Tidbits: Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, food, art music and more

There are a lot of things going on this mid-winter week in Santa Fe. The Second Annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta starts this week, brining ten days of winter fun. Events include concerts, outdoor activities, food events and a brew fest. Come and join the fun. Passes are $10. And of course, there’s a lot more going on around the city the next week or so.

Food news:

Craft beer is alive and well in New Mexico. The above mentioned brew fest, WinterBrew, is a joint effort of the City of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Brewers Guild. To sop up that beer, local companies offering “comfort food”. Enjoy creative twists on old favorites like meatloaf, chicken pot pie, donuts as well as New Mexican classics. A complete list of participating breweries and food vendors is on WinterBrew’s website. Promoters remind you to designate a driver or take the Rail Runner.

WinterBrew: Line up those beers.

Enjoy New Mexico craft brews at WinterBrew on February 3rd, photo/courtesy WinterBrew

Don’t forget the Souper Bowl this Saturday.

Film and theater:

Award-winning Native American filmmaker, Chris Eyre has been appointed chairperson of The Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Moving Image Arts Department. He starts on February 1st.  He directed the acclaimed 1998 film Smoke Signals, winner of both the coveted Sundance Audience Award and the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy. He has also garnered a Peabody Award and an Emmy. His latest film, Hideaway, starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell, is scheduled for release in May of this year.

Music and dance:

The Santa Fe Concert Association presents the Moscow Festival Ballet Thursday, February 2nd and Friday February 3rd at 7:30pm, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco Street. On Thursday they are dancing Prokofiev’s Cinderella and on Friday, the French classic Giselle. Tickets are available from the Concert Association online or at (505) 984-8759, the Lensic box office and online from Tickets Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Concerts: Moscow Festival Ballet

Moscow Festival Ballet, Act 1 of Giselle, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Concert Association

Blues greats Eric Bibb and Guy Davis will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 10th at 7pm. Eric Bibb’s bio reads like a who’s who of American music. He’s father is 1960s folk singer Leon Bibb, his uncle was jazz pianist and composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Paul Robeson was his godfather. Actor and musician Guy Davis, raised in the suburbs of New York City, has roots that go back to the rural south. He has spent much of his career reviving the traditions of acoustic blues. Tickets are being sold at the Lensic box office and online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Gallery and Museum News:

This Friday, January 27th, the Georgia O’Keeffe reopens with a new exhibit, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Landscapes Of An American Modernist, featuring the works of the Native American artist as part of their part of the Living Artists of Distinction Series. Carolyn Kastner, the exhibit’s Associate Curator will give an opening talk, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Creating an Artist’s Life, will be given on Thursday, January 26th at 6pm at the Scottish Rites Masonic Temple at Paseo de Peralta and Bishops Lodge Road. Admission for non-members is $5, there is no charge for members. You can make reservations on the museum’s website or by calling (505) 946-1039.

Santa Fe Art: Forrest Brambles detail, Erin Lynn Forrest, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

"Forrest Brambles detail", Erin Lynn Forrest, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

On Friday, February 3rd, Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, launches another exhibit. The mobile gallery will be parked on Paseo de Peralta at the Farmers Market Building from 4 to 6pm. If Ever-For Enemies presents what is being called “a series of objects, at once absurd and sincere” by artist, Erin Lynn Forrest.  According to the gallery, Forrest has created “crafted imaginary gifts to be exchanged by enemies” in a variety of media. The show can be found at various locations around town through February 26th. Check with the gallery for time and location information for the rest of the exhibit..

As always, if you have a tidbit to share, let us know.

If you are interested in a walking tour of Santa Fe, want a guide for a day-trip or want help planning your trip to Santa Fe, The Santa Fe Traveler is offering discounts to Winter Fiesta pass holders duning the celebration.

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