Tidbits: Sizzling hot: July in Santa Fe

July is so packed it’s almost overwhelming to share it with you. We’re coming off of a heat spell and ready to enjoy summer in Santa Fe. The City Different is already hopping.

Before getting into what’s going on, we want to share another honor The City Different has garnered. Outside Magazine (who makes its home here) named Santa Fe as the city with the “Best Combination of Mountains and Margaritas” its 25 Best Towns in America. Fitting for a city that has its own Margarita Trail!

Santa Fe food

New Mexico Fine Dining

Tidbits July 2017 Chef Charles Dale of the New Mexico Fine Dining, photo courtesy of Charles Dale

Chef Charles Dale of the New Mexico Fine Dining, photo/courtesy of Charles Dale

There have been rumors floating around Santa Fe for weeks. Finally they’re confirmed. There’s an exciting new restaurant group in town. San Antonio transplants Jennifer and Jimmy Day have acquired four Santa Fe eateries their new enterprise, New Mexico Fine Dining. The restaurants are Bouche, Galisteo Bistro, Georgia and Bobcat Bite. The restaurant neophytes have chosen well. Santa Fe Chef and restaurateur, Charles Dale will be at the helm. Each restaurant has a distinct concept. Bouche will remain exactly as it’s been since Dale opened in 2013. Galisteo Bistro will feature “handmade Italian food,” and a new name, A Mano. The name reflects that commitment to handcrafted food. Georgia will be a showcase for what Dale calls “a fresh look at Southwest regional cooking.” It’s jumping off point will be corn, a food central to the diets of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Its new name, Maze, emphasizes that focus. Georgia’s bar and patio will remain open for the summer and Maize will open around Labor Day. Bobcat Bite, which will open sometime in 2018, takes its inspiration from the iconic green chile cheeseburger that made the restaurant a favorite of locals and visitors over the years. Its menu will reflect traditional American foods. We’ll do share a more informative post on this in the near future. Stay tuned.


Tidbits July 2017 - Clafoutis' new location is already hopping, photo Steve Collins

Clafoutis’ new location is already hopping, photo Steve Collins

Everyone’s favorite French bakery has reopened in its new digs at 333 Cordova Road (entrance off Don Diego) at the south end of Body’s building. The space is huge, about four times the size of the original location, and there’s lots of parking. Garage-style doors in front open to a dining patio. Inside the spacious café there are several dining areas. On a Saturday morning at 10:30 the place was packed and we were told the wait for a table was half-hour. Luckily, one freed up in 15 minutes. The menu seems to be pretty much as it was at the old location. Breakfast is available all day and lunch from 11:30am to 3pm. They are now also open on Sundays. We asked the hostess if they’re always so busy or was it just because it was Saturday. She said that when they open at 7am there’s already a line of people waiting to get in. It typically gets really busy at about 8am and stays that way until around 2pm so be prepared to wait.

Detour Kitchen

Tidbits July 2017 - Detour Kitchen replaces Omira, photo Steve Collins

Detour Kitchen replaces Omira, photo/Steve Collins

Omira Grill, the Argentinean grill restaurant in the strip mall at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive (home to Susan’s Fine Wines and Tiny’s), quietly closed a few weeks ago. In its place, the enterprising Ziggy Rzig, owner of Omira and Pyramid Café, realized the Churasco-style dining concept was played out. In its place he’s opened Detour Kitchen, a well-priced eatery with an eclectic menu that includes New Mexican, Mexican and American offerings with entrees ranging from $7.95 to $25.95. We think he’s on to something.

Santa Fe music

Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera photo/Robert-Reck courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Opera photo/Robert Reck, courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera

The Santa Fe Opera opens its 2017 season on Friday, June 30th with Die Fledermaus. We saw the dress rehearsal last night. It was a fun evening and this light operetta is a great introduction to opera for hesitant people. The audience was packed with school who seemed to love it as much as we did.

