Tidbits is a day late. We’re on the road with limited Internet access, hence the delayed publication and less photos. Although it’s coming out on April Fools Day it’s all true.
It’s officially spring — clocks have been turned ahead, Santa Fe weather is warm for the most part and there are a few buds are starting to appear. We’ve learned over the years that some of the worst snows here can come in April and sometimes we get snow in early May. But, the weather warms up during the day and the snow melts. It’s a beautiful time of year to be in Santa Fe, one of our favorites. Come see!
Two bright lights in Santa Fe went out this month.
American Indian Artist Margarete Bagshaw passed away on Thursday March 19th, the result of a brain tumor. Her illness was blessedly short. Bagshaw was part of a three-generation art dynasty. Her grandmother, Pablita Velerde, was part of Dorothy Dunn’s fabled first art class at the Santa Fe Indian School in 1932 and became one of the most successful American Indian woman artists ever. Bagshaw’s mother, Helen Hardin, was a noted contemporary Native American painter. Bagshaw and her husband Dan McGuinness, led the efforts to open the Pablita Velardi Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, a long-time dream which came to fruition in September 2012. Earlier, her one-woman exhibition, Margarete Bagshaw: Breaking the Rules, opened at Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Bagshaw passed away peacefully among family and friends.
James Beard Award-winning cookbook writer Bill Jamison passed away on Tuesday, March 24th. His wife and writing partner, Cheryl Alters Jamison, wrote, “He passed away Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix, in a beautiful hospice with an enclosed patio that reminded us immediately of our Tesuque courtyard. The sky was blue, the sunshine warm.” Jamison was diagnosed with two “nasty cancers,” last fall. They couple relocated to Phoenix for treatment at the Mayo Clinic. There’s a memorial service scheduled for Sunday, April 19 at 3pm at the St. Francis Auditorium.
Our thoughts are with both of their families.
Santa Fe food news
Congrats to Chef Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin. He’s a finalist for the 2015 Best Chef of the Southwest from the James Beard Foundation. Good luck!
Speaking of great chef’s, John Sedlar, who has been called “the father of southwest cuisine,” opens his long awaited Santa Fe eatery, Eloisa at the Drury Plaza Hotel any day now.
We’re excited about the Street Food Institute truck set up at Santa Fe Community College Tuesday and Thursday from 11am to 2pm. They’re also at the Santa Fe Brewing Company on Wednesdays from 4:30 through 8:30pm. We tasted their food at FUZE Southwest last fall and it was darned tasty.
The folks at Paper Dosa started out with “pop-up” dinners at Café Fina on Old Las Vegas Highway. Now those pop-ups are a thing of the past. This month they opened their new location at 551 W. Cordova Road, just west of Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen. They’re serving their signature dosas (thin crispy Indian “crepes”) from Tuesdays through Sundays from 5:30-9 p.m. The menu also features uttapam which they describe as a “South Indian pancake with the ingredients cooked inside the batter as well as curies, sides, and Indian desserts and drinks.
Santa Fe art
The fabulous Santa Fe Folk Art Market is in the running for 10 Best’s Favorite Art Festival; vote here. Support this wonderful local resource. Vote early and vote often. You can cast one ballot a day until April 13th.
Congrats to Santa Fe’s Selby Fleetwood Gallery, 600 Canyon Road for being named to the Culture Trip’s 10 American Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Know. There are other noteworthy contemporary art galleries around the city, especially in the up-and-coming Railyard district home to SITE Santa Fe. The genre has a strong presence here.
Marigold Arts opens Expressions in Weaving, an exhibition of hand-woven tapestries by New Mexico artists Linda Running Bentley, Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Barbara Marigold, and Robin Reider, on Friday, April 17th from 5 to 7pm. Tapestries can tell a story or depict a scene or even be abstract. Marigold Arts asked these four artists to make their own statements and they did. Check out the show and see what they had to say. It runs through Thursday, May 7th.
Turner Carroll Gallery hosts a student exhibition from the Albuquerque Academy, a Duke City Day School, from Wednesday, April 22nd through Wednesday, April 29th. They’ll host an opening reception on Friday, April 24th from 5 to 7pm. The show will feature a juried selection of works done by students in the school’s Visual Arts program. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the school. For more information, call the gallery at (505) 986-9800 or check out their website.
Santa Fe Music
The Santa Fe Pro Musica presents the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble in a series of Baroque Holy Week concerts. They take place at the Loretto Chapel on Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd at 7:30pm and on Saturday, April 4th at 6pm.Solists Kathryn Mueller (soprano) and Deborah Domanski (mezzo-soprano) will join the Ensemble for the final piece, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Tickets, from $20 to $65, are available online and at the both the Lensic and Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office (505 988-4640) or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*
Performance Santa Fe presents the Passionate Piano Quartets, featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on Monday, April 6th at 7:30pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. Pianist Wu Han, cellist David Finckel, violist Paul Neubauer, and violinist Daniel Hope will perform music by Mahler, Schumann, and Brahms. Tickets, $27 to $100, are available at the Performance Santa Fe website, the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.* Student and teacher discounts are available.
The Santa Fe Symphony presents Sibelius & Brahms at the The Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 12th at 4pm. The concert, a tribute to these two composers, features violinist Alexi Kenney, winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition performing Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin. Ryan McAdams is the Guest Conductor. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 3pm. Tickets, $20 to $76, are available at both the Lensic and Santa Fe Symphony box offices or online at Tickets Santa Fe.* Half-priced tickets are available for children 6 to 14 with adult purchase. Children under six will not be admitted.
Performance Santa Fe presents the Takács Quartet at the St. Francis Auditorium on Thursday, April 16th at 7:30pm. They are the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal and “one of the greatest chamber music ensembles in the world.” The quartet will perform Beethoven’s Razumovsky Quartet, the “Emperor” Quartet by Haydn, and Carter Pann’s “Operas.” Tickets, $25 to $75, are available at the Performance Santa Fe website, the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.* Here’s a link to Tickets Santa Fe if you wish to purchase your tickets online.
Santa Fe area Misc
Easter brings the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to Chimayó. Tens of thousands of people walk to the Santuario de Chimayó on this holy day from as far away as Albuquerque and sometimes even further.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio is open for the season. If you want to see how this iconic artist lived, make a reservation to visit. Our favorite is the Behind the Scenes Tour, offered two evenings a week from early June through mid-September. It’s our favorite of the tours the site offers. Check their website for dates and times for all their tours. Reserve early; tour size is limited and they book up. With careful scheduling you can combine the home tour with the Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tour at Ghost Ranch.
That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in April. ¡Hasta Luego!