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What's happening in Taos?

Music, arts and entertainment blossom in the Enchanted Circle this week

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 6/12/19

There's a lot going on as Taoseños and visitors get out and about on that constant search for fun in the sun. Here at Tempo magazine ...

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What's happening in Taos?

Music, arts and entertainment blossom in the Enchanted Circle this week

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There's a lot going on as Taoseños and visitors get out and about on that constant search for fun in the sun. Here at Tempo magazine — your arts and entertainment resource — we've got a little rundown to whet your appetite. For more, of course, check out this week's print edition of Tempo, which you can find inside the weekly issue of The Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Movies on the Green are back

The town of Taos presents Movies on the Green. This year the movies will be screened at two different locations, all for free. The first three movies will be shown at the Taos Youth and Family Center Skating Rink and, weather permitting, the final four will be shown at Kit Carson Park. The event, designed to be fun for the whole family, will run from June 12 through Aug. 7, except for July 3 and July 17.

The following movies will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Taos Youth and Family Center Rink, 407 Paseo del Cañon East.

June 12: “The Lion King”

June 19: “A Dog’s Purpose”

June 26: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

The following movies will be screened at 7 p.m., weather permitting, at Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

July 10: “Little Giants”

July 24: “The Incredibles 2”

July 31: “The Goonies”

Aug. 7: “Mary Poppins Returns”

Make sure to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic to make yourself comfortable. No alcohol permitted at either location. Movies on the Green is sponsored in part by The Taos News. For more information, call Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or contact her via email at jesquibel@taosgov.com.

Ribbon cutting for Op. Cit. Bookshop

Acclaimed New Mexico author Anne Hillerman will be on hand for ribbon-cutting ceremonies Saturday (June 15), 2-3:30 p.m., for the newly expanded and redecorated Op. Cit. Bookshop, 124A Bent Street. The event is free and everyone is invited.

In addition to cutting the ribbon with owner Noemi DeBodisco, Hillerman will also be signing copies and discussing her new book, “The Tale Teller,” which is her fifth book featuring legendary Navajo Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn.

It’s a riveting, atmospheric mystery that combines crime, superstition and tradition and brings the desert Southwest vividly to life. Leaphorn may have retired from the tribal police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact – a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history. Meanwhile Officer Bernie Manuelito discovers a body near a popular running trail. The situation grows more complicated when the death is ruled a homicide, thrusting the tribal cops into a turf battle with the FBI. And Sergeant Jim Chee finds himself working a burglary case in another part of the Navajo Nation that morphs into something much more sinister. As Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito draw closer to solving each of the crimes, their merging investigations create an unexpected opportunity that may open a new chapter in Bernie’s life.

Hillerman is an award-winning reporter and the author of several nonfiction books and novels. She writes with a clarity and grace that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman. Anne belongs to many writers’ organizations and serves on the board of Western Writers of America. She and her husband/photographer Don Strel live in Santa Fe.

For more information, call the venue at (575) 751-1999.

Taos Opera Institute concerts

Taos Opera Institute's 12th season is here. Twenty-five vocal students and four professional singers come to Taos to study and perform this June. The Taos community is treated to 18 vocal concerts throughout the month — most of them free to attend.

In 2007, Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke formed Taos Opera Institute (TOI) as a four-week, intensive summer program for emerging vocal students. Their integrative approach combines a focus on technique, physical well-being and artistry. Each week, the students work with a different faculty-coach team to perfect their performance of an aria in one of four languages. They rotate through the faculty over the course of the month-long program. Guest faculty provide lessons on the business of opera, media, branding and marketing, performance psychology and dramatic interpretation.

The TOI singers concerts are two hours in length with a program of operatic arias in different languages. In addition, Cantos de Taos, the outreach quartet of the Taos Opera Institute, is comprised of four young professionals. Cantos de Taos also doesn't focus only on opera. They sing a variety of gospel, Broadway, classical, opera, jazz and folk music from Kenya. Concerts are one hour in length.

Both Johnson and Poetschke are excited about this year's Cantos de Taos quartet. Each year they invite four young vocal professionals to come to Taos to perform in the outreach quartet. This year, they invited three sisters: singing triplets Mary, Maggy and Marta Moipei, along with tenor Darius Thomas.

Upcoming concerts are:

June 13, 7 p.m.
Cantos de Taos
Sabroso Restaurant and Bar, 470 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco

June 14, 5 p.m.
TOI Singers
Blake Hotel Patio
The Blake at Taos Ski Valley

June 14, 5 p.m.
TOI Singers
First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos

June 15. 8 p.m.
Cantos de Taos
Bella's Mexican Grill, 122 Doña Luz Street, Taos

June 18, 7 p.m.
Broadway Night with Cantos de Taos
KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado

June 20, 5:30 p.m.
Fechin Evening with Eric Barry, Tenor
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte

June 21, 5 p.m.
TOI Singers
The Phoenix Restaurant at Taos Ski Valley

June 22, 4 p.m.
TOI Concert
Taos Plaza

June 22, 7 p.m.
Cantos de Taos
Home Concert in Arroyo Seco
RSVP: hollylapin@aol.com

June 24, 5 p.m.
Cantos de Taos
Taos Retirement Village, 414 Camino de Placita, Taos

June 28. 5 p.m.
TOI Singers
St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago, Taos

