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buzz Catch the quartet on March 8.

Can you have too much of a good thing? Find out at Divine Decadence: The Chocolate Challenge, during which chefs from eight local restaurants compete to make the most irresistible chocolate creation. Guests can enjoy samples from the likes of La Boca and Santacafé, along with complimentary champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and music. At the end of the night three judges (Santa Fe Culinary Academy co-founder Rocky Durham, Local Flavor editor Patty Karlovitz, and Mayor Javier Gonzales) vote for their favorite dish. Proceeds benefit La Familia Medical Center, a nonprofit clinic that provides affordable, comprehensive care to patients in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.—Whitney Spivey   Divine Decadence: The Chocolate Challenge, March 7, 6 pm, $75, Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 E Palace,

Playing chamber music might seem like serious business, but having a sense of humor is an important part of the process for members of the acclaimed Brentano String Quartet. “We spend an awful lot of time rehearsing and traveling together,” says violinist Mark Steinberg. “We really like each other personally, and we laugh a lot.” This lightheartedness will be on view during the first piece the quartet plays at St. Francis Auditorium on March 8. Haydn’s String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 50, No. 1, written during the middle of the composer’s life, is an upbeat conversation between all four musicians—Steinberg, fellow violinist Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory, and cellist Nina Lee. “There are many ‘in jokes’ and times of unexpected humor in the piece,” Steinberg says. “It’s really fun to play.” A more serious tone emerges with the third work on the program: Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor. Known as Death and the Maiden, the work was written near the end of the composer’s life, when he knew he was dying. And in between? The ensemble will play James MacMillan’s 2007 String Quartet No. 3—a contemporary piece Steinberg says the musicians love for its ethereal sound.—Emily Van Cleve Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the Brentano String Quartet, March 8, 3 pm, $20–$65, New Mexico Museum of Art, St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W Palace,

Zozobra Red tasting Zozobra doesn’t burn until September 4, but thanks to a new wine from Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, you can now wash away Old Man Gloom, too. Scheduled for release at the end of February, Zozobra Red—a “delicious blend of premium red wines,” according to vineyard owner Eileen Reinders—will be labeled with an image of the giant marionette, which, every year, is famously assembled and then set aflame by the Kiwanis Club

of Santa Fe during Fiestas. “Our decision to use Zozobra as one of our label brands is twofold,” Reinders says. “We were inspired by the custom of Zozobra as part of Santa Fe’s folklore, and we wanted to help promote awareness of one of the community’s largest events, which funds much of the good work the Kiwanis Club is able to do for Santa Fe.”—WS Zozobra Red Wine Release Tasting, March 8, 12–2 pm, $6, Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, 106 N Shining Sun,

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Brentano String Quartet


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Recently I was sitting on a chairlift with visitors from Amarillo, Texas. When the conversation turned to musical nightlife in Santa Fe, I did what most of us do: I got apologetic. After reviewing the musical listings on offer this weekend alone, however, I’m here to say that we have nothing to apologize for. Santa Fe has more musical venues than ever before—albeit large ones like the old Paramount Lounge and Nightclub are sadly missing. Nevertheless, there are several small venues that serve up big music. John Rangel is playing at El Mesón on February 26. John is a nationally touring jazz pianist who happens to live in Santa Fe, which means we locals have incredible opportunities to experience his extraordinary talent. John Kurzweg, another excellent local musician with national acclaim, is performing on both February 27 and February 28. I sent the visitors from Amarillo to La Fonda and the Cowgirl, both of which consistently have excellent and fun live music. When you check out our online or print calendar, you’ll see that the lineup of live music in this town is becoming impressive. Speaking of big names coming to our little community, be sure to catch Zane Bennett Contemporary Art’s exhibition Master Prints of the ’70s–’90s, which features works by Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Rufino Tamayo, Bernar Venet, and Robert Motherwell, among others. The opening reception is on February 27, and the exhibition runs through March 20. Big names—whether from the art or music worlds—are reminders of Santa Fe’s significance within the international creative community. And everything those names offer is right at our fingertips.

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Publisher Big Head Todd and the Monsters got the audience going when they performed at The Lensic on January 27. For details about the concert, turn to Last Look on page 29.

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goofy fun

Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana have made some bad movies—or worse than bad in the case of The Matrix: Revolutions—but they’ve also helmed some modern classics. The Matrix tweaked the age-old hero’s tale (he is The One) to infuse the entire action genre with new moves, and Cloud Atlas (which they codirected with Tom Tykwer) was the best movie of 2012. Where does Jupiter Ascending rank on the Wachowski scale? In the middle. There are times you can feel this flick rapidly babbling, like a nerd on cocaine. The main character, Jupiter Jones, is genetically identical to a dead intergalactic queen whose weird sons and daughter are at war over who inherits Earth—one of many planets with humans, who are being farmed for anti-aging goo that’s bottled and dispensed in a corporate style similar to Pepsi or Coke. Also, blah blah blah. Ugh. The point is to get stars Channing Tatum (as a genetically modified bounty hunter named Caine Wise) and Mila Kunis (Jupiter) to fall in love over several exciting action scenes, so why strain so

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis (above) star in Jupiter Ascending.

hard on plot points? Because it’s the Wachowskis, earnest and thoughtful to a fault, building another dense sci-fi universe. They’re the nerds on cocaine! ( says the original script was “over 600 pages long.”) The action in Jupiter Ascending features toys we haven’t seen before, like Tatum’s antigravity boots that let him skate through the air like he’s flying and a shield that deploys and retracts in a blink. There are also huge lasers, spaceship battles, and even a oneon-one fistfight between Tatum and a winged dragon man that takes place inside the planet Jupiter while a city explodes around them. This is a feast of a science-fiction adventure, but it’s also needlessly complicated and oddly inhuman. That, however, is what we get with the Wachowskis. They don’t do things simply. They tinker with the formula. Sometimes it doesn’t quite work, but let’s not penalize them for trying. Jupiter Ascending is bad in ways that make it endearing and good in ways that make it fun.—Phil Parker February 26, 2015 NOW 3

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Welcome to Santa Fe! As a creative, cultural hub, Santa Fe offers an abundance of the world’s best art, attractions, and entertainment opportunities. Santa Fean NOW is an excellent source of information for all that’s happening around town. Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting for the first time or the 100th, NOW ’s complete listings of everything from gallery openings to live music events will help you make the most of the city. We look forward to seeing you around the City Different. Should you need any extra tips, please stop by our information centers at the Santa Fe Railyard or off the Plaza at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.



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On the cover: Violinist Midori performs with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra at The Lensic on February 28 and March 1. For more information, see page 14.

Edward Snowden (far left) and Glenn Greenwald in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.


Praxis Films


the best documentary

Ed Snowden is afraid of the U.S. government. In Citizenfour, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature on February 22 and is currently showing at CCA, Snowden’s fear humanizes important news. Political reporter Glenn Greenwald and Citizenfour director Laura Poitrus are often with Snowden in his hotel room in Hong Kong, where he explains how the U.S. government is spying on its citizens and collecting their private information—and that public officials, all the way up to President Obama, are lying about it and squelching dissent. Protestors are tracked, arrested without charge, and forced to give retinal scans. Reporters are hunted and bugged, their emails intercepted. Snowden worked on the government program that enables this spying and believes, deeply, that it’s wrong. He says he’s not a writer, yet he eloquently describes data mining as “the greatest weapon for oppression in the history of man.” He won’t just accept this, though. He thinks, as a result, he could be disappeared, which is probably why he let Poitrus film him. He risked his life because this scandal needed to be brought to light. Citizenfour, then, is an important historical document and a fascinating and exciting true spy story in which the U.S. government is the villain.—Phil Parker February 26, 2015 NOW 5

this week

February 27–March 1: Winter Dance Escape at NDI New Mexico. For details, see page 8.

