Arts and entertainment in Taos

Taos has a lot to offer as daylight savings time ends this weekend


Looking for something to do this weekend? Here's a brief rundown of a few things to do. For more, pick up a copy of the print version of Tempo magazine, inside this week's edition of The Taos News. And, don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead on Sunday (March 11).

Rossini’s ‘Semiramide’ at TCA

Gioachino Rossini’s “Semiramide” is the next installment in The Met: Live in HD series at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance, its first in nearly 25 years, with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

The opera will be screened Saturday (March 10), 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 Taos Center for the Arts members, and free to youth under 17 thanks to the Taos Opera Guild. Tickets available at TCA office or at the box office 45 minutes before the performance. Call (575) 758-2052.

Escaping Pavement at Tap Room

Hailed as “The most dynamic Americana group out of Detroit, Michigan,” Escaping Pavement masterfully blends and blurs the lines of bluegrass, folk and Americana. You can catch their act Tuesday (March 13), 8 p.m., at the Taos Tap Room, 211 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, down the hill from Taos Plaza. No cover is charged.

“Their unique joint front person arrangement, with Emily and Aaron sharing equally in singing, songwriting and guitar playing allows for astounding, harmony-driven, musical interplay that has earned them slots on bills with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Mountain Heart, and Joan Osborne,” a press release states. “With a 2017 Detroit Music Award win for outstanding Americana record, more than 500 shows under their belt, a new EP comprised of music inspired by the National Parks, official showcase performances at Folk Alliance Region Midwest (2017) and the Listening Room Network Festival (2018) and a nonstop touring schedule, this duo is spreading (its) roots-based message, far and wide. Americana fans will find a lot to love in Escaping Pavement.”

For more, call (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.

Robert Silver talks Parkinson’s Disease

The Harwood Museum in conjunction with SOMOS is presenting Robert Silver’s “Keepin’ On: Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease,” a talk based on his new book of the same name to be delivered Sunday (March 11), 2 p.m., in the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. Admission is free.

Retired following 45 years of clinical and forensic-psychology practice, consulting, and university teaching and now immersed in a writing career, Taos author Robert Silver is a storyteller by nature and a Parkinson’s patient by chance. His creative nonfiction has been published in Chokecherries, Howl, Storied Recipes and Storied Wheels. “Tributes & Tirades: Taos Life and American Politics” (Nighthawk Press, 2013) is a collection of Silver’s social and political commentaries.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Silver also will be reading and signing his book Saturday, April 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. at Op. Cit. books, 124A Bent Street, Taos. This date has been rescheduled from the date published in this week’s (March 8) edition of Tempo.

His book recounts tribulations and triumphs in his quest for a full life with Parkinson’s disease and is dedicated to his fellow patients, as well as those who love and care for loved ones living with Parkinson's. 

Silver graduated from the City College of New York in 1965, and left the city of his birth for doctoral studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. A psychology practice followed, including academic appointments at Illinois State University and The University of Texas-Austin.

Diverse jams at KTAOS

Anthony Carson & High Ideals perform Saturday (March 10) from 7-9 p.m. at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Cover is $3. The music that Anthony Carson & High Ideals make is diverse, from reggae beats to dark jams, with themes that touch deeply on growth, harmony and nurturing one’s inner child. This is their first KTAOS performance together since last year’s release of Anthony Carson’s meditative, “The Wizard and the Weaver,” and the trio is working to expand and record new material in the coming months. For more, call (575) 758-5826 or visit ktao.com.

Geraint Smith at Fechin

Iconic images and new works from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado are featured in ​"Out and About," a photography exhibition of works by Geraint Smith. The show will open with a reception Saturday (March 10), 4-6 p.m., at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. " 'The banquet is spread constantly, with no thought of whether anyone will attend. If I were receptive enough, perhaps I would see it in everything. But I'm not, so photography is one of the tools I use to help me concentrate, to help me see deeply, to block out all that is extraneous and see that which is essential.' Words close to my heart from photographer Dewitt Jones," Smith says in a press release. For more information, call (575) 758-2690 or visit taosartmuseum.org.

