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kitchens we love

We can’t stop swooning over these four kitchen remodels, and we bet you’ll love them, too. These purposeful cooking spaces are as beautiful as they are functional.


outdoor living Expansive outdoor living spaces created for entertaining, relaxing, and gathering. See how two sets of homeowners defined “family-friendly” in their personal backyard designs.


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On the cover: A gracious outdoor living area in the North Valley is tucked beneath stately old cottonwood trees. Read more on page 60. Photograph by Katie Johnson.

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14 Life+Style Southwest Steve Thomas takes the cooking outdoors; plus a roundup of retro kitchen products that’ll have you thinking in aqua, pink, and mint.

20 Design Studio Well-designed paths and paved spaces offer great curb appeal; the Make-A-Wish Foundation and HBACNM’s Home Builders Care Committee fulfill a young lady’s tree house dream. 24 Enchanted Spaces Alfresco dining and entertaining, Moll Anderson style!

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All-in-one dinner + movie joints in Albuquerque and Santa Fe; wine expert James Selby samples Mediterranean wines that pair well with summer fare.

74 Su Libro

Two great new books on designing “she sheds” and how to incorporate midcentury modern motifs and décor into your home.

78 Vida Buena

Plan a visit to Napa Valley, California, during crush; summertime safety tips for pets; Tom Smylie introduces us to the beautiful, seasonal waxwings.

88 What’s Happening?

There is no shortage of things to do around Northern New Mexico this summer. Catch our roundup of festivals and concerts.


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he sweet fragrance of the desert rain is so distinctively New Mexico. It pulls me outside to inhale deeply and relish the beauty of the landscape. In contrast to the day’s heat, the cool evening air is an added draw. Outdoor living in Northern New Mexico is so special. While today’s homes are being designed to bring the outdoors in, the concept is far from new. Even in the oldest adobe homes, access to outdoor living was integral to their design and construction. In this issue of Su Casa Northern New Mexico, we see several amazing interpretations of outdoor living, New Mexico style. There’s a lot to consider, from outdoor kitchens and alfresco dining settings to the outdoor furniture and flooring upon which all this fun will occur. With our outdoor spaces, we homeowners have the chance to create spaces that may be completely different in style than our interiors, yet still reflect our temperaments. For many, summer is a time of nostalgia. We can incorporate elements into our home and outdoor spaces that speak to another era—possibly from our own lives. Very popular these days are the midcentury and retro looks; be sure to check out our roundup of fun ’50s kitchenware, décor, and household goods.  Summer is also an excellent time to remodel your kitchen. During the [hopefully brief!] time that your kitchen is out of commission during this process, you can still dine well and in style on your patio, leaving the dust and construction inside while you’re celebrating outside. When the renovation is finished, you’ll be all set for the cooler months when much of your life centers around the kitchen. I found it interesting that all four of the “Kitchens We Love” are makeovers, updated and remodeled for modern use by their owners, but also stunningly beautiful. Recently we did a story on man caves. In the spirit of equality, this issue includes ideas on the relatively new phenomenon knows as the “she shed.” While possibly more utilitarian than man caves, these attractive alternate spaces give the ladies a place to escape or pursue their own hobbies and projects.  Outdoor living areas, kitchens, she sheds—we get to create unique spaces to satisfy ourselves and no one else. Our homes are clean canvases that enable us to convey our personalities in a manner specific to our greater happiness. In the end, this is precisely what our homes should be. Have a wonderful summer.

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August Grove® Retro Wall Décor This sign says it all! What’s better than homemade, anyway? In the 1950s, tin was in, and this fun diner sign gets right to the point. Lightweight and just the right size for a wall or kitchen backsplash, it hangs from a keyhole hanger on the back. Cheap and homemade? Sounds delicious! $29, Wayfair,

Big Chill Retro Original Fridge Available in nine delicious colors, including Jadite Green (shown), Big Chill’s Original fridge is the ultimate in retro kitchen style. The largest fridge in the Big Chill line—a massive 20.6 cubic feet—it comes standard with a stamped metal body, one fixed full-width freezer shelf, two half-width clear crisper pans, a temperature management system, and an optional interior icemaker. $3,395, Big Chill,

Alape Bucket Sink Utilitarian but also industrial chic, this white, glazed steel sink with navy blue PVC edge trim is a simple yet sturdy throwback. Measuring approximately 20" wide, 14" high, and 14" in diameter, this sink is ideal for typical use, planted flowers, or just as an eye-catching design element. Professional installation is required. $250, Rejuvenation, 16

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Retro Dining Nook with Table A dinette set for a retro diner feel at home! The bench seats are upholstered in red vinyl with white piping. The 43 x 27" table is composite wood with a chrome-finished steel frame and a white plastic laminate top—the perfect diner-style accessory for enjoying a burger, fries, and a milkshake. $300, Montgomery Ward,

Flutter Pendant Available in three colors— blush, teal, and clear—these exceptional retro pendants add a fun vibe to your kitchen or eating area. Made from glass with a brass-finished metal, they are hardwired for professional installation, include a mounting plate, and are adjustable to your desired height. $158, Anthropologie,

Jessie Steele Summer Lemons Gigi Apron There is nothing sour about this sweet lemon apron with its detachable terry towel! A perfect print for summer, this apron features a cloth covered two-button detail, a roomy side pocket, and an adjustable neck strap. One size fits most, and the apron, which ties at the waist, measures 30" in length. $32, Jessie Steele,

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Above: The beauty of CobbleSystems, manufactured and installed through Riccobene, is the product’s ability to flex, twist, and easily wrap around curves, making it ideal for driveways and other not-entirelylinear areas.

ave you been eyeing your grass, gravel, or dirt backyard and wondering, ‘Where do I start?’ These days, homeowners want outdoor areas that are true extensions of their indoors. And just like flooring indoors, the selection of paving and hardscaping materials for outdoor areas is plentiful. Fortunately, the hardscaping industry has stepped up its game with better, more eco-friendly, and easier-to-install products that make achieving that dream outdoor living space simpler than ever.

Homeowners yearning for authentic, old world style—without the hassle of hand-laying hundreds of stones—might consider CobbleSystems, which are locally manufactured. These adaptable mats of cobblestones (think of them like the sheets of tile often used for kitchen backsplashes) were invented in the Netherlands in the 1990s. Albuquerque-based product design company Riccobene ( acquired the rights to manufacture and sell the product in 2004, and now ships it all over North America. “Each handmade cobble is cast from high-resolution molds, and they’re bound together by a durable grid to make a single, articulating mat of concrete cobble stones,” explains Riccobene’s Mary BrownMontanez. “If you are laying it yourself, that means getting a beautiful installation done faster. If you are contracting the work, that’s less money spent on labor.” 20

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Left: Belgard’s Catalina paver, available through Buildology, is a decidedly modern twist on the classic paver. Its straight lines, interesting geometrics, and muted blues and grays are the ideal complement to contemporary and even midcentury modern homes.

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If the idea of cutting your own flagstone seems daunting (and it should be!), 3R Patio Creations removes the guesswork with PatioStone Kits (above), precut flagstone pavers for your size space, available through Southwest Landscaping Materials.

CobbleSystems comes in a range of styles and colors, and Brown-Montanez says they can be used anywhere traditional pavers would be used: pathways, driveways, streets, sidewalks, patios, courtyards, and bioswales (drainage courses that remove runoff water). Added bonus: this eco-friendly system allows storm water runoff to permeate, promoting groundwater recharge.

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Flagstone, with its earthy colors and slightly gritty texture, is a staple of Southwestern design. Another Albuquerque-based company, 3R Patio Creations (3rpatiocreations .com), has pretty much perfected the concept with its PatioStone Kits, which offer lighter, more resilient flagstone that’s super simple to install. “It’s a manufactured flagstone, so it’s thinner than your typical flagstone, about a quarter of an inch thick, but it’s stronger and more durable,” says Belinda Montano, co-owner along with sisters Vicki Torres and Janet Gallegos of Southwest Landscaping Materials (southwestlandscaping, one of the very few female-owned and operated businesses in the Santa Fe construction industry. The real beauty of this product is that it comes in pre-cut and numbered slabs, eliminating the chiseling, cutting, and puzzling together that often comes with laying flagstone. “Plus, it serves multi-purposes,” Montano adds. “You can use it on your patio or even inside.”

