Summer has just flown by! It’s almost Labor Day, the traditional end of the summer season. We’ve had a touch of fall weather this week, cool mornings warming up to comfortable days. September is a great month to be in Santa Fe. There’s a lot to do, it’s way less crowded and the weather is perfect. September in Santa Fe is probably my favorite time of the year.
The weekend after Labor Day is Fiesta time in The City Different. The oldest Fiesta celebration in the US, dating to 1712, commemorates the return of the Spanish after being driven out during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The unofficial kick-off to the festivities is on Friday, September 2nd with the Burning of Zozobra. The Fiesta official opens on Friday, September 9th witha 6am Mass at Rosario Chapel. Week-end long Fiesta events include weekend including the beloved Desfile de los Niños (Pet Parade) held in the Plaza area on Saturday morning at 9am; the Procession Sunday morning followed by Mass and the delightful Historical/Hysterical Parade on Sunday at 1pm. A Fiesta crafts fair will be held in the Plaza both on Labor Day Weekend and the following one, as well as music and other activities.
Santa Fe food
Santa Fe is lucky #7 on Travel + Leisure’s 2016 Best Cities for Food in the US. While this is a reader’s choice designation, Santa Fe does have a wonderful food scene. What we love most about it is that many restaurants have embraced the farm-to-table movement and are sourcing their food from local farms and artisanal food production companies. We cover the local dining scene in our, usually weekly, Food Thoughts.
The most anticipated food event in September and maybe all year, is the annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, a weeklong celebration of food and wine that will take place from Sunday, September 18th through Sunday, September 25th. There are wine tastings, lunches, dinners, cooking demos and the most anticipated event of the Fiesta, The Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday afternoon at the Santa Fe Opera. A complete schedule of events and ticketing information is on their website.
We loved FUZE SW Food + Folklore Festival, the festival held at the Museum of International Folk Art. The 2014 event focused on Native Foodways. Sadly, FUZE is on hiatus, but we were happy to get a press release about an upcoming forum; The Food Sovereignty Project: Reclaiming Native Health and Wellness Traditions taking place at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th at the Museum. Call the museum at 476-1269 to register. Space is limited.
While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, consider coming to the annual Museum Hill Community Day on Milner Plaza on Sunday, September 25th from 11am to 4pm. There will be indigenous traditional food such as roasted bison. You can also enjoy dance performances and storytelling as well as interactive stations related to traditional foods and demonstration booths. It’s a great opportunity to experience pueblo culture as well as to learn about traditional foods programs throughout New Mexico.
The Santa Fe chef dance continues. Chef Anthony (Tony) Smith, formerly of the Eldorado Hotel, is the new Executive Chef position at Luminaria in the Inn and Spa at Loretto as of yesterday. We look forward to seeing Chef Tony’s influence on the menu at the popular upscale eatery.
Santa Fe Art
Gallery 901 has two September openings. The first exhibition, Greetings from New Mexico, a solo exhibit by Angel Wynn, opens on Friday, September 2nd with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7pm. The show features Wynn’s mixed media artwork which combines photos, molten encaustic wax, and oils focusing on the landscapes of New Mexico. The exhibition runs through Tuesday, September 27th.
Dreaming Out Loud, featuring the work of R. John Ichter opens at 901 on Friday, September 23rd with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7pm. Ichter will painting at the gallery on Saturday, September 24th. The exhibition runs through Thursday, October 13th.
The debut of The Santa Fe Art Project takes place from Friday, September 9th through Sunday, November 6th at the David Richard Gallery. The massive event features three art exhibitions. The first opens on September 9th and runs through September 24th. The second opens on September 25th and runs through October 15th. The last show opens on October 21st and runs through November 6th. Promoters say that Project will showcase “the most cutting-edge artwork of the Southwest’s cultural capitol.” The art event will feature over 50 artists, both established and emerging, “representing the best of the city’s contemporary art scene.” Other events planned during the six weeks are discussions, guided tours, and studio visits along with public and private receptions “that will include a cross section of Santa Fe’s contemporary cultural scene in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and new media art.”
photo-eye Gallery’s show, Once Upon A Time in Kazimierz: A Photographic Novella, a solo exhibition of new work by Richard Tuschman, opens on Friday, September 16th with an artist’s reception from from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition runs through Saturday, October 29th.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center brings together leading thinkers from the world of “single-focus institutions” to celebrate celebrates its 15th. They’ll discuss a wide range of topics pertaining to single-artist institutions. A reception and keynote address by noted museum consultant and writer Elaine Heumann Gurian, on Wednesday, September 14th launches the event. The reception, Research Center’s outdoor garden begins at 5pm. Gurian’s talk begins at 6:30 in the Research Center Library. Tickets are $15 for Museum members and $25 for non-members. A full schedule of the Forum’s events can be found on their website.
Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary’s new show Natural Talent, an exhibition of the works of Kurt Meer and Stephen Pentak, opens on Friday, September 30th with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7pm. The artists’ work (oil on panel paintings) features landscapes that showcase their unique and contrasting interpretations of the world. The show runs through Thursday, October 13th.
Santa Fe Music
Put on your cowboy hats and head for the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30pm for a tribute to Roy Rogers. Riders in the Sky Salute Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys celebrates the undisputed “King of the Cowboys.” Many of us grew up with the iconic cowboy who starred in the eponymous 50s half-hour TV show with his wife Dale Evans. He started his career as a member of Sons of the Pioneers, one of the first western music groups. At that time, Rogers performed under his real name. Leonard Sly (it was later changed to Roy Rogers when he got a movie contract. The group popularized the song, Tumbling Tumbleweeds as well as many others. Tickets are available at The Lensic Box Office (505 988-1234) or at Tickets Santa Fe* (see link at bottom of this section).
The Santa Fe Symphony’s 33rd season opens with Brahms, Wagner, & Dvořák on Sunday, September 25th at 4pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The rousing Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla from Wagner’s Ring Cycle will be led by Guest Conductor Roderick Cox. Violinist Alexi Kenney will perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto, which has been called “one of the four great German violin concerti.” The performance concludes with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, better known as The New World Symphony. Cox will give a free pre-concert lecture at 3pm. Tickets, $22 to $80, are available at the both the Symphony and Lensic box offices as well as through Tickets Santa Fe* (see link below). Half-priced tickets are available for children 6 to 14 with adult purchase. Children under six are not admitted.
That’s it for September in Santa Fe. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in September. ¡Hasta Luego!
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