The weather has been unseasonably warm; read hot, here is Santa Fe. But, with our glorious altitude, 7,000 feet above sea level, low humidity and winds, it cools off nicely in the evening- the perfect time to enjoy dining al fresco at one of the many Santa Fe restaurants boasting patios and courtyards. There’s a lot going on from now through the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October.
A few odds and ends:
Yet again, The City Different has made a national media list. We snagged the number two spot for shopping on Travel + Leisure’s 2011 America’s Favorite Cities survey beating out some heavy hitters like NYC and LA. Not bad for a small city.
Access to Bandelier National Monument, unless you are with an approved tour company or tour guide is via shuttle bus. The buses run from White Rock on NM Rte 4 east of the park. (Santa Fe Traveler’s Steve Collins is an approved guide; he’s available for private tours)
Don’t forget, the 2nd Santa Fe Botanical Garden Tour is Sunday, June 10th from 1 to 4pm.
Longmire, a contemporary western on the A&E network, premiered last Sunday. Some of it is being filmed outside Santa Fe. Word has it they’ll be shooting a train scene out in Eldorado this week. Keep your eyes peeled, maybe you’ll spot Lou Diamond Phillips.
Yee ha! The 63rd annual Rodeo de Santa Fe is at the Rodeo/Fairgrounds Wednesday, June 20the through Saturday, June 23rd.
La Casa Sena and the La Cantina at LCS are closed from June 4th through 11th for what the restaurant calls, “some exciting changes.” There will be some interior redesign and Chef Patrick Gharrity is redesigning the menus. Manager Matt Gonzalez says they’re calling the new concept, “New American West.” Expect creative American cuisine with southwestern influences and lots of locally grown and produced foods. In an interview in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Gharrity, who feels this trend to fresh and local isn’t’ going away, said, “Local food just has much more flavor.” Come check out their new menu concept and look when they reopen. If the weather cooperates, dine outside, their courtyard is one of the best outside dining spots in town. Their wine shop will remain open during the reno.
The Southside location of local micro-brewery/eatery, Blue Corn Café (another member of the Santa Fe Dining Inc. empire along with LA Casa Sena), has another one of its beer dinners planned for Thursday June 14th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Executive Chef David Sundberg’s four-course menu includes Steelhead Trout and locally sourced, slow-cooked rabbit. Each course is paired with appropriate brew. The cost is for $35 per person. For reservations call (505) 438-1800.
There’s a changing of the guard in the wings. Café Café, the Italian restaurant opened by chefs Kirstin Griffin and Donalee Goodbrod in 2007, will shortly be under new ownership. Stuart Dickson, husband of gallery owner, Dominique Boisjoli, (see below) will take over on or about July 1st. At the moment he’s learning the ropes as acting general manager. He’s been in the restaurant business for over 35 years and was a general manager for several Florida locations of the Tommy Bahama Reataurant Group for over fifteen years. Dickson, who originally hails from upstate New York, says he was ready to go out on his own. He says he’s going to keep the menu everyone knows and loves, but will be adding what he calls, “southwest-inspired Italian.” Miqueas Celote, sous chef at the restaurant since the beginning, will stay on.
No one would ever say local porcelain artist Heidi Loewen isn’t fun; and her new show won’t let you down. Working on the premise “what girl doesn’t love shoes?” she’s combines what she calls “her lifelong passion of stilettos with her great ability to carve porcelain and work in bright color.” The result is a collection of over-the-top porcelain shoes and boots that will delight any woman with a love of footwear. According to the artist, each piece in the show, Seductive Stiletto, is “dressed with brilliant fabrics from around the world, furs, feathers of ostrich and peacock.” An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 8th from 5 to 7:30pm at Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery at 315 Johnson Street.
Also on Friday, June 8th, there’s an opening at Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art on Canyon Road. The show presents the vibrantly colored 3-D flowers painted by self-taught Texas artist, Renea Menzies. The opening reception at the gallery at 621 Canyon Road is from 5 to 7pm. The show runs through June 18th.
Attention artists and photographers: There are so many questions about photo rights on the Internet. To address some of these, photo-eye Gallery, partnering with New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, is offering a free summer lecture series focusing on current legal issues in the art world. The first talk, Protecting your Rights as a Photographer will be given by photographer, Efrain M. Padro at the gallery on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. For information on the two other lectures in the free series, contact Anne Kelly at (505) 988-5159 x121 or at [email protected]. The Gallery is located at 376-A Garcia Street.
Axle Contemporary is like the Energizer Bunny; they never stop going. The latest event from the dynamic duo who run this gallery on wheels is, The Dubstep Puppet Show, featuring artist and magician, Ross Hamlin. The three day show is, “a shape-shifting, time-traveling musical, mythical odyssey.” It involves Timmy, the Texting Teen and a Shaman DJ on a quest for the long-lost Secret Chord. Promoters call it “a bizarre, yet family-friendly variety show that’s sure to amuse, confuse, educate and titillate folks of every generation and proclivity!” There are three shows: Friday, June 15th, from 5 to 8pm; Saturday, June 16th, 5 to 8pm and Sunday, June 17th, at 1pm at the shade structure, near Paseo de Peralta at the Tracks. There is no admission charge.
You know it’s summer when flamenco comes to the cabaret at The Lodge at Santa Fe. The amazing Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company opens their fifth season there on Friday, June 29th. The season, with shows Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm, will run through August 12th. Their website offers information on the company. Tickets can be purchased at the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office or online from Tickets Santa Fe.
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