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For those with more contemporary tastes, Diana Huerta, sales manager at Buildology ( says the flat, clean-lined look of pavers is sweeping the hardscaping market. “In Albuquerque we sell a lot of the Belgard Catalina paver. It’s very clean and straight cut, which gives it a very modern look,” she explains, adding that Belgard offers all three of the things homeowners should look for in a paver product: a high concrete psi (pounds per square inch), through-and-through color, and a lifetime warranty. For “green” homeowners, Huerta recommends looking for a permeable, interlocking design that filters water back into the ground or the nearest storm drain. Belgard offers a number of different design layouts, and while Huerta says the K-pattern has always been popular, she’s seen a shift to random placement in the last couple of years. “Whether you’re going for a design or not, people should realize that there is a process to laying pavers that’s more in-depth than what many people think. It’s not just laying a sand base and placing pavers on top. We have one of the largest inventories of pavers in the state, and our staff is knowledgeable in design concepts and installation, so they can help every step of the way.” 22

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Buildology’s Diane Huerta says white and light gray pavers have seen a surge in popularity recently. “But,” she adds, “we also have a lot of people on the other end of the spectrum opting for dark grays and even black over the traditional tans and reds we’ve seen in this area for so long.”

mix in some gravel Belinda Montano of Southwest Building Materials says Santa Fe homeowners are loving the modern look of decorative gravel. “People who are building contemporary homes have been opting for gray pavers as a walkway and then filling it in-between with gravel for a more modern look,” she notes.

think outside the mat

Riccobene’s Mary Brown-Montanez says they’ve seen customers use CobbleSystems on everything from basketball courts to pool decks. “It comes in mats, but you can snip the grid that binds the cobbles together into strips of cobbles,” she says. “This lets you get creative and make custom patterns and curved designs.” Below: Installation of a flexible CobbleSystems mat by Riccobene.

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summertime is made for alfresco dining

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Forget the paper and plastic and use real silverware and napkins to add an elegant touch to your tablescapes. Opt for non-breakable dishes and glassware such as beautiful melamine to avoid any accidents. Melamine has all the beauty of china, but it’s so easy to pack and go. You can find fun patterns at many of your local home stores and online. Acrylic glassware is another affordable, serviceable choice, and it’s available in a rainbow of colors. What’s not to love! Bring a colorful collection to your bar, kitchen, and your outdoor living space! If a covered porch or portal isn’t an option, create a cool, cozy setting by using an umbrella or a small tent to construct an ideal dining space. Candles, lanterns, and inexpensive lighting, such as white twinkle lights, can have the same effect in setting the stage for an evening meal. Big, bold blooms like sunflowers placed in pitchers you already own make gorgeous centerpieces with lots of character. Go ahead and express yourself!

Need a change of scenery—why not a picnic? Planning a picnic is exciting, because unlike the usual indoor meals at home, you have a chance to create an experience in continued on page 26 24

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Above: Layering for comfort, I threw together a ground mat, pillows, tablecloth, placemats, woven chargers, and napkins. This lunch was about laid-back fun, so I combined bright, bold colors with funky patterns and fabrics. Everything from the flowers to the food and sauces added a punch of color, and the details on the napkin rings and pillows made for an eclectically adorned adventure.

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ummer in the Southwest can be so inviting! Why? Because the weather is spectacular, the vibe in the air sings, and the region’s spiritual qualities speak to your senses in every way imaginable. With the warm days of summer and the soft breezy nights, now is the perfect time to move the party outdoors. Whether you’re taking advantage of a sunny afternoon or a cooler evening, you can make the most of a summer soiree by incorporating these simple—but important— details that add pizzazz to any casual get-together.

Above: Take advantage of a beautiful afternoon with an impromptu tea or cocktail for two celebration. Soft furnishings invite relaxation, creating the perfect setting to sit and sip. No planning required—just a nice afternoon or evening to spark an idea and make it happen!


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8 x 16–foot tree house, allowing for ever-changing art created by Hannah and her friends. Speaking of, Hannah has no shortage of company wanting to share her new backyard home. “There always seems to be neighborhood kids there [at the tree house] or Hannah’s friends—it’s kind of become the oasis of the neighborhood and community,” says Rodriguez. Other fun elements of the tree house include a twist slide, a skylight, a real door (with a real door handle), and an extra large cargo net below a trapdoor forming a hammock where Hannah can hang out, daydream, or read a book. More than a one-of-a-kind play space, Hannah’s tree house is the realization of a dream. Hannah, along with her family—mom Farrah, dad Neil, and siblings—truly enjoy this special place.

a new location. The key to preparing for a pleasurable excursion is in the decadent details. When dining alfresco, nature provides the backdrop, but it’s up to you to build a sensory-scaped setting with the vibe you want.

When dining alfresco, nature provides the backdrop, but it’s up to you to build a sensoryscaped setting with the vibe you want. Creating a comfortable setting for your picnic starts from the ground up. There are many options available today that will make a meal on the go much more comfortable and completely mobile. Look for blankets, mats, and ground covers that roll up and fasten; these make transporting easier. Often these blankets are made with a waterproof underside so there is no need to worry about where you settle your picnic spread. No matter what you choose to set down, don’t forget to sensory-scape with big oversized pillows. Bright colors and a variety of textures will add ambience to any outdoor setting.

Left: Rio Rancho mayor Gregg Hull with proud tree house owner Hannah Hurd.

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he Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, along with its Home Builders Care committee, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a stellar group of local volunteers, recently made 12-year-old Hannah Hurd’s one true wish come true—a custom tree house. Initially presented with a challenge—the small Rio Rancho trees in Hannah’s backyard weren’t quite old enough or big enough for the house of her dreams—the creative team and volunteers thought inventively and built the house within the trees, but on stilts instead. Danielle Rodriguez, Make-A-Wish program and outreach manager, notes, “Hannah was very much into the [Animal Planet] show Treehouse Masters—she wanted something very elaborate!” Throughout the process, Hannah worked on realizing her designs and ideas with HBA member Lora Vassar; Doug Keaty, chairman of the HBC committee; Jack Keohane, owner of ABC Seamless; and Greg Hotaling from Hakes Brothers. From where the windows would be located, to paint colors and other details, Hannah was quick to add input and make her style known. Rodriguez adds, “Hannah definitely loved to brainstorm the ideas and be the lead designer, if you will. She was very specific, which was great!” One especially unique element of the design is the whiteboard on some of the walls of the

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hat’s the big attraction of an outdoor kitchen? Maybe it’s the caveman romance of cooking over a wood fire, or perhaps it’s the sheer practicality of minimal cleanup when grilling direct to flame rather than cooking with pots and pans. My wife loves the outdoor concept because it’s a boy thing—the guys can all head outdoors (and out of her space) with their martinis and bad jokes. But it’s true that some dishes can only Steve Thomas be prepared en plein air, like one of my favorites, a four-inch-thick steak dusted with a coffee, ancho chile, and brown sugar mixture, then grilled directly on a bed of hot coals at about 1,000 degrees. If you’re considering an outdoor kitchen there are two general approaches. One is a sophisticated “indoor kitchen moved outside” equipped with a fleet of gleaming stainless steel appliances (virtually all the leading manufacturers of high-end kitchen equipment make outdoor models). The other approach is super simple: a grill or two, an open fire pit, and maybe a smoker or a lobster cooker with some camp chairs and a picnic table.

by Steve Thomas Years ago on our This Old House Tucson project, the homeowner, an architect, designed for himself what I considered for years to be the ideal outdoor kitchen. It was just off the primary kitchen so you could flow in and out with ease, and it was equipped with a state-of-the-art stainless steel grill, a flame-throwing gas burner, a beverage fridge, and a kiva fireplace built into the wall. A tree grew up through it, which I thought was really cool, and for many years I wanted to build a version of that kitchen. Then we visited our friends George and Johanne, creators of Providence, Rhode Island’s, Al Forno restaurant, at their house in Provence, France. George, sadly no longer with us, was a great designer and craftsman, in wood, stone, and food, and he’d created a wood-fired grill of stacked stones in a pea stone patio. A simple wooden table and chairs were shaded by olive trees set off by views of the hills around Mont Ventoux. I thought the Tucson kitchen was cool, but this was way cool.

It’s the outdoor part of the “outdoor kitchen” that really counts. Interestingly, the two kitchens I admired were polar opposites: Tucson’s was high-tech, architecturally designed, and fully equipped; George’s was decidedly low-tech, organically crafted stone by stone, and equipped with a stack of olive wood for cooking and an ice bucket to keep the rosé chilled. Where the Tucson outdoor kitchen was what I’d call “efficient,” George’s kitchen in France was “experiential,” the whole point being to take time to cook, to socialize, and to eat, and then to hang after the meal to witness the hand of the Creator in the stars. Indeed, our meal was fantastic, and we lingered there well into the evening. There is no “right” approach to an outdoor kitchen. Last Sunday here on the coast of Maine it was chilly and gray and threatened to rain all day. And yet my neighbors stoked up their outdoor fire pit and sat around in lawn chairs roasting hot dogs and marshmallows with their friends and all the kids. That works! After all, it’s the outdoor part of the “outdoor kitchen” that really counts. Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert and the former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation.

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This gorgeous kitchen is a clear case of function meeting form. Outfitted with high-end appliances, an extra sink in the huge island, and all of the bells and whistles that help facilitate entertaining and cooking for a large family, it nevertheless feels homey, warm, and inviting.

