Where to go, what to see

Here's a brief sampling of events in the Taos area


Here’s a sampling of some of the entertainment happening in Taos this week. For more, see this week’s print edition of Tempo magazine, inside The Taos News, on sale now.

Taos High School Mariachi El Tigre concert

Taos High School music teacher Norberto Martínez has announced that the “Children-Youth Mariachi Espectacular” for 2017 will take place Saturday (April 8), 6 p.m., in the school’s Otero Gymnasium, 120 Cervantes St. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and children.

Performances will include: New Mexico Spanish colonial music/dance (taught by Dorothy Gusdorf), Mariachi Jaguar Encantado del Enos Garcia Elementary School (Taos), Mariachi Los Tigritos Uno, Dos y Tres del Taos Middle School, Mariachi Los Tigritos Uno y Dos del Taos High School, Mariachi Questa and Taos’ Premier Mariachi El Tigre from Taos High School.

“There are nine acts in all, 180 students performing,” Martínez said.

Master of ceremonies will be Don Francisco Trujillo. All proceeds raised will go toward the mariachi programs at Taos Middle School/Taos High School to be used for mariachi student scholarships, student mariachi workshops, mariachi trajes, instrument repairs, sheet music and the annual “Mariachi Spectacular.”

“This is the 36th ... anniversary of Mariachi el Tigre out of Taos,” Martínez said. “Mariachi el Tigre was the first high school mariachi in the state to receive course credit. For the first 23 years, it was under the directorship of Nick Branchal. After his retirement, the group had several different directors.”

Mariachi el Tigre is now under the directorship of Martínez, who has been a music teacher for the last 12 years and previously directed Mariachi Questa. Martínez was also a member of the very first Mariachi el Tigre in 1981. He said he considers himself fortunate to have the assistance of Branchal and Audrey Davis (violin instructor). “This year, Mariachi El Tigre had the privilege of performing for the 2017 State Legislature Enchanted Circle Day and the 2016 New Mexico Hispano Music Awards show. This group is comprised of 20 high school students. Their goal is to continue growing as a mariachi, as musicians and to continue entertaining the public with the music they love.”

For more information, call (575) 779-1255.

Estelle Laure book signing

Taos author Estelle Laure will sign copies and read from her book, “But Then I Came Back,” Saturday (April 8), 2-3:30 p.m., at Op. Cit. Books in the John Dunn Shops at 124-A Bent St. “From the author of ‘This Raging Light’ comes the story of Eden Jones, a 17-year-old girl who feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident,” reads a press release.

“Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is she brave enough to face a world that’s bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed?” Free admission. Call (575) 751-1999.

Improvisation showcase at THS

The Taos High School Drama Department will present an improvisation showcase Friday and Saturday (April 7-8) and April 14-15 at 7 p.m. Location is the Taos High School Little Theater, 135 Cervantes St. The showcase will highlight 16 THS drama students, one group of eight for the Friday night shows and another group of eight on the Saturday performances.

“The students will perform a series of improvised scenes for the audience. All scenes will be created on the spot which means that no two shows will be the same,” drama teacher Adam Overley said in a press release. “The audience is sure to laugh and enjoy the exciting dynamics of this style of improvised performance.”

Tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Taos High School Drama Department and help to fund the next school year.

Passover explained

Judah Botzer will be giving a presentation about Passover on Saturday (April 8), 11 a.m., at the Taos Jewish Center, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite R.

His focus will be from “a linguistic perspective shedding light on the epic biblical story of the Exodus through a unique look at the Hebrew roots that embody the narrative. Joseph, Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh will come to life, maybe as never before, as the encrypted code of their very names begins to unravel. The symbology of the seder plate will also take on a fresh, profound exploration.”

Botzer says, “You don’t have to be Jewish to attend, though maybe afterwards you will wish you were.”

Joseph Howard will open this free event with guitar music. For information, call (575) 751-0779.

Final Taos Shortz announces winners

“It’s a wrap, folks.” That’s what Anna Cosentine, Taos Shortz Film Fest founder-director, said Monday (April 3) about the last event in its 10-year run. “The Fare-Thee-Well festival ended with celebration and gratitude for 10 years of amazing global cinema.”

At the closing night award ceremony Sunday (April 2), these films were dubbed the best:

• Best emerging artist: “Citipati” from Andreas Felix, Germany.

• People’s choice: “The Chop” from Lewis Rose, United Kingdom.

• Honorable mention: “Shy Guys” from Fredric Lehne, USA.

• Documentary: “Alive and Kicking-The Grannies of South Africa” from Lara Ann De-Wet, South Africa-USA.

• Honorable mention: “Boxeadora” from Meg Smaker, USA-Cuba.

• Dramatic fiction: “Balcony” from Toby Fell-Holden, United Kingdom.

• Honorable mention: “A New Home” from Ziga Virc, Slovenia.

• Comedy fiction: “Gorilla” from Tibo Pinsard, France.

• Honorable mention: “The Driving Seat” from Phil Lowe, United Kingdom.

• Animation: “Fruit” from Gerhard Funk, Germany, and “Nimmer” from Lieven Vanhove, Belgium.

• Out of the ordinary: “Black Ring” from Hasan Can Dagli, Turkey, and “#Selfie” from David M Lorenzz, Germany.

• Director’s choice: “The Knackerman” from Tom Shrapnel, United Kingdom.