Music and Dance:
In a lot of ways, the 2009 movie Crazy Heart, belongs to Santa Fe. It was set and filmed here. Jeff Bridges won an Oscar as down-and-out Bad Blake. NM-born song-writer Ryan Bingham took home the gold as co-writer of the best original song, The Weary Kind with T Bone Burnett. His whiskey-voiced rendition hits your heart. You can hear him on Sunday, January 16th when he joins iconic Texas musician Joe Ely at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Ely, a member of The Flatlanders with fellow West Texas’ greats, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, has had a long career as a singer, songwriter and performer. His music’s been called rock, country and Americana. His Me and Billy the Kid is a classic. Fellow Texan, Terry Allen joins them for what should be a top-notch show.
The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra performs at the Lensic on Sunday, January 23rd at 4pm. The afternoon’s program presents works by three B’s: Brahms, Berlioz and Barber featuring violin soloist, violinist Michael Ludwig. He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.
St. John’s College is a great source for free concerts. Sunday, January 23rd at 3pm. Swedish born, New Mexico raised Pianist Elias-Axel Pettersson plays a program featuring the works of Chopin, Liszt, Scarlatti, and Schubert. Pettersson is a doctoral candidate in music at Université de Montréal. On Friday, February 4, the Palo Alto-based Ives Quartet presents a diverse program at 8pm.
Also at the Lensic, a busy spot this month, The Santa Fe Pro Musica has a mini-Beethoven Festival January 27th through 29th. It’s a diverse program, Thomas O’Connor conducts the diverse program, featuring pianist Per Tengstrand and violist Colin Jacobsen.
Santa Fe is home-base to extraordinary Flamenco dancer Juan Siddi. He takes up residence in the Maria Benetiz Theater at The Lodge of Santa Fe each summer. Now, you can now click your heels with the master. He’s offering a series of intermediate and intermediate/advanced classes starting January 22nd at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Studios. Beginners, for now, are out of luck. For schedule and information, call (505) 473 1638. Ole!
Dining and more:
The Ore House, a fixture on the historic Plaza, is closing its doors around the end of end of February. Don’t despair; they’re moving around the corner to 139 West San Francisco Street, currently the home of their other venue, Milagro 139. The result: The Ore House at Milagro. A.J. Gordon, manager of both eateries says, “Space will be doubled. If you think the Ore House is bustling now, imagine it double in size.” She’s really excited about the move. They’ll even have a private dining room for functions. Gordon says she and owner John Beaupre hope that the new incarnation will become a happening night-spot. Their plan; to get a specific music genre connected to a specific night so locals can say, “Oh, it’s Tuesday, blues night at the Ore House.”
The Pub and Grill at the Santa Fe Brewing Company is closed, at least for the winter. You can still grab a beer or a growler Monday through Saturday from 1pm to 10pm. at the brewery’s tap house. And they’ve opened the Tap House at the La Tienda complex in Eldorado, southeast of Santa Fe. It’s open seven days a week; Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 11 pm, Fridays from 3 pm. to midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight, and Sunday .from noon to 10 pm.
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Note: As 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. While these experiences have not influenced this post in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.