When his parents, Ruthe and Ken Coleman, decided to renovate their historic Santa Fe adobe, Scott Coleman, the founder of La Puerta Originals and its creative director, was naturally tasked with designing their kitchen. After all, Scott, his four brothers, and their families always gathered at their parents’ house for holiday meals, so figuring out how to accommodate a huge crowd (and keep everyone busy) was an entirely practical concept. Ruthe and Ken, who sadly have passed away, were adamant that their new kitchen be a traditional “La Puerta” design—one filled with artisan-crafted woodwork made from mostly reclaimed wood. Indeed, with the exception of the flooring, all of the wood in this kitchen is reclaimed, from the Douglas fir cabinets and countertops to the antique corbels and columns of the gracious hood (see page 14 for more about this functional work of art). The massive island did indeed keep all visitors on task during holidays—and so did Ruthe. Melissa Coleman, Scott’s wife and president of the company, remembers fondly, “Ruthe reigned supreme in her kitchen. It was the wonderful, warm heart of their home.”

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KITCHENS WE LOVE: Classic Makeover

This entire kitchen is designed to fit graceful curved walls—no easy feat for cabinet placement. Even the island is circular. Talk about ergonomic and functional design!

The bones, the lines, and yes, even the unusual circular island were already in place in this High Desert kitchen; it all just needed a little updating, which as it turns out, is the specialty of More Brothers Construction. More Brothers owner Kyle Tidmore and cabinetry designer Marc Sowers collaborated on the classic redesign of the spaces, which involved reworking one curved wall so that the handfinished cabinets would better fit the radius. Under-mount lighting softly illuminates the darker cabinets as well as the toe-kick area of the island, while White Ice granite countertops brighten the spaces overall. New stainless steel appliances, vertical subway tile on the backsplash, and a fun tile pattern over the range all add a contemporary breath to this elegant, classic kitchen, which is now perfectly poised to carry its owners both functionally and aesthetically into the next era of design. Contractor/Remodeler: More Brothers Construction; Cabinetry: Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork; Appliances: Builders Source Appliance Gallery; Granite: United Stoneworks; Sinks & Fixtures: Doc Savage


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KITCHENS WE LOVE: Vintage Update

With direct access to the indoor pool, this casita kitchen is light, bright, and airy—with fun kicks of orange that hearken to another era in design.

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The midcentury modernists loved bold, colorful accents, and in restoring her 1953-built Albuquerque home to its original midcentury glory, interior designer Holland Sutton decided the casita’s kitchen needed a kick of color—orange, since it’s her favorite hue. Sutton mixed up the crisp, white cabinetry with a few translucentfront pop-ups and orange laminate inside several of the open upper cabinets, lending both a vintage and a decidedly contemporary look to the otherwise cool and muted spaces. Other modern touches include high-end appliances, under-counter lighting, quartz countertops, a stainless steel farmhouse sink, and hand-painted tiles from California’s Heath Ceramics. An original George Nelson pendant lamp (“The biggest one I could find!” says Sutton) presides over all, an iconic tribute to the midcentury roots of this fabulous home. Interior Designer: Holland Sutton; Appliances: Builders Source Appliance Gallery; Tile: Heath Ceramics


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Lots of clever hacks were built into the custom cabinetry, including pull-out spice racks (shown here) and a cookie sheet roll-out. TK word word word word

capitalizing on extra space In remodeling their Albuquerque kitchen, Tom and Fran Maddock welcomed all design suggestions from their contractor, Minuteman Design Center. “They were looking for something modern but with a traditional feel,” says Jeremy Lopez, who, along with his brother J. D. Lopez, runs the custom remodeling and cabinet-making company founded by his father, J. C. Lopez. “And they were really open to anything.” Most homeowners complain their kitchens are too small, but the Maddocks’ kitchen actually had extra space that wasn’t being utilized. That changed fast when a 14 x 7–foot island, topped in White Ice granite and set upon a custom stainless steel table base, was installed—an ideal solution for the homeowners, who love to entertain. Minuteman designed and crafted the custom maple cabinetry that offers lots of clever hacks—spice rollouts, a cookie sheet rollout, a double trash can rollout, and a gadget charging station built right into an island drawer. Redesigned for a modern era, this is a kitchen that’s ready for anything. Cabinetry/Contractor: Minuteman Design Center; Appliances: Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery; Granite: Arizona Tile; Travertine: The Tile Shop 36

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The massive curved island, integrated with four outlets and four USB hookups, was designed with modern living in mind. It also functions beautifully as a buffet, cook space, and allaround hangout spot when the homeowners have guests over.

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or Paul and Kelly Hedges, there’s truth in the old adage, “the third time’s the charm.” Paul, owner of PDH Construction, acted as general contractor on his and Kelly’s first two homes, the most recent being a pretty sizable residence, but life—and their active children, Sydney, 7, and Jack, 5— was keeping them busy. Too busy. What was needed, they decided, was less house and a smaller lot. “We had an acre, all landscaped. It was so much maintenance,” laments Kelly of their previous home. It was time to build home number three. A half-acre lot in the Northeast Heights fit their bill, and they snapped it up. A deeply topographic parcel in the gated Sauvignon development, the lot overlooks the Tanoan golf course. The Hedges knew the views would be nothing short of spectacular, all mountains and manicured greenery. Yet these benefits came with one giant challenge: a daunting 26-foot slope from street to golf course, which shrunk the buildable envelope. This required some ingenuity.

It’s a little bit Cali, a little bit Southwest. With stately columns and Santa Barbara– style roofs and arches, Paul and Kelly Hedges’ Albuquerque home has a fresh West Coast feel, especially in the beautifully landscaped backyard.

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Everything is perfectly to scale in the great room, where oversized French doors, elegant beams, and Spanish-style chandeliers naturally draw the eye upward. A double-sided fireplace opens to the kitchen. 40

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A decade earlier, Kelly found interior designer Moses Zabec by way of his thenstorefront Moses at Home, and hired him to help with their second custom home. Since then Zabec has executed design work for Paul’s other business, Guardian Storage, outfitting the commercial spaces in style. When the opportunity to build came around again, Zabec, now principal of Moses Design Group, was already on speed dial. With close to 40 years in the design industry, and having worked with the Hedges on both residential and commercial projects, Zabec was able to hit the ground running. Literally. “I was at a furniture show when they called, but I got started right away,” he recalls.

Architecturally, the house nods to its cultural roots, but artistically, the décor is firmly planted in the present. Meanwhile, Paul contacted veteran designer Mike Cabber for assistance with the architectural design and layout. “Mike does everything freehand,” says Paul. “He’s got a lot of cool ideas.” The team effort resulted in a 4,950-square-foot home with four bedrooms, including one in the attached casita, which is functionally separate from the rest of the home with independent heating and cooling units. Its entrance is just off the entry courtyard, where a tranquility fountain sets a serene mood with trickling water and subtle lighting after dark. To solve the problem of the steep slope, the team compromised on the desired single story, instead employing a split level and a smart series of descending stages from the street to the backyard—though truthfully, none of it looks like a compromise. It’s an elegant layout, so conscientiously spacious that it feels much larger than it is. “The home reads like an 8,000-square-foot house, due to the volume of the rooms,” says Zabec. What started as a concession to the lot’s gradient became a source of memorable fun for Zabec and the Hedges family, as the upper part of the split level became the kids’ wing. “The kids’ rooms were so much fun,” says Zabec. “They allowed for more color and we were more playful.” Sydney and Jack each got their own bedroom (hers pink, his blue) and

Above: Interior designer Moses Zabec and his clients went all out in the formal dining room, playfully mixing and matching chairs and fabrics. Interesting lighting is a recurring theme throughout the house; here the team combined drop pendants with modern wall sconces.

Right: Duke looks handsome on the beautiful wood flooring that contrasts so well with gallery-white walls. A subtle shimmer of metallics is noticeable throughout the home, from décor and lighting to art and tile.



Above: The expansive kitchen was designed for heavy-duty cooking (Kelly’s the chef), ease of movement, and accommodating diners. The T-shaped island can comfortably seat six or more, while the informal table can handle another half dozen.

bathroom, both adjacent to a loft-style play area. As they age, their spaces can flex to suit each phase of childhood, and much later can be used as guest rooms. Zabec calls the style of the house “Santa Barbara, with Spanish roots; cleaned up, very classic, with no ornamentation.” It’s a bit of a mouthful, but darned if he doesn’t nail it. The Spanish Mission flavor he’s referring to, often seen in Santa Barbara, California, is reflected in the light-colored stucco, grandly arched windows, and tiled roof. But whereas traditional Spanish Mission homes are more ornate, this home is astutely edited, toned down for its contemporary inhabitants and its Southwestern setting. Traditional square beams elevate the already soaring ceiling, while a wood-burning dual-sided fireplace both partitions and connects the living room and kitchen. Architecturally, the house nods to its cultural roots, but artistically, the décor is firmly planted in the present. Luxe chandeliers and glittery tile offset the creamy, matte walls, and gleaming wood floors reflect sunshine back toward the ceiling. An oversized, T-shaped island positively commands the kitchen, the showpiece of the house. But somehow the sparkly quartz countertop mellows its own visual weight. The T shape allows for dining or socializing at the island without impeding a busy host, and bal42

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Above: An interesting play of geometrics in the backsplash above the side-by-side double oven.

