Santa Fe Tidbits: New Mexico Jazz Festival and more….

We’re glad to be back home in Santa Fe after a week in beautiful Colorado. We shouldn’t have left town in the middle of the summer season, but we really needed a break. We had a wonderful time at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, The Cliff House in Manitou Springs and Aspen Meadows resort in chic Aspen. Our last stop was TBEX a travel blogger conference in Keystone, one of the state’s many ski resorts. Meanwhile back at the ranch, we have a lot to catch you up on.

Music news:

The 7th annual New Mexico Jazz Festival takes place July 13th through the 29th in venues in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The 17 day music extravaganza is a collaboration of Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space, Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation. On Tuesday, July 17 from 6 to 9pm, there’s a free concert featuring The Doug Lawrence Organ Trio with Dan Trudell. Local group Busy McCarroll & the Ambassadors of Pleasure will open for them. On Saturday July 21st, from 2 to 10:30pm the Route 66 Summerfest is happening on three stages set up in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill section. There will be 25 acts featuring over 100 musicians. The event’s headliners, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, takes the main stage at 9pm. Tickets are available from the Outpost, the Lensic box offices or Tickets Santa Fe.


Video of Regina Carter who’ll be performing at the New Mexico Jazz Festival

The Santa Fe Opera begins its 56th season on Friday, June 29th. The opening night production is Puccini’s Tosca. Between then and the closing performance on Saturday, August 25th, the company will present five operas in repertory. Besides Tosca, they are Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, Rossini’s Maometto II, Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger and Richard Strauss’ Arabella. The full schedule is here. This year, the performance starting times have been moved up. Traditionally, early summer performances were at 9pm after the sun set then changing to 8:30 and than 8 later in the season. This year, the start time is 8:30pm until August 1st when it goes to 8pm for the balance of the season.

Food and dining news:

Charles Dale, the Executive Chef at Terra, the restaurant at Santa Fe’s Encantado Resort (see below under Hotel news) is a really great guy who believes in giving back. To mark the 30th Anniversary of his culinary career he’s endowing the Charles Dale Scholarship. The fund, to be managed by the James Beard Foundation, will provide scholarships to culinary students in New Mexico, allowing them to apprentice in the top kitchens around the US. To kick off the fund, Chef Dale is hosting the first annual James Beard Foundation Charles Dale Scholarship Dinner on Tuesday, June 26th at Terra Restaurant. Dale, was mentored by some of the top chefs in the country and has in turn mentored up and coming chefs. He’s invited five of his protégés to each create a course for the dinner. The evening begins with a reception at 6pm and is followed by dinner at 7pm. The cost is $150 per person for James Beard Members and $175 per person for non-members. Seventy percent of the evening’s proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Reservations are required and can be made at (505) 946-5800.

Santa Fe dining Terra's Chef Charles Dale Photo courtesy Encantado

Executive Chef Charles Dale of Encantado in the garden, photo/courtesy Encantado

We mentioned a while back that Santa Fe is a finalist in the food category in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road 2012. The blogger who’ll be coming through town to check out the local culinary scene is Mike Shubic of Mike’s Road Trip. We hope he loves The City Different and our New Mexican and other great food as much as we do. Here’s to a Santa Fe win!

Santa Fe School of Cooking photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe School of Cooking moving to its new location on North Guadalupe Street, photo/Steve Collins

The very popular and successful Santa Fe School of Cooking is moving to a new location at 125 North Guadalupe (at the corner of Johnson Street) former home of the Awakening Museum and just down the street from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Their new digs offer two major benefits: almost twice the space of their current location and off-street parking. By the end of summer, there will be two kitchens; they are currently under construction. The larger one is for demonstration classes and the smaller is designed for hands-on classes. Outdoor cooking classes will be offered on the building’s patio. While the kitchens are being built, the resourceful school will be holding classes at a variety of venues all over town. The space, designed by Wayne Lloyd of Lloyd & Associates Architects, features contemporary Santa Fe style with lots of natural light from the buildings many windows. They will be open on or about July 1st. The school will be closed for a few days prior to moving. Check with them at (505) 983-5411 for the exact dates.

