Santa Fe Tidbits: a little food, a little music, a little more

We’re in the middle of the Santa Fe Winter Fiesta. The second annual event continues until February 5th. Come join in the fun.  Here are a few more local Tidbits.

Santa Fe makes the national media, again:

Santa Fe has garnered more national attention this week. Travel + Leisure has named The City Different number 12 in their America’s Friendliest People list. That’s an improvement from last year when we showed up on their rudest cities list. We were also named by AARP as one of the 10 Great Sunny Places to Retire.

Food news:

There are two new food places to talk about this week.

Santa Fe dining

Caribbean Kitchen food truck parked on Cerrillos Road, photo/Steve Collins

Caribbean Kitchen (505-316-6499) , a mobile eatery, is parked on Cerrillos Rd. and Manhattan Avenue, where Sandoval splits off, just north of Paseo de Peralta. The aluminum step van serves up island specialties like jerk and curried chicken, salmon in coconut sauce, oxtail stew and other Caribbean specialties. In summer, the stand will offer smoothies. Owner Abo Dalrymple, who grew up in the islands, says he learned to cook as a young child. “It was a way to survive,” he said. Abo had a restaurant on Vegas Verde behind Bumble Baja’s Cerrillos Road location for a year, but decided to simplify. You can try his island cooking Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm. He also does catering.

Santa Fe food

Swiss Bakery Pastries and Bistro, courtesy Swiss Bakery

The Swiss Bakery Pastries & Bistro opened at 401 South Guadalupe in the spot previously housing Corazon, the now closed music venue. The Muller family headed by Swiss born chef and baker Philippe Muller opened the spot Monday, January 16th. Their mission: to recreate the Swiss Palace Bakery Muller worked at, on this very street, in the 1980s. In addition to pastries, the Swiss Bakery serves breakfast and lunch. Muller does the baking while son, Brian, mans the stove. Daughter, Camille, works the front of the house. The menu offers some Swiss favorites with additions and they are also cooking up both savory and sweet Swiss-style crepes. They are open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 4pm. Breakfast and lunch are available until 2pm; crepes are served until 4pm.


Reminder: Saturday, February 4th, the third installment of Heath Concert’s Songs and Stories, brings singer/songwriters Rodney Crowell, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Hayes Carll to the Lensic Performance for an evening of, well, songs and stories. See Joy Frank-Collins’ interview with Crowell who is subbing for the ailing Guy Clark.

Santa Fe Music

Comedic clasical music duo Igudesman and Joo will be at the Lensic, photo/courtesy SFCA

The Santa Fe Concert Association is really busy this season. This week, they are presenting the Moscow Ballet. On Tuesday, February 7th at7:30 pm, they bring the duo of Igudesman & Joo to town with their show, A Little Night Music. SFCA’s website says, “Think Mozart hijacked by Monty Python and you have some idea of the mayhem created at the highest level of musicianship on worldwide stages-and immortalized on videos with more than 28 million viewings-by Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo, classically-trained artists who bring an uproarious, sidesplitting approach to the concert performance.”  Violinist Igudesman and pianist Joo bring levity to classical music. “Yet, while their spin may be irreverent, they always treat the music with the utmost respect. Their buffoonery is always tempered by incredible musicianship.”

On Thursday, February 16th at 7:30pm, they present pianist, composer, writer and recording artist Stephen Hough in his first Santa Fe concert. The program presents the work of four composers, including one of his own compositions, Sonata for Piano (broken branches). According to SFCA, “with a singular artistic vision, that transcends musical fashions and trends, Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation.”

Both events are at the Lensic Performance Arts Center. Tickets (with half-price student discount for the Hough concert) are available at the Lensic box office or Tickets Santa Fe. And stay tuned for next week’s Tidbits, they have more concerts on deck.

Santa Fe dance: ARCOS Dance

"Headphone Dance 2", will be performed by ARCOS Dance Company, photo/couresy ARCOS Dance

ARCOS Dance, a contemporary dance company based in Santa Fe, combining cutting edge choreography and innovative set design, presents its first annual Multi-Media Project, 500 Words or Less stating this weekend. Performances are  Friday through Sunday, February 3rd through 5th and  again February 10th to 12th. All performances are at the ARCOS’ Performance Space at 1583 Pacheco Street. The company says the evening “tackles ideas of family, responsibility, loyalty, and sexuality. Like a classic coming-of-age story, the scenario involves self-reflection and self-discovery, set in today’s technology-saturated environs.”  The program is comprised of eight dances. ARCOS members range in age from 13 to 27. They will be joined by local lighting artists, photographers, filmmakers, sound technicians and videographers. Look for a fast paced, high energy experience with this experimental troupe. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2pm. Warning: 500 Words or Less contains mature language and content. For tickets ($20) email or call 505-473-7434.

New grass fiddler Laurie Lewis and her band, Right Hands, will appearing at Sol Stage and Grill on Friday, February 17th at 7:30pm. The venue is located at the Santa Fe Brewing Company off Rte 14 south of town. Lewis is a Grammy Award winner and was twice named International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year. She’s touring to promote her new CD, Skippin’ and Flyin’, a tribute to Bill Monroe on what would have been his 100th birthday. The concert is presented by the Santa Fe Performance Exchange and Southwest Roots Music. Tickets are $25 in advance, available online or $29 at the door (which opens at 6:30pm).

Story time:

Santa Fe culture

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture to host story telling, photo Steve Collins

In Native American tradition, the dark, cold winter months are the time to share stories, This tradition is alive and well at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s story telling series, Story Hours of Native American Tales. Mark your calendars; the remaining two Sunday afternoon events on February 18th and March 11th.   The story tellers are Emmett Shkeme Garcia affiliated with both the Tamaya (Santa Ana) and Walatowa (Jemez) Pueblos on February 19th is and Jonathan Warm Day from the Taos Pueblo on March 11th. Both programs take place in the MIAC Discovery Room at 2pm and are repeated at 3pm. No matter your age, you’ll enjoy these tales.  The GranMary’s Place storytelling program is dedicated to and celebrates the memory of Docent, Mary Sudbrink who loved life, children, and telling stories to children visiting the Museum. Admission to the museum is free to New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID. Ages 17 and under are always free.

Have any news to share about things to do in Santa Fe or new places to go, we’d love to hear it.





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