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The master suite is simple and serene, allowing the amazing blue chandelier to serve as a dramatic focal point. The multifaceted chandelier in the hallway (foreground) throws spectacular light and adds a feminine softness to the entire suite.


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Elegant and luxurious though it may be, the Hedges’ home is designed for familyfriendly living. The jetted pool and spa (above) take the heat off the summer.

ances the sizeable Wolf range and imposing formed concrete hood. Gorgeously camouflaged into the milky cabinetry is a generous Sub-Zero refrigerator. Kelly loves to cook, and who wouldn’t in this space?

Whereas traditional Spanish Mission homes are ornate, this home is astutely edited, toned down for its contemporary inhabitants and its Southwestern setting. Just outside the main living area is a tiered, verdant garden surrounding a plush, covered patio, deep enough to enjoy even in inclement weather. Purple bushes provide some privacy, but are spaced to allow socializing with friendly passing golfers, many of whom are friends of the family. At the lowest point on the property, but still well above the golfing green, is the swimming pool, a.k.a. the kid magnet. Jets of water

Above: Kelly and Paul have their own private seating area off the master suite where, in covered comfort, they can chat and watch their kids play. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


shoot into the air, producing both a visual and audible pleasure, and a nearby pool bathroom allows for wet-footed pit stops without mussing the house. The house returns a blend of the elements that went into it. Voluminous rooms are still comfortable, luxury remains grounded, and there’s a sense of fun in its maturity. Homes tend to echo their dwellers, and certainly so in this case. As Zabec notes of his longtime clients, “Kelly and Paul are so easy, so smooth. They are a really lovely couple.”

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considered an architect-designed home organized for living

In Anthony Guida and Kevin Abell’s Santa Fe home, rooms and spaces relate to one another in a thoughtful, organic way. The first floor’s open floor plan is clean and minimal, allowing each piece of furniture, art, or décor to stand out.


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by Amy Gross

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t’s a house many Santa Feans have passed a hundred times on their way to Iconik Coffee Roasters and other hangouts in the city’s funky, artsy Second Street District. And although Anthony Guida, AIA, and his husband Kevin Abell are justifably proud of their very cool, architecturally forward home, they are just as pleased with its ability to blend in with established residences on its busy urban street—hiding in plain sight, as it were. Despite having lived for many years amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Guida and Abell never enjoyed a truly walkable neighborhood—until now. “You’re in the center of everything,” says Guida of the mixed-use area. “Five minutes to the Railyard. Ten to the Plaza.” He and Abell rattle off a list of their favorite haunts, all just a short stroll away: Second Street Brewery, Midtown Bistro, The Pantry, La Lecheria. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Suffused with natural light, the living room is a lovely tableau of new and classic modernist design elements. A contemporary leather sofa works beautifully with vintage Eames tables, upholstered Barcelona-esque chairs, an IKEA rug, and a midcentury console scored at a local thrift store.


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Above, left: The modern steel and wood staircase is a distinctly architectural feature. Above, right: Abell owns one of the largest collections of photos of 1950s rodeo contestants by photographer Bruce Bellas (a.k.a. “Bruce of LA”), whose work influenced Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, and others.

Cooking at the counter? Lounging in the living area? All views face the interior courtyard and firmly away from any street traffic or noise. Owner Kevin Abell (seated) calls the house “super low maintenance,” from the finishes to the xeric landscaping.

“Most houses are about what the outside says to you. This house is about what the inside says to you.” —Kevin Abell

“The house brought us to the neighborhood, but after we lived here a bit, we realized we loved the neighborhood,” explains Abell, whose career has included managing estate properties in California and Santa Fe for the likes of Tom Ford and other celebrities. In renting out their modern, minimalist guest house on Airbnb, Abell and Guida have discovered to their surprise that the area, a couple of miles south of Santa Fe Plaza and downtown action, also appeals to visitors—a largely younger demographic more interested in things to do than having vigas, Talavera tile, and kiva fireplaces in their rental quarters. “One of our Airbnb reviewers said, ‘The property is located in what appears to be an undeclared arts district,’” says Abell. “I actually like that!” The home, which was designed in 2004 by area architect Joseph Andrade, turns SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


“We used to have 10 times this many,� Abell says of their collection of photography and architecture books, neatly stored at the top of the hallway. A big, fun piece of art (found in a secondhand store) adds a dash of color. 52

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Above: Upstairs, the master suite is open and bright, with a galley-style bathroom tucked behind the sleeping spaces, enjoyed here by Franklin (foreground) and Stanley.

away from the street and is organized around an interior courtyard. The guest house is sited even farther away from the street. What the compound lacks in views it makes up for in a surprisingly quiet interior environment—passing cars can only be heard if a window is open—and a refreshingly different perspective from the typical home, where curb appeal is everything. Guida and Abell’s house rises, boxlike, two stories above the street, with gray exteriors that have an unfinished, industrial feel. Not unfriendly, exactly, but definitely not touchy-feely.

What the compound lacks in views it makes up for in a surprisingly quiet interior environment and a refreshingly different perspective from the typical home, where curb appeal is everything. “This house is counterintuitive,” says Abell. “Most houses are about what the outside says to you. This house is about what the inside says to you.” A comfortable, stylish mélange of contemporary finishes and materials, a few classic midcentury modern furniture pieces, and artwork discovered in secondhand stores, the main house and its detached guest house, which is elevated above the pull-though garage, is sexy and masculine in a palette of grays and lighter browns. The living room faces the interior courtyard through walls of glass, and a sleek, open-riser staircase is a gorgeous—and decidedly architectural—focal point.

Above: In keeping with the idea that no space in the house is wasted, the sleek, streamlined master bath eschews a tub for a walk-in shower. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The elevated guest house (above and left) is decorated in the same eclectic manner as the main house. It has proven popular as an Airbnb destination, particularly with a younger demographic looking for minimalist, modern accommodations.

When Abell and Guida purchased the house in March of 2016, they did a soft remodel—refinishing the concrete floors downstairs, resurfacing the wood floors upstairs, refinishing the kitchen cabinets, replacing the boiler and mechanical systems, and organizing the closets. Then it was about finding the furnishings and décor that would suit the house.

“Every square inch of this property is used, is developed, and has some thought behind it.”—Anthony Guida Having been together 21 years and lived in and renovated several homes as a couple, Guida and Abell have a pretty well-defined aesthetic. Abell calls it “high-low”—a higherend, contemporary sofa here, a vintage console there, nabbed for $60 at a thrift shop. Since they agree that you should furnish for the house you’re in, they’re also big believers in being able to let almost everything go, Marie Kondo–style. “Nothing’s precious here,” says Guida. “Yeah, we’ll sell any of it,” his husband quickly deadpans. More important to them than collecting stuff is finding it. “We as a couple enjoy ‘the hunt,’ the pursuit of things,” Abell explains. “We could look all day on eBay or Craigslist, and 54

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Left: Despite its industrial modern appearance, their home is “remarkably traditional,” says Guida, who notes the classic Santa Fe compound arrangement: a walled set of buildings surrounding an interior coutyard (shown here), and even a guest casita. The owners can access the home from the street or an adjacent alley; a pull-through garage makes it possible to enter on one and exit via the other.

The home’s rugged and industrial exteriors utilize stucco, concrete block, and panels (above) that suggest an unfinished appearance.

Left: Franklin at the front entrance, where an enclosed, streetside courtyard, entered through a custom steel gate (next page), offers additional doggie playspace.

we’ll look at 30 tables before buying one.” Thrift stores and consignment shops are favorite destinations, including Albuquerque’s Antique Specialty Mall, where they scored a vintage Eames conference table that’s now their dining room table; Stephen’s Consignment and Contenta Consignment in Santa Fe; Santa Fe Antiques & Flea Market @Valdes; and of course Barkin’ Attic, which they love to patronize because it benefits the Española Valley Humane Society. (Rescue dogs Franklin and Stanley appreciate it, too.) Being an architect himself—in fact, the Project Architect for Meow Wolf Creative Studios—living in an architect-designed home has proven to be somewhat of a revelation for Guida. “This is the first time I’m really living in architecture—someone else’s architecture,” he muses. “In an architect-designed home everything is so carefully considered.” Both Guida and Abell marvel at how architect Joseph Andrade thought about how the house SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM




Slightly rusted, the entry gate (above) sets the tone for the home’s easygoing, no-fuss spirit.

