Santa Fe Tidbits, Zozobra, Fiestas de Santa Fe, Agave Lounge, art and more…

For local folks, this coming weekend is one of the most popular of the year. Fiestas de Santa Fe, the oldest celebration of its kind in the nation, keeps the town hopping. The unofficial lead-up to the annual event is the Burning of Zozobra. Prepare for a weekend of fun and history. Some perennial favorites: the Historical/Hysterical and Children’s Pet parades and the Fiesta Melodrama. Come out and join the fun.

Agave Lounge the new bar at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa, photo/Lucien Bonnafoux

There’s a new bar in town. The Agave Lounge, at the Four-Diamond Eldorado Hotel and Spa, officially opened Labor Day. Besides drinks from the cactus’ nectar, this chic spot features signature drinks including margaritas and  mojitos. They also offer creative spins on some classic cocktails, including the Manhattan, Daiquiri and Sazarac. There are wines by the glass and locally crafted beers are on tap. If you want something to nibble while you imbibe, there’s a tempting menu of small and large plates.

Gallery news:

That fun gallery on wheels, Axle Contemporary, has a new exhibit coming up. Harvest celebrates the autumnal equinox and the bounty of the harvest. Fittingly, the opening on Friday the September 23rd from 5 to 8pm is in front of the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Paseo de Peralta. The exhibit runs through October 24th at various locations around town. The show features photographs from Sondra Goodwin, Nancy Sutor, Jonathan Morse, Robert Stivers, and Matthew Chase-Daniel and drawings by artists Mary Lawler and Gabriel Luis Perez.

Lemon, Corn, Violets by Nancy Sutor, photo courtesy Axle Contemporary

Lemon, Corn, Violets by Nancy Sutor, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

And while we’re talking Axle, The Haiku Roadsign project has spawned a book, aptly named, Haiku Roadsign. On Sunday September 25th,the New Mexico Museum of Art is hosting a poetry reading and book-signing to celebrate the book’s publication and the end of the project which began in April. The book has 32 haiku that were chosen from 230 poems submitted by 100 writers. Events start at 1pm. The reading, featuring haiku from the book, is at 2pm. The events are free of charge.


A new exhibition, New Mexico Collects: Private Treasures, opens at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art on Saturday September 10th at 10am There’s a members’ opening the evening before. The pieces in the show are from 10 New Mexico collectors. All the art on display is historic and from Spanish Colonies other than New Mexico. The one exception is a commissioned bulto (carving) from New Mexican artist Victor Goler. This large piece depicts the ascension of Christ, being carried to heaven by two angels while the twelve apostles look on. The exhibition includes pieces from Peru, Mexico, the Philippines and Portuguese Goa.

Tapestry, photo courtesy Spanish Colonial Museum

Textile from New Mexico Collects: Private Treasures , photo/courtesy Spanish Colonial Art Museum

Taos’ Harwood Museum has three interconnected exhibits opening this month. The first, Oli Sihvonen: The Final Years, opens Saturday, September 17th. Black Mountain College and New Mexico and Onward both open a week later on Saturday, September 24th. All shows run through February 5, 2019.

"Beauty Beast" with Joel Oppenheimer and Francine du Plessix photo by Jonathon Williams, photo/courtesy Harwood Museum

Black Mountain College and New Mexico features the work of 25 of the school’s past students,; artists who called Taos and the surrounding area home. Sihvonen was a student at the college and a Taos resident. Onward is a collection of photos shot at the school, of the Taos artists whose work is featured in the exhibit. They pictures were supplied by friends and family of the artists.

Black Mountain College was started in North Carolina in 1933. It was an experimental school, way ahead of its time. Its faculty (and advisory board) was a who’s who of the times. It produced many talented and sometimes famous alumni. Some of them settled in Taos. The school closed in 1957.

A night of comedy:

If you’re a fan of political satire, The Capital Steps will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center Tuesday, September 20th at 7pm. The group has been spoofing Washington politics since 1981 when a group of Senate staffers entertained at a Christmas party. Their website says, “Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.” So instead, they lampooned the powers that be and have been doing so ever since. Join them for an evening of timely political comedy and song.

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 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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