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We actually got our first monsoon rain last night and the plants look really happy today. Will we really get an old-fashioned Monsoon season this year? Fret not, our monsoon rains usually last for a short time and usually hit in late afternoon or evening.

Santa Fe art

Artist Enrique Martinez Celaya ‘s show will be SITE Santa Fe for the Trifecta, photo/courtesy Site Santa Fe

One of the biggest weeks of the summer in Santa Fe is here. It’s time for the Santa Fe International Folk art market and this year, the market has joined with two other art forces in town for the first or what is hoped to be the annual, Santa Fe Art Trifecta. It’s a great time for visitors and local folks to get out and see great art from a variety of genres. Also, two annual music events start this week (see below).

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Santa Fe dining:
There are rumors that one of our favorite chefs, Fernando Olea, whose wonderful Epazote closed last fall, will be opening a new restaurant. It’s still a bit under wraps,;stayed tuned for further developments.

Santa Fe dining

Berts Burger Bowl home of the original green chile cheeseburger? photo/Steve Collins

Speaking of Fernando Olea, his vintage Bert’s Berger Bowl on Guadalupe Street, claims to be home to the original green chile cheese burger. While some dispute that origin, just about every meat-eater in these parts has their favorite. Santa Fe is holding the first Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. The public gets to decide who gets to be in the final smackdown for the best burger in town from a list of nominees. Voting is open through July 29th.There are a lot of contenders. Final judging will be at the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Saturday, September 7th. The overall winner will be decided by a panel of judges, but if you turn out, you can taste the finalist’s burgers and vote for the People’s Choice Award. What’s your hands-down favorite version of this local icon?

Tante Luce 221 (221 Shelby Street), is opening their new outdoor bar The Deck at 221, on Friday, July 12th at 4pm. They’re calling it “the largest outdoor deck bar in Santa Fe”. They will also offer outdoor dining in the courtyard below and for that private dinner, there are three arched nooks that you can snuggle into. They will be open from 11am to closing (notspecified) seven days a week. Guess it depends on how many people are bellied up to the bar.

Santa Fe Botanical Gardens

Santa Fe Botanical Gardens ,photographed a few months ago, opening July 21st, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe Botanical Garden opening:
The long-awaited Santa Fe Botanical Garden is officially opening to the public on Sunday, July 21st. The garden now has a permanent home atop Museum Hill across from the parking lot for the two state museums. The garden, open all year, will have collections of native and other plants on a beautifully landscaped 13 acre site complete with a recycled vintage bridge that was brought here from Los Vegas, NM over a year ago.  The opening of Phase One (there’s more to come in 2014 and 2915) will be from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free. There will be events, music, food and more.

The weekend starts with a Gala Opening Night Reception on Friday, July 19th from 6 to 8pm. Attendees will get to view the newly planted Meadow Garden while enjoying strolling troubadours, mariachi, sangria, margaritas and tapas. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $125 per person. They’re available on the Garden’s website or by calling 505-471-9103.

Saturday is Members Only Day. The gardens will be open for members to preview and there will refreshments, music, tours and activities for children.

On Sunday, July 21st the Garden holds its Public Opening from 9am to 5pm. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony in the morning, keynote speakers, tours, music food, children’s activities and more. Admission is free.

Santa Fe art:
Besides the markets and shows noted above, there are more art events coming this weekend and over the summer. Here are a few that you can look forward to over the next few weeks.

Santa Fe art

Barbara Jean Lloyd’s, “Adobe Cityscape”, photo/courtesy BJ Lloyd Gallery

Canyon Road is getting a new gallery. B.J. Lloyd Fine  Art, is hosting a Grand Opening reception on Friday, July 12th from 5 to 7pm. The gallery, at 715 Canyon Road (behind Beals & Abbate), which actually opened last November, showcases the art of owner Barbara Jean Lloyd. Come welcome her to what might be the most exciting art street in the USA. Need enticement beyond the art? There will be refreshments and music, too.

Also on July 12th Karan Ruhlen Gallery, at 225 Canyon Road is hosting an opening for their new group show, Surface Beauty. The abstract exhibition features artists Martha Rea Baker, Ellen Koment, Mary Long-Postal, Vanita Smithey, and Jinni Thomas. Four out of the five artists are from New Mexico, Long-Postal hails from Memphis, TN. The show runs through Thursday, July 25th.

On July 26th, Ruhlen opens CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Form and Color featuring two California artists, painter Daniel Phill and sculptor Bret Price. The show runs through August 8th. Both openings are from 5 to 7pm

Santa Fe art

Mitch Dobrowner’s photo, “Ropeout”, photo/courtesy photo-eye Gallery

On Friday, July 19th, photo-eye Gallery at 375 Garcia Street, opens a new show. Storms by Mitch Dobrowner, is in conjunction with his eponymously book, due for a September release. For the last few years Dobrowner, who describes himself as “part landscape photographer, part sports photographer”, has been “chasing larger-than-life storms across the country making surreal black & white photographs of their magnificent power.” The opening is from 5 to 7pm and the show runs through September 21st. The artist will give a talk on his work on Saturday, July 20th from 3 to 4pm.

Stanley Clarke will be at the Lensic as part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival

Santa Fe music:
The 41st season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival starts on Sunday, July 14th and runs through Monday, August 19th. The complete schedule is on their website. Also coming in July, the eighth annual New Mexico Jazz Festival, with concerts both in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, runs from Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 28th.  There’s a free concert at the Santa Fe Bandstand,  featuring Larry Mitchell and The Mil-Tones, on Tuesday, July 23rd  at 6pm. You can read more about both

Santa Fe Film:
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and HBO are teaming up to present an advanced screening of HBO’s documentary, Casting By, which premiers on the network on Monday, August 5th. The Santa Fe showing is Wednesday, July 17th at 7pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center followed by a discussion and VIP party. Tickets are free, but you must RSVP to HBO.

Get out there and enjoy Santa Fe this week, There’s so much to do! If you have any Santa Fe tidbits to share, let us know.

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