Winter has certainly settled in for Taoseños and visitors, bring with it a welcome snowpack and hopes for a bountiful spring. While winter sports is big, so is keeping busy with all the arts and entertainment events ...
Winter has certainly settled in for Taoseños and visitors, bring with it a welcome snowpack and hopes for a bountiful spring. While winter sports is big, so is keeping busy with all the arts and entertainment events happening this week in Taos. Here's a sampling of what's going on. Of course, there's a whole more in Tempo magazine, which you can see by picking up a copy of The Taos News bright and early Thursday morning.
Taos Youth Music School Community launches spring semester
Our 2019 spring semester begins next week and the Taos Youth Music School is looking forward to “a great semester of classes for kids that include violin, guitar, wee ones classes, garage bands and more. Our newest teacher, Mark Jackson, is also offering Youth Choir: a class with all the tools of his fine trade to properly develop the voices of his fortunate students that sign up,” a press release states.
The school had a large turnout at its last open house and many people preregistered at that time so there are only a few spaces left in each class. So, get your family or friends in early to get enrolled.
“Also, we are looking forward to some fun events coming up including a radiothon, a multicultural performance night and dj’d dance party, another night of local bands and art and a historical music night, performances, storytelling and more with special honored guests,” the press release states. If any of you would like to participate and are not yet on the parent group, contact the school to get on that list.
Thank you all for your continued support and participation in the Taos Youth Music School. For more information, contact Taos Youth Music School Executive Director Michelle Chandler at (505) 913-0332.
Learn more before seeing ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’
There are two ways to enjoy the upcoming screening of the National Theatre of London in HD’s production of Tennessee Williams’s 20th-century masterpiece “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The first, of course, is to make plans to catch the screening itself on the big screen Saturday (Jan. 26), 11 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
The play was performed in a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Benedict Andrews’s “thrilling revival” (The New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
“On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday,” a synopsis reads. “The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real — and which will win out?”
Runtime is three hours and 15 minutes including a 25-minute intermission.
Tickets are $18, $15 for Taos Center for the Arts members and free for youth 17 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (575) 758-2052. Tickets will also be available at the box office, which will open 45 minutes before the screening. Additional fees apply to online purchases.
That’s one way. The other is to take a deep dive into the play, its background, symbolism, cultural significance and place in American theater history by attending the latest lecture and discussion evening prior to the screening.
The Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) and Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) have partnered to offer these informative and entertaining evenings at SOMOS, 108-B Civic Plaza Drive. All discussions are free and open to the public. Today (Jan. 24) at 5 p.m., Taos Onstage cofounder and President Charlotte Keefe will lead a presentation for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Afterward, audiences will then be armed with the knowledge and insight to take in the antics of Big Daddy and his misanthropic offspring.
Additional evenings will feature Carol and David Farmer discussing Polly Stenham’s new play, “Julie,” a modern adaptation of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. before the Feb. 16 screening starring Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”), and will present a lecture on Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” on March 14 before the March 16 screening, which stars Ralph Fiennes.
Local Taos Director Karla Eoff will present the final series event on April 18, for “I’m Not Running,” the explosive new play by David Hare, which screens April 20.
Light refreshments will be provided. Advance tickets to the National Theatre screenings will be available at each of the five lecture-discussions.
For more information, contact Susan Nuss at the Taos Center for the Arts (575) 758-2052.
Denver electro-funk and heavy metal at The Mothership
Tnertle is a Denver-based electro-funk group that will hit the stage Friday (Jan. 25), 7 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Cover is $7.
The group consists of Trent Campbell (MIDI controllers, bass), Kyle Ayervais (drums), Leah Concialdi (sax), Alice Hansen (trumpet), Jon Kenney (trombone), Ty Hughes (guitar), and Ray Salazar (MC).
In 1999, Campbell and Ayervais met in their seventh grade jazz band. Playing together in rock bands all the way to their senior year of high school, they decided to head to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. In 2012, they formed Tnertle out of the inspiration to create original music and have fun. Most recently, the duo have added a horn section and guitars and frequent appearances by guest vocalists and instrumentalists. You will hear everything from electro, hip-hop, reggae, funk and lots of in-betweens.
Then, on Saturday night (Jan. 26), the amps get turned way up for Metal Night. The show, produced by Dulce Rock Entertainment and NZHOGO Promotions, will feature a lineup including Frostbite, Blinddryve, Decapitation of a New Day, Unshethe, Fatal Corruption, Friend 2 Foe, Tetisfy, and Now or Never. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Cover is $5. For more on both shows, call (575) 779-7977.
