visit taosartmuseum.org or call (575)758-2690, ext. 106.

Pat Pollard is the featured artist at Sage Fine Art Gallery for February. Sage Fine Art is at 115-C East Taos Plaza. Call (575) 758-9396.

“Field of Possibilities,” an exhibit by local artist Jameson Wells, is in Studio 238 at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. Wells’ collages include remnants of canvas rolls, old jeans, random cut paper and fabrics, pieces of manufactured borders, ricrac, lace, selvages, seams and edges. The process of making the paintings is inherent in the design of the painting itself, where pieces are added, subtracted, woven, painted or drawn around or on or under, or are actually illusory. For more information, contact the Harwood at (575) 758-9826 ext. 109 or go to harwoodmuseum.org.

Studio 107-B is exhibiting “Erotica.” Featured artists include: Jonathan Warm Day Coming, Larry Bell, Stephen Kilborn, Anita Rodríguez, Iva Morris and Brian O’Connor. Studio 107-B is at 107 B North Taos Plaza, Taos. For more information, email mayetorres.mt@gmail.com.

A photography exhibit, “The Beauty of Heaven is Spread Upon the Earth,” by local photographer Elida Hanson-Finelli is at the Dragonfly Blue Gallery, 109 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Call (909) 784-8490.

“Industrial Paisley” by Helen Gene Nichols will be on view through Feb. 25 at Studio 238 in the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St., Taos. Nichols presents work through a fully immersive installation of patterned paper and scrolls. Call (575) 758-9826.

“Into the Dark Wood, Dante’s Inferno” is an exhibition of more than 50 drawings by 27 Taos High School in Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita. The Taos Arts Council is presenting the grand opening as part of a collaborative effort between the Taos Art Club-Teen Art Studio and the University of New Mexico-Taos dual credit program called “Art in Public Spaces.” Call (575) 751-2000.

“In Praise of the Square,” 27 new works by Norbert Voelkel, continues at the Bareiss Gallery,15 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Voelkel works in oil on canvas, collage and assemblage sculpture. Call (575) 776-2284.

Robbie Steinbach’s “Geometry of The Spirit” continues at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Inspired by the ancient buildings in Spain and Morocco: “a tapestry of stone created by repeating arches and interwoven lines, crescents and diamonds, letters entwined with vines, feathers, and leaves.” Call (575) 758-2052.

Local landscape photographer Chris Dahl-Bredine shows his aerial works in “Webs of Light,” an exhibit opening at the Farmhouse Cafe. Dahl-Bredine’s show features landscape prints depicting New Mexico and Southwest landscapes. The cafe is located at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Overland Compound, El Prado. For more information, contact the artist at skyflytaos@gmail.com.

Jodie Herrera presents works about the female experience and women’s issues in “Homebound,” on display at FaraHNHeight Fine Art, 311 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, through March 1. Call (575) 751-4278.

Dane Spangler, fine art photographer at Amore Gallery, 117-B Kit Carson Road, is showing new panoramic landscape work. Call (505) 358-4108 or email dane@dsfaphoto.com.


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