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Tidbits: the latest goings on in Santa Fe

After an unusually hot summer, fall is finally in the air. Days are bearable, nights are cool and leaves are starting to change color. It is one of the best times of year to be out and about in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Enjoy this glorious weather.

Santa Fe dining photo Steve Collins

These tasty tidbits from Taberna La Boca some of the cold tapas from the menu, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe dining and food news:
We were invited to the soft opening of La Boca’s James Campbell Caruso’s new tapas restaurant Taberna Ls Boca. The contemporary room is chic and comfortable and the cold and hot tapas were inventive and delicious. The six of us at our table were wowed. For warmer weather, there is patio dining. Service was flawless, a great feat with a new venue and unfamiliar menu. The new eatery opened officially on Monday, September 10th. They will be serving dinner from 5 to 10pm. Happy Hour, from 5 to 7pm, offers half-priced wine. Lunch, which will be added on Monday, September 17th, will be from 11am to 2pm. Brunch will be offered Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 2pm beginning on September 22nd. The location, in a courtyard between Lincoln and Washington Avenues, is a bit hard to find. Their official address is 125 Lincoln Avenue and you can also enter at 150 Washington. For Santa Fe “old-timers” the site is the former home of Carlos’ Gospel Café.

Sant Fe School of Cooking photo Eric Swanson, courtesy Santa Fe School of Cooking

Tracy Ritter in the new kitchen at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, photo/Eric Swanson, courtesy SFSC

The newly expanded Santa Fe School of Cooking has named Chef Tracy Ritter as its new culinary director. She’s the former owner of Whistling Moon Café and Prana, two popular Santa Fe restaurants 1990s. Prior to that, she was the executive chef at Santacafé. Ritter, who recently returned to town, will play a major role designing new programs and classes, developing recipes, mentoring new teachers, and catering events. The school, which teaches southwestern inspired classes now has two teaching kitchens and will offer a wider selection on hands-on classes than before.

Santa Fe Art ablita Velarde's "Pueblo Ceremonial", photo Brad Bealmear, courtesy Golden Dawn Gallery

Pablita Velarde’s “Pueblo Ceremonial”, photo Brad Bealmear, courtesy Golden Dawn Gallery

Museum and art news:
The Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts opens in Santa Fe on Thursday September 20th with an opening reception from 5 to7:00pm. The museum will honor Native woman artists from North American. The museum will show the work of painters, potters, sculptors, weavers, jewelers, beaders, dancers, musicians, film-makers, poets, writers and more. Women able to verify Native ancestry within three generations are eligible to have their work shown. The museum is located at 213 Cathedral Place. Pepita Velarde was a trail blazer. She was the first female student enrolled in Dorothy Dunn’s legendary painting class at the Santa Fe Indian School in 1932.  She was also the first Native American woman to have a full time painting career. Her daughter, Helen Hardin, was also a renowned painter. Both women have passed on, but the torch is being carried by Hardin’s daughter, Margarete Bagshaw.  Her work is on currently on display at Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Margarete Bagshaw: Breaking the Rules runs through December 30th. For more information call (505) 988-8900. (The phone will be hooked up this week.)

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation is holding The Big Thank You on Sunday, September 23rd from 10am to 5pm at their Santa Fe Museums on Museum Hill and downtown Santa Fe including Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, International Folk Art Museum, New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. A full schedule of events is on their website.

Annular eclipse by Linda Conner, from Exhibition Solar at  photo-eye Gallery, courtesy  photo-eye Gallery

Annular eclipse by Linda Conner, from Exhibition Solar at photo-eye Gallery, photo/courtesy photo-eye

An opening reception will be held at photo-eye Gallery on Friday, September 28th for Solar, a group sho featuring of images of the sun. Included will be recent works by Jamey Stillings from the Ivanpah Solar power plant, historic photographs from the Lick Observatory printed by Linda Connor, sunburned photographs by Chris McCaw, sunrise studies by David H. Gibson and solar images by film and video artist Sharon Harper. The show runs through the end of November.

Taos art Quick Draw photo Dancer Dearing

Taos artest Thom Wheeler at Quick Draw at the Taos Center for the Arts, photo/Dancer Dearing

The Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) is holding their 12th annual Quick Draw on Saturday, September 29th from noon to 3pm. Thirty artists will be working at five sites around town creating two and three dimensional art on the spot. Venues in addition to the TCA will be Stables Gallery; Bent Street at the John Dunn Shops; LeDoux Street at the Blumenschein Home and Museum on South Plaza; and on Kit Carson Road. Mediums will include oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and jewelry. The art will be sold at a live in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium at 4pm.  The TCA is located at 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos. For information call (575)758-2052.

While we’re on Taos and art; the Millicent Rogers Museum, one of my favorites, has a new executive director. Peter Seibert, former Executive Director for the National Council for History Education, College Park Maryland. If you’re a fan of Native American and Spanish Colonial art, don’t miss the late Standard Oil heiresses’ incredible collection. The socialite and jewelry designer had impeccable taste.

Santa Fe music Cellist Julie Albers, photo courtesy Santa Fe Pro Musica

Cellist Julie Albers will perform with Santa Fe Pro Musica, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Pro Musica

Santa Fe Music:
The opening concert for Santa Fe Pro Musica’s 31st season will be on Saturday, September 15 at 6pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. It will be repeated on Sunday, September 16 at 3pm. Cellist Julie Albers will perform with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra. The program features Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri Overture, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 56. There will be a pre-concert talk beginning an hour before each performance. Tickets, $20 to $65 each are available at the Pro Musica box office, the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office, by calling (505) 988-1234 or online at ticketssantafe. There are specially priced tickets for student and teachers ($10 each) and family tickets are $12. Speciallt priced tickets are only available through the Pro Musica Box Office.

The Santa Fe Performance Exchange presents Albuquerque bnd Soul Kitchen featuring Hillary Smith and  Chris Dracup at Legal Tender in Lamy on Sunday, September 16th at 7:30pm. The band also features bassist Marcus Casman and drummer, Mark Clark, Legal Tender, part of the Lamy Railroad & History Museum, dates to the 1890s. Owners call it “the real Old West, where gunfighters, gamblers and beautiful ladies have dined, danced and dallied.”  Lamy, a half-hour south of Santa Fe, is where trains coning to Santa Fe have always arrived. The original Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and now Amtrak, never came to Santa Fe, A bit ironic, given the old railroad’s name. Admission to the concert is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. You can even come early and have dinner.

Santa Fe music Richard Rood photo courtesy Santa fe Concert Asociation

Violinist Richard Rood will take part The Story of the Violin photo/courtesy Santa fe Concert Asociation

The Santa Fe Concert Association presents Notes on Music: The Story of the Violin another program in it’s the popular series Notes on Music series on Monday, September 24th at 7:30pm at the United Church of Santa Fe. SFCA’s Artistic Director Joseph Illick is joined by violinist, Richard Rood, for what is being called “a guided tour through the deep and tangled history of the violin, revealing the secrets of the most seductive, the most human, and the sometimes the most elusive of all musical instruments.” While learning about the violin and its rich history, attendees will discover a bit of violin trivia. Tickets, $20 each, are available at the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office, by calling (505) 988-1234 or online at ticketssantafe. As always as SFCA programs, students are half-price.

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