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Upcoming in Santa Fe: Arlo Guthrie, Earth Now, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and more

Robert Glenn Ketchum's Louisiana Pacific From Earth Now at New Mexico Museum of Art, photo/courtesy Robert Glenn Ketchum

Sometimes life becomes a trip down memory lane. The first thing is probably significant only to me, but it pointed out the power of the Internet. Hacienda Nicholas, a Santa Fe bed and breakfast linked to a post on our blog about the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail. My freshman year roommate from college saw it and got in touch. Oh the memories this has triggered.

The other thing has a broader significance. Arlo Guthrie’s coming to town. He’s appearing at the Lensic Performing Arts Center Saturday, April 7th at 7p.m. His epic eighteen minute talking blues, Alice’s Restaurant, released in 1967, takes me back to my youth. It was a crazy time. We were in the middle of the Vietnam War, colleges and universities were in upheaval and Arlo got arrested, by the now immortal Officer Obie, for LITTERING. The absurdity of the song caught everyone’s attention and it became a huge hit. A few years later, director Arthur Penn turned it into a film. The long song starts out taking about what the singer-songwriter calls the Alice’s Restaurant Massacre (the garbage incident) and segues into his experience with his Draft Board. He was rejected, deemed unfit for military service. Why? He had a criminal record for… garbage. He went on to record The Motor Cycle Song, Coming into Los Angeles and Steve Goodman’s City of New Orleans and many others. And Arlo’s father, Woody Guthrie triggers a whole other train of memories for me, but I’ll save those for another day.

And speaking of garbage, Earth Now, American Photographers and the Environment, opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday April 8th. The landscape photos in the show create a history of environmental photography in the United States. The show of almost a hundred photographs begins with 1930s photograph of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter who both captured the beauty of the American landscape and  allowed their work to be used for environmental causes. They influenced a group of photographers working in the 1970s who were affected by the growing environmental movement. The show then moves to the works of twenty artists working in the 21st Century. The works in the show express a sense of environmental advocacy, sometimes from a subtle prospective and sometimes very in your face

Exhibit curator Katherine Ware writes, “Adams and Porter were both participants in using their art to seduce their fellow Americans into admiring and, perhaps, caring about the country’s unique landscapes. Many photographers I have spoken with cite their first experience with Porter’s 1962 book — in which his photographs were made to accompany passages from the naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s 1854 book Walden, or Life in the Woods – as something of a revelation about both photography and conservation issues.”

Axle Gallery's roadside sign for their Haiku project, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

The museum is free on Friday’s from 5p.m. to 8p.m.; there is an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.

The museum is free on Friday’s from 5p.m. to 8p.m.; there is an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of

More art- sort of:

Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, has bought a roadside sign. Kind of fits in with their on-the-road image. They have a project in mind and are inviting you to help. If you live in New Mexico and want to try your hand at haiku, send them a poem.  If yours is chosen, it will appear on the two-sided sign this summer. Their goal is to turn the entries into a book. While writers grant them permission to use their work on the sign and in the book, they retain ownership of their poems. Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe, will jury the entries; you can submit up to three. There are some dos and don’ts that aspiring poets can find on Axle’s website along with all the the information needed to enter. Get working, the deadline for submissions is May 15th, 2011

Food news

Fans of food and wine may be interested in Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa’s Northern Enchantment Food and Wine Weekend. Friday March 25th and Saturday March 26th. For the first event Friday night, they’re partnering with Sonoma’s Schug Carneros Estate Winery for An Evening in the Wine Country. The six course dinner, $95 per person, begins at 6p.m. The winemaker will be present.

Saturday the 26th at 1:00p.m, join the hotel’s Executive Chef, Christopher McLean (also a Certified Sommelier), for Pinot Noir History and Horizontal Tasting. The afternoon includes a 30-minute class by McLean. New Mexican, Californian, Oregonian and French Pinots will be featured. Cost is $28 per person

That evening brings the Northern Enchantment Food and Wine Tasting Reception featuring the best wines produced by northern New Mexico wineries paired with Chef McLean’s creations. Featured wineries: Estrella del Norte Winery, Black Mesa Winery, Don Quixote Winery and Distillery, Jacoma Vineyards and Vino del Corazon Winery. The 6p.m. event is $85 per person. For more information or reservations call Bishop’s Lodge at (505) 983 6377.

It’s time to vote for your favorite green chile cheeseburger for the 2011 version of the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. I did. And apparently you can vote daily through March 31st. In case the voters miss a classic, there’s a panel of culinary experts who can add their favorites to the list. The top 30 burgers will be on this year’s trail.

If you’re a piano-bar fan, Vanessie’s annual April in Paris with local favorites pianist Charles Tichenor and accordion player Ron “Dadou” Romanovsky will play French tunes at 4p.m. on three Sundays; April 10th 17th and 24th. Doors open at 3. Admission is $15.

If there is something coming happening in Santa Fe that you want to share with us, we’d love to hear it.

Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

 

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4 Responses to “Upcoming in Santa Fe: Arlo Guthrie, Earth Now, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and more”

  1. Charles Higgins
    March 23, 2019 at 6:54 am #

    The Guthrie gig sounds entertaining..after a green chile cheeseburger..

    Cheers..

    • Billie Frank
      March 23, 2019 at 9:41 am #

      Gotta have that New Mexico green chile cheeseburger!

  2. Ted Nelson
    March 23, 2019 at 9:05 am #

    I would love to see Arlo Guthrie sometime. I love his Coming into Los Angeles clip from the Woodstock movie.

    • Billie Frank
      March 23, 2019 at 9:42 am #

      Definitely a high spot. I actually met Officer Obie at a Who concert at Tanglewood in Lenox MA in 1969. About what you would expect.

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