NM Jazz Festival

Pharoah Sanders will be part of this year’s
New Mexico Jazz Festival

The 12th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival runs from Thursday, July 13th through Saturday, August 5th.  Concerts, both in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, feature a range of jazz musicians. Santa Fe events kick off on Wednesday, July 19th at 6pm. Jane Bunnett & Maqueque will give a free concert at St John’s College’s Music on Hill series. Davina & the Vagabonds with opening act, Banda Atómica will perform another free concert on Tuesday, July 25th at 6pm on the Santa Fe Plaza as part of the Santa Fe Bandstand’s summer line-up. On Friday, July 28th at 7:30pm Buika will take the stage at the Lensic. And last, but certainly not least, jazz great Pharaoh Sanders and his quartet will appear at the Lensic on Saturday, July 29th at 7:30pm. Tickets for all the Santa Fe concerts are available at the Outpost Performance Space box office in Albuquerque, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe as well as online at the NM Jazz Festivals’ website as well as on Tickets Santa Fe*.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Tidbits July 2017 - Santa Fe Music Festival Mozart Quartet, photo/ courtesy Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Santa Fe Music Festival Mozart Quartet, photo/ courtesy Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 45th season starts on Sunday, July 16th and runs through August 21st .The group will present over 40 concerts performed by more than 80 top classical musicians and ensembles in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Santa Fe concert venues are St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Art Museum and the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The Festival’s repertoire includes classic chamber works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Dvořák as well as commissioned pieces by William Bolcom (U.S), Brett Dean (Australia) and Julian Anderson (England). Tickets are available at the Lensic box office and online at both the Festival’s website and Tickets Santa Fe*.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale presents The Hope of Loving in Palen Hall at the Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe on Thursday, July 27th at 8pm and Sunday, July 30th at 4pm. Music Director Joshua Habermann will conduct pianist Nathan Salazar, a string septet from the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. The group is performing John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill.” Assistant Music Director Dr. Matthew Tresler will give a free pre-concert talk 90 minutes before each performance. Tickets, $20 to$75, are available on their website. Student tickets (with ID) are available; there is special ticket pricing for groups of 10 or more.

*Tickets Santa Fe

Santa Fe art

There’s always a lot of art in Santa Fe, but this summer the city has outdone itself. We’ve dubbed it the “Santa Fe Summer of Art.” In addition to museum shows and art markets there are a lot of gallery shows.

Art markets and annual shows

 Folk Art Market


Tidbits July 2017 -Rugs at the 2014 Folk Art Market, photo Steve Collins

Rugs at the Folk Art Market, photo/Steve Collins

The 14th International Folk Art Market opens on Museum Hill on Friday, July 14th with a benefit Preview Party. The market opens to the public on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday July 16th from 10am to 5pm. You can avoid the big crowds with Early Bird shopping (special ticket needed) on Saturday from 7:30 to 9am. Over 160 artisans from over 50 countries will bring their handcrafted art which includes such treasures as textiles (rugs, clothing, accessories, mats and more), jewelry, baskets, masks, wood carvings and metal work. Read more about the 2017 market here.

Art Santa Fe

Tidbits July 2017 - People looking at the works on the wall at Art Santa Fe photo courtesy of Art Santa Fe

People looking at the works on the wall at Art Santa Fe photo/courtesy of Art Santa Fe

Art Santa Fe, celebrating its 17th anniversary this year, opens its four-day juried contemporary show at the Santa Fe Convention Center on Thursday, July 13th. The show runs through Sunday, July 16th. It will feature “extraordinary art” from around the world, specially curated programming, special events and entertainment. The Opening Night Preview Party takes place on Thursday, July 13th from 5 to 9pm. The show opens on Friday, July 14th from 11am to 8pm. Saturday hours are the same. Sunday hours are from 11am to 5pm. Information about tickets, $20 to $100, (with discounts for students and seniors), is on the Art Santa Fe website.

Traditional Spanish Market

Tidbits July 2017 - Bultos (wood carvings of saints) at Spanish Market, photo Steve Collins

Bultos (wood carvings of saints) at Spanish Market, photo/Steve Collins

Traditional Spanish Market celebrates the Hispanic heritage of Santa Fe and New Mexico. Artists practicing traditional New Mexican Spanish Colonial Art gather in and around the historic Plaza on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st to show and sell their handcrafted work. Hours are from 8am to 5pm. There’s a ticketed preview event at the Santa Fe Convention Center on Friday evening. For more information on Spanish Colonial art click here. Contemporary artists of Hispanic descent have their own show, Contemporary Hispanic Market, on Lincoln Avenue just north of the Plaza.

Gallery shows

Turner Carroll

Tidbits July 2017 - Hung Liu, “Dirty Pink”, photo courtesy Turner Carroll

Hung Liu’s diptych “Dirty Pink”, photo/courtesy Turner Carroll

Turner Carroll opens American Dreams, an exhibition of work by artist Hung Liu, on Wednesday, June 28th with an opening reception on Friday, July 5th from 5 to 7pm. The Chinese native explores her American identity through the iconic imagery of Dust Bowl Era in her newest body of work. The show runs through Monday, July 24th.

photo-eye Gallery

Tidbits July 2017 - Maggie Taylor, "But a dream", photo (C)Maggie Taylor, photo courtesy photo-eye Gallery

Maggie Taylor, “But a dream”, photo (C)Maggie Taylor, photo/courtesy photo-eye Gallery

photo-eye Gallery opens A tale begun in other days, an exhibition of color photomontages from artist Maggie Taylor on Friday, July 7th from 5 to 7pm. Taylor utilizes digital technology to portray “dreamlike worlds inhabited by everyday objects.” Her works often begin as pastel background drawings, with added components such as 19th century photographs, vintage toys, seashells and feathers. The exhibition runs through Saturday, September 2nd.