February 26–March 4

February 26 thursday

serves lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Reservations recommended. Prices vary, 11:30 am–1 pm, 505-983-7445,

Hungry Artist Life Drawing Artisan 2601 Cerrillos

Tamales I Santa Fe School of Cooking 125 N Guadalupe

Drawing group hosted in an open, public space with clothed models. Free, 11 am–1 pm,

Cowspiracy Body of Santa Fe 333 Cordova

A documentary screening that explores animal agriculture followed by a discussion, wine, and treats. Free, 6–8:30 pm, 505-986-0362,

How to Make Restaurant-Quality Desserts Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado 198 State Road 592

Pastry chef Liz Desantis leads this class, which is part of New Mexico Restaurant Week. Reservations required. $25, 3–5 pm, 505-946-5800,

Student Restaurant Lunch Santa Fe Culinary Academy 112 W San Francisco

Through March 13, the academy’s student restaurant 6

Learn different tamale-making techniques and enjoy red chile and pork, Southern Mexican chicken, and blue corn calabacita varieties at the end of class. $98, 10 am, 505-983-4511,

IAIA Staff and Faculty Show Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Institute of American Indian Arts 83 Avan Nu Po

Explore the sources of inspiration that IAIA faculty and staff use to create their art. Free, reception 5 pm, 505-424-2300,

The Letters of Saul Bellow St. John’s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trl

Retired professor of American literature Lib O’Brien discusses the letters of Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Saul Bellow. $10, 1–3 pm, 505-982-9274,

Words on the Music of 18th-Century Spain and Mexico Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

750 Camino Lejo

Javier José Mendoza, artistic director of the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and Drew Edward Davies, professor of musicology at Northwestern University, speak on the musical connections between Durango, Santa Fe, and Mexico City during the 18th century. Free, 6–8 pm, 505-982-2226,

Breman Leigh and Noel McKay Duel Brewing 1228 Parkway

Live music. Free, 7–10 pm, 505-474-5301,

Guitarras Con Sabor El Farol 808 Canyon

Live Spanish guitar. Free, 8–11 pm, 505-983-9912,

Jazz Blues Ballads Starlight Lounge at Montecito Santa Fe 500 Rodeo

Jazz blues ballads with host Bruce Adams and guests. Restaurant and full bar available. $2 per month guest membership (required), 6:30–8:30 pm, 505-428-7777,

John Rangel Duets El Mesón 213 Washington

Jazz piano with special guests. Free, 7–9 pm,


Latin Night Skylight 139 W San Francisco

With DJ Danny. Free, 9 pm–12 am,

Limelight Karaoke The Palace Restaurant and Saloon 142 W Palace

198 State Road 592

Learn about ravioli, fettuccini, angel hair pasta, and more at this Restaurant Week class. Reservations required. $25, 3–5 pm, 505-946-5800,

Student Restaurant Lunch Santa Fe Culinary Academy 112 W San Francisco

Karaoke with Michéle Leidig. Free, 10 pm–12 am, 505-428-0690,

Through March 13, the academy’s student restaurant serves lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Reservations recommended. Prices vary, 11:30 am–1 pm, 505-983-7445,

The Moondogs La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco

Red Chile Fest Las Cosas Cooking School 181 Paseo de Peralta

Live R&B music. Free, 7:30–11 pm, 505-995-2363,

New Insurgence Band Tiny’s Restaurant 1005 St. Francis

Live music. Free, 8 pm–12 am, 505-983-9817,

Not Quite Right Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie

A preview of the upbeat family comedy by Elaine Jarvik and Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin. $10, 7:30 pm, 505-424-1601,

February 27 friday A Danuta Homecoming Danuta 227A E Palace

An open-house showcasing hand-designed jewelry in the store’s new location. Designers will be present. Free, 5–7 pm, 505-358-4181,

Friday Night Art Walk Canyon Road Arts District Canyon Road

Galleries stay open late every fourth Friday of the month. Free, 5–7 pm,

Last Friday Art Walk Railyard Arts District, Santa Fe Railyard 1607 Paseo de Peralta

Ten galleries and SITE Santa Fe host receptions and stay open late on the last Friday of each month. Free, 5–7 pm, 505-982-3373,

Bonus II Santa Fe School of Cooking 125 N Guadalupe

Help SFSC develop new Southwestern fare—tejas rellenos, Santa Fe slaw, chile-rubbed sirloin, and more. $40, 10 am, 505-983-4511,

How to Make Fresh Pasta Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Create an entire menu of red chile dishes including pork tamales, smoked beef chili, scalloped potatoes, and more. $85, 6–9 pm, 505-988-3394,

Restaurant Walk I Santa Fe School of Cooking 125 N Guadalupe

Eat your way around town with stops at Agoyo Lounge, 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, La Boca/ Taberna, and Il Piatto. $115, 2 pm, 505-983-5411,

Cast Away Axle Contemporary Santa Fe Farmers Market 1607 Paseo de Peralta

A mixed-media installation by Aline Hunziker inspired by old poems. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-670-5854,

Forms in Nature LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard 1613 Paseo de Peralta

Works by painter Bernard Chaet. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-988-3250,

Giving Voice to Image 3 Vivo Contemporary 725 Canyon

See profile on page 22. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-982-1320,

Je Suis Artoonist Center for Contemporary Arts, Cinematheque Lobby 1050 Old Pecos Trl

Multimedia artist Issa Nyaphaga presents political cartoons with an emphasis on free speech and artistic expression. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-982-1338,

Master Prints of the ’70s–’90s Zane Bennett Contemporary Art 435 S Guadalupe

A show of secondary market works featuring newly acquired prints from the series Soviet/American Array by Robert Rauschenberg. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-982-8111,

Post-Op: The Responsive Eye Fifty Years After David Richard Gallery

February 27: A Danuta Homecoming

544 S Guadalupe

A show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 optical art exhibition The Responsive Eye, which was held at at MoMA in New York City. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-983-9555,

Sunshine Cobb, Tom Jaszczak, and Doug Peltzman Santa Fe Clay 545 Camino de la Familia

Three artists share a talent for making hand-built and wheel-thrown functional pots. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-984-1122,

The Aesthetics of Geometry LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard 1613 Paseo de Peralta

Works by Ed Mieczkowski, one of the earliest proponents of optical art. Free, reception 5–7 pm, 505-988-3250,

Educate Your Ear New Mexico Museum of Art 107 W Palace

A talk by Oliver Prezant with musical illustrations by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. Includes a full performance of the first movement of Nielsen’s Second Symphony. Free, 7 pm, 505-466-4879,

The Divine Comedy St. John’s College 1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca

A lecture with Gabe Pihas focusing on Dante’s epic poem. Free, 3:15–4:30 pm, 505-984-6118,

