Spring is coming; you can feel it in the air. We’ve been having a mix of cold then warm (for winter) days. We’ve been getting out for a few day trips discovering some new places as well as visiting some old familiar ones. It’s great to get out for a day in New Mexico’s beautiful and diverse landscape. Here’s a bit of what’s going on in March in The City Different.
Don’t have spring break plans? Head to Santa Fe with the family! March is “Kids Free” month and there’s a lot to do. Read our post on Santa Fe family-friendly activities. For information on specials offered during “Kids Free” month click here.
The Tesuque Flea Market won’t opening for the season. Rumor has it that the Pueblo may be building a casino on the site but there’s no confirmation on this. Stay tuned. The flea market was an amazing and busy treasure trove for many years. It closed in the early 2000s when there was massive construction on US 285. When it reopened it never got its groove back.
Food and dining news
Every year when the annual James Beard Award nominations come out I excitedly scan it for Santa Fe and New Mexico nominees. This year is a bit sparse, but congrats to the three NM chefs that made the cut. For Best Chef of the Southwest, Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin is once again nominated as is Jonathan Perno at Albuquerque’s Los Poblanos. Colin Shane of Arroyo Vino was named in the Rising Chef of the Year category. Kudos to all of these talented culinarians!
Lan’s Vietnamese Cuisine, a local favorite, quietly closed its doors. The space is emptied out and a sign on the door says that they are looking for a new space. If they reopen, we’ll let you know. We appreciated Lan’s approach to using fresh, local and organic when she could. She will be missed.
While we’re on Asian cuisine, there’s a new Thai place slated to open a few doors east of Trader Joe’s. Hope it’s good! While Albuquerque has a number of Thai restaurants, Santa Fe is lagging way behind.
Santa Fe art
Driving by SITE Santa Fe a few weeks ago we noticed that there was construction going on. So we contacted their media person. The contemporary art space closed on January 8th in order to expand their facilities. The expansion project, called SITE Tomorrow, positions “SITE for the next generation with a bold building that matches the innovative and inspiring expressions of the artists we champion.” SITE will continue to have special programs during the expansion; check their website for details. They plan to reopen in the fall.
Axel Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, opens their next exhibition, Physical, by artist Kathamann from Friday March 3rd from 5 to 7pm in front of the New Mexico Museum of Art on West Palace Avenue. For this installation the artist has turned to plastic water bottles and Airplus shipping pillows on which she has drawn human figures. She hangs them in “a shimmering and dense cascade for this installation. What are customarily two-dimensional drawings now are wrapped and stretched into three dimensions, causing the whole sculpture to dance and move.” The show runs through Sunday, March 26th, check Axle’s website for locations.
CROSSROADS, a retrospective exhibition of El Rito photographer David Michael Kennedy opens at The Globe Gallery, 727 Canyon Road on Friday, March 10th from 5 to 7pm. The show, in association with Edition ONE Gallery features Kennedy’s platinum palladium landscapes and American Indian dance photographs. In the 1970s and 80s he photographed iconic musicians, including Bob Dylan, Debbie Harry and Willie Nelson, for their album covers. The show runs through June 2nd.
No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art opens at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 12th. This is the first large-scale museum exhibition dedicated to tramp art, anywhere in the world, since 1975. More 150 pieces of from this genre, most from the United States, will be on display. There will also be work from France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Tramp art, which thrived between the 1870s and 1940s, used discarded materials (mostly cigar boxes and shipping crates). This art form got its name because it was believed the art was made by tramps and itinerates but that theory has since been disproved. Nevertheless, the name stuck. The show runs through September 16, 2018.
Beals & Co. Showroom opens a solo show of paintings by Santa Fe native Reyes Padilla on Friday March 17th with an artist’s reception on Friday, March 24th from 5 to7pm. His work, according to the gallery, “The work of Reyes Padilla moves — bold, modern lines combined with a multi-layered depth to create a canvas with motion.” The show runs through Friday, April 14th.
Santa Fe Music
The Lensic Presents, the performing arts center’s series, has two shows in March. Fitting for Mardi Gras week, New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty performs with his band, Orleans Avenue, on Friday, March 3rd at 7:30 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Tickets, starting at $39, can be purchased at the Lensic box office of online at Tickets Santa Fe.*
The following night, Saturday, March 4th, they present singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years at 7:30 also at the Lensic. Webb came to fame in the late 60s with Up, Up, and Away, the 5th Dimension’s popular song and MacArthur Park. He’s best known for his collaboration with Glen Campbell which produced a number of iconic songs including By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Galveston. Tickets, starting at $20, are available at the Lensic box office of online at Tickets Santa Fe.*
Performance Santa Fe presents Well-Strung at the Lensic Performance Arts Center on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:30pm. The New York-based string quartet/vocalists has a repertoire that goes from Beethoven to Madonna. They present what first violinist Edmund Bagnell calls “not quite a concert and a little bit more than a cabaret performance.” Tickets, $27 to $100, are available at the Lensic box office of online at Tickets Santa Fe.*
Everyone loves free! The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus presents Choral Masterworks on Sunday, March 12the 4pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe. The group, under the direction of Dr. Linda Raney, will present two modern French works, Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilio and Fauré’s Messe basse and the seventeenth-century Mass in F by Monteverdi. Magnifica, by twentieth-century British composer Gerald Finzi rounds off the afternoon’s performance. Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrive early!
The Santa Fe Symphony presents a program of Glazunov and Mahler at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 4:00 pm. Guest violinist Jinjoo Cho, recent winner of the Gold Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, is soloist for the orchestra’s performance of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto. There will be a free pre-concert lecture by Symphony conductor Guillermo Figueroa at 3:00 pm. Tickets, $22 to $80 (half-price tickets for children ages 6 to 14 with adult purchase) are available at the Lensic box office of online at Tickets Santa Fe.*
That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in February.
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