Tidbits: Albuquerque annular eclipse, Santa Fe dining, dancing, art and more…

Things start rolling in mid-May gearing up for Santa Fe’s hectic, event-filled summer season. Here are a few Tidbits for your reading enjoyment.

Santa Fe and Taos have a few more honors to share with you. According to the American Lung Association, Santa Fe has some of the cleanest air in the USA. Taos, an hour north of Santa Fe got the number two spot in Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Small Town in America. just behind Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Coincidentally, we used to live about an hour from there. We have a knack for picking great areas to live in!

Things start rolling in mid-May gearing up for Santa Fe’s hectic, event-filled summer season. Here are a few Tidbits for your reading enjoyment.

Solar magic, Albuquerque annular eclipse:

annular eclipse photo/Abel Pardo Lopez (from Flickr contributor Sancho_Panza)

Annular eclipse. photo/Abel Pardo Lopez (from Flickr contributor Sancho_Panza)

On Sunday, May 20th, Albuquerque and other parts of New Mexico are in for a rare treat. The first annular eclipse in 18 years will be visible from the United States. Albuquerque has been called the “best” urban location to view it. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers most of the sun and with only a thin ring of light, called a “ring of fire,” around the edges.

The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau has teamed up with area businesses and organizations who will offer viewing sites. There are seven sites, five of these will also offer educational programs led by astronomers, graduate students in the field or museum educators..

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (viewing and education)
New Mexico Museum of Nuclear Science & History (viewing and education)
University of New Mexico Observatory (viewing and education)
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (educational events only)
Hard Rock Pavilion at Mesa del Sol (viewing only)
Sandia Peak Tramway (viewing only)

The viewing at the National Park’s Service Petroglyph National Monument is sold out. Check each venue for their event schedule. The actual eclipse will be visible at from around 6:30 to 8pm. People should NOT look directly at the sun as it could cause eye damage. Solar viewing glasses or special pinhole cameras are needed to view the annular eclipse and will be available at the above event locations. If you can’t make it to Albuquerque, check out the setting sun a few days before the event and see if you can see it between those hours. If you’re not at an official site where they have viewing glasses, make sure to get some. Complete information on eclipse events can be found here.

Food and wine:

For you oenophiles out there, there are two upcoming wine dinners at local dining spots”

On Tuesday, May 22nd 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar teams up with Napa’s Duckhorn Vineyards of for a five course dinner and wine pairing. The dinner, at 7pm is $95 per person. For reservations call (505) 986-9190.

Thursday, May 24th, La Casa Sena and Berkley, CA’s Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant plan a four-course wine dinner; including six wine pairings. The dinner, $65 per person (a 20% gratuity will be added to the bill) is at 6:30pm; reservations may be made at (505) 988-9232.

Memorial Day Weekend put on your western finery and head up to Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa for the 4th Annual Cowboy Cookout on Sunday, May 27th at 6pm. The price-fixed cowboy feast includes steak, chicken, ribs, burgers and all the fixings. The kids get free cowboy hats and pony rides. There will be live Country/Western music and dancing. Dinner is $39.95 for adults, senior citizens are $34.95, “buckaroos” (as they call ‘em) under 18 are $19.95 and kids under 5 are free. The resort has two more cowboy BBQs scheduled. One is Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th and the other is Fourth of July weekend (Sunday, June 2nd). All details are the same.

Music and dance:

Santa Fe music: John Rangel photo Nayda Lebron courtesy New Mexico Performing Arts Society

Jazz musician John Rangel, photo/Nayda Lebron courtesy New Mexico Performing Arts Society

New Mexico Performing Arts Society presents its last concerts of the season on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday May 20th feature NM jazz composer/pianist, John Rangelwill perform at the Immaculate Heart Chapel at 50 Mount Carmel Road at 3pm. Rangel has planned a program of solo electronic keyboard music with special lighting effects. He will be joined bu two violinists from the Desert Montessori School in his program that includes his own music plus that of Bach and Ravel. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $15 for a parent accompanied by a student ($12). Reservations may be made by calling (505) 474-4513 or email Linda Marianiello at beakspeak@alla-breve.us.

Santa Fe dance  photo/courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Aspen Santa Fe Folklorico, photo/courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Come watch the stars of the future at The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico’s annual recital on Saturday, May 26th. Performances are at 2 and 7pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center.  Over 150 dance students, ages 3-18, will perform from genres including, ballet, jazz, tap and traditional Mexican folkloric dance. Tickets, $25 for orchestra and mezzanine seats and $20 for balcony seating, are available at The Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Art:
Beals & Abbate Fine Art has a new show, How the West Was Fun” from Tuesday, May 8th to May 21st. Artist Fred Calleri offers his take on “the persona of the westward traveler” and the western landscape. The works feature Native American influences, aeronautical inventions, highways like iconic Route 66 and the trucks and cars that drove across them. On Friday, May 11th there’s an opening reception from 5 to 8pm featuring Austin, Texas band The Lonesome Heroes. The band will also be at the gallery on Saturday, May 12th from noon to 4pm.

Santa Fe art photo/courtesy Beals &Abbate

Fred Calleri's "Delicate Mission", photo/courtesy Beals &Abbate

Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival is an annual show that benefits the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. The show, held at the Santa Fe Convention Center, runs from Friday May 25th through Sunday May 27th. Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30 there is a benefit party. Tickets are $100 per person. On Saturday morning, the show offers Early Bird Admission ($20 per ticket from 9 to 10am). General admission ($10) hours are free 10am to 4pm. Sunday hours are 10am to 4pm and admission is free.

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Photo credit: the photo of the annular eclipse photo by photographer Abel Pardo Lopez  and was taken from from Flickr where he posts under the name Sancho_Panza.






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