Social Media Marketing for Writers Santa Fe Community Foundation 501 Halona

A workshop covering social media opportunities for writers to promote and market their work. Hands-on; bring a laptop. $50–$55, 2–4:30 pm, 505-660-6357,

Chango Junction 530 S Guadalupe

Popular covers from the ’70s through today. Free, 10 pm–1 am, 505-988-7222, February 26, 2015 NOW 7

David Berkeley Duel Brewing 1228 Parkway

An evening of music and reflection. Free, 5:30–6 pm, 505-982-8544,

Live indie/folk/alt/pop jams. Free, 7–10 pm, 505-474-5301,

The Gruve El Farol 808 Canyon

Funk/soul music. $5, 9 pm–12 am, 505-983-9912,

Drastic Andrew Second Street Brewery at Second Street 1814 Second St

The Three Faces of Jazz El Mesón 213 Washington

A performance of George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantasie, and an original, contemporary work by Cirque du Soleil Artistic Director Fabrice Lemire. $11–$16, 7 pm, 505-983-7646,

Indie rock. Free, 6–9 pm, 505-982-3030,

John Kurzweg Band Tiny’s Restaurant 1005 St. Francis

Rock music and classic covers. Free, 8:30 pm–12 am, 505-983-9817,

MVIII Unplugged Second Street Brewery at the Railyard 1607 Paseo de Peralta Modern jazz. Free, 6–9 pm, 505-989-8585,

Pachanga with DJ Aztech Sol Blue Rooster 101 W Marcy

Salsa lesson followed by dancing. $5, lesson 8:30–9:45 pm, dancing until 1 am, 505-206-2318,

Phyllis Love Starlight Lounge at Montecito Santa Fe 500 Rodeo

Jazz piano trio with special guest. Free, 7:30–10:30 pm, 505-983-6756,

Not Quite Right Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie

An upbeat family comedy by Elaine Jarvik and Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin. $15–$20, 7:30 pm, 505-424-1601,

Rediscovered Treasures San Miguel Mission 401 Old Santa Fe Trl

Winter Dance Escape NDI New Mexico at The Dance Barns 1140 Alto

February 28 saturday El Museo Cultural 555 Camino de la Familia

An indoor market featuring art, textiles, jewelry, books, and more. Free, 8 am–5 pm, 505-992-0591,

Santa Fe Artists Market Railyard Plaza, at the water tower 1611 Paseo de Peralta

A chamber version of the Chicago Arts Orchestra’s Rediscovered Treasures program. Features arias and duets from the Spanish colonial era. $25, pre-concert talk 7:30 pm, concert 8 pm, 773-248-0644,

Painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, and more by local artists. Free, 8 am–1 pm, 505-310-1555,

TGIF Concerts with Black Mesa Brass Ensemble First Presbyterian Church 208 Grant

Brewery Tour Santa Fe Brewing Company 35 Fireplace

Pianist/singer Phyllis Love performs jazz, Broadway tunes, and more. $2 per month guest membership (required), 7–9 pm, 505-428-7777,

Pleasure Pilots La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco

Live original and vintage R&B music. Free, 8–11 pm, 505-995-2363,

Reggae Dancehall Fridays Skylight 139 W San Francisco

With Don Martin in the Skylab. Free, 10 pm–12 am,

Robin Holloway Pranzo Italian Grill 540 Montezuma

Jazz cabaret. Free, 6–9 pm, 505-984-2645,

Ronald Roybal Hotel Santa Fe 1501 Paseo de Peralta

Native American flute and Spanish classical guitar. Free, 7–9 pm, 505-982-1200,

The Alchemy Party Skylight 139 W San Francisco

With DJs Dynamite Sol and Juicebox Ray. $7, 9 pm–12 am, 8

Covering Santa Fe in a unique way.

See where local brews such as Happy Camper IPA and Santa Fe Pale Ale are made. Free, 12 pm, 505-424-3333,

Green Chile Workshop Santa Fe School of Cooking 125 N Guadalupe

Explore chile’s culinary history, learn how to handle them safely, and prepare green chile sauce, roasted tomatillo and cilantro sauce, and other items. $75, 2 pm, 505-983-4511,

Hearty Seafood Soups and Stews Las Cosas Cooking School 181 Paseo de Peralta

Warm up with smoked lobster bisque, creamy oyster chowder, hot and sour Vietnamese catfish soup, and more. $85, 10 am–1 pm, 505-988-3394,

How to Make Cheese Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado,198 State Road 592

Executive Chef Andrew Cooper leads a Restaurant Week class about all things queso. Reservations required. $25, 3–5 pm, 505-946-5800,

Native American I Santa Fe School of Cooking 125 N Guadalupe

Lois Ellen Frank, a James Beard Award–winning author and PhD in culinary culture, leads a class featuring dishes such as blue corn gnocchi arrowheads, lamb stuffed rellenos, and sweet fry bread. $85, 10 am, 505-983-4511,

Santa Fe Farmers Market Santa Fe Railyard 1607 Paseo de Peralta

Fresh produce and handmade goods from local vendors. Free, 8 am–1 pm, 505-983-4098,

Gallery Talk David Richard Gallery 544 S Guadalupe

A gallery talk about Post-Op: The Responsive Eye Fifty Years After. Free, 2–3 pm, 505-983-9555,

JoyceGroup Santa Fe Santa Fe Public Library 145 Washington

Lovers of Irish writer James Joyce’s work meet to discuss Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. Led by Adam Harvey, creator of the one-man show Don’t Panic: It’s Only Finnegans Wake. Enthusiasts with all levels of knowledge are welcome. Free, 10 am–12:30 pm,

Peter Turchi Collected Works 202 Galisteo

The author discuseses his new book A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic. Free, 5 pm, 505-988-4226,

Boomdust Caravan Second Street Brewery at Second Street 1814 Second St

Americana music. Free, 6–9 pm, 505-982-3030,

Flamenco Dinner Show El Farol 808 Canyon

Flamenco dancers and musicians perform during dinner. $25, 6:30–9 pm, 505-983-9912,

Happy Hours with Bill Hearne Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe

Classic country and Americana. Free, 1–4 pm, 505-982-2565,

Jesus Bas Anasazi Restaurant 113 Washington

Live guitar music. Free, 7–10 pm, 505-988-3030,

John Kurzweg El Farol 808 Canyon

Rock music and classic covers. $5, 9 pm–12 am, 505-983-9912,

Julie Trujillo and David Geist Pranzo Italian Grill 540 Montezuma

Live music from the vocalist Trujillo and pianist Geist. Free, 6–9 pm, 505-984-2645,

Kitty Jo Creek Second Street Brewery at the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta

February 28: Author Peter Turchi at Collected Works

Bluegrass music. Free, 6–9 pm, 505-989-8585,

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Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe

Rock music. Free, 8:30–11:30 pm, 505-982-2565,

Pleasure Pilots La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco

Live original and vintage R&B music. Free, 8–11 pm, 505-995-2363,

Pray for Brain Duel Bewing 1228 Parkway Dr

“Progressive rock, prog rock, fusion, jazz, world, funk.” Free, 7–10 pm, 505-474-5301,

