Tidbits: Santa Fe dining and art news and more….

It feels like spring here in Santa Fe at the moment. Sun’s out and temperatures are in the 50s. I’m sitting at my desk with the window open. It feels wonderful. Things pick up around here this month. Valentine’s Day and romantic dinners, ARTFeast and Santa Fe restaurant week are all on the horizon. Stay tuned to Tidbits for more information.

The New Mexico Film office just celebrated its 45th anniversary. They’ve been making films in New Mexico since 1898 when Indian School Days was shot at the Isleta Pueblo by Thomas Edison’s production company. When it started in 1967, it was the first state film commission in the country. Besides a long list of films shot here, New Mexico has also had a few TV series shot here, including Breaking Bad, now in its last season.

Santa Fe dining:
We have an opening and a soon to be opened and a few changes in the Santa Fe dining scene.

Santa Fe dining

The contemporary dining room at the Midtown Bistro, photo/ Steve Collins

New:
Lot of buzz about the new Midtown Bistro (901 W San Mateo (505) 820-3121). Opened in December, this bright, contemporary dining spot looks promising. The chic-looking spot is owned by Edmund Catanach and Chef Angel Estrada, both veterans of the venerable Santacafe. Catanach, who brings years of front of the house experience, is the GM and Estrada, the Executive Chef. The patio with its huge stones from the adjacent Ironstone Gardens, is a striking location for warm weather dining. They serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. We haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on our list. They expect to have their beer and wine license soon. If that’s an important factor for you, call before you go.

Santa Fe dining

Charles Dale’s Bouche makeover in progress, photo/Steve Collins

Chef Charles Dale, who came to town in 2008 as Executive Chef at Terra at the Auberge’s Encantado Resort, left when Four Seasons took over last summer. He promised he wasn’t leaving town and would be opening a place of his own. A man of his word, Dale will be opening Bouche later this month. The French bistro is going into the intimate space that house Agua Santa. It will be a bustling place, with the feel of, well, a French bistro. The talented Dale, who spent some growing up time in Monaco, knows the real deal. We’ll let you know when the doors open.

Santa Fe dining

The bar dining area at Vivre, photo/Steve Collins

Changing:
French bistro must be in the air. Former New York City restaurateur, Eric Stapleman and Chef Nelli Maltezos opened Rociada, a French restaurant here around the beginning of the new millennium. One day in 2005, Rociada was gone and in its place; Trattoria Nostrani, run by the same duo. The new incarnation served Northern Italian food with a stunning Italian wine list. At the beginning of 2013, Nostrani turned into a French bistro. Vivre is well-priced with nothing (except steak) over $20. There’s an extensive selection of French wines with many under $25. Vivre is at 304 Johnson Street,  (505) 983-3800.

The Teahouse at the top of Canyon Road changed ownership at the end of last year. New owners Rich Freedman and Jake and Sandra Mendel are making a few changes. Rick, the chef/manager is introducing some of his luscious Italian desserts and a few paninis at lunch and has expanded the tea selection. In the wings, Italian table dinners coming around April when their wine and beer license is approved. Under former owner Dionne Christian, Freedman cooked weekend dinners there last summer. We went to the first one and it was great fun. People passing by on the street looked down on the glowing patio and food laden tables and seemed to want to be part of the party.  You can be when they start up this spring.

Mark your calendar. In the wings, from Wing’s Media, the third annual Santa Fe Restaurant Week is will be held from Sunday, February 24th through Sunday, March 3rd. Restaurants will offer specially priced menus starting at $25 for two to $40 per person depending on the restaurant.

Santa Fe art

La Chat Lunatique perform at gf Contemporary at 2011 ArtFeast, photo/Steve Collins

The Santa Fe branch of Talin International Market is scheduled to open at 505 Cerrillos Road in the Luna Building. Besides offering international foods, the market will have a noodle bar. For now, they will be sharing the building with Ohori’s Coffee.

Also in February, the 16th annual ARTFeast will be held Friday, February 22nd through Sunday the 24th. There will be a host of art and food events including the popular ARTFeast gallery event and more.

