Tidbits: June in Santa Fe is hot!

This year is really flying by; it’s coming on June already. Santa Fe is THE place to be this summer. There’s a lot going on! June  in Santa Fe is packed with interesting things to do; we’ll give you the highlights in this edition of Tidbits. And the sizzling summer heats up more in July and August. Coming in July: the International Folk Art Market, Spanish Market, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Bandstand, all treasured annual events as well as lots of other exciting happenings. August brings Santa Fe’s most anticipated event of the year; Indian Market (and many art shows that piggyback on it taking advantage of the art lovers who converge on the city for the market) plus lots of other events. Stay tuned to Tidbits for the latest Santa Fe news.

Santa Fe food and dining news

New food truck in town

Trinity Kitchen is serving up Cajun and more in the Meow Wolf parking lot, photo courtesy Meow Wolf

Trinity Kitchen is serving up Cajun and more in the Meow Wolf parking lot, photo courtesy Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf, the interactive art installation that’s been wowing Santa Feans and visitors from all over the world for the last year plus has just started their own food truck to feed hungry visitors. Trinity Kitchen is serving Cajun cuisine and other southern favorites including Po Boys, Gumbo, Étouffée, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Boudin, Beignets, and Pecan-Smoked Baby Back Ribs. And you know it’s authentic. Shreveport native and former sous chef Eliot Chavanne is joined by boyhood friend, Connor Black, to cook up those Louisiana favorites. Just writing about it makes my mouth water!

Santa Fe Baking Company returns, sort of

Work on the New Baking Company going into former space of Santa Fe Baking Company, photo Steve Collins

Work on the New Baking Company going into former space of Santa Fe Baking Company, photo Steve Collins

Fans of the departed Santa Fe Baking Company will be cheered to note the Baking Company is arising from the ashes. The new owners are Filiberto Rodriguez, his wife Norma and her aunt and uncle Maria and Mark Fehey, will open the New Baking Company at the original Baking Company’s digs on Cordova Street. And another beloved Santa Fe favorite is being resurrected here. Backstreet Bistro owner David Jacoby shared his Hungarian mushroom soup recipe with them and it will be in the eatery’s soup rotation. And the New Baking Company brings some changes: the interior has been renovated and they will be staying open in the evenings offering dinner. They expect to be open in early June but you know Santa Fe; so it may be longer. But they’re baaaack!

New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival (NMCC) 

Tasting Seminar at Cocktails & Culture Festival, photo Claire Barrett courtesy of NMCC

Tasting Seminar at Cocktails & Culture Festival, photo Claire Barrett courtesy of NMCC

The third annual New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival (NMCC) takes place in Santa Fe June 2nd through June 4th. The event showcases the cocktail and culinary culture of Santa Fe and New Mexico. It’s a weekend of seminars and cocktail and food samplings geared toward both hospitality professionals and sipping and dining afficonados. Because event creator and promoter Natalie Bovis (aka The Cocktail Muse) is very community oriented, the weekend also includes events benefitting select local organizations. The weekend kicks-off on Thursday, June 1st, with the first-ever Santa Fe Cocktail Week cocktail pairing dinner at Coyote Café. Tickets to the limited-seating event are $125. Other events include:

  • The almost sold out Margarita Trail Taco Wars on Friday June 2nd from 6 to 9pm, tickets $20. Taste the takes on street tacos from the participating food purveyors and vote for your fave. Parts of ticket sale proceeds as well as a $250 prize donation donated on behalf of the winning chef benefit the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico. SOLD OUT!
  • Tony Abou-Ganim’s 40-Mile Fundraising Bike Ride on Saturday June 3rd at 10am. This is the official kick-off for Negroni Week. Proceeds benefit the Helen David Relief Fund which supports bartenders battling breast cancer. The event starts and ends at Skylight followed by lunch sponsored by Compari; all cyclists are welcome at the lunch event when the cyclists return which will be around noon. The general public can attend, tickets are $30.
  • Chef & Shaker Challenge Saturday, June 3, 2017, 5 to 7pm: at the Scottish Rite Temple. The evening includes Dale DeGroff’s one-man show On The Town followed by the Chef & Shaker Challenge where a dozen chefs will present their food and cocktail pairings. Winning chefs receive $500 to donate to their favorite local charity. A portion of the $85 ticket will support Cooking with Kids.

A full schedule of activities and seminars, including Saturday’s Hendricks Gin Academy at 2 and 3:15pm, can be found on their website.