Ronald Roybal Hotel Santa Fe 1501 Paseo de Peralta

Native American flute and Spanish classical guitar. Free, 7–9 pm, 505-982-1200,

Showcase Karaoke Tiny’s Restaurant 1005 St. Francis

Karaoke. Free, 8:30 pm–12:30 am, 505-983-9817,

Trash Disco Blue Rooster 101 W Marcy

With resident DJ Oona. $5, 9 pm, 505-206-2318,

Midori The Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W San Francisco

World-renowned violinist Midori performs February 26, 2015 NOW 9

Schumann’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra on a program that also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Aaron Jay Kernis’s Musica Celestis. See profile on page 14. $20–$65, 4 pm, 505-988-1234,

Not Quite Right Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie

An upbeat family comedy by Elaine Jarvik and Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin. $15–$20, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, 505-424-1601,

Winter Dance Escape NDI New Mexico at The Dance Barns 1140 Alto

A performance of George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantasie, and an original, contemporary work by Cirque du Soleil Artistic Director Fabrice Lemire. $11–$16, 7 pm, 505-983-7646,

March 1 sunday Botanica Contemporary Tapestry Gallery 835 W San Mateo

A tapestry exhibition with a botanical theme. Free, reception 3–5 pm, 505-231-5904,

Midori The Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W San Francisco

World-renowned violinist Midori performs Schumann’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra on a program that also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Aaron Jay Kernis’s Musica Celestis. See profile on page 14. $20–$65, 3 pm, 505-988-1234,

Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2: The Four Temperaments New Mexico Museum of Art St. Francis Auditorium 107 W Palace

An upbeat family comedy by Elaine Jarvik and Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin. $15–$20, 2 pm, 505-424-1601,

The Secret Life of Birds Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie

A staged reading of the play by Deborah Magid. Free, 5 pm, 505-424-1601,

Winter Dance Escape NDI New Mexico at The Dance Barns 1140 Alto

A performance of George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantasie, and an original, contemporary work by Cirque du Soleil Artistic Director Fabrice Lemire. $11–$16, 2 pm, 505-983-7646,

March 2 monday Bill Hearne Trio La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco

Classic country and Americana. Free, 7:30–11 pm, 505-995-2363,

Cowgirl Karaoke Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe

Hosted by Michéle Leidig. Free, 8–11 pm, 505-982-2565,

Santa Fe Poetry Trails Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie

Monthly meeting and open mic. Free, 6 pm sign-up, 6:30 pm start, 505-424-1601,

March 3 tuesday Rellenos Santa Fe School of Cooking 125 N Guadalupe

A concert by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra featuring Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2: The Four Temperaments and Sibelius’s Finlandia. Free, 2:30 pm, 505-466-4879,

Learn to make New Mexican tempura rellenos, ancho chile rellenos, and more. $98, 10 am, 505-983-4511,

Not Quite Right Teatro Paraguas Studio 3205 Calle Marie

Library Readings Institute of American Indian Arts 83 Avan Nu Po Rd

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A reading with lawyer, writer, and activist Helga Schimkat. Free, 4 pm, 505-424-2300,

Argentine Tango Milonga El Mesón 213 Washington

Tango dancing. $5, 7:30–11 pm, 505-983-6756,

Bill Hearne Trio La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco

Classic country and Americana. Free, 7:30–11 pm, 505-995-2363,

Canyon Road Blues Jam El Farol, 808 Canyon

Live blues music. Free, 8:30 pm–12 am, 505-983-9912,

Karaoke Night Skylight, 139 W San Francisco

With VDJDany. $2, 8 pm–12 am,

The Robert Cray Band The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco

See profile on page 13. $39–$54, 7:30 pm, 505-988-1234,

March 4 wednesday Brown Bag It with MoCNA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 108 Cathedral

Candice Hopkins discusses her curatorial practice in Unsettled Landscapes at SITE Santa Fe and Sakahán: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Bring lunch. Free, 12–1 pm, 505-983-1666,

Sew Dreamy Center for Contemporary Arts 1050 Old Pecos Trl

Megan Burns leads a sewing workshop using old clothing as material for pillows and blankets. $65 (four sessions), March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 6:30–8 pm, to register,

Wine Down Wednesday Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trl

Tasting flights featuring four different wines, plus a mini tableside wine-101 session with sommelier Mark Johnson. $12, 5:30–7:30 pm, 800-727-5531,

Consciousness and Self Love Body of Santa Fe, 333 Cordova

An evening of dialogue, listening, and experiential exercises with Gayle Olander. Free, 6:30–8:30 pm, 505-986-0362,

Readings and Conversations: Kevin Barry with Ethan Nosowsky Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco

The Lannan Foundation presents a conversation with author Kevin Barry and editor Ethan Nosowsky as part of the Lannan Literary series. $2–$5, 7 pm, 505-988-1234,

Andrew Cooper, of Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, is one of the chefs participating in Restaurant Week events.

Autumn Teneyl Trunk Show Body of Santa Fe, 333 Cordova

Eco-chic women’s fashion by bohemian designer Autumn Teneyl. Free, 9 am–6 pm, 505-986-0362,

Dharma Talk Upaya Zen Center, 1404 Cerro Gordo

Presented by Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya’s founder and abbot. Free, 5:30–6:30 pm, 505-986-8518,

Karaoke Night Junction, 530 S Guadalupe

Wine Down Wednesday The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, 142 W Palace

Drink and food specials with DJ Obi Zen. Free, 9 pm–12 am, 505-428-0690,

Ongoing City Tours

Walking tours of Santa Fe with various companies, including Historic Walks of Santa Fe (, Get Acquainted Walking Tour (505-983-7774), A Well-Born Guide (, and New Mexico Museum of Art (

COURTESY wings media

Hosted by Michéle Leidig. Free, 10 pm–1 am, 505-988-7222,

Learn how to make mouthwatering desserts from top local chefs during Restaurant Week.

Restaurant Week the annual celebration of all things culinary includes don’t-miss classes and events

by Ashle y M. Big ge rs

New Mexico Restaurant Week may be a fine time to dine out at a discount, but it’s also a great occasion to perfect your own cooking skills and explore new flavors. During the Santa Fe portion of Restaurant Week (which began February 22 and runs through March 1), chefs at participating eateries will offer classes and tasting events in addition to serving reducedfare, prix-fixe menus. Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is offering classes on dessert-making with pastry chef Liz Desantis (February 26) and pasta- and cheese-making with Executive Chef Andrew Cooper, who was recently named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest. The February 27 pasta class covers ravioli, fettuccini, and angel hair pasta, while the February 28 cheese class focuses on ricotta, mascarpone, and mozzarella and ventures into crafting ricotta-cheese ice cream and burrata. Galisteo Bistro is hosting two tasting events during the last few days of Restaurant Week. “When we came to Santa Fe from Florida, we wanted to bring our knowledge of and expertise in fresh, never-frozen, East Coast seafood and game [meats],” says owner Brant Keller. Both of those offerings are on the menu for the restaurant’s February 26 Cline Vineyards Wine Dinner, a four-course meal featuring six sustainable, organic wines plus dishes such as yellowtail snapper, swordfish, and bison short ribs. The restaurant’s March 1 collaboration with Santa Fe Brewing Company highlights the latter’s 2015 esoteric and hoppy line of brews, including a British-style bitter and a pale boch, and pairs them with “exotic edibles.” New Mexico Restaurant Week, in Santa Fe through March 1; prices, times, and locations vary; reservations required; February 26, 2015 NOW 11

