Arts
Fine art

Airstream love

Paintings of Southwestern landscapes along Route 66 are featured in “Elizabeth Jose, an Artist’s Reflections,” which opens with a reception Saturday (Feb. 18), 5-7 p.m., at Sage Fine Art, 115 E. Taos Plaza.
Visual arts

Taos group helps kids stay warm

Of the nine Taoseña needleworkers at the table last week, not one would be a self-described fiber artist. They do, however, make up the Hands and Hearts group that creates soft goods for youngsters and elders in need.
Fine art

Compact creativity at Taos museum

As usual, it started with an open call for all Taos County artists to submit works that met the museum curators’ strict criteria for acceptance — all pieces must be “miniature” (or 100 square inches), original, less than a year old and not have been shown in any other exhibit.
Fashion

Taos represented at New York Fashion Week

Patricia Michaels, of Taos Pueblo, plans to present 25 original designs the opening day of New York Fashion Week, which is today (Feb. 9).
Fine art

Taos art benefit aids men's shelter

Taos Men’s Shelter houses between 15 and 20 men each night and provides a range of other services to men who are homeless in Taos County. “Hearts and Stars” is the main annual fundraising event that benefits the shelter.
Fine art

Sublime to surreal

Sometimes collaborations are on purpose. There’s a plan and a structure and two or more people band together to achieve a goal. Other collaborations seem to come from an inspiration that is given life in another world.
Music
Music

Concert honors Black History Month

For those of you who have not yet heard Salman Lee in concert, now is your chance. The talented tenor is performing a full concert — together with accomplished pianist and musicologist Claire Detels — to celebrate Black History Month.
Music

Reason to celebrate

Many Taoseños have fond ‘90s memories of dancing to Colorado’s legendary String Cheese Incident during the jam band’s frequent visits to Northern New Mexico. String Cheese Incident is still vibrantly alive and has seeded an eclectic garden of side projects over the years. Taos audiences will have a chance to sample some of that variety this weekend.
Music

Paper Bird lands in Taos

What is sweet like honey and sounds like harmony set on fire by a Rocky Mountain sunrise? It’s a Paper Bird, a band – and it’s here to sing us something velvety smooth
Music

Taos music promoters celebrate 20th anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Roots and Wires, Taos’ beloved concert and local radio show producer.
Music

Taos venue offers music for 'strike'

When Craig and Laurie Dunn of Black Mesa Winery found out Friday (Feb. 17) has been designated as the day for a “General Strike Against Trump,” instead of closing their doors, they decided to stay open in the spirit of the demonstration.
Film
Film

Movie review: 'John Wick 2'

In the second chapter of the “John Wick” trilogy of action films, the story picks up with the “hero” of our story smack in the middle of another super-nihilistic fight to the death, this time over his beloved Ford Mustang.
Movie review

Movies: 'The Space Between Us'

There is a lot of vastness in the space between planets, but probably none as big as the plot holes in this manipulative teen romance.
Movies

Taos Shortz Film Festival announces 'Fare Thee Well'

The 10th annual Taos Shortz Film Festival will be the final edition, according to executive director-founder Anna Cosentine.
Movie reviews

'La La Land' cute, catchy but not perfect

Right off the bat, I’m going to say what needs to be said: “La La Land” is flawed. Despite its mountain of accolades, it is not the best musical ever made. It does, however, accomplish what any serviceable musical must do: It dazzles. It excites. And, it will make you shrug off the grimy overcoat of today’s contentious reality to embrace a deliciously candy-colored cinematic fantasy as soon as that now-famous freeway traffic jam dance sequence hits the screen.
Movie review

Movies: Ain't got nothing but love

Ron Howard's new documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," is sure to be a treat for anyone who admires the artistry and magic of the British rock quartet that captured the world's attention in the 1960s.
Books
Books

Books: Diving into the underground

This week’s books were borrowed from Taos Public Library’s new releases section. The first is a ranger’s memoir about his experiences at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The second is a novel about the women married to the men working in Los Alamos during World War II.
Books

SOMOS Winter Writers Series wraps for season

SOMOS wraps up its 2017 Winter Writers Series with “Local Writers Night” Wednesday (Feb. 8), 7 p.m., at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive in Taos. Writers who will be reading from their work include Katy Grabel, Brinn Colenda and Rick Haltermann.
Literary arts

Transformative experiences

Searches are big in this week’s books. The first, a nonfiction book, is what the author calls “an invitation to consider a new perspective on how to navigate your life.” The second, a dystopian novel for young adults, has characters that find a way to escape a miserable existence.
Literary arts

Writers series focuses on youth

Wednesday (Feb. 1), SOMOS continues its 2017 Winter Writers Series with a reading featuring works for or about youth with authors Nasario Garcia, Robert Wilder and Estelle Laure.

A Southern road trip and border crossing

Journeys figure big in the books reviewed for this column. Rough-sawn characters go on a wild ride through the Deep South in the first while in the second, a Mexican boy and his family make their way in the United States. The Substance of Things …

Power of the pen: writers use MLK Day to speak freely

Writers Resist is a national and international exercise in freedom of expression. On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), writers across the United States and internationally will gather at local Writers Resist events for what national …
Culture
Social justice

Strength in numbers

Taoseñas and Taoseños alike took to the streets to demonstrate against violence against women on the annual day of love (Feb. 14).
Celebration

Bon temps

Maybe it doesn’t seem like the most likely place to be celebrating the near-tropical party frenzy of New Orleans at Mardi Gras, but Red River celebrates the pre-Lenten festival like nowhere else in the Rocky Mountains.
On the scene

Thrill seekers

Angel Fire Ski Resort hosted the 38th annual “World Championship Shovel Races” Friday and Saturday (Feb. 3-4).
Benefit

To inform and transform

Mardi Gras is still a few weeks away, but Roots and Wings Community School is offering an opportunity to put on a festive mask and dance for a good cause at the school’s “Winter Masquerade Ball” fundraiser. The gala benefit is planned Saturday (Feb. 11), 4-8 p.m., at Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

Resolutions: Hopes and dreams

The end of the year is a time for reflection — a symbolic road marker to pause and look back on the journey and to set a course for the year ahead. We asked friends and neighbors to share their resolutions, hopes and dreams for 2017. Here are …
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