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Santa Fe tidbits: kid stuff, folk art, Coyote Cafe, Michelle Shocked and more

If you love the Quecha Indians as much I do, put this screening on your calendar. Sunday, May 1st at 2pm,  the Museum of International Folk Art is showing Director Andrea Heckman’s 2006 award-winning documentary, Ausungate. The well-researched film, named for the sacred mountain of southern Peru’s Quechan people, reveals how their weavers encode symbolic images into their textiles. The event is in conjunction with the just-opened exhibition, Folk Art of the Andes. The film is free with museum admission ($9). Sundays New Mexico residents are free with ID. The director will be present to talk about the film and answer questions.

Qhapac Negra dancers st the Paucartambo Festival, Photo/Andrea Heckman, courtesy Museum of International Folk Art

Children’s news:

Do you have or know children between ages six and twelve? The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is holding an art contest for their quarterly Xpress magazine. According to their website “The winning entry has a chance of being on the cover of the September Xpress magazine. Other winning entries will be featured in the September issue of the magazine.” The deadline is May 6th. Contest rules are on their website.

Santa Fe Children's Museum, photo/Steve Collins

The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is holding a series of children’s camps this summer. Sessions are Monday through Friday; begin June 6th and go through August 12th. Age-specific camps include: art, insects, dinosaurs, the skies, gardening and more. Contact the museum for more information. The museum is currently closed for the last phase of their much-needed expansion. They reopen May 6th.


While the name Michelle Shocked is not a household name, she is in our home. We’ve been fans for years and we’ll be sitting on a bench in the New Mexico Museum of Art’s St. Francis Auditorium when alto-rocker singer/songwriter takes the stage on Wednesday May 11th at 7pm. Tickets, available from Tickets Santa Fe, are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, if any are left.

Michelle Shocked and Peter O'Toole, photo/Andrea Schlockven


The rooftop Cantina at the iconic Coyote Café, made famous by Chef Mark Miller, is open for the season. It’s a great place for a casual lunch, dinner or drinks. And speaking of drinks, the restaurant opened their new bar, The Den a few weeks ago.

There’s a new restaurant going into the digs of the former Palace Restaurant. The historic location was last occupied by the failed Señor Lucky’s which closed over four years ago. Texas businessman, David Bigby, reportedly leased the spot and is planning to reopen it but won’t say what kind of food the restaurant will serve; he’s waiting to get the concept from the chef he hires.


Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels does it again. There are two avant-garde events planned for the next few weeks. Friday, April 29th between 5 and 7pm is the official opening of a photo exhibit by Anne Staveley. According to the gallery, she’s Santa Fe’s preeminent black and white portrait photographer. Staveley is installing huge portraits of local teens on the western exterior wall of Warehouse 21 in the Railyard. The exhibit, co-sponsored by the venue, a haven for teens, will remain through the summer.

Anne Staveley installing her project at W21, photo Lydia Gonzales

The following week, Performance artist Madelin Coit will seal herself in the 1970s step-van that houses the gallery and read from the children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows. Folks will be able to see her through a window and hear her courtesy of roof-mounted speakers. They’ll be at the Railyard Plaza Friday May 6th from 5 to 7pm; at the Farmers Market on the next day from 9am to 1pm. Later that day they’ll be at the San Isidro off Zaferano Drive and Sunday at the Santa Fe Library’s Downtown Branch.

The Great Outdoors:

In these parts, April means rafting. If you love getting out in nature and want to be on the Rio Grande River, it’s that time again. If you want to book a day or half-day on the river, here’s a Santa Fe-based company (Kokopelli Rafting Adventures) offering rafting trips and one that used to be in Santa Fe (New Wave Rafting) and moved north. Taos also has rafting companies. They all run the same trips for the most part.

If you know any Santa Fe happenings or news to share, 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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