What's happening in Taos

Here's a quick rundown of some of the arts and entertainment events this week


What to know what's happening where in Taos this weekend? Here's a quick rundown. For more, check out this week's Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale right now.

Film shows roots of colonial domination

The Interfaith/Intercultural Alliance will present the film “The Doctrine of Discovery—Unmasking The Domination Code” Wednesday (Jan. 31), 6 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago. Dinner and childcare will be provided to those who RSVP. The public is invited.

The film reveals how European nations used “Papal Bulls” (pronouncements by Popes with force of law for Catholic-dominated countries) issued during the 1400s and 1500s. These Papal Bulls gave blessing, legal cover and rationale for imperialistic countries to take possession of any lands they found that were not already occupied by another European nation; to subjugate the indigenous people found there, who had no legal right to title/ownership of the lands they were living on because they were “heathens” and not humans; to enjoy legal title to the people and lands they conquered and to all the resources thereof in perpetuity.

The film was written by co-producer Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) and directed by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota), also co-producer. The film is based on Steven Newcomb’s book, “Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.” The film reveals the shocking truth that the doctrine of discovery’s definitions of legal title and Natives regarded as “heathens” endure today in all U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Native American tribal land rights to land since 1823, according to a press release.

Burritos from Leonel’s (meat or beans and rice) will be provided free for those who confirm they will attend by emailing Mary Gray at mcphailconsulting@gmail.com. Arrive at 6 p.m. to choose your burrito and get a seat. It will be on wide-screen. Childcare is also available free if you contact Mary Gray at the email above. The film runs 55 minutes. Small-group discussions are planned after the film.

Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ to be screened at TCA

Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Tosca” will be presented Saturday (Jan. 27), 11 a.m., as part of The Met: Live HD series at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $25, $20 for Taos Center for the Arts members — and free for youth 18 and under.

Sir David McVicar’s “smashing new production” is “a grand triumph” (Huffington Post), featuring an exciting cast led by soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of the fiery diva and Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Cavaradossi, a press release states.

The pair are “youthful, ardent, and innocent ... their duets electric, their kisses hot and numerous” (Wall Street Journal). Yoncheva’s sound is “richly textured and shimmering,” and “Grigolo’s Mario is a true hothead ... complete with thrilling top notes” (New York Times).

Željko Lučić is “an imposing figure with a voice to match” (Wall Street Journal) as the villainous police chief, Scarpia and Emmanuel Villaume conducts. The score of Tosca (if not the drama) itself is considered a prime example of the style of verismo, an elusive term usually translated as “realism.” The typical musical features of the verismo tradition are prominent in Tosca: short arias with an uninhibited flood of raw melody, ambient sounds that blur the distinctions between life and art, and the use of parlato — words spoken instead of sung — at moments of tension, the release concludes.

Call (575) 758-2052.

Elder Grown in TSV and at The Mothership

Elder Grown is a Durango-based band of brothers playing rockin’ roots music. The boys will be raging on Saturday (Jan. 27) when they do an afternoon show for skiers at 3:30 p.m. up in Taos Ski Valley at the Martini Tree Bar. Cover there is $5. Then, they’ll head down the mountain for an 8 p.m. show at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. There’s a $7 cover charge for this one. The latter is part of the brewery’s “One More Saturday Night” series.

“Where funk meets rock, pop meets hip-hop, and jazz meets reggae, Elder Grown uses the freedom of improvisational jams as their foundation to create their captivating, soul-inspired sound. Switching instruments mid-song, you never know who is going to sing or play what next. Based in Durango, Colorado, Elder Grown is reminiscent of Motown with inspiration from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Maceo Parker, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime and Atmosphere,” a press release states.

For these cold winter nights, take advantage of the Mountain-Mothership shuttle from Taos Ski Valley at 7 p.m., Arroyo Seco at 7:20 p.m., and the Old Blinking Light parking lot at 7:30 p.m. The bus returns after the show. The free shuttle will be available to transport guests between the two shows and to the brewery. For more information on this event visit holdmyticket.com/event/298317 or the Facebook event listed on Elder Grown’s Facebook page. More information on the band can be found at eldergrown.com.

Popular open mic now at Sagebrush

The Open Mic Night hosted by Wayne and Renée, the musical duo known as Bittersweet Highway, is Tuesday (Jan. 30), 6-9 p.m., at the Sagebrush Inn Cantina, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. This open mic is an intimate setting, boasting an incredibly loyal crowd of players and listeners. There’s no cover charge for a full evening of fresh and vital entertainment. Call (575) 758-2252.

Squared away

An opening reception for “In Praise of the Square,” 27 new works by Norbert Voelkel, is planned Friday (Jan. 26), 4-6 p.m. at the Bareiss Gallery,15 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Voelkel works in various media, including oil on canvas, collage and assemblage sculpture.

Voelkel is inspired by the artist and teacher Joseph Albers. “Perhaps the first and most famous example of  ‘the serial’ approach are the 15 paintings of haystacks by Claude Monet, and regarding the square, I am indebted to Josef Albers,” the artist said in a press release announcing the show. “He invented the square in the square in the square; his paintings are all of identical size and the permutations are accomplished by changing the colors of the squares.”

As Voelkel explains: “The serial approach signals that there is not one single solution to a problem, that there is no beginning and no end. Each single image can be eliminated without jeopardizing the series. Although there exists the first picture—there is no development from the first to the last image. The common denominator for Square space is indeed the square, which becomes the playground for different materials and media—from watercolor to encaustic. There is no repetition, each square is unique but relates to the entire series. The spectrum of possibilities informs about the differences and the connections and the world in a square.”

For more information, call (575)776-2284.

Calls for 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 2-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.

• In celebration of women in the arts, The Harwood Museum of Art’s Spring 2018 Exhibition titled ‘Works by Women’ opening Feb. 10 will include a new iteration of our highly successful “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 old 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. Museum officials note in its press release that by submitting an image(s) to the Harwood, a person gives permission to the Harwood Museum of Art to exhibit the image for upcoming exhibitions in digital format, online and on display at the Museum. No award, fee or compensation for any of the submitted works is offered. Full copyright of the artist will be retained by the artist unless otherwise stated. The Harwood reserves the right to select, add, crop, and remove images. For further information, 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 N. Taos Plaza. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014 for details.

• “Hearts and Stars” show, the Taos Coalition to End Homelessness annual fundraiser for the Taos Men’s Shelter, held at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, invites artists to create a small work (11 inches by 14 inches, 140 square inches or smaller) to be sold. This year, all submitted work is to be retailed at $350 or less. One piece of art per artist; 40 percent commission to the artist upon sale of art. The event is Feb. 10 while the submission deadline is Feb. 1. Contact: Rob Nightingale, (575) 758-3255 or info@wnightingale.com.