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Subhankar Banerjee explains the impact of climate change to areas of Alaska tundra and the New Mexican high desert surrounding Taos. Banerjee's appearance at a special tour on Tuesday (Dec. 3) was in conjunction with an exhibition of his large environmental photographs titled 'Long Environmentalism,' which opens to the public Friday (Dec. 13) at the Harwood Museum of Art.
Art

Museum celebrates Larry Bell at 80

The Harwood Museum of Art kicks off its winter season this weekend with a banquet of work from four featured New Mexico artists: Larry Bell, Subhankar Banerjee, Dean Pulver and Beatrice Mandelman.
Cast members pose for a photo Monday (Dec. 2) during a rehearsal of the radio play 'You Can't Take It With You.'
Theater

Dinner and one great show

Taos Onstage and the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership have collaborated on a delicious holiday radio play and dinner theater.
‘Tough Pioneer Women’ is a series of new paintings by Elizabeth Jose, a British artist living in Taos, that will open Friday (Dec. 13) at Sage Fine Art Gallery on Taos Plaza.
Entertainment

What's happening in Taos?

The season of giving is certainly underway, which means various celebrations are underway. Whether it's something rooted in New Mexico's venerable cultures, buying gifts, or just simply enjoying some fine music and works of art, Taos has it going on. Here's a little sample of happenings in and around town:
Tempo Music
National Guard personnel move boxes of food on loading day during the Taos Feeds Taos distribution in 2015.
Music

Music that feeds the body and soul

Hunger in Taos County is a chronic problem. For 34 years, Taos Feeds Taos has worked to alleviate hunger during the winter holiday season. To support their efforts, the Taos band Last to Know has held an annual benefit concert and food drive. This year marks the 12th annual benefit concert, and opens with Foggy Memory Boys followed by Last to Know.
After almost a year of work, The Blues Rockets' first album, 'I Used to Have Fun,' is ready for release.
Music

Blues Rockets launch their first record

When it's right, it's right. Jackson Price, founder of Big Swing Theory, was raised on the blues. Even with his successful swing band, he found that he still needed another outlet.
Part of the production staff pose for a photo during shooting in Taos Ski Valley.
Video

Locals make video to inspire change

What happens when diverse members of a small community come together to create uplifting music? The answer is in "To the Mountaintop," a new video project.
Tempo Culture
The town of Taos-sponsored Tree Lighting Ceremony features singing, dancing and a whole lot more.
Holidays

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's hard to believe we're smack in the middle of the 2019 holiday season, but here we are. The last 12 months have flown by fast and furious as we've nevertheless paused during the last week to count and celebrate the abundant blessings we have here in town, especially with our family, friends, and neighbors.
Locals and visitors take in the sights during the annual Lighting Ledoux holiday event. Ledoux Street contains a number of shops and two museums.
Holidays

Lighting Ledoux, a homegrown holiday tradition

In considering the many December festivities throughout town, Lighting Ledoux is one of the most anticipated and, well, enchanting.
Many Taoseños and visitors make attending the annual tree lighting ceremony at the 'livingroom of Taos,' a family tradition.
Holidays

Taos Inn shares its own brand of holiday magic

There's no time during the year when the Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn feels more like the "living room of Taos" than during the holiday season, and Saturday (Dec. 7) will not disappoint.
Tempo Film
Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in 'Harriet,' a film directed by Kasi Lemmons.
Movies

Now showing in Taos: ‘Harriet’

Clearly, director Kasi Lemmons had a monumental weight thrust upon her shoulders to depict the life and times of American hero Harriet Tubman (1822-1913). In every scene, one feels the director's intense desire to "get it right" because the world would certainly judge every frame and utterance for their authenticity and faithfulness to this important, yet largely unknown, historical figure.
The cast of "Knives Out" (2019) includes, from left, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, K Callan, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Toni Collette and Katherine Langford.
Movies

Now showing in Taos: ‘Knives Out’

This one might seem like a low budget production as it opens, but there are no credits so you don’t know who’s in it at first or even what it’s called. This is a clever way of ...
Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) disarms Olaf (Josh Gad) in a scene from 'Frozen II.'
Movies

Now showing in Taos: ‘Frozen II’

Lightning rarely strikes twice in animated movies, and now with the “Disney Princess Movie” imprint to uphold, the motive to electrify audiences for the new “Frozen II” movie is even more imperative ...
Tempo Books
Brian Allan Skinner says he first visited Northern New Mexico in 1960 at age 11 while on a cross-country train trip aboard the Santa Fe Chief with his grandmother.
Books

'Weird Santa' and other tales to be read

One is a 70-year-old published author. The other is a 13-year-old aspiring writer. Both will be reading from their work — which includes the provocatively titled "Weird Santa" — on Friday (Dec. 6), 7 p.m., at The Society of the Muse of the Southwest, a.k.a. SOMOS, at 108 Civic Plaza Drive.
Catherine Strisik has a poetry project called 'Poetry in Nature.' This involves placing nature poems on stones, walls and pillars in natural environment locations around Taos written by living poets of Taos County.
Books

New Taos poet laureate named

Longtime Taos resident Catherine Strisik has been named the new Taos poet laureate, according to an announcement from Jan Smith, executive director of the local Society of the Muse of the Southwest, also known as SOMOS.
Author Erika T. Wurth is of Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee heritage. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University. Her other publications include the novel 'Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend,' two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, 'Buckskin Cocaine.'
Book Review

Book chronicles a beautiful tragedy

Erika T. Wurth's newest novel, "You Who Enter Here," is not your typical New Mexico story. There are no farmers or curanderas, no historical figures or famous artists. There are no scenic backdrops with rivers and mountains and old adobe homes.

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