Here is a sampling of arts entertainment activities in an around Taos.
Former Wu-Tang member at the brewery
Inspectah Deck, one of the founding members of hip-hop legend Wu-Tang Clan, is performing Tuesday (Oct. 24), 8 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Tickets are $10. Born Jason Hunter, Inspectah Deck made a name for himself as a rapper with Wu-Tang.
“Now we think of Inspectah Dech as the third-least-famous member of the posse (or fourth, depending on how you count Cappadonna), but at the start of Wu-Tang’s rise such an outcome was unthinkable. Method was in fact right to start off with Inspectah Deck. Even if Deck wasn’t the leader of the group (a role always owned by the RZA), or its most entertaining personality (Old Dirty Bastard, naturally), or its densest lyricist (the GZA), or its pre-acknowledged star (Method Man), he was arguably its best all-around emcee,” writes Wilson McBee in PopMatters (2014).
Tickets are $10. In addition, The Haunted Trail will be running free along with with the Wu-Tang Clan show from 8 p.m. until closing. This is billed as an “all-ages event,” with kids 12 and younger getting in free with a paying adult. For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900.
Irish music at Bareiss Gallery
Traditional Irish music duo Adam Agee and Jon Sousa will be performing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 24) at Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, north of El Prado. The Boulder, Colorado-based duo tours internationally and in recent years has appeared at Colorado’s Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival, performing onstage with Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, John Doyle, Robbie O’Connell and others.
Since 2004, Agee and Sousa have been exploring the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar and tenor banjo, enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They have spent time in County Clare, Ireland, where they lived together, and now they make frequent visits, according to a press release. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15. Call the venue at (575) 776-2284.
TISA plans music benefit
A “Save the Music” concert is planned Sunday (Oct. 22), 3-5:30 p.m., at Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Proceeds from the concert will be used to benefit arts and other programs at Taos Integrated School of the Arts. Music will be provided by Shannon and Southern Soul, the Tony Mason Blues Band, Brendan Devlin and Mesa Madmen. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. Call (575) 779-7977.
Harvest Fest up north
The Roots and Wings Community School Harvest Festival will happen Saturday (Oct. 21), from noon until dusk at the Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch at Lama, east of San Cristobál. This annual school fundraiser will feature live music, refreshments, hay rides, carnival games and more. No admission fee, but donations appreciated. Call (540) 810-4487 or visit facebook.com/rootsandwingscommunity.
Art documentary screening at Harwood
The documentary film, “66 Mile Radius” – which documents three artists at Tamarind Institute: Nina Elder, Tom Miller and Judy Tuwaletstiwa – will be screened Saturday (Oct. 21), 2-4 p.m., at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. Following the film, there will be discussion with the filmmakers and artists. Admission is free. Call (575) 758-9826.
Author plans book signing in Taos
Author Jim Kristofic will read from his books, including a new one, “Black Sheep White Crow,” on Saturday (Oct. 21), 2-3:30 p.m., at Op. Cit. Books, 124-A Bent St. “Black Sheep White Crow” is about what happens “when a young man moves to his grandma’s sheep camp on the Navajo Reservation. There, he meets an old storyteller at the local windmill who weaves eight tales that teach the deeper story of the Diné people.” Admission is free. Call (575) 751-1999.
Contemporary art at Stables
“Mutant Vocabulary,” a show with contemporary fine art by Gerd Bianga and Nick Beason, will be at Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 21-27). Stables will open at 10 a.m. both days and remain open until 7 p.m. the first day and 5 p.m. the second. There will be a reception at 5 p.m. Saturday. New serigraphs, monotypes and paintings will be on display. According a press materials, the artists’ “work is primarily built in layers inspired by and/or combining different elements from varying sources, that get woven into the final, single image printed or painted.” Call (575) 587-1076.
Barbara Bartels shows works in oil
Local artist Barbara Bartels will show new works. There will be a reception Saturday (Oct. 21), 4:30-7 p.m., at Sage Fine Art Gallery, 115-C Taos Plaza. Larger oils of color-filled autumn landscapes will be on display, as will still-life paintings. All works are original oils.
Bartels works en plain air. According to a press release, “She also has a great love for sharing her knowledge of painting through ongoing classes and workshops. She teaches from the elements of fine art such as color, shape, value, heart and creativity to name a few. Barbara strives to help each student find the path as to who they are as an artist and not be a copy of someone else.” There will be silent auction starting today (Oct. 19) through noon Oct. 31 for one of the artist’s original oil paintings on display at the gallery. For information, call (575) 758-9396.
