Tidbits: Santa Fe Harvest Festival, music, art and more….

The weather is unseasonably mild in Santa Fe this fall. People are taking advantage of it and spending a lot of time outdoors. The downside is meteorologists are predicting another dry winter. The good news for visitors is with over 300 sunny days a year you’ve got great odds for beautiful weather while you’re here.


Unlike the wonderful George M. Cohan, we’re about 2,000 miles from Broadway. Luckily, we have Santa Fe’s answer to the Great White Way, La Cantina at La Casa Sena. They’ve been presenting what they call, The Best of Broadway, since 1984. Nightly, the servers cum singers serenade diners. The price of admission is dinner or a drink. Occasionally, La Cantina mounts special shows (which come with cover charges). There are three coming up.

La Casa Sena Cantina

La Casa Sena' La Cantina singers entertain the diners circa 1005, photo/courtesy La Casa Sena

Saturday and Sunday, October 29th and 30th, Kim Borchadt Taylor, a former member of the Cantina crew, will perform a tribute to Janis Joplin. There is one seating both evenings at 5:30 pm. The cover charge is $25.

Come out on Halloween for what they’re calling the “spooktacular” sounds of La Cantina’s singers and “ghoulishly” good food. Get into the spirit of the evening and come in costume. There will be continuous entertainment all evening.

On Sunday, November 6th, La Cantina alumna Stephanie Duran is joined by La Cantina regulars Jay Bailey and Greg Grissom for their popular Carpenters tribute. Again, there’s a 5:30pm seating and the cover charge is $25. We’re definitely not Carpenter fans, but we saw this a few years ago, went out to support our friend, Realtor Stephanie Duran. We loved it.

On special show nights, the regular entertainment takes over at 8pm. Reservations are strongly suggested at all times. Special shows often sell out.

Per Tengstrand

Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand will perform with Santa Fe Pro Musica photo/courtesy Santa Fe Pro Musica

Santa Fe Pro Musica offers two performances of an all-Beethoven concert Saturday, November 12th at 6pm and Sunday, November 13 at 3pm. Both are at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The group is joined by Swedish pianist, Per Tengstrand. Known for his interpretations of the German composer’s work, he’ll perform the Piano Concerto No. 1. The apparently unflappable musician arrived in Santa Fe during Santa Fe Pro Musica’s last concert season prepared to play this piece. The already printed program proclaimed he was playing the 5th concerto. He did, with two days to polish his performance. It was a great success. Tickets are available by calling the Pro Musica’s box office (505) 988-4640, the Lensic box office or on line at Tickets Santa Fe.


Santa Fe has a world-wide reputation for having a strong art market. There are over 200 galleries in this city of under 70,000. Friday nights are a great time to visit galleries. Different gallery areas have designated Art Walks. The first Friday of the month, the West Palace/Lincoln Avenue galleries strut their stuff. The last Friday belongs to Canyon Road and the Fourth Friday (sometimes they coincide) belongs to the Railyard Arts District. On October 28th, the Railyard’s, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art has two shows opening; artist Bruce Dorfman’s Recent Work in Combined Media and Whether featuring Rachel Stevens’ sculptures. The shows run through November 18th. You can meet both artists at the opening reception from 5 to 7pm.

Dream Mystic II by Rachel Darnell,photo courtesy Rachel Darnell

"Dream Mystic I"I by Rachel Darnell,photo courtesy/Darnell Fine Art

There’s a mystical date coming up; 11/11/11. Darnell Fine Art on Canyon Road opens their fittingly titled show MYSTERIUM on that date. Gallery owner, artist Rachel Darnell, teams up with Washington DC sculptor Claire McArdle for the show which runs through November 29th. The opening reception is from 5 to 7pm.

Miscellaneous Tidbits:

Puye Cliffs, the ancestral home of the Santa Clara Pueblo is open again for tours. The historic site was closed at the end of June due to the massive Las Conchas Fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. It devastated the area west of the cliffs. Conditions were prime for flash floods and the site was closed as a precaution. Fortunately, the fire didn’t reach the cliffs. The 2000  Cerro Grande fire caused extensive damage to the cliffs and they were closed years, reopening in 2009. Visitors to the site can choose from three tours. The Clifff Side Tour goes up the cliff past the ancient dwelling. You climb paths and ladders as they did hundreds of years ago. The Mesa Top Tour explores the Pueblo remains on top of the mesa where the Santa Clara people lived after they left the cliff dwellings. They remained here until the Spanish arrived in the area. The Puye Adventure Tour combines the Cliff Sside and Mesa Tours. The guides are all Pueblo members and knowledgeable about Puye’s history and that of the community that inhabited it. The tour schedule is on their website.

Puye Cliffes

The Puye Cliffs at Santa Clara Pueblo are once again open for touring, photo Steve Collins

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca will be reading from his work in a benefit for Youth Shelters, photo/courtesy Youth Shelters

Youth Shelters, a local group providing assistance for homeless young people in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, presents their fall fundraiser on Saturday, November 5th. An Evening with Jimmy Santiago Baca features the renowned local author, poet and documentary maker reading his poems. The reading, preceded by wine and hors d’oeuvres, is followed by a discussion with Baca. Tickets to the event, held at the Scottish Rites Masonic Temple from 6 to 8pm, are $25. They can be purchased on their website; via phone (505) 983-0586 or at the door on the night of the event.

Anti-defamation Lead to present program on Sephardic Jews among early NM settlers

From the film "Visa al Paraiso", photo/courtesy Albuquerque Anti-defamation league

There have been Jews in New Mexico since the first settlers came in the late 1500s. The New Mexico Chapter of Anti-Defamation League presents ¡Celébrate! The Jewish Experience in Spanish-Speaking Countries from November 9th through November 16th. There’s a full calendar of events in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The League calls it “an unprecedented week of film, music, exhibits and lectures highlighting the extraordinary historic and contemporary journey of the Jewish people after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.” The entire schedule can be found on their website.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Santa Fe Harvest Festival a three week eating and food event extravaganza. It runs November 1st through November 23rd. Buy your passes today!

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