Santa Fe Tidbits: Halloween and more…

Santa Fe does it again. For the 21st year in a row, Conde Nast Traveler readers voted Santa Fe as one of their favorite travel destinations in the U.S.  It was cited in a number of categories in the survey. The most exciting is it came in at #4 for the top travel cities in the Top 10 Cities in the United States.  Come find out what the hoopla’s about. We can plan a very special Santa Fe experience for you.

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St Francis Cathedral Basilica. Santa Fe, NM, photo Steve Collins

Halloween happenings:
It’s almost Halloween. In a city where spirits are said to walk year-round, it’s business as usual. We have a few of Santa Fe’s most famous (and interesting) ghosts immortalized on our site. You can meet La Llorona, Julia Staab and Sister George on this blog or try to meet them in person if you’re in town.

The veils between the earth and the other-world are said to be thin this time of year. Many cultures celebrate it. The Irish have Samhain (pronounced Sow-an) and the Mexicans have their colorful El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) on November 2nd (All Souls Day). On this day they celebrate the dead leaving flowers, their favorite foods and more. Santa Fe, once part of Mexico, has many of that country’s traditions.

The International Folk Art Museum hosts  Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos  on Sunday, October 28th from 1 to 4pm. The all-ages celebration will feature sugar skull decorating, creation of memory boxes (muertos nichos), sweet bread to sample and music and dance. The museum encourages people to get into the spirit and come in costumes.  Regular museum admission gets you into the celebration. New Mexico residents are admitted to State museums for free on Sundays.

The old Border’s Book Store in Sambusco Center, at 500 Montezuma Street, comes alive on November 2nd  between 5 and 10 pm with the Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead Show & Celebration. There will be a Day of the Dead procession (wear your best skeletal gear), music, sacred Aztec dancing, skull painting and more. There will also be vendors with Muertos art objects and other merchandise. There will also be Muerto alters honoring those who have passed on.

Laboratory of Anthropology Library book sale photo courtesy Laboratory of Anthropology Library

2010 Laboratory of Anthropology Library book sale, photo/courtesy Laboratory of Anthropology Library

Other museum news:
Attention bibliophiles, collectors and dealers. The Museum of New Mexico’s Laboratory of Anthropology Library, will host their annual book sale on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th at the library on Museum Hill’s Milner Plaza from 10am to 4pm. People line up starting about 9am, so if you want a crack at the prizes among the 8,500 books that will be on sale, get there early.  There are a lot of 1st editions in the collection, many signed, including Allan Ginsberg’s Howl, Jack Kerouac’s Visions of Cody, and a large collection of signed Edward Gorey works. Many of the books in the sale come from the collection of late Samuel Larcombe. He was an eclectic collector and had an extensive collection with, according to librarian Allison Colborne, “superb focus on the Counter Culture movement, the Federal Writers’ Project/Works Progress Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps, fine arts and fine arts photography, as well as materials on New Mexico, Mexico, Spanish Colonial history and art, Central America, and more.” All books in the collection are said to be in “Fine as New” condition. Admission is $10 until 1pm on Saturday, $1 until 4pm and free on Sunday. For more information call Colborne at (505) 476-1264.

Santa Fe art Iron Spurs Ralph Sena, Califon, NJ, 2002, photo courtesy Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Iron Spurs, by Ralph Sena, photo/courtesy Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Metal and Mud, an exhibition featuring the work of 10 Spanish Market artists working in the media of iron and clay, opens at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts on Saturday, November 17th at 10:00am. The museum, also located on Museum Hill, will feature gallery talks by the artists between 2 and 4pm opening day. Both metal and micaceous clay (mud) were used by Spanish Colonial settlers to create the tools of everyday life. Contemporary artists, using the traditional techniques of hand-coiling and hand-forging, create both traditional objects and new forms out of these raw materials. The show runs through April 30, 2019.

Santa Fe art Bird by Emilee Lord, photo courtesy Axle Contemporary

“Like a drunken midnight choir”, drawing by Emilee Lord, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

One of my adolescent memories is walking in the Union Square BMT subway station in New York in 1963 and seeing posters that merely said, “The Birds is coming.” In these days when the Internet wasn’t even a gleam in anyone’s eye, we didn’t know it was a Hitchcock film that would change the way people looked at birds. Now they are coming to Santa Fe. Artist Emilee Lord’s exhibit Like a Drunken Midnight Choir features a flock of hand-drawn birds that will migrate around the world for the next six-months that according to Axle Contemporary, the gallery mounting the show, “they can place, use or dispose of as they like.” They invite bird picture recipients to, photograph their choice and upload it to a photo gallery they’ve created. Look out- the birds is coming! The show opens at the mobile gallery on November 2nd from 5 to 7pm in the Railyard and runs until November 25th. Check Axle’s website for the van’s location.

Santa De art Recycle Santa Fe photo Steve Collins

Turning trash into treasures at Recycle Santa Fe, photo/Steve Collins

Recycle Santa Fe, the annual show that features trash turned into treasures has a new venue this year. Previously held El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, the show moves north to the  Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy Street) this year.  The event, held from Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 4th, will feature vendors, a Trash Fashion Show and Costume Contest, as well as “make and take” art activities. Full details are on their website.

LUNAFEST®, a fundraising film festival that promotes awareness of women’s issues and  highlights women filmmakers, will take place at the Center for Contemporary Arts at 1050 Old Pecos Trail on Saturday, November 3rd  from 4 to 6pm:30. The event, hosted by Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, will feature a panel discussion followed by nine short films. LUNAFEST will travel to 150 cities this season, bringing women together to share both the individual and universal experiences of their gender.

Santa Fe music pianist  Per Tengstrand, photo courtesy Santa Fe Pro Musica

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents pianist Per Tengstrand, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Pro Musica

Santa Fe Pro Musica
presents Swedish pianist, Per Tengstrand in three concerts at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. On Friday, November 2nd at 7:30pm he’ll perform a concert featuring Franz Schubert’s Four Impromptus and Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor. On Saturday, November 4th at 6pm and Sunday November 4th at 3pm he’ll perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major. Santa Fe audiences have been treated to Tengstrand’s interpretation of Beethoven’s No1 and No.5 concertos in past seasons. Tickets ($20 to $65) can be purchased at the Santa Fe Pro Musica box office (505) 988-4640 ext. 1000, at The Lensic box office in person or via phone (505) 988-1234 or online from Tickets Santa Fe. Specially priced student, teacher and family tickets can be purchased only through the Pro Musica box office.

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