Tidbits: February in Santa Fe

For me, February brings three distinct events to mind: the groundhog who we hope won’t see his shadow on the 2nd, honoring presidents and we celebrating love. Not bad for the shortest month of the year. February in Santa Fe means two more things: it’s time for Santa Fe Restaurant Week and ARTFeast.

Take your kids skiing at  Ski Santa Fe, photo Joy C. Frank-Collins

A brief reminder; spring break 2017 is almost upon us. It’s a great time to bring the family to Santa Fe. TOURISM Santa Fe is sponsoring its second annual Kids Free Spring Break. Hotels, restaurants, tour companies, attractions and other venues are offering to host the kids for free as an incentive to attract families to town. Here are some of our suggestions for family fun here.

Santa Fe food scene news

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

El Nido, one of the restaurants participating in Santa Fe Restaurant Week, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe Restaurant Week, now in its eighth year, will take place from Sunday, February 19th through Sunday, February 26th. This year, with 47 participating restaurants, it’s bigger than ever. It’s a great chance to sample food at restaurants you might not usually go to, taking advantage of the special prix fixe meal pricing. In addition, there are also a few special culinary events in conjunction with Restaurant Week. Partipating restaurants and events can be found on the Restaurant Week website.


Santa Fe High School culinary arts students making dessert at the gala, photo/courtesy ARTsmart

ARTsmart’s 20th annual winter gala dinner and auction, formerly under the ARTFeast umbrella, takes place at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa on Saturday, February 25th at 5:30. Food for the You Will Be Served gala dinner is courtesy of three local chefs: hors d’oeuvres are from Santacafe’s Chef Fernando Ruiz, the first course is from Chef Laura Licona and Chef Jean Pierre Vincent from Eldorado’s Old House is offering three entrée choices. Santa Fe High School Culinary Arts Students are in charge of the dessert course. Author Anne Hillerman, who now writes the Joe Leaphorn series popularized by her late father, Tony Hillerman, is event’s Honorary Chair; Melinda K. Hall is Honorary Artist. One of the highlights of the evening is the auction of dishes made by fifth graders at Santa Fe public schools for the annual I Made It! Competition. These whimsical plates are very popular. New this year: vases also made by the students will be  auctioned. Tickets to the gala are $200. And don’t forget EAT (the Edible Art Tour), ARTsmart’s pairing of galleries and restaurants, which were a part of ARTFeast will be held on June 9th and 10th.

Ahmed Obo of Jambo at a cooking competition in 2012 photo/Steve Collins

Hot off the presses: Kenyan-born chef Ahmed Obo will open an outpost of Jambo, his popular Santa Fe African restaurant in Albuquerque at 1105 Juan Tabo, which, until recently, housed a branch of Weck’s.

Santa Fe art

Meow Wolf is full of bright color and the unexpected, photo/Billie Frank

Meow Wolf, Santa Fe’s exciting immersive art experience that opened last St. Patrick’s Day, reopens tomorrow after being closed for a few weeks to install new rooms and other additions, including a new portal from the house into the “multiverse.” Visitors will be able to interact with musical instruments, find new clues about the mysterious Selig family that lives in the House of Eternal Return and even be able to uncover hidden messages viewable only with a special flashlight.

Herb Smith, “Summer Tanager”, photo/courtesy Beals and Co.

The Axle Contemporary Mobile Gallery opens A Situation for Open Possibilities, sculptor Franco Andres’ installation of work assembled from” pre-existing manufactured items arranged to tell a story.” The show opens on Friday, February 3rd from 5 to 7pm. in front of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Andres will give a special performance from 5 to 6pm. The show runs through Sunday, February 26th.

From Local Eight, Works by New Mexico Artists, photo (c)Jamey Stillings, courtesy photo-eye Gallery

An aerial view by photographer Jamey Stillings, photo/ c)Jamey Stillings, courtesy photo-eye Gallery

photo-eye Gallery opens Local Eight, a group exhibition of photographs by Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico photographers, on Tuesday, February 7th. An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 24th from 5 to 7pm, to coincide with the Railyard Art District’s Last Friday Artwalk. The exhibition runs through Saturday, April 22nd.

Sam Francis, “Lyre Eight”, photo/courtesy MILL Contemporary

Sam Francis, “Lyre Eight”, photo/courtesy MILL Contemporary

MILL Contemporary opens Contemporary Master Prints, an exhibition of work from the 1970s to the19 90s, on Friday, February 10th through Saturday, March 25th. The works by various artists combine traditional print approaches (like lithography or screen printing) with other techniques and materials associated with other arts (e.g., digital imaging, collage). Artists whose work will be on view include: Christo, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, and David Hockney.

Herb Smith, “Summer Tanager”, photo/courtesy Beals and Co.

