Here's a quick look at some the arts and entertainment events happening in and around Taos. For more, check out this week's Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale right now.
Blue Canyon Boys at the Mothership
Every once in a while a band comes along that stands out among the crowded fields of the bluegrass world. The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, is one of those bands.
You can find out what all the noise is about Saturday (Nov. 11) at Taos Mesa Brewing’s Mothership at 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. The 8 p.m. show will cost you $7 to get in.
Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have gone on to perform across the country and were selected to represent the United States and bluegrass music at the 14th annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, which has consistently been rated in the top 25 International Festivals by Songlines Magazine. This bluegrass powerhouse consists of Gary Dark on mandolin, Jason Hicks on guitar, Drew Garrett on bass, and award-winning Zach Daniels on banjo. Blending incredible brother-duet-style vocals and hard-driving instrumental proficiency, this energetic band has created an infectious brew of hard-driving Colorado bluegrass. With six well-received CDs that have garnered heavy airplay across the country and around the world, the Blue Canyon Boys have quickly become one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass bands.
For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
Morgan Jazz Fest rolls out
Although the annual Frank Morgan Jazz Festival doesn’t get up to speed until next Thursday (Nov. 16), its stellar kick-off event is coming up Wednesday (Nov. 15) at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. That’s when the Pete Amahl Quartet, featuring saxophonist Glenn Kostur, fills the Adobe Bar with their formidable talents starting at 6:30 p.m. — and it’s free of charge.
One of New Mexico’s most exciting drummers, Amahl has been a driving force for jazz in the state for decades.
In the 1970s, Amahl was among the founders of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. His style is loose, ear-catching, surprising, hot and swinging. Over his long career he has been playing everything from bebop and swing to rock and country. For this show he will be joined by New Mexico saxophonist Glenn Kostur.
Kostur has worked with jazz artists such as the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Louie Bellson Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, Al Hirt, Joe Williams, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton and James Moody; and popular performers including Tony Bennett, Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Joel Gray, Wayne Newton, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, and The Temptations.
Kostur was saxophonist, composer-arranger, and musical director for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. He has served on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico as the Director of Jazz Studies since 1995. He also teaches jazz improvisation and coaches jazz combos.
The Frank Morgan Jazz Festival then continues Thursday with a free screening of “I Called Him Morgan,” 7 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Along with the movie about trumpeter Lee Morgan, there will also be a live Q&A with Morgan’s friend, Tootie Heath. Then, on Friday (Nov. 17), the Harwood Museum at 238 Ledoux St. will host a live performance by Ed Reed and the Lorca Hart Trio that you won’t want to miss.
Tickets to this show are $25, $20 for museum members. The festival’s grand finale on Saturday (Nov. 18) will feature the return of Frank Morgan protégé Grace Kelly to Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Tickets to the dazzling saxophonist’s 7:30 p.m. show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Watch for in-depth coverage of the festival in next week’s Tempo magazine.
For more information, call (575) 758-3147 or visit taosjazz.org.
Veterans Day events announced
Veterans Day Will be commemorated in Taos with ceremonies that begin Saturday (Nov. 11) at 11 a.m. on Taos Plaza. All women and men who served on active duty in U.S. Armed Forces and their families will be recognized at the event. The ceremonies will be hosted by VFW Post 3259, VFW Post 3259 Ladies Auxiliary, the town of Taos, County of Taos and Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.
Afterward, at noon, all those gathered will be invited to a Taos Veterans Day Picnic. The Taos-style potluck luncheon will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym, 205 Don Fernando Street, a short walk west of Taos Plaza. The event celebrates “the sacrifices of veterans and their families.” In addition to the aforementioned sponsors, the luncheon is made possible with donations of food and time from Taos restaurants and volunteers. Admission is free to both events. To volunteer, call Joseph Devargas at (575) 779-3880. For food donations or questions, call Don Peters at (575) 224-1503.
SOMOS schedules open mic
It’s an evening of varied entertainment as SOMOS launches its “Poetry, Prose, Acappella, Storytelling Open Mic” Monday (Nov. 13), 7-9 p.m., at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event, which features a chance for writers, storytellers and poets to try their material out for an audience, is planned to take place on the second Monday of each month. The next one is planned Dec. 11. For more information, call (575) 758-0081 or visit somostaos.org.