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would actually be lived in and organized for life—initially for himself, but also for others who would own it later. “Every square inch of this property is used, is developed, and has some thought behind it,” Guida continues. “Whether it’s the convenience of the drive-through garage, how it sits on the site to minimize noise, the arrangement of spaces as they relate to each other, or how minimal and low-maintenance it is, this house really is well organized.” Meaning, it’s really well organized for them. And for now. “This is a different kind of urban life,” says Guida of his atypical Santa Fe experience. His husband agrees. “This is the place for us at this point in our lives.”

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blank slate no more a backyard transformation in Rio Rancho delivers views, comfort, and family fun


hen Jane and her significant other made their way from New England to New Mexico in the summer of 2013, the couple found their ideal community in Rio Rancho’s Loma Colorado development. By the end of the year, they had moved into their new, two-story home, on a premium lot with commanding views of the Sandia Mountains. But while the house itself was move-in ready, the property outside definitely needed attention, especially the mostly dirt backyard. It could have seemed like a daunting project, but Jane and landscape architect Michael Polikoff, PLA, ASLA, looked upon the barren space like a canvas.

All the amenities of casual, comfortable outdoor living were added to this Rio Rancho backyard, from a pool and spa to a fire bowl and multiple seating areas.



One of several seating areas invites cozy conversation amid bright pillows and outdoorappropriate décor and furnishings.

Left: A comfortable covered dinette is steps away from the outdoor grill and offers direct sight of kiddos playing in the pool.

“It was a blank slate,” says Jane. After visiting the property, Polikoff, bringing his 30 years of experience designing ideal outdoor spaces to bear, began working on preliminary designs for the space. The project would be comprehensive (remember, the entire yard was dirt), and the goal was to incorporate family-friendly features into the spaces, capture the magnificent views, and create low-maintenance landscaping. Polikoff developed a clear design philosophy for the open spaces, which presented the challenge of maximizing the function and aesthetics of the spaces while “… creating elevational changes on a completely flat terrain.”

A previously alldirt yard comes to life with carefully chosen native plants and grasses, and a combination of lawn and gravel.

Goals for the comprehensive project included incorporating family-friendly features into the spaces, capturing the magnificent Sandia views, and creating low-maintenance landscaping. “My goal was to functionally and aesthetically integrate the synergy of garden spaces by utilizing botanical varieties and materials that are adaptable to our high desert environment,” says Polikoff. “This typically involves appropriate space utilization combined with intriguing design features, seasonal color and texture, the sound of running water and chimes, and distant vistas.” Taking the last parts first, Polikoff designed, and Hermanson Construction built, the gracefully curving freeform swimming pool—the focal point of the space. A raised spa with a cascade of falling water capitalizes on the mountain views in the distance. As requested by Jane and her family, the pool was designed with 58

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Simple native plants and bright planters serve as subtle accents rather than focal points.

three- and six-foot depths at each end and a five-foot depth in the middle for volleyball. Fun and colorful LED rim lighting illuminates the pool at night, and the spa waterfall is operated by easy-touch remote. Vibrant blue wraparound tile work and colored concrete with medium broom-finish decking are eye-catching details. But the pool was just one feature of the new backyard. “My clients also wanted various dining, lounging, and viewing areas of the Sandias; a sculptural fire feature; a built-in grill with granite countertops; banco seating; and a small lawn area,” says Polikoff, who delivered on all requests. Working with Whelchel & Gleason Landscaping and Construction, Polikoff oversaw the planting of nearly 50 species of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and vines. Pueblo ladder trellises and moss rock boulders were installed, as were solid brass LED landscape lights, flagstone steppers, a flagstone patio, and a flagstone banco bench situated around the fire feature. “From the start in January with initial designs to swimming in the pool by July, the entire project was seamless,” says Jane. “Our son and his friends use the pool extensively. They love the waterfall—and, of course, evening swimming with the various light features.” As a family, they’ll spend many hours relaxing by the pool and often have friends and family over to swim and enjoy a meal at the table with fabulous views of the mountains. “Afterward,” says Jane, “we’ll retreat to the raised patio for a fire and watch the sun’s reflection turning the stunning Sandias to the watermelon color they are famous for.”  

The new backyard was designed for the enjoyment of the entire family—adults, kids, and pups alike.

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Outdoor Living

by Jessa Cast

photographs by Katie Johnson

rediscovering the backyard an unused yard is transformed into vibrant outdoor living space Designed by Todd Stringer around a pool and spa, and sited beneath graceful, towering cottonwoods, Paul and Elaine Cavin’s outdoor living spaces invite gathering, conversation, and family fun.


fter 30 years in their tree-shaded North Valley neighborhood, a husband and wife found themselves pondering a very important question: What’s the best remedy for broken sprinklers? Little did Paul and Elaine know at the time that fixing a frustrating watering system would morph into a comprehensive overhaul of their entire backyard, and forever change the way they enjoy their home. Truth be told, the couple’s existing yard, while enormous and graced with stately cottonwood trees, had more than 60

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a sprinkler problem. An old fish pond had lost its luster, knobby concrete pads were past their prime, and despite its expanse, the yard no longer drew them outdoors. Paul and Elaine simply weren’t using it anymore and felt it something of a waste. Not entirely in agreement with one another on what to do, the couple brought in a trusted friend to interpret their differing desires into a unified vision. Landscape designer Todd Stringer of Light & Line Design Studio knew these particular clients well. Over the course of about 15 years, he had under-

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There are numerous seating areas scattered around the outdoor living spaces, including this covered dining area. Tucked just behind the outdoor kitchen area (opposite) and steps from the bar, it is centrally located with lovely sightlines.


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Interior designer Dana Stringer worked with the Cavins to furnish the outdoor spaces with comfortable, stylish seating (right), which is tucked beneath mature trees and landscaping.

A contemporary fence and railing (below and right) mimics the yard’s linear design. It is, painted in purple, Elaine’s favorite color.

Below: Small but well-appointed, the outdoor kitchen is set apart from the dining area but still lets the cook connect with guests.

taken several remodels of the home’s interior, getting to know Elaine and Paul, their children, and grandchildren, and understanding a bit about how they lived their lives—all elements that lent themselves to designing a suitable oasis for this extended family. “I know their kids and what an entertainer Elaine is, so I tried to work all of that into the mix,” says Todd. Paul and Elaine knew they wanted multiple seating areas for entertaining, dining, swimming, and for solitary lounging. They also wanted to emphasize 30 years of cultivated greenery, and the dizzying height of 11 cottonwood trees that offer an extraordinary backdrop to the entire space. The outdoor living areas had to be inviting and usable.

In creating outdoor living areas that were inviting and usable, the homeowners wanted to create multiple seating areas and to emphasize the cultivated greenery and mature cottonwood trees. And then there was the pool. While Elaine expressed a desire early on for a swimming pool, her husband was initially hesitant. “At first he didn’t want the pool,” she says. “Now he uses it every single day!” Todd designed the pool as the centerpiece of the yard, bookended by a ramada and an inglenook. Framed by a wood portico with an overhead fan and inset lights, the ramada faces a gas fireplace surrounded by iridescent tile. Cleverly hidden behind the fireplace is the cooking area, outfitted with a grill, a mini fridge, and even a classic “order’s up!” bell. Across the pool, and stepped down for a lower profile, is the inglenook. “We had some fun with ‘structural gymnastics,’” says Todd of the specially designed cantilevered roof. A richly tiled outdoor shower and the pool equipment room flank a cozy, sunken sitting area and fireplace. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Iridescent tile repeats in the fireplace surrounds (left), bar and kitchen backsplashes (above), and even in the outdoor shower. Note the padded bancos cleverly constructed on either side of the fireplace, offering additional seating and lounging for guests.

Removing the fish pond and updating the paved areas with stamped concrete made for a lowmaintenance space. Todd added topography with multilevel planters bordering the lawn area. He also understood the homeowners’ preference for linear clarity. “We used strong horizontal lines, which give a sense of repose to the space,” he says. Dappled sunlight and lush plantings soften the crisp, contemporary structures, creating a well-defined but tranquil experience.

“We used strong horizontal lines, which give a sense of repose to the space.”—Todd Stringer Todd’s wife, Dana, of Dana Stringer Interiors, also worked on the project. As an interior designer, hues and flora are in her wheelhouse. “Once the walls are up I can add color and softness,” explains Dana. And so she did, tying up what she calls the “contemporary, organic architecture” with pots and plantings, accenting with the homeowner’s favored colors of sage and purple. At night, unwinding at the ramada or the inglenook, light from the fireplaces dances on the water. Add to that the multilevel lighting, and the entire yard seems enchanted. Up-lights capture the majesty of the cottonwoods and ground-level lights on the stacked-stone border walls sedately define the space. If their old backyard had long ceased to draw Elaine and Paul outdoors, now they spend hours with family enjoying the serene open spaces. “My goal became that they would live more outside,” says Todd. Mission accomplished. 64

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by Amy Gross

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In a funky industrial warehouse setting in the Railyard, Violet Crown Cinema offers dedicated Santa Fe film fans a place to hang out, dine, drink, and of course, watch their favorite movies.