 Inhabitants, a solo exhibition of artworks by painter Herb Smith, opens at the Beals & Co. Showroom 830 Canyon Road on Friday, February 17th from 5 to 7pm. The show features the Staten Island native’s latest work, a study of birds, painted with extraordinary detail and depth.

Santa Fe concerts and performances

The New Mexico Performing Arts Society presents a return performance of the La Catrina String Quartet at their Annual Valentine’s concert on Sunday, February 5th at the music of Beethoven, Ginastera, Ponce, and Piazzola with them. Tickets are available at the NMPAS website.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra photo courtesy Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

The Santa Fe Symphony presents the second in a new series of concert recitals on Thursday, February 16th at 7pm, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. The evening features Grammy Award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, featuring the works by masters of classical guitar as well as guitar adaptations of work of a range of composers from J.S. Bach to Duke Ellington. Tickets, $22 to $80, are available at both the Symphony and Lensic box offices as well as online at Tickets Santa Fe. Half-priced tickets are available for children 6 to 14 with adult purchase (no children under six admitted).

On Sunday February 19th at 4pm the Symphony, led by Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa, will perform works by Rodrigo, Dvořák and Schubert at The Lensic Performing Arts Center.  Guitarist Jason Vieaux will join them for a performance of Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, a modern guitar concerto by Joaquin Rodrigo.  The orchestra will also perform Dvořák’s Symphony No. 3 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (the Unfinished Symphony). Figueroa will present a pre-concert talk at 3pm. Tickets, $22 to $80, are available at both the Symphony and Lensic box offices as well as online at Tickets Santa Fe.* Half-priced tickets are available for children 6 to 14 with adult purchase (no children under six admitted).

Les 7 doigts de la main in Cuisine and Confessions photo Les 7 doigts de la main courtesy of Performance Santa Fe

Les 7 doigts de la main in Cuisine and Confessions photo Les 7 doigts de la main courtesy of Performance Santa Fe

Performance Santa Fe presents the Canadian circus company, Les 7 doigts de la main (The 7 Fingers) in Cuisine and Confessions, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30pm. The group of seven, many who have performed with Cirque du Soleil, named their group for “a play on a metaphor for distinct parts united toward one goal.” Their goal is to “use their nearly 140 years of combined experience to create an entirely new circus experience—one that was intimate, familiar, and authentic.” They “dexterously blur the line between acrobatics and contemporary dance, between theatre and athleticism – and manage to cook a delicious meal in the middle of it all.” Tickets, $19 to $85, are available at the Performance Santa Fe website or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

The Lensic presents Grammy-award winning jazz and R&B singer Dianne Reeves on Sunday, February 26th at 7:30pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. Reeves, a five-time Grammy winner, has been called “one of the most powerful, purposeful, and accurate voices of this or any time.” Tickets, from $39 and up, are available online at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

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Santa Fe Misc

The Inn and Spa at Loretto, photo/Steve Collins

 There’s no official confirmation yet, but reliable sources say that Heritage Hotels has bought the Inn and Spa at Loretto from Destination Hotels and Resorts owners of the luxury hotel since 2008. Heritage is a big player these days. With the addition of the Loretto they will have four downtown properties (Hotel St. Francis, Eldorado Hotel & Spa and Hotel Chimayó are the others). They also own The Lodge north of downtown, several hotels in Albuquerque, two properties in Taos and one in Las Cruces. What will this change of ownership mean for the Loretto? Only time will tell.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Lensic presents one of the (in my opinion) greatest romantic comedies of the 80s, When Harry Met Sally. It has one of the best-loved lines (“I’ll have what she’s having”) over a sandwich at New York’s Katz’s Delicatessen. The Saturday, February 11th screening at 7pm is part of their Lensic Big Screen Classics series. The best news: admission is free. You do need to reserve tickets in advance. You can get them online at Tickets Santa Fe or at the Lensic box office either in person or by phone at (505) 988-1234.

February in Santa Fe - One of the houses on the 2014 Art of the Home tour, photo Steve

One of the houses on the 2014 Art of the Home tour, photo Steve Collins

Along with the ARTsmart gala at the Eldorado the weekend also brings the popular Art of Home Tour on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday the 26th from noon to 4pm. This year, ARTSmart is partnering with Keller Williams for the second year. Fifteen homes currently on the market will be featured. Each home is paired with a local gallery whose art will adorn the walls. Admission is free; a portion of the proceeds from art sales benefit ARTSmart. Check the ARTsmart website for a map of featured homes.

That’s it February in Santa Fe. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in February when we’ll be sharing March news with you.

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2 Responses to “Tidbits: February in Santa Fe”

  1. Joey Christensen
    February 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    Loved the inclusion of the clip from When Harry Met Sally!

    • Billie Frank
      February 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      I asked Steve to find a trailer for the film and he turned this up. It’s perfect!

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