Meow Wolf takes over Silva Lanes

the local art collective teams up with its new landlord, George R. R. Martin, to create an immersive, one-of-a-kind art experience

Renderings show parts of the exterior (above) and interior spaces (right) of Meow Wolf’s Art Complex, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

This fall, the doors of the old Silva Lanes bowling alley on Rufina Circle will open to reveal the imaginative and immersive creations of Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe–based art collective and production company founded in 2008. While the group is certainly no stranger to massive installations—its 2011 show The Due Return at the Center for Contemporary Arts featured an immense, inter-dimensional ship—Meow Wolf’s plans for its upcoming Art Complex is on another scale entirely. It was precisely this kind of vision that won over an unlikely collaborator, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin, who purchased the old bowling alley to support the group’s plans. In late January, at a well-attended press conference at Meow Wolf’s future home, cofounders Vince Kadlubek and Sean Di Ianni spoke alongside Martin about the genesis of their collaboration and their upcoming plans

George R. R. Martin (foreground) and Mayor Javier Gonzalez attended Meow Wolf’s January 29 press conference, where the group’s co-founders announced their major plans for the former Silva Lanes.


Attendees at Meow Wolf’s January 29 press conference included (from left) Sean Di Ianni (in green shirt), George R. R. Martin, and Vince Kadlubek (in front of microphone).

for the cavernous building, which Martin called “a pretty astonishing space. I could see all sorts of possibilities here,” he added. “Of course, Vince, Sean, and the Meow Wolf crew can see possibilities here that are a hundred times more than what I was able to imagine.” Much of the complex’s space will be given over to a permanent, multimedia exhibit called The House of Eternal Return. Requiring the work of more than 75 artists, the 20,000-foot Victorian house will comprise a series of portals to “other worlds” that are spread over multiple levels and that the public will be encouraged to explore. In addition, the complex will contain the David Loughridge Learning Center, which will feature programming by the arts organization ARTsmart; a gallery space for showcasing the work of emerging artists; a gift shop selling items by local artisans; project spaces for additional immersive exhibitions; a music venue; and artists’ studios. Meow Wolf’s Art Complex is an ambitious project and one that’s primed to play a key role in the ongoing revitalization of the Siler Road/Rufina Street area, which is fast becoming a hotbed of creative local talent. To support Meow Wolf’s efforts and learn about its current Kickstarter campaign, visit


by Ste ve n Horak

The Robert Cray Band soulful, Southern blues at The Lensic


by Emily Va n Cle ve

Robert Cray’s music is rooted in blues, but rock, soul, jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B also influence the sounds of the five-time Grammy Award–winning guitarist and singer. Last spring Cray recorded his 17th album, In My Soul, with longtime friend Les Falconer (drums) and former band members Richard Cousins (bass) and Dover Weinberg (piano/keyboards); the musicians then hit the road for a worldwide tour. Their next stop? The Lensic on March 3. “At the show we’ll play a variety of songs from over the years but also a significant number of songs from In My Soul,” Cray says. Although Cray is renowned for his songwriting ability, he says the new album was built around original material from Cousins, Weinberg, and Falconer in addition to himself. “I think it’s good to have everyone participate in the songwriting,” Cray says. “It gives a little more flavor and color to what we do.”

Cray’s music generally deals with love and with issues related to contemporary life. “Our song ‘What Would You Say’ was a response to everything that was going on in our world, from war to people needing food or a job,” he says. “All of that, unfortunately, is part of everyday life. We hope through some of our songs to bring awareness.” An army brat whose guitar became a good friend during childhood, the Georgia-born Cray was heavily influenced in his youth by Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, and B. B. King. He formed the Robert Cray Band in 1974, and by the end of the ’80s he’d already won three Grammys. He earned another Grammy in 1996 for an instrumental performance and another in 1999 for his album Take Your Shoes Off. In 2011, at the age of 57, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Heath Concerts presents The Robert Cray Band, March 3, 7:30 pm, $39–$54, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, February 26, 2015 NOW 13

Midori plays Schumann by Amy Hega r ty


On February 28 and March 1, world-renowned violinist Midori takes to the stage at The Lensic to perform Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D Minor with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, led by Music Director Thomas O’Connor. While Schumann is one of the most famous romantic composers, his violin concerto has a complicated history, and the road to its publication and premiere was long and tortuous. Written for the celebrated Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim in 1853—just a few months before Schumann attempted suicide and was committed to an asylum, where he died in 1856 at age 46—the work was rejected by its dedicatee and dismissed by two of Schumann’s closest confidants: his wife, the pianist Clara Schumann, and his friend and protégé, the composer Johannes Brahms. “Joachim found the concerto to be unbecoming for 14

Schumann’s reputation and [not on the same level as] his earlier works and refused to perform it,” Midori says. “Clara Schumann and Brahms tended to agree [with that assessment].” As a result of its unfavorable reception and Schumann’s untimely death, the work remained virtually unknown for more than 80 years. Thanks in large part to the championing of the concerto by violinist Jelly d’Arányi (Joachim’s grand-niece) and, separately, renowned American violinist Yehudi Menuhin (both of whom sought to give the work’s world premiere), the piece was performed publicly for the first time on November 26, 1937—although, for political reasons, the honor fell to German violinist Georg Kulenkampff and the Berlin Philharmonic. Menuhin, who learned of the concerto earlier that year after its publisher asked him to assess it, performed a piano version of the work at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on December 6 and the orchestral version with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on December 23. Two months later, d’Arányi—who in 1933 said she was told about the piece and the location of its manuscript (in the Prussian State Library) by Robert Schumann himself during multiple séances—gave the work’s London premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Despite such attention in the early 20th century, the concerto has remained relatively underperformed, and Midori herself only recently turned to the work. “The Schumann Concerto is rather ‘new’ in my life,” she says, “[but] it has been a greatly welcomed presence. I learned it a few years ago because one of my students wanted to play it. Since I had never played it before, I decided to learn it also. This is the first season I’ve been able to incorporate it into my [performance] repertoire.”

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. INSET: K. Miura.

the superstar violinist performs the great romantic composer’s not-well-known but compelling violin concerto

Midori and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, February 28, 4 pm, and March 1, 3 pm, $20–$65, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco,

DIY Santa Fe

by Ashle y M. Big ge rs

a monthlong celebration of the City Different’s creative spirit In March, spring thaw might make frozen rivers run again, but it’s the city’s collective creative juices that really start to flow. March 1 marks the beginning of Santa Fe Creative Tourism’s DIY Santa Fe program, a 31-day celebration of art and creativity via a large and diverse set of hands-on workshops. Part of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, Santa Fe Creative Tourism is an initiative designed to support artists, art-centered business, and their arts-education offerings. Its website hosts an online directory of artist-led classes in jewelry-making, journaling, and ceramics, among other pursuits, but in March artists lead significantly more workshops than usual. Brent Hanifl, a Santa Fe Creative Tourism consultant, estimates that workshop attendance increases by 400 percent during DIY Santa Fe. Artist Sharon Candelario says she’ll offer 10 tin-working sessions in March, compared to the five she hosts throughout the rest of the year. In her workshops, which are held at Medina’s Chile Shop, Café, and Gallery in Chimayó, participants learn traditional tinsmithing techniques, and by the end of the class they’ll have used their newly acquired skills to make an ornament. Sasha Linda Wasko, of Wasko Fine Art Studio and Gallery, regularly offers classes in monotype printmaking, digital filmmaking, photography book–making, and beginning oil painting. In March, she presents weekend intensives and sessions that stretch across three or four days, and she also offers custom-designed classes. To encourage more beginners to jump into the artistic pool, she offers a 10 percent discount throughout March. Since part of Santa Fe Creative Tourism’s mission is to encourage visitors to “experience Santa Fe’s unique arts and culture,” during DIY Santa Fe, discounts will be available on rooms at Hotel St. Francis, The Lodge at Santa Fe, the Inn on the Paseo, the Inn of the Governors, and the Inn and Spa at Loretto, among other spots. You can also enter to win $500 toward class registration fees through March 31; visit for more information. DIY Santa Fe, March 1–31, various times, prices, and locations,

Sharon Candelario hosts tinsmithing workshops in Chimayó.

