Tempo Arts
Courtesy Thom Wheeler'Storm over Red Mountain' mixed media

Dream big in Washington, D.C.: Thom Wheeler at The O Street Museum

It's every artist's dream to be at work in your studio, when two well-connected art collectors stroll in, buy several large pieces, commission you to work on a few projects and invite you to do a one-man show at a museum in Washington, D.C. Taos artist Thom Wheeler is living that dream.
Courtesy Twirl TaosNina Silfverberg and Anaïs Rumsfelt at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe.

Twirl goes to Meow Wolf

Last month Twirl collaborated with the showing of the film Fantastic Fungi at the Taos Community Auditorium. You can now see and experience Twirl's wUNDER installation at Meow Wolf, in Santa Fe - and artful perspective of the extraordinary systems in nature that help trees communicate and support each other.
photo by Rick RomancitoMelwell Romancito in her studio: 'The reason I started painting again - I've got X amount of time left, and with that amount of time I'd rather be painting.'

Melody Romancito returns to the easel

When Melody (Melwell) Romancito was a child in Kansas, her grandmother would save the cardboard sheets that came with laundered men's shirts, and she would fill the cardboard with her paintings. It would seem like the perfect beginning for an art career, and Romancito continued to paint and study throughout high school, winning national awards.
Tempo Music
Magic Beans will perform Friday (Feb. 21) at Taos Mesa Brewery Mothership, El Prado.

Magic Beans brings Denver soul, funk to Taos

The delicious smorgasbord of sound from the Magic Beans are returning to Taos Mesa Brewery Friday (Feb. 21) to funk up your night and rock your soul.
Courtesy photoBeyond the Pale is Toronto's award-winning acoustic-roots ensemble.

Klezmer takes on Taos

A special concert is coming to town on Monday (Feb. 24). The Taos Jewish Center worked some magic to bring Beyond the Pale, Toronto's award-winning acoustic-roots ensemble known for its unique take on klezmer, Balkan and Romanian music.…
Tempo Culture
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsMikala Martinez and Abe Brown play Theresa and Schultz, respectively, during a rehearsal of Taos Onstage's production of 'Circle Mirror Transformation.'

Taos Onstage delivers 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

Taos Onstage board president Charlotte Keefe said a few years ago she read and put aside the script of their current production "Circle Mirror Transformation'' by Annie Baker.
Bee colony transported from the Taos Land TrustCourtesy Mike McMannon

The art of beekeeping

Bees are vital to all life and yet not many people are eager to get up close and personal with their fuzzy cuteness. Willingness to work with bees requires the kind of people willing to reduce their senses in adverse conditions in order to obtain resources from a group of sensitive and sometimes temperamental creatures with sharp pointy bits who attack in life-threatening swarms.
Courtesy Lyla June Johnston'My decision to go into politics was about giving people hope that there could be a government that actually represented our desires and will,' explained Johnston.

Lyla June Johnston and the power of prayer

Lyla June Johnston grew up here in Taos, and is a descendant of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. She is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet, and will be giving a "Spiritual Activism" talk at Unity of Taos church Sunday , Feb. 23. Tempo caught up with the very busy Johnston last week.:
Tempo Film
Todd Christensen, the New Mexico Film Office director, in the field.

'Swing the door open wider:' New fund encourages indigenous filmmakers

Taos Pueblo filmmakers interested in developing their media-arts projects are eligible to receive funding through the newly established Senator John Pinto Memorial Filmmakers Fund. Individual Native filmmakers can use funds toward any aspect of production. This can include, film, TV, video games or audio visual projects.
From left, Pete Stanton (Will Ferrel), Billie Stanton (Julia Louis Dreyfus), and one of their two sons Finn Stanton (Julian Grey) get the first hint that maybe a controlled avalanche heading their way may not be so controlled after all.
Movie review

Now showing in Taos: ‘Downhill’

  Hopefully, you didn’t see “Downhill” as a date movie for Valentines Day because if you did it might have let the air out of whatever romantic ideas you might have had …
Margot Robbie returns in ‘Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.’.

Now showing in Taos: ‘Birds of Prey’

  It’s probably a sure bet that “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” won’t make anyone’s best movies list alongside “Citizen Kane.” But then, you’d have to be one serious lunatic to put those movies together in the first place.
Tempo Books
Courtesy photoThe New Mexico author Linda Harkey at her desk.

More Hickory Doc tails

New Mexico children's book author Linda Harkey's fourth book, "Doc, Willie, and the Pack" (Archway, 2019), is a continuation of the growing Hickory Doc series.
Courtesy photoLevi Romero came to poetry in a roundabout way, as a listener: 'I think that was the key to things, developing an ear for language and the musicality that exists in language and the ways stories are told.'

New Mexico's first poet laureate: Levi Romero depicts 'the loco to the sublime'

Levi Romero says he used to be a closet poet. Being a poet and a young Chicano male did not seem to go together. That is, until he recognized how much language and the love of stories lay at the heart of both his culture and the art of poetry.

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