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Tidbits: movie theaters and more…

The leaves are finally out on the aspens. It’s great to see some green again in Santa Fe. Here’s some of what’s going on around town and beyond.

Santa Fe film news:
Does the name George R.R. Martin ring a bell? It will to fans of the popular HBO Series, Game of Thrones. The show, is based on Martin’s fantasy novel of the same name; the first in the series  A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin is the new owner of Santa Fe’s Cocteau Theater.  The art movie house, first opened in 1976 as an art movie house, closed in 2006. It was home to the New Mexico Film Office for a bit. When they moved out, the theater’s fate was uncertain. Martin has hired Jon Bowman, founder of the Santa Fe Film Festival to manage the 120-seat theater. The name will remain the same- after all, it’s on the marquee. They plan to show a mix or classic films and first run movies on the theater’s single screen.

Santa Fe film

Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe’s Railyard District, photo/Steve Collins

The Railyard seems to be headed toward being a cinema center.  Last week The Santa Fe Railyard Community Corp. announced it had selected Violet Crown Cinemas, based in Austin, to build a movie theater at the city-owned Railyard. They plan to have 600 seats serving 11 screens. There will also be a restaurant on-site. Theater goers will sit in comfortable seats and be able to dine as they watch the film.

There are also a series of free films that will be screened outdoors at the Railyard during warm weather.


Pow wow at IAIA, photo/courtesy IAIA

It’s pow wow time:
IAIA (Institute of Indian Arts), Santa Fe’s prestigious Native American art school hosts its annual pow wow on Saturday, May 4th beginning a 11am. There will be dancing, drumming, prize money, food (including traditional Native American foods) and Native American artisans offering hand-crafted items including jewelry, clothing and paintings. The event takes place on the school’s campus south of the city.

Santa Fe Historic House Tour

The old Santa Fe Library is on the Historic Santa Fe Foundation Home Tour, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe Historic Home Tour:
The home and garden tour season kicks off on Mother’s Day with the annual Historic Santa Fe Foundation tour. The tour of four historic buildings around historic downtown is from 1 to 4pm. Admission is $5 per person. There are complete details here.

Santa Fe dance

Trey McIntyre Dance Company to perform at the Lensic, photo/courtesy Lensic Performing Arts Center

Santa Fe theater and dance news:
The Trey McIntyre Project will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th at 7:30pm. The Boise, Idaho ballet company is known for their “ground-breaking” repertory performed to rock, classical, jazz, and children’s music. Three ballets are on the Santa Fe program: Arrantza, a celebration of Basque culture; Queen of the Goths, a tale of love, tragedy, and vengeance based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus;, and Pass, Away, exploring issues of life and mortality.

Santa Fe drama

FUSION Theatre Company’s “Humble Boy” at the Lensic, photo/courtesy Lensic Performing Arts Center

Also at the Lensic: FUSION Theatre Company brings their play, Humble Boy, to Santa Fe on Tuesday May 7th and Wednesday May 8th at 8pm.  Charlotte Jones’ play is a “funny and poignant retelling of the Hamlet story.”  FUSION, New Mexico’s only professional theater company, was founded in Albuquerque in 2001.

Tickets to all Lensic performances are available at their box office of online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Taos dining news:
The venerable Lambert’s, our first serious Taos dining experience when we moved to the southwest, has a new location. They moved to the historic building at 123 Bent Street former home of the Apple Tree Restaurant for over 25 years.  Upstairs houses the new Treetop Bar & Lounge with its casual menu. In warm weather, you can dine under the apple trees on the patio. They now serve lunch and dinner.

While we’re on Taos dining news, opening soon: Mosaic  Fine Dining in La Fonda on the Plaza in the spot that used to house Joseph’s Table, former home to Chef Joseph Wrede. Classically trained Mosaic Executive Chef/owner, George Bartel combines his classical technique with local, fresh ingredients and global traditions to create what he calls “a very approachable menu but I draw my inspiration globally.”

Meanwhile Wrede, as we reported in Tidbits a few weeks ago, is now looking for a place to call his own in Santa Fe.  Another restaurant just got sold- could it have been to him?

New Mexico history

Madrid’s General Store, phot/Steve Collins

Madrid news:
Madrid, the quirky revitalized ghost town south of Santa Fe, celebrates the 40th anniversary of its return from the dead during May. Events, which will be held on weekends, start Saturday, May 5th. The thriving town that grew up around a coal mine became a virtual ghost town after World War II, when the mine shut down. Madrid a Ghost Town Resurrected, celebrates the town’s rebirth beginning in 1973.

New Mexico art

Native American artist Rhett Lynch working on “Spirit Window”  for Nativo Lodge’s Native Art project, photo/courtesy Heritage Hotels

Albuquerque lodging news:
Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Freeway NE (505) 798-4300), one of the Albuquerque hotels in the Heritage Hotel collection has really gone native. They have partnered with SWAIA (Southwest Association for Indian Artists), the people behind Santa Fe’s Indian Market, to the Artist Room project. Work from four Native American artists, Brandow, Nani Chacon, Rhett Lynch and Ehren Kee Natay, will be showcased in these rooms. The grand opening is on Friday May 10th from 7 to 10pm and the public is invited. Heritage Hotels and Resorts “has a strong mission to support cultural and artistic ventures. “

If you have any Tidbits to share, let us know.



2 Responses to “Tidbits: movie theaters and more…”

  1. Agness
    May 1, 2019 at 5:56 am #

    It’s a very interesting place to explore. I love the fact that the tour of four historic buildings around historic downtown is so affordable. Thank you guys for all details :)
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    • Billie Frank
      May 1, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

      Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico are loaded with wonderful old buildings, including some that are over 1,000 years old- old for the new world!

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