Learn color mixing and paintng techniques in Sasha Linda Wasko’s oil painting basics class.


Midori began cultivating that performance repertoire more than 30 years ago, when she made her debut, at age 11, with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. Over the years the former child prodigy, who moved to New York City from Japan in 1982 (the same year as her first Philharmonic appearance) to attend Juilliard’s pre-college division, has branched out beyond performing and recording into teaching and community engagement. She is currently Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and she oversees a number of organizations she founded, including the 23-yearold, New York City–based Midori & Friends, whose mission, according to its website, is to provide “high-quality music education programs to [New York City] students in grades pre-K through 12 who have little or no access to the arts.” Midori’s achievements have been recognized with the Avery Fisher Prize, the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts, and the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum, among many other honors. In 2007 she was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and in 2012 she was chosen to be a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Having devoted a significant amount of time to performing the Schumann Violin Concerto this season, Midori says she plans to record the work this summer in Dresden. “While I believe that Schumann was deeply troubled toward the end of his life, I think this piece has many wonderful musical elements to recommend it,” she notes. “It has beautiful lyrical passages contrasted against virtuosic brilliance, and I believe that it very successfully captures the composer’s individual musical voice. I enjoy performing this piece and hope to do my part to ensure it continues to enjoy a place in the repertoire.”

DIY Santa Fe participants attend a workshop called “Paint Big, Live Big! Intuitive Painting with Julie Claire.”

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eating+ drinking

“The Santa Fe Sunset is a perfect aperitif to sip on the patio while you figure out what you’re going to eat and drink next,” says the drink’s creator, James Reis, bar manager for the Anasazi Restaurant and Bar. A blend of Aperol, Solerno, Gruet Blanc de Noirs, and Don Julio tequila, the mild cocktail (seen here) is meant to stimulate the appetite. “This drink harkens back to an earlier era,” Reis notes. “Classic cocktails—like the Manhattan—were built on a variety of liqueurs that use bitters or aperitifs to balance flavors instead of adding juice or soda.” Aperol, an Italian aperitif, has sweet, herbal notes; Solerno, a blood-orange liqueur also from Italy, adds a light citrus flavor; locally produced Gruet Blanc de Noir, a dry sparkling wine, adds effervescence; and the tequila lends a peppery bite to the mix.—Cristina Olds Anasazi Restaurant and Bar, 113 Washington, 16

douglas merriam

Anasazi Restaurant and Bar

eating+ drinking

douglas merriam

Georgia Georgia’s new chef, David Bisenius, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, spent a freezingcold winter in Montana some years ago pursuing his passion for travel and earning his culinary chops at the 320 Guest Ranch outside Big Sky. Today Bisenius brings a touch of the Wild West to Georgia’s menu with braised short ribs (pictured) made with humanely raised, additive-free Angus beef from the Meyer Company Ranch in Helmville, Montana. Bisenius complements the rich meat with hearty winter vegetables “to keep the palate interested throughout the whole meal,” he says. “The deep character of the creamy turnip puree pairs well with beef, the sweetness of carrots brightens the flavor, and chard rounds out the palate and brings a good color to the plate.” Georgia opened last summer in the historic brick building next to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The restaurant, which serves contemporary American cuisine, includes a tavern and a patio in addition to its elegant dining room.—Cristina Olds Georgia, 225 Johnson, February 26, 2015 NOW 17

Seen Around photographs by Stephen Lang


Every week, Santa Fean NOW hits the street to take in the latest concerts, art shows, film premieres, and more. Here’s just a sampling of what we got to see.

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As one of the largest art markets in the country, Santa Fe is always hosting openings at galleries and museums around town. Santa Fean NOW was recently out and about at a number of opening-night receptions, and here’s just a sampling of the fun people we hung out with.


Opening Night



openings | reviews | artists

Zane Bennett’s latest show of secondarymarket works highlights newly acquired intaglio prints from the series Soviet/ American Array by Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008). Other prints on exhibit include lithographs by Robert Motherwell (1950–1991); works by Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2001) that employ lithography, serigraph, and woodcut techniques; and a few pieces from Frank Stella’s Wave Series. —Emily Van Cleve Master Prints of the ’70s–’90s Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, 435 S Guadalupe February 27–March 20, reception February 27, 5–7 pm,

Robert Rauschenberg, Soviet/American Array VI, intaglio in 16 colors on Saunders paper, 89 x 52"

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Giving Voice to Image 3 vi s ual a r ti sts a nd poets come to get he r at Vivo Conte mpora r y by Emily Va n C le ve

Vivo contemporary’s new show Giving Voice to Image 3 showcases poetry-inspired artwork and artwork-inspired poetry from 14 artist-poet duos. Gallery artists (among them painters, printmakers, sculptors, and calligraphers) worked with local poets—visiting studios, emailing back and forth—to explore themes in each other’s work, and the couples then created pieces that reflect their exchanges of thoughts and ideas. Abstract calligrapher Patty Hammarstedt felt an immediate connection with her partner, poet Renée Gregorio. “Renée’s poetic vision in her [collection of] tanka Snow Falling on Snow initially inspired my mixedmedia and sumi-e ink piece Frost II, which explores the emergence of color underneath winter snows,” Hammarstedt says. “After I came up with some images, I emailed them to Renée so she could see what I was doing. Each of us built our work based on each other’s vision. The result is that if I could write, I would have written what she wrote, and I think if she could paint, she would have painted what I painted.” With no common theme for the show, each artist/poet pairing was allowed to determine their own artistic direction. Although most collaborators

Patty Hammarstedt, Frost I, mixed media, 8 x 8"

Barrie Brown, A Winter Poem, kiln glass, 19 x 12 x 5"

Patty Hammarstedt, Snake Crystals, inks and watercolor, 6 x 6" 22

created new work, a few of the poets looked at completed artwork and wrote poetry inspired by those pieces. In addition to Hammarstedt and Gregorio, pairings for the show include collage artist Melinda Tidwell and poet Gayle Lauradunn, book artist Joy Campbell and poet Morgan Farley, stoneware sculptor Ruth Weston and poet Mary McGinnis, and mixedmedia artist Patricia Pearce and poet Jeanne Simonoff. The show’s opening on February 27 is followed by poetry readings on March 27 and April 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Poems will be read in front of the artwork that inspired them. Writer, director, and filmmaker Shebana Coelho will share her own original poetry prior to both readings. Giving Voice to Image 3, February 25–April 21, reception February 27, 5–7 pm, Vivo Contemporary, 725 Canyon,

by As hle y M. Big ge rs



remembering Haiti

a ne w show at Ve nt a na Fine Ar t fe ature s me mor y-filled mode r ni st paintings by Belgia n a r ti st Paul-He nri B ourg uignon

Haitian Village Scene, acrylic on paper, 15 x 19". Above: The Gray Dress, gouache on paper, 18 x 13".