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Even with several established first-run, art house, and indie film theaters scattered around town, Santa Fe welcomed Violet Crown Cinema to the Railyard in May of 2015, following on the heels of its success with theaters in Austin and Charlottesville. With 11 screens, the theater is large enough to accommodate plenty of movie fans, but with most of the screens seating around 60, there’s an intimacy not enjoyed in the big theaters. What types of movies does Violet Crown screen? “We want to play everything that’s good!” says General Manager (and former film professor) Peter Grendle. “If it’s a good film, people want to see it, and it’s worth playing, we’ll chase after it. Our whole mission is to be the best experience.” True to point, recent screens have included blockbusters like Rogue One and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Oscar-winning arthouse films such as Moonlight and La La Land. Tickets and seating for all Violet Crown films can be reserved online; you just need to claim a paper ticket in the lobby at any number of counter locations. The staffer helping you with your ticket can also place your order for food and beverages. Grendle describes Violet Crown’s culinary offerings, 66

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n the old days (you know, before the internet), making plans for a movie night out involved figuring out a restaurant relatively close to the theater, phoning in a reservation, and then calling—yes, calling—the movie theater for screens and showtimes. Then there was the hassle of dealing with traffic between the two locations, and getting to both on time. But dine-in theaters have changed all that, and in Albuquerque and Santa Fe—cities with thriving cultural and dining markets—two theaters offer foodies and movie buffs a satisfying, all-in-one entertainment experience.

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Above: Violet Crown chef Tony Lopez is a local Santa Fean; his slow-roasted chicken pibil glazed with achiote sauce and finished with warm black beans is revelatory.

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Above: More than 30 craft beers are on tap at Violet Crown, along with wines and ciders.

created by Chef (and Santa Fe local boy) Tony Lopez as “mostly American traditional with a gourmet and movie twist.” The Crown Fries— hand-cut potato fries drizzled with truffle oil and sprinkled with cheese—are delish, and crazy popular, as is the red chili. Pair your noshes with a cider, a bottled or on-tap wine, or one of 30 craft beers—half of which are New Mexican brews. It’s important to note, says Grendle, that although you can enjoy your meal in the theater (their foods are designed to be easily eaten in the dark), there is no in-theater service. And that, he says, is in order to minimize distraction from the movie itself. “If someone’s digging into an art film, they don’t want to be a victim of their neighbor,” says Grendle, who as a cinephile takes his own movie-going very seriously. “We’re about respecting the experience.”

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In Albuquerque, Flix Brewhouse opened its doors last November, and according to Director of Sales and Marketing Greg Johnson, Albuquerque is chasing the Round Rock, Texas, location as the busiest of the chain’s four (it also has theaters in Iowa and Indiana). “We identified Albuquerque as having an underserved entertainment market on the Westside,” says Johnson. “There are a heckuva lot of people who live there who don’t want to have to go back across the river to do something fun at night.”

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Violet Crown’s chicken flautas in blue corn tortillas (above) with red chile sauce, guacamole, and jicama salad are an upscale alternative to popcorn and candy.

Above: On a lovely summer evening, Violet Crown patrons wait for their movie to open while enjoying some quality people-watching at the Railyard.

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When you’re more in the mood for a craft beer than a movie, Flix Brewhouse in Albuquerque has a bar right in the lobby.

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Flix offers eight screens that show first-run films and blockbusters, with each theater seating between 60 and 217 patrons. Seating is 100 percent reserved, meaning you must reserve online ahead of time and, Johnson cautions, the theater does not admit late arrivals. So if your movie starts at 7:00, the cut-off for admittance is 7:00. Clearly, this means you should get there early—if not for the movie, then to enjoy a meal right from your seat. Seats in the back of the theater offer Flix’s patented easyglide tables to accommodate full in-theater food and beverage service. A server takes your order prior to the start of a movie; once it’s started, there’s a silent order system in place if you’d like additional snacks—a varied menu of brewpub favorites meets all kinds of tastes—or another beer. And about that beer! Flix is the only cinema in the world that brews beer on the premises. The Albuquerque location is a seven-barrel brewhouse, offering six core beers (Johnson recommends the Lupulus IPA) and the occasional special seasonal brew. No time for a movie but feel like trying a new craft beer? There’s a bar in the lobby. “Albuquerque has been incredible for us,” says Johnson with a laugh. “People here are really thirsty!”

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Above: A Flix Brewhouse crowd roars to a screening of Anchorman, part of the theater’s alternative content program called Flix Picks— favorite films from years past. Seats up in the front of the theater recline so that patrons can see the screen, while further back, the theater’s patented easy-glide tables allow for comfortable moviewatching and dining.


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When planning your Flix Brewhouse evening, keep in mind that everything’s done ahead of time—with 100 percent online ticket reservation. Parking can be an issue on busy movie nights, so why not take the online reservation experience a step further and have Uber or Lyft get you there and back with zero hassle?

Left: The Brewhouse Burger is far and away Flix’s most popular menu item. Paired with a housemade beer, ale, IPA, or stout (above), it’s the ultimate movie nosh.




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by James Selby

bring the Mediterranean home the wines of France, Italy, and Spain offer delightful summer food pairings

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Any number of white or even red wines from Italy’s Campagna region pair beautifully with oysters, lobster, and other light seafood dishes such as this seafood feast with clams and mussels (above) at Il Piatto in Santa Fe.

Right: Produced in the Provence region of France, AIX Rosé balances the flavors of fruit with a refreshing acidity. It’s heaven paired with a hearty, flavorful salad on a hot summer’s day. 72

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A salade niçoise or pan bagnat accompanied by an icy glass of Provençal rosé is as evocative of the sunny Riviera as a Cézanne.

he Mediterranean diet is on the lips of many of us these days, incorporating the heart-healthy cuisine of the countries and islands of its namesake sea. The region actually shares a commonality with the Southwest—minus the “sea” aspect, of course. Both regions enjoy long summers and mild winters, allowing for an endless season of wholesome, fresh preparations, grilling, and al fresco dining. Along with these pleasures, Mediterranean wines pair particularly well with nourishing food, fresh air, and of course, good company. Along the coastal regions of France, Spain, and Italy a vast number of indigenous wine varieties are grown in a range of expressions that are not only de rigueur to the table, but beneficial. Cannonau, the robust red of Sardegna, has high levels of polyphenols, the antioxidant linked to long life, and serves as a fine accompaniment to slow-roasted tomatoes over pasta, blackened red snapper, or grilled lamb. Dry rosés come from all areas, but Provence in France has some of the finest. A salade niçoise, which originated in Nice, or pan bagnat (“bathed bread”)—essentially, a sandwich drenched in olive oil—accompanied by an icy glass of Provençal rosé is as evocative of the sunny Riviera as a Cézanne. Barcelona is the enchanting, cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, and cava is the enchanting, distinctive sparkling wine of the region. Made like Champagne, but a fraction of the cost, the best cavas are elegant and understated, perfect summer sparklers when paired with Spanish jamón ibérico (or any ham), shrimp, and fried foods. The shin of the boot of Italy is Campagna, home to very distinctive wines. Aglianico is a captivating red with strawberry and red cherry flavors and uncommon depth. Married with pizza? Fuhgeddaboudit! Fiano di Avellino is a bold yet embracing dry James Selby white, with lively acidity and attracJames Selby has directed tive aromatics, perfect with oysters, wine programs in New York, Portland, and Santa Fe, where lobster, risotto, and even spicy dishes. he lives and works as a wine Here’s to summer! consultant and writer.


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great escapes two new books celebrate personal spaces —and how to create them

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She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, by Erika Kotite, Cool Springs Press, hardcover, $17

This colorful garden shed really brings the charm—from weathered wooden details and garden tool décor, to the antique, upcycled materials inside, which once belonged to the owner’s grandmother.


