Arts and entertainment
Here's a look at some of the arts and entertainment events happening in Taos.
It’s clear that what many people in Taos mean by getting “support” from the Town of Taos is actually straight up cash or “sponsorship” – and that’s against the law – at least the way the Town divies up its Lodgers Tax allotment.
The “have-nots” can’t escape how unlucky they are. They face desperation every day. The homeless – women, children, families and pets – look into the windows of the “haves” and silently, sadly retreat to cars without heat or food.
A joint statement issued today (Oct. 9) by The Couse Foundation and Rena Rosequist announced that the Foundation has agreed to acquire from Rosequist the building owned by her that houses the Mission Gallery and an attached rental space.
David Barsamian, founder of Alternative Radio, will speak in Taos on Tuesday (Oct. 10), 7 p.m., at at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. The presentation is a collaborative event presented by the Harwood and KCIE 90.1 FM Cultural Energy Independent Radio.
In the competitive world of art galleries that need patrons to keep the lights on and nonprofits that need community support for their altruistic goals, there is a breath of fresh air and a long-standing tradition in Taos of women helping each other.
J. Matt Thomas wears many creative hats in this community. He is an architect, director of The PASEO, organizer of Pecha Kucha Taos, as well as the collections manager and curator of collections at the Harwood Museum of Art. So, it is only fitting that his most recent burst of artistry has benefited from precious alone time.
Taos is in for another wake-up call this weekend because cutting-edge artists from New Mexico and the greater Southwest are gathering to show their latest work at “New Mexi-Low 6.”
Arts and crafts
The 34th annual Taos Wool Festival is not a “b-a-a-a-d” way to spend the day. “Ewe” will be impressed by the outstanding “herd” of vendors offering exquisite fibers and finished products.
T.J. Mabrey has two different disciplines, which she refers to as “different parts of my brain.” The first is her stone carving, for which she is primarily known. The other discipline is her work in paper. And it is this latter pursuit that will be on display at the Harwood Museum of Art.
Alex Kurtz and Abby Salsbury are friends and have shared studios over the years. Now, they are collaborating on a special showing of their work.
All week long, it seemed Taos was experiencing a “calm before the storm” moment leading up to the opening of this year’s Taos Fall Arts Festival and The PASEO.
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One tablespoon of Cuban spice, a teaspoon of African influence, a dash of mariachi, a cup of classical training – don’t forget the flavor. The finishing result is local reggae band Iriebellion.
At the age of 8, Adam Rael started playing the hand drum. His first performances were in the Christmas pageants at Taos Day School. Now 21, Rael has released his first album, “Blowin’ Smoke,” under his new musician persona, Simone Rael.
Deriving inspiration from biblical stories, mythology and even guitar tuning techniques, Ray Wylie Hubbard has put together a dynamite collection of songs.
Ah, the 1970s: bright colors, bold bell bottoms and clogs, “Saturday Night Fever” and disco balls, ABBA and David Bowie, afros and Farrah Fawcett hair, shag carpet and lava lamps, “Star Wars” and “Jaws,” VW Beetles and daisy decals.
Michael Franti's concert in Kit Carson Park may have been canceled, but he went on with his planned 'mini performance' at a yoga class in El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa today, Saturday …
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The real Barry Seal was tall, overweight and, by some accounts, possessed a larger-than-life personality. Actor Tom Cruise works hard to at least capture one of those attributes in Doug Liman’s “based on a true story” film of Seal’s criminal exploits.
In that now-widely talked-about wacky fusion of James Bond and “Kick-Ass,” writer-director Matthew Vaughn returns with a smashy-crashy sequel to 2014’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that is more of the same, but a teeny bit deeper into the character’s backstory.
Tempo interviewed a handful of Taos filmmakers, activists, photographers and writers to get their take on being involved with the Taos Environmental Film Festival, which begins its four-day run Wednesday (Sept. 27).
Michael Spurlock (John Corbett) decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits.
One of the reasons for that rep is that he doesn’t pull any punches. If something in a given story leads down a particularly dark and very nasty alley, he’ll take you there and make you …
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Cisco Guevara is the owner and founder of Los Rios River Runners. He tells stories to his clients while floating on the Río Grande – and, luckily for the whole of Taos, he tells his stories onstage. This is Guevara’s 17th year participating in the Taos Storytelling Festival.
With grant funding from the Witter Bynner Foundation and collaboration with the Town of Taos, the Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) is launching Taos' first ever Poet Laureate to begin on Jan. 1, 2018.
In her first collection of poems, Radha Marcum explores the legacy of her grandfather’s work building the first atomic bombs as part of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos during World War II.
Environmental writer Ben Goldfarb will spend his October residency at the Aldo & Estella Leopold Cabin putting the final touches on a manuscript about the importance of beavers in restoring ecosystems.
Taoseña poet Julia Daye said, “The interesting thing about Taos is that 99 percent of people who come here express a feeling of a homecoming when they arrive.”
In response to the discourse found on our local streets and on the national stage, SOMOS has invited three authors to reflect on their activism.
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Sabor, a Taste of Taos, sponsored by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce, is designed to bring the community and visitors together for an event celebrating the flavors from kitchens in Northern New Mexico.
We arrived in the dark at Kilimanjaro Airport. The night air was hot, humid and smelled of diesel. I was stiff and groggy from 20 hours in a plane, but my energy was buzzing. “This was Africa,” I told myself, a place I’d been dreaming of for years.
In addition to the kickoff of the 43rd annual Taos Fall Arts Festival, The PASEO returns for its fourth season. Between the two – and their many related events – your days and evenings will be filled to the brim with the best of who we are.
This video from The Taos News offers a glimpse of two cultural events that happen each year in Taos, New Mexico USA.
Taos Onstage kicks off its fall theater season this week with a production of Steven Dietz’s thought-provoking comedy, “Becky’s New Car.” The two-week run begins tonight (Sept. 7) at the Kachina Lodge, 413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
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