Taos artist in Farmington
Jeremy Landau, a Taos photographer, has placed three photographs in a museum exhibition in the Southwest. Presented by the Farmington Museum, New Mexico, “Gateway to Imagination” is an annual exhibition featuring 65 artists from across the country, including paintings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs and mixed media. Landau’s photograph, “Shiprock Bikers,” is among the collection, featuring a biker club pausing in the Four Corners region with the iconic Shiprock in the background. The exhibition opened Sept. 22 and runs through November.
Presented by the Texas Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) in partnership with Irving Arts Center, the sixth annual “Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art” is a program of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation. The exhibition features 67 artists worldwide and will be on display Oct. 7 through Nov. 12 in the main gallery at Irving Arts Center. Landau’s photographs, “Fes Granery” and “Zis Valley Riad,” were among those chosen by the curator and are from his recent Morocco collection. The exhibition opened Oct. 7 and runs into November.
Landau has been photographing for more than 25 years and has shown in the United States and internationally. Landau says, “I love being a working artist in Taos, New Mexico. However, I am also very appreciative of these opportunities to share my work in museum venues, near and far.” His work may be viewed at jeremylandauphotography.weebly.com.
Calls for entry
• Taos Center for the Arts announces a call for solo exhibitions for The Encore Gallery and The Taos Inn. The call is open to emerging and established artists residing or represented in Taos County who have not exhibited with “TCA Exhibits” within the last three years. Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography or a combination of wall and sculptural works as deemed suitable to the venues are acceptable media. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. Visit tcataos.org for more information and to apply.
• The Blumenschein Home and Museum (222 Ledoux St. in Taos) will present The East Studio Art League’s show and sale through Nov. 26. Call (575) 758-0505.
• “Divergent/ Works” features “artists pursuing very different styles ... while subscribing to this subtending Taos aesthetic. ... These are divergent works that converge in the unique high desert aesthetic of Taos and Northern New Mexico.” The show will be at Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. in Taos, through Jan. 14, 2018.
• Through October at Taos Artist Collective, 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Jan Nelson and Debra Villalobos “enter a world of seeing beauty in those things discarded and bring it to the world of the finer arts.” Call (575) 751-7122.
• “On the Square” features works in paper by T.J. Mabrey at Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. It will be on display through Oct. 30. Call (575) 758-9826.
• “Rebels Without a Pause: New Mexi-Low 6” is a show of lowbrow/pop-surrealist art at Greg Moon Art, 109-A Kit Carson Road. The work will be on display through Oct. 28. Call (575) 770-4463.
• J. Matthew Thomas, a mixed-media artist, has works on display at magpie, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Overland Compound, El Prado, through Nov. 5. Call (781) 248-0166.
• A collection of Caren Lorber assemblages is on display at Peoples Bank, 1356 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, throughout the month of October. Call (575) 779-9437 or visit carenlorber.com.
• In “In Comparison,” 203 Fine Art, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite I, works from the 1930s-2017 will be on display for comparison through Oct. 29. Call (575) 751-1262.
• Shari Ubechel’s paintings are influenced by master artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. Ubechel revisits their paintings and subject matter in her own 3-D style. Earth and Spirit Gallery, 132 Bent St., shows her works. Call (575) 770-3390.
• “The Art of Walt Gonske: A Retrospective,” through Jan. 7 at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, features the art of a man whose work “has embodied the Southwest for four decades.” Call (575) 758-2690, ext. 101.
• “Havana Hallelujah” features the photography of David Smith-Soto, who captured images of Cuba and the people there. The work is up at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, through Oct. 28. Call (575) 758-7113.
• “New Mexico Churches: An Elemental Phenomenon” (photography by Mark Goebel) will be on display through Jan. 15 at the Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-2052.
• Seamus Berkeley’s new show of oil paintings will be on display through Oct. 31 at Black Mesa Winery - Taos Tasting Room. Call (575) 758-1969.
• Taos Plein Air Painters will host an annual fall exhibition and sale of artwork through Oct. 31 at Trading Post Café, 4179 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• “Paper, Paper, Paper” features works created with various forms of paper as the medium at Encore Gallery at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2052.
• Millicent Rogers Museum features an exhibit highlighting the significance of corn in Southwest Native American art through Feb. 18. Call (575) 758-87571.
• “Trees of Life,” a collection of paintings by Lucy Herrman, is on display at ACEQ, 480 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco. Call (575) 776-0900.
• LED light-illuminated paintings by Kathryn Tatum will be on display through October at Untitled Annex, 125 Kit Carson Road. The LED lights, which are mounted behind the canvas, slowly move through the color spectrum, exposing various paint layers containing hid den images and symbols. Call (970) 708-1331.
• David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, hosts “Taxonomy of Memories: Chronicles in Clay” with ceramics and works in clay by Deborah Rael-Buckley through Oct. 28. Call (575) 758-7113.