The Illustrious Burton Silverman
Burton Silverman has been a friend to Harold Geller and Total Arts Gallery for close to 40 years now and they boast a large selection of his paintings. Born in 1928, Silverman is considered a leader in portraiture, according to press materials, with a professional career in fine art for over 60 years. “He has had 33 solo shows across the country including venues in New York, Boston, Philadelphia ,Washington, D.C, San Francisco, Maine and Nashville Tenn.Total Arts Gallery has a number of Silverman’s work available for viewing online. For more on Silverman, call (575) 758-4667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Day at McCormick’s Gallery
Local artist Michael Archuleta is “resonating his anthropomorphic, locally grown, organic blue donkeys that will be herded for display” at Michael McCormick and Sons Gallery, 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, this Saturday, Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11), from 4-8 p.m. All veterans will receive a free signed poster. For more information, call (575) 758-1372.
Video Creators Weekend
University of New Mexico-Taos Digital Media Arts and the Canon camera headquarters in New York proudly present the first inaugural “Video Creators Weekend” Nov. 18-19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Bataan Hall, 119 Civic Plaza Drive. Canon will supply 20 DSLR cameras and microphones to participants in this 48-hour filmmaking challenge. Instructors will include UNM-Taos DMA staff and Canon video trainers. Make new friends and make a short film in 48 hours! Open to 20 participants. Cost $10, free to UNM-Taos students. Call or email to reserve your space, Peter Walker (575) 779-6146 at email@example.com
Cunningham’s Bee Taos Light
Las Comadres Gallery presents an artist reception for Robin Cunningham of Bee Taos Light Nov. 22, from 4-6 p.m. Bee Taos Light “is an homage to the light of Taos, the bees of our land and community; and supports local bee-based businesses and families.” Las Comadres Gallery is located at 120 G Bent St., in John Dunn Shops. For information, call (575) 737-5323
Learning the Collections
Wednesday (Nov. 15) at 5:30 p.m., Learning the Collections at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House will look at “International Taos.” Taos’ traditions are “both extremely local, with the Pueblo dating back 1,000 years, and international, with artists coming here from around the globe. Discussion of how these painters came to help shape America’s own unique Western idiom. Group size is so call to reserve a seat, (575) 758-2690, ext. 101. Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Parking is free. See taosartmuseum.org
Calls for entry
• Third annual Alumbra de Questa Christmas Craft Market will be one day only, Dec. 16 , from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. A $30 fee will cover all artist’s expenses including a tent set up, with Christmas lighting at this outdoor site in the center of town. (A small fee will be added if you need an electrical hook-up. Heaters will be centrally located.) The event is seeking artists and craftspeople to meet the need of holiday shoppers. Live music and food will be available to encourage full-day attendance. The event will be illuminated after dark, and end with a luminaria-lit procession to the historic San Antonio de Padua church restoration. Please contact Dina at Questa Village offices, for info and to register, (575) 586-0694.
• The 34th annual Yuletide Craft Fair seeks artists and craftspeople to exhibit work at Taos’ multicultural holiday premier kick-off, Nov. 24, 25 and 26 at the Sagebrush Inn Convention Center. Booth fees support Community Against Violence. Artisans contact Jalmar Bowden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 770-1375.
• Taos Center for the Arts announces a call for solo exhibitions in 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 in “TCA Exhibits” within the last three years. Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography or a combination of wall and sculptural works as deemed suitable for the venues are acceptable media. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. Visit tcataos.org for more information and to apply.
• Dane Spangler, fine art photographer at Amore Gallery, 117B Kit Carson Road, is showing new panoramic landscape work. Contact (505) 358-4108 or email@example.com.
• Patience Heyl of Fine Art Atelier & Gallery offers the serious study of painting and drawing, both on exhibit and in workshops, retreats or private sessions. Located at 108J Kit Carson Road, “Look for the red door,” she says,”It’s open!” For information call (719) 338-0081.
• Erica Collins will be showing her pastels watercolors and woodcut prints through Dec. 1 at Sage Fine Art, 115 E. Taos Plaza. Call (575) 758-9396.
• The Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux St. in Taos, presents The East Studio Art League’s show and through Nov. 26. Call (575) 758-0505.
• “Divergent/ Works” features artists pursuing “very different styles ... while subscribing to this subtending Taos aesthetic. The show will be at Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. in Taos, through Jan. 14, 2018.
• Through Nov. 10 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.