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o matter who you are or what you do, one thing is almost universally true—sometimes you just need a place to get away to, if only for a couple of hours. The opportunities are endless when it comes to creating a peaceful little hideaway, and in her new book, She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, author Erika Kotite proves that you can turn anything into a personal getaway—even a backyard shed. What exactly is a “she shed?” Think man cave, but as the name implies, more feminine— lighter, brighter, and designed for enjoying hobbies of all kinds, ranging from gardening and painting, to yoga, writing, playing music, and other girlie pursuits. (If your personal girlie pursuit is kicking back with a single malt and some pals, then you have found your she shed’s purpose.) Kotite describes she sheds, above all, as being functional and practical spaces to truly take a break from everyday responsibilities. Separated into several colorful chapters

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Above: Perfect for the avid green thumb, greenhouse sheds give women a place to plant flowers, fruits, and veggies all year long. She Sheds discusses how to use recycled materials like glass and wood (shown) to construct these types of sheds.

based on particular styles—such as sheds for gardeners and artists, old-soul romantic hideaways, and ultra-modern studios, the book provides inspiration from all corners of the United States, with over 100 photos of shed architecture, décor, paint, textiles, and landscaping. If you’re into upcycling, Kotite gives her insight on putting vintage finds to good use by using them to further infuse she sheds with one’s personal style. The book’s light introduction encourages the reader to first decide how exactly they plan to use her she shed. While structure is important, says the author, the heart and soul of a she shed is on the inside, so knowing its purpose is an important first step. The following chapters dive into the details, including construction and information on using “kit sheds,” tips on design and décor, and helpful notes from builders and blurbs on the owners’ favorite items for further inspiration. The best part? She Sheds focuses on what’s real—all of the 23 sheds featured in the book are designed, built, owned, and utilized by women across the country. These women share their stories, as well as specific information on the location, cost, and time it took to build their spaces, with descriptions of the architecture and interior style. Combined with a wealth of information and beautiful photography, She Sheds is a visual guidebook that inspires from the start, with realistic ideas on creating a useful and stylish space that speaks to you and the things you love.—Danielle Urbina

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Left: Making midcentury décor modern: Saarinen for Knoll tulip table and chairs, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, a stocked bar cart, orange accents, and a Sputnik chandelier presiding over all.

Right: If Mad Men taught us anything, it’s that the midcentury set loved their, er, home bars. Vintage glassware is highly collectible and looks right at home in any contemporary setting.


nterior designer Christopher Kennedy’s love affair with midcentury modern style is no faddish fixation; rather, it stems from a deep-rooted sense of nostalgia for what he calls a “simpler, more gracious time.” Kennedy truly walks the talk, living in a midcentury modern home in Palm Springs, California, where modernist architectual kings like Donald Wexler and Richard Neutra reigned in the ’50s and ’60s. “[The midcentury modern designers] were dreamers and futurists,” says Kennedy in his new book, Making Midcentury Modern. “I like to think that if they were alive today, they would be creating ‘what’s new’ and not resting on their 60-year-old laurels.”


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with a Jonathan Adler chandelier, or a Marimekko-patterned pillow atop pristine white, contemporary bed linens. It is Kennedy’s way of honoring midcentury designers in our own modern time, and an easy how-to for anyone who feels connected to that unique style. “I strive to incorporate the principles of midcentury modernism in a way that feels fresh, relevant, and current,” says the designer. “I never want my clients to feel as if they are living in a museum or time capsule.”—Amy Gross Below: A classic Platner dining set is paired with a colorful modern painting and contemporary-style window shades.

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Making Midcentury Modern, by Christopher Kennedy, Gibbs Smith, hardcover, $35

While Kennedy certainly pays homage to the midcentury designers in his own home and in others he’s designed, his personal aesthetic mixes up the decades in a celebration of color and form that’s very much of this modern age. “I feel that the best way to honor the legacy of these masters is to incorporate their pieces into designs that are decidedly of this century,” he says. Kennedy tidily divides his book into 100 chapters. If that sounds daunting, fear not; each chapter is only a page or two. Titles are a little groany but fun, and succinctly explain each chapter’s concept: “Orange You Glad?” (the midcentury modernists loved bold, brightly painted walls and doors); “Pattern Play” (referring to their fearlessness in mixing up wallpaper and textile patterns); “Box It Up” (their fascination with grids and geometrics). J. Rockwell Seebach’s photos are gorgeous, and fans of midcentury modern style will recognize many of its classic elements in each space—glass bottles, Sputnik lamps, sunburst clocks, tension lamps, breeze blocks, and of course, the distinctive chairs, tables, and other furnishings that not only put the modernist architects and designers on the map back in their day, but continue to be hot collectors’ items in this era. But what sets Making Midcentury Modern apart from other books on the style is Kennedy’s artful incorporation of the classic elements into the modernity of his era—a set of Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs paired

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In the summer, be mindful of what time of day you’re taking Fido for his walk, and take along plenty of water for both of you.


by Amy Gross

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protect your pooch from the heat and stressors of the season

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Summer in Northern New Mexico is heaven for dogs and their owners. But dogs living in the Land of Enchantment still need protection from the heat, sun, and critters.

Pets are more likely to get lost in the summertime. Spooked by fireworks or noisy summer parties, even normally calm dogs will jump fences and flee. The Fourth of July holiday floods local shelters with lost pets more than any other day of the year. If your dog is not wearing a collar with an up-to-date ID tag, have one made today. Seriously: Do it right now! While you’re at it, talk to your vet about microchipping your pet.

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According to the American Safety Council, a car’s temperature will increase 40 degrees in one hour, and 80 percent of this increase occurs in the first 30 minutes. Never, never, never leave your dog alone in the car—the risk of overheating is too great. Think that cracking a window will slow the heating process? Think again!

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Fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other pests have no business hitching a ride on your pet. These pests are more prevalent in the summer when the temperatures rise. Invest in high-quality flea and heartworm preventives and apply them on schedule. Tip: Leave those grocery store brands on the shelf! Your vet will be happy to recommend the safest, most effective brands.

It goes without saying that if you’re living at altitude you should be consuming plenty of water. When you grab a bottle from the fridge for your daily walk with Fido, pack another for your buddy. He might not drink heavily while exercising, but it’s important to give him the option. At home, Fido’s water bowl should always be filled with clean, fresh H2O.

It’s 90 degrees and the sidewalk is hot enough to cook an egg. Would you want to walk barefoot on it for 45 minutes? Doubtful. The pads of dogs’ paws are sensitive to heat, so don’t subject your pooch to walks in the late afternoon or when the streets and sidewalks are blazing. Early morning or at sunset are better bets. 78

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With its soft colors, blended feathering, and striking black eye mask, the cedar waxwing looks like a pastel painting. Photos: Doug Devantier


ome of the most distinctive birds you’ll see in New Mexico—at least for a short time—are the waxwings (cedar and bohemian). Few birds are so exquisitely marked, almost like pastel paintings, with a soft, smooth look, complemented by a crested black-eyed mask, sleek, silky plumage, and yellow-tipped tails. The waxwing gets its name from the bright red, teardrop-shaped, wax-like material that forms on tips of adults’ secondary wing feathers. Waxwings are usually seen in small flocks of a dozen or two birds in search of their preferred food: berries and small fruits, such as wild raspberries, choke cherries, and the berries of juniper and cedar trees. They’ll also eat insects, flower petals, and flowing tree sap. Their desire for berries makes them irregular winter migrants with unpredictable winter ranges, and it’s not until the ripening of berries in late summer that they will mate and raise young. Their breeding grounds extend to Alaska, though in New Mexico nesting is so rare as to be nonexistent. Fortunately we do get to glimpse these beauties as they pass through our state. The two species have very similar plumages. The bohemian is larger and more colorful, elegantly groomed wearing white and yellow on its wings and chestnut brown feathers under the tail, with a soft warm gray body extending all the way to its crest. (Their seemingly carefree, nomadic lifestyle earned them the name “bohemian.”) The smaller cedar waxwing’s pale yellow underbelly blends into a light tan. Both species have striking black eye masks and bright yellow tail bands, and it’s not unusual to find both species in a noisy, social flock. Waxwings only pass through for a short time, but these handsome, amiable, and spontaneous visitors to our state in the winter and spring months are a sight not soon forgotten. Tom Smylie, from Edgewood, New Mexico, is a retired wildlife biologist affiliated with the World Center for Birds of Prey.

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Napa Valley

Miles of gorgeous vineyards stretch out across Napa Valley, calling on visitors to slow down and take it all in.


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apa Valley—two words that evoke images of warm California sunshine, rolling hills, and bountiful grape vines so heavily laden with fruit their branches touch the ground in a silent, prayerful bow. Founded in the late 1800s, the Napa wine region survived two world wars, Prohibition, highbrow naysayers, and a pestilence that threatened its very existence to become the billion-dollar industry it is today. In fact, 90 percent of the wine made in the United States now comes from California. The valley, boasting over 450 wineries in Napa alone, offers a one-of-a-kind (and largely laid-back) tourist experience—from wine tours and sightseeing, to luxury spas and resorts, to world-class cuisine and art galleries.

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savor the flavors of world-class wineries amid breathtaking pastoral beauty

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Below: The Napa Valley Wine Train is a fun way to see much more wine country, offering multiple-course gourmet dining journeys and special event rides for the holidays.

Picturesque St. Helena is home to boutique wineries, luxury spas, shopping, and outstanding California cuisine.

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Wine and art collide at the Robert Mondavi winery, where sculptures by Benjamin Bufano and other artists are permanently on display.