Talpa Quilters

A quilt exhibit will be up at the Old Taos County Courthouse all week, the work of about a dozen Talpa women who have been meeting to practice their craft every week for 10 years. Meet the artists and find out how you can join. Sponsored by the Talpa Community Center Association, the exhibit is open from noon to 5 p.m. from Saturday (March 10) through Thursday (March 15) noon-5 p.m. Venue is at 121 North Taos Plaza, Taos. Free admission. Call (575) 751-1014.

Erin Currier artist talk

Part portraiture, part collage constructed of disinherited consumer "waste" collected in 40 countries, part sociopolitical archive, but wholly humanist, Erin Currier's work has been featured in numerous solo shows, including a major exhibition at the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She lives and works in Santa Fe.

Currier's exhibition titled "La Frontera," is featured in conjunction with the "Harwood Collection: Work by Women." She will give a talk about the show Saturday (March 10), 3 p.m., at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street.

"La Frontera" takes stock of a dream shared by all African, Asian, European, and Indigenous ancestors alike: a dream of the Americas in the context of freedom and liberation for everyone. La Frontera draws attention to the borders and walls one must confront in pursuit of this dream. The work depicts not only the literal, physical U.S.-Mexico Border and its Mediterranean counterpart in Lampedusa, an entry point to the European Union from Africa and the Middle East, but also institutionalized borders that impose divisions among races, among religious affiliations and among economic classes. La Frontera posits the possibility of traversing and even dismantling these walls and borders. The series evokes the English word "frontier," referencing new frontiers in social justice.

The use of "post-consumer" waste and discarded packaging, written in every language and gathered from the streets of every continent, speaks to our interconnectedness as human beings, in the Americas and in the World, in our shared struggles and in our commonalities, in the face of the increasingly disposable nature of our shared world, and in our ability to transform that which is cast away into something of value, demonstrating the ingenuity of the human imagination.

All Women's Show

Studio 107-B is exhibiting an All Women's Show Saturday (March 10) through April 15. Thirty-five artists have work in the show, including Lisa Burge, Deborah Rael Theresa Gray, Juanita Jaramillo Lavadie, Nicki Marx, Iva Morris, Gina Ortiz, Reina, Sharon Dry Flower Reyna and Anais Rumfelt. An opening reception is planned Saturday (March 10), 4-7 p.m., at Studio 107-B, 107-B North Taos Plaza, Taos. For more information, email mayetorres.mt@gmail.com.

Benito Trujillo at Medley

Artist Benito Trujillo has nine paintings on display at the Medley Restaurant dining room, 100 State Road 150, north of Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Condominium Resort. Call (575) 776-8787 or email trujilloartworks@yahoo.com.

Calls for entry

Taos Artist Collective is interviewing new artist members for this gallery located near historic Taos Plaza at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call Lois Fernandez (575) 770-9950.

The Taos Artist Organization is taking applications for the Labor Day Weekend Studio Tour 2018. Early bird sign-up is through mid-March. Information and applications may be obtained from our website: taosartistorg.org or sign up at our monthly meeting, the second Wednesday of the month at SOMOS bookstore, 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos.

Arte de Descartes XVIII is calling out to artists for our 18th annual juried recycled art show. This year's jury will be artists Joel Lage, Robin Stanaway and Debra Villalobos. Deadline for entries is August 1. To download prospectus go to whollyrags.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wholly Rags P.O. Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Prospectus can also be picked up at Wholly Rags, 1337 Gusdorf Road Suite L. Call Melissa Larson (575) 751-9862 for more information.

The 44th annual Taos Fall Arts Festival is announcing its 2018 Call for Poster Artist. All Taos County artists and artists exhibiting work in a Taos gallery are invited to submit their work online for this year's poster award. The winning artist will receive $500 and have their art printed on all advertising and collateral promotional materials. The show theme is "Beyond the Horizon, Más Alla del Horizonte." The poster submission is open to all styles and media. For information and guidelines, go to TaosFallArts.com. Deadline is March 31, 5 p.m.

