We seem to be in a pattern of warm, lingering autumns. September set several high temperature records. I was looking at last year’s November Tidbits and the first line was “It’s been a really warm fall so far in Santa Fe.” And the last time we traveled was last October. For most of last winter, spring and a good part of summer we were dealing with a series of health issues, but we’re back stronger than ever. When you read this we’ll be in southern Utah exploring National Parks and National Monuments.
Santa Fe food
Bodega Prime, 1281 San Felipe Avenue, opened last month in the digs that once housed Revolution Bakery. Part grocery (hence the bodega), part deli (they serve breakfast and lunch), part kitchen accessory emporium (they have shelves stocked with carefully curated kitchen accessories) and catering service, it’s a tall order for a small business. They are regularly open Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday by chance.
Santa Fe Art
The Beals & Co. Showroom at 830 Canyon Road, opens Sketchbook, a group art show, featuring seven artists at an artists’ reception on Saturday, November 5th, from 5 to7pm. The artists in the show are Featured artists include painters Frank Gonzales, David Santiago, Petecia Le Fawnhawk, Aaron Herndon, Tim Kenney; Photographer Justin Britt and sculptors Upton Greyshoes Ethelbah and Tammy Garcia. The show runs through November 24th.
Gallery 901 opens WILD HARMONY and exhibition of earth and sky paintings by Cynthia Reid with an artist’s reception on November 11th from 5 to7pm. The artist’s “impression of hope and the enduring qualities of nature are enhanced by her use of a palette knife and oil paint, a technique that emphasizes the creamy texture of the paint and the intensity of its color. Reid’s painting is grounded in a trust of her intuition and an acceptance of the unpredictable.” The show runs through December 6th.
Santa Fe Music
Havana All Stars
Performance Santa Fe will present the Havana Cuba All-Stars at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 10th at 7:30pm. The group features seven of Cuba’s “best musicians,” who formed an acoustic band several years ago. According to The Guardian the group is “carefully balancing a respect for the traditions of Son…with unexpected new influences. Son (pronounced sone) is the “16th-century ancestor to salsa music among other styles” combing the Spanish canción and guitar with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The group is currently on a U.S. tour performing their Cuban Nights program. Tickets, $27 to $100 are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*
Gypsy All Stars
The Lensic presents the New York Gypsy All Stars on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30 pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Their music unites “the lush sounds of their Macedonian, Greek, and Turkish roots with American influences to create an original sound that jumps the turnstiles of Balkanalia.” Their music covers “the world rhythmically and harmonically, zooming with Roma-inspired zeal from swinging salsa to pulsing bhangra.” Tickets, $20 to $45 (discounts to Lensic members) are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*
The Santa Fe Symphony presents its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, November 19st at 7:00pm and Sunday, November 20th at 4pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. The event featuring the full Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, will be under the baton of guest conductor Gary Thor Wedow. Dr. Linda Raney is the choral director. Soloists Devon Guthrie, Daryl Freedman, Joseph Beutel, and Joshua Dennis are former members of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program. Gary Thor Wedow will present free pre-concert lectures an hour before each performance. Tickets, $25 to $80, are available at both the Symphony and Lensic box offices and online at Tickets Santa Fe.* Half-price tickets are available for children 6 to 14 with an adult purchase.
New Mexico Performing Arts Society
The New Mexico Performing Arts Society presents Los Pastores, the traditional folk version of the Christmas story from Spain and Mexico along with other traditional Spanish and Hispanic Music of the Season, Sunday, November 27th at 6pm at Cristo Rey Catholic Church. Tickets, $30 are available at the NMPAS website.
Santa Fe Misc
Another Santa Fe travel media honor: The City Different is the number five shopping city in the world according to Condé Nast Traveler readers. It beat Paris who came in at number six. It’s the power of the vote, my friends.
The Lensic and Meow Wolf proudly present A Conversation with Pussy Riot on Sunday, November 13th at 8pm at the Lensic. Maria (Masha) Alyokhina and Alexandra (Sasha) Bogino, two members of the headline-making punk rock group will address the group’s “punk protest in response to human rights injustices in Russia and beyond” in a moderated conversation. The two will also take questions from the audience. Tickets, $25, are available at Tickets Santa Fe.
Ski Santa Fe
Snow permitting, Ski Santa Fe will open on Thanksgiving Day. Check their website as the opening is dependent on snow conditions.
Circus Luminous, Wise Fool New Mexico’s performing arm, will present their 2016 Thanksgiving circus production, Soul Winds, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Show days and times are as follows: Friday November 25th at 7pm, Saturday, November 26th at 2 and 7pm and Sunday, November 27th at 2pm. Tickets, $12 to $45, are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe. Bring the entire family; they’ll love it!
Annual tree lighting
The annual lighting of the Santa Fe Christmas Tree takes place at the Santa Fe Plaza on Friday, November 25th at about 6pm. Arrive early; pre-glow entertainment starts at 3pm and Santa arrives via vintage fire truck at 4. When darkness falls the switch is thrown, and viola, the square is transformed. The lights stay up until around New Year’s Day. A giant menorah will be lit next month for Chanukah.
That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in November. Happy Thanksgiving!
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