Edible Art Tour

EAT 2017 - Whole Hog’s whole hog at Zaplin Lambert Gallery on the 2015 Edible Art Tour, photo Steve Collins

Whole Hog’s whole hog at Zaplin Lambert Gallery on the 2015 Edible Art Tour, photo/

Didn’t know whether to put this one into food or art; we picked food because that’s our real passion. It’s time for the annual Edible Art Tour (EAT), a fun event that pairs food purveyors and art galleries for two evenings of gazing and grazing. Button holders can visit participating downtown galleries on Friday, June 8th. You may want to start at the kick-off party at the Joe Wade Gallery at El Centro at 102 East Water Street. On Saturday, June 10th the action moved to Canyon Road. The event runs from 5 to 8pm both nights. The event benefits ArtSmart a group that sponsors art programs in Santa Fe public schools. Buy a button ($35)! You’ll have fun and be supporting a good cause. Buttons can be purchased at the ARTSmart office at 1201 Parkway Drive, at the Lensic box office or online.

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Canyon Road Contemporary Art

Celebration”, Dena Tollefson, photo Dena Tollefson, courtesy Canyon Road Contemporary Art

Dena Tollefson, “Sunflower Blues Celebration”, photo Dena Tollefson, courtesy Canyon Road Contemporary Art

Natural and Human Expression, a new exhibition featuring painter Joy Richardson and bead artist Ali Launer, opens at Canyon Road Contemporary Art on Friday, June 2nd from 5 to 7pm. Richardson’s abstract art covers large canvases while Launer’s beads adorn real animal skulls. The show runs through June 11th, 2017.

The busy gallery has a second June opening, Positivity,featuring paintings from “daubist” Dena Tollefson and clay animal sculptures from Kari Rives on Friday, June 23rdfrom 5 to 7pm. Daubism is painting done via palette knife “where each stroke of color is isolated from the others.”  The show runs through July 2nd.

Beals & Co. Showroom

From BLOOM - A Solo Show with Jessica Loving, photo Jessica Loving, courtesy Beals & Co

From BLOOM – A Solo Show with Jessica Loving, photo Jessica Loving, courtesy Beals & Co

Bloom, featuring paintings by Jessica Loving, opens at Beals & Co. Showroom on Friday, June 2nd. There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, June 9th from 5 to 7pm. The gallery calls her large-scale non-representative canvases “a celebration of brightness and color.” The show runs through June 23rd.

Sorrell Sky Gallery

Maura Allen’s "New West", courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Maura Allen’s “New West”, courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Geography of Hope, a two-person show featuring painter Maura Allan and sculptor Danny Haskew, opens at Sorrell Sky Gallery on Friday June 2nd from 5 to 7:30pm. Allen is known for her contemporary western paintings; Haskew, a member of the Potawatomi Citizen Nation is a respected artist known for his monumental “lost wax” bronze sculptures. The show runs until the end of June.

MILL Contemporary

Shirley Baskin Familian, “Hail To The Red, White, and Blue”, photo, Shirley Baskin Familian, courtesy MILL Contemporary

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something new comes along. MILL Contemporary opens an exhibition of stamp art by 96-year-old artist, Shirley Baskin Familian on Saturday, June 3rd from 4 to 6 pm. The artist, using stamps “like mosaic tiles or fabric swatches,” composes “collages that recall quilting, tile work or Indian mandala designs.” Familian also takes common everyday objects, such as an iron, and transforms them with stamps. Other works in the show include three-dimensional rotating cubes and spheres as well as two-dimensional wall hangings. The show runs through June 24th.

Poeh Summer Arts Market

June in Santa Fe - Poeh Student Artists at a market at the Cultural Center, photo/courtesy Poeh Cultural Center’s Summer Arts Market

Native artists at a market at Poeh Center, photo/courtesy Poeh Cultural Center’s Summer Arts Market

The Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque, just north of Santa Fe, will hold their inaugural Summer Arts Market on Saturday, June 17th from 8am to 4pm. The show is open to Native American artists from across the southwest. Attendees can meet the artists and learn about their creative process as well as shop for original jewelry, pottery, textiles and other arts. In addition, there will be Native food vendors serving up for regional cuisine. This is a free event; humans and service animals only please.