The newly renovated La Casa Sena is hosting an outdoor wine tasting on Saturday, June 23rd at 2pm. They’re keeping the wines being sampled a mystery, but LCS says they will complement summer grilling foods. The cost for the event is $20 per person. Each attendee will get a credit voucher for that amount (including tax) to spend in their wine shop. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 505-982-2121for more information and to secure your spot.

Hotel news:

Santa Fe hotels Encantado Resort, photo copyright Four Seasons

Four Seasons Encantado Resort, photo/copyright Four Seasons

A few weeks ago, Tidbits reported the rumor that the august Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was tapped as the new management company for the Four Diamond Encantado. Now it’s official. The luxe property will shortly be renamed Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. The original hostelry on the site, run by the legendary (at least locally), Betty Egan was called Rancho Encantado. Sometimes older is better. We’ve been assured that Chef Charles Dale will remain at the helm of the wonderful Terra restaurant there; fingers crossed. Cindy Racco, former Resort Manager at the historic Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in California, was named General Manager. Welcome to Santa Fe!

Art news:

Those wacky folks at Axle Contemporary are at it again. A bit of performance art in two parts is planned for Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd at 8pm. First up: Joseph Sanchez’s Indio Dali presenting rants promoters call, “very opinionated and critical of current descriptions of fine art.”  He’ll deliver a tirade about ecology, acceptable aesthetics and art themes while videos of a diverse range of media play in the background.

Santa Fe art Axle Contemporary the gallery on wheels, photo courtesy Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Next on the bill is gallery co-owner Jerry Wellman’s Winky Dink and You. If you are a Baby Boomer, you probably remember this kid’s program. Bill Gates called it the “the first interactive TV show.” It was VERY low-tech. To participate, you needed to buy the “magic drawing screen”, a large piece of vinyl that stuck to the television screen. You could then connect the dots the show provided to complete an image. Wellman “brings the 59-year old Winky Dink into our 21st century of remix and digital editing.” He’ll paint and draw on a video screen “in the spirit of the original series”.

New Mexico National Parks photo courtesy Bandelier National Monument

Some New Mexico parks under Stage II fire restrictins, photo/courtesy Bandelier National Monument

Last but not least: New Mexico is high and dry. We are currently are in extreme fires danger. The Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera and other places are under Stage II Fire Restrictions. If you want information on your National Park or National Forest destination anywhere in the southwest (or USA), it’s available here

If you have any Santa Fe area Tidbits to share, contact us.

 

Charles Dale, the Executive Chef at Terra, the restaurant at Santa Fe’s Encantado Resort (see below under Hotel news) is a really great guy who believes in giving back. To mark the 30th Anniversary of his culinary career he’s endowing the Charles Dale Scholarship. The fund, to be managed by the James Beard Foundation, will provide scholarships to culinary students in New Mexico, allowing them to apprentice in the top kitchens around the US. To kick off the fund, Chef Dale is hosting the first annual James Beard Foundation Charles Dale Scholarship Dinner on Tuesday, June 26th at Terra Restaurant. Dale, was mentored by some of the top chefs in the country and has in turn mentored up and coming chefs. He’s invited five of his protégés to each create a course for the dinner. The evening begins with a reception at 6pm and is followed by dinner at 7pm. The cost is $150 per person for James Beard Members and $175 per person for non-members. Seventy percent of the evening’s proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Reservations are required and can be made at (505) 946-5800.

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3 Responses to “Santa Fe Tidbits: New Mexico Jazz Festival and more….”

  1. Traveling Ted
    June 20, 2019 at 9:06 am #

    We are really dry here in the Midwest and the temps are scorching. Great report on summer happenings in Santa Fe.
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    • Billie Frank
      June 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm #

      Dry and scorching here, too. It’s getting really old!

  2. Pierre Santoro
    August 3, 2019 at 1:24 am #

    Thanks for the update in Santa Fe! I will be looking forward to some of these events you metioned if I can fit them in my schedule. Love your photos.

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