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Tidbits: Santa Fe dining, music and more…

The weather is beautiful in Santa Fe. It’s my favorite time of year here. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, the days are comfortable and nights mostly stay above freezing. It’s a great time to come visit.

Santa Fe dining

The recently opened Vivre will change identity yet again, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe dining:
The Santa Fe restaurant  scene has been really crazy this year and the year’s just started. There have been lots of comings and goings and there’s more. Vivre, the French bistro that replaced Trattoria Nostrani, is being sold to Peas ‘n’ Pod, a local catering company started by Glenda Griswold and Catherine O’Brien in 1996. Griswold says the opportunity was sudden and they jumped on it. When asked what they are planning for the space she said they were still working on that. Stay tuned.

Vivre will be open for another few months. Chef/owner Nelli Maltezos, says there will be some great wine deals as they still have some of Trattoria’s Italian list left and want to reduce the inventory.

Speaking of wine, Arroyo Vino, started as a wine shop over a year ago, has added a restaurant. Mark Connell formerly of Max’s and Tomme is at the stove. And speaking of Tomme, Chef Joseph Wrede has departed. He’s looking for a spot to open his own Santa Fe eatery. Is your head spinning yet?

Santa Fe music

Dynamic piano duo, Anderson and Roe, photo/courtesy The  Lensic Performing Arts Center

Santa Fe Music:
Join the Santa Fe Symphony at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 21st at 4pm. Piano duo Anderson & Roe (Greg Anderson and Liz Roe), will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The Southampton Press described the pair as the “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard,” Also on the program, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.  Guest Conductor Oriol Sans will lead the orchestra. There is a pre-concert talk at 3pm.

Santa Fe Concert Association Presents Signum Quartet

On Thursday, April 25, the Santa Fe Concert Association presents the Signum Quartet. The group, hailing from Germany, will perform at The St. Francis Auditorium at 7:30pm (with a pre-concert talk at 6:30). The program: Haydn’s String quartet in D minor op.76 No.2 Hob.III:76, Suk’s Meditation on an old Czech hymn “St. Wenceslas” for quartet  and Schubert ‘s String quartet in D minor D 810 (Death and the Maiden). As always, SFCA offers half-price tickets to students.

Santa Fe Music

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater touring with Monterey Jazz  photo/courtesy Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Monterrey Jazz festival is celebrating its 55th anniversary.  On April 25th at 7:30pm, the Lensic Performing Arts Center and Outpost Performance Space join forces to present the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration. The band includes vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist and musical director Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Chris Potter, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

Santa Fe music

Ozomatli to perform at SFUAD, photo/Christian Lantry

Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s (SFUAD) Artists for Positive Social Change presents LA-based fusion band Ozomatli in concert on Saturday, April 27the at 9pm outdoors on their Bandstand on the Quad.  “Doors” open at 6pm and student opening acts begin at 7pm. There will be food vendors on site. Tickets must be bought in advance; none will be sold onsite at the event.

Tickets for all the above concerts are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe performing arts:
The Santa Fe University of Art and Design is a great community resource. This hotbed of talented students and faculty often opens their doors to the community. Next up, the Tony Award-nominated musical, Once on this Island. Think The Little Mermaid meets the Caribbean. Performances are Friday through Sunday, April 19th through the 21st, and the Friday through Sunday, April 26th through the 28th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm and Sunday matinees are at 2pm. Complete ticket information is on their website.

Also at SFUAD, the third annual Outdoor Vision Fest will be held on Friday, April 26th from 8:45 to 10:45 p.m.  Works by student graphic designers, animators, filmmakers, photographers and interactive multimedia artists will be projected at night onto the sides the school’s Visual Arts Center. An electroacoustic music concert will accompany some of the media projections. There will be food vendors on site. Admission is free and open to the public.

Santa Fe performance art

Wise Fool new Mexico will  perform at the Railyard, photo/courtesy Wise Fool

Wise Fool New Mexico will premier SeeSaw, combining acrobatics, dance and aerial performances, on Friday, May 3rd at 8pm and Saturday, May 4th at both 1pm and 8pm kicking off a national and international tour. All performances are be held at the Railyard and admission is free, but the group will gratefully accept donations. If you aren’t familiar with them, Wise Fool New Mexico, formed in 1998, is a non-profit theater arts project. Their mission is to “ignite imagination, build community and promote social justice through performances and hands on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry and theater.”

Santa Fe art

“Encircled” by sculptor Gino Miles, photo/courtesy Beals & Abbate Fine Art

Santa Fe art:
Beals & Abbate Fine Art has a very proactive approach to promoting art in Santa Fe. We’ve talked about it before. They are hosting their latest Meet the Artist dinner on Thursday, April 25th in conjunction with the Eldorado Hotel & Spa at the hotel from 6 to 9pm. The featured artist is sculptor Gino Miles. Reservations must be made in advance. The following evening the gallery at 713 Canyon road hosts an opening of Miles work. The show, 60/40, is a retrospective of Gino’s works covering 40 of his 60 years.

Meet Santa Feans, George and Sedena Cappannelli , authors of Do Not Go Quietly, A Guide To Living Consciously and Aging Wisely For People Who Weren’t Born Yesterday on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 pm at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse (202 Galisteo Street). They will be talking about their book which offers “Straight talk, valuable life strategies, practical tools and inspiring messages for the 150 million Americans who will soon be 50 years and older.” (and those approaching that milestone).

Santa Fe museums

Docent Pat Kulholf guiding a walking tour, photo/courtesy New Mexico History Museum

The New Mexico History Museum starts its walking tours on Monday April 22nd. Tours, which are $10, meet at the Blue Gate on Lincoln Avenue adjacent to the museum. They are offered Monday through Saturday at 10am, are about two hours long and will run until mid-October. Year round you can arrange a private walking tour through our tour business The Santa Fe Traveler.

That’s it for another edition of Tidbits. If you have any Santa Fe news for us, let us know.


6 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe dining, music and more…”

  1. Bobby Beals
    April 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

    Thank you for mentioning our event at The Eldorado Hotel & Spa featuring Gino Miles! Also, we love Ozomotli and I’m excited to see them! Your tidbits are really great! Thanks again!

    • Billie Frank
      April 18, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      Thanks, Bobby. Always a pleasure. You do so much to promote art creatively in Santa Fe. As you know, we’re big fans.

  2. Leigh
    April 18, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

    What a lot you’ve got going on right now in Santa Fe. I like this tidbit section - even if it might be a while before I’m back. It really does give you a sense of the city. Calgary has also gone crazy with restaurants coming & going. It’s hard to keep them straight.
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    • Billie Frank
      April 19, 2019 at 6:54 am #

      I’d love to visit Calgary. I noticed from your blog and others that there are some exciting dining spots to check out- but I’m coming when it’s summer!

  3. Marisol@TravelingSolemates
    April 20, 2019 at 8:54 am #

    I was in Santa Fe last September for work. I fell in love with the old town. It’s so charming and I was surprised with wide array of excellent dining options and activities. I’d love to go back with my husband to explore it more. The things you have mentioned above even made me more excited to return.
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    • Billie Frank
      April 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

      It’s w wonderful place to visit (and to live). Bring your husband back and explore. The blog has a lot of Santa Fe info for planning. Let us know if you plan to come back.

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