Santa Fe tidbits: food, photography, art and music

Epazote, Santa Fe, NM, Photo/ Steve Collins

Spring is trying its best to come to Santa Fe and, after an unusually chilly winter, we are enjoying the warmth. A little snow overnight melted off by mid-morning. It’s great weather for Santa Fe Restaurant Week now in full swing. Dining bargains abound through Sunday March 13th. Then the action goes south to Albuquerque for final week of the month-long event. Duke City diners and, in fact, people from all over can enjoy great food at great prices from March 13th through 20th.

Art, dining and music:

Epazote, one of our favorite restaurants in town has teamed up with Henington Fine Art. The New World cuisine dining spot occupies a historic building, the former convent for the Sanctuario de Guadelupe, located across Agua Fria Street. It’s a big building and Chef/owner Fernando Olea wasn’t using it all. Henington Fine Art, formerly on Canyon Road, has moved into the unoccupied side of the building and turned it into a gallery. And as if that isn’t enough, the two are joining forces to present Santa Fe guitarist Ramon Bermudez Jr. every Thursday and Friday from 7p.m. to 9p.m., Come by and engage all your senses.

More art:

What if you’re selling real estate and have an empty listing? An unoccupied property is not inviting to prospective buyers. Local Realtors, Malissa Kullberg and Joshua Maes have an answer; the Changing Gallery. The pair uses their listings, when appropriate, to showcase art, photography and music from local, emerging artists. They provide these up and comers, who have not yet made it into galleries and local music venues, a place to showcase their work.

New Orleans Tuba Player, Photo/Marc Malin

Their newest show Wee OK: Documentary Photographs of New Orleans opens Saturday, March 12th from 4p.m. to 8p.m. in their current gallery at the Palace Grocery Store, 853 East Palace Avenue in Santa Fe. The exhibit showcases the work of Grace Berge and Marc Malin. Kullberg describes the show, “Katrina remains New Orleans’ indelible shadow, the top note and backbeat to any discussion of the city. But New Orleans is a city of deep, rich, dimensional culture and a wellspring of American music. Changing Gallery’s next exhibition offers two photographic perspectives on life in New Orleans: the dark destruction post Katrina and the enveloping joy of the music scene.” Berge was in NOLA three weeks after Hurricane Katrina; her photos were taken in November 2005. She was there to volunteer with the Common Ground Health Clinic, what she calls a “gorilla clinic,” that sprang up in the Algiers neighborhood, after the hurricane. Over five years later, it is still going strong. While she was there, Berge used her camera  to document the hurricane’s destruction. Malin, has been visiting NOLA at least once a year for the last ten years. He says that he is drawn by the music and the food. His photos in the show are all post-Katrina.

Wee OK, New Orleans, LA, Photo/Grace Berge

And, as if Malin wasn’t talented enough, his group, Marc and Mike’s Country Blues Revue, provides the evening’s music.  The exhibit runs through March 27th. To view the show after the opening, call Kullberg at 505-231-7598.


Sambaguru, a dynamic group of musicians from Brazil, Sri Lanka, and the United States, has been playing their original music since 1997. You can hear them at the Lensic Performing Arts Center Sunday, March 13th at 7 p.m.  According to the group’s website, “Their rich and extensive repertoire arises from the huge diversity in approaches and techniques that distinguish the personal and regional backgrounds of each band member. It is a vibrant band that has its own stylistic inner tensions among these players from widely separated areas of the globe who share a love of Brazilian music. The result is a musical experience of remarkable depth and quality.” Tickets are available at Tickets Santa Fe or the Lensic box office.

If you know anything happening in Santa Fe, let us know.

Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

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7 Responses to “Santa Fe tidbits: food, photography, art and music”

  1. Grace
    March 8, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

    thanks Billie, looks great. oh and the hours are 4 to 8 pm, not 7 pm.

  2. Billie Frank
    March 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words, Grace and thanks for sharing your wonderful Wee Okay photo with our readers. I know the show will be a great success. Time corrected.

  3. Malissa Kullberg
    March 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

    GREAT post, Billie. Beautifully fleshes out the background behind Grace’s work. Thanks for the plug and your efforts as an ambassador for the cultural banquet of Santa Fe.

    • Billie Frank
      March 8, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

      What a great comment, Malissa. I love promoting Santa Fe and because I love it so much, it’s easy. The Changing Gallery is providing a great opportunity for local artists. Thanks for providing that service to the community.

  4. Karen
    March 9, 2019 at 6:01 am #

    BTW, restaurant week includes Louisiana specials at Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Last night was Fat Tuesday-crawfish and gumbo were great!

  5. Billie Frank
    March 9, 2019 at 8:23 am #

    Didn’t know Cowgirl did Louisiana- but makes sense since it was Mardi Gras. BTW- they now use the name Cowgirl BBQ- Hall of Fame was retired a few years ago. Loved the old name.

  6. Charles Higgins
    March 10, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

    Great eats..great options…


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