Summer's here and the entertainment scene is ramping up in Taos County. Here's a rundown of some events happening in Taos. For more, check out the print edition of Tempo magazine, inside today's edition of The Taos News.
Ceekay Jones at The Alley
Nationally known hard-drivng hip hop artist Ceekay Jones is appearing with his full band to celebrate the release of his new album, “What Is Will Be” Friday (June 22), 10 p.m., at The Alley Cantina, 121 Teresina Lane in Taos.
“For all my hometown Taoseño’s, I’m looking forward to playing in Taos for you all with the band … I’ll be playing brand new songs from the record as well as some fun surprises! Hope to see you all there.”
Jones, who started out in Taos with the band Tabularasa, has always been ahead of the curve. With an extensive musical resume that includes writing and co-producing as well as featuring on singles such as certified platinum hit “My Life” for Australia’s No. 1 Hip-Hop act Bliss N Eso, “Everytime” for Canada’s underground Hip-Hop legend Madchild, as well as "Already Yours" by multi platinum Swiss duo Dj Remady and Manu-L. Jones is definitely on the music industries artist’s/songwriters to watch list.
Jones has played alongside and performed with acts like Drake, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Deftones, Lorde, and even Pearl Jam to name just a few. Entertaining is truly his gift, wether playing his guitar and singing or his incredible rap style delivery he has an ability to captivate his audiences.
This is a 21 and over show. Cover is $8 at the door. Call (575) 758-2121
Mad Tea Party and StarTribe at Mothership
Rule 42 presents “A Mad Tea Party” Friday (June 22), 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership. Musical purveyors for the evening include Ill Esha (Denver), Mr. Jennings (Richmond, Virginia), Frost (no clue), Dubvirus (Taos), Beat Kitty (New York City), and a bevy of regional talent from Denver, Taos, Santa Fe, Phoenix and Albuquerque.
“A Mad Tea Party” is a fundraiser for both Sunburn and Apogaea, the New Mexico and Colorado Regional ‘burns,’” a press release states. According to organizers, the event is planned to lay the foundation “to make this an official Burning Man annual regional event into the future. What does this mean? It means that the event has to operate under Burning Man‘s 10 principles. It means that Burning Man will get behind and promote the event and that fire and art and participation are the norm. Burning Man is watching this event closely to make sure we adhere to certain rules, so we can make it ‘official’ in subsequent years, and we’re incredibly excited about what’s to come because of it.”
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, also $10 camping passes at Luna Mystica Campground adjacent to the Mothership.
Then, Saturday (June 23), Startribe is having its Summer Solstice Electronic Music Festival from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day at the Mothership’s Amphitheatre. Headliner at the all- night dance and groove event is David Starfire. Also, for the first time, the Mothership will not be serving alcohol for this party. Kombucha and life-force elixirs will be served in place of beer.
The lineup will include Emancipator, Opiuo, Andreillien, Supersillyuis, Templo, Soulacybin, Whitebear, Stratosphere, Dylan Stevens, Treaphort, OssterSpace, Planewalker, Buddha Bass, Sattva, Adem Joel, Mandelbrot, Kanizzle, Buno and more.
“StarTribe is a journey that does something extraordinary for the soul – it’s the setting, the bonfire, the music, the Mesa sound system, and the Tribe (that’s you) – all threaded together with the ancient and magical,” a press release reads.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Mothership is located at 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Call (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
Schneider to read
Steven Schneider, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow and SOMOS member, will read from his work Sunday (June 24), 2 p.m., at the Taos Jewish Center, 1335 Gusdorf Rd., Suite R. All are Welcome. Donations for events are appreciated.
Schneider was recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters. His reading will feature poems from his book “Unexpected Guests,” a collection professor Daniel Morris describes as “deeply informed by Jewish philosophy, history and art and is also deeply multicultural.” Schneider’s poem, “Chanukah Lights Tonight,” was featured on an NPR Morning Edition show this past December as an important and engaging holiday poem.
Schneider will also read from his two bilingual collections of ekphrastic poetry with his artist wife Reefka Schneider, “Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives / Fronteras: dibujando las vidas fronterizas” and “The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi. Borderlines / Fronteras” was chosen for the One Region One Book Award in Texas. Both books are used in many schools and libraries to promote creativity, cross-cultural understanding, and bilingual learning.
A special feature of this presentation at TJC will include artwork by Reefka Schneider that Steven Schneider has responded to in a variety of poetic forms. The couple will have their books for sale as well as a selection of paintings by Reefka Schneider. Steven Schneider is scheduled to teach a workshop on poetry and art at the Taos Writers Conference July 13-15. Call (575) 758-8615.
2018 PASEO Festival plans firming up
Local, national and international artists will convene in Taos this fall to participate in The fifth annual PASEO 2018 festival Sep. 14-15.
The festival’s theme is “Space,” and a series of immersive and participatory art installations will harness art, science and technology as tools for the contemplation of space, offering a view of society in sync with nature and the universe.
“Festival participants’ senses will be activated, curiosities stimulated and minds transported to a wondrous universe in flux,” artistic director Agnes Chávez said in a statement.
The nexus for The PASEO 2018 will be the “Space Cloud,” installed at Kit Carson Park. The space cloud is an inflated pavilion that will serve as a gigantic illuminated nerve center for the weekend events.
The Paseo Project’s mission is to transform art through community and community through art. The Paseo Project is a nonprofit organization that brings projection, installation and performance art to the streets of Taos. The Paseo Project is supported by the town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax Fund and numerous individuals, foundations, and business sponsors.