News from Peñasco Theatre
This week the Peñasco Theatre is hosting a series of learning experiences by its current artists in residence.
Learn about screenwriting with award-winning filmmaker April Maxey on Friday (Jan. 25) from 5-8 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of preparing a screenplay. The participants in this workshop will work on reading scenes from famous screenplays and deconstructing those scenes to better understand the fundamental approach utilized when writing a screenplay.
The final exercise will consist of participants partaking in a writing exercise to build their own story. As a parting assignment, the participants will have the option to expand on the ideas they write in class and participate in an online critique with April Maxey in the weeks following the workshop. All ages welcome.
Then, on Saturday (Jan. 26) from 1-5 p.m, join the visiting collective of artists including April Maxey, Jes Thayer, Josiah Golson, Joshua Solas, Le’Andra LeSeur and Mandy Cano Villalobos for an in-depth look at some of the works they created while in residence at the Peñasco Theatre. This open studio will consist of one-on-one conversations with the artists regarding their practice and goals for creating work.
There will be light snacks served and an open conversation surrounding each artist’s approach to his or her work and how that approach encompasses general themes surrounding identity, community and connection. All ages welcome.
The Peñasco Theatre is at 15046 State Road 75 in Peñasco, located in southern Taos County. Follow on Facebook and check out the website for more details: peñascotheatre.org.
The Rifters play at KTAOS
Don Richmond, Rod Taylor and Jim Bradley make up the country trio known as The Rifters. Boasting beautiful three-part harmonies and music ranging from driving bluegrass to ethereal desert beauty, it’s best to bring your dancing shoes. The Rifters will be playing Friday (Jan. 25), 8-11 p.m., at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover $10. All ages with parent/guardian supervision. Call (575) 758-5826.
Affordable heathcare authors at booksigning
It’s very valuable to fully understand and take advantage of all your insurance options (e.g. whether it’s Medicare, your employer, etc.). “The Insider’s Guide to Quality Affordable Healthcare” devotes many pages to health insurance and reducing out-of-pocket medical expenses. “It gives readers the answers and advice they need to get the healthcare they deserve. America’s healthcare system is so complex and dysfunctional, you can better understand the complicated system and become more empowered to obtain high quality care from reading this book,” a press release states.
Authors Dr. Lawrence W. Lazarus and Dr. Jeffrey Foster will appear in person for a booksigning and Q&A to promote “The Insider’s Guide to Quality Affordable Healthcare” Saturday (Jan. 26), 2-3:30 p.m., at Op. Cit. Books Taos, 124A Bent Street. Admission is free, books will be available for purchase.
Lazarus has spent his 40-year career specializing in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, primarily at Rush Medical School and University in Chicago, Ill. He was the founding director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Rush University. He is a co-editor of the “Comprehensive Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry” and has authored 50 medical articles for the medical and the lay public. He is a former president of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and a recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Geriatric Mental Health Academic Award. Lazarus is in private practice in Santa Fe.
Co-author and presenter, Foster has spent his clinical and academic career with Geriatric Psychiatry as a prominent focus. He has worked closely with primary care physicians, nurses, social workers and various medical and surgical specialists consulting in both hospital and outpatient settings. He is a former president of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and a recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Geriatric Mental Health Academic Award. He has done federally funded longitudinal research in the long-term care setting (including Internal Medicine; Rehabilitation Medicine, and Skilled Nursing Facility areas). He is on the voluntary faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the rank of Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.
For more information, call (575) 751-1999.
Peñasco Open Artist Studio
A visiting collective of artists – April Maxey, Jes Thayer, Josiah Golson, Joshua Solas, Le’Andra LeSeur and Mandy Cano Villalobos – display some of the works they created while in residence at the Peñasco Theater. One-on-one conversations with the artists regarding their practice and goals for creating their work and how that approach encompasses general themes surrounding identity, community and connection. Light snacks served. All ages welcome. Saturday (Jan. 26) from 1-5 p.m., Peñasco Theater, 15046 State Highway 75, Peñasco.
Chaco Canyon cacao
The “Chaco Choco” talk by Dr. Patricia Crown (University of New Mexico) explores the discovery of cacao residue on pottery at Chaco Canyon, followed by the drinking of chocolate and other refreshments by Chokola, on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 2-5 p.m. at the Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos. For more information, contact Kathryn Ritter at (575) 758-2462.