June 28, 8 p.m.
Cantos de Taos
Sagebrush Inn, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur

June 29, 7 p.m.
TOI Festival Showcase
Cantos de Taos & TOI Singers
Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Tickets $25

June 29, 7 p.m.
TOI Festival Showcase
Cantos de Taos & TOI Singers
Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Tickets $25

Free art classes for youth

The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is hosting the Taos Arts Club Summer Arts Program. The program features stand-alone 90-0minute classes in June and July. In June, the classes focus on "Portraiture Heads, Features, and Faces: The Art of Drawing the Human Head." This session will be held in the Fechin Studio on Friday (June 14), Wednesday (June 19) and June 21 from 1-2:30 p.m. In July, they focus on "The Portrait: Features Manifested. This will be given in the Fechin Studio July 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. "Art in the Museum" will be taught by Taos High School teacher Michael Hensley. This is a free class open to ages 12-19, and young artists may attend as many classes as they would like.

The program aspires to "foster the intellectual, creative, and emotional development of students through the love of art at all levels of age and ability. Reflection, imagination, and the realization of possibilities extend beyond the studio and are core elements in the success of this program. Activities reinforce the lifelong practices of persistence, self-discipline, critical thinking, courage and risk-taking."

To register, call the museum at (575) 758-2690. Call Hensley at (575) 770-6038 for a list of recommended materials. Materials are not provided by the museum, however, drawing materials will be provided for those in need. Also, visit taosartmuseum.org.

Encore Gallery shows Jeff Baker's new work

Jeff Baker honed his craft through 35 years of editorial and advertising assignments. Throughout, he's continually worked on his own projects, including large-format ethnographic studies in South America and Indonesia, landscapes informed by the relationship of man to his surroundings, and still lifes of industrial-age tools that reference the personalities of their inventors. The latest work on view now through July in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium looks at urban encryption as a means of communication within a neighborhood's core population. While embracing photography's remarkable technological advances, he adheres to its philosophical underpinnings, giving him great confidence in his current direction. The auditorium is at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Brazilian artist Lairana exhibits Poppies Collection

Over the weekend of Friday through Sunday (June 14-16) from noon to 7 p.m. Brazilian artist Lairana will present her colorful series of poppy paintings At an event space located at 226C Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Contact Lairana at lairana@lairana.com.br.

Taos painter teams up with poet for upcoming book and exhibit

Love brought Taos educational author Jenifer Fox and accomplished Taos painter Chris Morel together - and a shared passion for the Northern New Mexico landscape. Indeed, Morel's landscape paintings inspired Fox to compose over 30 poems (collectively titled, "One Woman's Heart") to accompany Morel's paintings in his show "One Man's Home," opening June 22 at the Nedra Metteucci Gallery, 1075 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. The collaboration has produced a book, as well. The two will be present at the opening June 21, 5-7 p.m., and June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit jeniferfox.com or write info@morelart.com.

Calls for entry

• The Taos Historic Museums is hosting a juried exhibition and sale in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Blumenschein Home and Museum. "A Blumy Inspiration - Taos Artists Today." What does the Blumenschein Home and Museum mean to you? How has it inspired you to capture the essence of your art of Taos and Northern New Mexico? No fee, open to all artists. One painting/work of art per artist. No larger that 24 x 30 framed. Artwork must be ready to hang. Include dimensions of art, framed and unframed; medium. Art must be for sale. Submit one image via JPEG. or for questions contact info@wnightingale.com

Deadline for submission and image is Aug. 16. Exhibition and sale will be from Sunday, Sept. 1-Oct. 1, 2019; reception is Sept. 7 from 4-6 p.m.

• A commission is being called for a bronze statue to commemorate the nation's earliest and unheralded victory in the war against educational segregation which took place in the San Luis Valley between 1912 and 1914. The lawsuit Francisco Maestas et al vs. George H. Shone et al (1914) forms one of the earliest Mexican American challenges to school segregation in the United States. The bronze statue should depict the main subject child, Miguel Maestas, at his then age of 11. It is the hope that the placement of this statute would be a fitting tribute to the "rule of law" and its role in the historical advancement of Hispanics in the Southwest.

This is a commission for on original bronze that will be publicly displayed in Alamosa County, Colorado. The deadline to apply is June 30. The proposed project will begin fabrication after selection and the desired completion date is Sept. 30, so that the statue can be erected during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). The budget is currently around $20,000-$30,000 dependent on final size. Eligibility is open to all artists. Contact martin.gonzales@judicial.state.co.us.

• Call to artists working in all recycled mediums: cloth, paper, wood, metal, plastic etc. for 19th annual juried, recycled art show, "Arte de Descartes XIX." Deadline to enter Aug. 1. Find prospectus at whollyrags.org or send SASE to Wholly Rags PO Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Or stop by Wholly Rags at 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite L, Taos. Call Melissa at (575) 751-9862 for more information.

• The Questa Studio Arts Tour is seeking new artists to join our art tour. The dates for the tour are Aug.17-18. There are 14 different hubs with over 43 artists. Hubs cover from Lama north to the Sunshine Valley. For more information, see questaartstour.com.

• Taos Fall Arts Festival 2019 is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee for the Taos Fall Arts exhibition. Time commitment is very light until the weeks preceding the opening of the exhibition on Sept. 20. Contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579 or paulcfigueroa@gmail.com.

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