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These times provide an opportunity for a deep dive and introspection in many areas, including the arts--music, culture and film. Tempo caught up with Peter Halter, who for over 25 years has been part of delivering the magic of film to Taos - as film curator and projectionist. These years have provided Halter an opportunity to travel the world - working innumerable film festivals while prospecting for films that might be of special interest to a Taos audience - an audience that can be both international and local. more
A three-part documentary series titled “Five Came Back,” now streaming on Netflix, was first released in 2017, but if you’ve been watching the news lately it offers a few viewpoints that seem pointedly relevant today.  more
 “The world is not white. It never was white, cannot be white. White is a metaphor for power” — James Baldwin from “I Am Not Your Negro.”   For some, … more
Chelsea Reidy, the theater and programs manager at the Taos Center for the Arts, is in tune with what seeing movies in a theater is all about. She and the TCA leadership responded to the pandemic by shuttering their doors and starting a series called TCA Big Screen at Home. The series has been a hit. more
Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) couldn’t be more different.  Mia is a black single fine artist who lives a nomadic … more
  The new film about horror writer Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) is not a biopic. Directed by Josephine Decker, the picture, simply titled “Shirley,” is a vivid impression of what … more
The first clue that “Seberg,” the new film from Amazon Studios starring Kristen Stewart, is not exactly what you might expect shows up in the tag line that states it is “inspired by … more
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. … more
"One day I was rehearsing, sewing, set designing and building, and the next day my calendar was blank." These are the words of Kristen Woolf, director, actor, set designer, trained opera singer and performer. When recognition of the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic hit, she was mid-sentence directing Edward Albee's "Seascape" for Taos Onstage. "I had a wonderful cast and we were a few weeks into rehearsal, planning to open mid-April 2020. I was also doing the sets and the costumes." more
Arron Shiver was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 40 some years ago, and spent a great deal of his youth in Taos. Here is where he discovered acting quite early on in life at high school with famed Taos High School drama teacher Nancy Jenkins, and in the rich community theater that has long thrived here. He was married for several years, to artist Anaïs Rumfelt (who appears on our cover with their son, Jackson). He has appeared in many motion pictures and television shows, as well as onstage. He lives in Los Angeles but visits often. His mother, Melody Swann, founder of Cowgirls Design, still lives here, and Jackson Shiver splits his time between LA and Taos. more
Two films now available for streaming — “Extraction” on Netflix and “Rambo: Last Blood” on Amazon Prime —  are two examples of how the lone wolf action hero is depicted.   By Rick … more
  The go-to definition of art usually touches on the application of human creative skill and imagination, but more broadly it can also be applied to less tangible concepts that bring … more
One month ago, Jean Stevens, the director of the annual Taos Environmental Film Festival, canceled the film screenings to be held at the Taos Community Auditorium in response to the state emergency quarantine order for the coronavirus pandemic. Fast forward to Earth Day, April 22, thanks to the determined efforts of Society of the Muse of the Southwest, director Jan Smith and a stunning roster of local actors, poets, musicians and activists, a different, uniquely Taos community-inspired online gathering of artists will speak to these times. All the proceeds from online donations will go to Holy Cross Hospital to provide personal protective equipment for the staff. more
Written and performed by David Garver. Recorded mixed and mastered by Greg Thum in Taos New Mexico. First single and video from the EP ILLINOIS. Go to davidmgarver.com for more info and music. more
A film by Pedro Costa titled “Vitalina Varela” (2019) stands out because light is as refined a character as much as the actors, setting and story. Photographed by Leonardo Simões with a masterful use of chiaroscuro that recalls Caravaggio and Rembrandt, the film follows the journey of a Cape Verdean woman as she comes to collect her late husband’s remains in Lisbon, Portugal.  more
The Taos Center for the Arts closed its doors on March 12, in accordance with the governor's emergency public health orders in response to COVID-19. But that doesn't mean it's stopped providing stimulating entertainment. more
It’s easy to forget how desperate people can be when deprived of freedom. Even today, with the world upended by a dangerous pandemic, freedom is often taken for granted in the west.  more
 Molly Ivins once said, “The best way to get the sons of bitches is to make people laugh at them.” Audiences who see “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins” … more
All humans are creators. It's not something we just do on Saturdays, or when we graduate from art school or retire from the 9-to-5 grind. Every human being, indeed, all life itself, is one big bang of nonstop, emerging, engaging, intensifying and expressive creativity. more
The idea of young people, teens and younger in some cases, conscripted by a military into service is abhorrent to most people in so-called civilized countries. But, they’re out … more
It had to happen. Both movie theaters in Taos have closed for the time being in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Taos Center for the Arts has closed both its Stables Gallery and … more
EDITOR’S NOTE: As of Friday evening (March 13) Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres in Taos was maintaining its regularly scheduled movie times for the week but is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. Be sure to check the website daily for updates.  more
A cynic might say a showing of Alan J. Pakula’s acclaimed 1976 political thriller “All the President’s Men” is an obvious liberal ploy to whack us over the head during an … more
According to Bonnie Golden, one of four local women who founded Taos Immigration Allies, "immigration involves basic human rights, everyone but Native Americans are immigrants, and everyone has a right to asylum. Everyone. We shouldn't forget where we came from, our education, social status and wealth don't matter." more
There are some easy assumptions that can be made about South Korean writer-director Bong Joon Ho’s 2020 Academy Awards Best Picture winner, not the least of which is whether it deserves such an accolade given the hints of predictability laid out in opening scenes. But, as one watches this film the realization we are in the presence of a highly skilled, deliberate and truly insightful talent becomes readily apparent. more
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