Tidbits: fall into Santa Fe

Fall is officially here. We’re starting to see a bit of color at higher elevations. Fall is a beautiful time to visit Santa Fe. The weather is usually lovely until at least mid-October if not later. Coming up: the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Started as a small event in 1972, it now attracts hundreds of thousands of people a year to the Duke City. Have you been?

Old doorway at Acoma Sky City, photo Steve Collins

Old doorway at Acoma Sky City, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe and Northen New Mexico misc

New Mexico really scored in USA Today Travel Media’s 10best.com’s 10 Best Native American Experiences. Five of the 10 winners are located in The Land of Enchantment. Not surprising as the state has a large Native American presence. The Santa Fe Indian Market placed in the number six position. The number one spot went to Acoma Pueblo, home to the istoric Acoma Sky City while the number two honor went to the Taos Pueblo. Other New Mexican attractions on the list are two Albuquerque entries: the Gathering of NationsPowWow.

Speaking of 10best.com, did you know I’m their Santa Fe Local Expert. Great place to learn more about The City Different.

Is the popular TV show The Bachelor coming to Santa Fe? So it seems. Randy Randall, executive director of Tourism Santa Fe, said Friday September 12th that the city has received a “firm verbal commitment” from the popular ABC-TV reality show to film an episode in the City Different next month. “There’s really not a whole lot of other things I can say about it.” Randall said. They still want to keep some of the creative concepts to themselves.” The show’s people have been in town scouting venues for the show.

Santa Fe Music

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, St. John’s College has announced this year’s concert series, which will all take place at the Peterson Student Center. Violinst Shanti Randall and pianist Jacquelyn Helin will perform selections for violin and piano by Bach, Shostakovich, and Franck on Friday, September 12th at 7:30pm. Guitarist Stephen Houser, on the other hand, will play selected classical guitar music on Sunday, October 12th at 7pm. While the Atrium String Quartet will play selections from Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm. All concerts are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, check their events page here.

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the St. Lawrence String Quartet on Sunday, October 5th at 3pm at the St. Francis Auditorium. The group will perform Haydn’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5; Golijov’s Qohelet; and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3Razumovsky. Tickets, $20, $35, $45, and $65, are available at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box or on their website. Discounts for students, teachers, groups, and families are available only through the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office.*

Performance Santa Fe (formerly the Santa Fe Concert Association) presents the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet featuring 1997 Van Cliburn winner Jon Nakamatsu at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 12th at 4pm. The program: Mozart’s Fantasy for mechanical organ, K. 608 and       Quintet for piano and winds in E flat major, K. 452; Hindemith:’s Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2; and Thuille’s Sextet for Piano and Winds in B flat major, Op. 6. Tickets, $27 through $100, are available from PSF website.*

*Tickets for the above concerts are also available at the Lensic Box Office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

“Cinnabar” by California colorist Daniel Phill, courtesy Karan Ruhlen Gallery

“Cinnabar” by California colorist Daniel Phill, photo/courtesy Karan Ruhlen Gallery

Santa Fe art

Karan Ruhlen Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, opens a new show featuring the work of artist Daniel Phill’s mixed media acrylic paintings on canvas on Friday, September 26th from 5 to 7pm. The show runs through October 9th.

Daniel Kosharek "Measure of Days",  courtesy Patina Gallery

Daniel Kosharek “Measure of Days”, photo/courtesy Patina Gallery

Patina Gallery, 131 West Palace Avenue, opens a new show, Measure of Days, featuring introspective paintings by Santa Fe artist Daniel Kosharek on Friday, October 3rd from 5 to 7:30pm.Each painting is a meditation on the day it was created. All are similarly composed and measure 18″ square. “This is the third and final exhibition in Patina’s 14th anniversary celebration series, Drawn to the Wall.

Kevin Box working on "Standing Cranes", courtesy Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour

Kevin Box working on “Standing Cranes”, photo/courtesy Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour

The first two weekends of October bring the 9th Annual Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour. A host of local artists will open their workspaces on Saturday October 4th and Sunday the 5th  and again the fillowing weekend. Hours are from 10am to 5pm The will launch the 9th Annual tour covering two full weekends and show casing the work of 33 artists at 23 studios. The event opens with an auction on Friday, October 3rd at 7pm at The Engine House Theater, adjacent to The Mine Shaft Tavern. Art mediums on view over the two weekends include sculpture, photography, watercolor, oil, mixed media, enamel, jewelry, metal and stone, encaustic, pen and ink, lapidary (including local Cerrillos turquoise), drawing and assemblage, recycled art, pottery, bronze, gourd art, stained glass. Find out about other area art tours here.

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week. ¡Hasta Luego!

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Check out our Photo of the Week featuring Cerrillos artist Kevin Box  seen above with his mammoth sculptures.



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