More details on both next week.

Santa Fe Music:
The Santa Fe Performance Exchange and Southwest Roots Music join forces to present singer/song writer Peter Mulvey. The experienced troubadour, called one of the most “accomplished guitarist you’ll ever hear,” by one reviewer, will be at The Music Room at Garrett’s Desert Inn (311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe Trail) on Friday, February 15th at 7:30. The Wisconsin-based musician moved to Ireland in the early 90s and was a street busker for a while. The venue, says promoter, Rick Adesso, will be very intimate, almost like going to a house concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door.

Peter Mulvey: Black Rabbit

Santa Fe art:

Site Santa Fe has three new shows opening on Friday, February 22nd from 5 to 7pm.

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970. According to Site, it’s the show, with about 150 works by 60 artists, “explores the growth of Conceptualism and the exploration of new methodologies, technologies and sites for artistic expression in California in response to immense social change.”

Santa Fe art

Linda Montano, “Life=Art,” will be at Site Santa Fe photo/ Linda Montano, courtesy Site Santa Fe

Linda Mary Montano: Always Creative, is a carefully selected show culled from the work of American performance artist Linda Mary Montano from 1969 to the present. The title of the exhibition comes from a 2003 video work in which Montano interviewed members of her upstate New York community in their 80’s and 90’s.about the ways they continue to be active at their age.

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets, features the multi-media work of Los Angeles-based artist, Mungo Thomson including film, video, sound, sculpture and installation. Join Thomson for a talk on his work on Saturday, February 23rd at 2pm. The talk is free with museum admission.

Site Santa Fe is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (Fridays they are open until 7pm. Sunday hours are from noon to 5pm.

Santa Fe drama

Theater Work is presemnting” Beauty of the father” photo/courtesy Theater Work

On stage:
THEATERWORK
, an alternative theater company that calls Santa Fe home, now in its 17th year presents, Beauty of the Father, from Friday, February 8th through Sunday, February 17th  at the James A. Little Theater. The play, set in Andalusia, Spain and featuring the ghost of Spanish poet, Jose Garcia Lorca, is by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Nilo Cruz. The show runs Friday through Sunday the first week and Thursday through Sunday the second. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday performances are at 2pm. General admission tickets are $15.00; student tickets are $10.00. For reservations call (505) 471-1799.

Santa Fe dance

Multimedia Director Eliot Gray Fisher rehearsal of “The Warriors: A Love Story” photo/courtesy Arcos Dance

Arcos Dance presents a full-length multimedia performance, The Warriors: A Love Story from on two weekends beginning Friday, February 8th at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail.  Inspired by the lives of J. Glenn Gray, a Colorado philosophy professor and WWII veteran, and his wife Ursula, a German survivor of the 1945 Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany,  the story is told through, dance, theater, set, lighting design, video, and music. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays.  Tickets, $20 for adults and $15 for students can be reserved either by calling (505) 473-7434 of at info@arcosdance.com. or call for reservations.

Taos art

Taos Art Museum is in the Fechin House, photo/Billie Frank

Northern news:
Taos:

The Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House has an opening for a new exhibit, Director’s Choice: 14 Years at the Taos Art Museum, on Saturday, February 9th from 2 to 4pm. The exhibition honors the retiring Director, Erion Simpson showcasing her favorite works from the museum’s permanent collection.  Admission to the reception is free.

New Mexico

View to the East from Yellow Hills Ranch, photo/courtesy Yellow Hills Ranch

Tierra Amarilla:
Tierra Amarilla, on the road to Chama, is a beautiful two hour ride north of Santa Fe. The town known for it’s shepherd traditions, is the home  to Yellow Hills Ranch. The 5,000 acre ranch is offering private, guided eco-tours of the Ranch and the surrounding Chama River Valley. The Ranch, home to the largest herd of wild horses in the State,  offers a range of activities depending on season, including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, bird-watching, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. They also offer tours of nearby hidden hot springs, ancient cliff dwellings, and more.  Contact them for more information.

That’s it for this week’s Tidbits. If you have any Santa Fe news to share, let us know.

 

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