Call for volunteers
Taos Fall Arts Festival 2019 is looking for people to volunteer, serve on a committee or become board members. The commitment is light until September when there is a flurry of activity preceding and during the TFAF exhibition. In particular, TFAF needs an IT/website manager who can update the website as needed. If you are interested in participating, contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779.8579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calls for entry
• A Win-Win for All entries call for the annual “Hearts and Stars 2019” benefit for the Taos Men’s Shelter and The Taos Education and Career Center. Original art by local artists is sought. One piece per artist, 11-by-14-inch image size or 154 square inches; framed or unframed or smaller (in that general area). Must be ready to hang with wire. Small sculpture welcome. Open theme. All artwork is for sale at your retail price. Commission is 45 percent to artist, 50 percent to the benefit; 5 percent for COB. Deliver piece to Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119 Kit Carson Road by Monday, Feb 4. Email an image before Jan. 30 for possible press release to email@example.com.
• “Hearts and Stars 2019” reception is Saturday, Feb. 9, 5:30-8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, food from KOKO’s, refreshments and entertainment. Suggested donation $20, at the door. Exhibition and sale runs through Feb. 16. For more information, call (575) 758-3255.
• “After Dark 8” exhibit calls for entries on celebrating darkness, and the varied reactions to the dark (i.e. nighttime, dark humor, dark fantasies, dark matter, and so on). Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass, digital printed media and assemblage entries accepted through midnight Feb. 28. All entries must be submitted through callforentry.org. Greg Moon Art of Taos hosts this national juried show with guest jurors, pop-surrealist painter Isabel Samaras and designer/curator/art maven Janet Webb. The show will run March 23-April 13 with an opening reception March 23 at the gallery, 109-A Kit Carson Road. For more info visit blog.gregmoonart.com/group-exhibition or call (575) 770-4463.
• The PASEO 2019 official call for entries opens. Deadline is midnight Feb. 28. Learn more at paseoproject.org/call-for-artists. PASEO 2019 is Sept. 13-14, Taos.
The PASEO is a 100 percent free art festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos. While The PASEO is free to the public, it costs a lot to pull off – for one important reason: all artists are paid for their work. If you are able, please donate to the cause. All contributions are tax deductible. The Paseo Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donate by snail mail: P.O. Box 1075, Taos NM 87571
• The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is looking for submissions for next year’s 11th annual festival. The festival screens over 100 films for over 10,000 attendees each year. Apply online via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox or download and fill out the online application and mail the application and the required materials to: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 418 Montezuma Ave. Suite 22, Santa Fe 87501. Review the submission rules and guidelines before submission of a film. The early bird deadline is March 4; the regular deadline is May 6. Further questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Taos Community Centers Artist Co-op is taking applications for a new artist who can work in the shop two-and-a-half days a month, pay a small membership fee, and percentage of commission on sales. For an appointment call Effie (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430.
Ongoing art exhibits
• Sage Fine Art Gallery features the works of Cher McMacken during the month of January. On display will be a selection of her oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed-media paintings, capturing the fragile color of the desert. 115 C East Taos Plaza. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Contact (575) 758-9396 or sagefineart.com.
• Weekly Saturday group with the model Jenny. Brave the roads and join the group, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tajmagundi Studio, 82 Rim Road (Vista Drive), Arroyo Seco. Model/group fee, $5-9. More information, call (575) 779-2141.
• Charlotte Shroyer’s facial fantasies will be exhibited in two national exhibits: “Figuratively Speaking,” from Jan. 11-Feb. 14 in Pennsylvania at the Art Association of Harrisburg; Resolutions Denver; and CORE Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe Art District, through Jan. 20. Shroyer’s work may also be viewed at charlotteshroyer.com.
• From the Central Valley of Mexico’s Texcoco region and the cloud forests of Oaxaca come two distinct, spectacular weaving traditions, closing the “Hispanic and Indigenous Weavings of Old Mexico” series at Tres Estrellas Gallery, 208 Ranchitos Road, Unit A, Taos. The series features examples of distinct groups of historical serapes from Mexico over the course of six openings. Each exhibit will hang for a two-month duration through 2018 and beyond. Call (575) 770-3262.
• Approximately 30 Taos artists express themselves through various media including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and multimedia. This juried exhibition will be on display through March 3 at the Taos Community Auditorium’s Encore Gallery, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-2052.
• Ninth Annual TCA Self-Portrait Show. Approximately 30 Taos artists express themselves through various media including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Their art reflects personality, life stories and feelings. A juried exhibition. Through March 3. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The Encore Gallery in Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Free. Call (575) 758-2052.
• “Winter Invitational Exhibition: The Signature and Master Signature Members of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.” The exhibit is open through March 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Fechin Studio at Taos Art Museum, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. $6-$10. Call (575) 758-2690.
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