Entertainment this week in Taos

Here’s a glimpe of what’s going on in arts, music and more


Check out these suggestions for your late fall enjoyment in Taos.

Get down with Hayley Jane and the Primates

It may be ‘One More Saturday Night,’ but when Like a Boss Productions and Taos Ski Valley brings Hayley Jane and the Primates to town, it’s bound to be a memorable show. Combining Americana, soul and rock ‘n’ roll with rich lyrical imagery that electrifies the heart, rising star Hayley Jane leads the band with a powerful vocal range, vibrant dance choreography and a dramatic performance that captivates her devoted fanbase.

Check ‘em out Saturday (Dec. 2), 8-11:30 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Tickets are $12. Call (575) 779-7977.

Hailing from Boston, Mass., the band was the winner of the 2014 New England Music Awards’ Roots/ Americana Act Of The Year and has been performing at premiere venues and festivals across the country. Hayley Jane has also established herself as a strong female presence in the national music scene and was recently featured in the RELIX “Women Who Rock” Issue.

The band’s first full-length album, “Gasoline” (2014) was recorded during a West Coast tour that kicked off at the iconic Whisky a Go Go and ended with a Monday Night Football performance at Qualcomm Stadium. Hayley Jane and the Primates are releasing their sophomore album, “We’re Here Now,” this fall. Produced by Craig Brodhead of Turkuaz, the album carries an energy and poetry that represents the best of American music.

Dance to Nosotros

Nosotros is coming. One of the most recognizable Latin bands in the Southwest, this nine-piece music powerhouse, seamlessly combines Latin rhythms with elements of rock, salsa, jazz and cumbia. Rock out to Nosotros, Saturday (Dec. 2), 8-11 p.m. at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Cover is $5. Call (575) 758-5826.

Sweet Lillies offer sweet listening

The Sweet Lillies’ high-energy, melodic tunes have quickly captured the hearts of fans of Colorado and into Taos, where you can hear them Friday (Dec. 1), 9-11 p.m., at the Taos Tap Room, downtown at 201 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. No cover charge.

The band, formed in November of 2013, credits its appeal to the original and compelling songwriting of three women who share an unwavering commitment to life on the road, the band’s website states. “The magnetic combination of Julie Gussaroff on the upright bass, Becca Bisque on the viola, and Melly Frances on percussion and lead vocals – together with powerful three-part female harmony and a cast of exciting instrumentalists – gives this band a rare and alluring sound.” Call (575) 779-7977.

‘A Taste of Christmas’

Don’t forget, “A Taste of Christmas” from Sangre de Cristo Liturgies is happening today (Nov. 30), 6 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $20 per person.  The evening will begin with a  pre-performance reception that will feature traditional New Mexican foods such as tamales, empanaditas, biscochitos and more. After that, the performance on stage begins at 7 p.m. Arsenio Córdova, the director of the A Taste of Christmas performance, along with his family, will act out representations of various traditional aspects of a Taos Christmas season, such as La Guadalupana, Las Posadas, excerpts from the Los Pastores drama, the Matachines and Los Dias (ushering in the New Year). The program ends with the audience singing Felíz Navidad with the cast.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (575)758-2052. The auditorium includes a “Will Call” offering and tickets for sale at the door if space allows.

Bruce Gomez exhibit

Photographer Bruce Gomez of Taos Pueblo will have a weekend photography show Friday and Saturday (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) from 4-7 p.m. at the Hotel La Fonda, located on the southside of the Historic Taos Plaza. For more information, call (575) 770-0597 or email bg@newmex.com.

Stratton on Taos Plaza

Mary Stratton’s wax-art gallery and studio is the newest gallery on the Taos Plaza, located at 137 North Taos Plaza. The grand opening and open house is Friday and Saturday (Dec. 1-2) from 4-7 p.m. and features Stratton’s holiday ‘Red’ Exhibit with daily demonstrations and refreshments this weekend; then continuing through December. For more information, email sunvalleymary@aol.com or call (575) 770-0760.

Diane Ainsworth live

Experience an artist demonstration with Diane Ainsworth, Saturday (Dec. 2) from 3- 5:30 p.m. at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, at 119 Kit Carson Road. Ainsworth will be reconnecting with collectors and fellow artists during her demo. “The most important element that I need is a personal, emotional reaction to the subject,” she says about her work. Free admission. Come warm up with Diane before heading out to Lighting of Ledoux afterwards. For more, call (575) 758-3255 or email info@wnightingale.com.

Dakkya trunk show

An Artists Trunk Show of pottery and fiber will be at the new Dakkya Gallery inside El Monte Sagrado Hotel, Friday and Saturday (Dec. 1- 2) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lynco Pottery (handmade pottery by Lynn Fitzgerald) and Improvcloth (handpainted art wear by Laura Quilligan) invites the community to discover the new gallery which features handmade American Indian jewelry, pueblo pottery, prints, bee salves, pinion salves, artisan jewelry and more. El Monte Sagrado Hotel and Spa is at 317 Kit Carson Road. Cal (575) 758-3502.

Calls for entry

• Entries are being accepted for the Oo-Oonah Art and Culture Center benefit planned Dec. 16-17,  at the Taos Day School Cafeteria. There will be concessions and a raffle. Vendors fee is $75 for both days or $40 for one day. Booths are limited to one six-foot table – bring your own table, chairs and change. For vendor information, call Tina Monroe, (575) 224-7054.

• Entries are being accepted for the third annual Alumbra de Questa Christmas Craft Market planned Dec. 16 in Questa. A $30 fee covers all the artist’s expense, 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.) Live music and food will be available to encourage attendance all day. The event will be illuminated after dark, and end with a luminaria-lit procession to the historic San Antonio de Padua church restoration. Contact Dina at Questa Village offices for information and to register at (575) 586-0694.