Tempo's Taos Talent 2020
We at Tempo know how frustrating it must be for our creative community at this time. Gigs and performances have been cancelled, the theaters are dark and no one likes to create in a vacuum. Of course we live in a digital age, and Instagram is already abuzz with virtual performances, and now we too are offering local talent a unique opportunity to get your work to a larger audience, via our online site.
Violinist Rachel Penn sent us this one:
Peggy Nes shares a reflective and timely piece:
A bit of levity from Bob Aldo:
A funky, trippy cool instrumental submitted by Laguna Menta:
Tenney Whedon Walsh shares some music she wrote for these times:
Margaret Nes sent this in, combining some of her artwork and piano music:
Rachel Penn shares a clip from Taos Inn:
There's long been talk of an art renaissance in Taos. It seems counterintuitive when isolation is the mantra, and everything is closed. Taos artist Máye Torres said she thinks the time is ripe.
How self-imposed quarantine affects artists is something Tempo was wondering last week: how they're dealing with the self-imposed solitude and how different that solitude is from their normal creative space.
Easter and Passover are part of ancient Spring Equinox rites celebrating the spectacle of rebirth, renewal, divinity of the radiant dawn and all that brings joy and blessings.
To honor this annual new beginning, Kit Carson Road galleries are planning (tentatively as of press time) to offer music, refreshment and open doors from 4 to 7:30 p.m. this Saturday (March 21).
The Paseo Project is pleased to announce PPAIR: The Paseo Project Artist-in-Residence program. This opportunity, new for 2020, supports sending Taos-based artists on a fully-funded residency program to develop their work. For 2020, The Paseo Project is offering a one-month artist residency at the world-renowned Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont.
Zoë Zimmerman is an acclaimed art photographer who has lived in Taos since she was seven years old. Born in New York City and raised on the south side of Taos, she has received renown internationally as a fine art photographer since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986.
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Like musicians everywhere, those in Taos find themselves suddenly unemployed and at home. Here's what they're doing with themselves:
It's a different world than last week, and by the time you read these words, more will have changed as we take active steps to ward off the common threat of a microscopic virus, and the isolation that comes with it.
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Amid the current COVID-19 crisis, Taos Plaza resembles the quiet cobblestone center of a dusty ole sagebrush town. Smoke Signals, one of the few beacons of commerce still available to the dwindling number of visitors, reluctantly opened its doors for a few hours to conduct this interview.
'Tortilla Soup from scratch, chiffon and kitten heels' was the post from a friend who's found a way to have fun while in "lockdown." Another emphasized her absolute need for lipstick to be ready for her day.
The moon in Gemini early next week has wide-ranging and different implications for each sign. Read further to see what this moon means for you:
People could say it sure sounds like a great Indian name. But, the owners and operators of Bison Star Naturals don't want you to see them, as just another Native-owned business.
Update, Wednesday, March 18: The Taos art colony will steadfastly continue through lockdown, and the galleries who show the work of many of the talented artists who live here are prepared to keep their doors open to continue bringing some beauty and meaning into these dark days. Others are more wary.
The main uncertainty regarding the coronavirus outbreak for Taos is how big it will get, and how fast. The Centers for Disease Control says that “many people in the United States will at some point, either this year or next, get exposed to this virus.”
Tempo asked a few food purveyors, restaurants and coffee shops how they are handling customers and customer service at this time.
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It was inevitable: the smell of Purell would always remind her of the winter of 2020. Maybe that will be the first line of my novel about life during the great coronavirus pandemic.
Along with a zombie apocalypse and being abducted by aliens, one of the top fears people have is public speaking, even actors. The ability to deliver an effective speech or sales pitch and to read from a novel in a way that engages an audience are believed to be talents one is born with.
Levi Romero says he used to be a closet poet. Being a poet and a young Chicano male did not seem to go together. That is, until he recognized how much language and the love of stories lay at the heart of both his culture and the art of poetry.
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It had to happen. Both movie theaters in Taos have closed for the time being in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Taos Center for the Arts has closed both its Stables Gallery and …
Taos Pueblo filmmakers interested in developing their media-arts projects are eligible to receive funding through the newly established Senator John Pinto Memorial Filmmakers Fund. Individual Native filmmakers can use funds toward any aspect of production. This can include, film, TV, video games or audio visual projects.
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