Taoseños and visitors are in for a treat this week as romance, opera, and more provide a variety of choices for fun things to do. Check it out ...
Donizetti opera to screen
Gaetano Donizetti’s “ L’elisir d’Amore” will be screened as part of The Met: Live in HD series Saturday (Feb. 10), 10 a.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. “Donizetti’s comic gem, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut in the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting,” The Metropolitan Opera press notes state. Tickets are $25, $20 Taos Center for the Arts members, free to youth 18 and under, thanks to the Taos Opera Guild. Call (575) 758-2052.
Valentine’s Day in Taos
Taoseños will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in its own unique fashion: Part tradition, part political statement, part romance and part irreverent fun. Here’s a little rundown of what’s happening Wednesday (Feb. 14) in Taos:
Locals will get together en masse for a demonstration of feminine power to strike back at violence toward women and girls. One Billion Rising is an annual event that will take place in the Taos Plaza from 4-5:30 p.m. to demonstrate the power of women themselves in ending the violence against them.
“Join us to dance, march, drum and be together in solidarity,” an announcement reads. “One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.”
On the event website (onebillionrising.org), it is stated, “We are coming into a time defined by a fierce escalation of fascist, imperialist, neo-liberal attacks on the lives of people around the world. And the most marginalized – working class, minority and women on the margins in every part of the globe – experience the impact and are forced to confront these attacks on their welfare and rights and homes … This year, OBR is set to escalate ‘risings’ against all forms of violence against women – including a rising resistance against the systems that cause other forms of violence: imperialism, fascism, racism, capitalism and neo-liberalism – and will continue to highlight where all these issues interconnect.”
Learn the “Break the Chain” dance on-line or at dance rehearsals in Taos. Taos Plaza. Free. Call (575) 758-8082.
At 6 p.m., take a drive up to the KTAOS Solar Center (9 State Road 150, north of El Prado), for the Valentine’s Day Swing Dance Social featuring music by Big Swing Theory and Out of Nowhere. They will have free dance lessons and “carnations for the ladies.” Tickets are $10. “The dance classes are casual, will accommodate any level of dancer, and focus on having fun. Out of Nowhere will start rocking at 7 p.m. The two bands will team up on a couple songs in the middle of the night, and The Big Swing Theory will close out the evening. Join Taos’ favorite jump blues and swing bands for a great date night.” Call (575) 758-5826.
Won’t You Be My Valentine? is the title of an event that takes place 6-7 p.m. This is a presentation on “how to find your soul mate even after several hard knocks in the game of love.” It’s at Taos Food Coop, 314 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. It’s free. Call (575) 758-3840.
For youngsters, the Taos Youth and Family Center at 407 Paseo del Cañón East will provide an opportunity for them to make their own heartfelt messages at a Valentine Craft Making Workshop Friday (Feb. 9) from 1-4 p.m. This event is free for all children. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Materials and examples will be provided. Bring your imagination and have some creative fun with other children. This is brought to you by the Town of Taos Community Events, Taos Youth and Family Center and sponsored in part by Smith’s Food & Drug Stores. For more information contact Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For an alternative to all the hearts and flowers and kissy-kissy romance, there’s the Anti-Valentine, One-Night-Stand Coronation Ball starting at 7 p.m. at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. This Spanky Shoes and Monotone Productions show is for adults only, so no kids. Groove the night away to Amor Fizz (Argentina), Jacuzzi Acid (Ranchos de Taos), Shiii Waaa (Colorado Springs), Alan Allen (Dirty Ditties), Hookerz & Blow (Ryan Kanizzle & Norm), The Dum Cumpsters (Formally Spanky’s Space Jams) and probably some surprises. Cover charge is $7. Call (575) 779-7977.
If you have Netflix, you may have seen its six-part documentary series, titled “Rotten,” that focuses on various food issues. Episode Three, titled “Garlic Breath,” was shot in Dixon, Peñasco, Taos, Santa Fe, and in Harrisburg Penn., plus several locations in China. For those who haven’t seen it, a special screening of “Garlic Breath” is planned Sunday (Feb. 11), 3 p.m. at Common Fire Restaurant at Quail Ridge, 88 State Road 150 in Las Colonias. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Reserve a seat at taoscommonfire.com. Call (575) 803-9113.
The 60-minute episode takes a look at the conflict that erupted between Chinese garlic producers and small garlic farmers in New Mexico after a plan to “level the playing field” for domestic and international distribution fell apart leading to lawsuits and disaffection.
The episode will also be shown at the Embudo Valley Public Library in Dixon, at 7 p.m., Thursday (Feb. 15). International trade attorney Ted Hume, now living in Taos, and Dixon garlic farmer and writer Stan Crawford will lead a discussion and answer questions following the screening.
Roxy Roca at the Mothership
The “One More Saturday Night” series at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership this week features Roxy Roca Saturday (Feb. 10), 8 p.m. This powerhouse Austin-based band plays southern soul, rhythm and blues, and psychedelic rock. Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Cover is $7. Call (575) 779-7977.