Tidbits: Santa Fe food, art, music and more

It’s the quiet time of year in Santa Fe and a perfect time to visit. Rates are down, streets are uncrowded and the ski slopes are open. Yes, it’s a bit cold out, but it’s not usually the bone-chilling cold I grew up with in New York. Unless snow is on the way or the wind is blowing it’s quite bearable.

Santa Fe again is honored in the national media. The City Different made Travel + Leisure list of America’s Best Girlfriend Getaways, something I’ve been saying for years.  If you want to experience a great one, our travel planning arm, The Santa Fe Traveler is a great place to start.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Acrobats from Wise Fool at Santa Fe University of Art and Design last summer, photo/Steve Collins

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design which rose from the ashes of Santa Fe College is doing a great job. Backstage, an industry magazine gave them the number two spot on their list of 5 Top College Performing Arts Programs Outside of L.A. The school, with its top-notch film program, is currently working with Robert Redford on the Unique Voice scholarship. This award will go to the BFA film student “who represents the voice of aboriginal or indigenous people” and provide full tuition. Besides lending his name to the scholarship, Redford and will be involved in the selection process. Funds are coming from the University.

Santa Fe dining

Andrea Clover of Inn and Spa at Loretto’s Luminaria, photo/courtesy Inn and Spa at Loretto

Food news:
Hot off the presses!
This just arrived as we were putting the finishing touches on Tidbits.

Andrea Clover, Executive Pastry Chef at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, will compete on Sugar Dome, a new competition series on the Food Network. Clover will be on the show’s premier airing Sunday, January 20th at at 6pm MST. Three three-chef teams battle it out in a themed challenge, seeing who can dazzle judges more. The grand prize: $15,000. Locals and Loretto guests are invited to watch the show on two large-screen TVs that will be set up the Living Room Bar from 5 to 7pm.  Clover will hold a brief pastry demo from 5:20 to 6 and guests will get to taste her mini pastries.

Talin Market World Food Fare, a fixture on the Albuquerque food scene for years, is opening a Santa Fe outpost in early February.  They will share the building at 505 Cerrillos Road with popular Ohori’s Coffee, a source for gourmet beans and more for years.  The local Talin outpost, a fraction of the size of the Albuquerque location,  will stock a selection of their food and other products. Welcome to Santa Fe!

Greg Brown: “You drive me crazy”

Santa Fe Music:
We are long-time Greg Brown fans.  We love the singer/songwriter’s style: gritty yet romantic. We collect covers of his song, Early, about a small Iowa farm town (a song we first heard Robin and Linda Williams of Prairie Home Companion fame perform). He’ll be performing this Thursday (January 10th) at the Saint Francis Auditorium at 7:30pm. Reserved seats for the Santa Fe Performance Exchange production are $29 and $39. See ticketing info below.

Spencer Myer plays Beethoven Sonata Op. 78 (Movement 2)

The Santa Fe Symphony’s  first presents their first concert of the year, Winter Brilliance will be on Sunday, January 20th at 4pm. American Pianists Association Fellow, Spencer Meyer, will be performing Rachmaninov’s  Piano Concerto No. 2., Nielsen’s Mascarade and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.  Tickets to the concert, which takes place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, range from $20 to $70. There’s a pre-concert lecture at 3:00pm. Tickets are available through the Symphony at (505) 983-1414 or through the Lensic, see below.

Tickets to both concerts are available at the Lensic box office or at Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Theater:
The Santa Fe Playhouse mounts their own productions and opens their doors to other theater groups looking for performance space.  Just a Gigolo, part of their Off the Wall series featuring visiting productions, runs  Friday January 18th and Saturday, January 19th at 8pm and Sunday, January 20th at 2pm. The one-man show features part-time Santa Fe resident, Maurice Roeves, as the “real Lady Chatterly’s lover.”  The new comedy, by award winning writer, Stephen Lowe,” reveals the hidden truths behind the banned D H Lawrence paintings and his affair with Frieda Lawrence as he tries to sell the paintings to Saki Karavas, owner of the La Fonda Hotel Taos.” Tickets are available either by calling (505) 988-4262 or emailing [email protected]. In the wings: the popular annual productions Benchwarmers.

Santa Fe art

Cold Storage ice structure by Cheri Ibes, photo/Cheri Ibes, courtesy Axle Contemporary

Santa Fe art:
Join Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, for their latest avant garde show, COLD STORAGE:  An installation by Cheri Ibes. Cheri Ibes.  The gallery will become a mobile cold storage unit for “ice constructions” made by the artist and stored on shelves in the van. The show is weather dependant. When the temperature warms up, the ice melts onto the floor of the van. It’s collected and recycled into new works.  Axle calls it a “time-lapse performance piece in which one group of objects is revealed by the disappearance of the other.”  The show, which opens at the Railyard on Friday, January 11th runs through February 10th. Check Axle’s website for locations.

Las Vegas, NM news:
One day last fall, we explored Las Vegas, NM, about an hour northeast of Santa Fe.  We discovered the derelict Castaneda Hotel next to the refurbished Amtrak station.  Phoenix, Arizona artist and businessman Sloane McFarland has an accepted offer on the former Harvey House hotel. He plans to renovate and reopen it. The deal will take about six months to close.

If you don’t know about Fred Harvey and the Harvey Houses, we have an interview coming up with Harvey expert, Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West-One Meal at a Time. Santa Fe’s La Fonda Hotel was rebuilt in 1922 as a Harvey House.

Harvey House hotels

The historic Harvey Housel, The Castaneda in Las Vegas, NM is slated for renovation, photo/Steve Collins

Harvey House hotels

Castaneda Hotel in its heyday from “Appetite for America…” see full photo credit below*

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

* The photo of the historic Harvey House hotel, The Castaneda in Las Vegas NM, is from Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West-One Meal at a Time by Stephen Fried, used with permission from the Denver Public Library Collection.  Courtesy of Stephen Fried/


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