Belgian-born journalist, photographer, novelist, visual artist, and art critic Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906– 1988) was an astute observer of the human condition—a quality that’s brought to bear in Ventana Fine Art’s second solo exhibition of his work, Paul-Henri Bourguignon Remembers Haiti. Trained at Brussels’s Académie Royale des Beaux Arts, Bourguignon held his first solo exhibition at age 22. In 1947, he convinced the Belgian paper Le Phare, where he was working as an art critic, to send him to Haiti, after a former colleague who lived there invited him for a visit. During his 15-month stay, Bourguignon wrote travel pieces, took photographs, and fell in love with the people, the land, and his future wife, Erika, an anthropologist who was conducting field research at the time. After he left Haiti, Bourguignon spent time in Peru; in 1950, he married Erika and joined her in Columbus, Ohio, where she was a faculty member at The Ohio State University. While living in Columbus, Bourguignon began painting (from memory) the urban landscapes and faces that had captivated him during his time in Haiti. Bourguignon’s work displays a range of styles and subjects—from moderately abstracted portraits to nearly nonobjective landscapes. His paintings may show some similarities to those of Modigliani or to the primitivist tradition in Haiti, but they’re uniquely his own. “He’s not cribbing or copying,” says Wolfgang Mabry, a fine art consultant for Ventana. Of Bourguignon’s ability to capture humanity in his paintings, Mabry notes that “his faces are not specific portraits. He expresses emotions of such variety—from serenity to puzzlement to arrogance—and such universality that you look at [a face] and think, I know that look, and I know that person.” And while a contemporary audience might expect Haiticentered works to have a social-activist angle, Bourguignon’s paintings are apolitical. “He was just reflecting back on a world of which he had the highest affection,” Mabry says. In the painting Haiti: Three Friends, Bourguignon drew from a limited palette to depict three figures sitting around a table with three glasses, each outlined in chalk. “The composition is relaxed,” Mabry says. “You feel as though these friends are having a great time chatting on a Caribbean day.” It’s a simple scene, but one that so delicately captures the essence of humanity. Ventana’s exhibition, which is on view through most of March, coincides with a 50-year retrospective at the Columbus Museum of Art, marking a half-century since Bourguignon’s first show in his adopted hometown. Paul-Henri Bourguignon Remembers Haiti, March 6–25, reception March 6, 5–7 pm, Ventana Fine Art, 400 Canyon, February 26, 2015 NOW 23



Colors of the Southwest a ne w show celebrate s t he light a nd hue s of Sa nt a Fe a nd be yond

by As h le y M. Big ge rs

The New Mexico Museum of Art is drawing upon the full artist’s palette for Colors of the Southwest, an exhibit that showcases the stunning array of color and light that dominates the vistas of New Mexico and its neighboring states. Curator of Art Carmen Vendelin culled the 70-some pieces on display from the museum’s permanent collection of Southwestern art. Works from major players in the early 20th century, such as Gustave Baumann, Andrew Dasburg, and Ernest L. Blumenschein, will be shown alongside recent, rarely exhibited works such as Summer, a print by Helen Green Blumenschein (Ernest’s daughter). The show will also spotlight new acquisitions, including a large-scale print on fabric by Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie that uses vivid, near-neon purples to evoke the light at sunset and during summer monsoon rains. (Vendelin says violets and purples were colors that emerged frequently in her search through the archives.) Tsinhnahjinnie’s piece, titled Today I Wash Thinking #2, was created using a historic photograph of bison and phases-of-the-moon imagery.

In addition to considering works that were visually striking, Vendelin looked for pieces that represented the full spectrum of colors seen throughout the Southwest, including, she says, “sun-bleached summer scenes; moody, twilight images; and white-on-white views that show the effects of the winter sky, snow, and terrain in a more monochromatic kind of way.” The discovery of a seldom-seen piece by Pansy Stockton delighted Venelin. Golden Falls incorporates more than 200 natural items—from leaves to branches—that the artist found around her Santa Fe studio. (You can’t get more true-hued than that.) Colors of the Southwest is the Museum of Art’s contribution to the City of Santa Fe’s Summer of Color series. Other participating institutions include the Museum of International Folk Art (with an exhibit featuring all things red), the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (turquoise), the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (indigo), the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (silver), and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (orange). Colors of the Southwest, March 6–September 13, reception March 6, 5–7 pm, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W Palace,

Billy Schenck, Coming Down from the Mountain, oil on canvas, 27 x 48"

Fleur Long, Ranchos de Taos Church, watercolor on paper, 11 x 15"


opening art receptions


Post-Op: The Responsive Eye Fifty Years After David Richard Gallery, 544 S Guadalupe February 25–April 12, Reception February 27, 5–7 pm The David R ichard Gallery commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 optical art exhibition The Responsive Eye, which was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Organized by Peter Frank and David Eichholtz, the Santa Fe exhibit features more than 34 pieces by 17 artists who explored issues of visual perception throughout their careers via a variety of media. In addition to the opening reception on February 27, a gallery talk with Peter Frank, David Eichholtz, and artist Tom Martinelli will be held February 28 from 2 to 3 pm .—Whitney Spivey

Sunshine Cobb, Tom Jaszczak and Doug Peltzman Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, February 27–April 11 Reception February 27, 5–7 pm Three artists share a talent for making hand-built and wheel-thrown functional pots. Sunshine Cobb relies heavily on texture and a bright color palette to create a sense of motion and time. Tom Jaszczak’s simple forms have decorative lines and color planes. And Doug Peltzman utilizes dots, lines, dashes, and colors to create structure, movement, and depth in his work.—EVC

gardener’s paradise This 1.3-acre property on a quiet, north-side cul-de-sac backs up to the Santa Fe National Cemetery, which ensures privacy and solitude. The landscaping provides further seclusion: surrounded by trees and dense foliage, the property hosts several private outdoor spaces, including a pond and multiple patios. Inside, a meditation room and a sky-lit kiva room are ideal for contemplation. The 3,725-squarefoot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a master suite with a kiva fireplace and a spa-inspired bath. The guesthouse, which is attached to the home by one common wall, has its own entrance as well as a separate patio and gardens.

Oli Sihvonen, Elegy (017), oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 68"

Artist Franco Andres (far left) shows his work I’m Gonna Do This Song for You Now that I Wrote About Five Years Ago, Two in the exhibition Reverberant Matter at Wade Wilson Art. The show runs through February 27.


