Tidbits: February in Santa Fe

Welcome to our first monthly Tidbits. It’s a balmy day today, but the weatherman says snow is on the way. As we’re headed to SoCal on Thursday, we hope it holds off until Friday as predicted. Look for our San Diego posts. We have a great trip planned. We’re excited to be test-driving the new Mazda 5 for STI - The Drive Experience Company. If you want to know what we’re up to, we’ll be posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Santa Fe dining news

Arroyo Vino Santa Fe

Arroyo Vino is taking part in the 2015 Santa Restaurant Week photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe Restaurant Week is back for its fifth year. The event will take place from Sunday, February 22nd through Sunday, March 1st. Local eateries will be offering prix-fixe menus with great pricing. Prices start at $25 for dinner for two at a few casual spots; more upscale places are $20, $30 and $40 per person. Some restaurants will be offering prix-fixe lunches as well. If you want to dine in other NM cities. Albuquerque Restaurant Week begins on March 15th and Taos Dining Week starts on March 22nd. Hotels are getting in on the action with special Restaurant Week rates. There are also culinary classes on offer as well. Reserve early; we found out through experience that some of these restaurants book up early for these well-priced meals.

Ristra, the French restaurant that was on Agua Fria for years is now closed. A new eatery is opening there sometime this spring.. All I could ferret out is that master cocktail masterr and sommelier Quinn Stephenson, partner in Geronimo and Coyote Café, is one of the partners. Stay tuned; we’ll update you when we get more information.

Santa Fe art

Axel Contemporary Gallery

Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton, Untitled, Media: Video continous loop projection  photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels is moving inside. They’re holding their exhibition, Axle Indoors, at Peters Projects, 1011 Paseo de Peralta. The month-long show, features works by over 100 artists who have previously exhibited in Axle, which opened in 2010. There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 13th from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition, running through Saturday, March 21st, is part of Axle’s upcoming fifth anniversary commemoration.

Santa Fe music

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the Szymanowski String Quartet at the St. Francis Auditorium in New Mexico Museum of Art on Sunday, February 8th at 3pm. They will perform works of Mozart, Haydn, Dvořák, and Szymanowski.

Later in the month, the Pro Musica Orchestra will perform with world- renowned violinist, Midori for two performances. They’ll take place on Saturday, February 28th at 4pm and Sunday, March 1st at 3pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for both events are from $20 to $65 (with discounts for students, teachers, groups, and families). They’re available at the Santa Fe Pro Musica box office at 505 988-4640, the Lensic box office and online at Tickets Santa Fe.

The New Mexico Bach Society, part of the New Mexico Performing Arts Society, will perform the Bach Coffee Cantata at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Santa Fe at on Friday, February 13th at 7pm. The comic opera by J.S. Bach written in the 1730s, which debuted at a coffee house in Leipzig is rarely performed today. Soprano Christina Martos, tenor Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, and bass Carlos Archuleta will sing the roles of the coffee-drinking daughter, the narrator, and the father. Tickets are available at Hold My Ticket.

Santa Fe Misc

Jean Cocteau Cinema

George R. R. Martin’s Jean Cocteau Cinema, photo Steve Collins

The ever-busy George R.R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones and owner of the Jean Cocteau Cinema, has bought the old Silva Bowling Lanes on Rufina Circle. Don’t get out your bowling shoes, he’s turning the old bowling into an interactive art space. Exhibits will be designed and installed by Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe artists’ collective.

The Pie Lady of Pie Town

Filmmaker Jane Rosemont and pie maker Kathy Knapp, photo.Steve Collins

Santa Fe continues to be a contender in the film world. Movie Maker Magazine named it the number three in their Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2015: Top Five Towns list. Hear that, Hollywood? Click the link above to see what local filmmaker Jane Rosemont has to say. Her short documentary The Pie Lady of Pie Town is winning awards at film festivals around the country.

Pop-up for Pantry Event Coordinator Yon Hudson prepares for the big sale, courtesy Pop-up for Pantry

Pop-up for Pantry Event Coordinator Yon Hudson prepares for the big sale, courtesy Pop-up for Pantry


The Bag ‘n Hand Food Pantry at St. John’s United Methodist Church will hole it’s first annual Fashion into Food Pop-up for the Pantry. The event begins on Friday, February 6th with the First Choice Preview Party from 6 to 9pm. This early-bird preview will give attendees first pick of the incredible selection of clothes and accessories that will be on offer. There will be hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and a juice tasting by Verde Juice. Tickets to the event are $25. The sale of gently used designer wear (with some new pieces) continues on Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday when the sale runs from 10am to 6pm. Proceeds will benefit Santa Fe families in need.

President’s Day weekend will be fee-free at Bandelier and other National Parks, Historic Parks and Monuments.

That’s it for this month. We’ll be back on the last Tuesday in February. ¡Hasta Luego!

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