Here are a few things to do and something to plan for this week ...
LiYana Silver book event
Taos author and educator Mirabai Starr will introduce author LiYana Silver, who will sign and discuss her book "Feminine Genius: The Provocative Path to Waking Up and Turning On the Wisdom of Being a Woman" Sunday (June 3), 2 p.m., at Op. Cit. Taos Bookshop, 124A Bent Street. Starr will also be available to sign her book "Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation."
"Women are like candle flames," Silver writes in a prepared statement. "We can be dazzling sources of light and fire. But most of us are dimmed down, stressed out and burnt out. The woman who will help to light and heal our world does the radical act of turning her own inner flame back on."
Silver said she is a coach, teacher, speaker and author, helping entrepreneurial-minded women find the full expression of their feminine strength, inside and out of the office. "I was born to New Age free-thinking parents, raised on an intentional community in Northern New Mexico, and grown with garden veggies and hand-me-downs. I have yet to get back in the box. I call home the San Francisco Bay Area, with my husband, son and extended chosen family."
Admission is free. For more information, call (575) 751-1999.
Taos Poetry Festival started Friday
The Taos Poetry Festival welcomes Meta Sarmiento and Christy Ferrato to Taos Friday and Saturday (June 1-2). The Festival has two goals: to offer the Taos community an opportunity to interact with some of the nation's best poets and to create an event that provides the community and our youth poets a platform for meaningful conversations, hands-on learning, cultural bridge-building, academic exploration and active collaborations. These opportunities include readings, workshops, poetry shows, and many chances to engage with our guest poets during the festival.
Youth poets 19 and under are admitted free to all events. A sliding scale is available for anyone who needs it.
The festival opens Friday (June 1), 6:30-9 p.m. with a "Poet's Living Room" open performance-reading and "Poetic Salon Inquiry into Preservation, Politics, and Justice" facilitated by Meta Sarmiento, Christy Ferrato, and James Navé.
Saturday (June 2), from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. there is a workshop titled "The Wow of Performance-Reading" facilitated by James Navé. Then, from 2-5 p.m. an "Imaginative-Size Poetry Workshop" will be facilitated by Navé and Sarmiento. The evening performance-reading show, titled "The Poetics of Size, Memory and Meaning" is at 7 p.m. and features Sarmiento, Ferrato, and is hosted by Navé.
The festival is a nonprofit community event. Sponsors include SOMOS, New Mexico Arts and KTAO Radio. Visit TaosPoetry.com for details or call (919) 949-2113.
The return of Michael Franti right around the corner
Michael Franti & Spearhead are set to tour the U.S. this summer. The "Stay Human" tour comes in anticipation of Franti's upcoming new album "Stay Human 2" due this June and provides the soundtrack for Franti's forthcoming self-directed documentary "Stay Human."
Locals may remember his rained-out Taos show last fall that left many fans disappointed. Those frowns will likely turn upside down when Franti returns with his band Spearhead, plus The Original Wailers, June 9 at Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
Of the upcoming tour, new music and film, Franti explains in a prepared statement, "I've traveled the globe making music and throughout the years I've always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place. Struggling with the challenges of the world I began filming my new documentary, 'Stay Human,' telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what it means to be and stay human."
Franti began writing music as a way to process both the political landscape of the late 1980s and the unique sounds and ideas of his Bay Area upbringing. In 1994, Franti formed Michael Franti & Spearhead. Touring with his band, Franti continued to notice inequality and injustice both at home and abroad. The band released its seminal "Stay Human" album in 2000, reflecting on the unjust nature of the death penalty among other themes, to make sense of our common humanity in juxtaposition to near constant violations of human rights.
Franti released his first self-directed documentary "I Know I'm Not Alone" in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim. The film depicts his mission for peace in the Middle East, with a focus on the human cost of war. Franti visited war zones in Iraq, Israel, and Palestine again finding common connection, playing music to both soldiers and civilians regardless of affiliation.
Tickets are $52 in advance, $58 day of show (including all service charges). Tickets for youth 12 and under are $12 (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at (505) 886-1251. One dollar from each adult ticket purchased will go to the Do It For the Love Foundation.
Parkinson's Disease author to read
SOMOS and Nighthawk Press announce a reprise of the March 2018 beyond-capacity launch of "Keepin' On: Living Well with Parkinson's Disease" by Taos author, Robert J. Silver. The dozens whose attendance at the earlier Harwood Museum of Art Arthur Bell Auditorium event was barred by fire code regulations will have an additional opportunity to hear Silver read brief excerpts and sign copies of "Keepin' On" Sunday (June 3), 2 p.m., at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Admission is free.
A question and answer session will follow the reading. The event will be recorded for use in a planned virtual book tour.
Written for fellow Parkinson's patients and those who love and care for them, "Keepin' On: Living Well with Parkinson's Disease" chronicles a life of love, loss, longing, work, sports, travel, friendship, and intimacy, all against the backdrop of this progressive disease. The chapter-scenes explore issues including the frustrating unpredictability of prescribed pharmaceuticals, loss of function, hope and inspiration, overcoming challenges, generosity and kindness of strangers, helpless concern of friends and family, expert medical care, comic relief and more.
Neither author nor publisher will benefit financially from sales of "Keepin' On," a press release states. The profits will be donated to further Parkinson's research, education and support in memory of Taos icon, Dr. Larry Schreiber. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's are the intended recipients of these funds.