Things are heating up around here. Santa Fe Winter Fiesta starts on Friday with lots to do and some great deals to be had. Then comes ARTFeast an annual event combining, as the name implies, art and dining, two of our favorite local sports. Haven’t eaten enough? Santa Fe Restaurant Week is March 6th through 13th. Mangia, mangia!
Like a little heat in your winter? Head to Albuquerque for the National Fiery Food & Barbecue Show March 4th through 6th. In its 23rd year (the 6th at the Sandia Resort and Casino), this is the place to be if you have a love affair with the chile. Join about 10,000 other hot food lovers who come to taste and buy some of the hottest foods out there. The show’s co-producer Dave DeWitt is the founder Fiery Foods Magazine, an author of books on chile and one of the foremost chile experts in the world. The range of foods to sample and buy at this event is boggling. If you love fiery food and haven’t gone, go; if you’ve been, go again.
Wednesday, February 23, dine and feel virtuous. Santa Fe Bar and Grill is donating 20% of their sales to the 2011 Music on the Hill™, St. John’s College’s free summer concert series. Dine to the music of jazz pianist Andy Kingston and bass player, Justin Bransford, two of the performers on this year’s concert schedule. Kingston’s also a tutor at the school. The series of six concerts takes place in June and July. They’re a great place to spend a summer evening. Bring a picnic or buy dinner from the on-site caterer.
If you’re a fan of the grape, 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar has a delicious wine dinner planned for Tuesday March 8th at7p.m. The five-course dinner features five Chateauneuf Du Pape wines from Vieux Télégraphe winery in France. Reservations are required; for the full menu, call the restaurant, (505) 986-9190.
St. John’s College is a great source for interesting free activities. On Friday, February 25th, Native American writer N. Scott Momaday gives a reading at the College’s 2011 Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature. His first novel, House Made of Dawn, won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Momaday is also a poet, playwright and essayist. The author will read some of his poems, tell stories, and talk about how they might fit together. Momaday will be available for book-signing at the post lecture reception. The talk takes place at 8p.m. at the Peterson Student Center in the Great Hall St. John’s College. The public is invited.
Another great Santa Fe Pro Musica concert is coming up. On Saturday, February 26th the group welcomes the Jasper String Quartet returns to the Santa Fe. The diverse program presents works of Haydn, Tao, Mozart and Beethoven. Conrad Tao is not a household name, yet. The 16-year-old piano prodigy and composer has been playing piano since he was eighteen months old. Tao has appeared as soloist with symphonies around the world. The concert, at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, begins at 6p.m. Tickets from the Pro Musica box office or Tickets Santa Fe run from $15 to $65.
A new show opens at the The Harwood Museum of Art on March 5th. The group exhibition, New Mexorado: Artists Living and Working in the Albuquerque-Denver Corridor, features the work of over 80 artists living in the I-25 corridor. According to the Museum, “The exhibit celebrates technical excellence, personal vision, and the bonds connecting the community of artists living and working in this unique part of the world.” The show is on through June 19, 2011. Concurrent with the new show’s opening weekend, the three-day Taos Shortz Film Fest runs March 4th through 6th. The juried festival will screen more than 50 short films from around the world. There will also be panel discussions, question and answer sessions with filmmakers and parties. The festival opens Friday evening, March 4, from 7p.m. to 9p.m.
If you know of anything interesting going on in the Santa Fe area, let us know.
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