Tidbits: July madness in Santa Fe

It’s been beautiful weather in Santa Fe and we’ve been really enjoying it. This is one of our favorite weeks of the year; it’s time for the annual International Folk Art Market. We’ll be at the sold-out preview on Friday night. If you didn’t score a ticket, try earlier next year. Space is limited and people love this event with its early-bird shopping opportunities, lively world-music and food and drink.

Lots of interesting costumes at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, photo Steve Collins

Lots of interesting costumes at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, photo/Steve Collins

Other events this month are the New Mexico Jazz Festival, the start of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (see the music section for more on these), the 63rd Annual Spanish Market and lucky seven for ¡VIVA MEXICO! at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Save the dates: ¡VIVAMEXICO! takes place on July 19th and 20th .Spanish Market will take over the Santa Fe Plaza the following weekend. We’ll write more about these last two events in next week’s Tidbits.

Santa Fe Dining

Galisteo Bistro is now open for lunch, courtesy Galisteo Bistro

Galisteo Bistro is now open for lunch,  photo/ourtesy Galisteo Bistro

We had dinner at Galisteo Bistro last week as guests of new owner Brant Keller. It was a delightful evening and the food was terrific. We loved the fried eggplant with tomato jam and the scallop ceviche appetizers as well as our entrees. Steve had the fish Veracruz and I had the signature lamb shank. The man at the next table told me I absolutely had to order it and I did. The new chef, Tomas Allan Keller (known as Allan) is doing a fine job with Robert Chickering’s menu favorites and turning out delicious dishes of his own. Last week they introduced lunch on Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 2pm. They want you to come in and give them a try, so in July, they’re offering a 20% discount on either lunch or dinner. Brant said to mention Santa Fe Travelers and you’ll get the discount. Bon appétit!

Santa Fe Music and dance

Zachary Nelson (Dr. Malatesta), Andrew Shore (Don Pasquale), Laura Tatulescu (Norina), and Alek Shrader (Ernesto), photo/Ken Howard courtesy Santa Fe Opera

Zachary Nelson (Dr. Malatesta), Andrew Shore (Don Pasquale), Laura Tatulescu (Norina), and Alek Shrader (Ernesto), photo/Ken Howard courtesy Santa Fe Opera

The Santa Fe Opera invited us to be part of a social media group they put together. Mostly we’re invited to dress rehearsals but last Friday we were invited to a performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. This opera buffa (comic opera) is delightful. We got to meet conductor Corrado Rovaris, who was born in Bergamo in Lombardy, the same town Donizetti hailed from. He gave a pre-performance talk to our group.  This Thursday we will attend the dress rehearsal for Beethoven’s Fidelio which opens the following evening. Tickets for the season are selling fast- about 75% are gone. If you want to attend a performance this summer, think about getting your tickets now.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale, courtesy Santa Fe Desert Chorale

Santa Fe Desert Chorale, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Desert Chorale

The Santa Fe Desert Chorala’s 2014 summer season kicks off on Thursday, July 10th at 8pm with The New World: Music of the Americas, a concert featuring traditional songs from the United States and Central and South America at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. It will be repeated on Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, August 2nd.  Tickets, $17 to $60, are available on their website or by calling (505) 988-2282.

The 9th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival runs from Friday, July 11th through Sunday, July 27th.  The collaborative effort of Outpost Performance Space, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation features concerts and events by a range of jazz musicians during the two-week period. Brazilian jazz vocalist Claudia Villela and her Quartet will open the Festival on Friday, July 11th at 8pm at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque.  The first Santa Fe concert featuring Bumble Bee’s Jazz All Stars with Dick Hyman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Greene, Randy Sandke, Jay Leonhart & Lewis Nash is on Sunday, July 20th at 7:30pm. There is a free Santa Fe Bandstand concert with Raoul Midon, Cal Haine, Glenn Kostur, Jim Ahrend, Bert Dalton, and Colin Deuble on Tuesday, July 22nd at 6pm. Tickets are available at the at the Outpost Performance Space Box Office, (505) 268-0044.  See additional ticketing information at the bottom of this section*.

