Santa Fe tidbits: Frederica von Stade named to O’Keeffe Museum’s Women of Distinction and more…

Frederica von Stade at the Santa Fe Opera's 50th anniversary gala in 2006, Photo/Ken Howard Courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera

Last week was a busy one in Santa Fe. Both the first annual Winter Fiesta and the fourteenth ARTFeast brought our lots of people. The momentum continues with New Mexico Restaurant Week in full swing. It started in Las Cruces last week and is now in Taos until Sunday March 6th. The last day in Taos is the first in Santa Fe where dining bargains can be had until the 13th. The Duke City’s batting clean-up with participating Albuquerque restaurants offering dining deals March 13th to the 20th. Make reservations early, last year we didn’t and missed the restaurant of our choice. Besides great dining deals, there are tastings, cooking demonstrations and more. Santa Fe has a full roster of interesting events scheduled.

Last night, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum announced the 2011 winner of their Women of Distinction Award. The honor went to world renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. The award will be presented to Flicka, as she is known to family, friends and fans, in Santa Fe on August 7th. Proceeds from the event, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, benefit the Museum’s Art and Leadership Program for Girls and Boys. Women of Distinction, began in 2007, the Museum’s 10th anniversary, takes the form of anon-stage interview. Fellow opera singer, Joyce DiDonato will conduct the Q and A with her friend Flicka. The evening will begin with the newly retired diva (her last performance was at Carnegie Hall, April 2010) honoring those present with her singing.

Von Stade made her Santa Fe Opera debut in the Marriage of Figaro in 1971. Another legendary singer also made her debut that night; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. While Von Stade has not performed at the Santa Fe Opera in years, she maintains close ties and was here for their 50th anniversary celebration in 2007. The Women of Distinction program, now in its fifth year, honors women who are leaders in male-dominated fields. O’Keeffe, a strong believer in women’s equality said, “I long for a world where man and women can stand equal under the sky.” The Women of Distinction program honors that thought.

More dining news:

Matt Ostrander, executive chef at Luminaria, Inn and Spa at Loretto, Photo courtesy: Inn and Spa at Loretto

Luminaria, the restaurant at the Four-Diamond Inn and Spa at Loretto, has a new Executive Chef, Matt Ostrander. He’s a veteran of the hotels kitchen, working  there with former Executive Chef, Brian Cooper. Born and raised in Santa Fe, Ostrander started his cooking career locally. His CV is a who’s who of local kitchens; Geronimo, The Compound and 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar are a few of the local places he honed his craft. Ostrander’s influenced by three cuisines; French, contemporary American and southwestern. He brings an unusual culinary twist; he has a degree in Ayurveda. He’ll incorporate the principals of this ancient system into his cooking. Using this knowledge,, he plans to create new seasonal menus including low-calorie dining options and a new heart-healthy kids menu. More good news: he has a strong commitment to fresh, local, organic and sustainable ingredients. He and his team will be introducing a new menu sometime in April. Stay tuned.

A new casual restaurant’s opening March 1st on Route 14 (the Turquoise Trail), south of Santa Fe, opposite Lone Butte. CJ’S Café will be serving burgers and steaks from beef raised at neighboring Bonanza Ranch, hand-cut fries and chips, NY deli-style sandwiches, soups, salads and Mexican dishes. In addition, there will be specials, Wi-Fi and good local coffee. Hours are: Tuesday to Friday from 11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Saturdays from 10:00a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays 10:00a.m. to to 5:00p.m. Call ahead for takeout. 505-471-2925.

Music and Dance

Joseph Watson, Emily Proctor, Billie Cannon of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, photo/Rosalie O'Connor

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is coming back to town after a three-week sold-out tour that included NYC, Boston and Minneapolis. They’re performing in Santa Fe, Friday March 11th and Saturday the 12th. They’re celebrating their 15th anniversary season with the debut of two new ballets from up-and-coming choreographers. Premiering are: Where We Left Off ,by Nicolo Fonte and Stamping Ground by Jiri Kylian. Cayetano Soto’s Uneven, completes the program. Both performances are 7:30p.m at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, you saw him win his 2nd Oscar for Best Song at the Academy Awards, now you can see him in Santa Fe. An Evening with Randy Newman, takes the stage at the intimate Lensic Performing Arts Center Monday March 14th at 7:30p.m. Newman, a singer/songwriter, has been writing and performing for over forty years. His songs have been covered by Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, the Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Linda Ronstadt, Three Dog Night, Etta James, Peggy Lee, and more. The variety of singing styles represented by that group is a tribute to Newman’s versatility.

Odds and Ends

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is sponsoring a two-afternoon workshop on Creativity and Sustainability Saturday March 12th and Sunday the 13th from 12:30p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Museum Education Annex, 123 Grant Avenue. The museum’s website explains the premise: “Sustainability is the capacity for systems to endure over time. Can an artist’s practice have contemporary relevance and incorporate sustainable ways of working that are ecologically sensitive to the environment?” The workshop is led by Eve Andrée Laramée, interdisciplinary artist and professor of art at Maryland Institute College of Art. The hands-on workshop “will explore creativity and sustainability through historical connections with O’Keeffe, and also through nature, land/landscape, space/place, sustainable architecture, and water issues”. The cost is $75, members; $65 for Museum Business Partners. Enrollment is limited; registration ends March 8th.

Attention anglers: want to get rid of your fishing gear and get some new stuff? It’s time for The Reel Life’s “Annual Garage Sale” The event runs from March 5th though the 12th. Bring in items you want to sell (they are accepting them now). If they sell, you get a Reel Life gift card for the entire amount. The Reel Life suggests showing up the first day of the sale for the best selection. An added bonus, they’ll be serving refreshments the first day

Know about something coming up in Santa Fe? Let us know.

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One Response to “Santa Fe tidbits: Frederica von Stade named to O’Keeffe Museum’s Women of Distinction and more…”

  1. Ted Nelson
    March 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

    Information packed post on movies, eating, and singing.

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