The artists coming to The PASEO 2018 include:
• Hugo Cifre, Álvaro Gomis García and Miguel Ángel Maure Blesa, from Madrid, Spain. This award-winning design team will create the inflatable 10,000-square-foot structure where PASEO will be held.
• Victoria Vesna in collaboration with Alfred Vendl and Martina Fröschl from Los Angeles spotlight animated 3D-models of plankton obtained with scientific imaging techniques. The artist projects the plankton as large as whales inside the Space Cloud. UCLA professor Vesna works with biologists, chemists, nanotoxicologists and an animator to raise consciousness about the underwater pollution that threatens the oceans.
• Parker Jennings, Santa Fe, creates Push Pull Turn, an illuminated acrylic box situated in front of a projected video. The video shows planet earth slowly rotating. The box has a handle to push, a handle to pull and a hand crank to turn. The piece can be activated by no fewer than three participants, causing the video to zoom in or out, eventually zooming in on Taos and the location of the piece itself.
Calls for entry
Arte de Descartes XVIII Taos’ 18th annual recycled art show is taking entries through August 1. Anything made from 90 percent old materials goes. Cloth, wood, paper, metal, plastic anything cast off can be used. Prospectus can be downloaded from whollyrags.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or send SASE to Wholly Rags, P.O. Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 87557 or visit Wholly Rags, 1337 Gusdorf Rd Suite L in Taos and pick up the entry form. Call (575) 751-9862.
Las Comadres Gallery is interviewing fiber, glass or wall artists to join the women’s cooperative gallery in the John Dunn Shops. Visit lascomadresgallery.com or call (575) 737- 5323.
Artists from around the Southwest will be painting in the Río Grande National Monument July 17-22 for the Third Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out sponsored by the Questa Creative Council. Historic architecture around the remote village of Questa will also be a focus. Join the 45 artists who have already signed up. Registration fee is $60 and includes many bonuses: park pass, T-shirt, demos, gallery fee and more. Find information online wildriverspleinair.com. Registration is through EventBrite.
Call for artists interested in local, nonprofit-sponsored, indoor art market, weekends only. The site is a 4,500 square-foot building, one block off Paseo. Booth spaces, 10 by 10 feet or larger, start at $40 per space per weekend. Space rental fees will support the NonViolence Works lease of the building for programs during the week. Call Bea (575) 613-3036.
The Taos Artist Organization is taking applications for the Labor Day Weekend Studio Tour 2018. Information and applications may be obtained from the website: taosartistorg.org.
Ongoing art exhibits
Throughout June, Mary Alvarado will be the featured artist at Las Comadres Gallery. Stop by to see her work with mirrors in the front windows. Las Comadres Gallery, 120 Bent Street, G in John Dunn Shops, Taos. Call (575) 737 5323.
The late Taos icon Ouray Meyers’ remaining paintings and prints are on exhibit at the Spirit Runner Gallery, 303 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos Thursday through Sunday from 11-5 p.m. Available on other days by appointment at (575) 758-1132. It is the last of Meyer’s work.
Erica Collins is featured artist for June at Sage Fine Art , 115 E Plaza, Taos. Collins paints nature. “It is so important..... That we slow our lives down, take the time to see, to embrace the land, the wildlife, and the wild places of our planet, “ Collins is quoted as saying on the gallery website. Visit sagefineart.com or call (575) 758-9396.
Greg Moon Art of Taos hosts the exhibit “After Dark 7” with guest juror, Anthony Ausgang. The exhibit celebrates darkness and the varied reactions emblematic to this subject matter, such as nighttime, dark humor, dark fantasies and dark matter. The gallery is located at 109A Kit Carson Road Taos. Visit gregmoonart.com for a preview or call (575) 770-4463.
Sheena Cameron’s exhibit titled “Seventh Decade of Creativity” is at the Copper Moon Gallery, 105 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Call (575) 758-8833.
A painting exhibit called “O’Keeffe Country X 2” is at the Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Gallery and at The Ranch at Taos, 119 and 119A Kit Carson Road, Taos. The artists are Jim and Claudette Barker. In the past few years, the Barkers have owned galleries in Taos and Salida, Colorado. This time they are showing their own work through June 24. Visit wnightingale.com or theranchattaos.com or call (575) 758-3255.
A Tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is being presented at Starr Interiors by opening “Frida’s Closet,” a collection of Frida-inspired clothing and decor. Starr Interiors, 117 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Call (575) 758-3065.
The Taos Artist Collective’s new exhibit “A Move Beyond/ A Step Within” features work from three Taos artists: Miles Smith, Sundara Heart and Jan Nelson. Smith is a ceramicist who creates framed wall tiles and naked raku vases, Heart presents a series of paintings entitled “Self” that she created while living in Brasil and Nelson builds unique lamps made from recycled materials. The gallery is located at 106a Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 751-7122.
Taos Plein Air Painters’ summer exhibition continues through July 31 at the Farmhouse Cafe and Bakery, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Overland Ranch, El Prado. This group travels all over Northern New Mexico to paint outdoors. Displayed work is in a variety of mediums. Call (575) 770-9542.
Nora Anthony’s paintings will be on display this month at the Magpie Gallery. The gallery is located at Overland Ranch, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Call (781) 248-0166.
Mark Asmus’ oil paintings of Taoseños at work and play are at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Asmus documents historical and iconic architecture. Asmus’ exhibit is part of the Taos Center for the Arts series at The Historic Taos Inn. Call (575) 758-2233.
“Spring Colcha Fling,” an exhibit of new traditional embroidery, at La Hacienda de los Martinez through June 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Call (575) 758-1000.