Juan Siddi, photo/ courtesy Juan Siddi

Juan Siddi, photo/ courtesy Juan Siddi

This year, two Santa Fe dance companies have joined forces. The Juan Siddi Flamenco Theater Company has merged with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. ASFB opens its summer season with Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe, at the Lensic. The four shows take place on Friday, July 18th, Sunday, July 27th, Sunday, August 3rd, and Saturday. August 9th. Start time for all is 8pm. The ensemble of 13 dancers and musicians under Siddi’s leadership are energetic and polished, offering riveting performances. Tickets are $25 to $72; see ticketing information at the bottom of this section.*

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival begins their 42nd season on July 20th. One of the highlights of the diverse season is the Bach Plus Five-Concert Series which includes all six Brandenburg Concerti performed over two evenings. The Festival will also debut three commissioned pieces. The 2014 Artist-in-Residence is Pianist Yefim Bronfman. He will give a solo recital on Tuesday, August 19th at noon at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The season, under the artistic direction of Marc Neikrug, runs through Monday, August 25th. Tickets are available at the Festival’s ticket office inside the New Mexico Museum of Art at 107 W. Palace Avenue daily from 10am to 4pm, by calling (505) 982-1890 or on their website.

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s first annual Music & Wine Gala will be held on Tuesday July 22nd. The evening kicks off with a private 6pm concert at the Saint Francis Auditorium. Attendees will then adjourn to La Posada de Santa Fe for cocktails and a four-course wine dinner that will be held al fresco in the hotel’s Lawn Court. Silent and live auctions are planned. Tickets, $600 per person, are available on the Festival’s website or by calling Allison Hooper at (505) 983-2075 extension 111.

Tickets to * events are available now at the Lensic box office of online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Art

Detail of Cate Moses painting, photo/ Cate Mises

Detail of Cate Moses painting, photo/ Cate Mises

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design presents Water Spirits Walking on the Land, a solo exhibition of paintings, photographs, and installation by artist Cate Moses, at the New Gallery, Fogelson Library. There will be an opening reception on Friday, July 11th, from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition’s focus is on climate change and its impact on wildlife as well as on all life. It runs through Wednesday, August 20th.

"Allan Houser" by Phillip Haozous, photo Steve Collins

Sculpture of Allan Houser by his son, Phillip Haozous, photo/Steve Collins

The Allan Houser Gallery opens its first international exhibition, Emotions…The Human Condition, featuring the work of Mexico City native Nour Kuri and Santa Fe artist Phillip M. Haozous, on Saturday, July 12th from 6 to 8pm. There will be special performances by dance artist and choreographer Rulan Tangen and singer Kalani Queypo. Space is limited; RSVP by calling (505) 982-4705. The exhibition runs through Tuesday, August 19th.

Blue Curry S.S.s, 2014, courtesy Site Santa Fe

Blue Curry S.S.s, 2014,  photo/Blue Curry, courtesy Site Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe introduces SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, their new biennial exhibition. This is a “six­-year commitment to a series of linked exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas.” The first show in the series, Unsettled Landscapes, part of the second annual Santa Fe Art Trifecta, opens on Sunday, July 20th. It features over 40 artists from 16 countries stretching from Nunavut in northern of Canada to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America. There will be some preview events from Thursday, July 17th to Saturday, July 19th. The exhibition runs through Sunday, January 11, 2019

Santa Fe misc.

Santa Fe Southern Railway rides again, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe Southern Railway rides again, photo/Steve Collins

The Santa Fe Southern Railway rides again. It has new owners, cars are being refurbished and multi-class service will be offered. There will be both modern (Diamond Class) and historic railcars to choose from.  Trains leave from the Santa Fe Depot on Guadalupe Street  and follow the historic railroad route to the Galisteo Basin and Lamy beyond. Its two most popular attractions are the Buffet Brunch Train which takes passengers back to New Mexico’s past while offering a buffet style brunch and the Dinner Train which features unique New Mexican cuisine, timed so that passengers can view the sunset while on board.  Additional information, including schedules and pricing are on their website.

That’s all for this week, see you next. ¡Hasta Luego!

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2 Responses to “Tidbits: July madness in Santa Fe”

  1. Agness
    July 18, 2019 at 3:30 am #

    Wow, looks like July is one of the busiest months in Santa Fe. So many festivals and events to attend, great!

    • Billie Frank
      August 4, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      It is and it’s hard to decide where to go. Wish it got spread out more!

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