Taos Center for the Arts is calling for entries to its Members Open. Submitted work must be 20-inch square, finished or framed with a math and music theme, which can be interpreted literally or abstractly. It can combine math and music as integrated concepts or two separate concepts. Shared ideas and completed projects to date promise for an exhibition not to miss. All media is eligible. Delivery date is Monday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-noon. All works will be exhibited in the Encore Gallery.

New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists invites entries to Celebration of Clay 2018, "Contemporary Ceramics: Informed by Tradition." The show is set for May1-30 in Kit Carson Road galleries: Copper Moon, Total Arts, David Anthony Fine Art and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art. For more information, to enter this self-juried members show, or to join NMPCA, go to nmpotters.org., contact coc@nmpotters.org or call Seri Kotowski (575) 758-7029.

Taos Center for the Arts in partnership with The Gender Sexuality Alliance of Taos High School and The Dreamtree Project announces a call for entries for youth ages 19 and under for an LGBTQ+ Youth Art Exhibition titled, "Love Who You Are, Love Who You Want." This juried pop-up exhibition will be in The Encore Gallery April 2-5. Exhibition is open to all two-dimensional media forms, and entrants may submit up to three works of art. Art must be professionally mounted or framed and ready to hang (support for framing is available), and no wider than 30 inches framed. For more information and to submit entries, go to tcataos.org/entries/add_entry.

Taos Art Insurgency is a national juried show that poses the questions: Who will be the artists that lead the way for the new millennium? What will be the movements and issues they champion? David Anthony Fine Art, Wider Nightingale Fine Art, and Greg Moon Art of Taos host this national show in conjunction with the Taos Spring Arts Festival. The show will run April 21-May 12 with an opening reception on April 21. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight April 5. View details online at gregmoonart.com/links. All entries must be entered through the callforentry.org platform.

The Harwood Museum of Art's Spring Exhibition titled "Work by Women'"that opened Feb. 10 will include a "Selfie Project." The museum is asking women in the arts who are residents, visitors and lovers of Northern New Mexico and who are 18 years or older to submit their selfies before May 13 to be included in an online gallery. Take the photo with a cell phone, computer, camera, tablet and send up to 5, jpg images to HarwoodSelfies@gmail.com. Email info@harwoodmuseum.org or call (575) 758-9826 ext.109.

Taos Community Center's co-op located in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on Taos Plaza seeks a new clay artist. The co-op carries 22 artists at this time and wants to add a potter to the group. The co-op is located at 121 North Taos Plaza. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014 for details.

Ongoing exhibits

It's the last weekend for the 16th Annual Miniatures Show and Sale at the Millicent Rogers Museum,1504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos. Open Saturday-Sunday (March 10-11) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call (575) 758-2462.

"Work by Women" continues at The Harwood Museum of Art until May 13. Included are rarely shown works by women from the museum collection. The museum curators, Judith Kendall and Janel Webb write, "Our goal is to reveal a visual narrative of aesthetic continuity, from Catharine Critcher, the only female to be invited into Taos Society of Artists, to the social commentary of Erin Currier." The museum is located at 238 Ledoux St. in Taos. For more information, call (575) 758-9826 ext. 109.

"The Art of Nonviolence: TCA Exhibit at the Encore Gallery" continues, presenting images created by Taos middle and high school students in response to the theme of how violence has affected them. The exhibit continues through the end of March.Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Free. Call (575) 758-2052.

"Field of Possibilities," an exhibit by local artist Jameson Wells, is in Studio 238 at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. Wells' collages include remnants of canvas rolls, old jeans, random cut paper and fabrics, pieces of manufactured borders, rickrack, lace, selvages, seams and edges. For more information, contact the Harwood at (575) 758-9826 ext. 109 or go to harwoodmuseum.org.