Tom Jaszczak, Four Sided Pitcher, earthenware, 12 x 6 x 6"

[on the market]

List price: $778,000 Contact: Deborah Bodelson, 505-660-4442, Santa Fe Properties,

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by Whitne y Spive y

“I’m passionate about sustainable living—but doing it in a luxurious way,” Hesse says. “My inventory choices are so conscious; I research for days trying to find the perfect items.” Hesse avoids products made in China and focuses instead on buying items from areas she’s traveled to or from people who’ve inspired her. She sells children’s toys from France, a “clean” makeup line from Australia, fair-trade clutches embroidered by Hmong women in Thailand, and large oil paintings by her mother, Linda. “I have something for everybody,” she says. Indeed, Indulge is the perfect spot to find a gift for that hardto-shop-for friend or spouse. Spa lovers will scoop up the lavender spray, made locally by Nancy O’Mara; men can start the day off with Albuquerque-based Caveman Coffee; and no woman should go without a piece of Kami Lerner Jewelry, which is “fancy and gold and regal but with a raw aesthetic,” according to Chainé Peña, who a n e w A z t e c St r eet boutique cate r s works at the shop. “It’s the perfect balance.” to e ve r y c r e at u r e com for t— a nd i s Starting in May, Hesse will team up with Peña to open Ma Chérie Confections, a bakery that will operate within Indulge. al re a dy p la n n i ng to expa nd Although the duo will launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund their latest endeavor, the shop—formerly the Aztec Café—is already equipped with a kitchen. Hesse plans to consolidate her Santa Fe isn’t short on ways for you to spoil yourself, Indulge inventory to make space for people to sit and enjoy an but a new boutique is making it easy to succumb to a variety of temptations in a single location. Indulge, the brainchild of Taoseña espresso and baked goods, which will include scones, muffins, cupcakes, and macaroons, all made with grass-fed butter and Misha Hesse, sells beauty products, stationery, and everything in free-range eggs. “We’ll offer paleo, vegan, raw, and gluten-free between—most of which is environmentally friendly.



Genoveva Chavez Community Center Adult hockey leagues are offered for all skill levels.

In addition to four pools, a weight room, and basketball courts, the Chavez Center is home to Santa Fe’s only indoor ice arena. The rink has public skating hours every day and also offers numerous opportunities for learning and practicing new winter sports. Lessons are available in hockey, speed skating, ice dancing, and freestyle skating.—WS

You’ve seen curling in the Olympics, now learn the sport with the Santa Fe Curling Club.

Hockey and figure skates can be rented for $3 a pair.



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Above: Misha Hesse (right) owns Indulge, a boutique that sells everything you didn’t know you wanted. With help from Chainé Peña (left), Hesse will add a bakery, Ma Chérie Confections, to the shop in May.

options along with superfood-infused items,” Hesse says. Peña points out that some treats will also incorporate local flavors. “We’ll use elements of traditional New Mexican foods,” she says. “We’ll infuse red Chimayó chile in chocolate or make biscochito macaroons with anise and cinnamon crème.” Catering options will also be available, and should you need some beauty advice to go along with your big event, Hesse and Peña can take care of that, too—the women, who met working as makeup artists, often hold beauty consultations at the store. If that sounds indulgent, well, that’s the point. “It’s what you come here to do,” Hesse says, “but still feel good about your choices.” Indulge, 317 Aztec,


the original snowbirds da r k-e ye d junco s love Ne w Mex ico wint e rs by Tom Smylie

In the fall, mountain birds migrate to lower elevations in search of warmth and food. Come winter, what we in Northern New Mexico might consider inhospitable weather is perfect for one of these migrants: the dark-eyed junco. These rather tame and abundant birds are easily identified by their pink bills and white outer tail feathers. Some have rusty backs, pinkish sides, and even black hoods over their heads—almost like they’ve been dipped upsidedown in black ink. The juveniles have a streaked breast; easily confused with sparrows, they can be differentiated by those white outer tail feathers. There are geographic variations in color and color patterns in the dark-eyed junco, and at one time these color variations were considered to be different species of juncos. Their frequent interbreeding has made the color variations one species, however, and since 1973 scientists have lumped them together as a single species, the “dark-eyed junco.” There are also white-winged and Mexican juncos, but they’re not common in New Mexico. Juncos pair up from late February to April

and then return to their summer mountain habitats of forest and meadows, where they nest on the ground. They’ll have two broods of four eggs per year, with the young leaving the nest in just two weeks. You’ll often see these small members of the finch family hopping about, shuffling mouse-like as they search the ground for small seeds. They’re big fans of backyard feeders and are easy to attract by keeping food and water supplies filled. As they’re moving about while feeding, they emit a varied musical trill call, which ends in a sharp “dit-dit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Nature is loved by what is best in us,” and as I watch the juncos scurrying about at snow-covered feeders, I know this to be true. Tom Smylie, from Edgewood, New Mexico, is a retired wildlife biologist affiliated with the World Center for Birds of Prey.

taste of the town Zia Diner

326 S Guadalupe St, 505-988-7008 Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Zia Diner has been serving upscale, down-home comfort food in a Southwestern deco warehouse since 1986! American classics, New Mexican specialties, and international comfort food, along with the best margaritas, local craft beers, and an amazing Happy Hour . . . Serving lunch and dinner, open daily from 11 am. See ya at the Zia! February 26, 2015 NOW 27


Cathy Smith

the acclaimed costume designer brings her authentic, multifaceted artistry to the Historic Nambé Trading Post “Authenticity is my bottom line,” says Emmy Award winner Cathy Smith, referring to her work creating costumes for television and movie productions such as Longmire and Dances with Wolves. “Plains Indians are what I know best,” she adds. Raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Smith, who’s part Lakota, also serves as curator for the Historic Nambé Trading Post, where her historically accurate oil paintings depicting Native peoples and culture are available. The store, located 20 minutes north of Santa Fe, also carries antique saddles, costumes, and jewelry created by Smith’s daughter Jennifer Jesse Smith.—Cristina Olds

Smith, who’s skilled in beadwork and porcupine quillwork on buckskin, restores an original Plains Indian artifact, a service she provides for museums and collectors worldwide.

The Historic Nambé Trading Post, located a few miles east of Pojoaque, buys and sells antiques, including Native American pottery.

Historic Nambé Trading Post, 20 Summer Rd, 505-455-2819,

Navajo rugs and vintage Western wear from movies Smith’s worked on as a costume designer are among the items for sale at the Historic Nambé Trading Post.



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Big Head Todd and the Monsters at The Lensic


Keeping it fresh on stage after nearly three decades of performing together seems to come easily for the members of Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The quartet mixed up old favorites (“Please Don’t Tell Her,” “Broken Hearted Savior”) with hits from their newest album, Black Beehive, during a January 27 performance at The Lensic. Concertgoers said the band sounded as polished as if they were playing in a controlled studio environment—in fact, the band, led by singer and guitarist Todd Park Mohr, played so well that fans rushed the stage area to cut a rug and belt out lyrics alongside the Boulder-based rock ‘n’ rollers. BHTM followers have enjoyed the group’s upbeat tunes since 1986, and the show, presented by Heath Concerts, seemed to transport many of them happily down memory lane.—Cristina Olds

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Aaron Coleman

Tribal Rust Dance, resin on panel, 36" x 60" Essence of an Epiphany, resin on panel, 36" x 60"

621 C anyon R oad 830 C anyon R oad (505) 660-5966

Thermal Awakening, resin on panel, 36" x 60"

Santa Fean NOW February 26 2015 Digital Edition  

Santa Fean NOW February 26 2015 Digital Edition

Santa Fean NOW February 26 2015 Digital Edition  

Santa Fean NOW February 26 2015 Digital Edition