Santa Fe Tidbits: Zozobra and more

Summer is winding down a bit this week. The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival ‘s season has ended, the Santa Fe bandstand concerts are over and the Santa Fe Opera  has its last performance on the 25th. It’s one of my favorite times of year in Santa Fe. The weather is beginning to cool off, nights call for sweaters and there are fewer visitors (Families aren’t here as schools are starting).  It’s the perfect time to plan your Santa Fe visit.

Santa Fe Music:

Santa Fe music Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle photo courtesy Shelly Morningstar

Shelly Morningstar and Fabian Fontenelle perform ” Full Circle”, photo/courtesy Shelly Morningstar

One of the most frequent requests I got when I was a hotel concierge was to visit a Pueblo. People are very curious about Native American culture. Here’s a great chance to experience some. Native American flute player and singer, Shelly  Morningsong (Northern Cheyenne/Dutch) and her husband Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha) offer a glimpse into this culture in their show, Full Circle. Playing Wednesdays through Sundays until September 2nd at the Lodge at Santa Fe, it offers traditional Native American dance, drumming, stories and lore. Mixed in is Morningsong’s contemporary music, a reflection of her LA upbringing by her European mother and grandmother. She came to embrace her Native American heritage after meeting her father and then her husband ten years ago (within a few months of each other). She’s the winner of two Native American Music Awards: Debut Artist of the Year in 2007 and Album of the Year in 2012, for her latest CD, Full Circle. We took advantage of a concierge invite to see this special show. Sadly, the theater was fairly empty. I don’t often give personal recommendations, but I was blown away by this unique evening. The theater should be filled with both visitors and locals for this special evening. Morningsong and Fontenelle are joined by Grammy-award winner, Larry Mitchell on guitar and jazz pianist John Rangel for this memorable show. Tickets are available on Morningsong’s website or at the door prior to the performances.

Santa Fe art:

Santa Fe art Nice by Eve Andree Laramee at Axle Contemporary

“Nice” painted by Eve Andree Laramee at Axle Contemporary, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary has a new exhibit. Selected Works on Paper, The Flatfile Show, opens on Tuesday, August 28th and runs through Sunday, September 9th. The show features the work of artists Eliza Naranjo Morse, Eve Andree Laramee, Greta Young, Lara Nickel, Erin Lynn Forrest. The mobile gallery, it’s in a step van, moves around town. Daily locations can be found on their website.

Santa Fe art Deborah Gold's "Eastside Corner Cafe, NYC" at Beals and Abbate, photo courtesy Beals and Abbate

Deborah Gold’s “Eastside Corner Cafe, NYC” at Beals and Abbate, photo/courtesy Beals and Abbate

There’s yet another opening at the prolific Beals & Abbate Fine Art. New York, New York, features paintings from artist Deborah Gold. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, August 28th through Monday, September 10th. The opening reception is on Friday, August 31st from 5 to 8pm. Gold, a native New Yorker, moved to Santa Fe in 1989. Her love for the city of her birth shows up clearly in this series of paintings.

Santa Fe art David Baca's "Cycles II" photo Courtesy Victoria Price

David Baca’s “Cycles II” at Victoria Price Art and Design, photo/courtesy Victoria Price

Artist David Baca made the trip in reverse. The Albuquerque native moved to New York City in 1988. David Baca: The Structure of Things, 1992-2012, his first show in his home state is at Victoria Price Art and Design from Friday, August 31st through Friday, September 28th. There’s an opening reception from on the 31st from 5 to8pm..

Santa Fe Fiesta:
It’s Fiesta time again. This year marks both the Fiesta’s 300th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of New Mexico’s statehood. The official kick off is the annual Burning of Zozobra on Thursday, September 6th. The Fiestas de Santa Fe takes place from Friday, September 7th through Sunday, September 9th, with Fiesta-related events before the official event. There’s a full schedule of Fiesta events on their website.

Santa Fe playhouse Fiesta Melodrama 2010 photo John Hayes, courtesy Santa Fe Playhouse

2010 Fiesta Melodrama at Santa Fe Playhouse, photo/John Hayes, courtesy Santa Fe Playhouse

When its Fiesta time in Santa Fe, it’s also time for the annual Fiesta Melodrama at the Santa Fe Playhouse. This year’s production What the List Missed or The Absolutely, Undeniably, Certifiably True Story of How New Mexico Became a State with a note “(Would we make this up?)” carries on the tradition. They started poking fun at the Fiesta and the city in 1922. The show opens on Friday, August 24th and runs through Sunday, September 9th. The full performance schedule (including late night performances) and ticket information are on their website. You can also buy tickets on the site or call (505) 988-4262

Northern NM news:

The Taos Pueblo has been named to Budget Travel’s 20 Places Every American Should See.  This historic living Pueblo, designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark, should be on everyone’s list of places to visit. The Pueblo has a series of closures from September 23rd to the 30th.  The full closure schedule is on their website.

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm photo Steve Collins

The shop at Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, photo/Steve Collins

The Purple Adobe Lavender Farm is offering lavender sachet making workshops. You will learn how to clean and prepare the lavender buds and turn them into a sweet-scented sachet for ti make drawers and stored linens etc. smell wonderful. You’ll get to take home your sachet as a remembrance of your time at the farm. You’ll also enjoy a refreshing drink made with lavender, and something sweet to eat. You can also watch how they distill their lavender essential oil. The tours and workshops, offered on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10am, are $15 per person. You can make reservations by calling (505) 685-0082. Read about our Purple Adobe visit for the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Farm Tour.

As always, if you have any Santa Fe happenings to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.

4 Responses to “Santa Fe Tidbits: Zozobra and more”

  1. Lane
    August 21, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

    Checking out the Playhouse now. Thanks.
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  2. City of Santa Fe
    August 22, 2019 at 8:19 am #

    Love that first picture! You’re totally right about this being a great time to visit. This morning was so pleasant and cool.

    • Billie Frank
      August 22, 2019 at 8:55 am #

      If you love the photo- go see Full Circle. You’ll love it. It was downright cool this morning!

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