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The region runs from the city of Calistoga, down Highway 29, all the way to the rolling hills of American Canyon at the Southern tip. Don’t hesitate to veer off the to the east though—Lake Berryessa (where Moss Creek Winery and its wine caves can be found) and Angwin (home to Cade Winery and excellent cabernet sauvignon) shouldn’t be missed. The best time of year to visit is during “crush,” or production and harvest time. Crush varies from year to year, depending on the weather and other factors, but typically runs from July to October. Most wineries in the area offer tours and tastings, but do require appointments that can be made online prior to visiting. Some tastings are complimentary; others charge for the privilege of sipping, but part of the fun is figuring out which vineyards you really want to see in person. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the wines you love to drink at home. So what can you expect during a Napa Valley wine tour? Lots of wine, of course, tidbits of local history, culture, chatty vintners, winemaking tours, and gorgeous views everywhere. Tours vary, and while some are self-guided, most winemakers are eager to share the story behind their wines and how they are made. If you’re planning to make a full day of it, locals suggest bringing your own food for a picnic in gardens overlooking the vineyards, or taking advantage of delis located on-site where you can nosh on fresh California favorites that will complement your wine. If you can’t make it during crush, despair not! Napa Valley is home to year-round free concerts and numerous foodbased festivals where wines are paired with a variety of dishes. For history buffs, there’s plenty to see and learn about in this area—most notably in St. Helena, where Nichelini Family Winery, founded in 1890, is the oldest of its kind in Napa Valley. Their current winemaker is a fifth generation Nichelini who produces the winery’s raved-about muscadelle de Bordelais and cabernet sauvignon.

For wine-loving foodies, Napa is a dream come true, with opportunities to wine and dine alfresco right in the vineyards.




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Above: Diverse microclimates and soils help to make Napa Valley one of the best regions in the world for growing grapes.

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Because good wine and good food naturally go hand-in-hand, there’s no shortage of restaurant choices to suit any appetite or budget. Breakfast before heading out on your wine tasting adventure is what the Model Bakery in St. Helena does best. Known for their English muffins and pastries—which have been featured on The Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate—the restaurant also offers hot breakfast items to help get the day going. Oakville Grocery, on Highway 29 in Napa, is the longest continually operating grocery in California. Their specialty sandwiches are made with locally sourced ingredients, and the grocery’s artisans will even pack them in a picnic lunch to take with you for the next adventure on your agenda. Auberge du Soleil resort has arguably the best view in Napa, making it a culinary destination that pleases in every sense. Set in the middle of an olive grove, on a terrace with breathtaking views, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant offers innovative dishes executed by Chef Robert Curry, from bacon-wrapped veal to squab with mission figs, foie gras, and eggplant caponata. For the casual wine sipper or serious oenophile, Napa Valley is a dream getaway. When you go, give yourself several days to visit the vineyards you want to see most, and be sure to build in plenty of downtime. Like the ripening of grapes on the vine, the pace in Napa is slow, relaxed, and deliciously lazy.

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A beautifully executed, 3,073-square-foot, artistically designed home in Paa-Ko Village sits on 2.44 acres with flowers, pine trees, and stunning mountain vistas. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home exemplifies the best of Southwestern architecture with raised beamed ceilings, large Italian porcelain tile, lighted nichos, wood-clad windows, circular skylights, and 700 square feet of covered patio with views. The kitchen is a chef’s delight with KitchenAid appliances, a double oven, a pantry, granite counters, and custom knotty alder cabinetry by Craig Sowers. A three-car garage is an added bonus. The Paa-Ko Community provides residents a pool, tennis courts, and an event center and offers a discount at the award-winning 27-hole golf course at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club.


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List price: $625,000, Sandi Reeder, Realty One of New Mexico, 505-269-9498,

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midcentury modern This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home is 5,759 square feet of impeccable midcentury modern style. Nestled on half an acre in the heart of Albuquerque and completely remodeled, it now features multiple master suites and living areas, as well as four fireplaces. The kitchen is nicely appointed with mostly stainless steel appliances, tons of counter space, and recessed lighting. Skylights throughout the home add a light and airy feel. Attention to detail in all aspects of the remodel is evident. An indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna with an ECOsmarte water purification system complete the package. The guesthouse is a nicely sized 1,265 square feet, and a heated sunroom provides ample space to sit, read, relax, or garden. The entire estate has been walled to provide the utmost privacy and security—a pristine home with lush grounds perfect for family and entertaining.


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ISOTOPES HOME GAMES July 4–9, 17–20, and 25–31, various times August 1, 11–14, and 24–31, various times Isotopes Park 1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE The Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, the Albuquerque Isotopes are a hometown favorite. This summer on their home turf, they play against Sacramento, Las Vegas, Tacoma, Omaha, Iowa, Fresno, Salt Lake, and Reno. On June 16 the Isotopes become the “Green Chile Cheeseburgers” for one night only. SANTANA: TRANSMOGRIFY TOUR July 1, 8 pm Isleta Amphitheater 5601 University Blvd SE, ABQ $44 and up In April of 2016, Latin blues-rock legend Carlos Santana and his band released Santana IV, which reunited the early 1970s band members. Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band, and these history-making rockers stop in Albuquerque for one night only in July. FREEDOM 4th July 4, 3–10 pm Balloon Fiesta Park 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy, ABQ Free to attend, parking $10, Firecracker Cafe prices vary Country music legend Clint Black headlines this year’s entertainment at Freedom 4th. The rain or shine event features numerous children’s activities including jumpers and free face painting, while over 30 local food vendors will be on hand to provide sweet and savory treats. A beer and wine garden is available to adults 21 and older. Check out the low cost park and ride option available. 88

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New Mexico Jazz Festival


Pat Martino wows the audience with his skills.

NEW MEXICO JAZZ FESTIVAL July 13–August 5, various times Various locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque Free (Lensic events $20 and up) The 12th annual New Mexico Jazz Festival, in partnership with the Outpost Performance Space and the Lensic Performing Arts Center, presents Pat Martino, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Davina & the Vagabonds, Ravi Coltrane, and René Marie, among many others, for their local and international jazz masters’ lineup. DAVID BLAINE LIVE 2017 July 23, 8 pm Kiva Auditorium 401 2nd St NW, ABQ $48 and up David Blaine performs mind-bending magic and unbelievable stunts. Blaine is no ordinary magician; he has created his own brand of street magic and performed for numerous celebrities. His show is sure to surprise, shock, and awe. GREAT SOUTHWESTERN ANTIQUE SHOW August 6–7, Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Sunday 10 am–4 pm EXPO New Mexico 300 San Pedro NE, ABQ $12 one day, $20 two days The annual Great Southwestern Antique Show, now in its 19th year, highlights over 200 antique dealers from across the country. Items available to purchase range from rare books and estate jewelry to vintage guitars, fine art, Native American and tribal art, and much more.

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BUSH July 5, 7:30 pm Sandia Casino Amphitheater 30 Rainbow Rd, ABQ $25 and up British rock band Bush brings their 1990s vibe to the Duke City. The group re-formed in 2010; current band members include Gavin Rossdale, Chris Traynor, Corey Britz, and Robin Goodridge.

96th SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET August 15–20, various times Various locations around Santa Fe Free to stroll the Plaza; cost varies for other events Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest Native American art show in the United States, with hundreds of artists’ booths lining the Plaza and surrounding areas. Market events begin Tuesday, August 15, with the Native Cinema Showcase. The open-to-thepublic main event on the Plaza is Saturday and Sunday, with fashion shows, music, and dancing. 78th ANNUAL NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR September 7–17 EXPO New Mexico 300 San Pedro NE, ABQ Adults (12–64) $10; seniors and children $7; kids 5 and under free The New Mexico State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the nation. There is bound to be something for everyone—from agriculture and animals to art, entertainment, food, carnival rides, and shopping. A PRCA rodeo and country music stars add their own draw. 13th ANNUAL OLD TOWN SALSA FIESTA September 9, 12–6 pm Historic Old Town, ABQ Rio Grande Blvd NE & Central Ave NW Free, tasting passes $5 A family-friendly, rain or shine fiesta! Arrive at noon to watch competitors make their salsa at different stations around the Old Town Plaza. Salsa tasting and voting begins at 2:30 pm, with voting ending at 5 pm. Free kids’ events and live entertainment add to the festivities. GOO GOO DOLLS September 10, 7:30 pm Sandia Casino Amphitheater 30 Rainbow Rd, ABQ $35 and up The Goo Goo Dolls’ Long Way Home tour stops at Sandia Casino Amphitheater for one night. Their newest EP, You Should Be Happy, was released May 12. Special guest Phillip Phillips of American Idol fame will make an appearance. JASON ALDEAN, CHRIS YOUNG & KANE BROWN September 16, 7:30 pm Isleta Amphitheater 5601 University Blvd SE, ABQ $44 and up Country music stars Jason Aldean (“Any Old Barstool,” “Big Green Tractor,” “Amarillo Sky,” “Dirt Road Anthem”) and Chris Young (“Getting’ You Home,” “I’m Comin’ Over,” “Aw Naw”) roll into Albuquerque for a night of big hits and new music. Relative newcomer Kane Brown (“Used to Love You Sober”) joins the gang.

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