Art beyond Santa Fe

Frank Shelton, Debra Fritz, Joseph Hall, Walter Nelson and Doug Coffin,

We’re excited about the Abiquiu Art Project. We were invited to preview it before it launched. Five successful Abiquiu artists have joined forces to offer tours of their studios and perhaps meet the artists. The working studios featured on the tour belong to painter/photographer Walter Nelson; husband and wife team clay artist Debra Fritts and painter Frank Shelton; painter/sculptor Doug Coffin and jeweler Joseph Hall. You can either join the scheduled Saturday Tours or book a private tour. The shuttle for the three-hour Saturday Tour departs the Abiquiu Inn at 2pm. There is also a brief stop at a viewing point for an unusual view of  picturesque Plaza Blanca, a place that inspired and was painted by Georgia O’Keeffe. The cost of the tour is $40. You can reserve your seat on the Abiquiu Art Project website. You can also arrange a private tour by calling Teresa Toole, the tour project coordinator at (505) 685-0504

Santa Fe music

Lensic Presents:

The Lensic Presents series will offer a concert by Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist, Gregory Porter, on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The acclaimed artist won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his third recording, Liquid Spirit. Tickets, starting at $38 may be purchased at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe* (see the bottom of this section for the link).

Music on the Hill

Santa Fe summer music Enjoying a concert at Music on the Hill™ photo courtesy Music on the Hill™

Enjoying a concert at Music on the Hill™ photo/courtesy Music on the Hill™

Music on the Hill™ has been offering free jazz concerts on Wednesday evenings since 2006. This summer, the series which starts on Wednesday, June 14th and continues through Wednesday, July 26th (no concert on July 5th) has expanded to include other musical genres. Concerts, from 6 to 8pm, are free. Arrive early, bring a picnic and stake out your spot on the grass at the St. John’s College athletic field. Parking is limited; free shuttle service from Museum Hill runs every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 8:30pm. If you want to make sure these free summer concerts continue, become a Friend of Music on the Hill™ and donate. There’s a link towards to bottom of the MOTH website.

Santa Fe Opera

There’s something really special about going to hear an opera at the Santa Fe Opera. Every summer  the company mounts world-class productions but that’s only part of the experience. There’s the long-standing custom of pre-performance tailgating in the upper parking lot, or having the pre-opera buffet dinner.  Don’t miss the magic of nature captured in evening sunset visible behind the stage. If you happen to be there for a thunderstorm it’s something you’ll long remember.  The Opera opens its 2017 season on Friday, June 30th with Strauss’ comic opera, Die Fledermaus. Other operas this summer are Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, George Frideric Handel’s Alcina as well as the world premier of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by composer Mason Bates with a libretto by Mark Campbell. Tickets are available from the opera’s box office or on their website. If you’re not an opera fan try the lighthearted Fledermaus, or start with a backstage tour, given Monday through Friday at 9am.

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Woman in Gold

In addition to EAT, ARTSmart will present another fundraising event: Behind the Woman in Gold, the story of the iconic Klimpt painting and the film it inspired, on Thursday June 8th at 6pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The evening includes a showing of the film starring Helen Mirren, a talk about the intriguing story behind the film and a VIP reception. The famous painting is of Adele Bloch-Bauer, wife of an Austrian-Jewish industrialist. The painting and other Klimpt works the family owned was stolen by the Nazis and given to the Belvedere Palace, Austria’s national gallery. The film chronicles the efforts of Maria Altmann, Adele Bloch-Bauer’s niece, to get this valuable work back from the Belvedere. The evening begins with a VIP reception is at 5pm, followed by lecture by Peter Altmann (Maria’s son) at 6pm and a 7pm screening of the 2015 film. Altmann will also be at the VIP reception. Tickets for this special evening, $75 for the entire evening or $35 for the lecture and screening, are available at the Lensic box office or at Tickets Santa Fe* (see the link above this section).

Juan Siddi Arte Flamenco Society

Juan Siddi, photo Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

We met Juan Siddi in 2008 the year he first brought his new company to Santa Fe and have been fans ever since. He has become an international star and now performs around the world. His troupe, the Juan Siddi Arte Flamenco Society, will be in Santa Fe for three performances this year. All will be at the Lensic. The first takes place on Friday, June 9th at 7:30pm. The other dates are August 27th and December 9th. This season the company presents a variety of new works featuring acclaimed flamenco artists from Spain and the United States as well as some of Siddi’s students. The performance will be followed by a Meet the Artists Party in the Lensic Lobby. Tickets, $25 to $65, are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe* (see link in section above).

That’s it for June. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in June. ¡Hasta Luego!

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