Tidbits: what’s happening in Santa Fe

Surprisingly for November, there’s a lot going on in Santa Fe.  Here’s a round-upthe rest of the month..

Acoma Sky City

Find history, culture and adventure at Acoma Sky City, photo/Steve Collins

New Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Monique Jacobson, revealed the State’s new tourism “brand essence” at a press conference in Albuquerque last Thursday. The concept is “Adventure Steeped in Culture”.  If you add natural beauty, it captures the Land of Enchantment. For more information, check out their website.


The winners of the first round in the Chef Showdown, part of the Santa Fe Harvest Festival, go on to round two. Come watch the fun at the Inn and Spa at Loretto on Thursday, November 10th from 1 to 4pm. Cheer on the twelve winners. Four will survive this round. You can see the exciting finals Sunday, November 13th at the gala dinner at the Eldorado Hotel. Celebrities from the culinary world will pick the lucky winner. Name of the 1st round finalists are below*

Winners of 1st round Santa Fe Harvest festival chef's competition

These chef's will be in Round 2 of the Santa Fe Harvest Festival "Chef Showdown", photo/courtesy Wings Media

David Sundberg, Executive Chef at Blue Corn Brewery, has another of his beer dinners planned. He’s calling the four-course evening Harvest New Mexico.  The main course is slow-roasted lamb breast marinated and stuffed with green chile and smoked sausage. It’s served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and braised local organic greens. Each course is paired with one of Blue Corn’s hand-crafted brews. The dinner, on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30pm, is $40 per person. Call the restaurant for the complete menu and to make reservations.

David Sundberg's Ceviche

Cerviche was featured at a beer dinner at Santa Fe's Blue Corn Brewery photo/courtesy Blue Corn Cafe


The Santa Fe Botanical Gardens officially broke ground last Friday on their Museum Hill site on Camino Lejo across from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.  The 12 acres will contain four separate but integrated gardens: The Orchard Gardens, Naturalistic Gardens, The Courtyard Gardens and a trail system called the Arroyo Trails. Visitors will cross the Arroyo de los Pinos via the historic Kearny Gap Bridge that started life in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1913. The gardens are slated for a 2013 opening. It’s off to a good start.

Kearney Gap Bridge will move from Las Vegas, NM to Santa Fe Botanical Gardens on Camino Lejo

The Kearny Gap Bridge, circa 1913, will have a new home at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens Photo/courtesy Santa Fe Botanical Gardens


The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture opens a new exhibit, Woven Identities, on Sunday, November 20th. The museum is calling the show, culled from their extensive collection of North American Indian baskets, a “major exhibition”. They say that every basket tells a story, its woven identity, if you know how to read it. The folks here do and they’re sharing these beautiful vessels and their knowledge in this exhibition.  The baskets in the show are all from the western region of North America and represent 60 cultural groups (today referred to as tribes, bands or pueblos). The show runs through May 1, 2019.

MIAC Photo “Woven Identities”, Cylinder, Bowl, Cap and Jar, photo Addison Doty, courtesy MIAC

Cylinder, Bowl, Cap and Jar in the “Woven Identities” exhibit at The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture,, photo/Addison Doty, courtesy MIAC

Santa Fe is world renowned for its Indian Market held each August. Winter Indian Market over Thanksgiving Weekend is a smaller show. The juried event, featuring 130 Native American artists and artisans, will be at the Santa Fe Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, November 26th and 27th . Saturday it’s open from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5. SWAIA members get first crack at the treasures during Early Bird Shopping. Doors open for them at 9am. You can purchase a membership at the door.


Flamenco fans have two upcoming events to look forward to. The Santa Fe Concert Association presents well-known flamenco dancer and choreographer José Porcel and his flamenco troupe Compañia Flamenco on Friday, November 18th at 7:30pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. to town. Their show, Gypsy Fire, showcases what promoters call, “the purest, oldest, and most fiery forms of flamenco”. Porcel has been called “Spain’s premier flamenco dancer”. Tickets are available at the Lensic box office and Tickets Santa Fe.

Julia Chacon will dance Flamenco at La Boca

See Julia Chacon's Inspiración Flamenca at La Boca, photo Kate Russell

La Boca, Chef James Campbell Caruso’s tapas restaurant, is hosting a monthly Flamenco Friday with  Santa Fe’s very own Julia Chacon. The talented dancer brings her Inspiración Flamenca to the restaurant on November 25th and December 23rd. Seating begins at 9:30, guitar music at 9:45 and dancing starts at 10pm. There is a $10 cover charge. You can also come for dinner and stay for the show.


It you’re a fan of Handel’s Messiah, the Santa Fe Symphony’s annual performance takes place on Sunday, November 20th at 4pm at the Lensic. The pre-concert talk begins at 3pm. Tickets are sold at the Lensic and online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Our first 2012 Tidbit:

We don’t usually give six months warning for an event, but this will sell out. Heath Concerts is bringing blues and roots legend, Taj Mahal, to town with his trio on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm also at the Lensic. Tickets go on sale on Friday November 11th at both the Lensic box office and Tickets Santa Fe.

Taj Mahal will perform in Santa Fe

A 1968 photo of blues legend Taj Mahal, He's performing in Santa Fe May 2012 , photo/Baron Wolman

If you have any Santa Fe news to share, let us know.

* 1st round Semi-finalists are Kirstin Griffin of Cafe Cafe, Ahmed Obo of Jambo Cafe, Rocky Durham of SFCC, Matt Ostrander of Luminaria, Eric Hall of Fuego, Seamus Collins of Buffalo Thunder, Jose Rodriguez of Plaza Cafe Southside, Joseph Wrede of The Palace, Michael Meisel of Red Sage, Xavier Grenet of Ristra and Azur, Christian Ponteggia of Osteria d’Assisi, and Steve Lemon of O Eating House


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3 Responses to “Tidbits: what’s happening in Santa Fe”

  1. Karen D.
    November 9, 2019 at 5:30 am #

    Great “Tidbits” as always! Thanks!

    • Billie Frank
      November 9, 2019 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks, Karen! If you have have any Santa Fe news to share, let us know.

  2. Charles Higgins
    November 9, 2019 at 10:33 pm #

    Great Santa Fe event lineup…thanks!


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