 Tansey Contemporary

Tidbits July 2017 - Noel Hart, “Looking for Swift Parrots Near Apollo Bay,”photo courtesy Tansey Contemporary

Noel Hart, “Looking for Swift Parrots Near Apollo Bay,”photo courtesy/Tansey Contemporary

Tansey Contemporary presents The Rewilding, a solo exhibition by Australian glass artist Noel Hart on Friday, July 7th from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition will include colorful hand-blown glass vessels portraying endangered species of birds reflecting his passion for preservation, nature, and ecology. The show runs through Sunday, July 30th.

Sorrel Sky Gallery

Fred Ortiz, “Pewter Vessel No. 2 with Turquoise”, photo courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Fred Ortiz, “Pewter Vessel No. 2 with Turquoise”, photo/courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery opens Bridging Worlds – Human, Animal, Divine, a one-woman show featuring work from artist Star Liana York on Friday, July 7th from 5 to 7:30pm. The show highlights York’s bronze works, reflecting her interest in the people, animals, the environment, and the culture of the Southwest. The show runs through Monday, July 31st.

On Thursday, July 27th, in conjunction with Spanish Market, the gallery will host a two-man show by father and son artists: Lawrence Baca’s showcasing his jewelry and Fred Ortiz’s showing his bronze vessels.

Patina Gallery

“Ninety Hours a Week to Change the World, Palo Alto, California, 1986”. photo/Doug Menuez, courtesy Patina Gallery

“Ninety Hours a Week to Change the World, Palo Alto, California, 1986”. photo/Doug Menuez, courtesy Patina Gallery

Patina Gallery opens Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, an exhibition of work by acclaimed photojournalist Doug Menuez on Friday, July 14th. Menuez’s body of work presents the definitive inside story of Steve Jobs. This exhibition opens a week before The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs on Saturday, July 22nd. The exhibition runs through Sunday, August 13th.

In conjunction with Fearless Genius, photojournalist Doug Menuez will do a presentation at the   Lensic Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, July 19th at 7pm. He’ll talk about his rare, behind-the-scenes photos of important moments in the careers of Apple’s Steve Jobs, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Sun Microsystem’s Bill Joy Adobe’s John Warnock. Post-presentation he’ll be signing his book Fearless Genius in the Lensic lobby. Tickets, $22, are available online at Tickets Santa Fe (see the link in the music section above), or at the Lensic box office.

7 Arts Gallery

Tidbits July 2017 Angel Wynn’s "Adelita: Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution", photo/Angel Wynn

Angel Wynn’s “Adelita: Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution”, photo/Angel Wynn

We love Angel Wynn’s wonderful art. Her new show, ADELITA: Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution, opens at 7 Arts Gallery, 125 Lincoln Avenue on Friday, July 21st from 5to 7pm. What are the Adelitas? Wynn writes: “Adelita was the name given to the women who followed husbands, lovers and family members to war during the uprising of the Mexican Revolution. From 1910-1920, these camp followers cooked, cleaned and nursed wounds. When it came time for military combat, Adelitas bravely picked up guns and fought. In many respects, the Mexican Revolution was not only a men’s but also a women’s revolution.” The show runs through August 9th.

Owen Contemporary

Martha Rea Baker, “Desert Cadence,” photo courtesy Owen Contemporary

Martha Rea Baker, “Desert Cadence,” photo/courtesy Owen Contemporary

Owen Contemporary opens Shapes and Surfaces, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Martha Rea Baker and Bret Price, on Friday, July 21st from 5 to 7pm. Baker is a New Mexico abstract painter; Price is a California-based sculptor. The exhibition runs through Thursday, August 3rd.

 Canyon Road Contemporary Art

Kathy Beekman, “Looking Toward the Mountains”, courtesy Canyon Road Contemporary Art

Canyon Road Contemporary Art premiers Stone Creations, a mixed media show by husband and wife artists Marlys Mallet and Michael Redhawk, on Friday, July 21st from 5 to 7pm. The couple combines acrylic paint with stones and fossils to produce their unique collaborative wall hangings.

The gallery opens Landscape’s Edge, an exhibition of the pastel American landscapes by Kathy Beekman on Friday, July 28th from 5 to 7pm, with an artist’s demonstration on Saturday, July 29th, from 11am to 2pm. The exhibit runs through Sunday, August 6th.

 Mill Contemporary

Jamie Chase, “Stretch”, courtesy MILL Contemporary

Mill Contemporary presents RECONFIGURED: New Realism in the 21st Century, an exhibition showcasing the works of four abstract figurative painters, on Friday, June 30th from 5 to 7pm. Artists Jennifer Pochinski, Melinda Cootsona, Jamie Chase, and Lisa Noonis each have their own approach to contemporary realism. The show runs through Saturday, July 22nd.


And there’s lots more happening in Santa Fe in July; we just hit the tip of the iceberg. Let us help you plan your perfect visit to The City Different.

That’s it for July. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in July to fill you in on August happenings. ¡Hasta Luego!

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